Tuesday, August 31, 2010


31 Aug '10
Dress - vintage, bought from SilviCi!
Belt - thrifted
Bag - vintage, from Retropolitan in Christchurch
Socks - some sock shop in San Francisco - can't remember the name
Shoes - Zara

And on its previous owner:
10 luglio 2010
It makes this dress even more special knowing that it came from one of my biggest style inspirations.

I am very excited today - first of all, I am getting my hair cut, which means that I will no longer feel like an Old English Sheepdog, and, secondly (more importantly), I am going out this evening with a group of Austin fashion bloggers. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone - particularly Diya of In Her Stilettos. It will be lovely to spend some time with like-minded people. I have also joined a writer's group here, which will be invaluable as I rework the manuscript (again), and I can't wait to go along to my first session.

One thing I'm having to get used to here in the States is tipping. We don't have a tipping culture in New Zealand, really - sure, if you get amazing service, you might leave something, but it's not a matter of course. I actually really like leaving a tip, but the problem lies in remembering - over the past couple of weeks I have sometimes forgotten to leave one, which makes me feel terrible. I suppose it's just a matter of getting used to it. As far as I can understand, you tip everyone who provides a service, right? Including hairdressers? Any tips? (Har, har).

Scene from a Checkout Line

Surf on over to my friend Mark's blog to read his post Scene from a Checkout Line. It's one of the best posts I've read in some time.

Reading Mark's post just reaffirmed by conviction that one of the most pressing needs in contemporary Christianity is the recovery of basic human decency, the constant battle against the forces of dehumanization in today's word.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Time Traveler

I don't recall the first time I heard the term "eschatology." But what I can be fairly certain of is that I likely equated eschatology with "Judgment Day." In your faith tradition eschatology might have meant "the End Times." Armageddon. Thousand Year Reign. Rapture. Anti-Christ. Stuff like that. In my tradition, it was just "Judgment Day." No drama. No signs. No big climatic battle. Just Jesus-can-come-back-at-any-moment-so-be-ready! That was the beginning and end of our eschatology. Pretty simple.

Here's a funny story in this regard. Many years ago my wife and I were invited over to dinner by one of her co-workers at school. They were Baptist and the husband was an associate pastor at a local Baptist church. Which was good because I knew we'd have lots to talk about. I'd get to ask: "What do Baptists think about this? What do Baptists think about that? What are conservative Baptists like? Progressive Baptists? How do your conventions work? What's a Southern Baptist? How do you fund mission work?" And so on.

Anyhow, during the evening I eventually got to "What do Baptists believe about how the world is going to come to an end?" And in response he gives this amazingly complex reply. It's the whole Armageddon, thousand year reign, rapture, Anti-Christ deal. And I'm just completely transfixed, thinking through this maze of theology, prophecy, biblical text, history, and global politics. I don't care what you think, but this sort of end times thinking is really quite amazing. True, it's the theological equivalent of Oliver Stone's JFK, but both are intellectual accomplishments.

So after about an hour of me quizzing my host over an eschatology that was, essentially, dramatized in the Left Behind novels, he turned to me:
So what is your end times theology in the Churches of Christ?
Well, it's pretty simple. Jesus comes back and you don't know when.
That's it?
That's it.
No rapture, tribulation, battle of Armageddon?
No Anti-Christ, mark of the beast, or thousand year reign?
Just, 'Jesus comes back'?
Yep. Just 'Jesus comes back.'
To be clear, it's not like everyone in the Churches of Christ sees this the same way. We are, of course, Protestants. Which means that, growing up, members would occasionally wander into church with some odd ideas about 666. It's the risk you take when you let everyone go home with a bible with the mandate to "study for yourself." This sort of procedure is bound to spawn some pretty screwball ideas. Some people just shouldn't be trusted with a bible. Fortunately, group pressure can be brought to bear upon deviants to get them back in line with the "Jesus will come back without warning" position. The sign of the beast--666--really represented, I was told, Nero or the Catholic Church. I can't remember which...

But I digress.

So I grew up with an impoverished eschatology. Which is interesting because eschatology has become increasingly important to my spiritual life. So much so I can't have a conversation today about faith without saying "eschaton," "eschatology," or "eschatological." Shoot, I even think of my dog in eschatological terms. Or Office episodes. I see eschatology just about everywhere.

