casual coat (aka totally tweed)

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I don’t think I can trace back my love of blazers. It’s not as though I was a wee Huntress wearing a blazer in elementary school. (Side note, would that have made me the coolest kid in school, or the oddest?). Anyway, well, apparently over the years, I developed a strong love of blazers and it just never left me. As Elle Woods says, “Always dress the part.”

Blazer: Zac Posen via consignment ($70, retails for $3,000)

Top: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for $80)

Striped top: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $35)

Jeans: Levi’s ($80)

Boots: White Mountain via TJ Maxx ($40 marked down from approx $100)

Bracelets: skull-Alexander McQueen (gift), spikes-Joomi Lim ($150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I last featured this blazer all girly-ed up with an all pastel look. The versatility of blazers is basically endless, if you ask me. In the look above, I was able to dress the blazer down with jeans and boots, for a casual work look. In the look below, the blazer was dressed up as full blown business. Bottom line: you can’t go wrong with a tweed blazer. 

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2) For some reason, I really have a hard time understanding how to pick out jeans for myself. It’s my fashion Achilles heel! I find that the best thing to do is go straight to a jeans store and ask for help. I highly recommend the same should you be looking for an item that you find difficult to style/pick out for yourself. In speciality stores (jeans, shoes, etc), the sales personnel is generally quite knowledgeable in their products/pieces and can really help you out!

Anyone else have tips for picking out jeans? Have a favorite shop? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

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time flies (and fun ahead)!

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WHOA, September! Between getting married in five more weeks, changing jobs, and opening a business, time is FLYING! …and The Fashion Huntress again takes a back seat. But I am here, readers! And I appreciate so very much all of your support! This is an exciting time, and I love being able to share it, and even manage to squeeze a few photo shoots in with my trusty tripod and remote. Happy (albeit early) Autumn, readers!

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Jacket: Banana Republic (gift)

Denim blazer: thrift ($4)

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

Belt: thrift ($6)

Shoes: Coach via DSW ($45 marked down from $345)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I last featured this jumpsuit during some warmer weather (photo below). I featured a smaller belt, mint heels, and lightweight short sleeve blazer for indoors. I also added layered bracelets and accessories when I last wore it. For this look, I kept it simple by wearing a bigger belt, but keeping the rest of the accessories minimal. Despite it being the same jumpsuit, the looks seem quite different to me solely by changing out accessories, layers and shoes. You can do the same with your own jumpsuits, dresses, etc!

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2) I was quite surprised to find the Coach mules featured on this post at DSW. And, even more surprising, they were marked down quite a bit, and then on extra sale! I didn’t find them in the clearance section, where I normally start my shoe search (and find most of the best markdowns). DSW sneaks a few additional markdown clearance items along with the other shoes (not in the clearance section in the back of the store). So, I recommend a quick scan for the colored signs (normally green or blue) in the main part of the store to ensure not missing some great clearance finds.

Anyone else loving this fall weather? Pulling out their layers? I hope everyone has a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

pink pattern party (aka ode to A)

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Sometimes, we just know a kindred spirit right when we meet them, right? This is definitely how I feel about my friend A. The first time I met her, I noticed her jazzy glasses and shoes…and I just knew we would get along. Over the years, we’ve traded nail and clothing tips- and when I started getting migraines again, A. was my go-to doctor/friend. She tuned me right up, and happened to have a skirt in her bag for me (the one featured here!). I mean, what more can a girl ask for? Migraine free and a fancy twirly skirt? Well, let’s just say, I’m glad to have met her, for a variety of reasons- this look is my ode to A.

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Top: Gap via thrift ($3, retails for approx $50)

Skirt: gift

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

Necklace: Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Sometimes, okay more than sometimes, I just go full-blown pattern mash-up. This look is definitely an example of serious pattern clashing- though I kept the look coherent by wearing shoes that had the colors of both my top and my skirt. When pared down, the look is essentially a mix of black, white and pink, which seems to work- despite being three different prints! My Pinterest board is FULL of pattern mixing looks- you can check out my Pinterest board if you’re looking for more inspiration- you can find it here.

2) Hands down, for me, the easiest thing to thrift is a button-down top. If you haven’t thrifted much or are looking to thrift more, I recommend starting in the “long sleeve button down” section of any thrift shop. First, button-downs really don’t need to be specifically fitted since they are often layered and/or tucked in to pants or skirts. Second, most thrift store stock a LOT of button-downs, so you are likely to find at least 1-2 tops (or 3-4!) that you like. Target price for a button down at a thrift store? About $2-$6. Happy hunting!

