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Inside the Dressing Room: JC Penney Clearance!

Here we are again on another day with another dressing room try-on! Today, I am featuring items from the JC Penney clearance rack! I must admit, that I don’t typically shop at JC Penney but I heard that they had a decent plus size selection so I decided to check it out for myself. In true “me” fashion, I went straight to the clearance section because…I’m cheap and like to save a few coins when I can. Here’s what I found:

Distressed Skinny Ankle Jeans

JCP Blue Distressed Jeans

I thought that these jeans were super cute and they had a decent fit. I don’t tend to like mid-low rise jeans because they cut right across my “mommy tummy” so I usually have to size up or look for jeans with the most stretch. The clearance price is probably what I would usually pay for jeans.

JCP Blue Distressed Jeans price

Everyone knows that my favorite color is “leopard print”. Yes, I know it’s not technically a color but it is one of my favorite prints to wear. This peplum blouse was very loose fitting but was still figure flattering.

JCP Leopard Print top

The clearance price is a really fair deal which is 70% off the original price.

JCP Leopard Print top price

I’m not a bit gaucho pants/culottes wearer but these were cute on the hanger so I tried them on. I didn’t like them on me but they were super comfortable and they had pockets.

JCP Black Cropped Gaucho

The price tag was on upside down but these were only $11.09.

JCP Black Cropped Gaucho price

Now what I do love is a good cardigan. Cardigans come in handy on so many occasions. You can layer them for a streamline look or just for additional warmth in a cool office. This one was at an awkward length on me being just a tad too long.

JCP Black Cardi

The clearance price is a great deal for a cardigan that will look great….on a taller person.

JCP Black Cardi price

These black skinny ankle jeans look like any other jean from far away in this pic but up close…

JCP Black Ankle Pants

There is sequin on the bottom! How is that to add a little pizzazz to your wardrobe?

JCP Black Ankle Pants close up

With a markdown of 80% off, these pants are a great deal!

JCP Black Ankle Pants price

Because I can never pass up a good cardigan, for the above stated reasons, I had to try this one. It was chunky and warm and had this cute detail on the arm.

JCP Beige Cardi

This one had a decent price for such a thick sweater but I could wait till it’s a little lower.

JCP Beige Cardi price

I had to journey over to the dress selection and found this beauty:

JCP Floral Dress

I’m not usually into long dresses because I’m so short and they tend to look like too much material on me. But the empire waist design and sheer panels at the bottom caught my eye.

JCP Floral Dress close up

I guess the cheapskate in me is always looking for below $20 deals but this one just might be worth the clearance price.

JCP Floral Dress price

Overall, I must say that JC Penney did have a decent selection in their plus size clearance and I may journey back over there again to see if the prices drop a little it more. As you can probably tell, the fit was all over the place. I tried on items from a size 0X(14W) to 20W and they all fit. So, it’s safe to say, you really have to try on items or know how certain fabrics fit on your body to ensure a good fit.

See you next time….on another clearance rack!

Four Stylish Ways to Wear One Cardigan for: Work, Play, and Formal Affairs.

Earlier this week, I posted my first “Inside the Dressing Room” where I tried on several pieces from Lane Bryant’s clearance section. I selected two pieces from that try-on: a cardigan and a black bedazzled belt. Today, I’m going to show you how I will work these pieces into my wardrobe for a variety of occasions.

Werk” Wear:

Who said work-wear has to be boring? I love the way this purply-eggplant color cardigan looks with olive green.

LB Purple Cardi Black Skirt

Sure, you could wear it with a little longer of a skirt to make it more “professional“. I mean, if that’s the look you’re going for…

LB Purple Cardi Black Skirt2

Date Night:

If you’re anything like me, you like dressing up and dressing down at the same time. I wore this cardigan as a top using the belt as closure. I paired it with this cute distressed skirt from Rainbow that I snagged for only $3 (on clearance, of course)! Now I’m ready for a date night!

LB Purple Cardi Denim Skirt

Speaking of date night, my hubby gave me these beautiful flowers. I can’t wear my wedding rings due to an eczema breakout on my fingers and I look incomplete without them šŸ˜¦ šŸ˜¦

LB Purple Cardi Denim Skirt2

Formal Wear:

Got a special occasion banquet, formal dinner, or wedding to attend? This cardigan/belt combo pairs well with this black wide-legged jumpsuit. Cheers!

