Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Layered Outerwear

Fur vest - DIY'd from thrifted coat
Moto-jacket - thrifted
Tee - gift
Jeans - One star, thrifted
Boots - Fly London

Pinterest is full of so much inspiration. From food to style to interior design, I'm constantly pinning new things. This look was inspired by a pin of a girl who had layered a fur vest over a moto jacket. I don't know how well this translated, but I was toasty warm as I had lunch with my in-laws. See that satisfied smile? That's banana-pudding tummy. One thing I'll miss if I ever move from the South is the food.

These boots haven't seen the light of day since February 23, 2011. I was initially in love with them for their small calf circumference, rocker details, and low heel. And a year later, the love affair has waned. Their color makes me struggle - it can't decide if it's grey or a weird taupe-brown. The ankle isn't flattering, and the lack of full zipper inspires so much rage. I think they're up on the chopping block.

Have you tried layering your outerwear? Leave a link here - I'd love to see.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Snub toes, Star knows

Sweater - All Saints
Jeans - Levi Strauss, thrifted
Boots - Alice + Olivia for Payless, ebay
Necklace - thrifted

As much as I am enamored with this sweater - holybeezuz it's itchy when I first put it on. Normally wool doesn't bother me too badly, but today I decided it was cold enough to deal with an undershirt to combat the itch. I'm still head over heels for these Alice and Olivia boots. I love the little snubbed toes and the added inches I get when I wear them. They actually work perfectly under my (current) favorite pair of jeans.

I tried on about 120 pairs of jeans (for real) over about 4 trips to Goodwill. I finally found these button fly, boot cut, dark wash jeans. I've been wearing these mostly on weekends, but they happily came out into the week today.

Don't forget to sign up for the Neutrals Challenge week. Meet some new bloggers, take a little challenge, have fun!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mod Megan

 Hat, star cuff - Target
Dress - vintage, thrifted
Hepat Boots - Tsubo 
Coat - Khols
Bag - Nine West, swap with Keely

Brr! It has gotten cold. Okay it may only be in the 40s, which might be a warm winter for you, but it's wet and grey. So I pumped my day up with lots of bright red and warm wool. This vintage dress has definitely been one of my favorites.  I've been meaning to pull these boots out again. They are pretty much glove-leather soft. The wedge+platform gives a fun boost without hurting the feet. Everytime I wear these, I remember why they were such a great buy (plus I got them for like 65% off).


As you may know, I gave out a bunch of my buttonflowers to bloggers around the 'sphere. You can catch my early corsage design on Sheila over here, and one of the classic button flowers on Heather over here. Of course, a big thank you shoutout goes to Ally for supplying most of the ties that have gone into the production. She has graciously sent me another package of ties! Soon they'll be transformed into something new!

Of course, don't forget about Keely and my awesome Fashion Challenge. It's an easy peasy one this time around so feel free to give it a go! Just click on the badge in my sidebar to take you to the masterpost.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Shopping Ban Update: 11/27/11

So it's been a little over a week before starting my shopping ban. (Check my side bar under the Ban tag for more information about my shopping ban). I have to say it hasn't been hard, but it's partly because of the holiday season. I'll admit I did cave and bought this cuff from icing - it ran me all of $2 because of Black Friday sales. I also paid with pocket change - literally.

Quitting shopping cold turkey is never effective, so I let the small purchase slide. I have instead immersed myself in projects, spending times with friends and family.

My best suggestions - don't window shop! Stop those e-letters advertising the latest sales. Stay off the sites about trends. Instead try checking out these time wasters* if you really need something to do on the computer:

iwastesomuchtime
postsecret
attack of the cute
cute overload

Got any others to add to this list? I guarantee a good squee over cute things or laugh will brighten your day as much as window shopping!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday 11

 Tee - Fossil, thrifted
Cardigan - Rugged Warehouse
Jeans - Joe's Jeans, thrifted
Chuck Taylors - gift
Custom Harness - Audra Jean

Haaaappy Black Friday! Hope everyone had a super excellent day, whether you were US centric or not. Mom, hubs and I ate an excellent lunch and saw the movie Hugo yesterday. The movie was excellent. Very pretty, good storyline, and so unnecessary for 3D gimmicks. (I saw the 2D)

Today was a day all about friends though. I met my bestie at the local mall. They've finally moved another arcade back in that has not only Dance Dance Revolution, but the even rarer Pump It Up machine. We noshed at Panera and followed it up with a couple of hours being mall rats again.We tramped through the odd trade store, tried on loads of rings and vastly unnecessary masquerade masks. We hit up Icing where I feel in love all over snake jewelry, and M tried on wildly innappropriate and wonderfully hilarious rings (pictured above!)

