Tailored

So, as some of you may know, I graduated from college back in June so now I am currently in job hunt mode. Well, not really so much a job; I’m looking for a career that I would enjoy. This post is my ode to that career women I dream of being.
tailI’m very ambitious. I want it all! When I do start working, I’m still going to keep my blog up and running. I’ve built this thing from the ground up and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I really enjoy blogging and I feel like I can manage it all. I’ve managed it while I was in school full time, so I hope it’s no different.
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So this outfit is a bit more on the business casual side because of the bright colored shoes.  I love fuchsia and navy blue paired together. It’s just a beautiful coupling. The neutral animal print purse adds a more classic and high-end look to the entire outfit.  Besides the shoes being my favorite part of the outfit, my second fav is the skirt. Can you believe that it was only $10?! Yep!  I love the box pleat in the front and the belt that it came with is so modern and chic. The fabric is so beautiful and soft and I love that it allows you to look professional yet fashionable as well. I purchased the skirt from JC Penney. I think so many people have turned away from JCP. I don’t understand why though. They have such amazing clothing at amazing prices. I remember last year buying a tuxedo blazer for only $2. It was brand new with absolutely nothing wrong with it. JCP is definitely one of my favorite stores to shop. Do you shop there?
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I love that my entire outfit was on clearance. My top was only $4. A crispy white button-up is a classic and must have in everyone’s wardrobe. My purse was around $6. An animal printed bag is such a fun added touch to any outfit. This  is also a staple that should be in a every woman’s closet. My skirt I mentioned above and lastly, I cannot forget my shoes. JustFab was having a buy 1 get 1 free deal so I jumped right on it.  A fun-colored shoe is a must have for those days when you want to dress up and hang out with the girls or a fun date with your guy. If you don’t have any of these classic pieces, I won’t be mad if you stop reading my blog and go get them for your closet now. It’s soooo needed, so I’ll understand.
tail1So what is your work uniform? What do you wear to work? I’d love to know. Also, I wanna to know, what is your dream job? Are you working there currently?
Thanks for stopping by! XOXO

Top: The Loft// Skirt: JC Penney// Purse: Target// Heels: JustFab// earrings: Charlotte Russe//  Lipstick: Milani Uptown Muave// Eyes: Urban Decay Naked

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Fabric Statement Necklace

So….I’m extremely behind on this necklace. I was hoping to film a tutorial on this, but since I am so behind on my videos, I decided to share this pictorial (picture tutorial) on my blog.
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If you follow me on IG (@cheapbutchic) you’ll know that I made this necklace months ago.  So enough with the talking. Here is what you will need:
necklaceCollageIf you can, use your scraps of fabric. Have you made a tulle skirt lately? Use those scraps. Here is the step-by-step tutorial, If you have questions, comment below. If you’ve completed this project and would like for me to check it out, tag me on IG. I’d love to see your finished project.

Step 1: Trace the shape of the visor onto the felt. Cut shape out.
necklace6Step 2:  Cut out two 20 in. pieces of your satin ribbon. Stitch one end of each ribbon to the corners of your felt. Optional- Use a liquid fray prevention to stop the ends of the ribbon from fraying. You can find it at JoAnns.
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Step 3: Cut out several circles from your tulle and satin fabric. Remember, the circles do not have to be perfect.
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Step 4: Take one circle, whether satin or tulle and fold on half.
necklace9Step 5: Then, fold in half again. Place hot glue onto tip of your folded fabric and place onto the felt.  Repeat steps 3 & 4 with both satin and tulle circles. Be sure to spread out both fabrics evenly for a more full and floral-like texture. Also, work fast. Each piece of fabric needs another to stand up on it’s point.

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And that’s it!  This necklace would look great to spice up any regular t-shirt or it would look nice with a simple dress. Have fun with it!
necklace11 Thanks for stopping by. XOXO
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Summer Essentials: Beauty

So one thing you must know about me….I am a product junkie!  I have very sensitive skin so for the past year, I have been testing all kinds of products out that works for my skin.  And for the Summer time, everyone wants their skin to look it’s best right? I know I do.  Here I have chose my current favorite beauty products that are my MUST HAVES for this season.  Because I have sensitive skin, I’m sure it will work for you all that do not have sensitive skin.  Below I have listed those products and why I love it.

