temporary graphic tee (for a Dodger’s game!) + tutorial

foggydress_tempteeI needed a tee for the LA Dodger’s game, but since I rarely go to them (the last game I’d been to was in high school!) it’s not like I have any Dodger paraphernalia. I needed a cheap alternative to buying one.

So, I came up with this:

foggydress_tempteeThe temporary graphic tee.

 It’s the cheap and versatile  way to be a fan of, well, anything!foggydress_tempteefoggydress_tempteefoggydress_tempteefoggydress_temptee See the full tutorial and more baseball pictures, after the jump! Continue reading

{dress} for church & sunday walks

Spring is here, and so is maxi-wearing weather. I saw some uber-cute maxi skirts at Target, but realized I didn’t need to spend more $$ to get one….I just had to get a little creative. Hence, this:

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I had originally cut 2 inches off this purple tube-dress because I liked the length hitting it at the ankles. So when I decided to fold it into a maxi skirt, the length was perfectly long enough, without dragging on the ground. I added my big waisted belt to polish off the look, but if you don’t have one, I thought it looked just fine without it. I love the high-waisted+long-skirt combo because I can wear flats without looking dwarf!


And there is my cheap version of a maxi skirt. This little trick also works great with other tube shirts or tube dresses that are shorter.

hugs, hanalei.

**Okay I keep doing these posts the night before, and then I schedule it to automatically post the next morning but it never does! Someone, please…help me with my wordpress problems…

weekend wardrobe

When I’m at home, I lounge around in sweats…like BIG sweats. Our house is always so chilly. But we had many-a-errand to run this Saturday, so I had to change. This was my weekend wardrobe:

IMG_4846We went thrift shopping at salvation army, but came up empty handed…although I was tempted to buy this old TV, gut out the screen and turn it into the retro-est fish tank you’ve ever seen. But at $400 it wasn’t really priced-t0-sell.

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Recently Updated18Let me tell you a few things about this skirt, 1. it’s not a skirt, originally it was a dress. 2. I cut the top off because it was cheap fabric and was coming unthreaded 3. I got it on the sale rack at Charlotte Russe (ps I never shop there so I got lucky my first time in the store in years). 4. It came with a mini skirt underneath…and I mean MINI! I don’t rep the mini-skirt look, so I went to Joanns and bought me some pink stretchy fabric, and sewed in a longer one.

Now I can wear this skirt with anything–dress it up with a neutral-shaded blouse or dress it down with a T-shirt. Either way, it was $10 well spent on a dress skirt.

PS. I have some before pictures of what it looked like…let me know if you want to see them and I’ll post them later.

hugs, hanalei.

dress: like a President

Happy President’s Day! Okay I’m not really dressing up for President’s Day, but does it look like I am? This is what I wore this weekend. I hope you know that all my pictures are actual things I wear, so you’ll never see stilettos or mini’s on this blog! Just not practical for the foggy dress girl, even on a night out.

It’s warm in the sun but breezy & chilly in the shade…don’t go anywhere without a scarf, in this city!

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In my attempt to take non-boring fashion-blogger photos, I am taking jumping pictures….oh boy.

Happy week, remember to wear something RED, WHITE or BLUE in honor of our past Presidents! (I’m just kidding about that, but what the heck…)

PS My little bro came into town and we explored the Mission District with him & his friends. Check back in a few days (or tomorrow; I really need to organize my blog posts better!) for their sight-seeing wears.

DIY: turn your hip belt into a waist belt

I know the big thing in the blogging world is to tie a knot with your belt around your waist…but sometimes I want a clean, tucked away belt, cinched around my waist. No loose ends!

hip waist belt

Ok so I’ve never seen a tutorial about this, but then again I’m pretty new to the blogger-sphere world…

This is something I did a few years ago, when I was tired of have a wagging-loose-end of a belt hanging behind me. I have a few belts with enough holes to fit around my hips/jeans, but since I have wide hips and a small waist, I couldn’t use the belts interchangeably without doing the knot-tie thing. So here’s what I did…


  • a belt! preferable genuine leather, but not required
  • an “ouchless” elastic hair tie (I use the GOODY brand from Walmart), clear (or black)
  • a tack or nail (something sharp & pointy)
  • a marker

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  1. Put the belt around the smallest part of your waist.
  2. Hold the spot where you’d imagine the hole to go through (I left a little extra room for layering!)
  3. Mark the back with a marker/sharpie (I used a metallic one, it show’s up better on dark colored leather)
  4. From the backside, press the tack firmly
  5. Push through to the other side, twisting the pin and expanding the hole
  6. Force the belt hook through the newly formed hole (it’ll be tight at first, but the more you use it, the looser it’ll get)
  7. Now for securing that loose belt end! Take your clear elastic hair tie and STRETCH it! You think it’ll break but it won’t. Then put it on the end of your belt.
  8. Now double it, so that it is tightly secured around your belt end.
  9. Pull it down, almost all the way to the other end of the belt.
  10. Secure the loose end by putting it through the elastic!belt

Hope this was helpful!

hugs, hanalei