Off-the-Shoulder Tops

So the summer is now coming to an end! Very tragic; however, that means we’re one step closer to FALL *insert heart eye emoji*.  The approaching season of fall also means being able to transform your summer wardrobe to fall to save some money!  Off-the-shoulder tops are extremely wonderful because they are super chic and allow some air to breathe, yet you can pair it with jeans if it’s a chilly night and still not freeze!  They are a staple piece for the end of summer and beginning of fall for anybody looking for an on-trend, cute top to wear!  I bought this adorable top from Target (on clearance of course yet still wonderful!), the shoes were bought from amazinglace.com on sale for $5 around February, the hat is from Banana Republic (a hand-me-down from my older cousin), the necklace is from the store Icing and I got it on clearance for $2, and the jeans are from PacSun!  The reason I’m telling you all the different pieces and the prices is just to show that you can get many different items, even on sale, and still make an adorable ensemble!  So take this post and run with it, make your own cute off-the-shoulder outfit!

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Room/Dorm Decor

I’m going to start the post with a basic picture of a portion of my dresser! Almost all of the items on it have been made/upcycled by me!  I hope you enjoy this post and the basic DIY’s I’ll explain.

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This first DIY is a basic frame that I literally purchased for 97 cents!  The gems I got in a HUGE bag from Michaels (retails for $14.99 but I had a coupon so I got it for about $8 with tax) and have used for so many things (and still have some left!!!).  The monogram I printed from a website called chicfetti.com and it has a ton of different FREE monogram printables with no strings attached!

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This next item is a jewelry container that I made!  It was plain wooden but I painted it white, hot-glued felt to the inside to make it seem more professional, and then glued all the jewels onto it.

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The next item I created was very fun to make!  I took an old candle holder that I purchased at Goodwill and spray painted it white.  The next thing I did was take a paper towel roll, roll up a newspaper and put it inside, cut two index card circles and glue them on the ends, and then spray paint the roll (this took many tries to get the paint to stop running but the end result was worth it!).  After both the stand and roll dried, I glued them together and added the lace (to both sides) and cut up ponytail holders to either side (I used different colors in order to give it some versatility)!  To finish everything off, I hung some of my statement necklaces on it.  I think the end result is amazing.

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This item is a piece I had to get creative with!  For the jar itself I used a pickle jar and instead of mod podge that normal people use I just used glitter and plain old liquid elmer’s glue and it turned out fine!

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The last item is one i am most excited about.  Yes.  I covered a Starbucks jar in jewels.  Get over it.  Just kidding!!  Indeed, I did cover a Starbucks jar in jewels; however, I think this would look cute in anybody’s room!  I used it as a change holder so it looks cute AND is functional.

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And that’s it!  I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I hope it inspired you to do some DIY decor for yourself.

Most Improved Award

So as some of you know, I started an internship downtown at a local vintage shop named Vintage Oollee.  I have made a few things but the truly valuable lesson I have learned over the summer is how to read clothing patterns and to follow (and not follow) the steps to make clothes.  Well today I put myself to the test! I made some pants (that unintentionally look like pajamas in pictures) that I just ADORE from a Butterick pattern I bought from JoAnn Fabrics for $1.99.  The fabric was some I was given from my manager (Oollee) and I used this white sort of edging material for the tie that I had in my room.  The pattern called for elastic for the waist but 1) I didn’t have any and 2) I liked the tie idea better! So here is my finished result! An adorable pair of pants that I literally made for free (my favorite price).

Customized Boots

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So guys! I’m back with another new favorite of mine and guess what…I made them (no shocker there).  I saw all of these cute boots for the summer and fall that had crazy embellishments on them for $200+ and that is ridiculous.  I also saw that people bought cowboy boots just to cut them and fold them (INSANE WASTE OF MONEY) so I used an old pair of boots from Charlotte Russe and made them into these beauties! I used some lace from an old shirt for the bottom lace layer, an old belt for the left boot, a belt for $1.26 on the right boot, some yarn I had stored in my room, and some striped fabric from a dress I altered! And the Aztec part? Well there’s a story about that.  I was shopping at Icing one day in my local mall and the manager said he forgot to ship out some lanyards so he threw two in for 2 cents each!!! All I did was cut off the metal hook part and the clasp and there I had it!  So yes, I technically spent less than $2 on this adorable DIY. MUCH better than the $200 boots on eBay plus you can customize how you want!  And if you don’t believe me on the heinous prices I added two pictures of customized boots on Pinterest (one with the price).  One of the things I always say is “Why do people pay full price for things when they can make it themselves”?  So go do this DIY yourself and send me comments on how yours look!

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Slouchy Sweaters

Although it is still the summer, now is the best time to shop for the fall!  Almost all sweaters are on sale at most stores, and even if they are full price its good to score the hottest fall trends before they run out.  Today I’m talking about slouchy sweaters.  Slouchy sweaters are perfect for that transition between summer and fall because they offer a breeze and they generally aren’t that heavy.  The are also great because you can wear the with skirts and shorts and they still look perfect!  Some stores that have cute slouchy sweaters are: Urban Outfitters (a bit more pricey than normal), Nordstrom Rack and Nordstrom, and ASOS.  I have two pictures attached of the way I style my slouchy sweaters. The first look is a sweater from The Limited paired with a skirt and necklace from Forever 21 and boots from the brand Soda.  The second look is a sweater from Target paired with a bustier top from American Eagle, high-waisted shorts from Forever 21, black Birkenstock sandals, and socks from Victoria’s Secret.

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Decorative Throw Pillows

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This year I have noticed that decorative throw pillows are becoming the go-to accent pieces for rooms!  Since I will be attending college in the fall, I have gotten many (perhaps too many) pillows to accent my room.  I think the key to choosing the right pillows to brighten up your room is to pick a similar color theme.  The way you match different patterns with clothing is the same way you can match pillows to curtains, comforters, and other decorations around the house. I have also made one of my own accent pillows (picture is attached) and I am excited to use it in my room!  I also added a picture of the pillows I bought for my dorm room.