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Day 244. 121 days and $121 left to go.

Hello vest from the 80s!! I had a tablecloth that looked a lot like this vest that sat over my three-legged nightstand when I was growing up. It’s classic, so when I found it at a garage sale I knew I was going to bring it back to life!

Day 243 - Before

Day 243 - Before

But wait, there’s more…

Day 243 - Before (from the back!!)

Day 243 - Before (from the back!!)

Now, the first thing that I did was get rid of those long, hanging straps. I took my seam ripper and detached them before I tossed this into a vat of RIT dye on my stove top. (I used a little bit of aubergine for this go and when I took it out it looked a little like this.

Adding some beadwork!!

Adding some beadwork!!

Without leaving it just this shade of purple, I took it a little further.  I decided to embellish the piece just a tad!  Out came my bead collection and I added some brown glass beads into the middle of each of the embroidered flowers on the vest.

Newly Beaded!!

Newly Beaded!!

When my handy stitching was complete, I threw on a khaki-ish tank top, a vintage brass and fuchsia beaded necklace, and some  jeans and my outfit was complete for the 80 degree day.

Day 243 - After

Day 243 - After

It was a pretty little accent piece that was easy to put on and gave a little bit of flair to an ordinary piece that looked like this in the beginning.

Yikes!

Yikes!

No bueno!! My version came out looking a little more boho and I loved when the sun picked up the shiny beadwork too.  Gave it an extra bit of glam on this Friday!

Vest

Vest

TGIF!  Happy weekend friends :)

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Day 152. 213 days and $210 left to go.

Where’s the beef??  Yep, that’s my little 80s intro, because get a load of this…

Day 152 - Before

Day 152 - Before

White shortsuit (my new term for this non-jump or pant suit) with blue/pink/orange/purple paint swishes was screaming “let’s get physical.”

Let me hear your body talk, body talk!

Let me hear your body talk, body talk!

I couldn’t even fully put it on myself!  I’ll have to re-scope out that video again, because I’m certain that this could have been on one of the workout extras in the background.  There was no chance I was going to be doing any workouts in this onesie, so I had to make some tweaks.  I loved the fitted top – slightly leotardy – but was not into the shorts aspect, so I got out my scissors and cut them apart!!  Yay skirted shirt that feels like a figure skatery ensemble!  I gave it a new hem and it was almost ready to wear.

Now, I’ve had this piece for a bit and I ended up throwing it into a vat of dye about a month back when other pieces were getting some color too.  The white with multi-colored was a little too 80s…all I needed was a sweatband to wear around my head, but it’s not Halloween yet so I’ll put my Olivia Newton-John costume on the back burner for the time being.  It was RIT’s Teal and the after product was a pretty, subtle shade of light turquoise.  (Still gathering white pieces for the dye tutorial…shall be arriving soon!!!)

Day 152 - After

Day 152 - After

Goodbye 80s shortsuit! Not lookin’ so Jane Fonda workout anymore, even though a class at the gym is a pretty good idea right now with all the Smore Pizza leftovers in my kitch 🙂

Jazzercise!

Jazzercise!

Now that I brought up the lovely Miss Fonda’s name, I can’t get this song out of my head.  Thanks for writing lyrics that make me want to bang my head against the wall because I can’t stop humming along, Mickey Avalon.  Really appreciate it.

“One, two, three, four
get your booty on the dance floor
work it out, shake it little momma
lemme see you do the Jane Fonda”

Day 121. 244 days and $240 left to go.

It’s a tuxedo shirt for us today friends.  Frilly and fance for a Monday, you might say, but why not start the week out with a black tie optional or prom look, right?? When I saw this shirt I knew it was mine.  It was a buck, so I really couldn’t pass it up.

Day 121 - Before

Day 121 - Before

Now, I’ve never owned a tuxedo shirt – I mean, they’re kind of retro and have a more masculine than feminine vibe, but I’m totally down with androgyny.  Less of an “It’s Pat” vibe…

Did we ever find out what Pat really was?

Did we ever find out what Pat really was?

