A work of art: Part 1

My mother and I haven’t always had the meaningful relationship that we have today, but through the years our bond has grown stronger and stronger.  Something I am supremely grateful for today is my realization and appreciation for my mother’s … Continue reading

When life gives you lemons make lemonade!

Oh how I’ve missed thee – ‘thee’ is making a point to write on here more often than once a week. I love writing, creating, and sharing with the world my thoughts, ideas, and art through my clothing. Life gets BUSY and all of a sudden it’s been 9 days since I’ve written! But, I’m here now and that’s all that matters…

I love the expression “when life gives you lemons make lemonade.” What that signifies is the fact that life can be difficult, tricky, and straight hard. But, with a little bit of sugar, or what I like to call optimism, those bitter tasting experiences you are going through will turn sweet and teach you a valuable lesson.

Life is pretty even keel right now and I like that. I don’t know if it’s because I picked up yoga a couple of months back, or if my perception has changed realizing that no matter what, everything will be ok. Am I a millionaire with out a money care in the world? Hell no! I’m what they call broke and fabulous and proud of it! I know with continued hard work,  the money will eventually come. Just as long as I have a roof over my head, (very grateful to have my own apt) food in my belly, and enough money to allow me an antique faire or thrifted dress on occasion then I’m happy.

I have so many projects going on right now that I sometimes feel like a chicken with it’s head cut off. But, I would never in a million years complain because of how frickin’ grateful I am for all that is happening. Plus, I just love all the challenges! It’s when I grow the most and learn. The lessons I’m learning are to be more organized, not stress out, work hard, and always give what ever I’m involved in 110%.

I will update all of you with the happenings in my life in another blog post and I promise it will be sooner than 9 days! As for now, enjoy some fun photos of thrifty looks ranging from summer wear on Good Day Sac to a recent blog post from Thrift Town. Check out my blog post for Thrift Town here: http://networkedblogs.com/NYeoc

Thank you to everyone who has followed and believed in me through out this journey, means the world to me…

Love,

The Dress Fiend

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All clothes and accessories from Freestyle, SPCA, and Thrift Town. All 3 stores have FB pages now. Follow them for all the up to date sales!

Feeling grateful

I’m feeling grateful these days for all that I have, not all that I ‘should have.’ The ‘should haves’ are the toxicities of life that never allow you to truly grow into your own authentic self. When we ponder around wishing that our lives were different, that if we only had more money, or if I only had what she has; we can make ourselves sick both physically and spiritually. I say this not out of observation, but from personal experience. This evening was a beautiful reminder that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now and with continued hard work, dedication, and passion I will preserver over all other destructive thoughts or behaviors.

I had the most lovely time this evening with a new girlfriend I met recently. To talk life, truth, and mutual love for fashion was exactly what I’ve been needing. Maybe I’m getting older, but I don’t much care for the chit chat anymore and would much rather be myself. The conversation with my new friend reminded me to always remain grateful and humble.

Thank you new friend for talking ‘real talk’ with me. Tonight was such a great night – I just had to write about it and share my attitude of gratitude for life today.

My friend and I talked about how clothing is so much more than just a dress; it’s about style! We also talked about times when we couldn’t afford to shop and how we were forced to take a closer look at what we already had. Those challenges made us better dressers and in turn, more unique. I’m thinking a little no shopping challenge may be on the horizon soon – Stay tuned!

Cobalt blue with a splash of rainbow…

– Something to think about: Orange and blue are beautiful together! (My shoes are a dark orange here and dress a colbalt blue) They are opposites on the color wheel and look mighty spectacular together in my opinion :)

Dress is by Guess and thrifted at Freestyle Clothing Exchange for $18, shoes $8 there as well. Necklace and bracelet the Momma made.  (She’s the Jack of all Trades – she can sew, make jewelry, crochet, knit – what can’t she do?!)

P.S. The makeup is by Wet & Wild – cheap, fun, and great quality! Seriously their liquid eye liners and lipsticks are my favs.

Love,

The Dress Fiend

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When opposites attract…

I like my colors the opposite just as much as I like my men the opposite of me. I’m a Taurus and have a tendency to like Scorpios! I just can’t help it, they’re so much fun! Just like the color play with this orange dress and blue accessories were.

Recently I have been re-falling in love with the work of Piet Mondrian and the simple use of bold colors and lines. I particularly loved his use of red-orange and blue together.Image Though opposite on the color wheel, orange and blue are complimentary colors and go, in my opinion, fabulously together! In fact, orange and blue are my two favorite colors. And I’m not just biased because I’m Dutch, Piet Mondrian is Dutch, and the colors of Holland are orange and blue ;)

I was so inspired by Mondrian that I wanted to somehow mimic one of his paintings. I took my red-orange Ann Taylor dress and paired it with blue vintage accessories, shoes, AND makeup. Here’s a big tip girls: Wet & Wild is frickin’ awesome and has amazing cobalt blue liquid liner and gorgeous orangey lipstick. And for a mere $1.99, you can pretty much afford to try all the different colors they offer. 

