you have my heart

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I’m always happy to be sporting ruffles and hearts, so this dress made my day! This was a gem of a find at my local consignment shop. I found this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress with the tags still attached for $23 (marked down from $300)! What? I know, I was thrilled. At $300, that dress was out of my reach, but for $23? SOLD.

You may remember the last time I wore this dress:

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This time, I changed it up by swapping out different shoes and a different cardigan.  Though, this is a great summer dress without the cardigan for when I’m commuting to work!

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I think the ruffles on this dress really make it that much cuter.

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Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs ($23 marked down from $300)

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

Shoes: Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker for Steve and Barry’s ($9)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It can really be tough to dress for work when summer gets exceptionally hot! I personally aim for dresses that are knee length (or as close to it as possible) at work. In the winter, you can get away with shorter dresses if you’re wearing tights or leggings, but summer generally means bare legs and thus, slightly longer is needed. I always add a cardigan or blazer for the indoor AC and to cover my shoulders (required per our dress code). I’ve been surprised by how many dresses look completely different with a cardigan and sweater. By wearing your weekend summer dresses to work, you can get far more usage out of them, which is definitely budget friendly.

2) I was really on the fence about consignment…until I tried it! Now I’ve decided it’s actually magical. Yes, magical! If you shop consignment in a nice area, you can find some great couture pieces, and often with tags attached.

I always look up reviews before I go somewhere (I use Yelp) to review:

-What types of clothing they have (vintage, couture, designer, everyday/chain stores)

-General price range (think through what you are willing to spend; some places have consignment for $100-$150+/item, while other places run $20-$30/item)

-Quality of the clothing (new/barely used, gently used, used)

 I have been asked if there is a lot of “digging” at these types of shops. My answer is always: if you go to a good store that you have researched, then no, it is not a lot of digging at all.  However, some people enjoy a good dig. When I’m in the mood for digging, then I really don’t mind that type of store. However, shopping for good deals does not always mean you’re digging and spending a ton of time looking for deals!

Happy mid-week, readers! We are having fabulous weather in Chicago; I hope everyone else is as well. Sunshine and a cool breeze always makes for a good start to the day. Thank you for stopping by!