Thursday, June 30, 2011

Good-bye June!

Well, I made it! I posted every day this month (aside from one minor glitch, which was promptly fixed!)! I'm so pleased!

Posting for a month straight seemed to give me a lot of time to think about my blog and how I'd like to see things work going forward.

Posting every day like I did this month will not be a change I'll be making. I like having a day or two off in a week.
For example:

I won't be posting tomorrow. It's Canada Day and The Boy and I have plans.

I will however be posting on the weekend with a recap of the month and some of my ideas for the blog in the future. In the meantime I would love to hear what you'd like to see more of (or less of?).

But the real reason we're all here. What am I wearing today?

Clearly I'm overcompensating for yesterday's seriousness... :) 




I love this dress (don't I say that about all of them? lol!). I got it for $10 at the Ricki's Sample Sale. The dress buyer bought it in NYC. Sample Sale might be the only thing that I miss about that job...

So, I'm wearing this dress to and from work today since it's going to be hot and humid again, but when I get to work I'll be changing into this:


I've got a pile of dirty rental tux shoes to clean, laundry to spot wash and a pile of old mannequins, 2X4's and other misc junk to clean out from under some stairs in the basement today.
Would you wear a vintage dress to do all this?
Now you know why I wear what I wear to work...It's just not glamourous.

But at least I'll look good going to and from work...that's pure vanity people. You never know who you'll run into.

Happy Canada Day weekend to all you Canadian readers! And I hope everyone else has a great weekend too!

Cherry Print Dress: Ricki's Sample Sale
Red Bead "Cherry" Earrings: Ricki's
Red Peep Toe Pumps: Le Chateau

Lisa.xo

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

White Hot!

Not me...well, some days I think I'm pretty hot, but today I'm reffering to the weather. It's going to be +30 Celcius today, so something to deflect the heat is in order.

Like my new (to me!) white, altered dress! Yeah! Here's the before:


And now:

So serious...I assure you I don't always look like this...I guess this is my "Blog Face" LOL! 



I'm so pleased with the way it turned out! All of these alterations I've been doing/been having done are really paying off. I'm spending less on clothing this summer as I discover new things in my own wardrobe!

White Dress: Rescued from Harlequin
Earrings: Ricki's Sample Sale
Belt: Thrifted, Value Village
Franco Sarto Wedges: Thrifted, Value Village
Leather Tooled Bag: Thrifted, Value Village

There's a Value Village 3 minutes away from my house...when I get bored sometimes I go and wander through the aisles. Which explains how many things I own from there.

Lisa.xo

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Quickest Outfit Post in the World

I am perpetually running late before work in the mornings.

Me + Clothes = Outfit:


Friday is a holiday! (It's Canada Day for those of you not in the Great White North!) Can't wait! 3 more days to go!

Lisa.xo

Monday, June 27, 2011

My New Favorite Dress?

This is another dress I've hemmed recently. I loved this dress when I bought it, but have only worn it once since. I just felt overwhelmed by fabric. The hem was too long and the neckline felt too high. I either needed more cleavage or more leg. Hemming ws the easier of the two projects and once again, did not really comprimise the design of the dress.

I did cut this dress when I hemmed it, unlike the other two. The fabric was just too sheer to tack up 4 inches of hem.









As you can see I hemmed this one much shorter than the other two I did last week. It hits me right in the middle of my knee. It's given the dress a more early 60's/Mad Men feel (Can't you just see Betty in this dress?).
I for one am smitten. I can't wait to wear it again. It's just so lady-like.




Sparrow Brooch: Mike's General Store
50's Pink and White Striped Dress: Ragpickers
Rainbow Peep Toe Wedges: Damita K
50's Bamboo Purse: Thrifted, Value Village

Lisa.xo

Stay Tuned!

I'm wearing another dressed that I hemmed last week today. No time for pictures this morning though...I realized I don't have any bus fare and have to make a pit stop for change before I head to work (I park and ride to downtown).

So in the meantime, here's a little sneak peek:


I will tell all after work today!

Lisa.xo

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Another Repeat

You've seen this one last year.

Like I said, life is full of repeats. But unlike the repeat from earlier this month, I adore this outfit! I wear it at least twice a summer.


Blue Cameo Necklace: Gift
White Ribbed Sequin Tanktop: Ricki's Sample Sale
Blue Belt: Thifted
Blue Floral Circle Skirt: Vintage Glory
White Peep Toe Wedges with Rainbow detail: Damita K
Vintage Floral Straw Basket Purse: Gift from Matt
 
I'm off to make dinner for The Boy and myself! Hope you all had a lovely weekend!
 
