Oops! I Did It Again

July 9, 2014

One thing fullone thing pants

It all started with a pair of super comfortable rayon pants and a white shirt.  It’s hot and I’m not going anywhere today.  My intention was to unpack and do laundry, in addition to some recording work that I can do from home.

one thing vestone thing bracelets

Then I wondered how this linen vest would look as another layer.  I love the fabric with it’s subtle jacquard weave.  The bracelets caught my eye when I passed their spot on the table in the hall.

one thing necklaceone thing shoes

Okay, by then I was hooked, powerless to leave the composition unfinished.  The flea market carnelian necklace and thrifted shell earrings were added to the mix.  Even though the shoes were completely unnecessary, I couldn’t resist giving them a try.

One thing

Finally, it just made sense to snap a couple of pictures, right?  As I look at them and consider the composition of the outfit, I’ve got a few things I’ll change the next time.  Which is cool, because then the whole process can begin again…and again, ad infinitum.  Makes me happy even if I’m not going anywhere.  XXOO

Outfit details: Tie dye pants with crocheted waistband-resale/thrift store, white shirt-Target, linen vest-Goodwill, red cinnabar bracelet and shell earrings-Goodwill, leather bracelets-gifts from my children when they were small, shoes-thrifted.

I’d like to add, however, that recently I DID have somewhere to go.  A very special somewhere.  The invitation specified “chic cocktail attire” which generally translates to short dresses for the ladies (a least in this part of the country) which I don’t own.  Neither do I really care for them on me.  After much deliberation, I decided to make a two piece dress in my favorite silhouette, and let the fabric do the talking.

Galagala dress detail

I don’t have a lot of pictures from the night, which is too bad.  It was one of the most elegant/fun parties I’ve ever been to.  There were many stunning women there of all ages, ALL in beautiful short cocktail dresses with the exception of myself and one other.  Did I mind?  No, I was comfortable in my own design, and garnered more than a few compliments.

gala dressgala 2

At least I managed to get a picture with the Advanced Style set!  Finally, after drinking and dancing, my coach turned into a pumpkin; oh well, at least that handsome prince followed me home, no slipper necessary.  Good thing ’cause my feet hurt.








34 Responses to Oops! I Did It Again

  1. joni on July 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Jean! Love that carnelian necklace. I just picked up a carnelian horn pendant from the thrift store today for only 4.00 minus 3.00 dollars for my shift pay. Cheap!
    I’ll be looking for patterns soon for vests to make. I love them as an extra layer all year round. They help balance things out I think.

    I finished my first kimono robe if you’d like to take a look on my new blog. Next I want to make a maxi skirt!

    • Jean on July 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Yay, you’re sewing!! I love vests too and I agree with that balance thing (plus they hide transgressions). Can’t wait to see your maxi creations. Ooh!! A new blog too? I’ll be right over. XXOO

  2. Gracey the Giant on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Hi, hi, hi! So happy to see your face. I miss you!

    I absolutely adore the lines and the drape of your polka dotted cocktail attire. I also refuse to go short and tight for cocktail parties. It’s cool on others, but so not my style.

    Did I mention how happy I am to see you?!



    • Jean on July 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      HI GRACEY!!! I can feel your hug from here!!! Thank you!! Yes, cool on others but not for us. :-)

  3. Veshoevius on July 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I love what you wore to the cocktail party! So elegant and the polka dot pattern is so pretty! Sometimes we have to go with our gut feeling with what we know will make us feel good and fly in the face of convention. You looked great!
    Love the tie dye trousers too – think they work really well with the more structured vest.

    • Jean on July 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I think one reason I had such a good time was because I was comfortable with my attire. I would have been miserable in a short dress and wouldn’t have as much fun. I like that phrase “fly in the face of convention”. :-)

  4. Melanie on July 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I love this fairytale party, especially when there are no evil people… That’s an incredible two-piece outfit – even better that you designed and made it. Everything is stunning about it, and your face adds the million-dollar touch – you KNOW it. Ha! What a fun-looking night. Those women sitting next to you are knock-outs as well.

    I like your at-home dressing process. I’ll do that too. Add, then add, then add, then subtract, then add. I never was good at math and sometimes I’ll just dump the whole thing and go for something simple. I love the creams and whites and tie-dye and jewellery pops in that first outfit. It’s good to see you again!

    • Jean on July 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      I always gravitate to children and Advanced Style folk. Somehow they are more interesting, and I always feel like I can learn something or at least hear their unfiltered opinions. This was no exception.

      Yes, the process is wonderful. I look at the result and think how pedestrian, but I’m not going to second guess it. After all, I’m just doing laundry. :-)

  5. Curtise on July 10, 2014 at 5:01 am

    I dress the same way if I am knocking around at home or going out – can’t seem to help myself! Love the layered flowy pants and waistcoat, and that carnelian pendant is a beauty. Your self-made outfit for the party is a triumph. Short, tight cocktail dresses aren’t for me either, and wearing what you feel good in is an essential element to a Good Night Out, I think! I love the drapey elegance and shine of the fabric and design; you look amazing, Jean. xxx

    • Jean on July 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

      I do too!! Dress the same way for home and out, that is. Guess we can’t help ourselves and that’s probably a good thing! I just know I don’t feel well if I’m not happy with my clothes. XXOO

  6. Suzanne on July 10, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Wow that gown you sewed is so sexy! So covered up and yet so sexy.


    • Jean on July 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I’ve never been inclined to show a lot of skin, even when I was younger. To do it now just feels uncomfortable. However I do appreciate the “sexy” comment. Thank you!! :-)

  7. Shelley@forestcityfashionista on July 10, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Your outfit from the fairytale evening did look very blue on your Instagram, but I can see in these photos that it was indeed black. It is very chic and even more fabulous because you made it yourself.

