Diy: No Sew 2 Piece Set

2 Piece sets have to be one of my all time favorite trends, as I am monochromatic by nature. I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon, this is definitely something that I am going to carry over to the fall and winter months ahead of us.

I have really been on the hunt for a cute set, but unfortunately it’s been really to find one that I absolutely love, that fits correctly, is made of a great material and that is cost effective. I came up with idea that I could make my very own out of thrifted dresses and long skirts, so that’s what I did! I bought a few garments to try this on, but wanted to test the waters with this $5 Gingham printed skirt. I loved the material, the print and most of the button detail on the skirt, I thought it would the perfect combo for summer.

I started out by pre-planning what look I was going for, and how long/short that I wanted the skirt portion to be… this would let me know how much fabric I had to work with for the top. As this was a no sew project I used the same materials from my previous ‘No sew’ Diy post, the hem tape that I purchased from walmart, and my handy dandy Iron. Watch the video below to see how I transformed this thrifted gingham skirt, then scroll to the pictures below to see how it all turned out. If you like the look, but don’t want to Diy, don’t worry boo I got you too. I’ve listed a few similar sets to this one at the bottom of this post.

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Boohoo:

Gingham Tie Crop & Frill Shorts Co-ord - Multi - 2

Romwe:

Agaci:

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Forever21:

Gingham Off-the-Shoulder Crop Top & Button-Front Maxi Skirt Set

Forever21:

Gingham Crop Top & Shorts Set

DIY: Belt Bag Obsession

I totally feel as though this “Belt Bag” trend popped up out of nowhere, and I’ve got to tell you….I’m not mad at it. To me it feels like the Fanny Packs that I used to love as a child have grown up with me and now it’s all sexy and sophisticated and has changed it’s name to match.

As you may know from my previous blog entries, I’m very selective about the trends that I’ll join in on, due to the fact that I don’t want to purchase items that wont have longevity in my closet. I have been looking for a Belt Bag that suited my tastes and was something versatile that I could either dress up or down, but unfortunately I wasn’t finding quite what I was looking for.

Luckily on one of my, oh so many, trips to Forever21 I saw this crossbody purse that I felt was exactly the look I was going for. There were only 2 cons at that point, it wasn’t a Belt Bag, and It was full price. I have a weird thing about purchasing full price Items just to experiment on them, but I bought it anyways because I thought it’s only $17, and it should be a relatively easy transformation with little to no casualties. Can you tell I’ve had failed DIY experiments or no lol.

So I bought the purse, then I got the materials needed to transform it, it took me about a total of 10 minutes to complete and I have to say, it was one of the easiest and most stylish Diy’s that I’ve done in a long time. I highly recommend when buying the velcro strips to get the industrial version, because it’s supposed to hold up to 10lbs of force. I can almost guarantee, for something going around your waist, there is no way that you’re going to put upwards of 10lbs in your Diy belt bag, nor will you probably exert that much force moving around.

Below I pictured the origianl Diy, the one that started it all, plus a video showing 3 other bags I transformed as well. The ones in the video were purchased from my local thrift store, which I feel are perfect for practicing on. I recommend that if you are wanting to try out this Diy to go for purses that have longer straps, like crossbodies, because then you’ll be able to play around with where you want the bag to fall on your waist or hips. I hope that you enjoy the videos and if you do try this Diy out, I’d love to see pictures of what you guys do!!

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Dress:

Shoes:

Old Skool Platform

Three Easy DIY Tops: Tiger Mist Inspired

So, like I usually do, I was scrolling the internet minding my own business, when  I stumble upon the Tiger Mist website.  Ok, ok…I was online shopping, you caught me!

Well anyway, while I was perusing their new stock and seeing the latest designs they had to offer I came across a few tops that I really wanted, like really bad, but unfortunately my size wasn’t available.

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Each top honestly looked like it would be fairly easy to re-create, so I decided to embark on a new NO-SEW DIY project. I chose to get the thrifted items, because let’s face it, our parents wore some wild stuff back in the 80’s an 90’s and I felt like I would have an easier time finding fun prints. I feel like you could create these tops in so many different ways, using old t-shirts, collared blouses, and so much more.

