flower power

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While I love florals, I’m not a huge daisy print fan…until this shirt. This Sea top had me swooning- and even more once I tried it on. I’m officially a daisy fan and flower child now. Flower power, indeed.

Silk top: Sea via Nordstrom Rack ($40 marked down from approx $300)

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

Shoes: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from approx $150)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I found these shoes in the heart of winter, which is how I got them so discounted. It’s hard to look past the current season, sometimes, and buy something “out of season.” But, it’s really the best way to find the best deals-by shopping out of season. Here’s a good article about “when to buy what” at the best prices. http://business.time.com/2012/10/26/the-best-times-to-buy-clothing/

2) If I’m wearing silk, I’m wearing a t-shirt underneath. Silk runs a risk of staining or becoming discolored as a result of sweat and/or deodorant. The best way to cut down on both dry cleaning and to keep your silk looking fresh is to layer a shirt underneath your silk top. I pick up “undershirts” at Forever 21, Gap, and Old Navy. You can normally find them for under $5 on sale and can wash them for quite some time without having any quality concerns. Buy them in neutral colors to ensure that they do not “show through” your silk top. 

Anyone else have silk tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

slowly strolling

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Since I’ve been working on “letting go and letting be,” I did the unthinkable during my work day…I went for a walk. A real live walk. And then…I stopped and looked at the river and skyline…and stood there looking. Below is a photo from said walk.

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Small victories, people. Learning to relish the small things is where its at, I think.

Top: Halogen via thrift ($3, retails for approx $70)

Skirt: Nicole by Nicole Miller via JCPenney ($20, marked down from $45)

Belt: Old Navy ($1.99 marked down from $7)

Shoes: Kate Spade via Nordstrom Rack ($20, marked down from approx $200)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I last featured this dress as a pattern clash look (below). For this post, I added a white peplum top to streamline the look and keep it simple. I then layered a belt over the peplum top with a color from the skirt to add some additional interest. Voila- same skirt, new look!

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2) Still on my thrifting kick, I’ve noticed that holiday weekends tend to be the weekend to sale thrift, which basically means prices are flat-out the lowest they will be (hence $3 for the top in this post). However, it was a big mistake to go at noon on a holiday weekend. Yikes. I could barely find parking and the store was jam packed. Note to self: go early!

Anyone else going for summer walks? Enjoying the weather? Thanks so much for stopping by readers; I appreciate it so very much!

seeing sequins

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If a favorite color can be sequins or glitter, then that would be mine. I finally was able to find a way to style it for work; the results were nothing short of pure joy…at least for me! Summer is finally here and I’m ready for it-! In sequins, of course.

Sequin top: J Crew via Savers thrift ($3, retails for approx $100)

Button down: Gap via Savers thrift ($3, retails for approx $55)

Pants: Gap ($15 marked down from $55)

Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans ($3)

Sandals: Marshall’s ($10 marked down from approx $50)

Bag: Betsy Johnson “All that Jazz” bag via Marshall’s ($40 marked down from $110)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Sequin tops can be very tricky to wash without losing a few sequins- and I like to avoid dry cleaning costs if possible! So, I tossed this shirt in a small laundry bag with a few other items to soften around the shirt and tossed it in the washing machine on the delicate cycle. Voila! Shirt was good to go- and lost no sequins.

2) It’s hard to style glitter or sequins for work- but I’m pretty sure it can be done, at least for most work situations. In a more conservative work environment, you can button up the button down and cover more of the sequins. Another option is to wear a glitter or sequin top with a blazer and button up the blazer. Either way- it can be done!

bold (in black and white)

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I want to say, first and foremost, thanks for the awesomeness that ensued after my last post. Community is where it’s at and I certainly feel that way about the entire blogging community. Thanks for being you, readers!

Dress: Banana Republic via thrift ($10, retails for approx $110)

Necklace: gift! via Anthropologie

Shoes: Marni via consignment ($25, retail for approx $500)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I am on an all-thrift challenge lately; the summer “clothing budget” tends to be needed elsewhere (landscaping, vacation, etc etc). So, I decided to challenge myself to thrift for a few months. While I have gone into “full retail” stores, I have not bought anything there in quite some time! The all-thrift adventure is actually really fun- and I find myself setting challenges (i.e.find a black and white dress, etc). The thrill of the hunt is on! 

2) I’ve had my eye on a black and white dress that I saw in a magazine (for $5,000)….not quite budget friendly. But, if you’ve ever seen the Devil Wears Prada, you will remember well the scene between Meryl and Anne when Meryl talks about how a specific color was translated from the runway into a “bargain bin sweater.” I took this monologue to heart. Couture is very often translated into bigger “box retail” stores and a black and white dress is bound to appear at a lower price point. Sure enough, I found a dress that met the match (for $4,990 cheaper). Ha. (shaking my head).

