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Day 140. 225 days and $222 left to go.

On the agenda for today was a trip to Dodger Stadium to partake in a little Opening Week action against the Giants.  The Dodgers didn’t fare so well, but we’ll get to that later.

I have loads of Yankee gear, but only own a Dodgers hat, so it was time to put together an ensemble that included a little bit of blue and white to root for the local team.  And to root on Mr. Matt Kemp, aka Rihanna’s man, aka my West Coast version of Derek Jeter.

Matt Kemp!

Hi Matt Kemp 🙂

I found this fab little number that was full o’ Dodgers colors including an extra hint of green, so I figured this would totally work.

Day 140 - Before

Day 140 - Before

Hi dress with blue and white speckles and green, what look like, hibiscuses.  Or is it hibiscui or just hibiscus?  Either or, dress was needing a bit of help and I was ready to assist.

Now I was ready to head to a sporting event, so keeping the piece as a dress was not happening – I decided to do a little snippy action.

Getting rid of that length!

Getting rid of that length!

I cut off the length and had a brand, new top totes suitable for some baseballing!  I was going to trim the sleeves, but as a fair-skinned gal, I tend to look for as much coverage as possible especially when I’m going to be out in the sun, for a while, in the middle of the day.

Here’s the completed piece…

Day 140 - After

Day 140 - After

Take me out to the ballgame!!  My top was the perfect accompaniment to my LA hat, jeans and chartreuse flip-flops.  We enjoyed the clearest of days to watch a blowout game…

Dodger Stadium!!

Dodger Stadium!!

…listen to American Idol Elliot Yamin sing “God Bless America”, and eat the most delicious chocolate malt ice cream with my bro.

Chocolate!!!

Chocolate!!!

And, before the game started, I had my first sighting outside the stadium!  Woo hoo!!  The lovely Heidi recognized me and came up to say hello.  I was completely surprised and totally thrilled!   So fantastic to get to meet followers in person 🙂

Me & My Gal Heidi

Me & My Gal Heidi

So, the Dodgers lost miserably (0-9) but the day was a blast.  New friends, yummy snacks, sunny day…the best way to spend a Saturday!

Day 134. 231 days and $228 left to go.

Now I LOVE metallics – anything gold, silver, or shiny, sign me up.  And that’s across the board from shoes to purses to dresses.  One of my favorite tops is this grey Cynthia Vincent piece from a few years back with silver mesh sleeves…

Metallic sleeves rule!

Metallic sleeves rule!

Totally heart this, so when I first came across this puppy below, I knew it would be rocking in no time.

Day 134 - Before

Day 134 - Before

Here’s a little close up of the shoulder pad action as well…

Shiny pads!!

Shiny pads!!

Notice they match the fabric of the jacket.  This nondescript clothing brand was very meticulous with the creation of said pads.  Time and care to make the shoulders really pop…yep, there’s the pun!  I clearly had to take them out.

Taking out the shiny pads!

Taking out the shiny pads!

Next I took in the jacket a bit – hemmed the sleeves as well as the body of it to make it a little more fitted on me.

Taking it in...

Taking it in...

After that, I popped the jacket on top of my wife beater and was ready for a little errand running.

Day 134 - After

Day 134 - After

To the market for some ingredients for my cooking club on Tuesday eve.  It’s Japanese themed and I’ve got the veggies, so I’m crafting two 美味いです(that’s delicious in Japanese) side dishes involving wasabi and a miso glaze.  Yummers 🙂  If there aren’t any huge 失敗 (that’s flops in Japanese), pics will follow.

PS, little shoulder pad update!!!

Bin o'pads!

Bin o'pads!

It’s filling up friends!!  Woo hoo!  I smell a contest when it’s completely full – perhaps a little guessing action for a very fabulous prize?  There’s still time though…looks full, but those pads will smush down to the size of golf balls.  PS, congrats to Phil Mickelson for winning the Masters today.  That green jacket looks dashing on you!

Color of victory!

Color of victory!

Day 133. 232 days and $229 left to go.

So, let’s just get right to it – today’s piece looked a little something like this…

Day 133 - Before

Day 133 - Before

It was long-sleeved, long in length, had a mock turtleneck, and two pockets!  Two pockets are not uncommon and weird in most pieces however I’d become rather used to seeing many a muumuu and house dress with just one. (Lovely example here from Day 78.) Seeing two made me very happy as pockets are one my fave accessories.

I didn’t like how high the neck was, so I took it off.  There was a specific neck panel, so I took my seam ripper and ripped it out.

Detatched!

Detatched!

PS, do you see the “Vanity Fair” tag too?  Such a brand specializes in lingerie, so this must have been one rocking nightgown back in the day.  My next change was cutting off the length to make the dress end around my knees…

Trimming!

Trimming!

