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Granny Square with Pretty Basic Jersey Dress

Sometimes, even the best laid plans fail. I planned to finish the pattern for The Pretty Basic Lace Top by today. A very sudden and quite high fever messed up my schedule, so the launch of the new pattern has been delayed. Today, I’m going to show you an outfit I wore out a while back instead. The Lace Top Pattern will come out just as soon as I can get it finished, and I’ll try to do outfit posts with it. As a part of The Pretty Basics, the top is easy to pair with almost anything.

I like simple, comfortable styles. Jersey dresses are my favorites, and I wear them almost daily. For this look, I chose the red version of our Pretty Basic Jersey Dress, and filet crochet cardigan.

Soft, flowing lines are easy to wear, and flatter almost any body type. This cardigan is my safety-blanket, and I wear it quite often. It keeps me warm, and since it is so soft and square, it can be arranged into many shapes.

This cardigan is pretty much just a big, filet crochet square with sleeves. It has a huge collar that can double as a hood, and wide front pieces that can be closed with removable buttons. I like to wear mine open, but closing the cardigan can be a smart idea especially on colder days. The day I wore this outfit was a bit on the cold side. Had I gone further than to the post office to pick up a package (of fabric, naturally) I would have regretted not adding another layer.

The outfit was super-comfortable. The cardigan’s soft, flowing lines always cheer me up, and The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress is pretty perfect for running errands. It’s long enough to be comfy, and wide enough not to ride up.

The Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern is available as a free download. I do hope you’ll take advantage of the pattern, and showcase your creations!

Next week, I’m hoping to release The Pretty Basic Lace Top, and to share outfits based on it.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather 

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Over and Under – Three ways to rock a dress

Our featured pattern for this week is The Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern. The dress is made with two layers of light viscose jersey, and topped with a large hood. The pattern comes with a hoodless variation as well, and you can make the dress with only one layer of fabric if you so choose. I’ve made two mods of this pattern. I showcased both dresses last week, and the last few posts have featured different dress styles based on the black and blue twins.

I thought I’d make one Everyday With an Edge -post with these dresses before bringing our next week’s featured product. It’s going to be a flash-offer on a brand new pattern, so be prepared for next week!

In Tuesday’s post, I built two outfits with the same key elements. The first look continues along those lines, and features this summer’s hit product, the fishnet tights.

GrannySquare over Blue Dress

Being cold is one of my least favorite things. I don’t go out without a cardigan unless it’s super-warm! I created the first outfit keeping that in mind.

I used to live in a really cold house. During that time, I crocheted a huge square with sleeves. I wore it nearly daily, and after moving out, the cardigan was forgotten for a while. I dug it out again last spring, and found it to be both comfy and warm on cooler summer days. The GrannySquare Gardigan is available as a free crochet pattern.

I wear the cardigan quite often when stepping out. I love the ragged, flowing edges of it, and the way it allows colorful dresses to shine through it. The blue dress looks especially cute under it.

I completed the outfit with black fishnets and strappy sandals. I also added a lace choker. I made the choker a few days ago since they are starting to be IN again. I took a piece of elastic lace, and sewed a snap fastener to its ends. The project is super-fast and simple, and results in a cute accessory with a vintage vibe.

Party Look

I won’t deny the fact that we go out a lot. Life would be horridly dull without partying, so I wanted to turn the long-sleeved dress into something a bit more nightclub-appropriate.

Clubs are often crowded. I didn’t want to add a whole bunch of accessories that can get caught or fall off. Instead, I pushed the cuffs of the sleeves up to my elbows. This simple trick both shortens the sleeves, and enhances their shape. The over-all look of the dress changes a bit, to a more playful direction. I added a narrow belt, and tied its free end around itself. The belt sits a bit lower on the hips, and the looped end pulls it to an asymmetrical shape.

The silver pumps repeat the studs on the belt, and large silver hoops tie the details together.

I really like this easy, simple look. It’s quick to create, comfy to wear, and even cool on a sweaty dance floor. Dress styles such as this are my go to choices on Friday nights.

