Simplicity & Freia Shawl

 

 

Good Day Lovely People,

Today’s simplistic outfit was chosen to showcase my new Freia Shawl.  This Freia Shawl was 10 months in the crafting. In December 2016, I visited Loop Yarn promising myself to only buy what I needed. Yet, a ball of Freia yarn began to call my name and once my eyes looked on it I knew she was coming home with me. The price of $38 per skein didn’t deter me, I have learned to spend money on quality yarn, and it came with a free pattern. I was Sold!

 

 

I knitted through the pattern in six days never realizing my stockinette stitches were twisted and the edging was done in the wrong side. Only once the project was complete could I see all its flaws.

 

The Dilemma: Do I take the project apart and start all over, or do I just wear it knowing it’s riddled with mistakes? Discouraged, I placed the project on the side of my sofa, and contemplated what to do next. See, I am a non-traditional/neophyte knitter so pulling a project apart to start over is a foreign concept for me. There had to be a way of fixing it without starting all over.

On September 7, 2017, rather than unraveling the whole project I began knitting the shawl from the opposite side; this method would slowly pull apart all my mistakes and I could visually see what I did wrong.

 

Sidenote: This time I practiced the pattern on less expensive yarn before using the merino wool.  This allowed me to tweak the pattern to fit my personal style.

 

 

10 days and two skeins later… I present to you my version of the Freia Shawl Ball in Blue Voilet and Mint Julep.

 

 

 

Active & Casual Sunday

 

Good Day Lovely People,

This was a relaxing Sunday. My only agenda was to assemble a Liatorp Sideboard I purchased last week.

So my attire needed to be function for assemble and semi-fashionable for me.

I paired a Mondetta Drapey Bra with Old Navy The Sweetheart Jeans. This was my second time venturing to wear a bra outside of my clothes and I like it. The length of the drape on the bra was perfect for minimum belly exposure.

My earrings are from Soulful Buttons. I will do a creator’s view on these earrings in the future.

Final Tally on my OOTD: Mondetta Drapey Bra $4.00, Old Navy Sweetheart Jeans $10.00, & Soulful Buttons Earrings $8.00

Weekly Fashion Flair

Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude. – Iris Apfel

In our pursuit for creativity and remaining fiscally astute we are presenting our ideas on how to maintain your personal style on a shoestring budget. If you follow us on Facebook you will see how my personal style vacillates from my childhood favorites to my current bold and classy look.

 

I am the self-proclaimed bargain stalker. My ultimate price point is $5.00 or less and every clearance rack provides unique opportunities to meet my target price. Most people think it’s impossible to go anywhere but the thrift store to find clothes that reasonably price. Possibilities all around us and combining bargains with the right accessories you can upgrade any outfit and affirm that what I snag inexpensively has a higher worth then cost.  So let’s see what fashion finds we conjured up last week.

 

 

I knew I was taking a calculated risk wearing a denim dress to work on a Tuesday (Tuesday is my Monday in the summer). Yet when I wake-up with an outfit in mind that’s all the confirmation I need for an outfit of the day (OOTD).

 

I acquired this upcycled Bleach Tie-dye Gap Dark Wash Platform Shirt Dress from the 2nd Street Festival in NoLibs (Northern Liberty). The vendor was two young ladies that worked at a last destination thrift store. They find pieces they loved and upcycled them with a new patterns and/or reconstructed them. I regret that at the time they didn’t have a business cards. Yet if they see this post, hopefully, they’ll contact me so I can add a link to their business.

 

This dress was originally around $24.99; sales price $5.00. I paired it with Secret Treasures Control Top Seamless Twill Leggings from Wal-Mart for $7.81; sales price $3.00.

 

 

 

Bringing the Bright Colors on a Wednesday. I noticed this Lilly White Sleeveless Blouse at Ross. It was so impressive I got it in two colors. However, it took me until this year to find the right undergarment for it; the Victoria Secret Long Line Seamless Sports Bra.  My Sharagano Petite Trousers were purchased from the Goodwill in Cherry Hill, NJ for $1.00.

 

If you want to know about my recent acquisition of this amazing Vera Bradley Northbrook Tote click here.

 

 

Thursday was filled with Budget Friendly Name Brand Fashion and a Gazebo! The top was from Mr. Isaac Mizrahi Live collection. It’s a Tapestry Print ¾ sleeve Tunic from Jomar ($2.00; QVC Price $54.00). The Talbot Crop Pants were from the Village Thrift ($5.00).

 

 

Friday was a double outfit type of day. It was requested that we create a video for the Interactive Art Wall. So, I got to it first thing in the morning. I chose this outfit for the video and loved it.

