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How fun is this midi skirt!? I love this freakin skirt! LOL! Some say it’s a party in a skirt. ūüôā¬†You can’t really tell from the photos, but the pink pom poms on the skirt stick out and gives the skirt a fun texture.¬† People always ask me “How long did it take you to sew all of those pom poms on there?” LOL!¬† I’ll never tell! ūüėȬ† This skirt is apart of my Limited Edition Collection from my line.¬† You can find it HERE.

I decided to go unexpected and pair this skirt with a light blue button up shirt.  And I loved playing with the contrasting print of the polka look of the skirt so I paired it with my favorite striped heels.  This is such a fun party look.  I definitely had fun wearing it.  Comment below and tell me what your ideal party look would be.

Muave Midi

Summer is here!¬† I’ve been extremely busy on my clothing line.¬† As some of you know, I started my business 6 months ago and things have been going quite well. It’s hard to be the main person in charge because everyone that works for you needs you all the time.¬† A lot of times its hard to sit down and get that moment to sew for myself or the new collection. When I don’t get the chance to sew for myself, I love to wear skirts from own line (@tjsewercollection). And this one gets a lot of use.

muaveSo you guys should already know this by now but black is my favorite color and its a must for me to wear with almost everything. So ofcourse I had to pair a basic black tee with my midi skirt.  I decided to add some pops of color with my shoes and necklace.

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I love the look of midi skirts because they are so lady like and classy.  You can never go wrong with looking classy!

muave3I personally think that midi skirts flatter everyone. What are your thoughts?¬† I always hear (majority from my beautiful plus size women) that midi skirts don’t look good on them.¬† I wholeheartedly disagree. Comment below and tell me what you think.

Thrifted Refashion: Wool Skirt

A couple posts back, I showed you all my thrift haul and I told gave you some insight on how I wanted to refashion or alter a few of the pieces that I picked up.
thrifthaul1When I saw this particular wool skirt, I pictured an older woman wearing this with a matching wool jacket and white botton-up top.  I loved the structure of this skirt but wanted to put a younger spin on it, so the easiest thing to do was to shorten it and pair it with bright fun colors.
woolblogIn the Fall, I throw on black tights with just about everything and with Hanes, they have so many fun prints that take my basic black into something fun and unexpected.  I was sent a few tights to style and I absolutely love them all.  Thank you Hanes!
hanesThe tights that I chose to wear with this outfit are the Hanes Silk Reflections Animal Tights.¬† They’re modern and it brings an unexpected sexiness to my casual outfit.¬† Throw¬†on a pair of¬†printed tights¬†and you’ve automatically updated your outfit.
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Thank you Hanes for sponsoring this post.

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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. ūüôā
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What are your thoughts on bomber jackets? Is it a closet staple for you this season?

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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.
pgs2So I’ve teamed up with the oh so fabulous Adrienne from Adrienne’s Essentials to show you guys how you can style a basic t-shirt. I freakin love her!!! I’ve been following her work for a few years now and I must say, that this is a dream come true for me to even¬†do this collab with her.¬† I’ve included her looks below, but for more pictures, you can check¬†out¬†her blog post HERE.
adCollage Ok, so below I have provided 3 totally different looks for 3 separate occasions. Hope you enjoy them.

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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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DIY Origami Top + Circle Skirt

With Fall season just around the corner, I know that we are all on the hunt for that perfect fabric that will help us transition into Fall style and I finally found the perfect print that I got it from FatQuarterShop.com¬† I am totally in love for these reasons: It’s modern, it has a bit of a Summer and Fall color palette, and it’s just an all-around fun print.
gridWith this fabric, I wanted to show you¬†that you can create¬†both, an edgy and a¬†sophisticated look. They both are fun and can be pulled off at any age.¬† That’s the main reason I feel that you need this fabric¬†in your life; You can create something for anyone no matter their age and in all honesty, gender. It is a neutral print that¬†gives off a youthful look¬†to whatever¬†is created.
gridlock11With this first look, I created an origami top in which you can pair with your favorite fitted jeans.¬† Pair it with some¬†bold accessories, and you have yourself, an edgy, yet sexy look.¬† This top has no zipper and loose, boxy feel to it and because of the open back, it’s to pull on and off.¬†The peek-a-boo on the lower back¬†shows just the perfect amount of skin for Fall and it gives off¬†an unexpected touch to a basic top.¬† Cute right?! gridlock1CollageTOP: DIY// Jeans: Zara// Necklace: Charlotte Russe//
Crossbody Bag: Target// Heels: Target