Flying Velvet

I have a lot of clothes with a high wardrobe malfunction risk. One of these “be very careful in this” -garments is a long wrap skirt made with velvet. I picked it up from a flea market, and though it is one of my favorite skirts, I never feel entirely comfortable in it.

I wanted to find a solution to my little dilemma, and decided to pair the skirt with the dress!

Tied over a knee-length dress, the wrap skirt will still fly open at an opportune gust of wind, but now it won’t matter. The dress beneath adds a safety feature, and serves as a cute top.

A accessorized this look only with a silver necklace and silver pumps.

The outfit is really nice, I like this look, but… thanks to a dress and a long layer of velvet, it’s warm. I’d feel uncomfortable wearing this to a club, though it does look pretty. My eyebrows would melt and I don’t even paint them on.

I hope you’ve had fun reading about these dress styles. Next week, I get to show you brand new dresses, including the one I actually wore for my Birthday party!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

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Petrol Blue Styles

Last Tuesd… Wednesday, I showed you two dresses I made based on our Hooded Dress Pattern. I styled them for Friday’s post, and today, I’m going to share more outfits based on them.

I made both dresses with viscose jersey. It’s one of my favorite materials since it’s so soft and comfy and relatively easy to work with. As you know, I wear black, full stop. However, one of the dresses is petrol blue.

I like this particular shade of blue, but wearing it feels intimidating. To get over my fear, I decided to to add blue to both of today’s styles, and create outfits with blue details. I picked three other key elements and used them for both styles. These accessories are strappy sandals, fishnet tights, and a long chiffon belt.

Fishnets are really in right now, but instead of wearing them under ripped jeans, I wore them with dresses. This creates classy styles with a rebel vibe.

A Touch of Petrol

Wearing a top under or over a dress is an easy way to add color. I chose a petrol blue mesh top I got from H&Ms sale. It’s cute, and a perfect fit, but… well, it’s blue, and I really do have issues with colors!

I wore the blue mesh top under my black dress. This solution brought a touch of color to the outfit, but not too much. To add more detail, I took a long chiffon belt, and tied it around my waist. I wanted to bring in a girly detail, so I tied the belt into a soft bow.

The fishnets repeat the mesh in a grander scale. I picked the strappy sandals for both styles because it is summer. Warm weather is perfect for lighter footwear, and I for one need to keep reminding myself of it.

The outfit turned out really nice. It’s perfect for going shopping on a not-that-hot day.

Portable Shade

Last summer, I bought one of those wide rimmed sunhats. I got to wear it twice before sunny days drew to an end, and then I kinda forgot about it. Today, rummaging around in the wardrobe, I found it again, and decided to create an outfit around it.

Though the black dress would have been the obvious choice, I went with the blue one. Fishnets and sandals work wonders with this dress as well, and the chiffon belt brings in more black. I wore black pearls for an added detail, and popped on the sunhat.

I didn’t expect anything from this style, but it turned out so cute I actually squeed. I felt super-pretty in this outfit, and I can’t wait to wear it out!

I feel as though there’s a pin up -vibe in this outfit. Maybe it’s the hat or the fishnets, or just the combination of elements.

The hat is the most practical summer accessory I own. Despite the fact that it has a tendency of catching wind and going adventuring, it protects me from the sun. I burn easily, and a wide rimmed hat prevents that from happening. And it’s really cute.

I hope you had fun reading about my outfits with blue details!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Three Dress Styles

In this week’s I Made This! -post, I showed you two dresses I made based on our Hooded Dress Pattern. Both of the dresses are hoodless, and feature a narrower hem. In my personal style, I like to steer clear of hoods: I have loads of hair and forcing it under a hood always ends badly. I do love the shape of The Hooded Dress, though, and both of these dress-mods are my favorites. Today, I’m going to show you three styles based on these dresses.

Black and White Corselet

I’ve made quite a few light, plastic-boned corselets. I don’t wear them often, since plastic bones bend and feel uncomfortable. These little waist-enhancers are cool for taking pictures, but not much more. For the first outfit, I wanted to add one of them. I chose a black and white corselet I made a long, long time ago. It’s a basic style based on our Reversible Waist Corset. It has a button closure in the front, and lacing in the back. I like the way it looks, but being light and flimsy, it’s best left for photos alone.

