A Fabulous Find

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Recently, I spent the day with one of my dearest friends of 53 years. We drove up to Ojai California, about 65 North of Los Angeles, had lunch and decided to walk around on the main street, Ojai Ave. I stumbled across this dress, Eva Franco, on a mannequin outside of a darling re-sale shop. I’d been looking for a day dress or a ladies who lunch dress that was classic, similar to those of, Oscar de La Renta and Carolina Herrera, with a fitted bodice and a full skirt lined with crinoline. I slid it over my cutoffs and t-shirt, neither classic nor lady like, and it was perfect!

The dress was well made with beautiful fabric, it had no damage and was immaculate. I’m going to alter the hem and make it one length rather than, high-low, like it is now. I’ve styled my look with a pair of brown suede pumps with contrast stitching, Steve Madden, and a brown handbag, Barneys NY. My, Cartier, bracelet, Gucci, ankle bracelet and Ray-Ban, sunglasses bring the modern balance, I need to feel, like me.

Long story short…I waited, patiently to find exactly what I was looking for AND got rewarded…I paid very little money because the store was sadly, going out of business.

Style-Tip: if you know your wardrobe well, you’ll know exactly what you’re missing rather than buying and consuming items that don’t build upon what you have.

*please treat your wardrobe well. many people worked very hard to get it to you.


  • Felicia Arlin

    Felicia Arlin’s work as a stylist and costume designer has been featured in print, tv, film and on the red carpet. As a 20+ year veteran designer/merchandiser in the LA/NY garment industry her work has graced the racks of every major department store and specialty chain in the country. She is passionate about helping women look and feel confident no matter their age, shape or socioeconomic status. Her hope is to empower other women by sharing some of the things she’s learned along the way to better cultivate and express their own individual and ageless style.

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