Monday Blues

Hello beautiful ones! Hope you all had a great weekend. It’s Monday and I’ve got the blues, but in a good way, because I’m wearing another peplum top that I made myself, in one of my favorite colors cobalt blue. :) ,

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What I’m Wearing:

Blue Peplum T-Shirt – DIY

Blue Clutch – Asos.com

Jeans – Oldnavy.com (Tall)

Shoes – Avenue.com

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a marvelous week!

Hugs,

Tanasha

Polka Dot Peplum DIY and Skinny Red Jeans

Hello loves!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  I’ve actually been under the weather with the flu since Friday.  So I’m feeling kind of so-so, but being able to share another completed sewing project with you all pepped me up.  If you follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter then you already know I made this sleeveless polka dot peplum tee last week.  I couldn’t wait to wear it with my red skinny ankle length jeans and black wedges for a fun and ultra girly look.  I used Vogue pattern V8815 this time.  The instructions are super easy and the only alteration I made was not using a zipper in the back.  I used a stretch cotton knit (t-shirt material) fabric. I only needed 1 yard of material, so this cute top only cost me $6 to make. :)

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What I’m Wearing:

Polka Dot Peplum Tee – DIY

Red Skinny Jeans – oldnavy.com (Tall)

Shoes – Payless

Bag – L.A.M.B via Nordstrom Rack

Jacket – oldnavy.com (Tall) Last Year

Watch – Bulova

I think I’m obsessed with peplum right now, I have several projects on hand that I’m ready to start and about half of them involve some type of peplum.  I hope you all don’t get tired of seeing me in them….lol

Hugs,

Tanasha

Feeling Bold

Hello friends, I hope this post is finding you all well this wonderful Wednesday. I think when you pair leopard print and the color red together you are definitely making a statement.  That is exactly what I wanted to do.  I was thrilled about this blazer from Zara.  Although I just knew the sleeves would be too short for me I decided to go ahead and order it online anyway because I loved the print and figure I could just roll or push up the sleeves.  But to my pleasant surprise when the blazer arrived and I tried it on, the sleeves were actually long enough.  Yes I did my happy dance..lol  I thought now what to wear with and I was like I wish  had a pair of red pants.  I have skinny jeans but didn’t want to go tight on the bottom.  So I decided to make one of my first pair of pants.  For one of my firsts I actually liked how they turned out.  I wanted loose-fitting trouser style and I think these fit the bill.  Although my next attempt with pants will be a fit and flare type, where they are fitted through the rear and thighs and start to flare from the knee.  Hopefully I can pull those off. Feeling quite bold Tanasha? …why yes I am. ;)

What I’m Wearing:

Leopard Print Jacket – Zara

Black Tanktop – Bershka

Red Trousers – DIY

Black Booties – Chistian Siriano for Payless

Black Clutch – DIY

So tell me my friends are you “bold” enough to wear leopard and red together? How do you feel about this pairing? I’d love to know, please share in the comments. :)

Hugs,

Tanasha

Earthy

Hunter green mixed with tonal browns, makes me think of  a natural, earthy kind of vibe….would you agree? I really love this color pairing. Very subdued, mellow, but definitely not bland.  I was feeling warm, comfy, casual yet still chic.  Perfect fall outfit for this mom on the go running errands.

 

What I’m Wearing:

Faux Leather Jacket – Old Navy (tall) old

Taupe Tanktop – Splendid via Nordstrom Rack

Hunter Green Pants – DIY

Leopard Print Flats – Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack

Bag – Louis Vuitton

Bracelets – Gifted (My Sister :)

