Look of the day: Patterned sweater

I found this sweater on Monday while thrifting in Tampa with a friend. I pulled it out and immediately loved the wrap style and pattern. I keep seeing sweaters with designs on them everywhere. But upon closer inspection I noticed several stains on the front. Bummer. I spent the next little while carrying it around the store and debating whether I should buy it or not. It was only 3.99, but I didn’t want to be stuck with it if the stains didn’t come out. Finally I took it to the register and just decided to ask if they would take anything off the price for the stains (always worth a try). Happily, the cashier agreed and gave it to me for 1.00! I was SO excited! I brought it home, sprayed the stains with Oxy Clean and they came out! That’s right, I showed those stains who’s boss.
So here is my new (to me) cute, and now stain-free sweater.

I think in this pic I’m trying not to laugh at my kids who are dodging dog poop bombs (not ours, we don’t have a dog), hence the semi-weird face, but I like that you can see the design across the back in it.
Close up of the pattern. So cute!

What do you think? Are you digging the patterned sweaters that have come back with a vengeance?
Outfit breakdown:
Sweater: NY & Co., purchased at the thrift store for 1.00
White shirt: ?? had it forever
Jeans: Mossimo, purchased at Target for 11.49
Boots: GLO, purchased at KMart for 19.99

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  pleated poppybutton

(Pin)spiration

I love this picture I pinned. I so wish I could copy it exactly. The mix of the black and white leopard with pink, LOVE! And then the gold jewelry is the perfect compliment. 
But alas, I have no black and white leopard shirt, or a pink skirt. So this is the best I could do. I do like the way it turned out, but it’s not my fave.
Definitely an easy outfit to put together, I’m sure I’ll wear it again but I may wear different jeans with it next time. The black jeans could be better. I tried it with some trouser jeans first, but they did NOT photograph well. I thought they were cute when I put them on, but seeing them in pictures told a different story. Do you ever wonder what happens between seeing yourself in front of a mirror and then being photographed? Why is it not the same? Or maybe that’s just me??
Outfit breakdown:
Jacket: Ann Taylor LOFT, gifted
Shirt: Purchased from Old Navy for 1.69
Jeans: Style & Co., purchased at the thrift store for 2.99
Shoes: SBICCA, purchased at Plato’s Closet for 12.99
Scarf: purchased at the Dollar Tree for 1.00
Earrings: purchased at Old Navy for 1.99
Inspiration photo pinned from prepsonprepsonpreps.tumblr.com

I linked up with:

Real Girl Style Link Up
Thrifters Anonymous
Love & Loyally, JMG

Steal That Style Sunday

I pinned this photo a while ago and I had been looking for a kelly green cardigan to make it ever since. I love the color combination of green with the stripes and tan. When I finally found a cardigan that would work I was super excited.

Here is my take:

I ended up deciding to pair it with my fave leopard heels instead of tan shoes for something a little different. I wish I had a teal bubble necklace like the inspiration pic, I have almost bought one several times but I keep talking myself out of it. I think I’m afraid I will get one and then the bubble necklace trend will end the next month. So I went with my gold ball necklace instead.

What do you think? Should I bite the bullet and just buy a bubble necklace already?
Outfit breakdown:
Green cardigan: Ann Taylor LOFT, purchased at the thrift store for 1.99
Shirt: monteau, purchased from the Salvation Army for 2.99 and restyled
Skirt: Gap, purchased from the thrift store for 2.50
Shoes: Miss Bisou, purchased from JC Penney’s for 7.99
Necklace: purchased from flea market for 1.50

Inspiration photo originally from www.thedimediary.com

I linked up with:

WatchOutForTheWoestmans

Look of the day: trending

I am usually late to join the train on trends. Mostly because I’m not willing to pay full price for them, but sometimes it’s because I’m still not sold on it yet. The patterned jeans trend was a little of both for me. I wasn’t completely sure if I loved the idea so I definitely didn’t want to pay a lot for something I don’t know if I’ll wear.
However, lately I have been coming around. I have seen more and more of the patterned jeans and they grew on me. So when I found these jeans on clearance at Kohl’s for 9.60 and I had a 5.00 off coupon I went for it.
 This is the first time I’ve worn them and I like them a lot. They are very subtle and the pattern is hard to see, so it was an easy way to test out a trend.
 Here’s a close up of the pattern

 What do you think? Have you jumped on the patterned jeans train? I have to say that now that I’ve tried it, I think next time I might be willing to go with something a little louder.
Outfit breakdown:
Sweater: St. John’s Bay, purchased at JC Penney’s (years ago) for 7.99
Jeans: ELLE, purchased at Kohl’s for 4.60, see them here 
(for some reason they are cheaper in stores than online)
Booties: purchased at JustFab.com
Necklace: purchased from Beall’s Outlet for 4.99

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Favorite Frock Friday

Restyle: polka dot skirt

Last week while thrifting, I found a long blue and white polka dot skirt. It was not my size or my style necessarily, but I liked the material and there was a good amount of it. It was only 1.99 so I bought it knowing I could do something with it.
My original thought was to use the material to make a shirt. I have a blue polka dot shirt on my lust list from a month or so back. But I chickened out. I am scared of making shirts, they seem so complicated with the sleeves and neck hole and everything. Lol! Maybe one day I’ll be brave and try it.
Anyway, I came up with making a shorter flowy skirt since the last time I tried to make a flowy one it didn’t work and ended up being a pencil skirt. 
This is how it turned out and I have to say I LOVE it. It’s exactly what I wanted when I started.
 Here’s what I did in case you want to try it:
This is the skirt before
First, Measure how long you want the new skirt to be. Mark the spot with a pin, then add at least 2 inches for seam allowance.
Next, take out the old elastic so that it lays flat like a rectangle. (If the elastic is good you may want to reuse it, this one was all stretched out so I trashed it)
You can use a seam riper or just cut a small hole in the waistband to get it out.
 You may want to remeasure where you want it again, just to be sure.
Then cut off the excess length that you don’t want.
Next, fold the seam over twice, pin and sew it. You can iron the seam before sewing to help it lay flat.
 Put the elastic back in (measured to fit your waist) sew the waistband shut and done!
And here is the after again.
What do you think?
Want to try it?
Outfit breakdown:
Shirt: Arizona, purchased from JC Penney’s for 5.99
Skirt: purchased from thrift store for 1.99
Belt: hand-me-down
Shoes: Jessica Simpson, purchased at Dillard’s about 5 yrs ago, forgot the price
Earrings: purchased from Target for 1.00

I linked up with:


pleated poppy