Thursday, April 10, 2014

Daisies



Sapphire Set: Gifts from Hubby
Scarf: Mother-In-Law brought back from Israel
Dress: TJMaxx
Tights: Hue vie Macy's (clearance)
Snakeskin Heels: Gift from Sister

Last time I wore this dress I paired it with snake print tights.  I almost did it again, but these new Burgundy ones look so pretty that I'm glad I didn't.  I did giggle at the thought of wearing a snake-y dress, tights, and shoes.  Maybe next time? :o)

JJ


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Sequins


Sequin Jacket and Heels: Thrifted
Dress: TJMaxx
Tights: Hue via Macy's
Brahmin Purse: Gift from Hubby
Cameo Ring: Gift from Mother in Law
Heart Ring: Gift from Mom (when I was a preteen!)
Czech Glass Bead Necklace: Self Made

I don't have too much to say about this outfit, except that I like it.  I felt really "pretty" wearing it. :o)  Sequins, Flowers, and Animal print will do that, ya know.

JJ


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wedding Attire


Vintage Necklace and Vintage Jacket: Thrifted
Pearl Earrings and Jelly Opal Ring: Gifts from Hubby
Gloves: Self Made
Top: TJMaxx
Skirt: Self Made (Self Drafted)

I have had this fabric for YEARS!  Every time I thought to make something out of it, it just didn't want to be made into something less than dramatic.  That gorgeous print just had to shine.  Well, it got its way!  What's more dramatic than a full floor length ballgown-esque skirt?  With POCKETS!!!!

While the skirt was still yardage waiting to be transformed, I came across this top at TJMaxx.  I just knew they would look perfect together for my little brother's wedding.  I took a chance and left it at the store, went home and sewed up the skirt, then went back to the store.  I tried on lots of other tops with it (even bought a lace one too), but this was just "the one". :o)  The lady working the changing room thought it was "too much patterns going on", but I told her I'm not afraid of patterns. :o)

I made the gloves in the wee hours, went to bed somewhere around 2am, woke up and couldn't find them anywhere!  Hubby had just taken out the trash, so he went digging through it, but only found the lace scrapes.  I made another pair, went to put them in the "wedding bag" and found the first pair.  Hubby and I had both looked in that bag more than once!  I really wasn't put out though, the first pair was a smidgen too tight. :o)

JJ

PS: If you're wondering, I'm wearing Navy Blue T-Strap heels under there. :o)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Double Belted



Vintage Coat: Gift from a Friend
Vintage Dress and Seashell belt: Thrifted
Black Belt: Local Leather shop
Tights: Prague, Czech Republic
Heels: Dillards (Clearance)

This was the outfit I had picked out to wear for Sacramento's Share In Style: Music.  I was thinking, "In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle..." :o)  But I missed that linkup, boohoo!  Then I went and missed the next one too!

What have I been doing with myself these past weeks?  Having tons of fun of course! :o)  Mainly marrying off my little brother to his sweetheart!  I spent the last two weeks before their wedding sewing up a storm.  Yeah, I could have finished my sewing earlier, but I was busy doing other fun things then. :o)

JJ

PS: I so wish I had taken a "Hand Shot", I had the most beautiful polish on my nails!  And it's very rare that I paint my fingernails too!!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Winter Brights



Fascinator: DIY
Necklace and Yellow Bracelets: Burk's Outlet
Vintage Cha-Cha Bracelet: Flea Market
Ruby Ring: Gift from Hubby
Vintage Dress: Thrifted
Belt: Local
Hue Tights: Macy's (clearance)
Heels: Marshall's

These tights are such a happy thing to wear!  Need I say more?

Oh yes, I adore my little co-model!

AND my gorgeous photographer...at one point he was laying on the ground to get the shot he wanted!  Thanks so much Hubby. :o)

JJ

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Gifts


Earrings, Necklaces, and Ring: Gifts from Hubby
Vintage Rose Pin: Antique Shop
Vintage Coats: Gift from Friend
Dress: Self Made (Butterick 5708)
Petticoat (not visible): Self Made
Belt: Local
Hue Tights: Macy's (clearance)
Navy Blue Suede Shoes: Gift from Mom

Let's start with the ring, shall we?  Oh yes, we shall!  It is an Antique Jelly Opal ring that I absolutely adore. *Sigh*  Isn't it just sooooo pretty?  It is my Valentine's, Mother's Day, Anniversary, and maybe even Birthday present from Hubby. :o)

We are trying to find out more about it, but so far it's slow going.  We know it's European Art Deco, and that just isn't enough to go on.  I would really, really like to narrow down a date on it to within 10 years.  I will keep sleuthing.

Ok, tear your eyes away from the ring now and let's talk about the awesome vintage coats.  A friend from church told me a month ago that she had two vintage coats that she would give to me IF I would wear them.  "Of course I'd wear them!" I almost shouted. :o)  She brought them to me this Sunday and I danced and hopped around the church parking lot with excitement.

The yellow coat is my favorite of the two.  Those buttons are just too huge and wonderful!!!  I kept squealing, "Look at the buttons, look at the buttons!"  I apologize for not taking a close up of a button.  Next time, ok?  Oh, let's not forget that collar.  Have you ever seen such a beautiful collar?  I am so impressed with the way it folds down then back up before meeting the Mink.  What a cool way to set a collar!

Last, but certainly not least is the suede coat.  I think it will look so cool with jeans!  It is a lighter weight, which will make it more wearable for here.  It too has some pretty large buttons! :o)  And I just think that top stitching is so neat.

I hope you guys have been blessed with sweet gifts lately too!

JJ

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Friday, February 14, 2014

My Favorite Hat


Hat: Tea Shop
Pearl Earrings and Ring: Gifts from Hubby
Necklace, Sweater, Belt, Skirt, Shoes, Purse: Thrifted

I didn't even realize I was wearing a full on thrifted outfit until just now.  Sweet!  I love thrifting, I can find clothes that I love at a price my wallet loves.  Sometimes you have to look at things a little differently than when you're shopping at say, the Mall, but that's part of the fun for me.  It makes me kinda giddy to rescue things. :o)

My little sweater was marred by set in coffee stains, but that didn't stop me one second.  I know the power of a ton of OxiClean in a sink left to soak For.ev.er!

The oh so soft fur purse had no lining and a dinky beaded strap. Pfft!  I sewed in my own lining (wish I had taken a photo of the inside, it has fishing poles and lures), with pockets the right sizes for my phone and lipstick(s).  I had the houndstooth fabric for a pencil skirt that I never got around to sewing, it made the perfect strap.

My beautiful skirt is about three sizes smaller than I normally wear!  I don't look too closely at sizes when thrifting, many wonderful things wouldn't be in my closet if I did.  In a thrift shop you are seeing sizes of varying decades, styles, and stores.

Do you like to thrift shop too?

JJ

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