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Meet Maureen Hartigan

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Name: Maureen Hartigan

City: Chicago, IL

Family: Husband John,  Son Joe (we are all Hoyas)

Meditation or yoga? Yoga

Mountains or Ocean? Ocean

Team Sport or Individual? Individual for me but a Georgetown basketball fanatic — so team!!

Coffee or Tea? Both!!

Dog or Cat? Always a dog.  We have the most loving, sweet mixed breed dog named Harts whom we adore.

Why did you decide to start your own business and become a wardrobe consultant for Julia Farr Collection?  I decided to become a wardrobe consultant for Julia Farr because I believe in Julia.  Her fashion sense, philosophies and spirit drew me in.  Meeting Julia was serendipitous as we were brought together by a mutual friend who is one of my most favorite persons in the world.   This opportunity came at a good time.  I am an empty-nester who has been looking for a new adventure.   I am so excited to be a part of launching this beautiful collection for an even more beautiful person

Describe your personal style – neutral like Julia or brights like Ann? I am drawn to neutrals.  I always look for pieces that flatter and are made with beautiful, high-quality fabrics.   My daily summer uniform is a dress and winter is skinny jeans with boots.  I always choose a dress for meetings, dinner and events.  I love a high heel and a great handbag.

What is your favorite piece of clothing EVER? The dress I wore to my 50th birthday party.  I was dropping my sister off at her building and ran into a friend who also lived in the building.  She invited me to meet her friend Elda, a dress designer, who also had a boutique in the building.  The first dress I tried on was it.  Pale, pale green sheath with a black overlay.  It is beautiful and made me feel great on a very special night.  I was so happy to wear Elda’s design, she is a lovely woman.   I’m not sure I’ll ever wear the 6″heels I paired with it, but they are super fun and I actually kept them on all night!

When you’re not thinking about fashion, you’re… Fitness is very important to me, not just for its physical benefits but for the friendships I have made through running and training groups.  These women have brought me hours of great conversation and support.   Yes, exercise is a form of therapy!

I also LOVE to cook, especially for my 19-year old son who loves to stay home just to eat a home cooked meal.

Writing is also a passion as I am finishing a final edit of a novel.  Getting pretty close!  It’s also a great way to get on paper what I am thinking or sharing kind words with people I care about.

Family…family…family…I have a large extended family whom I love very much and enjoy spending time with.

Which non-profit is closest to your heart? Girls on the Run Chicago.  This is an after school program for girls in 3rd-8th grade which provides girls with skills for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  Girls learn life skills including conflict resolution, leadership, and nutrition while also training for a 5K.  I am currently the President of the Governing Board and have loved being a part of a dedicated team working toward providing this wonderful program to as many girls in the Chicago area as possible.  We currently serve 10,000 girls.  To hear the girls talk about the impact of the program is amazing — one girl’s father called it, “life changing,” for his daughter and his family.   To watch the girls cross the finish line with a running buddy (girls with their brothers is the greatest) always brings tears to my eyes.  I am so grateful for Julia for supporting GOTRC as part of our Chicago trunk show.

Name a woman you admire – past, present or future and why? I have the good fortune to have several young women in my life — all of my nieces.   Each one of them has individual characteristics which I admire greatly — smart, creative, motivated, enthusiastic and soulful.     Collectively, they have the greatest spirit.  I am so proud of their accomplishments and the young woman they are.  I enjoy each and every moment we have together laughing, sharing, dancing and yes…sometimes crying.

What is your favorite piece of Fall 2015 from Julia Farr Collection? The K Street suit has great lines and gorgeous fabric.  It will be a staple for so many things on my schedule for the fall and winter (which lasts until April in Chicago!)

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Meet Kathleen Ellis

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Name: Kathleen Ellis

City: Kansas City

Family: My amazing husband, Brewster

Meditation or yoga? Meditation

Mountains or Ocean? Both

Team Sport or Individual? I love all sports, especially at the college level

Coffee or Tea? Wine…then coffee

Dog or Cat? Dogs would be my first choice

Why did you decide to start your own business and become a wardrobe consultant for Julia Farr Collection? Coming from a corporate background, I’ve seen plenty of women, of all ages, struggle to find work appropriate clothing that is well made and a part of a wardrobe they can build on through the seasons. The Julie Farr Collection offers both  – allowing the professional women to dress with confidence. I especially was attracted to their desire to give back to others by donating a portion of sales proceeds to a charity. That’s what it’s all about!