Hugs,

Tanasha

DIY Peplum Power

Now I know I always tell you guys that I am really excited about an outfit post when it features something I made, but I have to tell you that I am really, really excited about today’s outfit post. I absolutely adore the peplum trend, but haven’t had much luck with it myself.  The regular sized peplum tops I found that were reasonably priced, were way too short and small on me or the material used was too thin and when I ordered a “tall” size peplum top from topshop online, the flounce didn’t sit in the right spot on me. I thought this would be a trend that I would just have to let pass me by.  That is until I realized I had the  power to make my own. ;) So not only did I make the peplum top, I decided to make a matching pencil skirt  to pair with it as well.   I love how it looks like a dress when paired together, but I can still wear the top and skirt as separates as well.  The real kicker to this outfit is that it only cost me $14 to make.  I used 3 yards of a cotton stretch knit material I found at my trusty old friend, Wal-Mart. You may recall I made a maxi dress in a previous post out of this same material.  This top and skirt were so easy to make.  I didn’t even use a pattern for the skirt, I just used the left over material from my top, cut out a rectangular shape close to my size by eyeballing it and then added elastic to the top of it. The peplum top I made from Vogue pattern V1269 which is actually a pattern for a jacket and a dress, but I made a few tweaks to the jacket pattern, to make it into a shirt and it worked.

What I’m Wearing:

Peplum Top -DIY

Pencil Skirt – DIY

Shoes – Payless

Bag – Kate Spade

Earrings – Banana Republic Factory Outlet

Watch – Bulova via JC Penney

Lipstick – Mac (Media)

So what do you guys think about peplum.  Are you fans of it or not.  I find most people either love it or hate it. I’m a peplum lover and will try my hand at different colors and style to post soon. :)

Hugs,

Tanasha

Navy + Hunter Green DIY Pencil Skirt

As you all know probably know by now (since I say it all of the time…lol) I love color! I was in my local Fabric Mart store  a couple of weeks ago looking for fall colors to complement items I already had in my closet.  I came across this gorgeous hunter green gabardine. It was so perfect for fall/winter because of the weight of the fabric (it’s heavy) and the hunter green color is very on trend right now. So I scooped up enough to make this skirt and a pair of pants (I only needed 3 yards for both).  I’m almost finished with the pants and can’t wait to share them  with you in an upcoming post.  I decided to pair the hunter green skirt with my navy gap blazer and honey gold (I love using fashion color terms of the season) or yellow if you must…lol pumps.  I’m also debuting my newest addition, my LV Speedy 35. My hubby surprised me during our anniversary/my birthday stay cation down in Honolulu.  We were on our way to dinner and he pulled in into the store and told me to pick out something.  Another one of the many reasons why I love that man. :)

What I’m Wearing:

Blazer – Gap

Tanktop – Nordstrom Rack

Necklace -Forever 21

Pencil Skirt – DIY (fabric is from Fabric-Mart and was only $4.99 a yard)

Bag – Louis Vuitton (This is my newest edition, the hubby surprised me during our stay-cation for our anniversary/my birthday)

Shoes – Payless

I’m interested in your opinion, what do you think about this color pairing?  Is it something you would try yourself?

Thank you for reading!

Hugs,

Tanasha

Sexy Secretary

Hello friends!  Today’s outfit post title was stolen from my hubby.  When I walked out for him to take my pictures, he said, “you have the whole sexy secretary look going on”.  So I decided to roll with it and left my glasses on to complete the look, and I have to tell you that I’m really feeling this look. I feel put together but effortlessly so. I feel classy, sophisticated, smart and yes a tad bit sexy.  All adjectives that I would like to think that I am anyway, minus the sexy part (well okay sometimes)..lol.   I’m proud of this outfit post because it takes me back to when I used to work outside of the home.  I used to love getting “dressed” for work and this outfit reminds me of that feeling. With these last few outfit posts it feels like I’m getting closer to recapturing my old fashionista ways, which makes me happy. Oh I forgot to mention that I made this faux leather skirt myself  and it only cost me $9.99 for the material, another reason to be proud and do my happy dance. :)

What I’m Wearing:

Top – oldnavy.com (Tall) | Skirt – Made by Me | Bag – Kate Spade (Online Sample Sale) | Shoes – Brash via payless.com | Necklace – Wal-mart | Bracelets – Forever 21

So tell me have you incorporated any leather (faux or real) pieces into your wardrobe this fall?

Hugs,

Tanasha

DIY Black Jumpsuit + Shabana Khan Jewelry

Hello friends!

