4 DIY Projects From a (Thrifted) Leather Skirt

18 Oct 2013 Permalink

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

Many thrift trips ago, I came across this bold blue genuine leather skirt.  Price tag – $5.99.  Downside – there was some wear in back by the closures.  Bummer.  But, I couldn’t just leave this beauty hanging there.  Thrift tip #273 – if you see a great piece that can be refashioned, take a chance and go for it.

Before I started cutting up the skirt, I did a little research and found some pretty good leather diys.  The first thing that I wanted to do with the blue leather was to create a new flap for this tan leather bag.  (Color blocking isn’t going away just yet!)

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

I traced the flap onto a piece of the leather using a white crayon.  (Notice how I lined up the detail from the skirt?)  The only part left to this diy is to reconstruct the flap.  I’ll be saving that part for my local leather shop.  But, I think when I get it back, I might paint part of the blue in a third color…maybe white.  Still got time to think about that though.  (By the time I actually do finish this bag, it’ll be ready for spring.)

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

For the second and third diy projects, I took a little inspiration from the lovely Anna at IHOD.  She created these amazing leather necklaces a while back.  And you know what?  These two above were very simple to make!  (I used chain from unworn necklaces and a hot glue gun as the adhesive.)

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

For the final diy, I added a little fringe to a pair of earrings.  Instead of using a pair of scissors to cut the leather like in the other projects, I used an x-acto knife to get a cleaner cut.

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

4 diy projects from a thrifted leather skirt

I’ll have to show a picture of the earrings in action.  I did trim them down a bit from this last pic.  They’re definitely a party pair of earrings…not one that I’d wear everyday.  Still fun though!

Have you been into your own diy projects recently?  What are you working on?

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Phillip Lim for Target

18 Sep 2013 Permalink

navy blazer, gingham button up, phillip lim for Target, sunglasses, navy skirt, nude pumps

navy blazer, gingham button up, phillip lim for Target, sunglasses, navy skirt, nude pumps

I don’t really care too much for when Target collaborates with top designers…but then that Phillip Lim partnership came around and my thoughts changed real quick.  I was planning on just grabbing a handbag or two…but this navy skirt also made it into the cart.  It’s amazing how these things just happen when you’re shopping at Target.

And after gaining all that knowledge playing Fashion Eye, these Target Phillip Lim pieces look pretty close to the “real” thing.   (Real thing meaning the $650 version.  Yup, I’m good with the $35 bag.  Thanks, Tar-jay.)

blazer, shirt – thrifted // skirt, bag – Phillip Lim for Target // shoes – Payless // bracelets – vintage

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Animal Print Appropriate

19 Aug 2013 Permalink

gray top, leopard print skirt, sunglasses, silver earrings, silver bracelet, black and white clutch, sandals - Knocked Up Fabulous

gray top, leopard print skirt, sunglasses, silver earrings, silver bracelet, black and white clutch, sandals - Knocked Up Fabulous

gray top, leopard print skirt, sunglasses, silver earrings, silver bracelet, black and white clutch, sandals - Knocked Up Fabulous

Animal print can be very easy to wear, but it can also be easy to get a little carried away with it!  When I wear animal prints to work, I make sure that all my other pieces are neutrals or that they help tone down any craziness that might come with the territory of wearing such a feisty print.

And for all you brides to be, or if you just want in on some great make-up tips, check out this post from Stay At Home Susie!

top, skirt (Express), clutch, earrings – thrifted // bracelet – Loft // shoes – Target

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Braving White

18 Jun 2013 Permalink

Braving White - Knocked Up Fabulous

Braving White - Knocked Up Fabulous

Braving White - Knocked Up Fabulous

As much as I worry about wearing white and other light colors, I’m proud to say that this outfit survived sauce-covered ribs and a glass of Shiraz.  

A belly full of happiness and clothes that don’t show for it…that counts as a good day.

skirt, vest – thrifted // shoes – Target

Linked up here, with Marionberry Style, and WIWW

A Week of Summer Refashions: The Distressed Denim Skirt

31 May 2013 Permalink

A Week of Summer Refashions: The Distressed Denim Skirt

A Week of Summer Refashions: The Distressed Denim Skirt

A Week of Summer Refashions: The Distressed Denim Skirt

Ahh…the final installment of this week’s Summer Refashions:

Denim will always be in style, but this time around distressed denim is the way to go.  With that said, this skirt it one of those items that I have been pulling out every single summer.  Unfortunately, it usually gets pulled out and never worn.  A pair of scissors and a kitchen knife helped put a little more life into it.  Now, I see myself wearing this skirt all summer long.

Side note: Julia was very disappointed that I was putting holes in my clothes.  But the large hole at the bottom proved to be a great way for Ivan to “hang onto mommy” while we carried grocery bags into the house.  Clothing that’s multi-functional…bonus!

Last call for entering this GIVEAWAY!!!

sweater, tank – thrifted // skirt – Gap // wedges – Target

The Go-To Sweater

24 Oct 2012 Permalink

As much as I like to play around with prints, I do enjoy pieces (like this sweater) that can work with anything in my closet.  I wore it with a fun wrap skirt for work…but I love how it looks with a leather mini and heels for night.  (After watching this video by James Franco for Stuart Weitzman, I’m really in the mood for a night out with a hot pair of heels!)  Since the sweater is a little on the bulky side, I pair it with slimmer bottoms and sometimes throw in a partial tuck.

sweater, skirts – thrifted // necklace – H&M // wedges – Sears // pumps – Anne Klein

Linked with WIWW!

Summer Sheer

19 Jul 2012 Permalink

I’m not one for ultra girly looks, but when I saw this adorable sheer, polka dot skirt (thrifted during pregnancy), I knew I could make it work for me.  I just mixed in some “harder” elements to off-set the skirt and blouse.

Are you into sheer?  Stop by The Frugalista Diaries to see the latest Ways to Wear - Bloggers Edition…we’re all wearing sheer!

Linked with Fashion Friday and Watch What I’m Wearing!

Music in the Park

16 Jul 2012 Permalink

During the summer months, our town has these “music in the park” nights.  Every other week, I’ve been taking the kids to listen (and dance!) to the sounds of different styles of music.

This skirt was a great choice for the night.  It has a fun print and the length made it perfect for sitting in the grass at the concert.  Since it was another hot day, I kept the top super simple, but add a few bolder accessories.

Later today (at 1 p.m. ET) I’ll be co-hosting (along with other fabulous bloggers) a live, all-text Talk on The Motherhood, called How to Be Fashionable on a Budget.  We’ll be trading ideas and answering questions about creating a fashionable, classic wardrobe on a budget.  I’d love for you to stop on by!  Can’t make it?  Don’t worry!  Afterwards the chat will be put into a blog post so that you can check it out at a later time.

tank – Old Navy // skirt, bag - thrifted // sandals – H&M // bangles – jewelry store in Branson // earrings – from my mom

Linked with Harper’s Happenings and Monday Mingle!

Hot Hot Summer

08 Jul 2012 Permalink

I opened up my front door on Saturday to see how hot it actually was outside…it was as if I opened the oven door!  The heat just smacked me upside my head.  So I found clothing in my closet made from the thinnest material.  (If this top and skirt were solid colors, my under garments would be seen for sure!)

Luckily for the kids, I’ve been letting them run around in their underpants.  This one wanted to come outside for pictures…I think she regretted it.

top, skirt (refashioned), bag, bangle - thrifted // shoes – Payless

Side note on the shoes – I picked them up very recently from Payless.  They also had the same shoe in plain white canvas.  DIY anyone?  Fabric paint or markers, studs, dye…endless possibilities!

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