How to Style a Basic Tee

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T-shirts are a “must have” in everyone’s wardrobe.  They are extremely comfortable, they can be dressed up or down, and they’re pretty much a classic staple that can be worn years to come.
pgs2So I’ve teamed up with the oh so fabulous Adrienne from Adrienne’s Essentials to show you guys how you can style a basic t-shirt. I freakin love her!!! I’ve been following her work for a few years now and I must say, that this is a dream come true for me to even do this collab with her.  I’ve included her looks below, but for more pictures, you can check out her blog post HERE.
adCollage Ok, so below I have provided 3 totally different looks for 3 separate occasions. Hope you enjoy them.

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pgsCollageSunnies: JCP// Tee: HERE// Blazer: Thrifted// Jeans: American Eagle// Purse: New York// Watch: TJ Maxx// Bracelet: Charlotte Russe// Heels: Target// Scarf: Forever21// Lipstick: MAC’s Ruby Woo

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leopardsmall2leopard3lepcollageEarrings: New York// T-Shirt: HERE// Skirt: DIY (Tutorial HERE)//Purse:  Charming Charlie// Heels: Target// Lipstick: NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice
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Tshirt: HERE// Sunnies: Charlotte Russe// Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Skirt: DIY (Similar tutorial HERE…Use the underlining to the skirt in this tutorial)// Jacket: Don’t Remember// Heels: JustFab// Clutch: DIY (similar tutorial HERE) Lipstick: NYX Lip Cream in Morocco

So ….SOUND OFF!!! Which look was your favorite? Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

(Special THANK YOU to Adrienne for collaborating with me. Such a ridiculously sweet person. Hope to do this again in the future!  XOXO)
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Pumpkin Pincushion

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Fall is here! I’m so excited because this is my favorite season. I totally go all out for Fall; fashion, home décor, crafts. So in honor of my favorite season, I wanted to make a cute little pincushion. I love the way it turned out. It’ll be a great addition to my photos as well.
pumpkinSo this pincushion took about 45 minutes to one hour. You can literally make this with your eyes closed….not really, but it’s extremely easy. If you are interested in adding a pincushion to your collection now is the time.

Here is what you’ll need:
Two different fabrics, felt, embroidery floss, an embroidery needle, stuffing, hot glue gun, pencil, clothes pin

pumpkin101. Trace and cut two even circles. I used an 8 in. cake pan.
pumpkin92. Cut each circle in quarters and arrange both circles like the picture below.
pumpkin83. Stitch pieces together. Be sure to press seams open as you go along.
pumpkin74. With right sides together, stitch the circles together leaving and 1.5 in. opening. Turn right side out and push stuffing inside.
pumpkin65. Stitch pincushion closed by hand with matching thread.
pumpkin56. Thread your embroidery floss through your needle like so. I tied two knots so that it doesn’t fall off while I’m pulling it through my pincushion.
pumpkin47. Pull embroidery floss through center of pincushion and continue to wrap around and pull through center to form a pumpkin. When finished, pull tight and tie two knots.
pumpkin28. Cut out a leaf using the felt and glue in center of pumpkin. Take the grosgrain ribbon and spray starch on both sides. Wrap around pencil and secure ends with a wooden clothes pin.  Place on baking sheet and allow the ribbon to heat up in a 200 degree oven for 4-5 minutes.  Allow to cool before removing from pencil.  Once cool, glue ribbon to center of pumpkin and glue a brown button on top.
pumpkin19. Now you are officially ready for Fall sewing! :)
pumpkin11If you decided to make one for yourself, show me! Find me on Instagram and tag me.

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DIY Joggers

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 So the trend for Fall/ Winter fashion is sporty wear and you’ve probably seen it all over the runway, celebs, and your favorite bloggers. Jogger pants are a part of that sporty look, but why not go outside of the box and pick a print that wouldn’t typically be used for this type of look.
jog3These pants are comfortable and depending on the print that you choose, you can easily look pulled together if you just throw on something as simple as a t-shirt like I did with my look. My shirt was a bit long, so I tied a knot in the back.  I say that this is a must have for back to school kids, whether in elementary, middle, or high school. I created this for my daughter (HERE & HERE) and for my son (HERE). This pants are also great for moms that are always on the run trying to keep up with family duties.
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Top: Forver 21// Pants: DIY// Shoes: JustFab

The fabric that I chose was a sateen with a bit of stretch. It was purchased from JoAnn Fabrics and if you are interested, I created a tutorial for these pants a couple weeks back. You can check it out here?

http://youtu.be/tD_ghqEHyAE

What are your thoughts on the sports wear trend?

