2010-12-07

Fancy Again

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Dress? Vera Wang Lavendar, Holt Renfrew Last Call (low back 2 posts in a row? must be the holiday season!)
Tights? ?, old, Winners
Peep-toes? Nine West, Winners
Gloves? Danier
Brooch? Vintage, borrowed from the parents
Hair? Not mine, cleverly mixed in with the real though, yes?


I often joke about the shopping monster that lives within me. This monster that survives off Diet Coke and peanut butter and crackers and thrives off red tags and crinkly shopping bags. Funny. Sad. True.

And that's why when Matt had his formal Christmas dinner last week, I NEEDED a new dress. I have a lot of dresses in my closet so perhaps I didn't need the dress; I just needed that high of scoring a good deal. I've had a dress in mind and I have patiently been waiting for further mark downs but when I went back after 6 weeks, they were all gone! I hate it when I lose that game... there were multiples of that dress, I was carefully hedging my bets! Who would do that to me? Regardless, I didn't score the dress.

I mourned for 3 minutes and then I gave my head a shake and a stern talking to. I didn't need to get another dress. I needed to get my butt home and fix this Vera Wang dress I bought last year. I got this dress for deeply discounted $30 (so many red markings on one tag, it was like art to me) because it needed some work. One of the most obvious flaws was that some of the beading on the sheer top was missing so I had to remove alllll of the rest. You know what takes a lot of concentration? Reading books without pictures... and taking beading off delicate fabric. One tiny rip and this dress would have to become strapless! It took me until 2 a.m., but that dress is finally out of the 'stuff to alter or rework' closet. It really enjoyed it's first big night out!

And since the shopping monster wasn't satisfied when I went for a new dress, I had to go to the thrift store yesterday. Once again... Funny. Sad. True.

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P.S. Frustrating thing with the ole blog makeover is that I lost the little follower badge on the side... apparently, this is a common problem when updating blogs and so far The Google has provided no answers. Does anyone have any suggestions... email me? Your knowledge in exchange for my gratitude.

49 comments :

Nadine said...

So good! I especially like the way you've paired classic understated pieces with happy excited facial expressions. ;)

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

Woo woo! What a piece! This is straight out classic dressed up. I love it! I love the extra punch you get when you turn around too.
Wait, that didn't sound right.
What I meant was it's awesome from the front and then when you turn around there are all of these hidden details. Like the pattern on the tights and the bow and the low back and and...have I made up for it yet?

Dylana Suarez said...

That dress is so timeless!

xoxo,

colormenana.blogspot.com

Bee said...

That dress looks fantastic! I love the look of low back dresses, but I can never figure out the bra situation so I never wear them. :(

myedit said...

Bee! Bra situation... I have these cups (I call them the mickey mouse cups for obvious reasons) that stick to your chest and clip together. They are from La Sanza a few years back. They are great unless you dance up a storm.

thatdamngreendress said...

ah, those are the best, when by necessity you actually get around to a modification! I love it without the beading!! now it's OOAK...

The back is gorgeous!

Katie, Interrobangs Anonymous said...

Thank goodness you didn't have to read a book with no pictures about taking beading off delicate fabric! It would have been too much!

Sadly, I don't think adhesive cups will be enough for my B.O.U.S. (boobs of unusual size). For formal one year in college I ended up in a contraption made of a strapless bra and duct tape. It was all good until I finished slow dancing with a guy and found his jacket had adhered itself to my bosoms. Ah, well...

Samantha said...

I just want to let you know that I admire your dedication to the probably painful task of removing the beading on that material... and I want to marry your hair. That is all.

Chelsea said...

holy shit, that dress is just so becoming on you. and the long gloves, you rock 'em! i'm extremely impressed with your beading removing skillz, I woulda surely snagged the material and started cursing.

Lindsey N. said...

I need those gloves! I'm super impressed with your dedication. I would have been crying beads by the time I was done!

Lindsey Soup

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

Oh Jentine this dress is so amazing on you. I love the simplicity of the front and the drama in the back. The entire outfit is super sexy and chic. I'm so impressed with the deal you scored and the patience you had with the debeading.

Eleanor ~ Shopping The Closet said...

I applaud your talented reworking!
I currently have a pile to be reworked/mended and am thinking maybe January before that happens!

I love how the long gloves and backless look make you look fancy and proper with a little bit of dominatrix thrown in...Matt best behave!

No Guilt Fashion said...

OMG...I'm very envious of this dress. You look amazing! Good job doing a "My Edit" on this dress. Removing beads is such a pain in the butt.
No Guilt Fashion

Linda said...

I'm glad that hair has gotten so much use, and of course the little "makeup bag". This dress is all kinds of hot, but not in an obvious way. I'm also glad you finally found your gloves!

good on you for removing the beads, that dress would have never come home with me, your patience thrills me...because I can get you to do stuff for me.

Artfully Awear said...

Beautiful dress--you look lovely!

Looks and Books said...

Oooooh. The dress is fabulous, and your hair is fantastic! I love the addition of the brooch for a little bit of sparkle.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

that monster lives inside me too and has been screaming for a visit to goodwill when the 30 for 30 is over.
that dress is GORGEOUS on you--it's 50's hollywood glamour.

Farm Girl Fashionista said...

So classic! So Breakfast at Tiffanys!! Love all the little details too...the hosiery...the broach...the gloves...fabulous!!

http://thefarmgirlfashionista.blogspot.com/

LahTeaDah said...

