16 Days to Go: Laura’s NDAD Creation

Sep 30, 2012 | 22 Comments

Today’s remake comes just about six hours away from me in Arizona!  Laura likes to remake things while watching movies which is totally how I like to roll too!  (I’ve been on a Friends rerun kick as of late…)

Hi Marisa!

First of all, I LOOOOVE your blog!  Here’s the story behind my creation:  My Mom has been ruthlessly cleaning out closets in my childhood home, and she came across a box of old costumes from Halloween, plays, church events, etc… I went through the box with your inspirational website in mind, and found this piece of potential!  My mom whipped up this dress for 11 year-old me to wear for the annual Historic Home Show Tour my church had one year.  Right away I loved the fabric and the neckline, but knew I could never get away with wearing the whole dress!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Laura's Remake

Laura – Before

Let the redo begin!!

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17 Days to Go: Samantha’s NDAD Creation

Sep 28, 2012 | 17 Comments

Samantha sent this lovely remake my way.  Check it out – the before shot is amazing!!

I visit your site daily and am constantly amazed, delighted, and inspired by your creations.  Half the time I cannot see the potential in a dress and at the end, I’m always amazed with the result.  For a really long time I’ve been wanting to remake a dress due to your inspiration and this summer we had three weddings to attend so rather than buying a new one (or three) dresses I decided to finally recreate one of my own!!  After spending a few hours visiting numerous thrift shops I finally found what I was looking for at the Salvation Army for $1.90.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Dress - Suzanne

Samantha – Before

I immediately saw the potential and loved the vertical strip.  The quilting at the bottom seemed to call my name as I make baby quilts for my friends.

Woo, total score for $1.90!!  I love the floral print, but the rest is, well…

I can’t wait to see what you do!

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18 Days to Go: Maggie’s Donation

Sep 28, 2012 | 24 Comments

I received this dress a little while back and have finally taken the project on.  I didn’t want to disappoint Maggie.  Listen to her love of the piece…

I bought this dress two years ago to wear to Shrek on Broadway.  The dress never looked great, but did I LOVE the fabric!  I’ve since lost 20 pounds and revisited my closet…only to find this dress.  I love, love, love your website and fashion sense – please use this awesome fabric anyway you see fit.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! MEK

I love me some pinstripes, but the dress was a bit off on me…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Striped Dress - Day 18 - Before

Day 18 – Before (PS, apologies for the weird/blinked/half closed eyes!)

I have just the idea to keep this piece going, all while pulling in one trend that joined us last season and that hasn’t gone anywhere yet.  Peplum!

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19 Days to Go: Halloween Prepping!

Sep 27, 2012 | 176 Comments

Hi Hi Hi!!

Today was a little work-in-progress day that was completely Halloween themed!  I was working on a few costumes for a segment with the local LA CBS affiliate, including the below piece using a fab, black lace appliqué…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Applique Time!

Applique Time!

…along with an orange straw hat that I spray painted black…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Spray Painting!

Spray Painting!!!

…and some flowers I tried to dye darker.  Unfortunately they were a bit too polyester infused, so they only turned a dim grey.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Dip Dye!

Dip Dye!!

I couldn’t just stick to the dark color palette, so I decided that some yellow patent stilettos needed a covering of Krylon’s Glitter Blast.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Glitterati!


The shoes were totally glitzing in the sun!!  Not to be confused with Glitzy the Pig from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which I just can’t stop watching!

I was a stichin’ fiend all day and will have a new ensemble ready to wear tomorrow!  I must say that I’m super jazzed about all the H’ween costumes I’ve been working on.  I think that you’ll enjoy a little chunk of October devoted to dress up!!

In the interim, I’m doing another mid-week giveaway of a fab Smashbox eye/cheek palette as well as a lip gloss duo, which the lighter of the two is a staple in my makeup kit!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Giveaway

Win Me!

To enter, leave a comment below of what you’re thinking about dressing up as (or dressing your kids/spouse/sibling/friend/etc up as) this year for Halloween!  A winner will randomly get picked next week.  I cannot divulge my costumes yet, however there may be something else drastic going on which may or may not assist in my costuming!!  OK, enough teasing :)

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20 Days to Go: Swap Party Madness!

Sep 26, 2012 | 60 Comments

This weekend was spent swapping.  Swap partying, that is!!

My gal Sonya Nimri threw a fun little gathering where there were piles…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Swap Party - Piles and Piles and Piles

Piles and Piles and Piles

…and racks…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Swap Party - Garment Racks O'Fun

Garment Racks O’Fun!

…and clotheslines full of goodies that other people brought to get rid of.  It’s like shopping in the closets of our friends, all in one place.  It’s funny because a ton of the things I brought looked way better on the people who ended up taking them home than on me!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Swap Party - Clothesline!


On top of the clothes, there were sunglasses, necklaces, and earrings…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Swap Party - Chair as Display

Chair display of beads and baubles!

…and a whole lotta shoes!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Swap Party - Shoe Party

Size 9, where are you?!

I found a fabulous stash of goodies – a Stella McCartney sweater was a favorite find on top of some things that I’ll be posting on the blog – and was really jazzed about this below piece!  I think it was at first a mix of shock and awe, and then I gave myself a pep talk and said, “Marisa, you can make this work!!”  So I took it home with me.  It’ll have a moment…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Swap Party - In Living Color Top

My In Living Color top!! (SN totally coined it!)

Now, I did go home with a few more things on top of that shirt, and I’m giving away two of them!  A fun, vintage floral scarf and an adjustable costume ring (it’s right in the center of the pic!)

New Dress A Day - DIY - Swap Party - Win Me!

Win Me!

To enter, leave a comment below listing one of the craziest things you’ve scored at a swap party/garage sale/flea market that other people might say, “wha?!” about.  That piece above is one of those winners!!  And speaking of winners, a winner will randomly get picked next week (10/2)!

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