I paired the corselet with the black version of the dress. I also added a light petticoat made with a bit of lace. As the petticoat is longer than the dress, the lace shows from under the hem, adding an ultra-feminine detail to the dress style.

I combed my hair over one shoulder for this style. I love the way it looks, but in reality, it only stayed put for a grand total of three minutes.

Red Lace Belt

I continued with the lace petticoat in the second outfit. I wanted to create an innocent style, and chose to go with a high empire waist. I took the long lace belt that comes with our Lace Skirt Pattern, and tied it twice around my waist. I secured the belt with a brooch to keep it from opening. Another option would have been to tie it into a little bow, but I felt it was a bit too much. A brooch turns this style a bit more grown-up.

As I really liked the hair over the shoulder -thing, I tied it into a braid for this style. The braid does behave better, but an up-do would look nice with this dress style, too.

I added red pumps to this outfit to bring in another red detail.

Going through the photos, I found that this outfit kinda reminded me of Claudia in Interview With The Vampire. There’s something childlike in this look, and I really like it.

Black Shrug

The last outfit is a re-creation of something I actually wore out. I went to a weekly pub quiz all winter on Mondays, and the pub was really cold. On one of the last quiz-nights, I was running late. It was cold outside, so I threw on two layers made up of the first garments I found in my closet. I came up with this dress style, and totally loved it!

I wore the blue version of The Hooded Dress. Under it, I wore our Garter Petticoat (which I left out for these photos since it’s now pretty warm), our Reversible Waist Corset, and a black shrug. I felt really pretty in this, and the outfit was both warm and comfortable.

I like the way the black lace of the dress looks with added black details. Without it, the dress would be all too blue.

The Hooded Dress Pattern will be our VIP-offer through next week, so now’s a good time to become a VIP by joining our mailing list.

Next week, I’ll feature some more outfits based on these dresses!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

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Victorian Inspired Outfit – two styles

This week we’ve been talking about Victorian skirts. I for one love long, ruffled hems, and wear them pretty often. Styling them is so much fun, and whenever I log on Polyvore, I end up with a Victorian inspired outfit. Today I’m going to show you guys two Victorian inspired looks based on our patterns. One of them is still in the making, but will soon become a part of our Pretty Basics -line.

Victorian with a Splash of Red

The black taffeta skirt I made for my Birthday doesn’t have a versatile hem. Sometimes it’s nice to alter long hems a bit, and that’s when brooches come in handy. For this look, I added a touch of red. I wore a long, red satin skirt with the black taffeta skirt. I then folded the hem, and secured the fold with a brooch. This creates an asymmetric detail to the hem. The red petticoat peeks out from under the shorter spot, and adds color to the style.

This trick works for both long and short hems. I’ve used it once before with Pretty Basic Jersey Dress styles, and plan to show you more ways to take advantage of it. Gathered details are a great way to alter the look of garments, and brooches add even more unique detail.

The outfit needed a bit more color, so I added my favorite corselet. This elastic waist enhancer is super-comfortable, and I wear a lot. I’m planning to make another one in black, so that I can pair a comfy waist corselet with blue tones, too.

The top in this Victorian inspired outfit is the soon-coming addition to our Pretty Basics. It’s a jersey Tee with a U-neckline and puff-sleeves made with chiffon.

I really like the way the outfit looks and feels. It’s perfect for clubbing, and I can’t wait to wear this out!

Black is my favorite color, but sometimes it's nice to add a touch of red. This Victorian inspired outfit features a red petticoat.

All Black

Our Victorian Skirt is, as mentioned quite a few times before, one of my favorites. I love its versatility and shape, and it is a staple piece in my wardrobe. For this look, I gathered the upper hem evenly all around. I love the way soft satin drapes and falls. This skirt looks quite narrow though the hem is quite wide, and I really like that. Often Victorian skirts are really very large, and large hems can be difficult to wear. This is light and soft, and doesn’t come in the way when walking through narrow alleys and doorways.

I paired the skirt with our Yoked Blouse. The blouse is best made with slightly elastic cotton and thick, also elastic chiffon. The combo of see-through and non-see-through materials gives the blouse a classy look. A touch of lace adds femininity, and the super-long sleeves shelter you from the sun. I also added a waist corset to give this Victorian inspired outfit a more refined look.

This outfit is something I wear regularly whenever I feel like. It’s surprisingly comfortable, and makes me feel pretty.

This Victorian inspired outfit features our rarely seen Yoked Blouse.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Everyday With an Edge -post.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Birthday Outfit

Last week’s theme was quite Victorian. We’ll continue in the same direction today as I’ll finally show you my finished taffeta skirt. I made the skirt for my Birthday, and intended to wear it for my party. Weather, as it turned out, had a different opinion about my plans. The day was hot and humid, and after getting dressed and gotten photos taken, I changed into something else. A long jersey dress with lace inserts was a much more comfortable choice, but I still felt super-warm all day.

I made the taffeta skirt with the help of our Victorian Skirt Drafting Tutorial. I altered the original style a bit. My skirt only has one layer, and no ribbon channels for hitching up the hem. The skirt is still pretty, and likes many kinds of tops.

For my Birthday, I paired it up with a lace blouse and a waist corset.

The lace blouse is store-bought. I got it from a flea market with its tags cut off, so I can’t tell you who made it. It’s lovely, though, with wide ruffles at the cuffs and a very high collar. It’s made with elastic lace, so it’s comfy, too.

The corset is hand-made. It’s a prototype of our Reversible Waist Corset, actually. I made the black satin corset with purple lining and bone channels, and a criss-cross button closure at the front. The back has a lacing and a modesty panel, so this one works wonderfully with skirt-blouse -combos. The chains on the corset can be removed: they have clasps, and attach to little loops sewn into the seams.

For some reason, I don’t own a lot of jewelry. I guess I’ve always concentrated more on clothing. These pieces are my favorites, though, and I wear them often. I got the ankh when I was 14 or so, and it bears a lot of sentimental value. The pearls I bought a few years back, and they quickly became my trusted companions.

I like the way they go with this particular blouse. The ankh obscures the button list a bit (when it’s not hiding inside it, next time I’ll remember to check photos more closely!) and the pearls give the blouse a bit more femininity.

I really liked this outfit, and it would have been perfect for the party. I’ve probably mentioned that summer isn’t a very good time to dress Victorian! Let’s hope I’ll get to wear this some other time.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Two Victorian Skirt Styles

On Tuesday, I showed you sneak peaks of a skirt I made for my Birthday. My black taffeta skirt is all done, but I’ll share it fully next week. Today, I wanted to share two outfits based on another skirt.

My taffeta skirt was made with the help of our Victorian Skirt Drafting Tutorial. I made mine with only one layer, and without the option to wear it hitched up. I have, however, made a full version of the Victorian Skirt, and it’s one of my favorite styles. The skirt is pretty and versatile, and I feel comfortable in it. It’s one of my go-to -garments that both look and feel like Me.

The Victorian Skirt Drafting Tutorial isn’t a pattern, and does not come with one. Instead, it will help you to draft your own pattern for your own measurements. It also comes with a fully illustrated sewing tutorial.

The skirt looks complicated, and can feel intimidating to make, but trust me,  it’s really super-easy!

Wearing this skirt is also easy. Despite the Victorian vibe that practically cries for a corset, the skirt actually likes casual tops, too.

Wrap-Cut Top with Victorian Vibe

Summer calls for lighter outfits, but it’s difficult to lighten a Gothic style. RomantiGoths have a pretty hard time during the warm season: layers of long hems and blouses and corsets can make us very uncomfortable. Popping on a black sundress and just saying F**k This to image is a perfectly acceptable option (I do it all the time) but sometimes it’s nice to go for a more distinct look. I wanted to create a summer style based on The Victorian Skirt.

