Sunday, December 30

Yellow + Sparkles

Mustard yellow and sequins. Two things I love. 

I think they should be a staple in every wardrobe. 

 Top: Old Navy, thrifted ($3.50)
Cardigan: Target, thrifted ($3.50)
Skirt: thrifted ($3.50)
Leggings: free
Boots: Ross ($17)

Wednesday, December 26

Better Late Than Never? [DIY Refashion]

First of all, I apologize for the awful quality of the image below.

Secondly, this is embarrassingly late. I got this dress over a year ago. Isn't it funny how fast time goes by? Just as refresher, I got this at a bag sale and the cost came out to be about $0.33 for the dress. So essentially if I messed it up, it wasn't going to be much of a loss.

But there wasn't much room for mistakes; this is a pretty straightforward refashion.

As you can tell from the photos, I simply cut the dress to the desired length (plus about 1.5 inches to take the hem into account), and then used the excess fabric to make three large ruffles for the front of the dress. 

If you'd like to see how to make ruffles, here's a pretty good simple tutorial! I don't even do two rows of stitches like they just fine.

But essentially, each ruffle is a rectangular piece of the fabric with the sides hemmed. I cinched one long side of each one, arranged them as I wanted them tiered, pinned them, and sewed them into place. 

I also made a waist tie with the excess fabric, but I didn't have that with me to take the "after" picture.

That's all! And now, a whole year later, I have a cute $0.33 dress all ready to go. :)

Tuesday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas day! 

I thought it might be fun to make a hand written typographic poster. I think my idea of fun is a little different from the norm. Just a little.

Just a little way to remember the true reason to celebrate Christmas. :) 

Take care everyone, and I'll see you soon with some outfit posts!

Monday, December 24


It's been a while since my last Goodwill haul! I went this weekend and found some pretty good stuff. 

The numbers are the prices, and the ones that are asterisked are going to altered or adjusted. 

This was a pretty good haul! I'm especially excited about the black sparkly dress. The striped Gap cashmere blend sweater was a solid find as well, and I think we've been over how much I love peacoats and trench coats... 

The middle item in the top row is a red velvet skirt. I'm hoping to make it look a little more like this, rather than it's current state:

One thing I failed to find and have never been able to find at a thrift store is a good flannel shirt. It's driving me crazy. So that's my goal this month, to thrift a good, classic flannel button down. We'll see how that goes. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Eve! 

Friday, December 21

Cookie Innovation

The other week I baked for a friend's birthday...and decided to make him cookies. And then I decided to turn said cookie dough into an airplane.

I also made some oreo stuffed ones. So good...yet so bad for you.

At this rate I'm going to be diabetic soon. Need to work on some self-control. But hey, it's the holidays! That means none the calories count, right? Let's just go with that. :)

Oh, and I just used the Betty Crocker cookie mix for these, didn't have time to go for the from-scratch route!

Tuesday, December 18

Classy with Twist

 Top: Old Navy ($7)
Pants: J. Crew, thrifted ($3.50)
Coat: Target ($25)
Shoes: thrifted ($6)

I will forever love the button down and trench coat combination. I don't think you can go wrong with that. Nor can you go wrong with green pants.

Sunday, December 16

Holiday Baked Goods

 With the holidays coming up I thought I'd show you guys what festive deliciousness has been occurring in my life:

I made these Christmas tree cake balls, a batch of spice cake ones and another red velvet. All you have to do is bake a cake mix, crumble it up and mix it with a container of frosting, chill it until it is manageable, shape it into cones, freeze the cones for at least 15 minutes, and coat them in vanilla coating that's been dyed green!

 Also made some melting snowman cookies...this is such a cute idea and it's super easy. Just sugar cookies frosted and decorated, with a marshmallow for the head. :) 

And some equally easy reindeer cookies! Peanut butter cookies with pretzels and M&Ms pressed in just as they come out of the oven, when the cookies are still soft. 

So if you need an easy but impressive looking baking project for something in the next few weeks, these do the trick! 

Saturday, December 8

Ruffled Shoulders DIY

It's been quite a while since I've posted a refashion!
I got this top at a bag sale, which averaged out to be $0.27 per item. 
So basically, it was free. 

 It was super long, so I figured I could use the excess fabric at the bottom to manipulate the rest of the shirt. I ended up adding a shoulder ruffle:

It still needs a bit of work to make it look if you can't tell, there's thread coming out from one shoulder in the second picture. I'll be working on fixing things like that so that it's actually in a wearable state. But thoughts? 

Wednesday, December 5

Coral Love

I bought a new necklace over Black Friday weekend. Only thing I purchased that was actually relevant to the weekend's sales. I've been seeing these statement necklaces all over the internet, but typically for around $20. I got this one for $10, and I think it was a pretty good value for that price! 

Dress: American Eagle, thrifted ($3.50)
Cardigan: Target, thrifted ($3.50)
Shoes: ($10)
Necklace: ($10)

I also have really glittery nails right now. Moment of weakness/procrastination during this insanely busy week. Save me. 

Sorry for the inconsistency in my posting this past week or so, I promise that my outfits have mainly consisted of me waking up late and running out the door with whatever I just happen to find. You're not missing much. :)

But I've been baking up a storm, so I'll share some holiday goodness soon! 
And I know, I really shouldn't be baking, I'm so bad about time management.