When opposites attract, it can be electrifying – make a statement!

‘Art isn’t about following the rules. It’s about breaking them.’ ~ David Sedaris

Outfit:

Ann Taylor dress, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $13

Necklace, Goodwill, $3

Ring, Goodwill, $2.50

Vintage blue suede heels, Crossroads, $7

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All that glitters is not gold sometimes…

90% contentment, 8% joy, 2% gratitude…

Living in contentment, joy, and gratitude is what I aim for every morning when I get up. But, not every morning do I achieve this and sometimes the Richter scale is sent askew and I’m thrown off balance to a land of vertigo. This weekend I found myself more in line with resentment, jealousy, and anger. Not a good place to be at all for me.

I just spent the last 2 hours writing a really heart felt blog post to have it magically disappear. I take this as a sign from God. (Ganesh perhaps?) to shorten the post. Short and sweet it is…

Ladies if you had a bad weekend like me, I feel you. All that glitters is not gold and things are painful to experience sometimes.

To be short and sweet: If I’ve learned anything at all, it’s to find something you absolutely love with all your heart, soul, and might. My clothes are my love. It is plain and simply my art, what drives me to be creative and free. When I’m feeling the downest of the down, I turn to my clothes and let them speak to me. And you know what? They bring me back to life and make me feel whole again always. Find something that makes you feel whole, I guarantee it will save your life and empower you to be the best woman – the woman you were always meant to be…

I woke up Sunday a little blue, but I quickly took that melancholy state of mind to a creative happy place. A little fashion shoot always cures the bluesy heart for me. I say phewy to the achy heart and hello to something that brings contentment, joy, and gratitude – thank you clothes for bringing out the best in me.

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Outfits:

Top to bottowm:

Hat, SPCA thrift, $8 – Crop top, Freestyle Clothing, $12 – Express jeans, Freestyle Clothing, $10 – Leopard belt, Sei Bella Boutique, $10 – Steve Madden heels, Freestyle Clothing, $15

Hat, Goodwill, $3 – J.Crew dress, Freestyle Clothing, $7 – DVF jacket, Freestyle Clothing, $13 – Necklace, Goodwill, $3 – Bebe boots, Freestyle Clothing, $14

Spring has Sprung

We are well into the Spring season and flowers, warmth, and bird chirping is amongst us. I love nothing more than to throw on a comfortable, yet sexy dress for the warmer weather. Mix in a statement necklace and a cute pair of flats and you are well on to your Spring styling ways…

Prim and proper is what I do best, but sometimes I let my naturally curly hair go and embrace the easy breezy comfortable side of things. Shoot, I even wear flats sometimes! 

I am in love with this long tie dyed dress and feel not only comfortable in it, but sexy, too! I don’t like to wear short dresses because I’m not comfortable in them, but a long racer back dress is right up my ally ;)

Outfit:

Tie dyed dress, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $10

Necklace, handmade by my dear Momma

Steve Madden flats, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, $13

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Day 23 – October 2012: Buy nothing new month (When art inspires fashion)

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 23:

I LOVE this dress – A LOT! When I found this Diane Von Furstenberg silk dress I was instantly reminded of the late artist Paul Jenkins. My favorite medium is watercolor and Jenkins’ painted in watercolor or acrylic. Even his acrylic paintings were just as beautiful and translucent as watercolors – so luminous and beautiful use of light. His work was Abstract Expressionism at it’s finest and the dress I have on makes me feel like a walking piece of art. DVF has some phenomenal printed fabrics and out of all my dresses by her, this one takes the cake. (P.S. do you notice the ruching in the front and back of the dress? See how flattering it is and why I love it so much? Ladies, keep your eyes out for dresses constructed this way – it flatters SO many different body types!)

Below are a few examples of Jenkins’ work:

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DVF, Freestyle, $18 (free because I had trade there)

Red leather heals, Freestyle, $9 (1/2 off, were $18)

Day 20 – October 2012: Buy nothing new month

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Recycling my wardrobe – Day 20:

This is a shout out to my wonderful mother, Deb. My mom is honest to god the best seamstress in the whole wide world and sometimes, when I’m lucky, she makes me something. This beautiful 60’s inspired suit was made by my Mommacita about 6 years ago out of light blue and chocolate brown boucle. There’s a high waisted skirt (there I go again with my high waists!) and beautiful jacket. The buttons are exquisite as well and made from tiny little pieces of abalone shells – an abalone mosaic! I just cherish this piece she made me and feel so blessed to call her mom. She inspires me everyday…

I may not be able to afford a Chanel suit, but at least I’m lucky enough to have a mom who can make me a suit just as good :)