Completely Gratuitous Outfit Post





Note the face here …there was a guy who stopped his car to watch me. I mean, traffic was building up behind him! I finally was like …GOOOOOOOOOOO …and he rolled down his window to blab something at me which I did not hear. I mean, I get that I look like a freak, modeling all by myself, and it’s embarrassing enough but come on with it!

What I’m Wearing
* Vintage teal dress …no label, could be hand-sewn. I found this little gem a couple weeks ago while hunting down a coat for my sleeveless diy. For some reason it was on the Halloween rack …and I almost didn’t try it on. The color is amazing …and the eyelet design almost looks like little hearts. The lining has faded to a grayish purple and it’s just so right peeking through. It was a tad tight in the shoulders and thinking it may rip, I thought I’d alter it by removing the arms and opening the side seams a bit. I love the turnout. It’s a bit more contemporary and versatile this way. I made the matching belt out of one of the sleeves. Today is a very classic look but I really can’t wait to wear this dress in a completely different way ~ See DIY.

Original dress + alteration – click for details

* Victoria’s Secret black cardigan
* DIY Tom Binns inspired chunky necklace …so excited to wear this!
* Vintage earrings …grandma’s
* Black sheer tights …old
* Calvin Klein snakeskin pumps …last seen here

so sleepy today. happy tomorrow is Friday.

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Summer @ B is for Brown

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    i am loving today’s outfit. what a find and the necklace looks INCREDIBLE on you!

  • Vanessa

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    I can NOT believe you found that dress on a Halloween rack! It looks awesome and that necklace is to die for~

  • Morgan

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    You. Look. Beautiful.

  • Chessa!

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    BEYOND! no wonder you stopped traffic. love this look. you made it completely modern. the fabric looks so whimsical. I love the contrast with the fierce shoes.

  • Belle de Ville

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    Love this color and I even like the sleeves on this dress. But it does look a little younger in the sleeveless version. Great DIY post.

  • Stacey B

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    One of the best “redo” outfits yet. I am absolutely IN LOVE with that dress. Completely amazing.

  • D

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    i love that blue paired with black. great diy necklace:)

  • Francesca

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    i love your blog! i wish i could DIY but I am not that talented!!

    check out our blog: two girls from NYC and Chicago blogging all things fashion!


  • Glamour Bbey

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    Again a lovely look! Love the heels so much!

  • Gina

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    I. Love. That. Dress.

    Good work! This post also makes me excited to wear dresses/skirts with black tights and pumps. =)

  • MacBerger

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    I really enjoy your blog. It always inspires me.

  • besswess

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    Adorable. I want this dress!

  • Neekoh

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    You are so crafty! I love reading your blog.
    And as annoying as men can be with their ogling, we just have to remember that they’re just men (and you’re hot)! XO

  • Jacqueline

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    wow, great job taking the sleeves off the dress. I love how you used some of the material from the sleeves to make a belt. I think the dress is a gorgeous find and you are very creative! Also, whenever I shoot photos near the street I get men yelling at me too, some pretty obscene things like ‘take your skirt off’ and stuff. Scares the crap outta me. People are so lame. Anyway, you look amazing as always and I love your DIY necklace!


  • Jaime

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    I want this dress too- so cute! Fab color. The layered necklaces are amazing 🙂

  • Heather

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    Traffic stopper! 🙂

    Gorgeous dress color. I love it sleeveless — great call.

  • Becky

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    OH I love it! It’s timeless! Ugh, I hate when guys yell unintelligible things…the only thing worse is when you can understand them and they’re saying, “Hey toots” which is what happened to me in the subway station yesterday. Um, thanks?

  • Absolutely Not Martha

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    “black sheer tights…old.” i like that. LOVE the necklace.

  • Hanako66

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    that color is stunning…I love this!!! I get so self conscious when I take outfit photos of myself!

  • vicen

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    !!WOW¡¡, Increible look, preciosa.
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  • vicen

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    you an award on my blog, see.

