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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Spider Web Dress Edit

"And you are wearing a Halloween dress!?" 
Me-"Yeah, it's Halloween for me everyday"

That was a short interaction with a customer at work, hehe! I am wearing a Hell Bunny dress that has been on the blog here and here. I was inspired to wear this dress from Jen over at Betties N' Brimstone as she was talking about a super cute bat Hell Bunny dress she owns, and how she doesn't like halter straps. I totally am with her and have modified this dress (and a few others) from halter straps into 'regular' straps as I find it more comfortable and I can wear a regular bra.

This one was a little bit of a miss on getting it lined up comfortably and covering up my bra straps. At least the straps aren't falling down and the folded over bust isn't gapping. *shrugs*

I am a true believer of modifying things to fit your comfort and taste. A little nip/tuck or hemline change or adding/subtracting whatever your heart desires to make a garment really suit YOU is always a good idea. I find if I'm not happy with fit or function, the piece just sits in my closet and that's a waste of money!

Wearing; spider web dress (Hell Bunny), shrug (Target), earrings/necklace set (gift from Melanie), bracelets (thrift),  hair bow (Hot Topic), bat flats (Iron Fist)

Other modified projects:

Thank you for reading, until next time!

XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Casual Style with Polka Dot Flats

Every year I get myself a few cheapy pairs of flats, as I seem to completely destroy them. I do have my Aerosole leather flats and Mary Janes that are an investment and I always will recommend investing in good foot wear. Yet, sometimes I go over to Apparel Save on eBay and find good deals and not worry about being a summer beast in them. Seriously, I am very hard on shoes!

Tombstone photo edit, lol!

I had been looking for little black and white polka dot flats to add a little 'something' to my relatively basic summer outfits. I am very pleased with the oxford-like design of the shoes (by Restricted) and for a price tag of .99 cents with $8.99 shipping, worth it.

Wearing; Peter Pan collar top and bow (Hot Topic, pedal pushers (Sourpuss Clothing), flats (eBay) and freebie skull pin (Charcoal Designs via etsy)

What is your favorite type of footwear for the Summer?

Thank you for reading, until next tome!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Friday, June 24, 2016

Kitsch Picks: Black Willow Gallery

(click on bold text to link to product)

One of the many wonderful things about etsy is finding artist's like Lupe Flores of Black Willow Gallery who's art is adorably creepy. I love the shop's motto, "Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness." The shop is filled everything from art prints to tank tops to jewelry. If you like Posada-inspired art (Dia de los Muertos), you will enjoy Lupe Flores unique artwork!

Thank you for reading, until next time!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Touches of Gingham

dress styled here and here

I've been making the closet rounds once again and pulled out my Apple Pie Gingham Trashy Diva dress to wear for work. A lot of people tend to shy away from gingham as I think it reminds them of picnic tablecloths, but to me it's an adorable black and white geometric print, which I am all about! 

I thought it would be fun to pair the dress with a little cardigan to get the effect of the ruffled bust to just 'peek' out from the V neck style of the sweater. I really love ruffled and/or ruched bust's on dresses, as I think it adds some lovely visual interest to a garment.

I'm wearing a big velvet hair bow (very old, Claire's), black rose necklace (gift), black rose earrings (gift), black belt I always wear (yeah, I should get another one some day. Haha!), Lydia brooch (Jubly Umph) and leather Mary Janes (Aerosoles).

I also have to give a shout out to a dress that has nice deep pockets, so deep in fact that I found a lip gloss that had gone missing. D'oh! Mental note: make sure to check dress pockets before washing.

Thank you for reading, until next time!
XOXO-Meagan Kyla

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sunday Funday: Flea Market

Sunday was our first trip of the Summer season to the Clarence Antique World & Flea Market. We like to get up early and go as I don't do well in the sun (I know, sooooo goth) and before it gets really hot. Sunday morning was already a hot one, so I had to prepare for the battle with the round ball of fire in the sky and get mentally prepared to battle the bargain seeking crowd.

Big hat-check!
Sunscreen-double check!
Crossbody bag-check!
Lightweight cotton clothing-check!
Reusable shopping bag-check!
Comfortable shoes-check!

I highly recommend bringing your own bag to a flea market, a lot of times the sellers don't have plastic/paper bags. It's also a little trick I do to control our spending (shhhh, don't tell Derek!). I like to use a crossbody bag for hands-free shopping and it's easier access to the money. You never know when you may need to quickly whip out money to insure you get the item you want! Oh yes, cash is king when it comes to flea markets, so be sure to have smaller bills for payment.

I have to admit, I get a rush rummaging through someone else's junk and getting an amazing bargain. If I didn't have such good self control, our house would be filled to the brim with 2nd hand treasures, but it's not a good deal if it just turns into clutter and hoarding. Luckily for me, I take some of these finds and turn them into income, so my hobby can get just a tiny bit ridiculous. Hehe!

Finds: Treasure Craft of Hawaii figures
Wooden Tiki idol (1973)
Danish Modern Viking ship wall hangings

A note about the Viking wooden/metal ships, Derek has been searching for these and they usually come in a set of three ($70-$100), but at $10 for both pieces, we're not complaining. Haha! I also recommend (if possible) look behind things and move things (carefully), as a lot of vendors will just pile things up and aren't very organized. I found the Viking ships by moving an ironing board and Voila!, found them on a shelf. SCORE!

I pulled this beauty from behind a pile of framed photos. It's a large print on tin and is perfect for my nun collection. I love the soft colors contrasted with the nun's black habit and robes. Finding this print also inspired to unbox my nun collection and revisiting with all my lovely nuns. They still don't have a permanent convent and by convent I mean shelving, but I'm sure with my thrifty wit I will find something amazing. *Big smile*

Do you enjoy flea markets? What sort of things do you look for?

Thank you for reading, until next time.
XOXO-Meagan Kyla