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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?

 

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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!

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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!!

 

Fall Fashion (Affordable) Favorites

Apparently, the Fall season is the pinnacle of all fashion seasons. If you subscribe to any fashion magazines, the fall issues are the some of the largest and most extensive. And Let us not forget New York Fashion Week which is one of the highlights of the year!

I love a lot of the pieces that come with fall fashion. I love layering chic blazers and moto jackets. I love rocking booties, shooties, and thigh high boots. The crisp cool air allows me to embellish with more accessories. Being that I’m allergic to most jewelry (long story), I love being able to add a scarf to accent my looks.

With all that being said, you gotta have some (not so basic) basic pieces to add each year to your fall wardrobe to keep it exciting because that’s a rule, right? I want to share a few pieces that caught my eye for the upcoming season. I’m a bargain shopper so these pieces are mostly below $50 (when on sale) because if you don’t know by now, I like to “dazzle on a dime” :). Now let’s just dive right into it:

Off the shoulder looks are carrying on from the summer and this blouse right here is perfect for a touch of casual glam.

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Charlotte Russe Plus Size Striped Off-The-Shoulder Cascading Top, On Sale for $18.89

At first glance, this is a simple sweater dress but that extra lace at the bottom sets it apart. With the wide belt below, this will be a look!

ASOS Tan Sweater Dress

ASOS Sweater Dress with Lace Hem, On sale for $36.00

This belt could be the jewelry that I can wear. Being able to wear gold chains outside my clothes, everything!

Asos Black Wide Waist Belt

ASOS Chain Clasp Elastic Wide Waist Belt, $23.00

I’ve been seeing distressed denim jackets everywhere and Rainbow makes them very affordable. Throw it on top of a plain tee and leggings and you are ready.

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Rainbow Plus Size Oversized Destroyed Denim Jacket, $29.99

You should know by now that I love a casual dress. This one would look great with booties to dress it up or with cute sneaks for a casual look.

Ashley Stewart Olive Drawstring Waist Dress

Ashley Stewart Drawstring Waist Terry Cloth Dress, $54.50 (wait for a sale since they have them often)

I have a few moto jackets already but what I don’t have is a pink moto jacket! What a way to add a pop of color to regular jeans and tee.

Ashley Stewart Pink Moto Jacket

Ashley Stewart Front Zip Faux Leather Jacket, $54.50 (again, sales, often)

Got a sexy date night planned? I don’t, but I will plan one when I get this dress!

ASOS Black Bodycon Dress

ASOS Crepe Midi Pencil Dress with Cold Shoulder and Lace Trim, $45.00

I just can’t do a basic tee. Why would I have to when I could do this?!

Ashley Stewart Olive Black VNeck Top

Ashley Stewart Short Sleeve Strappy Cut Out V Neck Top, $39.50 (probably on sale by now)

This is just a sampling of what I’ve been seeing. I’m sure I’ll find more that I want to share.

Stay tuned…..

 

Summer to Fall Fashion Transition Part….Let’s Just Say Continued…

Ok, so you may have figured it out by now that I just can’t get enough of this summer to fall fashion transition series! The look that I have today is a bit more professional. For those professionals who like to keep it a little funky, that is.

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Now this is my idea of a 3-piece suit. A well fitting skirt that hits just at the knee, a top or blouse, and a cute blazer or jacket. I’m starting to think that tan and black are my signature colors since so many of the favorite looks include these colors. So here I am head to toe, clad in tan and black accented with the gold piping in the skirt.

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This lightweight 3/4 sleeve cottton/spandex jacket is cool and comfortable enough to wear on warmer days. The skirt is made of a heavier material that can be paired with tights in cooler weather. These shoes have closed toes and look cute with or without tights.

You all know I have more looks, right? Stay tuned and come on back for more in this series!

Jacket (old) similar found here

Skirt (also old) similar found here

Shoes (yep, old) similar here

Summer to Fall Fashion Transition Part 4….

Ok, so we’ve been doing this for a few days now so you know what it is. It’s me, mixing- matching and making summer-fall happen! Transition season is here and we’re adding in some fall-like pieces with some summer-like pieces and creating a look.

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So today’s ensemble combines the quintessential fall color of orange with the vibrant jewel tones in a colorful skirt. The orange top is all cotton and lightweight enough to keep you comfortable on warmer days. This colorful peplum hem pencil skirt has enough color to match almost any colorful top but can also be an accent piece if you combined it with black wardrobe pieces. Admittedly, I intentionally bought this skirt (at least) one size smaller than I usually wear because I knew it had stretch and I wanted it to hug and squeeze where I wanted it to hug and squeeze ;).

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The jewels in the shoes match with the jewel tones in the skirt. Its still nice outside so you can get away being as boisterous and colorful as you want to be. Even when it’s not nice outside, you should still be as boisterous and colorful as you want to be!! Why not? It’s your life, live it honey!

I hope you all have been enjoying this series as I have a few more tricks and tips to show you :). See you tomorrow!

Spring Into Summer in Skirts and Dresses

You may notice over time while following me on this blog, that there a quite a few skirts and dresses in my wardrobe. If it’s warm outside, there’s no need for me to squeeze suffocate myself  jump in those old faithful jeans that I rocked all fall and winter. Dresses and skirts are most comfortable to me. Whether it’s body conscious curve hugging pencil skirts or loose and breezy dresses, there’s nothing better for warmer weather!

You can have fun with bright colors and patterns in skirts as I did with this vibrant blue skirt. I paired it with a graphic tank and colorful printed duster and voila instant springtime look:

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Got a date with a hubby or an occasion to be a little dressed up? Well this peplum skirt paired with a sheer jacket and cute heels will do just fine. How long did it take to put this look together. Less than 5 minutes because I’m all about looking good but easy (not as in “easy” easy, but you know, not difficult to put together).

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Did I mention that these beauties have stretch!! Oh, yes, we must have some stretch so that it can hug where it needs to hug and not squeeze where mama does not want to be squeezed (on my belly!)

So moving on to dresses, oh how I love a one-hitter-quitter! An item of clothing that you can just throw on and not have to worry about what top matches what bottom?? Yes, give me the dress. And again, the stretchier the material, the less likely it will need to be ironed. Oh boy, I’m revealing too much here now. But seriously, who wants to spend all night getting dressed when you could be having more fun doing the things you’re getting dressed to do! Amirite??

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So yeah, stick with me and I’ll teach you my ways! Never again belabor over outfits and looks, spending hours mixing and matching squeezing and wheezing your way into a buttoned up zippered something or other. Find yourself a few well fitting pencil skirts and flowy stretchy dresses and make your life easier while still being cute :).