Dreaming of a White (Elephant) Christmas!

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Into the Awkward!
1 Frumpy Dress = 1 Funky Sweater + 1 Fab Miniskirt!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the White Elephant Christmas party my friends throw every year!  As you all know by now, I love a good party, and adding a silly surprise element only makes it better!

Speaking of silly surprises, check out this heavily beshoulderpadded top I found for $1 (just assume I only spend $1 on any of my pre fashions, okay?) at a fave thrift shop!

Blousey, no?
Blousey, no?

I like that pleating on the front of this top, and that blue hue is lovely, but the rest?  Meh!

I started chopping away!

Begone pads!
Begone pads!
Farewell, weird fluffy shoulder thing!
Farewell, weird fluffy shoulder thing and sleeves!

My new top was missing a button, but I wasn’t too worried about that.  I wouldn’t be needing any of them pretty soon.

I'll just save you guys for later!
I’ll just save you guys for later!

Whew!  All that chopping is fun, but it left me with a bunch of tacky raw edges to take care of!

Pin!
Pin!
Stitch!
Stitch!

Next, I took in each side by about 2″.

Whirrrr!
Whirrrr!

I cut off my excess material, and now I have a fabulous vest/tunic hybrid thing that I can wear over a dress or over a top and pants!

I opted for a dress and tights!
I opted for a dress and tights!

I accessorized with a funky pin, a skinny belt, and a pair of brogues!

Of course my pal’s daughter, Ava makes the perfect accessory!

Baby Photobomb!
Baby Photobomb!

My present was wrapped with care.  ;)

Mystery is exciting!!!!!!!!
Mystery is exciting!!!!!!!!

…and Jacques seemed to like it as well!

I'm just a little scared...
I’m just a little scared…

But everyone’s gifts were quite special…

Jamie looooves My Fair Lady!
Jamie looooves My Fair Lady (on VHS)!
I'm definitely seeing a movie theme here...
I’m definitely seeing a movie theme here…
Sell it!
Sell it!
This one is waaay too nicely wrapped!
This one is waaay too nicely wrapped!
This one is waaaay too practical.
This one is waaaay too practical.
This one is waaaay too literal!
This one is waaaay too literal!

I think the gift I received might just be the best one…

Gotta brush up on my Elvish! ;)
Gotta brush up on my Elvish! ;)

…although Ava wore it better.  :/

Jerkface.
Jerkface.
Even Miley showed up!  ;)
Even Miley showed up! ;)

Cheers!

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