hand me downs & the best of friends

I have the most wonderful friend named Julie. She has the most amazing twins daughters that I love to visit. Next to her children, what I love most about Julie is her awesome sense of style. She wears the cutest little outfits. Up until recently, she also had a lovely little habit of buying vintage clothes without trying them on first. It pays to be close friends with someone relatively close to your size with this habit, i.e. lots of hand-me downs. Enter this dress.

I love this dress. I wore it for the first time today, but you can bet it will be a staple in my warm weather wardrobe. It and my other 50+ amazing sundresses. Oh, the choices…

 

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Mrs. Roper must have stayed out of the kitchen

Oh Goodwill dresses, how I love you so.

Have I mentioned how excited I am to finally get the chance to wear some of the amazing sundresses I picked up thrifting over the winter? Oh, I have? And I’ve posted pictures? Well, I am and here’s another favorite!

This is a lovely vintage Hawaiian muumuu. Wow, that sounds like I’m writing an Etsy description! You can guess what I’ve been doing today. That, and having a yard sale, which basically means sitting out in the sunny but windy weather and listen to people tell me they will run home to get cash and then be right back. Funny how they always seem to get lost on the way back. Maybe the banks are all out of cash today.

I wore this dress for the first time on Tuesday. Everything was working nicely until I went into the kitchen to cook myself some lunch. As I started sauteing some veggies on the stove, I quickly realized how much of a fire hazard those sleeves are. Now I see the real reason behind that whole women’s lib thing in the 70’s. Who needs food when you can have fashion?

aaaaaannnddddd….. done!// remix #29 & #30

As promised earlier, I’m back with my final two remixes for this 30 for 30 winter challenge! I am sooo happy to be done! Not so much because I’m sick of my items like I was last time, but I’m sick of having to wear a photo worthy outfit every day! I work at home people! Part of the joy of that is NOT having to get dressed everyday if I don’t want to. Some days, when it’s just me in my studio sewing, sorting, tagging, or me hauling around my stacks of clothes in my car, I need my sweatpants. Nuf said.

And how about this is the last post for this challenge and I’m introducing a new item?! This shirt was unfortunately lost under a pile of clothing in my laundry room for the first half of the challenge and I totally forgot about it. It’s one of my favorite thrift store finds though so I’m happy that I was able to work it into the challenge, even if just this one time. There were actually several pieces that I only wore once this go round… most of my sweaters weren’t too well suited for the 70 degree weather we had the past few weeks, and apparently I really didn’t need 7 pairs of shoes.

It’s funny, photography wise I’m not nearly as proud of my pics this round as I was in the fall. Maybe it’s because I have a fancy new camera and tripod now so I expected better pictures, whereas before with my old Kodak and plant-stand-turned-tripod, I was just amazed that the pics came out at all. I had a few favorites this time, but not many. Maybe it’s also because I had loads more free time in the fall so I played around with backgrounds, lighting, poses etc. I’ve been so busy lately that I’m surprised I didn’t take all of my shots posed in front of the old Ford truck (which coincidently sits at the edge of my driveway, about 20 feet from my studio door).

All complaining aside, I do have to say that this remix challenge definitely felt more like an extension of my own true personal style. Last time, 80% of my items came from Target. This time, the only ones that I bought there were the shoes; everything else I got either from thrift stores or second-hand shops. A huge majority was also vintage. There isn’t a single outfit in this remix that I wouldn’t wear again, not were there any that I didn’t feel absolutely comfortable in. If I can take anything away from Remixing, it’s knowing that when I don’t feel like myself in an outfit, it’s time to take it off and keep trying until I do. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how fashionable or stylish I look if I can’t look in the mirror and see myself staring back.

 

 

storms a comin’// Remix #23

Today, I spent all day (and I do mean ALL day) in my studio taking pictures for my Etsy shop. So what else would I want to do after 5 hours of photographing myself but get dressed and go take more pictures. The weather man said it was supposed to storm bad today and it’s just now starting to roll in. When I took these shots though, it was that perfect time right before the storm hits. When the sky is cloudy but still bright. When the wind is strong yet still hot with humidity.

So what do you think of the new hair color? Bright and awesome, you say? I KNOW! I love it, too!

The thunder and lightning is rolling in now, so I think I’m going to log of and disconnect for a while, just to be safe. Have a great evening friends!

Freebie// Remix #21

 

Another day, another new item in the mix. Two actually, the shirt and the shoes. To celebrate their entrance into the game, I decided to not really dress up yesterday, so that the focus could be entirely only the items themselves. That, and I was moving stuff yesterday and needed to wear pants. I call this outfit a freebie not because I pulled in items from outside the remix but because it felt kinda like cheating to put together a new outfit consisting of jeans and a tshirt.

I did manage to accessorize a bit though! The sunglasses were a fun touch, but I must confess I only put them on because it was ridiculously bright outside and I was in the beginning stages of a full on migraine at this point in the day. (This is what I wore yesterday, by the way. Still in my pjs today. ) The scarf also was worn out of necessity, not fashion savviness. You may have noticed I’ve been wearing a lot of these lately. Well, that’s because I am in much need of some root coverage in the hair department, which will thankfully be happening later today. When I went to get the dye yesterday, I found this color dye that I used a few years ago that can only be described as fuchsia red and I’m soo excited to have my hair that shade again.

Also on the agenda this weekend is a mini photo shoot for my new spring collection that will be debuting this week in my Etsy shop! I had hoped to get the pictures done earlier this week but some other tasks took precedent. At last count, my spring collection has over 60 items in it! I’m so happy with how it came together and can’t wait to share it with you! Here’s a little preview from some test shots I took yesterday. I was playing around with backdrops and lighting to find the perfect combo, and using some of my favorite new dresses for my test subjects!

Cute, eh? The floral dress has the cutest button covered snaps and the other dress is so incredibly soft! Both dresses will be available for purchase next week. Check back later to see the final products from the shoot!