Come this Friday I will be attending my first ever ProBlogger conference as well as a niche cocktail event with Annie Sloan Unplugged on Thursday night. I know there will be lots of fun and I’m already looking forward sharing the fun and highlights with you all. Along with fun there are fabulous outfits lined up, which are destined to be blogged about. But overall there will also be a wealth of blogging and business insights I’ll be sharing with you all as well.

On Friday night of the ProBlogger conference there is a themed networking social event. The theme this year is nautical inspired and is “Ahoy”. I don’t want to completely let the cat out of the bag regarding what I’m wearing. But let’s say it’s vintage (of course) and it’s an abstract interpretation of the theme. Ben (my husband if you’re new here and wondering) thinks my theme interpretation is tenuous, and feels if there’s an award for the most tenuous interpretation of theme I should get it.

But anyway, I tried my full ensemble on last night and he had to admit its fabulousness even if he thinks I’m grasping at straws. So while we’re talking about grasping and straw let’s talk about this upcycled straw clutch I’ve designed for Friday night that I’ll be grasping onto.

This is the sneak peek bit. Yes that is the dress pattern and colour behind the clutch. Yes there are fishnet stockings (hubby calls that the grasping at straws bit) and then there is this bag, straw, rope, leather all things you’d find on a boat or nautical holiday don’t you think?
When I was working at bringing my outfit together over the last few weeks it occurred to me I didn’t have a perfect bag to complete the ensemble. So I did some poking around in a few op shops hoping to find a perfect solution. But as luck had it, because I was being specific in my hunt no perfect treasures were unearthed. However whilst I was out rummaging I did pick up a rope and leather belt for one dollar. I figured the belt would be handy for a future summer outfit.

Disheartened by my lack of op shopping success and several unsuccessful pokes around other charity stores, I drove home determined I wasn’t going to waste anymore time searching for a bag and told myself I’d just have to make do with what I had at home. No sooner had I said that to myself inspiration hit me whilst my mind ran a quick mental inventory of what I had on hand at home.

Ta Da, the perfect clutch was born. I took this perfectly simple oversized vintage straw clutch (which I op shopped years ago) and married it together with the rope and leather belt. Thankfully the belt is a petite size and fit beautifully around the width of the clutch. I secured the belt onto the clutch with a few stitches with a heavy duty needle and thread, passing it through the rope and straw several times at different points around the bag. Now I’m set and I have a fabulous clutch bag for this Friday nights event that will surely get used through summer as well.

If you’re attending ProBlogger and you haven’t got your Friday night outfit finalised, don’t underestimate your local op shop for an outfit or some finishing touches. You still have time. Better still if you’re arriving on the a Gold Coast Thursday and have some time, I can hook you up with a list of Gold Coast Op Shops that are a ten minute drive or tram trip from the conference venue. I’m a Gold Coast local so I know where to send you.

Are you attending ProBlogger have you finalised your outfits for the conference?

8 thoughts on “Sneak Peek Outfit & Upcycled Clutch for Friday Night ProBlogger Networking Event…..

  • August 26, 2014 at 4:11 am
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    I found the perfect shirt to wear to the Friday night event – it's a bit pirate-y – at my local op shop – arrrrrr!

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  • August 26, 2014 at 4:35 am
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    It's very cute and I think a tenuous approach is best for a theme like 'ahoy'. I toyed with sourcing a sailor's hat, offending both myself and sailors everywhere. Now I'm just heading down there with a blue frock on and a big, cruise-ship smile. x

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  • August 26, 2014 at 5:48 am
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    Way to go Janet I look forward to seeing said pirate-y shirt.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 5:50 am
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    He he thanks Rebecca, I'm looking forward to wearing it. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 5:56 am
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    Let the tenuous approach reign. Looking forward to seeing you in your gorgeous cruise ship smile and blue frock.

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  • August 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm
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    Well, I'm guessing there will be a sea (aaagh!) of navy and white and anchor prints, so if you're wearing something different, you'll stand out and be noticed, Trudie! The bag looks great. Enjoy the conference. xxx

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  • August 27, 2014 at 10:21 am
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    Ohh I do like a nautical theme and your clutch is perfect.
    The way of the op-shops.. if I'm after something specific I always tend to find it after the occasion.
    I hope you have a wonderful time. x

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