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Vintage Redesign!

Vintage RedesignI finally wore my vintage redesign project dress out on the town on Saturday night and it occurred to me I had never blogged about this wonderful creation of mine! To be honest I was very surprised at how comfortable the dress turned out to be! It all began with a very dated dress from Value Village. On half price days I like to pick up what I call  “project dresses” that I can redesign and create into very stylish new pieces. This dress is one of my greatest challenges and successes.

The dress I found was a high neckline (which I love!) and 3/4 sleeve with a lovely shimmery black and pearlesque print fabric. Although the dress was several sizes too large I spent several hours making adjustments the the shoulders, removing shoulder pads first off – then stitching them into a somewhat Lady Gaga effect.

Now the original dress was awkwardly long and simply had no appeal for me. The second thing to go was the black section at the bottom. Conveniently the dress was made in such a way that was easy to alter. The great challenges arose when I decided to make it an open back. Unfortunately I felt disheartened by my sewing skills and inability to structure it the way I wanted to. Due to the mass of fabric and lack of strength within itself, I was forced to add strips of lace to the back to keep it from sagging.

Vintage RedesignIts amazing what a few lace details can do for a dress! I opened up the sleeve slightly as I often find the upper arms on tops and dresses too tight. The bottom of the dress was finished easily with a black lace trim which was also added to the arms. It was certainly a lot more work than I had originally anticipated, but I feel that it turned out beautifully!

Thrifted Purses

I will admit I haven’t bothered to look at the purse rack at Value Village since the Kingston store rearranged their racks. I’m still not a huge fan of the layout as it messes up my “flow” if you know what I mean. I would prefer to be far away from the children’s clothing and toys if I had my way, its just too chaotic! Anywho, I happened to be rounding the corner of one of the shoe aisles and a lovely dusty turquoise bag caught my eye.

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Blackbirds

Blackbird Dress This morning was one of those rotten moments when you are upset with yourself, your body isn’t right and none of your clothing seems to fit the way you envision it. Being a visual girl, its exceptionally frustrating when I can see the look I want, but am unable to achieve it either because of the way it is fitting or maybe I’m missing one key accessory or clothing to work with the outfit. After several “failed” outfits I grabbed this beautiful dress out of the closet because I knew it was comfortable and easy to match due to its limited colour palette.

Not as vibrant as I like to be normally but based on the rough morning I was having I thought this was the safest bet. This is the first time I’ve worn the dress too! Paired with a black cardigan and matching tan belt, the look came together quite easy. The only downfall I experienced was the length of the dress due to my long body. Unfortunately I’ve been noticing an issue with things being too short more and more recently. Lucky for me, I am somewhat skilled with a sewing machine, needle and thread so I can adjust items as I see fit.

Next time I wear this outfit you’ll see the most recent adjustments I have made to make it longer!

Happy Accidents

Le Chateau DressTo the untrained eye, this is just an adorable pleated skirt. Now let me fill you in with the story behind it.

I am guilty of not often bothering to try outfits on at the store, usually the reason I do spend the time is because I think the price might not be worth it. This particular dress by Le Chateau I did take the time to try on. I was instantly in love with the bottom of the dress with the three rows of adorable pleats.


Le Chateau DressLe Chateau Dress


Well the dress fit just fine in the store but I wasn’t too crazy about how the sleeves felt. I get home try it on again and decide that the sleeves needed to be redesigned. I spent about an hour first thing in the morning adjusting the sleeves, essentially removing them altogether and adding the design elements back on afterward.

Once the sleeves were complete I tried it on ready to wear to work. It was like the top half had doubled in size. A thought occurred: I had tried it on wearing two tank tops and a thicker padded bra. If this was to fit I’d need a pair of DD’s which isn’t happening any time soon! But I was still infatuated with the bottom, so in typical Pam style, I grabbed the scissors and make a drastic design decision.

Le Chateau Dress Le Chateau Dress

Within moments I had created the beginning of a vest and skirt both cute but in a whole new way. At this point I was going to be late for work if I didn’t sort this out so my quick and easy solution for this new skirt was to pin the unfinished-freshly-cut top to a thick belt. Voila! Totally cute and one of a kind pleated skirt.

You’ll never guess how many compliments I received all day long. Now when anyone comments I have a great story to go along with it!

Max C Studio blouse

This blouse by Max C Studio is a perfect example of a snatch-and-grab item that you find every now and again on your thrifting adventure. You see the fabric as you’re walking by and suddenly have to make a bee-line for it! It doesn’t matter to you what it is you are completely intrigued by the print! Fortunately for me this blouse is absolutely adorable and I adore everything about it.

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I was disheartened however, when I tried it on when I got home (I know its bad but I do not like trying things on at Value Village – the 6 item limit irritates me!) and I could barely fit my arms into the sleeves! This is becoming a problem with how clothing is being made and my typical argument: I don’t have large arms or calves. Being the crafty girl that I am, I was able to open the finishing stitch inside the arms as it would still hold together because of the serged line. Voila!

