Saturday, January 31, 2015

#StyleTheSale Saturday: Blanket Cardigan

One of my favorite weekly posts is Style the Sale Saturday and this week I am so excited about the blanket cardigan deal I found here.  It's under $30.00 with free shipping and returns.  Add it to some fabulous skinny pants and a fun peasant blouse.  Add ankle booties and a necklace.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#TrendyTuesday: DYI Evening Pants with Cricut & Sharpies

While searching Pinterest for metallic jean styling ideas, I came across a photo of Sarah Jessica Parker in some fabulous metallic jeans and an ivory tank top.  I love this look, but it is not in my budget.
While online shopping a came across a pair of clearance gold jeans on Modcloth.  A bit too bright for me, but well priced.  It go me could I get a solid jean to look like Sarah's printed jeans? 
Whenever I want a professional looking project, I use tools that yield professional results.  So, I knew I could use my Cricut!  They recent has a blog post for altering dresses that also inspired me to use the Cricut for this project.  So, how to create the pattern on the jeans with the Cricut?  I had to rule out the iron on, because it would melt the fabric!  So, I chose to use Sharpie markers. 
Office Max has them for $0.25 each if you buy them individually.  They won't wash off either.
So, you can see the before and after, I have posted my pants half finished.  Here is how I got the look:
Gold Coated Pair of Jeans
Cricut or other digital cutter
Paper Lace Cartridge
Card stock 12 x 12
Stencil tape
Sharpie markers (silver 8, bronze 2 and brown 2)
Tailors chalk
Long ruler
1)  Determine a lace pattern to use and cut in in the card stock to fit the page.
2)  Determine your pattern repeat, and mark your template with a center line, a top & bottom.
3)  Determine the grain line on your jean and mark it down the center of your jean leg with the tailors chalk.  To do this, fold your jean leg in half matching the side seam to the inseam at the hem, and where the front and back rise meet.  (See photo below) 
4)  Place a scrap piece of cardboard inside your jean waistband to prevent the back pockets from distorting your tracing. 
5)  Place your card stock template on the jean front, starting at the top, and matching the center line of the template to the chalk grain line of your jean, tape in place with the template tape.
6)  Begin tracing your lace with one color marker.  I used the silver sharpie.
7)  Move pattern down the pant leg, keeping pattern aligned to the center with grain line and marked with chalk, continue tapping and tracing to finish the leg.  Below is a close up of the pattern traced from my template in the silver marker. 
8)  When leg is finished begin doodling with the remaining two colors to fill in the pattern.  I worked in small sections at a time.  Drawing one leaf or swirl inside my Cricut motif, and moving down the leg to repeat the doodle when the Cricut pattern repeated.
9)  Flip the template over, mark the top, bottom and center line again.
10)  Repeat steps 3-8 again to finish the front of the other leg.
11)  Flip jeans and trace and doodle the back pant legs in the same manner as the front legs.  Use the scrap cardboard, inserted in the waistband again, to prevent front pockets from distorting the back tracing.
Here are before and after shots so far. 
Since I am a pear figure, I will style this with an oversize asymmetrical sweater.  I cannot wear cream or white well with my coloring, so I've ordered black.  You can find this fabulous sweater ON SALE here. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

#StyleTheSale Saturday: 9 to 5 for the Petite

Welcome to Style the Sale Saturday!  On Style the Sale Saturday, I share a complete look styled with SALE items.  Today, I am sharing a fabulous look for the Petite!  Shown here with a knit jacket, low heeled pumps and cross body bag, and perfect for the office.  But this elegant pattern can go out for the night too!  Just swap out the heels, bag and jacket for some more formal options and your set!  The dress is under $45.00 and the jacket under $47.00, and shipping and returns are free!  Find this fabulous look here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#TrendyTuesday Spring into Stripes

The stripe is big this Spring Summer and it's being shown with all sorts of bright colors.  It is a daring look for many of us, so here are my tips for pulling it off:
1)  Minimize the multi colored piece in the look, by pairing it with simple neutral pieces.  If you wear a blazer, go black or white and add black shoes and jewelry.  Find the look above here.
2)  Repeat a bit of one color in the purse or earring or keep it neutral.
3)  Petites and Plus sizes may want to consider a monotone stripe (like the photo below).  Find the look below here.
The plus size can wear this horizontal stripe, because the stripe drapes at the sides and pulls the eye down, slimming the figure.  Petites can wear a stripe in a skirt if it is a maxi skirt, like the photo below.  This look can be found here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

#TrendyTuesday #BucketBags are Big!

I am once again, stalking the Keaton Row and our retailers' catalogs waiting for the new Spring Summer looks.  While I wait I have been drooling over the new hot trend in handbags:  The bucket bag!
The bucket bag is a fabulous tote bag that often comes with straps like a backpack and has fabulous style.  Above you can see a fabulous Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag with great details such as oversize gold grommets, gold and leather straps, fringe tassels and the fabulous bottom yoke.  I love Rebecca Minkoff bags and this one is high on my wish list with interior pocket to keep me organized!  You can find the red bag above here.  

I found two under $100.00 for the girl on a budget.  One with fabulous woven texture and one with quilted detail. You can find the two black bags above here.  
Be sure to check out my Handbag Happy Lookbook for more great bucket bag looks here.  
You will find embossed leather, silver snakeskin, animal prints, great color and white for Spring Summer.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

#TrendyTuesday: All About the Bass, I Mean A Line Skirt

Do you love a skirt to set the tone of your whole outfit?  Do you find yourself skirts first, and jackets and tops afterward?  Or maybe you're a fan of the A Line skirt?  Then you might want to check today's Trendy Tuesday Post out.  Today I am sharing three fabulous A line skirts that take center stage and flatter your figure.  Each skirt has a different fabulous look that will flatter.  The skirt above takes center stage with a beautiful print and a bit of sheen.  I've paired it with a simple funnel neck sweater and clean line short jacket in grey to match the grey of the print.  Find the look above here.

Below, the A Line skirt has clean tailored lines with a inverted pleat. 

You can pair these clean lines and solid colors with an abstract blouse to add color and softness.  These pumps have just the right heel for the office and are ON SALE.  Find the light grey inverted pleat skirt here.
And finally, the A Line skirt with beautiful color.  Not sure about the bold skirt, you can repeat the color in your necklace, bracelet or earrings to help pull the look together, or add classic gold or silver.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

#StyleTheSale Saturday #AfterChristmasSALES

If you love an after Christmas sale and Style the Sale Saturday at my blog, you are going to want to check out my Mid December Sales, Styled With You in Mind lookbook here.  I love the chevron cardigan above for it's versatility to style with everything from dresses to jeans!  The JOA cardigan is just over $40.00 and has free shipping and returns.  It runs is a bit big if you purchase.

Friday, January 2, 2015

#FrugalFriday #Leopard #Boots

Once in awhile you run across a find and wonder how you found it still in stock in your size at the sale price.  Today I am hoping I have found such a sale for you!  I listed a pair of leopard print boots I loved back in October (shown below).  They were originally, $341.10, and are now marked down to $204.66.  But it's the boot at the top of this post that is the Frugal Friday find!  At $64.90 it survived to make the sale markdown, because Keaton Row had a default color listing in solid black.  I didn't see it, until I searched the catalog with the keyword leopard.  You can find the sale boot above here.
Pair these boots with your favorite jean, pants, skirts or even dresses.  Leopard is read by your eye as a neutral, so it is a versatile item to have!  As usual, shipping and returns are free!


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