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Hot and Cold: Jovovich Hawk Dress

I’m getting good use out of my floral Jovovich-Hawk dress. I recently wore it to work and styled it with orange tights and yellow shoes. I got the color inspiration from a kids’ painting easel that I saw in a children’s store in a mall.

I put on my dress added a brown belt. When I left the house, I realized how cold it was! It’s almost summer, but it’s still chilly in Seattle in the mornings. Seems strange since the rest of the country is in the middle of a heat wave. I grabbed my go-to safari jacket and warmed up the outfit, proving that this Jovovich-Hawk dress is a three-season number.


Dress: Jovovich-Hawk for Target
Belt: Wet Seal
Tights: Target
Shoes: Aerosoles

hawk with jacket

Jacket: Mossimo for Target


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Polka-dot Jovovich: Five New Ways

About three weeks ago I styled my black and beige Jovovich-Hawk dress from Target’s Go International Designer Collective. I wasn’t totally thrilled with it. The boots were a bit schlumpy, the blue tights were too Avatar. It wasn’t horrible, but didn’t love what I’d done with the outfit. And if you don’t love an outfit, your whole day might be thrown off.

Instead of giving up (I’m too stubborn for that), I thought I’d try to redeem myself. So today, I’m sharing five new options with you—including a couple of unbelted looks (which I’d previously said wouldn’t work).

This is probably my favorite variation: I added a red patent belt, black tights, and high-heel Oxford’s. I wore this to work.

red belt

Dress: Jovovich-Hawk for Target
Belt: Thrifted
Tights: Ross Dress for Less
Shoes: Seychelles

Next, I boldly removed the belt. I thought this would look sort of tent-like, and I guess it does, but not in a bad way. This is a very comfortable option; the lack of belt really changes the look of the outfit. I’d wear it to work this way too, or to lunch with friends.

no belt

Then, I replaced the tights with leggings and added bright red ballet flats. This is much more casual, but extremely comfortable. I feel a bit like a French mime, but I’m not sure why. I’m having a hard time pin-pointing it. I’d wear this on a Saturday to run errands and buy groceries.

red shoes

Tights: Newport News
Shoes: Payless

Back to the belt. I chose a plain black elastic belt. I removed the leggings and tried a bare-legged look with faux-suede boots. I’d wear this to dinner or dancing. For me, bare legs and a short shirt wouldn’t work at work.

tan boots

Belt: Thrifted
Boots: Wanted

Finally, I traded the boots for open-toed shoes. I added an orange clutch to see how else I could use a splash of color. I’ll wear this to dinner when the weather improves. It’s summer but not too summer-y, if you know what I mean. I wanted to see if I could style this dress for various seasons and occasions. And I’m happy with my new options. What do you think? How would you style this?

orange clutch and tan shoes

Clutch: Shiraleah
Shoes: Aerosoles

Here’s a poem to celebrate spring and National Poetry Month:

Spring is like a perhaps hand
by e. e. cummings

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window,into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and from moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.


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Blue Chai T-Back: Target Dress #4

This Richard Chai design is the fourth and final Target dress from the mini-spree I had a few weeks ago (and it’s also a GO International Designer Collective piece). It’s a great alternative to the Little Black Dress. Meet the Little Blue Dress.

I wanted to make sure I could change the look of this dress and wear it to a variety of functions, as well as in different seasons. First, I paired it with silver shoes, a pewter clutch and silver jewelry. I’d wear this to a fancy dinner, a wedding, or a New Year’s Eve event.

Richard Chai dress

Dress: Richard Chai
Clutch: Victoria’s Secret
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet: Gifted
Necklace: Fred Meyer’s
Earrings: Target

Next, I swapped out the silver shoes for a nude pair and threw on a bright orange scarf. This would be a nice dinner dress or something I could wear to the symphony.

Richard Chai dress 2

Scarf: Street vendor in NYC
Shoes: Nine West

Finally, I thought about girls’ night out and how I could get a little funky with this dress. I added a black satin blazer, a golden-baubled necklace, and tan faux suede boots with a kitten heel. I’m carrying a flashy, bronze hobo bag too, to make this more fun and less formal. I swapped out the silver-tone earrings for a gold version.

