Friday

Before & After // London Fog Trench Coat

 A few weeks ago, I thrifted this perfect dove gray London Fog trench coat. I used to steal my parents trench coats when I was younger to play dress up. I liked to pretend that I was a detective, okay? Jeez. Now I have my own. I couldn't resist the color of this coat and, for $6, it was a bargain. This is a perfect DIY for Fall fashion.
 This was a very simple alteration. I wanted to shorten the jacket from full length to knee length because it compliments my dresses better. I used a ruler and some chalk to draw a line straight across the outside of the jacket to make sure I made an even cut. I ended up only removing about 7 inches of fabric, deciding to make a wide double hemmed band across the bottom (which took the hem line up another 3 inches or so). I folded the cut edge twice and pinned it in place before using a simple straight stitch to create the new band at the bottom.



 I love altering thrifted pieces to better suit my style. It's fun to work from scratch sometimes, but these projects are rewarding because they tend to be pretty quick and simple.

Sunday

we are the party people


OUTFIT DETAILS:: Shirt, Old Navy// Jacket, thrifted// Jeans & Boots, Kohls
I wore this yesterday for my friend's birthday outing at the 
Pan American Grill (awesome place, btw) and Brick Bar. 
Simple, stylish, comfortable; Perfect outfit for spilled drinks and crowded bars. 
Happy birthday, JoJo. All the love to you!

Thursday

Dying with Inkodye

 If you've been around the blog awhile, you've probably noticed some recurring themes in my DIYs. Namely, fabric paint, stencils, and dyes. Paint is my favorite medium with dye coming in a close second. This project uses a sun-activated ink, called Inkodye (check it out here), and a stencil. Shoutout to a Mr. Zachary Mink for supplying the dye! This was my first time using Inkodye and I did not have enough ink to do a practice run. I am pleased to report that the ink is easy to use. Even for newbies.
My best friend from high school has a birthday coming up and she is obsessed with Pocahontas so I decided to make a Pocahontas silhouette stencil. I found a picture I liked online, traced it onto a white piece of computer paper, cut it out, traced it onto a black piece of construction paper using a white crayon, and then cut it out again. Inkodye activates in sunlight, so I wanted to block out all of the ink from the sun except for the Pocahontas silhouette. I figured black paper would do the trick. I still had a few light leaks, but it worked pretty well.
The Inkodye comes in these little packets that you just bend in half to break open. I know the red dye is pictured, but I used blue for this project. I placed a piece of cardboard between the layers of my shirt to prevent the ink from bleeding through. After watching a video of the process on Lumi's website, I decided to squeeze the ink out of the packet into a disposable container and use a foam brush to apply the ink to my shirt. I felt like I had more control over the ink application this way. I was sure to apply the ink to my shirt in a dim corner in my room. Then I smoothed my stencil down over the inked area, making sure that the details of the silhouette would lie flat and stay in place.

 Now it's time for the sun to get to work! I brought my shirt outside and let it sit in direct sunlight for about 10 minutes. It's so cool to watch the ink activate! It works quickly and the longer it sits the darker it gets. Because of how quickly the ink activates, it's important to have the stencil in place before you bring it outside. I didn't fully cover the area that I inked so I have some random blue blobs, but I actually like how they look so I got lucky.
After I brought the shirt inside, I brought it down to the basement before removing the stencil to prevent further activation. Lumi recommends washing the shirt with their Inkowash, but I used a bit of regular laundry detergent, washed the shirt on cold, and dried it normally and it seems to have worked just fine. Washing and drying the shirt makes the ink permanent and safe to wash with other garments.

I love how this turned out! I like that I have more control over what areas get dyed with Inkodye vs. using a traditional dye. It allows for greater project possibilities! I would love to try using a photo negative for my next dying experience. What design would you dye?

Friday

Three Ways To Wear: An Oversized Dress Shirt

 I thought I'd mix up my outfit posts a bit and try something new. I've always been into menswear. Not menswear inspired pieces. Just straight up dude stuff. I'm that girl who would wear ties and suspenders. And not in an ironic way, but in an I-actually-like-how-this-looks way. This was not always popular with people, particularly some of my guy friends (I'm looking at you Mr. Roe), but the fun thing about fashion, for females especially, is that we can get away with wearing just about anything so why not experiment! I know that the "boyfriend" style is still popular right now so here are three ways to wear an over sized men's dress shirt. I thrifted an extra large shirt from Amvets for a few dollars, but you could also try looking through your man's closet/dad's closet/grandpa's closet etc..
 Look 1: Men's shirt tucked into bold statement pants (Old Navy). While the pants are plenty interesting, I always need at least a little color in my life. Enter: my favorite red converse.
 Look 2: Tied at the waist and paired with rolled up khakis (Old Navy, altered) and heeled ankle boots (Kohls). This neutral look screams Fall to me!
Look 3: Ahhh leggings. How I love thee. If you were around the blog at all last year you already know my devotion to leggings. Belted and paired with some cute ankle boots, maybe even add some cute, colorful socks when it gets colder, this will definitely be a staple look for me in the coming months.