Outfit Details:
white shirt: H&M
sequin skirt: reconstructed from a thrifted dress
belt: thrifted, or maybe it’s from my mom
shoes: Calvin Klein, from Beacon’s Closet
bag: courtesy of Coach

I’m rather happy that I salvaged this skirt from a dowdy old dress; it has long since been one of my favorites. I’m not really one for big costume changes (probably because I’m not really one for fabulous outings), so I will wear my beads and sequins whether it’s day or night. In this case, I dressed it down – if you can call it that – with a plain white t-shirt and minimal accessories. I’ll just call that a happy accident, since we all know I’m scarcely a master of accessorizing, anyway. Except when it comes to bruises. I am so good at pairing my outfits with bruises.

A few people have asked about my shoes, in person. You may or may not have noticed the faded white marks on my shoes, which are deliberately kept in place. In our last days together, Rowdy (my horse) and I did many fluid treatments, and I gave him countless doses of various medicines. Whenever he gestured to his stomach (which usually indicates colic), I would give him a dose of Milk of Magnesia, of which several drops would end up all over my shoes. I’m certain it’s macabre by most standards, but for now, I still can’t bear to wash them off. I have a tendency to hold onto the strangest things. I just don’t want to forget.

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

  1. SWF_Terra says: May 24, 20103:42 pm

    I am in love with this outfit, the skirt in particular. I'm envious of your tailoring skills.

    I don't think you should clean off your shoes. Not until you're ready. I say hang on to those strangest of things tightly.

  2. Becky says: May 24, 20103:45 pm

    Beautiful outfit. The skirt is fantastic. For what it's worth, I wouldn't have washed the shoes off, either.

  3. lumikha says: May 24, 20103:52 pm

    that skirt is exquisite. i wish i could sew like you because i would never had to purchase any clothes, or at least would rarely have to. also, i'm not very familiar with what happened with your horse but i hope he's in a better place now.

  4. Fia says: May 24, 20104:01 pm

    Wow, that dress makes a great skirt. And I love it dressed down with a simple white t-shirt.

  5. AlejandrA says: May 24, 20104:03 pm

    omg! nice nice look!!!

  6. Alice says: May 24, 20104:04 pm

    You look very pretty :)

  7. geektastic says: May 24, 20104:06 pm

    That skirt is gorgeous- what a fantastic idea!

    I wouldn't have washed it off, either. I had pet chickens, and when they passed, I kept feathers I found in my room from when I'd let them loose, or found some outside from where they'd sleep. I did paintings and poetry about it- stories even. I was a kid for those occasions when my two pets passed on, but I don't think it would've been much different at this age had I lost them.

    hugs. <3

  8. Dress up scientist says: May 24, 20104:09 pm

    Hi, your skirt is beautiful. It's very sweet of you to hang on to pieces of your memories like that. I stopped by a stable this weekend and thought about you and your blog.

  9. Out of Order says: May 24, 20104:17 pm

    lovely skirt, lovely outfit!

  10. monkeyandsquirrel says: May 24, 20104:37 pm

    wow… that was quite a beacons closet score with those shoes!

  11. ewe says: May 24, 20104:55 pm

    the skirt is so extraordynary and i love your shoes

  12. Yellowine says: May 24, 20105:00 pm

    Lovely outfit! Details in the dress are great.

    I'm sorry to hear about your horse. You don't have to do anything to your shoes until you're ready.

  13. OooKellyNicky says: May 24, 20105:06 pm

    Wow, the beading and embellishment on that navy skirt is so beautiful. You look so classic, I love it.

    my blog: ♥La Stylin Girraffe♥

  14. theowlsarenotwhattheyseem says: May 24, 20105:18 pm

    i love the beaded skirt so much! and i think it's great to wear it in the daytime, because you can see all the detailing much better.

    the shoes are lovely too, but sorry to hear about your horse. ~joelle

  15. Like Square Polka Dots (Caroline) says: May 24, 20105:34 pm

    So clever that you salvaged that skirt from a dress! You would have never known– I sure didn't! I love those shoes. The cutout near the heel is so cool.