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DIY Origami Top + Circle Skirt

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With Fall season just around the corner, I know that we are all on the hunt for that perfect fabric that will help us transition into Fall style and I finally found the perfect print that I got it from FatQuarterShop.com  I am totally in love for these reasons: It’s modern, it has a bit of a Summer and Fall color palette, and it’s just an all-around fun print.
gridWith this fabric, I wanted to show you that you can create both, an edgy and a sophisticated look. They both are fun and can be pulled off at any age.  That’s the main reason I feel that you need this fabric in your life; You can create something for anyone no matter their age and in all honesty, gender. It is a neutral print that gives off a youthful look to whatever is created.
gridlock11With this first look, I created an origami top in which you can pair with your favorite fitted jeans.  Pair it with some bold accessories, and you have yourself, an edgy, yet sexy look.  This top has no zipper and loose, boxy feel to it and because of the open back, it’s to pull on and off. The peek-a-boo on the lower back shows just the perfect amount of skin for Fall and it gives off an unexpected touch to a basic top.  Cute right?! gridlock1CollageTOP: DIY// Jeans: Zara// Necklace: Charlotte Russe//
Crossbody Bag: Target// Heels: Target

Now I know that everyone loves a classic circle skirt and when paired with this years hottest trend, the midi, it’s such a great combo that needs to be added to your Fall wardrobe.
grid1With this second look, I created this super cute circle skirt. It’s such a fun and classy look that any age can pull off.  You can instantly look pulled together with a circle skirt made with a fun, bold print, and a t-shirt or tank.  It’s as easy as that. Throw on some accessories and you’ve just stepped your look up to whole new level.
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White Tank: Target// Jean Jacket: JC Penny// Skirt: DIY// Purse: Marshalls//
Shoes: Forever 21// Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Now you can definitely put both pieces together for a matchy-matchy look which is another hot trend for this year and you will look equally fabulous.  To create any one of these looks, I have created an easy-to-follow tutorial located at the bottom of this post but before you start creating, you need fabric right? Below I have included links to some of my favorite fabric picks from FatQuarterShop.com and a 20% off coupon code so that you can go crazy. Oh and if you are interested in the fabric that I chose, you can find it HERE.
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2. Meadow Hyacinths Freshly Cut
3. Moonlit Aqua On the Grid
4. Color Me Retro Azalea Dulcette
5. Midnite Gems Jewel Gay Paree
6. Chic Flora Rouge Interlaced
7. Sylvia White Ruta
8. Mormor Emerald Little Blomster
9. Brambleberry Ridge Lilac Shimmer Reflection

20% OFF $50 or more
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Here is the tutorial for both the origami top and circle skirt. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t and thumbs up this video if you enjoyed the tutorial.

So what looks are you excited to create and/or wear in the Fall?!  Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

(Thank you so much Daniar of FatQuarterShop.com for giving me this opportunity to create with your beautiful fabric.)

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Favorite Summer Looks

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Ba-Bye Summer! It was nice knowin ya!
Summer was good to me this year. I’ve learned quite a few sewing techniques and have definitely stepped outside of my comfort zone while wearing a lot of bright, fun colors.  Today I want to look back at my top favorite Summer looks and hopefully you have enjoyed them as much as I have. Click on the links below to take you directly to that particular blog post and how I went about creating each look.
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(from left to right)
1. Tribal
2. Sugar & Spice
3. Keep It Short
4. City Chic
5. Tropical Safari

Which look was your favorite?
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Get Ready With Me: OOTD Photos