Richard Chai dress 3

Blazer: Bebe (thrifted)
Earrings: Target
Necklace: Mary Kay
Bag: Thrifted
Boots: Rampage

Here’s a thrifty tip: I found the Bebe blazer at Goodwill for $8 but it’s a size 2 (and I’m not). Because of its length and shape I realized this would work as a coat. I can’t button it up, but let’s keep that between you and me.

The total for the first outfit was $65; the second was $105; the third was also $105. Obviously I bought the dress only once so all the pieces you see here total $275. Proof that you can look like a million for much less.

fabric details

I love the detailing on the deep blue dress

mixed textures

Mixing textures and colors makes the outfit less formal

Don’t forget that April in National Poetry Month. To celebrate, here’s a fitting poem:

A Blue Dress

A lady
in a
blue dress

a tear
on the end
of her finger
returned it
to her eyes

and smiled.

~ Heather burns

To see the other dresses, and how I styled them, see:

Spots: Jovovich
Stripes: Thakoon
Floral: Jovovich

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Thakoon Dress: Three New Ways

I recently took up a challenge from Cute and Little, and became part of her Color Brigade. Seeing her colorful outfits inspired me to restyle my Thakoon dress a few new ways. One-piece dressing is oh-so-simple, but I run the risk of same-old, same old. Plus, I want to get multiple looks out of each piece I have in my closet to stretch my shopping dollar.

First, I got colorful. I added a multi-colored necklace, an orange clutch, and yellow shoes. Head-to-toe color-blocking. Perfect for summer. I’d wear this to dinner on a patio or to a summer art walk.

Thakoon dress

Dress: Thakoon
Clutch: Shiraleah
Necklace: Something Silver
Shoes: Aerosoles

Next, I ditched the open-toed shoes for caramel-colored, faux suede, kitten-heel boots. I added an aqua scarf and orange tights. I could easily wear this bare-legged with the boots. Either way, this isn’t an outfit for shrinking violets. I’d wear it out to dinner or to a show.

Thakoon dress 2

Scarf: Street vendor in Toronto
Tights: Target
Boots: Rampage

Finally, I added a denim jacket and swapped out the boots for purple shoes—just to see how wild I could get without entering into clown territory. I’d wear this to a concert or out with my friends. The added pieces mean I can take this from summer to fall.

I’m glad my cat interrupted the photo shoot. She made me realize a few things: Mixing patterns and colors does work; you can wear white shoes in winter; fur looks best on animals. Rock what yer mama gave you, Alice!

Thakoon dress

Thakoon dress

Thakoon dress

Jacket: Betsey Johnson (thrifted)
Shoes: Aerosoles

I took the Color Brigade Challenge:

link to color brigade

Finally, in honor of National Poetry Month, here’s a poem by William Blake:

The Tiger 
Tiger, tiger, burning bright  
In the forests of the night,  
What immortal hand or eye  
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?  
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?  
On what wings dare he aspire?  
What the hand dare seize the fire?  
And what shoulder and what art  
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,  
What dread hand and what dread feet?  
What the hammer? what the chain?  
In what furnace was thy brain?  
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?  
When the stars threw down their spears,  
And water’d heaven with their tears,  
Did He smile His work to see?  
Did He who made the lamb make thee?
Tiger, tiger, burning bright  
In the forests of the night,  
What immortal hand or eye  
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


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Seeing Spots: Target Dress #3

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to wear the third of four dresses I bought from Target. This is also a GO International Designer Collective piece—and my second Jovovich-Hawk. It’s basically the same cut and fabric as the other Jovovich-Hawk I bought. I debated the merits of buying two very similar dresses, but the different color and pattern convinced me.

