Alrighty lovelies, it’s time for you to share your thoughts and help shape the future of my Confessions of a Refashionista by completing the short n’ simple survey below:
Do you refashion, upcycle and DIY with whatever is on hand?
I was recently interviewed for an anthropology thesis study researching the sustainability of refashioning second hand goods and was introduced to a wonderful new-to-me word:
Bricolage (brɪkəˈlɑːʒ) noun: construction or creation from a diverse range of available items.
Bricoleur (brē-kō-ˈlər) noun: one who engages in bricolage.
So now the next time someone asks you what you do tell them you’re a thrifty DIY sustainable-style refashioning Bricoleur!
Whoohoo! My little thrifty refashionista webshop is open for business!
It’s time to step away from unethically produced fast fashion & create your own unique eco-style with refashioned me-made outfits at afforable prices!
All prices include worldwide registered shipping & in addition to wrapping up your one of a kind purchase in recycled prettiness I’ll personally send you an e-mail with your package tracking number once your unique gear has been posted.
If you’re having trouble deciding just what to buy then let me be your personal eco-fashion stylist!
Simply purchase one of my Refashionista Wardrobe Packages and I’ll create a groovy new wardrobe just for you!
Happy ethical shopping!
My groovy upcycled, refashioned tutorials are now even easier to navigate thanks to my fancy schmancy new tutorial index!
Simply click the graphic above to head over to the individually organized tutorial index for each category, hooray!
Long ago in the faraway time of the 80’s I was a latchkey kid who spent too many after school hours parked in front of the TV. One of my absolute fave shows to do homework in front of was that fabulous British import: Dr. Who.
I got my daily dose of interdimensional sci-fi from the fourth Doctor (portrayed by Tom Baker) and thus salute that most favourite of after school programs with a Thrifty Copycat:
Just a couple of kooky Doctors and few evil Daleks!
Vintage Umbrella (inherited) €0 – Hat (thrifted & refashioned) €1 – Scarf (handmade gift) €0 – Cord Coat (thrifted) €3 – Blouse (thrifted & refashioned) €0 – Trousers (had for years) €0 – Vintage Suede Loafers (had for years) €0
Total copycat outfit cost: €4
A pic for each year on my 41st birthday!
I honestly haven’t a clue why aging and birthdays are supposed to be scary events that should be dreaded after you leave your 20’s behind…with each passing year my confidence in myself has grown and my varied life experiences enable me to make much more intelligent decisions than I did in my younger years (most of the time).
Sure, I now have some bits that have started to wobble & a few smiley lines that stick around my eyes even when I’m not grinning like fool but would I combat these signs of a life lived with injections & scalpels? Nope. (although my opinion might change drastically in 10 years or so…)
For now a sunny frame of mind + a bit of help from my fave bargain cosmetics is all I need to feel great about my appearance…and so without further ado may I present my basic face painting routine for looking fab at 41 (+ a few tips n’ tricks I’ve learned along the way):
Grab your make-up bag and give yourself a Happy-Birthday-To-Sheri makeover!
Ariane (my fellow Canadian frugal fox & creator of the brilliant Thrift Outfit blog) and I challenged each other to create a funky look out of the thrifted bits of awesome we received in our international swap…
are you diggin’ that glittery poncho she sent as much as I am?
Crocheted Beanie (Gift from Belle Monde Handmade) €0 – Vintage Sunglasses (thrifted) €0.20 – Earrings (flea market) €0.50 – Poncho (from Ariane) €0 – Longsleeved Tee (had for years) €0 – T-skirt (refashioned) €0 – Leggings (thrifted) €1 – Knit socks (handmade gift) €0 – Chunky-heeled shoes (had for years) €0
Awesome Ariane also sent me the gorgeous embroidered tunic that I had coveted from her Inspire…expire post:
…but what looked fabulous on her appeared as if I’d been playing dress-up in an elementary school costume box on me.
a chop + a bit of elastic & a quick hem =
a delightful new skirt!
Earrings (handmade gift) €0 – Vintage blouse (thrifted) €1 – Skirt (refashioned) €0 – Knit socks (handmade gift) €0 – Geisswein galoshes (ebay) €14 & my solution for saving my bottom from being unintentionally flashed as I walk up the stairs in a skirt: a pair of boxer briefs
and a fantastic vest top!
Longsleeved Tee (had for years) €0 – Embroidered vest top (refashioned) €0 – Belt (thrifted) €1.50 – Jeans (had for years) €0 – Schweden Clogs (had for 17 years – now that’s quality!) €0
Merci Beaucoup Ariane! J’aime mes nouvelles choses de “Thrift Outfit”!
Head on over to Thrift Outfit and check out the amazing way Ariane styled the thrifty Berlin gear I sent + a wee bit of an interview with yours truly…
Head on over & check out my #ThriftStyleAugust themed outfits + take a peek into my daily life…
I’ve come up with an ongoing challenge for my fellow refashionistas and upcycling gurus: share your groovy recycled DIYs on instagram using #ConfessionsOfaRefashionista – I’ll pick my faves each week and post them over on my growing Refashion Nation!
I scored this absolutely amazing 2m x 1.80m length of vintage fabric at the flea market for a mere €1.50!
I haven’t a clue what it’s composed of but it’s super soft, has A LOT of stretch & is semi-transparent with a fab waffle texture.
The question is: Just what should I create with this groovy find?
Vote below for your fave idea & I’ll choose the most popular, get makin’ and share the how-to:
Filth, horrific food poisoning and threats of violence were what were waiting for us when we unwittingly booked our last minute trip to Hurghada, Egypt…
Join me as I paint for you the picture of our holiday of huge mistakes & unfortunate events…