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Graduating to New Levels of Lame

When I haven’t posted in a while, it usually means one of two things.

1.  I’m really happy and busy

2.  I’m really sad.

I was really, really fantastically happy.  I just started my awesome new job I really like with coworkers who are just awesome.  My friends and I were having awesome times together. I was in a relationship that I felt happy and fulfilled in with someone I deeply cared about and was starting think, “Wow.  This is my favorite person.”

Than lousy shit started happening.  I had to revert my house hunt to a rental hunt when I realized my car was about to die and therefore financial reprioritizing was in order.  Finding a rental here in Columbia that’s in a safe location without holes in the walls that will allow my little Douglas to live in is pretty much the most impossible quest I can imagine at this point.  If you’re up for an exercise in futility and depression, go ahead.  Do it.  If you want to raise your stress levels to entirely new & exciting heights, arrange viewings every day during every lunch break as well as every day after work.  Sit at home every night scouring listings that repeatedly say “Absolutely NO Pets Allowed”.  Mark, in an attempt to cheer me up, said, “At least you can’t feel any worse than you do right now.”

Never say that.  Things can always get worse, and in my case, rather frequently do before they get better.

Then Mark and I broke up.  It was awful.  Imagine seeing the person that you care about more than anyone staring at you blankly and telling you they didn’t want to be there for you anymore.  And seeing the body language that told you they just don’t care anymore and really just want you to leave and for all of this to be over.  I’ve never felt so hurt, unlovable and expendable.

The next night, my car died.

The next day I woke up to discover my hot water wasn’t working.

After a good cry in a cold shower, I went in to work where a very sweet coworker asked how my house hunting was going.  When I told her, “Not so well.”, She responded with, “Well…at least you can drink wine!  I gave that up for lent. Just trying to put a positive spin on it.”  She was being really nice, and I was probably a callous jerk for saying, “You know what I’m going up for Lent?  Putting on a positive spin on things when things are just plain shitty.”

My friends ask me how I’m doing, and I want to say “Fine” and “It’ll all be okay.”, but that’s really just not where I’m at right now.  More observant followers of this blog will notice a few things.  You never see a single post with my family in it.  Why do you think that is?  I’ll also go for weeks on end without posting.  When you read someone’s blog like mine, you don’t see everything that’s going on.  That’s why when sometimes I get comments like, “You always seem to have such a great outlook on life.” it gives me pause.

I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember.  Most days I’m great.  But then some days are just awful.  It’s just always been that way since I was a little kid.  I’m one of those people who have to try really really hard to be happy.  And sometimes, especially when things seem really awful, I can’t do it.  And I hate that about myself.  I hate that this was a contributing factor to the end of something wonderful, right when I was taking steps to deal with these issues head-on.

I don’t usually run on about breakups, because, frankly, they’re usually not a big deal to me.  Just minor bummers with guys who never made it my my “Important People” list.  It hurts to think that maybe that’s all I was to someone else.

So.  There you go friends.  Your ReFashionista is going through a tough time, and can use all the good vibes she can get right now.

But what the hell?  Let’s do a refashion!

This is one of those, “I seriously just tied something around myself” ones, but given what I’ve been through, please keep the negative comments to a minimum, okay?

When I found this graduation gown for $1 at my local thrift store, I decided to give myself a fun challenge.

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Wow. This is the saddest “before” pic ever.

 

Then, things got really lousy, and I said, “Eff it.  I’m not sewing today.  The world should just be thrilled that I got out of bed and clothed myself at all.”

 

Seriously.  I just tied it around myself.

Seriously. I just tied it around myself. And yes, Ryan has intentionally placed his ass in this photo.

 

I didn’t want to be alone, so I spent the day with friends.

 

I was fantastic company.

I was fantastic company.

 

I even faked a few smiles.

 

My face hurts.

My face hurts.

 

So yay.  A refashion.  I promise I’ll actually do a sewn version of this one as well.