We got home later than planned, but the day was more fun than I've had in a really long time. I also had a pressie waiting in my mailbox! Darling Sheila sent me an awesome DIY project book all about altering thrifted/old pieces into cool new designs. It's also given me some great tie ideas, even though the specific ideas weren't listed. So I imagine these projects will keep me inspired for a long time. So a special shout-out of thanks!

You'll also notice that I have a page for my Buttonflowers listed at the top of the site. Feel free to email if you're interested. Also we launched the next Fashion Challenge. Go here to sign up!

Fashion Challenge: Neutrals Week



For those of you not out shopping Black Friday you get to be first for sign-ups. It's Fashion Challenge time bloggers! Keely and I have done it again! This time we're focusing on NEUTRALS! We love all love neutrals, and while we were them nearly everyday, we thought now is the prime time to highlight the easy pieces in our life. But let's breathe some new life into the those neutrals and take them to the next level.


How it works:

  1. Sign up here on the linky. Leave a comment please! (Past Linkys get deleted when new ones are created, so that may be some incentive to leave your participation)
  2. Grab the button above (save it to your computer and use it like a regular photo).
  3. Post the button on your sidebar or in each Fashion Challenge post and link back to one or our blogs so we know which are participating.
  4. Dress up and post your Fashion Challenges from Monday, December 5th to Saturday, December 10th, 2011.
    Monday: Black,  Tuesday: Grey, Wednesday: Brown, Thursday: Cognac or White, Friday: Navy, Saturday: Pop of Color
  5. At the end of the week email Keely at kkmkreations@live.com with your favorite Fashion Challenge outfit photo so you can be included in the round-up.

    Remember, anyone can participate for whichever days works for them, All or One. If you want, just give me a heads up. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of)

 Sweater - vintage, etsy
Skirt - BB Dakota, gift
Boots - alice+olivia for payless, ebay
Leather star cuff - Target
Fur Vest - thrifted, DIY'd

Vestify!
Sheila had no idea how much I'd love this skirt when she picked it up for me. It's one of my top three favorite skirts. (The other two being my All Saints ones) It's finally cold today and I knew I'd want warm layers. I knew I wanted to wear my favorite sweater today too, so how perfect does it go with my yellow skirt!

I tossed on my fur vest because my Mom needed me to hit the store last minute for sodas and fresh sage (Seriously, Mom?! I went shopping a week ago!).. But it was quite crazy already, but we managed to get in and out pretty quickly. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's delicious meal and movie. We're going to see Hugo.

Hope everyone in the US enjoys their Thanksgiving, and everyone else enjoys their Thursday! I'll be back Friday with an OOTD post, as well as the launch of the latest Fashion Challenge (Sign ups start at Noon CST).


 Ways I've remixed this skirt:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Greenie Plaid

Cashemere Sweater, Wool Pants - Old Navy, thrifted
Pumps - Fluevog
Wrist cuff and Button Flower - Made by Me

I had to give these things I made a trial run. The flower and wrist cuff were made out of my newest thrifted ties. This particular one was in some of my favorite colors: Mint and Chocolate. If anyone is interested in any of the buttonflowers, feel free to email me. I'm hoping to take them to a craft fair in the spring, but I'm also considering offering them through the blog if there's any interest.

It's still a bit balmy in the afternoons, but the rain is cold and damp. So I pulled out this thin cashmere sweater. I have loved seeing people pop black and white green, but hadn't done it much myself. Plus these plaid pants have gone too long without a wear.

Lots of good news coming up for me and you! For starters, Keely and I got down to business last night and have planned out the next Fashion Challenge. The news goes live on Black Friday! The Challenge will be set for early December.

In other news, I finally started writing last night. I'm a bit late for NanoWrimo, but I still plan on continuing on with writing. School work is winding to a close, now it's about tests and turning those written papers in. So I finally have time to craft, write, draw! Very exciting.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stars and Stripes Forever

Dress, Leggings, Boots (ebay) - All Saints
Star Print Skirt - Versace Jeans, thrifted

 Getting dressed was hard today. I tried pulling all sorts of outfits, and decided to just throw on some All Saints and be done. This dress is more like a tunic at this point, but I still love how comfortable it is. It's rainy, so you get to see my double pumpkins leftover from Halloween. They've held up surprisingly well.

The leggings were one of my last purchases before both the ban and All Saints reclosing their archive site. I decided to snag this pair at $12. This fit is better than most leggings, but still not my favorite. I like them as a tights replacement though.