More like the Rihanna, Dolce & Gabbana vibe. (Totally sans a puffy sleeved jacket though – you can really only pull that off when you’re going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s Gala and I’m definitely not headed there today.)

Don't be rude boy, I'm in a ruffled shirt!

Don't be rude boy, I'm in a ruffled shirt!

So my main ish with the shirt was that the ruffles just kind of blended in with the rest of it.  Size, rockin’.  Length, rockin’.  But, those ruffles are the best part and they weren’t as pronounced as I would have liked for them to be.  So, out came my trusty dye kit and in the pot went some boiling water, a little mix of RIT’s denim blue and black dye, and my tuxedo shirt.  Out came this…

Day 121 - After

Day 121 - After

Wham, bam, thank you ma’am!!!  I mean, seriously?  RIT dye, I think I may want to marry you.  The ruffles now stand out exactly the way I wanted them to!  I think I’m on the hunt for more of these to transform!

Ruffles!

Ruffles!

I paired my new top with some fave striped jeans from a little trip to the Gap Outlet about a year ago and heels which you cannot see.  It kind of doesn’t matter what shoes I’m wearing, because I’m not taking my eyes off those ruffles.

PS – I’m gathering pieces for an upcoming dye tutorial!  Stay tuned, as we’re going to have a fun day very, very soon 🙂  Just need to grab a few more white/stained/dye-worthy puppies to transform!

Day 112. 253 days and $249 left to go.

Six down…one more to go!!

Today brings the end to my first theme week and I’m excited to say that VIOLET closes it out.  It’s been such a success that I’m already looking forward to theme week #2.   But before we begin discussing that, let’s properly close Day V out right.

As violet brings us home, I chose a basic white slip to use for today’s piece.  The white dress I originally wanted to use looked a bit like this…

What the Before pic of Day 112 was supposed to be

What the Before pic of Day 112 was supposed to be

Unfortunately, I tried a little dye to bring it to a violet state and it didn’t come out strong enough for my palette…the fabric just didn’t want to agree so I had to go to option 2:

Rubberbanded!

Option 2! Day 112 - Before

This balled up white slip.  As I didn’t actually thrift, garage sale or flea market this piece – it came from my wardrobe – I didn’t spend a dime, nor take a proper before pic.  The not spending a dime thing actually was the best part about today’s choice!  I’ll use the original dress shortly when the day is feeling more like a muted lavender.  I take ROYGBIV week extremely seriously and wasn’t just going to pass along a second-rate violet to finish it up.

I went with a tie-dye session for this white slip skirt since yesterday’s piece, Day 111, didn’t completely rock the tie-dye vibe.  I was really craving the tie-dyeing to work, so I got some pots of boiling water ready on my stove.  The first pot o’dye was a mix of RIT’s purple & rose pink.  I threw in my balled up slip, let it gather some color and then took it from the pot to wash out before re-rubberbanding, making another pot o’dye (a mix of RIT’s fuchsia and just a hint of purple), and tossing the puppy in.  After a fast dye job, the piece was ready to be rinsed and dried.

Tie-dyeing is a rather easy process (tutorial soon, fo’ sho) and as I had a baby shower to attend, the blend of the two shades of purple colors was the perfect thing to wear.  Also, I didn’t just wear it as a skirt like it is intended to be worn.  I brought it up past my boobs and rocked it as a tube top…

Day 112 - After

Day 112 - After

Standing in front of the diaper tree and boxes of baby wipes, my violet slip-turned-top blended in with the shower’s themed colors to celebrate M & A’s upcoming baby, Lady M.  The hanging necklaces of plastic baby safety pins around my neck was an even better accessory choice than anything I could have handpicked from my stash.

I nearly passed out from the goodness baked into this salted peanut and chocolate cake. Sigh.

I nearly passed out from the goodness baked into this salted peanut and chocolate cake. Sigh.

