Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Once Upon a Time Belle Wannabe

Wants. *sigh*

I've recently become obsessed with how Once Upon a Time is styling Emilie de Ravin as Belle. I especially loved this dress she wore in a recent episode. Flawless. Does want, please.

I did some research and found that the dress is from Armani Exchange, but it's currently unavailable online and the closest Armani Exchange is almost an hour away from me. Tears in my eyes.

I did, however, find something close from H&M for only $24.95!  
All it needs is a brown belt.

To hold me over while I decide whether to purchase this dress or not, I "recreated" Belle's look with a blue dress that I already had in my closet. 
My dress is a completely different fabric, it's a much brighter blue, and it doesn't have any lace but the silhouette is fairly similar. That alone made me feel like Belle a little bit.  lol

Dress: Marshall's $20   Belt: Forever 21 (This one came with a skirt. I couldn't find my thinner brown belt.)   Heels: Goodwill $5 

Not an exact replica, but not too shabby for only $25 for my entire outfit, huh?

Face of the Day:

Eyes: Brown shadow on the crease and outer corner of my eyes in a sideways "v" shape and smudged along the upper lash line, mascara   Cheeks: Nars' Orgasm or ELF's Blush from the Blush/Bronzer Duo is a dupe for Orgasm  Lips: I mixed Fabulous Fig by Revlon (It's been discontinued. NOOOOO!) and NYX's Herades

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Disney's Pocahontas DIY Costume

What you'll need: 1) A tan dress. I got this one from Forever 21 for $9.80 a few days ago so it should still be in stores.    2) A yard of faux suede fabric. The one I got is from Joann's. They were having a 50% off sale so I got a yard of fabric for $4! Holla!   3) A brown piece of ribbon.    4) Scissors    5) Double sided fabric tape. I originally had gotten a cheap one from Joann's but it didn't work very well. The one that worked great is from Target by Lingerie Solutions (Dress Tape with Dispenser). I suggest you use that one.   6) Chalk or a white pastel

Start by turning the dress inside out. Then, try the dress on and draw on the new neckline of your off the shoulder dress. Since this is a scoop neck, I started the line in the middle and then went to the armpit seam at a slight angle so I wouldn't accidentally cut the neckline too low. You don't want to give the world a fun little show. lol 

Try to have the line meet where the armpit seam is so the dress doesn't become too big for you.

Next, cut along the shoulder seam of the left side of the dress. This will be your one "sleeve."

Now, cut along the white line you drew on.

Lay out your suede fabric and draw a line about 3.5 inches to 4 inches below the edge of the fabric. Cut along this line to make a strip.

Now, just start cutting the strip of fabric vertically to create the fringe for the dress. I just eyeballed the width of these little strips. They don't have to be perfectly even. Cut straight up, but be mindful to leave an inch to a half inch uncut towards the top. 

Back to the dress... Try the dress on again and demarcate where you'd like to locate the fringe so you know where it'll fall on your body. I just made three little dots and then connected that line.

My puppy decided to join in on the fun and was helping me craft. lol
Now, follow the line you drew for the fringe with your double sided fabric tape.

Simply tape on the fringe to the dress and cut off the excess. For the back of the dress, I just tried to follow the same angle as the front of the dress and taped the fringe on the same way.

Draw a "V" shaped line and place the tape along that line. Then add the fringe. Do the same thing to the back of the dress.

You're essentially done after this, but I felt like my dress needed more fringe along the bodice so added another layer of fringe right below the original one.


Simply tie the brown ribbon around your waist for the belt. 

To complete the costume, I used a turquoise necklace I already had from Forever 21 and this   leave necklace I got for $2.80 there too and tied the leave pendant to the turquoise necklace.

For the arm tattoo, I simply used red and yellow food coloring. This worked really well and didn't rub off at all.

I wore this out to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland.
Here are some pictures of the dress on. They're not the best quality because it was dark, but at least you'll get an idea of how it looks on. 

P.S. I had enough of the suede fabric left over to use as a shawl that night. :)

Yay! Happy Halloween everyone! Let me know if you recreate this look or contact me if you have any questions at mariasfsc@gmail.com!

Friday, October 19, 2012

90 Degree Fall Weather, $65 Full Outfit

 Top: Forever 21 $15 (similar)   Pants: Forever 21 $15 (similar)   Shoes: Payless $20   Watch: Walmart $10   Bracelet: Walmart $5 something

It's back to being in the mid 90s here. Wah! I just want fall to finally arrive and stay. :( Wearing muted colors is as close as I can get to wearing fall appropriate clothes right now without having a heat stroke. 

