Friday, August 31

This Picture


Yes. Yes, I just went there.

Don't even lie and tell me that you don't think it's hilarious.

In other news, bloggers who comment and say, "follow me and I'll follow you back?" kind of (okay, majorly) piss me off. I have worked incredibly hard on my blog and on building actual relationships with other bloggers in order to increase my readership. (I also can't believe that readership is a word...) So the fact that bloggers with crappy blogs try to gain hundreds of followers by sending out generic "follow me" messages irritates me. I mean, I freaking learned HTML code so I could make my blog look original and professional. You know when you're driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic and there's that one car that drives really fast in the Exit Only lane? And then that car tries to cut his sneaky little car in front of all the cars that drove according to the law? That's how those follow-me-bloggers are.

I get it. I've been really discouraged about not having as many blog followers as other people and have even considered posting a link to facebook because I know people would click on it. But then I mentally slap myself in the face and remind myself that I blog so I can freely express the feelings and opinions that I have without risking insanely huge arguments with the conservative facebook friends I have. It's a break from real life where I can be completely honest/rude/blunt.

That's why I blog.

So if making money and amassing followers is your thing? We probably don't have much in common, so maybe you could go ahead and delete your "Follow me I always follow back" comment from my blog.


Thursday, August 30

Pencil Case with a Bow


After I saw this tutorial at Kaitlin's blog, Wunderbar, I couldn't wait to make it. This was my first time ever sewing a zipper, and it wasn't quite as freaky as I thought it would be. It actually turned out goodnotgreat. Which I will be happy with for my first time. I didn't take pictures of all of the steps, because it involved seam rippers, talking to myself, and flipping and reflipping the fabric to make sure it was correct. Not pretty. Plus, Kaitlin's tutorial is excellent!

Here are a few pictures I took of the process.





 I love it! All of my pens and chapsticks fit in there perfectly, making my purse much more organized.

So, fellow bloggers, gather your courage, buy a zipper, and use up your old fabric scraps on a gorgeous new pencil case.



Wednesday, August 29

I Don't Always Photograph My Clothes...

...but when I do it's often in my kitchen.

Chase and I went to a game night with the students in his program the other night, so I was trying to find an outfit that was cute and classy, but non-stuffy. Nobody likes a snob, you know, so I didn't want to show up wearing a skirt and heels. I'm kind of in love with this outfit now. I was one of the only non-doctorate students at the party, but it was actually quite fun. It was nice for me to be able to become friends with the people he'll be in classes with for the next four years. Four years... That's a long time. But I'm sure it will go by much quicker than we think.








Outfit Details:

Shirt -- H&M $5 euros (8ish dollars?)
Shorts -- Salvation Army $2
Tights -- George via Walmart $5.50
Flats -- Salvation Army $1
Earrings -- Bealls $3

Total Cost -- $19.50

Also... this picture. This made me laugh really hard.

FrillsforThrills CopyCats

Monday, August 27

Everybody's Favorite Feminist

Hey girl...
Ryan Gosling is okay. I'm not in love with any of his movies, but I am deeply, irrevocably in love with the "Hey Girl" pictures. They make me laugh so hard. Here are my favorites.

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I die. I could look these up all day long if I didn't have a job or a life. Apparently there is a whole entire book filled with Ryan Gosling feminist quotes. Or rather feminist quotes attached to a Ryan Gosling picture. I think it would be interesting to find out what he actually thinks about the personality attributed to him. 

Saturday, August 25

Harper


This Pinterest picture describes Harper perfectly. Once we bought her a catnip filled mouse and she was interested in it for about half a second. The toy she loves the most is a feather. Chase's Grandparents have chickens, so they gave us a bag of feathers for Harper. She will chase them, chew on them, and play with them until they're torn apart and destroyed. She's adorable.






Friday, August 24

Glasses and Denim CopyCat






Can I tell you something that pisses me off? 

My computer didn't answer, so I'm going to assume you all would have answered affirmatively. It pisses me off when I read style blogs and can feel the elitist, superior personalities that ooze off of them. One blog that I love getting outfit ideas from wrote a post. Then as if this was an admission of poor fashion, she said, I usually end up wearing some version of this outfit at least once each summer. 

Seriously.

I'm not even going to lie. If I find an outfit I like, I usually end up wearing it at least once each week. I'm sure she is just incredibly blessed and creative and mixes up outfits like nobody's business. But that attitude is pretty lousy. What I really want to say is, All of your readers are not the type who buy a new shirt at Anthropologie every other day just so they can have a cute outfit to photograph, and most normal people have budgets and bills and do not obsessively photograph every detail of every outfit every single freaking day and really it's obnoxious to post perfect pictures of all of your "Iwearthisonceandthenthrowitaway" clothes and even when you post those sympathy-eliciting posts about how vulnerable you feel and you didn't even wear mascara today and you're being so real with your readers, you still manage to post a posed black and white picture of your semi-makeup-free face that looks like it was taken in a studio.

A black and white picture does not count as showing your true make-up free face. If I want to "fix" a picture I don't like of myself, I change it to black and white because it automatically hides every facial imperfection. It's like, Even when I'm ugly and hate myself, I'm still gorgeously ugly and my clothes still match. It reminds me of Helen from Bridesmaids, and that's basically the type of person I avoid at all costs. 

I'm just over fake-ness. I don't even think that's a word. I have many, many faults, but being fake is not one of them. Okay, I'm done. I promise not to post another pissy post the rest of the week. 