Polkadot Jovovich-Hawk dress

Dress: Jovovich-Hawk
Belt: Thrifted
Tights: Target
Boots: Wanted

I’d like to try this dress with black tights and a bright belt. Or red tights and black mary janes. I also think I will be able to skip the tights and wear sandals to make this more spring-y. Sure, it’s a dark fabric, but it’s so gauzy that I think I can wear it throughout the summer.

When I try this dress the other ways, I’ll be sure to post pictures! It’s important for me to get value out of my clothes and mix and match them for endless possibilities. How else would you style this dress?


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Boho Jovo: Three New Ways

When I first posted about the Jovovich-Hawk dress I bought at Target, I promised to style it a few different ways to show you how to get more mileage out of one piece. As promised, here are three ways I’ll wear this dress in the coming months:

For cooler spring weather, I’ll wear tights. This dress has so many colors in it that I can choose tights in maroon, orange, marigold, olive, brown, or cream. And as long as the ground stays dry, I can wear sandals. Open-toed shoes and tights don’t really go together—and that’s exactly why I like this combination. It’s a bit unexpected. I swapped out the olive belt for a brown one because I didn’t want to match my belt to my tights. This should look effortless, not planned.

spring dress

Dress: Jovovich-Hawk
Belt: Wet Seal
Tights: Hue
Sandals: Bamboo (via eBay)

For summer, this is going to be such a cool, comfortable dress. I can’t wait. I won’t need tights. (In case you’re wondering: No, I’m not wearing white tights. That’s just how pale my legs are!) I wore a bright skinny belt because it lightens up the outfit and will be more comfortable in the heat. I like wide belts, but they can get a bit restrictive.

summer dress

Belt: Express
Sandals: Payless

When fall hits, I’ll need tights again. Any of the aforementioned colors will do; I chose orange because it reminds me of autumn. I intentionally wore a brown belt a shade different than the brown boots. I admit: This has a bit of a swashbuckler feel to it. Ahoy maties! I will be sure to wear this on Dress Like a Pirate Day (or is that Talk Like a Pirate Day?).

fall dress

Belt: Thrifted
Tights: Hue
Boots: Bass

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Thakoon: Target Dress #2

Here’s the second of my four Target dresses from the GO International Designer Collective. Admittedly, it’s a bit cold for bare legs and no sleeves, but the color is perfect for today: St. Patrick’s Day. No, I’m not Irish. I am half Scottish. Does that count? Either way, everyone is an honorary Irish person today.
 blue and green dress

blue and green dress

Dress: Thakoon for Target
Trench: Thrifted
Clutch: Boutique in Pittsburg
Shoes: Nine West

I’m really looking forward to summer evenings when it’s too hot for restrictive clothing. This shift drapes nicely and will be so cool and pulled together. In fact, this would be the perfect dinner outfit for a vacation in Hawaii or the Caribbean (the ocean blue and green is very tropical). It reminds me of a painting I made. I always think of the ocean when I look at it.

blue painting by Jean

In case you’re wondering, the car isn’t mine. But isn’t it cute? Those little Smart cars sure are adorable.



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Boho Jovo: Target Dress #1

I’m really excited to share the first of the four dresses I bought at Target last Sunday. These were part of the GO International Designer Collective. Target brought back a couple of dozen of the dresses they’ve sold over the past five years. They have a range of designers represented: Rodarte, Thakoon, Libertine, Zac Posen, and more.

jovovich-hawk dress

Dress: Jovovich-Hawk for Target
Belt: Target
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Aerosoles

I chose this flowy, floral bohemian-inspired Jovovich-Hawk number. It was a tent so I belted it with an olive-green fabric stretch belt. I’m not used to such light, airy colors and fabric so I added wine-colored tights. They pick up the purply-wine flowers in the fabric. Just for fun, I wore peep-toe pumps. These Aerosoles and are so comfortable! The rubber sole means I won’t fall when I walk on hard surfaces (always a plus).

I’m looking forward to trying this dress with olive tights and tan platform pumps and orange tights and brown knee-high boots. Maybe even bare legs—but dang it’s short! When I try those combinations, I’ll be sure to post the looks for you. And stay tuned for the other three looks. Coming soon to a laptop near you.



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