Friday, April 10, 2015

Goodbye, Sweet Bandit

I have some very sad and heartbreaking news, friends. If you don't follow me on social media, then this might be your first time hearing that Bandit has hopped to bunny heaven. He had a few health issues lately (bladder surgery, eyelid surgery, hurt foot) and he went to the vet last week for his third surgery since November. Though the surgery was successful, he went into cardiac arrest upon waking and his little heart stopped. He was just a month shy of his 7th birthday.

Bandit has been the star and namesake of this blog since I started it almost five years ago! I'm just not sure what to do now - how do I continue The Dapper Bun without the dapper bunny? I'm so sad that my little friend, my little bunny, conejito, coelho, coniglietto, зец, lapin is no longer by my side. It seems empty here without him running around. It has taken me a little while to get this post together because it still seems unreal - like just a bad dream.

May 2, 2008 - April 1, 2015

Here is a cute video I made for Bandit. I had forgotten about all the footage I saved throughout the years until I opened my iMovie and found the folder of video clips! I'm so glad I have this.

This was our very first outfit post - throwin' it back to 2010!

And some of my other favorite moments:
This picture is from the day I brought Bandit a cardboard box!

These few pictures are from his early days!

There are so many cute pictures on Bandit on the blog - I'm going to select some candids to showcase, a few shots not previously shown:

Here is Bandit and I, hanging out on the computer just a couple of months ago!

This is a really old picture of Bandit laying on the bed, but I always thought it was funny!

I called this "under the bed bunny."

This photo has been the background on my phone for the past six years!

This photo was taken after I moved into my own apartment and Bandit went exploring inside the fireplace!

At my old apartment, Bandit and Sugar Plum would sit at the edge of the kitchen watching, at waiting, for something tasty to come their way!

Bandit always made a mess of his veggies! I arranged them neatly on a paper towel but then he made his own veggie art.

I loved it when Bandit laid with his feet out behind him - so funny! Though in retrospect, he hadn't done that much lately. I wonder if it's because his abdomen was sore.

Porch animals.

He loved to climb up in a lap for a treat!

I can't remember why I took this photo, but Bandit looked cute. He was running along the baseboard towards the guest room!

Looking regal!

Lately, when my Dad visited, Bandit climbed all over him like a mountain!

Precious bunny!

Right after his eyelid surgery - he cuddled up next to me on the couch all morning.

This is the last living picture I took of Bandit, the day before his surgery, as he was checking out the ceramic bunny I bought at Target.

Thank you so much for sharing Bandit's world with me for the past five years. I don't want to stop blogging, but it is going to take a little time for me to figure how to move forward without my little blogging buddy. :-(

Monday, March 30, 2015

Red Vintage Ruffles

Top - H&M {here}
Skirt - Vintage and thrifted
Heels - Jimmy Choo, thrifted {similar here and here, also like these}
Clutch - m.n.ologie {here}
Earrings - thanks to Lulu Avenue by Jude Frances {here}
Necklace - Kate Spade {last seen here}
Bracelets - Flash Tattoos {here}

Greetings! I'm excited to twirl around in this vintage skirt I picked up last year. I've worn it several times but was not happy with the overall look until I found this off-shoulder crop top at H&M recently. Now I feel like a flamenco dancing Sophia Loren! Who doesn't love a fun, ruffled full skirt? I'm also glad I thrifted these Jimmy Choo open-toe sling back heels recently - another great classic find! Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for dropping by.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Black & Blue

Blouse - Ann Taylor {here}
Jeans - Vince, thrifted
Heels - Jimmy Choo, thrifted {similar here, and here, also like these}
Purse - m.n.ologie {here}
Earrings - cubic zirconia studs
Brooch - Vintage
Bracelet - thanks to Lulu Avenue by Jude Frances {last seen here}
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}
Nails - CND "Pink Bikini" gel polish

Greetings! Looking at my last few outfits, I realize that I've showcased a lot of black! Well, I wear a lot of black - love it! I found this top at Ann Taylor recently and thought it was interesting and unique. I love the asymmetrical hem (shorter in the front and longer in the back). After wearing a lot of flowy, loose fitting tops for quite a while now, it feels new to wear something fitted! Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Navy Ruffles

Blouse - Diane von Furstenberg "Marcelo," thrifted {here in size 0, size 4}
Pants - Banana Republic {here} {last seen here}
Shoes - KORS Michael Kors, thrifted {similar here} {last seen here}
Purse - J.Crew "Invitation Clutch" {last seen here}
Earrings - Kendra Scott "Dani" {here}
Necklace - thanks to oNecklace {here}
Watch - Vintage
Nails - OPI "Pamplona Purple"

Happy Monday! I want to show off this cute second-hand ruffled silk DvF wrap top I found super cheap on eBay recently - I love the stitching detail and of course, my favorite feature of DvF wraps is the adjustability. Also, I recently tried the Kendra Scott "Dani" earrings - which is a smaller, faceted version of the Elle (which, in turn, is a smaller version of the Danielle) and I love this new size! It's lighter and much more pleasant to wear; I'm definitely a fan! Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a great week.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Classic Black Dress

Dress - Trina Turk, thrifted {last seen here}
Heels - Christian Louboutin "Decollete" with taped-on bows {last seen here}
Clutch - m.n.ologie {here}
Earrings - Kendra Scott "Elle" {here}
Necklace - Kate Spade "Gatsby Dot"
Ring - thanks to Anjolee {here}
Bracelet - Jeweliq  {similar here}
Watch - belonged to my Grandma
Nails - Gelish "Rose Garden"
Phone Case - Target {here}

Greetings, friends! I'm wearing one of my favorite dresses - found at a consignment store almost 5 years ago, I consider this seasonless drapey black Trina Turk dress a wardrobe staple! And if Bandit's eyes look sad, it's because he had eyelid surgery recently and he also hurt his foot - poor little fella. He's on the mend - get well soon!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Metal Polishing and Spray Painting

Welcome to 2015! I guess we're a little over a month in, but I have a two recent projects to share! This is another corner from my guest room (first glimpses seen here) and I've taken a couple of old things and made them new! First is this Ikea hack on a 3 drawer Hemnes chest - well, perhaps it's not much of a hack. All I did was change out the knobs, but it looks so much more unique! I found these metal knobs at an antique store and spent 1.5 hours polishing them to a shinier finish. After my Dad drilled the holes in the drawer a little larger to accommodate the new knobs, I went to Home Depot to look for shorter screws. Whatever I found worked perfectly, so that project was easy to complete.

The second project was repurposing this vintage lamp. It originally belonged to my Grandmother and was probably purchased in the '60s or '70s. Another fairly simple makeover, I cleaned up it and enlisted my Dad's help to prime and paint it! We tested out a new paint sprayer and were overall pleased with the results. I purchased a new shade at Target.

Dresser - Ikea 3 drawer Hemnes {here}
Lamp - vintage, repurposed
Arrangement - made by me
Mirror - Home Goods
Trash Can - Vintage
Paint - Sherwin Williams "Gray Matters"

The polished and unpolished metal.

And finally, some pictures of the lamp in progress!
Before: so retro!

During: a few coats of primer and paint go a long way! Color is Bay Coral by Glidden.

Two corners of this room are finished!