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Day 158. 207 days and $204 left to go.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!  It’s slightly necessary to eat Mexican food today in celebration, but let’s get real…I could eat Mexican food everyday, so being “forced” to partake isn’t really an issue.  Good think my cooking club was planned for this evening and I don’t think you need to know what the theme was 🙂

I decided to go with a festive and pattern-y dress for the evening ahead…

Day 158 - Before

Day 158 - Before

It actually felt like a wall tapestry, but one with pockets!  I had a bit of fun as I was prepping the before pics to see if my head could fit in the armhole.  And guess, what??

Peek-A-Boo!

Peek-A-Boo!

lt did!!  But, we’re going to get rid of the sleeves all together, so this will be the last time these puppies appear.  My thoughts for the dress are to keep it long, but do some sleeve tweaking and bringing in!

I took my seam ripper and began to undo the stitches connecting the sleeves, however as that was taking a bit too long, I just ripped it with my BEAR (intentionally misspelled & a little joke and shout out to the BEAR club!) hands.

Detatching sleeves from dress!

Detaching sleeves from dress!

Once the sleeves were gone, I stitched the open sides together and made brand new holes to stick my arms through.  Unfortch, these won’t fit my head in them.

I then had to get to taking in the rest of the dress.  I know I mentioned earlier that there were pockets, however they weren’t going to be saved today.  I brought it in four/five-ish inches on both sides to make it a bit more fitted, but still allowed for the comf factor.  And the end product?

Day 158 - After

Day 158 - After

Hello “time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo” dress!  Our fiesta was held at the fabulous MW’s abode which most recently was featured on the cover of House Beautiful.  Yeah, it’s pretty incredible (and she’s a design genius) so in honor, I shot in front of one of my fave parts of her place – the entry way with shell wall hangings.

Same lovely hall :)

Same lovely hall courtesy of House Beautiful

After picture time, it was time for some glorious grubbin’.  I have to say how impressed I am at each one of our gatherings as everyone creates such delish eats – the MW’s went with rice/tortilla soup, JK made some ridiculous rice pudding and JS’s stuffed peppers that were unreal.

Rice & Stuffed Peppers!

Rice & Stuffed Peppers!

Yummy eats, pomegranate cocktails with drink umbrellas, and leis around our necks.  No pepper eating contests, but we did discuss the best way to stop your fingers from burning after cutting them without gloves.  Close enough.

Olé!!

Olé!!

Hope you all had a fun Cinco, be it with cervezas, guacamole, Taco Bell, or checking out Chad Ochocinco on some Dancing With the Stars recaps!!  Olé!!

Day 136. 229 days and $226 left to go.

Happy Tuesday!!  Not only am I excited for LOST this evening (I know all you Losties feel me…how ’bout that Desmond?) as well as the return of Glee (lots having to do with Idina Menzel, Patrick Harris comma Neil, Kristin Chenoweth, & the songs of Madonna making appearances), but it’s a cooking club night with the girlinas. Asian fare is on the menu, so I kind of thought this piece could work.

There is red piping along the cap sleeves as well as along the mild V-neck collar which reminded me of a trip I took down to Chinatown months back scoping out some gorge silk dresses.  (PS, my home page blog pic is from said Chinatown trip, thanks to JW, my personal Annie Lebovitz just without all the getting suing action).  So I figured this would be the perfect outfit for this evening.

Day 136 - Before

Day 136 - Before

This dress was a little off – weird length, definitely see through (hence the jeans under this puppy) and the arms were a bit too big for me.  Just for the sheer (PUN!) fact that I don’t think I own undergarments that wouldn’t be seen beneath this, I opted to craft this into a top.  Flashing on the radar today?  Negative, friends.

I cut off the bottom portion of the dress (about a foot) and sewed a brand new hem around the bottom of my new top.  I used maroon thread, so check out the close up below…

New Hem!

New Hem!

…after I hemmed the bottom of my top, I took in the dress on each side a few inches to make it a little more fitted.

Newly hemmed top and all that excess fabric

Newly hemmed top and all that excess fabric

I loved that it still fell rather loosely as we had a meal of champions on the horizon.

Dumplings, chow mein, orange chicken, oh my!

Dumplings, chow mein, orange chicken, oh my!

I mean a spread of homemade dumplings, almond cookies, noodles, chx, some wasabi mashed potatoes and pickled cucumbers was spot on while we caught up and chatted about being featured on magazine covers (check out May’s House Beautiful with MW’s ridiculously amazing design skills on the cover!!) and a certain “Posh encounter with a type of spice.”

Day 136 - After

Day 136 - After

Almond cookie in one hand, sake in the other?  Yeah, just a Tuesday night in my books 🙂