Day 184. 181 days and $178 left togo.

May 31, 2010 | 57 Comments

It’s been an eventful holiday weekend and today was the perfect, veg-full, sunny, warm-until-the-sun-went-down day! PS, I don’t know about the rest of you but I literally couldn’t get it straight that it wasn’t Sunday – this always happens on these long weekends and I get totally skewed. I am fully clear that tomorrow is Tuesday though and my alarm has been rightfully set for the proper time in the am :)

It began with this…

Day 184 - Before

Day 184 - Before

l honestly chose this because of what I wanted it to look like at the end (STRAPLESS!!) but I think it may have helped the Duke lacrosse team, including my awesome cousin Mike, secure a win in this year’s NCAA competish against Notre Dame. Team colors in the house…albeit a minor fluke :)

Day 184 - Take Two!

Day 184 - Take Two!

OK, so there was a lot of fixin’ that needed to be done. First I snipped off both sleeves.

Cut the sleeves!!

Cut the sleeves!!

Next the rest of the dress needed to be taken in. I began pinning all the way from the top of the dress to the very bottom…

Pins!

Pins!

…and then got on the sewing machine to stitch it up. After stitching, I trimmed off the excess and used half of that material as a belt around my waist and the other half as a bow that I tied onto the belt.

Day 184 - After

Day 184 - After

There’s nothing like the backdrop of Los Angeles to take my after pic in front of. Spending the late afternoon bbq-ing on the rooftop of LG’s building was exactly the thing to close the long weekend out.

Before the cheeseburger and chicken sausage action, my favorite pic of the day was shot by KK during the magic hour.

Magic Hour!

Love my camera for taking such a glammy pic & love my friends for being such glammy models :)

And post magic hour came sleepy time hour where I made my way to the most comfy chair on the roof that I just sunk into with my matching cup…

Matchy, matchy!

Matchy, matchy!

…and watched the sun set into the hills. A most blissful day :)

And scene.

And scene.

Love to all the past and present service men and women out there :) Happy Memorial Day!

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Day 183. 182 days and $179 left togo.

May 30, 2010 | 78 Comments

“Ohhh, we’re halfway there. Woah, livin’ on a prayer! Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear…”

From the lips of Jon Bon Jovi, yes friends, we are halfway there! Day 183 has arrived – six months down and six more to go. Clearly this calls for celebration and a celebration will be had. My halfway point also just happens to fall on the day of my lovely friend JK’s wedding, so party dress, here I come!

Day 183 - Before

Day 183 - Before

I came across this puppy in my sifting journeys for a buck. I loved the color most of all and the ruching and gathered waist was totally Grecian, which I adored. My first thought was to turn it into a mini dress and make the sleeves 3/4 until I got the wedding invitation in the mail. I knew that this would be the perfect piece for the “black tie optional” dress code. First plan of attack, the sleeves.

Seam ripping the sleeves

Seam ripping the sleeves

I took my seam ripper and began to carefully take out the stitches – this fabric pulls very, very easy so I had to be gentle with my seam ripping activity. I was on my way after both sleeves came off.

Sleeveless!

Sleeveless!

I then pinned under the raw edges of the armholes and hand stitched the edges. Even though this took a little longer than planned, I wanted to make sure it looked clean and precise.

Pinning under my new sleeveless dress

Pinning under my new sleeveless dress

After the arms were tweaked, I cinched the sleeves a bit by gathering the material and sewing them together. Aside from a small style change, it also made the top of the dress a bit more fitted as well.

Strap cinching!

Strap cinching!

And with the addition of some gold jewelry and shoes, a peacock feather in my hair and a glass of champagne in my hand, it was celebration time!

Day 183 - After

Day 183 - After

Ooh, and did I mention that there were pockets? A dream come true, especially for a wedding. Camera in one pocket, gloss in the other.

Perfect for quick shots of the lovely new couple dancing the night away to a fab wedding band playing Journey (you know we were all belting out some “Don’t Stop Believing”), Earth, Wind & Fire (I mean, it’s not a wedding if “Dancing in September” isn’t played) and the Black Eyed Peas (yes, whoever had a feeling that it was going to be a good night was right – we lived it up, we smashed it, like oh my God, and then we did it again).

,I heart the back of her dress!

I HEART the back of her dress!

My favorite part of the night was the sweets! From the cake…

Cake!

Cake!

…to the candy bar filled with sour apple rings and chocolate covered pretzels, I was set!

I Want Candy!

I Want Candy!

Twas the perfect night to spend dancing, toasting, picture taking, smiling, and celebrating with old friends and new friends alike.

No, I did not catch the bouquet :)

No, I did not catch the bouquet, borrowed it solely for the photo op :)

To the next six months friends – thank you for all the love and support! I’m blessed and honored to have you on this trip with me :)

Cheers, L’Chaim, Prost, Salute, A Votre Sante, Okole Maluna, Bonski, & Kampai! xx Marisa

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Day 182. 183 days and $180 left togo.

May 29, 2010 | 50 Comments

Hot fun in the summertime, should have been the motto for the day! With temperatures in the high 80s, Memorial Day has most definitely brought the summer. Fun for me because dresses tend to be the only thing I wear when it’s hot out :)

Today’s piece looked like this when I grabbed it for a buck.

Day 182 - Before

Day 182 - Before

Very prairie girl and at the same time, too big in the chest area. Actually, the arms in general were pretty beat up.

Big tear!

Big tear!

Before we begin the transformation, can we all please just take a moment to acknowledge the brand of this dress. MUUMUU FACTORY is the brand of this dress. Seriously? That is amazing. Can you imagine saying, “I’ve got a job interview at the Muumuu Factory”?

