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Day 291. 74 days and $76 left to go.

OK, so all summer long, I’ve been hiding something from you guys.  I love me some Mad Men and Friday Night Lights makes me swoon, but there is another show that I can’t get enough of.  Yes, I’m opening up my Pandora’s Box to share with you that I’m wholly addicted to Big Brother.

I know, I know…I just had to come clean because my night tonight is fully wrapped around this show and it’s finale.

To the wardrobe…

Day 291 - Before

Day 291 - Before

The fabric was flowy and had a blend of different animal prints – a little bit alligator, a little bit zebra and a little bit leopard to top it off.  Perhaps I was rooting for the “Meow Meow” – Enzo and I share some East Coast roots subconsciously 🙂 (Sorry, for those of you who have no clue what that last sentence means, totally disregard and we’ll continue along…)

Pads out!!

Clearly these are coming out...

Clearly these are coming out...

And taking in time, here we come…it needed a lot of work.  I took in the sleeves, the body, and the waist with a little help from my sewing machine.  My first go ended up still being too big, so I tried again and took it in even more.

Second time's the charm!!

Second time's the charm!!

After we got the proper sizing figured out, I added a big red belt, rolled up the sleeves a bit, and posed in front of JMT’s zebra print covered table to blend in. Had to get my photo taken before curtain time…

Day 291 - After

Day 291 - After

I gathered with my little BRA-GADE (one final shout out to BB fans…I think they really thought that brigade was spelled like that.  Thoughts?!)…

Big Brother Finale!!

Big Brother Finale...I know, I know

…and watched excitedly to see which fella took home the half million buckaroos.

The finger biting was clearly for photo op purposes :)

The finger biting was solely for photo-op purposes...

So, I’m not always proud of my TV viewing choices, however this one gets me every year…feels good to come clean 🙂

Day 230. 135 days and $134 left to go.

Bridesmaid Week!

Bridesmaid Week!

Day Five of Bridesmaid Week begins here…

My guess for the wedding song today…The Bee Gees, “How Deep is Your Love”

Day 230 - Before

Day 230 - Before

1970s in the house!!  I love the nightlife, I like to boogie!!  I was completely compelled to grab this dress when I found it in a big, ole pile of clothes.  I loved the cranberry color and the sheer, chiffon top was intriguing, so I thought this would be a fun piece to play with.  This was all the rage in the 70s…

Pattern!!a

Pattern!!

…I mean, I could have even made my wedding dress to look just like this with the help of this awesome Butterick pattern!!   I wasn’t feeling particularly girly in this dress, so I had to make a few tweaks to hit on more of the romanticky vibe 🙂

First thing is first, I’m hiking this bad boy up!  Nothing says girly more than a hint of some leg! (No, I will not be wearing a garter belt underneath this one…we’ll just leave that to the bride!)

Hike, hike, hike!

Hike, hike, hike!

After cutting it short, I took off the bows that sat on each shoulder.

Bow Removal!

Bow Removal!

Dont’ worry, I held onto them…they’ll be back after intermission!  I got to the neck next.  I trimmed about two inches down the front of the dress from under where the V neck already sat.  I wanted to get it a bit lower.

Neck Snip!

Neck Snip!

Once I trimmed, I pinned each side under and tacked it in place.  This I then trimmed off the chiffon that was sewn to the back of the dress.

Trimmin that extra sheer chiffon!!

Trimmin that extra sheer chiffon!!

There was just too much bulky material, so I cut it out.  I took those strands of fabric that I removed earlier from the shoulders and tied them into little bows at my chest, gathering all the chiffon from the front of the dress.  The straps looked thinner now, and to be honest, I’d rather be hitting the dance floor in my newly shortened get up over that long puppy any day!

Day 230 - After

Day 230 - After

I’m totally ready to shake, shake, shake. Shake shake, shake. Shake my booty. Shake my booty!  Ahh, love me some KC & the Sunshine Band!!

From the back!

From the back!

I feel so much girlier in this now!!  I would totally wear this in a wedding, or to a wedding even!!  Doesn’t feel time warpy at all!  I loved how the back looked now without all the chiffon hiding the lovely dip.

I'm totally wearing this to a salsa class!

I'm totally wearing this to a salsa class!

PS, this is totally one of those dresses that spins well.  I was doing turns (like you do) and the skirt fluttered around gorgeously. Love when skirts sashay oh so nicely.

TGIF!  Happy weekend friends :)

Day 168. 197 days and $194 left to go.