Anyone else loving full skirts and pattern mixing this summer? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

awesomely alex + ani

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As you may already recall, Alex and Ani already had a place in my heart, as of a while now. So, when I was approached to collab with this fab company, you can imagine my reaction. This company is all about positive energy: girl power, feeling empowered to live your cause, and to celebrate life with fabulous jewelry and charms that represent you. My first exposure to Alex and Ani was actually through my dear friend Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking (surgeon, baker, chef, and photographer extraordinaire), when she sent me some beautiful bracelets in a care package.  It was love at first sight. I then hunted down the Alex and Ani Disney bracelets when on a family trip to Disney World… and the love story has continued! Below you will see my new favorite picks- ones that were particularly meaningful to me. Most exciting of all, I will have an Alex and Ani giveaway in the near future, so stay tuned and start looking through their site for your own personal favorites!

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Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($4 marked down from approx $45)

Pants: Gap (approx $10 marked down from approx $55)

Shoes: Crocs (seriously, I may never take them off)  ($40 marked down from $60) available here

Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from approx $40)

Gold bracelets: c/o Alex and Ani here, here, and here

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Interested in learning more about Alex and Ani ? Click on the name to link to their site. You can see how I styled the bracelets in this post, however, I also have my Disney bracelets too! If you happen to be in the parks, some are sold exclusively in the parks. You can find what shops sell them here. I found mine in the Women’s Fashion section of the “Emporium” retail store right near the entrance of the Magic Kingdom.

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2) Clearly the Ann Taylor Loft clearance section has really been calling my name lately. Interesting enough, they mixed their magical “final sale” items in with their regular sale items when I was last there! This called for, of course, some serious digging through the racks to find the $4 items. I thought this hunting would take a long time, but realistically, it took me about 10 minutes and some patience. It’s unclear whether this is how they are not distributing their final sale items, but it’s worth asking at your local store if you’re interested in learning more.

Anyone else have their own fav Alex and Ani pieces? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

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!

fuchsia fever

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These shoes, a recent find at, yet again, Kohl’s have me totally feeling fuchsia fever. As much as I love my tights, I’m totally happy that it’s warm enough to enjoy some sun, warm weather, and all the outdoor activities that we miss during Chicago winters. My current favorite outdoor activity, when I can squeeze it in? Sitting outside, reading a book, and hanging in our hammock. Fuchsia fever, indeed, and spring fever!

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Top: Diane Von Furstenberg via Saver’s ($5, retails for $250)

Blazer: Rachel Zoe via consignment ($20, retails for $250)

Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Juicy Couture for Kohl’s ($10, retail for $65)

Necklace: Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I balanced these very feminine high heels with a “boyfriend” cut blazer, which added a nice balance to the look. Spring and summer are probably the easiest seasons to go from “coffee to cocktails.” I always add a blazer to my sleeveless tops for work, and then ditch the blazer for any after-work activities (generally shopping, ha!). My fastest go-to outfit in spring and summer is sandals, sleeveless top, skirt, and blazer. Seriously, there’s basically no thought involved and helps me get out the door on time to get to work!

2) Black blazers are definitely my standard go-to blazer, though lately, I’ve really tried to branch out and consider blazers in other colors! I tend to find the majority of my blazers on Rue La La and via thrift stores. For whatever reason, blazers are really easy to thrift- Goodwills and Salvation Armys have a LOT of blazers. Even if you find a full suit, you can either keep or re-donate the skirt, if you don’t want a full suit. I often thrift suits and wear the jacket and skirt as separate pieces.

Anyone else have a go-to outfit in spring and summer? Happy Monday, all! I hope everyone had a good weekend!

feathery fringe

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I knew I was on the lookout for a feather or fringe skirt; so when I finally found one on sale (!), I debated long and hard about how to wear fringe at work and still look professional. Turns out, it’s really not that hard. Add a serious-looking top, and it’s all business on top and a party on the bottom. The hardest part of wearing fringe at work? Resisting the temptation to wiggle around like a hula girl (see last photo below) all day. I’m totally feeling feathery fringe at work this spring.

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Top: J Crew via Saver’s ($7, retails for $75)

Skirt: Ann Taylor ($25 marked down from $125)
Tights: gift
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Necklace: Banana Republic ($7 marked down from $80)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Personally, I find that figuring out how to make trendy items work in a conservative work environment is a constant challenge. I rely on Pinterest quite a bit for researching trends and how to style them for work. Sometimes I find a work look on Pinterest, other times I do not, but I often get ideas and a starting place for specific trends. If you see a trend on my blog, odds are that I have inspiration pins on my Pinterest board. If you’re ever interested in checking out my inspiration board, you can find it here!

2) When I found this skirt, there was only one left and it was a few sizes too big. As is often the case with clearance items, you are left with whatever didn’t sell earlier in the season. Taking things in is always easier than letting things out, so I will often pick up a clearance item if I think I can do some basic alterations. I researched how to take this skirt in, but ultimately ended up taking the “path of least resistance” and folding the waistband in on both sides and then sewing the fold over by hand. Yes, this probably could have been done in a more professional way, but it only took about 10 minutes and looked perfect once on. If you want more information, there are some great basic tutorials online, you can find some of them here.

Anyone else loving fringe and feathers lately? I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it so very much!