Remake: Blue Floral Polyester Dress

Apr 10, 2014 | 8 Comments

This dress was a simple and easy polyester one that I snagged from the thrift store. Hi pastels, I’ve missed you!!!

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Just not feeling it!

Elastic waist, high neck – a very basic number, just one that I wasn’t super excited about.

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Just eh…

I love the pattern as pink flowers are my fave, so I couldn’t resist bringing it home with me. Easy summer dress, here. We. Go.

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SPRING CLEANING WITH HALLS

Apr 8, 2014 | 69 Comments

I’m working with HALLS® today on a fun “gearing up for spring” piece. Spring is officially here (!!!) which means it’s time for that major cleaning sesh! I always use this time of the year to hold a serious wardrobe edit in my room.

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Time to get crackin’!

Taking each piece out of the closet and putting them in one of three piles: YES, NO, or ON THE WARDROBE RACK – I like to substitute wardrobe rack for “fence” – feel me? It’s super cathartic to expunge pieces that haven’t seen the light of day in a while and put them into the donate pile.

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Y/N/OTR

What comes along with this weekend of cleaning is not only a few bags of clothes to donate or bring to swap parties, but some INSANE allergy issues as well. You can’t even imagine the dust that accumulates in my closet – it’s like the more clothes I remove, the bigger the party the dust has in my room. It’s like a dust dance party and I’m sneezing along to the beat!

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What to keep?

I have crap allergies to begin with and you guys have been so helpful in the past of sharing your allergy relief methods from eating local honey to ingest the same pollens from the area to build immunity to using Neti Pots and Zyrtec. October, when the Santa Ana winds plague Southern California, and May are my two nemesis months. They’re like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, except they aren’t a cute, make-up covered, accent spilling Mike Myers. They’re invisible and like little blades to my sinuses. My usual cleaning routine is to take an Allegra D, open all the windows in my apartment to air it out while the massive clean is underway, and have water nearby to stay hydrated. This time I decided to add HALLS to the routine. I popped an Allegra along with a Honey & Lemon HALLS before my day o’ cleaning began to see how I’d feel.

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HALLS to the rescue

I was still a sneezing fool as I picked and sorted through my pieces, but my head, which is usually throbbing, felt A-OK. Honestly, I was just waiting to feel crappy and it never happened. I have to say that for my first HALLS tester, I felt pretty good. Not only did I feel better than usual, my closet got cleaner, and I’m ready for all those pastel colors to emerge in my wardrobe! 

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Ready for Goodwill!

So to help find new homes for the things I’m getting rid of, I’m giving away a little “grab bag” of goodies that I’m no longer using/wearing any more. I’ve got an assortment of jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, clothes, etc. that will be going to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below of something that you’re looking forward to doing to gear up for spring! Perhaps you’re cleaning out your garage or getting a new haircut? The lucky winner will be announced April 15th (a sweet treat on tax day!!).

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Michael’s NDAD Creation

Apr 6, 2014 | 29 Comments

When I saw this piece from Michael come in, I was in love with it. He went with a vintage pattern to get his sew on and it’s making me want to make a version of my own. Check out what he did…

I’m disappointed in the selection of clothing for my daughter so I figured, I’m an ironworker and I can build darn near anything, why not sew? I used to watch my mother and grandmother sew, so how hard could it be? I first tried to create a blind hem, as I’m very good at three-dimensional thinking, however fabric is a whole new world and the sewing machine mocked me. I tried another time and then I purchased a pattern - this vintage Du Barry, at the flea market.

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Vintage pattern love!

 

What will Michael’s finished product turn out looking like??

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Remake: Mr. Rogers Cardigan

Apr 5, 2014 | 13 Comments

You saw the teaser shot of this lovely vintage cardi…

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BEFORE

…that totally reminds me of something that Mr. Rogers would have worn in his sweet little neighborhood. I mean, check it out…

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Mr. Rogers keepin’ it real

I was super inspired by this amazing Free People sweater…

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Free People’s tiger sweater

…but at $248, it was a bit out of my price range.  So, I decided to use another old sweater that was ready for retirement…

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Ole tiger!

…and work it into the cardigan!

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Remake: Mr. Rogers Cardigan Teaser

Apr 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

I had a fun craft day with the always inspiring creative gal, Sonya Nimri, and we played a bit with this sweater. Just your basic, vintage, run-of-the-mill, Mr. Rogers-esque cardigan.

There was some fun potential waiting to happen with this number and I think we got it to a place that even Katy Perry would be proud of. (That’s a hint, ps)

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BEFORE

Stay tuned for the after look…coming shortly!!

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