Hearts & Safari & Jungle Cats

dress- Target, heart tights- Urban Outfitters, locket- Forever 21, frye boots– c/o Shop Bop, scarf (as a belt)- Target (old), Michael Kors watch- c/o Shop Bop, bracelet- c/o FJB

What do you do when the moss-green utility shirtdress you spy at Target is just a teensy bit long on your short frame? Why, pin it up of course!

My dress lasted all day and night pinned up, and it was an absolute cinch to pull off.

Simply take any dress that’s too long for you (and you don’t have the time/patience/money/talent to hem it at the moment), and turn it inside-out. Lay it flat on the floor, and have a bunch of small safety pins handy. Fold over the hem (so the hem is facing the neck of the dress) at the desired length, then start pinning. When attaching the pin to the desired level, pinch off only the bare minimum needed for a secure fasten – otherwise you’ll have metal showing through on the other side (and we don’t want that)!

Emma. Silly cat of mine.

The dress actually comes with a tie-belt of the same color/material, but I wasn’t having that. Gotta liven it up with a little color and pattern, I say! This is absolutely one of my favorite and most-used scarves ever. I tie it on handbags, wear it as a headband, or wear it looped through my jeans’ belt loops. Scarves are incredibly versatile.

I spotted these heart tights at my local UO a few weeks ago and have been itching to wear them. Rather than go overboard with an ensemble of romantic sweetness, for their first outing I decided to use them to lightly sweeten up my utility-chic look I had going on.

P.S. I still love these boots. I really do. So comfy.

Photos by moi. Cameo by Emma.

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  1. 06.21.2010 / 12:02 am

    I like the third picture where you are looking at your cat. How much did you have to pin the dress? It would be fun to see a shot of the same dressed unpinned and then pinned to show how a little detail like that can make a big difference in an outfit!
    Thanks! Nice lighting!

    Chief Blonde


    • 06.22.2010 / 2:36 am

      here's a link to the dress online if it can give you a better idea of the length – it's pretty long but hits me at the knee or just below – though I'm pretty short. I imagine it's above the knee on most normal height people. 🙂

  2. 06.21.2010 / 12:13 am

    I think those sheer heart printed tights look super fab on you! It's almost like you've got the coolest freckles ever! 😉



  3. 06.21.2010 / 12:22 am

    Ooh, I'm guessing you are style-challeng-ing it up this week too? Very cute, love the dress, and those boots are fantastic!

    • 06.22.2010 / 2:37 am

      actually, just a total coincidence! i submitted it to jessica after you gave me the heads-up, though. doubt she'll post it since it's like 24 hours past due! lol

  4. 06.21.2010 / 12:53 am

    I tried that on! It looks better on you. I love the girly heart tights with the not so girly dress!

  5. Jill
    06.21.2010 / 1:20 pm

    those tights are SO great!! i can see why you love the scarf so much its beautiful. what about one of Persona's (http://www.personaworld.com) charm bracelets to compliment the outfit?? i like the gold but i think a European charms would be nice too! xx Jill

  6. 06.21.2010 / 1:34 pm

    So pretty Kristina! That black and white photo is stunning and emma is too cute!

  7. 06.21.2010 / 2:01 pm

    Such a great dress! I've been searching for great olive or khaki shirt dresses, because they are just SO versatile! I'll have to look for this one at Tar-zhay 😉

  8. 06.21.2010 / 2:29 pm

    Very clever "hemming", lady! This outfit looks great, I love the scarf in lieu of the belt that came with the dress– looks so chic. And, I'm drooling over that watch!

  9. 06.21.2010 / 9:05 pm

    love the tights!! love how you added a little bit of girly flair with the heart shaped tights to the slightly more grungy-feel utility dress … ooo and i'm enjoying the slightly side sweeped bangs!!
    Awww Emma … how I miss her~~~ I still can't believe I've seen her since she was a teeny kitty =D

  10. 06.21.2010 / 9:49 pm

    What wonderful tights! And a great mix of girly/tough items 🙂


  11. 06.21.2010 / 10:20 pm

    Love that dress and the soft tights are such a great touch with the boots!

  12. 06.22.2010 / 5:13 am

    Hi!! I just discovered your blog, and I have to say that I love it… it has that mature touch that most of "what i wore today" blogs just dont have. I know this blog is more that that, but thats the general idea 😉

  13. 06.22.2010 / 7:25 am

    Love the technique for "hemming"…..I am a shorty and will definitely try that with a dress that I have (white eyelet sundress) that is way too long (past my knee)! THanks for the tip!

  14. 06.22.2010 / 3:49 pm

    Heey ! 😀

    Well … As I always says : I LOVE YOUR OUTFIT!!

    Scarf, boots, jewels, make up… All!

  15. 06.22.2010 / 8:33 pm

    love the belt and the tights with this. it totally jazzes it up.

  16. 06.23.2010 / 3:00 am

    Hey, I love the way you pin it! Gave me some juicy ideas… I also like the combo of hard and soft items. You know, I'm also sporting army/safari inspired gear today. A green short romper…

  17. 06.24.2010 / 3:29 pm

    Love the outfit…very cool how you mixed the scarf, dress, tights and those boots!

  18. 06.24.2010 / 11:18 pm

    LOVE the dress, especially paired with those tights and boots! So pretty!

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