So much so I had my artistic sister make me a sign that says "Eschaton" for my office. I've hung it on the wall opposite my desk so that I look at it a lot during the day. I got the idea from William Stringfellow who called his home "Eschaton."

I can't tell you how many times this summer I had to explain my sister's sign. "Eschaton? What does Eschaton mean? Why do you want a sign for your office that says Eschaton?" I tried to explain this a couple of different ways. But the best explanation came in an exchange with my son Brenden:
What does Eschaton mean?
(Sigh.) I've been trying to explain that all summer.
I know. But what does it mean?
(Pause. Thinking.) Well, you know how we pray the Lord's Prayer every Sunday at church?
Do you remember the lines, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"?
Well, that's what Eschaton means. It means that God's Kingdom, when all the world will be set right, is coming.
I see.
But it's more than that. Eschaton also means that God's Kingdom has already come. It's here, breaking into this moment. Wherever God's will is being done the Kingdom has come. The End has appeared, for a moment, in the middle of our day. Heaven on earth.
I think I see.
Here's one last way to think about it. The Eschaton is in the future, but it's kind of like a Time Machine. Something from the future--something joyous and whole--has shown up in the middle of today. Here it is, right in front of me, this peice of the future, this bit of heaven.
I understand.
And here's the totally crazy part. If you are a Christian, the Eschaton isn't just a Time Machine from the future. No, if you are a Christian you are, in your own being, the Time Machine. You are the time traveler from the future. You don't, not really, belong here to this time and place. You're from the future, but living in today's world. Which means, like a time traveler, you know how it all ends. You've seen the future. And that helps you know how to live today. Knowing the end of the story you can see your way through life, often in a way that won't make sense to a lot of people. They will look at you and ask, "Why are you doing this? You're crazy." And you can say, "I know it looks that way. But what I'm doing actually makes a lot of sense. See, I'm from the future. And I'm acting this way because know how the story ends."

DIY Leather Insert Jeans

Glue some leather onto your jeans like this. Or cut a strip of denim out of an old pair of jeans and wear over leather look leggings. Perfect for when the weather gets cold.
Image: ? Does anyone know where this came from?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

DIY Denim Waistcoat with Shoulder Pads

Love this cute little waistcoat with strong shoulders. Cut the sleeves off a denim jacket - leaving a couple of inches of fabric after the shoulder seam. Sew some thick boxy shoulder pads onto the jacket, then sew the edges of the fabric underneath tightly, so the rounded hard shoulder is created.
Image: Studded Hearts

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DIY Safety Pin Designs

Yes, I know I know, safety pin designs have been on the DIY radar for a while now (I promise I try to post new things you won't have seen too many times!) but I like this look - where the safety pin designs follow the print on a dress or top to give some texture.
Image: Ma Masha via Park and Cube

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Life in Translation

For some reason, I've recently become re-interested in bible translations.

The first bible I ever owned was an New International Version, a Christmas gift from my parents. I loved it. I remember sitting by the Christmas tree in a new Christmas sweater and turning to the Sermon on the Mount. Reading the Sermon on the Mount in my first bible on Christmas morning was the holiest I've ever felt in my life. To this day, when I pick up a new translation the first passage I turn to is the Sermon on the Mount.

Unfortunately, the church I was raised in frowned upon the NIV. Apparently, the NIV was too "Calvinistic" as it taught the doctrine of "original sin." My tradition is Arminian so this was unacceptable. How did people reach this conclusion about the NIV? Well, they took my bible out of my hands and flipped to Psalm 51, David's psalm of confession after his affair with Bathsheba:
Psalm 51.5 New International Version
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
This translation, which seemed to teach original sin ("sinful at birth"), was, I was told, a mistaken translation. The better translations of this passage came from the King James, American Standard, and New American Standard versions.
Psalm 51.5 King James Version
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Psalm 51.5 American Standard
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me.

Psalm 51.5 New American Standard
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
Beyond arguments like this (i.e., the NIV taught false doctrine) I was also told that the American Standard version was the "best" translation as it is the most literal and word-for-word translation of the bible. So I ditched my NIV for my second bible, an American Standard version. This was also my first fully black, high quality leather bible. So it looked and smelled very cool.

Unfortunately, the American Standard is virtually unreadable. It's really awful. By straining for an exact, literal translation the ASV imports the syntax and sentence structure of Greek into English. This creates long, awkward and convoluted sentences.