Describe your personal style – neutral like Julia or brights like Ann? Brights!

What is your favorite piece of clothing EVER? Cashmere sweaters

When you’re not thinking about fashion, you’re… trying to figure out golf. I also want to learn how to play mah jong and bridge.

Name a person you admire – past, present or future and why? I admire any woman that follows her passion. Also, my husband – he is my hero!

What is your favorite piece of Fall 2015 from Julia Farr Collection? The Dumbarton Dress

 

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Meet Mimi Brault

On June 1, Julia Farr Collection unveiled a new direction for our company –  recruiting and empowering women around the country to start their own business selling Julia Farr Collection in their city.

Two months later, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our Fall 2015 Collection with our brand new wardrobe consultants. Last week, we kicked off shows in two cities – Wilmette, IL and Kansas City, MO.

We thought it would be fun for all of our You Look Pretty readers to meet our new team, since we think they are an incredible group of women! Every one of them has an impressive professional background – in finance, public relations, and, yes, fashion – and all of them bring a fresh perspective, sense of fun and incredible energy to our company.

So, without further ado, meet Mimi Brault

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Name: Mimi Brault

City: Wilmette, IL

Family: Husband: Jim. Three boys: Charlie, 23, Jeb 21, Will 18

Meditation or yoga? Yoga

Mountains or Ocean? Both- I love the outdoors.

Team Sport or Individual? Both! I love tennis and golf.

Coffee or Tea? Tea

Dog or Cat? Dog

Why did you decide to start your own business and become a wardrobe consultant for Julia Farr Collection? Julia and I have been life-long friends. I have watched her grow her business and wanted to join the fun!

Describe your personal style – neutral like Julia or brights like Ann? Brights like Ann.

What is your favorite piece of clothing EVER? A LBD from Donna Karan.

When you’re not thinking about fashion, you’re… thinking about food! I love to cook.

Which non-profit is closest to your heart? Josephinum Academy in Chicago. The newest member of the Sacred Heart network, Josephinum educates girls from all over the city to be the best they can be.

Name a woman you admire – past, present or future and why? My grandmother, Margaret Clopton Donahue. She endured a lot of heartache in her life but she never lost her sense of humor or her style.

What is your favorite piece of Fall 2015 from Julia Farr Collection? The Dupont Jacket – great lines and beautiful fabric.

 

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Under Where?

Julia,

Wow – that was quite a week last week – Birthdays, Best ofs, Chase grants. It was so much fun to share all of those great experiences with you! And, now, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Granny panties are in. Big underpants. Like the kind Bridget Jones wore on her first “date” with Daniel.

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And, it’s not old ladies like us who are embracing the trend. It’s the young ones – Millenials and Gen Y –  who are eschewing the thong and embracing full-bottomed underwear.

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Thongs are on the way out – sales of thongs decreased 7% last year – to which I say: Hallelujah!

As you know, I’ve always hated thongs. I think they are a special kind of torture. Many women love them – including you – and have tried to convince me they are the most comfortable thing in the world to wear. One year for my birthday, one of my dear friends gave me several pairs of Hanky Panky thongs, insisting that I had only tried on bad thongs.

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“These are so comfortable, you won’t even know you have them on,” she said.

Yeah, right. I wouldn’t know that I had a string in my derriere? I made it about 20 minutes wearing one of them then took them off and stuffed them in the back of my drawer.

And still, the thong believers persisted in trying to convert me.

“You just have to get used to them,” said my sister.

One night I tried. Tyler and I were having a dinner party in our home. I put on my thong and made it through the cocktail hour before I had to go up and tear it off. It took several glasses of wine to restore my good mood.

Don’t get me wrong. I adore beautiful lingerie and I think there are plenty of options that are pretty and cover all the important parts, like these lace bikini underwear from Chantelle.

 

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with plenty of coverage for my bottom!

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So, while I do like a bit of coverage, I don’t need the full-blown granny pants, that come up to my navel and are baggy around back.

It’ll be an interesting trend to watch – are the  big panties a fashion statement or a social backlash to our hyper sexualized Victoria’s Secret world of lingerie?feministunderwear

 

Ann

P.S. for all those who wear thongs to avoid panty lines, I’ve seen plenty of thongs showing up underneath your white pants. My solution to avoid panty lines is to avoid panties all together and go commando.

