Author Archive

A Perfect Peplum Sweater

While digging through my closet trying to find something to wear for work, I realized something…I have very few tops and almost only dresses.  This makes days when I feel like wearing jeans a bit trickier than they should be.

When I plucked this black sweater dress off my refashion rack, I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to keep it as a dress or not.

 

Oh Pinot Noir…guide me in this decision!

Oh Pinot Noir…guide me in this decision!

 

I liked the neckline of this dress, as well as how soft, warm, and cozy the fabric was.  But…dress or sweater?  I really wasn’t sure which way I was going to go.

I got started by resizing the dress with the help of my dress form.

 

Let the tailoring begin!

Let the tailoring begin!

 

Then, I ran each side through my machine.

 

Whirrrrr!

Whirrrrr!

 

I chopped off the extra fabric from the sides…

 

Choppy choppy!

Choppy choppy!

 

…and then made a major decision!  I have plllllenty of black dresses and really don’t need any others right now.  However, I have precious few black tops.  Necessity would indeed be the master of invention today!

 

I regret nothing!

I regret nothing!

 

To complete this refash, I ran the bottom raw edge through my serger.  I could have just hemmed it, but I wanted my new top to have a more funky/edgy look to it. I think it looks pretty nifty now!  :)

 

Edgy, no?

Edgy, no?

 

What do you think?

 

Fitted & Warm!

Fitted & Warm!

 

 

I think I made the right decision!

I think I made the right decision!

 

On a side note:  I was thinking about how when I first started this blog, it wasn’t so odd for someone to be snapping pics with an actual camera all the time.  But now, when everyone pretty much just uses their phones, I tend to stand out a bit with my clunky Nikon…;)

 

It ain't no big thing!

It ain’t no big thing!

 

I don’t mind!  I want to take the best pics I can for you guys, even if selfies are a bit weird…

 

We do what we can!

We do what we can!

 

My new top was perfect for an evening celebrating a good friend of mine starting his new job/celebrating a great week!

 

Yay Phillip!

Eh… phone pics are okay too…on occasion! :)

 

We're so happy for him!  :)

We’re so happy for Phillip! :)

 

Cheers!

Cheers!

 

Cheers!

 

ba21515

Oyster Roast Jacket

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a swell week filled with all sorts of awesomeness.  :)  I’m having a blasty with my awesome new job/awesome new coworkers.  I feel truly lucky to get to wake up every day to go in to work to do things that I’m really good at and actually enjoy.  :)

But enough of that!  When we last spoke, I asked you guys which was your favorite from my One Dress, Three Ways feature.

Decisions, Decisions!

Decisions, Decisions!

 

It was basically a tie between Dress #1 and Top #2.  Poor Skirt #3 didn’t get much love at all, but that’s okay.  I didn’t care that much for it either.  ;)  Cest la vie!  Thanks for making your voice heard.  Feedback like this helps me know what types of refashions you guys like to see/what inspires you and that’s always a good thing.

Spring is just around the corner!  Soon we can toss our SAD lamps and jackets aside…but not quite yet.  When I was invited to what promised to be a fun oyster roast, I knew this was just the thing for it:

 

Hello there, Corduroy!

Hello there, Corduroy!

 

I’m not a big fan of corduroy.  I don’t really like touching it, and I HATE the swishy-swishy sound corduroy pants make.  There was no way this was going to remain a dress (in case the title of this post didn’t clue you in).  ;)

 

Thaaaaaat's right!

Thaaaaaat’s right!

 

I pinned that edge under…

 

…like ya do!

…like ya do!

 

I was nervous about stitching it down, given the weirdo problem I had with my machine recently, but much to my relief, everything went just fine!

 

Whew!

Whew!

 

I pressed that new hem down, and now I have a great pre-Spring jacket with a bit of 60’s-ish flair!

 

I love the bracelet-length sleeves!

I love the bracelet-length sleeves!

 

The oysters were delicious, and the company was lovely!  :)

 

Ooooooh!

Ooooooh!

 

Nomnomnomnom!

Nomnomnomnom!

 

His last name is Cox.  Get it?  ;)

His last name is Cox. Get it? ;)

 

Perhaps I’ve judged corduroy too harshly all along!

 

Can you spot the Mark in this pic?  :)

Can you spot the Mark in this pic? :)

 

Cheers!

 

ba21215

Thrifty Ways to Make This Valentine’s Day More Special Than Spendy

Valentine’s Day is now oh-so-very close upon us!  Whether you’re spending this Hallmark holiday with your significant other or flying solo, you probably don’t want to spend loads of cash, right?

Luckily, there are a few thrifty hacks you can use to make this romantic (or not) holiday more special than spendy!  I stopped by my neighborhood Goodwill to search for last-minute finds to help set the mood.  :)

If you’re having a date night, you’ll probably want something sassy to wear.

 

Red Dress Roundup!

Red Dress Roundup!

 

Of course, red might not be your color.  Not to fear!  You can find LBDs to spare!

 

My faves!

My faves!

 

I found some sweet red layering pieces to keep you warm and festive at the same time, such as this 80s-inspired jacket:

 

I ldo so love a boxy-cut jacket over a bodycon frock!

I do so love a boxy-cut jacket over a bodycon frock!

 

And if you pick a pump in a neutral color, they’ll go with just about anything!

 

Bedazzled!

Bedazzled!

 

Now that you’re all set wardrobe-wise, here are a few other things I found.  I’ve provided a suggested pairing for each one.  ;)

 

Why spend $50 (or more) on a bouquet, when you can make your own?

Why spend $50 (or more) on a bouquet, when you can make your own?

 

 

Let the warm sound of vinyl help set the mood with your favorite romantic tunes!

Let the warm sound of vinyl help set the mood with your favorite romantic tunes!

 

 

How I've spent many a Valentine's Day… ;)

How I’ve spent many a Valentine’s Day…;)

 

Aren’t you glad you waited until the last minute?  I know I am!

 

Recognize this sweater dress from the first pic?

Recognize that red sweater dress from the first pic? Methinks Mark’ll dig it. ;)

 

Cheers!

1 2 3 243