LB Purple Cardi Black Jumpsuit

I’ve had this jumpsuit for years and it has served me well. If you can find one, snatch it up, you won’t regret it.

LB Purple Cardi Black Jumpsuit2

Casual Wear:

Lastly, I had to show you that this cardigan looks great with jeans too!

LB Purple Cardi Jeans

Where am I going in this outfit? I don’t know but it’s comfortable, cute, and just a little bit sexy.

LB Purple Cardi Jeans2

So there you have it, four looks for the price of one belt and one cardigan. When shopping, I always choose pieces that I know can work easily into my existing wardrobe. It’s also great when I can find a color that plays well with others since, like most people, I tend to have a lot of black pieces in my closet.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and I’ll see you next time for more try-ons and styled looks!

Inside the Dressing Room: Lane Bryant Clearance!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Anyone who has ever shopped with me knows that I always start in the clearance section. Why pay full price for something when you can possibly find something just as nice for a fraction of the price? Sometimes I wonder when are the best times to hit the clearance at certain stores. Most times we expect the best time to be the end of a season but sometimes not. So, I decided to start a new adventure to help all other clearance-heads out there who may not have time to go from store-to-store. The easiest way to show off what I’m liking best: dressing room try-ons.

Up first is Lane Bryant. Not only did they have a decent selection marked down to clearance prices but they were also offering an additional 40% off those clearance prices! I guess I picked a good time to go!

Please excuse the yellow haze created by the lighting in their dressing rooms.Ā 

Livi Active Wear- I tried their active wear for the first time. I like the fit of the pants and the cute lace detail on the side. I’m not too big on long sleeved workout wear though. How about that weird placement of their security tags??lol

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I’m a firm believer that a well fitted blazer/jacket completes a look. Lane Bryant had a nice selection of well-cut blazers on clearance. This light pink number was still a bit pricey even with the discounts but I can see why. The cut and the amount of stretch makes this jacket fit like it was tailor made for your body!

LB Dressing Room Light Pink Blazer

These tapered ankle jeans had a decent fit and can be worn dressed up or down.

LB Dressing Room Light Pink Blazer2

Another jacket was this beautiful eggplant ruffle hem bomber-like jacket. This jacket would be great for work or casual looks.

LB Dressing Room Eggplant Jacket3

 

Close-up to see the silky-shiny texture of the jacket.

LB Dressing Room Eggplant Jacket2

This cute military-style jacket that has just enough stretch for a figure-flattering look.

LB Dressing Room Pink Blazer

These pants didn’t have as great of a fit as the jeans. They seem to be either too loose or not loose enough in certain areas, I can’t decide.

LB Dressing Room Pink Blazer2

This short kimono/poncho style cardigan has a rich purple color and luxe ribbed texture that made this simple piece look oh-so-fancy.

LB Dressing Room Purple Poncho2

I paired it with this belt that was also on clearance which had this beautiful jeweled detail that was covered with a plastic film for protection.

LB Dressing Room Purple Poncho

They had a few dresses but this was the only one in my size. I love the ruffle detail on the sleeves and the pockets. I just didn’t think this dress was too flattering on me.

LB Dressing Room Gray White Striped Dress

Every wardrobe needs a cute denim jacket and Lane Bryant again has gotten it right with the cut of their jackets. The amount of structure and stretch makes this an easy piece to wear.

LB Dressing Room Denim Jacket

The frayed details on the cuffs and hem adds an extra interesting touch.

LB Dressing Room Denim Jacket2

All in all, I was pleased with the selection of clearance items available at Lane Bryant. I must also mention that the section was clean and very well organized making it easy to see all that was available. I did purchase two pieces that I will do another post on how I styled them. Can you guess what they were?? Stay tuned for the answer, how I styled them, andĀ more clearance rack goodies!

 

Last Minute Christmas Gifts- DIY Scented Shower Jelly!

