Not a 70s Show

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Last night, Jess and I went to a gallery and presentation for a few local artists and designers for L.A. Fashion Month. Sometimes I forget that I now live in a fashion-conscious city...and then I go to events like this and I'm so relieved I don't live in Utah anymore.
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We got our pictures taken on the red carpet.. We're almost famous!! We wandered around Little Tokyo wishing the mochi shop was still open and ended up at a busy little ramen house. I wish I were the type to take pictures of my food but I'm usually done eating by the time I realize I should have.
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I've learned by now that at all these fashion events, you should be dressed to the nines...like short cocktail dresses and break-your-ankle heels and heavy make-up. Next time I go out, you bet I'll be the next Asian Kim Kardashian. JKLOL. No... no LOL.
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I recently received this vintage blouse I won from Raleigh Vintage. I love the print and the tie-neck. What I didn't love was its boxiness, padded shoulders, and too-short long-sleeves. Being the creative genius that I am, I took the blouse in from the back, removed the pads, and chopped off the sleeves.
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The sleeves were the tricky part. I didn't like that they were loose and flowy after I snipped them. I wanted defined sleeves. After a lot of cursing and re-picking seam after seam, I finally got it. Usually I would throw it into the scraps bin and forget about it but I didn't because I'm awesome. The button has no functional purpose. It's there to hide my mistakes.
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Wearing a Collection B jacket ($55), reworked vintage blouse (won from a giveaway from Raleigh Vintage), Old Navy belt ($10), secondhand Gap jeans ($9), secondhand wedges ($7), and vintage Gucci bag ($3).
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81 comments :

  1. Wow I need to learn to rework clothing like you. I love that blouse. How could you be relieved to not live in Utah anymore??? Just kidding.

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  2. Great job reworking that blouse! I know that if I tried that, a lot of cursing would ensue, but no satisfactory result. Much like that one time I tried to make a cake. But I digress. I dig those jeans! I usually opt for the skinnies, but lately the 70s have been beckoning me.

    And is that the ramen place behind you? I only assume because they sell somethingsomething noodles there (I can barely tell what it says, woops).

    Toast with Charmalade

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  3. love those jeans! And I can't believe you scored that belt for $3!
    D,etc

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  4. I love this outfit, and how talented to be able to rework that blouse. I wish I could do that;)

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  5. LA....itself is so 70's. those jeans look fantastic on you!

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  6. You look pretty darn good to me :)

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  7. i really wish i knew how to rework clothing! great job! the blouse looks really good on you!

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  8. You are TOO adorable! Take me with you to your fashion-conscious city!!

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  9. This blouse is amazing. Way to go on the refashion! And will you pretty please dress as the Asian KK next time? For me?

    xoxo,
    ~O~

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  10. I like the refashioned sleeves. Great work.

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  11. Beautiful shirt! Great job with the sleeves! Wide leg jeans look great on you!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  12. Wooooo how fun! Yeah times like this I'm glad I don't live in Utah anymore too... :)

    vanilla with sprinkles

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  13. i love what you are wearing..and while i like what the kardashians wear real girls dont dress like that on a daily basis

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  14. Nice job on editing the blouse! And you got me craving mochi. Luckily, I have some in the freezer right now, thanks to the variety box from Costco.

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  15. You're inspiring me to bust out my sewing machine! I love that you are completely modest and no less adorable than anyone else.

    Sarah
    baumers.tumblr.com

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  16. HOOOOLD on! how did you get a vintage gucci bag for $3???

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  17. Those jeans are fabulous - they totally look like high end designer jeans. I can't believe they were $9! And from the Gap! (The Gap definitely surprises me every once and a while!).

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  18. "I wish I were the type to take pictures of my food but I'm usually done eating by the time I realize I should have."

    I'm so relieved to find that someone else has this problem! And I adore what you've done with that shirt!! Even if you're not dressed to the nines, you're still always utterly fashionable and, more importantly, you're still you. I think that beats out all the the other people teetering around in uncomfortable stelletos and skin tight dresses any day. Plus, you always wear such fun, unique pieces to these events! A retooled vintage shirt and, unless my memory escapes me, a handmade flower necklace? Props for creativity!!

    That's such a bummer about the mochi shop, but at least you found a tasty ramen shop!