Ridiculous cake was eaten (Nickel Diner is my fave), baby games were played (Baby Bingo during gift opening time is absolutely genius, but trying to guess the amount of almond M&M’s in a big ol plastic bottle is harder than expected), and NCAA bball games were kept on in the background (I had a slight conniption when Kansas lost) while we had the most lovely of afternoons celebrating this lovely gal, MM and her sweet lil’ bun in the oven.

I heart this belly!

I heart this belly!

And that officially brings ROYGBIV week to an end!

V is for Violet! K is for Kombucha!

V is for Violet! K is for Kombucha!

The end of my ROYGBIV rainbow brought along Spring today, so enjoy 🙂

Good luck to all the LA marathoners tomorrow!  May your feet be swift and your iPods not run out of juice during your 26.2 mile race!

Day 111. 254 days and $249 left to go.

Five down…two more to go!!

Welcome to Day INDIGO of ROYGBIV week – very happy to finish up in the purple-ish family these final two days of the seven-day extravaganza!! Friday brings day two of the March Madness tourney along with some gorgeous 70-ish degree weather to lead us into the weekend with.  But before all of that…the piece of the day.

Day 111 - Before

Day 111 - Before

Indigo crepe dress with a blousey top part and a flowy, swishy skirt bottom.  Not a whole lot to fix, but look a little closer…

Spots!

Spots!

There were some darker spots all over the dress (seen next to my fingers pointing at them) that I wasn’t totally on board with.  I had to come up with a solution to fix the dress, so I thought of my trusty friend RIT dye and the idea of a little tie-dye action.  I thought that it may be cool to just dye the skirt part of the dress in a blackish hue – dark enough to cover up the spots and just enough to give a little contrast (aka edge) to the lovely current shade.  I began twisting the fabric and rubberbanding it up into one big ball.

Rubber Banded!

Rubber Banded!

I created a bath with some black dye and dipped the dress in.  Because I just wanted to dye the skirt part of the dress, I had to use some elbow grease to just hold that part in.

Stovetop Dye Fest!

Standing over a hot stove holding onto something dipped in a bath of boiling water is a workout!

I came across a little snag in my plan, as my idea didn’t fully work out – D’oh!!  Unfortunately the fabric didn’t quite take to the black dye enough to really see any of the designs on it.  (PS – A full dye tutorial will be approaching soon, per a bunch of requests.  Stay tuned for that…) My plan was foiled, however listening to the Tim Gunn voice in my head which does tend to be a little guardian angel in my sewing process, we had to make it work!  After taking the rubber bands off to reveal just a slight bit of change,  what I actually really enjoyed was how crinkled the fabric became after being balled up for so long.  Instead of keeping it a dress, like I originally wanted to do, I cut off about half of the length to work it into a top.

Day 111 - After

Day 111 - After

You can kind of get an idea here in my, “it’s still sunny at 7PM, so yes I will enjoy a cocktail!” pose.

Belted with some excess fabric from Day 84, it still did the trick for me – even though it wasn’t in my original plan, I was still equally as excited with the outcome.  It’ll just make me have to try again with something different!

I'm slightly on the fence...

I'm slightly on the fence...

The perfect thing to transition from day into eve (from flats to flips), it worked as a lucky charm as all the teams I was rooting for in my March Madness bracket won!  Well all except Temple U who got beat by the Cornell Big Red – even I didn’t think the Ivy Leaguers would complete their first win in tourney history, but kudos boys! And a little shout out to the Maryland Terps and the Cal Bears who closed the night with their wins!

Here’s an even better close up shot as my evening was winding down…you can see a bit of the black dye, but it just makes the dress look dirty.  The wrinkle action was where it was at instead today!!

Not So Tye-Dyed, but still super cute!

Not So Tye-Dyed, but still super cute!

I hope you’re all getting ready to enjoy the weekend ahead!!  It’s almost officially Spring – can’t wait to start seeing daffodils pop up and I’m definitely looking forward to some spring break action.  Hmm…I think I may be smelling another theme week soon!!!

I is for Indigo!  W is for Welch's!

I is for Indigo! W is for Welch's!

Day 108. 257 days and $252 left to go.

Two down…five more to go!!

