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Day 177. 188 days and $185 left to go.

The first day back post-LOST Week, and I’m still trying to get my bearings.  Was looking at a potential camouflage dress for today and then decided to go with something as girly as possible instead.  I grabbed something in the sheer and lacy department that looked like it could have gone on top of a petticoat.

Day 177 - Before

Day 177 - Before

It also could have also been Venus Williams’ other French Open ensemble as she was going the lacy and sheer route too this weekend.

V Dubs!

V Dubs!

The only difference was that I was not planning/trying/anticipating/thinking of going out in public wearing the green sheerness with a nude cami underneath.

First plan of attack was bringing the top in a bit on each side.  It was a bit too large and flowy even for my tastes 🙂

Tweak the sides

Tweak the sides

After taking the sides in, the loosening of the neck came next.  It was a bit tight and super fitted and I definitely needed some breathing room…

Widening the neckline

Widening the neckline

…especially if I was going to be wearing a tank underneath for proper coverage (yes, I get you were going with the French/Moulin Rouge vibe because you’re playing in France Venus, however quel dommage!)

After a few small tweaks, my green top was ready to meet up with friends over $3 pints and NBA finals action.  I put a white tank on underneath the blouson, threw on my fave vintage belt, my Newsies cap and some jeans and it Orlando Magically transformed into sports bar suitable.

Day 177 - After

Day 177 - After

Now I’m not usually rooting for the Boston boys (this gal is a New Yorker and a Knicks fan despite their losing tendencies) however tonight, I did my girl NK a solid and donned the green.

Green Team!

TT, NK, & Moi=Green Team!

Now it didn’t help at the end of the day, or game rather, however the Celts’ll be back in a day to take the series from the Florida Magicians.  Don’t you worry NK, don’t you worry.

Day 136. 229 days and $226 left to go.

Happy Tuesday!!  Not only am I excited for LOST this evening (I know all you Losties feel me…how ’bout that Desmond?) as well as the return of Glee (lots having to do with Idina Menzel, Patrick Harris comma Neil, Kristin Chenoweth, & the songs of Madonna making appearances), but it’s a cooking club night with the girlinas. Asian fare is on the menu, so I kind of thought this piece could work.

There is red piping along the cap sleeves as well as along the mild V-neck collar which reminded me of a trip I took down to Chinatown months back scoping out some gorge silk dresses.  (PS, my home page blog pic is from said Chinatown trip, thanks to JW, my personal Annie Lebovitz just without all the getting suing action).  So I figured this would be the perfect outfit for this evening.

Day 136 - Before

Day 136 - Before

This dress was a little off – weird length, definitely see through (hence the jeans under this puppy) and the arms were a bit too big for me.  Just for the sheer (PUN!) fact that I don’t think I own undergarments that wouldn’t be seen beneath this, I opted to craft this into a top.  Flashing on the radar today?  Negative, friends.

I cut off the bottom portion of the dress (about a foot) and sewed a brand new hem around the bottom of my new top.  I used maroon thread, so check out the close up below…

New Hem!

New Hem!

…after I hemmed the bottom of my top, I took in the dress on each side a few inches to make it a little more fitted.

Newly hemmed top and all that excess fabric

Newly hemmed top and all that excess fabric

I loved that it still fell rather loosely as we had a meal of champions on the horizon.

Dumplings, chow mein, orange chicken, oh my!

Dumplings, chow mein, orange chicken, oh my!

I mean a spread of homemade dumplings, almond cookies, noodles, chx, some wasabi mashed potatoes and pickled cucumbers was spot on while we caught up and chatted about being featured on magazine covers (check out May’s House Beautiful with MW’s ridiculously amazing design skills on the cover!!) and a certain “Posh encounter with a type of spice.”

Day 136 - After

Day 136 - After

Almond cookie in one hand, sake in the other?  Yeah, just a Tuesday night in my books 🙂