June 30, 2012

June 28, 2012

crisp white & floral diy skirt

Are you tired of seeing this floral print fabric yet?! :) I just love it! Anything floral paired with a crisp white button-up shirt is a classic combination, in my opinion! I brought out an additional pop of color by wearing a green, beaded necklace, while keeping my other accessories (heels and clutch) toned down in neutral colors. *To see how I made a DIY clutch out of the remaining floral fabric see here!  Happy thrifted Thursday! :)

outfit details:
skirt/repurposed from thrifted dress, clutch/thrifted, button-up shirt & nude pumps/JCP, necklace/old-can't remember where from unfortunately, nails/Essie 'orange, it's obvious!', lipstick/Rimmel London 'In Vogue'

June 26, 2012

DIY fold-over clutch

Remember the floral frock I purchased from the thrift store and revamped into a modern skirt? Well, here's the project I mentioned in that post; a DIY fold-over clutch! I love how it turned out! Want to make one too? Look for the tutorial after the break! :)

June 23, 2012

a thrifting confession & a before and after

 Confession: Sometimes, I like to buy frumpy, old, and ugly dresses from the thrift store...just for the fabric! Especially the ones in larger sizes with full skirts, and a lot of pleats (yay more fabric for the same low price!) I also enjoy that crazy look the  clerk gives me at checkout--she thinks I'm actually going to wear the dress as-is! :) Anyways, check out this gem of a dress I found the other day! The dress style, with box pleats, knife pleats, smocking at the waist, a button-up and zippered back closure, and the best part, shoulder pads, is ridiculously ugly. But, oh the fabric! It was a floral print, and in pink, yep I fell for it! Snatched it right up and placed in in my cart, I did! The fabric is 100% rayon..which I've never sewn with before, but it's a new favorite! It's really lightweight, but not sheer (so I don't have to wear a slip, or make a lining!), and it drapes really nicely! The best part is that I up-cycled a garment and didn't have to buy brand new fabric from a store! I deconstructed the dress, ironed out the fabric, and had enough for a skirt!--even reused the original dress zipper in the skirt. The pattern actually calls for an invisible zipper, but I didn't want to buy a new one. I also had enough fabric left for another project...more on that later ;) I used Simplicity's Cynthia Rowley 2512 pattern, and made version C. I love the wrap effect and the sweet little ruffle on the front left side! :) Have a great weekend!

June 21, 2012

styling a DIY summer oxford dress

DIY dress from Oxford-button up shirts, Target wedges, thrifted clutch
DIY dress from Oxford-button up shirts
Leather clutch and wedges
DIY dress from Oxford-button up shirts, blue belt, clutch, & wedges
Here's how I styled the dress I refashioned from two thrifted button-up oxford shirts! Yes, summer is officially here..I was sweating glistening while taking these photos! My husband (and usual outfit post photographer) is out of town so I had to resort to the self-timer on my old point-and-shoot camera! Read: kindly ignore the grainy-ness of these photos :) TC is probably glad; however, to get a break from my bossiness when it comes to taking outfit pictures! ha ha Happy Thrifted Thursday! :)
outfit details:
dress/handmade by me from thrifted shirts, clutch/thrifted, blue belt/free from work, wedges/Target (spring 2011). necklace/Cato's

June 18, 2012

oxford button-up refashion into a summer dress!

I recently refashioned two thrifted button-up oxford shirts into a simple dress! It's light, comfortable, and so perfect for summer! :) Would you like to make one?! Here's how!

June 14, 2012

a thrifted tiered skirt, gold accents, & a french braid!

Tan tiered skirt, cream blouse, and gold accents
Gold bead shoulder detailing
French braid and low side mess bun
Cream blouse, gold accents, and tan tiered skirt
Hello! Happy Thrifted Thursday to you! I'm wearing a tiered skirt in a rich, clay tan color that I thrifted almost a year ago..but just haven't worn it yet. I paired it with a cream blouse with gold accents, gold & pearl jewelry, and gold sandals! It was super comfy...and so breezy for summer! *On a side note, I finally figured out how to braid my hair like this (and I love it!)..I'm not gonna lie..it may have taken half an hour to get that braid right!. ha ha! I can french braid all day on the hair of someone else, but when it comes to my own hair that's another story... :)
Back view of cream blouse and tan tiered skirt
Gold necklace
low side messy bun and front french braid
outfit details: skirt/thrifted! blouse/JCP, jewelry/JCP and random mix, shoes/so old I honestly can't remember! similar ones here via Old Navy and here via Forever 21

June 12, 2012

Neon & Neutral {EBEW}

Here's an easy outfit I threw together to run some errands with my husband! The theme for this month's Everybody Everywhere is NEON so I paired this bright, neon cutout tee with some bright bangles! I brought in some neutral shades through my heels and boyfriend style khakis! I'll be back on Thursday with an actual thrifted outfit post, so stay tuned! Happy Tuesday!
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outfit details: Neon tee/DECREE by JCPenney, boyfriend khakis/a.n.a. by JCP, heels and bangles both from JCP also..ha ha

June 11, 2012

circle hem shirt {a tutorial}

Since the high-low trend is still rocking, I thought I'd whip up an easy blouse with a circle (actually mine is more of an oval) hem! I love this sheer fabric and the fun print in aqua and poppy red! To style my shirt, I paired it with my diy aqua skinny jeans...see I told you they were a new favorite! Want to make a circle/oval hemmed shirt too? Here's how!

June 5, 2012

Our 2-Year Wedding Anniversary!

Today marks the second wedding anniversary of my husband and I! Can't hardly believe it's been two years already! To the most dedicated, hardworking, and awesome husband I could ever ask for, TC, I can't wait to create new memories with you and celebrate future anniversaries many years down the road! :) Here are just a few of my favorite snapshots from our wedding day! Photography by Light Images.

Guys are wearing tuxes from a local place in the town we got married in. The floral dresses the girls are wearing were purchased from Macy's. I designed and constructed my wedding gown.
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