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Monday, September 29, 2014

Leather Skirt on Wardrobe Remix Monday

Love love love this item in my wardrobe!  Mine is vegan friendly (of course - always!) and is from last year, however, the one I have posted below is very similar and price friendly.  As always, only two items over $50 (and they're totally worth it - you'll get tons of wear from them).  Happy Monday and happy shopping y'all!
Clockwise from top left:
Sweater $19.80 // Tights $5.80 // Necklace $13.90 // Chambray Shirt $39.50 // Booties $32.80
Sweater $22.80 // Tights $7.80 // Shoes $29.80
Skirt $15.80
Blouse $17.90 // Satchel $27.80 // Studs (sold out online but available in stores for $3.80) // Pumps $49.48
Shirt $29.95 // Sunglasses $4.58 // Boots $42.90
Clockwise from top left:
Pumps $20.99 // Sweater $29.80 // Tee $10.80
Sweater $29.80 // Necklace $13.90 // Backpack $32.80 // Booties $79.20
Skirt $15.80
Blouse $25.99 // Watch $23.80 // Blazer $29.80 // Pumps $69.99
Jacket $27.80 // Tee $10.80 (worn above also) // Peacoat $42.90

Friday, September 26, 2014

High School Reunion - A Success!

As exhausting as it was, my hard work paid off and the reunion was a huge success!  I had such a good time, and the photos turned out amazing!  See the finished products below.  All in all, I'd say for $240 the decor was a success!

View of the fabulous room at Bound'ry

Balloons from Party City, 12 for $10. 
Name tags I printed with HS yearbook photos. 
Flags, made for $2 with foam from Dollar Tree.

Our available bar drinks. 
Vases I made - see post here

Poms $2.99 each from Party City (total 6)
Jersey/Jacket/Helmet from high school.
Megaphone I made with blue poster board from Dollar Tree (2 pieces for $2), puffs on top from Hobby Lobby for $1.60 with 40% coupon, and yellow paint pen for the Bruins.

Signs I made.  Frames from a previous wedding - similar here for $9.99.
Straws $11.72.  Napkins Dollar Tree.  Sign I made with DT frame and blue paint.

Centerpieces I made - see post here.  Runners $3.49 each.  Candles (I had from previous wedding).
Signs I made.  Frames from a previous wedding - similar here for $9.99.

Homemade photo booth with streamers from Dollar Tree (3 packs yellow, 3 packs blue) 
Letters were DT foam board painted blue with gold glitter Props from DT & leftover from a previous wedding.
Vases I made.  Sign I made with DT frame and blue paint.

BBQ feast!

My fabulous partner and I, celebrating a job well done!

Beautiful flowers a total surprise at the end of the nite as a thank you!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

High School Reunion: A Work in Progress

So for the past couple of weeks I have been working on my HS 10 year reunion (man do I feel old)!  I had so much fun working on the decor, trying to keep with our school colors and such.  Overall, our total budget was $7,035 for $172 people.  Most bought their tickets at $40 each (a couple at $55, thus the number prior), so with a limited budget I had to get creative.  The breakdown of expenses is below, followed by the decor I created for the event!


Total GuestsTotal Available
172$7,035.00
Security-$72.00
Venue-$250.00
Decor-$240.00
Food/Alcohol-$6,325.73
Ipod-$50.00
Dance Floor-$50.00


With all of this we got a BBQ feast from a local restaurant - Bound'ry, 2 drinks per person (we used tickets to monitor who got what), the venue, ipod hookup for music and a dance floor!  That didn't leave a whole lot for decor, but I think I did pretty well with what we had!



Most supplies were found from my high school days, or from the Dollar Tree.  I made the photo collages with photos from our yearbook, and added in a few colorful extras for fun.  Photo booth props came from my wedding (we did the Harlem Shake), as did the vases.  

I made these fun guys from vases I had (6x6 squares) and used burlap ribbon and satin blue ribbon (2 rolls for $4.99 each of the burlap, and 2 rolls for $2.99 each of the satin - I used coupons on some) and wrapped each vase, using hot glue to secure.  I wrote in gold paint pen I had around the center. The insides were blue crepe stuffing and assorted sunflower versions from Dollar Tree.  The berries were originally red but I spray painted them blue with Short-Kuts paint for $2.29 (don't use regular, I made that mistake and my berries got ruined).  I used about 4 cans to do all berries really well.  4 ribbon bows at the end completed the main table centerpieces.

These were even simpler!  I just picked up blue flowers (4 in each stem) for $0.99 each, and cut them to size.  I had the vases and stones already, so all I had to do was add a floating candle to each - $3.99 for 8 from Party City.

