calm & centered (leave your tip!)

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Readers, I’ve been taking blogging a bit easy lately, since I’ve been extra focused on work and finding a sense of balance in my day to day ebb and flow. Things have a way of getting out of balance quickly and I find it’s a constant effort to feel like I’ve got everything calm and centered. Some of the ways I try to stay grounded are below. Please share your grounded, centered, and calming tips in the comments section below! I would love new ideas! 

  1. Connecting with friends and family; talk about a taking a village, am I right? Even just a quick text to share in a moment feels like a wonderfully balanced act.
  2. Alone time; most people are shocked to know I’m a massive introvert. I really only recharge being completely by myself and I’ve implemented “task free days” where I just CHILL and do whatever I want. So liberating!! Those days, I’m often thrifting, at the library, or catching up on a few of my favorite shows.
  3. Creating! I LOVE to craft just about anything. These days, I’ve been working on felted wool animals. Yep. It’s so relaxing and calming!
  4. Yoga, mindfulness, and running. Enough said!

What about you, readers? Share your “ommm” strategies below! 

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patience in patterns

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Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. –A.A. Milne

Top: New York and Company ($15 marked down from approx $70)

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

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

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This is the perfect time to snag summer deals! The best bikinis and tankinis are here! The best plus size tankinis are also on sale! Looking for end of summer tops? Check out these Hawaiian shirts!

 

full on flounce

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Flouncy sleeves are everywhere right now, and I’m all in. I found this top at Zara, but the style is really easily found in a lot of stores right now. I’ve had my eye on basically every item Johanna Ortiz creates…but will settle for ready to wear versions, as her dream creations are out of my price range! She’s all over my Pinterest “oh la la” board, if you want to see these dreamy creations for yourself. Long story short, I’m feeling the flounce this summer.

Top: Zara ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Jeans: Old Navy ($10 marked down from $35)

Shoes: DSW ($5 marked down from approx $75)

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My first Zaful order came in! I’ll post the items shortly, and my full review! In the meantime, I’m awaiting my first Rosegal order. I found some off the shoulder tops that I’m eager to style; I’m impressed by the variety of sizes in their clothing, as well as the variety of styles in general. There’s plus size workout attire, yoga attire, plus size active wearleggings in all shapes and sizes and seriously a million more styles. As soon as my Rosegal order arrives, I’ll write up a full review.

 

new year, new start!

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Happy New Year, readers! Between the holidays, and now being sick, it’s clearly been a challenge to post- but I’m here now! I couldn’t get many photos of this look because it was -5 degrees with the wind chill and I couldn’t bear being outside any longer without a coat- even my dog thought it was madness. I hope everyone has had a good start to the year!

Top: Ann Taylor ($16 marked down from $70)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft years ago!

Scarf: Target ($5 marked down from approx $20)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79) (I just had them re-heeled and they are good as new!)

Bag: Reed for Kohl’s ($32 marked down from approx $120)

My husband got me this great nail art set for Christmas by Caption Polish (photos above). The art screens allow for stamping a ton of designs onto your nails. You can see my second attempt at nail stamping in the photos above (the first attempt was a bit of a struggle). If you’re thinking about trying your hand at nail stamping, I definitely recommend this set. There’s great online tutorials, and with a little practice, your nails come out looking totally fab! You can check out their art screens via this link: http://www.captionpolish.com/art-screens/

snowy (sweater) weather

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We’ve gotten quite a bit of snow lately, as you can see from my photos! I have an annoying (to me) fear of driving in snow, but am feeling hopeful that I can overcome it this year! My husband is definitely encouraging me to drive whenever it starts to snow so he can help me conquer my fear, but I manage to come up with a lot of excuses of “being busy” (“Oh…erm…I have to go organize my socks…”). Ah well, it’s good to set goals, right? 2017! The year of not being scared of driving in snow!

Sweater: JOA via If Chic

Button down: (so old! Faconnable from Nordstrom, I remember that much!)

Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $90)

Tights: Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Shoes: DSW (wow, another one I can’t remember, sorry!)

Necklace: J Crew ($12 marked down from approx $36)

Clutch: Kate Spade (gift)

Fashion Huntress tip: People often tell me how their shoes have been stained by salt or snow. The key is to pack your shoes in your bag and wear commuting shoes or boots when outside. I always, always wear snow boots, y’all since ‘the fall of 2013.’ One time, the ONE time I didn’t in 2013, I wiped out in the middle of the city on a patch of ice and hurt my ankle (and my shoes). So, safety first: wear snow boots, and pack your heels!

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!

glitter and ruffles galore

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Glitter and ruffles. Sigh. I’m always sold on glitter and ruffles. I took these photos before I left for our honeymoon, but we are very fortunate it’s still remained quite warm in Chicago, so the look still applies. Fingers crossed fall continues to last…

Top: J Crew ($40 marked down from $60) on sale here

Pants: J Crew (approx $30 marked down from approx $100)

Glitter heels: Ann Taylor Loft ($20 marked down from approx $120)

Cuff: Hermes (gift)

Photos above are life lately! I’ve been eyeing the Kate Spade glitter posts for over a year, so I decided to finally get them- I happily wear them all the time. There are also more fall photos, because I just can’t get enough!

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”
― John DonneThe Complete Poetry and Selected Prose