Browsing the "Upcycled" Category

Etsy Finds: Spring Dresses

April 22nd, 2013 | by Becky Striepe

Spring is here! Are you as excited as I am about wearing flirty dresses without having to layer leggings or tights underneath? If your dress stash is looking a little bit lean this year, now's the time to stock up with some beautiful vintage finds


Mariel Hemingway on The Willing Way (Podcast)

March 6th, 2013 | by Green Diva Meg

We finally got to talk to one of our Green Diva heroes, the beautiful and inspiring actress, author and activist, Mariel Hemingway. She is one busy lady these days with a documentary about her life as a Hemingway, Running From Crazy, and her new book, The Willing Way and many worthy projects in between


Spotted: Update an Old Necklace with Nail Polish

November 26th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

It seems like every year there are new hip colors and color combinations, but buying all new accessories to keep up with that ever-changing palette is expensive and not so hot for the planet. Instead of hitting the big box store for a new necklace in wine tones for fall, you can grab a couple of bottles of nail polish and update something that's already in your jewelry box!


Fall Style: Cozy Handmade Finds for Fall

October 19th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

The leaves around here are starting to change, and it's time to pull out those boots and tights and get bundled up for FALL! You don't have to hit the big box store to stock up on scarves and sweaters. Instead, you add some handmade love to your fall style this year and do something good for the planet while you support some handmade artists at the same time!


Mending Basics: 4 Simple Techniques to Repair Damaged Clothes

October 3rd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Fall is here! As you pull your fall gear out of the back of the closet, are you finding any pieces that have a few imperfections? Maybe there's a split seam here and a missing button there. Don't let these little things stop you from hanging on to an otherwise wearable garment! Check out these basic mending stitches to repair damaged clothes


DIY T-Shirt Scarf

October 1st, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

It's officially fall! Time to pull out your cozy cold-weather gear and maybe beef up your fall wardrobe with some new-to-you fall fashion. This assymetrical spin on a t-shirt scarf is easy to make and super comfy to boot!


DIY Fashion: Turn a Frumpy Dress into a Cute Skirt

September 17th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

Have you ever been at the thrift store and found a mumu or dress that's got beautiful fabric and a vaguely nice shape, but is kinf of...well...frumpy? Instead of passing over that diamond in the rough, you can turn it into a cute, wearable skirt!


What do to With Single-Occasion Dresses

June 23rd, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

My closet has accumulated quite a few formal dresses that don't really work for any other occasion: bridesmaid's dresses, high school formal gowns, etc. I felt a little guilty about the waste of money and resources, so I decided to do something about it. Here are a few of the better options I've found to repurpose an old formal dress


How-to: Clean Thrift Store Shoes

June 11th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

So, after Maria's roundup last week of DIY shoe refashions, have you hit the thrift store for shoes to alter? If the thing that's holding you back is the ick factor, ick no more! It might seem gross to wear second hand shoes - especially styles that don't call for socks - but armed with the right cleaning products, you can wear your thrifted shoes without worrying about picking up some nasty foot fungus. I've been wearing second hand shoes for years, even ballet flats, and so far this method has worked for me!



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