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As a fashion blogger you always have to make sure that everything is perfect and appealing for your viewers.  A lot goes into being a blogger that a lot of people just don’t know about. I need to a “Behind the Scenes” post!  Comment below if you would like to see what it takes to becoming a blogger. Anyhow, because I don’t have a team of people helping me get my hair and makeup ready for my Outfit of the Day (OOTD) photos that I must take, I have to do it myself.  And trust me…I need it! LOL!
So today, I wanted to show you how I apply my makeup.  As far as my skin, I have dry, sensitive skin? If you do, comment below so that I don’t feel alone because I feel like everyone has oily skin and not me.  I have really bad exzema too. I had in on my both my cheeks so bad and I was so embarrassed to go to my classes. I finally figured out how to tame it and I haven’t had a flare up on my face for a year now. Yay!
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Products Used:
Lips: Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
NYX Lip liner in Nude Truffle
Rimmel Kate Moss #17

Skin Complexion: Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar Sunscreen & Moisturizer
Philosophy’s The Present Invisible Skin Perfector & Primer
Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar A to Z Cream
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Contour: Sephora Mattifying Compact Foundation in Deep

Highlight: Benefit’s Watt’s Up Highlighter in Soft Focus

Bronzer: Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Nuance Brow Kit
ELF Eyebrow Treat & Tame in Deep

Eyes: Sephora Mattifying Compact Foundation in Deep
NYX Dance the Tides
Rimmel The Max Bold Curves Extreme Volume & Lift Mascara
Loreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes
MAC Blacktrack
Loreal Linear Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner

Blush: NYX Cream Blush in Natural

Thanks for stopping by!

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Origami

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So back in the Spring, I made an open back top that I absolutely fell in love with.  I loved it so much, that I wanted to make something similar to transition into the Fall. So. I drafted a pattern out of a top that I already owned and came up with this Origami top.  I vlogged my entire process for a video that I will later post. It’s going to be titled “Behind the Scenes of a DIY Fashion Blogger”.  I wanted to show you my creative process, and you’ll see me drafting patterns and coming up with ideas for my blog and YouTube, but more info will come out once the video is out which will be in a few weeks.  I’ve been doing quite well with the consistency of my videos.  I have a video set for every week as of lately, so be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t yet.

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Enough with the side rambling.  So like I said, I drafted the pattern to make this top, but I will show you in how to make it with a pattern in a future tutorial which will be released in a bout 2 weeks. (Mark your calendars)  This is a loose fitting top.  I love the peek of skin on the lower back because it’s just enough.  If you are not a fan of showing skin at all, you can easily make this top a bit longer to where the cutout hits your bottom.
origamiThe fabric that I chose for this top is a sateen.  It has a small amount of stretch and it has a nice, satiny finish.  For this top, you don’t necessarily need any stretch. You can make this top with 100% cotton if you like because of the open back, it allows for a lot of movement without the wrinkles.
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Healthy Eats: Veggies, Water, Protein

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So lately my husband and I have been trying to transition our bad dieting into a healthy type of lifestyle. We’ve cut out a whole lot of carbs and focused more on eating a ton of veggies and adding a protein to every meal in our diet.  As far as our workout, we work out about 5 times/ week.  This is definitely nothing new to me because I’ve been trying to lose weight since I gave birth to my kids and being in the military, you have to make sure you are fitness ready.  It’s a long and hard process, but nothing worth having is easy right?
heI decided to document what we’ve been eating and give you notes on each meal.  I hope that it will help those of you trying to live a healthy lifestyle as well and also those of you trying to lose weight.

LEMON WATER
waterSo the very first thing I do in the morning is fix myself some lemon water.  Research states that lemon water is a natural energizer, it balances your immune system and your pH.  Lemon water also flushes out unwanted materials from your body and is excellent for weight loss.  There are so many other benefits that proves that it is overall great for your health.

GREEN SMOOTHIE

green Green smoothies are amazing!  I eat this most days for breakfast along with eating a boiled egg for added protein.  It may sound disgusting to those that don’t find spinach too appetizing in a smoothie, but you have to try it, if you haven’t already.  These smoothies are not only great for weight loss, but excellent for your skin, nails, and hair.  There are so many natural nutrients with this drink that makes it difficult for me to pass up.  Train yourself to drink it with less and less honey as a sweetener. Honey is beneficial as well, but eliminating a lot of sugar out of your diet will help in the loss of weight.