I have been sewing up a storm lately and I am so excited about today’s outfit post. While perusing Pinterest, as I obsessively do  looking for all kinds of inspiration, I came across a cute black jumpsuit.  Of course I wanted one and being the super tall gal that I am, it was impossible trying to find a jumpsuit to fit my frame, that didn’t cost me a bazillion bucks.  So I decided, “hey why not try to make one myself”.  I used McCall’s M6803 pattern and made both top options but I didn’t lengthen the bodice of the faux wrap top one long enough so I tried the tube top version with added length. This was my first time making pants and doing pockets but I surprised myself, because I actually got them both right on the first try.

What I’m Wearing:

Jumpsuit – Made by me, Booties – Christian Siriano for Payless, Bag – Kate Spade, Necklace – Shabana Khan Jewelry

Another reason I am excited to share this outfit post with you all is because I am wearing my beautiful necklace which was gifted  to me from Shabana Khan Jewelry and I wanted to introduce the line to you all.   I was introduced to this jewelry brand a few weeks ago and absolutely love their line of jewelry (my husband does too).  The jewelry is stunning and the prices are very reasonable in my opinion.  You can check them out at shabanakhan.com.


I will definitely be making more jumpsuits in different colors and top variations.  This one is so comfortable and easy to just throw on.  Plus you can dress them up or down by changing accessories or throwing on a blazer, cardigan or even a leather or denim jacket for different looks. So how do you feel about jumpsuits?

Hugs,

Tanasha

DIY Burgundy Faux Leather Jacket

Hello My friends! I wanted to share with you another completed DIY sewing project.  If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram you may have seen that I have been working on a burgundy faux leather jacket to incorporate into my fall wardrobe.  Well I just completed it and wanted to share it with you all today.  I have been working on this jacket since Sunday.  Doing a little bit here and a little bit there, as time permitted.  I only had one late night and one early morning, so it wasn’t too bad.  As some of you may already know I am still a beginner sewer, but I’m trying to increase my sewing “game” so to speak.  So I’ll do a couple of seemingly easy pieces and then try to tackle something a bit more challenging that entails something I haven’t done before. Like my last project with my first time installing a zipper.  Today’s project was the first time I’ve ever made a jacket and my first time using a faux leather or PU material which is a bit different in my opinion from sewing and handling regular fabrics such as cotton or a cotton blend, that I’m used to.

I had some frustration while making this jacket.  About half way through I realized that I had left off two side panels.  So I had to rip the seams and remove the front from the back and add in the two connecting side panels and then reattached the back and the front to the side pieces.  It was clearly operator error and not the fault of the pattern instructions.  I just got ahead of myself and thought I could just sew without going step by step like I normally do.  But it was a lesson learned.  Another frustration is that I purchased only a yard and a half of this fabric because my initial intentions were to make a pencil skirt and a clutch from this fabric, but my husband suggested that the fabric would look amazing as a jacket and so I went through my stash of patterns and found the New Look A6132 which seemed not too hard.  The only problem is that the pattern called for 1 yard and 3/4.   I thought I could get away with being a 1/4 short but it turns out I really did need the extra fabric because I wanted and needed the sleeves to be longer.  I went back to Wal-Mart where I purchased this fabric on clearance (the 1 1/2 yards only cost me $7.50)….score… and of course they didn’t have anymore left….fail.  So I was stuck with what I had and although I made it work the sleeves are too short for me. :(  They stop just above my wrist.  I thought about making the jacket a 3/4 sleeve but in my opinion it would take away from the style of the jacket.  The other issue is that I cut this jacket out at a size 14 and it is too big for me…lol  (seems like my eating right and exercising everyday is starting to pay off) I’m happy it’s too big, but saddened because I really like it.  So now I’m left debating if I want to spend the time to take it in and make it a 3/4 sleeve.  Or give it away to my mom and only have to take it in a bit because she likes her jackets roomy where as I like them fitted.  Anyway besides those few frustrations I am really proud of the look and outcome of this jacket.  I have learned a few new techniques and although I know I have a long way to go, I continue to feel that with each project I complete my skills are increasing.

