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Envious

14 Nov

It’s really cold outside.  And shocker I wore makeup today (although you can’ tell), and it’s not a Sunday (I know, I must’ve been body snatched)!

I love green.

Cardigan: Old Navy, Scarf: Old Navy, Shirt: Target, Cords: Gap
Good grief, we’re all a walking Gap-Company ad!

Not only is green my favorite color, but I feel like I look pretty good in it when my hair looks redder.  I have a wishlist of green things I wish I could add to my wardrobe.  But I can’t have them, so I’m inspired to keep my eyes peeled wherever I go to attain similar items that will make me happy.

1. A green skirt

I would love a maxi skirt especially…can you imagine all that awesome green fabric swirling around you when you walk?

Mmm…

Or a minty-green pencil skirt.  You know, I actually have a dark green (hymn-book green as Sam calls it) wool pencil skirt that  I refashioned.  I should wear it sometime and post on here…

From perfectionpossibilities.blogspot.com

2.  A green dress.  Any will do.  Both of these dresses have elements that I like, and things I don’t like.  I have yet to find the perfect green dress.

Awesome pattern, too.

Lace + belt

3.  Green pants??

I find them interesting.  Could I pull them off?

From classygirlswearpearls.com

4.  A green blazer.

I have a green coat (although it’s so old it’s turning yellow in places…gross), but I think a turquoisey-green blazer would be sleek and cute.

Cuteness

By the way, all these are from my Pinterest board, if you want to see links for the ones I didn’t credit.

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Goats, Goats, Casting Votes

6 Nov

CHECK IT.

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Casting votes with some stoats

Actually, this picture is deceptive.  I didn’t vote today.  I voted like two weeks ago.  But because I always do mail-in ballots (still registered in California…I refuse to become a Utah resident before it becomes absolutely necessary), I never ever get a sticker.  Sad face.  So Sam gave me his.  He voted today.  It was a weensy bit of a fiasco.  Anyway.

Today I feel kind of like a fisherman.  That feeling was accentuated when I had the black galoshes.  With pink…maybe I feel a little less like I’m dressed up for career day.

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Sweater: Gap, Belt: JCrew, Jeans: Hudsons from Loehman’s, Boots: Target

I’m listening to Major Minus.  And finishing preparations for Itly.  I-TA-LY.  Yes, as in there’s a snail in your ear (Megan).  Ten more days!

Scholastic

5 Nov

Just a simple look from Sunday.  I’m liking the whole branching-out-from-the-three-shirts-I-normally-wear thing.  I like this shirt a lot.  I just forgot.  C’est la vie!  Shop your closet!

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Earrings: F21, Shirt: Abercrombie (or just Ezra?) Fitch, Skirt: Papaya, Shoes: Forever Young Shoes (don’t laugh. Cheap shoes rule.)

Also, I’m really happy that my hair has been behaving as of late.  Therefore I can wear it down without getting mad.  You know, I feel like there are about 3-4 weeks in a hair-cutting cycle when I am actually pleased with my hair.  Fwah.

 

Sew You Want New Pants

1 Nov

The other day Sam tore a belt loop.  The next day he tore/wore a hole in the crotch of the same pants.  “Welp, time to get new jeans I guess.”  “But you already have two other pairs and we no can haz moolah,” said I.  So while he was school I stole away to Megan’s to grab her sewing machine and set about to fix those pantaloons if it was the last thing I did.

I’m assuming pretty much everyone knows how to patch a hole in jeans.  So I’m not going to talk about that.  What I wanted to talk about was how to fix the belt loop.  There are precisely 1.1 million posts/tips/whatever on how to fix a loop that has pulled away from the pants at the bottom.  Like this.  But the way Sam’s loop tore was at the top, like his belt just wore through it.  And there was nary a tutorial on that.  So I had to use a little ingenuity.

Anticipating that maybe that might happen to other people, I took photos of the process so that somewhere out there on the interwebz (and right here on this blog) there might be a tutorial on that.

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Torn, baby, torn

So.  It’s really quite easy.

Step One

Get a needle and thread.  Cut a small piece of pants hem from any extra jean fabric that you may have on hand for patches and such.  I used a bottom hem, but I imagine if you trimmed it properly, you could use an inseam instead, although it may not be as strong.

