Ever have that perfect project idea in mind, find the perfect fabric, and then have the results come out not so perfect? That is definitely what happened with this skirt-to-pinafore refashion I attempted a couple of weeks ago. I swear I thought this looked better than it does in the pictures. Looking back, it’s safe to say this is not my finest work..



The straps were too long and the skirt didn’t fit the way I imagined it in my head. I hate the way I styled it (what’s with the shoes – looking at it gives me flashbacks to middle school *shudder* middle school).



I almost didn’t post these at all, but then I started thinking about how being honest on my blog.

I am not perfect, my blog is not perfect, and life is not perfect.

Part of the reason I started Buttons and Birdcages is to have something to look back on one day. I have found that since I’ve started blogging, I do (somewhat) obsess over the photos I post – what I’m wearing, how my hair looks. In a world where we are expected to appear flawless, it’s difficult not to get caught up in that.

But imperfection is a part of life, and thus, will be a part of this blog.



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Mad About Plaid

Blogging from BWI today, it seems like the flights I actually make it to the airport in time to make always get delayed (long story, but I have a history of missing flights). This airport (thankfully) has free wifi, so I figured I’d make good use of my time and write up this post…


I actually found this dress at the same time as the pink one I posted a couple of days ago, it was $6.99, so a little more than I usually pay but I’m glad I did because it turned out really cute!

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All I really had to do for this dress was hem it and take up the shoulder straps. I think I might have slightly over hemmed it (it’s definitely on the shorter side), but I’m still pretty happy with out it came out._1040386 _1040388



Unfortunately this delay gets me home 3 hours late, but it was totally worth it because I got to spend the weekend celebrating the upcoming wedding of one of my very best friends 🙂