OOTD: Crop Top W/ Distressed High Waist Jeans

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It’s currently pouring down rain here in North Carolina, which I’m very excited about. Rain= Cardigans! I’m taking this opportunity to pretend like it’s fall, as you might be able to tell by today’s black monochromatic outfit. Excuse my lighting, my house is like a cave without sunlight.

I always choose my outfits based on my mood. I just finished having a Twilight marathon (don’t judge me) and it’s storming, so I guess you could say I’m in a “Vampire Mood” today. I’m not really a fun in the sun kind of person. I’m wearing black distressed high waist jeans for multiple reasons… You can’t look like a vampire without black jeans, they make my short little legs look extremely long, and I wanted to wear a crop top. You shouldn’t really wear a crop top with low rise jeans unless you want to look slutty. That’s obviously not my goal.

My simple crop top is just black & white striped from Forever 21. I bought it on clearance for $5 a week ago and have been waiting for the right time to wear it. When I get something new, I don’t always wear it right away. Sometimes, I’ll save my new clothes for so long that they will end up hanging in my closet with the price tag still attached for weeks! I don’t know why I do that, I guess I like feeling as if I’m going shopping when I’m in my own closet. Does anyone else do this, or am I completely alone here?

Accessories wise, I’m wearing a black and silver spiky necklace that I paid $1 for at Claire’s. Spikes are a necessity in my life. I have such an innocent face that I try to find ways to make myself look a little more edgy. That’s also why I’m wearing a deep red lipstick. Nobody is going to accuse me of looking 12 years old today, hopefully. I’m only 5ft tall so people often mistake me for a high school student. I try to wear heels as much as I can to appear taller. Today’s heels are black suede Steve Madden pumps. Where I live, you’re guaranteed to stand out if you wear heels. I once overheard my neighbor talking about how she was going to wear her “good flip flops” that day. Yes. Such a thing exists in this town. 99% of women wear flip flops everywhere. I personally think they should only be worn at the beach. That’s why I’m going to continue to stand out and wear real shoes. I’ll never give in and wear flip flops to the grocery store or Dr.’s office. Call me crazy!

What are the trends like in your town? Is there a trend that you absolutely refuse to give in to?

How To Dress Your Husband

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My husband is the pickiest man alive. He is incredibly hard to dress, because he hates everything! Before we were married, he was content to wear worn out Wranglers and plain v-neck t-shirts everyday. The weekend we got married, I quickly put an end to that. He refused to go shopping so my only defense was to hide all of his Wranglers until he had no choice but to give in. He found out right away that when you have a fashionable wife, your own closet will reflect that.

The first store I took him to was Buckle. They have really high quality jeans, and that was at the top of the list. He thought he wore a size 32×32. Wrong. This poor boy wasn’t even wearing the correct size! No wonder those Wranglers weren’t looking so hot. A good fit is the most important part of looking fashionable. If something fits you correctly, you’re automatically going to look better and more put together. I brought him a variety of sizes to try on until we found what works best for him. He is actually a 29×34, so he was way off. Once we found the correct size, it was easier to start choosing between different styles of fit and wash. For my husband’s slender body type, we found that Slim Fit was a winner. Relaxed fit looked fine in the waist but they made his legs look a lot larger than the rest of his body. That’s not cute.

IMG_1026 Five stores later, and I finally found him the perfect outfit for date night. Finding a shirt he would actually wear took a lot of time. Lucas is a country boy at heart, and he wanted that to reflect in his personal style. Even though I would rather see him in a classy button down, he is more comfortable in pearl snaps. That’s completely okay. Your style should absolutely show off who you are and you should never wear anything if you feel like it doesn’t accurately represent you. Pearl snaps can look really nice depending on what you pair them with. We bought this one from American Eagle because that brand seems to fit him the best without breaking the budget. I also had to teach him to wear a t-shirt under his pearl snap. This was met with complaints. He said, “But what if I want to just rip my shirt off? That would be silly if I was wearing a shirt underneath.” I don’t know what is with men and wanting to rip their shirts off. We’re going out to dinner, not to the strip club. I took matters into my own hands and bought him a few solid crew necks from Urban Outfitters. Crew necks are a basic in any man’s wardrobe, and will most likely be worn a lot. We could have cheaped out and bought a pack at Walmart, but those would just wear out. In the long run, it makes more sense to pay more for something high quality.
IMG_1028Even though he was hesitant about the change at first, he now says he can’t even imagine he ever wore anything else. He said that he knows that he looks better now, and that makes him feel better and gives him more confidence. Goal complete!

