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.

MatchingSetDIY-17Portrait.jpg

MatchingSetDIY-14Portrait.jpg

MatchingSetDIY-12portrait.jpg

MatchingSetDIY-21Portrait.jpg

matchingsetdiy-2portrait.jpg

 

Boohoo:

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

Romwe:

Agaci:

Image result for two piece sets clothing gingham

Forever21:

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

Forever21:

Gingham Crop Top & Shorts Set

How to: Make Affordable Fashion Look Expensive

You know the old saying “less is more”, well sometimes it truly is. And, of course, in this scenario…I mean less by how much you spent on your clothes.

I know that sometimes there are some drawbacks to buying “Fast Fashion”, sometimes the quality can be a little less than desired, but I’ve found that a lot of these major affordable fashion houses (i.e places like H&M, Forever21, Fashion Nova) are stepping up there game when it comes to wearable pieces with longevity, and they upped the quality factor.

The key to making affordable clothes look more expensive is to find pieces that are fashionable but not too trendy. Trends are going to be to hard to have a real shelf life in your closet and will end up staying in the back of the closet. Finding pieces that fit well for your body type, so if you’re like me and you hate trying things on, this will be a pain in the butt, but it’s a definite must. Lastly, but most importantly, looking at the fabric. Some fabrics wear well on the body and look more expensive than they are, such as rayon, it’s not the most expensive, but can look like cotton depending on the piece. Velvet and satin do the same thing when incorporated into your wardrobe, when picking the right piece it can look a lot more luxe than the price tag shows.

As always I like to keep it simple, I wore this Forever21 shirt dress that I actually got on sale, and paired them with these strappy sandals, also from Forever. What I liked the most about the shirt dress is, that it’s an obvious staple that every woman should have in her closet, and that the elongated cuffs gave it an elevated look. The length makes it the perfect dress for a summer day, and the vertical stripes give me the illusion that I’m taller than I am (which is always a good thing). This one is no longer available, but I have listed a few similar shirt dress finds below, that are equally as fantastic!

These sandals, were a recent find at Forever21 and they are just under $30. The block heel makes them super comfortable for long wear throughout the day, and the simplicity of the straps make it easy to transform any outfit into a major wow fit! I think they will be extremely versatile in my closet and I can’t wait to style them in more ways. I would note that they look as though they are selling like hot cakes on the website, so fingers crossed for restocks, or head to your nearest F21 as quick as possible so that you can grab a pair as well!

Oh and by the way, just in case you haven’t noticed, I cut my hair!!! I have been wanting to start a new healthy hair journey, and wanted to start from scratch, so I chopped it all off! I’m so glad to have you guys with me on this journey and can’t wait to see what the future will bring (as far as my hair).

Similar Shirt Dress Styles:

F21 Brown Striped Dress, F21 Red Stripe Dress, F21 Blue Dress, Gap Blue Dress, Calvin Klien Grey stripe Dress (this one is org $129), Nordstrom Rack

wp-15295041650761426032391.jpg

wp-15295041359502067081978.jpg

wp-1529504056851775530723.jpg

 

wp-1529504077860-1754425946.jpg

Together we Shine

Let me first start off by stating one of the best things a blogger can do is to collaborate with other bloggers! Whether they be inside or outside of your niche, I think we as bloggers need each other. By opening yourself up, you are opening up to a world of like minded people, who you may not have been visible to otherwise.

I have preached this before, but for bloggers, I think that it’s a good idea to make connections with others who understand the struggle of what you do, and the hard work that you put into your craft. Plus it doesn’t hurt to reach out to those who inspire you to dream bigger and to bounce ideas off of.

I recently teamed together with Danesha of @_sincerlytrill and Onyi of @sincerleyonyi, two amazingly talented, immensely stylish, and insanely gorgeous women. We put together this shoot, because the message of community over competition is very important to us. We wanted to show other bloggers, that it’s ok to share a little of the spotlight, and that lifting others up does not for a second dull your shine.

Now on to the clothes, like I stated, The babes are seriously stylish and like me love make affordable fashion pieces look extremely chic. Onyi is wearing the Target Line ‘A new Day’ Relaxed Trousers and Blazer set, which is currently on sale so you should basically run to the nearest target and snatch them up before they’re all gone. I am wearing all Forever21, of course, the Sheer Top is still in store and I think is the cutest summer staple to add to any wardrobe. These exact pants are no longer available in store or online, but I’ve linked a close second and to tie the entire look together I chose these bold Earrings. If you’re like me and love bold earrings, definitely check out  F21 as a contender, they have so many cute pairs and most under $6. Daneesha is wearing a romper from Ross, which I linked a few similar pieces below, fun frilly flats, and a vibrant scarf as a headwrap to tie her look together so effortlessly.

