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

Healthy Eats: Veggies, Water, Protein

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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Modernized

 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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Glam Fabrics

So lately, I’ve been on the hunt for that perfect cotton fabric to make my Spring Skirts and I stumbled across this amazing fabric shop on Etsy.  Yes there are several fabric shops on Etsy, but this one in particular stands out to me because the owner is really nice.  The shop I am referring to is called Glam Fabrics and it’s is owned by Jennie.  I do not know her personally but I talked to her through email about how amazing her fabric was and she decided out of the kindness of her heart to give myself and my viewers a discount on her fabric.  Trust me, not all Etsy shop owners are that nice.  Jennie wanted to reach out to you all and give you the best deal.
glamfabrics So take advantage of this great deal.  Before I give you the discount code, I wanted to show you guys my fabric fabrics from her shop that are definitely on my wish list for this year.  I plan on making skirts and maxi dresses from these fabrics.
fabCollageAren’t these amazing prints?!  I Love them! The fabric is designer fabric with excellent quality.  Ok so stop by her shop and say hello.  You must hurry and use the discount if you plan on purchasing because I’m not sure when the discount ends. Who wants to pay full price right?
SHOP HERE: www.glamfabrics.etsy.com
15% Off Discount Code: tabitha14

So here is a sneak peek of some future OOTD blog posts that I have planned. I made these items with the fabric shop that I mentioned and you can too!
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Comment below and let me know which one is your favorite. Thanks for stopping by. XOXO
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Fall Jewel Tones

This weekend, my BFF and I went to the Virginia Fashion week’s main event.  We had a ton of fun. We even vlogged about the event which I will be posting on my YouTube channel soon.  Last year we went to VA Fashion week and purchased our outfits. This year we decided to go all out and sew our outfits.
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So, this is my BFF, Asia. She just started sewing about 2 months ago.  I went with her to purchase her first sewing machine and we brought it home and I taught her the basics of sewing. If you need those sewing tips/lessons, check out my YouTube channel
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.  You can tell that she has been practicing because her DIY High-Waist Pallazzo pants came out great.  The pattern that she chose was Burda’s 7195.  She did change the waistband and made it wider for a more “High-waist” effect.
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get the lookCrop Top: Charlotte Russe
Pants: DIY
Necklace: Aldo
Shoes: Ebay
Purse: Thrift Store
Button Earrings: DIY HERE
vafwasia1 vafwasia2I decided to make a Fall appropriate romper.  The pattern I used was McCall’s 6083. It took me exactly 3 hours to make from start to finish.mccalls 6083

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Romper: DIY
Opaque Tights: Target
Jewelry: Charlotte Russe
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Clutch: My Clozet
Belt: H&M
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vafw1vafw4If you ever get the chance to go to a fashion show, GO! Go with your girlfriends.  You’ll have an amazing time and it’s so interesting to see the designer’s outlook on what they feel fashion should look like.
I will be posting highlights of the Virginia show in the next post. Until then, thanks for stopping by!  Share this post to inspire those that are beginners at sewing.
XOXOXO