blogversary and birthday- year 3!

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February is an exciting time because it’s both my birthday and my blogversary. Fashion Huntress turns three this year (I’m clearly slightly older than my blog-ha!). As another year passes, I am reflecting on the numerous changes that have occurred, the transitions, the moves, the marriage!, the business, and all the wonderful people I have encountered along the way. I want to thank each and every one of you who have stopped by, left likes, thoughtful comments, support, and so much more over the past year. Cheers to another year!

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

Skirt: Joa via Bloomingdale’s ($20 marked down from $80)

Blazer: Elizabeth and James via Rue La La ($55 marked down from $500)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW ($15 marked down from $100)

Necklace: H&M ($2 marked down from approx $20)

Tights: H&M ($5)

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Thank you so much for stopping by, readers! Cheers to another year and thank you so much for your support! XO, The Fashion Huntress

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two tickets (winter edition!)

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Well, it’s mid February, so I’m in my usual state of (sort-of) patiently awaiting spring. Let’s take a quick moment to remember the joy of spring…

Okay, back to the current reality. A few months ago, I worked on a collaboration with the fab Amanda of Two Tickets. This bag is one of my favorites in her shop! Amanda hand makes all of her pieces in the US and focuses on self-expression and craftsmanship. Nothing like some fun accessories to brighten a cold winter day, right?

Dress: Calvin Klein via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Jacket: Forever 21 (approx $20, many years ago!)

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (approx $5 marked down from approx $20)

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

Bag: c/o Two Tickets

Boots: Crown Vintage via DSW ($45 marked down from $120)

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Want to learn more about Two Tickets and Amanda? You can find out more here:

http://www.two-tickets.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoTickets

https://www.facebook.com/2tickets

Instagram: @twotickets

It’s monthly manicure time again! This month the theme was metallics! I actually tried out two different looks- see below. And check out the rest of the ladies’ monthly metallic manis!

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Ashley from Free Wills Studio

Lyndsey from Dressed in Mascara

 Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Anyone else dreaming of spring? Hope you have a happy Tuesday!

 

 

snowy spots and shadows

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I swear, readers, it was significantly warmer when I took these photos outdoors than last time (see last post re: taking photos outside in 0 degrees). And I was wearing a coat part of the time! Woo hoo! Well, I’m in my first winter statement coat, and I’m feeling good about it. Snowy, spotted, shadows, and sun. Perfect combination. Happy weekend, readers!

Dress: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from $200)

Button down: Banana Republic via thrift ($1, retails for approx $100)

Blazer (part of suit): White House Black Market via thrift ($10, retails for approx $260)

Coat: Ann Taylor ($88 marked down from $268)

Necklace: gift

Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack ($3 marked down from approx $18)

Shoes: Not Rated via DSW ($50 marked down from $75)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve really wanted a statement coat for the past couple of years, but I rarely wanted to get one on sale! It doesn’t really seem like a piece that could be around forever (may go out of style), so I didn’t want to spend too much. This is a good time of year to look for a “trendy” item, if you’re looking for one, since the prices tend to be bottoming out between now and the end of February. As far as statement coats go, Asos has some great ones (generally quite affordable!), as did Ann Taylor. 

2) I’m a big fan of having full suits (and sometimes wearing them), but also wearing them as separates. As you can see from the picture below, this is the full suit. And in this post, I paired the suit coat (blazer) with a dress. I think suits are pretty easy to thrift, as well as finding them at places like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Nordstrom Rack. Plus, you never know when you may need one! So I think it’s always good to be prepared 🙂

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Anyone else have tips for statement coats? Buying or wearing, styling? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

spots, snow, and shadows

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I’ve always been a fan of the intermittent gray day- especially a quiet gray day with a little snow falling silently (key here: a little snow). I guess I must have been inspired by Mother Nature, because I wound up in a shadowy grayish outfit, which seemed to match the surroundings. It’s the perfect blend of spots, snow, and shadows.

“Silence is a source of great strength.” -Lao Tzu

Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $60)

Blazer: Zara via thrift ($7, retails for $150)

Pants: Shechet (custom, sadly not for sale anymore despite their awesomeness)

Boots: Crown Vintage via DSW ($45 marked down from $120) available here

Necklace: Anthropologie ($14 marked down from $70)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) As you can see from the photos below, I last featured this shirt and necklace combination with a much lighter look. By adding tall boots and a blazer, the top and necklace went from spring/summer to winter/fall. If I could live in denim and blazers for work…I probably would! I find my favorite denim shirts at Gap; they are regularly on sale and can be washed a ton and still look new. 

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2) Sadly, I finally wore through the soles my old black boots. I don’t even think they can be restored at this point, which is sadly my own doing!  That being said, if you want to keep your boots in good shape, you do need to keep an eye on the heels and soles and bring them in for repairs and restoration potentially every 1-2 years, depending on usage and quality. Remember to store your boots either in their original boxes, or stuffed with paper and standing up. Leather boots will also need conditioning. Check out your shoe brand’s website for specific instructions for your boots!