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Multipurpose pant hem

Step Two

Sew the hem piece tightly and securely to the top of ripped piece.  Then line up the bottom piece and sew it tightly to the bottom piece as well.  I know it’s thick and you’re doing it by hand, but use small, tight stitches and be sure to cover the entire surface and not just one line!  My stitches were scattery and uneven, so staying in a line doesn’t matter really.

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Top part stitching

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Attaching to the bottom

Step Three

Do long stitches to bridge the gap where the tear is.  Do a few of them.  It won’t be super secure because they’re long, but they’ll help secure the rip and keep things from popping/wearing through sooner.  Also take this opportunity to do a few binding stitches on the side of the repair for extra strengthening.

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Stee-otches

And that’s it!  Good as new!  It took me only a few minutes total to finish.  And maybe it won’t last forever, but it’ll last until we can buy Sam a new pair of pants.  Woohoo!

Oh, side note.  Some of you lamented over the fact that I didn’t have a “before” picture for the skirt in this outfit.  I still don’t.  BUT.  I realized I kept the gross nasty bottom for some reason (although I threw it away after taking this picture), so I have a picture of that to give you an idea.  Keep in mind, this skirt was floor length, and everything I cut off had tannish-brown stains from something.  Like maybe they walked through a pool of liquid concealer.

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Gross. And weird.

Double Double, Toil and Trouble

31 Oct

Ha!  Mas Shakespeare.  Also, Happy Halloween!  I have los dos outfits for you today.  I bet they’re both boring, because I dress like a boring person unless it’s Sunday (even then…?)

This is from yesterday.  It was comfy.  I feel like I’ve been wearing too many skin-tight shirts lately, so I’m trying to use the baggier/flowier/whatever items I have in my closet.  Hence.  Pence.  Fence.  Etc.

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Cardigan: Shade, Shirt: Forever 21, Jeans: Nordstrom, Boots: Madden Girl

Oh, that shirt/cardigan combo (and actually those pants too, although they were dark and brand new back then) is what I wore in my engagement photos last year, I just realized that.  Totes awk.  Maybe.

Next: what I wore today (and am currently still wearing WHAT).  I’m not including my feet because I seriously just alternate between my pink boots and my brown boots and very occasionally my converse, and I’m sure you’re tired of seeing the same shoes all the time, especially since they are so large and all-encompassing.  Also…those saggy, baggy elephant eyes…I’m going to blame the lighting this time.  You don’t need to know that I’m still really tired because it’s irrelevant and I’m always tired and if I cared enough I would just wear makeup but NO.  Just be glad that I’m trying to incorporate my head in more of these photos because the headless horsewomen thing isn’t going to cut it for much longer.

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Blazer: Gap, Shirt: Keane Concert, Jeans: You already know…

This is my “I don’t care because I am a cool person going to a rock concert” look.  Or something.  I do want you to know that when I got this blazer I hoped one day to have a band shirt that I could wear with it.  Because I think they go really well together.  La di da.  So yeah, what better band shirt to wear than the one I got at the concert for one of my favorite bands?  Or you know, maybe…because it’s the only band shirt I own.

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Keaney keane keane

PS I’m listening to “2nd Law – Unsustainable” from Muse’s new album.  Gaaaaaaaah.  I think that one, “Madness,” and “Follow Me” are probably my favorites.  Also “2nd Law – Isolated System.”  Although that one kind of feels sad.

 

Styling a Wedding

29 Oct

First of all, I realize that this post isn’t all that relevant to about 99% of our readership (is that even possible when you have 2 readers?) but I felt kind of inspired to write it, so there you are.  Also, I’m kind of writing this also to distract myself from the hurricane.  I know lots of peeps out there (including our brother!), and my in-laws are getting pounded, and I’m trying not to worry.

When I was planning my wedding last year, I had a lot of restrictions financially, so there were some things that I didn’t get to go all out on.  However, I did have a specific idea for what I wanted that I didn’t want to compromise on, and that was the overall “style” of my wedding.  I then had to make it work based on monetary restrictions.

“Style,” especially in the context of a wedding, can include everything from the venue to the centerpieces to the food.  I suppose you could also call it a theme.  Our theme was something along the lines of “Victorian-ish Conservatory.”  But I mostly want to talk about the clothes here.