I love the tucked-in pencil skirt style however like many women, I am sensitive to my stomach area so I feel that it just accentuates where the underwear, pantyhose and skirt meet at my belly button. Too much resting at one area! So I’ve shown the outfit as two different looks, the way I’ll wear it when my stomach becomes more toned (hopefully!) and the way I actually wore it for comfort at the store. In a perfect world I would wear my adorable high wedge heels from Spring – as the buckle just completely finishes the look – however standing on cement all day such a high platform isn’t recommended!

Wednesday Thrifting!

For me there is no better way to unwind and relax after work than sifting through racks at a thrift store. Fortunately for me the Value Village is on my route home! Tonight I stopped in and whisked lightly through my favourite sections: dresses, blouses, skirts and shoes. I managed to find some super cute prints in my rummaging at pretty decent prices – especially at 30% off with my full stamp card!

I had great success in finding a pair of brand new fleshtone/nude pumps from Aldo in my size. I typically wear flats all day at work, which by the end of the day offer no heel support what-so-ever. The first thing I thought when I slipped my foot in was: “My gosh, these are actually more comfortable than the flats I’m wearing!”

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1. Sheer bird print blouse by Max London
2. White lace skirt by Streetwear Society

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3. Navy blue bow print skirt by H&M
4. Deep coral poka dot waterfall skirt by Streetwear Society.

Aldo Pumps

5. Nude pumps by Aldo

Black & White Bow Print Dress!

Lipsy Dress Happy Friday! Today’s super cute outfit brought to you by Value Village and The Revolving Door! I found this adorable Lipsy dress this week – totally thrilled that it fit perfectly. Bows are quite the trend right now and this dress just screamed cuteness. To add another classy detail to the look, I chose black pantyhose with a stylish line down the backs. Those got the most compliments of all!

I googled the dress online and didn’t find it but I did see plenty of similar styles by the London based company. This style retails for about $140 Canadian! Scored this gem for $14.99 🙂

Crazy for Royal Blue!

Royal Blue Skirt Today I just had way too much fun putting together my outfit. I have been going crazy for royal blue lately but the problem with all colours is its hard to match exactly as every brand has it’s own version of the colour as well as things fade and change with age. This skirt was consigned at The Revolving Door for only $10! I’m there 5 out of 7 days a week and it was brought in on a day I wasn’t working. I was cleaning racks and the blue really caught my eye.

I have always liked the high waist style but only in skirts, I simply do not have the body structure for the pants! This vintage (no label) skirt is the ideal length that falls right at the knee and super feminine pleats. Again, normally not a pleats person but if done right they can be an adorable detail! I dug deep into the belt box and found a thick one to complete the look, not that you even see it under my blazer!

Refinished Headboard

I’ve been watching Kijiji for some time collecting pieces to form a real bed. I started with the expensive mattress purchase which was a house-warming gift from the bank of Mom & Dad. I’m not exactly fond of living a student lifestyle with a mattress on the floor so after about a month I started searching for the rest of the pieces. I was looking for a double bed frame first which I found quite easily within a week or so of beginning my classifieds monitoring for $10.

Unfortunately that day it decided to snow and like most Prairie provinces the wind was not kind. But being the trooper that I am, I found my way into the scariest suburb of Medicine Hat, mounted the bedframe onto the top of the Tuscon and tied with the cheapest rope known to mankind… All while the woman and her family stood in the window and watched. I did have a man approach me and offer to drive it to my house in his truck but at this point I was still on my independent woman high.

DIY Headboard DIY Headboard
I got that off the car, up the stairs into the bedroom and adjusted to a double size, only to realize that slats are required or a boxspring – which I did not have. Funny how you don’t process the structure of something when you’ve always just arrived and it has been pre-constructed for you. As resourceful as I am, I searched in my minimalist apartment for a makeshift way of elevating the mattress until I obtained a boxspring. Success! Two unused wood shoe racks (that I use as regular shelving) laid on their side would do the trick. They were taller than the frame mind you so it was a good few weeks of teater-tottering. Another week passes and I find a double boxspring for $15 from a gentleman trying to get rid of some of his parent’s retro furniture he had been left with. Gawd awful 60’s floral? No problem. Luckily I had a friend (aka Superman) bring his truck and assist (by assist I mean do all the work for me because I’m useless)… in the end the poor guy wrecked his back for a good two weeks being all the muscle to get the thing up those stairs on his own. My bad!

So with the bed established I was pretty content with it but I kept my eye open for a head board as I had always admired them, the iron style that you really only find in a twin size and extremely pricey. Early this week I found a posting for a $25 black and gold metal headboard. Compared the prices I had seen recently this was a steal! Luckily I can look past the outdated style of the black metal with cheap gold accents and look at the overall shape and style. All it needed was a coat of paint! I went to Rona, got myself a small can of flat white Tremclad, a sponge and the bolts required to install it. Sadly my measuring and overall understanding of the bolt construct was very off – so tonight I’ll be going back and hopefully finding some that are half the size! There is about an inch of space after it has gone through both holes, followed by an inch of actual grooves where you twist the nut onto. So the headboard is currently attached but not well.

