Cropped Wool Tuxedo Jacket, Oxidized Stud Ring, and Silver Chain Ring: Forever 21.  Shrink Plastic + Chiffon Necklace: handmade by me.  Crystal Spike Ring: handmade by me.  Lace Bodysuit: handmade by me.  Moda Nude Tube Top: Victoria’s Secret. Cotton Godet Skirt: Newport-News.  Sia Wedge Booties: Alloy.

Day 4 of my 30 Days of Outfits Closet Challenge: November 4.

Today I felt like playing with black, layering textures and intensities.


The necklace is my copy of a Vice & Vanity (LOVE the name but hate the website) piece I saw awhile back in Marie Claire.  The geometric piece I cut from a piece of
shrink plastic
(remember shrinky-dinks from the 80’s??), painted, and then baked in the oven.  (Random geometric shapes look really cool when shrunk down!!)  I also added to it 3 heat-set pearls (bought here …but you know what?  Just grab some pearl stickers from the scrapbooking section of the craft store, that’s probably less fussy!), and added a piece of chiffon, folded over on itself repeatedly and stitched down.  And an oxidized chain.  I love this statement piece and have been waiting to share it with you!

DIY Swarovski Spike Ring [on left hand] tutorial here.

Next up is my version of this Pour La Victoire Lace Bodysuit.

It was around $189 retail on Net-a-Porter, so there’s no way I could afford it. 

This was my first time working with stretch bias! I used a great tutorial I found here.  (Tons of photos!)

I just rubbed off the pattern from a favorite tanktop onto some black stretch lace, and serged the side seams.  Then I covered each raw edge in stretch sateen bias, which took a year and a day, but eventually I managed.  (incidentally, my local sewing supply stores had no stretch sateen bias, so I check out Mill End Store’s trim section…and aha!  Stretch sateen cord.  Cut open the single seam…and voila!  Double-folded stretchy bias.  So I applied that around the neckline, armholes, and bottom of the piece.)  I wanted the garters to have more of a hard-edged feel, so I used suspender clips instead of plastic garter belt clips.  I am so in love with the final result!

It’s super-sexy, but just acts as a lacy layer when worn over a nude top -like I am here.  I can tuck the garters in and no one will know…wear them out and look edgy, or attach some stockings with the garters OVER my skirt/shorts/dress so that it’s bodycon.  I shall have to try that!!  (Can you tell I’m loving underwear as outerwear lately?!  I mean, REALLY!  [spoken in the tone of an 80-year-old grandmother;-)]


These are my faves currently.  The Alloy Sia Wedge Booties – surprisingly comfortable in spite of their immense wedge heel.  I thought they looked much more expensive than their $47 pricetag.  And right now they have a billion free shipping & discount codes going on, including:

So if you were to get them, you’d get free shipping with code AFS25A automatically.  Or you could get them for $39.87 with code AF15A.  Or you could add something else to your shopping basket (all sweaters are currently 30% off too!)…I’m eyeing this super-cute bow shoulder topicon…and get both the shoes and whatever else you choose for $20 less once the total is over $75 with code 20ALL75.  Awesome, right?

Aaaa-nd…following along with me in the 30 Days of Outfits Challenge is Yarn Happiness! Go check out her blog to see her outfits!

And if any of you out there would like to try challenging yourself to wear stuff in your closet you haven’t worn in awhile, just to break out of a fashion rut…please join in!:-D


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