We had so much fun, discussing the different editing tools, style tips and future collab ideas that I can’t wait to do it again. I hope you guys enjoys this read and are inspired to reach out to your fellow blogging buds for future collabs!

Danesha’s Fit Options: F21 option , Charlotte Russe Option , 2020 Ave Option

(P.S. Us matching was super unintentional, but I guess the saying is right, great minds truly do think a like.)

5-26-18_pearlshoot_matte-5951758171.jpg

5-26-18_pearlshoot_matte-32644621644.jpg

5-26-18_pearlshoot_matte-25-1708572354.jpg

5-26-18_pearlshoot_matte-44 blur872549441..jpg

5-26-18_pearlshoot_matte-13-648293524.jpg

5-26-18_pearlshoot_matte-401959940497.jpg

Best Thrift Stores In San Antonio

If you follow me on Instagram and you’ve gotten a chance to see my insta stories, you would’ve seen me score some pretty amazing thrifted items! For instance I scored not only one, but 2 vintage Dooney and Bourke purses in the same week, I also scored a Christian Dior top, and some pretty snazzy French Connection Libby Heels (pictured below).

stairs3-2029385812.jpg

I have visited my fair share of different Thrift locations and have been able to find some pretty amazing pieces throughout the years, I have comprised a list of my favorite places to find the best treasures for the best deals below.

1.My number one most frequented thrift store in San Antonio has to be be the Family Thrift Center, and it’s due to there extremely low prices on the clothing. They price their items by the day rather than individually pricing each piece, which is nice considering you can find some pretty nice labels in there from time to time. Though this place is a bit unorganized, it’s definitely worth mentioning. If you choose to go on a Tuesday or Wednesday just know that it can get really packed in there, because of the stellar deals, so just prepare yourself prior to going in. This place  it’s full of great finds if you have the time to search for them. Pictured below is their daily pricing chart.

Day Price per Item
Thursday $2.00
Friday $1.75
Saturday $1.50
Sunday $1.25
Monday $1.00
Tuesday $0.50
Wednesday $0.25

2. Assistance League of San Antonio – They have great prices, a pretty good selection of items, very organized and friendly staff. The only negative are the hours, as they are only open Tues-Saturday from 10am-4pm, so if you work a Monday through Friday 8am-5pm job, you’re definitely not going to get to go during the week. One of my favorite things about this organization though, is that they are heavily involved in the community and all of their locations are staffed 100% by volunteers.

3. The Texas Thrift store chain is another frequent of mine, their prices can be a little crazy at times, especially with shoes, but their website makes it easy to see what the daily colors are and how much you can save. Also it alerts you if their are any big blowout sales going on, like the half off everything in the store sale coming this Memorial Day. I frequent both the one off 35 south and on 410 near Vance Jackson quite often.

4. Thrift City is actually a sister store of Texas Thrift and much like it, very clean and organized, but I would say this one has a little better prices. The quality of clothing there is very great and I always seem to have luck finding cute pieces there.

5. Goodwill can be a little over priced, compared to these others listed, but I put them on here because they have convenience down to a science. They are located all across town, they have color tag deals every week, their shoe selection is usually pretty amazing and priced well and their organization is on point. Plus they color coordinate and size coordinate all of their items, so it just makes it easier to find something.

uber41188526460.jpg

6. If you are willing to make a trip up to Austin, I would definitely check out the Goodwill outlet up there, It’s one of my all time fave places to go. Everything is priced by the pound and it’s about $1.39 a lb right now. When you get there, you’ll notice a big difference from your average thrift store, everything is in these plastic blue bins that you have to sift through. The employees will periodically roll out new bins full of new product to explore, and roll away old bins, essentially giving you a brand new thrift store every 10 minutes or so. One of the best things to see, is that it does get a little crazy in there, people rushing to the new bins to be the first to get a chance to sift through them.

7. Also, while you’re there, don’t forget to check out Savers. It was one of my OG go to’s when I lived in Vegas, and when I realized that Austin had one too, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go. What I love about them is that if you donate clothes there, they’ll give you coupons for a percentage off your shopping trip. They are very well organized and have great prices as well.

