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

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.)

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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).

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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.

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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.

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How To Stlye: Checkered Print/Gingham

What is style blogging about, if not to show you guys what I’ve learned and teach you guys a how to? So, welcome to my new series How To Style! I will be posting weekly on these HTS (how to style) featuring different key items, that are hot on the block!

My whole reason for wanting to start this series, is so that as these trends come out, you can feel comfortable and confident knowing that you can rock them well. I want fashion to be fun, not something that someone might feel is too hard or intimidating.

I think the checkered/gigngham print style is the best trend to start with as my very first post on this series, so without further ado “I’ll have the CHECK(ered) Please! (ok, now that I got my lame joke out of the way, here we go!)

So, I think with this trend, there is a slight fine line between looking fabulous and looking like a picnic table lol, but that’s why I wanted to write this for you guys! I only added a couple of these pieces to my wardrobe, because I didn’t want to go overboard on it. Although I know this is one of the IT prints of the summer, like any style it wont be in for too long, and I don’t want to over do it and end up having  a million things in gingham print.

 

LOOK 1: Gingham Skirt

For my first look I paired this Gingham Patterned Skirt  with this Girl Power Graphic Tee and my Platform Vans. I totally think this skirt should rightfully be the focal point of any outfit, so I definitely took that into consideration when styling it. I kept everything pretty simple and tried to go for more of a casual, but girly look.

My Gingham Skirt was purchased at forever21 for only $16, I also scored this top at F21 as well, online for only $10.

Note: This particular graphic tee-shirt is somehow no longer sold on F21’s website, but I do have a couple of others still for sale with similar messages. (hint: just type in Girl Power)

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LOOK 2: Gingham Longline Blazer 

Unfortunately my beloved Blazer is no longer sold online or in store, because I got it back in December, but if you needs it, I will try and find a link for you guys.

For this look I wanted something a little more dressy casual, nothing too crazy, but something I would wear on any normal basis of being extra, everyday of my life.

I paired this blazer with this lace high neck Dress/top with a cute bralette underneath,  a pair of basic black jeans, and chunky heels. I feel this would be the perfect outfit for those slightly chilly spring nights of fun!

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LOOK 3: Gingham Shorts

So let me just first of all tell you guys, if you haven’t noticed already, Forever 21 is like forreal on the come up. These really cute gingham shorts I recently got were only $8, I thought they were really fun and girly, and perfect for spring. I paired them with this pale blush colored button up top, which I thrifted, and matching faux suede slides that I also scored at F21.

I felt like this fun blush color would be a great contrast to the very monotone shorts, and a good way to spring a little more spring into them. lol. To liven up this top and make it just as fun and flirty as the shorts, I tied a little knot in the front and called it a day. I feel as though it gave this blouse more of an on trend vibe.

(Side Note: Due to high demand, these shorts in this color may be sold out online, but are still available in store. They also come in Blush/White as well)

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I had a blast styling these gingham printed looks, this is definitely a trend I’m 100% on board with.  I can attest that some trends really are a hit or a miss, but I can attest that if you don’t jump on this fun print, you’ll most definitely regret it. Check yourself before you wreck yourself, get some checkered prints in your life! Love you guys!

I’m Set

Ladies! When I tell you that I was living for this set, I am not lying, like who doesn’t like a good 2 piece set amirite!? For me, wearing a set is like wearing a fashionable ready to go uniform. What I love the most about sets are that they allow you to express your sense of style, they are so easy to piece together, and they allow for so much versatility.

Fashion Insider Tip of the day: If you buy sets, you can interchange them with other things and create all new looks!

Each piece of this H&M set, on it’s on was quite girly, so I played that aspect up and paired them with my fave Nine West Golden Slides. The Top , which is currently on sale for just $15, is made of a very light airy fabric. It is very transparent, so I wore pasties to cover up my lady bits, but you could definitely sport just a strapless bra. The Skirt is selling for $10, and is made of the same material, but dawns a lining. I love the intricate detailing of both pieces, from the small and dainty print bestowed on them, to the carefully constructed smocking and ruffle trim they feature.

