Remake: Tan Ankle Boots

I've been wearing this pair of tan booties for a few years now. We've been really good pals, but they've just been getting dirtier and dirtier and dirtier.

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Here's the thing - I got them on super sale from Cotton On. I'm talking like $10 on sale, ya feel?!

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So having to pass them along isn't the worst of times knowing they weren't an investment piece of any kind. However I broke them in to perfection.

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And that's the part that I don't want to move on from!!

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I know I can do it, but I just can't right now ;) SO, that's when I thought I could make them really fab one more time! Hello dye!

DIY tan boots - RIT dye

I thought that Rit's Evening Blue would be just the color to hide "Dirty Tan" (self named!)

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I grabbed a foam brush and created a dye bath with boiling water and a few tablespoons of dye. (I used a plastic cup to dip!)

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It was amazing to see how the shoes were taking to the dye! They're not leather, but just a textured cotton, so the dye absorption was on point!

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After a few more coats, we were good to go!

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I LOVE that the dye hides all the dirt now! So sneaky, yet SO good.

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Magic hour + new boots = a v happy Marisa!

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But I don't think we're done just yet...the wheels started turning to come up with another DIY on top of this DIY. Yeah, it's like Inception, but just go with it for the time being. 😂

DIY Boots - Before / After

Stay tuned!



Remake: Black & White Tweed Dress

I found this dress and fell in love with the tweed material!

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I also loved the large buttons. I'm a button girl - the bigger and more embellished, the better in my book!

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I love pockets too, but the pockets on this dress were small and sneaky. Don't try to be a pocket if you're gonna be little, ya hear? I need room!

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The shape was totally off BUT the seams were perfectly lined up to transform this into something I'd wear often. 

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Like REALLY often.

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First off I got rid of those shoulder pads. Like the pockets, if you're gonna be small, why bother!?

I mean go big, or go home.

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When I first looked at the piece, I immediately thought JACKET! The way the seams were, it just screamed out loud, "turn me into a jacket, girl!"

Yeah, this dress literally screamed to me. That's the kind of relationship I have 😂

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I started removing the seams at the waist right off the bat and in my haste, I got an injury.

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You might have thought that the seam ripper caused the cut, but no. I was just TOO excited that one of my nails on my left hand cut the knuckle on my right.

Little word of caution...go slowly, friends! That tweed is not going anywhere!

I continued to remove the seams until the top part of the jacket was fully detached!

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I created a new hem, pinned down the bottom of the jacket and stitched away!

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Once stitching was complete, it was time to rock my new jacket!

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I paired the new jacket with a vintage black dress and lace tights for my "this is what I wear in LA when it rains" look. 

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This would pair so well with a jeans/t-shirt look too!

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The big collar really pops now too! I'm totally in love with how this one turned out!

2.13.17 - Before & After

Remake: Neon Floral Housedress

Well hello neon housedress of epically awesome proportions by Miss Elaine!! (Thanks to reader Cathryn G for sending this glorious piece my way!!)

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The floral colors make me dream of warm summery temperatures (it's SO cold and rainy in CA right now!) that I just had to craft this piece while on a little beachy holiday!

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I'm not going to wear the dress to the beach, however I'm gonna make something that'll be perfect to wear with some cutoffs made from an old pair of jeans!

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First up! Time to TRIMMMMMMMMMMM. ✂️✂️✂️

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Being I couldn't tote my sewing machine in my carry on, I figured I had the next best thing for beachy crafting...a FABRIC FUSION glue pen!! 

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I also crafted a makeshift desk out of a wicker ottoman to craft a new seam with fabric glue! 

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It's just a DIY party of all sorts going on!!

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I made sure to get all the little nooks and crannies tacked down and let the piece dry overnight. This wasn't the worst view during the dry time either, I might add... 😂

Costa Rica Sunset

The next day, my new top was ready to wear!

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I love the vintagey feel of the top paired with the cutoffs and bright floral Nanette Lepore hat. It's definitely pattern overload, and I love it!

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If I could have bottled up the heat and humidity (yes, the humidity too) and brought it home with me I would have in a heartbeat! Gimme that humid air all day just for dewy skin!!

Before / After 1.19.2017

And now, maybe I make a 60s style mini skirt with the remnants? Lots to ponder, LOTS!