Welcome to Day Three of theme week!  I’ll be your hostess Marisa so sit back, relax, and strap on your seat belt.   It’s Day Y, so YELLOW in the house!!  This is the piece for the day…

Day 107 - Before

Day 107 - Before

Now I didn’t take any closeups of this puppy – sorry!  I’ve had this one for a bit and didn’t photograph the issues that it had – but let’s discuss the fact that there were some dark, gross spots on it.  It was as if somebody took many a footstep on it on purpose.  It was washed and most of the dirt came off, but not enough to pull it off in white.  It fit perfectly, but was just a tad bit dingy and that’s no bueno.

I went back to my trusty box o’dyes and pulled out RIT’s Yellow and got to some dyeing.  Just like yesterday, I did this on my stove.  I boiled some water, didn’t add any salt (I wanted something more muted, so I went without the salt today which makes the color bolder), let it sit for a few hours, rinsed it with warm water, rung it out and let it hang dry on my patio.  After those steps, I was golden.  Hello pun!!  This is how it turned out…

Day 107 - After

Day 107 - After

I felt slightly Sandy from Grease and was all about it.  I took a sheer, purple-ish scarf and tied it around my waist and threw on my favorite purple Steve Madden heels to make this outfit rock.  The green/purple embroidery along the sleeves was killer and I wanted to accentuate that.  Now also, there was a button missing on the top of the dress, so I buttoned the two bottom buttons and safety pinned the dress where the third one would have gone.  I left the top few buttons open…I mean it was 85 degrees today and I did break out in a minor sweat being outside at 2 pm, so showing a little bit of cleave was completely acceptable.

Best part of the day?  See below…

Corona @ 3:46 in the afternoon?  Why sure office, of course I'll partake in a Mexican beverage.

Corona @ 3:46 in the afternoon? Why sure office, of course I'll partake in a Mexican beverage.

Me+Corona+3:46 PM+office=BEST WORK DAY EVER!!!

My work cohort Leonard Cohen and myself imbibed in some Coronas to celebrate the upcoming March Madness bracket war that will be going on in T minus 36 hours between the two of us.  March is my favorite month solely for the NCAA tourney.  I love sports, I love the Super Bowl, the World Series rocks (esp when my Yankees are the winners) and March Madness makes me swoon.  Unforch my team, USC’s Trojans, are ineligible this year because of partaking in shady activities (it’s all good boys, I would have taken those vehicles too) so I’ve got some new, non-PAC 10 teams to root for. Without giving away my winner (I know Leonard reads this, so I don’t want to give him any hints) I’m ready for a few weeks of severe, killer, ruthless basketball playing between 18 year olds, most who look like they’re 40.  No joke, there are multiple players who I’d like to check out their birth certificates as I can’t honestly believe they were born after 1969.

So, successful Day Y/3?  Yes.  PS, Day G happens to fall on the holiday of my Irish people.  Get ready, because this girl goes full-out.  Bring it St. Patty’s, I’m waiting for you!!  Until tomorrow friends…

Y is for Yellow!!  B is for Banana!!

Y is for Yellow!! B is for Banana!!

Day 107. 258 days and $253 left to go.

One down and six more to go!!

Theme week continues and orange is the color du jour, so guess what??  We’re going to play with some dye today!!  It has been awhile since I whipped out my box o’dyes, so let’s give them a little jpeg love…

Dye Party!!

Hi Cute Dyes!!

I decided to go with a thin white embroidered blouse today as the weather forecast was looking pretty hot for the week…Thanks Johnny Mountain and Dallas Raines for your delightful insight into this third week of March.  (PS, we Los Angelenos may have the best meteorologist names around – however if the names of yours can rock ours like a hurricane, please share!)

Slightly ridiculous temperature for the week!

And when I say hot, I mean it. Literally.

It was a little too big, but I had my sewing machine threaded and ready for some taking in action.  Mostly, I was psyched to give it a tangerine bath.

