Favorite Summer Looks

Ba-Bye Summer! It was nice knowin ya!
Summer was good to me this year. I’ve learned quite a few sewing techniques and have definitely stepped outside of my comfort zone while wearing a lot of bright, fun colors.  Today I want to look back at my top favorite Summer looks and hopefully you have enjoyed them as much as I have. Click on the links below to take you directly to that particular blog post and how I went about creating each look.
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1. Tribal
2. Sugar & Spice
3. Keep It Short
4. City Chic
5. Tropical Safari

Which look was your favorite?
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Sugar & Spice

So if you follow me on IG, (@cheapbutchic), you already know that I wore a jumper to the  Wendy Williams show.  On IG, I asked you all how I should wear it because I was getting so many mixed reviews. So in the post, I’ll show you both looks and at the end, I’ll let you know which one I chose.  So for this look, I chose to use McCalls 6969.

WW3I did quite a bit of alterations to achieve the look that I was going for.
1. I used the bottoms of view B and the top of view D.
2. I wanted the bottoms to be a bit more fitted so, I subtracted about 2 inches of seam allowance on both legs.
3. I did not add an elastic to the waistband. Instead I used either an elastic gold belt and I made a green sash to tie around my waist.
4. The jumper to didn’t have a feminie feel to it, so instead of the elastic at the bottom of each leg, I added a cuff with a ties that I had to tie into a knot. When tied, it looked like mini bows, and it gave me the feminine flair I was looking for.
greenjump2 GreenJump1There are a couple of things changes that I should have done that I also wanted to mention. The first would be to add pockets.  I think it would have made the look more relaxed.  The second thing is to stitch from the crotch area, up to the first button on the bottom. The instructions don’t tell you this, but when you sit down, that area opens up and you have to adjust every time you sit.  I hated that. One more thing, the instructions to the collar was extremely confusing to me. I guess it was because I’ve never sewn a blazer or anything with this type of collar but I finally figured it out.

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Jumper: DIY
Belt & Rings: Forever 21
Bracelet & Earrings: Charlotte Russe
Watch: TJ Maxx
Black Tote: Victor Alexander
Nude Lipstick: Sephora
Heels: Target

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Jumpsuit: DIY
Earrings & Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Purse: Payless
Watch: TJ Maxx
Lipstick: NYX Shocking Pink

So the link I went for is the black accessorized look!  Comment below and let me know which one is your favorite.

XOXO
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Concrete Jungle

So this past weekend, I had the time of my life while visiting NY.  I went to celebrate my birthday with my younger brother and my husband. This is not my first time going, but we did have a few first time experiences.  This is sort of like my NY trip diary.  Just in case you were planning on going in the future, these are the things that we did during our trip and you may want to try as well. So first I must say, please excuse the quality of some of the photos. They were taken with an iphone and I could not adjust the size so that it would be clearer.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Besides walking Times Square like every tourist should experience, we went to watch my first Broadway show.  We watched the most amazing “The Lion King”. It is definitely on my list of Top 20 most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The details and work that was put into this show was impeccable. It was definitely jaw dropping.  The tickets may seem expensive for some, but I promise you, every single penny is well worth this show.
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We did enjoy a few great restaurants, but this one in particular was quite different. It was called “Rice to Riches” and all they sold was different flavored rice pudding.  It’s a place that is definitely unique and cannot be found anywhere else. Not too many people like rice pudding, but I do. They had to many different flavors to try. I ordered the cheesecake flavor and let me tell you, it was mouthwatering.  This dish that the rice comes in is also very modern and unique. I loved everything about this place.
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cn_image_size_rice-to-riches-new-york-cityny5Another great spot was the famous Sprinkles Cupcakes. I have to be honest, their cupcakes are not the best. I’ve had better, but this place was unique because they off the worlds first cupcake ATM.  Sounds crazy right? The ATM dispenses cupcakes 24 hours. You can choose whatever cupcake you want, pay with your credit card, and outcomes a nicely packaged Sprinkles Cupcake.
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baked-by-melissacupcakes2_600Coming off the food subject, my husband and I are fans of a show called Oddities. It’s a strange show filmed in a store titled Obscura. Basically what they sell are extremely odd things that you would not think to purchase like human teeth, animal bones, stuffed hyena, etc. To me, it’s more a like a gothic type store. Since we watch on television, we figured that we would actually like to go to the store itself. It was weird. Even the salespeople were different. They were very nice though.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Birthday to me! On Monday I woke up super early to get myself ready for the Wendy show. If you get a chance to go, make sure you go! It was extremely fun! It was like a party during the commercials. People were twerking and making their knees touch their elbows….LOL!  They even chose my brother to be apart of a dance contest. LOL! And hands down…he won! LOL! It was great. So I am definitely a fan of the show and being in the audience was an experience within itself. A few people surprised me with pictures they took if me while I was in the Wendy audience.
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ny1After the show, we went to eat and we did a bit of shopping and ofcourse I could not go home without going to the garment district. Now let me warn you, if you love fabric, you will literally have a heart attack if you go. I needed an oxygen tank. LOL! I went to several shops. Most of them seemed the same. Some stuck out to me and that’s where I spent most of my money. And let me tell how excited I was to go into Mood Fabrics. Just to walk down the aisles where the Project Runway cast were able to come was literally a dream. It was great.  It was expensive but great.
160474037_1a04036f54ny3fashion1_slide-859feb38b3a2fa07649abb4bfe2d2e5e0a06fd85-s6-c30101_76856106-05431008Doesn’t it seem overwhelming?! It was so much fabric. I’m so glad I don’t live near here because I would literally go broke. The fashion/ garment district is dream place for every designer or seamstress. This is a must see if you are in NY. Well, I hope that you enjoyed my diary. My Wendy Williams OOTD will be posting soon, along with my outfits that I wore during my 3 days stay there. They are several posts to follow so hope you’re up for it.

Thanks for stopping by. XOXO
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