So after a year or so I switched over to the New American Standard which preserves the "literalness" of the ASV while smoothing out the worst of the ASV's syntactical awkwardness. I preached all my early sermons in High School and college from the New American Standard version.

However, as time went on, I grew tired of the NASV. For two reasons. First, the prose of the NASV didn't sing. And second, the NASV preserved the verse structure of the KJV and the ASV where the verse numbers were flush left, thus breaking up the text. For example, here is a picture of how the NASV is set up:

This setup obviously breaks up the text, cutting sentences in half and obscuring where paragraphs begin or end. One advantage of the NIV, to my mind, despite its being a damnable bit of heresy, was how it allowed the sentences and paragraphs to remain whole. Paragraphs look like paragraphs in the NIV.

So I started to drift back to the NIV later in college. But the translation that really had a impact upon me as an upperclassman was J. B. Phillips' The New Testament in Modern English. The fresh and colloquial style of this translation, combined with a lack of verse markers, made the New Testament epistles come alive for me. In Phillips' translation the immediacy of the epistles shone through. For the first time I felt I was reading actual letters, written by real people to real people. Philips made me forget I was reading "The Bible."

But Phillips' translation isn't good for teaching Bible class. With no verse markers it's hard to guide people to the passage you want them to read. Plus, Phillips' translation is so different that it is hard to track with when reading along with a more traditional translation. The phrasing is often very different, often unrecognizable. In this, the New Testament in Modern English is similar to The Message. However, I've never liked The Message. I'll take The New Testament in Modern English over The Message any day of the week.

So, when I started regularly teaching adult Sunday School classes I went back to the NIV. It's the most common version out there. But, once again, I grew tired of it and eventually switched to the New Revised Standard. Mainly because the NRSV is considered to be, by scholars, the "best" translation on the market. But despite its academic reputation, the NRSV doesn't read as smoothly as the NIV. So it's a trade off.

But lately, for some reason, the NSRV prose has been bothering me. So I've made another switch, one I'm really enjoying. My new favorite translation is the New Jerusalem Bible. Mainly used by Catholics, the NJB has a good academic reputation but its best feature is the poetry and melody of its prose. The NJB is, simply, the most lyrical and beautiful translation I've found. It's not perfect, but it's the best on the market.

And, never satisfied, this recent switch to the NJB has made me interested in a whole lot of other translations. Old and new. For example, I've recently enjoyed nostalgic feelings for the line drawings from The Good News for Modern Man. I'm also curious about "thought-for-thought" translations like the New Living Bible (anyone have an opinion about the quality of the NLT?). I also want to buy a copy the Jewish Publication Society's Tanakh ("Old Testament"). And I've recently been enjoying Willis Barnstone's The Restored New Testament, where Barnstone "restores" Hebrew names in the New Testament (e.g., "Jesus Christ" is rendered as "Yeshua the Mashiah"). So the search continues...

All told, it's been a life in translation.

Romp romp romp

I am absolutely shattered today - I think the adrenaline of the past couple of weeks has finally caught up with me, and I have spent most of the day napping and drinking lots of water. It sort of feels like having the 'flu, but without any actual 'flu symptoms. Bizarre. Anyway, I am incapable of saying anything interesting today, so here is a picture of Mink in his new kitty condo.

DIY Cropped Tops

Next time you get the scissors out to do some t-shirt cropping - choose a circular cut like this, and then either leave the back hanging down or crop that in a similar way!

Image: Stolen Girlfriends Club via Studded Hearts and Because I'm Addicted

Your Teacher Eats with Tax Collectors and Sinners: Welcome to ACU's Cornerstone

Over 10 years in the planning, ACU launched our new General Education curriculum designed to equip students to think about faith and truth from an interdisciplinary perspective. ACU's Core curriculum begins with first semester freshmen in a class called Cornerstone. Kicking Cornerstone off each week is a Spotlight talk in Cullen Auditorium.

This week it was my privilege and honor to kick Cornerstone off by giving the first Spotlight talk entitled "Your Teacher Eats with Tax Collectors and Sinners: You, Cornerstone and the Mission of ACU." The goal of the talk was to introduce the students to interdisciplinary thinking as I talked about my research on disgust and contamination. (And, I guess this is as good a time as any to announce this, I have a book coming out with Cascade on this very topic. The title of the book, right now, is Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality and Mortality.)

You can see my Spotlight talk at the Cornerstone Portal where you'll also find resource links related to my talk. You can check out the Portal each week to follow the Spotlight speakers and the conversation our freshmen are having this semester in Cornerstone.

