RenewProject

This is me, renovating my life, and my closet

P.S. I am Obsessed!

I am so completely in love with this woman, her book and her website!! DIY is my religion and her book is my bible. She is a genius and lives by the mantra of Reimagine, Renew, Reinvent so I new we’d be creative soulmates. Crafting and DIY is a life-style more people should embrace!

Check it out:

http://psimadethis.com/book

Kentucky Derby 2012!

This year was tons of fun. I was able to find some great deals and make TWO hats instead of only one!! Yay! I found some basic sunhats on sale at Kohl’s for $15 each and the flowers and ribbon were 50% off at Micheal’s Craft Store! The brown and white magnolia hat has been a dream of mine for a while to make and I love how season-less and timeless it is (Now I have a perfect hat for the Traver’s Cup, which is run in late summer). The guava hydrangea and striped hat is very modern and youthful, making it different than most derby hats I’ve seen.

I was able to find a great dress at Goodwill from Banana Republic that still had the tags on it (pictured with me derby hat from last year). It is a great dress because the abstract floral print makes it springy and fresh but the simple black/white color scheme makes it easy to pair with almost any hat!

For those of you not into the large sunhat style, I also threw together a little something with my favorite thrift store dress (it’s from Dirt Chic and is Cynthia Rowley) paired with a vintage 1940s velvet pillbox hat. This look is still feminine and certainly acceptable in The Club House while being demure and simple.

It was a great 138th Run for the Roses!

Success!!

Today I had an extremely satisfying trip to Goodwill!

I went looking for something to wear to an upcoming and important interview and ended up finding everything I needed and MORE!

I found 2 (yes 2!!) beautiful JCrew dress shirts with the original tags still on them (BRAND NEW!!)! I also found 2 Anne Taylor Loft pencil skirts and even a gorgeous grey wool-blend blazer from Banana Republic.

So the final tally for today’s trip is:

1 Blue Striped JCrew Button Down Shirt = $7

1 White Dobby JCrew Button Down Shirt = $7

1 Navy Wool Anne TAyler Loft Pencil Skirt = $4.99

1 Black Windowpane Anne Taylor Loft Pencil Skirt = $4.99

1 Grey One-Button Banana Republic Blazer = $15

GRAND TOTAL = $38.98

BUT WAIT!!!!! Everything was a Red Tag on a “Red Tag Day!” so it was all HALF OFF! So my actual cost was $19.49 for TWO beautiful and professional outfits! That’s less than even the cheapest version of any of these pieces!

SCORE!

Not Too Shabby For Hand-Sewn!
I made this dress out of some scrap chiffon fabric I was given and some basic lining material. It turned out super gorgeous after some very tedious reworks. Chiffon is so incredible difficult to work with but is o-so beautiful when done well. I’m pretty happy with how this dress turned out. All it needs is a good steam and it’ll be ready for a night out :)

Not Too Shabby For Hand-Sewn!

I made this dress out of some scrap chiffon fabric I was given and some basic lining material. It turned out super gorgeous after some very tedious reworks. Chiffon is so incredible difficult to work with but is o-so beautiful when done well. I’m pretty happy with how this dress turned out. All it needs is a good steam and it’ll be ready for a night out :)

Problem Solved!

The Photos have been FIXED! Yay! Now that I know what was causing the problem it wont be happening any more!

Pat on the back for me.

Sorry for Sideways Craziness

Sorry Friends and Followers for the sideways facing photos. For some reason it keeps happening so I am looking into whether it is a Photo Editing problem or a Tumblr problem. Stay Tuned and THANK YOU for your patience