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Favorite Fall/Winter Looks

Well it’s that time of year when there’s a little nip in the air. Depending on where you live, you may have a longer fall season where temperatures gradually dip lower and lower. Where I am, however, fall lasts for a couple weeks in September then we’re just fast forward into the full winter coats.

With that in mind, I’ve put some looks together for days when it’s still warm enough to not be covered from head to toe in winter gear. Some of the pieces are available in my Ebay store so affiliate links were provided in case you want to get the look for yourself.

This first look is for a day that calls for a short sleeve sweater and open toe faux suede sandals…this day is long gone where I am ūüė¶

Gray Knit Tunic

Grey Tunic Sweater (Size 2X) available here

Another cute not so cold weather look is this netted short sleeved sweater and cropped jeans:

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Torrid Pink Netted Sweater (Size 1X) available here
Denim Cropped Jeans (Size 24, runs small fits like Size 20) available here

And for a breezy day you might want to accent your look with a light jacket. Fall is a great time for layering.

White Jacket Black Pleated Skirt

White Cropped Jacket (similar) here
Black Pleated Skirt (Size L with plenty stretch) available here

When the weather gets a little colder, why not go for a nice warm sweater? Even going up a size or two making it a perfect look with a cozy pair of leggings.

Blue Sweater Black Leggings

Light Blue Sweater (Size 22/24) available here

As the temperatures dip and you add a heavier coat, you still can have something cute and form fitting underneath.

Gold Top Maroon Skirt Outside

Gap Brand Gold Top (Size XL) available here
Ashley Tipton Maroon Quilted Pencil Skirt (Size 2X) available here

And as we roll right into holiday party season, this look is festive and sophisticated.

Black Velvet Jacket and Skirt

Black Velvet Skirt with Satin Ruffle Slit (Size 16W) available here
Black Velvet Blazer (similar) here
Avenue Black Lace Top (Size 18/20) available here

I hope you enjoyed these looks and perhaps it gave you some ideas for fall/winter wardrobe combinations. Feel free to grab a piece or two to spice up your look this season! Stay tuned for part 2! ūüôā

 

Penny Pinchers…DIY Glam Gifts!!

If you are a penny pincher with friends and family who all have birthdays all around the same time or perhaps you want to get a jump start on the holidays, well this is the place for you! Admittedly, because I used the thrift store to gather most of these items for today’s diy’s, you may not be able to easily locate these items for the prices I paid. But you can apply these ideas to a variety of treasures that you may find.

That being said, I took a trip on a whim to find some items that I could glam up and give as gifts. I actually had ideas in mind of items that I wanted to find. Fortunately, I found just what I was seeking! As luck would have it,  there was a buy 1, get 1 free sale on glassware that day so I scored many of these items for 50 cents or less! Double Score!!

The first item up is this candelabra. I thought it was pretty with its butterfly design but definitely not “glam”.

Candlelabra before

I checked online to see where I can get some metallic spray paint to give it the glitz and shine that I was looking to give it. I found this paint at Walmart. The metallic paint alone was all that it needed. The clear glaze that I also purchased was totally unnecessary, in fact, it dulled the shine.

Spray Paint

So after a few coats of paint, my dull brown candelabra is metallic and shiny!

Candlelabra painted

To take it to the next level, I ordered this “diamond” wrap and gems online at Walmart.com and picked it up in the store. Later, I found the 5 row diamond wrap at Dollar Tree. Apparently, Dollar Tree finds are as iffy as the thrift store because I checked around before I purchased online and couldn’t find it. A couple weeks later, I found it in the store.

Diamond Strip and Gems

Using a hot glue gun, I affixed the diamond wrap along the bottom row of the candelabra. Then I glued the diamond gems and some faux pearls I removed from an old bracelet I no longer wear along the rim of the glass holder. Trust me, this is even more “dazzling” in person!

Candlelabra

Next up, is this single candle burner and glass jelly jar. I don’t know why I took the pictures separately but the blue glass goes inside of the candle holder. This is also a good idea for jars that you may already have around the house and looking for a way to reuse them. Bedazzle them!

Candle and Butter Container before

 

Candle inside

So I sprayed each piece with several layers of the metallic paint and even added some glitter to the holder.

Candle finished

Candle and Butter Container better pic

Not wanting to gift someone an empty jar leaving them with no idea of how to use it, I filled it with some homemade body butter. I whipped together some softened shea butter and melted coconut oil then added some fragrant oil. I tied it with a sparkly bow to create a glam gift set!

Candle and Butter Container

For this next piece, I had no idea it would turn out as well as it did. I actually went into the thrift store hoping to find a tissue box that I could glam and what do you know? I found the perfect piece!

Tissue Box before

This appeared to be unused since it still had its original price tag affixed.

Tissue Box before 2

After a few coats of spray paint ( I later added a few more), it doesn’t even look like the same item!

Tissue Box Finished painted

I glued some of the 2 layer diamond wrap across the top. When I found the 5 layer wrap at Dollar tree, I added that to the bottom. I used the hot glue gun to add some of the faux pearls but it probably would have been better to use super glue because if you touch these too hard, they may come off.

