summer breeze (aka ruffle revival)

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Finally, finally, a warm (albeit humid) breeze has hit Chicago, and the summer clothes can make their debut! I found myself wondering whether it was “white skirt” weather…umm, that’s what happens, people, when you have an 8 month long winter. Your brain gets all sorts of confused about clothes. Anywho, speaking of summer. Is there anything more perfect for summer than a breezy white ruffle skirt? While I was enjoying my ruffles revival, I added white pumps and a tied at the waist button down. I haven’t worn a button down tied since the early 90s, so this outfit ended up being all sorts of liberating. I’m in a white skirt! No tights! Tied up button down! White vintage pumps! It’s warm out! Celebrate! It’s a ruffle (and summer spirit) revival. Thanks for coming, summer.

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Top: Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $45)

Skirt: c/o Fuchsia Couture by Liliana

Shoes: vintage via thrift ($2, they were $4, but 50% off sale)

Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (approx $10 on sale)

Purse: Kate Spade (gift)

Nail colors: orange polish (dollar store), gold (Frog in my Throat by OPI)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) With the “tied at the waist” button down, this outfit is definitely casual. However, the other way to style the exact same pieces for a more formal look would be by tucking in the button down and adding a short or long sleeve blazer. If you’re going to invest in staples for all season dressing, skirts are a great option. You can always add tights for cooler weather, which makes them wearable all year round. I think this skirt, for example, would look really great with colored tights and ankle boots. 

2) Shout-out to the lovely Liliana who designed and made this skirt. It’s made of out sustainable bamboo fiber and is very breathable for summer. It almost feels like pajamas (and you know how I feel about that), but clearly looks a lot more formal than pajamas.  When I’m looking for skirts, my top requirement is that the skirt fits (of course), but that it doesn’t wrinkle! I’ve made the mistake of buying a couple of skirts that wrinkle quickly; they end up being a lot of work and looking somewhat disheveled halfway into your day (unless you keep an iron in your office).  One way to check and see if a skirt may wrinkle is to pinch the fabric between your fingers and hold it for a few seconds.  When you let go, look at the wrinkle effect. I’m happy to report that this skirt does not, in fact, wrinkle easily, if at all. Check out Liliana via her online shop via: Fuchsia Couture by Liliana . #yougoLiliana
Anyone else have wrinkle tips? I’d love to hear them! Happy Monday, readers! I hope everyone is having a great start to the week!
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whirl and twirl

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“Feel like a woman. Wear a dress.” Diane Von Furstenberg 

Personally, I think there’s a lot of ways to feel like a woman, but DVF does have a point. We finally (omg, you guys, FINALLY) got a heat wave here in Chicago. I was PUMPED (can you tell?!) to bust out a dress (no tights!) and sandals! It’s really the little things, right? Let me tell you, I sure did feel like a lady in my dress! Which, naturally, meant I had to take photos twirling in it. Another one of Fuchsia Couture by Liliana amazing creations, this dress is made out of bamboo fiber. I’m a first time wearer of bamboo fiber, and now a long time fan. If you haven’t worn it, it’s a bit hard to describe except that it feels more substantial than cotton, is apparently antimicrobial, a sustainable fiber, and the dress is locally made, designed, and sewn. Umm, feel like a lady, eco-concious, germ free, a supporter of jobs in textiles and fashion, and fancy, all at once in this dress. Sold.

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Dress: Fuchsia Couture by Liliana

Blazer: H&M (approx $15 marked down from approx $40)

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

Necklace with stone: Express (gift, years ago)

Necklace with tassel: made it! (charm from Michael’s, $3 on clearance, added chain and clasp)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $25)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This dress is a  great example of a more “casual” spring and summer dress styled for work.  Adding a blazer to an otherwise “casual” dress is one of the easiest ways to style your dresses for work and get more wear out of them.  This is also one of the easiest ways to go from “coffee to cocktails” aka from work during the day to out/dinner at night; just take off the blazer and you’re ready to go! You can find the dress via Fuchsia Couture by Liliana.

2) Readers, I don’t even know what happened with these sandals. I’m not sure how they wound up on consignment for $25, and looked as though they had never been worn. It’s confusing, but I think we can all agree it’s best not to ask too many questions sometimes.  Truly, consignment and resale are two of the best ways to get designer pieces that would otherwise be just slightly outside your standard budget (har har, more than slightly).  I know, I know, are you thinking, “but really? Resale for shoes?” Yes, readers. Bust out your sanitizer (alcohol wipes, alcohol from the pharmacy, Lysol/Chlorox wipes, shoe sanitizer from Amazon.com), and just clean them up before you wear them.  I only recommend using the Lysol/Chlorox wipes on the soles of the shoes, so be cautious! I think alcohol wipes or the spray works just fine on most exteriors and shouldn’t damage the shoe at all.  However, always start on the inside of the shoe when sanitizing to ensure you aren’t discoloring or damaging the shoe. After you finish the interior of the shoe, move to a small spot on the exterior of the shoe to again ensure that you aren’t causing any damage to the shoe.  With this pair of sandals, after I used alcohol swaps on the inside of the sandal and the straps, I went back with a leather conditioner to ensure the leather didn’t dry out from the alcohol.  