Images: Bridget Jones Diary, Ten Undies, Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Me and You

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Hozier

Julie,

No, Hozier is not a new type of pantyhose. It’s the stage name of Grammy nominated Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier Byrne (and the name of my new music crush).

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You are probably familiar with his most popular song, Take Me to Church, which received acclaim not only for the song but for the accompanying video which is a dramatic portrayal of a brutal organized attack against LGBT youth and a provocative comment on homophobia. It’s particularly interesting to watch in light of the recent referendum in Ireland legalizing gay marriage.

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I like the song, but there are several others that I love more. Click on the links below to sample a few of his other stellar songs:

From Eden (my favorite song)

Someone New (Not crazy about the video but I dare you not to get hooked on the refrain)

Jackie and Wilson (blues-y goodness)

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This man is a true poet – influenced by the Catholic Church, James Joyce and the blues. His lyrics touch on deeply human issues like love, longing, traditionalism, religion, depression.

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Tyler and I had the chance to catch Hozier this past winter. He was playing in a small venue about an hour from our house, it was a sub-zero, Monday night in February and it was tough to find the energy to venture out to the show, but we are so glad we did. He was an amazing performer, and one of the coolest things was his band:

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Not only were they accomplished musicians, but more than half of them were women. Nice to see on a rock stage.

What does all of this have to do with fashion? Not much, except Hozier was featured in the June issue of Vogue (photos shown above). I didn’t pay much attention to the bohemian chic modeled by Caroline Tretini – she paled in comparison to that tall Irish drink of water. Sigh.

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Ann

 

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Chase Mission Main Street Grant

 

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Julia and I have applied for a Chase Mission Main Street grant to propel our small business, Julia Farr  Collection, to the next level of success. This $100,000 grant would allow us to expand our sales team and create our direct sales program, but we need your help!

Please visit Mission Main Street Grants to cast a vote for our business. We need 250 votes to be eligible, and we already are up to 165! We have until June 19 to reach our goal, but voting is open now, so please case your vote today!

It’s easy to cast your vote, but you do have to have a Facebook account to do so.  And, if you are feeling really generous, feel free to post the link to your Facebook page and ask your friends to vote for us too!

Julia and I are committed to enhancing the lives of females professionals by providing them with elegant, polished and appropriate attire for the workplace.  We are proud that our current list of clients includes so many women who are making a difference in the world – women in the White House, the State Department and the media. Through our direct sales program, we will empower other women to create their own home-based business and become entrepreneurs themselves.

We are an entirely women-owned and operated business in an industry where women make up less than 20% of leadership positions. In an era when 98% of apparel worn by Americans is made abroad, we are proud that all of our designs are made in the USA.

We are so grateful for the ongoing support of all of our You Look Pretty readers and we thank you in advance for helping us reach another goal!

Ann and Julia

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THE Dress

Julie,

I loved hearing about your trip to Italy. What an amazing experience to share with your son. And, I was very impressed with the loot you were able to find in only five minutes – that takes real skill!

While you were gone, I received a wonderful email from one our best, and nicest, clients – a partner at a very prestigious law firm where we held a trunk show last year. She forwarded me an email thread that had gone on between her and two other high-powered partners about our Occidental Dress.  All three women bought the dress, knowing that the others had it as well, but they loved it too much to care.

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How cool is that?

Ann

 

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We’re Back

We’ve been gone from here for a while…the good news is we are back and recommitted to staying in touch with you all through You Look Pretty.

The better news is that we have been away from the blog because we have been so busy with Julia Farr and Julia Farr Collection. Writing the blog takes quite a bit of time and forethought, and, sadly, when the “to do” list fills up, the blog tends to fall to the bottom of it. But no more.

Here is what we’ve been up to:

We traveled all over the country for trunk shows this past winter and spring introducing the Collection to a wonderful groups of women along the way.

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We love meeting new people in new cities, and reconnecting with old friends. Our trunk shows are always a fun, social way to meet and connect with women and tell our story.

We also attended some stellar Georgetown events, like the Georgetown Global Summit in New York,

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where we heard from a panel of seasoned fashion executives: Domenico de Sole, Chairman of Tom Ford International, Fabrizio Freda, CEO of Estée Lauder Companies, John Idol, CEO of Michael Kors, Ermenegildo Zegna, CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna Group and our good friend and classmate Kara Ross, CEO of Kara Ross New York.