    I will do the adding and subtracting thing when I’m getting dressed, and often the outfit I end up with is nothing like the one I started with.

    • Jean on July 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Yes, that happens to me too, depending on how much time I have to get it all to my liking.
      After seeing dress in blue on IG I’m inspired to look for that color now. Hope you’re having a good summer so far.

  8. Grunge Queen on July 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Gorgeous cocktail outfit, Jean! I can’t remember the last time I was at a cocktail party – have I ever been to one?

    Love the outfit you concocted. I miss playing around with fashion – dress up can be so much fun and stress-free (not like when you don’t have time and you get sorta panicky about what to wear). That carnelian necklace is so pretty!

    K xoxo

    • Jean on July 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Kelly!!! How are you?! I haven’t been by your blog since I read you were moving. I apologize!! Yes, it is fun and from your comment it sounds like you’re not doing much of the fun part of dressing. Understandable!!! I detest that panicky part, which is why playing helps because then you have a mental arsenal of outfits. Hope you love your new home and that the family is doing well.

  9. Vix on July 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I’m the same all the time, too. I’m rattling with bangles and bedecked in a psychedelic maxi for a night in front of the TV!
    Loving those awesome flared pants and that gorgeous pendant. the dress you created is absolutely stunning. xxx

    • Jean on July 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      I can see you so vividly and I love your description!! I’d be crushed if it were any different. In fact I’d probably call an ambulance for you. I’m getting ready to make a pattern for some REAL flares, the kind that are skinny to the knee and then flare out for real. Can’t wait!! You know I’ll be thinking of you.

  10. Tiina L on July 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    The outfit you made is so chic, and it’s important to stay true to your own style and feel comfortable. A dresscode is just a guideline, and we adapt it to suit our personalities.

    • Jean on July 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Exactly!! By the way, I loved your pictures of Seoul. I’ve never been but would like to go. Looking forward to the next installment.

  11. Amber of Butane Anvil on July 11, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Dear Jean, I love this narrative of you gathering utter loveliness and elegant ease as you go along! “Like attracts like” in action. :) Those pants are fabulous on you, your accessories amazing as always, and you are a gifted designer-creator – I admire your comfort and glamorous sparkle on your own path. xoxo

    • Jean on July 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      I love the pants but I have to confess that as I took the pictures, I had to pull them back a bit. (Note the hand by my side) The hips need to come in a lot but I’m too lazy/busy to do the alteration, especially since there’s a side zipper. But that being said, I don’t care!! Better too big than too small, at least in my book.

      Love seeing your little picture in the corner of your comment. Miss you. XXOO

  12. The Style Crone on July 11, 2014 at 9:37 am

    This post is lovely. Very spontaneous and fun! I too enjoy the process of putting together an outfit just because I notice a piece that catches my eye. Your process always unfolds to perfection, and we are greeted with another delicious and artful creation.

    You are a vision in your “chic cocktail affair.” Glamorous I might add! To have the talent and skill to design your own unique composition is a gift. I’m sure that you turned many a head! Brava!


    • Jean on July 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      I always think of you when I’m in that zone. I loved making the party outfit because I knew I wouldn’t mess it up! I’ve made those same pieces before in different fabrics so it was all quite stress free, fortunately. Now I can try something new when the stakes aren’t so high.

  13. Shawna on July 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    You look lovely in those creamy colours and those pants are fabulous! I’m a sucker for a bit of crochet, or a lot of it actually. Too bad I can’t actually do any of it myself other than a dish cloth.
    You are always chic so you could go to that party dressed in anything from your wardrobe but the dress you made is a stunner. I think you were so right to go with something that feels like you because there is nothing more chic than being comfortable and confident in your clothes. I know what it is like to be the only one or nearly the only one not quite following the standard since I am the one who will show up in a skirt when everyone else is wearing jeans.

    • Jean on July 15, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I like the earthiness of handmade crochet. I know EXACTLY what you mean about the skirt vs jeans. Good for us!! :-)

  14. Señora Allnut on July 14, 2014 at 7:02 am

    lovely to see you looking so fresh and elegant, love your pants and vest, and you rock your accessories!!
    Obviously, love your black dress more than any cocktail dress, because you’re gorgeous wearing it and it’s genuinely your style!!

    • Jean on July 15, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Thank you!!! XXOO

  15. Jazzy Jack on July 15, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Everyone has said everything! Elegant, gorgeous, lovely pants, super vest, interesting dressing process, unique, flowing, being yourself etc. etc. 😀 And I second them alllll!!! You have your look down! My favourite? The bangles the kids gave you years ago. It tells such a story! Oh and I forgot to exclaim at your gorgeous shoes. They have an eastern vibe. I seem to exclaim a lot on here, and rightly so! Yours exclaimingly, Jazzy Jack

    • Jean on July 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Exclaim on!! I take any and all compliments. :-) I love things with stories too. I find that’s one of the advantages of being older.

  16. Beate on July 16, 2014 at 9:34 am

    looove both outfits!!!!!
    the day look for its oriental boho style and the cocktail dress for being made by you and looking timeless elegant.
    you are a beautiful woman with a great personal style!
    greetings from germany
    beate @ bahnwaerterhaeuschen.blogspot.de

    • Jean on July 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you Beate! I appreciate your comment so much. I love making friends all over the world, too!

  17. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on July 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    No oops about it! You have that innate ability to dress both with artistic flair and an understanding of the silhouettes that suit you best! And then there’s the jewelry! I always love the layers and the personality of your adornments Jean! Always!

    • Jean on July 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Yes, I do stick pretty closely to my favorite silhouettes. Whenever I try to break out of my zone, I’m usually not comfortable, although I try to never say never. Hope you’re sewing up a storm!! XXOO

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