Day 107 - Before

Day 107 - Before

Before bathtime, I took in the sleeves and the body of the shirt in to make it a little tighter.  You can do this post-dye, however I like to mend my pieces ahead of time and use white thread so when it soaks, it completely matches the color after it’s done.  I boiled water, added some salt (to make the color even bolder), grabbed RIT’s tangerine dye, and tossed in my shirt for the day.  Luckily my cooking club dinner theme wasn’t Italian this evening, so I didn’t have to worry about boiling penne at the same time as my project.

Stovetop Dye-fest!

Stovetop Dye-fest!

After letting it soak for a bit, I plucked the shirt out, rinsed it with hot water to expunge the excess dye, rung it out and hung it to dry.  The warm temps early this am dried this sucker out and I couldn’t wait to put it on because let’s just say that this piece completely Orange Crush’ed some of my other dye projects.

Day 107 - After

Day 107 - After

The way the color took to the fabric and to the embroidery blew my mind.  And, I must be honest, thank goodness today was O day!  Why, you may ask?  Well, let me share…

Embroidery Close Up! (ECU)

Embroidery Close Up! (ECU)

Like I mentioned above, my cooking club was this evening and the theme for the night was Indian.  I made some yumster curry crusted bananas for dessert, but prior to that I got to indulge in some of the most ridiculous chicken tikka masala that I’ve ever had courtesy of MW.  Now, let me show you a stock photo of this dish.

MW's chicken tikka masala was way more delectable and was served in the most gorg La Creuset dish

MW's chicken tikka masala was way more delectable and was served in the most gorg La Creuset dish

Kind of perfect that it matched my shirt for the day…you can probably figure out what happened next.  Yes, a cube of chicken fell off my fork and trickled down my shirt (completely in slo-mo through my eyes) and landed right in the middle of some embroidery.  Luckily it blended right in.  Crisis averted.  Tomorrow may be trickier though – yellow is much harder to hide, so I must be on my best, non-klutzy behavior.

O is for Orange!

O is for Orange!

Day 82. 283 days and $279 left to go.

For my Thursday ensemble, I went with a piece that was super 60s housewife – I got called I Love Lucy at the office today after I changed up this puppy a bit.  Keep in mind friends, it’s still rather warm in these parts…

Day 82 - Before

Day 82 - Before

A white, sheer, nightgowny-robe piece that was ripped and slanted along the edges…that was the choice today.  A classy nod goes out there to that person who did a stellar job with the blades – bravo, really.  What I did enjoy about this piece the most was the amazing lace detail by the wrists and the ruffles by the collar.  To accentuate those lace accents, and forge away from the drab white color, I grabbed my box o’RIT dye, picked the lovely shade of Evening Blue as the color to change it to, threw it in a pot on my stove, and let the color sink in.  Right after the dying was done and it had time to dry, I grabbed my trusty scissors and evened out the poor trim job.  Steady hand wins the race…

Before it was ready to go, I pushed the sleeves up and actually just gathered and safety pinned them from the inside to keep them short and ruched looking instead of long and blech looking.  It was warm out and the piece was still rather sheer, so all I did was add an old vintage tank top with blue hibiscus and green stripes underneath and it was ready for the day!

Day 82 - After

Day 82 - After

Nothing screams office shot then a picture at the elevator, right?  The Evening Blue shade was a subtle enough difference to really bring the lace detailing out, especially by my shoulders.

Frilly Close Up!

Frilly Close Up!

Totally happy with my girly top for the day.  I’ll get being called Lucille Ball any day..may just have to dye the tresses instead next time!!

Day 57. 308 days and $304 left to go.

The choice for today totally felt like the Seinfeld “puffy shirt” just without all the ruffled puffiness.  The fitted cuffs and embroidery gave it an Elizabethan feel, but not in a good way.  If it makes me feel like Juliet, great.  If it makes me feel like Shakespeare himself, not so great.

