Sunday, March 31, 2019

Marvelous Maxi Skirt

A lot of women these days claim to only feel comfortable in jeans, but there's something about a skirt that just feels more comfortable to me.  Something long and flowy for warm spring days makes me breathe a little easier and I've yet to meet a pair of jeans that makes me want to twirl.  What are your favorite comfort clothes?
Shopping Info:  Flower Season Chiffon Maxi Skirt in Yellow and Marvelous Floral Maxi Skirt in Yellow

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Spring Picks from ModCloth

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DIY: Dress Alterations

    A few weeks ago, I published a post about adding a little length to one of my favorite Sparrow dresses.  It worked so well, I decided to do another by adding even more length to a dress that was even shorter.  I know I can't be the only person in the world to see a cute dress, try it on, and then hang my head as I walk back to the rack to hang it up because it was just too short.  
    I'm all for tailoring my own clothes, in fact I've been doing a lot of it lately, but that mostly involves removing excess fabric.  There's not much I can do where there isn't enough fabric.  What's the solution?  Three words:  Cotton.  Eyelet.  Border.  
    It's true that adding a lace border won't look right on every dress, but in the case of these cotton sundresses, I think it looks pretty charming.  Since this is a navy-blue/black dress, I started looking for black lace.  I wanted it to be cotton, since the dress is cotton, and I was looking for something 2-3 inches wide and found some available in three colors and at a width of 3.74", perfect for my project. 
I started by taking out the hemline.  I don't recommend taking the hem out of these dresses, because it can be really tricky since there's very little fabric to work with to create the new hem.  If you do decide to do this, you'll need to do it before you ever iron or wash the dress, preferably before you even wear it, because the bottom edge of the hem tends to fade quicker and will have a washed out crease that won't go away.
The next thing I did was to tack the eyelet border on and then sew it to the hem.  I like to attach it at the side seams so that the ends are masked better than if they wound up front and center.
The whole process only took about thirty minutes to complete and added about 4.5 inches to the total length of the dress.
...the result?  I absolutely love it!  I've admired this car print dress for a couple of years, but it was just too short. Now I feel comfortable wearing it even on a windy day like this one.
Shopping Info:  Vintage Cars Cute Retro Sundress, flats from Charlotte Russe

Friday, March 29, 2019

It's Friday; I'm in Love!

   I don't have much in the way of Casual Fridays in my life.  I know we like to tout them as days of jeans and t-shirts, but on Fridays I volunteer at my children's school.  They have a very strict dress code, which is not casual in the least, and I'm there all day-8:15 to 3:15 without a break and it's a very demanding, exhausting day coming at the end of my regular work week.  Some of the children are absolute dolls who hug me and call me their school mom.  Others are unholy little goblins that I dislike.  Most of the goblins will probably grow out of it, I guess.  The point of all this is that school is hard for everyone no matter how old you are, so to celebrate the end of each week, my girls and I have come up with a new ritual.  Once we're out of the parking lot, we crank up The Cure's Friday, I'm in Love and sing!  I was never much of a fan of The Cure growing up and my girls dislike them immensely, but since they love me and they love Fridays at 3:16, they indulge me.  So, today's post in a little homage to Fridays, Blue Jeans, and being in love with life, the good, the bad, and the irritating.
 I think it's important to find reasons to celebrate good things even if they're small things.  We know all about the celebrations for really big stuff like a wedding or a birthday.  Then there are those time when we celebrate the medium things like promotions with dinner out or buying a really beautiful dress.  But I don't like to stop there.  I have several weekly traditions that help me find something to look forward to.  Wednesday is my phone call with my friend day.  Our schedules are pretty packed, but we set aside an hour or two to chat each Wednesday and my week just isn't the same with out it.  Thursdays are the unofficial end of my work week.  I still work on Friday and Saturday, but the really stressful part of my job is over with on Wednesday at 5:00p.m., so I celebrate the break on Thursdays with a slice of cheesecake or a really decadent lunch and a glass of wine. 
 As a kid our Friday nights were celebrated by heading straight from school to the video store to rent as many movies as our card allowed.  Next stop was the grocery store to buy all the ingredients for my mom's amazing homemade pizza and usually she'd let us pick out something sweet to go with it.  Then it was time to go home and get all our chores and homework done while mom got to work on the pizzas and we waited for dad to come home.  I don't remember what we watched—we pretty much watched everything during those years—all I really remember is how excited we all were each week and how anytime I stopped to look around every face in the room was eager and happy. 
This is a tradition I've carried on with my own children, although I'm far more selective about what movies we watch than my parents, or anyone's parents, were back then (can you believe I watched Robocop when I was like 6 or 7?!  It's so violent!).  And since I'm the one making the pizza now it does take a little of the joy out of it for me, but it's all worth it when I look around the room and see all the people I love are smiling.

