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Soooo still pretty excited about this whole ‘altering bad purchases’-month because it has forced me take a better look at some things I thought would be useless forever. This includes a skirt which I thought of selling for a while but! I am really happy I found a way to wear this because: pink and purple plaid. Seriously.

socks: asos.com; tops, skirt, belt, fluffy cardigan and vest are second hand; purple shoes: some store in Switzerland; pink boots: Dr. Martens; all the bows in my hair were gifts

These socks are a bright pink/magenta with orange stripes and a purple elastic band. SO PERFECT.

The face I make when trying to smile and obviously failing is becoming a regular feature here. Besides my weird face I am also wearing a brooch made by a friend which is all sorts of amazing:

I stole this picture from her flickr. You can also find her illustration tumblr here, her personal tumblr here and also a blog which I’m not sure she still uses here. A lot of possibly largely useless linkage because plugging friends is awesome.

Confession time: I kind of not so accidentally had to buy this fluff jacket and break my rule of not buying anything this month because: FLUFF JACKET. When I was trying it on two women immediately flocked to me with big, eager eyes and almost rudely wanted to snatch it away from me and I was all ‘sry2say but this was already mine the day someone decided to create this’. Because seriously.

Let’s get down to the DIY-aspect of it all: this skirt was too small on my hips and too big on my waist. I was really really scared to alter anything of it because it’s so perfectly made. But I just had to because: pink and purple plaid. Also: seventies vibe. So I ended up opening up two pleats which were originally sewed together, and admittedly awkwardly taking in the waistband. I did so awkwardly because I wanted to avoid cutting anything of this skirt so I could easily restore it back if my plan failed or if I eventually end up giving it away and restoring it to its original state, and also due to extreme laziness. I actually quite prefer the shape this awkard taking in has given the skirt but I admit this idea might not be for everyone. When I took these pictures I only sewed together the top with one stitch but have since sewed together the whole waistband and it looks a lot nicer that way even though it still has a little of that fold thing going on which you can see in the picture with my blue shirt and awkward non-smile. (click image for bigger)

Meanwhile the awesome Roma from Disheveled Trend put up an interview with me which is aptly and amazingly titled ‘ode to fluff‘!

I’m sorry these posts are actually quite boring but I’m quitting coffee and I feel SO TIRED and all jittery and faint and weird and SO HEADACHY so I’m just leaving it at this because, I know, if I wait till I have something to say (which I don’t because apparently my brain can’t process anything without coffee) I will end up not updating in a really long while and so consequently quitting this whole ‘altering bad purchases’ thing.


  • Agh Eline you look so rad. it ridiculous!! That second coat is perfect, especially with your docs! I actually bought a pair of docs the same color but in platform oxford form *_*

  • Things I particularly love about this post:

    2. brooch :O
    3. Pink Docs
    4. over-the-knee socks

    SO GOOD šŸ™‚

  • Love the badge and also how your docs and bookshelf match! I love the alterations, and I have many similar problems with clothes waiting to be altered. How do you motivate yourself to take on these projects? I feel like I need inspiration to get going… in any case, amazing post, I’ve loved your blog for a while and am just commenting for the first time. Keep up the good work- I always enjoy reading!

    • Haha, omg when I thought of buying these I was all ‘I have to get these because they match my bookshelf’! So glad someone noticed :’D

      Well, I do have a hard time motivating myself to do these projects which is why I am doing this month and get over allll of the tiny projects I’ve been procrastinating from :’D. But! these things really don’t take that much time and I usually do it while I am watching a show, when I’m hungover or very tired… in short whenever I just know when I won’t be doing anything productive anyway I try to do these kind of things because they don’t require much energy, thought or time. The motivator in that is the guilt I often talk myself into when I don’t do productive things…

      Thank you so much, that’s really great to hear! šŸ˜€

  • i love plaid anything, so this skirt is right up my street! I just love your bright, colourful, crazy style! Such a cute blog.

  • I like your idea of “altering bad purchases”. šŸ˜‰ Everything looks so awesome, the fluffy white sweater and jacket, the plaid, the Docs … awesome. šŸ™‚

  • These altering clothes features you’re doing are so cool šŸ˜€ haven’t had time to comment on them but i loved that red dress and the crochet cherry top you did in the last few posts! I want your boots in this post especially šŸ™‚

  • i saw you on disheveled trend and i must say you have the BEST thrift finds ever! also your style is amazing!

  • These posts are not boring! and that brooch is wonderful.I’ve been meaning to reply to your comment for far too long-I liked your suggestion of wearing a fluffy top with the skirt,a black one has been on my wishlist for a while.Your fluffy cardigan is great!

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