…and cutting the sleeves into much shorter ones than what had originally been on the dress.  Now, I had the TV on and was watching a little series called For the Love of Ray J, which may actually take the cake from Rock of Love for the best guilty pleasure reality dating show that is simply ridiculous, so the cutting was rather straight until I started talking directly to the television and to Ray J himself asking them both, “really”?  I should have been asking myself, “really,”  that there wasn’t something better suited to having on in the background while I worked.

More Trimming!

More Trimming!

After some trimming, I worked on the neck.  I undid the center seam that went straight up and down the dress about 6 inches or so and folded each side under to form a V.  I stitched down my new neckline and gave it a new seam.  I used a bit of the excess material that I cut off and made a very small sash to wrap around the waist and brought in the sleeves a tad as well as the body which made the dress ready to enjoy a little more reality TV.

Day 133 - After

Day 133 - After

I headed to a viewing party for a lovely friend who happens to be on the new show, Private Chefs of Beverly Hills.  Yeah, we’ve all known for a while that Chef Sasha can cook, so we were thrilled to see it in all its glorious reality TV action.  She also cooked, so we ate, enjoyed libations…and watched.

Cheering on our own Chef Sasha!

NK, JMT, AK and moi cheering on our own Chef Sasha!

There is nothing better than hearing all the true, actual dirt of what really went down that didn’t end up on-screen.  Thank goodness for TiVo and the pause button, right?  Fab commentary interspersed between segments of Botox parties and dog debutante events made it even more ridiculous.  Reality Saturday much?  Yes, clearly I signed up.

Day 132. 233 days and $230 left to go.

Today is making this gal happy!  Wanna know why?  Not only is the weekend here and I got to do a smidge of local barhopping with lovely friends, but I’m using the rest of a piece that I used once already and it’s not costing me an extra dime (or dollar) in this lil’ project of mine.  No deduction from the total amount today!!  Let me remind you…

Dsy 132 - Before

Day 132 - Before

Now this was the piece that I cut in half and wore as a bolero back on Day 98 – click here for a quick refresher, but it looked a little something like this…

Bolero, Ole!

Bolero, Ole!

I just used the top portion, and I was leftover with the rest of the longish jacket that looked like the following…

The rest!

The rest!

My original thought was to use this leftover bit as a skirt.  However, once I got to playing around with that idea, I realized that it wouldn’t be as easy or as cute of an option.  I first gave the top of the piece a new hem.  I pinned down the raw edges and sewed, however it still was a bit too large to work immediately as a skirt.  The more I thought about it the more I began thinking about the potential as creating a top instead of a bottom.  I pulled it over my chestal area and had the moment of clarity where I said to myself, “Self, this is going to make a most radical strapless top.”  Yes, I said radical and you’ll see why in 3, 2, 1…

Day 132 - After

Day 132 - After

Hello new, amazing, looks like a million dollas top.  I have to say, I completely hearted the outcome.  What I did was pull it over the boobs, unbutton the top button, and take the two ends and safety pin one on one side and the other on the other side to clasp the edges.

Safety Dance

Safety Dance

Couldn’t have been happier as not only did I get two pieces from one original $1 find,  but the new silk top got compliments around the table…or bar.  I started off the evening with glasses of water and ended it with a delicious vodka cocktail with freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Thanks to TJ for making the introduction, as I’m sure we’re going to become good friends.

I know, who do I think I am in that cardigan...Randy Jackson?

I know, who do I think I am in that cardigan...Randy Jackson?

I hope everybody’s Friday is off to a bang!  Enjoy the next 48 hrs.  I mean that in the literal sense as well as the Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte one.

Day 128. 237 days and $233 left to go.

I enjoyed my Easter ensemble so much yesterday that I wasn’t ready to give up the spring colors.  Had to stick with green, so I grabbed this slightly ridiculous frock below.

Day 128 - Before

Day 128 - Before

I mean, I feel like a big, green cupcake with all the white ruffle business going on.  Kind of like these ridiculously amazing looking ones from my new fave UK spot that I’ve never been to but am beyond obsessed with, Crumbs & Doilies.

Green Cuppies c/o Crumbs & Doillies

Green Cuppies c/o Crumbs & Doilies

Now I don’t mind looking like these, but let’s be honest, the cupcakes looked better than this dress did.  I mean check it…

The Fray - just as distressed as the band's lyrics

The Fray - just as distressed as the band's lyrics

The sleeves were suffering from some serious damage (on both too, even though you can only see this one) and they needed to get fixed.  On top of the sleeves, the whole dress needed a tightening up as well.  I got out my sewing machine and took in the sleeves, the body and the skirt.  I even did my sewing in pink thread 🙂

Taking it in

Taking it in

Oh, and that length…I had to get rid of it.

There goes the length

Goodbye length

And after cutting off copious amounts of thick, green polyestery fabric, this is how it turned out.

Day 128 - After

Day 128 - After

Like I said earlier, since I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to my Easter dress, I used the excess fabric from the bottom of it as a sash today.  Matched perfectly!  Now, back to those cupcakes.  If only they could be shipped to Los Angeles…

Day 127. 238 days and $234 left to go.