It's an exciting time to be at ACU.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sore feet, but worth it

26 Aug '10
Blouse - vintage, thrifted
Bag - vintage, Retropolitan
Cameo - vintage, a gift from my friend Hannah
Shorts - '80s, thrifted
Belt - vintage
Shoes - thrifted

Today I took the Metrorail downtown to explore the city. I wandered over to Buffalo Exchange and Toy Joy on the corner of Guadaloupe and 29th, and then walked to South Congress to reacquaint myself with the vintage stores down there. It was a good walk, but I did need to stop for a cucumber soda so that my head didn't explode. I still can't get over how plentiful and relatively cheap the vintage here is - it's great!

There is so much great graffiti in Austin, and so many fantastic murals. This one, predictably, is my favourite so far.

Loot from today! 1950s velvet, taffeta and lace cocktail dress; 1980s Laura Ashley floral ruffle dress; 1950s coral lace dress; 1980s tropical print romper.

And now I have blisters and am going to sit down for a bit.

P.S. I knew I would forget something important! I already have some alterations and repairs to do, and I didn't bring a sewing kit. Dagnammit.

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DIY Knotted Skirt

Love this gorgeous maroon colour - and the knotted bottom is so cute and such as easy DIY.
Image: Anywho

DIY Leather Belt

The girls from Anywho never cease to inspire me with their looks of the day, they always put together the most amazingly toned outfits (my favourites being the grey, maroons and blues).

Loved the look of these belts as soon as I saw them - then noted it was a DIY job. I can imagine that they sewed a long strip of leather (at least I think its leather? maybe its matte lycra or jersey?) around some foam or cushion stuffing. Has a certain jetsons feel.
Images: Anywho

Ps. Am crazy busy getting ready for my trip to spain and portugal. Won't be posting from there but have scheduled a few automatic posts over the next two weeks. Gotta keep the punter 'appy!

Today is also the last official day to enter my DIY Toolkit Giveaway. Have you entered? I will be drawing a winner and posting off the kit when I am back in London in 2 weeks (although if you want to enter between now and then I may turn a blind eye to the whole competition close date thing...).


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic) People

Thanks to George for sending along this fascinating link about a recent paper entitled "The weirdest people in the world?"authored by Joseph Henrich, Steven Heine, and Ara Norenzayan. I was able to find a copy of the paper here.

The core argument of the paper, based upon cross-cultural results examining how people play the Ultimatum Game or experience optical illusions, is that Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic (WEIRD) people are, well, weird when compared to the rest of the world.

From Adam McDowell's National Post article about this research:
The article, titled "The weirdest people in the world?", appears in the current issue of the journal Brain and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Henrich and co-authors Steven Heine and Ara Norenzayan argue that life-long members of societies that are Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic — people who are WEIRD — see the world in ways that are alien from the rest of the human family...

After analyzing reams of data from earlier studies, the UBC team found that WEIRD people reacted differently from others in experiment after experiment involving measures of fairness, anti-social punishment and co-operation, as well as visual illusions and questions of individualism and conformity.
Why are WEIRD people so weird? The researchers suspect that it's due to the how the brain has been affected and shaped by the Industrial Revolution:
If WEIRD people are indeed weird, it is the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution that have made them so. In the example of the Muller-Lyer illusion, the UBC team hypothesizes that growing up in an industrial-era environment with plenty of 90-degree lines and carpentered edges led to WEIRD people's sense of vision being susceptible to the deception.

"We live in this world with police and institutions and pre-packaged food, TV, the Internet, watches and clocks and calendars. Our heads are loaded with all this information for navigating those environments. So we should expect our brains to be distorted," Dr. Henrich says.
All this raises a fascinating question: If the WEIRD mind has been "distorted" by the Industrial Revolution, how might this affect how WEIRD people think about God, faith, community and morality?