This gently-loved LBD is from my bestie, Kimmie_41 and the rest of the ensemble came from Ross. Soho Apparel Ltd Blazer ($1.49), Big Buddha Aviator Sunglasses ($5.99), Fossil Necklace ($5.99) and Fossil Heart Charm ($3.99).

 

 

I prepped for my evening salsa dancing date with a little Ross retail therapy.  I desperately needed a new dancing shoes. I was able to find a pair of Clarks and moderately priced People’s Project LA (PPLA) shirt.

My date attire consisted of a PPLA Aaliyah Top ($.49; retail price $66.00), Old Navy Black Flutter Skirt (closet retro), and Clarks Peep Toe Nude Pumps ($24.99).

 

I must say, telling you lovely people the fine details of my style will probably save innocent passers-by/commuters from having to hear my retail shenanigans. Yes, I am the joyful lady on the bus/train/airplane that can recite the pricing details of every item she’s wearing. I think we all have it in us yet some of us wake-up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to share!

 

Understand that you, as a consumer, determine the value/worth of an item.  You can buy a Ralph Lauren dress for $114.00 retail or on clearance for $.49.  The intrinsic value of the item stays the same no matter the price point. Yet the reasonable purchase will allow you to leave $113.51 in your savings account.

 

What was your favorite outfit from last week that encapsulated your personal style? Let us know in the comments.

DIY: Interactive Art Wall

It is official, I love crafting wall art. Yup, I admit it. My homegirl and former regional rail rider @highheelmom made a headboard that inspired me. So, here is my quick and easy take on this project.

 

Step 1: Get It Together

Your Supplies:

Reversible Sequin Fabric

Ruler

Chalk or pencil

Fabric Scissors

Staple gun

Canvas

 

I purchased almost a yard of Casa Embellish Reversible Sequin in Navy/Silver from JoAnn’s Fabric, 24×48 Canvas, Arrow Trutac Stapler and 8mm Staples from AC Moore.

 

Learning Lesson(s): Casa Embellish Reversible Sequin comes in Navy/Silver, Silver Holographic/Iridescent, White/Champagne. The fabric cost around $29.99 per yard. To get a better price point see what Amazon has available and Joann coupons.

 

Step 2: Prep Work

I used my yoga mat to layout the fabric making sure to flatten the sequins down before turning it over (essentially, you are working with the back of the fabric)

Step 3: Make A Work of Art

Center your canvas on top of the fabric.  Using a ruler/leveler and chalk/pencil measure an additional 1 ½ to 2 inches around canvas.

Cut off the excess fabric.

 

At the four corners cut an angled slit. This will make it easier to have smooth corners. I attempted the gift wrapping fold yet the corners were lumpy.

 

Load your stapler.  Starting from the center of the longest sides, begin stapling the fabric to the wooden frame of the canvas. Smooth the fabric as you go.

Learning Lesson(s): You can always use fabric glue to bind the fabric to the canvas. 😉

 

On the shorter sides, begin stapling the fabric to the wooden frame of the canvas. Smooth the fabric as you go.

 

 

Step 4: Hang That Ish…

You can use Hercules Hook or Monkey Hook Picture Hangers to mount your artwork to the wall.

 

 

Enjoy your grand-scale interactive art!

 

 

What did you think of our Interactive Wall Art? Let us know the comments.

DIY: Jewelry Organizer with Flower Wall

One day while shopping at Ross with the Lil/Big Sis, Ulise, we stumbled across a wall organizer. It had no knobs, was an unattractive color, no price listed, and I was drawn to it. I thought maybe with all the issues it had Ross should sell it for $5.  When we got it to the register the cashier requested a manager who quoted a price of $12. He was very clear that normally a piece like this may cost around for $40. So Lil/Big Sis had to talk me into buying it… I have a $5 threshold when it comes down to certain things.

So this lovely monstrosity sat in my living room doing absolutely nothing for a few months. I would randomly stare at it knowing that it had some use. It would be a useful thing of beauty, but I didn’t know what it would become. While recuperating from my surgery it came to me that it needed to be painted a beautiful shade of yellow and the cork board would become a flower wall (thanks YouTube). So this is how it went down:

 

Step 1: Find The Right Color

There are many shades of yellow. Rust-Oleum Lemongrass Yellow spray paint was my first choice at AC Moore. An older gentleman at AC Moore informed me that Wal-Mart sold Rust-Oleum for almost $3 less. After two quick calls to Wal-Mart and Home Depot, neither had the color. Still determined, I decided to check at Wal-Mart to see if they had anything comparable with Lemongrass Yellow. In Wal-Mart’s paint department I met Richard who offered to mix paint samples and he told me I shouldn’t settle for a color I really didn’t want. After one bad batch of Lemongrass that was more green than yellow, I decided to purchase Glidden High Performance Semi-Gloss in Buttercup.

