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I've decided to take an indefinite break from Scathingly Brilliant, twitter and instagram. If you're interested in keeping up with my art & projects, I'll still be blogging regularly on my portfolio blog here. Otherwise, thank you for a super fun almost-five years!

xo Kate


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Style Idol - Twiggy


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part of me feels centered



dress - modcloth
skirt - vintage
shoes - blowfish
belt - forever 21

We've been having crazy humidity here lately.. the kind where your clothes feel damp and if you walk barefoot on tile floors your feet feel sticky. BLECH! Another side effect of this weather is that my naturally wavy hair doesn't do anything I ask it to. I blow it straight, walk outside for one second, and boing! the waves are back, and my bangs have gone haywire. eek!

Rather than trying to tame my mane with styling products which never seem to work.. I'm just going with the flow this year. My hair naturally parts in the middle, and then the waves move outward from the center point, so I'm just going with a laid-back 70's style parted, feathered bang until the humidity dies down. I definitely don't love it as much as my full 60's bangs, but it's growing on me! :)


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Would you rather be a kangaroo or a polar bear?

the melody lingers on




Moneybox by Eliza Doolittle // image via barkingbirdart

it's been fun.



dress - vintage
balloon sleeve bodysuit - boohoo
shoes - karmaloop

As much work as I put into this dress, I've come to the conclusion that I just don't like it :p It's a wee bit too short (my fault for not really measuring when I hemmed it..), the shoulders are too wide, and the torso is too long. I have to fold it over and then put the belt over the fold because my waist is too short for it! I was so proud of myself when I first altered it, but ever since then it's just been sitting in my closet collecting dust. Every time I try it on, I change my mind before I leave the house because of the odd bunching at the waist, and the fact that even the slightest wisp of wind and I'd be flashing my panties.

So this is the dress' swan song. I thought I'd do one last post with it before I put it away. I'm not going to throw it out or anything (yet) since it's my first moderately successful sewing project, but it's not going to be on my body, or this blog, again :( Poor dress.


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What questions would you like to answer for question of the day (this is harder than it seems and I could really use some suggestions lol!)

scathing brilliance












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Would you rather go sky diving or deep sea diving?

Cinema Style: Modesty Blaise











cinema style // one movie in ten screenshots

Sailor Collar DIY



What you need:
A pillowcase
Light interfacing
Two buttons
An old sleeveless dress

First I should point out that I am probably the worst seamstress on the planet. The only thing I can do even remotely well is hemming, and even then I'm kind of iffy. This point illustrates two things:
a) I probably have no idea what I'm talking about. However..
b) If I can do it, you probably can too ;-)

When I saw this dress I immediately fell in love with the collar. However, since I'm on a strict budget now, I really couldn't afford to buy the dress (at that price I couldn't really afford it even when I wasn't on a strict budget.. lol) so I decided to try to restyle an old dress instead!

I got this dress for like $8 at a mall store a few years ago, and I think I've worn it one or two times. I'm not fond of the tank top look on top, so this was the perfect dress to alter! Since the closest fabric store is over a half hour away (and I don't drive) I just decided to use a white pillowcase, and it worked perfectly! Here's how I did it!

sailor collar diy part 1
sailor collar diy part 2

posh frock friday

scathingly brilliant posh frock friday

dress - modcloth
bodysuit - boohoo
shoes - from my grandmom

I have an art show this weekend, so I have posts scheduled to go up Saturday through Monday.. provided blogger doesn't crash on us again (knock on wood!) I know I said I had stopped doing outdoor shows, and I did actually stop last spring (which made finding all of my supplies in the basement quite a challenge) but lately I've been feeling a particular kinship with Jackson Pollock, who started the show in the 1930's... when he needed money to pay for rent. ;-)

I even did a new painting specifically to enter in the show's contest, and I'm so happy with it! I haven't taken a proper photo yet but I'll post one next week when I get back. It's a traditional-ish portrait, which is unusual for me, but I really like it!