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Before we go any further though, let’s talk about this season’s must have bag.  As a mom of 2 young children, I carry quite a bit to make sure that everyone is comfortable and I’m one of those moms that has never owned a diaper bag.  In my opinion, they are tacky and does not contribute anything to a women’s presence. The ‘IT’ bag of the season is this tote from Victor Alexander.  This bag screams young and fun from the inside-out!  The inside is lined with a black and white polka dot print and the outside is made with a beautiful and soft vegan leather.  The bags comes in a variety of colors, but for the Summer time, you have to love this Kiwi Tote. These bags are luxurious and are made for the everyday women whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a busy working woman that is always on the go. You have to have this bag in your life!  Show up at your work functions, pool/ beach parties, or get-togethers with your girlfriends with a bag that is sure to be a head-turner. I currently own two of these bags and am on my way to owning three.  You will see them featured in future OOTD posts soon. If you are interested in this one or other colors, you can purchase HERE.
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1. 100% Pure Almond Oil: I use this for my hair, my face, and my body.  Almond oil has tons of healthy benefits: Natural anti-aging product, perfect for my eczema, makeup remover, promotes long, healthy hair, regulates blood pressure, promotes long healthy nails, etc.
2. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs: I’ve been using this for a few years. I have several scars on my legs and it doesn’t totally cover them, but they blur the scars.  I love that it’s easy to apply as well.
3. Hope in a Jar’s a to z cream: This foundation is perfect for my sensitive skin because it does not make my dry patches (eczema) stand out and it’s actually healthy for the skin. It’s a million times better than BB or Cc cream.
4. Anastasia Brow Gel: I have several brow products but this one outdoes them all. It’s waterproof and it doesn’t fade throughout the day. It literally lasts all day long! Hands down, it’s worth the price.
5. NYX Dance the Tides: This is a recent find, but it immediately turned into a favorite.  It is the best crease/blending color of all time. It’s like a beautiful leathery color that looks beautiful with so many eye looks.
6. Loreal Linear Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner: After years of practice and trying out several products, I have mastered the art of a perfect winged eyeliner.  I use MAC’s Blacktrack as a base and then this liquid liner directly on top to achieve that perfect wing that doesn’t budge and literally lasts all day without any fading.  And by the end of the day, it looks just as good as when I first put it on.
7. Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm: Ok. First let me say that my daughter and I have the driest lips in the world. I have a drawer full of all kinds of chapstick but this one is the only one that has kept our lips extra moisturized. And it doesn’t leave that nasty white film on my lips that a lot of chapstick leaves behind.  I’ve bought several of these and haven’t found anything that works better.
8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams: So I have been loving bright matte colors on my lips lately and these lip creams take the cake.  They are so inexpensive and the variety of colors that you get to choose from is endless.  I love the finish that it gives; velvety and smooth.  I love these!  I also wanted to mention that this particular color that I have pictured here is Morocco. It’s a beautiful, bright orange color that is a must have for Summer.
9. NYX Matte Lipstick: Carrying on with the bright matte lip color theme, NYX also carries matte lipsticks in their line which also has a variety of colors.  These are also inexpensive and they last for a long time.  I do have to reapply a little bit after I eat, but not too much.  This particular color that I have pictured is Shocking Pink. It’s a bright neon pink that will so amazing on every skin tone. I’ve seen it on just about every skin tone and it’s just flawless for this season.