I didn’t just stop there though. He also needed some better casual clothes. He said “I want one of those shirts with buttons at the top but that don’t go all the way down.” It took me a minute to realize he was referring to a henley. I gave him a short Fashion 101 class and taught him the difference between 3/4 sleeve, and short sleeve, henleys and button downs, and baseball tees and graphic tees. You would be surprised how little men know about this subject. All of this information was news to him, but he soaked it up like a sponge. I had a proud wife moment. I love that he knows that fashion is important to me so he tries his best to learn about it. Not many guys would even try to pretend like they care about clothes. I guess I got pretty lucky! FullSizeRender IMG_1030

I bought him a henley since that is what his little heart desired. He loves it and wears it all the time! We also picked out some new tennis shoes for him. For some reason he thought it was okay to wear the same pair for like 10 years even though they were completely falling apart. It doesn’t really take that much to make your husband look good. Just get a few basic pieces that he can easily put together. You also have to remember that men don’t need 15 different pairs of jeans like we do. Having too many options is overwhelming. Just keep it simple!

If you’re going to revamp your husband’s look, let me know! I would love to hear about your shopping trips. Going to the mall with a man is always an adventure.

OOTD: Graphic Tee w/ Leggings

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I’m not usually into graphic tees, but when I saw this one on sale at Forever 21 I couldn’t leave without it! It says, ” I DON’T WANT FEELINGS, I WANT NEW CLOTHES”. That is literally my life on a t-shirt.

I primarily bought this because I thought my therapist would get a kick out if it. I’m bipolar and we’ve talked a lot about my need to buy new clothes. Did you know that shopping is a coping mechanism? It is. Dr. John says so.

Besides my love of what the shirt says, I also had to have it because of the fit. Leggings and I are best friends, so I try to find as many things to wear with them as I can. The long and loose style of the shirt make it a perfect match with my plain black leggings(also from Forever21).

Today I am wearing wedge booties, but I could easily pair this with simple black Vans if I wanted a more casual look. As always, I’m wearing lipstick because I feel naked without it. The shade is a bright purple and definately requires a lot of confidence to make it work. Let’s face it, you kind of have to have confidence to wear a shirt with giant words on it too… Obviously people are going to stare and try to read what it says, but I’m totally okay with that. I’m ready for the world to know that I don’t care about feelings, I just want clothes!

OOTD: Boxy Crop Top w/ Floral High Waist Shorts

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Everything about this outfit just screams summer! I’m a huge fan of printed high waist shorts, especially subtle pairs like these. The high waist style is so much more flattering than low rise, and you can wear a crop top without showing too much skin. Crop tops are a necessity for summer, especially if you live near the beach like I do.

I bought both of these pieces from Aeropostale, and of course they were on the clearance rack. I almost wanted to dance for joy when I snatched up the shorts. I’m a size 000 which is extremely hard to find, especially on sale for $9! That’s one reason I love Aeropostale, their clothes fit me a lot better than stores like Forever 21. There seems to be a misconception that Aeropostale is only for pre teens, but that’s just not true.

I paired the outfit with nude spiky sandals because I felt like they just added a little something extra without going overboard. Shoes can either make or break the outfit. I was going for a more natural look, so I just let my hair air dry and I put on nude lipstick.

Currently, I live on a military base. There is a strictly enforced dress code, and crop tops and short shorts are way out of the limits. I momentarily forgot this while I was at the gas station. Literally everyone was staring at me and I couldn’t figure out why… A lot of women were giving me really hateful looks. The funny thing is, all of these women were wearing baggy t-shirts and yoga pants. Maybe they were just really intrigued by the whole look, or the concept of having personal style. Either way, at least I know it’s attention grabbing!

OOTD: Mock Neck Crop Top w/ Joggers

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Joggers have been on my clothing wish list for MONTHS, so I finally added a pair to my wardrobe. What’s not to love about them? They’re a basic that I feel like everyone should have. You can dress them up with heels like I did, or you can go for a more casual look with sneakers. My husband refers to them as “fancy sweatpants”, which honestly isn’t that far off. Joggers are literally the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn. I love the loose fit and the material. I’m a fan of anything high waisted, considering I have a plethora of crop tops.

This particular crop top is from Hollister, even though it doesn’t really look like their usual beachy items. It’s a simple black with subtle horizontal striped detailing. My favorite thing about it is the neck line. I feel like the higher the neckline, the fancier you look. The spiky statement necklace really ties the outfit together though. I was going for an edgier look, because that’s what I’m most comfortable in. I don’t care that it’s summer and 100 degrees out, it will never stop me from wearing all black.

To soften up the look, I decided to wear an extremely bright pink lipstick.