I made this skirt with polyester satin, so it’s pretty hot during the summer. Using light cotton will make this skirt cooler to wear on warm days. It will look lovely made with cotton, but comfort-level will increase big time. To show you that the skirt doesn’t need to be worn with a corset, I paired it with the orange version of our Wrap-Cut Top. The asymmetric hem and lace create an interesting opposite to the romantic hems. The sleeveless top makes the outfit cool and comfy.

I added black pearls and bangles to this style. I wanted to concentrate on just two colors, and hesitated introducing a third one as jewelry. A two-toned style is elegant in an easy way.

Summer days are often sunny, and going out like this terrifies me. Getting a tan is not an option! When venturing out, I would add a sun hat (black, of course) or a parasol. And of course loads of sunblock!

The Secretary

Introducing masculine elements to feminine outfits is both popular and fun. I like to call this style the Secretary-look. This look works even better with a pencil skirt. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable in them, but they do look super-cute on everyone else.

The Secretary-look is easily achieved by pairing up a fitted blouse, a black tie, and a waist corset. A neat bun increases the effect of this style even further.

I chose to wear this with The Victorian Skirt because this is one of my signature styles. I love this outfit, and would wear it to a party any day.

But with socks and different shoes! Today was suffocatingly warm, and I could not face wearing socks with this skirt.

The Victorian Skirt Drafting Tutorial will be our VIP-offer for the next two weeks. On Tuesday, I’ll show you what I decided to pair my new skirt with for my B-Day party!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Two Velvet Skirt Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you a long velvet skirt I made based on our Lace Skirt Pattern. In today’s Everyday With an Edge -post, I wanted to share two more outfit ideas with the skirt.

Long skirts aren’t the right choice for a walk through a forest, but they’re wonderfully comfortable in the city. A long hem offers coverage from both the sun and curious eyes, and is an easy way to achieve a polished look. My velvet skirt is the kind of skirt that goes with pretty much anything. Paired with a jersey top, it makes a cute everyday-look. With a bit of lace, it turns into a comfy style for an evening out.

I planned these outfits to be as comfy as possible. They’re both best for a day of shopping, or dinner at home with the family

Velvet Skirt with Lace Cardigan

Crochet lace is one of all-time favourite things. It’s beautiful, bears a vintage vibe, and can make any outfit decadently pretty. For this outfit, I paired the velvet skirt with a basic spaghetti-strap top, an elastic belt, and a crochet cardigan I made just this spring.

 I’ve been binging on Downton Abbey lately, and wanted to create an elegant outfit to incorporate a little bit of the 1920s decadence. During the early 1920s, hems started creeping upward, and waist lines dropped drastically. Materials used in clothing were rich and detailed, especially in evening wear.

This style is very much inspired by Downton Abbey’s wealth. I like the way the cardigan and long skirt create a narrow silhouette, and the way black pearls subtly hint toward the era.

Gypsy Look

Everything off-shoulder was a big thing last summer, and the trend is still going strong. Though off-shoulder styles look lovely, they do come with one or two little issues. They tend to fall off, and when one leans over, they offer a good look at everything.

I planned this outfit to be free of both issues.

I made the off-shoulder top with chiffon sleeves last spring, and am still in the process of turning it into a pattern. For the photos, I wore the top over a basic spaghetti-strap top. I also wore a waist corselet over it. Now if the off-shoulder top slides out of place, I have the spaghetti-strapped one to trust. The corselet serves not only as a pretty detail, but to keep the top securely in place when leaning. With added safety-features, the off-shoulder top can actually be worn outside!

I paired the tops and corselet with my velvet skirt to achieve a modern gypsy-look. The large sleeves remind me of fortune tellers, so I wanted to incorporate some of their style. Instead of the romantic style with flowing hems and scarves, I chose a sleeker style. With less to look at, the outfit draws more attention to subtle details.

I felt really comfortable in this outfit, and almost wore it to my aunt’s birthday party. I decided against this only because the day was sunny and hot, and velvet would have been too warm.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the velvet skirt looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Velvet Skirt

On Friday, I shared with you two outfits based on our Lace Skirt. I also mentioned a mod I made on the pattern. Today, as promised, I’m featuring the mod, which is a long velvet skirt.

