The International Relocation Blog Break

The International Relocation Blog Break

As my international relocation has nearly arrived it’s time to take a break from daily blogging and concentrate on the big move:

In the meantime be sure to follow our relocation adventures on CoaR’s social media:

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Until my return at the end of the summer/early fall feel free to take a leisurely scroll through my hundreds of DIY tutorials (conveniently organized by category and project type), snag some thrifty style inspiration, go behind the scenes and discover how to shop ethically.

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A Dreaming of Summer #ThriftyThursday

Hey hey my fellow Thrifty Divas! As I am currently planning and organizing the insanity of an international relocation, this week will be the last Thrifty Thursday‬ post until everything is sorted out and set up in my new Canadian home (fingers & toes crossed we’ll be settled in by the end of this summer).

A Dreaming of Summer #ThriftyThursday

Definitely looking forward to a brighter, happier future + I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to get wearing my gorgeous embroidered dress again!

A Dreaming of Summer #ThriftyThursday

 Raid your textile stash, hit the thrift shop and create some of my fave summer makes for a dreaming of summer #Thrifty Thursday:

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How to shorten a dress at the waist

I was thrilled when Planet Claire, a fab online vintage shop, got in touch with me about collaborating and even more thrilled when I discovered this beauty in the shop:

How to shorten a dress at the waist

Sure, this vintage dress is an awkward length and has an annoying elastic waist BUT it’s a nearly perfect match for one of my fave 1980’s childhood frocks so I just had to have it:

How to shorten a dress at the waist

10 year old me absolutely despised piano lessons but most definitely rocked that island patterned dress and matching bolero.

My new/old dress definitely needed a refashion so let’s take a peek at exactly what I did + how to shorten a dress from the waist:

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My Upcycled DIY Refashionista Studio

Purging, packing, selling and donating in preparation for our big international relocation is well under way so I thought I’d better hurry up and share my upcycled DIY refashionista studio tour before it all gets dismantled and shipped off:

My Upcycled DIY Refashionista Studio

As with every single other room in the house the previous tenants had painted this long, narrow space in streaky, dark colours, blech! Clean white walls and semi-sheer white blinds really brightened up the tiny room!

My Upcycled DIY Refashionista Studio

Take a peek at the rest of my little studio space + get my decor tutes & thrifty storage ideas:

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My New Munchkin Designed Embroidery Tattoo

If you follow me on instagram you’ll already know that I found the perfect, meaningful design for my latest tattoo and finally got to use my groovy xmas gift certificate:

My New Munchkin Designed Embroidery Tattoo

A fab tattooed version of my kiddo’s embroidered portrait art featuring my Scottish Clan’s motto Invictus Maneo ( = I remain unvanquished – a very fitting adage for my life)

My New Munchkin Designed Embroidery Tattoo

Take a closer look at my new munchkin designed embroidery tattoo + check out my other ink below:

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Refashioning 101: Easy Dress Refashions

I am an avid collector of vintage dresses and regardless if it will fit me or not, I rarely pass up a bargain-priced retro frock at the thrift shop so I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out the quick and quirky fixes necessary to make my ever-growing dress collection wearable.

refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

Take a peek at my Refashioning 101: Easy Dress Refashions and make those less than stellar frocks hiding at the back of your closet fit like a dream!

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The easiest way to reduce textile waste

Savers Global Thrift recently got in touch with me and asked if I would help get the word out about the easiest way to reduce textile waste. As a thrift and charity shop loving refashionista I am most happy to oblige so let’s dive right in!

the easiest way to reduce textile waste

“Over a ten-year period leading up to 2009, the amount of textile waste generated by North America grew by over 40 percent to 25.46 billion pounds. With projections for 2019 set at 35.4 billion pounds. You can imagine the real weight of these numbers on the environment, when you consider that currently at least 85 percent of textile waste gets thrown straight into the garbage.”

How alarming are those stats?!

Fortunately there is an incredibly simple, painless and nearly effortless solution to the global problem of textile waste:

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A Spring Fling #ThriftyThursday

The weather is slowly but surely warming up in Berlin however a chilly wind and daily rain (& hail?!) mean that layers and cozy sweaters are still a necessity when venturing outside – my refashioned knit dress strikes the perfect balance between too hot and too cold:

A Spring Fling #ThriftyThursday

Grab all of my outfit info + the tutes for my dress & button booties for a Spring Fling #ThriftyThursday:

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How to Upsize a Playsuit

I had my fingers and toes crossed that this adorable polka dot playsuit I thrifted online would fit:

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Of course not as apparently my torso is abnormally long and my bosom simply too ample to be contained in the very general size of “M”.

This is not my first refashion of a short-waisted, chest restricting garment so I thought I’d try to come up with a new idea and figure out just how to upsize a playsuit:

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The Upcycled DIY 90’s Choker

The 20 year trend cycle has struck again bringing with it that most fancy neck adornment from the 90’s – chokers! These groovy accessories are making a huge comeback but there’s absolutely no need to hit the mall when you can whip up a bunch in minutes using leftover bits and bobs from your stash!

the upcycled DIY 90's choker

Sort through your lace, ribbons, fabric strips, bias binding and trim, head to Dream a Little Bigger and create the upcycled DIY 90’s choker in minutes + a quick lace necklace tute too!

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