Monthly Archives: March 2013

From Miami with Love…and food

Wanted to share my favorite photos from our vacation to Miami. We spent the whole time eating, drinking, walking around, and laying in the sun.

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We had a wonderful time in Miami and recommend the city as a vacation spot if you lime to eat and drink (and party! The city never sleeps!)

I hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying your Easter.

Xoxo
Nout

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Blog turns 2 + I’m ready for spring!

Today sandpaper kisses blog turns 2! Wow I can’t believe it’s been that long…thanks to all you readers!

On another note,  I am so ready for spring.  We just got back from our vacation in warm sunny Miami and it’s cold in NC.

I really wanted to wear this dress today even though its a little too cold for short dresses. I paired the summery dress with my classy black blazer to make it more weather and work appropriate.

And I wanted to make silly faces.

Outfit details:
Dress: sharagano noir tan/white ponte striped beaded sheath, ebay for under $5.
Jacket: chaus black blazer from Nordstrom,  splurge
Shoes: melissa + Vivienne Westwood bow flats, used from Poshmark
Jewelry: melinda maria mini moon star necklace from ebay

I hope you are all keeping warm! Vacation pix to come (if people even want to see them, not sure how interesting they will be).

Xoxo

black lace dress: a short story about tailor-fit clothes

Just a note that I will be on vacation starting Saturday 3.16.13 through 3.25.13 so blogging might be sparse until I get back.

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This is a post about how you shouldn’t fear your local tailor. Being petite, I usually have to get all my pants hemmed so I’m no stranger to my local tailor. This is a little different. Here’s how the story goes…

I found this classy vintage lace dress at the thrift store, and I was instantly smitten. I had been looking for a black lace dress at thrift shops for months. Unfortunately for me, this amazing dress didn’t really fit. it was a size 10 which I can sometimes fit in without any problems but I couldn’t even get my arms in the armholes. The body of the dress was tight. It was not a good look. I had promised myself that I WOULD NOT BUY ANY CLOTHES THAT DIDN’T FIT. Once again, I broke my own rule.

So I paid the $5 for the dress, which was a great deal anyway, thinking that I’d take it to a tailor and see what they could do. I could always have the dress dry-cleaned and consign it if alterations just did not work.

I decided to try a new tailor nearby and he recommended not only adding extra fabric in the armpit area but also to let the whole dress out. I was scared… of the cost and of the possible outcome. I won’t lie, it wasn’t cheap (it’s not like it’s just a simple hem or tuck). But when I tried on the dress after its surgery, I was very happy!

So friends, the moral of the story is that I would recommend trying to get your inexpensive thrifted clothes tailored when possible, especially if it’s just a simple hem or taking in pant waists, shortening skirts, etc. Buying clothes that just don’t fit at all is always a gamble. This time I took a gamble and was happy with the outcome. 🙂 🙂

Outfit details:
Dress: vintage Liz Claiborne? black lace dress, thrifted $5 plus $50 worth of alterations ($55 total, not bad for a cute LBD)
Belt: Skinny silver belt stolen from another dress
Necklace: long peacock pearl strand, gift from husband
Shoes: patent Bandolino Apparently Pumps, old from Piperlime.

Hope you like my dress and how it turned out! I also hope you all have a great weekend (and week)!

xo

Nout

recently thrifted: hale bob blouse

There’s nothing better than finding something at the thrift store for a fraction of the retail price. Especially if this item is still in stores or online! It’s a rush to think of all the savings.

Here’s a perfect example. I found this awesome Hale Bob blouse at Goodwill for $3.59. HERE it is on their site for $118!

Excuse the janky photo. my hubby was busy at the time and so I had to make due with a self photo.

I also picked up a brand new pair of crocs, tank tops, capris, and a couple of blazers as well as a hat. More posts to come:)

What about you all, dear readers, any good thrifting finds lately?

OOTD + new dress

I loved this dress from the moment I saw it…in a mark by Avon catalog. Don’t judge. It went on sale recently, so I picked it up. Like I need any more dresses.

Soooo It’s been a frenetic week. Hubby and I visited my mom in Richmond this past weekend. Then we leave for vacation on Saturday…to MIAMI! So as you know it’s been a crazy week trying to get ahead at work (which I am failing at miserable), spending time with family, running pre-vacation errands, having trouble sleeping, cleaning the house, going to what seems like 85 doctor’s appointments, trying to eat all the food in the fridge, trying to figure out what to wear on vacation and what to pack…. and then my hubby tells me that my little Lenovo laptop that’s been my trusted sidekick is gravely ill and needs a new screen at the least. I was a little bummed that I have to spend money fixing my ‘puter but nothing can get me down. At least I can blog from my phone.

Anyway, back to the outfit. I love the mark Retro Right Dress but it is a little short on me and I’m only 5’3″- like so short, it could be a tunic when you sit down. So I wore it with leggings, as my coworker suggested. It’s a cute dress with a great print, a good price, and the fabric is light. Other than danger of exposing myself, I’d say this is one of my favorite new articles of clothing. It even has a little faux wrap belt that you can tie to cinch the waist area.

mark Retro Right Dress

mark Retro Right Dress
Outfit details:
Dress: mark Retro Right Dress, from my local Avon rep – on sale for $20
Leggings: Old flexees black control top leggings (I think)
Shoes: Melissa + Vivienne Westwood gold Ultragirl flats, used from Poshmark for $30
Jewelry: Long necklace from local jewelry boutique, $13