Sapphire Summer

So it’s halfway through the year. Time went by so fast. My business is officially 8 months today!  Looking back, I’ve worked my ass off and have learned so much about this business. Although wishing I’d gone to fashion school, I feel like what I’m doing now is the path I’m supposed to be going down.  Everything is falling into place and God has literally sent the most amazing people in my life that I would have never seen myself even meeting.
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For several years, I prayed that God bless me with my dream job. I prayed for this but not knowing what I wanted my dream job to be.  I can truly say that the empire that I am building is the dream job that God dreamt for me.  I really wish that I could show you all everything that has happened from April 2013 until now.  To think that I’ve ONLY been sewing for 2 years and now own my clothing line that is already in a couple stores within the first year of my collection launching blows my mind.  I seriously cannot fathom all of this. I really wish I could take you all down memory lane to see all of the people that I’ve met that volunteered to help me because they believed in me and my brand.  These people aren’t just some airheads off the street either. These are some extremely smart people who I still cannot believe they were sent my way. God truly works in mysterious ways.  It makes me tear up just looking back at all that has happened and the things I know the future holds.  The project that I am working on now behind the scenes literally blows my mind. I cannot even believe that I’m even in the position to be doing it.  God is good. He is good to me.  If you want something bad enough, put in the work.  I hate reading, but I read about the business because I want to be successful.  I’m an introvert and hate being around a lot of people, but God has literally pushed me out there and I’ve have the most extraordinary people.  I hate public speaking, but with this business, that totally goes out the window. It’s all or nothing.  When you have to talk about yourself as a designer and talk about your collection, you have one shot. It’s all God though.  God made all of this possible. I give him all of the glory and all of the praise.

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Tank: Old Navy
Midi Skirt: TJ Sewer
Heels: Just Fab

Stripes on Stripes

I am about that Midi Skirt life! My most favorite part about owning my own clothing label, (TJ Sewer, LLC) is that I own every single piece from each collection. Besides my black & white polka dot midi, this one is another favorite of mine.  Its so New York City Chic!  This is one of the skirts that I can definitely see Carrie Bradshaw wearing.  The stripes are so bold, yet classic.  And ofcourse, I had to top it off with my favorite striped heels. I have gotten so many compliments on my outfit today. It’s such an easy, put-together look that I love!

BTW, I am on a weight loss journey. I’m documenting my journey on snapchat.  I talk about my starting weight, my clothing size, and how many pounds I’ve lost so far.  Snapchat is RAW!  No makeup, no glamour. It’s just me being me. So far I’ve lost 8 pounds. Not only do I talk about weight loss, but you get a behind the scenes of my work that I do for YouTube, my blog, and my clothing label. I definteily do a lot and stay very busy.  If you are interested, come check me out on Snapchat: tjsewer

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Top (its actually a dress): HM// Skirt: TJ Sewer, LLC//  Earrings: TJ Maxx// Heels: Shoedazzle

Muave Midi

Summer is here!  I’ve been extremely busy on my clothing line.  As some of you know, I started my business 6 months ago and things have been going quite well. It’s hard to be the main person in charge because everyone that works for you needs you all the time.  A lot of times its hard to sit down and get that moment to sew for myself or the new collection. When I don’t get the chance to sew for myself, I love to wear skirts from own line (@tjsewercollection). And this one gets a lot of use.

muaveSo you guys should already know this by now but black is my favorite color and its a must for me to wear with almost everything. So ofcourse I had to pair a basic black tee with my midi skirt.  I decided to add some pops of color with my shoes and necklace.

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I love the look of midi skirts because they are so lady like and classy.  You can never go wrong with looking classy!

muave3I personally think that midi skirts flatter everyone. What are your thoughts?  I always hear (majority from my beautiful plus size women) that midi skirts don’t look good on them.  I wholeheartedly disagree. Comment below and tell me what you think.

