Posts Tagged “blue”

Who Wants to Show This Dress a Good Time?

It’s finally here! Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m wrapping up this week of red and pink with a color blast from the past. I can only imagine the fun this dress has seen since it left the rack for the first time in what I’m going to guess was 1986.

But the fun doesn’t end here; this dress is about to hit the road! Proudly presenting Lucky So and So’s first ever (drumroll please)...

Closet Share

Do you have a special occasion, dance party or walk in the the park coming up that’s crying out for some pink ruffley goodness? Share your idea for the dress and become one of its next wearers!

Here’s how I think it will go down: I’ll chose three people whose ideas for the dress I like, and they will in turn send me their mailing addresses. I’ll send the dress to the first person on the list who will wear it, document it, dryclean it and then be responsible for shipping it to the next person on the list. Kind of like clothing chain mail… or Netflix for dresses? I’m really into collaborative consumption, and I’ve been searching for some way to creatively lessen my closet’s load. So let’s see how it goes! Ideas will be selected based on creativity and whimsy and may involve a guest judge. To be considered, submit your idea as a comment to this post by Thursday, February 17.

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My Go-To Rainbow

If we’ve met, it’s likely you’ve seen me wear this dress. A favorite of mine for obvious reasons (hello rainbow stripes!), it’s extremely easy to wear due to its t-shirt-like top, elastic waist and full skirt. I love the buttons on the shoulder, the puff sleeves, and the fact that it leaves no direction of stripe stone unturned; it’s got vertical, horizontal and diagonal!

  • rainbow-stripe dress - $20, Jelly Roll at Brooklyn Flea
  • wooden beads - borrowed from Creighton, Maui Salvation Army
  • red tights - $10, The Sock Man on St. Marks
  • buckle pumps - $25, Alameda Swap Meet
  • TOTAL - $65

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Cherries Served Two Ways… What Should I Wear Tonight?

I’m riding a train on my way to a fabulous wedding in Baltimore, and I’ve got two nothing-new outfits burning a hole in my bag.

So what do you think… should it be Option 1: All That’s Fit And Print or Option 2: Peggy Sue With Cherries? Creighton usually helps me with these decisions, but he’s actually claiming to like them both! Leave a comment and let me know which way I should go. I’ll owe you!

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Peggy Sue With Cherries

The color and cut of this dress reminded me of Kathleen Turner’s in Peggy Sue Got Married. So I decided to watch the movie as I sewed in a red petticoat to give the dress more of a 1960s silhouette. I’d forgotten what a great movie Peggy Sue is! Of course the premise that a woman would create an outfit to look like one of her high school dresses and wear it to her 25th reunion is right up my alley.

  • blue matte taffeta dress - $28 Buffalo Exchange
  • red cherries - $5 Alameda Swap Meet
  • blue velvet ribbon - in my gift wrap drawer
  • nude fishnet tights - $10 The Sock Man on St. Marks
  • blue t-strap pumps - $40 Buffalo Exchange
  • TOTAL - $83 (more than I usually spend… but I had to have the shoes!)

Peggy Sue Shoes


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Working Girl

Around the fifth grade, I became enthralled by the concept of the high-powered female executive. My only real exposure came through movies, but I had an intense desire to tote a briefcase through a crowded crosswalk and take an elevator to my office where an assistant would be waiting to hand me messages. I’d stand in front of a packed conference table gesturing at a giant, upward-pointing fever chart, and this would ultimately result in applause from my fellow suit wearers, even the stodgy old guy who was skeptical a woman could hold her own in the boardroom. Of course, the whole fantasy was edited together montage-style in my head over a song about getting a leg up and not turning back. I didn’t really know what kind of work this meant I’d be doing, but I was clear it would garner two things I desperately wanted: respect and the opportunity to wear skirt suits and heels.

  • pleated blouse - $2.00 Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • skinny belt - $1.00 Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • checked linen skirt - $3.00 Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • peep-toe pumps - $2.00, Hush Puppies, Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • TOTAL - $8.00

Now that I’m a designer in Brooklyn and get to wear whatever I want, I can’t imagine a life that requires pantyhose. But it’s fun to play dress up when I can find everything at a thrift store for under $10.

And now, I’d like to take a second to honor the genius of Joan Cusack, starring opposite her hair and makeup, in this reality check from Working Girl...

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Red Racer

I like to wear things that make me feel like I’m going fast. For example, I have a pair of metallic silver tennis shoes I call the Speed Cats, and I wear when I’ve got lots to accomplish. These pants go in that category. Maybe it’s that they’re red, or maybe it’s the smart racing stripe down the side. As soon as I put them on, I feel like sprinting out of my apartment, all the way down the street and into my office to kick some major design butt. HighYAH!

  • plaid button-down - $2.00, Starkville Palmer Home Thrift
  • striped scarf for belt - $1.00, Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • striped slacks - $2.00, Starkville Salvation Army Thrift
  • Chuck Taylors with red laces - already in my closet
  • TOTAL - $5.00

Dress Your Pirate in Stars and Stripes

Everyone who knows me knows I’ll use any excuse to dress in a theme, so who’s surprised that I dressed myself like a flag for Independence Day? Ummm, no one. My starry skirt came from a trip to a thrift shop in Columbus, Mississippi. It was originally a floor-length affair until I gathered it like Fourth of July bunting and pinned it in place using two pairs of old-lady-looking earrings. The “look” is completed by a pair of leg warmers that I cut from a striped t-shirt and a red white and blue goblet that I can only imagine had some kind of crazy past life. Maybe it was the bandana plus all the stripes, but I somehow ended up looking like a patriotic pirate. Perfect for playing Rock Band and drinking “Beergaritas” with a my studiomates at Skylar and Josh’s awesome party!

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