Poppin’ tags: Part 2

So I showed you what I bought and why. Now I’ll show you what I did with them!

These pieces sat in my closet and every day I would look at what women were wearing on the metro or on the street and dream about all the different things I could turn them into. For some reason, whenever I saw anyone wearing anything peplum, I saw my Hawaiian wonder. O, you don’t remember what that looked like? Here’s a refresher:

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Lovely, right? Ok, so I realized that peplum looked especially good on us curvier girls because that lovely ruffle distracts the eye from… Well, it just distracts. 😉

So I started thinking about the different kinds of peplum I could do and these were the two that looked the most promising:

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Unfortunately, I didn’t take any “during” shots. O well. To start, I decided how short I wanted the dress to be, measured where to cut, and hemmed it. Then using what I cut from the bottom, I pinned in some ruffles. Upon eyeballing it, I realized the pattern was big enough that without a good bit of definition, the peplum wouldn’t pop. I actually had to add a few extra inches to the ruffles, but this time the pattern did me a favor because you don’t notice the extra seam.

And here’s what I ended up with:

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Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. I actually loved it so much that I wore it to the bridal shower which my maid of honor hosted for me! Look how fancy we were:

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So here’s one more before and after!

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Ta-da!

Parts 3 and 4 coming soon!

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Poppin’ tags: Part 1

A lot of my friends have already seen the pictures from these next few posts, but it’s the project I’m most proud of to date, so I’m sharing it anyways. Sorry to those who have already seen them.

Last year, my best friend and I were at one of my favorite thrift stores, Unique, just browsing. We weren’t looking for anything in particular, just searching for treasures. And like Macklemore, I only had $20 in my pocket. As fate would it, I found three dresses that rang up for $20 (ok, maybe not exactly but for the sake of the story, let’s go with that price). Here they are:

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Lemme tell you why I chose each one. I generally look for potential in shapes, patterns, and fabrics when I look for pieces. And sometimes I don’t have a lot to choose from since not everything fits my, let’s say, voluptuous physique… But that makes the pieces I do find that much better!

First, this Hawaiian wonder:

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I chose it for the colors and the flowiness of the fabric. I also knew that I wouldn’t have to mess with the sleeves or neckline. Bonus!

Next, I fell in love with this monstrosity:

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I adored the pattern of this dress and since it was long, I knew there was plenty of material to work with if I made a mistake. I also thought originally that I would wear this piece backwards so the lace would stay as is, but I ended up having bigger plans for it in the end.

And then this simple sundress:

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In my opinion, anything white or cream that fits is a winner because I know that a little dye goes a long way. Period.

So there ya go. I’ll show you what I did with the pieces one by one… Coming soon!

Winter is coming…

In anticipation of Game of Thrones coming back to HBO on April 6, I thought I’d share a (self imposed) challenge a friend of mine sent me last year which I had a little too much fun doing (I’m fairly certain I was just a bit late to work every day that week).

So this is the original source of the challenge my friend sent me from Healthy Hair Plus. I’m new to this blogging thing, so if I need to give more credit somehow can someone please tell me?

I originally thought I would redo these and post step by step pics but again, being new to this, I think I’ll just share the pictures I already have. So going in order…

Here is my version of Sansa Stark, eldest daughter of Catelyn and Eddard Stark:

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Next, Margaery Tyrell of Highgarden (I apparently skipped Cersei- I think I saw hers to be similar to this one):

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Then the one that I felt fit my red hair the best, Melisandre, the red priestess of R’hllor:

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And saving the best character for last, the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen:

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So there you have it! I’m sorry for the horrible picture quality (these were from my ancient non-smart phone) but it was a good experience for a first post! I’ll be sure to do better from here on out. Let me know if you try your own and get ready… Winter is coming…