Lisa.xo

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I'm Chancing It

I work today...and I'm chancing a dress.

I had a lovely suggestion the other day from Periwinkle Dzyns that I wear a vintage apron over my dress at work to keep it clean. Some days this would work well...on others, due to the sort of work I end up doing, pants are really a must. Summer at the shop can be really slow and it's the perfect time to do all sorts of dirty cleaning projects.

But today I'm wearing a dress. Dirty projects be damned!

This is one of the dresses I had altered the other day. My tailor lifted the waist a little and took it in. I'm thrilled with how it turned out!





Also! I bought this leather satchel at Value Village along with a few other goodies. I just adore it! And I think it looks just perfect with these shoes.




Vintage (I think 40's?) Necklace: Ragpickers
50's Dress: Ruby Slipper
Peep Toe Shoes: Kenzie
Leather Satchel: Thrifted, Value Village

I'm so proud of myself for sticking to my promise and posting every day so far this month! I'm in the home stretch! :)

Lisa.xo

Friday, June 24, 2011

Aahhh...That's Better

Wow! Was I in a funk yesterday! Thanks for bearing with me...thankfully the weather held and my mood has improved as well.

I wore the other dress I hemmed today. Here's the side by side comparison:























Again, I didn't hem this one a lot either. I did take it up 3 1/4", which sounds like a lot, but looks subtle in the photos. I do think it looks more proportional. I'm very happy that I did it.

Here's how I wore it today:




I just love this dress. I bought it in university while I worked at Ragpickers. It was one of the first vintage dresses I ever bought. It was made by a home ec teacher in the 50's. Sadly I don't have the belt. I always wonder if it was striped or solid.

Flower Brooch: Ricki's
Cat Eye Sunglasses: Le Chateau
50's Cotton Dress: Ragpickers
Belt: Ragpickers
Silver Bangles: Gift
Rainbow Peep Toe Wedges: Damita K
Vintage Straw Purse: Thrifted
Thank you so much for your comments on yesterdays post! They cheered me up!

Lisa.xo

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Meh.

It's another work/rehearsal day and I'm tired already for some reason.

I had such a hard time figuring out what to wear...the lure of a dress was almost too much to ignore, but if I ruined one of my dresses at work I would be devastated. So I've come up with something else...I'll be honest...after agonizing over my closet again today I don't care if I picked out a potato sack.

This is a close second to that:



Ok...it's not horrible...but I've done better...

Most importantly though, let's have a look at my new vintage tooled leather purse I snagged for $19 at Value Village! Oooo! Ahhhh!


It's mint. And I love it.
I'm hoping it will save this lame outfit.

Thank god I have tomorrow off...I'm hoping the weather stays cheery and that my disposition warms up too.

Lisa.xo

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Feeling Blue with Cold Knees

It's raining again today. But I couldn't bear to wear pants for another day in a row. I was sifting through some of my blog photo archives and when I realized I was wearing dresses and skirts in -30 weather I thought "You wuss, wear a damn dress today! It's just raining!"

And I am a wuss...my knees were cold today while I was out...lol!!

This is what I wore:




I've been wearing a lot of blue lately. It's funny...when I was 17/18 I had lots of blue in my wardrobe and at some point when I turned 19 it was banished. I gave away everything blue in my closet and stopped buying anything blue.
At some point in the last year I've fallen back in love with blue and navy. I don't really know what happened. But I'm glad it did. And now (as you can see) I wear blue almost every day!

Leopard Print Scarf: Ricki's
Brooches: Thrifted
Sequin Tank: Ricki's Sample Sale
Grey Jersey Dress: Forever 21
Vintage Leather Shoulder Bag: Ragpickers
Navy Knee Socks: Dollar Store!
Denim Wedge Sandles: George (Walmart)


Lisa.xo

P.S. I did a little thrifting this afternoon and came home with some awesome goodies I can't wait to share with you! Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Well, here's another work outfit with nautical flair (told you I was obssessed).

I can't wait until the weather is really warm (like Sunday) so I can wear more of my dresses. (Dirty work projects don't help this cause...a dress at the costume shop is so impractical...boo...)




I've got rehearsal after work tonight...we're less than a month away from Fringe and I'm not sure if I'm excited or nervous...maybe both...

Striped Tee: Thrifted
40's Glass Bead Necklace: Mike's General Store
Pants: Joe Fresh
Club Med Bag: Thrifted
Red Strappy Shoes: Thrifted

Happy First Day of Summer! Yeah!! :)

Lisa.xo

Monday, June 20, 2011

More Nautical Flavour

Another nautical inspired outfit. I love it!