10. NYX Cream Blush: So along with having sensitive skin, I dry skin on my cheeks.  When my eczema flared up in the past they would flare up on my cheeks and I would have dry skin patches.  It was quite embarrassing.  So along with discovering by foundation, I was overjoyed when I rediscovered this blush in my makeup stash.  I love it because a little goes a long way and best of all, the cream doesn’t sit on my dry skin.  I love that it melts into my skin and it gives my cheeks a beautiful flush of color.
11. Rimmel Max Bold Curves Extreme Volume & Lift Mascara: So this is my second purchase of this product.  To achieve that perfect, full lashes look without wearing fake lashes, I do have a lash dream team.  First I apply Loreal’s Fiber lashes for length, but this Rimmel mascara give me full volume.  It thickens up my lashes like no other and trust me, I’ve tried several.
12. Benefit’s Watts Up Highlighter: I discovered this product while watching Beauty Crush on YT last year.  It was one of her favorites so I was lucky enough to get one from Sephora for free and I love it. It gives your skin a natural glow and it blends into your skin seamlessly. The full size version is quite expensive but well worth the price.
13. Ice Breakers: So this may sound funny but along with the obvious reasons that these mints will instantly freshen your breath, but in my desperate plea for trying to lose weight, this mints are a lifesaver.  Why you may ask? Well, these surprisingly enough curb my hunger.  With the few meals that I eat during the day, my stomach still hasn’t adjusted so these mints keep my stomach and breath satisfied throughout the day.
14. Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer: So I have been on the hunt now for years looking for the perfect bronzer for Summer.  After years of searching,  finally came down to this one.  I own several Tarte products which I highly dislike, but this one, oddly enough, I love. It gives me that perfect, beachy, bronzed look.  When wearing this, my makeup is usual minimal because the bronzer does all the work.  I love the finish that it gives. It gives my skin a dewy and healthy look which makes it perfect for my go-to summer look.
15. Botanicals Rosewater Toning Spray 100% Organic: If you’ve never tried a refreshing rose water spray, you are missing out. If you have dry skin, apply this product to your clean face, after your moisturizer and before you apply your makeup.  The rose water will seep in and naturally hydrate your skin.  And just like a lot of products that I use, rose water does have healthy benefits for the skin. and it has a lovely rosey smell as well. Try it!
16.  Philosophy The Present Invisible Skin Perfector & Oil Free Primer: I’ve tried several primers, even the ever popular Benefit’s Porefessional and they have all failed my sensitive skin.  This one however, is a holy grail product for me.  I tend to look for things that don’t flare up my eczema, gives my skin moisture, and helps with the my foundations application.  With sensitive skin, it’s hard to find products that work well with my skin so when I received a sample from Sephora and tried it out for a week, I purchased immediately.  When you find that perfect product you should buy immediately and stick with it unless…something better comes along. LOL! But for now, I am loving this product and I will buy another for sure.
17. Freeman’s Clay Mask in Avocado and Oatmeal: I’m sure you see a trend here when ti comes to me buying products.  My skin needs moisture so I purchase products that do just that.  The avocado in the mask gives me the needed moisture my skin needs and the oatmeal calms my eczema. So this product was a win/win for me.
18Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar Moisturizer & Sunscreen: I love this facial moisturizer for Summer because it’s lightweight, it’s unscented, and it has sunscreen (spf25) in it that doesn’t cast a white film over your skin.  This product gives me just enough moisture and it has keep eczema at bay. And of course it has health benefits for the skin. It contains lactaid acid which light exfoliates the skin, beta- glucan which gives your skin a natural glow.  This product also contains antioxidants which protects your skin from harsh environmental chemicals.