I've been loving these pants this past summer. They're comfortable, lightweight, and dress up an outfit instantly without making you feel stuffy. I'm sure I'm going to overuse them this fall too. lol
Tuck in your top for instant sophistication... along with the regalness of an up-do (2:52).

I think the watch and bracelet are the only two accessories that I own from Walmart, but they're also the ones I've been wearing on a daily basis. Love these two pieces.
No bag because the hubby was taking me for a quick lunch to Olive Garden. :P


Face of the Day:

Used NYX Jumbo Pencil in French Fries as eyeliner and Jordana's Grape on my lips.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Finding Scent Cheap! How to Save Money at Bath and Body Works and a Haul

Ok, so I know everyone probably already knows that Bath and Body Works frequently runs sales on their candles for two candles for the price of one (2 for $20). This is the only time I'll buy candles there. So, as they just had this sale going this past weekend, naturally, I took a little visit to pick up some of the fall scents before they go bye-bye.

Here are the ones that I picked up:

In case you're not aware, you are able to get three candles for $30 while the 2 for $20 sale runs. You just need to at least purchase two candles to qualify any other candles you get for the $10 price. So, you don't need to buy candles in couples for the sale price of $10 per candle to apply.

I fully took advantage of this special and picked up three candles. How much did I end up spending? Thirty dollars? No! I only paid $20 plus tax for my three candles. How you may ask? Well, let me show you!

If you've purchased anything recently at Bath and Body Works, you'll notice that at the bottom of the receipt there's an invitation to complete a survey online. If you do complete it, at the end of the survey, you receive a coupon code that gives you $10 off a $30 dollar purchase and this offer never expires.

I encourage you to take the survey. It takes under five minutes to complete and since your $10 off doesn't have an expiration date, you can combine this coupon anytime a 2 for $20 sale rolls around, and get three candles for $20 or each candle for $6.67! That's an amazing deal when you take into account that one candle is usually $19.50.

Here's my receipt to see this scenario at work:

 So I saved a whopping $38.50 at Bath and Body Works and got three candles for the price of one! YAY!

I don't believe there's any sort of minimum purchase amount for the coupon to print at the bottom of your receipt. Mine printed when I bought hand soap on sale for $2.75. I then went online, typed in the invitation number and completed the survey. Once you're done with your survey, write in the Validation Code and then just turn it in to the cashier when you're cashing out.

Hope this helped! Happy shopping!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Plaid Kind of Day and a Small Rant

Top: Target $17.99   Jeggins: Express Stella Jean Legging (I got these super discounted on Black Friday so I would wait for them to go on sale or get these instead.)   Booties: Target on clearance for $12.99   Scarf: Ralph Lauren at Marshall's $3   Bag: Tommy Hilfiger found at TJ Maxx for $19.99   Watch: Walmart $10   Pearl Earrings: Forever21

I wore this to go out to breakfast with a few of my girlfriends to fully take advantage of the colder weather that finally decided to arrive. It's a pretty simple outfit that I know doesn't fully match. I really just wanted a small bag that I could just grab and go since all I really needed was my phone and money for my little outing.  I didn't want to photograph a bag that I didn't use just for the sake of matching it with my shoes. 

I started this blog to help me get out of my rut of wearing just workout clothes, work clothes, and loungewear. I really want to expand my creativity with fashion and seem more put together on a daily basis with the things that I already own and with new finds that don't cost a fortune, which will hopefully enable me to find my sense of style... cheap (ah, see what I did there? lol). For this reason, I really want to record my outfits authentically. I want to showcase what I really wore out rather than putting an outfit together to photograph but that never saw the light of day.

P.S. Sorry about that random string falling out of my shirt. I guess I removed the tag but not the string. lol

With that said, the biggest tip with finding clothing items inexpensively is to be willing to put aside instant gratification and wait for sales. Patience reaps rewards.
 I was lusting after these particular Express jeans solely because of their incredible comfort level but was not willing to spend $80 for them. I just waited until Black Friday came around to get them because that's when they were discounted by a lot. 
The boots I was able to score because I waited until winter was almost over to get them as I knew I would get a lot of use out of them this year. :P Oh, and discount stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx are your best friend. 

Face of the Day:

To compliment the red and pink in the shirt, I decided to use a burgundy/plummy shadow and remembered that one of my favorite youtube beauty gurus had made a tutorial using something similar so I decided to recreate her look: 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Decorating for Halloween, Dollar Store Style: Part II

As previously mentioned, I kept decor cost down mostly because I utilized items that I already owned and simply added on to them with inexpensive decorations to create something *~stylish~*. You'll find that if you want to recreate some of my little creations, you should be able to do so relatively inexpensively if you know where to look.

