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Day 167. 198 days and $195 left to go.

OK, this before pic is rather genius…

Day 167 - Before

Day 167 - Before

It’s like I’m in a big clown dress, just sans a rainbow wig and red nose.  There is this weird ruffle collar with some crazy long sash to tie at the neck which was just not happening.  Plus with the polka-dotted fabric, it was all very, very wrong.

First thing’s first – I had to get rid of the ruffles as well as that sash around the neck.  I used my seam rippers to take it all out.

The leftovers!!

The leftovers!!

Once that was done, I cut the sleeves in half and shortened up the length.

Later skirt!

Later skirt!

Then a little bit of seam ripping down the front of the dress…

V Neckin'

V Neckin'

…brought a little V-neck action to fruition!  After those three tweaks, I put the dress on and used the sash that was around the neck as a belt.

Day 167 - After

Day 167 - After

This one turned out fabulous!!  Loved the length and the new dropped neckline.  I paired a vintage gold tassel necklace from eBay that fit perfectly right in the center of the V as well as my brown sandals.  Just the thing to meet up with girlfriends for happy hour.

I went with the Delirium…

Beer!!

Beer Me!!

Nothing beats a delish Belgium brew and it was the drink that we started and ended the night with.  Today Happy Hour carried us all the way to last call…

Robot time!

Robot time!

…where I feel the need to dance the robot.  As some old school 80s tunes jammed in the background like, The Mary Jane Girls’ “In My House”, I just had to bring the moves.  If you were there, you would have been dancing alongside me.

TGIF!  Happy weekend friends :)

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Day 62. 303 days and $299 left to go.

Now I totally hearted this little dress when my hands grabbed it from a big ole pile of stuff.  Yes, it was slightly Shirley Temple, but I tapped danced my way out of this pile sale with it in my bag of dollar goods!

Day 61 - Before

Day 61 - Before

I tried it on and because it had an elastic waist, it fit me like a glove.  And the best part?  The belt that was made for it actually came with it!  This is a first friends – no makeshift belting action!  There were two big issues though.  One, the shoulder pads!!  Again with the matching fabric foam enemies…gross me out!

The sPad

The sPad

I handled this sitch stat and cut ’em out.

Peace out pads!!

Peace out pads!!

Now that the heightened shoulder problem has left the building, all that was needed was a little length tweaking.  I cut some of the bottom off to make it knee-ish length and it was ready to go!  Now, the polka dotted pattern was bold and that collar was a statement all on its’ own, so I wanted to mellow it down a bit.  Going for less ringlet Shirley Temple and more retro librarian 🙂  I decided to take one of my fave cardigans, a “vintage” (circa 2005) Trina Turk number, roll up the sleeves, put the matching belt on top of it along with patterned tights and boots.

Day 61 - After

Day 61 - After

I actually loved the back even more…

Day 61 - After (From the back!)

Day 61 - After (From the back!)

Was very proud of this end product.  I even got complimented coming out of the grocery store tonight…they must have seen the bottle of vino popping out of my bag.  This was a baking, boozing, blogging Friday eve for me friends.  The best way to close the week!

Hope all your weekends’ rule!  xx Marisa