Another closet sale update!

Hey! I just added 24 more dresses and 24 pairs of sunglasses to my closet sale!

I promise I'll be posting something other than closet sale updates here sometime soon lol. As you can probably guess by the fact that I've been selling off 99% of my wardrobe, I've had some financial woes lately so I haven't been doing much (read: any) online shopping. Ergo, no wishlist wednesdays or new dresses to share with you guys. Sad face!

I'm thinking about doing some kind of closet challenge to make me feel better about the few things I have left in my closet. Like a 30 piece/30 day remix? Maybe.

Anyway! You can shop the sale right here. The dresses are still $25 a pop and any order of 2 or more dresses ships free. Sunglasses are all $5 each. Go, go, go! :)

shop my closet sale!

The first batch of shop my closet items are FINALLY ready. The sale will go live tomorrow, August 8th, at 7PM EST at

The sale includes 76 dresses, all priced at $25 each. The sale is US only (sorry International friends!!) and if you buy any 2+ dresses you get free shipping. Almost all of the dresses are US8 or M/L with a handful of exceptions. The store is hosted by Shopify, so you can pay with Paypal, Apple Pay, or credit card. The site is mobile friendly, too, so even if you're on the go at 7PM tomorrow you can still shop the sale!

This sale includes some of my all-time favorite dresses (like this Darling dress) that are SO hard to part with, so I hope they find good homes! xo

flamingo for it

Anyone who knows me would say I'm a pretty big fan of flamingos (I mean, they're pink. Was there even any question??) so when Unique Vintage asked if I'd like to review a dress from their shop, this flamingo-bedecked number immediately caught my eye! I love the print. It reminds me of palm springs wallpaper (does that make sense?) instead of little cartoon flamingos. It's so unique!

The dress itself is great quality. It's fully lined, so anyone who likes to go slip-less can rejoice! I had some issues with the neckline (I'll get to it in a minute) but I LOVE the design. It has an asymmetrical neck with fabric gathered into one of the darts on the bust. It's technically a 40's style dress but I felt very Ginger Rogers-in-the-1930's wearing it. The cut, the fabric, and the print just remind me so much of something she'd wear on vacation on a grand black and white art deco set with a giant white wide-brimmed hat.

I ordered a medium and it was a little tight in the waist, but the bust was a little too big, so I had to safety-pin the neckline to be narrower, and I'll sew it in place as soon as I have time to work on some mending. I'm curvy, but I'm only 5' tall so I usually have to alter things. I'm used to it. The neckline on the dress is a little too wide for my frame, plus the adorable peek-a-boo opening didn't work with any of my bras. *Sadface!* But again, I'm used to that -- I'm a DDD and need full coverage bras, so necklines often cause issues for me. I think it looks really cute the way I pinned it, though, so once I put a few stitches in place I think it'll be perfect!

I'm also flirting with the idea of hemming it. I think this looks so pretty at this length but I'm just so used to above-the-knee hems lol. What do you think? (I don't have comments here but feel free to let me know on IG or FB!)

I was going through my old posts a few weeks ago and laughing at how often I used to talk about my camera/lighting problems. "Oh, Kate," I sighed, "such a newbie." Then I decided that today was a perfect day for outfit photos, despite the cloudy weather, and ended up with grainy, weirdly saturated, strangely sharp yet blurry photos all over again...

I actually have a new flamingo product coming to my shop in the next week or so, so I think I'll just wear it with this dress and do a whole new batch of outfit photos when it arrives! I haven't really added many new items to my shop since, like, March, but I have a GIANT update coming up and I'm so excited about it! Be sure to keep an eye on my instagram for updates! :)

shoes - vintage | sunglasses - ebay

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say my name, say my name

Thank you SO much to everyone who subscribed to my youtube channel last week! I reached the magic *100* and was able to choose a URL, so I officially can say that is mine :D Yay!! Honestly I am shocked that it wasn't already taken. It used to be pretty easy to get my name locked down on websites -- I have it on instagram, twitter, blogspot, the URL, flickr, pinterest, etsy, vimeo, depop, giphy, and shopify -- but lately I've had a difficult time getting it when I start new accounts. I don't know if somebody is just punking me or if there's another Kate Gabrielle out there who's equally frustrated that I've got a monopoly on her username online lol. Either way, I'm just happy youtube worked out!

