• Coco Before Chanel DVD Giveaway! 1
    All,  Year 1: The Beginning

    Coco Before Chanel DVD Giveaway!

    “What inspired you to become a refashionista?”  This question comes up fairly frequently in conversations. You can read the “About Me” section on my blog to get a bit of the ideas behind my motivation, but a big inspiration was this movie: Coco Before Chanel (Starring the divine Audrey Tautou of Amelie fame) tells the story of Coco Chanel’s life from her childhood in an orphanage (where she learned how to sew), to the beginnings of her great fashion empire.   The scene that especially inspired me was where she was living with the Baron Balsan in his Chateau, and wanted to hang out with his wealthy socialite friends.  Balsan bought her this expensive, verrrrry ornate dress…

  • Channeling Chanel 5
    All,  Year 1: The Beginning

    Channeling Chanel

    I was so very very very excited about this piece.     Black!  Black!  Oh beautiful black!  How I have missed thee!  When scouring the thrift store for clothes to refashion, I hardly ever find any in black!  And for those of you who don’t know me….I loooooove black.  It’s so classic…so elegant!   Also, I had just rewatched this awesome movie the night before:     I looooove vintage Chanel clothing.  Sadly, having chosen a highly lucrative career in Non-Profit Arts Management<—sarcasm (don’t feel bad…it’s wonderful work! 🙂 ), I own none of it.  However, I saw potential in this dress to make my very own Chanel wannabe dress with simple lines and…