Recently I’ve been purging my closet of items I haven’t worn in a long time. It’s in preparation for our upcoming move, and I’m trying to be pretty ruthless. I threw this dress in the giveaway bag since I haven’t worn it all season, and then had second thoughts. Though the shape is rather maternity, I like the pattern and color. It might not look very promising on the hanger, but I think it could make a good skirt with a little bit of sewing.
plaid dress
Here’s my inspiration for the shape. What do you think? I’m already ripping out the seams, so there’s no going back. Wish me luck!
plaid midi skirts
Row 1: Left: ASOS skirt (no longer availble, similar) Right: Devon Rachel
Row 2: Left: Jag Lever Right: Kendi Everyday

 

What with it still being winter (it is only February, after all), it feels a little too soon for spring flowers. But the dark floral on this dress seems perfect right about now. Add some tights and a cozy coat or cardigan, and you’re good to go.
sunday style 2-2-14
Topshop floral dress, $90 | Sole Society heels $64.95 | Topshop hat, $50 | Forever21 Necklace, $8.80 | Banana Republic bag $48.50 (on sale)

 

2-1-14 links
1. I’m thinking of attempting this romantic side braid if I can ever get the hang of French braiding.
2. This pretty bow belt looks like a fun little weekend project.
3. Do your headphones turn into a tangled mess in your bag? Make an earbud organizer.
4. Time to get ready for Valentine’s Day with a DIY heart sweater.
5. Create your own industrial-chic wire storage bins.
6. If you need a little bling in your life, this embellished baseball cap is just the ticket.

I’m loving this line of affordable and simple bags.

When can I move in?

Pretty vases.

This tweed motorcycle jacket looks perfect for spring.

Recipes I’ve pinned lately: Dark chocolate raspberry chunk muffins, scallion challah bread, oven-baked parmesan zucchini chips, za’atar roasted carrots with blood orange dressing, roasted broccoli grilled cheese.

 

Sometimes when I’m out at a bar I’ll order a whiskey sour, and I’m usually disappointed because despite the name, it’s not sour at all. Depending on the bar, it’s actually pretty sweet. So I’ll warn you right off the bat that my version of this drink actually lives up to the name. If you don’t like your drinks sour, just add some simple syrup to taste to sweeten it up. It’s a straightforward drink, but the blood orange adds a fun (and colorful!) twist. Blood oranges are only available for a couple of months, though, so get ‘em while you can. If you miss the availability window, just substitute regular orange juice.
blood orange sour cocktail recipe

Blood Orange Rum Sour

1 1/2 oz blood orange juice (1-2 oranges)
1/2 oz lime juice (1/2-1 lime)
1 1/2 oz white rum
ice cubes
simple syrup (1:1 sugar dissolved in boiling water, cooled)

Add blood orange, lime juice, and rum to a glass with 3 ice cubes, stir to mix. Add simple syrup to taste.

blood orange sour cocktail recipe

blood orange sour cocktail recipe

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I posted recently about slouchy knit hats, and I finally finished knitting mine during a couple episodes of Downton Abbey. It turned out exactly as I’d hoped, which I’m kind of surprised by considering that I combined patterns and sort of winged it at the end. Unfortunately that means that I don’t have a pattern to share, but I suggested some in that link above.
1-30-14 outfit 4
How do you guys feel about tucked versus untucked shirts? I couldn’t decide, so I tried it both ways, and even attempted a halfway-tucked look, which didn’t really work.

1-30-14 outfit 1-30-14 outfit 1

This is my very first gel manicure, done myself. I was sick of my manicures chipping after only a day or two, so I bought a gel manicure kit and lamp when they were on sale. So far I love how shiny and durable my nails are, and I’m on day two without any flaws, which is definitely an improvement. I’ll be sure to report back on how well my manicure lasts.
1-30-14 outfit 3
1-30-14 outfit 2
Sweater: Thrifted (similar)
Shirt: Target (old, similar)
Jeans: Thrifted
Boots: Madewell (modified with my DIY studded bootstraps)
Necklace: Made by me (tutorial here)
Hat: Made by me (similar)

 
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