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  19. I actually LOVE the Kardashians. I mean overall. Cause half the time they are super annoying.

    But yeah.... I usually wouldn't want to dress like them or have their make up. Their hair usually looks awesome though.

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  20. It's so cool that you fix up your clothes to work the way you want them to. I have a hard time sewing a button, so if something has to be fixed, I give it to my little sister!
    Awesome blouse!

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  21. i second the "those jeans are awesome" comment. so glad to see they are gap...maybe i can find a similar pair! love. them.

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  22. Loooove this look - the wide-leg jeans with the bow blouse AND leather jacket - fantastic! Great editing on the blouse!! :)

    Small Time Style

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  23. Super hot outfit! My eyes are green over those other clothes, too!! MMMM. Food. I actually can't NOT take pics of my food. It's compulsive! My boyfriend & best friend are used to it but my mom and sister still look at me like I'm crazy. Lol

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  24. This looks so fun! I always take out shoulder pads - they look horrrrible on me! Looks like you did a great job, I'm definitely in love with your blouse!

    Kenzie Faith x

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  25. That is a great idea! chop off too short long sleeves! I have so many problems with tops with long sleeves since my arms are crazy long for my body. Thanks!

    Just Better Together

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  26. You already are famous! =)
    I love the pants! They really make you look long. lol dont wear crazy heels makeup and a barely there dress.. that would just be.... I dunno since you said Kardashian I have a mental image of a curvy you in a tight dress, and its not really working out you know? xD
    you're so much cuter petite and (kind of) tall =D
    Bellesme

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  27. I love those jeans! For some reason I never can find jeans that I like second-hand. That's a true talent! And redoing that top? Fabulous! Yet another talent I envy. If you aren't already famous, you should be!
    -Meagan
    http://spunkychateau.blogspot.com

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  28. Well, I think you look red carpet ready! Good work on the blouse too. Last clothing item I tried to alter ended up covering a cushion! (I couldn't just throw it out;-).

    And you really do look lovely. :-D

    heart: Kimberellie

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  29. thanks for visiting my blog! as you can see, i havn't began to publicize it yet... anyway, i just want to drop by and say hi. i live in LA too but lived for 3 years in utah (visiting there next week actually) and love it. love LA too but they are very different... love your blog!

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  30. That blouse is absolutely gorgeous. Love it!

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  31. wowsa! you look super chic! how fun to get photos taken on the red carpet! haha watch out Kim K!

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  32. you ladies are soo adorable! :D love the blouse!!

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  33. You are much cuter than Kim Kardashian! How fun LA looks- and what a change from Utah! You would never know you fixed your top, it's lovely.

    ~Kate
    http://all-things-kate.blogspot.com/

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  34. Love your blouse and I you look gorgeous in the 2nd pic hun! xx

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  35. Love your little joke! haha.. I was cracking up... Still your outfit was cute as always.. i admire how you work what you got.. I am trying to do that, i love jeans and wedges.. i do that often.. Loved the post as always Hun!

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  36. The blouse is beautiful! Love it with the jeans!

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  37. Thanks for your kind comments. I'm sort of jealous that you live in a fashion conscious place but as long as you keep us informed I can live with it. I'm into sewing myself and I have a project of making not 1 not 2 but 5 skirts this week.

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  38. Sounds like you both had fun! Get you on the red carpet!! :P Gorgeous outfit, the blouse is really pretty

    L x
    Half Dressed

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  39. It looks great! And I love it with the wide legged jeans. And also...sweet red carpet pic!

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  40. sounds like a great event Elaine, me is lusting over your top and leather jacket...wow!!!! you look so beautiful...

    love it!!!

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

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  41. I LOVE your outfit!!!!! The blouse is amazing. I have been looking for something similar.

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  42. my dear you look flawless in these photos!! please do a make up and beauty post so i can learn all your secrets!! :) x

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  43. You look absolutely great! I love this kind of casual-chic style :)
    And this kind of jeans makes legs thin n long :)
    Hehe, and you are famous already :)
    I am really happy u had a great time :)

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  44. OOoh love Ur jeans!

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  45. you look good in everything! so wonderful.

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  46. Ahahaha I love the red carpet photo-- you two looks super cute!