If all goes according to plan, I'll start doing regular uploads in July. I'm really nervous about doing video, mostly because I seem like such a doofus in real life and my grating New Jersey accent will ruin any possible pretense I've created here that I am in any way dainty, lol.

Also, if you saw my instagram post about my shop my closet sale, I am still 100% having one, it's just taking me longer than normal to photograph/catalog the stuff due to a combination of overcast weather, an overwhelming amount of items for the sale (seriously it has to be like 70% of my dress collection) and a hint of laziness lol. This dress was actually sitting at the top of my sale pile. I'd been having second thoughts about getting rid of it, and today I obviously decided to keep it. With the matching belt it's just so easy to feel put together when I wear it! Don't worry though, there are still like 100+ dresses left ;) I'll let you know when the sale is ready to go live. It'll probably be in my shopify store this time, just for ease of accounting on my end and to make sure that people actually pay for their items. I had a big problem with that on IG (plus I posted so much during the last sale that instagram won't let me post anymore. oops!)

Okay, this is the most rambling post of all time! Ahh!

dress - modcloth (old) | bell sleeve shirt - thrifted | shoes - bait footwear

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in motion

I realized after I got dressed today that I tend to dress in three colors at a time, and that's how I stay coordinated. It's not an intentional sartorial strategy or anything, it just sort of dawned on me as I added pink to my yellow and aqua outfit. Now that I'm aware of it though maybe it'll make those days when I just can't seem to put anything together a little bit easier...

Also, I haven't really added anything to this yet except for a cute Arrietty video, but I started a youtube channel here. I'm planning on doing outfit videos, some DIYs, collection videos, room tours, etc. so if that sounds like it might float your boat you can subscribe here. I know it's a long shot but I hope so much I can get to 100 subscribers since that's the threshold you need to meet before you can have a real channel URL. Right now I'm stuck with UCyoM8GvgWVH60B7UyJqWwRQ, lol!!

ps. The ice cream flower pot on the shelf behind me is a DIY I completed this week! You can see how to make one yourself right here.

brooch - vintage | glasses - bonlook

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finally spring

I think today is the first day that's REALLY felt like spring/almost summer. Yesterday I was sitting outside in a sweatshirt and got too cold to stay out there... and it was like 3pm @_@

Tomorrow I'm going to see The Killers in concert and I'm so excited! They posted a super short sneak peek of one of their new songs on facebook today and I'm hoping SO badly that they'll play the full song tomorrow. I saw them at the same venue last July and before they left they said that hopefully they'd have new material for us this year, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it happens. Even if not though, I'm obsessed with all of their existing songs so I'll be pretty happy with the setlist no matter what :D

Also can I just say how much I love that having pink hair again means that I can wear pink accessories with basically any outfit and it matches? There's no pink in this dress but the shoes match because of my hair, right? I love it.

dress - modcloth (old) | shoes - bait footwear

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There's a bit of an orange theme going on here this week, and it's for a good reason! Everytown for Gun Safety is asking people to wear orange this Friday (June 2nd) to raise awareness for gun safety. I decided to wear orange today, too, to make sure this post went up in time to hopefully inspire some last-minute orange outfits tomorrow.

In America we are TWENTY FIVE TIMES more likely to be killed by a gun than citizens of other developed countries. Every single day 93 Americans are killed by guns. 93. Every. Single. Day. That's unacceptable.

I've always been a proponent of gun control, but ever since the Newtown tragedy it's felt so much more urgent. No parent should ever be afraid to send their kids to school. Nobody should ever be scared to go to the movies, or to shop at the mall. Honestly if I had my way, I'd get rid of guns entirely. I hate that they are used for hunting animals, and I hate that they're used for killing people. I just don't understand the need for a machine thats sole purpose is to kill.

But most gun safety organizations, like Everytown, aren't actually trying to get rid of guns entirely. They're seeking common ground with people like me (guns are evil!) and people who are responsible gun owners that never want to see another American massacre. They want background checks and safety locks and reasonable, common sense laws that will keep guns out of the hands of people who might hurt innocent children or church-goers or college students.

