Welcome 2011! Last Night and Today.
January 1, 2011
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 toÂ “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 patternÂ 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 onÂ 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
opportunityÂ 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.Â After
curling, I ran my fingers though to break up the wave and then lightly backcombed the midsection
and ends of myÂ hair with a pick to add a lot of fullness. I also teased the top with my favorite
backcombing brushÂ 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.
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!
Today I started out with a side pony but about mid afternoon I fish tailed the top just to mix it up.
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!