DIY, Fashion

3 Ways to Upcycle A Damaged Blouse

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One of my favorite things to do is score great finds at thrift shops, and I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I found this great, funky plaid silk blouse.  Though a little “loud,” I though it’d be a great Christmas season top.  However, when I got home from the shop, I discovered a rip along the button line.  It wasn’t a fixable problem, but there are plenty of alternative uses for great fabric!  Here are 3 ways I up-cycled this plaid blouse.

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FAUX COLLAR TOP/DICKIE

I wanted to still wear this as a blouse under cardigans, so my first project was to make a Dickie.  Most people have super dorky connotations of the Dickie (aka Christmas Vacation) but they are definitely back in style, in a much more chic way.  It gives you that button up look without the bulkiness of layering it under a sweater.  Here is an easy tutorial on how to make one.  Mine is definitelt not perfect, and it’s a bit uneven, but you don’t notice the imperfections once it’s under my cardigan.

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BOW TIE HEADBAND

Using some of the sleeve fabric I made a retro bow headband.  I’ve made them before, so I just winged it, but for a detailed tutorial, click here.

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FLOWER BROOCH

Since there were ruffles on the sleeve, I was able to make a super easy flower brooch by cutting off the ruffle, twisting it around and securing with thread.  I added a white covered button from my button box and a brooch pin on the back (secured with super glue).  For a similar concept, this link is a great option for a variety of different fabric flower brooches.

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Grab a little helper like mine, put some Netflix on, and you have yourself a great winter project!

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Dresses For The Holiday Season

Now that November is here, my favorite time of year has arrive! The parties, the festive decor, the food, and the gathering of friends and family…it’s a glorious time.  I also immensely enjoy dressing up for the holidays (shocker, right?) Twirling dresses, a touch of plaid or sparkle, and vibrant colors to contrast with the gloomy weather outside.  Here are my top picks for each occasion of this holiday season!

THANKSGIVING

 

 

I love wearing warm colors for thanksgiving, like burnt orange or wine red.  It’s also one of the rare times I like to accent with brown, since it seems very fitting for the occasion.

 

 

 

 

1. Golden Yellow Rose Dress

2. Brown Koi Dress

3. Orange Key Hole Dress

4. Plaid Hankerchief Dress

5. Yellow Bell Sleeve Dress

6. Plaid Shirt Dress 

CHRISTMAS

 

 

For Christmas I enjoy cozy velvets, bright plaid/buffalo check, polka dots, and lots of red!

 

 

 

 

1. Black Plaid Shirt Dress

2. Blue Plaid Swing Dress

3. Red Cowl Neck Dress

4. Velvet Scalloped Dress

5. Red Shiny Dress

6. Polka Dot Dress

NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

 

New Year’s Eve is a time for sparkle, and lots of it! But if glitter is not your thing, there are plenty of glamorous dresses to choose from, with pops of color or classic black.

 

 

1. Green Lace Dress

2. Teal Lace Dress

3. Black Snowflake Dress

4. Pink Velvet Dress

5. Navy Star Dress

6. Lace Bell Sleeve Dress

 

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Vintage Fall Color Inspiration: Dark Purple

I don’t know what it is, but dark purple reminds me of magic.  Velvet robes swirling with twinkling stars…

I guess wizards are on my mind since I’ll be leaving for Harry Potter World today!! Or it could be this fabulous star dress I wore last weekend.  Accessorized with star earrings and glittery shoes, it was the perfect ensemble!

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My purple vintage scarf and light weight lace top were great for my travels in the mild weathered United Kingdom.

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This sweetheart busted dress, dark purple and wine red, has been a favorite in my closet for many a special occasions.  Unlike, a brighter purple, it’s deep hue is striking but understated.

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If if you are looking to add some dark purple to your wardrobe, here are my picks:

DRESSES

 

 

1. Plaid Dress

2. Bell Sleeve Dress

3. Cat Print Dress

4. Satin Dress

TOPS

 

1 Sheer Top

2. Cat Print Top

3. Cropped Cardigan

BOTTOMS

 

1. Velvet Pants

2. Pencil Skirt

3. Ombre Star Skirt

ACCESSORIES

 

1. Tri Tone Earrings

2. Peacock Sequin Clutch

3. Rhinestone Velvet Heels

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Crazy Cat Clothing

It’s no secret with my friends and family that I love cats! Their sassy, independent personalities make them kindred spirits and I’ve always loved having them as pets.  Currently I have two adorable fur babies, a grey tabby named Marble and a black tortoiseshell named Autumn.