I also ordered various other decorations, you can see them on Friday's post of the finished project!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Boyfriend Jeans on Wardrobe Remix Monday

Cute and Comfy, these jeans are a must have in your closet.  They can be worn dressed up or down, and are really good for all seasons of the year.  Here are 8 ways to style them with only one item over $50 (and it's totally worth it).  Happy Monday and Happy Shopping y'all!
Clockwise from top left:
Jacket $44.90 // Sweater $39.99 // Pumps $41.99 // Ring Set $3.80
Blouse $20.43 // Crossbody $22.80 // Pumps $29.80 // Sunglasses $5.80
Jeans $39.95
Tee $10 // Scarf $10.80 // Tote $24.80 // Boots $79.20
Cardigan $24.80 // Shirt $19.80 // Watch $24.80 // Sandals $35
Clockwise from top left:
Shirt $22.99 // Jacket $24.90 // Pumps $49 (on sale from $275!) // Clutch $34
Sweater $29.90 // Blazer $48.99 // Cami $9 // Oxfords $22.80 // Satchel $27.80
Jeans $39.95Sweatshirt $15.90 // Pumps $29.60 // Bun Maker $5.79 // Sunglasses $5.80
Blouse $32.99 // Watch $23.80 // Clutch $12.80 // Pumps $22.10

Friday, September 19, 2014

DIY Teased Hair

This style was so easy to do I just had to share it with y'all!  I got tons of compliments and it probably took me all of about 15 minutes to complete:




The trick to this is a bump it.  I used the tail of a teasing comb to pull out the front inch of hair from the rest of the back.  Clipping it in place for a bit, I pulled the back into two sections, twisting them around one another to form a big twisted bun, then pinned it all in place.

Once secured, I removed the front from the clip and teased it well then brushed it backwards over a bump-it to get even more volume.  Tip: If you have bangs, use hairspray then a shot of hot hair from the hair dryer to set your hair in the direction you want it to go.  This also works great if you have side swoop bangs that tend to fall into your face.  

I finished the look with TONS of hairspray (I use this one) and some fun earrings from Stein Mart for $4 (on clearance for 70% off because they are moving locations.  

The dress by the way is Xscape from Dillard's - $180 but worth the splurge because the back is fabulous (it dips down even lower than in the photo)!  I couldn't find it online but did find a similar option here.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Orange Chicken & Sesame Asparagus on What's for Dinner Wednesday

I've decided to dedicate every other Wednesday to an affordable menu idea so today will be the first!  Being a busy mom, running a small business, working at a larger one, and taking care of a baby I have to get creative with easy affordable meals for dinner.  Tonite's dinner cost $7.98 for 2 - and was absolutely delicious!  Find all information below:
Featured:
Orange Chicken (frozen meal) from Aldi - only $6.99 (price will vary by store)!  Compared to regular mass retailers that's a great deal.
Asparagus (frozen package) from Aldi for $1.99
The asparagus recipe I used is below - originally found here, with a couple adjustments for mine based on what I had in my kitchen:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package frozen asparagus (12 oz)
  • 1/2 TBS cornstarch
  • 2 and 1/2 TBS soy sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 1/2 TBS HONEY
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 TBS toasted sesame seeds

Directions

Steam asparagus in microwave as per instructions on bag.  Set aside.

In a small bowl mix together corn starch and 1/2 TBS soy sauce.  Set aside.  

In a large skillet, mix oil, ginger, garlic and cook on medium high for 1 minute.  Add the rest of the soy sauce, honey, red pepper flakes, oil, vanilla and stir.  Bring to low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

While sauce is cooking, put sesame seeds in toaster oven at 325 degrees for 5 minutes.  Monitor while cooking to ensure they don't burn.  Pull out once browned and fragrant.  

After time, add asparagus and pour cornstarch mix on top.  Stir well.  Once asparagus is heated transfer to plate and pour remaining glaze on top.  Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds.

Add your chicken (cooked per specifications on bag), add glaze and serve warm.  I also recommend doing milk for beverage because this is a pretty spicy meal.