Ingredients: Spinach, Strawberries, Blueberries, orange, Carrots, Coconut Oil, Chia Seeds, Water, Honey (optional)

TUNA SALAD

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No, this is not your typical tuna salad. This is definitely a healthier version of that. It had loads of veggies and protein and the bright colors and textures make it fun to eat.  Tuna has been named a super food because it is a lean protein and is packed with nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron and we cannot forget about our Omega 3’s which are good for the heart.

Salad Base Ingredients: Salad Greens, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Boiled Egg
Tuna Salad: Canned Tuna, Avocado (Mayo Substitute), dash of salt and pepper

CHICKEN STIR-FRY

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You probably wouldn’t think that chicken stir-fry could be healthy right.  Well, when eating healthy you have to be creative and find alternative options for the fattier foods.  For the oil that we cooked the chicken and veggies in, we used safflower oil. Safflower oil is becoming more and more popular in the weight loss world.  The benefits include: Reduction in cholesterol and blood sugar levels, it enhances hair growth, and nourishes dry skin.  For those of us trying to lose weight, this oil has Omega 6 in it, which helps to reduce belly fat if used regularly.

Ingredients: Chicken, Frozen Stir-Fry Veggies, Water Chestnuts, Safflower Oil, Dash of Salt & Pepper
Base: Quinoa

If you enjoyed my Healthy Eats post and would like to see more, comment below and let me know and I’ll continue. I was also thinking of including a few healthy eats vids from time to time. Let me know your thoughts.
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DIY Head Jewelry

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For a while now, I’ve really been loving the whole bohemian style. It’s effortless, yet chic.  I love that this sense of fashion is free flowing and just comes second nature to those who captures unconventional type of look. The head jewelry that I created for my “Modernized” blog post was inspired by Nicole Richie who embodies the whole Bohemian style.
bo6This was extremely easy to make. It literally takes about 15 minutes. And if you have a few more minutes to spare, I think that an extra chain on both sides would add an extra flair to this head piece. Add your own spin to this and share it with me on social media.

Supplies:  
Necklace Chain
O Rings
Charm
Pliers
Wire Cutters

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This headpiece would be especially beautiful with beautiful spiral curls or bone straight hair. How would you wear this head piece?

Be sure to thumbs up this video if you enjoyed it and if you haven’t subscribed to my channel yet, be sure to subscribe!

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 Have you ever walked into a thrift store and looked at something and think “Why would anyone purchase this?” LOL! I know I have…several times!!! Well, over on Pretty Girls Sew, we wanted to challenge you to think outside of the box and refashion a thrifted find.
thriftHere is what I picked up; A kelly green, drop-waisted dress with rusty, gold buttons. Doesn’t it just look so fabulous?! LOL! Not really.  Taking something old and turning it into something beautiful definitely tests your creativity, your sewing skills, and problem solving skills. Imagination is key! So I had sooooo many things in mind for this but it all fell through because of the small amount of fabric that I was working with.  This is where creativity and problem solving comes in. I literally had to take apart almost the entire dress.  I kept a portion of the front button section as is, but everything else had to go.
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Here’s some notes on how I went about creating my finished piece.
1. I removed the sleeves, and bottom pleated skirt.
2. Using my bra as a guide, I created the top portion of the romper.
3. To create a nice and neat finish for the top, I cut out facings and neatly understitched it.
4. It took forever, but I ironed the pleats out of the skirt and turned it into shorts.
5. I really wanted pockets, but don’t have enough fabric so I made faux pockets. (LOL! Nope they aren’t real)
6. The waist was a tad large, but I didn’t want to take away any fabric because my hips are wide, so I added 2 darts in the back instead.
7. When hemming the shorts, I wanted the hem to be thick like most shorts are so that’s what I did.
8. I removed the old, gold buttons and added some nice rustic silver ones.
9. For the back, I created a drop back and added facing for a neat finish.
10. For the straps, I took the sleeves, and cut 1.5 inch strips. I stitched two together to make them long enough and stitched down the sides of each strap.  I made a total of four straps. I criss-crossed it across the back side of the romper attached it the front and side.

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 bo9bo7bo5bo6Head piece: DIY (tutorial coming soon)// Lipstick: Rimmel Kate Moss #17// Romper: DIY// Kimono: TJ Maxx// Heels: Charlotte Russe

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