Wearing orange tomorrow will help raise awareness for this vital cause. You can learn more, take action, and/or make a donation on Everytown's website, here.

I hope it goes without saying, but Everytown didn't ask me to write this post, I just really care about this cause and I hope that this post will reach some people who weren't aware of the tragic state of gun violence that's currently plaguing our country. 

dress - le bomb shop (old) | shoes - bait footwear
cardigan - modcloth (old) | brooch - vintage

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paint like a child

I did try painting again this week after over a year away from the easel, and... it did not go very well. I think I'm feeling so insecure that it's preventing me from making progress (or I just totally lost my knack for painting -- we'll see!) I'm reminded of a quote that's attributed to Picasso (but it's one of those all-over-the-internet quotes with no credible attribution, so who knows): "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." It's just so hard to regain that careless abandon you have when you're little, where you freely put crayon to paper without worrying quite as much about the final product or what people will think or will anybody want to own it. I'd love to get back in that mindset and just paint recklessly again.

Anyway, here I am being bowled over by amazing sleeves once again:

dress - charlotte russe | lace top - nasty gal | shoes - bait footwear

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paint the town pink

This week I moved my supply stock into the garage and made a little order-packing station out there. It's amazing, all I did was move a few drawer units out of my studio but it had a domino effect of re-organization all over the room. I must have spent two whole days just shifting things around and rearranging until everything seemed perfect again. I'm so excited to have more room to stretch out with creative projects now though! My sewing machine has a dedicated spot on my table instead of getting stashed away in between projects, and all of my pens and pencils are situated at my drawing desk rather than being stored on the other side of the room.

I've been making more of an effort to MAKE things this year. Last June I hired my brother to tackle all of the business-y parts of running my shop so that I could concentrate on the creative side more, but it took a long time for us to really work out who does what and which tasks qualify as creative or business. We've finally seemed to reach a happy medium where I get to put more time into content creation (hence the frequency of my blog posts now!) new products, DIY projects, and painting. It's been SO long since I painted, and even though I always feel a little nervous stepping back behind the easel after a significant absence, I'm really excited to pick up the brushes again! I have some ideas for a new painting series and I really want to make it a goal to get original artwork in my shop again, not just accessories and prints :)

dress - asos | shoes - bait footwear | cardigan - forever 21
brooch - vintage | white shirt - asos

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lace and bows

Remember this time last week when I said I might want to dye my hair pink again? lol! I feel so much like me again. The color didn't totally take on the back of my head for some reason, but you know what? I can't see the back of my head so who cares! ;D

How cute does this dress look with the giant bow?? The bow is actually a new DIY project that I finished this week. I get SO obsessed with vintage dresses that have large bows on the front, so I thought it was about time I figured out how to do that to my own dresses, rather than sorrowfully lust after all the XXS 60's ones I find on etsy.

The bow is detachable so I can stick it on any of my dresses. (Here's an old outfit post showing what the dress looks like without the bow.) I honestly want to make one in every color now. I did a DIY post about it on my website here!

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I think this is my first outfit post in three months, yikes. It really felt like it, too, I must have taken 75 pictures and I wasn't really happy with any of them. I'm still getting used to the pixie cut and color (I'm seriously thinking about going pink again. I've been googling "pink pixie" and photoshopping photos of my head almost every day) and I gained a little weight again so this all felt very "UGHHHH!" The whole reason I had started taking outfit pictures back in 2010 was to try to boost my self confidence, though, so hopefully it will do the trick again.

Anyway. I have a cute story that goes with the brooch I'm wearing in this outfit:

I designed these brooches, and my shipment came in the mail while my Grandmom was at our house having coffee a couple weeks ago. Daisies are her favorite flower, so as soon as I opened the package I excitedly offered her one. Not only has she been wearing it to work at Rite Aid EVERY SINGLE DAY since, but she actually sold two of them to her customers! That's more than I've sold myself online, lol. I should have my Grandmom be my official publicist! ;D

dress - asos | cardigan - h&m | brooch - my shop | shoes - bait footwear