Monday, May 18, 2015

Red Floral

Dress - Dolce & Gabbana, thrifted
Heels - Garolini, vintage and thrifted {nice red heels here}
Clutch - m.n.ologie {here}
Earrings (not shown) - Kendra Scott "Lex" {last seen here}
Bracelet - Jeweliq
Nails - OPI Don't Touch My Tutu {here}
Lipstick - MAC Mac Red {here}

And here we have it, friends. My first outfit post without Bandit - despite the smile (and the fact that it was significantly quicker and easier to get pictures without him), it's just not the same without my little bunny friend. But today I am showcasing this fabulous Dolce & Gabbana dress I thrifted last year (found it brand new with tags!). It was too roomy in the waist and during my attempts to take it in, the zipper broke and I got frustrated and shoved it in the back of my closet while adding it to my mental to-sew list. I finally pulled it out this year and replaced the hidden zipper. I love the bright, cheery floral print and the Italian fit, as well. Thank you for dropping by today, and have a wonderful week.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Nanny's Ballerinas

Greetings, friends! I have been planning this post for some time and took the pictures a while back (as evidenced by the sweet bunny angel), but just now getting around to posting. This is a super simple before and after to showcase how much a new mat and frame can help. My grandmother (Nanny) cross-stitched these ballerinas in 1984, when I started dancing. As a kid, my favorite ballerina was always the one with the red socks and red hair bow. It hung in her living room as long as I can remember. It is now mine and I wanted to upgrade the '80s frame.

I purchased the white $10 Ikea Ribba frame (which are my favorite inexpensive frames, by the way), but opening of the mat was a bit too large. I went to Blick Arts, purchased scrap mat, and they cut the opening to the correct size - all for only $8! While framing, I decided to double the mats, though I'm not entirely sure if I will keep both in there. I added Nanny's Ballerinas to my large "wall of need." Simple and easy - I'm so glad this piece of art is now in my place!

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 home...in 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.