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  47. You did a great job reworking that blouse! I never would've known the sleeves didn't come that way. And I love it with the leather jacket. Fantastic!

    www.styleusvancouver.com

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  48. I'm totally into the vintage vibe in all your outfits! You girls are awesome! I need to get a leather jacket for myself now lol

    Have a good one (:

    Sanny's Head to Heart

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  49. great job on that blouse! it fits you perfectly, and i love that tie neck. looks like such a fun night- yay for being on the red carpet :) ~joelle

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  50. Congrats on being almost famous! :) I hope you had fun at your event! I wish Iowa would have events like this..every once in a blue moon or so..Oh well.

    I'm definitely jealous of your ability to re-work clothes. I definitely would be WAY too scared to re-work anything. You go!

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  51. well, i for one love this outfit! even if it isn't a skimpy dress in hooker heels (see how i threw out a little insult to those dressed "to the 9's")!! i love the blouse! oh my gosh the sleeves are amazing!!

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  52. look at you! you're a perfect fit in the la scene. i loved your town (you should just consider it your town now) and we found some great shops and finds. i'll have to post about my thrifting and great steals. cali thrifting is much different than utah thrifting. loved it!

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  53. So glad I know you since you're now almost famous! I like the re-working of the top and how it looks with the jeans.

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  54. I like your new banner! Oh, and you always look effortless.

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  55. you look amazing, i love that pussybow blouse!

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  56. Wow, SUPER cute blouse! I'm sure your alterations made all the difference--now it looks like a top you'd get at Dear Fieldbinder or something!

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  57. I LOVE the new banner for the blog!! When did you do it?? It looks great...as do you always:)
    ~Ally
    http://modestlyfashioned.blogspot.com/

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  58. Very casual chic. Part of me wants to move to LA for that purpose, and part of me is too scared for that same reason. My sister lives out there and I'm always tempted to shop way too much and spend hours on my hair when I'm there. Not so out in Philly....

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  59. wow the vintage blouse turn out pretty well!!! congraaats!!! and the bag is awesome, and for 3 bucks!! You would never find something like that in Mexico!

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  60. You guys look fabulous in front of that fancy event background! :) Love the blouse.

    And how did you find a vintage Gucci bag for $3?? Super impressive.

    mysunshinegarden.wordpress.com

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  61. Wow! Looks fun! I had no idea there was such an event o.o If you ever get dolled up I want to be there ;D

    You're so handy...I have always been awful at sewing. You did a great job with that blouse!

    ~JESSU @ Defining Beauty

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  62. That first photo is so beautiful, and you guys look great! So cool that you were invited. Panda xo

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  63. I'm so inspired to try that with vintage shirts myself! Good thing I have a thrifting trip scheduled for today!

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  64. How exciting! I made the opposite move by relocating to Kentucky recently :-)

    I love the outfit!

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  65. i wish i could hire you to be my personal shopper/dresser!

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  66. Looks like you ladies had a good time. You look absolutely gorgeous, Elaine! I'm really loving that top!

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  67. your hott elaine. plain and simple.
    i miss seeing you at aerobs, but the cali life seems like its been a dream so far..

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  68. How awesome that you can do this with your clothes...isn't it so great to find something a little less than perfect and be able to make it work perfectly for you? I love it!
    Kristina J.

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  69. You look sooo cute in those flare jeans! Almost makes me want a pair right now :)
    I've never been to such an event, but you're right...it seems like it's only about suuuper short dresses and girls all over the place! But I'd love to attend one just to see for myself!
    Kisses, Diana

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  70. wow it looks fun..
    the denim pants lookawesome on you!

    http://wulanasihsetyarini.wordpress.com

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  71. You do not need to be a Kim K--- you are Elaine !
    And Elaine rocks and looks fab :)

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  72. jealoussss of fashion conscious cities

    i live in a college where anything other than uggs and sweats is considered nice *sigh*

    love the vintage gucci

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  73. Mochi shop?!!?!? Ramen house?!?!? I SERIOUSLY hate living in Utah sometimes. Nobody even knows what mochi is let alone sell it!!!! I'm now salivating.

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  74. you do realize a lot of your readers live in Utah and love it, right?

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  75. LOVE the way you reworked the top, your entire outfit is fab. You must have eaten at daikokuya - the best ramen place in j-town - you sure know how to pick em. :)

    New to your blog, love your style.

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