Happy Eastah!  I grew up in NY and this is usually how it sounds.  (I’m saying it right now directly to you.  Close your eyes…yep, that’s me wishing you a happy holiday with my Long Island accent that only comes out when I’m mad, talking to my NY fam, or wasted.)

No Easter bonnet on my head today, but the colors and the flowers will be in full effect, thanks to, wait for it…a muumuu!!!

Day 127 - Before

Day 127 - Before

I mean is a muumuu and Easter not the most perfect team?  Especially one that looks like this!  The pinks, purples, blues and greens just overflowed with Easter feelings, so this was my pick for the day.  I have to say, I loved the pouffy sleeves and the cute square neck.  The length was not cutting it.  Today I’m going for a little more youthful and a little less Golden Girls.  Do not worry though, I have a day where the Golden Girls will be totally channeled on purpose.  Just you wait.

Off with about half the length as I wanted this to hit me around my knees.

Shortening the puppy!

Shortening the puppy!

I pinned the raw edge down and then folded it again before sewing to make a new, clean hem.  After that fix, it was ready to go!

Day 127- After

Day 127 - After

As it was a bit chillier today in Southern Cal (I mean mid-60s, so yes, to me it was a bit chilly) I added my boots and a hoodie to make this just the dress to enjoy the day.  I’d say it was definitely one of the five key components for why today ruled.

Wanna know the other four?  Here we go…

4. DONUT SENT FROM HEAVEN LANDED ON MY PLATE

Maple Bacon Heaven

Maple Bacon Heaven

I can actually say that this maple glazed donut covered in bacon bits from the Nickle Diner in downtown LA is absolutely amazing.  Don’t fear it – the sweet & savory combo is pretty delectable.

3. HANGING WITH THE FAM TIME

Me & Moms

Me & my purdy Moms

No explanation necessary – the fam just simply rules.

2. OPENING NIGHT FOR MY YANKEES

Hello fellas!

Hello fellas!

Even though they lost to the Red Sox, (I know, how could we let Boston win) they’re looking good for the season.  It was tough saying adios to Johnny Damon, but Mr. Curtis Granderson, welcome to the team!!  Looks like I’m going to have to prep a few Yankee themed pieces for the season.  Apologies in advance 🙂

1. THE ENJOYMENT OF THESE PUPPIES AGAIN

CADBURY in the house!!

CADBURY in the house!!

I went without what I would describe as the most delicious piece of candy created for mankind for 40 days, and the first thing I did today was enjoy a Cadbury Egg for breakfast.  Yes, I must head to El Targe (Target) to pick up a few more boxes before they start to fill the shelves with 4th of July goods as they’ve only got 4 months to prepare.

I hope everyone’s holiday week/weekend was beautiful and filled with love and good food 🙂  I gave up Taco Bell as well (I know, it’s my fast food TOTAL guilty pleasure) but didn’t add that onto today’s menu.  We’ll save that for later in the week.

Day 95. 270 days and $266 left to go.

Okey dokes, I wanted something bright and fun for today, so I remembered this puppy that I came across last weekend and thought it could be the perfect thing.

Day 95 - Before

Day 95 - Before

Here’s the deal – the shirt was pretty awesome and pretty much good to go with regards to size, however check out the frayed bottom edge.  It’s like whoever owned this prior to me had their own little ripping party where they literally tore off the bottom with their hands.  (And let me tell you, it was extremely uneven, Jack the Ripper!)  Not so cute with a big collar and slightly pouffy sleeves.  Totally works for a vintage T, but for this…not so much.

The main thing that needed to get handled was the rehemming of those fraying, uneven, raw edges, so I grabbed the sewing machine, pinned under the bottom of the shirt and created a new seam.  I ended up taking it up a bit too, to make it fall a little lower on me (right at where my jeans sit).

Post-stitched New Hem!

Post-stitched New Hem!

After a little stitching, instead of just wearing the top as was, I made a few adjustments.  First, I unbuttoned three of the buttons on the shirt.  Next, I took one of my cotton fuchsia tank tops and put it on top as a makeshift vest.  (PS – I always thought I needed traditional vests to wear on top of collared/button down/blousey tops, but not the case.  A fitted tank will do the same thing and tanks are lighter than traditional knit vests, which works for me right now in this warmish climate here in So Cal, however some of you may not be able to test this out until digits hit the 6’s.

Day 98 - After

Day 98 - After

I wore some silver flats which you can’t see, as I decided to go shoeless for this pic…

Close up!

Close up!

It was a fun, light, lovely top for the day which made me get excited for spring, and ultimately for treats that only come out this time of year – Easter brings out the most delicious candy I’ve laid my taste buds on…the eggs of Cadbury.  I’m not really a Peeps gal and chocolate trumps marshmallow any day of the week.  Chocolate wishes and Cadbury dreams for me tonight.