Karen’s NDAD Creation

Apr 27, 2013 | 19 Comments

I get lots of emails about the perfect LBD and thought that this piece that Karen shared was perfect to feature.  She totally succeeds in the LBD arena, and I’m wanting to try something like this for myself now!  Check out what she did…

Hi Marisa!  I’ve been following your blog since early 2010 and look forward to your posts each day!  I’ve always wanted to repurpose something, but most of my projects end up in a pile with other unfinished projects… until today!  I intended on taking in a few tank tops that were too big, but instead felt inspired to try something different!  I took one of the tank tops and an old dress and put them together to make something new and fabulous!

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Karen – Before (Tank)

The dress was a $10 Express find that I bought in 1997 for my senior year homecoming.  I hadn’t worn the dress since then because it had a small snag near the top – it’s always just hung in the back of my closet ever since, following me from place to place.  I must have known all along that it was destined for something better!

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Karen – Before (LBD)

Time to see how this pairing turns out!

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My Mother’s Attic: April

Apr 26, 2013 | 26 Comments

While I’ve been in dreamland thinking, er wishing, about a European excursion, Ashley is actually taking Europe by storm.  It’s her 30th, so she’s ringing in the new decade in Sweden.  The closest I’m going to get to Sweden is heading to IKEA this weekend to score some new shelving.  Le sigh…I will have to live vicariously through her in the interim.

As you read this, I am stomping around the streets of Stockholm, celebrating my 30th birthday with my BFF.  She just so happens to be a talented Swedish fashion designer, so I can only hope that I am in the midst of wearing something fabulous and picking out a few choice items to bring home to my stateside wardrobe.  But I digress!

In preparation for this trip, I decided to dig out a piece of my mother’s that she purchased and wore during her years living and studying in Paris.  She lived in France during the late 70s, where she received her Master’s degree in French from the Sorbonne. (To this day, she’s a high school French teacher!).

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Ashley – Before

During that time, she developed quite a stylish European wardrobe and held on to many of the items that she then passed on to me and my sister.  I’ve always found this particular dress intriguing, but the elastic in the shoulders was completely bagged out, and it always looked like an awkward, loose fitting, sack of blue potatoes whenever I tried it on.

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Outstretched Elastic!

In the hopes of reviving it to its former glory and returning it to its European stomping grounds for a good show, I decided to finally tackle the much-needed facelift it required.

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Thursday Update!

Apr 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

Hey friends!

I’ve been on overdrive this week – I got prescribed antibiotics from an infection that stemmed from my never-ending colds, I had my first post for Goodwill’s blog due (it runs on Friday and I’ll make sure to leave the link as soon as it’s live!) and I’ve been busy prepping a Copycat post!  The post features this thrifted sweater from Target…

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Basic blue!

…and these bad boys…

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I can’t wait for you to see what I’m making over!

Hope Thursday treats you well – tune back in for a new post tonight!

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Lisa’s NDAD Donation

Apr 24, 2013 | 25 Comments

Lisa in Phoenix sent me a most fabulous dress that I got to play with today!

I look forward to seeing how you can transform a dated or unattractive garment into something very stylish.  I found the blue dress at a thrift store for $1.  I loved the rhinestone embellishment.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Goodwill - upcycled mother of the bride dress


I love that rhinestone embellishment too!!  The rest of the piece…well…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Goodwill - upcycled mother of the bride dress

Layer Cake!

…not so much.

And there’s no mistake that she got it for a buck!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Goodwill - upcycled mother of the bride dress

She left the tag on!

Time to get crackin’ on this sweet deal of a dress!

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Earth Day Giveaway!

Apr 22, 2013 | 92 Comments

Happy Earth Day, friends!!

I’m SO excited about today’s giveaway – not only is the company super cool, but two of my dear college pals started the brand and I just couldn’t be happier for them.

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Reina & Julie

Julie and Reina’s company, Flying Buttress (I love the name considering their architecture backgrounds!) is an accessory line focusing on sustainability and individuality.  They have an assortment of purses, totes, lunch packs, and tech sleeves along with over 40 interchangeable panels that snap on to the outsides of each piece.  Here’s how it works…

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Panel Attachment

I love that you can change up panels of different prints to match outfits or even the mood you’re in, and when you get tired of a print, instead of donating the bag you can just give it a second life with a different fabric panel.

I think the tech case that can fit your iPad is my favorite!

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Snap on, snap off

You can go with glitter if you’re feeling a little glam, or you can even go with one of the white Mona Lisa panels that can be personalized.  Grab some fabric markers and puffy paint and create a masterpiece of your own!

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All the panels are the same size and can fit on each of the different bag styles, which is awesome and practical.

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iPad Techie Case with Sequins!

So to celebrate Earth Day, Julie and Reina are giving a lucky reader a Flying Buttress bag and panel of their choice!!  Woo!!  To enter, head over to the Flying Buttress site (click here!) and leave a comment below with the bag and panel option that you’d love to win.  A winner will randomly get picked a week from today, April 29th.

I think I’d go with the Jackie print!

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The Jackie Panel

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