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Day 287. 78 days and $80 left to go.

It’s Saturday! Sun is out, college football has arrived, you couldn’t put a bigger smile on my face if you tried 🙂

My dress for today had a mix of pleats and ruffles.  I loved the print of the fabric too – I really liked the flowery business going on, but that ruffle at the bottom was trouble.

Day 287 - Before

Day 287 - Before

It was taking care of business time…got my seam ripper and began detaching the ruffle at the bottom.

Goodbye trim!

Goodbye trim!

The trim that I was left with could have made a bed skirt.  We’ll bring it back somewhere though, just wait.

Two pieces!!

Two pieces!!

So, before I was ready to wear this, I got out my machine and took it in.  I brought in the sleeves and took in about three inches on each side.

Bringing it in...

Bringing it in...

Because the neck was collared and had a deep V, there were no buttons and after taking it in, it opened a bit more in front.  Couldn’t really get away with wearing it as it was, so I paired it with a black cami underneath and added a belt to break up the pattern a little.

Day 287 - After

Day 287 - After

Not completely the same but after scoping Anthropologie’s site (like you do…) I found this dress that had similar aesthetics.  The collar, the pleats, the V…

Heart Anthropologie's Version

Heart Anthropologie's "Sugar Coated" $128 Version

I was very happy with my outcome.

ECU! (Extreme Close Up!!)

ECU! (Extreme Close Up!!)

Perfect dress to enjoy the sun, the footy, and a little reflection this September 11th.

Day 269. 96 days and $97 left to go.

Another NY day that had rain on the agenda, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to be just a little glam.  I wanted to continue painting the town red and I was going to do it in this!

Day 269 - Before

Day 269 - Before

OK, this totally struck my fancy because of the color and those delicious ruffles on the left side of the dress.  I’m totally counting the beats to the cha-cha in my head right now, but it’s just a little plain still.  I will be totally Dancing with the Stars ready in just a few small steps…

Trim! Trim! Trim!

Trim! Trim! Trim!

The main change is going to be the neckline and I began by cutting it on an angle from the left shoulder to a smidge below my right armpit.

Asymmetrical Time!!

Asymmetrical Time!!

Schwa!  We’re at a bias cut now friends!!  Doing a little asymmetrical action with the puppy!!

Pin it!

Pin it!

I then pinned down the raw edging and threaded up my machine in red, but of course, to tack down my new cut.

Almost there!!

Almost there!!

After stitching the top, I had to then go take care of tightening the area above my elastic waist.  Now that it was asymmetrical I was running the risk of a little too much drape (i.e. flashing the strapless bra that will be worn beneath) so that needed to be tweaked.  I took in about five inches and had it perfectly fitted after a couple of tries…

Third try's the charm, yes?

Third try's the charm, yes?

To give it just a little extra bit of flair, I grabbed the belt that I wore a few days ago on Day 265 and wrapped it around my waist.

Day 269 - After

Day 269 - After

Yeah, I know what you’re all thinkin…

Sometimes, when I get nervous, I stick my hands under my armpits and than I smell them like this!

"Sometimes, when I get nervous, I stick my hands under my armpits and then I smell them like this!"

Nothing is better than enjoying the day in the city with my amazing family – aunt and uncle extraordinaire P & S, my fab cousin H and loveliest DM.

Heart the fam!

Heart the fam!

I also got to scoot over to see CB and JS one last time before the end of my trip.  If only I knew vests and ties were on the agenda I would have replanned my wardrobe.  Next time boys.

My boys :)

I'm in the center of a Manwich!

Finally I got to see my gal GA who moved away from me and LA to embrace the stage of NY.

Watch out Kate Winslet!

Watch out Kate Winslet!

Despite the rain, the day was full of sunshine in my mind…as well as lots of laughs, a few squeals, perhaps some cha cha-ing on the streets (can’t help but dance when I hear that La Roux song) and smiles that went from ear to ear.

Even met some new friends who let me know they loved what I was doing!!

The cutest gals around!! DA, JL, & SE :)

The cutest gals around!! DA, JL, & SE 🙂

Yeah, the town was doused in red.

Day 220. 145 days and $143 left to go.

House dress time!!!  The fabric on this puppy grabbed me hook, line, and sinker.  I adored the bold and bright colors and knew that I just had to have it.  Wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do with it when I snagged it for a buck, but I knew that it must be mine.

Day 220 - Before

Day 220 - Before

In addition to the print on the FAB-ric (how have I never used that one before???) it was heavy and felt like butter.  Literally it would have made an awesome pillowcase.  I loved everything going on except the way it fit me, so I was ready to get crackin’ to turn this into something chic, summery and superb 🙂

First step was cutting off the ruffled bottom.  (Don’t freak out yet…that’s my favorite part too and I’m not totally getting rid of it.)

Trimming off the frills!

Trimming off the frills!

Next step was reattaching the ruffle, just bringing it up a bit higher on the dress.  Didn’t want it to cut me off at my ankles…not cute.

Frill reattachment!

Frill reattachment!

I turned the bit of ruffle fabric inside out, upside down and pinned it down around the entire dress where I was going to reattach.

About ready to go under the needle

About ready to go under the needle

Post ruffle reattachment, I made the back of the dress the front and unbuttoned the closure.  I pulled down each side and pinned it in place, as this was going to become my new neck.

I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it

I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it

Before it was completely finished, I took it in about two inches on each side, sewed it up, and then paired it with my belt from Day 25.

An impromptu dinner to assist IH in his move a few miles away was exactly what the doctor ordered after a long and busy weekend!