IMG_0719    I feel really fierce in this outfit, obviously. The best part is that every single thing I bought was on clearance. I don’t believe in paying full price for anything. The top was $10, joggers were $20, and the heels were also only $20. It is extremely possible to be stylish on a budget. I only spent $50 and I got three basic pieces that look great together or paired with other things. Fashion doesn’t have to be about how much you spend. Don’t get discouraged by the $100 tops in fashion magazines, just hit the clearance rack! It’s a lot easier to enjoy an outfit when you don’t have to feel bad about how much you paid for it.

Art Therapy

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IMG_0095   It’s amazing what you can do with a piece of poster board, a stack of magazines, scissors & glue stick, and a little creativity. Collages have always been one of my favorite things to make because there are no rules or limits. I have Anxiety Panic Disorder, so projects like this are like therapy for me. It’s a way to expel all of your thoughts and emotions in a positive way. I don’t really like to talk about my anxiety with anyone because I always feel like they’re just going to be annoyed with me. I literally have anxiety over talking about my anxiety!

I have a ton of subscriptions to magazines that I don’t even read, for no reason other than I can get them for free. Receiving free things in the mail is slightly an obsession of mine. Opening the mailbox and seeing a pile of bills isn’t quite so bad when there are packages and magazines along with them. That is how the project began. My big cardboard box full of magazines was becoming dusty and practically begging me to do something about it. I pulled an issue of Vogue right off the top, and went straight to work.

Collages can be extremely time consuming, but that’s one thing I love about them. It took me several hours to scout through the pages to find the perfect picture, and then to locate the best position for it. The feeling I got upon completion was so rewarding though. I love that moment when I can just step back, admire what I’ve done, and be able to say “I created that.” I am not really artistic, so I have to find alternative ways to get that feeling. There are so many different routes you can take to express yourself. Everyday when you get dressed, what you’re wearing tells a story about who you are. You can blog about your hopes, fears, and interests. Even DIY projects are a great way to show off your inner artist, even if you completely suck at painting and drawing (Like me, for instance).

How do you express yourself?

Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day is such an important holiday, in my opinion. For my Canadian followers who may not know, Memorial Day is when we take the time to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. Since my husband is in the military, it’s also another day for me to be thankful that he is alive and able to celebrate with me. It typically marks the beginning of summer, so everyone in the neighborhood was firing up their grills and walking to the community pool. I felt like it would be un-American if we didn’t grill something for lunch, so Lucas made hamburgers and hotdogs. Then I had the best idea ever. What if we made some patriotic sugar cookies and decorated them together?!

IMG_0026   I got the cookie cutters at a thrift store for $1 and had been aching to use them. The original plan was to make some American flags and some USA cookies, but that only lasted about two seconds. We were having so much fun once we rolled out the dough, that we ended up with dinosaurs, teddy bears, butterflies, and I can’t even remember what else. We went cookie crazy! Maxie wanted to help by trying to lick all of the dough, while Lucas thought it would be a good idea to put flour on my face. I wouldn’t trade those small memories with my little family for the world. You have to live for the little moments. We were like kids again, giggling and cutting out our dough. Once the cookies were finally out of the oven, and I made the icing and mixed all the colors, we were finally able to decorate! We both learned that we do not have a future in the culinary arts.

FullSizeRender FullSizeRender 2   Try to guess whose cookies are whose… Lucas’s cookies were edible although not very pleasing to the eye. I made two fancy bears going on a date and said “Look, I’m a bear fashion designer!” He got really worried and asked “Oh no, you’re not starting another hobby are you?!” My poor husband can’t even keep up with all of my skills! Two weekends ago I was doing paid surveys online, the weekend before last I started DIY projects and a blog, and last weekend I became a bear fashion designer (Strictly for cookies though, I don’t think live bears would appreciate my work). I guess you never really can tell what I’m going to do next.

   What did you do over the weekend? Did you discover any hidden talents? Comment and let me know!

How To: Transform a Clutch into a Pen Holder

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This might seem like a crazy idea to some people. Who would turn a clutch into a pen holder? Well, I did! I needed something to spice up my empty desk, and a cliche craft felt like the perfect thing to make today. Don’t be fooled by how simple it looks, this was not an easy task.

My friend gave me this little pearl clutch that she no longer wanted. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I didn’t want it either, my phone would barely fit in it! What’s the point of having an accessory that you can’t even really use? I accepted it anyway thinking I’d probably find a use for it at some point. While I was writing my About Me section (Feel free to read it and get to know me a little better), I had a candle burning next to me as I usually do as I’m writing. Then inspiration struck, and my project began.

I started by cutting out the lining of the clutch. It was stained and gross anyway, I fully believe that she was storing lipstick without caps in there. The lining was a pink and red streaked mess, and an even bigger mess as I was ripping it out. I was trying so hard to make sure the pearls didn’t come flying off, because I really didn’t feel like picking up little plastic balls out of my carpet. Once I successfully completed that, I cut the remains into neat little sections. Then I waited for the candle to burn out, since the glass was going to house the pens.