DIY Mexican Poncho

Please don't hate me for repeating myself with the whole blanket as a cape thing. I am addicted.
Image: Honestly WTF

Pot(ted, for the Americans!) plants and red pens

25 Aug '10
25 Aug '10
25 Aug '10
Dress - vintage, thrifted
Boater - Halo, bought from Two Squirrels Vintage in Christchurch
Bg - vintage, from Retropolitan
Shoes - yep, Zara again
Belt - thrifted

I heard back from my agent today - she has finished reading the draft and sent me her immediate reactions, and I'm so, so glad and grateful to have someone else's perspective on it. I can never emphasise enough the importance of detached and constructive criticism, and I love receiving it. With this book I have felt a bit like a pot plant sitting on top of the toilet cistern in someone's dark and tiny bathroom, struggling to catch every little drop of water and splash of sunlight that I can. Now someone has thrown open the windows and given me a big jug of water, and I feel like I can grow again. I don't know why I chose a toilet cistern as part of that simile - it's a little random. But I suppose I associate dying plants with the loo, at least in our house.

So - I have a much clearer path as I prepare for (hopefully) a final draft of the book. It has been through so many incarnations, this Difficult Second Novel of mine. The entire plot has changed shape three times. Characters have been introduced and eliminated. As it is now, I am relatively happy with the overall shape of it, but it has suffered from my lack of perspective - I need to get down on my hands and knees and really work through all the logistic and thematic details. At a leisurely pace. And after a much-needed couple of months completely away from it, I think. I feel like the last few chapters need to be paced out and lengthened so that they a) make more sense and b) slow down. Of course, I would be thrilled if my agent had written back with solely positive comments, saying "OMG THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING BOOK EVAH," but I knew that, although it has moments of awesome, it still needs more work. It's good to hear that, and it's good to hear it coming from someone else rather than from the confused and myopic ramblings of my own little mind. I don't want to work on the book straight away, but when I do return to it in a few weeks' time, I'm going to work with a hard copy and a vicious red pen.

In other news, Mink is doing amazingly well. He is eating, drinking and powdering his nose as normal, and has been remarkably brave in exploring the apartment. He has a constant purr going, and seems very happy. My brave little soldier.

I received the most gorgeous swap package yesterday from Carys of La Ville Inconnue - a daily read of mine! She sent me the most amazing large satchel, which is going to become my new laptop bag, an amazing navy and tan bag, two floral skirts and a navy bow blouse that I know I am going to wear to death. Thank you so much, Carys.

P.S. I need to change my Blogger settings to my new time-zone, and I can't figure it out! Can anyone tell me how? Thank you!

Doing a bit more than DIY...

Loved seeing my friend Emma and her sister Milly on the Australian Vogue Galley looking stylish as ever. Milly moved on from DIY when she was, erm, about 13. Now she designs for her own brand Ziesemer. Check it out!
Image: Milly and Emma via Australian Vogue

DIY Spray Dye

Saw this amazing top on Christeric's blog a while ago and fell in love with the colours. Then happened upon this dress on Nasty Gal and knew that it wasn't just me that thought it was cool. Has a certain Dion Lee galaxy feel to it no? Could you, and would you, take a few spray bottles with different coloured dyes in them and go to town on a sheer silk top or dress? Please let me know if you can think of a more effective technique!

Image: Christeric / Nasty Gal

Ps. Shout out to the following blogs who have added me to their blogrolls (I am FOREVER in your debt!)
Park and Cube
Fashion Stereotype
Let me know if there are any I have missed because I can't always tell.


DIY Strapped Poncho

I'm off on Portugal and Spain for two weeks tomorrow, and have been looking for a DIY that I can take on holiday with me to do on the plane/beach/car (talk about the productive holiday!). I stumbled upon this strapped jacket on Nasty Gal and thought it would be a perfect holiday romance, because all I need to take with me is a roll of black canvas ribbon and a sewing kit (cue sweet little Indian man at the Walthamstow Markets practically giving DIY materials away). Hopefully I will have a finished product to show you when I get back!
Image: Nasty Gal

How to care for a new Tattoo

There you have it; you finally decided to go get that tattoo you have been thinking about. You agonized over the design, worried about if it was going to be sore, what your mother might think and now have a beautiful tattoo just the way you dreamt it.

NOW WHAT? All new tattoos have to be cared for. The skin following a tattoo has been damaged and how you care for that abrasion can affect the healed tattooed skin.

The healing of your tattooed skin will be influenced by the artist’s skill that placed the ink, the size of tattoo, where it is placed, your general health, what type of job you have, how you care for your skin and your choice of aftercare. The tattoo studio will have given you aftercare advice. This will vary from studio to studio

Q. After your tattoo session – what happens next?

A. You can expect a little swelling and redness which can last for a few hours. There may be some bleeding, and weeping. Some people have no discomfort.

