50 Dollar Fashion and Style

   I’ve decided to start going to shops, mostly local shops in my area to find outfits the are stylish and fashionable for fifty dollars and under. My husband actually came up with this idea which I thought was so cute and even though many others have done similar things, I plan on putting my vintage and rock spin onto it. 

   I haven’t decided yet it I’m going to do this every week or every two weeks but I think this will be fun. My goal is to find full or mostly full outfits for under fifty dollars to show as inspiration to everyone who feels that they have to spend loads of money to be able to showcase their fashion and unique style. Every thing I show off here is something that is my style and/or that I would wear.

   I was going to one of my favorite local vintage shops but they were closed for the day. Instead I started with Target. I know Target isn’t a unique store but I thought it would be cool to include Target in my list of fifty dollar fashion since Target is an extremely popular chain that everyone has access to in their area.

The first thing that my eyes immediately went to was a pair of these cheetah print jeans. Animal print and me? Duh! Haha They cost $28.00.

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   The next thing I spotted was a super cute black and red (my favorite color combo) Game of Thrones “Where are My Dragons” top for $14.00. I love that show and the “Mother of Dragons” is probably my favorite character. The next item I spotted was in the jewelry section which was near where I found both the pants and top. The next item I looked for was a cute pair of shoes to complete this look. To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t see anything that I would wear or that would go with this outfit but they did have a lot of styles that you might like to try in your Target locations so please don’t be discouraged that I didn’t find anything in the store location I went to. A lot of them were on sale as well. Instead I went to the jewelry section which was near where I found the pants and top. There I found this punk rock red “Rocky Horror” style lips necklace. It only was $6.00 so I had to get it.

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After the items I found, my total plus tax was literally $50.00 so it was perfect.

I hope you all liked what I chose and also the start of something new that I’m going to be doing for Bombshell.

 

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Interview and Feature with Debra Shirley

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FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY, I got to interview and write a feature on the extremely talented hat and fascinator designer, Debra Shirley. You all know who she is from my Victorian photoshoot I did last year, my Burlesque shoot I did last year, my recent article on her with my latest hat from her in the, “BLACK VEILED BEAUTY” article, and more. If you haven’t seen all those posts, click on her tag here or type her name into SEARCH here to see all the posts I’ve done on her. 

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Here is my interview that I did with her. I absolutely am in love with Debra and her talent!!

1. How did you get into making these gorgeous hats, fascinators, and head pieces?
1).  Princess Diana inspired my love of hats at the age of 10, when I borrowed a book on her from the library. She was so stunningly beautiful in all of the hats that she wore that I’m certain she seared my 10 year old brain into linking beauty with hat wearing.  It did not occur to me that I could design hats until I was studying fashion design in my 20’s. Whatever class that I wanted to take during the summer was full and I did not want to remain idle so I ended up taking a Millinery class to keep busy.  I quickly became enamored with the art, and the skills involved in creating came oddly natural to me.
2. How long have you been designing your art?
2).  I first studied millinery in the 1990’s, and soon after was able to start a full time job as a Milliner in a high-end Bridal Salon in Chicago, designing wedding veils and headpieces. As can sometimes happen with trying to earn a living, I lost focus on my true passion for hats and playful headwear. It wasn’t until 2014 that I decided to devote time and energy into creating hats and fascinators and getting them out into the world.
3. Did you teach yourself or take a class when you were starting out?
3).  Veronica Chin, a very talented Milliner at Burning Bush Millinery was my millinery teacher when I first started out.  I took millinery 1, and 2 which is all that the school offered. The school ended up adding a 3rd level class to its curriculum, because of the interest of myself and a few other students at the time.  I learned classic techniques such as blocking, pattern making, wiring and embellishing.  I took what I learned and expanded as much as I could. Each time you make a new piece you can learn from it.
4. What are your favorite events to create your fascinators and hats for?
4).  I love to create hats and fascinators for any event that a woman wants to dress up for and feel fabulous. That could be a day at the horse races, a polo match, a ladies luncheon or even a special photo shoot!
5. What’s your main source of inspiration?
5).  Inspiration can strike in various ways. One of my favorite ways to be inspired is to work off of the colors or details in a dress or favorite outfit. I like to pull the concepts out of the print of a garment and bring them to “life” in headwear, as if the hat is an extension of the outfit.  Sometimes I am inspired by a separate component or embellishment such as a flower or feather.  One piece can get me excited and I start looking for other pieces to go along with it, until the next thing you know, its a finished hat!
6. What’s the best compliment that you have received from a client?
6).  The best compliment that I have ever received from a hat client?  It doesn’t get any better than  “I felt so beautiful wearing your creation” the key word is “felt”. I love when women “feel” beautiful  in addition to looking beautiful.
Debra and I have developed a great relationship and I’ve probably said this before but I’m so extremely happy that I met her and have become friends with her. I hope to see her soon. I hope you enjoy her beautiful photos to give you an idea of what she can create and make sure to check out all her sites.
P.S: Thank you Debra, my talented fellow artist friend!