Outfit Details: 

Denim Shirt -- NY Jeans via Salvation Army $2
Tank top -- Mossimo via Goodwill $1
Shorts -- Bealls $4
Wedges -- Thrift shop $2

Total Cost: $9

Tuesday, August 21

Of Tupperware and Converse

Let me preface this post by saying that I love tupperware. I really, really love it. I always keep an eye out for tupperware canisters at thrift shops, and I've found quite a few containers. Unfortunately, I could never find any matching cups. I hate glass cups. Like a lot. Every time a cup breaks I have a mini-celebration, because I know we're closer to buying non-glass cups. But yesterday, I was browsing through the dishes section at Goodwill, looking for some water bottles, and came across these beauties.
Cost: $0.99 x 6

They had SIX original matching tupperware glasses. I was so happy I wanted to jump up and down. But I didn't. But I was happy. So happy that I wanted to jump. They cost $.99 each, which I was happy to pay.

My next find was an Ann Taylor Loft wool coat. The Salvation Army here has an amazing selection of winter coats, which apparently we'll need in Chicago. The coat is tan wool and right above my knees. I need to take it in a decent amount and hem up the bottom a few inches, but for the price, I'm happy to put some work into it.
Cost: $6.06 (They seriously have weird numbered price tags at Salvation Army)

 My last exciting find is a pair of converse shoes. They were in the kids section, but every once in awhile, having child sized feet works out. This was one of those times. I think these shoes are so fun and comfortable, and I like the pattern.


Cost: $.99
So, those are (some of) my big thrift store treasures. What have you found lately from thrifting?

Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway here. Seriously. Your chances of winning are about one in four right now. You can't get better odds than that.


Sunday, August 19

Blogging Sunday 5--Blog Button Categories


Obviously I enjoy editing my blog. Sometimes too much, but I love variety, so I will keep editing and learning. One of my favorite changes I've made recently is using small pictures instead of a navigation bar. Like this business right here:

I couldn't fit all of the buttons, but this gives you an idea.

The steps for creating this are easy, but it takes some patience and work to get it.

Step One: Create Images
As usual, I used PicMonkey to edit my pictures. I'm sure people adept at using photoshop could use that, but alas, I am not adept at photoshop by any means. I created five pictures that were each 200 x 200 pixels. I think it would have been awesome to make them round, but you can't do that on PicMonkey unfortunately. But hey, you can't beat a free, simple, online editing program.

Step Two: Host Images
You can see how to host images in this post under the "save image" section. Basically, you're going to upload them on a tester blog (you can also use flickr, but I don't know how to), and then copy the portion of html code that corresponds to your picture.

Step Three: Write Code
Using the HTML practice website, you can copy and paste this code. You will need to copy and paste it for as many pictures as you have. So since on my sidebar, I have five pictures, I had to copy this code five times.

<a href="http://secondhandcouture.blogspot.com/search/label/d.i.y."><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_vxp0LgjqvA/UC5TEi4L5zI/AAAAAAAABds/JbA_i02m7eo/s1600/diy200.jpg" alt="d.i.y." /></a>

You will need to plug in your information to the code.

orange text = website the button will go. On mine, the d.i.y. button will take you to the d.i.y. labels. All of my crafty posts are labeled with a d.i.y. text, and when I click on the label it will show all of those posts. I copied the web address that pops up when I click that button.
My list of labels. You can create a list by adding a gadget on your design page. 
blue text = picture hosting information. Once again, you can find this information here.
pink text = the name of your button. This information won't show up--but on some web browsers, the pictures don't load, so the name of the button will show up instead.

Step Four: Paste Code in HTML Gadget
Copy and repeat that process for each of your buttons. You will next add an html gadget on your sidebar (near the top of the page is best so readers can easily find your categories), and copy and paste your code into it. All of the code can go into the same gadget. Double check your links to make sure they work well. If there is a problem, usually retyping in the link will fix it.

Let me know if you have any questions! If they are complicated, I'm sure I won't know the answer, but I've become an expert googler (googler? I either sound like somebody talking baby talk or a creeper stalker...), so I can try to find it out for you.

Saturday, August 18

d.i.y. hairbows

Easiest. Tutorial. Ever. Plus, it's a great way to use up some scrap fabric. I love the tiny clip-in hairbows that some people wear, so I made myself some yesterday. Here's how YOU can too. 


Start with six inches of fabric. I didn't measure the width of it, but it's was probably 6" x 3". I made two, which is why there are in fact, two pieces of fabric. 



After that, I folded it in half, right sides together, and sewed it into a tube. I flipped it right side out and ironed it, making sure the seam was in the middle of the fabric.


Next, I copied the exact same thing, but on a much smaller scale for the loop around the bow. 

I folded the bow, bringing the two ends into the middle, and pinched it together into a bow-shape and stitch it a few times with my machine to hold the shape.



Then I looped the smaller fabric around the center and sewed it as close to that as possible.



I stuck an alligator clip through the loop part and hotglued it in a few places to keep everything neat and together.


How easy and fun is that? I want to make some in every single fabric pattern.

Also, have you noticed the changes on my blog? I have a small problem with an over-zeal for blog-editing. I adore changing my navigation bar, buttons, header, and everything. I wish I were better at it and could get paid to blog-design. :) If you're new here and you kind of like my blog, you know, like a little bit, then you could possibly, maybe, perhaps think about um, *cough* following me? I would undoubtedly love you forever and like you for always. What can I say, I'm a cheap friend.

Now go make some bows!

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http://www.recycled-fashion.com/
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