Day 153. 212 days and $209 left togo.

Apr 30, 2010 | One Comment

It’s Friday, I’m in love…with my jacket :) It was slightly military-ish and I was obsessed. Now it didn’t fit me at all…

Day 153 - Before

Day 153 - Before

…as you can see above, but I still put it in my bag because A, it was a buck and B, because of the RIDICULOUS hardware on the sleeves.

Buttons!!

Cuff of Hotness!!

Yeah, those owl-link-buttons had me at “Hoo, Hoo.” I was trying to figure out how to keep the sleeve and ultimately these buttons intact, but then realized that wasn’t going to work. I had to cut the sleeves, but…

Sleeve cutting time!

Sleeve cutting time!

…held onto those buttons!

Leftover Owl Buttons!!

Leftover Owl Buttons!!

How gorgeous, right? So my next few steps included taking the jacket in from the back – I grabbed a few inches, pinned the amount I was going to take off, and sewed a brand new hem down the new center.

Taking it in from the back!

Taking it in from the back!

I hemmed the newly shortened sleeves and pulled the collar back a little more. I hand stitched a few notches to hold it down, but I wanted a little more exposure in front so I could get those owl links back in the picture. I gave them new life as clasps to keep my jacket together.

Day 153 - After

Day 153 - After

I must say, the jacket would have blown off me completely if it weren’t for the help of my pewter and nocturnal friends holding me in. The winds were a-blowin’ today, that’s for sure.

Close Up!!

Close Up!!

There was a moment where I literally thought I was going to get scooped up by the winds, no joke. By the end of the day, after work and a stop at Trader Joe’s (was craving, ie. NEEDING, some Mochi) my hair was all over the place, however I didn’t mind the extra body :) My fine hair can always use a little extra somethin’, somethin’.

Thar she blows!!!!

Thar she blows!!!!

TGIF! Happy weekend friends :)

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Day 152. 213 days and $210 left togo.

Apr 29, 2010 | 21 Comments

Where’s the beef?? Yep, that’s my little 80s intro, because get a load of this…

Day 152 - Before

Day 152 - Before

White shortsuit (my new term for this non-jump or pant suit) with blue/pink/orange/purple paint swishes was screaming “let’s get physical.”

Let me hear your body talk, body talk!

Let me hear your body talk, body talk!

I couldn’t even fully put it on myself! I’ll have to re-scope out that video again, because I’m certain that this could have been on one of the workout extras in the background. There was no chance I was going to be doing any workouts in this onesie, so I had to make some tweaks. I loved the fitted top – slightly leotardy – but was not into the shorts aspect, so I got out my scissors and cut them apart!! Yay skirted shirt that feels like a figure skatery ensemble! I gave it a new hem and it was almost ready to wear.

Now, I’ve had this piece for a bit and I ended up throwing it into a vat of dye about a month back when other pieces were getting some color too. The white with multi-colored was a little too 80s…all I needed was a sweatband to wear around my head, but it’s not Halloween yet so I’ll put my Olivia Newton-John costume on the back burner for the time being. It was RIT’s Teal and the after product was a pretty, subtle shade of light turquoise. (Still gathering white pieces for the dye tutorial…shall be arriving soon!!!)

Day 152 - After

Day 152 - After

Goodbye 80s shortsuit! Not lookin’ so Jane Fonda workout anymore, even though a class at the gym is a pretty good idea right now with all the Smore Pizza leftovers in my kitch :)

Jazzercise!

Jazzercise!

Now that I brought up the lovely Miss Fonda’s name, I can’t get this song out of my head. Thanks for writing lyrics that make me want to bang my head against the wall because I can’t stop humming along, Mickey Avalon. Really appreciate it.

“One, two, three, four
get your booty on the dance floor
work it out, shake it little momma
lemme see you do the Jane Fonda”

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Day 151. 214 days and $211 left togo.

Apr 28, 2010 | 14 Comments

Happy Humpday!! Each week Wednesday never fails to be a good day – the weekend is around the corner, there’s always a totally discussable episode of TV to discuss (LOST as of late), and it’s the one day where I get home early enough for a hike in the canyons (love daylight at 6:30!). Any fun mid-week bits to share? Perhaps this came up, but we were chatting about Sandra Bullock’s new baby around the water cooler (ie. delicious bin of honey twist pretzels) and trying to figure out how she hid him so well for the past few months…

OK, so to today’s pick…this dress could literally have been a pillowcase with straps on it.

Day 151 - Before

Day 151 - Before

I loved everything about this dress except for the size. The red flowers were sewn on (not a print in the fabric itself) and the red polka dotted stripes were darling. This was handcrafted by somebody at some point years ago, and I’m going to give it a second life, which makes me like it even more :)

My main goal was to tighten this up, so I took in a few inches from both sides. Starting at the top and under my arms, I pinned the amount I wanted to take in all the way to the bottom of the dress on both sides. There was even one pocket that existed, but I sacrificed that pocket for the fittedness of the piece which was totally worth it. After taking it in, it was pretty much good to go!

