Thrifted, altered, and perfectly tacky

I don't know what it is about the tackier treasures at thrift stores, but I'm always drawn to them.  Does it have ruffles?  You've got my attention.  Is it gold?  Even better.  Is it beaded?  SOLD.  Enter this vest, tank top, shirt thing, piece of tacky I can't even identify.  It sucked me in from across the store, and before I even got to it I knew it was going to be mine.  First, the after version, and second, the before version - lace armholes, 38" wide and all...

Outfit details - vest thing: vintage, thrifted and altered // skirt: vintage, thrifted // shoes: TJ Maxx // bag: vintage, thrifted // jewelry: dinosaur toes here and here

Although this was marked a size small, it was anything but; the arm holes were sagging nearly at my waist, and I had to take several inches out of each side to bring the bust from about 38" to right at 32".  I also decided that since a lot of tacky was packed into this one garment, I'd tone it down a little by removing the lace from around the arm holes - and the fact that it felt like it was made of plywood may have also influenced my decision.  So yeah, it's tacky as hell, and I'm not even sure how it's supposed to be worn, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't think it was $3.50 VERY well spent!

Have you come across any treasures lately?  What's the tackiest or most awesome thing you've found while thrifting?

A New Favorite

I love gold, and I love Flojo, so naturally I have a new favorite accessory.  ONecklace was kind enough to let me choose a piece of jewelry to review for you guys, and I wasn't disappointed.  At all.

A name necklace has been on my wishlist since watching Carrie on Sex And The City and realizing that name jewelry really IS awesome, and it should not have been left in the 70's with all the Janets, Debbies, and Beckies!  (Carrie also made me crazy about the silver, rhinestone embellished, peep toe Manolo Blahnik heels [of course I have the knock-offs], dressy shoes with casual outfits, wavy fluffy hair, and the list goes on).

As for my opinion of the necklace, it can be summed up in one word - FAVORITE.  But for the sake of explanation, I'll elaborate.  I got the Carrie style name necklace (because, duh) which comes in silver or gold-plated, and delivered in a pretty little box.  You have some freedom aside from the name in that you also get to specify your chain style and length.  I went with the box chain at 16", that way it is high enough to be worn with non V or plunging necks without getting underneath, thus being lost.  It's also a good, simple length in case I want to layer it with a longer, larger necklace.  The turnaround and delivery times were quicker than I expected for a custom piece of jewelry, and lastly, get 10% off your order when you use the code GIFT.

If necklaces aren't your thing, ONecklace also has customizable rings, bracelets, and earrings.  I'll be sure to not-so-subtly drop the hint to my husband that I kind of really want a ring soon...

Also, I hope you'll let me slide on the no lip balm issue, and the fact that my hair looks like a wig!

My Maximum Destruction DIY

After seeing the billionth hanging plant holder on an interior design blog, I decided to take a little break from work yesterday to finally make myself one (because it's only been on my 'When I Get Time' to-do list for ages).  And because I had a freshly charged battery, I figured I'd take pictures and share.  You've probably seen one of the dozens of hanging holder DIYs on Pinterest, so obviously this idea isn't new!

1. Decide what you want to put in your hanger, and how big it will be.  It doesn't have to be a plant; it could be a dish to collect keys, mail, soaps in your bathroom, etc.  Then get your supplies together!  You will need: some type of strong string (I used leather because I had a lot on hand), some type of ring (I had this old brass circle brooch, and I cut off the pin back and filed it smooth), scissors, and you can use any decorative beads or tubes if you choose (I was going to then decided to keep it simple).  *If you decide to add beads or tubes, you will need to add those before you add your knots!

2. Cut eight lengths of string, or leather, or whatever you're using.  The length you cut depends on how long you want your hanger to be.  I cut mine about 5 feet long, and my hanger is about 2 feet long when finished.

3. Get all four pieces of your string together, and pull it through your ring so that your ring is in the middle of your strings.  You should now have eight ends hanging below your ring.  Tie a basic knot in your strings below your ring.

4. Decide how far down you want your knots to start, then start knotting!  Just make a simple knot with two of your strings, move on to two more, and continue until you have four knots.

5. Move down and continue knotting your strings.  This time, use one string from a previous knot, and one from another knot. You don't want to tie a knot with same two strings from the knot above.

6. Finish the bottom off by tying a simple knot.  Make sure it's nice and tight so it won't come loose from the weight of your planter!

7. Hang that b*tch up!  I found this hook somewhere among some other things, and I have no idea why I had it, but I set it aside thinking maybe I could use it one day.  And now I have.  Also, it's going to be a little more difficult to get your plant situated in the hanger if you have long vines hanging down.  This part was a little tricky since I was aiming for minimum plant mutilation.

That was the finished project until I had to pull a Danielle, and try to readjust the knot at the bottom without taking the planter out first.  I paid less than a dollar for this vintage planter, so it's not like I'm out a light bill or anything, but I really loved it, so I was pretty pissed with myself.  From DIY success to maximum destruction in no time.

What started out as a free DIY since I had all the supplies at home has turned into one that will cost me a few bucks as I now have to buy another planter (I went through a purge last year and got rid of all my indoor planters thinking I'd never use them again).  Oh well, we live and learn (or in my case, we live and break things and don't learn how not to break, but instead learn that breaking sucks).

So there you have it - you can ruin your DIY just as fast as you can create it.  I really should've seen it coming though, considering I'm kind of known in my house for being the one to accidentally break lots of perfectly good stuff.

I want to be a professional Rosarian.

I love roses.  Like, more than Coca-Cola, more than Parks & Rec, more than getting film developed and not having to forego meals for a week because it was so expensive - I LOVE ROSES.

Chris and I often go to the Old City Cemetery - a historic cemetery in Lynchburg, VA full of beautiful century-or-more-old headstones, antique roses to make you swoon, and birds upon birds upon birds for the avian enthusiast in both of us - to take a peaceful walk and just relax.  In all the years I've been going, I've about died of jealousy over their collection of (quite old) antique roses, but I never knew until last Sunday that they actually sell rooted cuttings of their roses!  I, my friends, am the proud new mother of a Mademoiselle Franziska Kr├╝ger - my first antique rose.

Yesterday I just sat on my porch staring at her and gently stroking her leaves.  I'm telling you, I'm nuts about roses.  And I want to be a professional Rosarian.  Now I'm wondering where I can take cuttings of roses here and there for rooting without getting run off...

Facing a fear.

I'm not talking about fire, death, the dark, or the paranormal.  I'm talking about wearing something delicate.  This pearl embellished jacket has been hanging in my closet for, um, JUST THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY, and each time I open the door to go in, I'm greeted by this beaded beauty, just begging to be worn.  So, I faced my fear of wearing something delicate and damaging it, and wore it... FINALLY!

jacket: Forever 21 // dress: TJ Maxx // shoes: Target

I'm proud to announce that I wore it all day with only one pearl casualty, but considering I was standing still in my dining room talking to Chris when the beaded decided to jump, I'm saying that wasn't my fault, instead it mustn't have been sewn on well.

With this new found confidence, I feel like I can take on the world... of beaded clothes.