With the significant temperature drop in Chicago, I’m all about cozying up in sweaters, big scarves, and keeping it simple. If you haven’t gotten enough of my fall photos, there’s still more to come. We’re so lucky to have had a long fall here, as many years it seems to fly by straight into winter. So, I’m loving leaves, fall colors, and cozy layers. (And hot cocoa) (And fun size chocolates) (and that I wore those shoes as part of my Halloween costume).
There’s something about the idea of a custom dress that just sounds regal and fancy to me. I envision a tailor bustling to a local castle in a horse-drawn carriage armed with endless fabrics, needles, and gold threads. …clearly I’ve had limited experiences with custom dresses previously, as my vision of them involved a castle.
As much as I love my pattern mixing (which is a lot), sometimes it’s good to get back to basics. I managed to again take off my mint heels (see last few posts), and slip back into my favorite black and white animal print heels. You really cannot go wrong with a black and white look (especially in animal print, of course), especially on a gray day. We managed to sneak in these photos right before it began to rain, though my hair is really showing the humidity. Does anyone’s hair do well in 85 degrees and 90% humidity, though? If I could make a hat work at work, I’d be seriously tempted to do so these last few days. Hat or no hat, frizzy hair, and all, I’m getting back to basics today.
We’ve had a few hazy and rainy days here lately, which has led to some cool looking “hazy photos.” You know where I’m headed with this, right? I’m a total dreamer at heart, and I love the hazy/dreamlike pictures my photographer, G, captured here. Hazy rainy days always feel like a day to cozy down and dream. …though, let’s face it, rainy days are normally spent at work. Oh well, that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about fashion and photos, among other things (like winning the lottery and buying up the newest Burberry collection). In this hazy and rainy day look, I layered three different patterns, because, why not? Fashion is completely limitless and certainly can involve a lot of dreaming.
Readers, I don’t want to say it. But I’m going to. I’m already missing tights season. I know, I know. I lamented about cold weather for post after post and now here I am talking about tights. It just really goes to show you, the grass is always greener, right? I guess the moral of the story here is stop looking back, stop looking forward, and appreciate life as it happens. And appreciate tights when you can wear them. Sigh. Easier said than done. For now, I’m going to take it day by day and be grateful of this wonderful weather and sun…because I know I sure will be missing it come fall.
Top: c/o American Fashion Fox *
Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)
Stone necklace: gift
Tassel necklace: made it!
Shoes: BCBG via DSW ($11 marked down from approx $100)
Bag: Peter Pilotto for Target ($3 marked down from $40)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) The Peter Pilotto collection still has a few pieces at Target via online and in-stores. I found a few pieces in the clearance section in the actual store; so, you can check out your local store, if interested. If you want to go online, just google “Peter Pilotto for Target” and it should pull up what’s left of the collection online. I wanted to include a link, but it didn’t work, sorry, readers! I was surprised to see a number of pieces left, as I figured it was long gone! Per standard trend, the prices in the actual store seemed lower than online.
2) As you all know, I started my foray into online resale shopping when I was collaborating with American Fashion Fox. I found the quality to be great and the zoom featured allowed me to easily look at pieces “close” up. I highly recommend online resale that has a zoom feature to really look at items, or stick with a trusted site that ensures high quality pieces without any damages on their items. I LOVE digging through resale shops, for real readers, but my caveat is that it can get pretty time consuming depending on the shop, and I normally don’t leave with more than 1-3 items per visit. As a result, I do think online is a good way to have someone else dig and pull out the gems for you to then sort through.
Anyone else still seeing the Peter Pilotto collection in their local stores? Did you like the collection and did you think it was good quality? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone is having a good weekend!
*please note that I received this top from American Fashion Fox, but I have no financial or other relationship with this company, and all opinions are my own.
Readers, I know how to drive, but I spent many years not driving. One of the joys of living in an urban area is that you can survive without a car. Recently, I started driving more and found myself not feeling all that comfortable behind the wheel. I mean, I can get the car from point A to point B, but that was basically the extent of it. Don’t even get me started on the expressway (aka a terror of people moving at insane speeds or a complete parking lot). Anywho, so, last weekend, I took a car control class; the bf and his dad are instructors and gently encouraged me to come on down. On the days approaching the class, I kept thinking, “…I’m going to really embarrass myself out there.” So, I get to the class, and it’s a full day event. The instructors teach a small class, and then you hop in your car with an instructor and take it out to a mini course that is wet down with gallons upon gallons of water. The goal is to learn how to get your car out of control and then bring it back under control.
Readers, I found myself reaching for a sweatshirt this morning. Let’s face it. This whole winter weather in spring thing is kind-of a downer. On the other hand, it’s sunny. So, I had a mini talk with myself while getting ready: