making a: Tee-skirt

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LA blog picsfoggydress_teeskirt2 Hi guys, I’m alive! I’m finally settled into our new place. There are still plenty of boxes that need to be put away, but we’re doing a little bit everyday….

Now that I’m no longer in San Francisco, I can enjoy a truly warm summer. I am busting out all the flow-ey skirts and thin tees that I could never wear (without a sweater) in SF. I’m even wearing my tee-skirts (tee-shirt that can double as a skirt) (yes I made that up!). Ever since I was in high school, I have always worn these kind of shirts as skirts….

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BONUS! They are so easy to make. Well ok you don’t really make them, you….foggydress_teeskirt4Voila! Easy way to double the wardrobe. Now I can enjoy a real California summer. XOXO
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hugs, hanalei.

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dress: for summer heat

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One thing that’s been killing me lately is the HEAT! Once you leave the easy-breezy peninsula of San Francisco in the summer, everywhere else is SO. DANG. HOT. Since we’ve left SF, it’s been at least 108 degrees just about everywhere we’ve gone (except at the cabin, of course). The only upside to this heat wave is that I get to wear breezy summer dresses all day, everyday. This denim one is perfect because it’s stiff enough that it doesn’t cling to my sticky, sweaty skin (gross visual, sorry). I really miss the fog and coolness of SF.

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Oh yeah, did you know….I am in So Cal right now…. and have been for a few days?? But– I am not soaking up the sunny beaches like I wish I was.

No, no. Instead of hanging out on the Santa Monica Pier, or hitting up Disneyland (or something else really really cool), I am actually:
IMG_2035 Yep, I’ve been here for like 3 days now and all we’ve done is go from appointment to appointment looking at apartment/condos near my husband’s future graduate school. Just when we found the perfect place, with the right cost, neighborhood, and distance from his school, the owner’s tell us we just barely submitted an application after another couple. GAh. So now we are staying an extra day looking like crazy, for anything! We still need to go back to San Fran to pack up (tears!!) and then off to my brother’s wedding in Utah (we just were there! sheesh), and move into our new place, all before the end of the month. Wish us luck tomorrow guys…we really need it.

hugs, hanalei.

re-fashioned safari dress + hello weekend

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I am literally running out the door as I write this! I’m working on my time management… Anyway, have a fabulous weekend! The sun is shining out here in SF, so I might be down at the beach for the next few days 🙂 Hope you love how this dress turned out, as much as I do! I will definitely wear it 1 or 2 (or 3-4) times in China. I leave in 10 days, guys!!! I caaaaann’t wait.      hugs, hanalei.

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Do you like the new gold buttons?? There were 14 buttons on this dress….it took forever to sew them all on! (PS see the “before” pictures of what the dress looked like, here.) Thanks to Liz at Cotton+Curls for all the tips!
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