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Thursday, August 19, 2010

DIY Skirt

Hi again everybody... I told one or two people I'd have my first giveaway up by now, but I messed that one up. I have the item I'm going to be giving away and all, but unfortunately my real digital camera is packed away, and the item I'm going to be featuring has a lot of small details that can't be captured with just an Iphone. So just let let you all know, I WILL be doing a giveaway soon, I just need to get to college and unpack! Luckily I leave on Friday and start unpacking on Saturday, so it shouldn't take TOO long, though I make no guarantees about timing.

So since I've had some free time the last few days (most of my friends are back in high school) I decided to attempt a DIY project! The original tutorial video for the project can be found here on DaisyDayz. It's a great tutorial for a quick, easy, and very cute skirt!

So, part of the reason I decided to do this project was because I have this one dress with the most amazing pattern - I love it so. But unfortunately, the dress was dried in the dryer when it was supposed to be line-dried, and to my dismay it shrunk. Ever since then, I haven't been able to wear the dress (it actually still fit alright, it just became much too short). So when I saw this video of how to make an adorable skirt out of an old dress, I was ecstatic. I modified the project a bit and sewed on a lace fringe at the bottom. One other big thing I did was the when I re-sewed up the side, I made it much tighter so it could double as a tube top! Now as a general rule I'm usually against tube tops for being tacky, but I think I'm actually okay with this one. So without further ado, some crappy webcam photos!

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A close-up of the print.

 

As a skirt:

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As a top:

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A close-up of the lace fringe.

 

Jeans - BDG via Buffalo Exchange (from a wonderful new shopping excursion the other day!)

Skirt Material (Originally a Dress) - Buffalo Exchange

Striped Top - H&M

Lace and Elastic Band - Joann's Fabrics & Crafts

 

So that's my new skirt/top - let me know what you think! Also if you decide to try it yourself, please let me know how it works out, or if you need any tips! :)

xoxo, tia

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pen-Pals

This is just going to be a quick post, but I wanted to let you all know that I got my first Dear Darlings letter! I sent mine out a few days ago, and I got one today from Gina! It was an adorable little card - here's a photo for you all:

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Anyways, I'll be sure to post more cute cards once they come my way, but in the mean time be sure to check out the Dear Darlings pen-pal project (put on by Melissa of Oh, My Darling), and don't hesitate to join, especially if you love getting mail as much as I do! (:

xoxo, tia

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Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Purse-onal

Oh my god. The title-pun. I am SO FUNNY. I know. You don't even have to tell me, I already know.

 

Anyways, in case you were confused, this is post about my purse. Basically I'm not feeling so hot right now, so I figured my blog could take a little break from the fashion world and come back to my life for a post. Unfortunately I don't know where my camera cord is, and I really just find taking photos a pain (since my camera is so crappy), so the photos for this post that weren't stolen off Google images were taken on my Iphone. That means they're not the greatest quality, especially since the lighting in my room is awful. But sometimes we just have to work with what we've got.

Back to the topic of the post. Ever since I was little, I've had a fascination with what's in other people's bags. I think some of that fascination comes from when I was younger - I never understood why women carried their purses everywhere they went! I never had so many things to take with me that I needed my own BAG for them... But eventually that changed, and now I do have a few things I take with me everywhere. So I figured I'd give my readers a sneak peak into my own purse. (Thanks to MJ of dreaming spires and old car tyres for the inspiration!)

First off, the bag itself:

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This is my $20 bag from H&M that I have used nearly every day for the last year. It's small, it has a place for my phone, and it goes over my shoulder. It's literally everything I've ever wanted in a bag.

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This is what I keep in my bag. Clockwise, starting with the wallet:

My £3 wallet from Primark in London (from my trip last April). It's a bit beaten up, I really need a new wallet, but this one works for now. And to think that it's from Primark and it's lasted nearly five months! That must be some sort of record.

My absolute favorite style pen. It's a Pilot G2 pen, 07 size. These are sort of expensive for pens, but oh how I love them so. When I grow up and have my own house, these will be the only pens we have.

