Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pretty hands do pretty things




Sunday was a super busy day. Super super duper busy. I passed out on the couch when I got home and woke up to Bobby trying to feed me sushi for dinner. He was literally trying to feed me a tuna roll while I was sleeping. It's a really odd thing to wake up to.


The morning, however, was exceedingly pleasant. I met with the lovely Allister Ann for an early brunch at Balthazar, followed by a little walk around SoHo and the East Village. It was my first time meeting Allister but I've heard so much about her through our mutual friend Jeremy, it seemed as though I've known her a long time. She's just the way I imagined - super charming and adorable, and ridiculously talented to boot. Check out her photography and get to know her on her blog; she is sure to become your new girl crush.



That little dog is often outside, patiently waiting while his mom sweeps up the sidewalk. He's a funny little dog. Doesn't he look concerned?

The rest of my day consisted of boring work and business shenanigans that I won't bore anyone with, but I did find time to spend with Bobby on his one day off. I made this dress the night before as a break from work (which makes no sense, since work = sewing), so I also made sure to take some photos of my outfit. It's technically a reconstruction of a dress that Kim picked up at a thrift store or possibly Jet Rag, but the only part I left in tact is the very bottom tier. I treated the rest as regular fabric; it was a truly hideous dress but had pretty little details.  I wish I would remember to take before pictures but I'm always so impatient. I had enough trim left to stitch to the top tier, which was a happy coincidence. I hope Kim likes the dress because it is hers! 
I had to turn the belt around for a couple of the pictures, for obvious reasons. My mom found my old belt in storage and gave it to me when I was home for Amanda's wedding. I had to put another hole in it to get it to fit (and I use the term "fit" loosely) but I'm so happy to have it back! I wish I had pictures of me in all of my western gear on my little pony...I really thought I was the coolest kid.

Outfit Details:
dress - self made
chiffon jacket - estate sale
socks - forever 21
Seychelles Platinum boots - courtesy of ModCloth
Keiko belt - Grif's western wear, a gift from my mom when I was little
sweater coat - thrifted and altered
ginger leather satchel - courtesy of Coach


64 comments:

  1. You look so pretty! And that western monogrammed belt is so cute. I love how you re-did the sweater, and that self-made dress is just lovely perfection.

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    xoxo

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  2. You are adorable. Love this dress. Love your blog. http://idontwearjeans.blogspot.com/

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  3. Your hair looks gorgeous and I adore this outfit. The belt is darling.

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  4. that dress is beautiful! and your belt is really cool :)

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  5. I adore this outfit!

    I am wondering how you curl your hair? This is the exact style I'm trying to do to my hair. Trying being the word as I'm failing horribly. Any tips?

    Kirsty xo

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  6. You look so stinkin cute! Love this outfit - and the belt is so fun. Love that it is from your mom from when you were a little girl.
    Much love,
    B

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  7. Gorgeous outfit!

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  8. The dress is awesome and your hair is so gorgeous :-)

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  9. Oh, how I love that dress. Cool belt, boots and jacket too. Impeccable as always.

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  10. That dress is gorgeous! I'm picturing some of those ugly sleeved lace dresses that were popular in the late '80s as the before picture and I'm amazed at what you made out of it! That belt is awesome, I love getting new old stuff from my parents when I go to visit!

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  11. i immediately noticed the cute little dog back there. beautiful work on the dress!

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  12. The belt is incredible, sooo cute. As is the little pup, adorable!

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  13. @Kirsty she has a tutorial that teaches you how to style her hair just like that, it's just a few posts behind. Ok, a lot of posts behind.
    Keiko you should really install a search button :D.
    You outfit is beautiful!

    S.

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  14. I love your dress! I'm always impressed by your sewing prowess. It's a skill I hope to (attempt to) pick up soon.

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  15. The dress is amazing and I love that you have a belt with your name!

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  16. Quando passo em seu blog me admira com tanta delicadeza você emprega nas suas roupas tão lúdico e delicado.

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  17. I'm sure tons of people (me definitely included) would LOVE if you would post some tutorials of your re-makes. Or at least before/afters for some inspiration as to what can be done with a hideous thrifted dress. :)

    - Patricia
    fivefootsomething.blogspot.com

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  18. I HAD that belt - with my name on it (of course). :)

    Great job on the dress redo!!!

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  19. I love love love the boots (and the belt is cute, too!).

