September 29, 2013

Hold On Summer...

 SKIRT BEFORE: Picked this skirt up thrifting in Zurich last winter. Hence forth the mess on my floor. One day I will be one of those people who diligently clean before travel...probably not though.
TOP BEFORE: Wore this top before our cruise set sail from Venice over the summer. Check out my Venetian Courtyard post to see how else I styled it along with the full process pics. 

Went to lunch over the weekend with the girls to indulge in a few Po'Mans Platters at Republic Social House. Until Atlanta weather dips below eighty during the day I refuse the embrace the fall.

 Took a detour with one of my besties to snap some pics around the Grant Park area.
This oxblood clutch remains to be one of my favorite Deutschland finds. Only SEVEN EUROS!!

The newest accessory I've added to my collection. Currently on the hunt for the perfect vintage jewelry box. Wish me luck!

I love the fit of this skirt. After throwing back my drink, shot, AND beer it was still flattering.
(that po'mans platter is no joke and only $8.88. If you're in the Atlanta area check it out!)

Full Fit: Steve Madden Heels, RayBan sunnies, re-seamed H&M top, re-seamed second-hand skirt.

Sorry there aren't more pics. This skirt is from my early alter adventures...before I documented well. The bottom row of pins is for the actual hem, the top is what I do with the extra material before I cut.
Fold the excess you are going to remove up into the skirt and pin it. Try on your piece before you make any cuts to ensure you've pinned properly and that it's not too short/long. It may take longer but it always leads to better results.
Laying the skirt down flat also allows you to make sure the back in a little longer then the front. Check back at the photo before to ensure you have a "U" shape. This will keep the skirt from exposing your goodies as you move and it rides up.

Seamingly yours,

J. Michael

September 19, 2013

Spring '14

Three of the Spring '14 shows I've been drooling over all week. If you haven't spent hours scanning Vogue's slideshows I am proud and I commend you on your ability to focus. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to be excited about my fall wardrobe when I'm already excited for Spring!
J. Mendel
Jason Wu
Alberta Ferretti
 Send me the links of the shows that have got you hooked.
All images via
J. Michael

September 13, 2013

Imagine Creativity


 Ninety nine cent skirt found at the Fayette Thrift Shop.

Inherited "hi" pins from the madre. They were previously worn daily with her bell bottoms in high school so they are flooded with nostalgia. There's nothing like finding things in your mom's closet.
Wearing re-seamed floral skirt, lulus top, steve madden wooden platform sandal.

I know it's silly how I hem, but I find one set measurement makes it easier to get a straighter hem. Constantly trying to line up mini tick lines on a ruler to your desired length can get irritating, so I make a cardboard ruler for each skirt I hem. 

IRON IRON IRON!!! (and plz excuse my sock lol)
It makes the process so much faster! When I first started altering my thrift store finds I would always skip this step. After ripping out countless seams and having to start over on pieces I finally took the madre's advice. Of course she was correct and I haven't strayed from using one since.
Always go a little longer in the back to account for the skirt possibly riding up.

All photos edited by Imagine Creativity
J. Michael

September 5, 2013


Some color inspo I've been playing with for the approaching season change. I love building an outfit from the color up. What are some things that inspire you?

all photos via google or pinterest
J. Michael

September 3, 2013

Clutch Cuts.

I see top handle bags like the one below at thrift stores often. They're not always
the cutest, however every now and then I luck up with something like this blue bad boy below.

Check how the handles are attached (inside and outside) to make sure they come off cleanly without damaging the bag. Simply snip and remove.

I suggest removing the button prior to snipping the excess string....
If not you will end up having to burn the ends to create a cleaner look.


I'm hoping to replace the button on this clutch to something more eye catching
like the elephant one on the bag below. If you know of any websites/etsy accounts 
with unique buttons please let me know.

I found this brown and yellow straw gem years ago in Valdosta, Georgia,
and simply snipped off the handles. It amazes me to find things in Germany
that are so similar to the items I find stateside.

J. Michael

Around the Baltic Sea...

Seven days in the Baltics added four more countries to my list. The photos below are from Milles Garden in Stockholm, Old Town Tallinn, surprisingly sunny St. Petersburg, and the beautiful city of Copenhagen where I fulfilled my dream of seeing The Little Mermaid statue by Edvard Erikson.
Check out to see the replica I dream of purchasing one day and share in my ridiculousness.