The NewLook A6132 pattern that I used. I made example “A” with longer sleeves.

Getting to work: All of the fabric pieces cut out from the pattern.

Getting to work: All of the fabric pieces cut out from the pattern.

The front of the jacket.

The view from the side.

The view from the side. (The side panel I initially forgot…lol)

The back of the jacket.

A close up view of the sleeve, neckline and side panel.

A close up view of the sleeve, neckline and side panel.

I will definitely attempt to make a couple more jackets using this pattern.  I’m going to make a trip to my local Fabric Mart and try to find a comparable faux leather and using what I’ve learned attempt to make this jacket even better.  Even include the lining I was supposed to add (just realized I forgot that step also… It’s a learning process! ;)

Thank you for reading!

Hugs,

Tanasha

DIY Pencil Skirt Inspired by Forever21

A couple of weeks ago I was in Forever21 with one of my high school besties. We were browsing and came across a cute navy and white houndstooth print pencil skirt.  We both loved it and grabbed one in each of our sizes to try on.  She is 5’4″ Asian and tiny, and I am of course 6’4″, and  not so Asian or tiny…lol.  The skirt fit her perfectly, but on me it was more a teeny-weeny too tight mini.  I was bummed because I really loved it and thought the price was amazing.  It was only $17.80 and the quality wasn’t bad at all.  It was well made and looked like it cost much more.  I was happy for my friend though, she scored majorly.  I put mine back and happily purchased accessories..lol  A couple days ago I was bored and decided to go to Wal-Mart and see if they had any new fabrics in. I was looking and my eyes lit up, I spotted the same navy and white houndstooth print.  Best of all it was only $5.67 a yard.  I only needed 1 yard of fabric for the pencil skirt.  I was a happy camper again.  Last night I decided to start working on it and I actually finished it at 1 in the morning and decided to share the finished project with you all today.

Here is the Forever21 skirt that I wanted.  I loved the print and pockets.  Also it has navy piping along the seams that you can’t really see in this pic.  It is a really cute skirt, at the right length work appropriate and for only $17.80 a fab price.

The skirt immediately came to mind as soon as I spotted the fabric in Wal-Mart.  The fabric is cotton with a slight diagonal stretch. For only $5.67 a yard you know it garnered a happy dance from me, well okay I didn’t dance in the store but I did have happy thoughts. :)

My completed skirt! It took me about 4 hours to finish from start to finish because I cut out all of the pieces in the pattern package which included pants, a peplum top and this pencil skirt.  So there were a lot of pieces although I only need three of the pieces for this skirt.  The pattern that I used was  New Look A6130 and I purchased it from Wal-Mart a couple of months ago.  So happy that I did.

This was my first time ever sewing anything with a zipper.  It took me three tries to get it lined up how I wanted it, but well worth it and I know with more practice I should hopefully have it perfected soon.  But I was really pleased with my final result here although not perfect. :)

This is what it looks like with the zipper closed.  The tab for the zipper does fit in where you can’t see it but I stuck it out so that I could show you all. Under my thumb I added a hook and eye closure. Again not perfect but I would say not too shabby for a first timer.  I was proud of myself. :)

This is the back slit, I’m holding it open so you all can see.  This was my first time also making anything that required a slit.

Here is the back slit closed.

So I am a pleased with my finished product.  I truly enjoy sewing and I notice that which each project I complete, I get a little better or learn how to do something new.  Again I have never taken a sewing  class.  I simply follow the directions on how to use my machine and I follow the directions on the patterns that I purchase.  As I am still a beginner I like to stick with easy projects, but I am not afraid to try something that may be a little more difficult, like installing a zipper.   I’m also not afraid to mess up because the fabrics that I am using right now are inexpensive buys.   I definitely would not recommend buying expensive fabrics while you are just beginning,  mistakes could turn out to be very costly.  So overall this was a great project.  It was inexpensive and only took a few hours time to complete and I am very pleased with the final result.  Now I just need to figure out what to pair with it. ;)

Thank you for reading!

Hugs,

Tanasha