Monday, October 8, 2012

Dots

Striped tee: Banana Factory store
Cardigan: Halogen
Skirt: Target dress (via Goodwill) altered into skirt
Boots: Frye Melissa button

Sometimes I get a bit jealous of people who have fancy cameras with remotes, or people with  husbands/boyfriends that are willing to take pictures for them, or people who have better self-photo-taking skills than me, because it really sucks to take a bunch of pictures, get home and realize that they are ALL BLURRY. But since this isn't an photography blog, and I'm just here to show you my outfit, they'll do.

It took me long enough, but I finally chopped off the top of this dress and turned it into a skirt. Could not be happier, because the days of wearing strapless dresses are pretty much gone. Skirts are way more practical, especially polka dot ones.

40 comments:

  1. so cute! love it :)

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  2. Lovely print mixing! I hear you, I'm also trying to figure out how to take better photos with a self timer. :P

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  3. LOOOVE the skirt! I can't say I'm a huge fan of strapless dresses (weather permitting or not) but I love the way you converted this piece. So perfect paired with those boots!

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  4. I know what you mean! Even with the photographer, sometimes I look at the pics after we're all done and am disappointed. lol I should learn to always check after the photos are taken right there so I can re-take. But I don't.. -_-

    You look lovely Kimmie! I love the way you altered the dress into a skirt! I wish I was talented in sewing..haha.. I think you def can't go wrong with polka dots! They're fun to wear. :)

    xo - Sheila

    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  5. I haven't seen the skirt in it's dress form, but I think you'll get so much more use out of it as a skirt anyway! The boots look great with it.

    I too wish I had someone to take my pictures, instead I use a $3 tripod and $2 remote. I think your pictures are beautiful - I did not and do not think they are blurry. 

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  6. What? $3 tripod? The cheapest I could find was $12 and now I feel I've been cheated out of a good deal. What kind of camera do you use?? I wish I could use a remote with mine, but I have to set the self-timer and run into the shot. Half my pictures are of me halfway in the shot.

    I have a link in the post to how the dress originally looked - http://www.bluepaperlanterns.com/2011/04/polka-dots.html , but it was just a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline. Typical of the Target Xhiliration junior line. :)

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  7. I love the mustard with the polka dots!

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  8. Love it, Kimmie! What a great idea and it turned out great. :)

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  9. This is so cute!! I love the cardi, belt and skirt esp! Great handy work on that dress being turned into a skirt, sooo much more adorable now :)

    Great color combo overall!

    xo
    Lizzie

    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  10. Yessss, a polka dot skirt is a win.  And pshhh your self photog skills are wayyyyy better than mine.  If you hadn't said anything I wouldn't even have noticed.

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  11. Oh girl, I totally hear you! My husband takes terrible photos and my camera would be intolerable if I had actual photography skills... Good job on that skirt! You look adorable!!! It is very possible I will steal this look very soon. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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  12. I'm with you. I've never replaced my broken lens so all I have is the sooooper zoom one. When I take photos I have to run far enough to get into frame, and it makes me not really care to experiment too much. :) The skirt turned out cute!

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  13. I am completely in love with this outfit. I would totally wear this. The skirt, the boots... so so cute! 

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  14. Yea, I'm jealous of those ppl too! Anywhos, cute outfit. Skirts are sure way  more versatile but gotta love a dress for ease! And I love  your hair, by the way, you curl it every morning? I'm growing out my hair so I can get curls like you!

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  15. Why don't I have a mustard-ish cardigan? I do not know!
    work-it-blog.blogspot.com

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  16. Yeah, I've been doing it for almost two years now and I still haven't really improved much. Half my pictures are me all blurry and moving, and the other half have my head or feet cut off. Maybe someday, though! :)

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  17. I used to LOVE strapless dresses, but I think I'm just turning into my mom now (who hated when my sister and I wore strapless things because we always slouched when we wore them... haha) I guess my tastes are maturing? :)

    And skirts are so much more versatile than dresses!

