New Product Wednesday: Fresh Tote!

Denim, tote bag, bleach, bleached, upcycle, recycle, sunbleached
ShopGoldrush has a new addition.
Denim, Sunbleached, tote bag, upcycle, recycle, reborn, etsy
Stitched Pocket from original jeans // Suede Straps // $38
Bleached and Stitched by Tikki
denim, reborn, recycle, upcycle, etsy, shopgoldrush, bleached
Hope you like it.


New Product Wednesday: Indigo-dyed Scarf

Today I'm beginning a series I'm calling "New Product Wednesday."
Over the next few weeks I'll be posting some fresh items in my Etsy shop.
Today's edition: Indigo-dyed Scarf
sunbleached scarf, shibori, indigo, fall scarf
For all those who are not putting their body heat stock in the the mock turtleneck (as I am), there are always scarves....specifically this one.
You should buy it.
sunbleached scarf, shirbori, hand-dyed, indigo, fall scarf
by buying this scarf.
sunbleached scarf, hand-dyed, shibori, fall scarf
Warm Necks, Warm Hearts
& freedom for all mankind
if you buy this scarf. 
Head to ShopGoldrush to see more of my goods.


BEFORE//AFTER sessions: School Marm to Fire Alarm

"Open your textbooks to page 226." - this dress
I met Kira at an artist's retreat just two weeks after I moved to LA, making her one of the first people I met in this city. I was reminded of that fact when she came over for her BEFORE//AFTER session the other night.

Six years ago Kira had wavy dark brown hair down to her waist, a girlish version of the sophisticated and daring woman you see before you now. That long-haired girl described herself as an actress, which is still a lively part of her life, but Kira-of-today has found other abilities on which she is thriving. 

She's been career counseling at a local university, helping students draft powerful resumes. Kira discovered this skill when friends repeatedly asked her to critique their CVs. Now she plans to make it into a flourishing business. 

Oh, and she's writing a one-woman-show.

And she recently developed a crush on the Chronicles of Narnia.* 

It was appropriate to catch up on some of Kira's personal transformations as we transformed this denim dress from school marm to fire alarm. 
You probably ALREADY scrolled down to see it, you cheaters, 
but I formally present to you THE AFTER...
Transformation, BEFORE//AFTER, denim upcycle,
Here are the details...
  • We cut the dress to a more flattering length.  Goodbye awkward ankle grazer.
  • We took in the side seams to fit her waist perfectly. 
  • And even though I fought for that lovely high neck**, we finally agreed to scoop it out. After we were done, I was glad Kira insisted on the lower neckline.  It suits her.

What do YOU think of the transformation?

*I know this only because she kept weaving the books into the conversation like girls do when they like a guy.
**My mock neck obsession bleeds into high necks.
ps - I'm doing BEFORE//AFTER sessions through the end of October for only $35. 
E-mail me @ thegoldrushblogATgmailDOTcom to schedule your session. :) Guys are welcome too.


Before and After: How I took a Dress from Dowdy to Dropdead

Velvet Dress Before
"Sunday cannot come soon enough." -This Dress
If you're like most people, you have at least one piece of clothing you keep in your wardrobe simply because it would be great with a few alterations. Yet you never wear it in the current state, and you have no idea how to execute the change. 

I am lucky to have the know-how to make those changes and (sometimes unluckily) see the potential in almost any piece of clothing. I recently helped my aunt clean out her closet, and I found this velvet turtleneck dress from Christmases long, long ago in my aunt's discard pile. I saw the potential, mostly that lovely mock neck, so I scooped it up.

gasp...Did I just say MOCK NECK and LOVELY in the same sentence?

I have had a major craving for mock turtlenecks lately.  This has frightened me. Even in the year 2000 when turtlenecks were a staple part of my wardrobe, I considered the MOCK version to be a mockery.

Like I said, I saw the potential of what the dress could be.
Here's a look at modest mouse before my alterations.