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Sign Me Up For Rehab

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blazer dress collage 1

blazer dress collage 2

(Earrings: Goodwill  Dress: Sweet Serendipity  Blazer: GAP  Belt: Plato’s Closet  Shoes: Plato’s Closet)

I have an addiction. Like no joke, I am in way over my head and can’t stop. I am completely addicted to…wait for it…sugar. I keep telling myself, “Rena, you should go without sugar until June” and then two seconds later I drink a milkshake, like the previous brain convo with myself didn’t even happen. I did paleo for about three weeks a little while back and did great, but as soon as I stopped, I went off the deep end. I am consuming sugary products like I’m going to die tomorrow. There is a bag of chocolate chip cookies in my kitchen right now and they are calling to me. They are kryptonite to my Superman. And just so you know, I could totally rock a cape. 😉 How do I stop?!??!

Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

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I love thrifting. No, more than love…I’m a little obsessed. I could go every day and never get tired of it. I don’t buy something every time I go, but it is über therapeutic to skim over clothes and look at so many different styles/eras of fashion in one place.

The best is when you find something “ugly” and give it new life.

I found this dress that I felt like had good bones, although I think my sister threw up in her mouth when she had to look at it while taking my picture. She really didn’t like it.

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I had originally planned on shortening the sleeves and the hem of the skirt and modernizing the look.

Then I woke up and remembered that I have 2% skills in the DIY/sewing category and decided to just turn it into a midi skirt. Fortunately the waist line is elasticized, so all I had to do was cut above it to make a skirt.

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It is pretty sheer, so I have to wear it with a slip. The top also has a frayed finish to it, so I can’t tuck in a shirt. I someday hope to nice-ify it, but remember my DIY-lacking skills.

Despite that, I turned this dated, slightly funky dress into a trendy midi-skirt.

So, when you’re thrifting, make sure to #1-call me first so I can join you and #2-don’t quickly pass on something that might be “ugly”.

Happy Fashion Friday!

Well This Is Awkward…

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orange dress collage 1 orange skirt collage 2(Headband: no clue  Jacket: Old Navy  Necklace: Goodwill (JCrew)  Dress: Old Navy  Shoes: HandMeDowns)

This morning I was in the middle of washing my face and I bumped my eye. I didn’t injure myself, but I hit it at just the right angle that I knocked my contact out of my eye. I look down to see it laying there in the sink, precariously close to the running water. So there I am with a sopping wet, soapy face and only one good eye. Needless to say it made for an incredibly awkward situation. Long story short, I was able to dry my hands off and save my contact before it took a long ride down my household plumbing. Who needs coffee when a jolt of adrenaline will wake you right up? 😉

Cry Me A River

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red shirt Collage 1 red shirt Collage 2(Sunglasses: Ross (Fossil) Earrings: Goodwill  Shirt: Old Navy  Watch: Target  Skirt & Shoes: Sweet Serendipity)

Things That Suck:

1. Finishing a conversation with someone important (job interview, potential client, cute guy), then looking in the mirror and realizing you have some colossal-sized funkiness stuck in your teeth.

2. Turning the car on and hearing a few bars of your favorite song that you’ve been dying to hear on the radio, only to have the song end three seconds later.

3. Opening your washing machine to find clothes that have been in there for a couple days and now reek of mold and staleness.

4. Returning to your car after a full day and realizing that you left the lights on and your battery is now dead.

Sadly all of these things have happened to me at one time or another, so I’m crossing my fingers that none of you have to experience anything on this list this week…or ever.

Happy Tuesday!

Hammock Club

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PicMonkey Collage 2 PicMonkey Collage


(Shirt: Ross  Skirt: Thrifted  Bracelet: Clothing Exchange  Shoes: Thrifted)

I just recently found out that my cousin founded a BBQ club at his high school. And so followed the thoughts in my pretty little head…First, I am extremely proud of the initiative and leadership Brian took to take his hobby and turn it into a full-blown club. Second, YOU CAN START CLUBS IN HIGH SCHOOL?!! How did I not know this? I want to go back now and do it all over again. I would totally start a “hammock club”. I would have car washes to raise money to purchase hammocks and have them placed all over the school, so kids could take breaks and gaze at the sky in their very own hammock. Life is just better when you lay in a hammock. You’re able to breath, be still and gather your thoughts. Exactly what every high schooler needs, right?

Pizza Business

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This video is seriously the funniest SNL skit I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve watched it about five times and laugh every time, so I knew it was worth sharing. Melissa McCarthy is a comic genius, like a female Chris Farley. She’s come such a long way since Gilmore Girls.

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday!

You’re welcome in advance for the giggles.

Sweater-Denim Jacket DIY

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I am so excited to have the lovely Kate guest posting today. Kate is a fabulous girl that just graduated from FIDM (the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) and has her own awesome blog over at Hope you enjoy this rad DIY that she’s put together for you. Have a wonderful Fashion Friday and don’t forget to leave Kate some comment love!


I have an obsession with two-tone jackets. I love leather sleeves or contrasting colors. The newest trend that I am drawn to is sweater/denim jackets. While in school, we saw this trend circulating around and I love it. But, sometimes its hard for me to let myself buy yet another denim jacket {I think 3 is plenty}. So, I decided to reconstruct some of my clothing items to make my own sweater-denim jacket! The process is relatively simple and I thought it would be a fun thing to share!

Sweater-Denim Jacket Tutorial:

What you need:


1. A sweater you rarely wear but can’t seem to let go of completely.

2. A denim vest {you could also use an old denim jacket…just make sure to cut the sleeves off prior to the project}.


3. Sewing scissors– make sure they are strong enough to cut a clean line through the sweater & denim.

4. Sewing pins.

5. Seam ripper {let’s hope we don’t need that, but mistakes do happen}

6. Sewing thread.

7. Thread clippers {this is not a necessity, but they are a nice tool to have}.

The Process:

1. Cut the sleeves off of the sweater about 1 inch away from the shoulder seam. Note: DO NOT cut off the shoulder seam! You need enough seam allowance to pin and sew.


2. Pin the sweater armhole to the inside of the denim jacket armhole.


3. Sew the sweater to the jacket with 1/4″-1/2″ seam allowance. Note: Stitch the sweater from the INSIDE of the jacket. Always try to keep your sewing line straight-this makes sewing curves much easier. 

4. Trim any extra threads away from the jacket.

5. Viola! Enjoy your new creation!


Sweater-Denim Jacket Styling:


Jacket- Denim GAP vest attached to Forever 21 sweater

Shirt- Billabong

Pants- Levi Strauss

Shoes- Converse All Stars

Purse-Forever 21