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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Yoga, mindfulness, and running. Enough said!
What about you, readers? Share your “ommm” strategies below!
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)
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!
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)
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 wear, leggings 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.
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!
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. 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 Donne, The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose
I remember bell shaped sleeves being “a thing” back when I was in junior high. I’m sure this structure detail has been on and off trend for decades now, long before I was even a wee Huntress. I’m thrilled to see the shape back in style again…it reminds me of oh so many memories. I’m headed way back in my memories today- this is my ‘structural with a smile’ look.
Top: Zara ($30)
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft ($15 marked down from $90)
Shoes: Derek Lam via TJ Maxx ($60 marked down from $350)
Necklace: from travels to Nantucket
Bracelets: Alex and Ani (+handmade bracelets)
It is #monthlymani time again! This month we did our favorite mani/pedi combos…I couldn’t decide which mani/pedi I liked best, so I’m posting both sets that I painted 🙂 Side note, it’s really hard to photograph your own hands and feet together in the same photo, so I decided to skip that mission and just photograph them separately.
Check out the other ladies via the links below!
When faced with some balance and time off, I find I often scramble to get to everything “on the list.” You know that list. THE list. Yeah, I’m over that list. I’m trying to take my own advice and sloooooooow down. The other day, I did just that. Slowed down on my drive home to stop and wonder at a magnificent sunset.
Eh, my list just got even shorter.
Dress: Burberry via Nordstrom Rack ($110 marked down from approx $550)
Necklace: House of Harlow via Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $60)
Belt: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $5)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack (long time ago, can’t remember price!)
You never see what you want to see
Forever playing to the gallery
You take the long way home
Take the long way home
-Take the Long Way Home, Supertramp
“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right.”
-Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles
Top: Banana Republic ($15, marked down from approx $80)
Blazer: Lauren Conrad via thrift ($3, retails for approx $65)
Jeans: Levi’s ($88)
Necklace: from travels to Nantucket
Shoes: Banana Republic ($15, marked down from approx $130)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) The summer sales are definitely in full swing. I found these shoes just the other day at Banana Republic, sitting in a giant stack of shoes. The key to true sale hunting is “the quick scan.” Items are often grouped with all different colors, styles, and prices- and you essentially want to isolate first the best prices, then evaluate the finds. That process is the quick scan. It doesn’t take more than a few moments to just scan quickly by price and then pull the finds from there. While I don’t agree with buying something just because “it’s cheap,” I do think the quick scan basically rules out anything that you will inevitably want to get despite being “above the budget” and can help you stay on target.
2) Summer is flying by, and it is already time for some festive 4th of July nails! You can see them below :)!
Anyone have plans for the holiday weekend, if you are stateside? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!