The rewind piece for today…
Original post date: 4/2/13 (Click here for full project steps and original post!)
The Before Look:
The After Look:
This rewind comes a little early as this was the dress that I wore for Easter about a month ago. I just loved the colors and it was still hanging on the outside of my closet, so I figured that I’d just wear it again today! We’re expecting summer weather over the next few days (yeah, apparently it’s going to be in the 90s) but today was still a glorious low-70 temperature which was perfect for this dress. Tomorrow I’ll be sleeveless…getting that dress ready as we speak!
Today’s giveaway is pretty much in honor of one of my favorite people in the world, Mr. Charl Brown. (HERE’S a refresher from the wedding we were at in September together!)
Yeah, so he just got NOMINATED for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Motown The Musical. Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!! And, um, it’s totally NBD that Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, and Cicely Tyson are all nominated too. Like so NBD. (Also yay for another school pal, Stark Sands (and Charl’s BFF), who got nominated as well!! USC represent!!)
Yep, he’s totally Mr. Broadway.
So to celebrate Charl and Broadway in general – it’s my favorite and I miss going to shows on the regular – today’s giveaway is theater inspired!
Up for grabs is this fab goodie pack with prizes tied into my fave musicals…
Rent – DVD copy of the movie version (I saw the original B’way cast when I was in high school and it was everything.)
Singin’ In the Rain – Poncho
Hair (another musical CB was in) – Comb
Wicked - An apple card with “tempt me” written on the inside
Les Miserables - A pack of Roger & Gallet French perfume wipes
Hairspray – Artec texture shine spray
The final part of the giveaway is a costume necklace with charms, I <3 NY. (I own a copy of this as well and it’s a staple!)
To enter, leave a comment with your favorite musical, a musical or play that you performed in high school, a your favorite show that was turned into a movie or movie turned into a play/musical. A winner will randomly get chosen next week! (Also, all the giveaway winners from the past few giveaways will be announced tomorrow!)
I think my favorite musical is Chicago – I love all the Fosse choreography and I always wanted to be a dancer in the chorus. I wanted to be the “Lipschitz” part in “Cell Block Tango”
A big across-the-country-hug filled with an abundance of congratulations goes out to my CB!! xoxo
Today’s inspiration all started here…
I was having a movie night with my pal BU and the storefront at Juicy Couture caught our eyes. We loved the sweater that hung in the window and had an immediate moment of, we can DIY this!
So, that’s what today’s project is…my version of Juicy’s Nautical Hibiscus Sweater.
To really emulate the essence of Juicy’s sweater, I wanted something royal blue to work with and found just the right piece – a Mossimo sweater from Target that I scored at Goodwill for $3!
Now that I had the perfect base, it was time to get crafty!! I started with some rhinestones (these larger ones came from Darice’s “Big Bag of Bling”) and Aleene’s Jewel-It glue…
…and began my copycat adventures!
While I’ve been in dreamland thinking, er wishing, about a European excursion, Ashley is actually taking Europe by storm. It’s her 30th, so she’s ringing in the new decade in Sweden. The closest I’m going to get to Sweden is heading to IKEA this weekend to score some new shelving. Le sigh…I will have to live vicariously through her in the interim.
As you read this, I am stomping around the streets of Stockholm, celebrating my 30th birthday with my BFF. She just so happens to be a talented Swedish fashion designer, so I can only hope that I am in the midst of wearing something fabulous and picking out a few choice items to bring home to my stateside wardrobe. But I digress!
In preparation for this trip, I decided to dig out a piece of my mother’s that she purchased and wore during her years living and studying in Paris. She lived in France during the late 70s, where she received her Master’s degree in French from the Sorbonne. (To this day, she’s a high school French teacher!).
During that time, she developed quite a stylish European wardrobe and held on to many of the items that she then passed on to me and my sister. I’ve always found this particular dress intriguing, but the elastic in the shoulders was completely bagged out, and it always looked like an awkward, loose fitting, sack of blue potatoes whenever I tried it on.
In the hopes of reviving it to its former glory and returning it to its European stomping grounds for a good show, I decided to finally tackle the much-needed facelift it required.
I’ve been on overdrive this week – I got prescribed antibiotics from an infection that stemmed from my never-ending colds, I had my first post for Goodwill’s blog due (it runs on Friday and I’ll make sure to leave the link as soon as it’s live!) and I’ve been busy prepping a Copycat post! The post features this thrifted sweater from Target…
…and these bad boys…
I can’t wait for you to see what I’m making over!
Hope Thursday treats you well – tune back in for a new post tonight!