It’s sunny today and B. and I are going for a walk around the campus to stare at the flowering trees and bushes. I decided to blend in the flora’s purple and pink splendor with this outfit. I finally get to show some skin and feel the sun.
There’s a downside to all of this warmth, though, and it is this: I can no longer hide my body under layers of clothes. This means I have to face what I’ve piled on to my body during the winter (darn you, Persian and Indian buffets!). All the flab and the lumps — arghhh! I hate them! I keep telling myself, tomorrow I will start working out again. Do some running now that it’s warmer. Maybe do some kickboxing. Go to the neighborhood gym especially since it’s free. But it’s sooooo difficult to take that first step. Please, SOMEBODY SLAP ME so I can move my butt to the treadmill!
Anyways, I’ve been busy with three little projects. I made two hats. Well, I thrifted the hats then altered/embellished them to make them more ME.
First, the ombre berry hat. It was ugly when I thrfited it back home. Hideous, even! It had all these leatherette cords and yucky brown flowers around it. Plus it was wide-brimmed and really silly. But I loved the color and it was good quality felt.
What I did: I shortened the brim and used the cut material as a band. Then I cut some leaf shapes and sewed them onto the band. Voila!
Second, the baby pink angora cloche. I thrifted this hat from Goodwill for $2.59. I bought it because I had an angora scarf with the same color. When I got home, I realized that the wool sweater I bought for felting was the same exact color, too! Talk about serendipity! I had finished felting it and I knew I could use it to embellish the hat. 🙂
What I did: I felted the wool sweater then cut out leaf and flower shapes. Sewed them onto the cloche. Tadaaa!!!
Now, the third is what I call the orchid cuff and it’s also made from the wool sweater that I felted. Look:
Staring at it now, it looks more like an angel than an orchid. It’s still a work in progress, though. I’m trying to see what else I can add to it.
Then, a steal. But first, a confession: I have a lot of sunglasses. Aviators, angled and round ones, huge ones, tiny ones… A lot. But when I saw these purple sunnies…
… and for $1.29 (brand new at the clearance rack at Burlington Coat Factory), I just couldn’t resist it!
As for my outfit, I’m wearing a blue-violet shift dress that I think I will shorten just a little. Don’t you think taking two inches off it would make it flare out less awkwardly?
On top, I have on a very thin color-blocked cardigan which is quite fun, actually, because you can button it up in different ways. I left it open today because it was very hot.
My necklace was given to me by a fellow musician, Bayang Barrios, who is also one of the most talented performers in my country. She and I got to know each other during my theater days and renewed that friendship during my musical stint in Korea. She surprised me with this handmade necklace when we got home. Thanks again, Bayang! 🙂
And for my footwear: Dansko sandals, the comfiest pair you can wear on your feet. I mean it! They’re a bit expensive, though, ranging from $110 to $125.
But I got mine for $3 back home. Thrifted and almost brand new! I’m so lucky! Woohooo!!!
Err… Don’t hate me.