Let’s face facts – style is an expensive pursuit, even for the fairly frugal. Most fashionable people are passionate enough about the artistry and aesthetics of fashion, the ever-changing cuts, colors, patterns, and flourishes that define the brushstrokes of the designer’s vision, that they find themselves buying new clothes quite regularly. In order to curate a fully realized wardrobe that captures your evolving personal style, you have to shell out once in awhile for timeless staples that have the quality to last and be evergreen, and you have to keep up with current trends and select new styles that speak to you. That is usually a less pricey adventure, but it happens more often than forking over $175 for a perfect pair of ballet flats. In my case, I own about a dozen items over $100, but the vast majority of my clothing is bargain hunted from stores like Forever21 Plus, Old Navy, and Nordstrom rack. I doubt you’d be reading this blog if you hadn’t augmented your wardrobe since 2014. And lastly there are the specialty pieces that define your unique style. These could range from thrifted treasures, to beautiful delicate fiber jewelry from an Etsy boutique, to a collection of vintage iron-on patches from the 70s. All in all this adds to quite a heavy cash hit on the reg – often prohibitively expensive for many people to afford to really express themselves in an ideal manner. Enter my favorite solution for the style-obsessed: refashioned DIY clothing. One of the best things about this hobby is that much of the time you’re embellishing or repurposing clothing that you already own, but don’t wear (if you’re like me, you’re a lot fatter than you were in college, and a lot more picky about my style, so I have bags worth of old clothes that no longer fit either my tummy or my look. Refashioning ranges from the subtle (taking a boring plain t-shirt and altering the sleeves or adding a Peter Pan collar), to the radical (turning a thrifted men’s button-down into a skirt, say), to the just plain useful (adding a cloth or lace panel to enlarge a too-small shirt). In essence, for a usually very small outlay of cash, you can turn the long neglected functionless section of your wardrobe into a highly personal, unique, and brand new collection of wearable pieces! And they were mostly your clothes to begin with, so you don’t have to worry about finding your size! It’s s friggin’ miracle. A few notes: many of these tutorials require a range of sewing skills – from none at all, to fairly advanced. If you need to brush up on your sewing, there are a myriad of YouTube lessons and online courses. If you’re a beginner – shell out for a secondhand sewing machine. IMO every plus size fashionista should have one, along with a basic set of skills. Not only does the world of upcycling open up to you, but you can make your own clothes. And yes, there are a heap of great plus size sewing patterns out there. Check on Pinterest. Then develop another obsession: fabric shopping. Striped Cut-Out T-Shirt from Trash to Couture Men’s Shirt into a One Shoulder Wrap Top from A Pair and a Spare DIY Report: Balenciaga Crop Top from Follow Fashion How to Cut a T-Shirt into a Crop Top from Tomboy Vintage DIY Mesh Crop Top from Hello Gwen Upcycled Plain Tee – DIY from All Day Chic Iridescent Sneakers from P.S. I made this DIY Sequin Embellished Denim Shorts from A Pair and a Spare How Long Can I Get Away With This? from Cation Designs the refashioners 2015 – erin from Makery.uk the refashioners 2015 – sew over it (london) from Makery.uk T-SHIRT TO DRESS REFASHION WITH SCALLOPED HEM from Sew Much Love, Mary DIY Cross Flounce Top Refashion from Cotton and Curls Refashion Tutorial – Long Sleeves to Bow Sleeve T-shirt from Sew What’s New DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Top from Melody Fulone Anthropologie Tangerine Flicker Dress DIY from Our Life is Beautiful Skirt Refashion: How to make a button skirt from Cubic Dreams Refashion: DIY Color Block Tees from Uber Chic for Cheap T-SHIRT INTO SUMMER TOP DIY from Trinkets in Bloom Peplum Shirt Refashion from The Crafty Disaster
So idk where you live, but here in Boston the weather is just plain narsty – cold drizzle everywhere. So today I did what I always do when I wake up feeling like a sack of shit: I tried out a new makeup look! As a long time owner of both blue eyes and hooded eyelids, I’ve gradually learned some tricks to highlight my eye color and blend my eyeshadow so that you can actually see it, and it doesn’t get sucked into the black hole of my eyelid crease. Today I decided to go with something fresh and springy – rose gold. The raspberry color pops the blue in my eyes, and who doesn’t love a little sparkle? I’m gonna do a little mini-tutorial here, since I didn’t photograph it step by step, but just so that you get the gist. Here are the tools I used. So I ended up using: Urban Decay’s Electric Palette Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette NYX liquid eyeliner in black NYX Mascara Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow in Recharged Milani Liquid Lipstick in Chromatic Addict Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art in Desert Dazzle (just the glitter) Foundation of your choice (I usually use Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua, but I’m out NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Exotic MAC Paint Pot in Painterly Ok, so first I used the Paint Pot on my lids as primer and to even out the skin tone. If you prefer using primer for this, it shouldn’t make a difference. After priming, I started in with the lightest color towards the inside of my eye – in this case Champagne Truffle from the chocolate box. After sweeping that over my lid, I went in with my transition shade, Marzipan, and blended that thoroughly through the crease. I’m extremely fair skinned, so feel free to modify this with corresponding shades for darker skin tones. Then came the time to add the raspberry pop – I used the Jilted shade from the Electric Palette, fast becoming one of my favorite shades to jazz up subtle looks! This I blended through the crease, and in a wing shape from the outer corner of my eye. If I could only give one eyeshadow tip to anyone it would be blend blend blend!! You want the eyeshadow to fade naturally into your skin, not be left in a harsh line. Blend! And in this case, blend slightly upwards, to life the corner of your eye. At this point it was time to go in with the liquids to amp up the shimmer. I used the Milani gold shadow to really pop my lid, and then the gold sparkle from the Revlon duo, all over the lid, because…gold sparkle. You could leave it there, with mascara, for a softer look, but I’m nothing without my winged eyeliner, so I tightlined my eyes with the NYX liquid liner, and added a tiny flick of a wing. Pro tip: NYX Liquid Eyeliner is the only liquid eyeliner you would ever need. Don’t bother wasting $28 on some ridiculous Kat Von D or Stila at Sephora. NYX Eyeliner is under $10, and it’s perfection. Ok, we’re basically done! Just add mascara (and do your brows and add whatever skin regime you use – I’ve been using that UD Moondust Liquid eyeshadow as a rainbow highlighter for awhile and I love it!) Here are the results! If anyone likes this look and wants to try it, please please please send me a pic, and I’ll post it on here and be happy forever!!