Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's a rainy day sunshine girl

Happy Cinco de Mayo! The weather has been unbelievable this week, aside from a random thunderstorm yesterday afternoon, it's been just gorgeous. I love this time of year, when you haven't begun to take the weather for granted and it's not hot or humid enough yet to warrant complaints. Everything is so green too, it's amazing! I know I sound all dippy about this, but after a particularly harsh and ugly New England winter, Summer just seems like a miracle. Like something you kind of forget exists November through April, and then all of a sudden it's here!



Dress: Church sale altered ($2)
Shoes: Salvation Army ($6)
Belt: Thrift store find from Mom ($1)
Anyways, on to my outfit: I love the satisfaction an entirely thrifted outfit brings, like you beat the man or something. Take that society. I found this dress last year at a local Church rummage sale. When I bought it, it was super baggy on top and had some particularly gnarly sleeves, something a granny probably donated. I originally bought it thinking I would make it into a skirt or something, i really liked the linen-type fabric, and didn't see much hope for it staying a dress. Well, I was wrong, after hacking it with scissors and taking it in about 6 inches either side up top, I really love it! I've really been feeling dresses this week with minimal accessories, they're a little too easy!
Do you have Cinco De Mayo plans? I'll be making Jen's tostadas and drinking Coronas with my honey. Certainly quieter than the typical bar scene, but I like it that way!

Oh, and wow! I never expected the response I got for my new Shop Orchid Grey feature! Thank you all! Everything is spoken for right now, but there will be another update next week, so stay tuned! xoxo

43 comments:

Sarah Dee said...

I love your wedges! Super cute!

Sarah
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Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

I love your dress, I really need to get better at sewing!

I love that you added a shop to your blog, I'm sure I'll be tempted by something.

Morgan and Lua said...

I honestly don't know how you do it! You see the potential in all these discarded thrift store goods! I feel like every time I go to the thrift store I leave frustrated and empty handed.
Tips? Words of wisdom?

Love that dress. And the wedges, what a find.
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OooKellyNicky said...

Great wedges! Love the dress, such a pretty fabric.

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Natasha said...

Love this look...the dress is soooo cute...I wish I could see a before pic!!

M. said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, love those shoes.

lovelove, m.
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thegoodgirlgoneblog.com said...

Those shoes, those shoes! So cute :)

Clothes Coquette said...

Amazing photos! I am in love with that dress and those shoes :) And your hair of course!

HAL said...

loving your blog! this look is so lovely. i have a septum piercing too, but rarely wear it anymore. yours is very becoming! following your blog now. xo

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kelly ann said...

i lovelovelove that dress! SO cute! you did a fabulous job altering it.

Sydney said...

I love that dress. So cool that you completely revamped it! And I know you must hear this all the time, but you have the most gorgeous hair.

myedit said...

That is a whole lot of awesomeness for $9...well done! I love how this dress stayed a dress and it looks so pretty!

Indigirl said...

The dress is such a great find!!

Tanya Patrice said...

What great finds! No Cinco plans (unless you count a kids orchestra concert :-)

she will have her way said...

Great outfit, the wedges are amazing!

Fifth Sparrow said...

I'm glad that you're enjoying your beautiful Spring (it's still cold here... but my fingers are crossed!). This outfit is awesome, especially the price tags! xx

Trishna said...

I love the sun in your hair and the belt is so cool. :)

b.a. said...

holy cow, those shoes are amazing! i love them on you. kind of unexpected! (i hope that doesn't sound like anything but a compliment, 'cause it is!) and the dress makes me wish i knew how to sew. love this outfit.

Kjrsten said...

this dress is insanely adorable! Good work julie!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I really wasn't expecting those wedges, and they are just fantastic! I used to have a very similar pair that I got in Spain, but I ruined them when I had an accident on my bike. :(

tess said...

love the sunlight streaming through in this lovely photos

eunice said...

i LOVE this!! your thrifted dresses are amazing! what luck :)

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zoë, lion heart vintage said...

oh my goodness, it's dresses like these that make me love grannies even more than usual. and i love how you've tailored it! it reminds me of some of the epic vintage dresses on modcloth.

also those wedges are KILLER!

way to go on the all-thrift outfit.

zoë, lion heart vintage said...

PS those pictures where you're standing in-between the houses and there's the shaft of light.... GOOD LORD! congratulate your BF on some amazing photography!

piglet said...

amazing dress! I adore the gigantic buttons.

Clare said...

Beautiful dress and photos, the light is lovely.

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The Daily Fashionista said...

Amazing dress alteration and the wedges are to die for!! I've been on the hunt for shoes like that all Spring. Maybe my luck hasn't run dry yet though.

Angie D said...

That dress is all kinds of perfect!! The buttons (original?) make it so fresh!

I feel the same way about this time of year! It is so magical!

Orchid Grey said...

haha, thanks Zoe but I'm the photographer!

briannelee said...

I love that belt!!!!

Melanie said...

That dress is gorgeous--I love what you did with it!

Melanie @Unravelled Threads
My custom elastic waistband skirt giveaway ends Saturday!

Alice Kingsleigh said...

Hello. I LOVE that dress. I find lots of vintage clothes that don't fit but I don't know how to attempt to take things it. It would be wonderful to do a post showing us the basics of taking things in.

~ Kelly Ann ♥ said...

Love your entire outfit- The pictures are lovely!!

Kelly

Panda said...

Super amazing outfit, and i love your nose ring. Totally becoming obsessed with nose rings, ahhh.
So rad.
Panda xx

Clare said...

I totally know what you mean about the magic of Spring right now. I just can't get enough of the sunshine and green grass.

And holy balls. I canNOT believe you found those wedges at the Salvation Army! What a find!

The Jazzy Belle said...

You're absolutely gorgeous in these photos and those wedges are killer!!!

Celine said...

Just found your blog and you are awesome. I feel like I totally relate to your style. Love the blog :)

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Beth said...

that combination of vertical and horizontal stripes is killer. i've got a fun dress with vertical pink and white stripes on top and diagonal stripes on the skirt, so it always looks like it's in swirly motion.

good work taking in the dress. did you add those buttons too?

Kallie said...

You look amazing. excellent job modifying the dress, I had no idea! Yay perfect weather!

Carolina said...

can't wait to see more pieces on shop orchid grey!!! i'm sure you have a lot of treasure to share!!! and wish you a great success with it ;)


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prettyniftythriftyfashion said...

Lol i know that feeling when you get everything vintage it is awesome! I love your dress, i have been interesting in altering thrift stuff forever!

Tiffany said...

The shoes are super fun. I love how you can always find the cutest things in a thrift and make them look like a million bucks. Bravo!

Amanda said...

I love this blog and your style. I have started an fashion blog myself and would love it you could take a look at it.

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