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Day 68. 297 days and $293 left to go.

Well good day, frilly collared white polka-dotted red blouse!  It’s lovely to see you, even though I felt like I was in a circus when I tried you on, and not the cool, acrobatic, contortiony, hanging from a sash, Cirque de Soleil type.

Day 68 - Before

Day 68 - Before

Those cuffs were a little too clowny and let’s be honest, clowns scare the living daylights outta me.  No bueno to Bozo, the clown from Stephen King’s It, even Krusty the Clown.  That’s right, I don’t care if you’re animated. Big fake red noses, caked on makeup, rainbow haired wigs will give me nightmares for days.  Let’s just say that my first year on pointe shoes, our recital dance was to “Send in the Clowns,” complete with spandexy striped pants, a puffy white top, fingerless diamond printed gloves and balloons that we held.  Cue traumatization here.

So, we had to get this as far from clown potential as possible – chop off them sleeves!!!

Snippy snippy!!

Snippy snippy!!

Phew…one down and one more to go…

Hello short sleeves!

Hello short sleeves!

Woo hoo, the frilly cuffs have disappeared…we’re getting further away from that clown car now friends!!  Instead of just hemming the cut sleeves, I decided to add a little bit of elasticized lace around the edges that was in my kit of trimmings.  I figured this easy addition would give it a little more feminine flair and bring out the white dots a bit, not to mention making me look less like Ronald McDonald.

Day 68 - After

Day 68 - After

I think I can successfully say that this after product doesn’t scream Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey anymore!  Thank goodness, because you don’t even want to know about the time I stayed at Circus Circus in Las Vegas.

Is this a place where you'd want to gamble?  Didn't think so...

Is this a place where you'd choose to gamble? Didn't think so...*Special thanks to KN for capturing the scariest part of the strip!

I mean, if this doesn’t frighten you, I don’t know what will 🙂

Day 56. 309 days and $305 left to go.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I was LAX-CLT bound this morning, so the leggings were going to be making another appearance – airports need to be added to my list of allowable places to wear them on top of my chiro, yoga, & the rain, ps.  So, I needed something that was plane-doable, something that could be layered (because they don’t hand out those cute little fleece blankets anymore) and something comfy (because I like to nap before the plane even takes off).  And as much as I like to get slightly glam for flights just in case I happen to “accidentally” bang my LeSportsac Weekender bag into Bradley Cooper making him spill his coffee and immediately fall in love with me, sequins are ruled out as they leave gnarly indentations (I think I still have some from Vegas on Day 50)

This is what I went with today…

Day 56 - Before

Day 56 - Before

Yeah, a completely not-OK jackety/top.  A, the midriff is SO not happening. B, the shoulder pads are SO not happening, and C, the boxy cut is SO not happening.

They went out of their way to make these shoulder pads in the same material!!

This company actually went out of their way to make these shoulder pads in the same material!!

This needed to be fixed – I saw potential because I loved the black/white checkery pattern and the black/white buttons were pretty fantastic as well.  So first off, I grabbed my scissors and snipped out both of the shoulder pads!! Little sidenote…by the end of this year I’m going to be holding stock in shoulder pads, as I’m planning to open my own little boutique called, Put Your Head on My Shoulder…Pad (Clearly I had time on the plane to think about this).  I may have to make them cool again by December 🙂

I then took the arms in as well as a little bit in the torso to make it fit a little tighter.  I wasn’t going to be able to change the length of this puppy, but it was going to do wonders with being a layer, which was exactly what I was going for today.  I put on my favorite paper-thin white T, threw on a grey wife beater, then layered it with the newly transformed, sans shoulder padded top.

Day 56 - After

Day 56 - After

I then threw on another layer, my black wrap, on top of the previous pieces…

Day 56 - After, After

Day 56 - After, After

…before adding my camel military meets Little Women coat (which was a gift card redemption, on sale at Anthropologie, find), fave floral scarf by Moksha, and my H&M Russian Ushanka-esque military hat.

I got the window seat!

Day 56 - After, After, After (Window seats rule!)

Shout out to today’s fab photog, my lovely mother, for assisting in this airport photo shoot.  I don’t think the folks at the TGI Friday’s in Terminal B at the ATL airport had seen this kind of photo taking since their Ultimate Electric Lemonade launch!  (I just stuck to a Stella today…)

Day 55. 310 days and $306 left to go.

So, even though the rains were still coming down, I made a game time decision to nix the leggings (they’ll be making an appearance again tomorrow friends as I’m LAX bound in the am) and go with a fun, frilly shirt that I literally almost made out with when I locked eyes.  It was that fah-bulous and was just a buck.  Checky here…

Day 55 - Before

Day 55 - Before

The itsy-bitsy black polka dots on the white crêpe shirt were so delicious that I snagged the blouse without even testing the fit.  I’m a ruffle girl too, so those were the icing on this scrumptious cupcake.  The one issue was that the shirt was severely see through – even with a nude bra underneath (which is the best trick ever – never use white under white!!) you could still see through.  I considered using dye, but I loved the black and white combo, so I pulled my trusty little criss-cross slip top that I made in Day 22 and put it on underneath.  I opened a few of the buttons to really accentuate the ruffs and had my ensemble for the day…

Day 55 - After

Day 55 - After

My outfit was rain proof, but the hair…that’s a whole other sitch.  Happy weekend and stay dry my dears! xx M