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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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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Summer Essentials: Fashion

So in my previous post, you’ve seen my beauty must haves. Along with beauty comes fashion, so here are my top fashion summer essentials and the reasons why I love them.
se11. Birkenstocks:  These sandals are what’s hot for this season.  They have been seen on just about every fashion blogger and every celeb. Not only do they pair well with so many outfits, but they are extremely comfortable. Also, I cannot forget to mention that they look good on everyone no matter your age or sex.  Isn’t that great!?   Mine were given to me as a graduation gift from my little brother of the men’s fashion blog Victor Alexander.  And as a lover of black, the color that he chose for me was perfect.  They are a bit pricey, but they are well worth it. I promise you.
2. Panama Hat:  These straw hats have been everywhere these past couple of years and I finally got my hands on one.  Let me first say that I usually hate hats and I usually hate putting anything on my head, but when I found this hat and tried it on, I felt that this hat looked great on me.  I love this hat.  It looks great when I wear my hair down in a straight style, with a side bun, or with a side braid.  It’s a very simple piece, but it’s a great addition to everyone’s closet.
3. Brightly Colored Open Toe Heels: Ok. So I spotted these in a video by one of my favorite Youtubers, Hey Claire.  I absolutely love her style.  It’s so simple and clean. Anyhow, once I saw them in one of her hauls, so of course, I had to get them.  I went to Zara in DC recently and they were having an amazing sale.  Who knew Zara had sales?  Anyhow, these heels were on sale for only $39.99.  They didn’t have my size in the store so I quickly ordered them online. I cannot wait to wear these. They are so sexy and the hubby told me he loved them on me.  So obviously, they are a winner in my book!
4. Brightly Colored Crossbody Bag:  Because I wear a lot of black, I accessorize with brightly colored accessories and this bag gives me that perfect pop of color that I need.  This Kate Spade bag was gifted to my as a graduation gift by my husband. I was absolutely shocked that he even picked this out.  I love that it’s small for those days that I will be walking for long periods of time and do not desire to carry a big bag.  The small size is perfect! I’ve always dreamt of owning a Kate Spade and this bag couldn’t be more perfect.  Love it!
5. Bralettes: These are a fun addition to any Summer wardrobe.  These make a subtly sexy statement when worn under loose tanks or with tops with low hanging armholes.  It’s a small added detail when pairing with simple tops and takes your outfit up to another level. I got mine from Charlotte Russe for $4/each. Can’t beat that price!

What are you fashion summer essentials?  I’d love to know.
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Watercolors

So the trend continues with the All Over Print type of look and if you follow me on instagram (@cheapbutchic) you know I have been on roll with pushing out these types of looks lately.

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So let me talk about the fabric.  The fabric that I have been gravitating towards lately is cotton.  Not alot of people sew clothes with this type of material typically, but I’ve been watching alot of designers step out the usual apparel fabric and experiement with different textiles. Lately, I’ve seen quilted skirts made out of quitling fabric with the attached batting.  I’ve also seen a whole lot of neoprene.  Haven’t you?!  Once I get my hands on some that I actually like, I’m definitely making a skirt.  Anyhow, back to the subject at hand.  I purchased my fabric from Hancock Fabrics.  It was part of their value fabrics line so it was under, I think $5/yd.  I purchased two yards.  I love the watercolor effect that the print has. It’s so pretty.  The reason why I’ve been loving cotton fabrics is because there are more options for unique prints.  And this year, I am all for unique prints.
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Now let’s talk design.  Just like the previous crop top in an older post, I made my own pattern for this crop top as well.  I PROMISE, I’ll have that tutorial to you guys soon.  I’m making a few tweaks here and there which is why it’s not out yet.  As for the skirt, I also did not use a pattern.  I wanted something bold, so this definitely worked for me.  I found a quick instructional on Pinterest and made this skirt within 2 hours.  It took a bit of math, but I got it done.  Here a few tutorials that you can check out. You can click any of the links below.  If you are a visual learner.  I’m quite behind, but I’m working on providing a tutorial for you.

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Here are some cotton print options that I thought would look great with this look.

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1- Amy Butler Lark Dreamer Gypsy Cobalt Blue
2- Amy Butler Hapi Glow Navy
3-Amy Butler Lark Glamour Chinese Lanterns Grass Green
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Amy Butler Belle Coriander Blue
All of these fabrics are found on Fabric.com.  If you didn’t like these options, remember there are thousands of other options on the site.  Also, if you didn’t notice, Amy Bulter is one of my favorite fabric/textile designers.  Her work is impeccable. Allow me to remind you that fabric shopping is quite exciting and also addiction, so have fun!

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So here is the look pulled together
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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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Oxblood

Last year’s color of the year was Oxblood and it still seems to be a favorite for this year as well. It’s a rich, deep, red color that really represents the season of Fall.
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I saw Mimi G with this skirt earlier this year and this was one of the things I decided to teach myself how to make.  When I tell you that it is EXTREMELY easy….I MEAN IT!!! There is no pattern needed.  All you need to know is your waist measurement and the measurement from the floor to your waist. That’s it! Mimi G sells the instructions to this skirt if you can’t seem to figure out how to make it.  She also sells these skirts for a steep price if you don’t really care to sew your own skirt.regal
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DIY 4th of July OOTD

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July with your family and friends.  Here is what I wore yesterday to show my American pride. And YES! I went all out. LOL! closeup You guys know I am all about living on a budget. I love my thrifted purse. I bought it so long ago and never had an outfit to wear it with until yesterday.  The purse only cost me $1! Steal right?

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And ofcourse I have to talk about the DIY peplum top that I introduced to you a couple weeks ago. You can make one today.  I promise you, it’s EXTREMELY easy! Want to learn how?  Watch below…

Comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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Red, White, & Beach Bag

Hey everyone!
So I know everyone is going to the beach or pool this summer so why not go in style? I was totally inspired by the upcoming holiday; Independence Day and thought red, white, and blue represent Summer for me.
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Today I am teaching you how to make a very chic beach bag that is super easy to do.  The best part about making tote bags, is that you can customize them by choosing fabric that matches your personality.  And guess what, this bag will make a great gift!  To be honest, I would love a cute tote bag for a gift. They can be used for shopping, outings with the family, school, and etc. So yea, it has numerous uses.
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Ok so in the video, the measurements that I made my bag was for my family of four, so I needed a really big bag.  Below are different sizes with their measurements that you can use to make the bag that you want.

EXTRA LARGE
Patterned Fabric: 17.5″ x 28″
Plain Fabric: 14″ x 28″
Straps: 27″
Corner Measurement: 7″

Large
Patterned Fabric: 13.5″ x 24″
Plain Fabric: 10″ x 24″
Straps: 27″
Corner Measurement: 5″

Medium
Patterned Fabric: 10″ x 21″
Plain Fabric: 7″ x 21″
Straps: 25″
Corner Measurement: 3.5″

If you cannot find any chevron fabric at your local fabric store, you can purchase all different colors on Fabric.com. Click link Below.
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Enjoy this DIY.  I would love to hear your thoughts and I would absolutely LOVE to see pictures if you have made any of my DIY’s.  Please rate, comment, and subscribe to my video and thank you for watching!


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