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All that was left to do was hot glue the pearls onto the glass. It sounds so easy, yet it took sooo much time. By cutting the pieces of the clutch into sections, that means I also cut the strings that were holding the pearls in place. While I was trying to glue them on, I would get one spot done as pearls would be leaping off another spot. I was in a battle against these pearls, but they didn’t get the best of me! I have tenacity and completed the task without a stray pearl in sight.

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In the end, it was definitely worth the battle. The best part is that I didn’t even have to spend anything! There are so many things that have potential that are probably just lying around the house somewhere. Do you have any empty candle glasses that you want to upcycle and give new life?

Get inspired! Turn trash into treasure. 

   Are you going to try something similar? Comment and tell me! I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions, and to learn about any crafts you might be doing or want to do. (:

DIY Wall Art

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What You’ll Need:

  • A Frame
  • Paint
  • Fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun

   What do you get when you combine a creative girl, thrift stores, and garage sales? The answer is magic! I have so many ideas running through my head at all times that if I find something for a quarter, I automatically have to buy it. Everything can be repurposed.

   For this particular craft, I spent $0.50. I know, I basically broke the bank with this one. The frame was cracked and just plain ugly, but I had to have it. There’s nothing a little hot glue and spray paint can’t fix! The bird fabric came from a thrift store, and it basically threw itself into my cart. If anything has trees or birds on it, it’s for me. Luckily I already had some yellow spray paint left over from my bookshelf craft, and it matches the birds perfectly.

   The first step was to paint away the ugly on the frame. I succeeded.. kind of. Ordinarily I would have my handyman do any kind of hard work like spray painting. This time I decided I wanted to do it all by myself. I don’t know what happened, but I got paint in my hair, all over my hands, and even on my jeans. Apparently I’m just not cut out for painting. I still think it turned out pretty great though despite my lack of skills in this particular area.

   Next is the easy part, or so I thought. When I unfolded my fabric, it looked like a kindergartner got ahold of some scissors and had a great time. I’m not even joking, it was bad. I put my cardboard backing on a spot that wasn’t quite as chopped as the rest of it, and cut out a nice little square. Since I was working around some obstacles, the trees aren’t perfectly centered in the frame. I decided that just gives the picture more character and makes it look even better. “Just Go With It” has become my motto since I’ve picked up this hobby. After I cut out what I wanted to use, I whipped out my handy hot glue gun and went to work. I folded the back and glued it as if I was wrapping a present. I felt like that was appropriate since it’s basically a present to me, from me!

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  After those three easy steps of painting, cutting, and gluing, all that’s left to do is pop it into the frame!

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  In only an hour, I created something that I can love and admire for years to come.

Fill up your empty walls with art

Fill up your empty time with crafts

Fill your life full of happiness and purpose 

How-To: Turn a Plain Bookshelf into a Masterpiece

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 What You’ll Need:

  • A Bookshelf
  • 1 Roll of Contact Paper
  • 4 Cans of Spray Paint
  • A Hammer
  • A handy husband to do the manual labor (Optional)

   I’ll admit it, I’m slightly addicted to garage sale bargains. I purchased this boring little shelf for $10 and I honestly had no idea what I was going to do with it. You can never have enough closet organization though, right? There is no such thing as having too many clothes, only inadequate storage. The color was horrible though. Light brown fake wood… really? That’s definitely not my style. Everything is customizable, so I saw an opportunity to transform my little shelf from brown and boring into something unique and beautiful.

   Thanks to my “shopping addiction” (My husband’s words, not mine!), I already had a roll of super cute contact paper from Walmart.

(Find it here for $4.97 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Duck-Brand-Adhesive-Peel-and-Stick-Laminate-20-x-12-Grey-Quatrefoil/38055933)

   We took off the back piece, and took all of the shelves out. I completely covered one shelf with contact paper. It’s ridiculously easy, the paper is just like a giant sticker! All you have to do is stick and cut. If you are a perfectionist like me, it will take a little bit of time and effort to get everything straight and even. Then I covered the back panel. Maximus felt like it was necessary to offer his assistance during this phase.

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   With the trickiest part out of the way, all that was left to do was paint! I picked a bright and happy yellow spray paint from Lowe’s (They offer 10% military discount). It took about two days to paint since my painter gets off work late and the paint needs time to dry. You do not want to rush the painting process and end up with drips or smudges. On the second day, I literally sat and watched the paint dry because I was so excited to complete this project. Once it was finally dry, I had my handyman nail the back piece back on, and we put the shelves in place. It really was as easy as it sounds. Now I have so much more room for jeans and purses, and an awesome way to store them!

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   Love it as much as I do? Make one for yourself! GET CRAFTY (: