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Creating Now.

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Hello fellow travelers. I’ve returned! 🙂

I’ve been revamping a few things around the old blog, and I hope you dig the changes I’ve made.

You’ll notice I’ve changed my tagline from, Change the way you think about fashion. to Creating now.

So what’s that about, eh?

When I first started this blog years ago, it was an outlet for my creativity which was pretty much relegated to refashioning $1 thrift store finds. But that was more than half a decade ago. Since then, I’ve grown and evolved as a person and a creative. Lots of things excite and inspire me nowadays.

My idea journal.
My idea journal (a lovely gift from a lovely friend).

I don’t want to just do refashions anymore, and I don’t want to be just a fashion blogger. To be frank, I’m completely amazed that so many of you have read my little blog when there are so many fashion bloggers who are younger, hipper and infinitely more Instagram-pretty than me (not being insecure, just being realistic here). 🙂

ReFashionista is evolving. From now on, I’m going to be blogging about thrifting, home decor, food, art, general life stuff and yes…refashioning.  I don’t know whether or not any of you will want to tune in to the awkward adventures of this SIOD (single income, one dog) 30-something, but I hope your will. 🙂

Perhaps 2017 will be the year I find true love, reach new levels of success in my marketing career and help encourage others to live a life more creative.

Or maybe I’ll just drink a lot of wine. We’ll see.

And now…a refashion.

I began with this comfy/cozy/dated blue dress.


It’s not bad. I promise it isn’t. It’s roomy, but it in a good way, and incredibly soft.

There were exactly three things I didn’t like about this dress. The first was the awkward mid-calf length.

The second and third were these guys.

#1 and #2.
#2 and #3.

I could have just cut off the bottom in a straight line and hemmed it, but I was feeling a little feisty. I folded the dress in half and chalked out my new hem.


Here’s a closer look:

Come cloooser...
Come cloooser…

I snipped along the chalk line, with the dress still folded in half…


Then treated the edges with fray-check, just to be on the safe side.

Check yo self.

The end result was a funkily-hemmed dress that paired well with a few of my favorite pieces.

What am I looking at?
What am I looking at?

I’ve decided that my old Dr. Martens are my favorite boots this winter.

Feeling very 90's.
Feeling very 90’s.
Same dress. Different pose.
Same dress. Different pose.

I’ve been happily contemplating ideas for future blog posts, and I’m feeling incredibly energized from my hiatus.

See? This is me contemplating.
See? This is me contemplating.

I can’t wait to see what the next few months will have in store. 🙂

Probably just Douglas. Lots and lots of Douglas.
Probably just Douglas. Lots and lots of Douglas.



Creating Now. 2


  • AmyGrace

    I love the new layout and the many new directions your creative self is going in! wishing you all the best in love, life and work (and thrifting, of course) : )

  • Arielle

    I love your blog and I’m glad you’re back! I’m happy that you’re expanding your blog to many things, since that shows how much you’ve grown. 🙂

  • Renee Rednour

    Hey! Yours is the only blog I read! F*** “internet pretty”. The same for Facebook and everything else that has people obsessed with how others see them.

  • lialou

    Hi Jillian! So glad to see you back in action! Enjoying reading your posts and PS, I really love the little Siamese cat figurine on your fireplace! SEW KEUUTE!

  • Carol

    So glad to see your new blog, 2017 inspired. Have followed you for a few years now and will continue to do so. Your personality shines!

  • Greta

    Glad to see you back and I look forward to the changes. Funny thing…..the reason. I love this blog (I follow exactly 3 blogs) is because you are not Instagram perfect. You are real and I appreciate that.

  • Debbie

    Look forward to your posts. I completely understand the artist changing and evolving. You go girl, keep riding the creative wave!!

  • ckaren09

    Hi there. Welcome back. You may not be as young as some of the other bloggers but that is one of the top reasons I have been following you for several years. You are both prettier and more hip than I am so those two issues don’t matter much to me. I keep coming back because you are smart, authentic, talented and funny as hell. I think you are pretty darn cute too but that doesn’t keep me coming back for more. YOU. Your personality. That’s why I stick around.

    I see fashion in a completely different way now. Because of your influence, I now purchase over 90% of my clothing second hand. I have a corporate job and dress up every day but no one I work with would ever know that I don’t shop at the mall.

    I have suffered with depression off and on for most of my life ( thankfully off at the moment) so I feel like I understand some of what you go through. I was severely depressed a few years ago and I went back through your archives and read every single thing you have posted on this blog. Twice. It took me out of my head for a while when my head wasn’t a very nice place to be. Thank you for that.

