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Day 288. 77 days and $79 left to go.

Hello long-sleeved, long length’ed, high-necked dress!!  Definitely some Little House on the Prairie business happening today for sure!

Day 288 - Before

Day 288 - Before

I had a little birthday brunch to attend and I definitely couldn’t leave my house looking like this!

I grabbed my scissors and got chopping!

This won't be hitting my ankles anymore...

This won't be hitting my ankles anymore...

Now that the length was tweaked, I got to chopping off the sleeves…

Sleeveless!!

Sleeveless!!

…and the top of the dress…

Mock neck-less!!

Mock neck-less!!

…because I’m going all the way strapless!!  Everything got trimmed but there was some pinning to be done before the sewing machine made an appearance.

Here we go!

Here we go!

We just got pinned…

Pinned and Prepped!!

Pinned and Prepped!!

…and now we’re getting sewing!  I took care of the top of the dress and got a new hem taken care of.

Going strapless and hemming!

Going strapless and hemming!

All in a morning’s work…got on my new dress and headed over to the Smoke House to celebrate the birthin’ of my pal JMT!!

Day 288 - After

Day 288 - After

Let’s just say we got there at 10:30 and stayed until close to 3.

Cheers to JMT!!

Cheers to JMT!!

They had a fabu omelet station, crab legs for the grabbing,  crepes made on the fly doused with Grand Marnier for some flame action, and the below…

Fountain of Dreams!!

Fountain of Dreams!!

I mean.  You really can’t go wrong with chocolate fountains.  Ever.  We covered strawberries, marshmallows, rice krispie treats, and even…wait for it…BACON!!

BACON!!!

BACON!!!

I know, I know…don’t hate until you try it!  I think I may have mentioned it before, but I took a page from the saliva inducing Vosges Chocolate who brought the bacon/chocolate combo into my vernacular (my mother tongue…pun intended)!

We cheersed, caught up, grubbed and ended it with a little celebration, World Cup style!!

I stole the bday gift!!

I stole the bday gift!!

Vuvuzela has returned!!  JMT received this legit South Africa-purchased vuvu for the bday and I couldn’t resist.

Day 286. 79 days and $81 left to go.

My Friday piece is all about the excess!  I’m going with leftovers today!  Anyone remember this lovely piece from Day 275??

Day 286 - Before

Day 286 - Before

This was the lovely top that was made…

Day 275 - After

Day 275 - After

…and these were my leftovers…

Layout leftovers

Layout leftovers

The second half of the dress was my doggie bag today.  What to do with these leftovers?  There was a lot of fabric left and right off the bat, my head was going in one direction.  Maybe it was because I woke up sweating this morning (I love nights where I forget to turn the fans on) or that I looked at the strapless bra that was sitting on the floor of my bedroom when I got up today?  Whatever it was, I was going to make this another top…a strapless one.  I didn’t have a whole lot of time this am before work to prep, so I quickly gave the top of the piece a new seam.

Layout leftovers

Layout leftovers

Next, I was trying to figure out if I wanted ribbon straps or something cute to hold it up, but ended up going the vintage brooch route.

I pulled up my newly seamed fabric in place to where I wanted it and then pinned the brooch.

Adding the flair!!

Adding the flair!!

I gathered the material to the perfect fit and pinned down.

Pinning down!!

Pinning down!!

This was just the quick and easy fix that was going to allow me to jet out the door at 8:23 this am. (I have my cutoff time down to the exact minute to get to work exactly on time…)

I took a belt and belted the top at my waist…

Day 286 - After

Day 286 - After

…and did a little bit of ungathering to give it some flounce.

ECU!! (Extreme Close Up!!)

ECU!! (Extreme Close Up!!)

I must say…for the amount of time this took and the usage of the excess material in construction, it was just the thing to get me started on my way to a complete non-stress Friday!  Ooh and did I mention that I saved a bit of moolah too?? Woo hoo – this was a total savvy Friday in my book!

TGIF!  Happy weekend friends:)

Day 268. 97 days and $98 left to go.

Today’s piece was one that I absolutely adored.  The skirt was way too long for me and it was a little too fitted for my tasted.  If it’s going to be long, I want it flowy and swishy.

Day 268 - Before

Day 268 - Before

The color palette is my fave – mauve and ivory?  Sign me up.  I was thinking about just cutting the skirt short into an A-line, but then I began playing around in front of the mirror.

Playing around with my options!

Playing around with my options!

I pulled it up to my chest and was starting to like where this was going.  Strapless dress?  You know me, this I LOVE!  I didn’t want it to just hang as it was, so I grabbed one of my belt options that I toted along with me to NY.

Some ivory with gold trim, belt action was what I went with.  I put the belt around my waist and began to pull some of the material to make it a little baggier up top.  Grabbed a gold vintage tassel necklace to wear along with my tote bag to enjoy the day.

After 268 - After

After 268 - After

First stop?

The key to my heart!!

The key to my heart!!

You guessed it!!  I had to get my hazelnut fix.  I think I was drooling as the lovely woman at the counter asked me how I’d like my coffee.  It’s beyond ridiculous my obsession 🙂

Kid in a candy store, much?

Kid in a candy store, much?

Being that I forget what rain actually is (LA has those waves of rain, and it’s really been too long to remember what it feels like), it was not on my radar to even tote along with me my umbrella, ella, ella.

Times Square in the rain...

Times Square in the rain...

Instead I cabbed it when I got caught up in droplets this afternoon.

Did I bring an umbrella from NY?

Did I bring an umbrella from NY?

Got to see some friends, check out my gal LH’s incredible show Bachelorette, and ended the day with the below…

Dinner!!

Mmm mmm gooooood!!

I don’t do dogs often, but this is one that I just can’t miss.

Mmm, how I've missed you Grays!

Hot doggery at it's finest!

A dog and a to-go cup of papaya drink made me a very happy girl.

What up dog?

What up dog?

Dunkin Donuts wishes and hot dog dreams this evening?  Yeah, you can count on that.

Day 235. 130 days and $129 left to go.

“Summer, summer, summertime…time to sit back and unwind.”

That is exactly the mood I’m in today, so I’m going for something to wear out in the sun. Wait scratch that, I’m going for something to wear as I enjoy looking at the sun from my office window 🙂

Day 235 - Before

Day 235 - Before

Flower power!! This is one baggy bouquet of roses! We’re going to make them perk up with my own version of Miracle Grow, i.e. scissors and a sewing machine!

I just had to get rid of those sleeves (which I flat-out cut off) and then snipped the tops of the leftover straps, which was going to assist in heading down the strapless road.

Cut them straps!!

Cut them straps!!

I folded under the raw edging and pinned the fabric down.

Pin that raw edge!!

Pin that raw edge!!

…and then stitched away.  I gave the top of my dress a brand new seam (so nice and so clean, clean!), but it was still large, so I had to take it in from the sides as well.  I brought it in about three or so inches, but had to make sure that it fit me around my chest as I couldn’t have any slippage.

Stitchy Time!!!

Stitchy Time!!!

It took me a few tries to get it exactly to the perfectly fitted spot, but I succeeded! I paired the dress with a strapless bra, my vintage bamboo belt and some braided sandals and summertime arrived!

I grabbed myself a burrito bowl at Chipotle for dinner, and snagged myself a picture in the parking lot, courtesy of the very kind girl who parked next to me.

Day 235 - After

Day 235 - After

I realized I didn’t have a photog set for the day, so I charmingly asked another chips and guac fan to do the honors.

When I got home I set my camera on a timer to shoot a close up 🙂

Close Up!!

Close Up!!

I think I did Will Smith’s anthem well.