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!

ready in red (for spring)

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Well, now that the holidays have passed, I’m ready for spring! Ha! No such luck, I suppose. So, I’m channeling spring in florals mixed in with a little (lot) festive winter reds. There’s no rhyme or reason to the look…which is perhaps why I love it so!

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” -Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Floral top: hmm, so old, I can’t remember anymore! but from Banana Republic

Denim top: Olive and Oak via thrift ($10 marked down from $70)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Pants: Gap ($8 marked down from $55)

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

Black bracelet: Alexander McQueen (gift)

Gold & silver bracelets: Alex + Ani ($45 and $45)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I can’t say that this outfit had much rhyme or reason (as noted above), but I think that’s the fun in pattern mixing and matching. These days, basically anything goes. I tried to keep the look coherent by wearing red on top and bottom, and then floral on top and bottom. But really, there’s no formula needed! If you want more pattern mixing inspiration, you can use the search bar on the right side of the blog and search “pattern mixing” to see other looks! 

2) If you have followed the blog, you know I’m a big fan of Alex + Ani-especially when Alex + Ani teamed up with Disney to make some fab all-grown-up magical charms. My two favorites are pictured here; both of which I picked up in Disney World during a visit last year. However, they are now available for purchase online. So, you can skip the trip to Disney (I suppose, much more cost effective) and grab them online if you’re interested! Online: http://www.disneystore.com/alex-and-ani/mn/1014204/

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

pink pattern party (aka ode to A)

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Sometimes, we just know a kindred spirit right when we meet them, right? This is definitely how I feel about my friend A. The first time I met her, I noticed her jazzy glasses and shoes…and I just knew we would get along. Over the years, we’ve traded nail and clothing tips- and when I started getting migraines again, A. was my go-to doctor/friend. She tuned me right up, and happened to have a skirt in her bag for me (the one featured here!). I mean, what more can a girl ask for? Migraine free and a fancy twirly skirt? Well, let’s just say, I’m glad to have met her, for a variety of reasons- this look is my ode to A.

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Top: Gap via thrift ($3, retails for approx $50)

Skirt: gift

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

Necklace: Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Sometimes, okay more than sometimes, I just go full-blown pattern mash-up. This look is definitely an example of serious pattern clashing- though I kept the look coherent by wearing shoes that had the colors of both my top and my skirt. When pared down, the look is essentially a mix of black, white and pink, which seems to work- despite being three different prints! My Pinterest board is FULL of pattern mixing looks- you can check out my Pinterest board if you’re looking for more inspiration- you can find it here.

2) Hands down, for me, the easiest thing to thrift is a button-down top. If you haven’t thrifted much or are looking to thrift more, I recommend starting in the “long sleeve button down” section of any thrift shop. First, button-downs really don’t need to be specifically fitted since they are often layered and/or tucked in to pants or skirts. Second, most thrift store stock a LOT of button-downs, so you are likely to find at least 1-2 tops (or 3-4!) that you like. Target price for a button down at a thrift store? About $2-$6. Happy hunting!

Anyone else loving full skirts and pattern mixing this summer? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

lilac and lace

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It may still be snowing here at times, but I am feeling very floral and pastel these days (see my last three posts, ha!). I found this dress over the winter and wanted to save it for spring, which is unusual for me. I normally tear the tags right off and style away! But, there’s something about the wait for spring that always feels so refreshing and rewarding to me. After a long winter, spring is nearly upon us, as is the sense of renewal. This is my lilac and lace look, greeting and patiently awaiting the season of renewal in a soft palette.

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Dress: Simpy Vera for Kohl’s ($10 marked down from $70)
Blazer: H&M ($15 marked down from approx $40)
Necklace: vintage via Greg’s Antiques in New Orleans, LA ($3)
Tights: (gift)
Shoes: Rock and Republic via Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $75)
Bracelet: Lulu Dharma via thrift ($1, retails for $190)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Lucite can be really tricky to pull off at work, readers. Personally, I think clear lucite is exceptionally challenging at work. On the other hand, a colored lucite tends to add visual interest while still looking professional. The lucite in these heels is a very subtle detail that’s almost imperceptible. My advice: if you’re going to go lucite at work, go subtle. You can see how I last featured these shoes below:
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2) When I find vintage jewelry, I always consider whether or not the piece can be “cleaned up” when it’s not in the best shape. This necklace needed a good cleaning and was originally strung on a string instead of wire. I simply washed the beads with soap and water, and then re-strung the beads on a thin wire that I bought at a local craft store. String tends not to hold up well over time, whereas wire will definitely stand the test of time. You can see how I last featured the necklace below:
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Anyone else have lucite heel tips? Or vintage jewelry tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Monday!

pink polka dots (30 days no shopping, day 21)

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Well, readers, it’s day 21 of no shopping, and I must say, I am missing my resaling! But, I only have 9 days to go, so I’m pretty sure I’ll make it at this point…I hope so, at least! Anywho, I wasn’t planning on blogging this outfit, because I really wasn’t sure if the top would work out. Netted top? At work? Well, turns out that netted can work in a professional setting. I guess you just never know until you try. Happy weekend, readers!