    I will attempt to comment more often because you have given me MANY hours of entertainment over the years and you deserve my support. You keep on writing and I promise I’ll keep coming back.

    Unless you change this to a golf blog. Then Im afraid I would have to go no matter how much I like you

  • Kitty

    I agree with you! A girl can only have so many dresses and cute tops. Show me what you have and your thoughts about other stuff too! I’m in!

  • Isabel

    Jillian, you’re beautiful and you are the diamond in the rough of fashion bloggers. Thank you for your work and for being real and relatable! Good luck in 2017!!

  • Sharon

    Yea !!! Thanks for sharing your creativity and expanding the blog to include your thoughts and ideas in other areas of life. I’m sure it will be as inspiring as your re-fashions have been. Looking forward to a great 2017!

  • Donna Ebner

    So glad you’re back! Your ideas have inspired this nearly-60-yr-old to NOT get stuck in an fashion rut, and reimagine all kinds of thrift store finds, including furniture and jewelry. (My problem is finishing them all. Any advice on that?) Have fun with it! p.s. As a former USC student and many-year resident, Iove seeing Columbia, SC.

  • Brenda Short

    I believe it is your personality your feistiness your friends your good humor Exedra exedra that makes it fun to read your blogs and their affections but I am looking forward to new stuff I’m in

  • tilacata

    That’s awesome!!! Sometimes a hiatus is the best thing to clear your head and freshen up your ideas. I LOVE thrifted furniture finds, I’m looking forward to this evolution SO much!!!

  • MaryJo

    Very cute and I love the Docs with it! Good for you for wanting to branch out and share a wider variety of discoveries in your life. You’re refashionista-ing your life and you go girl!

  • Patty

    Always happy to see an email notification of your blog update! I refashioning right along with you and Love hearing “where did you get that…?” or whatever.
    Douglas looks so much like my little Cliffy/Clifford the small red dog, did. He was the puppy/dog love of my life and I am grateful for every day of the 14 years we had together, 11/6/02-11/23/16. Loved refashioning stuff for Cliffy too. He was so proud to wear shirts, he’d strut around showing off!
    Be happy.

  • Debbie

    Welcome welcome welcome back. You have been missed. I have always lived watching all the outfit changes but I know with your travels and a new house that your busy. I will keep following you and watching what k
    New things you have for us. Dont keep us in suspense quite so long though. Hahah

  • KC

    About the Instagram-pretty thing: pretty is nice, personality is *POW*. You are *POW*. People love you because you show us who you are and we like what we see. And I have to argue that you have got that aesthetically pleasing thing down as well.

  • Julie Campbell

    I am always so happy when I see your blog post in my Inbox. I don’t like the ” fashion bloggers who are younger, hipper and infinitely more Instagram-pretty than” you are one bit. I like you and think you are plenty hip, young, and pretty. Even better, you are REAL. I’ll keep following no matter what you do…

  • Phillys Slater

    I’m behind you 100%. You go girl…. or don’t. Love Douglas. One tip. The fire place is dark so maybe scoot over a little in front of the white bricks. That’s for being creative.

  • Alanna

    I’ve been following your blog for 3 (4?) years now maybe, even though I don’t sew at all, because I love how you see the beauty in ordinary (or even scary!) things and use your creativity to release that beauty. So I am very excited to see you branch out into more areas that might actually inspire me more than the sewing side does (although you shouldn’t stop refashioning either!).

  • Katie

    I’m glad you’re back!
    I follow exactly zero other fashion blogs…it’s just not my thing…I love your blog because I love seeing how you reinvent thrifted finds! You’re also very real and relateable. 🙂

  • Diane

    You go girl! I love the idea of creating as a an outlet that takes on MANY forms – fashion being only one of those. I’m on board. Thanks for inspiring.

  • Mea Cadwell

    Yay! Your’re back! I’ve missed your posts a lot. Of course I’ll be here to read your new revamp adventures. Count me in as a SINP (Single Income No Pets)

  • Debra Sears

    I’ve missed your blog and glad you’re back! You are definitely a creative inspiration to me and I look forward to following your ideas and adventures in 2017!

  • Jill Schwieger

    You have been missed! I just KNEW there had to be so much more in that creative soul of yours. Glad you’re going to be sharing it!