I'm going to my last class before Thanksgiving break. I'm so ready for a few days of delicious food, family and fun. Hope your Monday is going well!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sew Sunday: Buttons Part 3


28 flowers
8 wrist cuffs
 I ordered some buttons pre-ban because I still had a significant amount of  Ally's tie pieces left. I wasn't anticipating spending all day long crafting, but I got a little overwhelmed by it. I made 28 button flowers, 8 wrist cuffs and still have (a little bit of) stuff leftover! Click any image to embiggen!

I originally created some wrist cuffs that I sent out as gifts. The prototypes used a piece of elastic and a 'scrunchie' band with an attached button flower. I liked them, but wanted something more streamlined. These use a Velcro closure. I'm still not 100% on the construction aspect, but I do like these a lot more.I'm still not the best seamstress in the world, and I want to create something that's cleanly finished and the Velcro, while not visible when worn, still isn't quite there.
Worn Cuff

I also realized I never showed off my second design for the flowers! Well over half of the above are made in the geometric design. It works a heck of a lot better for the smaller sized flowers. My Mom got the first two of this type because she also donated some of her old ties from when she worked in a restaurant.

My biggest issue now is deciding what to do with these!

See the Previous Tie Posts:
Sheila styled obi belt
Part 1
Part 2

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sherlockian

Hat - Target (2009?)
Sweater - Old Navy, thrifted
Belt - thrifted (hard to see but it's got stars!)
Tights - Sockdreams
Boots - farylrobin, ebay

Firstly, I want to say how much I adore this outfit. Secondly - omg tightscrawl. I will also admit to swapping into jeans in the afternoon... because bajeezauz it is cold!

I thrifted this marl sweater fairly recently, Super Saturday if I remember. It was slung up on a rack without a hanger, not in the sweater area either. I saw it! Elbow Patches! I snatched it up not bothering to look at size or anything until in the dressing room. Lo' and behold, it fit! It's got some wool fiber, so I waited to pull it out until it really got down in temps.

This outfit inspires me to share with you guys: Upcoming Buttonflowers! I ordered some buttons so I can finish off the generosity of Ally's ties, and maybe take some spare change to thrift some new ones.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Autumn Traffic Light

Bolero -  thrifted
Dress -ny collection, thrifted
Socks - Target, gift
Brown Boots - Miz Mooz  
 
Well it was grey and rainy, and we've come out the other side with something resembling autumn. Which also means, I get to dig into clothes that haven't been worn. Starting with this lush cardigan. I actually wore almost this exact outfit last year.

My old green shirt dress was replaced with this thrifted one, I added tall socks for extra warmth, but otherwise almost identical. I only got to wear this wooly cardigan twice before it warmed up too much. Also these Miz Mooz boots haven't really made it back into rotation for this season, so I happily pulled them out.

Mom and I sat down to make our Turkey Day menu, and she's requested I make pumpkin muffins in lieu of pumpkin pie. So here's a quick tip if you need a speedy dessert to bring over to someone's house or just to jazz up your own menu: Mix together one (15 oz) can of pureed pumpkin, a dash of all spice and a box of yellow cake mix. Put into muffin liners, sprinkle just a dusting of oats onto the tops before sticking into the oven (Follow the cupcake timing and temps on the box). No eggs, oil or milk.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Banned: Shop No More

Alright. Here is goes. For real this time, starting today, I begin another shopping ban. I have a fully loaded closet with at least 40% never before worn stuff (Yes, I'll admit to stock piling). An arsenal of well edited shoes that make me and my feet feel fabulous. Christmas is only a handful of days away, usually bringing more clothes, giftcards and is swiftly followed by my birthday. My goals for this ban:
  1. To remix my closet to the best of my ability. Trying out new combinations and permutations. And remind myself why I loved the pieces I bought in the first place.
  2. To save money that I would otherwise spend on shopping that is not always necessary, frequently emotional, and hopefully have the funds available to move.
  3. Relearn self control. I went from a person who agonized over buying a $10 dress or $4 pair of thrifted pants, but can now drop money on a new pair of shoes without blinking. 
  4. To indulge in crafting with materials I already have acquired or acquire at thrifty prices.
It will be hard going cold turkey, but like I said, I have a good store of things squirreled away and great gifts from friends that have yet to be worn. It'll be like going shopping every time I open my closet. I will also be utilizing my blog to its best advantages. I will be crafting. I will be hosting Fashion Challenges, which everyone is welcome to join in on.

 Have you ever had to go on a clothing shopping ban? Any tips or tricks to curbing the urge? I'll definitely be taking notes from this post by Sal of Already Pretty who is also in a similar shopping slow down. I don't have time defined limit on this ban, but I'm also hoping that as the winter season comes to a close, I will assess my winter-wear, remove worn out pieces and happily reunite with my summer storage.