I think the one thing I really want to stress is that when you have a wedding, you don’t have to turn away from who you are or what you’re comfortable with just to fit the expected mold.  You don’t need a glittery ball gown if you don’t like glittery ball gowns.  You don’t need every groomsman in a matching neon tie if you don’t want that.  Just because people do it that way normally doesn’t mean that YOU HAVE TO do it too!

My main concern (aside from affordability) was comfort.  For one thing, I don’t like constricting dresses, especially short-sleeved ones that cut into my armpit and rub me raw.  I’m also not a fan of poofy dresses. I wore one to my junior prom and I felt ridiculous all night long.  Also, I got married in the middle of December.  It was 14 degrees when we got married.  So I wanted to be sure it was possible to stay warm, even a little bit.

SO.  I looked for a dress that fit my bill.  I couldn’t find one that really did, so I turned to the option of having the dress designed and made from scratch!  I used this company, which was actually just a girl in the area.  She worked with me closely as we talked extensively about fabrics (I have never seen so many types of lace in all my life) and measurements and everything else.  She got it done insanely quick, and I paid all of $715 for it.  And it was comfortable enough for me to wear it all night while I danced away!

This is the picture I used as design reference:

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And this is the final product:

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I loved all the little details, and I loved the longer sleeves (no chaffing, yay!)

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To address the warmth issue, I got a coat (the aforementioned gnome coat) to wear when I could.

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As for Sam, he got a tailored three-piece wool suit that was supposed to be reminiscent of a vintage era.  His tie was a dark blue paisley, instead of anything solid.  Again, anywhere I could remind people of a vintage-y feel, I took advantage.

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I also didn’t want everyone to be too matchy-matchy.  Except that I was worried a little that the dresses for bridesmaids would be too different, so I made them match.  I wish now that I hadn’t.  It would’ve felt more authentic.  The groomsmen had matching blue paisley ties (different from Sam’s) and were free to wear a grey suit of whatever they had.

Anyway, my advice to anyone planning a wedding (so…none of you) is to remember three things:

1. Personal Style

2. Comfort

3. Theme (if you are into that…it’s fine if you’re not, but it gives you some direction)

Things to avoid:

1. Pleasing other people

2. Expensive things

3. Things you feel you “need” to have because “everybody” does

And there you have it.  Here are a couple of pictures of my friend’s wedding that show the “style” of her wedding.  She had a theme, which was something along the lines of “Summer Country/Cowboy Chic” or something.

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Every bridesmaid wore a cream or white lace-ish dress of her choice and a pale yellow cardigan.

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Bonus: she made that dress all by herself! With the help of her mom. And her grandma. 😉  Also, it was not white, but sort of cream.  Yet another example of going with what you want and what you’re comfortable with.  If everyone tells you you need white and you want cream, go for it.

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I didn’t have a good picture of the whole look together, so I stole this from their Facebook…Mel, if you ever see this, don’t freak out!

Zip Me Up

29 Oct

My outfit is nothing exciting, I just wore my ancient jeans, my ancient converse, purple argyle socks (what?), and this shirt.  It’s (relatively) new, so here’s the debut!

I got it at a TJ Maxx in Norwalk when I was living out there in Connecticut with my in-laws over the summer.  I feel like Abby and I went shopping at TJ Maxx a lot (though I only ever got this shirt)…oh and Loehman’s…man I wish they had one of those out here!

Anyway.  You should be proud of me for actually showing my face in the picture today, of all days, because I look really, really tired (which I am…thanks to a lot of crazy dreams/nightmares lately and a poorly-made batch of earplugs and who knows what else) and because my hair looks sort of frizzy.  Guys I’m really lazy.  I don’t even have motivation to really do my hair.

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Jeans: Hudson probably from Nordstrom, Shirt: Willi Smith (is this noteworthy?) from TJ Maxxxxxx

Here’s my favorite part of the shirt (oh and look, you can see the patch on my rear where the pants are about to split.  I really should stop wearing these jeans).  Also, lo specchio e grigio.  Or something.

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Silliness is what this is.

Side note: speaking of zippers, does anyone remember that weird picture book that didn’t have any words, just pictures of an animal who would unzip its skin and a smaller animal would be inside?  I think it ended with a mouse.  It was actually a little creepy.