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  18. Thanks, Sheila! I always check the pictures on the camera afterwards but sometimes it's hard to catch things on such a small screen. Whenever I open up the pictures on my computer there's wrinkles, awkward tucking, and messy hair that I didn't see, and by then it's too late to go out and re-shoot :(

    The dress was actually too short to wear without tights, so when I just chopped off the top and used the empire waist as a normal waistband, the length was just right :)

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  19. LOL okay, I did try to sharpen the pictures up in Photoshop a little, so these are already way better than how they looked straight out of the camera. I looked at them and thought, "hey, they're not that bad now" but then I clicked over to another blog with crisp pictures and I was like, "ooooohkay, nevermind. I hope nobody notices but then I'll point it out so everyone who hadn't previously noticed will now see" :)

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  20. Thanks, Vivienne! I can't wait to see your version of it! My husband will only take two or three pictures before he gets exasperated, so I've learned to not rely on him anymore :)

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  21. Haha, half my pictures are of me running into the frame, or me looking around to make sure no one sees me running back and forth in front of the camera like a fool.

    PS, your pictures with the kids wandering into the shot are just hilarious. Can't believe how fast they grow, your little one is so big now!

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  22. Oh you totally would, because of the POLKA DOTS. I know you too well ;)

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  23. I try to curl it when I have the time. It used to take me forever, but now it's way faster to curl my hair than it is to straighten, especially since you can't miss any pieces when you're straightening, but curled hair can be messy and it's fine if it's not perfect. Usually though, my hair is just up in a ponytail, because having clean, washed hair is so rare these days :(

    Excited to see you grow out your hair!

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  24. I wear mine to death, and it's starting to pill now :( It's such a versatile piece and can be worn year-round, I love it!

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  25. you look adorable! i think you do a great photo job.

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  26.  Aw, is baby keeping you from being able to wash your hair as often as you like? I remember those days. I love dry shampoo!

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  27. It's just so hard to find the time! And my hair is totally falling out so I'm trying not to blow dry it, and air drying my long hair takes foreverrrr. What kind of dry shampoo do you use?? I haven't really liked any of the brands I've tried :(

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  28. Conserve that hair, haha! Mine is falling out more these days too, it's all over the bathroom floor. Must drive my hubby insane! I've tried PSSST from drug stores and TRESemme. I like the price of PSSST but like the smell of TRESemee. I wouldn't say that my hair feels "clean" but at least it'll last one more day not looking oily. Good luck finding one!

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  29. I've tried the tressemme and the scent is way too strong! Gives me a headache :( I've heard good things about the pssst one though :)

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  30.  PSSST is almost scentless, like subtle baby powder. Good luck!

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  31. Really? I'm going to have to try it out now. Thanks, Lisa! :)

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  32. I love your boots! I've been wanting a pair of Frye boots but they're so expensive!  I'm normally more comfortable with the Target/F21 price range but I don't mind spending money on an item that will last a while.. but it's still so hard to pull the trigger sometimes!

    Maggie
    lovestylehappiness.blogspot.com

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  33. Thanks, Maggie! I always try to buy my Fryes at Nordstrom Rack or when retailers have discounts, though oftentimes Fryes are excluded. For my most recent pair, I saved up Amazon gift cards and then bought when there was a 13% ebates cash back at endless.com, so it wasn't really a discount, but I did get like $45 back, which was nice! :)

    Boots are always a good investment, especially for me because I wear them EVERY DAY during the winter :)

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  34. nice conversion of the strapless dress. I love the polka dot and the mustard combo. Great job, Kimmie.

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  35. i really love this look :)

    Chioma

    C's Evolution of Style

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  36. You are super duper adorable! I am in love with this outfit.  Please send skirt to me...we'll start a club: sisterhood of the traveling skirt!  That's a thing, right?

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