Off to work in 10 minutes...another quick outfit post for ya!




Anchor Tee and Shorts: Joe Fresh
Cardigan: Forever 21
Mermaid Necklace: Boutique in Kamloops
Red Clutch: Thrifted
Shoes: George (Walmart)

Have a great day! :)

Lisa.xo

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today's Outfit Offering

It's so amazing outside today! Hot with just enough wind. Awesome!

I've been dying to wear this dress. It's not my usual 50's style, but there was just something so easy about it that I couldn't resist.
I also love the boarder print and asymetrical hem. So cute!







Hair Flower: Claire's
70's Border Print Dress: Thrifted, Value Village ($6!!)
Beaded Straw Clutch: Thrifted, Value Village
Knit Flower Wedges: The Bay

I hemmed the other dress yesterday evening. I was on such a roll I did another dress right after!!
I'll post some photos this week, it's just too nice out to waste the day indoors blogging! Gotta Go!!

Lisa.xo

Saturday, June 18, 2011

How Yesterday Panned Out (Plus Today's Outfit!)

Well here's how I did yesterday:

1. Hem a few vintage dresses. I'm ambitiously hoping to do two. I'll probably get one done.  - Ok. I did only get one done. I've got the second dress prepped to be hemmed, but I did't have the right colour of thread! I've borrowed the right colour from work and will hem the other one tonight. So close  


Before
                                                                                                                       
After



I really didn't want to hem it too much. I still wanted it to feel like a vintage 50's dress, not short like the modern repros that are out in the world right now. I'm really pleased with the results and feel like the dress looks much more proportional on me now. I don't feel like I'm drowning in the long skirt.
2. Bake some bread. (In the bread machine! hehe!) I started the day off with this one. To get my momentum.
3. Do some laundry
4. Take some dresses to my tailor to get altered.
5. Swiffer (the dog hair likes to collect when I'm not watching)
6. Change the bedding in the Master Bedroom Sunday...everything is bumped to Sunday...
7. Buy a few groceries I forgot to add to my list this weekend
8. Get my hair cut (I have an appointment at 6:30 tonight!)
9. Start sanding my dining room table (this one will probably be bumped to Sunday) Yup, Sunday it is...
10. Take Dave for a walk
11. Post photos of hemmed dress(es?) Didn't make it back home in time last night to get this one done. Today will have to do...I'll post a photo of the other dress this weekend after I hem the other dress.

Not too bad huh? And I felt pretty rested! Yeah for productive days! :)

And today's outfit. It's so gloriously warm out right now this is what I'm wearing:



BTW. What do you think of my hair? Subtle, but good. I really like the bangs! I'm just not used to wearing my hair so straight! Feels so modern! lol!

Butterfly Earrings: Gift
60's Mini Dress: Ruby Slipper
White Belt: Vintage Glory

Lisa.xo

Friday, June 17, 2011

Another Friday Off, Another List of Projects

I've got today off again. And as usual, I'm wildly ambitious about what I want to accomplish today.

Here's the List:

1. Hem a few vintage dresses. I'm ambitiously hoping to do two. I'll probably get one done.
2. Bake some bread. (In the bread machine! hehe!)
3. Do some laundry
4. Take some dresses to my tailor to get altered.
5. Swiffer (the dog hair likes to collect when I'm not watching)
6. Change the bedding in the Master Bedroom
7. Buy a few groceries I forgot to add to my list this weekend
8. Get my hair cut (I have an appointment at 6:30 tonight!)
9. Start sanding my dining room table (this one will probably be bumped to Sunday)
10. Take Dave for a walk

Ok...when I write it alldown it doesn't seem sooo bad...I get distracted by the t.v. and the computer though. I'm a big believer in rest and over the years have forced myself to take a breather on my days off (I used to go so hard that I'd never stop and only "rest" when I got deathly ill). Sometimes this now works against me. But I don't get nearly as sick as often!

Here are the two dresses I'm hoping to hem today:



Here are the ones I'm taking to the tailor:

You can see them on me here and here.

I'm also hoping to take 'after' photos of the dress(es?) that I get hemmed today and post them later. I guess that's number 11 on the list.

Wish me luck!

Lisa.xo

Thursday, June 16, 2011

This Morning Just Didn't Seem So Bad...

I'm just as pressed for time this morning and somehow I'm not in the funk I was yesterday. It might just be due to the sun shining. Which means I get to wear one of my favorite vintage dresses!




Green Cardigan: Le Chateau
50's Plaid Dress: Vintage Glory
Belt: came with the dress
Silver Bracelets: Gift
Wedges: The Bay

See you tomorrow! :)

Lisa.xo
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