Ok, so the first item on my search list: small to medium sized pumpkins. What's Halloween without pumpkins? I just didn't want to shell out $15 for one. I'd also planned to make my own little pumpkin tree so I knew I needed to get some mini pumpkins and finally found some at the 99 Cent Only store. Next, I needed stuffing for my apothecary jar. Surprisingly, I didn't find any orange shreds for stuffing so I just ended up getting an orange garland with black bats on it.
The rest of my purchased items were things I just happened to have come across. I picked up two silver sparkly pumpkins, black roses, and ribbon.
So what did my $10 budget get me?
1. Two mini pumpkin packages $2
2. A little crow $1
3. An orange and black ribbon $1
4. Black roses $1
 5. Two silver pumpkin figurines $2
6. A carvable pumpkin $1
7. Green packing shreds $1
8. An orange garland with black bats $1

And here's how I put these items to use:

 Halloween Pumpkin Tree

Branches: found on my daily walk with my puppy $0 Mini pumpkins: 99 Cent Store $2 for 2 packages of 4 Crow: The Dollar Tree $1 Vase: Previously owned from Goodwill $4

This vase is usually the centerpiece of my coffee table so I knew I wanted to do something creative with it and have it be the focal point of my Halloween decor. Simply adding fall flowers wasn't an option so, inspired by Disneyland's pumpkin tree, I decided to create my own. However, I was not about to spend $13 on fake branches from a craft store so I simply stole some from nature. I stuffed the vase with plastic bags to help prop the branches into position (you can use beans or rice for this, I just didn't have any on hand). Then, I simply hung the mini pumpkin ornaments and added the crow just because it seemed appropriate to have a birdie on a tree and it also added some eeriness. :) Voila!
Total cost for me: $3  Total cost to recreate: $7

Halloween Apothecary Jar

Apothecary Jar: Previously owned from TJ Maxx $12.99 Ribbon: The Dollar Tree $1 Green shreds: The Dollar Tree $1 Orange Halloween garland: The Dollar Tree $1 Mini Reese’s Cups: Priceless Pumpkin: The Dollar Tree $1
This jar usually displays a sad amount of Reese’s mini peanut butter cups. To make it Halloween time appropriate, I simply needed incorporate some Halloween colors. An orange garland with black bats and green basket stuffing shreds helped me with this and to make the jar appear fuller. The orange bow, with it’s spider pattern, emphasizes that this jar is, in fact, a Halloween jar. lol Plus, bows are pretty. :P Oh, and I coupled the jar with one of the pumpkins I found for $1.
Total cost for me: $3 Total cost to recreate: $16

Bouquet of Death
Vase: Previously owned from Goodwill $2.99 Ribbon: it’s the same one I used for the apothecary jar $1 Black roses: 99 Cent store $1

This little milk vase usually sits on my desk, holding a silver crystal Christmas tree spray but... no longer… It has now been transformed into a vase that holds a bouquet of death. Muwahaha!
I came across these black roses at the 99 Cent Only store and grabbed them because they reminded me of something that would be inside of Disneyland’s the Haunted Mansion. The milk vase seemed like a good home for them due to the contrasting colors. The same ribbon that I used for my apothecary jar was used to up the cute factor.
Total project cost: $1 Cost to recreate: $5

Dining Table Centerpiece

Candlesticks: Marshall’s $12 each Pumpkin: Walmart  $1.13  Sparkly pumpkins: 99 Cent Only $1 each Charger plate: Target $2 Cobweb: Dollar Tree $1

I found these candlesticks at Marshall’s about a year ago and they’ve been my dinning table’s centerpiece ever since. I didn’t want to clutter my dinning table with too many decorations so I simply added a bow to the center candlestick since I clearly hadn’t done that enough already. Honestly, I’m glad I ran out of ribbon at this point. Lol My silver charger plate that I got at Target was used to hold these three little pumpkins directly in front of the candlesticks to compliment the silver and orange colors. Add some cobwebs for immediate creepiness.

Total project cost for me: $3 Cost to recreate: $42.13

This is definitely the most expensive project to recreate but you can always find some candlesticks at your local thrift store and then just spray paint if you want to lower the cost even more.

Now, put it all together and you get...

Please excuse my husband's arm and laptop

A Halloweentastic place! Yay!

So what did we learn? Disney is a marketing genius and clearly has a sick hold over me? Yes. Also, make use of what you already own. Look around and see how you can embellish focal points in your home. It might be as simple as just tying an orange ribbon around something to make it stylish. Small elements help create an ambience. You don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of $15 glittery pumpkins to decorate stylishly as most retailers make you believe. Be creative and check out the cheapy stores first. 

How have you decorated for Halloween?