To me this felt like the perfect outfit for a warm spring day, it effortlessly moved with the wind and kept me very cool. As you can see, even during the warmer months I usually stick to a very neutral and minimalist color scheme, so I felt like this embodied me very well. Not to mention, as someone who thoroughly enjoys putting monochromatic looks together, this is the perfect option for the Spring/Summer season that’s upon us.

I’d love to see how y’all are wearing sets this season, I have seen so many rolling out online and in stores, I can’t wait to get my hands on a couple more!

Until next time loves!!

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My Velvet Valentine

 

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It’s not hard see that I’ve been super crushing on Velvet lately, it easily dresses up any outfit, plus it so soft and cuddly! I got both of these pieces from Targets A New Day Collection, and I’m in love guys! (No Longer available online though)

I love the small laser cut details on this top, paired with this accordion pleated skirt,  I feel like it gives this outfit so much depth and definition. I also love the fresh pop of color choice they went with for these pieces, because it gives the feeling of a light and airy look. I feel as though this blush color will definitely increase the wearbility of this outfit from the Fall/Winter season, straight into the Spring.

I feel like this would be the perfect Valentines date night outfit or a Galentines celebration outfit with the girls, It’s such a fun and sweet look! These pieces could easily be paired separately to elevate any outfit, and give it a different feel. (literally)

Can’t see what type of Valentines Day looks that you babes put together! Until next time loves!

P.S. for those of you who noticed, I have worn this skirt before in a previous post. The best way to look luxe for less, is to trust your instincts and shop your closet. We buy clothes because they make us feel good, they express who we are (without saying a word, and they are fun! Put those pieces you love to work, and throw them in rotation, you’ll surprise yourself with the looks you can come up with!

Back to the Basics

So it occurred to me that pretty much every video that talks about building your wardrobe, is not necessarily budget friendly for everyone. Some of us may have smaller budgets to work with, but that doesn’t that we can’t look just as Luxe.

Like any professed style guru will tell you, it’s always good to start with a strong base in your wardrobe, then build up from there. Having a strong base will allow you to pull off effortlessly chic looks without having to run to the stores every time a new trend emerges, therefore saving you money.

 

The Basics: the basics are the staples in your closet, the items you are going to get the most wear and longevity out of. Below I have listed a few budget friendly style staple basics to get you started.

 

Leather jacket:

 

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Old Navy $49.00
zleather
Zara $69.90
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Forever21 $32.90

 

Jean jacket:

 

tjean jacket
Target $29.99
zjeanjacket
Zara $39.99
jean jacket
Forever21 $29.90

 

Black Skinny Jeans:

 

asosjeans
Asos $40.00
sjeansblk
SHEIN $18.00

 

blk jeans
Forever21 $17.90

 

Dark wash denim: (preferably a mid to high rise)

onjeans
Old Navy $34.99
zjeans
Zara $19.99

 

drk wash jeans
Forever21 $17.90

 

White and Black Crew Neck T-shirt:

 

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Asos $14.00

 

2pack
SHEIN 2pck $14.00
crew neck top
Forever 21 $6.90

 

Black Sleeveless Top: (tank style)

asos sleevless
Asos $12.50

 

zsleeveless
Zara $12.99
sleveless
Forever21 $10.90

White (collared) Button Up Blouse:

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SHEIN $15.00
zbuttonup
Zara $29.90
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Forever 21 14.99

 

 

Black Mini Skirt: (anything above the knee)

asos mini
Asos $40.00
zskirt
Zara $15.99
ts blk mini
Topshop $48.00

 

 

 

The reason that these items are so important to your closet, is because it is so much easier for you to build on these, and there wearability is unmatched. It will stop you ultimately having that feeling of having nothing to wear, plus these are all non seasonal pieces, which means you don’t have to pack them up and store them away once (insert season) is over and done.

If you’ve been feeling as if your wardrobe needs a little pep in it’s step, I definitely recommend, purging the items you no longer wear for sure and just slowly knocking off this list, as you can, and having something that’s ultimately going to save you money in the long run.