  • Jackie P Neal

    newer than most of the followers and I am also glad you are back! may the new year bring you all that is good~here’s to new things! and i am digging the hem on the dress- well done you!
    Jackie “)

  • jo

    So glad you’re back! Evolving is a good thing! I’m looking forward to all the new creative content you (and Douglas maybe?) will be blogging about.

  • Isabel

    I love your blog – and the fact that you are so honest, natural and “normal”. Thanks for all the hints and tips and look forward to more ideas to copy! Best wishes and good luck to you and Douglas.

  • Karen G

    Welcome back! Looking forward to seeing what you and Douglas have in store for us, and what the next year has in store for you! <3

  • emilyanndietrich

    I love the way the hem on this refashion is fluttery. It looks great! And as for your blog’s new direction: GO FOR IT! Creativity can be anywhere in your life, and things go better when it’s everywhere if possible!

  • Darla

    2017…I’ll be right here with ‘cha. Creativity is unlimited…no borders or walls. I love what you do and it inspires me! Oh! And Douglas is sooo handsome 🙂

  • ann

    Oh Jillian ! I am thrilled that you have gone with the flow of evolution in your life. It happens to all of us to some degree, some more than others. This is going to be great—a little bit of everything and trite as it is, variety is the spice of life.

    I love this dress and the length (at least at the points) is so much more complementary to a modern woman.

    You have a lot going for you, don’t ever think otherwise. You are adorable cute (no one will disagree), have a figure to envy, zillions of friends, a nice home, good job, and the very handsome and attentive Douglas. Seriously, can you ask for much more ?
    I will always welcome as many blog entries as you send out to us.

  • Claire R

    Woo Hoo, you’re back! The new blog sounds great and incorporates all of my favourite things here in grey, rainy old England! I still love your re-fashions though, so please keep them coming as well as all the other stuff…….can’t wait 🙂

  • Stacy Dantzler

    Super Super Cute! (YOU and the dress!) I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2017. Girl, just do what you do! It’s all good!!!

  • Diane Hummel

    Love your blog and adore you. I have two grown daughters of my own and I think you are the cutest little thing. But more importantly, you inspire me to do something different, not follow the crowd. Oh, and I love your weenie dog…we have one in our family too (among a bunch of other dogs)!

  • Chris B

    I am so glad you are back. A few things:
    I read your blog because I love your voice.
    I don’t always love each refashion but I always LOVE what you have to say about it. I am really looking forward to reading about your new line of creativity. I am expecting it to be just as good as everything that has come before it.

  • Raquel

    Hi Jillian happy new year! Missed you – glad you’re back. I love your ideas about adding thrifting, lifestyle and other DIY ideas to the refashions. Though really love your refashions! I also am a SIOD person but much older. LOL I have a doxie also a male black and tan piebald named Bailey. Doxies are the best! Cheers!

  • Laurpud

    OOO- I’m looking forward to more of your ideas! & you can never have enough cute dog…

    Also, Nanabobana said it better than I did 🙂

  • Kathy

    I’m so happy that you are doing what you love. I have been reading your blog for a while now, I don’t know how long. I stopped reading some other fashion blogs for the very reason you were questioning–that they are impossibly pretty, impossibly shaped, impossibly perfect. It was depressing. That type of look is totally unattainable for me, in virtually every way. And you are just as pretty as they are, but you are realistic. You don’t hide behind three pounds of makeup. You don’t practice model-worthy poses on perfectly empty streets or gardens or beaches or whatever. You’re just *you*, a person, like me. Also a person. Just regular. Can I put on a dress like the one you made today? I can. Will I look just like you? No, but your blog doesn’t make me feel like I have to. Not only that, but it also doesn’t make me feel like I have to spend hundreds of dollars a month on new clothes, either, when I’m a stay at home mom who drops off kids at school and waits to pick them back up in carpool. I don’t need $400 pants to do that and couldn’t afford them even if I wanted to. But I don’t want to look like a fuddy-duddy, either. Thank you for hanging in there with your blog and making it something you can enjoy, too. I hope that my comments will come across as the compliments they are intended to be. You are an inspiring person and I wish you all the best with your newly revamped blog and creativity. Thanks for inspiring me and many others.

    • MW

      Amen! I just can’t get enthusiastic about some over-styled instagramer with everything perfect and just-so. I love learning hints and tips from somebody not afraid to admit the mistakes. I enjoy your decor upgrades, but please don’t stop the refashioning all together.