Next up in this year’s series of affordable gifts is d.i.y. shower jelly. I’ve seen these pop up in recent years in the popular fancy bath product stores. I looked at them and said what I say when I see most things, “I can make that”. Although often times I say that and it turns out not to be true, this time….it was so easy that even I could do it. Not only was it super easy but also very affordable.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 8 oz bottle of Castile Unscented Liquid Soap
  • 1 oz unflavored Gelatin
  • 2 cups water

Shower Jelly Ingredients

To add color and scents you will need:

  • Food coloring (add a few drops to reach desired color)
  • Scented Oil (I got mineĀ here)

Shower Jelly Color & Scents

These containers are the perfect size to create individual portions of the jelly. Best of all, you get 10 containers for $1 at Dollar Tree!

Shower Jelly Containers

Directions:

  • Pour 1 oz of gelatin into 1 cup of cold water, let sit for 1-2 minutes
  • Pour 1 cup of boiling hot water over the gelatin mixture, allow to cool for 5 minutes
  • Add 1/4 cup of castile soap to gelatin
  • Divide mixture if you want to make different colors and scents
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to each mixture until you reach desired hue
  • Add 10-15 drops of scented oil

I used a small funnel to easily transfer the gelatin mixture into the individual containers.

Shower Jelly in Funnel

I created 3 scents/colors: honeysuckle (green), black raspberry vanilla (red), and mango papaya (yellow). They all smell great and are sure to create an invigorating shower experience!

Shower Jelly in Containers

The above recipe filled all ten containers. I ended up mixing one with red and yellow to create the rogue orange jelly which created an interesting combo scent.

Lastly, put the containers in the fridge to set. Within an hour or two your shower jellies are ready!

Shower Jelly Finished Product

So there you have it. A cute, fun, and beautifully scented gift that your friends and family will love!! You don’t even have to tell them how easy and cheap these were to make, lol.

Stay tuned for the completion of the d.i.y. gift trifecta…..

Home Depot DIY: Wall Planter Turned This Novice Into a Pro!

So I had been contemplating for quite some time how I could artistically display house plants that I’ve been trying not to kill to grow. I had a failed attempt at some wall shelves that I “secured” to the wall with command strips. They looked good at first but came crashing down out of nowhere a couple of times nearing destroying the plants they were holding. To save my plants, and our lives by preventing the heart attacks induced by loud crashing plants, I gave up on that idea. I had been wracking my brain for a couple weeks on how to get these plants on the wall in a decorative fashion when I came across this post on Instagram:

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Is Home Depot reading my mind? I know that Facebook and Google have infiltrated my whole life and know my thoughts before I have them but how did Home Depot know??? I’ll dismiss the creepiness of that for now since I did actually want to learn how to do this project.

So, I registered online and moseyed on over to my local Home Depot on the designated day. This was my first time attending a workshop here and I’m guessing it won’t be my last. It was a painless and fun experience overall.

Uncut Plywood

We started out with a 2 X 4 plank of plywood. We measured and marked the wood every 12 inches both horizontally and vertically.

I even had the chance to use an electric saw for the first time. We cut out 8 planks that were each 12 X 12. I thought I inspired my mini-me to be brave enough to take on the challenge of sawing but turns out she’s done this before with my husband. I guess I’m the only novice in this house.

 

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We were then given a sanding sponge thingy to get the surface all nice, smooth, and splinter-less.

Sanding Plywood

Then we were instructed to make a marking 3 inches from the top corner in order to affix a hanging device. We hammered the hanger in place.

 

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We measured to get to the center point of the wood and drilled in a 1/8 inch hole. We then attached a metal adjustable holder in the center.

 

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We added the flower pot and tightened the adjustable holder in place.

Finished at Home Depot

Now to finish it up and make it all pretty, we applied a couple coats of a dark wood stain. I don’t know if we were a little too heavy handed but it actually took a full couple days to completely dry.

 

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Nevertheless the end result is beautiful and looks like it costs a little bit of money. Did I mention that we got these completely for free!! Yes, not only was the workshop free but we got to take home our project for no charge…score!

I added my own touches to the final product by switching out the pot for these glass jars. I added some decorative stones at the bottom for drainage. These cost me a whole $3 at my favorite high end store, the Dollar Tree…lol.

Planters on wall

And there you have it! My first diy utilizing power tools. I feel so empowered and ready to saw and drill everything in sight!

Have you ever attended a Home Depot workshop? What did you learn? How come I’m just now finding out how awesome this is? That last one was rhetorical….

