totally turtle(neck)

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I have very actively avoided turtlenecks for at least two decades. I mean, just the name: turtleneck. It’s just…not a good name. But lately I’ve had a lot of turtleneck envy (seriously, can we look into a name change on this item of clothing?). Anyway, turtlenecks seem to have taken a turn for the chic lately.

After I saw a few people styling them so chicly, I took the plunge. I purchased my very own turtleneck from the Gap. It’s long, relaxed, cozy, warm, and so versatile. Honestly, I’m going to challenge myself to layer this turtleneck all winter and see how many ways I can wear it. Who says people don’t change? Certainly not this turtleneck wearing Huntress.

Turtleneck: Gap ($15 marked down from $35)

Dress: c/o Oasap

Leggings: (sorry can’t remember!)

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

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

Necklace: TJ Maxx ($15 marked down from $60)

Life lately is…watching trees transition from fall to winter, crafting a sew-mage to Frida Kahlo and a family friend having given me her pair of Tieks!

refresh and renew

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Woo hoo! Well, my closet is slowly being organized and unpacked in our new place and it’s so much easier to FIND THINGS! Ha, what a novelty, right? There’s something really fun (at least to me) about starting over and organizing yourself afresh. Pull out the label maker, some music, and a little spare time- it’s a party.

Dress: thrift ($10, retails for unknown!)

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

Belt: J Crew (so long ago, can’t even remember!)

Tights: Nordstrom Rack ($5 marked down from approx $15)

Shoes: Ivanka Trump via DSW ($15 marked down from approx $120)

Necklace: Pam Hiran via Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)

Bracelets: Alex and Ani  for Disney (+handmade bracelet)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This is my first pair of Ivanka Trump shoes, and thus far, I am quite pleased with the quality! They are quite comfortable, the heel height is perfect for longer days, and the sole is padded. I’ll report back on their longevity. But so far, I’m into them! On another note, I posted my Jessica Simpson shoes a couple of weeks ago. Readers, wow, really, they are FALLING APART after about three wears. Unreal. I’m hoping I got a defect, but yikes, quality control is not looking good so far for them. Pictured below:

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The soles are actually pulling apart…either way, I’m curious to hear other’s feedback. Perhaps this was an outlier pair?? I reached out to their customer service, so hopefully I will hear back. I’ll report back, readers!

2) The necklace for the above outfit isn’t clearly visible in some of the photos, so I’ve posted a close-up below from a previous outfit/styling. I really love the uniqueness of the jewelry at Anthropologie. They seem to use a lot of local artists and really produce some great pieces. The prices, of course, can be a bit high. However, their online sale section generally lists the best prices on their jewelry. I’ve found the clearance jewelry is often sold-out in stores, so online is likely your best bet.

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Anyone else have experience with Jessica Simpson shoes? How is the quality? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

lucky leap year

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Since yesterday was Leap Day, I’ve been thinking about Leap Years today. Apparently the history of Leap Day goes back centuries (who knew?!), and historically has been about women taking “non-traditional roles,” often in terms of asking a man to marry her or out on a date. While this idea feels a little antiquated in terms of “non-traditional roles,” I do love the idea of female empowerment. So, I’ve decided that Leap Years are now about women doing whatever they aspire to do! …should I try and pass some sort of law or something…is there a decree for people to sign…? 🙂 Either way, Happy Leap Year, readers! Whatever that may mean to you.

Dress: Robert Rodriguez via thrift ($7, retails for approx $400)

Button down: Ann Taylor Loft via thrift ($1, retails for approx $70)

Bracelet: Hermes (gift)

Ring: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from $100)

Necklace: TJ Maxx ($15 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Cameo via If Chic ($8, marked down from $200)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This dress is very clearly spring and summer, but, as I tend to do, I added a white button down underneath it to wear it in winter. I felt as though there was a lot of “white” space where the button down met the v-neck of the dress, so I added a chunky necklace to fill that space a little more and ensure that the look still seemed like a cohesive winter look. I also wore open toe shoes with tights, and added to the “half spring/half winter” theme of the outfit. 

2) You can see below how I last featured this same styling technique (button down and dress) with another dress, and how I last wore this necklace (in summer and fall). I love to rotate pieces, especially jewelry!

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Anyone else layering for winter while waiting for spring? Happy Tuesday, readers! Thanks so much for stopping by- I appreciate it so much!

happy hearts

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I have spent a lot of time considering how to wear heart prints at work without looking juvenile. Maybe too much time, actually. But, today I just took the plunge and decided not to overthink it. After all, you can add a blazer to just about anything and look like a grown-up, right? …the back bow is featured in the photo below, but I decided to cover that part up..at least for work. Happy hearts (and a secret bow).

Dress (worn as top): Kate Spade NY ($30 marked down from $90)

Skirt: Kate Spade via Saks off Fifth ($35 marked down from approx $90)

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

Leggings: H&M ($5)

Necklace: Nordstrom Rack ($15)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I often seem to forget about the fabulous tip of wearing a dress as a shirt. But, then I remember it, and I see how clever it is all over again! Most dresses can be styled as shirts by wearing a full and longer skirt over them. I’ve found that pencil skirts tend to get too bunched up over a dress, but full skirts gives you a bit room to leave the dress below. Try it out! 