It’s been a slightly hectic weekend so far, so I wanted to pick something more calming to wear today.  Opted to go against the 60s mod über bright colored dress (which I will absolutely use very soon) and go with a light palette of blues along with some flowers.

Day 168 - Before

Day 168 - Before

It reminded me of Monet’s Iris and his lovely color schemes…

Claude Monet's Nympheas - 1914-17

Claude Monet's Nympheas - 1914-17

Today’s piece was reminiscent, just without the lily pads.

The button clasp had come undone, so my first job on this puppy was to reattach it.  I took a needle and some thread and began to stitch the end of the clasp back into the side seam to hide my handiwork.

Clasp Fixer-Upper

Clasp Fixer-Upper

My next adjustment was taking the dress in – I brought it in on both sides from the arms down to the bottom of the dress about two inches.  It made it more fitted, but without taking away the flowyness.

To completely finish the piece, I used some of my excess “Purple Rain silk” from Day 164, and cut a strip from the leftover.

New sash here I come!

New sash here I come!

A sash to match perfectly with the purples in the dress was on the horizon.  The end product?

Day 168 - After

Day 168 - After

A lovely, more fitted and relaxed dress for my Saturday 🙂  As I was clearly in art mode and unfortunately didn’t make it to the LACMA today (even though I was driving my face off all around its’ Mid-City LA vicinity) I went to BeFunky.com for a little artistic assistance.

Cartoon Marisa!

Cartoon Marisa!

Kind of obsessed with my cartoonized me 🙂  I reminds me of the last time I went the cartoon route when I “Simpsonized” myself a few years back when the movie was coming out.

Simpsonized Marisa!

Simpsonized Marisa!

I mean, my lips only reach that shade of red after a few glasses of vino and my hair…it’s just so thick!!  Those Simpsons animators really know how to make a girl happy.

Day 153. 212 days and $209 left to go.

It’s Friday, I’m in love…with my jacket 🙂  It was slightly military-ish and I was obsessed.  Now it didn’t fit me at all…

Day 153 - Before

Day 153 - Before

…as you can see above, but I still put it in my bag because A, it was a buck and B, because of the RIDICULOUS hardware on the sleeves.

Buttons!!

Cuff of Hotness!!

Yeah, those owl-link-buttons had me at “Hoo, Hoo.”  I was trying to figure out how to keep the sleeve and ultimately these buttons intact, but then realized that wasn’t going to work.  I had to cut the sleeves, but…

Sleeve cutting time!

Sleeve cutting time!

…held onto those buttons!

Leftover Owl Buttons!!

Leftover Owl Buttons!!

How gorgeous, right?  So my next few steps included taking the jacket in from the back – I grabbed a few inches, pinned the amount I was going to take off, and sewed a brand new hem down the new center.

Taking it in from the back!

Taking it in from the back!

I hemmed the newly shortened sleeves and pulled the collar back a little more.  I hand stitched a few notches to hold it down, but I wanted a little more exposure in front so I could get those owl links back in the picture.  I gave them new life as clasps to keep my jacket together.

Day 153 - After

Day 153 - After

I must say, the jacket would have blown off me completely if it weren’t for the help of my pewter and nocturnal friends holding me in.  The winds were a-blowin’ today, that’s for sure.

Close Up!!

Close Up!!

There was a moment where I literally thought I was going to get scooped up by the winds, no joke.  By the end of the day, after work and a stop at Trader Joe’s (was craving, ie. NEEDING, some Mochi) my hair was all over the place, however I didn’t mind the extra body 🙂  My fine hair can always use a little extra somethin’, somethin’.

Thar she blows!!!!

Thar she blows!!!!

TGIF!  Happy weekend friends :)

Day 147. 218 days and $215 left to go.

When I saw this lovely dress, I had to have it immediately.  It was a little retro and had a 50s vibe which I was totally digging.  The blue/green palette was soft and super femme, so in my thrift bag it went.

Day 147 - Before

Day 147 - Before

I loved the fabric and the floral pattern, but the one ish that you can’t see above (and that I didn’t see until I got home)…HOLES!

HOLES!!

HOLES!!

That’s right, there were two rather large holes along the seam of the waistline.  They were equidistant too – it was like I was working with twins!  I think I was blinded at the garage sale for a moment by the soft fabric and was brought to Venice (not CA, but Italy) on a bicycle, drinking wine overlooking the Adriatic Sea, and by the time my dream had ended I was already back home and washing my newly purchased, and hole-filled, piece.  What to do??  I pinned the holes together on the inside of the dress and sewed down brand new hems.