  • Holly

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    oh man, this dress kills it!!! i love it

  • Jordan

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    That color is gorgoeus on you! Well, basically everything is but man does it POP.

  • Down and Out Chic

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    so classy! that’s heeelarious that you had to tell a guy to move on. very nice.
    removing the sleeves was a nice touch (although i like the before too!) i need to get a sewing machine so badly!

  • janettaylor

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    CK pumps are just amazing!


  • Megan

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    You do modern vintage so well. Awesome outfit.

    Laughing at the guy holding up traffic!

  • Delmy

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    We have the same pumps! Aren’t they comfy? You look fab in blue.

  • Suzanne

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    the blue color suits you perfectly and i love the necklace 🙂

  • Fashion Court

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    okay, that dress reminds me SO much of the anna sui for target dress that is sold out. except i think i like yours a biiiit better ;P

  • ♥Aubrey

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    That necklace is AMAZING!!! I luv it when you wear blue…it’s YOUR color girl.

  • Angela

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    I really, really love this look. I want to do that necklace, but have so little time right now! Maybe I should make a mobile DIY station that I could take in the car with me while I’m running kids to sports practices. =^) But, that would mean I need to go shopping to find stuff for DIY. Ugh. Everything is just a huge cycle!!! But, I love my life. I guess I’ll go without this necklace for a little while longer. Boo.

  • J-Diggety

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    That color is delicious!! As usual, I’m hella impressed with your DIY skills… to pay the bills… 🙂

  • Kari

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    New reader, LOVE your style! I find myself totally identifying with it – wants to have a classic style, but find myself a little more eclectic.

    You do have a very classic-looking style, and your blog is awesome with so many tutorials!!! I’m tripping over myself to find a thick, tweedy coat! And, the rose disguising the jacket-cincher – pure genius!

  • Christina

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    Love your necklace. (:

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  • Alba

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    I love your dress!!! is amazing! that cool!


  • Iva

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    you look so beautiful. I love that you made practically everything on you today 🙂 I love the color on you, and I love your necklace and I LOVE tights, even though they can be highly annoying to wear sometimes, I love the way they look! lol…and your belt omg!! LOVE!!.


    LOL “GOOOOOOO” so funny!!!

  • Bruce

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    You look very good in blue….nice alteration.

  • vintagewithatwist

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    this outfit is so vintage-chic I love it!

  • LifestyleBohemia

    October 15, 2009 | Reply

    Love the eyelet dress – I have something very similar from J. Crew that I have worn no less than 30 times. Gorgeous as always!

  • diane

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Maegan, first of all, the dress is totally bombshell, and I couldn’t be any more jealous.
    Secondly, your subtle sense of humor totally cracks me up:
    the ending story of telling that guy to Goooooooo,
    the necklace diy that ends with “or you could just layer them”, haha, priceless. : )

  • Kez

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    What a fantastic find! Looks fantastic on you. I need more dresses like this for work.

  • Rebecca

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Absolutely STUNNING. You always look amazing, but today you really outdid yourself.

  • Elizabeth Marie

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Awwww lady! You look gorgeous!

  • Leigh

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Love. That dress could be straight out of Joan Holloway’s closet!

  • Lorena

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    WOW, this dress is fab. You always look amazing but there is something about the color and the cut that just makes you glow. Great buy!

  • Savvy Gal

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    I love the color of the dress. it’s perfect.

  • FashionAddict

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, what a fantastic dress! I love love love!

  • Miss Kriss

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    I cannot believe that that dress was on a Halloween rack! It looks absolutely fabulous, girlie! And so do you! Love it!

  • Carissa

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    what a great find! on the halloween rack, no less! love the color, it is perfect on you. I love it the way it was in the before, but I love it just the same without the sleeves. gorgeous.

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Lovely outfit Maegan and I love how you broke it up into parts and explain the whole outfit.

  • michelle_

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    hey i found you through the indie blogger ad thing !

    love the heavy chain necklace at the most ! it’s soo good to dress up any outfit ..
    i’m loving ur outfit posts . and viewing everything in the older archieves 🙂

  • CB

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Fantastic! You make it(the alteration) look so easy! Wonder if I will be brave enough to attempt the same to one of my dresses!

