My Favorite Things: Maxi Dress and a Denim Jacket

Here I am back at my parent’s house modeling a few of my favorite things. This is my favorite, actually my only, maxi dress. I purchased it a few years ago to wear to a party. Not only was it a hit at the event, it’s still one of the most exciting dresses in my closet, and gets taken out whenever I want something a little splashy.

There’s this street in the nearby city of Artesia full of fabulous Indian restaurants, stores selling beautiful Sari, and jewelry boutiques.  The area is called Little India and the most wonderful things can be found there.  I went there years ago with some friends and found this necklace.  It was on display amid a number of beautiful gold necklace and earring sets, but I fell in love with the interlocking rings and tiny flower shapes in this silver one.  It’s very heavy. For a long time I didn’t wear it often because it felt like “too much”, but now that big “statement” necklaces are all the rage this feels remarkably delicate.

This dress felt very long when I purchased it back in 2007, but now it looks a bit too short.  Maxi dresses are really maxi now! I’ve seen them trailing on the ground behind their wearers.  As for the jacket, it’s new and so has “the correct” shape of the moment. I still have a denim jacket from the late 90’s in my closet and it looks too wide and and falls at “the wrong” spot.

I found the purse at a local thrift store.  I can’t imagine why anyone would part with it.  It’s so much fun!  But someone decided they didn’t want it anymore.  I wonder why.

Isn’t if interesting how changes in fashion can change your perception of things you’ve worn and loved for years?


  • Glasses – Fendi
  • Earrings – made by yours truly!
  • Denim Jacket – Tommy Hilfiger
  • Dress – Kale Bol
  • Necklace – unknown make, purchased in “Little India” years ago
  • Purse – unknown make, thrifted
  • Sandals – Cole Hann

Do you have anything in your closet that you’ve owned for years and still looks current?  How about a piece that looked “wrong” for years but now looks “right”? Have you fallen out of love of anything when it stopped being fashionable, or are you loyal to your favorite pieces? What are your favorite things?

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21 Responses to My Favorite Things: Maxi Dress and a Denim Jacket

  1. SACRAMENTO June 9, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    You look sooooo ready to party the summer away, my dear Heather.
    I love your dress, and the fact that you haven´t bought it this year because they say so, LOL.
    I adore your necklaces.
    You really look fabulous in the first pic.
    Besos, guapa.

  2. anne
    June 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Heather, so pretty! The necklace goes great with the dress – triangle shapes echoing.

    Fix the “Little India” city – it’s Artesia!
    Arcadia has a few Indians, but not many Indian shops.
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    • Heather Fonseca June 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      Oops! I got my “A” cities confused. You’re totally right. It is Artesia not Arcadia. Thanks for the heads up Anne!

  3. Laura S June 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    That’s such a pretty dress and necklace!
    I agree – I can’t believe some of the things I wore even 5 years ago, but I’m wondering if that’s a little weird – like, ok, it was the trend, what do you expect, self? I think it says a lot about how trends are constantly changing these days, maybe a little too much at times?
    – Laura

    • Heather Fonseca June 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      I think the more fun the clothing the faster it goes “out”. Whereas classic clothes are more boring but they stick around longer. This dress is unusual because it’s fun yet it still looks current.

  4. Paula June 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Love the whole outfit, heather! Love the jean jacket over the dress. Love the necklace and the sandals, and that color on your toes IS the hot color this summer.
    I have stayed away from the longer dress thing. I bought one about 6 years ago, and I didnt feel right in it. Hence, have not purchased another.
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  5. Stacey - Total City Girl
    June 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Love your outfit Heather! I always feel a bit frumpy with long dresses but this one loosk so good! I may have to try one again.
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  6. Kristin June 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    That maxi is insanely gorgeous!

    June 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    LOVE that first shot, and this dress! It is fab on you.

    I actually have lots of things that are YEARS old and still look current. I think that’s because I tend to like clean, timeless silhouettes, or totally boho dresses, which never go out of style.
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  8. Alexis of NorthOnHarper June 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    You look entirely cool—- I wish you had submitted this for NoH Does:Brunch Attire!!!!!!
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  9. Boheme Noir June 10, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    You look smart & cool in the first picture. Black on your toes rocks!
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  10. Aquí June 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    gorgeous dress! I love the print with the denim jacket!!

  11. Couture Carrie June 11, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Gorgeous dress, darling!
    You look amazing!


  12. Fashion Limbo June 13, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    I adore teaming up denim jackets with maxi dresses, love how it looks. The pattern of your dress is seriously on trend right now, a tad tribal, extrenely colourful. You look really nice 🙂

  13. mary jo
    June 28, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I love your dress Heather, and it’s so on trend right now and will continue to be well into Resort ’12 🙂 I have a straw hat that I don’t think ever goes out of style–not to big, not to small, just perfect every summer, but most of my forever pieces are winter.

    xo mary jo

    • Heather Fonseca July 8, 2011 at 7:37 am #

      I have a hat like that! I bought it years ago at Barneys, and although it’s looking a little faded now, it’s still pretty perfect.

  14. Tina August 17, 2012 at 4:19 am #

    It’s looking so gorgeous.

    • Heather Fonseca August 18, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Thank you Tina. Right now the dress is in a box in the closet waiting for fall, but I’ll be bringing it out, and probably wearing it for photos on the blog, shortly.

  15. Jessica Graham
    March 1, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    I just found your blog, very cool and yes I have many old fave’s in my closet. Some I keep strictly because I have been disloyal to favorites in the past. Ditching in a fit of “must clear out” based on it looking wrong at that moment. I definitely have eternal love pieces.

    • Heather Fonseca March 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Oh, I’ve been known to ditch old things because I never wear them only to find the look back in fashion the next year! Such is life I guess. Thanks for finding my blog and leaving a comment! Hope to see you around again soon.


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