Tissue Box Finished

So there you have it! Glam gifts that you can customize to the level of glitz that your hearts desire! Don’t sleep on the thrift stores. There are tons of buried treasures waiting to be unearthed, cleaned up, spray painted and glam-a-fied!! And let’s not forget how little I spent (just don’t tell my friends).

Stay tuned, friends, for more money saving dazzling ideas!!

 

Speaking of Penny Pinchers…Have You Visited My Ebay Shop?

We’re going to take a brief pause from my “diys” to explore the other side of saving money and looking good. After a brief hiatus, I have listed items in my ebay store. Just in time for fall, you will find good deals on cardigans, jackets, jeans, and skirts. Dazzling Emerald plus sizes¬†on ebay has items for the budget savvy plus size fashionista. Find great deals on brand names for a fraction of the price as items are new or pre-owned but all in great condition!

These crop jeans are great for the fall and a perfect palette for a diy distress project.

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Get distressed crop jeans here

This satin look skirt is great for dressy or work looks and is so figure flattering!

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Get this brown wrap skirt here

This bodycon bandage pencil skirt is so hot and will hug your curves beautifully!

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Get the blue pencil skirt here

Speaking of brand names, this Chaps sweater retails for $50 but get it for half off of that!

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Get this Chaps sweater here

Everyone needs a good cardigan for a chilly day or to have on standby in a chilly office.

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Get this blue cardigan here

I’m going to coin a new phrase, “glam professional”. How else can you describe this look?

 

Blue Blazer Cream skirt edit

Get the ivory knit skirt here

Get Blue Blazer here

 

Be sure to follow me at Dazzling Emerald plus sizes on ebay and check me out often as I will always add new items!

Penny Pincher Chronicles: DIY No Sew Pillows

Another bright idea I had one day after watching a decorating/re-decorating show was to make my own throw pillows. I wanted to brighten up my outdoor couch with a little color and sparkle. I checked out the prices for throw pillows and was shocked to find them as high as $20+ per pillow! “I can make those myself for much less than that!” I said to myself. The only problem with this bright idea was…..I can’t sew. Well, at least not sew well with like a sewing machine. I don’t even own a sewing machine. I have needle and thread and can, you know, sew on a button or close a small hole but that my friends, is the extent of my sewing skill.

Never to let my lack of skill stop me from doing anything (especially saving money), I looked into some no sew diy videos. There were quite a few so I felt quite confident delving into my new adventure. You know I can’t do anything without coupons so I downloaded the JoAnn Fabrics app which came loaded with coupons and made my merry way on to her store.

I found 3 fabrics that I liked and believed would go well in my outdoor space. One floral piece that looked quite “couchy” to me but the lady at the JoAnn talked me into the gold metallic one instead. She said it would better compliment the maroon glitter one that I was definitely going to purchase. I ended up getting just 1 yard of each. The total cost for both of these was $18 using coupons. Essentially, I will be making 4 pillows for less than the cost of one pre-made pillow!

Pillow Fabric

It looks like my camera washes out the color of the gold metallic fabric so I tried to tweak it and get a closer look.

Pillow Gold Close Up

I used two pillows that I already owned as a guide to how big I wanted each pillow to be. These two fit perfectly in the 1 yard of fabric.

Pillows inside Fabric 1

I repeated the same process with the other fabric. I cut each in the center leaving the pre-creased seam as one side of the pillow.

Pillows inside Fabric 2

With the gold metallic fabric, I ironed in one side about a quarter of an inch. This side will be left open in order to add the stuffing then glued shut.

Pillow Seam Ironing

With the fabric inside out, I glued the other two sides together using a hot glue gun.

Pillow Glueing Closed

And voila, you have what looks like a pillow case! Notice how you can’t tell that that seams were glued instead of sewn.

Pillow One Side Open

With the other fabric, I couldn’t iron the seam because it is mostly glitter so I glued the seem in 1/4 inch.

Pillow Seam Glueing

And here are my four glued pillow cases:

Pillows All Glued

If you’re a hoarder like me, you may have an old comforter/duvet laying around that you no longer use. In my defense, we could have had guests one day and needed an extra comforter and…..ok, we never have guests over. I just don’t like to throw things away that I could possibly use one day for a diy no sew pillow project, ok? So, conveniently, I was able to easily remove the stuffing to use for my pillows. Cost for that…$0!!

Pillow Comforter Filling

I stuffed the cases until they were to my liking then glued the last opening. Here is the final result!

Pillows Complete 1

In person, these pillows are a lot more “dazzling” than they appear in these pictures.

There is my diy on a dime. I imagine that this could have been done even cheaper if you already had items around that you no longer used that can be converted into a pillow case. Hmmm…I may look into that. In the meantime…..

Pillows and Me

I have a couple more projects that I’m working on in this “Penny-Pincher Chronicles” series that you don’t want to miss! So be sure to come back.

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Nails for Pennies!

