Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ask Fashion Tweaker: How to Wear a Purple Top

Hello Samara in Seattle!  You've definitely come to the right place!  I styled three looks to take you and your new purchase on a colorful ride into the fall season.  Be sure to let me know what you think!

1. "At the Office"- Top: Ted Baker  //  Jacket:  Red Valentino  //  Skirt: Choies //  Shoes: Christian Louboutin
2. "Running Errands"- Top: Ted Baker  //  Sweater: Moschino  //  Pants: The Limited  //  Boots: Sam Edelman
3. "Date Night"- Top: Ted Baker  //  Jacket: T-Bags  //  Skirt: Romwe  //  Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

***If you're looking for some fresh ideas for how to wear something in your closet, send me a picture and an email at flannery@thefashiontweaker.com***

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fashion Tweak! H&M Gold Dress (Before)

On Tuesday I showed you the results of a Fashion Tweak that was inspired by a feature on pleated skirts in InStyle magazine.  I bought this H&M gold dress for $15 thinking it might make a good maternity dress a few years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter.  Since I never used it for that purpose I thought I would tweak it and turn it into a fab skirt!  I love how it turned out!  My mom said I look like a cocktail waitress at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas...and since nobody loves Las Vegas more than me, I'll take that as a compliment!  Ha!  Read the whole story and see the "after" photo shoot here
Step #1:  First I tied a piece of elastic around my waist to determine my waistline and I marked it.

Step #2:  I cut 1" above my marked waistline (chopping off the top half of the dress!)

Step #3:  I cut a 7" opening in the center back (this is where the closure will go)

Step #4:  Using the leftover top half of the dress, I cut a 3" wide piece of fabric to create a placket for the opening

Step #5:  I pinned the placket to the opening (gold metallic sides facing each other)

Step #6:  I sewed the 3" strip of fabric to the opening

Step #7:  I sewed two gathering stitches - one directly on the marked line (from step #2) and one about 1/4" above the marked line.

Step #8:  I put the gold band (officially called "Gold Metallic Pleather Belting" at the fabric store) around my waist and marked the back to know where to cut it (but make sure to leave enough room for the velcro closure!)
Step #9:  I pinned the gold band to match up with the bottom stitched line and sewed it.

Step #10:  I sewed in the velcro and added four snaps to keep it closed*

***I could have added a zipper instead of the snaps and Velcro, but I wanted this to be a fairly quick and easy "tweak"!***

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fashion Tweak! H&M Gold Dress (After)

I bought this gold dress from H&M because, well, if I see something gold I have to buy it...especially if it's only $15.  I was pregnant at the time and thought maybe it would look cute with a big belly.  I was wrong.  Belly or no belly it's totes frumpy.  Fortunately I got inspired by a feature in InStyle magazine and decided to tweak my dress and turn it into a skirt!!  See the step-by-step tutorial here.

Dress/Skirt: H&M  //  Scarf (worn as a top): Hermès (last seen here)  //  Shoes: Kate Spade  //  Sunglasses:  BCBG  // Earrings: Vintage

Friday, August 15, 2014

Flashback Friday: Vivi's First Birthday Party

We're in the middle of preparing for my daughter Vivienne's 2nd birthday bash and I'm knee-deep in piñatas, papel picado and sugar skulls.  Bet you can't guess what this year's theme is! All this party planning got me thinking about last year's 1st birthday blowout.  I might have gone a tad bit overboard with an actual balloon invitation and 300 balloons on the ceiling in the midst of a helium shortage!  We get serious about party throwing around here.
People always talk about how fast kids grow up and it turns out that they're right.  I am truly blown away by how fast she's grown and how much richer and more exciting she has made our life!

On Flannery- Dress: Forever 21 (also seen here)  //  Necklace: Juicy Couture
On Vivi- Dress: Carter's

***Photography by Amy Durham***

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Wear It: Jumpsuit

Ever since my post on What to Wear for Spring Parties, I've been obsessed with this floral jumpsuit from Dorothy Perkins.  When I found out I was going to be doing some TV appearances to promote  Candy Cocktails, I had the perfect excuse to order it!  I wanted something bright and fun that would stand out on camera and go along with our whole colorful candy theme.  At first I thought that because the jumpsuit itself is kinda cray, I should tone down the rest of the outfit. WRONG!  I realized that if you're gonna rock, and I mean ROCK a jumpsuit, you gotta go ALL OUT.  This is not a look for anyone who's hoping to blend into the background.  Just walking from my hotel room to the lobby got me plenty of stares, crazy looks and compliments!  And this was in LA where everyone is trying to get noticed!

So here's my advice:
1. Let your hair go wild!
2. Pile on the accessories (big necklaces, lots of colorful bracelets, a ginormous flower poof perhaps?)
3. Belt it!  A must, otherwise you'll look like you're wearing a big onesie.
4. Wear heels.  Gotta dress this thing up, flats will make it look like you accidentally left the house in your PJs. But honestly, you could sleep in this, it's so freakin' comfy!!!

Jumpsuit: Dorothy Perkins (similar style here)  //  Necklace: Banana Republic  //  Flower Poof:  DIY  Shoes: J.Crew (similar here)  //  Bracelets:  Banana Republic & Betsey Johnson (similar here
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