Friday, November 19, 2010

Crazy Times

Many stress-inducing situations in the last week or two...some work-related, but mostly things happening right in my neighborhood.  Trying to think happy thoughts...fantasizing about moving to Bohol and running a bed & breakfast...or moving to Tasmania to raise goats and make goat cheese...ahh.

I am trying to decide on my next project.  I've been daydreaming about leather skirts, tweed skirts (have you noticed?  I love skirts!), houndstooth capes, beaded cardigans, tie-dye, and possibly something involving applying gold leaf to wooly fabric.

I ordered a handful of lovely fabric swatches from both Mood Fabrics and  I'll let you know what I decide to do first!

I haven't used Polyvore in so long...but it's addictive!  It's a great way to pull together a visual wish list:

Look at that great bag...and it's a steal!!!  Think of how amazing it would be with some kind of pattern painted on the canvas...

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Old Friends & New

This is a relatively new addition to my family of weird jewelry.  Sometimes I space out and stare at it mindlessly when I'm at my desk.  Yesterday I introduced the necklace to some old friends of mine:

Necklace, Anthropologie
Sweater,vintage (label "Katherine H")
Basic tank, Sola
Denim pencil skirt, Level 99/Anthropologie
Heels, H&M

The cardigan and shoes have been in my closet for years, and they won't be retiring anytime soon. The sweater was a gift from a friend on a chilly day.  I had forgotten a jacket, and I remember putting it on immediately and going "Ahhhh...."!  Despite the open knit sleeves, it's super warm and cozy, and the nude/rust color goes with everything.

The shoes were an accidental discovery at H&M, while in Chicago to visit my brother 5 years ago.  They were on a shelf, all alone and a size too small according to the tag.  I searched high and low for more pairs, thinking that perhaps a customer had picked them up from somewhere else and changed her mind.  None were found.  Oh well, I thought.  Maybe the pair I found wouldn't be noticeably tight--maybe I could get away with it.

Well?  Turns out H&M's size 7 is Lisa's size 8.  The End!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Instant Gratification

I snagged this skirt at Buffalo Exchange a while ago.  I love the fluffiness and the neutral ombre-ish silk, but I broke one of my own shopping rules: Never buy something that doesn't fit perfectly.  Oops.

Umm...?  Time for a quick & dirty alteration!

Before: Ginormous--this would barely sit around my hips if I didn't take in the waist!  I think I'll be taking in about 7 inches.  With a pinch here, & a pinch there...

Sew the waistband closed at each pinch...

And voila...

Button-up, Target via Buffalo Exchange
Belt, H&M via clothes swap
Skirt, Buffalo Exchange
Flats, Urban Outfitters

And Lola, our giant Lab!

Would a professional take in the waistband this way?  Absolutely not.  But this took me less than 15 minutes to get from "What was I thinking??" to Totally Wearable.  Works for me!

Monday, November 1, 2010

La la LA la la...

Just for Halloween costume this past weekend (and at the office!).  I had a little too much fun trying to make the photo look cartoony :-P