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Fashion from the fashionably unstylish.
April 11, 2012

Weekly DIY: Petal Wall Hanging

This week's DIY project comes to us from Homemade Mamas.  It's a super easy Recycled Wall Hanging.  Here's what you need:

  • Tons and tons of toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue (or other affixing method)
  • Spray Paint (more than you think, I used 2 cans and easily could have used 3)


All you do is flatten your tubes, cut them into equal sizes, glue them together in a way that is pleasing to you, spray paint and hang!  My only issue is that my hanging doesn't lay flush with the wall.  I'm sure you other crafters can figure out an easy solution to this problem.

April 11, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 4/10/2012

Jacket, necklace, Old Navy; top, DIY; skirt, ring, sunnies, Torrid; shoes, Mossimo at Target; headband, DIY

I think today may have been one of the last sunny days for a while.  There are clouds covering the sky and a wind has picked up.  I embraced it by pulling out this headband I made when I was living in Portland.  It's a little intimidating to wear because it's such an attention grabber, but I was in a cheery mood and the flowers (which are really just squares of acetate bunched together and stitched in the center) reflected that cheer.

April 10, 2012

Look What I Made!

This dress is made from New Look pattern 6670.  I've got to say, it's a deceptively simple dress.  If it weren't for my inability to put a zipper in properly, the back wouldn't be nearly such a mess.  But we move on.  Initially I was only going to make the sheath, but then when I tried it on, I was uncomfortable with how tight it is.  So I made a detachable overskirt for it.  The pattern has an overskirt option, but you sew it on.  I decided to go with the detachable skirt because I thought maybe some day I wouldn't mind how tight the dress is.  And also, because I didn't line it, it could be fun to layer it over other skirts.  Coming soon to a blog near you?

My inspiration was the Caprese for You Dress by Tracy Reese on ModCloth:

I'd initially wanted to make the caging details around the neck and hem, but didn't have enough ribbon!  Oh well, I think the simplicity of it is nice this way.

April 10, 2012

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April 10, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 4/9/2012

Top, shoes, Mossimo at Target; jeans, Old Navy; ring, Torrid; bracelet, unknown

It's warm out.  Warm!  I can wear a tank top without any kind of cover-up, it's so warm.  I'm loving it so much.  My mom will probably make fun of me for my pale pale feet, but I'm ok with it.  When the sun only shines a few days a month (I may be exaggerating a little), I can't be expected to maintain bronze skin.

April 09, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 4/9/2012

Top and skirt, Torrid; blazer, Ann Taylor Loft/gifted from a friend; shoes, Report; jewelry, unknown

Man, this skirt seems to be getting a fair bit of wear recently, doesn't it?  I had another interview today, this one went well!  I should have a second one with the same company in the next couple days.  How exciting!  I also put the work into making my hair curly, only to decide I'd rather wear it in a pony tail.  Such is life, I'm indecisive about my hair!

April 09, 2012

How to Wear It: Maxi Dresses

Maxi Dresses


I've mentioned several times that I have a friend who recently moved to Santa Barbara.  She texted me a few days ago about how people wear maxis down there all the time and now she's thinking about getting one herself.  I thought "what a perfect subject for this week's 'How to Wear It'!"  I mentioned on Friday that I tend to be slow to try trends.  So it's no surprise that I'm late to the maxi party.  But I'm here now and pretty excited!  Here are my thoughts:
  1. The first styling can be looked at as a "now" styling or "for next winter" styling.  Summer has already come to a lot of the country, but it'll be cold and wet for a few more months in Seattle.  So we're pairing the dress with a cardigan, boots and jewelry.  I didn't want to fight the loose, flowy feeling of the dress, so anything structured for warmth would have been too much.  That's I went with a loose-fitting cardigan that can be belted over the dress.
  2. Style two is much easier to put together.  Flat sandals, a floppy hat and easy jewelry.  Perfect for summer.


Do you have anything you'd like help styling?  I'd love to feature it on my blog!  Send me an email at dressmeupdollie@gmail.com

April 08, 2012

On This Day in History: 4/7/2008

As it turns out that I've had this blog for 4 years and yet the only year when I wrote in April was 2008.  Seems I'm super consistent, right?  Awesome.  So here's today's remix:

The Old:  April 7, 2008

It's my puppy Bruno!  Oh, he makes me so happy!  Unfortunately, he lives with my parents now, but I will say he's not nearly so shaggy anymore.

The New:  April 7, 2012:

Top, Old Navy; cardigan, sunglasses, ring, Torrid; jeans, Forever 21+; shoes, Converse; necklace, Forever 21; earrings, unknown

These posts are a fun exercise in closet history for me.  I lost everything else from this outfit, but the sneakers remain.  This is mostly because I don't wear sneakers much at all.  As for the rest of the outfit, I decided to stick to the bones of it again--jeans, pink shirt, patterned cardigan.  I tried to make it a little sporty with the topknot.  The crowning glory is the accessories, I think, just like last week.  Is it a grown up thing to add jewelry instead of just dashing out the door because you're late?

April 07, 2012

Links à la Mode: Week of April 5, 2012



Edited by: Victoria of vmac+cheese

Warmer temps, longer days, and lots of floral pants. Spring is definitely here, and it’s keeping fashion bloggers filled with inspiration. From spring-themed DIYs to pastel laden outfit posts, to tips for the never ending search for the perfect swimsuit (summer is just around the corner!), once you diive into these links, you’ll find it impossible not to embrace the season.


  • amateure.: outfit perfection
  • Chic Mommy, Cool Kid: Transition Your Shoe Wardrobe from Winter to Spring
  • Dress Code: High Fashion: Summer 2012 Trend: The 1920s
  • Easy, Petite Looks: Why Hello There, Vintage Hermes
  • Fashionably Philosophical: Denim Jacket Addiction
  • First Came Fashion: Sprung
  • Hippie Lace: Spring 2012 Trend. Minty Green Goodness.
  • Inexpensive Chic: Retro Bathing Suits
  • Made to Travel: Ethical Options for Swimsuit Season
  • Petite Avenue: How to: Cap Toes
  • Pins, Needles & Fashion: Outfit Post: Welcoming Spring
  • Real Girl Glam: My Spring Musthaves
  • Runaway in LA: How to wear spring pastels
  • Sequined Sprinkles: White Wash
  • Simply Frabulous: Interview with Lula
  • Tha.DARLINH: DIY: Pastel Bracelet
  • The Average Girls Guide: Wardrobe Must Have: Chambray Shirt
  • The Dernier Cri: Fashion Inspiration: Hunger Games
  • The Sparkle in Her Eye: Your Secret Leg Lengthener: The T-Strap
  • Wish Upon a Smile: Outfit #7 – First Dates in the Season of Spring


    Designer Sandals at Shopbop: Serafini, DVF Sandals, Jerome Rousseau, K. Jacques Sandals, SerafiniTibi, Kors, Costume National, Tory Burch Sandals, Sigerson Morrison,Tkees, Loeffler Randall Sandals & Fashion Sneakers


    If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

    April 07, 2012

    Outfit of the Day: 4/6/2012

    Top and cardigan, Old Navy; pants, Forever 21+; shoes, Rue 21; headband, Target

    "That time of the month" is fast approaching and the cramps decided to attack with a vengence today.  So this outfit is intended to be purely comfortable.  And yes, that is a scythe I'm posing with and a bow behind me.  I'm a harbinger of destruction don't you know?

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