Saturday, April 03, 2010

Waiting Room


It was such a beautiful day today, that I cast off all of my looming academic responsibilities and wore my most summery dress to go thrifting, drink beer and eat mangoes in a friend's backyard. Come on, I would rather sift through junky old clothes than write papers any day! As my tastes become more selective (and my closets more stuffed), I find it harder to find clothing that I actually like at thrift stores. But to make up for it, I absolutely ransacked the accessories section. I bought some cute earrings and about a zillion vintage brooches that I affixed to the collar of a mediocre blazer. (Yep, I copycatted Belle.)


How super sick does this look?

Ever since Elizabeth blogged about her creepy brooch hoarding obsession, I haven't been able to get this DIY out of my head. It was a pretty expensive DIY seeing as all the brooches ranged in price from $2 to $7, but totally worth it.

37 comments:

AFitz said...

That looks amazing!!!! I'm so jealous - i haven't been to a Value Village in forevaaaah. This is very Sonia Rykiel meets Carey-Mulligans-Dress-At-The-Oscars with an "Isabel" twist - IF YOU WILL.

also i want that lobster pin please

katthroatworld said...

ooh, cute! love the look~

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WendyB said...

That looks great -- good idea!

Meg said...

Give me give me give meeeee. I want them all. Especially the lobster. I need to get on this ...

Christina said...

Wait that blazer/brooch idea is the coolest ever. I didn't think it would look so good until I scrolled down and saw the picture!

Taj said...

You remind me of an 80's teen movie star, I cant think of which one right now. hmmmmmm......

Tavi said...

What Anna said, along with Galliano jacket-
http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2010RTW/JNGALLNO/RUNWAY/00050m.jpg
http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2010RTW/JNGALLNO/DETAILS/00100m.jpg
Amaze!!!

rachel said...

That's such a cool blazer idea! And I'm glad to here that Waterloo is having nice weather... lol

Rhiannon said...

Look how cute you are! The floral dress and over-knees are adorable, and the brooches!

Zinnia Cress said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaawe.. i jsu thad a yardsale and sold a bunch of cute vintage broaches for cheap- had i known, i couldn't mailed you a funpack. i also found all my old kurt books- i love your little banner, how it brings back such fond memories.... sigh.

sophie said...

This is adorable. You are adorable. Well done.

Carissa said...

I'll be the third to copy cat :)

Coatlicue Fatale said...

I really feel that your blog never fails to let me down!

I must say that the broaches you purchased as well as the DIY was awesome!!

Its funny that you mention accessories because lately thats the only place Ill find something amazing and worth the buck!

Marlena said...

I love those star earrings!
And the blazer, of course.
All the brooches on the collar looks awesome!

Faux Naif said...

glasses pin! so bloody amazing!

uafljsdhf lkajshdf i didn't write papers today either, but i was just staring longingly out of the window and staring into the misty half-distance, not actually doing anything productive like buying pins and making things.

moo. slow death by illuminated medieval manuscript.

Robyn said...

The dress is so lovely!
Congrats on taking such advantage of the great central Canadian weather right now...it's freeeeezing over here!

-Robyn

Fifi said...

Beer and mangoes are excellent together

Chip said...

so...many...pins

eliza said...

amazing brooches! some great finds there & love your summery dress, perfect with the knee socks :)

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Michele said...

Looking great! Love all the brooches!

Juliette said...

Cute dress! And the DIY is beautiful! My grandma did that for me to a jean jacket I had, but alas, I outgrew it :(

-Juliette WhereForArtThouRomeo

Jesss said...

Really beautiful brooches,
they look absolutely amazing on the blazer!
your blog is amazing!! i can't believe i've only just discovered it!
i featured it on mine because you are just so cool!

Rachel said...

is that dress tie-dye? I love the way you rock tie dye.

anne said...

that looks so great! a bit like the jacket effy wears on skins.
and i love those peacock earrings!

Angelica said...

I love that outfit. And all the jewelry. And "Waiting Room".

Angelica said...

I love that outfit. And all the jewelry. And "Waiting Room".

megan said...

wow, those brooches are gorgeous! i would love the mask and eiffel tower ones! might be a DIY i'll be trying out soon...

megan http://mallratcouture.blogspot.com

Mimi said...

Gah I love it.
I don't have any jewelry save for my one heartlocket necklace. I NEED TO GET SOME PINS/BROOCHES. Though I hate sticking pointy stuff in my clothes... Ahh well, I'll live with it.

I love that dress!

Rose said...

love those socks! great outfits :)

Dhu said...

Wow! You found all of those broches at one store? Holy crap. I love the glasses one the best though, it's pretty darn awesome.

GraceFace said...

that dress is amazing, as are those brooches.
Want very muchly.

shewearsclothes said...

Recently my grandma unloaded a buttload of her costume jewelry on me, which doubled my brooch collection. I've really been piling them on lately.

You look darling in that picture.

And I like your lobster pin.

Damsels said...

its best to be selective i think .. irarely walk out of a thrift store with more than 3 items .


loev all those accessories!

Xu Box said...

Gawd, that dress is awesome!!! Purple looks so rad on you. Your brooch-display must be heavy on the neck. I am jealous of both of your might and sparkly collar spectacle!

Fear is a Dirty Word said...

I ADORE those pins on the sweater, they look so cute! What a cute DIY project. I always see such beautiful antique pins but never buy them because I don't know how I'd use them. You pull off the look so well!

Carina Joana said...

Amazinggg! love them :D

Dalila said...

Very nice brooches. Is that a photobooth photo? If so, very well done - the colour is decent and I find it's often off.