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3 Cures for “A Case of the Tuesdays”

Black maxi skirt outfit 

Time commitment: 5 minutes
Cost: Free
Ease of activity: 9/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 9/10

Some people talk about having “a case of the Mondays.” But for me Tuesdays are worse. Mondays you expect to be awful, but Tuesdays seem harmless. In reality, they only reinforce the fact that 7 am is not a normal hour for human beings.

Well, I had a case of the Tuesdays earlier this week. It was painful waking up and going to my internship. That’s the thing about adulthood: being awake isn’t enough; you must also make coherent sentences.

Fortunately there are a few cures.

My version.

My version.

1. Caffeine – Whether it be coffee, tea, or Coca-Cola: bring it on.
2. Coworkers – Working with coworkers encourage you and make you laugh is invaluable.
3. Looking great to feel great – How you present yourself has less to do with others and more to do with how you feel.

I blogged a few weeks ago about an outfit I saw on Pinterest that I recreated from my own closet for work. It was fun, easy, and helpful so I could look professional while on a student budget.

Well, it was so fun that I wanted to do it again. This time I searched for “outfits with a black maxi skirt.” My black maxi skirt is one of the best clothing investments I’ve ever made. Do yourself a favor and buy one like mine.

Pinterest version.

Pinterest version.

This outfit that I tried was also easy and I had all of the items already, so I didn’t have to buy anything. The best part was that it was comfortable and nice enough for work. It turned my Tuesday morning around and I was able to enjoy the rest of my day.

Takeaway: Tuesdays suck. But getting some caffeine, laughing with coworkers, and wearing a newly inspired Pinterest outfit can brighten the day.

Fake Pearls and Colored Jeans

c4e34526e438b8699b2aa8770800d510Pinterest is full of pretty girls wearing the latest clothing and styles. Although this can be a great inspiration to creating outfits, it also can be a catalyst to simply want more clothes. I have never actually tried an outfit from Pinterest but I decided to put this one together using clothes I already have!

Even though my clothes look different than the ones in this picture, the outfit is still a similar style and it is inspired by this pin.

photo 52I chose yellow colored skinny jeans, a blue chambray shirt, a grey v neck sweater, blue flats, and a fake pearl necklace. It is a simple look but it has a bit of a dressier feel to it. I added a fake pearl bracelet and a fun watch as well.

It’s great to pin fun ideas on Pinterest but I also think it’s also important to see what we can create from things we already have. What do you think?  Would you try an outfit similar to this? Have you ever recreated an outfit from Pinterest?

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Recover. Reuse.

TOMS-DIY-103_edit-470x260 America is a land of consumers.  When something is worn out we replace it instead of mending it.  Often, it doesn’t even seem worth it to re-purpose something when we can replace it so quickly.  However, I challenge you to reuse items you already have.

My pin for this post was pretty ambitious. I’m not extremely creative and recovering my Toms seemed like a pretty steep challenge.  After two years of wear and tear, these Toms were pretty worn out.  I took the leap and decided to re-cover them!

photo 31photo 32To begin you need; Toms (0r other shoes you want to recover), fabric glue, a good scissors, and fabric of your choice.  The basic concept of recovering is to follow the the natural fabric of the shoes.  Start in the front and work your way to the back.  I folded over the edge of the fabric into the shoes because I wanted to create a clean look. Making the slit for the elastic was a bit tricky. I eyeballed it and it turned out okay. photo 37photo 33

The hardest part of recovering the shoes is the back.  While you could cover the Toms logo, I wanted to leave mine on. I measured, cut around the logo and glued it on.  It didn’t turn out perfectly but the pin instructions didn’t give a better way to cover the back of the shoe.

photo 41photo 39I know you’ll want to wear your shoes right away but make sure you allow your shoes to dry for at leastphoto 45 24 hours after they are finished!

I was satisfied with the way my Toms turned out.  I took me about an hour to cover them both. The instructions didn’t have a good way to finish off the bottom so I am planning on putting ribbon around the fabric edge so that they have a more finished look.

I would recommend this pin!  It was inexpensive way for me to re-purpose my shoes. Would you try this?  How do you re-purpose your shoes and clothes to give them a new look?

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Reinvent the Necklace in Under 60 Seconds

Time Commitment: Under 60 Seconds

Cost: $2.50 if you need to buy ribbon

Ease of Activity: 10/10

“Re-Pin” Worthiness: 10/10

I like recycling. I like thrift shops. I like adopting pets from the animal shelter. Basically, I like giving things a second chance in life.

