56 Days to Go: Jessica’s NDAD Creation

Aug 25, 2012 | 20 Comments

Today’s creation comes from my gal Jessica in Portland!  It totally reminded me of the embroidered dress I worked on this week and made into a halter top!  Pretty embroidery is in the air…

Miss M –  I finally have a submission!  I make little tweaks all the time to stuff but never really a major transformation like your fun and thrifty creations.  This one isn’t all that major but it was done on a tiny budget and tight timeline!  I am an event manager, so summer is my busiest season. My birthday also happens to fall right in middle of June, so I hardly ever get to celebrate it in earnest, because I’m always working!  On the Friday before my birthday, some of my oldest and dearest girlfriends decided to surprise me with an impromptu evening of dancing to celebrate the big 3-6 and party like it’s 1999! (It was 80’s/90’s night… there was a lot of Prince.)  They called me at 6:00pm and insisted I meet them at 10!  With just 4 hours and nothing to wear, I turned to my by-the-pound bag from last month’s foray to “The Bins”.

Note to self – I.  Must.  Go.  To.  The.  Bins.

I bought 7 pounds worth of stuff for about $1.20 a pound and I pulled out this piece…

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Jessica – Before (PS, Jessica – I’m totally obsessed with your stash of goodies.  I’m moving in!!)

…because of the cute embroidery around the neck!

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Embroidery ECU!!

I wonder if this lovely embroidery will make the cut?!

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57 Days to Go: Anthropologie Copycat

Aug 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

Like last week’s Anthropologie clutch copycat (refresher here!) that I crafted with my most creative pal Sonya Nimri

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Our Anthro-esque clutch!

…we also worked on another piece that we scoped out in Anthropologie’s most current catalog!

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Anthropologie Copycat

We loved this lace stripe combo and found it would be easy to make with two thrifted pieces.

A – striped shirt…

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B – lace shirt…

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And little side note…we’re gonna make two tops, one for each of us to don.  Ready to make a Anthro-faux-logie piece??

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58 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Aug 23, 2012 | 45 Comments

When I first saw this skirt, I thought I was going to use the fabric for curtains in my bathroom!  I ended up changing my mind due to the fact that there wasn’t enough material, and kept the skirt intact!

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Day 58 – Before

It was a bit too big at the waist and a bit too long, so some easy adjustments are en route to make this piece perfect!

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59 Days to Go: Wednesday Giveaway!

Aug 22, 2012 | 105 Comments

I’ve been obsessing over orange lately – not sure if it’s because I’m seeing it splattered through all of the magazines I’ve been sorting through or if it’s just permeating through my head from the sun…I’m totally living in a little sea of orange.  I even found an amazing orange-y dress over the weekend that I can’t wait to redo and I’m also having some fun with dye!

So with all of my orange-ness going on, today’s giveaway is in the citrus family…a vintagey fabric beaded bracelet and a lip gloss with an orange shimmer.  I have one of these glosses and I’m obsessed.

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Win Me!

To enter, leave a comment of a color you’re excited about wearing.  It’s going to be fall soon, so maybe you’re thrilled to wear some eggplant (color, not the actual fruit, unless there’s a way to dehydrate/preserve/turn into a necklace) or maybe you’re relishing in the sun holding onto the melons and pinks?  A winner will randomly get chosen next week (8/28) and congrats to Keenzi for winning last week’s Smart Glass necklace!!

Orange you glad you’re entering this fun contest?!  (Sorry, couldn’t resist. Drum roll!)

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60 Days to Go: My Neighbor’s Mom’s Donation

Aug 21, 2012 | 44 Comments

So last year when I was moving out of my old place into my new one, I had a final “get rid of too many years of stuff sale” with my lovely neighbor JC.  I was trying to get rid of many things no longer needed (and not allowed to come with to the new place), so I kept my eyes off of his goods, however his mom had a few pieces she was selling and gave me this one.

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Day 60 – Before

The embroidery was incredible, but it needed a little bit of work to make it pop on me.  She graciously gave it to me so I couldn’t say no!!

I decided to wait for just the right time to work on it…when Los Angeles started feeling it was an egg frying on a skillet.  Mmm, fried eggs!!

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Woo, girl!

(Pretty much how it’s been for the past few weeks!

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