Monday, October 25, 2010

Don't buy that, I can make that...and I actually did!

On the theme of one of our favorite mantras, I'll share a couple pieces I made. Perhaps not too amazing on their own, but amazing that I uncharacteristically followed through and actually made them as opposed to griping about the ridiculous price of an item that I could so obviously make if I so chose to. Also, rather green of me (though the term is getting a little old, I know, my poor favorite color) as I re-purposed materials.

J.B. you'll appreciate the fact that I found a new home for Professor Owl. He had a buddy before and they resided on some earrings, but, alas, there remains but one now. The inspiration came from those the mish-mash charm necklaces you see all over the place these days. They always make me think "I could totally make this." So, take some lone earring pieces tie them off with a bow, et voila, c'est magnifique, non? (As a side note, the necklace is modeled against a swap shirt and scarf. Bonus!)

I had similar bracelets on my wrists, ready to purchase at World Market, when I realized that I was about to spend something like $8 on three bracelets and I could probably pick up a whole pack of bangles for half that and finally use up some of the fabric scraps in my closet. That's how these little guys were born. I added flowers and some vintage buttons to the plain one to copy the corsage bracelets I've seen around lately. It's wandering away from the simplicity I liked initially, but it was fun to play with. I made the mistake of inattentively buying bangles that are all attached, so the process would probably be simpler if I didn't have to cut each one, but it works. Just something to bear in mind if anyone else is interested...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Swap Success Story :)

My sister appreciates your clothes! While not present at our last swap, she was able to benefit. As a big Gama-Go fan, she was very excited about the hoodie and t-shirt. The t-shirt looks super cute! She sends her thanks :)

Oh, and I didn't get a picture of it, but she also looked adorable in the copperish colored turtleneck t-shirt with the three buttons on the back of the neck. I don't know who put that one in the pile but it looks great on her!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Inspiration: Old Sailors & The Cal Game

Dressing like I was heading to the Saturday Cal Berkeley game was not intentional. Though I wasn't at the game this was however the outfit of choice for learning how to skateboard in an empty parking lot. Full coverage of the body decreases the high probability of scraping the hell out of my elbows, knees, tummy, bum and other epidermis covered parts.

Mimi modeling the Chandelier Necklace, moments before being crushed to the ground.

Though most of this outfit remains store bought (until the day I learn to cobbler my own boots) the hefty ornamentation on my neck is purely homemade from vintage chandelier crystals, glass beads and some satin ribbon.

Sunglasses: Michael Kors
Cardigan: A.R.I.
Tank Top: H&M
Jeans: Jordache (Yea, I said Jordache. They're back alright?!)
Boots: Seychelles
Necklace: SPL
Dog: Found her at a flea market

Friday, October 8, 2010

Something Old, Something New

When I got this dress years ago, I loved it. But I haven't worn it in the last couple years because I felt it was too revealing. It was too short, and I was always pulling up the strapless top. The style was just a bit too youthful for a old lawyer lady like me. ;)

So I ripped out the seams and started over with the fabric, and created this more modest and more flattering skirt! Can't wait to get more use out of this old and yet new piece!

I haven't quite figured out how to pair it yet (this is a bit too matchy matchy for me). I tried it with a very casual orange top and a brown belt and I liked the more bohemian look it gave it, but I wasn't sure about the brown belt orange top combo...Anyway, I think I could probably pair it with any kind of neutral as long as the belt I choose doesn't clash. We'll see!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Welcome to Roman Snail!

Welcome to my little corner of style! This is a lovely little place for my friends and I to showcase how we style and adorn ourselves. Check back to keep tabs on our hit and misses!