Me Made May – Week 5 Roundup

1 Jun

Well, Me-Made-May is finally over – 5 weeks/31 days of handmade with daily photographs. I’m not even going to pretend I wasn’t relived to NOT take a photo of myself this morning 🙂

Since I was on vacation pretty much the entire week, I tried to be creative with my photos (mostly because I didn’t want to drag the tripod, camera *and* laptop with me to Florida lol). It was a bit of a struggle on a couple of the days, mostly because I spent lots and lots of time in my bathing suit… but I managed!

Shirt: Sewaholic Renfrew – modified some more since it’s original inception; you can’t see it too well but I cut the ribbing off the bottom & replaced it with wide lace (just like my Taffy blouse)
Pants: Colette Clovers
Necklace: Vintage bracelet I turned into a necklace
Shoes: Rugged Warehouse
Shades: Pangea
After a long day of driving (nearly 8 hours in the car! Plus 2 hours at some rando gas station after a belt in Landon’s car snapped & we had to wait for my dad to fix it. Which was preferable to towing it to some shop & paying them assloads of money to fix it, by the way!), we made it to Santa Rosa Beach! This is the view/balcony via our condo.

Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Uh huh.

Top: Giant men’s Hawaiian shirt resized by me
Skirt: Vintage, dyed by me
Shoes: Rugged Warehouse
Couldn’t get anyone to take a picture of me, so I settled for one of those awful mirror shots in the fitting room at Goodwill haha.

Top: thrifted – from the aforementioned Goodwill, no less!
Shorts: Simplicity 5110
Shoes: Walmart
Hat: Not mine, just trying on the goods
This was taken in a cute little town called Seaside, just a few miles from Santa Rosa Beach. We rode our bikes there, and I spent the entire time dying over the bike paths-
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Totally flat, totally separate from the main road (which is on the left). It was SO NICE! I wish we had commuter/non-greenway bike paths like this in Nashville.

Seaside was really cute – there were tons of bikes
Seaside, FL

And shopping
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

And food trucks
Seaside, FL

And pretty things to look at
Seaside, FL
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

And a bonus outfit shot from Monday, 5/28:
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Birthday dinner with Landon (and the rest of the family). I wore Vogue 1174. I knowwww I should have worn my birthday dress (I even brought it!) but everyone else was pretty casual so I decided on the blue dress at the last minute. SORRY.

Dress (worn as a swimsuit coverup): Hawaiian Sundress
Hell yeah I spent the whole day at a waterpark. And then Fudpuckers (where my little brother lost his debit card & the kind man at the bank verified the last transaction was from “pudfuckers” lol), and then some chintzy tourist shop called Alvin’s.
From left to right – Maddie (Matt’s girlfriend), my mom, Caroline (my niece), Matt (little brother!), me, my dad, & Landon.

Top: Jalie 2921
Skirt: Vintage, dyed by me
Party Hat: YEP
Last time at the beach! I gave up on trying to wear cute outfits & just put on something comfortable for the drive home 🙂

Dress: Colette Parfait
Shoes: Target
Purse: Thrifted
Scarf (tied on purse): Flea Market
Last day of Me-Made-May! I celebrated by going to my favorite fabric store for their 50% off sale 🙂

So yeah! I consider this may a total success – albeit not nearly long enough, as I still have masses of handmade clothing yet to be worn. Oh well! Since wearing my stuff wasn’t really much of a challenge, I tried to mix up how I wore it, and I think I did pretty good! I can’t think of anything this challenge made me realize I had gaping, except maybe some summer jeans – which I bought fabric for yesterday, btw! I also used this challenge as a kick the butt to get me into my mending/fit-fixin’ pile, for certain things I never wanted to wear (I’m looking at you, Swiss Dot Violet!)

The only thing that I didn’t like was the daily photos… it got old pretty fast, and felt pretty narcissistic the entire time. I did find myself getting more comfortable in front of the camera, until I got to the point where I didn’t feel like I needed to take 40+ pictures to get that ~one perfect shot~.