Day 57 - Before

Day 57 - Before

I did love the embroidery and fitted cuffs, but it just didn’t work in white. It was in pristine condition, aside from being a little bit large, but that was something that could be easily fixed.  I decided to grab the dye and color this piece up!  (I promise a full dye tutorial will be coming soon – I’m even going to throw a little tye-dying in for good measure, so sit tight!)  Before dye time began I took in the shirt just a skosh and then threw it in a vat of boiling water with some RIT dye in Yellow.  I didn’t want it to look like a banana, so I put in a smaller amount and it transformed the shirt into a lovely shade of lemon chiffon. (I’m in the south right now, so it’s all about food – Chick-Fil-A will be had very, very soon.)  Looky, looky…

Day 57 - After

Day 57 - After

It came out in the most subtle shade of yellow which I loved. For most of the day, I pushed up the lace cuffs to make the sleeves even more poofy, which gave off the Renaissance feel in a total feminine way. The dye took to the embroidered lace beautifully and ended up being a little darker than the rest of the blouse.  I loved that the lace was more pronounced now (you can really see it lining the buttons down the front), as you couldn’t tell a bit when it was all white.  Took the shirt from plain to precious.

I enjoyed a ridiculously delicious Cadillac margie made by my fab cuz-in-law BP as my NY Jets lost to the Colts in the AFC championship game this afternoon…

Shirt matches my marg!

Shirt matches my marg!

…then enjoyed the warm NC winds while it downpoured.

Raindance!!

Raindance!!

Thanks to my ‘lil cuz RO for the margie and rain pics.  I owe you a glass of Cheerwine.

Shout out to my girl RS who was the winner in the cuff giveaway!  Her gorge outfit was plucked from her mom’s closet (because her mom wore it when she was her age) and is the perfect glam, comfy, sparkling, festive celebratory dress to tear up the dance floor in. THIS outfit is made to aid in dancing the night away,” she said.  I think I may need to take a trip to India just to enjoy the fabrics. Congrats lovely lady!  xx M

Twirl it up!

Hips don't lie!

Day 46. 319 days and $314 left to go.

So it was another dye day for me! My red blouse was such a hit last week (click here for a little refresher) that I thought it would be fun to do another one for today.  I will post a little dye tutorial soon to show you guys how easy it is to pump up a piece from your closet that may have stains (sometimes wine just doesn’t come out!), fading issues (those gym hoodies fade when they’re left in your car day after day!) or are just more sheer than the dressing rooms let on.

Today’s shirt was slightly country western and I’m not one to sing along to “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” but I do like lace and frills.  This was a fine item, however there was a little bit of yellowing under the sleeves.  Yeah, it’s kinda gross (I washed it numerous times) but let’s be honest, I’ve got a few pieces of white gear that has gone the way of the yellowing that I’ve tossed too…

Day 46 - Before

Day 46 - Before

Because I’m obsessed with RIT dye and have a slight library of colors to choose from (evidence below), it took a moment to decide which way to go.

Day 46 - if only I had as much stock in an earthquake kit as I do my color changing powder and liquid friends

If only I had as much stock in an earthquake kit as I do my color changing powder and liquid friends

Shall I choose TANGERINE or BLACK PLUM (this was an old color that I’ve had for a bit, as I don’t believe it’s being sold anymore) and I ended up going with the pretty shade of blackish/purple. Tangerine will get a shot at a later TBD date.  I threw this in the dye along with another piece that was completely heinous (it will get its début shortly, but slight teaser – vest action!!) and let them marinate.  It’s interesting to see how the fabric takes to the dye, because all fabrics absorb the color differently and cotton will come out in a shade unlike polyester or nylon.  It’s actually fun, because it’s a bit of a surprise when you take them out.  When my lacy, ruched sleeved western blouse was finished, here’s what it looked like…

Day 46 - After

Day 46 - After

It came out a lovely little shade of lavender and the lacy detail on top was more black plum-ish.  I loved that it was super subtle – it gave a rather bland and yellowed shirt new life with just a slight change.

I was so excited that I danced with myself.  No really, I did.

If I had the chance, I'd ask the world to dance

If I had the chance, I'd ask the world to dance

Can’t do Trace Atkins, but Billy Idol I’ll sing my little heart out.