Readers, you all know how I feel about a rainy/gray day…I love skipping around in puddles, humming rain themed songs (there’s so many good ones!), and all around enjoying the cooler temperatures. This day was no exception. I was wearing a scalloped neckline dress and studded shoes, and was hanging around with an umbrella as a prop for my photos. With my umbrella in these photos, I sort-of felt like Mary Poppins- minus the giant bag and formal gray suit. …which, of course, brings me to my next point. I also love a good homage. In today’s homage, I honor the lovely and quite talented Mary Poppins. I suspect that if Mary Poppins was out there job interviewing these days, she might have updated her somewhat dowdy suit for a more colorful dress and a nice pair of flats. She would have, undoubtedly, kept her magic umbrella though. This is my best Mary Poppins gone modern in scallops, studs, and skipping in puddles.
Dress: Filene’s Basement (years ago; I think around $15, marked down from $100)
Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft (borrowed)
Shoes: Rampage via Marshall’s ($16 marked down from $40)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Here in Chicago, it’s a bit late in the season to still be wearing tights, but you know what that means: this is the best time to buy tights! If you can still find them, grab them up! I’ve noticed that most stores are not stocking tights right now, but many places still have them online. For example, Kohl’s has a lot of tights online right now, most of which are less than $5 a pair. Target still had some in stores when I was last there, but online is a good option as well.
2) This dress was one of those dresses that almost fit like a glove off the rack- almost. I noticed that it was a little big in the waist when I tried it on, but that it fit everywhere else. Luckily, with the black fabric around the waist, I was able to sew and pull in the sides a little without making my amateur tailoring very noticeable. I’m a firm believer that small tailoring jobs can be done by someone who can do basic sewing. However, for bigger jobs or if you don’t feel as comfortable with small jobs, don’t pass up a good find just because it might need a little tailoring. I’ve found that tailoring can be very affordable and can make a piece off the rack look as though it was made for you. If you don’t already have a tailor that you like and trust, you can check out yelp.com for reviews for one in your area.
Anyone else finding great things off season right now? Any recommendations to what to look for? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Monday!
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34 replies to “scalloped, studded, and skipping (aka homage to modern mary poppins)”
The scallops on the dress….so gorgeous!!! And those flats are so chic!
Love that fantastic neckline!!! Yes, a little tailoring can go a looonnnngggg way.
I must say I love buying off season things – however at the moment I need to cut back. I have a ton of winter items I bought recently, and here winter is half over already! So no more! 😀
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Omg I want a pair of those shoes in pink bad
How adorable…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the flats! Valentino, without the price tag! YAAAAASSSSSS! #lookforless
Love your shoes! 🙂
I love how the color blue pops on you! ❤
This dress… gimme, gimme! … and YESSSSSS to jumping in puddles, I miss Seattle rain!
you have such a wonderful outlook 🙂 and i totally agree- now is the time to be buying tights!
Pretty dress and I love those shoes a lot!! During rainy days I prefer staying indoors, sipping a hot cup of coffee and rain gazing through the window, but I know a lot of people who love to play in the rain! 🙂 Enjoyed the post and the photographs! 🙂
Pretty Valentino inspired flats unfortunately we don’t have Marshalls in Holland 😦
Love the outfit! That print is fab.
Not a huge rainy day fan, unless it rains and goes away. The weather we have been having is more frustrating than anything. I am pretty sure there will be no summer this year. Ugh. curses curses. ANyways..having gotten past that, hello gorgeous-printed-dress-on-a-gorgeous-you!!! Love it!!
Beautiful dress as always. That dress so beautiful and very perfect with the shoes.
OMG!!! I love your shoes!!! Stunning, darling!!!!
“I was hanging around with an umbrella” 🙂 How cute. They’re great company, umbrellas, aren’t they? We often stroll together in the rain, my umbrella and me. We have an understanding.
🙂 Splash on! xo
You look gorgeous in florals!
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This is totes adorbs. I’ve been gone for a few weeks and was pre-releasing my posts hence all the notifications from me (don’t mind me just catching up!) 🙂 You look great, I love the scalloped trend lately, also tell your photographer that these pics are stunning! Love the various angles. 🙂
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LOL I’ll take em! I appreciate all of your comments and visits!! xo
Melissa, you truly do shine! I absolutely love this outfit. I’ll take it. Now, the only prob being, where would I wear it? I need to create a place in my life where I can again start wearing nice clothes and bring my jewelry out of their boxes. Great post, friend. It’s good to be back here! Love, Amy
Oh my, Amy! I’m so glad you asked that!! I sort-of feel like I want to bring back dressing up in dresses to go to places like the grocery store- lol!! Right!? Wouldn’t it be fun to hang around the hardware store in some outrageously big skirt and/or dress ensemble!? This might be a one person revolution…but I kind-of love the idea :)!! xo and btw, welcome back!
On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM, The Fashion Huntress wrote:
That is what I used to do, Melissa, honestly. I love wearing dresses, making me feel so much like a woman. I wore such cool shoes and jewelry and of course the makeup with my hair oh so neatly done. Somehow I’ve gotten away from all that, and I really miss it. I love big full skirts and then tight fitting tops as well as loose, but revealing just a tad bit. I used to wear lace with leather. I mixed and matched things that people usually don’t. That is why I LOVE what you do. I are innovative and different. I LIKE that! LOL And thank you for the welcome back. It was a tough couple of weeks. (((HUGS))) Amy
Awww!! Well, I hope you get back to that whenever you want to/feel like you can. There was a long stretch when I just stopped crafting, sewing, and creating things…it was a sad stretch of time. Having the blog reminded me of those things that I used to love and can now love again 🙂 I know you had a rough couple of weeks, but I’m so glad you are back! Your photos and words always make my day. …and makes me want to go sit somewhere in nature~!! big hug!!
On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 4:11 PM, The Fashion Huntress wrote:
It’s been a tough couple of years. Your blog is getting me interested again in clothes and how I look. I took a look in my closets and I shuddered. Oh do I need NEW. New colors, new looks, new everything. I really do admire what you do, Melissa, and I want you to know you are encouraging me to get back to how I really love to be. Dressed and feeling like a WOman. (smiling) xx Amy
That makes my day!!!! So, thank you so much for that. You were the one that inspired me to think more about my photos! This is one of the many reasons why I love the blogging community- it’s all about connecting, sharing, supporting and inspiring. Xo
On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, The Fashion Huntress wrote:
The Shoes!!!!!! Love them.
The color of the dress is so bright and nice…Very pretty it is!
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love the dress!
Your shoes! ❤
Fun colored dress
Love this look and the shoes are great.
Those shoes are IT. I need a pair pronto.