I haven’t had any eczema breakouts on my face in a year. It took a while, but I’ve learned what works for my skin.  What are your beauty summer essentials?  I’d love to know!

Tribal

So let me first mention that I purchased this fabric last year at Hancock Fabrics, so if you go looking for it, unfortunately it may not be there anymore, but there are plenty of African or tribal prints on fabric.com that you may love.
fabpicIt took me a year to figure what I wanted to make with because I loved it so much.  I wanted to make sure that whatever I made with it, it was going to be something that I would get a lot of wear out of.  So after a year of brainstorming, I figured, why not make a shift dress?  Shift dresses are perfect for moms because you look easily put together and it’s such a classic piece that you can wear for years.  I created 2 recently which you may have seen on IG (@cheapbutchic); one with a pattern and one I made without a pattern.  But for this particular shift dress, I did use a pattern and I adjusted it quite a bit. So the pattern I used was Simplicity 1878 from the lisette line.
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If you look close, you’ll notice that the front is two separate pieces; top and bottom.  I wanted it to be one solid piece in the front, so I taped the top and bottom pattern pieces together and made sure to include the allowance.  I also didn’t like the neckline. I wanted something more simple instead if the V shape, so I altered that as well. Now for the front and back pieces of the dress, I wanted the bottom to look more like the bottom of a button-up shirt.  I wanted my sheath dress to look & feel like I was wearing my husbands button-up so, I traced the bottom corner of his shirt onto my pattern and that is how I got the bottom to look like a men’s button up shirt.  I also want to add that I inserted an invisible zipper and two darts in the back.

tribaltribal1So I love to have fun taking pictures every now and then so when I pictured the photoshoot for this dress, I pictured my self having big hair in the woods. LOL! So, me and my brother made it work and I think they came out fantastic.
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Dress: DIY// Necklace & Shoes: Charlotte Russe// Lipstick: NyX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morrocco

Do you have any plans on making a shift dress this Summer? If so, send me your pictures on Instagram @cheapbtchic or Facebook. I’d love to see.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Home Sweet Home

So my entryway was bit boring so i decided that I wanted to make aa easy custom wall art that would match the rest of the decor in my home. While scrolling Pinterest, I came across this one. It was love at first site!homesI changed it up a bit by adding a 3D effect to the  word “SWEET” and I made the same word a metallic finish. To make it as bold as the one above I am in search for the perfect at local thrift stores or yard sales taht I can paint gold. I think that’ll tie it together.
1235895_692466310782924_1651500212_nhomesweethomeThis was a pretty easy project to complete within a few hours. You can make it your own by choosing to do a phrase or children’s names.  Have fun with it and no matter what you decide, I’m sure it’ll look great.  Remember to follow me on Instagram @Cheapbutchic to see what I am doing behind the scenes and please support my channel by subscribing.

Thanks for stopping by! XOXO
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Go Bold or Go Home

Since Fall is my favorite season, I am going all out when it comes to my style.  I have been really into black and white lately. Every black and white printed fabric that I see, I have to have.  I found this bold cotton fabric at Hancock Fabrics at an amazing deal and was super excited to be making some pants with it.
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These pants are definitely easy to make.  The instructions were easy to follow and the outcome is amazing.  I will definitely be making another pair, so keep a look out for another bold print of these pants.  I would love to hear what style you are looking forward to wearing this Fall.  Comment below.
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BLACK TOP: Target
PRINTED PANTS: DIY
SHOES: Charlotte Russe
MATTE FAUX LEATHER CLUTCH: Shop my Clozet

Thanks you guys for stopping by and supporting my blog.  Hope you guys are inspired to sew staple pieces in your wardrobe and don’t be too shy to play with prints.  If you decide to make some high-waist, bold printed pants, tag me on Instagram (@cheapbutchic).  I would LOVE to see your creations.
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Transitioning into Fall: Circle Skirt

Fall is my absolute favorite season.  I love EVERYTHING about it. The smell, the food, and ofcourse, the clothes. So since Fall is around the corner, I decided to bring you the perfect Fall transitioning piece. Circle skirts are the best transitioning piece when it comes to Fall fashion.  They are perfect paired with bare legs or colored tights.

DSC_0165The pattern that I chose for this skirt is awesome for those that have never sewn a thing in their lives.  The steps in this pattern is extremely easy to follow and this skirt is so fast and easy that you may want to make more than one. I know I am!
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Jean Button-Up: Target Clearance
Black Scarf: New York Vendor
Ethnic Printed Skirt: DIY
Clutch: Shop my CloZet
Shoes: Target Clearance
DSC_0198DSC_0183DSC_0179DSC_0203Comment below and let me know what your favorite thing about Fall is. Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you decide to make this skirt, I would love to see.  Tag me on Instagram @Cheapbutchic and follow me there for all other DIY’s and other crafty things I’m creating.  Also, If you haven’t yet, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  God Bless. XOXO

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