Gem Party!

Jul 17, 2014 | 6 Comments

My Swarovski-encrusted project is almost complete! I showed you this photo last week…

New Dress A Day - Swarovski

Crystal party!

…and I’ve made quite a bit of progress since then.

New Dress A Day - Swarovski

The backings are on!

Do you have any thoughts on what this might be turning into?? Share them below! You’ll see the after look tomorrow, so stay tuned!

DIY: Upcycled Kitchen Towel

Jul 16, 2014 | 10 Comments

This project was a first for me! I love dyeing anything and everything, but I hadn’t ever played with a resist of sorts (outside of rubber bands while tie dyeing) until today. And who knew…Elmer’s Blue Gel was going to be MVP?!

New Dress A Day - Rit Dye Washing Machine

Upcycled towel, here we come!

Not sure about you, but most (er, 98%) of my kitchen hand towels are spotty and stained. I thought this would be a practical and cute way to upcycle those old towels into something a little fresher instead of going out and grabbing new ones. The most fun part of this is that you not only get to become creative with your color choices, but you can personalize the towels! You can pick a word, children’s initials, the family surname, etc. to be what gets stenciled onto the towel. I worked with Rit Dye on this project, so the color options were going to be on point as well~

I chose the word “HOT”, knowing that this towel would be hanging from the stove. Yeah, just had to go literal on this one!

Using painter’s tape or duct tape, create letter stencils (like I did), use ready-made iron-on or adhesive stencils, or even print out on a sheet of paper to put underneath the towel to trace, for alternate stencil options.

New Dress A Day - Stenciled Letters

Taped stencil time!

Once the stencils are affixed to the towels…

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Remake: Zebra Print Shirt

Jul 13, 2014 | 24 Comments

When I first saw this zebra shirt at a garage sale, I totally passed it up. It was on a garment rack with a slew of other polyester shirts and I just wasn’t having any of them.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Zebra Shirt


However I kept walking by it and started thinking about how fun zebra print is. The more I thought about it, I realized that this could be a piece that could work well…

New Dress A Day - Vintage Zebra Shirt

Just a smidge too big!

…with the right styling and a good fit.

New Dress A Day - Vintage Zebra Shirt

Safari shirt!

I guess it’s good that I tend to linger at garage sales – gives me just enough time to turn a “no” into a “yes”. And, when I brought it to the sellers to pay for (along with the other goodies I found), they just gave it to me (thanks guys!!). I think they had seen enough of it and was ready to say goodbye.

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DIY Flower Crown

Jul 12, 2014 | 6 Comments

Happy Weekend, friends!! I hope everyone is taking it easy and enjoying the rays. It’s an outdoorsy Saturday and Sunday for me with the Hollywood Bowl on the agenda as well with a field day (complete with DIY tees!) with some pals. You’ll be seeing the tees this week – they’re so easy and turned out super cute!

Today’s DIY was a fun one. I worked on floral crowns using both real and faux blooms for! I’ve made crowns in the past using paper flowers and dye

New Dress A Day - DIY Floral Crown

Paper flower crown!

…but never real stems. I think it turned out gorgeous.

New Dress A Day - DIY Floral Crown

Crown with Real Flowers

The full tutorial is over at - click here to see how easy it is for yourself!

I think they would make perfect headpieces for a wedding. Time to get engaged! (PS, they dry even better, too!)

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Remake: Satin Ruffled Neck Sashy Top

Jul 10, 2014 | 52 Comments

This shirt was a bona fide winner when I found it!

New Dress A Day - vintage top - Goodwill

Not exactly my style…

Let’s just say that I’m obsessed with these colors!

New Dress A Day - vintage top - Goodwill

To the floor, sashes!

The sashes were my fave!

New Dress A Day - vintage top - Goodwill

Fun top times!

But these pads…

New Dress A Day - vintage dress - Goodwill

These are bigger than a football player’s!

I felt like a vintage clown. We have the same ruffled collar :)


I mean…

Time to get to work!!

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