Video from Sonja Morgan to Me

Another fabulously stunning lady that I’ve gotten to meet is Sonja Morgan. Like my girl Bethenny Frankel, I’ve enjoyed Sonja since she first joined the cast of Real Housewives of New York years ago and you’ve already heard me write and talk about her fabulous clothing line. Here’s her video that was sent to me by her, courtesy of my wonderful mom over the holiday season.

  Both of these ladies have inspired me in different ways and posting their videos is a little thank you from me to them. I was going back and forth between whether or not to share my videos from her and Bethenny, hence why I’m posting both of them now instead of when they first sent them to me in December, but I was so happy and excited to get them and this is my site so why not share these with all of you that support me.  And thank you for that. Hope you enjoy both this and Bethenny Frankel’s video in the post before this one.

 

 

If you happen to have any questions about Sonja or this video, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Video To Me From Bethenny Frankel

   Ok you all know how much I love Bethenny Frankel. I’ve met her and corresponded with her many times and have loved her the moment she joined Real Housewives of New York almost twelve years ago and have enjoyed watching her and her business grow. Her daughter is absolutely precious and her brand is all around fabulous. I also support and have donated to her charity, B Strong which I’ve written a few articles about, including on here. Just type in her name in the search area.

   Over the holidays she sent me this beautiful and kind video courtesy of my mom. It was a  nice feeling to know that Bethenny remembered when she first met me at one of her book signings I attended about seven years ago. 

   This is very special to me and I hope you enjoy. If you happen to have any questions about Bethenny or this video, feel free to leave them in the comments.

B STRONG

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I love doing supporting charities as much as I can. You all already know that I am a huge advocate for the LGBTQ movement. There is another organization and charity that I’m very passionate about and fully support which is the charity, “B STRONG.” It was created by Bethenny Frankel, which you all know I love, but that’s not the only reason why I support this charity.)

The B Strong program is a disaster relief initiative that provides real time emergency assistance to individuals and their families in crisis. Our mission is to to give people who are struck with tragedy hope by providing gift cards, emergency aid, food and shelter to disaster victims. The mission of this charity is to help others who are struck with tragedy by giving out gift cards, emergency aid, food and shelter to disaster victims.  

You’ll see more details, including videos of their work on their site but here are just some of the past missions that B STRONG has accomplished:

· In 2017, supplied 55 donated planes with aid to the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma and Maria.

· Filled and sent 86 containers to their partner organizations Yonomequito & Third Wave Volunteers in Puerto Rico.

· 10 containers to the Virgin Islands, a small ship with aid for Dominica, St Maarten and other countries.

· In 2018 assisted the people of Guatemala with three relief missions after Volcano De Fuego erupted.

· Distributed aid to those affected in Guatemala, as well as, bstrong gift cards.

· Delivered cash cards in Hawaii to the volcano and earthquake victims at two shelters in Puna.

Bethenny and her charity work is also for survivors of domestic abuse and is very empowering for both women and men. Make sure if you are in an abusive situation, report it immediately. Even if you doubt yourself or don’t think you’re important enough, just remember that you are and that we all have to stick together with our strength to make a difference in the world and in all of our lives.

   B STRONG is the perfect name for all this charity work. Make sure to check out B STRONG and see all the wonderful things it’s done for people. Also if you desire, make sure to send in a donation however small or large it is. Check this charity out at http://bethenny.com/bstrong/.

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Rest in Peace Dolores Chapman

This morning I woke up early to some absolutely devastating news. Dolores Chapman aka TipToeChick had passed away only a few days ago before Samhain which is the Witch’s New Year. She was only thirty-eight years old. I was in floods of tears when I heard this news. We are in the same community for Wicca and whenever I had spoken to her online, she was always so sweet and kind. She used the name TipToeChick for her youtube channel which is one of my all time favorite channels. I’ll be posting her channel information down below.

Besides all the videos she did on Wicca and spirituality, she also posted videos about her online business which was the “Green Eyed Owl”, healthy recipes, her wonderful family, and more. She did not make one video that I didn’t enjoy. The best thing about Dolores is that when you watch her videos, you don’t actually feel like you’re watching a regular youtube video. You feel like you were just having a conversation with a best friend. Even if you don’t practice Wicca, I still recommend checking out her channel. She had such a beautiful soul and very special energy which will live on.

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   Her best friend and another member of our community, “CharmingPixieFlora” posted a very good but very emotional video talking about TipToeChick as well as how to deal with grieving in general. It’s really a great video that I know came from her heart. I posted it below and I DEFINITELY think everyone should watch it.

   I’ve been sending prayers to her family and will be lighting candles in her honor. I know her spirit and soul is still with us  and watching over her family and friends. I love you Dolores. You will be missed TipToeChick. Blessed Be!