Smith's lip balm in minted rose. I LOVE this stuff. It's like $6 at Sephora, and it's all kinds of amazing. Here's a close-up taken by someone else with a real camera:

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My soft-back blank Moleskine journal. These little journals are awesome, because they're way easier to fill up than the regular sized journals (I don't know about you, but I feel seriously good about myself when I fill up a blank journal). When I was on the trip to London that I mentioned earlier, I brought one with me and filled it up in two weeks. It was awesome. This one is handy for notes, and especially saying I come up with that I want to remember.

My £5-ish sunglasses from the H&M in Cardiff. These glasses may not go with every outfit, but I don't care. I wear them like they do.

This little glass bottle is actually some roll-on perfume! It was originally $20, but I got it for like $5 or $10 at Borders, of all places. I had a gift-card to spend, and this is what I spent it on. Well, and also a CD or two. But anyways, it's bamboo and agave scented (I don't really know what those smell like personally, I just think the smell is nice and fresh) and made by Illume, which makes candles apparently.

There are two things that aren't pictured but are still always in my purse. The first one is my Iphone, which I obviously couldn't take a picture of. But I think you all know what an Iphone looks like. The second is this:

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"This" is a little compact by E.L.F. I bought it online for like $3 or something ridiculous, and as makeup I think it's terrible. But I use the mirror. It's come in handy many many times.

 

Okay, I believe that's everything in my purse. Hopefully you're as interested in what other people carry around as I am. What I mean is, hopefully I didn't bore you with this post!

So what's in your purse?

xoxo, tia

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Etsy Finds #3

I don't know if I've ever mentioned my extreme love for rompers, but let me tell you, it's extreme. Sadly, I only own two because it's really hard to find ones that look good on me/my body type. But the ones I do own are pretty cute, and I think I'll be alright for now since summer is ending. Plus now I have an excuse to buy more next summer! Anyways, all you kids who can wear rompers year round (I used to be one living in NorCal) should enjoy this post - if you couldn't tell from the title, it's a collection of my favorite rompers being sold on Etsy.

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This was the first romper I found, and I absolutely adore it. I really love both the nautical embellishments and the fabric used (isn't linen just the best for summer). The tie at the waist/hips is also great - talk about universally flattering! Though this romper is fairly basic, I think it would make a great staple to anyone's wardrobe, especially because it would be so easy to dress up!

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Here's another basic romper with a few really awesome details, including the collar. Collars are so in right now, and this one is a great balance of casual and sophisticated. I also can't quite tell the fabric it's made of, but it looks a lot like my favorite sweatshirt. It just looks so cozy and comfortable, and aren't the best outfits comfortable AND stylish?

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Ok, I know I've mentioned how much I love florals, and this romper is no exception. The cuffed sleeves and shorts make it perfect for the summer, and the button detailing and pleats are examples of wonderful vintage accents. This romper has a similar waistband as the previous two, which makes it great for waist belts and other accessories. And I haven't even mentioned the wonderfully light and simple color scheme!

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This romper is way funkier than the others, and so clearly from the 80's. But that doesn't make it any less awesome! The general shape of it is so rad, and the angular shoulders are a great vintage staple. I wish the necklace and belt came with it too - this girl really knew how to dress it up! And once again florals make an appearance (the black on gold pattern).

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So of course I love all the rompers I've posted so far, but this one is my absolute favorite. I love the way it's styled here, and I'd probably do something pretty similar accessory-wise if I owned it. This is a great example of some returning themes too, like the collar and the button details. The zipper is just so amazing to me though! And that paired with the pockets on either side make it an absolutely perfect outfit for day or night.

So there are my top picks for rompers on Etsy right now. Please let me know if you buy any of the ones I've picked out!
xoxo, tia