Anyone else have tips for styling spring and summer dresses for work? Feeling the love for bamboo fiber? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

happy in hot pink

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Happy Wednesday, readers!  To celebrate Wednesday, I’m showing a work look and how I styled the work look into a weekend look- a new posting theme for the Fashion Huntress. The lovely Fuchsia Couture by Liliana, whom you all met a few weeks ago, sent over a sneak peek look at her jeans. I was swooning over the fuchsia stitching which really looked fab with the hot pink shoes, without even remotely being too pink….if there is such a thing. As with the dress, Liliana didn’t even take measurements and I wound up with jeans that fit like a glove. Sigh. You guys, I just love when clothes fit and make you feel so fab. …what can I say? I’m clearly in too deep with clothes and probably need an intervention soon…save me…or don’t…because I’m totally happy in hot pink.

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Work look:

Top: Banana Republic ($9 marked down from $65)

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from $90)

Blazer: Forever 21 ($25)

Shoes: Nine West via resale ($12, retails for approx $100)

Necklace: gift

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Weekend look:

Jeans: c/o Fuchsia Couture by Liliana

Here’s where she can be found: Fuchsia Couture by Liliana
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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) You’ve long since learned that I love bright colors, but hot pink is really just a bundle of joy, right? When I found these grown-up girly heels, I debated how I would be able to style them for work. I went with all black and white, and then add a touch of neon with the shoes. The shoes actually looked pretty toned down for the workplace, if you ask me. I think shoes are one of the easiest brights to style for work; you can basically tone down your entire outfit with neutrals and then go all out with bright shoes. 

2) Custom jeans really can come at a high price, though if you have a hard time finding jeans that fit (who doesn’t?!), it’s a great option. I like Liliana’s line because the pieces really are affordable and much more affordable that many custom sites I’ve seen. You can give her a shout-out with any questions you have and she will definitely get back to you! 

Any other readers like wearing their super brights at work? Have styling tips? Thank you, as always, lovely readers for stopping by! It means so much to me!

fabulous fuchsia (couture)

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As you know or may not know, I actually don’t write sponsored posts on this blog. If I’m approached to take a look at something someone does, then I happily will oblige- but I personally will not accept products for payment or publicity. In true Huntress fashion, if I think something is legit, then I will talk your ear off about it (Cole Haan shoes, anyone? Because I still gab about those non-stop).

With that being said, let me introduce you to Fuchsia Couture by Liliana. A bit ago, Liliana asked me to take a look at her work, which I was happy to do. This is what ensued via email (nearly exact quotes):

Liliana: About what size/shape do you think you are?

Me: I’m pear shaped. My sizes range significantly from store to store.

What arrived was nothing short of a miracle. Jeans and a dress that fit a glove with Liliana having taken no measurements. Shut the front door, sister is legit.

I really admire people following their dreams, which is what she is doing: California based (Sacramento), all her own designs, sewing done by an indie shop, Eco friendly bamboo fabric from North Carolina, and a price point of about $50-$75 for custom clothes. So, this is an unsolicited shout-out to Fuchsia Couture by Liliana. #yougogirl

Here’s where she can be found: Fuchsia Couture by Liliana

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Dress: c/o Fuchsia Couture

Sweater: Marshalls ($20 marked down from approx $50)

Tights: seriously so old, I can’t even remember what I paid, but I know they are VS Pink

Necklace: gift

Shoes: Marshall’s (approx $20 marked down from approx $100)

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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Custom made jeans are a great idea for anyone having a hard time finding pants (ie pretty much everyone, right?). Fuchsia Couture is one of the most affordable ways I’ve seen to get a pair of your own. I like Nordstrom Rack for jeans but have found that they generally still run fairly high for jeans ($100+), and I think that price point is still a bit high and they are obviously not custom there.

2) Although this is a short-sleeve dress, I added some pink tights, ankle boots, and a sweater to transition it during our odd Chicago weather period! I think this dress would also look great worn on its own with heels, or just ankle boots and no tights for a funky look. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it 100 more times, a lot of dresses can be transitioned through all four seasons with just a little bit of layering up or layering down.

Anyone else have styling tips for summer dresses? Thanks so much for stopping by, lovely readers! I appreciate it so very much!