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Save the Date Book & $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

I'm such a sucker for fun, summery reads. There's nothing like a Saturday at the beach, under an umbrella (I gots to shade my skin!!), with a fun book to take your mind off of things. Growing up on the East Coast and being 10 minutes away from the beach, I always had a Judy Blume (hello, Summer Sisters) or VC Andrews (Flowers in the Attic!!) book in tow. The beach is just as close in LA, so when I have free time on the weekends to meet up with friends, we'll head to Malibu, grab fish tacos on PCH, and then lay out our towels for a day in the sun. I always have three things with me - sunscreen, a cover up, and a book!

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To kick off the summer, I received a copy of Save the Date. It was like an invitation to start my summer reads in my solo book club! (Last year, I was in a real book club for a bit, but then it dissolved because of everyone's varying schedules. Sad face.) I'm a total romantic at heart, so I love Bridget Jones Diary, The Devil Wears Prada, Something Borrowed...they're my total dreamy, guilty pleasures, however I do love me some darker fare (totally obsessed with Stieg Larsson), but I'll just reserve that for winter!

This book takes place in Savannah (one of my favorite spots in the US!) and the lead character, Cara, is a florist who works weddings - basically in my dream world, I'd live in the south and floral arrange. So, right off the bat I was in. It's the story of girl works weddings, girl doesn't believe in love, girl comes to the rescue to really figure out if happy endings exist. There's a bit of bridezilla action, an abundance of wedding day dramatics, and even a dog. I mean, who doesn't love a dog to stir up some shenanigans?

Whenever I think of weddings, my first thought is "what do the bridesmaid dresses look like"? To be honest, that's my favorite part - I always love to see what the bride picked out for her maids, be it good or horrendously bad. I found one of those "horrendously bad" dresses on a recent thrift trip and just had to pick it up. I think this dress might have even had a home in Savannah at one point!

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Remake: Brown Bib Dress

Hi friends!! I'm working on this lovely piece as we speak. Hey now, bibby collar!! New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

I have been on a slight delay with posts as I'm up in San Francisco working with Creativebug on some awesome content! Nothing like being surrounded by old bridesmaid dresses, ready to be made over all day!

New Dress A Day - DIY - thrift store shopping - vintage brown dress

I've got a few awesome giveaways coming up (PS, there's still time to enter the Halls Spring Cleaning and UncommonGoods giveaway) and some remakes that are making me smile. Can't wait to share those!

Eliza's NDAD Creation

Eliza submitted something fabulous my way and it's a dress that she got for free! I love remakes that come from situations like this. One person's throwaway is another person's brand new, gorgeous dress!  The color is so fantastic too! Check out what she did...

I worked as an RA my junior year of college and one of the other RA's in my building was given a bunch of bridesmaid dresses by a student's mother. After they floated around her hall for a while she asked me if I wanted any of them.

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My mom taught me to sew when I was ten-ish and now I make a lot of my skirts and dresses, but had yet to refashion anything. This dress was free and so I decided to go for it. 

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See how Eliza's new dress turned out...

First I removed the bottom panel of the skirt and gave it a new hem. Next I took of the sleeves and the waist ties and recut the armholes into a slight racerback shape. I used the waist ties to face the armholes which was a whole lot easier than making bias tape. 

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I love how it turned out and I can't wait to find more things to refashion. (My little brother wanted to be in the photos too). 

New Dress A Day - DIY - how to sew a dress - vintage theater costume - sundress

Thanks for the inspiration Marisa and for the reminder that making beautiful things doesn't have to start from scratch.

New Dress A Day - DIY - how to sew a dress - vintage theater costume - sundress

True that, Eliza!  I love what you did with this dress! What a perfect "new" piece for summer and yellow is such a gorgeous color on you. Also, you and your brother are adorable - you guys have that bent knee pose down to a science! I can't wait to see more refashions from you, now that you have one under your belt!