Polka Dot White Denim…

Polka Dot Denim, DIY, Dressing Your Truth, Type One


Polka Dot Denim, DIY, Dressing Your Truth, Type One


Polka Dot Denim, DIY, Dressing Your Truth, Type One



Polka Dot Denim, DIY, Dressing Your Truth, Type One


Polka Dot Denim, DIY, Dressing Your Truth, Type One

{My DYT Type One Style   Polka Dot White Denim Jeans  Contrast, and upcycled by me
Red Tee   Pure by Alfred Sung, via Zellers   
Red Espradrilles  Aldo, on clearance here, and last seen on the blog here
Blue Gingham Shirt  American Eagle Outfitters, thrifted and last seen here
Red and White Cloth Bag   thrifted    Sunnies  no label, thrifted}

Happy Monday my friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.   This past week was a blissfully sunny affair.  Yesterday, however, Mother Nature decided that my little part of the world required a thorough watering.  The good news?  Rain = Green.  Green grass, green trees, green gardens.   Speaking of gardens, I spent a pleasurable hour or so in a favourite garden center today.   I managed to resist temptation and leave empty-handed,  well, empty handed with the exception of a hanging basket for my Mom.  I don’t expect I’ll be so lucky next time.  I admit, I get a bit giddy in nurseries.  I suspect the riotous display of colour has something to do with it.    


  Today’s outfit, although not quite riotous, {and I promise you, my The Day I Dressed Like a Hanging Basket outfit will be coming} is both colourful and nautically inspired.  After all, I spent much of my free time this week lolling by the sea, soaking up that sun and the gloriously warm temperatures.  Please don’t be jelly though.  It’s still raining and likely to continue to rain for days.  My photos unintentionally went from easy to breezy as we walked to the end of the spit.  It’s all good though, it’s a casual look with a playful mix of polka dots, stripes, and gingham.  My very comfy red espradrilles from Aldo are back in rotation, and my multi coloured dotted denim jeans are fast becoming favourites.  I used the same technique for these jeans as outlined in my DIY: Polka Dot Jeans post.  I used a 1/4″ dabber and four colours; red, blue, yellow, and green.   I bought the charm on my necklace, a sand dollar, at a bead store in Victoria.  All I did was add a jump ring and slip it onto a chain.  And in case you’re curious, it is light as a feather.     
Here’s a link to my post on creating your own polka dot jeans…
Linking up with:
Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday
Lindsey of the Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday


  • Reply Flo May 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

    The pants turned out great, you did a really nice job on them. Terrific way to upcycle an inexpensive pair of pants, or a pair you have and are tired of! You definitely look ready for spring.

  • Reply The Style Crone May 13, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Your upcycling talents are radiantly on display. As radiant, playful and joyful as your photos. Artful pattern mixing and love your hair in the wind. Always a pleasure to stop by A Colourful Canvas.

  • Reply sabine May 13, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Not being jelly that's easier to say than to be. Looking at you with your hair in the warm wind coming from the sea makes me sigh deeply. But another issue: You look gorgeous in your spotted jeans and your checkered blouse. Wonderful that the bag also has a spotted part!
    When your forecast comes true we will see nothing but green the next days, we had rain enough.

  • Reply Patti @ NotDeadYet Style May 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Such joyful pictures, Sue – love, love the dotted jeans and splashes of color. Did I ever tell you you have great curly hair : > thanks for sharing at Visible Monday!

  • Reply Melissa@ARoomForTwoWithAView May 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Hi, Sue. You look lovely, and the pictures are just beautiful!

    I, too, am am “over 40” blogger and I would love for you to link up with me for my Monday Mingle at http://aroomfortwowithaview.com/our-life/toilet-training-cats/stress-free-toilet-training-for-cats-weeks-14-19/

    Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you there!

    Melissa@ A Room for Two with a View.

  • Reply Laurie May 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

    As always the setting, the photography, the outfit and the model, particularly the model, are lovely. Looking forward to seeing your hanging basket outfit.