2) This outfit is a mash-up of a variety of pieces (all featured in different ways below). The skirt, blazer, boots, and necklace were all put together for the above happy heart look. I think taking look through your own pieces (and using apps like Pinterest) helps think of your wardrobe in new ways. See the looks below!

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Anyone else wearing heart prints? Finding ways to style bold patterns? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

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!

statement coat (with statement shoes)

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“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.” -Abraham Lincoln 

…be sure to also put your feet in the right shoes.

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

Blazer: Helmut Lang via Nordstrom Rack ($100 marked down from $1,000)

Top: French Connection via Savers ($3, retails for approx $100)

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

Tights: H&M ($5)

Shoes: Cole Haan Lunar Grand ($70 marked down from $400)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Sadly, I think it’s gotten a little too cold to continue sporting my statement outdoor coat. I’ll be back to my full blown snowsuit now, but statement blazers are still good options! The designer clearance rack at Nordstrom Rack is where it’s at if you are looking for designer pieces at some of the lowest possible prices. I generally find that some of the “odd pieces” are left on the clearance rack because they just look odd on the hanger. This coat looked a little odd on the hanger, but looks really interesting on! So, I always recommend trying things on so you can get a real sense of pieces. 

2) As I’ve been saying for the last few posts, this is a great time to find any winter pieces you’ve had on your list. The sales at places like Loft, Ann Taylor, Gap, and Banana Republic are great sales; however, some winter items are starting to disappear, so it’s really time to grab the last of winter accessories and coats for next year! 

Anyone else have any places they like to find statement blazers? Or how they style them? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy mid-week!

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!

cold (no coat!)

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I’m apologizing in advance for the lack of actual fancy fashion photos today. …well, I mean, as fancy as I get on the Fashion Huntress, at least. I had the (not so) brilliant idea of taking my photos outdoors today. I thought, “hey! It’s about 5 degrees above zero- it should be no problem!” Well, it was a problem. Ha. So, these are the best photos I could get in the two minutes I made it outdoors without a coat. #wintersafetyoverfashion

Dress: Ame Soeur via If Chic ($125 marked down from approx $450)

Necklace: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($30 marked down from $100)

Ring: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) My top tip is don’t take outdoor photos in zero degree weather – HA! But, anyway, let’s move on from that. This dress is slightly thin (silk and cotton blend), so I just layered a long sleeve t-shirt underneath it. You can’t even notice the layer underneath and the dress was much warmer with another layer. As I always say, don’t limit your “summer wear” to just warm weather! 

2) Curated websites such as If Chic and Moda Operandi have really great selections of clothes that you might not otherwise see. I found this dress on If Chic, researched the designer (Ame Soeur) and learned it was made in Berlin, Germany by two super cool sisters with great design ideas. You can learn more about them here: http://www.amesoeur.de – online shopping has a great edge in this domain, so check out curated websites if you are looking for some smaller indie brands! 

It’s that time again: Monthly Mani! This month’s theme was the Pantone 2016 colors- rose quartz and serenity!

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Check out the other monthly mani ladies here!

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

 

 

nestled in knits

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There are few things, in my book, more cozy than a comfy knitted top and a side of hot cocoa. I mean, toss me a book and a couple of magazines, and I basically won’t leave the house. I’m hoping everyone has a good (and cozy) rest of the week!

Sweater: Banana Republic ($24 marked down from $90)

Skirt: J Crew ($50 marked down from $150)

Tights: H&M (approx $5)

Shoes: Cole Haan via Saks Off Fifth ($40 marked down from $170)

Bracelet: Alex + Ani (blue), Alexander McQueen (black) (gift)

Ring: Alexis Bittar via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re looking for sweaters on sale, now is the time to get them! Most stores will soon be prepping for spring clothing (despite the fact that is the heart of winter in many areas right now!). I found that sweaters at places like Banana Republic, J Crew, and Ann Taylor Loft were all marked down to soon-to-be lowest prices. I tend to still pick-up lightweight sweaters this time of year, and prep to wear them for winter with layers and then in spring! 

2) I recently was looking around at Nordstrom and found the ring featured above at the “regular” Nordstrom as I call it (ie not the Rack). Anyway, the ring was full price in the “regular” Nordstrom. But, I looked at Nordstgrom Rack online and found the ring 60% off. When I asked the salesperson at Nordstrom about the price difference, she pointed out that the color at the Rack was different- so the price was lower because it was considered a “different season.” Alrighty. So, I went down to Nordstrom Rack and found the “off season” color for a significantly lower price. It took just a couple of minutes and saved some serious money! So, always check online for price variations and ask if they will match the price difference. If they will not price match, then just grab the item online and save that way. 

Anyone else enjoying cozy sweaters and knits lately? Thanks so much for stopping, by readers! I appreciate it so very much!