I hate being cold.
I hate being cold more than anything else in the world.
It’s been very cold here in South Carolina. :/
When I moved to the south I expected year-round warmth and sunshine (research has never been my thing), creamy grits to be served with every meal, and men with impeccable manners.
I feel ripped off on two of these counts.
At least I have you. :)
My quest for warmth during this odd cold snap has led to me a life spent in wool socks and bulky sweaters.
But today I had to branch out!
I was inspired by this dress by Michelle Mason:
She looks as sad as I feel in Winter!
Doesn’t that look cozy? Unfortunately, the closest thing I had on my refashion rack was this:
The cold makes me sleeepy!
This is a super-easy no-sew one, folks! All I needed to do was make a big chop!
Just a big diagonal chop!
That’s really it. :)
I’m a bit too short to rock this look without a little waist definition, so I made a quick sash out of the bottom hem.
Pardon the terrible lighting. :/
My new dress had a great time checking out Whipped Cream & Other Delights: remake/remodel!
Meet Chris. He has an obsession with this album cover.
Chris commissioned 20 local artists to turn Whipped Cream & Other delights into something that delighted them.
Some were beautiful!
Some were campy and fun!
But each one was completely unique!
You can learn more about this show right here! Cheers!
For Dan’s birthday, I needed something nice but casual for a night at The Whig with friends. He was finally turning 31 (Yes kids…I’m actually dating someone who’s younger than me for a change…shocking!), and I wanted to look put together, but not like I was really trying too hard.
This looks like a perfect birthday outfit, doesn’t it?
For one of the cast members of Designing Women maybe…
As you know by now, I HATE fake layers. I don’t understand them. I’m a grownup. I can do my own layering dammit. *stomps foot and pouts*
I immediately began chopping all that fakery away!
Goodbye fake skirt!
Farewell fake shirt!
Oh…and we can’t forget these:
I know I have no shoulder muscles, and I’ve grown to accept this.
Since the only thing about this original piece that I actually liked was the peplum jacket, that’s the only part of this that I really wanted. The skirt part was itchy and sheer, and that fake shirt was just a V-shaped insert.
I wrapped the jacket part around my waist and pinned it with a favorite brooch.
Sorry it’s so dark!
I’ve paired it with black jeans and my black flats. Nice & Basic! Now I have a top I can wear for work (picture it with a black pencil skirt and heels!), as well as play!
Dan had an awesome birthday that was made even awesomer by a friend who was in town from China!
This is Josh Beard. He’s the guy who took that dramatic black and white photo that’s been hanging out on the top of my blog since Day 1. :) You can see more of his work here.
Josh even brought Dan a very…interesting…birthday gift!
Don’t look “Sanbian Wine” up on Google. Just don’t.
Do yourself a favor. Don’t Google this. You’ll be happier for it.
I brought more traditional birthday fare! :)
Many drinks were consumed…
Mostly Cider for me!
…and height comparisons were made.
I look like I’m their young child. :(
I think Dan had a good time. :)
Dan? Are you with me? Hello?
Ah! That’s better! :)
As I began getting ready for a friend’s birthday party, I realized at the last minute I had nothing to wear! I was already running late, and had to act FAST!
Fortunately, I had this little numba right here:
Like I said, I had no time for this refashion. I almost didn’t bother with photographing it as I was running that late! Buuuuut…I think it’s important to show that a refashion doesn’t have to be a lengthy process every time. Sometimes a quick fix will do quite nicely!
I noticed there was a small run at the bottom of my future dress.
Hmmmnnnn….What to do?
So, I grabbed my scissors and made a quick chop to get rid of it!
I thought the sleeves could use a little shortness as well!
Since this fabric is of the polyester non-fraying variety, I didn’t even mess with hems. I just grabbed that bottom scrap, tied it around my waist, and headed to the party! :)
Look! I’m tall!
Of course, I forgot it was a pool party! Don’t worry, I still got in the water!
No diving allowed!
But, I was jealous of everyone who remembered to bring their bathing suits. :/
They look so cool & relaxed!
Mini pool volleyball!
My new dress kept me cool with its shortened length!
The hat doesn’t hurt, either!
Methinks the Birthday Girl had a great time as well!
Happy Birthday, Karen! :)
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Brad in a picture smiling like a normal person…
C is for Cookie…That’s good enough for me!