  • Reply trina May 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Sue, I was greatly inspired by your first DIY polka dot jeans but these are just too fun to resist. I'm now hunting in my closet for some old white pants, (its ok to copy, right?) Just love how you paired them with orange/red and the checkered shirt.
    I. too, get giddy in a nursery, it must be the love of colors we have. When I plant my flower beds, I use to tell my son that I was painting the ground. As always, thank you for bringing a smile and brightness to my day.

  • Reply Lisa May 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Your wardrobe is so lively and fun. Love the polka dot pants!

  • Reply Shirl May 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Excellent work on the polka dot jeans, Sue. You look so fun in the pictures, and now we all want that sand dollar necklace! ………..Very cute outfit!


  • Reply dan May 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    … rain means green grass, but what a pity if it happens during the week end!
    Despite the rain you are smiling as ever…and what a nice idea you have had to add dots to your jeans!

  • Reply amy mayen May 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Work it Sue!

  • Reply Carelia Moran May 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Fabulous espadrilles!!! These pictures are so warm and happy.


  • Reply Lynn Dylan May 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I love the DIY polka dots! I love polka dots always. 🙂 You look great!

    Lynn Dylan

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files May 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Those pants turned out darn cute!


  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen May 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Talk about talented! Love your DIY pants idea so much, and this pair is even better than the last! Nah … they're both great pants and idea interpretations.
    You look beautiful, and breezy and HAPPY! That's the best thing of all.
    Hugs, if you want some!

  • Reply Carley Lee May 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Looooove this, Sue!
    Wasn't the summer weather in May absolutely glorious??
    I'm glad you made the most of it, while looking stunning of course!

  • Reply Val Sparkle May 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    You did such a good job on those pants – the dots are so even! They're very cute. Love those sunglasses!

    I'm not jelly here – we've had the best spring ever! The temperatures have been like summer until last night. Now we have a little rain and only slightly cooler temps. It's gorgeous!

  • Reply jen storer May 14, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I can't believe it, what a brilliant makeover! Gorgeous pics too sue, they make me sing sunshine lollipops… 😉

  • Reply two birds May 14, 2013 at 3:30 am

    those polka dots are perfect, i love that they are diy…great job! and those pictures are gorgeous. the breezy pics especially are extra pretty!

  • Reply ann wood May 14, 2013 at 4:23 am

    You are one creative lady! Looks like you live in paradise and I love the exuberance of these pictures!

    blue hue wonderland

  • Reply Megan May 14, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Love what you did to those jeans! The multicolored dots are darling 🙂

  • Reply Ofelia May 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

    What a great idea!
    You look great in orange and the rain season appears to last forever everywhere.

  • Reply Renae at simple sequins May 14, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Great work on the dot diy! You are brave. I would ruin my pants, I would. Thanks for the comment on my inspiring you on your closet and on my pattern mixing. You are a FUN blog gal, to have around! (hug)

  • Reply Jo-Anne May 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I think you're fabulous! I just read ALL your posts, right back to the beginning. I'm so impressed with your wonderful self-confidence. Well done. xxoo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I love reading them all! You gals are fabulous!

    Sue xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you so much Jo-Anne. I think even I would get bored reading all my posts LOL. It's so nice to have you reading along!

    Sue xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Go for it Trina! I would love to see what you create.

    Sue xo

  • Reply Kelly @ View Along the Way May 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    You are so fab! Those pants are perfectly on-trend and you are rocking them! Get it sista!

  • Reply Charlotte Issyvoo May 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Rain = green. Yes. I always say, “When it's raining in Vancouver, don't look up. Look down. You'll feel just fine if you do.” There's so much growing here, all year round. I love it.

    I'm going on an orange frenzy these days too. I'm not a ginger but my hair is auburn and the orange picks up the red. It's such a happy colour.


  • Reply dedivahdeals.com May 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Woohoo, gotta make some polka dot jeans – thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for all the lovely comments. I love reading them all!

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