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! 

What Do You Think?

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  1. Jess wrote:

    How fun is that scarf?! Love it.

    Posted 1.14.12 Reply
  2. Franny wrote:

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

    Posted 1.11.12 Reply
  3. Iris wrote:

    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.

    Posted 1.11.12 Reply
  4. Audrey wrote:

    Love your trench! You look adorable!

    Posted 1.7.12 Reply
  5. Keely wrote:

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

    Posted 1.7.12 Reply
  6. bleach or not, I love this look. :)

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  7. boo. but seriously woman. you are a doll. i love your hair and your scarf.


    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  8. Christine wrote:

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

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  9. Megan wrote:

    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 :(

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  10. Beth wrote:

    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.

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  11. What a shame! They’re still incredibly adorable, though. I think some dye will fix them right up!


    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  12. I vote for Rock ‘n’ Roll.

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  13. nora wrote:

    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!

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  14. 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!

    Posted 1.6.12 Reply
  15. Emily Keen wrote:

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

    Posted 1.5.12 Reply
  16. Kayla wrote:

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

    Posted 1.5.12 Reply
  17. CessOviedo wrote:

    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

    Posted 1.5.12 Reply
  18. Kerigan wrote:

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

    Posted 1.5.12 Reply
  19. Valerie wrote:

    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…

    Posted 1.5.12 Reply
  20. skippysays wrote:

    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…

    Posted 1.5.12 Reply
  21. 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! :)

    Posted 1.5.12 Reply
  22. Jessica wrote:

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

    Posted 1.5.12 Reply
    • 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?

      Posted 1.5.12 Reply