Here are the rest of MMM’12 posts, if you missed them the first go-round!
Me Made May, Week 1
Me Made May, Week 2
Me Made May, Week 3
Me Made May, Week 4

And a big big BIG thanks to Zoe for pulling the whole thing together! Apparently, this was the biggest Me-Made-Month yet; I hope we made you proud 😀

So today is June 1st, and here I am wearing all handmade anyway hahaha
Top: Leotard reconstructed by me into a tank top
Trousers: Vogue 2925
Cardigan: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted


16 Responses to “Me Made May – Week 5 Roundup”

  1. gingermakes June 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Cute outfits! Looks like you had a nice vacation! 🙂

  2. Marie June 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Aaah, you have the cutest holiday outfits ever! Looks like you had a blast too and caught the sun nicely! And I’m super impressed that you’re wearing top-to-toe me-made today too! It’s been great seeing all your gorgeous outfits I must admit!

  3. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! June 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Gah! So many great outfits. I love those red shorts every time I see them. And I totally love your today June 1st outfit! Looks like such a fun-in-the-sun vacation, too.

  4. Joanne June 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Brilliant round up Lauren and so lovely to see the family Lladybird too! I am officially exhausted so I’m well impressed to see you keeping up the handmade standard 🙂

  5. Sarah W. June 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Drooling over the bike paths too! Super cute outfits! Love the vacation shots.

  6. Neeno June 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I love all ur holiday outfits! My fav was the Jalie top u wore on the beach

    I really enjoyed seeing ur holiday pics! The view is beautiful what a cute town.

    I have to comment on the boys!!!! Your bf is so handsome and ur brother has abs!! What a fit kid!

    Well done on ur MMM and thanks for sharing cos I enjoyed all your posts. I know how u feel about “taking 40 pics just to get one perfect pic” I was the same and eventually got comfortable and the last day I only took 4 pics and got a good pic:)

  7. Maddie Flanigan June 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    congratulations on making it the whole month! I enjoyed following your daily outfits!

    I’m a Floridian (I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale) and your photos made me a little nostalgic. It looks like you had such a great time!

  8. Lucinda Campbell (@sewwrong) June 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Your vacation looked like a blast, and such cute outfits, too! I now have some new patterns in my queue from your Me-Made-May looks. And I know what you mean about feeling narcissistic taking pics everyday, which is why I didn’t do it. Plus, it’s a major hassle setting up the tripod/asking my boyfriend all the time!

  9. Noelle June 2, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    Looks like a super fun holiday!
    You are such a cutie pie.

  10. sallie June 2, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Oh! double trouble! Vacation pics AND MeMadeMay! It looks like you had a fabulous time – its so nice to get away! Also loved your mmm looks – you always looked so cute – and I can’t believe you didn’t even repeat!! How do you do it?

  11. Jill June 3, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Seaside is where the Truman Show was shot! That’s their claim to fame, haha. Looks like it was a fun, relaxing time. Now I’m jonesing to go home to FL!!

  12. Casey June 4, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Congrats on finishing MMM! 😀

  13. Dottie June 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    When I saw your first photo, I was going to ask if you were in Santa Rosa Beach (you were!) because the view looks exactly like the condo where I stayed in Santa Rosa during vacation, back in ’06 when I lived in Nashville. On Spires Lane? Coincidence!

    Anyway, looks like a great time and I love all the outfits.

    • LLADYBIRD June 5, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Spires Lane it was! Haha what an awesome coincidence! 🙂

  14. Letitia September 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Super old post, but it’s so weird reading someone else’s POV on the area I live in! Seaside is totally adorable. I don’t get out there enough because 30A traffic sucks and it’s so far from Destin (where fuds and Big Kahuna’s are).

    • LLADYBIRD September 12, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      It’s a totally cute area! Jealous that you get to look at it year-round 🙂

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