So, if you’re into thrifting and looking to get the most bang for your buck, and look as happy as I am (pictured below) definitely hit up one of these places the next time you get the thrifting itch.

uber484244695.jpg

Forever 21 Lookbook

I put together a lookbook recently, featuring all Forever 21 pieces for the girls who want to look and feel good, without spending a lot of money. These are all affordable pieces, some of them were on crazy sale, and some of them full price. Each one of them are items that would be easy to incorporate in numerous ways in any wardrobe, which is always a good thing.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve probably said it a million times, and y’all are tired of me already. But you do not have to spend a bunch of money to look and feel fabulous, make your budget work for you and not the other way around!

I hope you enjoy the video, and definitely tell me what you think, should I do some more of these?

 

 

The Crop Top Come Up

I wanted to feature a more upgraded way to wear crop tops for the spring/summer seasons in like a grown and sexy kind of way. (insert laughing emoji). As I’ve been getting older, I’ve really been looking for ways to continuously upgrade my style, while incorporating different pieces within my wardrobe. I’m a person that really doesn’t get rid of items, so inherently I own more than my fair share of crop tops, and with that being said, I wanted to breath some new life into them.

This whole outfit was a recent purchase however at, you guessed it, Forever21 which now that I think of it, I feel like they should start endorsing me lol. I promise I shop other places too guys, it just happens that I shop there a lot as well, don’t shame me. I paired this crop top with these wide leg navy pants to kind of balance out the proportions of this outfit. I wanted it to be fun, flirty, and give off a sophisticated vibe.

I am still inventing new ways to rock these summer staples, and can’t wait to try a few more looks. Whats your favorite way to wear your crop tops? My personal fave, high waisted everything!

ps. unfortunately they no longer sale the top or bottom online, but I’ve linked a few close resembling items on my instagram through the #liketoknowit app that you can check out, if you like anything you see!

pearl matte-29-874881724..jpg

pearl matte-30181953501..jpg

pearl matte-3836521347..jpg

pearl matte-491530078757..jpg

pearl matte-31-629195847..jpg

How to Style: Denim Skirt

I wanted to focus on a staple that every fashionista should have in their closet, A denim skirt! I think they are so versatile, you can dress them up or down and they are the perfect item to start wearing for spring, that truly looks good on everyone!

I’m showcasing 3 different Denim Skirt looks to show you how easy it is to add your personal style to them and incorporate them into regular rotation during this Spring/Summer season. The great thing about denim is that, it’s one of the most universal and basic Staples that can be dressed up, dress down, or anywhere in between.

1st Style: Frayed Denim Mid Rise Skirt

I picked this Forever21 frayed Denim skirt that has such a great wash to it

For this look, I wanted to go a little bit more casual, so I paired it this skirt with a long sleeve crop, and white tennis shoes. I thought this would be a great outfit for just hanging or running errands.

hobby3-310026080.jpg

hobby31498010504.jpg

hobby3427547732.jpg

 

 

2nd Style: Denim Mini

Denim on Denim on Denim! I’m truly obsessed, I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many pairs of jeans, jackets, chambray shirts, and denim skirts that I own. Both the top and the skirt were purchased at my local thrift store, and my shoes on Amazon.

I loved the skirt, when I saw it, it was in such great shape and I loved the little frayed detailing at the hem. This Chambray top is an instant fave as well, I just loved how form fitting it was on me.

jayleno4-497240888.jpg

jayleno41835973015.jpg

jayleno4-1577752251.jpg

jayleno4-1607996297.jpg

 

3rd Style: Dark Denim Midi Skirt

Out of all the jean skirts that I own, this definitely has to be me my absolute fave! I purchased this a little while back, at the thrift store of all places, and I love everything about it. I love length, the wash, and the fit of it. It’s one of those things that you didn’t know you needed, until you found it.

I think this skirt is such a great transition piece,whether it be for work or going out, summer or winter, this definitely has the versatility that I’m always looking for in the pieces that I buy.

For this look I just simply paired this skirt with a tie front bodysuit to give it a more spring vibe and voila.

 

20180411-449322453-900417579.jpg

darkskirt4639021932.jpg

darkskirt41292166154.jpg

darkskirt41566318211.jpg

 

I feel like denim skirts are the best/easiest summer staple to dress up or down, and its the perfect glue to hold any outfit together. You can literally pair anything with them, and get an amazing look each time.