posted by: netiya @ 10:23 PM

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Blog Award

My friend Chantele who runs DaisyDayz (I've mentioned her a million times now) had a fun post yesterday about getting the "Versatile Blogger Award," which is an award one blogger awards another (or multiple) blogger(s). Anyways, once you get this award, you must tell seven facts about yourself to your readers! Then the recipient of the award must pass the award on to other bloggers.
Anyways, Chantele was sweet enough to pass this award on to me, so here are seven facts some of you may not know about me:
1. I have a mild version of the neurologically-based condition color synesthesia. Wikipedia (with a few of my edits) has this to say: "Grapheme (or color synesthesia) is a form of synesthesia in which an individual's perception of numbers and letters is associated with the experience of colors. Like all forms of synesthesia, is involuntary, consistent, and memorable." This means that since I was little, the numbers 0-9, some of the letters of the alphabet, the days of the week, and some of the months of the year all have specific colors associated with them. It's funny, because I never realized that this was strange until I mentioned it to someone else who didn't know what I was talking about. But to give you an example, for me, 0 is clear, 1 is white, 2 is orange, 3 is blue, 4 is green, 5 is pink, 6 is brown, 7 is yellow, 8 is black, and 9 is red. These colors usually change for everyone, but for me they're really specifically these exact colors.
2. My family is not a bunch of insane pet-lovers or anything, but in my lifetime we've had five cats, a dog, a gecko, two gerbils, four rats, a corn snake, and too many fish to count. They've all had interesting names too, including Ditters, Matzoh Ball, Kugel, Corn Flake, and Renfield. Actually, at one point my family wanted to name all our pets names related to the book/movie To Kill A Mockingbird. The gecko was named Atticus, our dog is named Scout, and we were thinking about naming our cat Harper (for Harper Lee).
3. Since I was little, I've had a LOT of dream jobs. This list includes being: a lawyer, a contortionist, a singer, a soccer player, a glass blower, a make-up artist, a photographer, and a model. These days I don't have a clue of what I want to "be." Some things are so much easier when you're younger...
4. I like movies as much as the next person, but I have NEVER been a fan of horror movies. Never in my life. Even horror movie parodies scare me. I've gotten better in recent years, and these days I can watch some horror movies if I'm with a lot of friends and can cover my ears when I want. But the only ones I've seen so far have been The Grudge and Saw, and they both scared me half to death. Weirdly enough though, my favorite movies are probably just as scary to some people, such as Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, and American History X (yes, I LOVE edward norton).
5. I am insanely flexible. I've always been this way, and to be honest it's a little gross sometimes. It's just come natural to me though. This was where wanting to be a contortionist comes into play... Anyways, I did gymnastics for years when I was little, and though I didn't keep it up and I can still do the splits pretty easily, and my signature yoga pose which is a variation on the "camel" pose. If you want to know what it looks like, I first have to warn you that some people find this weird and/or disgusting, though I don't think it's that bad. Anyways, here's a picture of the pose, thanks to bikramyogaportsmouth.com.
6. I really enjoy singing. I don't particularly like doing it for other people though. It's hard because I like people hearing me sing, but it's nerve-wracking for me as well. I think I have a good voice, and people have told me I have a good voice, but I really don't have any desire to sing publicly or professionally or anything. My favorite songs to sing are nearly anything by Regina Spektor, Thank You by Dido, and Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.
7. I have a weirdly symmetrical family tree. My mother is one of three girls, and my father is one of three boys. One of my mother's sisters is married and one isn't. One of my father's brothers is married and one isn't. However, my family is also relatively small. Though I'm one of four children (the youngest), I only have two first cousins, and less than fifteen second cousins.
Wow... once I got to about four facts it became increasingly more difficult. But hopefully I've surprised you with some of that information, and not bored you to tears! Unfortunately I don't know many other bloggers yet, but I'll definitely have to give this award to:
MJ of dreaming spires and old car tyres
Melissa of Oh, My Darling
It's up to Melissa and MJ to decide what they want to do with this award, but in the mean time I strongly recommend you checking out their blogs - they're both absolutely fantastic in their own ways.
xoxo, tia

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Polyvore

So by now you should all know just how bad I am at taking outfit photos on a regular basis... but hopefully once I get a tripod that will change. We'll see. But until then, I have my little point and shoot camera, and Polyvore! I'd never used Polyvore before today, but I figured I'd give it a try with some similar items I own. This was the outcome:
Outfit 1:
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This outfit was loosely based on an outfit I wore to a friend's birthday party. I actually own that exact dress ($30 at Charlotte Russe) and I get loads of compliments when I wear it, especially paired with my Dr. Martens... though they didn't have my suede ones on Polyvore - I had to use a pair of the PVC ones. Anyways, I paired those two with my DIY hair clip, DIY skeleton key necklace, and silver and black cat-eye sunglasses. This outfit is one of my favorites - it's a nice example of the girly grunge look that's going around right now.

