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There are two things from American Apparel that I’ve been leering at for a while (I like that word, leering – makes everything sound dirty):

American Apparel Le Sac Dress, $38

American Apparel Le Sac Dress, $38

American Apparel Circle Scarf, $28

American Apparel Circle Scarf, $28

So simple, yet so versatile. So simple, in fact, that even I – talentless wonder – can put together a semblance of these two pieces. One is basically a really long piece of fabric sown into a circle. The other is two pieces of rectangle fabric sewn together with some ribbon looped in.

These, my friends are my projects for the weekend. It’s time for a trip to my parents house – and the free use of a sewing machine. I’ll be sure to post some DiY how-tos if I pull them off.

Photos are from American Apparel.


Oh boy, how I’ve neglected this poor blog. Well. no time like the present to get with it. Another Sunday at the parents’ means thrifting with my mom and sister, access to a sewing machine, and jewelry redesign. Something about the crisp, clean, country air inspires me.

It was really a productive weekend…so productive in fact, that I think I think this post warrants different sections:

Sew Necessary

Let’s face it, I am NO designer. However, I at least have working knowledge of how to use a sewing machine. I had a pair of cheap pants fron Old Navy that had seen better days. After a year of wearing, it was time for them to go. However, I could not bear to donate them as they had an oh-so-cute paperbag waist…something that I have rarely been able to find in my size. So I got to snipping and they now have a new life as a skirt.

And then I went a little sew happy – and made another skirt from some weird MC Hammerish pants I found in my mom’s closet.

My final feat was making a skirt from an old jersey dress. Thank goodness it was black, as all my mistakes were forgiven. It didn’t quite look right on me – but it did look lovely on my sister…

and even better when we styled it as a dress.

Bling Bling

I have a difficult time buying new jewelry. Mostly because my mother seems to give me new pieces weekly. She volunteers at a thrift store and gets first dibs (not to mention ridiculous discounts) on incoming items. That being said, she has a great eye for jewelry, and pieces that need just a little something else. Her motto is why buy it new, when you can restyle something even better. After cleaning up my jewelry wall (I have that many accessories…yikes!) and thanks to a donation by my coworker, I present my two newest lovelies:

Beachy Pink – when I wear them I can hear the ocean…

Simple Plan – not sure if I’m sold on these…they’re a little too dainty for me


My mother, sister and I all have an affinity for thrift stores. My sister and I were late adopters. When we were kids, most of what our mom would buy us was thrifted…we didn’t see the beauty in the funny smelling old clothes. But now we see the light.

And I lucked out on our Sunday trip to Savers and found a dress that I was considering buying two weeks ago. That just so happened to be the color of the day! Now, this loverly wool jumper dress was mine for a mere $4. Hooray!

All in all…a great weekend to be had by all.

Hooray for three day weekends. I spent the day with my family (precious, I know). Something about being back at my parent’s helps me to unwind and get the creative juices flowing.

I’ve been eyeing this cute belt from J. Crew for a while:

J. Crew Rosette Belt

J. Crew Rosette Belt

While perusing ebay for a good deal, I found this AWESOME DiY by Fab Finds Under $50. So after ransacking some clothes in my mom’s donation pile I created my own:

J. Crew Rosette Belt Knockoff

J. Crew Rosette Belt Knockoff

And made a few rosettes to jzhush on of my blah cardigans.

Later in the afternoon – whilst in the mood we went perusing at Saver’s in Waipahu. Color of the day was blue and I scored two great skirts that happened to also be the color of the day (and 50% off!) – a plain grey pencil skirt ($6.50) nd a kick ass Ralph Lauren sailor-style skirt ($5). The sailor skirt was a bit long, but nothing a quick hem job couldn’t fix. I also got a cute bomber style jacket that I love.

So without further ado, here are my new duds:

Hooray Savers!

Hooray Savers!


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