Fashion for Good: Chicago Fashion Fetish Fete, part 1

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the Fashion Fetish Fete at Park West in Chicago. This night wasn’t just about fashion…it provided a chance to honor the humanitarian efforts of selected individuals from the local fashion community. And, the funds raised by the event will go to the The Catholic Charities’ Veterans Services and Employment programs. So…it was a nice event for a great cause…We got to see some fabulous designs sent down the runway while knowing that our Veterans will have improved access to the services and support they need because of the money raised by the event.
This post is just part one of the coverage of this event! Be sure to check back throughout the week to see highlights from the runway shows.

First, I’d like to recognize all of the Humanitarian Achievement Award Recipients.

Brook Conrady of blank nation apparel
Tamika Maria Martell of Dangerous Curves Ahead

Cece Gonzales and Melinda Joseph of Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions

Christine Hutchison of Five Accessories

Also, Christina Roddi represented the Catholic Charities and thanked the organizers and attendees for their support.

Christina Raddi represented the Catholic Charities, the beneficiary of the event.


Music for the event was provided by ObiSoulStar. They were jammin’

And…I’m pretty sure he was barefoot for most of the performance. lol

The fabulous and perky Aleah Connect from WCIU’s Fashion Express hosted the event.

One of the most charming moments of the event were when two real life Veterans walked the runway to show off their new looks, courtesy of Revamped Image Consulting. They were so sweet!

Stay tuned…I will be posting 5 more entries about this event…showcasing each one of the Runway Shows. You don’t want to miss them!!

OK…That’s all for now. Have a great Tuesday!!!

Queen of the Copy Room in a Purple Igigi Dress

I can’t begin to tell you how comfortable and fabulous this Igigi Iliana Knot Dress made me feel when I wore it to the office the other day. Purple is the color of royalty, of course…so I was feeling like a queen…well, queen of the copy room anyway. πŸ™‚

This dress is one of my the purchases I made at the Cupcakes, Curves, and Cleavage event at vive la femme. It is pretty low cut, so if you aren’t comfortable with your girls, you might want to wear a cami or slip underneath. Also, be very very careful with what you let rub against the fabric. I always carry my purse on the left, and when I took off my dress, I noticed some pilling on that side! So if you get this dress, be careful ladies!

Also, don’t just go with the traditional black shoes and accessories. Go for something unexpected…like a chunky yellow necklace, or some bright green earrings and cuff…or pair it with red shoes like I did! This dress is not meant to be ignored. It deserves to stand out, and so do you!

Outfit Rundown:
Dress: Igigi by way of vive la femme
Red heels: Me Too by way of Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Francesca’s
Silver Circle Bracelet: Ravensgoods
Earrings: Ravenswood Antique Mart

Hope you’re all having a gorgeous day, my beauties!

Outfit of the Day: Ladylike in Lace

I don’t know what it is, but I’m feeling very ladylike lately. Is it the influence of Mad Men fashions that have made me obsessed over longer skirt lengths and tops that conceal and reveal at the same time? Well, anyway, today I pulled out this brown lace skirt that I bought from Old Navy like 4 years ago (have I mentioned that I keep everything even if I don’t wear it for a while??). Instead of pairing it with cream (like I did when I first bought the skirt), I decided to add some pops of color to liven things up.

This purple shirt is just a tad sheer, but is still appropriate enough to wear to the office (at least I thought it was). I went with a wildcard pairing of magenta suede heels…but it still felt somewhat boring until I added this yellow fabric flower to the belt. It definitely added some zing to the outfit…and drew attention away from my un-makeup-ed (I just invented that word) face and blah hairdo. πŸ™‚

What do you think?

For some reason, I felt the need to curtsy. I don’t think we curtsy enough in modern society. lol

I carried my trusty yellow Coach purse and it set off the yellow flower perfectly!

The top is sheer…but tastefully so. 

I was running extremely late this morning, so I went sans makeup and wore very little jewelry. Sometimes you just let the outfit speak for itself, ya know?

Outfit Rundown:
Brown lace skirt: Old Navy (practically vintage)
Purple sheer shirt: Forever 21+
Magenta suede heels: Apostrophe by way of Sears (ages ago)
Yellow rose accessory: H&M
Purse: Coach

I hope you are all having a lovely, ladylike day, my beauties!

Outfit of the Day: My First Midi

Have you tried out the new “midi” length skirt? It’s not a maxi, not a mini…it’s a midi. One of my friends pointed out that it’s actually just plain tea-length, lol. But fashion is all about repackaging the past, right? πŸ™‚

Anyway, I bought my first midi skirt about a month ago at H&M, but it took me a while to find the right top to pair with it. With such a full bottom, tops that were loose or had any extra fabric just overwhelmed the whole look. It’s a very ladylike, almost dressy skirt, so just a plain T-shirt looked too plain. Finally, I pulled this top out of the bottom of my closet and tried it on a whim. I think it worked well! With this neckline and the midi length, full skirt, I’m rocking a very 40s/50s look. Also, the print of the top helps balance the outfit. You can’t see my hair, but I went with a side chignon…another classic, ladylike look. What do you think?

I don’t know what kind of neckline this technically is, but it is the most flattering I’ve found for  my shape.  

Don’t be afraid to tuck in your shirts with this type of skirt. I was apprehensive at first, but it creates a much slimmer line.

Silly…but it had to be done. My friend Wendy (who took all of these pics) made me do it! Thanks, doll!!!

This skirt was made for twirling!

So, I guess I’m a fan of the midi skirt. I will definitely try to find more things to pair it with when fall comes in earnest. This particular one is quite sheer…even with its many layers…so first thing on my list is to buy another slip!

Skirt: H&M (Yes, really. A straight sized store actually had something I can fit into!)
Shirt: Ashley Stewart
Belt: Dots
Shoes: Dressbarn
Jewelry: Forever 21

Have you tried the midi skirt yet?? What did you wear with it?

Outfit of the Day: Leopard and Leather

Last Friday, I woke up feeling like I’d been drinking whiskey, shootin’ pool and singing all night in a smoky bar. Not that I had been…no, really. lol. So anyway, I decided to dress to my mood. I put on some Joan Jett and went for some leopard print and leather. πŸ™‚

This black and white leopard print top from Forever 21 is the perfect cut…it’s not really a “crop top” like it’s advertised, but it is boxy with enough structure to lay nicely over my various curves. It’s not too low in the front, so those of you who like more modest styles should love this cut. πŸ™‚ I paired it with some black bootcut jeans from Forever 21, a faux-leather jacket, some studded kitten heels, and some dark metal accessories. My hair-as you can see-is wild and crazy–as if I just finished playing a mad set at The Empty Bottle. lol.

What do you wear when you’re feeling tough?? Do tell!

Shirt, Jeans and Bracelet: Forever 21+
Faux-leather Jacket: Giacca (by way of Filene’s Basement)
Studded Kitten Heels: Kathy Van Zeeland (by way of TJ Maxx)
Purse: Coach (don’t you love the bright yellow??)

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