DIY-Pearl-Necklace-In-SecondsThat’s why this project is so wonderful. As I was looking through my jewelry, I realized that there were several pieces that I don’t really ever wear. I thought about throwing them away, but instead I thought I’d check Pinterest to see if there were any fun ideas of how to turn them into something better, and let me tell you, friends, Pinterest did not disappoint! So, if you have some old jewelry lying around, give this a try. Maybe you’ll create something wonderful!

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I really liked this project because it’s so easy and simple, but it’s cute and can be worn several different ways.  Dress it up for work or dress it down and wear it with jeans. Take a couple of your old necklaces and start putting them together. It helps if they’re similar in length, but not completely necessary. I had to play around with some different styles before I found what I really liked.

This is an awesome project because it is so quick but also so inexpensive. The only cost is if you have to purchase the ribbon. You could switch the whole look of the necklace, too, by trying different color ribbon. You could even try using some lace or hemp, depending on the style you’re going for and what necklaces you’re using.

Here’s the link to the pin -> DIY Necklace in Seconds

Tell me what you think!

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Sometimes DIY Means Do-It-Imperfectly

DIY t-shirt scarf

Time commitment: 20mins
Cost: free – assuming you have an unwanted shirt and scissors, otherwise most plain t-shirts run about $6-$10
Ease of activity: 5/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 6/10IMG_20140126_152305_264 (2)

Count ‘em: 1, 2, 3…35. I own 35 scarves. It’s an addiction, and I’m over here in the corner praying that scarves will forever be in style so I won’t have stop wearing them for fear of people telling me my neckwear is “so 2013!”

It starts off innocently enough. You buy a cute one at Kohl’s that goes with your favorite cardigan. Then you get some as Christmas gifts. Then you go to Europe for three weeks and come back with one from every city. And then you decide to take up crocheting. An introvert in front of the TV and 15 skeins of yarn later…

IMG_20140126_153911_673 (2)Needless to say, I wear a lot of scarves.

I’ve seen this DIY t-shirt scarf around Pinterest for a while, and it looked innocent enough for my collection. I took an unwanted tank-top of my sister’s and a scissors and got to work.

The first parts were easy enough: cutting, and stretching. When it got to the braiding and tying, I was wishing I had my Eagle Scout brother there to teach me his knot tying ways. Many of the end lengths didn’t match up which made connecting the two sides together tricky.

I made this one a little more difficult than I probably had to, but it was definitely harder than the pictures led me to believe. Overall it didn’t turn out horribly, and I’ll probably wear it occasionally. It’s just not my favorite.IMG_20140126_160942_792 (2)

Take-away: Pinterest looks easy, real life is not always so easy. This scarf looked simple and cute, but mine isn’t picture perfect. And that’s ok. I’m going to keep trying. There are other crafts that I love and succeed at. Here’s to trying, learning, and persevering.

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How do I dress like a professional without a professional budget?

Skirt and cardigan outfit for work.

Time commitment: 8mins
Cost: Free!
Ease of activity: 9/10
“Re-pin” Worthiness: 10/10

I have to grow up. It’s a reality that has been creeping up on me slowly over the past year. It began subtly, paying for gas, making my own meals, consistently updating my résumé. Then it got a little more real, rent payments, waking up at 6:45am, and a 25-minute commute.

The one thing I wasn’t prepared for: dressing professionally every day.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to wear dresses and skirts. I own dress pants. But I love my Levi’s. I probably own 10 pairs of jeans and they are so comfortable. So dressing up on a daily basis can be a bit of a struggle.

Currently, I am interning at the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). It’s a great organization that brings awareness to the dangers of drinking while pregnant, and provides assistance to those who are diagnosed with an FASD.

The Pinterest Version

The Pinterest Version

The dress code at MOFAS is business. In preparation for working there I had to figure what I could wear that is comfortable, but professional, all while keeping in mind I don’t have much of a budget to buy anything new.

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The Emily Version

Hop over to Pinterest. What can I find on the site that is professional, but also in my closet? Alas, you see the final product: the pin vs. my version. It’s not exactly the same, but I didn’t have to buy a thing.

Take away: use Pinterest to search for items in your closet and figure out what you have similar. Recreate the outfit with what you already own. No, you won’t look like the professional, photoshopped, multi-millionaire model in the picture. But you’ll be you. What’s better than that?

P.S. Casual Fridays? Yes please. My Levi’s and I thank you.

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