son of a bleach!



windy city trench coat c/o ruche | blank ankle cords and GLAM dress worn as top (m.marie) | candies boots (2008) | ruffled scarf scooped up at beall’s outlet for less than $10 last year

Today I made a very important business decision: I should remove all responsibilities involving chemical cleaning agents from my job description. {You hear that, Mr. Lennox?} This afternoon while scrubbing out buckets to prep for a huge shipment of flowers, my brand new colorful cords had an unfortunate run-in with a rogue splash of bleach water. As my friend, Iris, would say, “it is so sad.” I pouted and whined for at least 30 minutes. And then pouted again when we took these photos. And just thinking about it now as I type this post makes me want to pout some more.


So, um, what’s a girl to do? Try dying the entire pair in a closely matching fabric dye? Get a little rock ‘n roll and spray them down with bleach water to make it look intentional? Get all Julia Roberts and fill in the spot with a red Sharpie? Stop being so OCD and just pretend the glaring spot doesn’t exist?

Help a sister out! 

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  1. 1.14.12
    Jess said:

    How fun is that scarf?! Love it.

  2. 1.11.12
    Franny said:

    What did you decide to do? My favorite pair of black skinny jeans from BR are fading and I’m really considering dying them….

  3. 1.11.12
    Iris said:

    How sad, Keira. How sad. I would use a fabric marker of some sort. Maybe? Gripes. What a bummer! It might be fun to just dye them all a fun color. I am in love with your scarf, too.

  4. 1.7.12
    Audrey said:

    Love your trench! You look adorable!

  5. 1.7.12
    Keely said:

    I love this! I just adore your style. It’s so laid back and effortless.

  6. 1.6.12

    bleach or not, I love this look. :)

  7. 1.6.12

    boo. but seriously woman. you are a doll. i love your hair and your scarf.


  8. 1.6.12
    Christine said:

    I am so sad!!! poor pants! I think they are crying!

  9. 1.6.12
    Megan said:

    Oh, oh, oh…I FEEL your pain! had the SAME thing happen with the most perfect fitting light gray trousers that had a perfectly coordinating gray sweater that I was never able to get to work with any other pants again…I stared (and kept in my closet) the trousers forever…it was heartbreaking…I have no advice, just compassion :(

  10. 1.6.12
    Beth said:

    Feeling your pain, I think you deserve to pout, in an art session I unfortunately got emulsion splashed on my jeans, needless to say it never came out. I reckon dye them, probably your best bet.

  11. 1.6.12

    What a shame! They’re still incredibly adorable, though. I think some dye will fix them right up!


  12. 1.6.12

    I vote for Rock ‘n’ Roll.

  13. 1.6.12
    nora said:

    Fabric marker in the same colour if you can find it would be the first thing to try, and if that doesn’t work you can dye them (and since the fabric pen would make the spot darker then the dye would likely come out more even)… third effort would be to tie-dye bleach them a-la J Crew

    and if that’s a wash just bleach the whole thing.


    just cut them above the stain and call them shorts.

    good luck!

  14. 1.6.12

    too bad, but that happens to everyone ! Now it’s your call to go crazy or try to fix this one!

    Now it’s a good time for a DIY, perhaps ?!

    Good Luck!

  15. 1.5.12

    Oh no that sucks!!! I have done that with some of my favorite clothes too:( I say try to over dye them!!

  16. 1.5.12
    Kayla said:

    I say dye them. I’ve had great success dying stuff lately! Idye at joann fabrics has great colors too!

  17. 1.5.12

    Oh no! I had happened to me, is very sad! But think you can find something and dye them!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  18. 1.5.12
    Kerigan said:

    i didnt even notice in the first pictures but you could bleach the rest of them… i think it would make a fabulous color (:

  19. 1.5.12
    Valerie said:

    You could always try to find a fabric marker in the same shade as your pants, that way you only have to cover the one spot instead of dying the pants…

  20. 1.5.12

    Aw, that really sucks! I’m so sorry!! Especially because those pants are so stinking cute :( I’ve definitely done that more times than I can count though…

  21. 1.5.12

    Go sharpie, the same thing happened to me with a very similarly colored pair of jeans, I’m sure the result will be even better because your cords are textured. If it’s any consolation, I didn’t even notice it in the first few pictures! :)

  22. 1.5.12
    Jessica said:

    dye them….but yeah…oh so irritating…im irritated for you!

    • 1.5.12

      Hey, guess what? I also work in a flower shop and the first time I wore my brand-new cardigan (Christmas present) to work we were still using evergreen and I got sap on my sweater. Feeling your pain! I think dye could fix you right up, though. Can’t get worse, right?