Saturday, August 20, 2011

Thrifting for Fall Fashion - I am so in for the season !!

My sister Allison has this amazing ability to spot good quality fabric, tailoring and designer labels in a sea of thrift shop clothes.  She honed her skill at Neiman- Marcus while working at the Estee Lauder counter in Chicago...I am sure every lunch break was spent looking and touching every garment on the designer floor and almost certain she spent almost every paycheck there...with all of those beautiful clothes and a could she resist!

Allison and I were thrifting at a  Goodwill store on one of my visits to Houston and she spotted a dress from across the store ... she made a B line for it.  It so happens it was a dress by Escada which is one of those super expensive fashion houses that makes beautiful clothes.  The dress is black and white , it has a nice shape and a beautiful back with buttons at the neck...a cut out ....and more buttons.  Did I mention it is was my size and it was $9.99.

I almost did not buy it (silly me) is kind of shiny...but in New York you can wear anything ! and today while looking through the New York Times fall fashion magazine I came across a dress by Salvatore Ferragamo that looks an awful lot like my $9.99 dress.  It seems that I am in style for fall without breaking the bank...Thrifting saves the day (and my bank account ) again !  Thanks Allison !
The front

The back

A nice clothing line !

Fall 2011 Fashion - I am so ahead of the game !!

Friday, August 12, 2011

The $2.99 Chair Project ( I mention the word 12 times)

I am back from my fishing trip and now back to creative thinking and projects.  As of this moment I have a  workroom full of projects ...pants and dresses that need to be hemmed and tailored, an unfinished buggy project,  a mid century screen door idea/ project and don't forget my creative outdoor space project!!!  If you are a creative person you know that if you have too many projects going at one time you don't get anything done ... and those projects sit there until you finally sort it out in your brain and you figure out where to begin.

With that said....while on my first thrifting trip since vacation I found this very nice leather and wood chair for $2.99 .  The seat is torn but the bones are good. It is not my style but since I have never reupholstered a piece of furniture I thought it would be a nice PROJECT ! Did I say PROJECT ?  Here I go again...the good thing about this blog is that it keeps me moving on my projects ...  something to write about and you ask me how my projects are coming along and that keeps me working on them.

Better get going and work on a project...FYI:  photos coming of the outdoor space...I did get something done  on it - not completely finished but the ideas are flooding out! 
My creative mind never stops...just wish my energy level could keep up with it !
The Back - not in bad shape

Nice Legs !!

The reason it's a PROJECT !!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gone Fishing !!

Will be fishing for the next week and will get back to the blog next week...unless of course I come across something great and I can't wait to share it with you.  Have a good week !