The Unauthorized How I Organize My Junk – Jewelry

29 Oct

So I guess I’m kind of stealing Megan’s idea, but hey, it’s all good, let’s just pretend like this was planned.  I was going to do my own makeup organization post until I realized it was always just stuck in a bag, then I read Meg’s post and realized I had an extra jar, so I threw the stuff I wear on Sundays (pretty much the only time I wear makeup) into it and it is now sitting on the bathroom counter.  BUT I couldn’t really post about that because it is the same as Megan’s and therefore boring.  Thus, I decided on a jewelry post.  Here it is.

As you’ve probably noticed by now, I don’t have a lot of jewelry. I guess I have kind of a minimalist approach when it comes to that, although I think the reason for that is twofold: first of all, I think it’s been established that I don’t have tons of money to spend on clothes. Therefore, when I do go shopping, buying accessories (particularly jewelry) is low on my list and I usually don’t end up getting anything I like. Secondly, I think I look kind of ridiculous in it. I think it makes me look unbalanced and/or awkward. Either that or a say it gives me a headache (like necklaces). Who knows if it really does.

Anyway, needless to say, my jewelry collection is quite small. I think I should get rid of some of the stuff I have but don’t really like or wear to make room for any new pieces I wanted.

As it is, here’s the setup:

I keep it in this box. I don’t know where I got this box, but I love it.

When you open the box, the first thing you see is my giant necklace. I don’t really like that, but that’s how it is.

Under that, you can see that I put necklaces, rings, and a pair of big earrings I haven’t worn yet because I don’t know what to wear them with, but keep for nostalgic value in there willy-nilly. In those two clear boxes I have the rest of my earrings and charms for a bracelet I never wear.

About that bracelet… I kind of love elements of it, and I actually used to wear it a lot once upon a time, but then the anchor kept getting hooked on things and bending out of shape and, well… And I have all these charms that could go on it, but I don’t know, I don’t like all of them.  Most of them I got in church so they are weird ones like a cheesy family tree and whatnot.  Maybe wearing charm bracelets just isn’t my thing. But I can’t bring myself to give it up.  Again, the whole “nostalgic value” thing.

I have some issues with my organization though.  For one thing, the little plastic boxes I keep my earrings and charms in are broken or too small.  I’d like to be able to keep all like things together, no matter the size.  It’s hard, because things are varied and maybe I’m getting more jewelry than can actually fit in this box… (And I have plans to get more LE GASP)

How can I organize my jewelry without giving the cat ready access and never seeing any of it again?  How can I do that and separate parts out?  How can I do that and still keep it in a relatively small space so that it will fit on my dresser (which is pretty much the only place in my house that I have room for it because we live in a small house)?  Tell me how you do it, give me ideas!  And maybe Megan and Adrien can do their own jewelry posts…?

An Oldie

28 Oct

Megan mentioned once or twice I think (a while ago) that I’d refashioned a few skirts and that she hoped I’d post about them.  Aaaaand I never did.  But now, here’s one of them!  Anyway, this skirt (if you can’t tell) is like a light yellow linen/cotton/something longish tulip skirt.  It was boring and had a creepy stretchy waist, but I liked the material and I liked the color, so I went to Joann’s and got a cloth…thing.  Tape?  Liner?  Hem?  Strip? and attached it to the top.  Anyway, it reminded me of  those old guitar/camera straps.   And after hemming in the skirt a bit (it was a little too wide), the hem was raised a bit (before it came to mid-calf on me), and la di da!

Necklace: F21, Shirt: Old Navy, Skirt: DI refashion, Shoes: Target

Oh look, I found an ancient “before” picture:

And now for a detail shot, but of course:

teh deets

Plaid and Stripes

26 Oct

Today I had a breakthrough (maybe)!  I was going to wear something boring, and then I thought “NO!  Be brave, young one.  Take heart.”

And so I mixed patterns as well as colors.  The shirt, which you can’t really tell, has peach-colored pin stripe type dealies.  Like maybe if it were the right material it would be seer-sucker.  And the scarf (clearly) is plaid. Of sorts.  TRA LA LA.  I like that I was brave enough not only to mix brighter/whatever colors, but also los patterns woohoo!

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Scarf: hand-me-down from Megan, Shirt: Forever 21, Cords: Gap, Boots: Madden Girl

Oh look, and a kitty!  Rubbing my leg.  Here’s a close-up of the shirt stripes in case you were just so curious:

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Rikkin-tikkin striped pajamas