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Olive, Pink, and Dog Models

Trains are a nice way to travel. I can just relax, read, take pictures of the sun rising…but they’re also a great way to get sick. Yup, I caught something. Luckily it didn’t kick in until my last day in Northern Virginia, so I was still able to enjoy my trip. I got to hang out with the cute doggies in these pictures, see my even cuter one-year-old cousin, have lunch with a good friend that I haven’t seen since last fall, have a nice lunch with my grandparents, see my grandma’s art show, sit in Cherry Blossom Festival traffic for an hour (the trees weren’t really in bloom yet, bummer), check out the Torpedo Factory Art Center, catch up on some reading, and watch way too much TV. Sigh…now I have to get back to work.

I wanted to bring as little luggage as possible on my trip, so I packed items that could all be mixed and matched. Pink and olive, a combination I love, was pretty much the theme of my weekend. Below are two outfits that show two different ways to wear this lovely color combo. Both feature the same shoes and the same scarf. Also check out this outfit which features a similar color palette.

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Haha, the dogs made it a bit difficult to take pictures…doggy-outtake-1 doggy-outtake-2 doggy-outtake-3 doggy-outtake-4

jacket: secondhand Old Navy
olive polka dot tee: secondhand Old Navy
pink jeans: secondhand American Eagle Outfitters
pink tee: secondhand Old Navy
olive pants: secondhand Loft
shoes: Toms
scarf: DIY
sunglasses: secondhand

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Weekend Links!

Happy early weekend! I’m off on an adventure via train. I’m dog-sitting for relatives this weekend, and I’m not bringing a computer with me (it’s kinda hard to travel with a 27″ iMac). I’ll try to post when I get home on Monday night, but if not, I’ll be back Tuesday. I think I’m going to just take advantage of my time without my computer to catch up on some long overdue reading. I was planning on getting out and exploring some while away, but I think I’d rather just relax, read, and hang out with the dogs. I may go out one day, or perhaps meet up with a friend in the area, but that’s it. So here are some links to get you through the weekend:

This photo inspired me to whip out my orange nail polish. It already looks terrible – the woes of an artist.

Mmmm, these cheese puffs sound yummy and super easy to make!

I’m loving all the overalls I’m seeing in lookbooks and on Pinterest lately! A nod to my childhood. Now just to find the perfect pair and style them in a way that doesn’t make me look like my childhood.

Speaking of lookbooks, Ruche’s most recent is adorable! I love the tea party theme.

One of the big trends this spring is globally influenced apparel and accessories. Think mud cloth, Scandinavian embroidery, raffia, ikat, etc. I love it!

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Curl Woes

This outfit was semi-inspired by this outfit Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky wore back in October. I love the cute little scarf paired with the stripes, so I figured I’d make use of the scarf I made yesterday.

In other news, my hair is driving me nuts. I have naturally curly hair, but they’re very inconsistent curls. The hair in the back will be straight, maybe a bit of a wave, while the hair in the front will be super curly. I’m also starting to notice triangle hair some days. The inconsistency isn’t an issue when my hair is long or super (pixie) short, but anywhere in between…it’s crazy. I can’t wait until it gets longer! I think maybe some shorter layers will help, and I’m considering a spot perm, but I’ve never even so much as colored my hair, so the though of a perm (or a perm-gone-wrong) freaks me out a bit. I think perhaps I’ll just stick with hats…I certainly have enough.

Enough of that rant. Here’s my outfit!  See the pieces I’m wearing as featured in other outfits here, here, and here.
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Tee: secondhand J. Crew
Cardigan: secondhand Gap(?)
Jeans: secondhand Level 99
Boots: secondhand Steve Madden
Hat: J. Crew
Scarf
: DIY from old shirt

*This post is linked up at Pretty Shiny Sparkly – Bloggers Do B&W Stripes Better

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DIY Headwrap

This weekend, my sister tossed a shirt because it was ripped in under the sleeve. The shirt used to be mine until I outgrew it, and it was really tough for me to give up because I love the colors and pattern so much. When she deemed that it was unwearable , I snatched to, knowing I could make something with it.

I decided it would make a nice spring scarf/headwrap. So here’s what I did. Not very complicated. 
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SUPPLIES:

old blouse (this one’s a very thin cotton, no stretch)

scissors

sewing machine & thread

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut off all the bulky stuff – cuffs, collar, buttons. I ended up with about 5 rectangles: 1 from each sleeve and three from the body. Don’t worry about seams – you can see in my pictures that there are seams on my pieces of fabric. They won’t really be noticeable on the final product, particularly if you’re using a shirt with a fun pattern.

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2. Cut all the rectangles so they are the same width (length doesn’t matter). Sew them together along their widths so you have a long strip of fabric like below. shirtscarf4

3. One you have the rectangles sewn together into a long strip, fold it in half lengthwise, right sides facing together, and sew together the edges to make a long tube. Also sew shut one end of the tube. I cut the ends at a slant to create more of a tapered shape. Turn your creation right side out. Fold the edges of the unfinished end inward and sew shut. I topstitched each short end of the headwrap just for added durability.

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4. Wrap around your head and tie! Also makes a cute scarf. 🙂shirtscarf5

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Friday Floral

I hope you’re having a GOOD FRIDAY! ha…ha.

Spring (weather) is FINALLY here, so of course I had to wear floral to celebrate! This skirt is actually a dress. Ive seen this little trick done before, but I’ve never really had a dress that it would work with. This one actually has enough volume to it to work. I just folded down the top half (it’s sleeveless) under the skirt part. Paired with a striped tee (stripes and floral is a favorite combo of mine), a chambray shirt, and my white chucks, it’s the perfect cool spring day outfit. 

I hope you have a great Easter weekend! I’ve got a Cadbury Creme Egg waiting for me. Basically pure sugar…I think my love of them is mostly a nostalgic thing. A single Cadbury Creme Egg is how I celebrated Easter when I was studying abroad in London three years ago, and I’ve gotten myself one every Easter since.
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Haha…this is my, “stop distracting me” face. My brother was making faces and thumbs-up gestures at me.
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Chambray: J. Crew Factory
Tee: secondhand Old Navy
Dress as skirt:
secondhand Delia’s
Shoes: secondhand Converse
Bracelet and earrings: secondhand

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