No Holes!!

Take that holes!!

After the waist was tackled, I got to the length, as I didn’t really like where it was hitting me at my calves.  I wanted to shorten it up just a smidge, so I measured out six inches and pinned down where I wanted my new hem to lie.

Taking it up!

Taking it up!

A little sewing and trimming followed and I was left with some excess…

Extra, extra!!

Extra, extra!!

…which I decided to turn into a matching sash.

Prepping the new sash

Prepping the new sash

I pinned and prepped the fabric, got to sewing, and had a brand new belt to accompany my fab new dress.  Now that dream that I had earlier…it’s like I picked it back up and continued from where I left off.  (Don’t you wish that happened for real??  I can’t even tell you how hard I try to “finish” dreams after being awoken by early am texts from people who get up before 8 or my from my upstairs neighbor doing what sounds like marathon training before the sun rises.  I will end up having my dance off with Justin Timberlake and finish my make out scene on Mad Men with Jon Hamm at some point, fyi)

Day 147 - After

Day 147 - After

With all this Italy talk, it came to me that this ensemble was totally reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow’s character Marge Sherwood from The Talented Mr. Ripley. Completely obsessed with her wardrobe throughout the movie, this one in particular I adored and felt was slightly similar.

Gwynnie

Gwynnie love

With all this movie talk, guess where I ended up going?  That’s right, the movies.

I kind of wasn't pretending to be scared, a little...just sayin'

I kind of wasn't pretending to be scared, a little...just sayin'

Now, I’ve never had this EVER happen before, but I feel the need to share, as maybe one of you out there can feel me.  Doing a late night screening of Kick-Ass at 11:15, of course we ran into those chatty/obnoxious/clearly wasted kids sitting in front of us repeating lines and shouting gems like, “I could do that too” after people jump across buildings in the movie.

Highly doubtful that you're super hero worthy, kids in front of me...v

Highly doubtful that you're superhero worthy, kids in front of me...

I’m so sure, but in any event they simmered down (ie. passed out) before I had the chance to tell them to shut their faces 🙂  Now we’ve all experienced this right, but how many of you have had those kids proceed to puke on themselves in the theater?  Before it turning into a Stand by Me moment we jetted to seats in the complete opposite end of the theater along with the folks in the surrounding four rows.  I immediately grabbed my roll-on perfume from my purse and shared the jasmine scent so we could remove any odor remnants.  Just another Saturday night…

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 125. 240 days and $236 left to go.

Good Friday friends and what a blissful day it was.  It began with a very large cup of coffee from Yum Yum Donuts (it’s my West Coast makeshift Dunkin Donuts – doesn’t quite compare, but it comes kinda close), enjoyed some movie viewings at the cinema (yes, viewings with an S – a little bit of Alice in 3D and Sam Worthington battling giant scorpions as well as a CGI’d Medusa), some yummy Trader Joe’s Spinach Pizza, a bit of sewing followed by She & Him’s Letterman performance before heading to dreamland.

Heart <3

Darling duo 🙂

To enjoy this lovely day, my pick was in the navy family.

Day 125 - Before

Day 125 - Before

It was a button down dress with the top half made of a silky/rayon-ish fabric and the bottom a thick, and I mean thick, polyester.  It was too big, much too frumpy, had weird cuffs, and just looked atrosh.  The first thing I did was cut off part of the skirt.

Trimmin'

Trimmin'

I didn’t like the length, so shortening was rather necessary.  Next up was taking it in from all around.  I began with the sleeves and then the body, finishing off with the skirt.  It was more fitted now, but I was still going to add my own belt – and when I say my own, I really mean my mom’s which I borrowed from her middle drawer after her permission 🙂  There were loops around the waist, so a belt must have originally come with the piece too.  Instead of cutting the sleeves and taking off the weird cuffage, I just opted to roll them up.  Last thing on the agenda was unbuttoning the top and putting on my fave abstract skull printed tank from H&M underneath which up close and personal look like little Jack Skellington heads, if you ask me – check out both and give me your opinion…

Nightmare Before Christmas' Jack Skellington

Nightmare Before Christmas' Jack Skellington

and…

It's like Tim Burton created a line for H&M!

It's like Tim Burton created a line for H&M!

Totally similar, don’tcha think?  OK, final product here…

Day 125 - After

Day 125 - After

Happy weekend friends!  Agalitses ke filakia* to you all 🙂

*what I found to be the cutesy way to say “Hugs & Kisses” in Greek, since I’m clearly feeling the vibe post my Clash of the Titans viewing earlier today.