Absolutely genius!

Absolutely genius!

It looks like sleeves may have been there before and ripped out, but what’s for sure is the gaping tear underneath the arm hole. The other side looked the same way. First thing that I did was take care of the rip. I pinned down the arms and stitched new seams where the old ones were torn.

Pinning up the sleeve ish

Pinning up the sleeve ish

I wasn’t into how long the dress was. It was a bit too much for me, so I decided to cut off the last tier of fabric from the pink ribbon and below.

Later bottom layer!

Later bottom layer!

Post-cutting, I pinned down the raw edges and created a new seam at the bottom of the dress.

Tidying up, aka prepping a new hem

Tidying up, aka prepping a new hem

It was also super-duper large on me, so I took it in from the back. There were many inches that needed to be removed, so I pinned down the excess material and brought it in. I grabbed a straw-ish belt and had an outfit ready for the heat.

Day 182 - After

Day 182 - After

Unfortunately the Heat didn’t make it to these NBA playoffs, but the Suns were in it to win it…until they lost their Game Six against the Lakers.

The back of my dress forms a V, as in victory, which in tonight’s case goes straight to Ron Artest for making some ridiculously awesome shots. (I took the ends of the straps and brought them together in the center of my back – loved the new shape!)

From the back

From the back

Love vegging and watching playoff action and grilling and hanging with friends and family on days like these. Sigh, if everyday could be a Saturday!!

PS, my big halfway point is tomorrow!! Just a little note that the blog may be up later than usual :) Partially because of being halfway done and mostly because I have a wedding to attend. xx M

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Day 181. 184 days and $181 left togo.

May 28, 2010 | 10 Comments

Happy long weekend friends!! Whether you’re leaving town or staying local, I hope that there are bbq’s, pool action and movie seeing a-plenty :) Today’s number falls into that last one.

Day 181 - Before

Day 181 - Before

Yep, that’s just a basic tee you see there. Found it in a pile of threads for $1. You may be asking where I’m taking this, so…in honor of Carrie Bradshaw’s return to the big screen, we’re going to do a little Sex & the City 2 recreation action today. Carrie’s version costs a few hundred and mine, well, you know my budget.

“Hello, Lover.”

Oui, oui!

Oui, oui!

We start with the Pirelli logoed T. Three cheers for Italian tires!

Insert Logo Here

Insert Logo Here

Instead of copying Carrie’s shirt verbatim, we’re going to go another route. This other route begins with some of my favorite things…

Love me some iron-on letters!

Love me some iron-on letters!

…Iron-on letters!! I cut out nine letters to create my new logo to place on the front of the T. I put one of the letters on top of the Pirelli to hide as much of it as possible.

Plug in the iron

Plug in the iron

I decided to do a little “I LOVE DIOR” translation myself. Even though I took French in high school and two semesters in college (those were more like Franglais classes thanks to our fab professor Simon from Wales who took us out for margaritas on Cinco de Mayo freshman year), I was inspired by the Pirelli and went the Italiano route.

Si Si!

Si Si!

I love Dior too, just like CB.

Day 181 - After

Day 181 - After

Nothing better than ringing in the three-day weekend with my chic gal DR. And, you saw that beer tower of Stella yesterday…the only thing Carrie-ish about me tonight is my outfit. Negativo on the martini front.

Amo il Dior

Amo il Dior

For all the SATC fans out there…I’ll leave you with one of my favorites.

“I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love. And I don’t think that love is here in this expensive suite in this lovely hotel in Paris.” -Carrie Bradshaw

Swoon. TGIF! Happy Memorial Day weekend friends :)

*And now to the GIVEAWAY…

I was so completely blown away from all of your ridiculously amazing comments. I am honored to have such awesome readers out there – the giveaways will be happening on a more frequent basis from here on out because I want you all to get something! Now, I know I said that I had three totes, but in looking at the excess material from that vest…I’m gonna rock out a fourth.

One more tote!

One more tote!

There will be a frog/panda one to add to the batch as well, so I got to pull four winners numbers from random.org. The lucky four are – JANE, MANDY, BROOKE F, & MEGAN. Thanks to everyone for entering…I’m already planning the next giveaway, so stay tuned! xx Marisa

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Day 180. 185 days and $182 left togo.

May 27, 2010 | 26 Comments

Today I went with dots…

Day 180 - Before

Day 180 - Before

…well a lot of dots, actually. Not until I got this home did I really think how similar I looked to the below as I was taking my before pic.

Minnie!

Minnie!

Yep, this dress screamed Minnie Mouse and I wanted to get as far away from that picture as possible. Once I saw the connection, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

My first step was shortening up the dress.

Getting rid of the length

Getting rid of the length

I cut off eight inches of length that turned the dress into a top in seconds. I next brought the top in a smidge just to make it a bit more fitted.

The most important tweak were these…

Shoulder Pads!!!!

Shoulder Pads!!!!

The shoulder pads HAD to be removed. The sleeves were already ruched, so there was no extra need to emphasize the pouffiness of them.

And the outcome…

Day 180 - After

Day 180 - After

Perfectly, non-Disney seeming top to go on top of my skinny jeans, rope belt and sandals.

An eve with the ladies that began in one spot…

Happy Hour!!

Happy Hour with LG, TT, & JG!!

…and brought us to another where a crazy tower of Stella Artois made an appearance.

Tower O'Beer!

Tower O'Beer!

That’s kinda what you do when the big holiday weekend is within arms reach, right? Memorial Day is almost here, I can just taste it! That and well, the Stella too.

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