DIY Headboard DIY Headboard
The painting process has taken a few days as it takes a long time to dry, not to mention covering a black metal bar with white paint is never an easy job. I still feel after 5 coats it could use another one or two, seems even when you think it’s dry – you can still move the underlying paint around with your new coat. Ugh. Being the impatient girl that I am I was dying to see what the finished product would look like – so with half painted white hands and the strength of my knees to lift the bedframe up to the proper height for the bolt – I attached it to the frame minutes before I expected to sleep.

Always a healthy idea to use very strong paint that probably should only be used outdoors – in your living room so you can get high on paint fumes while watching tv. Then like the genius you are, move the object you’re painting into the room where you are sleeping so that you can kill the maximum amount of brain cells you can in a day. I did leave the bedroom door open so there was a bit of ventilation and I slept with my feet against the head board so I wasn’t as close to it and didn’t paint my hair in my sleep!

It is by no means finished as I had bigger ideas for a more fun look for it aside from flat white. My grand scheme involves ribbons but I have been unimpressed with the price of such things!

H&M Emerald Green Dress

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Every now and again we come across amazing finds that become a staple in our wardrobe. People ask me all the time where I get things but it just makes me laugh, about 90% of the pieces in my closet (save for my underwear!) are thrift. It’s rare that I even go into a “real” store! This particular gem was a “grab first, analyze later” piece. Found it rummaging through the dress rack and my jaw dropped. It’s an absolutely stunning number by H&M with a sequined neckline.

Like I say all the time, I have yet to see anything like it. It’s slightly formal for most people but when has that ever phased me? Beautiful emerald green – my favourite! I look forward to next year’s thrifting adventures when all the girls get rid of their popular “in” pieces from this year… with any luck I’ll have a wide variety of this green to choose from come next January!

Normally I like to wear my nude, peep-toe heels with this outfit but seeing as I’m sitting at my desk all day I just opted for black flats. To give it more of an edge, I paired it with my new addition – black pleather biker jacket. Surprisingly when I got to the office I noticed another girl had a bright coloured dress on, royal blue – with a similar black jacket! Seemed to be the outfit or style of the day!

The White Aztec Dress

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My newest addition to the dress section of my wardrobe! Let me introduce to you this size large (haha!) sleeveless white dress with high neckline and bold black/gold Aztec print. It blew my mind when I saw the label was Seduction (?!) Not often does that brand make such a cool dress but here’s a great example of how a dress print should be done: completely around the entire dress – none of this front only print nonsense. I was very surprised at this factor alone, normally all the sequin tops and vibrant print pieces I find are made in the lazy fashion only visible on one side. Of course that’s great if you only expect to face the public dead on at all times.

White was never my favourite colour but as I discussed in this post it is now one of my favourite colours or lack of colour… Now I’m drawn to it because of its crisp, clean appearance. White is not a colour you can often find in good condition when you thrift however this gem was brand new with the original tags on it! Not that it was an expensive dress to begin with, but still I got it for half of the retail store’s original price tag! I suspect the reason it appeared at Value Village this weekend was because of the size, which as you know I’m not a strong believer in. Sure enough I eye-balled it perfectly, any smaller and it would not go over these hips! It does however need a slight adjustment under the arms as it gives extra fabric to having a larger chest than I do. All in all a minor adjustment to make for such a cool number!

To make it a little more put-together for the office I paired it with a new cardigan and the white flats I was intending to butcher some day soon. My glue gun has not yet arrived so until then I’ll wear them as is! Jewellery for this is quite simple just a hint of gold bangles and silver earrings. Nice and sweet!

Biker Chic

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I have this fascination with leather-esque jackets, especially this high neck, cropped waistline style. It’s the new age biker look that gives this edge, I almost want to say “badass” contrast to anything you’re wearing. Amanda asked me the other night what would work as a jacket for a black sequined dress – my first thought was something like this. Not so easy to find if you’re on a time crunch and you want it that night, but if you’ve got it in the back of your mind to look for you’re bound to find something sooner or later.

Lately Value Village has been tormenting me… in a good way. I have been trying to arrive at a confident place with my “outerwear” wardrobe which would include coats and jackets. It makes my life easier when I can open the closet and just grab the exact coat I need for the outfit – such as having a jacket in each neutral colour. I have successfully found a black and light pink leather jacket which I find goes with so much. I recently found a brown pleather jacket to go with them and last night I found this super cool cropped biker style jacket.

I basically wear a jacket all day long at work as my office is cold most of the time – so I can’t really have too many! Lately at VV I have seen these jackets in all kinds of colours! From hot pink to black to brown to a bizarre almost Easter-like purple! They don’t always fit, sometimes they are in rough shape and more often than not I just don’t want to spend the cash. But this little number I thought was really unique, not to mention comfortable and for only $7?!