  16. Melanie says: May 24, 20105:38 pm

    That skirt is glorious. Nice job with the reconstruct! The story about your horse, though sad is very beautiful. I can see why you haven't cleaned it off your shoes.

    Melanie@Unravelled Threads

  17. Fashion Butter says: May 24, 20105:41 pm

    what a fun look. that bag is fabulous!

  18. sincerelyangela says: May 24, 20105:50 pm

    you look beautiful as always!

  19. Colleen says: May 24, 20105:56 pm

    Great job with the skirt. I understand how you're feeling about your horse, it's so hard to lose an animal friend :(

  20. libys11 says: May 24, 20106:03 pm

    aaww i think you're adorable! 😀
    that skirt is beyond stunning!!! the sequins and the scalloped hemline are such gorgeous details! 😀

  21. Flowerbomb says: May 24, 20106:09 pm

    Really lovely outfit! I especially love the skirt!! :)

  22. Future Lint says: May 24, 20107:02 pm

    That skirt is beautiful! You certainly have a knack for taking terrible old things and making them lovely!

  23. emilie says: May 24, 20107:05 pm

    This gives a great idea for a fantastically sequined but horribly shaped skirt in my closet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Em-Jae says: May 24, 20107:32 pm

    Adorable outfit.

    I think you should do a tutorial on how to transform a fabulous skirt like that!!! I would love to know how :)

  25. Sarah Dee says: May 24, 20107:36 pm

    Your skirt is the coolest skirt I have ever seen! And I dont find the milk of magnesia stains macabre at all, its actually very sweet


  26. Ruzu says: May 24, 20107:38 pm

    Allways lovely :)
    I want those shoes, very cool

  27. kenda says: May 24, 20107:45 pm

    the detail on your skirt is gorgeous. i absolutely love it.

  28. Celine says: May 24, 20107:46 pm

    You are a talented lady. That skirt is beyond gorgeous. Looks amazing on you.


  29. Kate says: May 24, 20107:59 pm

    that is THE perfect white shirt! love the shape!

  30. Danny says: May 24, 20108:16 pm

    ya. great skirt.


  31. revital says: May 24, 20108:37 pm

    oh wow!! I love the skirt- its simply perfect!


  32. Sara says: May 24, 20108:47 pm

    That skirt is amazing! I'm jealous!

  33. pauline says: May 24, 20109:17 pm

    the skirt is so gorgeous!

  34. Miss Emma Kitty says: May 24, 201010:21 pm

    The skirt is amazing ! I love how you dressed it down. Casual and Chic

  35. jennine says: May 24, 201010:35 pm

    that skirt is just amazing! i wonder if more sequin skirts can be transformed from those old lady blouses? hmm…you got me thinking!

  36. Lauren says: May 24, 201010:40 pm

    Beautiful skirt!! And you quoted Phantom of the Opera in your post title :)

  37. dreamylacey says: May 24, 201010:42 pm

    the skirt is fantastic. how du you want us to do when we read reconstructed from a thriefted shop!! you have such a gift!!


  38. kelly ann says: May 24, 201011:03 pm

    that skirt is incredible on you!

  39. PrettyDamnCute says: May 24, 201011:57 pm

    thanks for the recycling idea. I have a HORRID sequin prom dress that could make a great skirt. genius!

  40. Kate says: May 25, 201012:45 am

    I love the texturedness of the skirt next to the smoothness of your top!

    Whatever works for you is a good thing. Sometimes we need the echoes of times and places and loved ones to remind us that while they aren't here anymore, they can't be really gone either. Their lovely presences are still in the world. I don't care if it's a horse or a dog or a person, the same is true (and really, sometimes animals are much better friends and positive forces in our lives than lots of people!)

    I hope those white marks on your shoes will soon make you smile more than they make you sad.

  41. Nicki says: May 25, 20101:35 am

    I really like fancy skirts with plainer tops, I think it looks awesome. Love your outfit =).

  42. Sandy a la Mode says: May 25, 20102:09 am

    your skirt is absolutely beautiful (and so are you)! i LOVE the detail and the color of the skirt, would love one for myself! =)

  43. Becca Jane says: May 25, 20102:38 am

    Your skirt is absolutely totally gorgeous. LOVING it.