Love the Dress - Gorgeous Back!
Love the Tights - Must find me a pair

Great Post!!!

XOXO
Yours Truly

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Sal said...

I would never have had the patience, but dang, the dress looks gorgeous sans detailing. And so perfect with the long gloves!

A.Co said...

YOU.JUST.STOP.IT.

You look soooo good!!!!

Love the confession of the extensions.
Love the brooch (didn't notice it until I read about it).
Wicked tights (a nice twist on the seam-back).
And fab work on removing ALL the beading from that dress (I'm sure it makes it more modern anyways... but then again, I'm not really a 'beading' person, so I'm bias).

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

PS - As far as adding your followers again, hmm def important bc otherwise, HOW can they add you through Google at this point? Don't think they can... can you go into your Blog Design and ADD the WIDGET? Try it.

PPS - my word verification is 'floses' - as in, 'Jentine floses some mayjah style in this post'.

Ann Marie said...

I love the dress, you look beautiful --such a great find!! I also love getting such great deals, even if they need a little work! Hope the dinner was fun :)

http://stellawishes.tumblr.com/

406 Olivia said...

I am dying about all your plunging backlines of late. I'm mos def copying the backward sweater trick. Also, why you holding out on us about the jacket? Hmmmmmmm?

Santina said...

Amazing job with the dress! It is so classic and chic. Love the long gloves!

Santina
http://www.stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

Rach said...

Oh you look stunning in this dress! And those gloves.. holy gorgeous! Well done, it looks perfect and no tears in sight. xo

Lauren said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning!! I am so glad that you had the patience to take off the detailing because I think you made a much better dress - you+Vera Wang = great designer :).

But seriously - this is such a gorgeous, classic look!! Love all the details and accessories that you paired with it!

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myedit said...

406 Olivia- ooops... forgot the jacket! It's Michael Kors from Winners. It still wasn't warm enough but beauty before comfort?

Emily (tomorrow never knows) said...

Did you freeze your ass off to take these pictures? I have my christmas party friday and a lovely little black dress (no vera wang...) BUT if i want outfit pictures... it's gonna be dark.. and most likely freezing cuz i work till 3 then get home around 4:30 and by then it's pitch black. (woe is me. no? or should I say EHHHH?) so yeah, way to undress in the cold! and that dress is amazing, so are the gloves and everything!
you are like the amazing deal queen! when can we go shopping together? (im pretty sure im a midget beside you so u dont have to worry about me stealing your size)

Stella said...

Okay, so, thought process as I went down the pictures:
Nice coat!
Ooh, like the dress.
*sound of jaw hitting floor*

Pretty much, that there? That Vera Wang? Is firmly nudged into my list of perfect dresses. Gorgeous!

As for the Google followers, I have no help. Is it code? If so, you just go back to your account and drag and drop it into the blog's code. (I'm sorry if I just spoke in an alien language to you. Just trying to help!)

mitukatie said...

ohmygosh. i admire your diligence. you are an inspiration to all of us thrifting + red tag lovers!

J'Anns Boutique said...

Stunning Dress!

http://jannsboutique.blogspot.com/

Merissa said...

Oh my! This outfit got better and better with each picture!! Love!

briannelee said...

I have a shopping monster too. Her name is Victoria. Its fine.

Love the dress! It looks great on you :)

Between Laundry Days said...

Um, wow. Needless to say, I'm ridiculously impressed with your alteration capabilities. This is stunningly cool.

Anonymous said...

That's weird, because I can actually see your google followers.. right under where it says stupid google.

You have 811. :)

Ana said...

I can't believe how beautiful this dress is! I think all the work that went into removing the beading was really worth it.

myedit said...

anonymous- just doing some more research... apparently it will show up through some web browsers but not others. Through research I see a lot of peeps have this problem... I just want it to show on all blogs...grrrrr

Jilliebeanie said...

girrrlll...you are smokin'.

Love the fanciness.

Chomy said...

very FANCY indeed!!!

KT said...

Your hair looks amazing!! I love the way it is pulled up. And of course, the black dress is stunning. - Katy

LyddieGal said...

I know exactly what you mean about needing the score. Oh yes.
And I'm happy to know I'm not the only one who brings home discounted fixer-upers -- and then let's them hang around for months haha.

The dress turned out beautify - so worth it!

mariel said...

what a gorgeous dress! i'm definitely guilty of this too...this post reminded me to call the tailor and decrease my "to be altered" pile :)

merl said...

I've decided that you are my real life barbie doll. She was my first best friend I'll have you know.. drove my mom nuts. My aunt about lost it when I said I wanted to BE her when I grew up, proportions and all.

.. obviously that didn't happen.

I do wish you lived a smidgen closer so that I could fulfill my barbie desire to dress you up. I swear that sounded less creepy in my head.

I'm going to go try and fix your followers now.. fucking blogger.

E said...

Well the finished product is just lovely! I want a formal Christmas party to go to...

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

Oh my goodness that dress is GORGEOUS on you! I love the low back, and the sheer shoulders, and the high gloves. Oh yes, and the sparkley hair pin. Such a gorgeous look.

Kate said...

Holy beautiful!! You look absolutely stunning! Your handiness (& patience) is pretty amazing. I can't even sew on a button.

my name is lauren. said...

you look like betty draper, but prettier. good call on reworking this lovely dress :).

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

That was so worth the effort. The dress is amazing and you look so good in it.

Healthy and Homemade said...

Oooooooo glamorous from your head to your toes! Gorgeous!