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Top: H&M ($3 marked down from approx $25)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($14 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Aubrey Brooke at DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

Necklace: vintage via resale ($6)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The “kids” section at H&M is surprisingly versatile. Once I got through the toddler section, I found that there was what seemed like a “teen” section, with sizes through 15 + years. The prices are, of course, lower than the adult sections. I found that the leggings and tights were WAY too small for an adults, as were the pants, but the tops definitely seemed like a better bet. The jewelry is also an easy bet in the “kids” section, as they have long necklaces that would clearly fit an adult. 

2) As I mentioned, I was on the fence about a netted top at work. However, when I added a neutral top under the netted sweater, the netting looked less …well, netted. One way to style this top for a weekend would be to add a complementing color underneath instead of a matching top. As with netting, the same seems to go for lace. If you’re going to wear a lace top at work, consider adding a matching top underneath the lace to make the top seem less sheer. This is a good way to style a top that you can wear to work, and on the weekends! 

Anyone else have juniors’ section shopping tips? I hope everyone had a good weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

unseen gone seen

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Seeing clothes in a new way (specifically the ones hanging in our own closets) is not easy, if you ask me. I’ve been styling my shirt dresses in a fairly consistent way, until a posting on gap.com rocked my world.

Exhibit A:

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photo via gap.com

What? A button down over a button down? …world rocked. Maybe this is a fairly obvious styling to others, but it wasn’t to me! While I was pondering seeing things in new ways, I started to wonder how much I might be missing in other areas. So, I started by challenging myself to look around me more, and look at things in a new way. I thought, “it’s the same old walk home, same old commute…or is it?”

Exhibit B:

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Photo challenge one: really check out something on my walk home. “Is this Hogwarts? Or down the street from me?”

Exhibit C:

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Photo challenge two: look at something I haven’t seen before on my walk to work…”there’s flowers here? Huh.”

Fashion again becomes a metaphor for life. My notes to self: look around you! See something you’ve “seen” but haven’t really seen. Style something in a new way. Okay, I’ll stop my gabbing now. Here’s my take on the Gap look, it’s the unseen styling gone seen…(though btw, sorry the dress is a little wrinkled. Probs should have ironed that this morning, but I really couldn’t be bothered).

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Dress: Gap ($10 marked down from $60)

Button down: Gap ($7 marked down from $50)

Sandals: Chinese Laundry via Nordstrom Rack (hmm..years ago, maybe $20)

Belt: Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker ($9) (I know, I know, I’ve said it before, but I miss that collection!)

Bag: Kate Spade (gift)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Oh snap. Gap’s sale is 40% off their sale items (in-stores), so now is the time to grab a shirt dress, if you are interested! Additionally, they are stocking a lot of shorts, summer scarves and flats on sale right now. Most items were <$20 in the store. There were also a ton of jean jackets on sale for around $20, which is a great price for a jacket that you will wear forever because let’s face it, I don’t think jean jackets ever go out of style. As you know, I don’t do a ton of online shopping, but the online sale was also quite good. 

2) I’ve found that online shops, catalogs, and other fashion blogs (of course!) have a lot of great inspiration to help think of clothes in new ways. I can often re-create looks from what I have already in my closet (ie the look today!). Additionally, even if you find something in the store, you can look online at how the retailer styled the idea. I often get great inspiration that way. And, of course, my deep love …Pinterest. Pinterest is a gold mine of styling images, and tons of bloggers share their outfits on Pinterest, so you can follow them to get automatic updates. 

Anyone else finding some great summer sales lately? Hard to believe that summer clothes are already on sale, right? Thanks so much for stopping by; I appreciate it so much!

mooning over moms

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! I’ve been fortunate enough to have so many mother figures in my family life. In terms of my fashion genes: my own mom taught me just about everything I know about fashion and bargain hunting; my sister taught me how to style the latest trends when I was a wee Huntress in the 80s; my maternal grandmother passed along her love of all things sewn, and my paternal grandmother passed along her love of cooking and flowers/gardening. While I wouldn’t say I”m a master of just about anything creative, I consider myself truly blessed for having so many creative mother figures in my life who inspired me and continue to inspire me each and every day. A very special shout-out to my mom (who never once balked at my talk of starting a fashion blog and continues to edit it) who is there for me through thick and thin, and my sister, who is a wonderful mom to my beloved niece and nephew. This is my mooning over moms look; as the mom says in Mean Girls, “you girls keep me young, I love you!”

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Button down top: Banana Republic (approx $20 marked down from approx $80)

Peplum top: Nordstrom Rack ($9 marked down from $36)

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from $110)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)

Ring: Forever 21 (years ago; maybe $2)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Ever since I layered under a peplum top once, I’ve wanted to do it every day! This time, I didn’t even tuck the shirt under the peplum in, I just left it untucked. It was so liberating! Adding layers under peplum makes it very easy to wear a sleeveless top at work without worrying about adding a cardigan on top. I also liked the purple on purple, but the two different patterns. Always remember that it’s really very easy to mix and match patterns, especially if you stick within the same color palette (for example, here, I just layered purple patterns). 

2) I must wear these shoes at least once a week.  Despite being black and white animal print, they are surprisingly versatile.  If you’re going for a pop of pattern, animal print is generally fairly easy to style, especially in shoes. You all know how I feel about DSW, readers. Just go straight to the clearance section, and bring your coupons (register via their website). Getting a pair of shoes for under $20 in the clearance section is totally doable! Don’t forget to refer to the color coded system that is de-coded on a chart on top of the rack- and remember that yellow means 80% off the sticker price, but is not on the chart!

Thank you so much for stopping by readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!