114 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Jun 28, 2012 | 41 Comments

This was a fun one today!  Just take a gander…

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Day 114 - Before

Yeah, we don’t even need to discuss!  Let’s get on it!

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115 Days to Go: Wednesday Giveaway!!

Jun 27, 2012 | 158 Comments

Happy Hump Day and Happy A-Week-Away-From-The-4th-Of-July too!!  PS, how is July almost here already??

I love these Wednesday giveaways – a little mid-week gifting is always a good thing!  Last week’s winner was Rowdycat2222 and I must say that the commentary on late night cravings was amazing – you guys are foodie geniuses and I think I’d be fast friends with the sharp cheddar cheese lovers (ie. Elizabeth Y), the wine/chocolate combo lovers (ie. Rtakei), and salted caramel macadamia clusters (ie. Tara Kos) as I take a bite of peanut butter as we speak.

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Not a joke. Really eating Jif.

Today’s goodies are metallic and glammy! We’re getting ready for fireworks next week, so let’s kick off the holiday with some shimmer!

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Win me then wear me!

A pair of beaded gold gilded earrings and a dual chain silver/gold costume necklace I found on my shopping travels!!

So little segue via the shimmer note, to enter leave a comment below discussing your skin routine for glowing skin/well moisturized skin/beat the dryness skin/etc. skin…a winner will be randomly chosen on 7/3!

I’ve been noticing my skin has been a bit dry as of late, so I’m trying and testing out new regiments.  I’m drinking lots more water now (I was a bad girl under-drinking the H2O – yes, I just made up under-drinking), and trying out some new moisturizers.  I have a few Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer samples I’ve been using along with Chamomile Oil by Sundari by my eyes.  Can’t wait to hear your picks which may ultimately become my new picks!  Thank you in advance my beautiful friends :)

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116 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Jun 26, 2012 | 25 Comments

So the photo that I had pulled from this dress that I’ve had hanging on my rack for months ended up not being correct.  Of course – I saw ruffles and a floral pattern and thought I had it when in fact I never shot the piece!  Party foul, Maris!

To give you a complete idea of what this piece looked like before, I found two PERFECT dresses that would most definitely work for a ‘If They Mated’ segment a la Conan O’Brien.  (Here’s a vintage clip…)

The dress basically looked like this except it was knee length and cotton.  There was sheer lace in a V shape, cascading ruffles with lace trim, and more ruffles at the bottom of the piece with lace trim.  Pretty much this in a nutshell…

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Little mix of this...

…with a floral pattern like below.

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Little mix of that...

Basically a shortened version of #1 with the pattern of #2.  Got it?  Feel prepared?  Let’s finish it up!

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117 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Jun 25, 2012 | 26 Comments

There were a few things that initially drew me into this piece.  The fabric pattern for sure (flowers always make me smile!), the colors, and the BUTTONS!

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Day 117 - Before

Here’s a little close up to see…

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Lovin' these buttons!

I’m just not going to wear it as is, however with just a few adjustments, this will be a totally seasonal top to wear with my favorite denim mini that cost just one dollar!

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118 Days to Go: Weekend Thrifting

Jun 24, 2012 | 14 Comments

New Dress A Day went mobile today!  It was a garage/estate sale kind of Saturday, so I hopped in my car, grabbed an iced coffee at McDonald’s (I can’t kick their vanilla ones), plugged a few addresses into my GPS, and took off!

I figured it would be fun to share a few things that I saw and a few things that I ended up purchasing :)   (PS, I’d love to see anything amazing you guys find on your thrifting adventures – send me photos and I’ll share, just like with your creations!  It’s fun to see different thrifted goodies from all over the country and world!)

I found this bit of 80s amazingness but there was some black marks on the white leather and the seller wasn’t coming down in price, so I passed even though it was pretty insane!

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Dallas Clutch!

I walked into a room devoted to shoes next.  The floor was covered!!

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Piles and piles and piles of shoes!

The jewelry section is where I found some total treasures!  I’m a costume jewelry junkie, as you all know by now, so I had fun trying pieces on and seeing what worked on me!  I ended up grabbing the five pieces in this pic which will all soon have some air time!

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My Loot!

I think my favorite part of cruising around the city and making garage sale house visits is when there are unexpected moments like the below.  This was my view from the yard of one of my stops.

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Backyard Treat!

I see this all the time, but don’t have a lovely view of it from my yard – I have a view of a billboard :)   Twas a super successful Saturday!

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