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.
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?