Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Diner Style


Dress and Belt: Thrifted
Red Beads: Paternal Great Grandmother's
Turquoise Unicorn Earrings: Maternal Great Grandmother's
Turquoise Ring: Maternal Grandmother's
Ceramic Watch: TJMaxx
ID Bracelet: Birthday present when I turned 9 :o)
Boots: Old
Tribal Bracelet: Charming Charlie's

"Want some more coffee Hon?"  That is exactly what I thought as I was pulling this dress over my head Sunday morning. :o)

This dress was a diamond in the rough!  The front was covered in stains and it had an odor that made me hold it with two fingers by the very edge of the fabric.  I was afraid to try it on, but I knew it could be saved!  Those sleeves were just too cute to pass up!

My niece (the one that gifted the Vintage Orange top to me) was with me and said if I wasn't getting the dress, she wasn't afraid to buy it.  "Oh no," I said, "It's going home with me and I'm picking up some OxiClean on the way home!"

I even asked for it to be bagged separate from my other purchases!

We got home, the dress went straight into the sink with about three times the recommended amount of OxiClean.  After soaking it allllll day and night, it came out beautifully.  I'm so glad I wasn't scared off by the state I found it in.

Oh, it came with a tie-on belt, but it was a bit "Meh" to me.

JJ

PS:  I also wore a Red Blazer to church, but didn't manage to photograph it.  It had warmed up considerably by the time we got home and took outfit photos.

Linking up with Passion for Fashion

35 comments:

  1. Amazing that you brought that dress back to life! Oxiclean is fabulous, but I can no longer get it over here in the UK, they used to stock it in Lakeland but it's disappeared! I rescued a 1930s dress that way.

    Love the dress with the boots, this is an oufit that I could see myself in actually!
    P x

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    1. I just checked and you can get OxiClean on Amazon.com.

      Thanks, glad you like it. :o)

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  2. That dress is sooo awesome. You are brave for rescuing it!

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    1. Aren't the two colors of piping too cute? As someone who sews, the details on this dress just sang to me. :o)

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  3. I love the different colour beading on the dress- unusual but very effective. It was well worth rescuing!! You always have such a lovely warm smile in your pics as well If you don't mind me saying! Great to see!

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  4. Cute dress. I love that your were brave enough to see its charm and give it a chance.

    Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

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    1. Thanks, you're no stranger to seeing the good clothes within the ugly yourself. :o)

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  5. Love the dress...glad you could save it! And it is so cool that you're wearing things that belonged to your great-grandmothers.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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    1. Wearing their jewelry always makes me smile! :o)

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  6. I want those boots JJ!!!!! What a cute dress, glad you could save it. Amazing what can be done with a bit of oxi clean huh ;-)
    Happy Weekend JJ
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. OxiClean has saved many a garment in my closet!

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  7. Haha, it does kinda look like you should be working at a diner, but I love this look!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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    1. Yeah, at first I tried to style it to look differently, but then I said nah, I'll just embrace the diner within. :o)

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  8. Thanks so much for visiting my blog....I'm glad to have found you! Love the Diner dress. I am drawn to that kind of style too. I have bought many a stained & stinky frock, & for the most part I haven't regretted it. LOVE those boots too. Leisa. Xx

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  9. That beige and navy combo is working well... and I love the boots!

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    1. Beige tends to wash me out so I add a splash or two of color to get away with it. :o)

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  10. Really love that dress!!! So happy you linked it up for Passion For Fashion!
    Adding it to my pinterest board!!

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  11. That was some seriously gutsy thrifting! I don't know that I would have he guts to try one something with a stain - let alone an odor! But it looks like the risk paid off! Cute dress!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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    1. Oh no, I didn't try it on (not with that smell!), I just eyeballed it and took a gamble that it would fit. Now I was very excited to try it on once it was clean. :o)

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  12. I'm impressed that you were able to get the stains out of it! I've never tried that before... I may have to the next time I love an item that's a little damaged!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm not too intimidated by stains after keeping baseball pants clean, getting melted in Red Rrayon (it went through the dryer!) out of the "Whites", and the Red lipstick I got out of a light colored tshirt. Sometimes it takes mutliple soakings/washings and waaaay more OxiClean than suggested. :o)

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    1. Thanks, I took my cue from that contrast piping...and the boots. :o)

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  14. such a sweet dress. I like the piping detail!! =)
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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    1. Thanks Nancy! What a great blog name you have there! :o)

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  15. A cowgirl with a gorgeous smile.
    You are beyond fabulous, dear friend
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Well you know, "You're never fully dressed without a smile," so I give it my best. :o)

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  16. I saw your comment on someone's blog stating you're in Texas, so I rushed over here to meet you! Hi! I'm Hollie from Texarkana (the Texas side). Nice to meet you!! I think you're the only Texan blogger I've seen in my two years of blogging.

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    1. Ah the Texas side, we consider ourselves "home" when we cross that line after being out of State...even though we still have a number of hours yet to drive. :o)

      I'm surprised you haven't come across any Texas bloggers before now. They are out there. :o)

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