  44. Becca says: May 25, 20103:04 am

    the skirt is beautiful – i think i like it even more worn in such a casual way. I think beautiful things should be worn to pieces not saved and worn only once!

  45. mariska says: May 25, 20103:05 am
  46. Cubicle Chic says: May 25, 20103:10 am

    I love this outfit, especially the skirt. I'm so impressed by your sewing skills and ability to imagine your dress turned into something else! It's sparkle isn't too much for the day when worn with the simple tee. Love it!


  47. Marie says: May 25, 20104:16 am

    i love that you saved the skirt from an old dress and that you saved the MOM markings on your pretty shoes. that's so romantic.

  48. Dixi Wonderland says: May 25, 20108:49 am

    You always have so cute outfits 😀

  49. jenloveskev says: May 25, 201012:55 pm

    Wow! You did a fantasic job with that skirt. Its beautiful! The whole outfit is.

  50. agnes says: May 25, 20101:51 pm

    superbe, j'aime tout, de la jupe aux chaussures (qui sont magnifiques)

  51. Jenni says: May 25, 20102:10 pm

    i really do love this outfit. Genius on your part to reconstruct that dress into a skirt. It looks so fantastic.

  52. marthaaaa_ says: May 25, 20102:52 pm

    The skirt is beautiful, could you imagine how long it would take to bead that by hand though?!
    It makes me think of like an old style flapper dress, I really like it. :)

  53. MOUSEVOX VINTAGE says: May 25, 20103:56 pm

    Oh my gosh your skirt is perfect!

  54. Sarah says: May 25, 20105:48 pm

    your 'salvaged' skirt is absolutely divine! you look so stunning in these photos- as always!! xx

  55. amanda lynn? says: May 25, 20108:28 pm

    i abosolutely LOVE that skirt. It's amazing that you made that from a dress, all that beading must have been difficult to work with. It kinda reminds me of my prom dress too (except mine was red). I found it at a thrift store and because of all the beading the alterations cost more than the dress itself did.

  56. PenPot says: May 25, 201011:18 pm

    You are so talented! That skirt is so beautiful. I tried to turn a dress into a top the other week and in the end me and the sewing machine had a fight =(
    You look stunning. That outfit is perfect.

  57. Pony says: May 25, 201011:18 pm

    i don't think it's macabre at all, i think it's sweet. when my horse cody passed away – i was about twelve – i looked after him for a full day and a night in an old tshirt and trousers. after he died, i just packed the clothes away and didn't wash or wear them again. i probably still have them, somewhere.

    it's a legitimate way of mourning/remembering a loved one :)

  58. Molly says: May 26, 20102:00 am

    that is an INCREDIBLE skirt. wow. just wow.

  59. Cara says: May 26, 20103:41 am

    love the skirt and shoes!!! they are the perfect clogs!

    where has Bobby been? I miss seeing the guys fashion every once in a awhile.

  60. Dirty Hair Halo says: May 26, 20105:32 am

    That's heartbreakingly sweet. Even though I don't really know you besides blog stalking you, and you don't know me, I hope all is well.

  61. Draft of Vintage says: May 26, 20106:37 pm

    The skirt is beautiful— it looks like the scales of some lovely exotic fish— and you styled it perfectly. I can understand being sentimental, especially when it comes to the passing of someone you love, it's a very sweet tribute.

  62. Kelly says: May 27, 20109:21 am

    As always your so adorable and your outfit is so stylish!! :DD

  63. sofia h says: May 28, 201011:06 am

    That skirt is all sorts of awesome!

  64. Lovers, Saints & Sailors says: May 28, 201012:07 pm

    This is gorgeous! At first glance I thought the skirt was embroidered. The simple combination with the white shirt adds a sort of jeans and white tee vibe.
    Love it.

  65. Sini says: June 5, 201011:19 am

    I love your skirt! So pretty, bit of 20´s!=) Great look! You have nice touch in your blog!

  66. gayle says: June 6, 20102:34 am
  67. Marti says: June 9, 20101:33 pm

    i just loove it!.

  68. Reina says: June 19, 20104:44 pm

    oh i love the detail and shape of that skirt!!!