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It was an incredible opportunity to hear what these talented, experienced and bright fashion industry leaders had to share about the future of global luxury retail.

Julie and I were thrilled to be a part of Georgetown’s OWN IT Summit – a one day program produced entirely by Georgetown undergraduates  in which over 40 panelist are invited to talk with the college-aged attendees about women’s leadership (more about this later).

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There were also fashion shows

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and photos shoots

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Don’t worry, we made sure to make time for some fun too

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Sailing along the coast of Southern California

It has been an exciting winter and spring and we have a few more surprises up our sleeve, programs that we will roll out here first for all of our You Look Pretty readers.

We are so grateful for this community and for your support as we grow our small business. It has been a great ride so far and we are excited about the future of our company!

We wish everyone a peaceful and joyous holiday weekend!

Ann and Julie

 

 

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The Potomac Dress

Julie: Our Spring 2015 Finale – The Potomac Dress. We couldn’t help ourselves. We loved the design of the top so much that we adapted it into this warm weather chic essential.  Really, it’s summertime in a dress.  From the shores of Kennebunkport, Maine, to the French Rivera, the Potomac Dress will transport you to where you want to be.

Ann: This will be in every bag I pack for summer weekend excursions. Timeless, casual elegance.

The Potomac Dress

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The sweeping Potomac River, which flows through the center of Washington, inspired our design of the Potomac Dress.  The elegant bateau neckline is a nautical reference to the sailboats and crew shells that glide across it.

The Potomac Dress features an open neckline, elongating the neck and showcasing the clavicle. Three-quarter length sleeves hit in the middle of the forearm, leaving room to show off your beautiful bracelets or an heirloom watch. It’s feminine, fitted bodice falls gently around a woman’s curves, stopping right above the knee. The perfect casual summer dress, wear it with strappy sandals or espadrilles to a summer barbeque or barefoot for a stroll along the beach at sunset.

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65% Viscose, 32% Polyester, 3% Spandex

Dry Clean Only

$195

Available at Julia Farr

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The Henle Skirt and the Avon Top

Ann: It is so difficult to find a summer skirt that is flowing without looking too Coachella/hippie. Our Henle gives you that cool, relaxed feeling of a full skirt with polished tailoring that allows you to wear it to work, too.

Julie:  I agree, Ann. The Henle skirt is more “Saturday in the Park, you’d think it was the Fourth of July” than Coachella. Thanks, Chicago.  Beautiful fabric, fitted right below the waist with clean pleats, and yes, pockets.

The Henle Skirt

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An upperclassman apartment complex on the Georgetown campus, Henle is known for its open spaces, allowing students to see and be seen. The enlightened Henle Skirt is the perfect piece to wear when you walk out into the great wide world, whether you are meeting friends for brunch or strolling through an art museum.

The Henle has a full, pleated skirt with a fitted waistband, and length to the bottom of the knee. The neutral denim-look pairs perfectly with our navy Avon top or, for a more casual look, with a simple white tee. Add ballet flats and go!

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80% Cotton, 20% Linen

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The Avon Top

Ann: I am a sucker for a good silk top – especially one in a neutral like navy. I will dress our Avon up with the Henle skirt and down with shorts. It will be a critical part of my 4th of July barbecue outfit!

Julie: It’s also a great essential for a professional wardrobe, back to tailored pants or a pencil skirt. It will fit well under a jacket but is covered enough for many professional settings in the summertime.  And I love navy blue with just about everything.

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A tiny, precious side street in Georgetown, Avon Place is hidden in plain sight – only a true Georgetowner would know where to find it!  You will feel “in the know” wearing our Avon Top – sure to become an essential piece in your spring/summer wardrobe. It’s office appropriate, but not too stuffy to wear on the weekend with a flowing summer skirt.

The Avon top celebrates a woman’s clavicles, as the open, elegant ballet neckline allows you freedom to accessorize with a short or long pendant necklace. The top has the right amount of sleeve coverage, covering your shoulder to top of arm. It extends to just above the hipline and is best worn tucked into a full skirt – the lush ying to its sleek yang. A great travel piece for summer European adventures.

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95% Silk, 5% Spandex

Dry Clean Only

$168

Available at Julia Farr 

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