 

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Being a crazy cat lady seems to be cool now (not that I needed a reason) and cat prints are EVERYWHERE! Here are my cat print finds to add to your wardrobe:

DRESSES

 

 

 

 

1. Navy Heart Dress              2. Black White Dress

3. Magenta Dress                   4. Multi Color Dress

5. Cheshire Cat Dress            6. Spaceship Dress

7. Moonlight Dress                8. Black Fit & Flare Dress

TOPS

 

 

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1. Slouchy Sweater                   2. Velvet Jacket

3. Teal Bodysuit                        4. Mockingbird Tee

5. Cat Face Cardigan

BOTTOMS

 

 

1. Red Embroidered Pants    2. Gray Swing Skirt

3. Embroidered Knee Jeans  4. Paw Print Swing Skirt

ACCESSORIES

 

 

 

1. Meow Cap                              2. Grey Flats

3. Black Crossbody                   4. Red Satchel

5. Leopard Phone Case           6. Bow Headband

JEWELRY

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3. Earrings & Necklace Set      4. Crescent Moon Necklace

5. Brooch

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Vintage Fall Color Inspiration: Ruby Red

This week’s vintage fall color inspiration is Ruby Red, my all time favorite color! It’s rich hue looks fantastic on my  fair skin tone, and it makes me feel like royalty (or a gryffindor, haha)! Just like MAC’s Ruby Woo though, it looks amazing on ALL skin tones because of its perfect mix of warm and cool undertones.

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This is ruby red plaid dress is from Lindy Bop and it’s great for the fall and winter (great as a holiday dress).  Here some of my other favorites to add some rich red to your wardrobe!

DRESSES

1. Tri-tone Dress

2. Satin Draped Dress

3. Plaid Dress

4. Lace Dress

TOPS

1. Off Shoulder Long Sleeve Top

2. Plaid Top

3. Velvet Top

BOTTOMS

1. Bow Skirt

2. Polka Dot High Waist Capris

3. Velvet Pencil Skirt

ACCESSORIES

1. Plaid Kitten Heel

2. Lace Purse

3. Plaid Gloves

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Vintage Fall Color Inspiration: Navy

Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons…the leaves, the food, and jewel tone colors! Wearing rich colors like burnt orange, ruby red, deep purple and navy, are so cosy and vibrant.  Plus, with my fair skin tone, they really stand out! For the next few weeks, I’ll post a weekly blog post on jewel tone color inspiration.

Up this week, is the color navy, the most versatile of the jewel tone colors.  Considered a neutral, navy can be worn with a multitude of colors, which you can see in this  amazing Lindy Bop dress!  Inspired by Palm Springs, this dress is one of my favorites for its rich colors and unique print.

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Here are some other ideas for navy fall outfits:

 

 

DRESSES

1. ‘Delta’ Navy Carnaby Street Border Swing Dress

2. ‘Beatrice’ Navy Floral Dress

3. Bella Poque Garden Dress

4. Angerella Lace Dress 

 

 

SKIRTS

1. Jacquard Pleated Skirt

2. Just This Sway Midi Skirt

 

 

 

TOPS

1. Ditsy Print Peplum Top

2. Collared Pullover Sweater

3. Bow Jayne Top

 

 

ACCESSORIES

1. Mary Jane Heels

2. Patent Leather Purse

3. Polka Dot Headband

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Retro Style On A Budget

I view my wardrobe as an extension of my artistic ability, so finding unique pieces that fit my vintage style is a fun challenge.  What is not so fun are the price tags! I’m an avid bargain hunter, and I will search high and low for the best deal on what I’m looking for.  If you are looking for the best deals on vintage style clothing yourself, here are my recommend places for the best deals.

Comsignment Shops/ Peddler’s Malls:

Consignment shops and peddler’s malls are the obvious first choice for their mostly super low prices.  There are a variety of levels for consignment shops, and the more brand focused they are, the higher the price goes.  I stick to the lower levels, like goodwill and non-chain local shops.  This can also be true for Peddler’s malls, so I stick to the less “cultivated” ones.  However, if you have a specific item in mind, it’s going to be a challenge.  I usually shop these stores when I’m just perusing and looking for an unexpected surprise piece.

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Wish App:

The Wish app has been my newest addiction for SUPER cheap accessories.  I stick to the deals for $2 or lower, and shipping is usually just as low.  I’ve mostly gotten jewelry asnd hair accessories, but I’ve been tempted by a few clothing items.  Keep in mind the price reflects the quality, so these are fun but cheap pieces.

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I both sell and buy frequently on eBay.  There are thousands of deals on both authentic and reproduction vintage, you just need to be savvy to ‘keyword’ searching.  When I’m looking for vintage style clothing, my top searches are “pinup,” “vintage style,” “retro,” “retro style,” “fit and flare,” and “50s style.”   I also search specific vintage style brand names, where there are the sometimes cheaper deals on new or gently used pieces, as opposed to shopping on their websites (Pinup Girl Clothing, Modcloth, Chi Chi London, etc). I search similar keywords for Dresslily.com, a discount clothing site, but you will not find name brand vintage style clothing here.  Be very diligent with sizing charts that are provided or ask sellers for measurements, since many cheaper pieces come from Asia and their sizing is drastically different.

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Eshakti offers great quality clothing with the option of customization, so it usually means the prices are higher.  However, they offer so many sales and coupons to repeat customers, I’m always getting my clothing for a great deal.  This is the site I recommend to spend a little more to get well loved, quality pieces for your closet.

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Lindy Bop is great for unique prints and GREAT prices for quality clothing.  Not only do their prices start out great, they have lots of sales! I check the site frequently for their sales and hit them up quick since their sales are so good that my size can go fast.

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