seriously sunny

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Hmmm, well these photos clearly turned out overexposed with sunlight…but I decided to roll with it. Having finally been able to dig out clothes from my move, I was just happy to be able to put together an outfit and blog! When life gives you too much sunlight in your photos…enjoy it!

Top: Peter Som for Kohl’s ($8 marked down from $48)

Skirt: TJ Maxx ($12 marked down from approx $50)

Jacket: J Crew via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Tights: H&M ($5)

Bag: Segolene Paris Noir via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $400)

Shoes: Sophia Webster via Saks Off Fifth ($100 marked down from $450)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I put some of my favorite pieces together for this look. As you can see below, each of these pieces have been featured as separate looks. Each look is definitely very different, but somehow all the pieces came together in the above look! Black and white generally reads as a neutral, so any other colors work well with a black and white piece. Above, I picked coral and lavender as my accent colors. 

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2) This is the time of year that gets challenging to figure out how to style winter or spring clothing. I generally opt for bright colors with some darker neutral to keep the look from seeming overly summery. …not to mention that it’s very sunny…but still quite cold! I basically refuse to wear my winter coat anymore, so layering is essential!

Anyone else have spring/winter transition style tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

spring has sprung (?!)

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Ahhhh, the feeling of warm sun and air on your face! I am out celebrating in a bright white jean coat and springy pastels. Enough said; perhaps spring has officially sprung! Happy Monday, all!

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

Top: Target ($14)

Skirt: gift

Jacket: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $75)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($28 marked down from $34)

Tights: H&M ($5)

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The scale of the top and the skirt make it easy to style these two black and white pieces together. The key to pattern mixing is to match the scale and size of the print, regardless of matching the colors. Target has a ton of striped basics right now, which are really a good price point for the quality, if you ask me. 

2) I really have trouble figuring out the “rules of wearing white,” so I kind-of just ignore them. I suppose technically it’s not yet time to pull out my white pants, but I usually follow my internal instincts. For me, it’s a little early in the season to wear white pants, just because it doesn’t feel warm enough for a thin pant. However, it definitely feels like time to pull out my white denim jacket! I say, forget the rules, and wear what you want!

Anyone else cautiously pulling out their spring clothing? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

loving lilac

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Woo hoo! I finally got to break out my lilac purse today, thanks to a break in the cold. Which made me realize, lilac is definitely underutilized in my wardrobe. Actually, this may be my only lilac item. Ah, the joys of spring pastels…sunshine, the smell of flowers, and new beginnings is in the air.

“The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future.” -Margaret Miller

Dress: Tory Burch via Nordstrom Rack ($70 marked down from $350)

Jacket: Banana Republic ($30 marked down from $175)

Tights: Gap ($5 marked down from approx $20)

Necklace: Anthropologie (can’t remember anymore!)

Scarf: Kate Spade (gift)

Boots: Express ($20 marked down from approx $70)

Bag: Segolene Paris Noir via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $400)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) There’s an interesting bin that I have missed in the past at Nordstrom Rack: the clearance purse bin. While I really don’t agree with putting all of the purses in a bin (they can get scuffed!), there are some great finds in the clearance bin (the one from this post). You do need to dig through the bin and make sure the bags haven’t been scuffed or damaged in the bin. Otherwise, there are some real winners in there!

2) Shout-out and thank you to my friend Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking for the fabulous scarf in this post! She surprised me with a package for my birthday; check out her blog, she’s one of my oldest and most talented friends! 

Anyone else have a favorite spring color? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much; happy Monday!

simply suited

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We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. -Aristotle Onassis

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Suit: Ann Taylor via thrift ($6, retails for approx $170)

Top: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift ($5, retails for approx $50)

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)

Pink bracelet: Lulu Dharma via thrift ($1, retails for $190)

Purple bracelet: made it!