Day 151 - After

Day 151 - After

Voila! Now this was a lighter white material, so I ended up wearing nude bike shorts underneath. Classy right? They’re kind of like Spanx, except they were a Target find (super cheap!) and work splendidly underneath things that you’d rather not see through. Works better than a slip if you ask me – a totally awesome piece to keep around in the “proper undergarment box that will assist in not giving others a peep show.”

Close up on the fittedness!!

It fits!!

And before I took off, I grabbed my Day 6 sweater and quickly posed for my close up :)

Paired with my Day 6 find...

Paired with my Day 6 find...

I loved the mixed patterns and the red in the sweater really came out when it was paired with the dress. PS, this has been one of my most comfy-est outfits to date. Secretly may or may not just wear this as my pajamas this evening – just sayin’.

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Day 150. 215 days and $212 left togo.

Apr 27, 2010 | 34 Comments

Now I just found this puppy over the weekend and was immediately obsessed. Can you perhaps guess why?

Day 150 - Before

Day 150 - Before

That’s right, it totally had a Pucci-esque vibe and I heart Mr. Emilio Pucci. The only problem is that with my yearly budget, which friends is already a third of the way through, there is no way I’d be able to even come close to snagging the real deal. Perhaps I’ll come into luck and find a piece mislabeled or being sold by someone who really doesn’t know what Pucci is, I can only hope, right? I don’t tend to have good parking juju, so I won’t hold my breath :)

Pucci...in the ball park of $1800

Pucci...in the ball park of $1800

Like Pucci’s dress above, it had a super 60s feeling – total bold print and pattern. The only difference…the price tag (mine was only a buck!!) and the “Mr. Dino’s” (who was the designer) printed all over the fabric in the big white flowers.

Because the middle area of the dress was still a bit baggy even with the drawstring, I decided to cut off the bottom and go skirtless :)

From dress to top

From dress to top

That was all that was really needed to get this piece into tip-top shape. A quick mend of the raw edges and it was wear time.

Day 150 - After

Day 150 - After

Paired with my skinny jeans, the top was just the hint of 60s that I was looking for today. The below wasn’t as 60s, but also a necessity for the day.

Dusk Snack...Smore Pizza

Dusk snack time...Smore Pizza

I mean what’s better than a Smore Pizza, thank you Guy Fieri for the recipe, as a happy hour treat, right? Ooh, well perhaps the addition of this?

Dusk drink time!

Dusk drink time!

Lounge chair + beer totally rules as the sun begins to go down. Who says you have to be at a bar to enjoy a little happy hour action? Not me!!

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Day 149. 216 days and $213 left togo.

Apr 26, 2010 | 27 Comments

I mean, if you ask me, nothing says Monday more than Aztec prints on a beltless dress :)

Day 149 - Before

Day 149 - Before

Actually, more along the lines of an 80s version of an Aztec pattern but Rihanna is feeling the vibe too…

Me & Riri - we gonna run this town in Aztec print

Me & RiRi - we gonna run this town in Aztec print

Again I find myself with some shoulder pads that have morphed into a quasi-Nerf-type-instrument of sport. I may substitute this at the next croquet match, wiffle ball game or hacky-sack competish…(this is open for discussion, so if you’ve got a radder game idea, do share.)

Slightly deformed shoulder pads...

Slightly deformed shoulder pads...

After snipping out the pads, I had to tackle the belt loops next.

Belt loops...soon to be removed!

Belt loops...soon to be removed!

There were two rather large ones solely in the front of the dress, so I cut them both out. I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of belt originally went through those. It was the 80s, so perhaps the previous owner used an actual python to cinch up her frame. I’m sure she was wearing snake skin somewhere on her – if not the belt – that’s for sure!

I wasn’t pleased with the neckline and with the shoulder pads now out, there was a little more space happening up there.

Fixin' that collar

Fixin' that collar

I ended up cutting a straight line from the top of the dress down a couple of inches, pulled back the edges, and created a newer, roundish, V-ish neck.

Ooh, and of course, the shortening of the length was the last change. Brought it up above my knees and now we’re talking. New neck, padless shoulders, belt loops gone and tiny navy sash added for flair – hello Monday ensemble. Lovely to see you!

Day 149 - After

Day 149 - After

Ooh, and you probably couldn’t tell, but take a look at these puppies!!

Pockets are a girl's best friend

Pockets are a girl's best friend

I mean, seriously. Those pockets…sigh.

* Two lovely gals – Miss S at Those Tricks and M Girl at Out of Order did a little Q & A action with yours truly. Such an honor to chat with these awesomely creative girls. They’re already on my Google Reader, and I have a feeling that you may be adding to yours as well. Makes me want to take some voyages up to Santa Cruz and Dallas for crafty visits! xx

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