Nun Dress

Dress - Fads, thrifted 
Belt - gift via Keely
Socks, bracelet - via Mom
Boots - Fluevog, ebay
Chain - DIY

This is my black sweatshirt maxi dress. I still can't believe I bought it, but who can pass up a dress that is cozy, feels like pajamas, and has sleeves for $4? Not this lady. I'm still not ruling out shortening it, but I actually enjoyed wearing this maybe-vintage dress. I'm actually going to estimate this dress is from the 90s, but the generic tag/brand seems a dead end. D said it's invokes a "Nun/holy" look, but I think it's because of the flared hem. I decided to play up the large swath of black fabric with a heavy chain, this big belt and my mom's cherub bracelet.

I normally don't take too many detail shots, but this outfit was really all in the details, so here's: Bracelet, make up and chains, shape of the dress. You can even see my tall argyle socks in the OOTD photo!

It was perfect for a day of lazing around with kitties, watching Being Human, and enjoying the warm rainy day. Mom made bourbon peppercorn chicken with broccoli and rice for dinner yesterday. Thanksgiving may only be a week away, but that doesn't mean you can't eat well until then. What are you munching on or watching on the 'tube today?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MiniMilitaryStripes

Custom Harness - Audra Jean
Blouse - thrifted
Jeans - Mossimo, thrifted
Boots - Frye, ebay
Jacket - H&M, thrifted

I'm in love with this jacket! It's just so comfortable! I decided to take a page out of Audi's book and pair it with my custom harness. I paired mine underneath the jacket this time, but I plan to wear it over it sometime. A bit difficult to see but the top and the jacket have small stripes.

I needed something comfortable, but I just realized I've worn 5 jeans-based outfits in a row, plus a bunch of pants-based. The weather is was nice! (It's windy and rainy now, but still) I need to pull out a skirt or a dress tomorrow. I will remedy this. ^_~

Thanks to everyone who shared their Thanksgiving plans with me yesterday. I will be spending today henna-ing my and my mom's hair and planning our Thanksgiving dinner. Then next week we'll be spending Turkey Day cooking and eating, and probably going to see the movie Hugo. D's parents will be out of town so we'll also be enjoying some R&R before the final weeks of school.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Candy Corn Jacket

Jacket - Michael Michael Kors, thrifted
Tee - Gap
Bracelets - vintage via Mom
Jeans - American Eagle, gift
Sandals - American Eagle, thrifted

This is the second thrifted jacket from this weekend. I wasn't planning to wear it today, but I couldn't help it. I saw this peeking out of the long sleeved shirt rack, the brilliant orange-red catching my eye. I picked it up. It's a gorgeous heavy weight linen. It reminds me a bit of the type of candy corn tipped in black/brown. D calls it my Flame jacket because it reminds him of fire. I wanted to wear it with my yellow skirt, but I was vetoed. I stuck with some jeans and heels.

I've got class tonight, and I'm feeling a bit run down. I'm ready for Thanksgiving break. If you are US-centric, what are your holiday plans?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Casual Weekend Round Up November

Tee - Fossil, thrifted
Cardigan - Rugged Warehouse
Jeans - NY&Co, thrifted
Shoes - gift from Mom

 Every once in a while, I like to share my dressed down looks. I try to make a conscious effort during the week to dress up, but I still put care into my casual looks. The tee here was a purchase from Super Saturday. I loved the abstract design, and the red is actually embroidered on. This is actually close to how I dressed in high school, only a little more "me". I wore this to go... thrifting! I knoowww, but I had this niggling feeling that I needed to go to Goodwill.


 Snake print tee - thrifted
Jacket - H&M, thrifted
Jeans - American Eagle, gift
Shoes - Eject

This is why! I found two incredible jackets, which I am increasingly obsessed with thanks to Debbi of SheAccessorizesWell. Seriously, the only thing cooler than her accessory collection is her beautiful jacket and coat collection. I've been looking for a comfy canvas jacket since summer. It came along in the form of this H&M jacket. The weird thing is, we don't have an H&M near me. But some lovely soul who is near to my size keeps donating great pieces. I'm happy to snap them up. The other jacket will hopefully make it's debut soon.

I also found two dresses. One of which I might wear this week, the other will be my birthday dress for this year. A little confession: Having a January birthday sucked for much of my life. It usually snows, my birthday falls on a holiday (MLK Day), or people are generally busy. It's hard to celebrate winter birthdays, harder still in January, but I've decided to make it a little tradition of finding a special dress for my birthday to sweeten the day. See last year's vintage sweater dress here.