 

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And now I’m just going to leave you with this:

 

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One Dress, Three Ways II…and Good News!

Wow.  You guys are terrible guessers.  ;)

Nope…still haven’t found my house yet (I’m looking!  I’m looking!).

Nope…Mark and I are not engaged (We’ve only been dating since October…geez! ;) )

I can’t believe NO ONE guessed my news!

As a lot of you know, I love writing.  I love writing this blog, as well as all my freelance work.  The hardest thing for me over the last couple of years was feeling like this would always be just a part-time gig, and that I’d never get to be creative in my work life…ever.  Last week, a good friend of mine said it perfectly over after-work drinks:

“You’re doing your best work outside of work.”

And that’s been true for a very long time.

But it’s not true anymore.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited by Riggs Partners to join their Inbound Marketing Team as their Digital Marketing Specialist!

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This means that I’ll be writing awesome & compelling content for their clients, as well as helping with their social media management needs.  Riggs is a terrific company with a stellar reputation and I can’t wait to start this new phase in my career with them!

But what about…

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Most of you guys seemed to dig yesterday’s no-sew fancy frock.

 

Remember me?

Remember me?

 

But for Refashion #2, I wanted something simple & casual to kick around in.

I grabbed my scissors and made one big cut from front to back on my dress, like so:

 

Snnnnnip!

Snnnnnip!

 

And that’s it!  This one is a no-sew refashion too!

 

It was very windy outside…hence the 'do!

It was very windy outside…hence the ‘do!

 

Seriously?  Why am I posing like this????

Seriously? Why am I posing like this????

 

My new top enjoyed a casual night of wings & beer with Cole and Ryan!

 

Hi Ryan!

Hi Ryan!

 

Ello Cole!

Ello Cole!

 

Well hi there Cole and Ryan!

Well hi there Cole and Ryan!

 

Did you notice my sweet necklace?  I thrifted it for $2!  I almost left it at the store, as thought it was too big, but I’ve been getting nothing but compliments on it!  :)

 

I dig it!

I dig it!

 

So…YAY!  Fun life news, and two refashions from ONE dress!

Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of…

One Dress, Three Ways!

Cheers!

 

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One Dress, Three Ways…and a Mysterious Celebration!

When I found this dress for $1 at the thrift store, I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it. There were so many possibilities!

 

Tabula Rasa!

Tabula Rasa!

 

That’s why it’s time for another round of…

 

 

 

My first refashion for this boring frock is a no-sew, and it’s super easy!

First, I took one of my arms out of its sleeve and pulled it through the neck hole, like so:

 

Whatever shall I do with you, sleeve?

Whatever shall I do with you, sleeve?

 

Next, I grabbed a neat belt buckle cover thing I thrifted ages ago and slipped the sleeve through. If you don’t have one of these, don’t fret! Your frock will look just fine without it, but I was feeling a bit fancy. :)

 

Lovely, isn't it?

Lovely, isn’t it?

 

View from the back!

View from the back!

 

I safety pinned the sleeve to the side seam of the dress, tucking the pin on the inside, then flopping the sleeve over itself to hide all evidence of pinnage…

 

…like this!

…like this!

 

See?

See?

 

My new dress is just the thing for celebratory dinner with my fella.  :)

 

Ooh la la!

Ooh la la!

 

 

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Fashion Blogger Pose #57

 

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Motor Supply Company Bistro, where a very happy toast was made!

 

Don't we look pretty?

Don’t we look pretty?

 

…and a celebratory peanut butter pie was consumed…

 

Nom!

Nom!

 

A Woman Possessed

A Woman Possessed

 

But, what are we celebrating?!?!  Why am I being so very mysterious????

Care to wager a guess?

I can’t wait to share my extremely exciting news with you guys…tomorrow.  ;)

I’ll also be sharing the 2nd installment of of this Three-Way refash, so stay tuned!  :)

Cheers!

 

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