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    The Way Things Were

    So I’m glomping days 7 through 9 together for two reasons. The first is that I am kind of behind because I suck at blogging. The second is that they all have something in common, which is that each outfit features a thrfited and altered skirt.Because I have a rather small waist and what I will affectionately refer to as “birthin’ hips”, it is an absolute pain to find bottoms. I pretty predominately wear skirts because they are much easier to fit, alter, and when I try them on at the thrift store this is less potential for flashing and therefore less creepy dudes pretending they are deeply interested in the…

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    Discovery

    “If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.” -Emerson So most people wouldn’t classify a thrifted muumuu with a giant peacock as an extraordinary discovery, but man do I love this dress. This isn’t actually the original peacock dress, Mr. Peacock was cut from him faded and fraying original home and put on a Target dress. (Alert: thrift stores are a great place to find things to applique!) Once I wear this dress to death, he will probably get moved again if he can manage…

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    Five and a Tutorial

    Day five and it’s the first time wearing this recently thrifted skirt. I love the color! I also love my scarf. Here, look closer and be amazed. I got the fabric at Cottage Quilts on a trip to Fresno to visit my mom. I love the retro inspired print and it is complemented nicely by the pale blue pompom trim. Feel like making your own? You need: – About a 1/2 yard each of a cotton print and a cotton flannel (45″ wide) – Thread – Scissors -or- a rotary cutter – Yard stick – Marking tool – Optional: About a 1/2 yard of trim – Measure and cut two 9″…

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    Up a Three, Four the Fun of It

    Wednesday I got to escape from my work polos for an extra day due to a class. However, I had to take the rapid transit home and it was really hard not to ride the two extra stops to the thrift store. Like, REALLY hard. I’ve been thrift shopping for as long as I can remember. Nearly every Saturday my parents and I would go downtown to our favorite thrift store. My mom and I would call over the aisles to each other, treasures in hand. My dad would wander off to a dusty corner to thumb through books or find embarrassing pants. (He had a penchant for Zoomba-esque pants…

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    One in the Hand, Two in the Bag

    So day 1 and 2 of 30 are past and I have to say I’m kind of excited so far. I’m sure by day 28 I’ll be complaining and having thrift store withdrawals, but for now I’m having fun thinking of different combinations. Although it’s limiting to only have 30 items, it also kind of makes it easier to create combinations when pulling from a more limited pool. I am a bit irritated with the work polos, because I think there’s a lot more potential without having to have those 5 polo shirts in there for 19 days (yes I figured it). Thank goodness for a nice, long Thanksgiving weekend…

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    Sometimes I Am a Genius

    I can’t believe it took me this long to think of this, actually. I’ve mentioned that I frequently have to hem up skirts I get at the thrift store. Because everyone else is too tall and not because I am kind of short. Anyway, I got this adorable skirt over the weekend that was perfect except for being about a foot too long. The solution to what I could do with the extra fabric just popped into my head. The bottom hem leaves on side already finished. All I have to do is press and sew a small hem on the cut edge. I am entirely too satisfied with myself.

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    30 for 30 or How I Learned to Stop Shopping and Love the Remix

    What is 30 for 30? Well the rules are easy, pick 30 items and remix them for 30 days. Accessories and coats are free, and I will be taking full advantage as well as posting tutorials for different accessories throughout the month. (Check out the fabric belt tutorial to start.) The second part is no shopping for the entirety of the 30 days, and that is a big part of why I decided to participate. So why not just stop shopping for a month? I think the addition of being limited to only 30 items will make me really appreciate what I do have, as well push me to make new…

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    Crafting Personal Style: Cute Bottoms

    I bet that’s going to get me some interesting site traffic. I have very much become a skirt person. Skirts are easier to fit and alter, giving me more options when thrifting and making them easier to sew for myself. There are lots of options for silhouettes, which means there are lots of options for finding a style that flatters your body. Do you want your skirt full and flowy, slinky, short and flirty? Look for a scalloped hem, tabs at the waist, bows, and buttons or create them yourself when altering. Thrifted and altered skirt So are you ready to start making your own skirts? Burda Style offers free patterns to download. Or…

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    Crafting Personal Style: Shirt of a Different Color

    Despite my whinging, the solid polo actually doesn’t not work with my style. My modus operandi tends to be insanely patterned thing + slightly less patterned thing + solid thing. Or alternatively incredibly patterned thing + several solid things that may or may not go with patterned thing. If done correctly, this is actually a great way to build a wardrobe or work on refining your personal style. You can spend a little more on basics that fit well and will get a lot of wear, or special items that really capture your style. Look for jeans that fit well, an awesome pencil skirt, a fitted blouse, or a great structured jacket, or…

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    Fabric Belt

    These fabric belts are super fast and easy, and a great way to throw a little pattern into your outfits or draw attention to your waist if that’s your inclination. I started making these as a way to get rid of some of my stash and I got a little addicted. They are also suuuuper cheap to make, which is always awesome. These instructions make a belt about 3″ wide, but you can adjust the fabric width is you want. Before you start, measure around your waist where you want the belt to sit. Add about 10 inches. Then gather up your supplies. You will need: – Two strips of fabric…