October 1, 2013

Raiding My Sister's Closet: Mini Makeover

I do not enjoy dressing up for Halloween (some people have the self-assurance to wear ridiculous costumes in public and feel completely at ease. I am not one of those people). Having a child to wear a costume on Halloween is the best thing that's ever happened to me because I feel like the pressure for me to dress up has diminished greatly. 

But I do like to have something festive to wear when we attend Halloween functions (this year, between church, the MBA, and actual Halloween, it appears we'll be attending some 5 Halloween events). I just don't want that festive something to be overly cheesy. 

So when we decided to do a mini makeover this week, I thought a Halloween shirt would be perfect.

And I had a black shirt that's been waiting for some making over for more than a year. I really like the fit of the shirt, but it's mega-boring, and the neckline was unflatteringly high. 

I thought some pumpkins across the front would be fun, but I didn't want them to be orange. I settled on gold instead, but then, somehow, I misplaced the bottle of gold paint and when I was searching through my paint drawer I found a bottle of copper rose paint left over from when I did this Halloween project last year

Copper seemed even BETTER than gold - still metallic and shimmery, but a little closer to the orange of pumpkins. 

I whipped up a quick little design, printed it out, and used this fabric painting technique to paint it on

And I also cut the neckline out and added a little slit down the front to make it not quite so crew-neck looking. 

And, now I pretty much love it. Win. 

 Shirt: Shade // Skirt: Downeast Basics (gift from my mom) // Shoes: Kohl's


And, of course, after I was done taking pictures, Ella insisted on taking some of me with Ani. And now I'm insisting on inflicting a couple of them on you. 

Check out what Merrick and Landen breathed new life into:



  1. SO cute! It's festive but not,"Hey, look at my Halloween shirt!" :) And that baby is the sweetest!

  2. Super cute! P.s. So jealous you have a red head. I'm still hoping I get mine, but I may just have to settle for the fact that I have a st Patricks day baby. :)

  3. I'm in love with that skirt!

  4. Perfect! Love it with the skirt, too!

  5. Cute! And I love pairing it with that super flirty-cute skirt instead of the expected (at least to me) jeans. Ditto on the leopard print. ;)


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  7. Wow, your daughter is a photographer in training :). Love the outfit.
    Sorry about the previous comment, I am new at this:).


  8. What an adorable makeover! And I love the pairing with the skirt. I also have two sisters and we all live in different provinces from each other and I just realized that I have pinned a lot of Merrick's outfits without realizing you guys were sisters. Small world. =)

    Adorable baby pictures.


  9. i LOVE your top, especially with that skirt, perfect


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