Totally Smitten With Pretty Quirky Pants

The awesomeness of Yin’s creative corner of blogland, Pretty Quirky Pants, absolutely needs to be seen to be believed. Each new upcycled project is more imaginative than the last and her refashions are wickedly stylish!

” I have always loved plaid and tartan and have worn my fair share of flannel shirts and tartan school skirts. However, whenever I see pictures of other bloggers or models wearing copious amounts of plaid, I think it looks awesome, but always get too scared to try it out myself…”

Discover the origins of Pretty Quirky Pants + learn Yin’s top thrifting & refashioning tips:

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: Deliciously Hydrated

Does anyone else find it impossible to stay hydrated in the winter or am I the only one who needs the blistering heat of the summer sun to remind me to drink enough water?

During these frosty months stay deliciously hydrated with my DIY infused water how-to over on That Cheap Bitch! Your parched winter skin will thank you for it!

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A Winter Blooms Thrifty Thursday

How do I beat the January Blahs?

With a bright splash of fabulous floral colour!

Wool Scarf (thrifted) €0.50 – Leather Blazer (thrifted) €1 – Vintage Bathrobe (inherited & no-sew refashioned) €0 – Vintage Handbag (xmas gift) €0 – Vintage Driving Gloves (inherited) €0 – Tights (1982) €1 – Boots (had for years) €0

Total outfit cost: €2.50

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook page!

As always feel free to take part in the thrifty fun & vote for the upcoming themes…

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A quick upcycled bag strap fix

Santa left me an almost perfect prezzie under the tree…

a butter soft vintage handbag large enough to tote my necessities about!

Unfortunately it was missing the shoulder strap…

Fortunately this DIY diva came up with lickety split solution:

I like to wear my bags hands-free messenger style so a long, adjustable strap was a must!

Here’s what I did:

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The Great Sock Bun Curls FAIL

I’ve been searching for a quick & easy method that will tame my unruly locks into some form of submission without the aid of a hair dryer, straightener or chemical styling products so when I saw the gorgeous rippling waves achieved by simply sleeping in a sock bun I knew I had to give it a whirl…

The sock bun survived the night pretty well, I’m impressed!

Now, let’s check out those gorgeous waves…

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Refashioning 101: Potential

Tired of the same dull resolutions that you just can’t seem to keep? This year promise to step away from unethically produced fast fashion & decor and make 2015 all about (re)creating your own one of a kind style!

Not sure where to start? Fear not! I’m here to help with my fancy schmancy new Refashioning 101 series over on Dream a Little Bigger!

Pop by Dream a Little Bigger & discover why “Refashionista Thrifting” is all about seeing potential, learn a few tips + check out the no sew technique I used to transform this dowdy vintage bathrobe into a delightful dress:

all the tutes!

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A Fugly Thrifty Thursday

Thrift shops are chock full of fugly gear just waiting to be brought home and transformed into fabulous fashions! For this fugtastic Thrifty Thursday I thought I’d share a couple of the dowdy vintage dresses that have been languishing in my stash for far too long…

I inherited both of these 1970’s secretary dresses from Great Auntie Uschi and love the prints but the style & length have most definitely gotta go!

I have a few ideas of how to take these polyester beauties from frumpy to fantastic but I’d love to know what YOU would do! Let’s get some refashionista brainstorming going in the comments!

Vintage Dresses (inherited) €0 – Vintage Handbags (inherited & thrifted) €1 – Tights (1982) €3 – Vintage Pumps (thrifted) €6

Total cost for both outfits: €10

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook page!

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The Casual Hoodie to Stylin’ Sweatshirt Refashion

Remember my Kangaroo Cover-up refashion from last year?

Well, the munchkin decided that hoodies were no longer cool & insisted a change was in order…

Here’s how to transform your own boring old hoodies into stylin’ sweatshirts:

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Thrift Score! My Snazzy New Handbag

I am so digging my mint condition 1940’s handbag!

It appears to have never been used…

and is complete with the original hand mirrors & change purse!

A total thrift score for only €1!

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Totally Smitten With The Crafty Gentleman

As rockin’ refashionistERs are few & far between in the wonderful world of sustainable DIY style bloggers it is my incredibly great pleasure to introduce you to marvelous makerman Mike of The Crafty Gentleman:

“This is a really simple, but very rewarding, project. If you aren’t too keen on the ’50s atomic print, just use your imagination (or Google images!) to come up with your own designs – there is literally no limit to what you can create!”

This vintage addicted charity shop loving upcycler is definitely a groovy guy after my own heart so let’s get to know this dapper DIY dude and discover his top maker tips!

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