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Fashion from the fashionably unstylish.

Posts for March 2012

March 31, 2012

Links à la Mode: Week of March 29, 2012


The turn of the season can trigger a serious need to purge, refresh and recharge our style. While the sun shines brighter and each day gets longer, our bloggers are finding fashion inspiration everywhere they look. From runways and designer collaborations to hip-hop and the Hunger Games. From gardens and fairy tales to rainbows and relics of beautiful starlets past, this week’s Links a la Mode is just a peek at what’s making bloggers tick this spring. Enjoy!




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


March 31, 2012

Look What I Made!

I like to think of this as my Bobby Draper dress.  The shape is quintesentially 60's child and the red-and-blue print is horses and bandanas.  Something tells me that little Bobby must be into playing cowboys and Indians.  So when I slip this little diddy on, it makes me smile, thinking of the boy who doesn't get much screen time.

The fabric is some that I stole from my mom my mom graciously gave to me.  I think she must have been planning on making a quilt from it, because along with the horse print and checks seen here, there were a handful of other cowboy-themed fabrics.  The idea of doing a mixed-print dress had been bouncing around in my head for quite some time and originally I thought I'd do something with McCall's pattern 6466, but that pattern is at my parents' house in Portland and I grew impatient.  While searching for inspiration for my next project, I saw Colette pattern 1001 and knew it was the one!  A combination of that one being out of stock and not having the patience to wait around for a pattern to ship to me led me to think about what I already had.  Essentially, it's a strapless dress with a t-shirt on top.  We all know I have a t-shirt pattern, Kwik Sew 3338, and while I don't have a strapless dress pattern, I do have Simplicity 4119, which just has flimsy straps that could easily be omitted.  So I mashed the two together, making adjustments for the fact that the shirt material was not at all stretchy (which is what my shirt patterns called for) et voila!  A lovely, mixed pattern dress.  How wonderful!

March 30, 2012

Inspiration Friday: Mrs. Robinson

Mrs. Robinson


I watched The Graduate for the first time last weekend.  I'm not sad it's taken me this long to see it, I don't think I would have appreciated it at an earlier juncture in my life.  I loved the whole experience of seeing it for the first time, only knowing the slightest bit about the film.  Mrs. Robinson is not the most fashionable figure ever, but she certainly is a woman after my own heart!  Leopard and giraffe prints! Hats!  Shiny dresses!  While I certainly never hope to be in her position, I would definitely take a thing or two from her closet.
March 29, 2012

Now Trending: 1950s Ladylike Chic

Ladies with curves, rejoyce!  Spring is bringing us another season of figure-flattering 1950s-inspired silhouettes.  I know this trend has been on the books for a while now, but with its resurgance for Spring, I wanted to share the runway looks and show you how to get them--all for $120 or less!

March 28, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 3/28/2012

Tank, Old Navy; cardigan and jeans, Torrid; shoes, Classified; headband, Target; necklace, Forever 21; bracelet, thrifted

Normally, I wouldn't have gotten dressed until about 5pm today.  It's a day that will be filled with sewing and cleaning house.  Only later tonight will I be going out--to watch the season premier of Mad Men with my bestie!  To answer your question, yes, it's been extremely difficult to avoid spoilers the last three days!  I am SUPER STOKED to finally get my Don Draper on.

But back to the issue at hand, the not getting dressed thing, I knew I didn't have an outfit post queued for this morning so I put this little number together.  It's a labor of love, folks.

March 27, 2012

Links à la Mode: Week of March 21, 2012




The blogging world is abuzz with spring fever!  Tuesday marked the first day of this warmer season, and everyone is talking about it.  Looking for tips on how to clean out your closet?  Wondering what the season’s hottest trends are?  Interested in Women’s History Month?  Not sure if you can work the backpack trend into your wardrobe?  Ready for an awesome DIY?  Curious about what bloggers are wearing on these lovely days?  Search no further!  This list has you covered.


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



March 27, 2012

Look What I Made!

Top, Old Navy; skirt, DIY; shoes, Paul Green Munchen

This skirt.  This skirt took me ages to make.  It's Colette pattern 1005 and made of fabric from Red Rooster's Melrose collection.  I love the fabric and am even happy with how the skirt turned out.  It was just so much work, I don't know if I'll make it again.  Though if I do, I think it'll be in a pink tweed.  Can't you see it as part of a skirt suit?  Fabulous!

March 26, 2012

Brights Done Right

This week's IFB Project is to switch up your beauty routine to include brights.  At first, upon seeing the picture of Adele featured on the post, I thought "shucks, red lips are my go-to anyway, that's not a switch up!" but then I remembered an old favorite lipstick buried in my makeup collection.  It's a MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in a color called "Power Suit."  Unfortunately, it was a limited edition, so it's not available anymore.  But the hot pink was just what I was looking for.  To go with it, I nixed my usual eyeliner and went with a soft peach shadow with a good sweep of mascara.  What do you think?

March 26, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 3/26/2012

Top, Old Navy; jeans, Forever 21+; shoes, Mossimo at Target; headband, Target

I'm on vacation this week and I cannot tell you how happy I am to not get up at 2am.  I woke up at about 6:30 to my fiance bustling about the house getting ready for work.  Then he left and I had the house all to myself to do whatever I wanted!  So I spent the whole day sewing, obviously.  I'm sew happy!  Hahaha.

March 25, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 3/25/2012

Cardigan, Torrid; top, DIY; jeans, Old Navy; shoes, Sam Edelman

It's a lazy Sunday around here.  I'll be going out to get the fiance new shoes and some supplies for the house.  I'm wearing another shirt I made myself.  There were some tribulations in making it--ie, I tried to do something new with the neckline and it did NOT work out.  I ended up having to use liquid stitches to remedy some holes and get the band to lay flat.  But it all worked out!  I'm particularly happy because somehow I didn't have a plain white t-shirt in my wardrobe!

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