106 Days to Go: $.00 Remake

Jul 6, 2012 | 15 Comments

Today’s piece is a fun one because it cost me nothing and was worn to the wedding of the fantastically awesome NC and MK!  OK, here’s the rundown.  I had a bag full of goodies that I took to Buffalo Exchange to try and trade/sell and snagged a certificate to use in store.  That little gift card got me this vintage lavender dress that would have been $11 for nada!!

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Yay Buffalo Exchange!!

It fit perfectly and there didn’t really need any adjusting but I decided to snip out those white shoulder straps so they wouldn’t pop out from the arm holes…

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Get them straps out!

…and I also gave it a little front slit using my seam ripper to open it up!

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Slit time!

I put on some vintage bracelets along with a charm that came from my grandma…

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Wedding necklace!

…and was ready for the weddin’!  This was the wedding that I made the Black Swan-esque bachelorette veil for…

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Dark Veil!

It was held in the gardens adjacent to the Los Angeles Public Library downtown…

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The scene...

…and was just lovely.  I loved the white roses hanging from the trees in the background!!

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The newlyweds!

We enjoyed a little cocktail hour…

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Rainbow Sherbet Foursome!

…then found our seats!

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Rhinestoned place cards = awesomeness! (PS, the colors tied into what entree was ordered!)

Each table was named a different Los Angeles town…Echo Park, Van Nuys (our rival table of friends sat next to us there and lots of valley jokes were tossed), Rowland Heights which was filled with people unhappy with their location…

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Straight Outta Compton

…and then our table, Malibu.

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The 'Bu

I was obviously thrilled with the location.

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Hey, hey. You know what to do. Oh baby drive away, to Malibu.

The food was served by the lovely wait staff…

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The ciabatta tasted like biscuits!!!

…and the drinks were poured, well by us when we wanted them because of the close proximity.

Red, white, or bubbles?

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The first dance was had…

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First Dance!

…and I took this opportunity to get a close up look of her train.  (PS, this dress was Vera Wang amazingness and looked insane up close.)

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My shadow in NC's tulle

There was a photo booth too which we took full advantage of!!  We tried to fit as many people in as possible and it seemed to work!

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Team Photo Booth

I snuck back into the booth for a few quick ones, knowing that they’d make their way here…

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Yeah, I'm totally the crazy one for going in here solo!

We got a few pics with the bride en route to the loo…

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Me & D with the bride!

…before heading back to the dance floor!  The playlist was a fun mix of 80s, old school hip hop, paired with some indie favorites.  I brought a Stella onto the floor and realized I was having too much fun when it started overflowing and running down my arm.

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Too much fun on the dance floor!

This was also my cue to put on the flip flops!

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Flip flop time!

More dancing and hijinks ensued including some facial hair fun…

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B's new stache!

…and some fountain dipping.

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Fountain Dipping

After the final song was played (Purple Rain!) we gathered our belongings (my gold heels!), grabbed a centerpiece (per the bride’s request)…

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And scene!

…and took our favor (a duo of chocolate/regular Rice Krispie Treats) home with us.  Well, not exactly home as mine were eaten before the halfway point was even hit.  They were dee-lish and the perfect late night snack.  Such a beautiful night for two amazingly fantastic people.

Hope you all have a most wonderful weekend!!

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107 Days to Go: Thursday Giveaway!

Jul 5, 2012 | 91 Comments

For those US folk, how was everyone’s 4th of July??

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Star Spangled Cookies!!

I spent the day at the beach commemorating independence while also cheersing the birth of TJ.  We had red, white, and blue cookies not to mention those chocolate wonders above (my contribution!!) to cover all our celebratory bases.

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Go shorty, it's yo birthday!

I wore my new top, my straw hat, and a bathing suit which didn’t even get close to the water…only my feet touched the chilly Pacific.

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Anchored in place!

Volleyball nets were set up and there was even a taco stand serving carne asada.  Yep, my grub got it’s groove on!

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Beach Day!

It wasn’t crazily hot either which was a treat.  (I know, I’m SO sorry rest of the country in the triple digits…I wish I could send you all sprinkles of the 75 degrees we’ve got now!)  We all got to lay out and veg on towels, catch up with friends and family, read trashy mags, and just enjoy the beauty of the day.

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Nails in Action!

I thought it was fitting to giveaway something that I’ve been chatting about the past few days…ANCHORS!

Today’s loot consists of costume anchor stud earrings in gold, pink, and rhinestone!  Three pairs, three winners!

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Win Me!!

To enter, leave a comment below with your fave color choice and three winners will randomly get selected next week (7/11)!  Last week’s goodies will go to a lucky winner tomorrow.  I’ve been overwhelmed with reading (and note-taking) all of your skin routines which are truly incredible.  I’ve already started to pick up a few items to try out.  One last day to enter that contest, so if you haven’t signed up yet (SIGN UP HERE), now’s your chance!!

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108 Days To Go: 4th of July Pt. II

Jul 4, 2012 | 8 Comments

My 4th of July ensemble is complete!!  Here’s the before…

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Day 108 - Before

Here’s the continuation of yesterday’s paint drying and the beginning of the tape peeling process too!!

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Removal time!!

My anchor is starting to take shape!!!

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All Finished!!

The finished top looks like this…

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Day 108 - After

Hello painted anchor :)  It’s all ready to wear to the beach to celebrate the fourth!  I paired it with some dark denim colored linen shorts from Forever 21 and a pair of Kimchi Blue yellow flats from Urban Outfitters.

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Anchor Party

Also, there’s nothing like getting into the full on red, white, and blue spirit with some painted nails!!  I took my polish assortment and began to get artsy!

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Nail Polish Time!

I started with a red base (Zoya Carmen) on all the nails…

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Starting with some red...

…then got to some design making.  I added a white (LA Colors)/white iridescent glitter (Wet n’ Wild) firework to the thumbs using a toothpick…

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Baby you're a firework!!!

…a navy (NYC Color – Skin Tight Denim Cream) heart to the ring finger, and a multi-glitter (Wet n’Wild Party of Five) coat to the pinky nails!

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Finished nails!

Action shots tomorrow!

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109 Days to Go: 4th of July Pt. I

Jul 3, 2012 | 6 Comments

Not sure if y’all remember this dress from last August that my girl Amanda sent my way?  (Refresher HERE!!)

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Day 109 - Before

I cut the piece in half and turned the bottom into a skirt to wear to my pal Lisa’s bridal shower on the water!!

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Bottom Half!

A bit nautical, because when in Rome, or on a boat, that’s how I roll!  I was left with the top buttoned part and figured it would make a lovely little diddy for the 4th of July.

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110 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Jul 2, 2012 | 33 Comments

Today’s dress was pretty much in stellar condish.  It fit well, was made of a thick brocade material, had awesome pockets in the center…three key ingredients for awesomeness!

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Day 110 - Before

I wanted to give it a little more character and a little extra punch before I was going to wear it, so I turned to a brand new friend…

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Screen Printer Time!

Hello Yudu screen printer!!  This was the final piece that I crafted with Sonya Nimri during our crafternoon – she is a screen printing guru, has all the supplies, and was ready to give me a lesson.

Time to give this dress some Flavor Flav!!

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