Day 220 - After

Day 220 - After

We kind of helped pack up some little things, but we mostly drank wine out of martini glasses, ate pizza from my fave Village Pizzeria

The Veggie II!! Eggplant, pesto, & spinach? Swoon...

The Veggie II!! Eggplant, pesto, & spinach? Swoon...

…and tried on big plastic feet.

Drink Me!

Drink Me!

I felt like Alice in Wonderland and look like I shrunk as I sat on the kitchen counter sipping and enjoying my slice in between stabs at the Roger Rabbit, the waltz with JMT, and the Running Man which I most definitely tripped trying to attempt.  I don’t know how Shaq does it.

One of the last times I’ll set foot (I’m here all week folks…don’t forget to tip your servers!) at the casa de Cahuenga.  Had to end it with a zinger, right??

Day 162. 203 days and $200 left to go.

Happy Sunday, but more importantly, Happy Mother’s Day!  On the agenda for me today was a trip to the flea market at the Rose Bowl per my mama’s request.  The day began with iced coffees and a mini (25 minute) road trip to Pasadena for some thrifting/sifting/people watching action!

My choice for the day…

Day 162 - Before

Day 162 - Before

A muumuu of extreme ruffled proportions!  It’s like a country western muumuu going on right now, you think?  I like the ruffles, just not the way they’re looking now, so it’s time for some tweaking!

First, I began by cutting the dress in half as I was going to work this into a top.

Chopping time!

Chopping time!

Now because I am a ruffles fan (of the ones on the dress and the delish chips, preferably of the Baked, Cheddar & Sour Cream variety) I wanted to make a few layers of them on the top.  Before I got to the ruffle layering, I had to take the top in a bit from both sides.

Pinning the areas where I'm going to take it in!

Pinning the areas where some taking in action will be had!

I pinned the area (a couple of inches) and took it in.  Now that it was fitted, it was time to attach some flair.  With the excess fabric, I added a row of ruffles to the front of the top and two rows of ruffles to the back.

I took the fabric, folded it like an accordion (pleated at every inch mark), and pinned it down to the top.

Pinning my pleats!

Pinning my pleats!

Here, you can see the pleats a little closer (from a view of the top edging).

View from the top

View from the top

After these were placed down into the rows, the piece took a trip to the sewing machine where the layers were stitched down.

Post-stitching!

Post-stitching!

You can see the navy thread of where the stitching went over the newly added ruffles.  I now had one additional row on the front to accompany the pre-existent ruffle collar and two new rows on the back to accompany the back ruffles.

Day 162 - After

Day 162 - After

Bladow ! (Urban dictionary def included mostly for my mom, but in case anyone else may need to check it too 🙂  There was some severe ruffleage going on and I was loving it.

Showing that ruffle action

I mean, I was jumping around all day to make them ruffles move!

And the layered action from the back…

From the back...

From the back...

And we concluded the afternoon with a hit of the deliciousness below.  I mean…

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Yummers!!!

To all the gorgeous mamas out there, including my own gorge one, hope today was beautiful!!

Day 88. 277 days and $273 left to go.

Happy Hump Day friends!!  Wednesdays’ are my favorite as the weekend, aka sleeping in and not waking up to the racket of my Blackberry alarm (those of you berry owners know exactly the tingy, three ringed alarm bell I’m speaking of) is just around the corner!  For today, I wanted something a little more profesh/dressy looking as I had an out of office, work meeting to attend.  Now apologies for the slightly blurry before pic posted below…

Day 88 - Before

Day 88 - Before

This peachy keen puppy had gorgeous button detail on the bodice which is what I originally fell in love with.  The ruffled neck and sheer chiffon sleeves with ruffled cuffs were also quite lovely, however it just made me want to break out in song – “A Spoonful of Sugar” comes to mind and I’m not going for the Mary Poppins vibe today.  What I wasn’t as in love with was the long skirt that came with the dress, but that was an issue we were going to tackle…

Scrap Pile!

Scrap Pile!

BAM!  The length of the skirt is no more…just a big pile of scraps.  After cutting off most of the bottom of the dress, I was left with a shorter piece that was going to be crafted into a blouse with a little tucking in action to a vintage navy and white striped skirt that hung in my closet.

Day 88 - After

Day 88 - After

Taking a cue from my favorite Kiwi’s, the Flight of the Conchords Bret & Jemaine…

 Cheese!

Close up button action!

”it’s business, it’s business time.”

Day 30. 335 days and $331 left to go.

Today I wanted to wear a color that was warm and smiley, so I chose this salmon colored puppy. It was slightly overcast and a little chillier out there, so I thought that this sweater would work perfectly to drink my am coffee, watch some bball and footy games as well as try to feel like I was in actual COLD temps instead of just “chilly” ones.

Day 30 - Before

Day 30 - Before

Now with just a simple look, this sweater is slightly blech – color is fun but the rest of it is totally passable.  I did like the ruffled cuffs and collar, however it still wasn’t fun or glam or exciting to me…until I thought of a simple addition.  OK, now you may recall my Day 3 ensemble (quick refresher here) as I had a bevy of these fab floral appliques that I used to make a headband.  I only used two of them and still had a ton leftover.  That ringing bell from the Saved By the Bell theme song went off in my head (as it sometime does…total guilty pleasure) and I thought snag the buckaroo sweater and add those shiny flowers to the front.

Day 30 - After

Day 30 - After

Adding that small detail made all the difference – two more floral appliques down, 18 to go.  Like I said last time, this won’t be the last time these floral puppies make an appearance.