Follow me to Fashion School

A few weeks ago I went to Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) to pick up my brother who attends the school.  The Seniors just finished their collections and it is now on display in the fashion building.  This was such an inspiring place to be.  The fashion students are so extremely talented and so blessed to be able to learn so much about fashion in school.  I wanted to share this trip with you and hope that you will fins a piece in the video that will inspire you. After this trip, I came home with a list of things I wanted to create.  You all know that I love to share my ideas with you so I’d love it if you shared with me. Comment below and let me know which was your favorite garment and why it inspired you.

From Small to Successful Handmade Business

So a lot of you that follow my blog own a business where you actually hand make your products to sell to your customers.  Sometimes we all get into that slump where we need someone or something to inspire us.  A few weeks ago my friend and I decided to take a road trip to Richmond, VA and while there we found this store that was so inspiring. I decided to vlog the trip because I wanted you all to be inspired as well. The vlog that I filmed shows that we all are starting small now, but with hard work and determination we can eventually grow our business, hire employees, and open a store front. Wouldn’t that be a dream?!  It may be hard to believe it now, but the world is at our feet.  It sounds cliché, but we can have anything we want if we believe we can. How so?  If I believe I can own my own business, I will do my research, network, connect with small business owners, and do any and everything I can to get myself there.  You cannot go anywhere with just a thought. Have a plan. Take some action.  We can do it!  Let’s get inspired.

What inspires you?  Where do you go for inspiration?  Comment below and share your thoughts with all of us. We’d love to hear from you.

I Got my Nose Pierced!

muave1I have always always always wanted my nose pierced, but being in the military for so many years, I wasn’t able to do so. But now that I’m fully out, I finally jumped the gun.  So my brother and I went to Richmond, VA in search for a nice, sanitary place to get my piercing done.  We first went into to Lucky 13 and they have the worst customer service ever.  The guy who was doing the piercing was so rude and pushy. He did not make me comfortable at all.  So naturally, I walked straight out of there. I walked across the street to Enigma Studios and the guy who pierced my nose was the best.  He was so nice and made me so comfortable that I am going back in a few months to get another piercing. His information is listed below just incase you are in the Richmond, VA area.

So a bit about me:
I have ZERO tattoos.
I hate needles
I feel the need to inspect the area to see how the needles are sanitized.
I have an extreme low tolerance to pain.
I ask a million and one questions about how they go about placing piercings
Piercings and tattoos are so out of my character
The whole time I was laying on the table, I was asking myself “Why am I here?”
I watched over 20 videos on YouTube about different experience people have had with their nose piercing

About my piercing:
From 1-10 for pain, it was a 2.
It felt like a tiny pinch
The entire process took 2 minutes
The piercer (what do you call the guy that does the piercing?) was so extremely nice
It feels slightly sore a few days after you get the piercing but it’s not bad at all
It takes 3-4 months to heal
And I love it!

Do you have any piercings?  If so where? Comment below and tell me about your experience. I’d love to hear all about it.

Enigma Studios
Ryan Norton aka Huey
1813 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
804-353-8161

How I Started my Clothing Line, Got into my 1st Store, & Fabric Show

Ok, so here is the long awaited video…..

Back on Novemeber 1st, 2014 I launched my clothing line; TJ Sewer, LLC.  I started out working on my own, but as time went on, my business started picking up so I decided to hire help.  In the video I tell you all about my experience at my first textile show, how I started my business, what type of people I hired to help me grow even more and my role in my business as of now.  In this video, I also talked about my experience in getting contacted by my first store. This video was recorded last month, so my clothing has been in a store for about a month now.  I will do a future video on my experience thus far and how you can get into a store yourself.  If you have any other questions that I did not answer in this video, comment below. I’d love to do another video to answer all of your questions.

Yetunde Sarumi

Hi Everyone!!!! Yes I know, I know. I’ve been gone for way too long, but I’m back!  Can I just tell you how much I’ve missed blogging! So later on, I will be writing a blog post about why I’ve been gone. But for those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram (@cheapbutchic) or any of my social media sites, I’ll tell you that I have been extremely busy launching my business. But again, that’s a different blog post. For now, I will be supporting my dear friend, Yetunde Sarumi.

