Celeb Look for Less: Floral Bomber Jacket

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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Origami

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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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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Americana

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you are all in good health.
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So every Summer, I run into thrift stores and I grab a few pairs of jeans and turn them into shorts because let’s be real, who in the world wants to spend over $20 on some shorts that you can distress at home?! Not me!  I purchased these Levi pants in the Men’s section at the thrift store.  I remember doing a post about thrifting when I first started blogging and the #1 rule I mentioned was to be open minded.  These “men’s” jeans are the perfect fit and surprisingly high-waist jeans. This cheap and easy look is everywhere and it’s extremely comfortable. My brother, whom some of you may know, has a men’s fashion blog and has recently posted an easy-to-follow tutorial on making your own distressed shorts. In the video, he features 2 styles that you can choose to create.  I will link the video at the bottom of this post.  But, for now, here is what I am wearing for the 4th (until I slip into some comfortable flats ofcourse!). rwb3rwb2rwb6rwb4rwb5rwb8Tshirt: Target// Sunnies: Target// Hoop Earrings: Charlotte Russe// Shorts: Thrift store + DIY// Heels: Zara

DIY Cut-Off Shorts Tutorial:

Have Fun and always, always, always, Be Safe! Hugs & Kisses!
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Savannah Adventures

Ok, so while in Savannah, I wanted to present a fresh and clean look that was easy to pull off and somewhat easy to wear since I had both my children.  Mind you, I said somewhat because I chose to wear white and you know if you have children, it’s hard to keep clean when chasing them around.  The lipstick that I used was the perfect accessory to my overall look. It gave my look a bit of a retro feel so I really liked that.  I’m really into bright lips this season can you tell?
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The lipstick that I used was the perfect accessory to my overall look. It gave my look a bit of a retro feel that I really liked. It has a matte finish and it is quite drying, but if you moisturize your lips prior to putting it on, you’ll be fine.  And the best part is, it lasts all day.  It’s actually kind of hard to clean off.  I’m really into bright lips this season can you tell?
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Sunnies: Target// Chambray Button up: Target// Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft// Sandals: Charlotte Russe// Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Lipstick: MAC Relentlessly Red // Nail Polish: Fresh Paint Alex’s Lemonade

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Black & White

This color palette is such a classic and it’s totally my favorite.  In the world outside of blogging land, you will ALWAYS find me in black and/or white.  I completely feel comfortable in it and you can never go wrong with the pair.

blkwht1My mom who is a talented seamstress made this outfit for me.  I told her what I had in mind and she took my measurements, made the pattern, and out came this baby! It’s a two-piece top and flutted mini skirt.  I adore this classic set. The fabric was found on clearance at JoAnn’s a few months ago.  Hopefully they’ll still have it at yours.

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Well here is the pulled together look:

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TOP: DIY
SKIRT: DIY
SHOES: Target
LIPSTICK: Ruby Woo
WATCH: TJ Maxx
EARRINGS: Charlotte Russe

I’ll have a tutorial coming for the skirt in the future. I made one on my own a few weeks back and found it to be quite easy. So keep a look out for that.  I am a one woman show so these tutorials are coming. Slowly but surely.
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Sewing Studio Makeover + DIY Decor + Giveaway

Hi everyone!

So for a month and half, I have been working long and hard behind the scenes making over a room in my home.  It took me a minute to decide what I wanted this particular room to be but eventually I figured it out.  So…you all know that for a while, I’ve had a sewing closet.  I’ve always dreamt of having a sewing studio so I felt that this was my chance to go for it.  So I wanted to describe my style very briefly so that you are able to understand the direction I was going in:

  • “Cheap but Chic”- I wanted my room to portray an expensive look and feel, without the high price tag.
  • Minimal- I wanted the room to have a clean feel with a simple color palette.
  • Inspirational- I wanted to feel inspired in every direction I looked whether through words, pictures, or colors.