  • daisychain

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    You are incredible, that dress is utter perfection on you. And clicking through to your body stats page made me love you even more.

  • Fell 4 Fashion

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    This is absolutely stunning!!! LOVE the dress! and so annoying about that guy, pretty funny too!

  • Chris

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome dress (and shoes, of course). And the story about that nosy guy is hilarious!

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  • Pretty Little World

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Such a pretty shade of blue! And I’ll say it again, that DIY necklace is insane!! You have to let me know the minute you start selling those puppies!!

  • Tara Gibson

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    love it girl! that color looks amazing on you!

  • Shiriously

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Love the dress!

    On a creepy side note, I had a dream last night that I met you and was trying super hard to impress you with my fashion sense.

    In better news, I will say, that since I’ve started reading your blog, I’ve been inspired to step out of my comfort zone and put together fun, or according to my coworker yesterday, funny, new outfits. So thanks!

  • Couture Carrie

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous, darling M!
    Love that vintage dress!
    And all those necklaces are so fab too!


  • Vintage Avocado

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    I love the result, I admire your capacity to find that outstanding gem inside vintage…it looks amazing with the necklace, the shoes…but I feel impressed by the customization process!

    Please, visit my vintage stores and blog, I’ve just started selling, and some ideas would do me soo good…

    Thanks beautiful!

  • Dylana

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Beautiful dress!


  • Jill

    October 16, 2009 | Reply

    Fabulous dress…love the color!

  • Caroline, No.

    October 17, 2009 | Reply

    Beautiful. And very inspirational. I have a similar dress but in black, which I found in the Salvation Army in Miami. (Was on holiday, I’m from london and a vintage fiend that always thrift shops on holiday – it was scary in the SA but worth it for the dress!)

    It has short sleeves and i’m very tempted to try this. Thanks!

  • Shannon Egan

    October 17, 2009 | Reply

    I love all your outfits! and that you made so many of them. this blue dress is so cute. Not to mention, you are so pretty! I love thrift stores.

  • monica

    October 17, 2009 | Reply

    this is amazing!
    looovin the blazer – honestly u look fabulous ALL THE TIME

  • Iheartfashion

    October 18, 2009 | Reply

    You look so gorgeous in this! Perfect alteration.

  • Selmyra

    October 19, 2009 | Reply

    i love electric blue !!

  • God Made Me fuNky

    October 23, 2009 | Reply

    love the color of the dress and the it definitely looks better with the sleeves out. so good.

  • Comsat Keith

    December 7, 2009 | Reply

    You’re looking so gorgeous here Maegan, and I think these photos are really good with four great poses. My favourite shot is the last one, apparently taken in the face of adversity. Not that I’m surprised to hear that you caused a traffic jam! Anyway, bravo for that (er, for getting the pic that is, not causing the traffic jam – though I’m happy to give you a cheer for that too). I wouldn’t have guessed that you were under pressure or anything; you have an interesting and appealing expression, looking serene and beautiful with that graceful arched pose. Pose number two isn’t far behind on my list though, where you’re gazing at the camera and looking so seductive. Definitely another traffic hazard, that pose. 🙂

    I love all the elements of your outfit, but especially the cardie with sleeves going just past the elbow. You’ve got such a feminine look here, sexy and classy, like from a bygone era. The shoes are a lovely design – I like the sturdy heel shape – and that blend of necklaces looks so good on you. Your hair meanwhile is completely dreamy. Smooth hair is my favourite and you’ve got so much of it! Reading your text, I see that you cunningly DIY-ed yourself the belt using the arms of the dress. Great result! It’s all so lovely, and compliments again on the photos and posing. Fabulous work!

  • Anonymous

    August 23, 2010 | Reply

    Good articles should share to every person ,hope you can write more and more good articles.

  • essays

    January 28, 2013 | Reply

    You want to fall in love with a shoe, go ahead. And there are so many nice-looking shoes.

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