Week 18: Cathie

I got this lovely dress from Cathie in Flint, MI about a year ago... "Marisa - Please enjoy this dress I found at a yard sale - it's a beauty...as is your inspirational blog.  Merry Christmas and another happy year of outstanding creativity!!"

The sweetest note to have received and working on this piece a year later, so it ties in with the timing!!

Week 18: Cathie - Before

I loved the layering of the silk-screened flowers, but they felt super handkerchief-y.  I wanted to try a non-sew method tonight before working my hands on it with scissors down the road.  I figured if this way turned out amazing, I wouldn't have to cut an inch.

I turned the dress around and wore the back in the front.  There were two longish navy pieces of fabric that hung on each side of the zipper that I tied together.  A little bit of knot action!!  I took a brown skirt from my collection (it's from H&M!) and put it on top of the dress to give it a whole new look.

New knotted top!!

I also had a sparkly, knit, baroque-ish vest that I paired on top as well for a little bit of glam.

Week 18: Cathie - After

The brilliant part was that there was some darting in the bust area, but the handkerchief/floral bit covered it all!!

The new back!

I did some holiday cocktails, and took a shot sans jacked in front of the lit COCKTAILS sign outside, but unfortunately in the b&w, it's hard to see.


The complete outfit looked like this - I totally felt like I was back in NY having a neutral fall with all the shades of brown I was in and the faux fur collared jacket!!

All bundled up!

Today's giveaway is one of the pampering kind that will warm you up in your bath or shower during these chilly nights!  One lucky winner will receive a Jason Natural Apricot body wash, an Alba Papaya Mango wash, and a Bliss Spa Soapy Sap lemon and sage body wash to go with a white puff scrubber, a Lalicious Sugar Scrub Soufflé Sampler, and an Alba Coconut Cream lip gloss.  Yum!!

Day 22 Giveaway Goodies

(I love to shave my legs with these scrubs!!)  To win, just because it's the season of giving and shopping, and Christmas is just a few days away, leave a comment below of your favorite store.  Either one you love to get gifts for others or one that you, yourself is obsessed with.  A winner will get chosen randomly tonight (12/23) and mentioned in tomorrow’s (12/24) post. Congrats to Cathryn who won yesterday’s goodies!

I have a few - I could spend hours scouring the racks at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, but if I had an expendable income, I'd spend tons of time at Anthropologie.  I thrive to have my apartment smell as good :)