Wednesday, June 25, 2014

wearing // DIY kimono and a crescent moon tank

I've had kimonos on the mind as of late (I even wore one in my last post!). They're so effortlessly chic and they add so much to simple outfits, how can one not be enamored with them? Anyways, I've been searching for one that would fit into my preferred price range with no luck. Then I started keeping an eye out at thrift stores for something I could DIY into a kimono type thingy (and was inspired along the way by the wonderful Marlen of Messages on a Napkin - check out her sweet DIY kimono here!). Then, last week, on a run through of my local thrift store I found it - the perfect dress. There was no tag, but the thrift store tag had labeled it a size 4X, and I'm pretty sure that it's 100% rayon. Plus it's black, hey-o. I immediately knew that I had stumbled upon the perfect DIY opportunity. So for $3 I brought home this large shapeless black dress. I cut it straight down the front and, voila! That's it. I didn't hem it at all (partly because my sewing machine is currently in storage, and also partly because I'm lazy), though I might add some beads, lace, or fringe later on, I still haven't decided. Honestly, the unfinished look is right up my alley. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out - perhaps it is one of my favorite things I've DIY'd ever?! The color, fabric, and length are just perfect, and I adore how wonderfully witchy it is.

So if you are in the market for an awesome kimono and can't afford one, or would rather just make one like mine, listen up! These are my tips. Thrift a dress that is a few sizes bigger than your dress size (again, my dress was a XXXXL), and this will ensure your kimono drapes nicely while you're wearing it. Also, pay attention to the fabric! You don't want to pick a dress fabric that's too thick because it won't drape well. In my opinion, rayon, silk, or a very light polyester are the perfect kimono fabrics. Lastly, pick a dress that doesn't have a lot of structure - big and shapeless is ideal. Essentially, a big square with arm holes. Cut your dress down the middle (or pick a dress that is all of the aforementioned things that has a button down front and just unbutton the buttons!) and hem it with a sewing machine or by hand (or leave it raw, like I did). Then wear it and bask in the compliments.
pants, wool hat, jewelry - trifted // crescent moon shirt - DIY'd // kimono - DIY'd // Jessica Simpson Dany platforms - eBay

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

wearing - sleeveless dress and a sheer kimono

I've been searching thrift stores for the perfect sheer black kimono style top for a looooong time, so when I found this one I was practically jumping up and down (it was the kind of purchase that one wears immediately after buying). I found it at a thrift shop in Green Bay hanging with a matching teddy on the 'Intimates' rack for (wait for it) $1. Technically, I guess it's supposed to be night wear, but oh well, welcome to your new life. It's trimmed in pretty black lace, and it features gorgeous asymmetrical bell sleeves. It's a perfect witchy addition to hot summer night outfits. Every item in this outfit is secondhand - all is thrifted, except for the shoes, which were a great eBay score!
black velvet dress - thrifted // vintage sheer kimono - thrifted // Jessica Simpson Dany platforms - eBay // hat - thrifted

Friday, June 6, 2014

road trip tips and tricks: essentials for your big adventure

Over this past winter I did a lot of traveling. Road trippin' to be specific. I drove more than ten thousand miles all together! I paid a visit to the Pacific coast, the Atlantic coast, and lots and lots of beautiful places in between. There have been so many things I've learned along the way, and I'm so happy to be able to share those things with all of you.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

gypsy at heart: a girl and her van

This big gal I call 'Trixy,' and she's my pride and joy. Buying her might have been the best decision I've ever made! Last night I took her to the Outdoor (The Skyway Drive-In Theater), and she was pretty much the ultimate Drive-In vehicle - lots of pillows, blankets, and comfy seating! I've been cleaning her out bit by bit now that the weather's prime for overnights and day trips, and going through all the miscellaneous papers, ticket stubs, and receipts Trixy accumulated whilst on my road trip has made me quite sentimental and anxious to hit the road again. I know I've said it before, but van living is my favorite thing in the whole world!

Want to see more of Trixy? Check out the first post about her, some camper van decor photos, a bit about my epic road trip, and a post including the best night ever spent in the van!
 velvet skirt, shirt, jewelry - thrifted // boots - Target // flower crown - DIY'd
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