Tada!  Dinner in 25 minutes.  Enjoy!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Cream Lace Blouse or Tee on Wardrobe Remix Monday

Try as I might to fight it off, fall is getting closer.  So to work in some fall items without going too crazy, I decided on this versatile cream lace blouse.  Depending on style, this is an all season piece so I am compromising today with fall and summer pieces.  Happy Monday and Happy Shopping y'all!
Clockwise from top left:
Jeans $24.80 // Pumps $29.80 // Satchel $32.90 // Watch $23.80
Jeans $22.80 // Bracelet $6.80 // Necklace $8 // Boots $47.40 // Socks $24
Blouse $16
Crossbody $22.80 // Blazer $48.99 // Shorts $13.99
Skirt $9.99 // Wedges $22.90 // Clutch $39

Clockwise from top left:Leggings $3.80 // Necklace $20 // Bralette $14.99 // Socks $22.50 // Boots $42.70
Blouse $16
Jeans $15.99 // Wedges $17.20 // Ribbon $8.70 - wear as a belt or in your hair // Bracelet $6.80
Jacket $79.99 // Jeans $15.99 // Booties $46.80 // Watch $24.80

Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Fall Porch - Where to Buy


Wednesday's post showed this year's version for my front porch!  Now, here's where to find everything to do your own:
Basket: Purchased years ago but similar here for $17.49
Gords: $4.99 for 7 small or larger priced per lb in Kroger (varies by store)
Pumpkin: $3.49 each Aldi (in store)
Hay: $2.99
Left Photo: Urns $89.98 each
Leaves $1.00 each - need at least 8-10 on each side depending on urn sizeCurly Branches $12.99 each - Joann's (in stores)
Right Photo:
Pumpkin: $3.49 each Aldi (in store)Corn: $1.99 in Kroger (varies by store)


Rattan Pumpkins: Purchased years ago in Marshall's - found best price there as this style is usually expensive!  Similar here for left at $30 (has lights) and here for right at $26.95.  Definitely check Marshall's in store though.
Pumpkin: $3.49 each Aldi (in store)
Pumpkin: $3.49 each Aldi (in store)
Lanterns: $79 for set of 3
Timed Candles: 
$6.99 each TJ Maxx (in store)


Flower Storage Hanging Bag:
This is one I made, so instructions are below

I saw something similar a couple year's back to this bag so I decided to make my own version!  I purchased 1 yard of burlap fabric for $2.99.  I then cut the fabric into two pieces, each in a squarish "U" shape.  Matching them up facing inside out, I sewed the 2 sides and bottom on my sewing machine leaving the top open.  I then turned the bag back outwards and folded down the top.  Using a black sharpie and this stencil for $1.50 (on 50% off week) I formed the Welcome on the front.  I also used some extra burlap to make a small hook on the back for hanging.

Once the bag was hung, I just ran to the Dollar Tree to purchase a bunch of fall floral and stuffed it inside.  I used newspaper at the bottom to make the bag look full.  Overall, total project cost me about $20.  The great thing about holiday decor though is you can use it over an over each year!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Porch DIY Decor

I love decorating my front porch!  I always wanted a large front porch and while I don't utilize it much for sitting outside like I thought I would, I definitely use it for porch decorations!  See below this year's lineup.  Friday's post will get into specifics on how to make/where to find everything!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Camo Skinny Jeans on Wardrobe Remix Monday

Good Morning and Happy Monday!  Today's item is one of my favorites - camo skinny jeans (also used in last week's post)!  They can be dressed up or down and add a fun splash to any wardrobe. The pair in my closet is from Target but unfortunately was only from last season.  I love them because they are reversible and have a solid army green on one side and camo on the other.  You may have luck snagging some on eBay however!  Here's some of the ways I style mine.  Don't forget to always check for coupon codes for further savings, even if I don't have them posted here.  Happy shopping y'all!
Clockwise from top left:
Sweatshirt $24.99 // Necklace $8.80 // Jacket $29.80 // Pumps $29.80 // Sunglasses $5.80
Blouse $12.74 (with code FALLSALE) // Necklace $9.80 // Backpack $10 // Booties $32.80
Camo Jeans $69.50
Peplum Blouse $14.99 // Blazer $37.80 // Tote (available in NY & Co stores) // Pumps $33.90
Blazer $19.99 // Blouse $15.80 // Clutch $16.90 // Booties $17
Clockwise from top left:
Sweater $24.80 // Earrings $6 // Watch $23.80 // Pumps $22.80 // Crossbody $24.80
Camo Jeans $69.50
Sweater $24.80 // Booties $36.80 // Black Cherry Lipstick $7.99 // Sunglasses $5.80
Button Down $22.99 // Satchel $32.90 // Shoes $42.50 (with code FALLSALE) // Blazer $32.80

Friday, September 5, 2014

DIY California Closet Install - Part 2

The closet is officially completed!   I feel so accomplished and finally have a place to put all my clothes where I can see them.  The past couple days I've worn shoes I'd forgotten I had because they were stashed away - now completely visible.  View the list of supplies here, photos below!

Despite my best efforts, I still ended up with a bunch of extra clothes!  So eBay will be getting some along with Goodwill!