Thrift Haul

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Hi everyone. So I recently went thrifting and found some great things. I’m super excited to share it with you all and hopefully if you don’t thrift, I’ll inspire you to start.  So in the past few years, thrifting has gotten really popular and so thrift stores have ridiculously started to raise their prices on the things that were DONATED to them. (I’m really mad about that if you can’t tell.) I don’t understand why they do that, but I guess it’s all business.  So, with the things that I purchased, I plan to either make some alterations or do a slight makeover to create something that is currently on trend.  If you follow me on Instagram @cheapbutchic, you will have seen one item I’ve already made over. Anyhow, let’s get started with the haul.

Ok. so when you first see this, you may be slightly scared and think, “What the heck was she thinking?” Well, the number one rule when thrifting is that you must think outside the box.  If you sew, you can take your thrifting up a whole new level because you can recreate and alter your finds. I bought this for $8.99 because I was inspired by this years hottest trend; the sleeveless trench coat. thrifthaul4Here is my inspiration: karla11 I love the way Ashley from FabEllis styled her sleeveless trench coat. ash1 My next thrifted find was this gray wool skirt.  The price for this skirt was $3.99. Wool skirts are a must have for Fall and Winter. This is such a classic piece and it’s must have for cooler weather because it keeps your bum warm.  I plan to shorten it to make it a bit more chic. thrifthaul1Here is my inspiration: Blake+Lively+Cinema+Society+BlackBerry+Bold+zI-FOU1F8eXl

My next thrifted item that I purchased was this long jean skirt. The price for this skirt was $4.99. I do plan on make some minor changes to this skirt as well…well, just a bit of shortening and distressing. thrifthaulHere is my inspiration: jeanskirt1So ofcourse I had to save the best for last.  The retail price on this coat is $220 found HERE. The price for this coat was $29.99, but I paid $22 because my thrift store has a sale every Monday.  This jacket looks brand new and it’s just plain beautiful! No alterations will be made on this coat because it’s perfect as is. I’ll just be dropping it off at my local dry cleaners as with all the rest of these clothes. thrifthaul3Here is my inspiration: plus-size-trench-coatWhat do you think about my finds?  Have you been thrifting lately? If so let me know what you’ve found. I’d love to hear.  Also if you haven’t been thrifting or never been, I hope I’ve inspired you. name

Sheath Dress with Leather Details

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When Balmain hit the runway for the Fall fashion show this year, it had everyone’s attention.  Every single detail within each garment was beyond amazing. Every piece was literally wearable art.
Vogue Foundation Gala Arrivals - Paris Fashion Week : Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015Although I am no where near as designed oriented as these high fashion designers, I was truly inspired by them.  I loved the colors and textures that each design carries.
milblogOlive being one of the hottest colors for Fall, I wanted to create a simple sheath dress while incorporating a simple detailing of leather.  I can sort of picture Kim K. wearing my dress. Can’t you? LOL! (Only in my dreams)
mil1blogAs for the dress, I used New Look’s 0167, view B. (I found it at a yard sale)  I basically made the dress exactly how the instructions stated. I looked at it and just thought it was quite boring so, I had some extra leather laying around so I decided that I wanted to incorporate it in the dress somehow. I played with a few designs, but ended up with this one.  I cut the shoulders of the dress apart and added the leather.  I understitched the neckline for the main part of the dress, but for the leather, I topstitched.
mil3blogI really loved how this dress came out. It looks a high-end, designer dress, but of course we all know that it wasn’t.  I purchased 2 yards of the fabric for $5/yd while in NY and the leather was scraps that I found laying around my house.
mil4blogmil6quotemil5Dress: DIY// Necklace: JCP// Heels: Target

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the dress.  Comment below.
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Celeb Look for Less: Floral Bomber Jacket

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Hi everyone! Long time no see huh?! Well I had to take a much needed break, but no worries, I’m back. So I recently watched Sex and the City for the first time (I know. I know. I’m late!) And while watching, I was so inspired by the amount of fashion risks that Ms. Carrie Bradshaw took. I loved her extreme take on clothes. For example, she always went overboard with what she wore when just performing simple tasks. I thought it was hilarious and I loved it. So, let’s talk about my inspiration…bomberCollage Don’t you just love this jacket?! It’s so darn fabulous! It’s such a cool piece that can easily be dressed up or down, which is what I love about it.  It’s an easy piece that you throw on and can easily look pulled together. When walking through JoAnns Fabric Store, I remember spotting a similar style fabric in the Prom/ Wedding section. I NEVER would have though to turn this fabric into a jacket. It’s so clever and it’s such an unexpected fabric choice. So of course, I had to have it!
bomberIf you are looking to recreate this jacket and you are not interested in black, there are other colors; off-white and blush pink. Not a huge selection but with these colors are perfect neutrals. I’m actually thinking about making a pink one…hmmmm. The fabric is a bit pricey, $25/yd, but if you wait for a 50% off coupon the cost will be easier to cope with. LOL! It did for me at least. Also, the best part is, you’ll only need about 1.5 yds depending on the size you make. So can we say “Cheap but Chic!?”

bomber1The pattern that I chose to recreate Ms. Bradshaw’s floral bomber is New Look’s 6226 from the Project Runway line of patterns. This jacket is fully lined and was pretty easy to make. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I would say that this is for the intermediate seamstress, not so much for the beginner only because there a few techniques used that a beginner may not understand just yet.  I did have to make a change to the outcome of my jacket versus how it is supposed to be made.  I removed the panel in the center of the jacket. With the fabric that I chose, it would not have looked proportionate. If you choose a less bulkier, more simpler fabric, I think the panel in the front would be fine.

bomber3Ok. So I am going to style my jacket in a few different ways. Today, I wanted to dress my jacket casually with some simple thrifted distressed jean shorts, tights, and boots.  This is a look that I would wear when hanging out with the girls or shopping. And of course, you all know I love my black. :)
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What are your thoughts on bomber jackets? Is it a closet staple for you this season?

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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
COUPON CODE:
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EXPIRES: Oct. 31, 2014

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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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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origami5   origami81origami6origami91origami7 Top: DIY (Fabric purchased from JoAnn Fabrics)//Earrings: Zales// Necklace: Aldo// Pants: American Eagle// Purse: Marshalls// Rings: Charming Charlie// Wedding Band// White Heels: Charlotte Russe// Blue Heels: JustFab

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