Fashion

Statement Winter Coats

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This past week in Cincinnati was cold, pretty warm, and then suddenly inches of snow…weird weather is normal here!  Having a warm winter coat is an essential here, but the standard you usually find in stores is plain black and grey.  Classic (and a staple that be in your closet) but can be boring to wear everyday during these very grey and nature barren months.  I’m required to wear a black coat for work, so I try to go colorful on my off days.  I’ve had the same red winter coat for 6 years and still love it!  It’s really well made (still holding up great), a flattering  silohuette, and my favorite color.  Finding a coat that brings sunshine and color to your days can make winter a little more bearable.

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Red  /  Green  /  Yellow  /  Orange  /  Blue

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Pink  /  Purple  /  Plaid  /  Tan  /  Floral

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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!