Anyone else have boot care tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Have a good start to your week!

comfy cozy

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If there’s one thing I can get behind in winter, it’s comfy cozy accessories. Today, I opted for my biggest scarf yet: the “blanket scarf.” Blanket scarves double as shawls and scarves. It’s my first foray into blanket scarves, believe it or not, but I can already tell I’m a fan. Today is all about comfy cozy.

Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

Cardigan: Target ($13 marked down from approx $30)

Pants: NYDJ via Nordstrom Rack ($15 marked down from approx $100)

Scarf: Forever 21 ($14)

Shoes: Betsy Johnson via DSW ($16 marked down from $140)

Necklace: gift from Express a long time ago!
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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re in the market for any seasonal shoes, DSW is having a deal where if you spend $50, you automatically get $10 back on triple points days (like today!). Signing up for their points program is free and the points add up pretty quick before you get $5- $10 coupons sent to you. Additionally, you receive coupons for your birthday and additional offers in the mail. I highly recommend it- and it’s free to sign up!

2) Despite the fact that I thought it would be difficult to style, a blanket scarf is actually pretty easy to style. You can go full blown giant around the collar (first photo in post), or you can go cape or drape (both shown in post). Forever 21 has a good selection of these scarves at fairly low prices- so it’s a good way to try one out! 

Anyone else loving blanket scarves? Have styling tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

back(pack) to basics

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I have to admit, readers, that there are some things in the fashion world and the world of shopping that tend to baffle me. Jeans and backpacks are two of the items that I never seem to get quite right. Today, however, I’ve gotten these basics down pat with a little help from my friends (see tips below). What better friend to showcase the fact that I’ve mastered these basics than with man’s best friend (Belle the dog, as she is affectionately known in my family). I’m totally back(pack) to basics, and feeling like we really all do get by with a little help from our friends.

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Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($4 marked down from $60)
Jeans: Levi’s via the Levi Store ($35 marked down from $80)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Backpacks: c/o Carrot
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) If you are looking for a fun and fashionable backpack, Carrot is definitely the place to go. The quality of the backpacks is great; most of the backpacks are a thick fabric and have a ton of pockets inside. You can see my detail pictures below. But, seriously, these aren’t the backpacks we all remember from the 80s (mine was totally My Little Pony or something); these are backpacks with a seriously hip update. If you want to see more of these backpacks and others, Carrot is the place to go.
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2) If you live in the Chicagoland area, the Levi store on Michigan Avenue is well worth a trip. The entire back of the store is sale and clearance jeans and a TON of them. Unlike many other jeans clearance sections, there are endless options for jeans in various sizes, colors, and fits at the Levi store. Additionally, I worked with a lovely and talented gentleman named Alex who really took a ton of time helping me with sizes and fittings. I have to say, it was the least painful jeans trying-on in the history of the Fashion Huntress. I came in totally confused and left completely confident. I highly recommend looking for Alex next time you’re in the area for a great fitting and run-down on jeans!
Anyone else have a favorite backpack? Loving the updated prints? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!

holiday houndstooth

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Something about houndstooth really says, “the holidays are here.” And despite not loving the snow and cold, I’m super excited for winter white, glitter dresses, houndstooth, and sparkle everything. And don’t even get me started on ABC Family’s Countdown to Christmas holiday line-up because I won’t stop telling you how excited I am for that too. In short, I’m just feeling the holiday love in my houndstooth dress.

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Dress: c/o Oasap

Blazer: Forever 21 ($25) similar here and here

Necklace: Express (gift)

Shoes: Qupid via DSW ($25 marked down from $50) still available here but check in-store feature for your size

Leggings: TJ Maxx ($5 marked down from $15)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I had a lot of success at DSW on my last visit. I’ve noticed that, more often than not, their clearance shoes are actually more discounted in stores than online (which is somewhat rare, compared to other retail stores, besides Banana Republic). For example, the shoes featured here are still $35 online, but were $25 in stores. It definitely pays to go to the store if you have the time. Don’t forget to also sign-up for DSW’s free “point” card to earn points and a birthday coupon. 

2) There’s approximately 100+ houndstooth dresses via Oasap. Most of the dresses range from $15-$35. I found that the online measurements were accurate and that the fabric quality was quite good. I even tossed this dress in the washing machine (in a garment bag), and then let it air dry. The dress came out perfectly. (I’ll leave the part about spilling hot cocoa on it out, since that was a terrible situation. Seriously, I’m really clumsy). Anywho, you can find all of their dresses online here. There’s free shipping worldwide and Fashion Huntress shoppers can use the coupon code “oasap1st” for a discount on your first order. A big thank you to Oasap for the dress!

Anyone else loving winter whites? How do you style your winter whites? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it and love all of your comments!