Friday, November 11, 2011

New Silhouette, No Make-Up

 Cape-thing - Rafaello Bettini, thrifted
Dress, boots - All Saints, ebay
Jeans - Spacegirlz, thrifted
Different shape for today. I thrifted this wooly knit cape? poncho? awhile back. It has limited application, but I have plans for transformative use! (I plan to wear it as a dress and/or a skirt!) I also decided to throw on all sorts of bracelets because there are limited types of accessories that work with capes/ponchos. My hands stuck out so my arm party was visible all day.

Bracelets:
Angel - 1994/1995 Brighton leather and silver bracelet via my Mom
2 Stud bracelets, Silver Chain Stars  - goodwill
Star Turquoise Leather - target
Rings - gifts from Hubs

Today I'm also link up about make-up via Oranges and Apples. I rarely wear any make-up.Most days are met with a bare-face, no hair product, only a little bit of moisturizer. My skin stays relatively clear if I leave it alone. On rare occasions, I dash on minimal eyeliner or a tinted lip balm. My favorite being Burt's Bees Tigerlily or Plum. No foundation, nothing. I respect people who opt to wear make-up, but my skin can't take it.

Feel free to embiggen either of these two pics. The first is another angle showing more of the back of my new 'do, and the second a make-up free shot, not even any chapstick.





Thursday, November 10, 2011

Superhero Boots

 Sweater - Gap, thrifted
Jeans - Divided, thrifted
Boots - Eject

Angsty emo pose today because I wanted  to show off my new 'do! It's sort of Victoria Beckham bob meets Zooey Deschanel bangs. I've been trying to grow the front out but it grow so slowww. I also had her cut the bangs so when they got long again I could start growing them out if I want. I'm really happy with this cut, and I almost want to keep it. I'm gonna see how it grows out first, but this is so low maintenance.

The outfit was purely inspired by Sheila. Her bold style (and style suggestions) inspire me to no end. The red ribbons came standard in these boots. Intimidated, I swapped 'em for black ones. I slipped them back in today to wear with my red pants and this uber soft sweater. The sweater was one of those "but it's SOFT" thrifts. I am glad I paid full $5.99 for it because someone else would have snagged it - I meant just look at those adorable buttons. It's a bit fluffy, but that's just the snuggly angora waving hello. Hello, Angora!

Ham and Cheddar Pinwheel and Autumn-Style Potato Soup (Swap in a sweet potato for one or more of your potatoes, add savory herbs, bacon, and my secret: half a pureed zucchini and handful of pureed cauliflower). You know you want it.

Nothing like homemade dinner!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Whackadoodle Wednesday

 
 Top, Skirt, Boots (Ebay) - All Saints
Cuff - vintage via Mom
Belt - thrifted

So I went for a hair cut. It's been about 2 1/2 months since my last one and I was getting frustrated by the back of it that was growing about a half an inch every week while the front stayed pretty much where it was. Admittedly, I got a GREAT cut from a super awesome hairstylist (Mastercuts, I never get anyone's name because they don't take appointments, and my cuts are random done). I feel bad because I tend to babble about my hair when getting a cut. I hope it's not annoying, but since I have started doing, I always get the cut I want. Edited to add: Pics of new 'do won't be until tomorrow.

Today's outfit was pre-cut. I've been meaning to wear these two pieces together. I bought both pieces because I felt they created some wardrobe continuity. I had never intended to really put them together, but I actually really love this. I'm also usually not one to wear everything from one store to avoid looking like a walking advertisement.. but throw caution to the wind, break silly self-imposed rules! 

Also query - what color do these pieces read to you? (I see purple)

Bonus detail shot of these boots, metal horse shoes in the soles!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

EBEW: Colored Tights


 
Tee - thrifted
Skirt - All Saints
Tights - Anna Sui
Flats - Frye, ebay
Gloves - Hot Topic, gift

click to embiggen
Woo hoo, colorful tights! I have been dying to break these out. And after my thrifting trip this weekend, I managed to pull together the perfect outfit for them. I've been wanting to buy these tights for longer than I care to admit, and finally broke over. Wild tights are something I've had trouble jumping on board with. Why? because they don't usually come in cotton or wool. I hate hate hate nylon with a passion. It snags and makes my legs feel incredibly itchy. These tights are a nice blend of cotton and nylon though. They're lightweight, but comfy and durable. 

Also, I totally played Dance Dance Revolution in this outfit. Win!


Other colorful tights looks I've done:


Colored Tights | Everybody, Everywear
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