2011-06-29

Quick Fix

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Dress? Thrifted Shoes? Coach, Winners Belt? Thrifted Bangles? Thrifted and UO Purse? Tignanello, thrifted


We can't seem to lose these moody clouds. The constant low light makes getting a clear photo with our fair to middling camera difficult. There are many times when have I wanted to take the evil credit card out for a little adventure and come home with a new DSLR camera; one that gives us some control over our settings. But we never even cracked the instruction manual on our current camera so why am I assuming that we would read the new manual like a bedtime story? And there is the fact that I have, up until now, not taken the blog to trade publicly on the blog stock market, so I would feel bad spending money on a better camera just so my vanity shots can be perfectly crisp.


Obviously I still liked the photos enough because I had to stop myself from posting a ridiculously ridiculous number and only posted a ridiculous number. I just loved the clouds in the sky painted like a water colour, the still reflection of the pylon (and that sentence sounded poetic until I used the word pylon... would delineator have been better?) and as a random bonus, the kids playing soccer in the background.

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I preached a few weeks ago about having respect for vintage garments while you are doing alterations. However, I had no qualms hacking the sleeves off this rayon dress. It took the dress from being a dime a dozen to a baker's dozen.


Why yes. That was the best line I could think of... I'm ashamed but I'm too lazy to think of something better. Also still too lazy to read the camera manual...

32 comments :

Nadine said...

I definitely recommend reading your point-and-shoot's manual. It's surprising how much you can do with them! (These photos are gorgeously atmospheric . . )

Hayley said...

I never read manuals either. I always get caught in those personality tests too when the first question is like how much of the instrustions did you read?


Cute outfit though. I die for those shoes. and I wish I could "hack" a dress and have it look so good. if you could send some sort of instructions....

Natalya's Closet said...

So classy and beautiful! And I love your bangles! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

Natalya's Closet said...

So classy and beautiful! And I love your bangles! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

Dylana Suarez said...

Super wonderful dress girl!

xoxo,

colormenana.blogspot.com

Terri said...

If it makes you feel any better, I haven't read my manual either. I really like the lines of this dress now that you've altered it.

CessOviedo said...

Not a reading manuals kind of girl either, but I do love the ethnic accents on this outfit the bangles and belt are awesome!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

"Ridiculously ridiculous", love it.

And your belt. Love your belt too.

Please may I? said...

Great look. The dress looks fab minus the sleeves.

As for the photos, very atmospheric!

Hubby keeps telling me all about the settings on our camera and what it can do. It just goes in one ear and swiftly out of the other! Note to self - Must try harder!

(So you are not on your own)

X x

Natbeesfashion said...

Thats a great belt!!!
xo

briannelee said...

I love this dress! So perfect for summer.

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

I think the pylon looks great with your belt! :)

Happy Canada Day for tomorrow!

XO
Lenore

Elissa said...

That belt is amazeballs. And your bag is to die for. I love this look - it's simple and gorgeous.

I've never read my camera's manual. I just keep the setting on auto all the time. I know I can take better photos if I wasn't so lazy and figured out the settings. Le sigh.

Jodi said...

looks like the weather here too so dont feel like you are missing out.. Victoria summer isnt happening yet either.

gorgeous dress though-- thats all that matters!! xoxo J

Katie Dodd said...

you are SO good at bangling!! i'd love to see your collection of bangles - my hands might have to be shackled as my fingers are sticky.

also - this dress. i want to say it looks like butter, but that might not make sense. either way, it looks beautifully comfortable, chic and delicious. without the sleeves.

Paper Lilies & French Toast said...

Love the shoes! Absolutely gorgeous. I think I need a pair too! And completely love the belt. Great outfit!

Wendy said...

I finally had to google Winners, since you get so many of your stuffs there. I can totally relate to you so much more now, knowing that it is the American equivalent of Marshalls!
And don't feel bad about the photos, you always look gorgeous! I have the same issue with my camera, but oh well, I probably shouldn't spend a few thousand dollars for my blog hobby. haha
http://www.showmechic.com/

Healthy and Homemade said...

Love the Coach shoes. Hacking the sleeves off that dress worked! It looks great.

The Fashionista's said...

The dress looks amazing without sleeves and I am LOVING the bangles. This look is great.

newpetite said...

when I saw that dress.. I was like 'dont tell me its thrifted'.. And then scroll down... Bam - thrifted!! You are so lucky to find such amazing jewels! That dress is very sexy!

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

Awesome outfit! So simple, elegant, and chic!

XXX,
Fashion Fractions

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

Lovely dress! It looks great with the belt!

April said...

I think your photos look great! I too am one who has not read my camera instruction manual...

Love that dress btw...looks awesome without sleeves!

Leslie said...

lovely. The pictures are totally amazing and I am loving this light summer black dress.

Laceface said...

I like the clouds...they add character:)

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Danielle Celeste Couture said...

Great dress.

Anonymous said...

Erm… I'm not usually the critical type, but I have to say the hack-job looks rather careless (not carefree— that would be good). The dress is nice sleeveless, just not that kind of sleeveless. Needs a smaller armhole and some facings. Sorry, I usually love your outfits! Those shoes deserve better. :)

Adie Andrews said...

Honestly Girl I really love your dress and with that beige details like belt, shoes and bag the combination is completely astonishing.

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a little sewing said...

Lovely dress! I just discovered your blog, and, oh how enjoyable! I noticed the wide shoulders on dress right away and realized that silhouette would be great for me (narrow shoulders would be visually widened).
When I read that you had removed the sleeves from a dress, it made sense.

Love that handbag, too.

a little sewing said...

hmm, just went back and read the comment by anon.
I respectfully disagree.

Yes, a sleeveless dress is drafted with a different armhole than a dress with sleeves The armhole is tighter for modesty and a sleek appearance.

But the extended line of the shoulder seam on this dress creates a broader horizontal line at the shoulder, which sets off the bright little belt so well.

I love it. I would copy this and sew one for myself just like it (making the underside of the armhole a little snugger, but hey, a very minor detail)

Urban Jungle Fashion said...

Everything about this outfit is amazing!

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