How do you celebrate the end of the week?

Shopping Info:  Shop Round Straw Shoulder Bad $7 at SHEIN.com and Red Multiway Vine Crochet Top from SHEIN.com

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dropship-Clothes Military Style Dress

If you haven't been reading the blog over the last week or so, you've missed out on my latest collaboration with Dropship-clothes.com  I've had so much fun sporting their cute dresses--my first was this red sequin gown-- and I'm in love with the retro swimsuit I got and will definitely be wearing that all summer.  Today's post is this Green Military Button Off-The-Shoulder Vintage Dress.  I love this vintage military style, very reminiscent of the 1940s.  Dropship-Clothes has tons of cute dresses, but I was drawn to this one because it's a departure from the style I typically wear and I don't like to get stuck wearing the same old  predictable style post after post. Where's the fun in that?
Dropship-Clothes Green Military Pencil Dress
Dropship-Clothes Green Military Pencil Dress
Dropship-Clothes Green Military Pencil Dress
Dropship-Clothes Green Military Pencil Dress
Dropship-Clothes Military Pencil Dress
Shopping Info:  Green Military Button Off-The-Shoulder Vintage Dress

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Blue Water, The Blue Sky

The spring rains have come.  They're melting all the snow on the mountain tops which comes rushing down the hillsides and into the creeks and rivers making the water this beautiful glacial blue.  It won't stay this way for long so, I'm out to enjoy it along with a hearty dose of sunshine while I can.
Shopping Info:Bow Tie Button Through Peekaboo Striped Cami Dress - $20.00 from: SHEIN, flats from ModCloth

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Swimsuit Season is Here

    Yes, it's that special time of year that has Northern Hemisphere dressing rooms around the world filled with sighs as we shed those winter layers and attempt to squeeze into teeny bikinis.  While in the past I've typically I found it easier to stay bikini ready year round rather than hibernate for 6 months and then rip my muscles apart in an attempt to rid myself of extra pounds, it's gotten harder over time as life fills up with other obligations to stay in that all-seasons-fitness-zone.  
    As I mentioned in my last swim post, swimsuit photos are not my favorite.  I haven't felt confident in a bikini for several years now, so this year I decided to try a couple of those vintage style high-waist numbers.  I started with an inexpensive model since returning a swimsuit can be difficult at best, but saved it for last since it wasn't my favorite of the two swimsuits I tried.  TThis little cutie came from amazon and only cost me about $25.  I loved the vintage sailor style, but the buttons immediately started falling off within minutes of putting it on and they are now the piece of me that I left in Florida since several of them got last in the sand.  More importantly, the fit leaves a lot to be desired.  I bought it one size up from my usual, but it simply doesn't go as high as it should (over the navel) and that creates a bit of waistline over-hang.    Oh well, maybe it will motivate me to squeeze in an extra hour or two of exercise each week until summer comes.  I think I'll pass this suit on to my teenage daughter and keep the Dropship Retro bikini for myself.
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