  • nanabobana

    Welcome back! Glad you decided to keep blogging, you’re great at it! And we don’t come here for the pretty, we come here for the cool and neat and inspiring, so keep it up! 🙂

  • Karen P

    Yay! Happy to know and see that you are back and looking forward to seeing more of your creative journey.
    I’ve always felt that we either evolve creatively or stop creating all together. I’ve always felt that once a creative bug strikes, no matter what sort, it can evolve into becoming a creator. I think that the sewing and re-fashioning is how you started and now you are evolving.
    It sound like lots of fun, lots of learning and lots of new things on the horizon and that’s how it should be. Wishing you a very Happy 2017, love your zig zag dress! x

  • Barb Gallagher

    Your new focus sounds great to me. Keep it going. Whatever you have to write about and photo will be okay with me. Give Douglas a hug for me. Barb

  • kittlen

    Really looking forward to more Jillian in 2017. Even though I don’t see much, your refashions help me look at other things differently. Upcycling is a great way to find new purpose, and I really look forward to getting more inspiration via your blog.

  • kelsey Harlan

    Happy New Year to you! I enjoy your sense of humor when you present your ideas. It is very refreshing to feel your enthusiasm.Congrats on your new adventures.

  • Lisa Oden

    I think it is amazing that you have reinvented yourself in a way. I, too, am an eclectic and appreciate many, many things. I look forward to your new blog from and its creative inspired posts.

  • Betty Daggett

    Glad you are back. I enjoy your insight on both refashion and repurposing.

    On this dress I would love to see it taken in just a little through your waist area to enhance your petite figure. Seems there is a little extra fabric there. Otherwise I love it.

    Keep on sharing your insight! Thank you

  • Cindy

    This SITC (single-income, two-cat) 50-something admires your thrifty fashion sense. You’ve encouraged me to see some things in a different light. Thanks!

  • Lovess

    So glad you’re back!! I just found out about the refashioning world and you’re by far my favorite to read. I love that you incorporate your personal (fun) life into your blogs. Look forward to more!!

  • Connie Turner

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for several years, and if you branch out to other areas that’s fine with me. I’ll probably keep on reading your blog because I like you, but I never would have met you except for the blog.

  • L. Mitson

    Hey, once you buy a home, it owns you. Less time for the projects you could do
    when you were a renter. I am glad you are back and am looking forward to whatever you post! Thanks!

  • Kim Shakeri

    Welcome back! You were missed! Can’t wait to see all the fun stuff you come up with. You are blogging now about everything I love, not just sewing, so that’s even better. Happy New Year!

  • Linda Ursin

    I totally understand. I’ve made some similar changes because I don’t like being in a box. I have a dress similar to that one, minus the shoulder pads. I might do something like that, but I have to take in the sides too if I don’t want to look like a house (I’m a bit larger, and shorter :D)

  • Brenda

    Love the dress! And so many things to be thrifted and refashioned! I’ve actually done some furniture so I’m wondering if you will venture into that. Looking forward to your new adventures!

  • Mari

    I enjoy your blog whatever you choose to share. I especially enjoy the refashions but will look forward to whatever moves your spirit! Thanks!

  • Vickie

    So glad you are back! Greatly missed your posts. Congrats on your revamp and new direction. I’ve been doing the same. I’ve been trying to find my “why?” I do what I do. Luckily, I found it this past weekend. Keep up the great posts!

    • Joy

      I too enjoy just hearing what you are up to. Whatever you do I am interested In Hearing about your journey.

      This may be your year to find the love of your life. You are awesome and will be the answer to someone’s dreams. I wish you happy days ahead.

  • Monica

    I’m happily anticipating the additions to your blog. You’re a great writer and very relatable, so anything you chatter about will be of interest to me, SITC (single income two cats). I taught myself to sew as a teenager and am an avid thrifter, so I we may have been separated at birth. Keep living the dream!
    Monica of CT

  • Joyce Jenkins

    So happy you are back and feeling refreshed…great start for the new year. I enjoy every single thing you post so looking forward to expanded topics. Keep on taking care of yourself in the new year.

  • Candy Mattfolk Sanelli

    I’m THRILLED that you’re back! And, I will definitely continue to follow your adventures. I think creativity comes in all forms, so I’m excited to see what you’ll create this year! You have such a fun writing style, along with your cool ideas and photos – it makes your blog pure joy.

  • Sandy Chancellor

    I love your blog and am really looking forward to the posts about decor and thrifting! My favorite things. Keep up the good work.

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