Now¬†I know that everyone loves a classic circle skirt and when paired with this years hottest trend, the midi, it’s such a great combo that needs to¬†be added to your Fall wardrobe.
grid1With this second look, I created this super cute circle skirt. It’s such a fun and classy look that any age can pull off.¬† You can instantly look pulled together with a circle skirt made with a fun, bold print, and a t-shirt or tank.¬† It’s as easy as that. Throw on some accessories and you’ve just stepped your look up to whole new level.
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White Tank: Target// Jean Jacket: JC Penny// Skirt: DIY// Purse: Marshalls//
Shoes: Forever 21// Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Now you can definitely put both pieces together for a matchy-matchy look which is another hot trend for this year and you will look equally fabulous.  To create any one of these looks, I have created an easy-to-follow tutorial located at the bottom of this post but before you start creating, you need fabric right? Below I have included links to some of my favorite fabric picks from FatQuarterShop.com and a 20% off coupon code so that you can go crazy. Oh and if you are interested in the fabric that I chose, you can find it HERE.
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2. Meadow Hyacinths Freshly Cut
3. Moonlit Aqua On the Grid
4. Color Me Retro Azalea Dulcette
5. Midnite Gems Jewel Gay Paree
6. Chic Flora Rouge Interlaced
7. Sylvia White Ruta
8. Mormor Emerald Little Blomster
9. Brambleberry Ridge Lilac Shimmer Reflection

20% OFF $50 or more
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Here is the tutorial for both the origami top and circle skirt. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t and thumbs up this video if you enjoyed the tutorial.

So what looks are you excited to create and/or wear in the Fall?!¬† Comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

(Thank you so much Daniar of FatQuarterShop.com for giving me this opportunity to create with your beautiful fabric.)

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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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DIY Head Jewelry

For a while now, I’ve really been loving the whole bohemian style. It’s effortless, yet chic.¬† I love that this sense of fashion is free flowing and just comes second nature to those who captures unconventional type of look. The head jewelry that I created for my “Modernized” blog post was inspired by¬†Nicole Richie who embodies the¬†whole Bohemian style.
bo6This was extremely easy to make. It literally takes about 15 minutes. And if you have a few more minutes to spare, I think that an extra chain on both sides would add an extra flair to this head piece. Add your own spin to this and share it with me on social media.

Supplies:  
Necklace Chain
O Rings
Charm
Pliers
Wire Cutters

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This headpiece would be especially beautiful with beautiful spiral curls or bone straight hair. How would you wear this head piece?

Be sure to thumbs up this video if you enjoyed it and if you haven’t subscribed to my channel yet, be sure to subscribe!

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¬†Have you ever walked into a thrift store and looked at something and think “Why would anyone purchase this?” LOL! I know I have…several times!!! Well, over on Pretty Girls Sew, we wanted to challenge you to think outside of the box and refashion a thrifted find.
thriftHere is what I picked up; A kelly green, drop-waisted dress with rusty, gold buttons. Doesn’t it just look so fabulous?! LOL! Not really.¬† Taking something old and turning it into something beautiful definitely tests your creativity, your sewing skills, and problem solving skills. Imagination is key! So I had sooooo many things in mind for this but it all fell through because of the small¬†amount of fabric that I was¬†working with.¬† This is where creativity and problem solving comes in. I literally had to take apart almost the entire dress.¬† I kept a portion of the front button section as is, but everything else had to go.
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Here’s some notes on how I went about creating my finished piece.
1. I removed the sleeves, and bottom pleated skirt.
2. Using my bra as a guide, I created the top portion of the romper.
3. To create a nice and neat finish for the top, I cut out facings and neatly understitched it.
4. It took forever, but I ironed the pleats out of the skirt and turned it into shorts.
5. I really wanted pockets, but don’t have enough fabric so I made faux pockets. (LOL! Nope they aren’t real)
6. The waist was a tad large, but I didn’t want to take away any fabric because my hips are¬†wide, so I added 2 darts in the¬†back instead.
7. When hemming the shorts, I wanted the hem to be thick like most shorts are so that’s what I did.
8. I removed the old, gold buttons and added some nice rustic silver ones.
9. For the back, I created a drop back and added facing for a neat finish.
10. For the straps, I took the sleeves, and cut 1.5 inch strips. I stitched two together to make them long enough and stitched down the sides of each strap.  I made a total of four straps. I criss-crossed it across the back side of the romper attached it the front and side.

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 bo9bo7bo5bo6Head piece: DIY (tutorial coming soon)// Lipstick: Rimmel Kate Moss #17// Romper: DIY// Kimono: TJ Maxx// Heels: Charlotte Russe

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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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