You will need to decide how you are going to clean the tattooed skin and what aftercare to use. Tattooed skin will heal on its’ own without an aftercare but the process can be uncomfortable. The skin can go very dry and itchy, scabs may form and the chance of picking these due to the itch will increase the risk of infection and loss of ink.


? Wait 2-4 hours after you leave the tattoo studio before removing the dressing.

? Where possible wait until you are home to remove the dressing. Make sure you have antibacterial soap for
hand washing only.

? Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before removing the dressing.

? Use PLAIN WARM WATER to clean the skin over your new tattoo

? Do not use a face/wash cloth. Skin on Skin is best. Gently use your hand to remove any old blood, mucous or debris.

? Pat dry using a paper towel or clean hand towel. Allow to air dry for a few minutes.

? Wash your hands again using antibacterial soap and rinse thoroughly.

? Apply a small amount, a light film, of your aftercare product. Gently massage into the skin. Do not over apply.

? Do not recover the skin unless your tattoo is oozing lots of fluid. Loose clothing should be sufficient to protect your skin. (If you do need to recover new tattoos due to working in a dirty environment use sterile gauze dressing which will allow the skin to breathe and keep the dirt off.

? Apply another light film of your after fours later.

? Wash the tattoo again at night with WARM WATER and apply another fine film of aftercare.

? Keeping the skin supple and moisturized during the healing process lessen the chances of scabbing.

? As healing progresses washing the tattooed skin once a day with water will be sufficient cleansing.

? Apply a light film of aftercare 2-4 time daily until the skin has healed.


› Show your ink to all your friends within the first couple of hours. Try to avoid this temptation as good hygiene practices mean everything. The risk in getting an infection is much higher in the first few hours after tattooing.

› Do not share your aftercare product with anyone.

› During the healing period, stay out of swimming pools, saunas, and partaking in water sports until the skin has completely healed. Soaking a new tattoo can cause it to lose it’s brightness. It is okay to shower as long as you don’t soak the tattooed skin for long periods.

As the skin heals any weeping would have stopped. The top layer of skin will start to heal. Sometimes the skin can scab. Some people are prone to scabbing, overworked areas can cause scabbing. Using a good aftercare can help prevent scabbing.

The skin might also start to lightly flake (like skin that peels after sunburn. This is normal and more noticeable with heavily coloured and full black tattoos. This light flaking may continue for a few days then the skin might go shiny – also a bit wrinkly.

DON’T PANIC this is the top layer of skin healing. During this time the skin may become itchy and will be fragile. Using a good quality aftercare like TAC will help stop the itching.

After few days the skin will look duller. This is not how your tattooed skin will be. As both layers of skin heal the tattoo will start to look brighter.

If you skin does scab don’t pick them. This can introduce infection into the skin. It can also pull ink out leaving gaps in your ink work. Keep the area moisturized and allow the scabs to fall off naturally.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

DIY Trench Coat Dress

Make a dress out of an old trench coat by removing the sleeves.
Image: Jak & Jil


24 Aug '10
Dress - '80s, birthday gift from my friend Christina
Pin - vintage, gift from my friend Hannah
Shoes - Zara!

We collected Mink from the airport this morning! It was so good to see him. He looked all bedraggled and tired - much as I do after a long-haul flight - and, after a quick sniff around the apartment, has burrowed down under our bedclothes to have a rest. Yes, that lump is him.

I can't tell you how lovely it is to have him back - I really missed him, and was worried about him on his long journey.

In other (lesser) news, I made my first trip ever to a Walmart last night. It was terrifying. That is all.

Our rental car goes back today, so we are car-less for a while. Tomorrow I'm planning to figure out the public transport system and get to SoCo somehow - we'll see how that goes!

DIY Leather Pocket Dress

Add some leather pockets to a thrifted dress. Great for warming chilly hands as the weather cools down (ok so obviously this is for my Northerm Hemisphere readers...).
Image: Hanneli Mustspata

Blogger Yard Sale

The lovely Hannah of  His & Hers Daily Styling took a few snaps of the Bloggers Yard sale (at a quiet 3pm - apparently it went off like a frog in a sock at 10am.... and I was still in bed!), and happened to get me in a few (in the leather skirt, breton striped top and black hat). Not wearing anything DIY which I can see now is a massive faux pas...
The second streetstyle image is of the lovely blogette from Styleeast.

Images: His & Hers Daily Styling , The Portmanteau
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