Head over heals for this top that one of my co-workers gave to me. The brightly colored embroidery looks amazing against the crisp white cotton and I absolutely love how it pairs with these denim cut-offs and lace up boots.If you’re in search of a pair of high waisted shorts, look no further than your local thrift store. Those places are crawling with mom-jeans just begging for a makeover. I bought these vintage Levis at Goodwill for $6.99, traced the shape/length I wanted, and started snipping. It’s that easy! Please don’t pay $40.00+ for a pair of these shorts anywhere else; mom jeans are the answer!
Top- Juicy Couture, gift: $0
Shorts- Levis DIY: $6.99
Hat- Forever 21: $15.90
Bag- JC Penney: $9.99
Bracelet- Forever 21: $4.90
Earrings- Thrift: $1.99
Boots- Thrift: $6.99
Total Cost: $46.76
40’s vibes today in a Forever 21 dress styled with a vintage hat and bag. I dragged my poor husband all over town chasing the sun for that magical golden hour light that we sort-of-almost managed to capture in these shots. Of course as soon as we found a suitable background the sun disappeared behind a cloud, but nonetheless I got to twirl around in a pretty dress so I’ll count it as a win.
Dress- Forever 21, gift: $0
Hat- Vintage, thrift: $3.99
Shoes- Shoe Mint, thrift: $6.99
Bag- Vintage, thrift- $5
Necklace- H&M: $5.99
Earrings- Forever 21: $3.99
Bracelet- Forever 21: $1.99
Total Cost: $27.95
…Pretty sure this cami used to be half of a pajama set and maybe that’s why I love wearing it so much. It’s delicate, comfortable, and breezy. Also-those adorable embroidered daisies at the neckline? Game over.
The total cost of this outfit is higher than my usual due to my had-to-have-em booties that I splurged on a couple years ago. I am all about getting a deal, but every once in a while there is that one thing (usually shoes) that I just can’t imagine living another moment without and, price tag be damned, I’ve gotta have it! I bought these boots and never looked back- they are just perfect and they go with everything!
Cami- thrift: $2
Blouse- thrift: 3.99
Jeans (absolute favorite)- H&M: $20
Hat- Forever 21: $15.90
Necklace- Forever 21: $5.90
Earrings- Charlotte Russe a million years ago: $2
Bag- gift: $0
Best booties everrrr- MTNG: $79.00
Total cost: $126.79
Can you believe someone once parted from this skirt? This 100% silk, perfectly pleated, most magical shade of teal skirt?
Yeah me neither, but I sure am happy that they did.
Since the blouse and skirt together felt a bit dressy, I decided to shake things up by adding the cheetah belt, a boho necklace, the pink purse, and wearing my hair a little messy because heaven forbid I look too fancy. I just don’t feel right if everything is all prim and proper, ya dig? Skirt: Patrick Collection, Goodwil – $3.99
Top: Target, gift- $0.00
Belt: Target- $6.99
Shoes: Payless- $16.99
Bag: Rosetti, gift- $0.00
Necklace: Goodwill, $2.99
Earrings: Forever 21- $2.99
Bracelet: gift- $0.00
Total Cost: $33.95
Feeling all casual cool in this getup.
I love this chambray shirt because 1, it’s perfect and 2, it was free. You know those $10 off $10 or more coupons you get in the mail from JC Penney? (please tell me I’m not the only person under 70 who uses those….???) Well when I get one of those little babies in my mailbox, I head straight to the clearance rack and seek out something that is simultaneously awesome, costs roughly $10, and comes in my size. I know, basically we’re talking Holy Grail status. But- here is proof that it exists! A perfectly wonderful chambray top fo free!
H&M jeans: $20, exact here. BTW absolutely loooove these jeans.
Forever 21 tee, thrifted: $3.99
Shoe Mint loafers, thrifted: $6.99
Forever 21 hat: $15.90
Target bag: $10.80
Total cost: $57.68
I have to confess that I am one of those obnoxious people who turns the Christmas switch on the day after Halloween. I also absolutely LOVE buying Christmas gifts. And that means it is time for some serious penny pinching. It doesn’t mean that my appetite for new clothing has been satiated, of course; I’ve accepted that this day will never come.
So, what does a girl do? Make due with the clothes she already has, you say? Accept that one can’t always have something new and exciting to wear, you say? No. Get the scissors. That’s what a girl does.
This project is so simple that I am pretty positive you guys won’t even need instructions, but I’ll go ahead and give them just in case. It all started with a regular old pack of men’s tee shirts from Walmart, but any plain tee will do. First, cut your shirt to fit the way you’d like. For me, this involved shortening the length, the arms and cutting the neck so that it became an off the shoulder style.Next, using scrap fabric (which you can pick up at any fabric store for super cheap), draw and cut out your desired shape. Of course you can use a stencil if you prefer. I chose a heart, which I consider myself an expert at drawing since I have been doodling them inside my notebooks ever since I saw Titanic in the 4th grade (Oh Leo…)
If you’re lazy like me, you can buy a bottle of this stuff to avoid having to finish off the edges of your scrap fabric shape:Simply apply it around the edges of your cut out shape and allow to dry before attaching it to your shirt. While your liquid magic is drying, you can hem the cut edges of your shirt.Once you’re all stitched up, simply sew your shape onto the front of your shirt. I decided to do mine by hand, but if you feel comfortable you could use your machine.
And that’s it, boys and girls! I’d love to hear from you if you decide to make your own versions! And Merry Christmas!!! ((too soon??))
I’ve recently become obsessed with scallion pancakes. 100% head-over-heels obsessed with them.
For the past month we’ve been taking home big, beautiful bunches of scallions each week from our farm share. I wasn’t really sure what to do about the scallion surplus until I came across a recipe for scallion pancakes in my new favorite cookbook. These pancakes are inexpensive, simple, delicious, and freeze extremely well, so I’ve been making them in large batches and storing them for
binging snacking later on.
Simple Scallion Pancakes (adapted from The Big Book of Vegan Recipes by Jolinda Hackett)
Ingredients (makes 6 large pancakes):
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 ts. salt
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 1 ts. sesame oil (I like to use toasted)
- 6 scallions, chopped (green parts only)
- black pepper to taste
- garlic powder to taste
- oil for frying
- your favorite dipping sauce (soy sauce works perfectly)
- In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Slowly add water and sesame oil, mixing just until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough for a few minutes, then let sit for 30 minutes.
- Divide dough into 6 (2″) balls. Roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface. Brush with sesame oil and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, and scallions
- Roll up dough and twist to form a ball. Roll out again 1/4″ thick.
- Fry each pancake in hot oil 1-2 minutes on each side. Slice into wedges and serve with dipping sauce.
If freezing, arrange cooked, uncut pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet in freezer for 2 hours. Once pancakes are frozen, store in Ziploc bags. To reheat, microwave pancakes on a plate for 1 minute, then fry for 1-2 minutes on each side. These are great for entertaining since you can make them ahead of time and then fry them up when you’re ready to serve.
If you are in the market for a new, basic vegan cookbook I highly recommend The Big Book of Vegan Recipes by Jolinda Hackett. It is full of simple, realistic, and just damn delicious recipes. Many of the vegan cookbooks I have come across call for obscure and often expensive ingredients, and are full of recipes that are a bit intimidating and unfamiliar. Being new to veganism, I was seeking a cookbook that had mostly “normal” recipes so that I could get comfortable with vegan cooking, and I am consistently impressed with the outcome of the recipes I’ve tried from this book. If anyone out there has any other cookbook recommendations, I would love to hear from you!