sunshine at sunset

We were out this weekend.  And by “out” I mean on the road visiting my sisters, our new nephew, and Lovey’s grandma and grandpa; eating Pringles and M&Ms because that’s road fuel, baby; and trying to squeeze in as much quality time with loved ones as we could before heading back to (sad trumpet) Monday morning.

Before we left for this whirlwind adventure we snapped a shot of this outfit, one I’ve wanted to share for a while.  I’ve worn it many times but until sunset on Friday I hadn’t gotten around to posting about it.

Here’s why this outfit has gotten so much wear this summer: both pieces are lightweight, loose-fitting, and safely this side of neon–but they’re not quite drab either.  The jade necklace echoes the green of the shorts.  With flats it’s a little put-together, with flip flops it’s just an easy outfit.  And that’s what I like about it.

I’ll share a bit about our trip later this week.  But for now I’m curious–do you have a go-to summer ensemble?  What are the “ingredients?”

purdy on pinterest

I wish I could say my desk is cleaner thanks to Pinterest, but it’s still a mess. Despite not being able to immunize my physical space from entropy, I do enjoy finding tools that help me organize and, what’s better, visualize my projects.  This spring I compiled a personal lookbook that mixes trends with the tried-and-true.

As you can tell at a glance, I’m crazy about a few things this season: stripes, florals, yellows and corals.  (I couldn’t resist that chance to rhyme.)  I’ve always liked the shorts-with-long-sleeves look, so some of these photos grabbed my attention right away.  Especially the one of the gal with the navy shorts and yellow anorak–so fun!

This board is guiding my thrift shopping for the warm weather.  I haven’t found any colored pants to love yet–they’ve got to be skinny but not second-skin-y.  (I’m young but I’m not 12.)  So here’s to a patient search, all you who are now mapping your fashion quests via Pinterest.  May it go well with you!

P.S. Pantone’s official color of the year is “Tangerine Tango.”  Are you feeling bold enough for this color?!

P.P.S. Want to know how to put a Pinterest board on your blog? I use the free version of WordPress, and this is what I did:

1. Use the Function and Print Screen keys together to take a screenshot of your Pinterest board.  (I took two: one of the top half and one of the bottom half.)

2. Paste your screenshot (or two, one at time) into Microsoft Publisher.  If you have two, change the view to major percentage–I used 500%–to make sure you can see well enough to line things up just right.  After that you have to draw a box that encompasses both screenshots, then group them so they become one object.

3. Right click and choose “Save as Picture.”  I saved mine as a JPEG.

4. Upload as you would any photo.

5. For extra fun, once the photo is inserted into your blog post, click on it and then click the link button.  In the URL field, copy and paste the URL of your actual Pinterest board.  Then, when anyone clicks on your image, they get swept away on a magic carpet ride to the actual board. Ta da!

it’s a wrap!

T-shirt scarves may loop only once but with all their strands they wrap around and around and around!  Actually I can’t decide if this is more a scarf or a necklace; it’s a hybrid, I think: soft and loopy like a scarf, but weather-penetrable like a necklace.

My friend Meghan came over to cut up old T-shirts with me.  Hers was way more intricate, involving sewing together all these big loops and re-wrapping the sewn part with fabric left over from the T-shirt so the seams were…um, seamless?  It was cool.  Maybe she will post a photo on her blog.  (Nudge, nudge, Meghan!)

So we had fun cutting–and, oh my goodness–learning, from this wildly enthusiastic crafter, to sharpen scissors!  I had a sharpener but it had been so long since I used it that I couldn’t remember what to do.

Super ridiculous, right?  It’s not hard at all!  Less than two minutes into the video I realized how helpless I was acting, sharpened my scissors and moved on.  Then Meghan and I wondered, “If the question was answered within the first third of the video, what was the rest of it about?”  (i.e. Why is it six minutes long?!)  I’m proud to say we didn’t stop crafting to find out.  However, our speculation only deepened when my husband noticed the 6-minute video is labeled “Part 1.”  Really?  You need two parts to explain sharpening scissors?  If you’re really curious, she’s really thorough….

Back to scarves, shall we?  Here’s the site I used for my guideline.  My only real issue with this…

…was that it left me with exposed seams from the original shirt, which I didn’t like.

Meghan, who I mentioned was stylishly using her leftover jersey fabric to cover the “joints,” suggested I try just wrapping more fabric around the ugly parts, so I did that.  I thought it looked better.

I should have done the same thing with the main “ugly” area, the top of the loop I started with when cutting all the smaller strips.  Instead I covered that spot with ribbon left from a previous project.

After wrapping, tying a knot, and sewing the ends down, I ended up also adding some glue because the very edges of the ribbon were fraying.  I was afraid they’d fray right out of my amateur stitching.  This was my first time making a scarf like this; if I had it to do over I’d probably stick to all one type of fabric.  I could still cover the ribbon with jersey, so it’s not ruined or anything.

I made a simpler scarf out of a jersey dress I didn’t wear at all this year.  Or maybe I wore it once.  At any rate, it wasn’t earning its keep so I decided to repurpose it.

The body of the dress was quite a bit longer than the body of the T-shirt, so I decided to see how it would look unslashed.

I like this look better.  It’s more of a cowl, I guess, but it’s less ambiguous than the multi-looped scarf/necklace thing.

Which look do you prefer?  Have you tried the swoopy-loopy T-shirt scarf trend yet?  Link me a photo if you have!  Maybe you just style yours cuter than mine.