As many of you know, I have lost a little weight. While great for my bottom line, not so great on the budget line. I made it through the summer with some strategic items that I purchased that could carry me into the fall like jeans and some light sweaters. As I look in my fall/winter closet, there are not many options available to me. I have items in my closet that I had just purchased last year and are not even a year old. All of my jeans that are too big, but I am saving for our service project in December.
Now that I have lost all this weight, there are stores that have been previously unavailable to me. I find myself going into stores that I could not even go into. My hubby is very frightened by this because it has renewed my love for clothes shopping. I am always looking for a great bargain, and I rarely play full price for anything I buy.
While I am rebuilding my wardrobe, I am trying to give my look a fresh update. I am trying not to buy anything that is grey or black. I am also not getting t-shirts and other items I can just fade or hide in the background in. I have been inspired by a blog that I follow called the Pleated Poppy to get out of the rut of boring clothes and to put for a little more effort to what I wear. I am also buying pieces that the girls can potentially borrow or things I can mix and match with other items.
One item I have been wanting, but has just not been in the budget is a lace extender tank. I look at them in stores, but I just can’t justify paying that price for one. So with my sewing abilities in hand, I found a tank on clearance and purchased(with a coupon) some cute lace from the fabric store and made my own. No sewing machine was even needed. I am planning on making some more in other colors and for my girls. I am even planning on repurposing some of my too big for me tees into new shirts with the lace extensions. I hope to make one for some skirts we have as well. I love these extenders because they add a feminine touch to my clothing and some added length that is always good.
This weekend I found the best store called Altar’d State. While many items I would love are out of my budget, I would definitely shop the sale rack. There is a chance I would pay full price if it is some something special. I had seen this store before, but never ventured in because of my previous size. This time I decided to go in and give it a shot. I LOVE THIS STORE!!! Not only do they have cute feminine clothes, but they are also a Christian store. Part of their proceeds go to missions, and they fully fund their employees to do volunteer work in the community. What is not to love about that! They also have jewelry, shoes, cute purses, and artwork/home decor in their store. And like Hobby Lobby, they play Christian music in the store. This is a store I can get behind and support. It was like a breath of fresh air when I went into the store.
this is the tank I made with the lace extension – so easy.
trying to take a full length shot with my cell phone. My top is new but I paired it with a skirt a raided from my daughters closet. (top – elder-beerman/ tank – kohls/ skirt – old navy/ boots – justfab/ necklace – jcpenney)