Blue bracelet: Bloomingdale’s (gift)

Shoes: Rock & Republic for Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $75)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I haven’t worn a pair of wide leg pants in quite some time, but I’m glad that I tried them again! I definitely felt like they looked best with heels, as opposed to flats, or they would have completely covered my feet. If you haven’t tried wide leg pants in a bit, it’s definitely worth giving them another go. As with most fashion, this style was “in,” then “out,” and then back “in.” …why not just wear what you love?

2) I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, you can definitely thrift a suit! It’s not the easiest task, but most thrift stores have a lot of suits and blazers. I try on various sizes in suits, since you never really know the sizing. My best advice is to look through all of the suits and blazers in all sizes, and definitely try on anything that looks as though it may fit. 

Anyone else loving the wide leg trend? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

easy going in equipment

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Today is a shout-out to friends, family, partners, readers, and my blogging community. All of you contribute to my inner light!

Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.– Karl Von Clausewitz

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Sweater: Equipment ($36 marked down $210)

Top: Equipment ($50 marked down from $110)

Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from $110) NYDJ sale

Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)

Necklace: vintage (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m back in action with summer sweaters, which happen to be one of my favorite accessories! Lightweight sweaters are perfect to add to a work look, and be easily layered for a coffee to cocktails day. I really like silk sweaters for their lightweight feel; there’s generally a good selection at places like Nordstrom Rack. I always look for them on clearance, as even on sale, they can be quite pricey!

2) I am loving Equipment these days! I generally find it at Nordstrom Rack, Saks off Fifth, and Marshall’s. Their pieces are so soft, silky, and high quality- though, the quality definitely comes with a price tag. I’ve found that if I’m patient, I’ll come across a piece or two at a time. The best way to find it at its lowest price is to quickly comb through the clearance sections at the above stores (takes only 10-15 minutes). 

Anyone else loving summer sweaters? I hope everyone is having a good week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

comeback in a cape

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Oof! Forgive the lack of posts last week, readers! I’ve been feeling under the weather lately (migraines!) (curses!). However, hopefully I am on the mend. I decided maybe I needed a super hero cape (ie floral kimono) to help me make my comeback. Hey, it can’t hurt, right? Happy Monday, readers!

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Dress: Vince Camuto via thrift ($7, retails for approx $150)

Cape/kimono: Nordstrom Rack (approx $10 marked down from approx $50)

Shoes: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

Purse: Kate Spade (bag)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I wouldn’t normally think to pair a long drapey cape/kimono with a long drapey dress, but I noticed that this layering actually really worked! I’m always looking for ways to layer a sleeveless dress, given that I cannot go sleeveless at work. I’ve found that capes/kimonos are a great option to still stay cool in warmer weather, while also not exposing “bare arms” at work. Definitely pull back out of your capes and kimonos for spring and summer, if you have them stored for fall and winter! Nordstrom Rack generally has a great selection of both capes and kimonos, if you’re looking for one!

2) Although the drapey look seemed to work here, I liked the addition of a thin belt to add a little bit of shape to the look. While I actually don’t have many thin belts, I find that my nude color belt seems to go with just about everything. Belts are very easy to find on sale and clearance. I found the belt here on the “final sale” rack at Ann Taylor Loft, which generally has quite a few belts. But, you can also find belts on clearance at places like Nordstrom Rack and Old Navy. I like the braided belts most, as the leather isn’t prone to “cracking” as it can on solid leather belts (especially inexpensive ones!).

Anyone else still wearing their kimonos and capes? How are you styling them? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

primary palette

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Primary colors and a primary colored background? It’s as though it was meant to be! I’ll keep it short but sweet since many of us are coming back from a long holiday weekend. I hope everyone that was celebrating had a lovely weekend!

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Denim top: Olive and Oak via thrift ($10 marked down from $70)

Pants: Old Navy ($7 marked down from $35)

Shoes: Rock & Republic for Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $75)

Earrings: Nordstrom Rack ($5 marked down from $35)

Purse: Kate Spade (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re going to go with a bold pant, you can either take the look “all the way” and go with an equally bold top, or go super simple with a simple top. Denim and chambray, for me, are the easiest way to pair a bold pant with a simple top. These days, you can find bold pants and chambray just about anywhere, and mostly definitely on sale, if not clearance! Check out your local TJ Maxx, Marshall’s or Nordstrom if you want to try it out, while not breaking the bank. 