Yetunde aka Ye is a fellow DIY fashion blogger and one of my business partners in our growing company, Pretty Girls Sew.  Ye launched her clothing line a few months ago and I cannot say enough good things about it.  The prints are beautiful, it’s beautifully made, and it’s affordable.  When she launched her pieces for the Summer, I went crazy over her Summer jacket and knew I had to have it.
me   There are so many ways you can style this jacket which I am beyond excited about, but today, I decided to style it as my Sunday’s Best.  I styled my Yetunde Sarumi jacket with a basic trumpet dress I made recently.  I decided to pair my jacket with a black dress because I wanted my jacket to be the center of attention.
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You can shop this jacket as well as all other fashionably trendy items on Ye’s online store. Link is below.

Jacket: Yetunde Sarumi // Dress: DIY // Heels: JustFab // Lipstick: Sephora

Thrifted Refashion: Trench Vest

Welcome Back!
So a few weeks ago, I showed you guys a Thrifted haul and I told you guys that I was going to transform a few of the things that I purchased.  One of those things was this blue dress.
trench1I know. I know. It’s hideous. And you are probably thinking, what the heck was I thinking, right?  Well, This wouldn’t be “Cheap but Chic” if I couldn’t tell you how to think outside of the box and make something that looks amazing…..for little money of course!  So, trench vests are in! And I love them.  Its such a perfect piece to wear to the office or a casual shopping day.  Here is my inspiration:
karla11Aren’t they chic?!?!? I love trench vests.  So what I did was really easy!
1. Remove sleeves and hem.
2. Update buttons
3. Press
4. Done

trenchOne of things that I looked for when creating this coat was the fabric.  The fabric had to be durable, and it had to be a medium-weight feel like trench coat fabrics are.  Another thing that I looked for was the double breasted button closures. This to me, was a no brainer.  Once I saw this, I immediately thought trench coat! I paired mine with a simple white t-shirt, jeans, and nude pumps.  I allowed my trench vest to get all of the attention in this outfit. I’m definitely excited to add this to my closet.
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trench7Trench Vest: Thrift Store Refashion// Jeans: American Eagle// Tee: Target// Purse: Aldo// Heels: JCP

What are your thoughts on the trench vest? Comment below!

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Preparing for the Holidays

Hi all!
The best time of the year is here and my kids are so ready to get this house decorated for the holidays.  The tree(s) have to go up, the lights and wreaths have to be hung, and the Christmas knick knacks have to be placed around each room.
ladAs with every year, my husband is in charge of hanging the lights and garland outdoors. When he received this ladder from the DIY Outlet, he was like a kid in a candy store. LOL!
lad1We already have a ladder, but this is definitely an upgrade from the one we already own.  While “playing” with the ladder, he discovered that it was really a 3-in-1.  With the first set up, we adjusted the ladder to reach the top of the roof. This is great for cleaning out your gutters and of course, hanging those Christmas lights this season.  The locking mechanisms in the ladder make it safe and durable to go pretty high.
lad2In this 2nd setup, we adjusted the ladder to look like any normal household ladder.  This is great if you need to paint around your home or if you need to change out light bulbs you can’t possibly reach. (Excuse all the dirt and leaves. LOL! My husband decided that it was time to clean the gutters since he was finally able to reach them.)
lad3Lastly, this setup is great when space is limited. You can use this in tight spaces where most ladders or step stools wouldn’t fit safely.  The rubber contact on the bottom allows for greater slip resistance.  And as with all three setups, this overall ladder, is extremely lightweight and can be broken down for easy storage.

You can find this ladder and other great tools for you home at theDIYOutlet.com.  If the guy in your life is like mine, you can definitely find some great Christmas gifts for him here.

So when do you plan on decorating for the holidays?

Thank you DIY Outlet for sponsoring this post.
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