Anyone else thinking up creative ways to approach their clothing this summer? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

floral feeling

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I’m feeling so very floral lately, thanks to the arrival of spring. We’ve certainly had many April showers, and even a few May flowers! (photos below from the garden). Can you see the pink buds on the tree? Ahh! So exciting!

Anyway, this dress has a special place in my heart because I wore it for my rehearsal dinner- the night before my wedding. I love that it lives to see a new day- outside of our first home and in springtime. So many new beginnings. I’m feeling so very floral.

Dress: Anthropologie ($20 marked down from approx $250)

Blazer: Harlyn via If Chic

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

Belt: Ann Taylor Loft ($5 marked down from approx $20)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m tempted to write a tip on how my dog photobombed my above photo. Ha! But I guess there’s no tip there- aside from just bring your dog to your photo shoots. Anyway, this dress is fairly formal but I added a denim-ish blazer to keep it more casual. I also added an informal belt, and ta da! the dress is ready for daily wear. 

2) I actually found this dress on the Anthro clearance rack (hence the price), but the sizing was significantly off. I took it to my talented wedding seamstress (The Alterationist, http://thealterationist.com) and she altered the dress right up! Even with the cost of alterations, you can often still save significantly on a clearance dress. So, if there’s a dress or piece I really love, I often still get it and either alter it myself or bring it to a tailor. 

Anyone else have styling tips for more formal dresses for daytime wear? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

knowing in neon

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I recently had lunch with a friend and was discussing confidence and lack thereof sometimes. My friend responded by saying that sometimes the only person that thinks we cannot do something is ourselves. …hmmm. That rang true for me, and I’m guessing, many others. We seem to be the least likely person to feel confident in taking a risk, while others around us are celebrating our risks. I’m holding on to the idea of “knowing” this week. Knowing and believing (in neon).

Top: thrift ($3)

Blazer: BCBG via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Jeans: Levi’s ($88)

Shoes: Rampage via Amazon ($20, retail for approx $50)

Necklace: Bauble Bar ($24 marked down from $38)

Scarf: thrift ($3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you’re going to wear neon to work, I definitely think it works best to anchor it with neutral (blazer and jeans). You can see in the photos without the blazer that this top is a true neon- very bright! For a winter look, you could easily add a sweater over the top and just have a little pop of neon. 

2) I like to thrift button downs because they are so versatile in terms of size. Most of them can be dry cleaned or washed at home- and are good as new! Always try them on and/or inspect them very careful for stains, tears, and snags. You may not see them right away, but some shirts will have been donated for that very reason. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

 

patience in pink

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Boxes, boxes, everywhere! I am practicing patience this week as we continue to dig our way out of boxes in the new place…I am rejoicing in having found most of my clothes, at the very least!

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” -Saadi

Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal via TJ Maxx ($20 marked down from approx $200)

Jacket: Gap ($25 marked down from $130)

Belt: Nine West via TJ Maxx ($12 marked down from $35)

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

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve learned that TJ Maxx and Marshall’s near me seem to get deliveries on Tuesdays. You can always ask someone in the store, if you aren’t sure. You can also ask when “next markdowns” will take place, as clearance items will be reduced again if they do not sell after the first markdown. Going on “shipment day” really is the best use of your time, if you don’t want to do much digging around the store. Additionally, you’ll find the best prices on days when they have done additional markdowns. If you can’t figure out the pattern on your own, just ask someone in the store- it definitely is a time saver and money saver!

2) I last featured this coat during the spring/winter transition last season (photo below). As you can see below, I again paired it with neutral and bold colors. I find that when it’s still cold, but you are tired of wearing winter sweaters, bright layers are key! Most winter pieces that are still in stores are at their lowest prices- so anything else you can still find in stores should be seriously marked down!

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Anyone else have reduced price store tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!

neatly knitted

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

Dress: DVF via TJ Maxx ($115 marked down from $500)

Blazer: Armani Exchange via thrift ($10, retails for approx $200)

Necklace: J Crew ($70 marked down from $150)

Shoes: Miu Miu ($100 marked down from $1,000)

Tights: H&M ($5)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Very interesting to see that Rent the Runway clothes are now being sold at TJ Maxx, at least in Chicago. These clothes are in completely mint condition, from what I can see, and are marked down pretty significantly. From what I understand, Rent the Runway has a few sales each year to sell some of their merchandise. You can either regularly check their website, or follow their Facebook page for more information. Thus far, I’m a fan of quality and price!

2) We are still in the half winter half spring weather around the Chicago area, so lighter dresses and tights seem to be the way to go. I highly recommend pulling out your spring and summer dresses and just adding a couple of layers to wear them now! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m done with wearing my winter coat and sweaters!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by readers! Anyone else waiting for full blown spring to arrive and stay!? Happy mid-week!

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!