Outfit 2:
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I've yet to wear an outfit paired quite like this, but I do own similar pieces to all of these accessories and clothing items (excluding the bangle - I've never been a bracelet fan). My shorts and tank top were both $5 at H&M - their sale was amazing! My tank is a light pink color with a pocket, and my shorts have gold buttons on the sides. They're really cute though, and my first high-waisted pair! My shorts are A LOT baggier than these though... a lot of people at first glance think they're a skirt actually. Then those gladiators would be the ones I posted a while back from Buffalo Exchange, and I own a similar multi-layered chain necklace from Old Navy.

Anyways, that was my first attempt at using Polyvore. What do you think? Should I keep it up? :P
xoxo, tia

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Givenchy Couture Fall/Winter 10

Three posts in three days. I'm on a roll! Better not jinx it...
So today I realized this is a fashion blog. And I haven't done a single post on high fashion. Cool. Not really.
BUT, there's always a time to start! So this post will be about one of my new favorite collections - the Givenchy couture collection for this fall/winter. I don't know how I stumbled upon it in the first place, but I know I was instantly captivated with a look at just one ensemble. The classic, elegant look of so many of the pieces is breathtaking. The whole collection follows the popular girly vintage trend that's so hot right now, but a lot of the pieces have great modern twists as well. In all honesty, this collection is absolutely fantastic, and even though I couldn't see myself wearing any of these pieces (read as: I wouldn't have anywhere to wear these clothes to), they're still fun to admire. They're basically another great example of where fashion and art collide.
So without further ado, selections from the Givenchy couture fall/winter line (images taken from nowfashion.com):

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I believe these shoes were the first item I saw from this line, and let me tell you, I immediately fell in love. These are a nice exception to the rest of the collection (for me anyways) because I could actually see myself wearing these shoes out. It's funny, because until now I wasn't really loving the peep-toe fad so much, but these heels totally pull it off... it's definitely got something to do with the thick fringe right above the opening.



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Another thing to note is that this collection is filled with dresses. Dresses and embellishments. Often combined, as seen above. Long sleeve dresses are definitely one of my new favorite trends, and the sheer skirt on this dress helps to make it a little less overwhelming, i.e. not covering the entire body. But everything about this dress is so beautiful and elegant... from the feathers at the bottom to the jewels on the chest area, to just the color alone. This light pink rose color is so glamorous right now, in a really soft girlie way. And though that isn't usually my style, I can still appreciate it now and again.



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I am so, SO in love with this jacket. If I could describe it in one word, it would have to be "flyy." With the extra y. But seriously, it is just so fabulous. I love the extremely low cut paired with the extra long sleeves. It's so unexpected and yet it works so well. The ruffles and embellishments are also all kinds of amazing. In general, just the detail on this jacket it incredible. It's close to overwhelming, but paired with something simple I think it would be absolutely perfect for an elegant yet fashionable look. I could definitely see some celebrity wearing this on the red carpet with some simple silk gown underneath, or something like that anyways. Oh, and the collar is great too. Ever since Miu Miu came out with their collars a few seasons ago (if I remember correctly) it feels like collars are this years hot couture trend.



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 Ok, so yeah, these shoes are a little more ridiculous. And they're probably something I'd never wear, or even know how to pull off. But I post them here more as a work of art than anything else. The thick fringe makes another appearance along with the peep-toes, but in a whole different way from the first pair of shoes. The intricate lacing up the front is such a crazy combination of edgy and girly and elegant and all these great things put into one. And these heels are just the epitome of the insane detail we've come to expect from the fashion world these days. This collection sure did bring it.



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As I said earlier, this collection is full of dresses, and this one was the most intense in my opinion. This is one piece where I just don't want to think about pricing or the cost to make it, because it would probably just scare me a lot. But for something this beautiful, sacrifices have to be made. My favorite thing about this dress, aside from the millions of jewels of all sizes, would have to be its general shape. From the interesting cut-out in the back, to the beautiful hourglass shape, to the flowing floor length skirt, it all comes together seamlessly. Now to find someone with the body to do it justice...



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Lastly of course, an image of some of the models and more pieces from the collection.

So that's my extremely detailed two cents. What do you think about this collection? Do you love it as much as I do, or is it just too overwhelming? Let me know! I love to hear other people's opinions on these kinds of things.
xoxo, tia

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