2) Similar to the bold pants, I went a little more simple with my jewelry because of the bold earrings. As Chanel once said (paraphrased here), “put on all of your accessories, and then take one off.” Because these earrings are a stand-out piece, I wore a simple necklace and bracelets so as not to overload the outfit with heavy accessories. But as I always say, have fun and wear what you love!

Anyone else loving the tassel trend? I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

vintage vibe

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Oh my, readers…I spotted this vintage find from a mile away and it was love at first sight. Is it from the 60s? 70s? 80s? It’s unclear…but with an updated pair of heels, this vintage find stole my heart. I love when clothes find a second (or third or fourth) life with a new wearer. I just imagine who may have designed this dress many years ago, perhaps wondering how long it would remain in use, perhaps not. Either way, this vintage dress lives to tell another story- this is a totally vintage vibe Monday.

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Dress: vintage via thrift ($6)

Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 via Saks Off Fifth ($10 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I would be the first person to say that this dress is not for everyone. It’s actually a very flattering cut, but quite a bold print that could be off-putting if you’re not big into colors/prints in combination. Because the pattern does look quite vintage, I added a very modern heel to keep the dress from looking too vintage-y. For a fall styling, I will add a cardigan, tights, and knee high boots, to again, keep the look modern and fresh. 

2)As much as I like designer vintage shops (and there are plenty in Chicago), you definitely pay a premium on vintage pieces in “vintage shops.” I like to find my vintage pieces in charity shops/thrift stores, as the vintage pieces are the same price as any other dresses in the shop. In the Chicagoland area, it’s very common that vintage shop owners will dig through local charity shops on “new arrivals” day and then re-sell the vintage finds in their store-at a marked-up price. I’m guessing this is probably true in other areas, though, of course, cannot be sure. If you are short on time and love vintage, a vintage shop is the way to go. If you don’t mind taking some time digging, you can definitely scope out your local shops on “new arrivals” day yourself and save yourself quite a bit of cash. Just ask your local charity shop when new pieces tend to hit the store- and you’ll probably be thrifting with local boutique owners! 

Anyone else have vintage dress styling tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it; happy Monday!

totally jazzed in a jumpsuit (part 2)

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After I recently discovered my love of the jumpsuit, I have been stumbling upon so many jumpsuit gems! This Anthro find was no exception. I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’m totally jazzed in a jumpsuit- again!

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Jumpsuit: Corey Lynn Calter for Anthropologie ($17 marked down from $170)

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

Belt: gift

Hat: gift

Bracelets: gifts

Black ring: Tory Burch via Nordstrom Rack ($10 marked down from $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As I mentioned in my last jumpsuit post, jumpsuits are a little tricky on the fitting, if you ask me. I’ve had some trouble finding a jumpsuit that fits perfectly right off the hanger. When you think about it, though, it’s really no surprise. A jumpsuit is a top and a bottom in one piece, assuming that we all are one size on top and bottom! Don’t be discouraged if you’re having the same issue! I found that a little basic tailoring goes a long way. I “pulled in” the top of this jumpsuit by sewing the top in a little smaller under each arm. Five minutes, needle and thread, and you’ve got a perfectly fitting piece! 

2) Wow, I’m super late on the matte nail trend, huh?! Nails are not my forte though, readers, as you all know! Anywho, I received the Essie “matte” top coat as a gift from my cousin- and I’m a huge fan! It makes any color a “matte” color. However, I’ve found that the matte top coats work best on colors that are “flat” meaning no metallic, sheen, or glitter in them. Below you can see how I recently used a tooth pick (for the nail art on my thumb) and a matte top coat for a fun spring manicure.

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Anyone else have jumpsuit tips? I hope everyone is having a good week thus far! Happy mid-week and thanks for stopping by!