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  20. You look gorgeous!! I think this is one of my fave outfits of yours! I love what you did to the dress, that's my dream dress! I've been looking for a pretty lace dress... Love the belt too! So cute!

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  21. it is so cool! your belt has your name, hahaha. very very cool.
    I love your today's outfit, you look really nice.

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  22. i adore your dress! i saw the same dress from asianicandy - and was so impressed that you made it yourself! also love the socks in boots look.

    happy tuesday!

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  23. gorgeous dress! And I love the belt. I had one like that back in the day...my friend Taryn and I got them together to wear to the Smoky Mountains. Why? I have no idea...I think it was to impress a boy.

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  24. Beautiful dress and amazing details! The belt is so cute! I'm sure you looked adorable in it when you were little :)

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  25. OMG your hair is amazing! Please do a tutorial for how you got such beautiful loose curls! Its gorgeous! :-)

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  26. I think I have a hard time imagining that dress ever being ugly because the results are so beautiful!!!

    Alyssa

    http://beautysimplistic.blogspot.com

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  27. i love the decemberists...and your outfit!

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  28. you have the prettiest hair ever!

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  29. gorgeous dress! you look lovely.

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  30. Really love these pics! SO CUTE!!!

    And your named belt is amazing...

    From Munich With Love

    Angie -> http://munichstylelover.blogspot.com

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  31. so impressed with your sewing skills! i love all the lace in this dress and it fits you beautifully! and what a wonderful belt! perfect for this dress. you look lovely, as always. :)

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  32. that personalized belt is really something!!! :D you look so dainty and fresh in this look!! :D

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  33. You look gorgeous, Keiks. That belt is awesome!!! I love your hair in this post :)

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  34. whether you like it or not, you always look put together, and pretty cute :) I've been meaning to ask you how you can wear heeled shoes for extended periods of time (like out of the house), I'd like to have 'heeled' days, but it wears me out. my email is Laurel.maha@gmail.com

    I love your blog!

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  35. Love this!! So chic :)

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  36. Your Keiko belt is so good! Makes me want an Ashley one ;)

    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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  37. Gorgeous!! you look awesome!! j

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  38. Wow, Keiko, that dress is stunning! Nice work :)

    I love your little belt, too. I wish I had something neat like that from my childhood!

    Sophi

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  39. you're my absolute favorite! so inspiring.

    i love your whole outfit. you have great hair also! :)

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  40. You did an amazing job with this dress. ..I can only imagine what it looked like before you got your hands on it....love it:)

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  41. that dress you made is drop dead gorgeous. i love your keiko belt too.

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  42. I love your outfit and your belt is awesome xoxo

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  43. It is a beautiful dress... Light colors are so peaceful for sundays!

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  44. That belt is RIDICULOUS. I must have one. And swooning over the tuna roll anecdote - if only i could wake up to that every day! (My local sushi haunts call me Tuna Girl)

    Time to drop hints to the bf....

    ♥ Kristina,
    Pretty Shiny Sparkly
    @prttyshnysprkly

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  45. pretty much my favorite! the belt is amazing - I wish I could wear stuff from when I was a kid! LOL

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  46. Your hair looks amazing.
    I really like the dress too.
    Do you have any advice to give to someone who wants to learn how to sew on a machine?
    It could be a future blog post about how you learned how to sew.

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  47. Love the belt, love the dress, love your hair! Looks so amazing! <3

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  48. I can't believe you made that belt! It's gorgeous! And those boots, oh those boots! As I live and lust!
    P.s. your belts super cute!

    xxANISA

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  49. Such a gorgeous dress and outfit! how are you so talented?!!? remake it and send it to me! :):) x

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  50. I love the belt xxx
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  51. I've just found your blog...so lovely!
    i will come back soon...
    take a look on my blog if you want
    http://pepascloset.blogspot.com

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  52. What a lovely outfit!! I love the white lacy dress with the matching socks and brown lace up boots!!! So pretty!! <3

    ~ Katie

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  53. Gorgeous outfit !
    Super pretty <3
    love it :D

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    Xoxo,
    Rebecca
    http://rebeccaclch.blogspot.com

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  54. This outfit is gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  55. That's so cool that you made that dress!

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  56. I have featured this outfit on my blog :]]

    Charlotte xxx

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  57. Keiko, you can teach us to make with normal eye pencil? Thank you (:

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