It’s that time of year again! Now in its 5th year, the Hartford Trashion Fashion Show will be taking over Hartford City Hall next Sunday, April 19th to celebrate Earth Day, the arrival of Spring, and educate onlookers about sustainability.
It’s always a great time, with gorgeous upcycled runway fashion. I’m happy to be vending for my fourth year!
I will have plenty of my 100% natural sugar & salt scrubs, bath salts, lip & body balms, face masks, and more available during and after the show inside City Hall, but don’t miss the Earth Day Eco Market happening outside!
Every once and while this magical thing happens where my work life coincides with my blog life. For those of you who don’t know, I have a full-time gig as an art director at Timex, which is why you see me wearing a lot of Timex watches in my outfit photos. A few weeks ago, I had this wild idea: let’s take some of our white nylon Weekender slip-thru straps and dip dye them in Easter egg dye because Easter is coming and I love pastels and DIYs! And my boss said go for it, and so I have. And you can too!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Timex Weekender with white nylon strap and multicolored dial — get it here. This is my favorite watch from our Weekender line because of the colorful dial!
PAAS Egg Dye Kit
vinegar & water — see the instructions in the egg dye kit for details, but I found this worked best with vinegar
Experiment dipping different lengths for different times.
I used the yellow, green, and pink color tabs to achieve the above results. I was shooting for an ombre effect with the pink one, but when I double-dipped it, it just gave me a weird hot pink patch, so I dipped it in the green after I took this photo, and it turned purple. The yellow one gave me a great ombre though!
To achieve an ombre effect, only dip an inch or two of the strap into the dye for about a minute, then take it out and lay it flat on paper towels. Watch the dye spread up the strap in a beautiful gradient!
The Weekender line is awesome because you can easily switch up the slip-thru straps, creating different looks to go with different outfits. (You will not be surprised to hear that I have 10+ straps for my Weekender.)
A few notes & precautions: Let your strap dry overnight before putting the case back on and wearing it. The color will not rub off on you (or your clothing) when it’s dry, but if it gets wet, the color will drip off. So keep your newly-dyed straps dry, peeps!
So I wore them to Monarch! I got tons of compliments on them (there were plenty of sequin-loving ladies in the room), and even felt up a few times. Ha!
We were also asked to bring either a fun tchotchke or something special that we carry with us to talk about during our icebreaker introductions. I wore my Auntie Kathy’s ring because it has such a great story to go along with it (I’ve told it before, here). Kathy is like a mother to me, and this ring reminds me that I’m just as loved, beautiful, powerful, and sassy as she is.
Oh, and these amazing photos? They were taken by Victoria of Victoria Gloria Photography, who had me cracking up the whole time. Above is my signature crinkle crooked grin.
I love this shot. It reminds me of Amélie, possibly my all-time favorite movie character.
The leggings are slightly too big for me, but that’s not going to stop me from parading around in them with pride. And oh! How awesome are those bow shoe clips?! I made them! More on those next week!
Outfit details: Pink Cardigan: New York & Co., gift from my Mom (similar, similar). Twinkle of an Eye top:ModCloth, $33 (similar). Mint Sequin Leggings: May & July, Shoptiques, $37. Beige Patent Wedges: Chinese Laundry Marcie Patent Wedge Pump via DSW, $40 (similar, similar).Bow Shoe Clips: Made with For The Makers. Opal ring: gift from my Auntie Kathy.
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I’ve been meaning to photograph and blog this outfit for a while now because it’s so fun! It’s another sweater dress from Marshalls. I love the funky designs and color mixes of hot pink, navy, and tan. Standing by a mound of snow nearly as tall as me really makes those colors pop!
My favorite Timex watch and a few colorful handmade bracelets gave my wrists a little more personality.
I wore it over the weekend, thinking it was kind of 60’s bohemian inspired, but my Dad said I looked like a country singer (guess I finally lived up to the name “Sami Jo!”) — what do you think? Western or Boho?
One of PANTONE’s color trends for this spring is Lucite Green ~ a pretty color that looks like the lovechild of seafoam and aqua. I loved putting this inspiration board together because it reminded me that spring is coming (eventually) and that there are actual colors in this world (not just white, brown, and gray). Here are a few of my favorite Lucite Green things: