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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Street Attitude

Last week I posted my daughter, Alana, wearing her leopard pants in a playful, yet chic style. If you have not seen that post, you can check it out HERE.  This week, I wanted to show you how you can these dress pants up.  When I dolled her up, she could not keep herself out of the mirror. LOL!
ljWhen converting these pants over to  a dressier style, I still kept the main part of the outfit quite simple but, I added bold accessories to play up the look.
divA5A staple in my kids wardrobes are plenty of black and white plain tee shirts; whether they are short or long sleeved. I love them because they can be dressed up or down and they pretty much go with everything.  Another cute added touch to this outfit could be a simple cardigan or faux leather jacket because it will also go well during the colder months.
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Hair Bows: Forever21// Sunnies: Target// Necklace: Charlotte Russe// T-Shirt & Shoes: Target// Pants: DIY

Want to make a pair for your kids and even yourself? Watch this DIY!

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Chic Happens

Happy Saturday everyone!
Is it hot where you are? Because it…is….HOT in Virginia! Good grief!
Ok. So…..who is ready for Back to School?!  My daughter is going into the Kindergarten and she is super excited. I am too!  I’m excited for her to learn and make friends. She is a very social little one. LOL! She is always asking me to take her places and I dread it because I’m such a homebody. 😉 So because school is coming up soon, my kids will be on the blog a bit more than usual. Who doesn’t love cute kids though? I will be featuring some easy back to school looks and DIY’s that you can create for your love bugs.
lj1Me and my daughter have decided that this outfit will be her 1st day of school outfit. My little fashionista has arrived.
ch1So let’s talk about the main purpose of this blog post; these pants. They literally take about 1.5 hours to make. The fabric that I chose was a cotton with a small amount of spandex. You can find it JoAnn Fabrics. You can also use 100% cotton as well. I made them for my son in a previous post and used cotton for his pants. You can check out that post HERE. I am totally going to make several of these style of pants in different prints because they are extremely easy, fast, and I love how many prints I can choose to make these out of.
ch4As you may have noticed about my children’s clothes, I don’t like things to be too childish or too cutesy. I’m more into the modern and bold prints that are simple to pull together. Keep in mind when making kids clothes, that they have to be able to run and play in them as well. So like I said, these pants are perfect for that.
ch5These pants are totally versatile. They can be dressed up or down.  In this particular post, she is dressed down. She can run, jump, and play. In a future post, I’ll show you how you can take these pants and make your baby girl look fancy. Hence the title of this blog “Cheap but Chic”. In all honesty, these pants do look expensive. Don’t they? They were just under $10 to make though.
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Jean Jacket: Thrifted// Tshirt: DIY// Pants: DIY// Glasses: Target// Hair Bow: Forever21// Converse: Converse Outlet

Did I convince you to make some of these for your kids yet?  If not, more posts to come.

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DC Adventures

So every other month or so my husband and I take a trip to DC to visit our best friends.  Every time we go, we always have the best time.  For this particular trip, we wanted to basically relax and get our minds off of the stresses in our busy lives.  So what did I wear?  Remember, when I’m outside of my blogger mindset, I incorporate black in every outfit.  I either wear black from head to toe or I will incorporate it into what I’m wearing.  Now that I think about it, I do sprinkle a few black pieces here on my blog but not as much as I usually wear it in real life. (I’ll go into detail with why I wear color on my blog but not as much in real life at a later time.)
blk9Because we were doing a lot of walking, I decided that I was going to be as comfortable as possible.  I decided that I was going to play up my makeup as my fashion statement in my outfits.

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Shoes: H&M
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Nail Polish: Sephora Formula X in Relentless
Lip Color: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Showy Flamboyante
Lip Color: Sephora Luster Matte in Magenta Luster

So I started using a new foundation and my skin has improved 110%! I used to have small bumps all over my face (irritation from several different foundations) and dry patches (eczema) on my cheeks.  I’ll do a separate post on that though. I filmed a “Get Ready with Me” so that will be posted soon.

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Top: TJ Maxx
Pants: Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s
Sandals: TJ Maxx
Lipcolor: MAC Pink Plaid
Lip Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream

So while in DC, my fellow Pretty Girls Sew co-founder told me she was going to be in the same location I was (the National Harbor) so we decided that we were going to meet for the first time.  I was beyond excited!!!  It was like meeting your long lost sister who you were separated from at birth.  I could have hugged her all day!  I’m so happy to have met you Ye.
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I went on the brand new Ferris Wheel.  I’m extremely terrified of heights and I never usually get on any rides. I only got on this thing for my husband. LOL! I will never do it again.
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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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Lady in the Streets

First off, let me describe my style.  Classy, sexy, feminine, safe.  This outfit is everything I mentioned but safe. LOL!  In my regular everyday wear, Im a jeans a t-shirt type of gal.  With blogging, I am able to create a type of alter ego.  This year, I told myself that I was going to step out of my comfort zone and make things that I normally would not wear on an everyday basis, but something that my inner Carrie Bradshaw would wear.
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So with that said, I decided on making another peek-a-boo skirt I made in a previous post except with a few adjustments.  The previous skirt, I don’t think I’d be comfortable wearing out because it’s a bit too short. So, I made this one a bit longer.  I also felt that I wanted a more cohesive look to my skirt so I did not add the strips of fabric like I did with my other skirt.  This skirt was easily made without a pattern and the tutorial will be available for purchase soon.

For the crop top, I drafted a shirt pattern on my own for first time ever!! YAY! I was so excited.  It took me three tries and I was so relieved when I got it on the third try. As far as sewing it all together…now that was extremely easy.  It’s not made for stretchy material which I love. I have not seen any DIY’s on structured crop tops.  I’ve only seen tutorials using stretchy fabric. So this one is defintiely perfect for me.
bluepeekaboo1croptopSo here is my look put together.  Hope you all enjoy and be prepared for more color and prints in the future of this blog.
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To get an idea of the changes I made and how to go about making this skirt without a pattern, a video will be provided soon.
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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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Sweater Weather

My goal every year Fall and Winter rolls around is to find a few sweaters that I eventually fall in love with.  A statement sweater that I personally like is difficult to find, so I absolutely was ecstatic when I came across this one.
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Did I mention that my shoes were only 15 bucks?!  Yep! Strangely enough. My Target had their Fall shoes on CLEARANCE!  I went crazy.  I don’t have many red shoes, so when I see some that I really like at a good price, I gotta snatch them up.
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Sweater: Charlotte Russe
Leggings: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: Aldo
Earrings: Target Clearance
Booties: Target Clearance
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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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Top: Thrift Store
Clutch: Shop My Clozet
Heels: Charlotte Russe
Heel Sleeves: Shop My Clozet

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