I’m going to keep riding this creative wave and have many more ideas that I’m going to implement so stay tuned! šŸ™‚

Transition to Spring…Outfit Ideas

Spring season is here even if it doesn’t feel like it most days in my neck of the woods. Nevertheless, I wanted to at least mentally pack away my winter shroud in exchange for some lighter fabrics.

Often you’ll find that I like to layer a structured jacket over a dress. Sometimes the jacket just completes the look. Other times, it’s really not warm enough yet to wear the short sleeves by themselves. Either way, it has kind of become my signature look.

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Continuing on with the jacket-wear theme, it could be used to add a pop of color to an otherwise color-less look like I did with this green jacket.

Green Jacket Black Skirt2

As you can tell, a jean jacket is usually my go-to in order to top off a look. It is truly a wardrobe essential.

Denim Jacket blue skirt_edited-1

Then we move on to warmer days (hopefully sometime soon). Since I did this try on in the comfort of my own home with the thermostat set comfortably at 70 degrees,Ā  I decided to try a romper. Honestly, I didn’t think I would like it but the generous off the shoulder sleeves and shorts cut just right won me over.

Blue Romper edit

This last look shows how I would rock a sleeveless and very form-fitting body con dress. I paired it with this over-sized sheer blouse. I wore a belt on top to put some shape back into the look. You can have the balance of having a cute trendy look without showing it all if you know what I mean.

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I hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Just so you know, I will listing all of these pieces for sale. Many are not yet listed so if you’re interested, send me a message and I’ll give you the details. Any unclaimed pieces will later be listed on my ebay storeĀ here

Thanks for reading and stay tuned or follow me so you don’t miss my next post!

 

Easy Last Minute Christmas Gifts 3…DIY Shower Smoothie!!

We’re continuing on in this series of fabulously frugal d.i.y. gifts. Today, I am finishing up this trifecta of goodies by showing how I make a luscious and rich shower smoothie. Lots of brands have shower gels on the market but this smoothie takes that to the next level. It has the perfect combination of cleansing, moisturizing, and fragrant goodness.

For this smoothie, you will need:

1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of pureĀ unscented castile soapĀ  (you can find itĀ here)
1/2 cup of distilled water
Your favorite bar soap ( I always use Olay Ultra Moisture)
A grater
2 large bowls

Shower Smoothie Materials

Additional tools you’ll need are:

A measuring cup
Spatula
Hand mixer
Containers (Dispensers)

Shower Smoothie Materials2

In a large bowl, grate the bar of soap completely. Add the water to the grated soap and let it sit for a few minutes until it looks like this:

Shower Smoothie Soap

Because I’m all about smooth textures, I use the hand mixer to whip the soap and water mixture to eliminate the chunks and create a more smooth, fluffy texture.

Shower Smoothie Whipped Soap

Separately, I whip the coconut oil to remove any lumps. Since the coconut oil has a different consistency than the soap, whipping them separately will ensure its smoothiness.

Shower Smoothie Whipped Coconut Oil edit

Next, add the whipped coconut oil to the whipped soap mixture. Then add the castile soap. Whip all together until it’s one big batch of whipped fluffy goodness!

Shower Smoothie Whipped Mixture

Now you separate the the whipped shower smoothie in order to add the same soap grade premium fragrances that I used for theĀ body butter and the scented candles. One heaping cap full is enough for each batch. Simply fold it in to the smoothie.

Shower Smoothie Fragrance

I found the perfect container/dispenser at my favorite budget buy location, Dollar Tree. These are actually nail polish remover dispensers found in the nail polish aisle. It dispenses this product perfectly.

Shower Smoothie in Container

It has a flip cap and has a nozzle that you simply push down to dispense.

Shower Smoothie Bottle Dispense

Now you are ready to gift someone one of the most luxurious shower experiences they’ve had all year! Look at all this lathery goodness the shower smoothie gives! It is sure to leave the skin clean, soft and moisturized.

Shower Smoothie Suds

Add this shower smoothie to theĀ body butter and theĀ scented candle and you have a complete gift set! Any one of these alone would make a great gift! Simply add on depending on how much you like the person to whom you are gifting :).

Shower Smoothie Gift Set

And there you have it folks! Simple and affordable gifts that won’t break the bank. Bookmark this page for anytime you need a quick gift idea that is sure to impress.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year!!

Stay tuned for more money saving fashion and d.i.y ideas….