Welcome 2011! Last Night and Today.

January 1, 2011

Filed Under: DIY, Style


Some of you may have already seen the preview picture of my New Years outfit on my
facebook page. Oh, the incentives to being a follower of this blog on other social networks.
Does that entice you to “like” my Sidewalk Ready page yet? Maybe? Hopefully?

So last night. Kai and I went to this Grand Rapids bash called “Bottom 40″ for New Years.

I had no idea what I was going to wear and didn’t really feel like spending a lot of money on
a new dress … so I created something myself. I posted the “before” pictures yesterday but I
will refresh your memory (as if you wanted to see this 90s masterpieces again).

Now, before I get started on this dress transformation, I would like to apologize. I originally
intended for this to be a DIY sort of “New Dress A Day” style (great blog, check it out) … but it
didn’t quite work out. The black on black was really difficult to photograph. I also got so
involved in this project so even if I could have gotten good photographs, I forgot. So either way,
this is the only photograph I have of the process.

This full length velvet dress purchased at Salvation Army for $3.50 went short with some
scissors. I cut it below where the slit ended so I stitched the remained slit shut. I also didn’t
bother with a hem because I was going to cover it up with the next step.

Now this is the part where I don’t have a tutorial for you. But basically what I did was
attach two black feather boas to the bottom of the dress. If you would like a step by step
tutorial, you can check out the one I modeled my dress after by Love Maegan here. Like her
tutorial, I attached the boas in a zig-zag pattern running up and down along the bottom of the
dress. This probably would have been much easier if I owned a dress form. Trying to see where
to stitch the boas down was really difficult when the dress wasn’t stretched like it would be on
my body. After I thought I was finished, I tried the dress on only to realize that the feathers
were running on angle and there were bare spots. Luckily, I had some boa leftovers that I
used to even out the feather distribution.
Note to self: Keep an eye out for used dress forms on ebay.

After this trial and error project, here is my final look. Kai didn’t feel like dragging his studio
lighting upstairs so we took these pictures with three lamps without their shades.

I also made this belt. This isn’t the first time I’ve featured this piece. For more information about
it you can view my Salon Workday post.

This dress is totally ostentatious. Perfect for New Years Eve! I may not have another
opportunity to wear it anytime soon, but that’s okay. With the body of the dress costing
only $3.50 and the boas costing $30, I won’t feel guilty for not wearing it often. Similar
designer dresses cost at least $200 – most are closer to $500!

Watch … $5.50. Salvation Army.

My bling bling bead earrings were purchased in Venice.

How I styled my hair:
I used my beach waves technique (video tutorial available here) but with a .75″ curling iron. After
curling, I ran my fingers though to break up the wave and then lightly backcombed the midsection
and ends of my hair with a pick to add a lot of fullness. I also teased the top with my favorite
backcombing brush and smoothed it so it went straight back with no part. After pinning the side
pieces back with a rhinestone clip, I sprayed it with a firm hold hairspray so the body would last.

Outfit Breakdown:

Dress: Thrifted and Updated / Belt: Handmade / Earrings: Purchased in Venice / Watch: Thrifted / Shoes: Payless

What did you all end up doing last night? Did you go all-out with your attire? I’d love to see some
images of what you wore – Send them my way on my facebook page!


Okay, as if that wasn’t already an entire post it’s own, I also have pictures of what I wore for the first
day of the new year. This morning, before I got dressed, I was thinking I wanted to wear something
comfortable but not completely sloppy because I was attending a New Years party with my family.
In order to dress up one of my favorite sweatshirts, I layered a button down underneath.

The shirt I chose to wear underneath my sweatshirt is one of Kai’s. It is a size large and is huge
on me. Amazing what you can do by layering, rolling, and tucking.

I forgot to get a close up of my necklace, but if you look closely you can see my strand of pearls
under the collar of the shirt. I’m classy like that.

I kind of failed in my modelling today. I completely covered up the zipper detail in this
sweatshirt, but fear not, it is visible in my Maxi Dress Goes Winter post!

Mixin’ metals.

Today I started out with a side pony but about mid afternoon I fish tailed the top just to mix it up.

Outfit Breakdown:
Sweatshirt: Gap / Shift: Husband’s – Thrifted / Jeans: Gap / Watch and Bracelets: Gifts / Purse: Vintage Coach / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Happy New Year you all! I’m sure you’re all tired from this weekend’s festivities. If you’re
looking for something comfy and cute, try layering a dressy piece with a casual piece. It will
bring new life to the clothes that you once thought were solely lazy day pieces!

- Kayls.

23 Responses to “Welcome 2011! Last Night and Today.”

  1. Amy says:

    Holy… I LOVE that dress! Amaaazing. And it looks so [surprisingly] easy to make. & I love your wing tip shoes. Very cute.

  2. Alicia says:

    Wow I’m loving that dress!! Great work! How fun!

  3. Sylvs says:

    I love how the feather dress turned out Kayley! And love love love the watch/bracelet! Great find!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Seriously, that dress is spectacular. Even Sean commented on how great it looks. Great job!

  5. Yvonne says:

    Okay, so, you’re incredible. That dress looks absolutely spectacular and you looked stunning in it! Kai is one lucky guy. Also, if you ever feel like designing a dress for me, I’d be okay with that. Just keep me in the back of your creative mind ;)

    You are too great. Looking pretty as always!

  6. Yvonne says:

    P.S. The dress is very Black Swan-esque. Have I seen it too many times? Maybe. Either way, it reminded me of Natalie Portman.

  7. Kai says:

    You looked amazing last night. I’m lucky I was the guy who got to dance with you.

    I wonder what clothes of mine you’ll steal next. ;)

  8. Jorie says:

    Kayley that dress is phenomenal! You and Kai must have looked stunning together at the party!

  9. chelsea says:

    The dress is amazing! I showed my mom and she loved it as well! Miss you!

  10. Kyle says:

    Dude, you killed it, that dress looks so good on you! I’d wear that all the time, but that’s just me. I enjoy being overdressed for every occasion :) It kind of reminds me of one of the poofy Lanvin for H&M dresses.

  11. Kyle says:

    Googled and found the dress I was thinking of: http://www.fashiontoast.com/2010/11/dressed-up-in-afternoon-soho.html But I like yours better.

  12. Emily says:

    Kayley, I LOVE your dress! It is awesome and so so perfect for NYE. Any chance Kyle can tempt you to Chile to come give us dress and hair tutorials? No snow and cold here, just nice warm summer :)

  13. TwoforTea says:

    That dress is a whole lot of fab for a very small price :) I like that! Kudos on the creativity and hard work. I think I’m going to make a belt like yours too…I have a thing for bows and that belt is just darling.

  14. Kate says:

    love love LOVE the dress, Kayley! How gorgeous… and cheap?! so amazing.

    And fun outfit too! I really like your hair in this side pony style. Your hair is getting so long!!

  15. Britni H says:

    I was at the London Eye for New Years Eve! Now I’m in Paris and I’m leaving your website up at this cafè so hopefully you’ll attract some new, Parisian followers!

  16. Aki! says:

    Your DIY dress is perfectly amazing. I think if I find the right materials for the right price, I’m going to try it too!

  17. Christine says:

    wow, that dress turned out so cute!!

  18. Erin Andreani says:

    I LOVE the NYE dress! I had to resist the urge to buy a velvet floor length dress at the Goodwill today to recreate this. I need to throw a fancy party just to try out this look!

  19. Katrina says:

    i <3 the dress. Awesome. lovely house.God Bless

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