Day 96. 269 days and $265 left to go.

Now you can’t really see the extremeness of these shoulder pads, but let me tell you – large and in charge.  They were the bully to all the pairs that these eyes have seen before.  The others didn’t put up a fight when I was trying to remove them, but these…they were out for justice.  We’ll get to that in a moment.

Day 96 - Before

Day 96 - Before

Loved the electric blue hue of this silk dress.  It actually fit great around the waist, but I was unhappy with those pads and the length of it.  To make it work for me, I cut the dress as I thought that it would make a lovely top for the day.

Trim off the excess

Trim off the excess

Next it was time to snip off those shoulder pads.  As you can see, they were heinously big – a little too big for the dress they came on, but I was confident that I would be able to take them down.  And, take them down I did.

Trim the pads

Trim the pads

After the trimming was all said and done, I added my charcoal jeans, black boots, a black H&M beaded necklace from a few years back, a black lucite cuff (a total ebay score), and some daisies and we were ready for Thursday.

Day 96 - After

Day 96 - After

I love the blue/black/grey color combo and think I need to recreate this palette again soon.  And, the sun really helps too…

Hypercolor!!

Hypercolor!!

The rays were pretty much unbeatable today.

Ooh, and ps…because my collection is adding up, I decided to give them a place all their own.

PADS!!

PADS!!

We’ll keep on checking in on the status.  It’ll be overflowing soon enough.

Day 85. 280 days and $276 left to go.

For a Sunday ensemble perfect for brunching, thrifting, and watching the US Olympic hockey team beat Canada I went with something that would work as a tunic so that yes, I could get out my leggings.  It was a little cooler today with some rains here and there, so the staple comfy leg-coverings made an appearance.  So did this…

Day 85 - Before

Day 85 - Before

I found a Barong – thanks to REF for the verification that it is indeed the traditional Filipino male wedding shirt 🙂 – and wanted to make it work on me.  I’m not a Filipino male but had every intention to rock it out as they do at their celebrations!  Because it was a little larger on me, I took in the sleeves a bit as well as the width.  I love the embroidery – the detail is absolutely stunning and I wanted to make it pop, so I grabbed my trusty box of dyes and went with a purple shade.  After, you ask?  It looked like this.

Day 85 - After

Day 85 - After

The perfect little tunic over my leggings and a black cami!  I rolled up the sleeves and took my fave toad clasped belt to cinch the waist in a little more.

ECU! (Embroidery Close Up!)

ECU! (Embroidery Close Up!)

Chic, yes.  And, the most comfy, colorful outfit to spend Sunday in?  Yes to that as well.

Day 75. 290 days and $286 left to go.

Woo hoo!!  It’s Day 75 friends!!  If we were working in years, it would be our golden/diamond anniversary 🙂  Let’s just wait for day 275 to do something real bling, bling, how does that sound?  Today we’ll have to just go with this collared, muumuu-y, stretchy-ish puppy.

Day 75 - Before

Day 75 - Before

Yikes, is probably what you’re thinking.  This orangey base dress with yellow/blue/pink/green flowers had not only a super big collar (what’s crackin’ 70s?) but a super big cigarette hole!!

Cigars, cigarettes...

Cigars, cigarettes...

Now I didn’t see this as I was sorting through big piles of goodies last Sunday – I think I got a little caught up in wanting to make it to the Super Bowl festivities on time that this ciggy mark slipped past my tired and sunglassed eyes.  But, alas, it was something that I would need to stitch up along with the length, the sleeves and the body of the dress.

Stitched up ciggy hole, that kinda looks like a fish...you think?

Stitched up ciggy hole, that kinda looks like the mouth of a fish...you think?

I also wanted to deepen the V, so I grabbed my seam rippers and took a cue from Lil’ Jon and got low.

Day 75 - After

Day 75 - After

Well hello new long sleeved mini dress!  You look so lovely combined with my vintage yellow button-down vest and navy belt!  The color palette was rather bold, but for such a sunny LA day, it worked perfectly.  Allowed me a little time to take a break or two from the office and go outside for some  vitamin D.  Thanks to my Leonard Cohen lovin’ colleague JT for snapping the photos.

Bling for Day 75!!

Hurrah for sun & Day 75!!

It’s almost Friday, and nothing is better than a Friday on a holiday weekend…  Let the party almost begin!!  xx Marisa