 

Things you’ll need for this Project:

  1. Iron on hem tape
  2. Scissors
  3. Iron
  4. Thrift store shirts

 

 

Don’t judge a dress by it’s first appearance

Sometimes you have to look past what something looks like, and see it for what it could be. I feel this rings true in nearly any aspect in life, but especially when thrifting.

Most of the clothes you’ll find at the thrift store are predominately straight forward, what you see is what you get, but there are some instances where you can take something that looks extremely dated and virtually make it brand new again with very few minor changes.

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I recently purchased this dress for only $5 at my local Goodwill. The first thing that I noticed about it was the print, then the triple layer ruffle skirt, those were selling points for me, but the top portion was more than lacking. I almost left without it, because I had that little voice in my head telling me that it was too far gone, and definitely not going to work. Well I can tell you that I’m glad that I pushed that thought out of my head, I absolutely, head over heels love this dress.

Once I looked past the flaw, I definitely saw a way to instantly update it and make it work. I simply tied the dress in the back, unbuttoned a few buttons, and positioned the top to be and off the shoulder dress. What a world of difference it made, this dress reminded me of so many hot items that I’m currently seeing in stores, except mine only cost me $5. This post was mainly just to tell you guys to keep an eye out for great finds, but most importantly an open mind for something that may not seem like the obvious choice, but will definitely have you feeling like a winner!

Check out my video below to see how I flipped this thrift!

Flower Bomb

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Big things are happening right now in San Antonio my friends! An amazing Pop up featuring  5 Instagrammable rooms has been bestowed upon us, and I’m so excited about them. I know that I sound like an #ad right now, but I can promise you that it’s all that and a bag of chips!

For any creatives in the San Antonio area, you know the struggle  it can sometimes be to find the perfect backdrop or location, and with Texas weather you never know if it’s going to be sunny or rainy or both. With the Flower Vault, it’s an easy way to take breathtaking photos, with amazing backdrops, without depending on the elements outside. With each room boasting beautiful floral designs, It’s not going to be hard to get the perfect shot, especially now with it being Spring. Because spring and flowers go together like pb&j.

I had a lot of fun when I visited last weekend and took full advantage of each rooms flower adorned decor, and took probably way too many pictures for any normal person.

Normally I stick to more neutrals monochrome looks, because that’s just my thing, but for this I wanted to dawn a more vibrant vibe. Still sticking to my monochrome nature  I paired this American Apparel tank with these Forever21 accordion pleated pants and my DIY flower crown, made with real flowers purchased at my local Trader Joes. I loved how well this color paired with the bright pink of the wall, leaving me standing out. Finally, I pulled this look together with my metallic gold Nine West Mules for a simplistic, yet vivid color scheme. These bad boys are super comfy and add instant chic-ness to any outfit, plus they are on super sale down from $79 to $44, so I would grab a pair while you can.

Unfortunately my top is from O.G. American Apparel and is no longer sold, these pants however are still available and they come in 3 different colors Nude, Black and Mustard. The best part is they are only $9, and so comfortable and stretchy!

There are definitely more pictures to come of some of the other rooms, but for now, I hope these put a little brightness in your day. Until next time babes!

 

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Mom Jean Realness

It’s in the jeans

Hello my thrifty Friends!

One of the great things about living in the city, is all the urban landscapes, they are the perfect backdrop for this slightly urban/grunge outfit that I recently put together. I wanted to focus on these thrifted, vintage Levi “Mom jeans” that I’ve reconstructed for this grungy look.

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I know that “Mom jeans” recently went through a surge of popularity over the last couple years, especially with the high waisted trend coming back. With so many variations on this trend out there, I wanted to do something slightly unexpected, and widely trendy with this pair of vintage Levis to bring them into this decade. So with my scissors in tow, I made a few alterations,  gave them a new face lift, and an edge.

Since I wanted these Levis to set the tone for this entire outfit, I wanted to keep everything really simple, and we all know that you can’t go wrong in all black. I initially paired these Levis with just this American Apparel Cross V Bodysuit, but in order to give it more of a day look, and to soften it up, I added my Forever 21 Shirt/Dress.