 

Step 2: Paint the Darn Thing

Who needs to drop cloth when you have an old torn up laundry bag to cover your surface. We, my Bagel and I, painted the organizer and even my shoe cubby.  I set up a paint station outside and we put on two to three coats of paint. Attempt to allow each layer to dry before applying another.

Learning Lesson(s): Make sure to put painter’s tape on the inside of your drawer over the knob hole. It keeps the paint from dripping inside.

 

Step 3: Be Patient

My Bagel suggested we give the paint 1 – 2 days to fully dry.

 

Step 4: To Line or Not To Line

Though I didn’t care for the muted grey color all over the organizer; I did like the color inside the drawers. I chose to keep the interior of the drawers the original color and brighten it up by lining the bottom with Contact Quick|Cover in Talisman Gray from Dollar Tree.

FYI:  We did find three out of four of the original knobs inside of a drawer. I purchased this complementary antique brass finish knob to accent their beauty.

 

Step 5: So Many Flowers

The Dollar Tree Flower Center is the perfect place to find bouquets and bushes of fabric flowers. Choose an array of flowers (roses, daffodils, petunias, etc) that you think will look good together. I spent around $15 and I have enough flowers leftover to do a second project. The number of flowers necessary depends on the size of the project; it is hard to predict how many flowers you will need to fill the space.

Gently pull flowers from the stems and trim any excess material from the bottom of the flower. Be aware cutting the bottom too short can compromise the structure of the flower making it likely to fall apart.

 

Step 6: Glue, Glue and More Glue
While spinning my Saturday Night Fever album and Live Streaming Instagram, I started gluing the flowers to the cork board with E6000.  This is industrial strength glue takes a while to fully dry, so two heavy books (Old School Bibles) were placed on top of the flower wall. I allowed the glue to dry overnight in my guest room with the window slightly opened and the door closed. 

Learning Lesson(s):  E6000 glue has cancer causing chemicals and the directions suggest using a ventilated space and to not get it on your fingers.

 

Step 7: Measure and Make It Fit

I knew I wanted to hang the jewelry organizer at the entrance of my room. With my trusty leveler, measuring tape, calculator and pencil I marked and measured the space. Rather than using nails, Monkey Hook from Wal-Mart were used to hang the organizer. 

 

Step 8: Happy Dance

I introduced my jewelry to its new home and gave it a place to thrive with vibrant colors. I am ecstatic to have beautiful flowers in my bedroom.

 

 

Thank you L Boogie, Lil/Big Sis, Richard, and my Bagel for documenting and physically assisting me with this project.

 

 

What do you think of our Jewelry Organizer? Let us know in the comments.

My Screen Pass Life, Exposed

Good Day Lovely People!

Thanks to my extended family I have entered the world of Movie Screening Connoisseurs.  In the span of five months I have attended twenty-nine pre-screenings. My gateway into this lifestyle was through receiving extra tickets from family members. They would offer any additional tickets they could not use on social media. Soon I began inquiring about how they received passes so they sent me links to websites offering screening passes. I keep a list of most of the websites, subscribing to their newsletters, email notifications, creating an account and/or following them (slight stalking) on social media. To stay organized I created a folder on my cell phone called Film & Fun housing all the websites.  

 

My four ways to procure screening passes are through movie studios, screening outlets, station contests, and/or memberships.

 

  1. Movie Studios allow the general public to set up an account and receive an email alert when screening passes are available.
  2. Screening outlets are websites used by movie studios to distribute screening passes to movies and television shows.
  3. Film Society/Association Membership guarantees you screening passes for nominal yearly fees.
  4. Television, radio, and newspapers hold contest, giveaways, and redemption codes for screenings (concert tickets, plays, etc).

 

Below are all the websites I frequent in category order. Now it’s your turn to invest a little time and reap the rewards of what my family calls Free99!

 

Movie Studios:

www.lionsgatescreenings.com

https://www.sonyscreenings.com

https://www.wbtickets.com

 

Screening Outlets:

http://advancescreenings.com

https://www.gofobo.com

http://hotchka.com

http://www.tinseltine.com

https://musicmoviesthoughts.com

https://broadgreenscreenings.com

 

Memberships:

http://reelblack.com

 

Station Contests:

http://957benfm.com

http://www.iheart.com

http://6abc.com/promotions/