Anyone who’s shopped at a thrift store will know the excitement of finding a beautiful peace of clothing for an unbelievable price, and returning home with a smugness like you’ve managed to con the item into your shopping bag.
Jillian Owens from South Carolina, on the other hand, doesn’t look for beautiful clothes in thrift stores. Instead, she looks for items of clothing that nobody wants – the ones that are selling cheaper than cheap. She then refashions them into her own unique custom designs, and the results are astonishing.
Check out some of Jillian’s most impressive before-and-after shots of her fashion pieces in this slideshow.
1. From drab to fab
Jillian bought a shapeless white dress that doesn’t do much for her figure. She recognized that the top half of the dress had a beautiful, delicate design that simply didn’t reflect the shapeless skirt below. So she chopped off the skirt, dyed the top half of the dress and wore it as a chic button-up shirt. With a pair of skinny jeans and a matching purse, it looks much more flattering.
2. Floral fall
The dress that Jillian discovered here looks almost as if it has already been refashioned… from someone’s grandma’s curtains. Jillian knew she had a challenge on her hands if she took this on, but she already had an idea in mind. She first got rid of the shoulder pads from the top of the dress, then severed it in two. After removing the now-pointless belt loops and fixing the hem, she was left with a beautiful v-neck floral shirt.
3. Cinched with a tie-waist
When buying from a thrift store, it’s often hard to find your actual size. Jillian found a dress that was too large around the waist, and was slightly too long on her body. She solved the issue by creating a tie using spare material dyed the same shade of the dress. She then added her own trim to the dress’ hem and buttons to the shoulders, making it look much more put-together.
4. Shirt to halter dress
After volunteering at a bierkeller Octoberfest, Jillian had a huge shirt from the event that she decided to refashion. She chopped off the sleeves, then cut the shirt to the shape of a dress from her wardrobe that she liked the fit of. She then pinned and sewed everything together, finally adding a drawstring piece of fabric for the shoulder straps.
Change is good. It’s almost always a welcome transition for most people. New job, move to a new place, new partner, new hobby… There’s that feeling of resetting and rewiring oneself for the better part of healing. So wherever you are in this world, don’t be afraid to take a few risks every now and then.
They say time waits for no one. Before you know it, age hits you and that feeling of weariness sets in. So how does one deal with the onset of age? How about a makeover?
Exactly what this lady went for. Here she is with the MAKEOVERGUY getting ready for a fresh, new look.
He is Christopher Hopkins. According to his website, he is,
“… an entrepreneur, entertainer, cyber-star, author, and appearance aficionado. Affectionately known as The Makeover Guy®, Christopher provides uplifting, inspirational, and informative videos as well as exclusive makeover services.”
Christopher has been at it for three decades now. That’s right, since 1990, he has stunned audiences with his work while also receiving standing ovations from all around the world when he sings for orchestras. This guy is quite a unique talent.
This lady herself said it. She’s in her fifties, feels old, and wants to feel “new”.
Being the professional that he is, Hopkins asks her a few questions, just to get to know her and see what she’s going for. It gives the artist a “feel” for what he’s working with which helps open his mind to more possibilities.
They go back and forth trading insights as to how she wants to be after the makeover, while Christopher shares his wisdom as to how he sees her when he’s done. She goes on to say how she likes it long, that it’s been long her whole life, and that she doesn’t really want it too short.
Well, Christopher had other ideas. He’s not the expert for nothing!
He grabs the bottom part of her her and palms it for awhile as he goes on to tell her about his ideas. She’s having a great time, laughing and looking very relaxed considering she’s in the chair about to undergo a transformation at her age.
Then the artist grabs a pair of scissors and in one smooth motion, snips the entire bottom half of her hair off, and Hopkins just coolly sets it down in front of her much to her amazement and shock. Look at her face!
Obviously relieved and delighted, she starts admiring herself with a bright smile suddenly seeing the many possibilities this makeover could do for her. Oh but Hopkins is not done. Not by a long shot!
He goes on styling her hair with a blower. She gets her makeup done too!
Now I won’t go into too many details as you’ll have to see it for yourself. But she describes herself feeling,
“Younger, vibrant, happy. Coming down the stairs I said, ‘I feel really sassy right now”.
Even her makeup did wonders! She definitely looks younger and her vibe on camera seems to radiate a bubbly, energetic young lady once again. Hopkins took the length she wanted to keep, but gave her something else in return.
Sometimes, what we want for ourselves isn’t always better. A view from the outside can be what we just need.
Check out the complete transformation in the video below!
Maintaining a healthy body is really hard work, especially as you age. And, let’s face it, we all get more wrinkles and blotchier skin each year. In order to minimize signs of aging, you might try applying more makeup and other beauty products to help you look younger. This beauty routine can begin to take a toll, because it can take a long time to go apply so many beauty products.
While we all try to make the makeup-applying process as short as possible, it’s pretty hard to cut corners. To make matters worse, no matter what you do, certain problems, such as chapped skin, sagging body parts, and unmanageable hair, might make this task take even longer.
Luckily, there are some amazing hacks that can make this often-drawn-out process easier. These hacks can help you more easily beautify your looks while simplifying your daily makeup ritual, often saving you valuable time in the process.
1) Firmer Breasts
Drooping breasts can result from malnourished skin, so keep your skin hydrated if you want firmer breasts. Some say that by rubbing Vaseline on your breasts every night before bed, you will notice that your breasts are firmer and the skin is more elastic after just two weeks.
2) DIY Lip Stain
If you ever find yourself without your favorite lipstick, you can use this helpful hack. Wet an eye shadow in the color you want, and apply it to your lips. This hack should keep your lips colored until you have time to stop by the store for lipstick.
Choosing a wedding dress can be intimidating. There are so many different styles and materials to consider. Some brides have had a specific vision in their head of what they want since they were little girls, while others feel overwhelmed at the prospect of making a choice. And that’s not even factoring in the cost, with many brides paying thousands of dollars for their wedding dress.
With the cost of some designer dresses, it’s no wonder that many brides are turning to other places to find their perfect gown. Some go rummaging in thrift stores, others rework their grandmother or mother’s dress, and some even rent a gown for the day. The simple fact is, there are dozens of ways to end up with a beautiful dress for your wedding day without forking over a lot of money.
Some brides love a classic, traditional look, while others enjoy pushing the bar and finding modern styles, patterns, and colors. And then there are the brides who make such bizarre choices, they wind up going viral on the internet — some even decades after their wedding took place.
We won’t judge if you got your wedding dress in a thrift shop. But these bizarre dresses are another story.
1. There’s nothing like wearing a wedding dress that resembles a tampon.
Everything about this is horrible, from the bows to the frills to the bizarre shape with the bride’s face peeking out. Was anyone at the wedding able to keep a straight face?
2. This Dress can double as a snowman character.
I have a lot of questions about this one. For one, where are her arms? What’s up with that shape? I guess at the end of the day, the two of them look happy, and that’s the most important thing.