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I grunged them up by cutting a few holes into them, and I cut the hem at the bottom to amp up that look as well. I’ve been seeing a lot of jeans with the cutout in the back, almost replicating the effect of denim cutoffs, so I figured I would attempt that with this pair as well.

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To tie everything together, and to elevate this outfit, I paired these JustFab Mules to give it a more sophisticated vibe.  This outfit could easily transform into a night look as well,  just lose the shirt/dress, change up the hair a little, and maybe adding different accessories.

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Because I’m a minimalist when it comes to a lot of things, especially accessories, I felt like the cut of this bodysuit would be perfectly matched with this DIY choker. If you wanted I think you could definitely add a few more pieces, midi rings, bracelets, or anything along those lines…I just like to keep everything simple and clean.

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I love the way these jeans came out, I feel like they add this special element of style without any real effort, and they are so comfortable.

Outfit Details:

Bodysuit – American Apparel

Mom Jeans – Thrifted (similar styles listed on etsy)

Shirt/Dress – Forever 21

Mules – JustFab

Necklace – DIY

later babes!

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Later babes!

 

A little DIY never hurt nobody

Lace Up Sweatshirt

Hello my thrifty friends!

So we’ve all heard the expression to not judge a book by it’s cover, right?! Well surprisingly enough it’s the same with clothes, and when you thrift as much as I do, you sometimes have to get creative.

I’ve seen the lace up trend everywhere lately, and in so many different ways, so I wanted to give it a try myself. Since we’ve established that I’m quite thrifty, I wanted to do something that would be both trendy and inexpensive, because both are equally important to me.

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 On one of my thrifting adventures I found this Men’s XL Hanes sweatshirt, and I instantly thought it would be the perfect piece for this project, I specifically looked in the men’s section, because I wanted to create a baggy look. Also It had a very worn look, the color is faded, and there are a few tears in the fabric, but it was exactly what I was looking for. The fact that it was only $1 made it just that more appealing for this project.

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The only things that I bought to create this look was the sweatshirt, grommet ribbon and the para-cord all of which totaled to under $6. I paired it with my favorite American Apparel bodysuit and theses thigh high boots for somewhat of a dressy/casual look. I think if you wanted more of a casual look, it’d be easy just to switch to sneakers. I love using the para-cord, because it brings more of a sporty vibe to the look, but there are so many options to choose from when it comes the lacing you want to use.

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If this is a trend that you love, the next time that you’re hitting the thrift store, keep an eye out for anything that this would work on.  Depending on how you want this to fall on yourself should dictate what sections you should look at thrift store. My advice for any thrifter is that just because it’s not perfect now, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the possibility to look amazing.

(Psst…Below I’ve added step by step directions below on how to recreate this look.)

Outfit Details:

Bodysuit – American Apparel

Sweatshirt – Thrifted (similar style)

Boots – Reshop Store ( I bought them for $50)

 

This cool DIY Sweatshirt for under $6 total! 

Supplies:

  • Sweater was $1 local thrift store
  • Grommet ribbon $2 on eBay
  • Para-cord string $2 at Walmart
  • Scissors
  • Hem Tape $2 at Walmart (I have a sewing machine, but this is the next best thing)

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  1. First you’ll want to find a sweatshirt or sweater to fit the look that you’re going for. I look for the mens sizes because I want to fit larger on me like a dress.
  2. Try on your sweatshirt and decide where you want the v to fall on you and mark it. I like having a deep v, so I make it as long as the grommet ribbon.
  3. Take off the sweatshirt and fold it in half, this will ensure for an even cut on both sides. Cut out your v to the place you marked previously.
  4. Unfold your sweatshirt, align your grommet tape along the v, and secure it with pins.

 

Sewing machine: sew along the v to secure the grommet ribbon

Hem tape: iron along v where you want your grommet ribbon to sit, the take off the backing, flip the sweatshirt inside out and carefully place the grommet ribbon where you want it to fall inside the sweatshirt. Iron over the back and make sure it’s secure.

once everything is all secured, loop your string in between the grommet ribbon and voila! You’re super cute!

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View this video below to see a step by step tutorial of how I achieved this look!

(PS the spot on the sweatshirt is actually a paw print from Quinn, she only drinks water with her paws…lol)

Later Babes!

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