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RAIN WOULDN’T GO AWAY

Top: GAP |Jacket: Kohls | Pants: aerie | Shoes: Jcrew Outlet | Belt: Forever 21 | Watch: Fossil | Necklace: AE

#16 of the 30×30 Challenge

As I mentioned yesterday, I swapped out and added this top to my mix. I love its springy colors…oh the endless possibilities.

Now, let’s talk about the rain. Victor and I were checking out an apartment. On our way back to the car, the rain came. Like crazy! We were completely drenched when we reached our parking spot. I’m surprised these pictures don’t look worse. Although the pants do look quite drenched. Memories!

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CHANGE OF PLANS, HALF WAY THROUGH

Top: Old Navy | Pants: Kohls | Shoes: Shoe Carnival

#15 of the 30×30 Challenge

Due to the extreme heat and so forth, I changed out a dress and a jacket (that I hadn’t worn, yet) for 2 tops. (Today’s and tomorrows) No big deal. Just a necessary adjustment. I’m loving this relaxed look. Also, I need 20 more of these loose and wavy tops.

Oh my goodness, what a whirlwind of a weekend. Long story, short: we moved. We are now closer to the airport for Victor, the beach is our backyard, and I have a pool. (piscina en espanol) We downsized to a 1-bedroom, but we couldn’t be happier. There’s also an awesome bakery across the street, I don’t believe it gets any better.

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Closet Remix | 30×30

I spend the majority of my days pouring over fashion & home diy blogs. Oh the inspiration!  The only problem… I tend to have a strong urge to shop. All. The. Time. Now, let me remind you, I am a stay at home wife. Not only do I fail to have the necessary funds required to support this nasty habit , but I also fail to have places to wear all of the lovely clothes I find myself drooling over. However, I still like the idea of keeping my wardrobe up-to-date and versatile.

This is the answer to my big dilema…aka horrible problem.

I have seen many versions of this closet remix challenge going around the blog world from time to time. So, here I am following the trend…

Rules:

1. Gather 30 items from your closet: tops|bottoms|skirts|dress|shoes {accessories not included}

2. Remix those items + accessories into 30 different outfits

3. Document {grab a camera & strike a pose}

4. No shopping during this period of time {you’re welcome, husband.}

I have already gathered my 30 items:

Breakdown:

Tops: 9

Cardigan & Blazers: 3

Pants & Shorts: 6

Skirts: 3

Dresses: 3

Shoes: 6

Is there anybody out there interested in trying out this challenge with me?? I’m all about finding me some partners in crime!!

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I heart lace.

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned my love & adoration for lace yet. But, I LOVE LACE! {there, I said it}

I’ve been noticing lots of uniquely styled t-shirts out there. So, how about a little DIY. Nothing a little scissors & a zig-zag stitch couldn’t handle. I also added the scalloped edges to the bottom of my shirt.t-shirt {OldNavy & DIY}, skirt {Macy’s INC}, shoes {Belk Jessica Simpson}, purse {Coach Outlet}

A new t-shirt = a new outfit. Woohoo! :)

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DIY Maxi Skirt

I made myself a maxi skirt! Not only are they super in right now…but they are so versatile. They are perfect for my Puerto Rican lifestyle…crazy heat outdoors/crazy air conditioners indoors. There are very few fabrics stores here, but of course I’ve found one. I believe this fabric is almost like a swimsuit material…not easy to work with. {for $5 who’s complaining??}I scoured the web for a tutorial…and this is what I ended up doing:

Turn fabric right-sides together.I used one of my own skirts as a ‘pattern.’ It gave me the basic size/shape. I continued through to the desired length by cutting to the end of my fabric. Giving somewhat of a triangle effect.I sewed the two sides together using a zig-zag stitch.

As for the waist: I double folded the top, and stiched across the bottom edge. I left 2 ” for inserting my elastic.One of the many sewing tricks, use a safety pin to help guide the elastic all the way through. {ignore the nasty nails, they are now painted a nice glossy pink}Once you are through to the other side, stitch the two ends together. Be sure it’s sturdy! (don’t worry about the looks!) Then stitch across the remaining opening. I didn’t photograph the hemming…it’s rather simple: Double fold to desired length and stitch away. I used a zig-zag stitch again.For my first attempt, I’m rather pleased. $5=fabric + $1=elastic + $2 thread + 1.5 hours = $8 new skirt! I’ll take it!Top is from Express and necklace was a gift. It’s SUPER comfy. I have big plans for another maxi skirt…or 2. :)signature