Here I provided a few BEFORE shots of my space:
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In order to eliminate the high price tag, I shopped around my house for stuff I can incorporate into my space and of course the room would not be me if it did not have DIY projects.  Below are a few pictures of DIY projects that I created.  I made my own curtains, wall art, painted my frames, faux metal knick knacks, painted my vases, inspiration board, shelving units, book covers and pillows. You probably want to know how I did all of this right?  Well, you are in luck! I show you how in the video I provided at the end of this blog post. But first, here are the “AFTER” photos of my brand new sewing studio.
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room17room18room16room19room6This drawing/ Watercolor painting was done by Kerrilyn
Check out her blog HERE
Follow her on IG @kerrilynnoelle

room2This couch/ futon was kindly provided to me by DHP Furniture
Check out their website HERE
Check out their Pinterest board for inspiring home decor ideas HERE
Purchase this and/ or several other inexpensive pieces for your home HERE

REVIEW
Modern, sleek, clean look and feel
Easy to put together (approx.. 20 min)
Futon was extremely easy to lay back and return upright
Expensive look without the high price tag
I wished it came with a matching ottoman w/ storage

GIVEAWAY TIME

DHP Furniture was kind enough to send me the couch/ futon to review and add into my decor.  And guess what? DHP Furniture wanted you to have one as well!!!  So the rules for this giveaway are as follows:

  1. “LIKE” DHP Furniture on Facebook HERE
  2. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE
  3. Subscribe to my blog HERE
  4. Follow me on Instagram @Cheapbutchic
  5. SHARE this picture on Social Media and use the following hashtags #cbcmaygiveaway #dhpfurniture
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  6. You can enter as many times as you want.  Giveaway ends May 28th.
  7. Good Luck!Use this Rafflecopter App to make sure you are officially entered into the giveaway.  This app is also located on my Facebook page.
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So in this video, I provide you with a tour and all of the DIY’s that I created for my Sewing Studio.  Thumbs up if you enjoyed!

Special thanks to DHP Furniture for sponsoring this post and for giving me the challenge to makeover a room in my home.  I really enjoyed the challenge.

 

Peek-a-Boo

As some of you may know, I am one of the co-founders of www.prettygirlssew.com.  It’s a group that 5 women started last May and it’s such an amazing and inspiring group to be apart of.  Well, my love for the group is really expressed in this outfit of the day (OOTD).
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I was inspired to pull together this outfit by the beautiful Sheryl Luke of www.walkinwonderland.com.  Her style to me is flawlessly chic.  The skirt that she wore is pictured below was purchased from Express.  And as you all know, Express definitely has some high prices.  The cheapest I seen this skirt is $84.69 on Asos.
sherylSo after seeing this, you know I had to find a way to make this.  The fabric that I chose to make my skirt was a black satin taffetta and a mesh fabric.    The pattern that I used to make this skirt was McCalls 6706.  If you do decide to make this be careful.  You may have to make a few adjustments to allow this skirt to be actually wearable.  I’m currently working on a tutorial on my channel to show you those adjustments.  As for the shirt, it’s just a simple screen printed shirt that I made at home.   T-shirts with wording on it have been quite popular lately so I decided to jump onto the trend. (*This item is currently in my online closet for purchase.)DSC_03331DSC_02781DSC_02881DSC_03251DSC_03081

Comment below and let me know what you think.  I love to hear from you.  If you made a tee, what would it say?  I want to make another, give me some ideas!

Spotted on the Streets

If you have not gone to Target lately and looked at their Clearance, you are definitely missing out. I scored a great deal in their lately. I bought several pairs of heels for $11.98 and the tops were between 50%-60% off.  I need to do a haul or something. Target2

Lately, I have not had the time to sew because of the classes that I’m taking.  I’m graduating really soon so these classes are becoming more and more challenging.  In the meantime though, I can still play dress up!
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Old is New Again

If you have children, you can definitely relate with me. I have a beautiful 4 yr old baby girl and a handsome 1 yr old baby boy that love crafting like me.  They love drawing, and painting ON MY FURNITURE!  Ugghhh….You can feel my irritation right?  It doesn’t matter how much paper I give my son, he just puts his artwork on everything but…
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So, before I show you my before pictures don’t judge me. LOL! I should have completed this DIY a long time ago because the dried in food, spilled juice, and artwork isn’t a pleasant site.
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Before, the cushion on my chairs were a cream colored upholstery fabric.  This time, I wanted to make sure that I protected my beautiful fabric that I chose, so I first chose a clean, white upholstery fabric with embossed circles and on top I added a light vinyl. I chose a white fabric because it has a clean, fresh finish and the vinyl will make it harder for food and drinks to stain my cushions.


You can accomplish this DIY on thrifted furniture too.  If you see something in a second hand store with a beautiful frame, grab it. Paint it, stain it, then reupholster it.  Here is the tutorial on how you can easily upcycle your old dining chairs.  If you haven’t already, please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and comment and like this post if you are excited about Home Décor DIYs.

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