Black and Tan

August 15, 2012

Here’s a quick one, y’all.  As I ran out to the studio today, I grabbed my upcycled skirt and a top that I made over the weekend.

I’m madly in love with my new bracelet made from a recycled sign (it says emergency).  When I went to the dentist last week, I stumbled on a shop that sells items made by local artists.  This particular vendor uses old license plates and signs to create jewelry and other small items.  It was hard to choose because I loved so many of them.

The handmade belt and woven bracelets were gifts from Lynx, the beaded bracelets were won in a raffle, the lace-up wedges are from H&M, the earrings are vintage Mexican silver with abalone shell, and the embroidered shoes (which I promptly put on when I came home) were purchased years ago in a tiny hippie shop.

As you may know, clicking on my pictures once, and then again, will give you detail.  You might be able to see the decorative seams I sewed in the front of the shirt.  Using another shirt as my pattern, I made it from some rayon fabric I’d had for years.

The skirt was originally on sale at a consignment store.  When I altered it, I made it too small.  I re-altered it to include a stretchy waistband that can be folded over the skirt to make it a little shorter if necessary, depending on the shoes.  I also added two weird side panels in black to enlarge the hips.  I don’t like them on the sides, so I wear the skirt skewed.  After seeing these pictures, I realized that if I wear this belt/skirt combination again, I’ll put the belt pocket over the the black panel, keeping the composition simpler.

So there you have it!  Another day, another outfit.  Not bad.

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30 Responses to Black and Tan

  1. Melanie on August 16, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Your shoes are a fashion emergency! – meaning I must run out an get a pair like yours. I have been so hungry for black platform shoes lately. Your belt reminds me of a tool belt, which I am partial to. And what a cool idea for a bracelet! Love that. But overall, you are stunning! So beautiful, Jean.

  2. Vix on August 16, 2012 at 2:50 am

    As usual I love absolutely everything you’re wearing! Those black platforms remind me of the pair I found whilst car booting last weekend, for someone who isn’t generally keen on black footwear I don’t think I’ve taken them off since I bought them!
    That “Emergency” bracket rocks my world! x

  3. pastcaring on August 16, 2012 at 2:51 am

    How do you make neutrals look so fabulous? It’s not a skill I have at all. I love all your accessories, and those platforms are great.
    You make it all look so effortless and gorgeous, Jean!
    I liked your explanantion of your upcycling, I wouldn’t have noticed the panel until you pointed it out. xxxx

  4. Kaffesoester on August 16, 2012 at 4:52 am

    That emergency bracelet is just cool! I’d buy one too if I was anywhere near that shop! The skirt looks fantastic, I’d love to see a photo where you stand up, so I can get an even better look at all the details! The embroidered slippers are very beautiful!

    • Jean on August 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

      If you click on the word “skirt” when I describe how I upcycled it, it will take you to another post where you can see it a little better. I was having a hard time capturing the skirt and especially the top in this post. Hope this helps!

  5. The Style Crone on August 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

    The ’emergency’ bracelet is brilliant. I wish I would have had just this item when I worked in emergency mental health. It would have been the talk of the office!

    As usual, your ensemble is so unique; the belt and the black platform shoes accent the interesting lines of the neutrals. I love how you skewed the skirt and how you redo until you create the perfect flow. So fun to follow your process and behold the stunning piece that is the result of your creative process.

  6. Lynn Dylan on August 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I love seeing what you come up with! And the recycled EMERGENCY bracelet — how cool is that! I love making things and recycling things. I think if we had a day together, well there’s no telling what we could recycle and alter! You do a fabulous job. If only I were so skilled!


  7. Tamera on August 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I am in love with the emergency bracelet!!

    Love the whole outfit, infact!! Especially the slippers-I’m a no-heels gal!!

  8. Vix on August 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hahaha! I do confuse you with my Brit slang! Jammy means lucky, so not too bad! Funnily enough those boots are a US 8.5! xxx

    • Jean on August 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      So when can I expect them in the mail? :-)

  9. Debbi on August 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I bought a bracelet that is the word Kansas from a license plate attached to a leather bracelet. I love it. It is funky and has meaning since I was born here in Kansas.
    Love your outfit, but then I love everything you create. You are so talented and I am just thankful to be able to see what you create.

    • Jean on August 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      I would love to see your Kansas bracelet. Clearly we’re on the same page. Also, thank you for your kind words. I heard a visiting preacher say, “Some of you are here because you heard I’d be here. Well, I’m here because I heard YOU’D be here.” I think that sums it up. :-)

  10. Amber of Butane Anvil on August 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Jean, I’m so glad to discover your blog too! I adore your combination of accessories, and the silhouette of this outfit! Best of all, it looks totally comfy. :) Your Emergency bracelet and embroidered shoes are especially outstanding.

  11. Practical Paralegalism on August 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Not bad? You are rockin’ that outfit. I love, love all the details!

  12. Megan Mae on August 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    The shoes and the hip belt are absolutely my favorite parts of this outfit. Both are slightly quirky, but classic in a totally unique way.

  13. WendyB on August 17, 2012 at 1:21 am

    The title of this post has me desperate for beer! 😀

  14. ariane on August 17, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Hi Jean!

    Lovely pics of you!
    i adore your emergency bracelet what a find! i would have jump on it as well!
    I have seen those H&M wedge almost bought them- they are cute!

    Have a good weekend

    Ariane xxxx

  15. Anne-Marie Bruun on August 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

    You are so creative, I’m impressed. It’s inspiring. The combination of the different bracelet is beautiful. I like the belt and sandals and of course the black and tan together.

  16. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud on August 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Head to toe, LOVELY, Jean! Your black and tan is delish!

  17. Mrs D on August 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Not bad at all! The bracelet is really interesting, I had never seen anything like it before.
    Good job on the skirt, it looks really good :)

  18. Joni on August 18, 2012 at 3:42 am

    This is great Jean! I’ve always loved the richness and simplicity of black and tan together and both are flattering on you. Your accessories are right up my ally too. I could have so much fun raiding your closet. Especially since you seem to have more feminine clothes than I do but I love how you do “feminine.” It inspires me.

  19. pao on August 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Your refashions are just brilliant, Jean. So creative and fluid is your approach to making things fit and still look jazzy. You encourage me to work outside of the box with mine. And your accessories are super!

  20. Jeannie on August 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Gorgeous, creative, talented, hip, stylish, sweet….should I go on?
    Have a terrific weekend, Jean!

  21. Ulla-Marie on August 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

    You have such a charisma!

  22. Sheila on August 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Awesome accessories…the belt and “emergency” bracelet did for me! Your upcycling always results in something stylish and clever.

  23. Rachel on August 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Jean, I love black and camel, it is so rich looking! You look really gorgeous, I love your smile. :-)

  24. Glamamom on August 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Great color combo and alterations!

  25. megan, the frugalista diaries on August 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    you are the slouch/drape queen -i think it’s safe to say i learned from you
    Xo Megan

  26. Gigi Guerreiro on September 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Fabulous!!! So glad to meet you! I will be back for sure.



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