Anyway! Enough shop talk! :) How adorable is this dress?! I got it with store credit at modcloth a few weeks ago. I had the credit in my account for weeks and then bought this on a whim when I got a restock notification... and I'm so glad I did! I actually think this is my favorite PFF post EVER. I had so much fun wearing it, twirling around and generally acting like a ballerina princess tooth fairy angel girly girl.

ps. I have a fun DIY coming up later today, so check back!! :)


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Cotton candy or candy apples?

star stuff








That last photo shows thermal infrared images of Saturn, taken this January, during a rare storm. It's from this fascinating article about Saturn's weather from Science Daily. Saturn apparently gets these massive storms once every year (which is every 30 Earth years) so this is the first time scientists have been able to capture one with our modern technology. It's also the first time images of the storm were ever captured from an orbiting spacecraft. It's amazing to think how far we've come in the 30 years since Saturn's last storm, isn't it?!

Also, I adore this video from NPR about the mystery of why we can't walk in a straight line. I never even knew this.. now I wish I had some giant fields nearby to test it out!


strawberry lemonade



top - vintage
skirt - modcloth
belt - old navy
shoes - karmaloop

Children of the 90's: does anyone remember those little fabric-covered elastic suspender straps that were used to cinch the back of your dress? It sort of functioned as a belt, to make your clothes fit better at the waist. I'm desperately in need of one for this skirt, but I don't know what they're called, or if anyone even makes them anymore, for that matter. They were such a genius invention, in my opinion... albeit now I'd prefer one that didn't look like a scrunchie, but it really performed a function that belts can't always pull off.

This skirt is SO darling, but the waist is just humungous. I adore the way it looks without a belt, though, so the hunt is on for a dress suspender thingy. Or maybe I'll make one! Hmm. DIY project perhaps? :D


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Favorite childhood snack?

wishlist wednesday



1. Emma brooch from Yalipaz // $15.00
2. Constants of Motion print from Groundwork // $30.00
3. Peter pan collar dress from Tofu // $122.00
4. Bow Get 'Em Girl earrings from Modcloth // $9.99
5. Darling vintage floral print dress from ASOS // $101.56
6. Ruffle ballet flats from Target // $12.99
7. Mary Jane platforms from ASOS // $83.09
8. Chiffon flower ring from Charlotte Russe // $4.00
9. Gimme Classic Glamour bag from Modcloth // $49.99

un, deux, trois



remixed item: 1970's floral dress
outfit 1: boots - alloy
outfit 3: shoes - blowfish // vest - vintage // bag - h&m

I'm finding this dress really hard to restyle... it's kind of perfect just the way it is! It's my favorite dress to throw on when I'm going clothes shopping because it has a zipper that runs all the way down the front, so it's super easy to slip on & off in a dressing room. As much as I love the vest, I think that besides switching out the belt or shoes, it seems to work best without any accessories.


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Would you rather not be able to smell or taste? (No idea where that one came from..)

Style Idol - Jean Seberg

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north country maid



dress - vintage
turtleneck - kohls
shoes - blowfish

I've had this dress since last fall, but this is the first time I've worn it! I couldn't really think of any way to style it without looking too costume-y at first, and by the time I finally figured out a way to wear it, it seemed like it would be too warm out to wear a turtleneck! But mother nature has been tricky this month... we've had a few nice sunny days but it's mostly been chilly, cold or rainy. Ideal weather for snugly long-sleeve shirts, I say! I think I still come pretty close to looking like I'm dressing up as either a 70's barmaid or a 1500's wench but I like it ;-D


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What was your favorite stuffed animal/doll as a child? I had two.. a stuffed elephant named Puddles and a doll named Christina :)

the melody lingers on



I Knew it Would Happen This Way by She & Him // image via GabrielleKai
psst! I found this song on Amber Rose's facebook page :)