How to Style a Basic Tee

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.
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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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Sewing Closet Tour

Hi everyone!  So you are probably wondering where I’ve been right? Well, my camera broke down so I was not able to take any pics or shoot any vids. BUT I’M BACK!  SO here we go….cameraAt the moment, I am not fortunate enough to have my own sewing room. So I have to make use of what I currently have.  I sew in our office area which has a large enough area to house our office desk and my sewing table.  We also have a couple closets within the office so I decided to use one for my sewing storage.

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Available at JoAnn Fabrics & Hancock Fabrics

            My husband was kind enough to build shelves in the closet with inexpensive wood from our local hardware store.  If you are lucky enough to live near an Ikea, go!  There are so many different inexpensive storage options there.  I purchased a set of boxes made from cardboard that you have to fold into shape…very clever I might add.  And not at all difficult.  I also bought a wooden organizer to store my pens, pencils, and cutting tools.  I also use my sewing box to store my thread at the moment.  One day I hope to have a wall organizer for my thread, but for right now, my box will have to do.
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Well, I decided to give you a tour of my sewing closet.  Fabric, pattern, notions, and etc. are organized very neatly.  Take a look and let me know below how you organize your sewing supplies.


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Fall Florals

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This month over on Pretty Girls Sew (www.prettygirlssew.com) I chose this Cynthia Rowley pattern that I felt was so perfect for transitioning into the Fall season.
septThis dress took me a total of 6 hours to make. It’s not too difficult but I would not recommend it for a beginner.  The instructions were so difficult to follow.  They were all over the place.  The dress however, came out beautifully so I’m pretty happy with the result. Anyhow, sound off below and let me know what you think.
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Dress Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Sam & Libby Booties: Target
Earrings: Thrift Store
Belt: Thrift Store

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Illusions

Are you trying to lose weight but the pounds aren’t falling off fast enough?  Are you losing the weight, but can’t seem to tell?  This skirt is for you! Last year, the illusion dresses was pretty popular.  It gave the illusion that you were slimmer than you really were.  Celebrities were seen everywhere on the red carpets and events sporting this look.celebs

This pattern gives the same effect, but the best part is, it’s customizable!  I was able to choose whatever print I wanted; solid or bold. (View D)
m6711pic The skirt was pretty easy to make as usual.  The waistband I think was the most time consuming, because I had to stitch it by hand.  I think it came out pretty nice though. What do you think?  Scroll below to see the easy to follow tutorial.
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Leopard Printed Fabric: JoAnn Fabrics
Top: Thrift Store
Clutch: Shop My Clozet
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Heel Sleeves: Shop My Clozet

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DIY Recycled Mother’s Day Peplum Top

Hello Ladies and Gents!

So you may recognize the pattern below. It’s the same pattern that I used for my DIY Mother’s Day OOTD.  If you picked up the pattern you know, that it isn’t a peplum top and pencil skirt separated.  It’s an entire dress.  When I made it originally, I made a slight change to it.  Instead of making it a dress, I wanted to separate it so that I was able to wear this cute peplum top with different bottoms.  I wanted to be able to dress it up or down.  This wouldn’t be Cheap but Chic if I couldn’t make my clothing versatile right?
DSC_0049So I decided to pair my peplum top this time with a pair of polka dot skinny jeans.  I love this top as a separate because no matter what bottoms I wear, I will still look pulled together.  My style is expressed in the this top alone; classy, sophisticated, and feminine.
get the lookWhere I purchased my pattern: JoAnn Fabrics
Fabric Used:
Spring Shimmer Peach Linen
Where to purchase fabric:
JoAnn Fabrics
Jewelry:
Charlotte Russe, Target
Shoes:
Charlotte Russe
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DIY Mother’s Day Brunch OOTD

This year for Mother’s Day, I decided that I was going to try something different.  Every year (for the past 4 yrs), just like every mother, I would run to the store to try and find the most beautiful dress to wear on Mother’s Day.  The bad thing about that was, with the cost of the outfit and some well deserved shoes, everything would come out way overpriced or just too expensive for me to spend on a regular basis.
Anyway, this year I decided to go ahead and make my own Mother’s Day dress.  I have recently gotten into sewing within the last year, so I decided to challenge myself. In this post, I have included a pattern review and where I purchased everything that I am wearing.  I want to wish all of you mother’s out there and Happy Mother’s Day.  Be blessed!
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. There were two different option for the peplum; Flared and pleated.  I chose the flared peplum.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think it all depends on if you have ever sewn a princess cut op before.  If you are a beginner, I this the top may be a bit difficult to understand. It doesn’t hurt to try though.  It took me a minute to understand how to sew this princess cut top.  Once I figured it out, everything else was a breeze.  Also, if you have never sewn an invisible zipper before, then I would suggest to find a tutorial on YouTube.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the outcome of this outfit.  If I had to choose one dislike, I would say that the top had too many pieces to cut.  There were princess cuts in the front as well as the back.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did make a bit of an adjustment to this dress.  I separated the two and made a peplum top and a high-waisted pencil skirt.  The reason I did this is because after brunch on Mother’s Day, I wanted to change into jeans, but still look cute in my peplum top.

Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely recommend this pattern to others and I would actually make another one is different material.  I love how classy it looks.  It’s just an amazing fit.

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Where I purchased my pattern: JoAnn Fabrics
Fabric Used:
Spring Shimmer Peach Linen
Where to purchase fabric:
JoAnn Fabrics
Jewelry:
Charlotte Russe, Target
Shoes:
Charlotte Russe
Belt:
Thrift Store
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