If you have read even a couple of my blog posts, you may have noticed that I’m always looking for ways to save a few coins. Sometimes, however, I like to get dressed or even change my look up a little bit every now and then. So what is a cheap girl to do? She can gather her Sally’s Beauty coupons for a set of acrylic nails then go on a shopping spree at Dollar Tree!!

Ordinarily, I don’t bother doing my nails too often. Nail polish tends to chip in a day or two so it seems like a waste of time and money. So this is how my nails look every day:

Real Nails

Armed with a $5 Sally Beauty coupon that was burning a hole in my pocket, I had the bright idea to give myself an extra fancy manicure. Combining my $5 coupon with a 20% off coupon, I scored this package of 120 whole nails for a little over $2!

Fake Nails

Then I mosy-ed on over to Dollar Tree to pick up a few nail colors and accessories.

Dollar Tree Haul

I sized up each nail to match my nail and this is the result after gluing them on.

Plain Fake Nails

Looking kind of realistic, right? So, I tried to get a little fancy with my Dollar Tree wares and added some bedazzle and sparkle!

Bronze Nails Out

Then I checked out Pinterest for some additional inspiration and came up with this amateur interpretation, lol:

Coral Nails Out

Hey, practice will eventually make perfect, right?

Coral Nails In edit

 

All in all, I think these products cost me a grand total of about $7 but when you break it down to how many uses I will get out of all of the products, each manicure costs mere pennies! Penny-Pincher Fancy Ladies rejoice!!

I have a few more articles in my Penny-Pincher Chronicles series that I will be posting so stay tuned!!

 

Coloring My Dark Natural Hair

So, I was feeling real inspired one day when I ran across a beauty blogger who colored her dark natural hair using a semi-permanent color. I never considered it before because I assumed that you would need bleach or at the very least a color developer in order for hair color to show. Being that my hair is very fine and even more fragile when my dark color is lifted, I gave up on the idea of ever coloring my hair again. But now seeing the results on someone, I was given hope. Could it be true? Can I actually play around with hair color, albeit temporary, and not suffer any hair damage?

Feeling emboldened and adventurous, I decided to mosey on over to Sally Beauty to take a look-sy at the color options. The beauty blogger used the Ion brand so I decided try the same product. At the time, Sally Beauty was running a special of buy 2 colors, get the 3rd free. They also offered you a “free” additional color if you renewed your Sally’s membership. The membership was only $5 which includes discounts on most of their products, a $5 coupon on a future purchase, and other discounts and promotions sent to your e-mail. So overall, not a bad deal and I walked out of the store with 4 different colors to try.

Hair Color Varieties

As the instructions suggested, I did a swatch test on my skin to test for an allergic reaction prior to applying it to my hair. In my old age, I have become allergic to most things besides air and water, so I was sure not to skip this step! I next tested the colors on my hair. The fuchsia and rose quartz were pretty undetectable. The garnet and burgundy brown gave me a little show so I decided to try the more dramatic  garnet color first.

Hair Color

I sectioned my hair and applied the color on top of styling products that I normally use (probably a mistake). I twisted each section as I completed the color application. It was still barely even noticeable so I became a bit doubtful.

Doubtful Look

Also, it would have been a good idea to use some type of gloves because….

Red Hands

But the damage was already done, so I kept going. Since I didn’t notice much color difference, I decided to keep applying more color on my already twisted hair.

Hair in Twists

The beauty blogger I watched went on to style her hair without shampooing or rinsing her hair at all. My fine strands were not having that! So if you have thick hair that can handle a lot of product and still allow you to style it, then go for it. My hair can only handle about 1 layer of product at a time so applying a styling product and this dye was just too much. So I rinsed my hair to remove the excess product build up (and probably most of the dye) and proceeded to style again.

In Car with Glasses

The end result is a barely noticeable, slight hue to the ends of my hair. If I turn just the right angle in the sunlight, you MIGHT (that’s a big might lol) see it. My grey hairs however, are a bright hot pink so there’s that; good thing I don’t have too many in a disrespectfully plain view.

So overall, probably a fail but it was fun experimenting. I haven’t given up yet, I want to try the burgundy brown without additional products to see the effect. I’ve also been researching low level (level 10) developers and contemplating that for highlights perhaps to minimize the risk. Stay tuned!!

 

 

Summer to Fall Fashion Transition…Continues

Welcome back or for the first time to the continuing series of transitioning summer wardrobe in the season leading up to fall. Today’s look has a full fall color palette but with lightweight fabrics. This black off the shoulder blouse is so lightweight and cool that even though it’s black, it still can be worn comfortably in warmer temperatures. The fabric of the skirt is as thin as can be without being sheer. It has a gorgeous geometric print and just enough spandex to give you a little hug in the right places.

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How much do you love a lace up shoe? This shoe/sandal…(shandal??) is made of faux suede and is an almost perfect nude color for me. Don’t you just love it when you find your perfect shade of nude shoe???

Get the look: Blouse (similar) here, Skirt (similar) here, Shoes (similar) here