I had a bit of crushed velvet stashed. I kinda like it, but it can be a bit tricky. Made into a snug little dress it looks cheap, and made into a long, flowing garment it gathers up static electricity like a *****. I sorted out the dilemma by turning the velvet into a long but narrow skirt. I used The Lace Skirt Pattern as a guideline. The shape of the velvet skirt is exactly the same, only I made the hem longer.

Lengthening the hem of an A-lined skirt pattern is quite easy, and there’s loads of tutorials on how to do this. I actually just eyeballed the process, and the skirt turned out really nice.

My velvet skirt has a basic elastic waist, which is a little different from the original pattern. This kind of waist is comfy, but looks better hidden.

To add a bit of coverage to the flimsy velvet, I sewed a knee-length lining to the skirt.

For the photos, I created an outfit I actually wear quite a lot. I like to be comfortable and look presentable when working from home, so I wear long skirts and cute tops often. For this look, I chose the pink version of our Wrap-Cut Tops Pattern.

The pink top is made by upcycling a T-shirt with a funky print. I used the entire Tee for the front pieces, and cut the back piece from black cotton jersey. I really like the way the top turned out, and though pink isn’t my all-time-favourite, it’s ok in this piece.

Since the summer’s been pretty cold so far, I added sleeves to the outfit. I get cold easily, and sleeves keep me at least a little bit warmer.

I really like the way the skirt turned out. It’s comfy to wear, and it can even be worn out! I think I’m going to make another one to wear around the house, and save this one for partying ^^

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my velvet skirt! I’m going to feature two more outfits based on it on Friday, so stay tuned!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

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One Skirt – Two Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you a skirt I made based on our Lace Skirt Sewing Pattern. The pattern is on sale for all VIPs until June 12th. At first, I was going to do a one weekend flash sale with the skirt. On Wednesday, though, I remembered another mod I made with the pattern. I’m going to feature that next week, but today we’ll take a closer look at the original lace skirt pattern.

The Lace Skirt is made with non-elastic lace, and lined with contrast-coloured lining. I chose the combination of black and red. The skirt has an elastic waist which makes it both easy to make and comfy to wear, and a long, detachable belt that can be tied in many ways.

Today, I wanted to show you two outfits based on The Lace Skirt, a day style, and a look for the evening. I planned these outfits for a Friday, actually, and the scenario of having a date after work. Going home to change can be a luxury one can’t afford. On those days, it’s nice to freshen a work-look with details.

Lace Skirt for Casual Friday

Office dress codes can be demanding. The Lace Skirt worn with a basic top is an easy way to achieve a tidy, polished look. For this outfit, I chose a jersey top with a high collar and peephole. The top has long sleeves. When pushed up to the elbows, they won’t get in the way when typing, and, better yet, stay dry and clean when washing hands and having lunch. An elastic belt gives the outfit a modest detail, and red pumps add a splash of colour.

I wore my hair on a ponytail. A basic hair do draws away attention from the a-bit-too-fancy skirt, and makes the outfit office-friendly.

An A-lined lace skirt is office-friendly - on casual Fridays

Lace Skirt for Date Night

An evening out calls for something fancier. A jersey top can seem like a safe choice, but when paired with lace, it can go from OK to Oh Wow. For an evening look, I pulled down the top’s sleeves. They’re made with thumb holes which gives the top an interesting vibe. I removed the elastic belt, and replaced it with the original long lace belt. I tied the belt 2,5 times around my waist, pulled it wide, and secured it to place with a brooch. This makes the skirt appear to have a high waist, which gives the outfit a flattering empire line. The brooch adds a detail that’s both charming and decadent, and the red pumps make the outfit cute in a casual way.

I pulled my hair into a basic bun for this look. An updo makes any outfit look more glamorous, and most of all, makes you feel more special.

This outfit may not be the fanciest option ever, but it’s cute, comfy, and works wonderfully for an evening out on Friday. To transform from day to night, you’ll only need to pack the lace belt, a brooch, and some hair pins.

Worn with a wide belt, a simple skirt works for even a fancier dinner

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first Day To Night -post!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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