When you look online and see that this dress is now 60% off!! What?? It is a steal at only $80. This is such a great dress. But I will say, if you're petite like me, you'd have to belt it like I did to pull it up and make it a bit shorter. Love the rich burgundy color and love the ruffle detail. This dress has Fall written all over it.
I am a Halloween Baby. I am not a Halloween fanatic per say, but I do appreciate creative Halloween costumes. I am known among my friends for always making my own. This year we decided on soy sauce and sushi. Below you can find a DIY tutorial on how I made our costumes. It only took two hours to complete.
Things you'll need: DIY Soy sauce costume
Printer to print out the logo
Sewing machine or no sew tape
Yellow duck masking tape
You can also use yellow duck tape - but not sure if you'd be able to see the logo underneath
Hot Glue Gun
White Craft Paint ($0.50 at walmart)
Foam Paint brush ($1.00 at walmart)
Red plastic dog bowl (I found the one I'm wearing at the dollar tree)
One yard of black fabric
One yard of salmon colored fabric
I purchased the following clothing items: I had red heels so I wore them, but you can also wear black heels.
Soy Sauce Costume:
1. Remove the pockets on the apron with a seam ripper. You can also buy a plain black apron without pockets, but I wanted a bit more of a girlier look, so I went with the ruffle one.
2. Print out these two items
3. Place a layer of yellow craft tape over the logo, Kikkoman and Soy Sauce lettering until it gives you the brightness that you want. I put three layers of tape. One layer horizontal, one layer vertical, and the third layer horizontal.
4. Flip the paper over. You should still be able to see the outline of the logo and letters so you can cut around it with sharp, small scissors. Cut the logo and each individual letter out.
5. Once you have them all cut out, use a hot glue gun to first place the logo centered. Then Kikkoman, Naturally Brewed, and then soy sauce. The edges may peel up so make sure you put enough glue to get to the edge, but not too much that the glue will seep out.
I didn't feel like cutting out the "Naturally brewed" letters individually. Instead I decided to glue it on in one piece. You can laminate it or put clear packaging tape over it and hot glue.
Tip - If you get hot glue that seeps out from the edges, you can place a paper towel over the affected area and use a hot iron over top to get the excess hot glue off. The excess hot glue should seep into the paper towel.
6. The logo was probably the hardest thing to cut out, but you can do it! Glue it on and be proud of yourself for being crafty. Another method which I think is more time consuming. You can laminate the logo, Reverse cut it, and use it as a stencil and hand paint it. For me, I didn't have time to wait for several layers of paint to dry, so I went with duck tape. I have used that method with mod podge and glitter. Works nicely that way as well.
7. Note, this apron had pleats. In order for the letters to not get lost in the pleats, I made sure to pinch some areas of fabric together and glue the letter over the pinched fabric. As you can see, you can't really tell and the letters still stood out. Voila - the bulk of the costume is done!
8. For the hat, I had my husband do this, but he drilled a hole through the bottom of the dog bowl. It was big enough so that I could use bobby pins to keep the bowl in place.
And that's it - you're done! I would recommend winged eyeliner, red lipstick, a side bun, and chopsticks in your hair
Salmon Sushi Costume
1. Take the one yard of salmon colored fabric and fold horizontally. I used a white piece of fabric for reference. Cut accordingly to size. My husband is 6'5" so I ddin't get any off the top or bottom. If you're making this for a child you may want to size it accordingly. Cut the four corners off to get it a more rounded piece of "salmon" look. Sew or use sewing tape to hem the opposite edges together. Leave a decent size hole in one of the corners so you can stuff it.
2. Once you have them "sewn" together, flip right side out so seams are now inside. Stuff. Use enough to make it full. Once you have it stuffed to how you like it. Use the sew tape or hand sew the hole together.
3. Use the white paint and foam brush to paint the white lines. Let dry for at least 30 minutes.
4. For the sash, use one yard of black fabric. I had to cut it horizontally and sew the two pieces together to make it long enough. Tie from back to front. The wider the sash, the more stable the sushi. If I were to do it all over again, I would have just sewn the pillow to the edges of the shirt and not used a sash to hold it in place.
I have overlooked Ann Taylor Loft for quite some time. But I tell ya what, they are making a comeback. Maybe I'm just getting older and I like a more casual sophisticated style. Regardless, what can't be beat are their incredible sales. I am in LOVE with this midi pleated skirt in midnight forest. It shimmers in just the right light and makes a casual turtleneck feel elegant.
Other Loft Picks
You remember when it was Summer and I was going Florazy? Well the same holds true for this Fall season. I am still going googly eyes over this floral trend. I do not want this floral frenzy to stop. So I wanted to share with you all my favorite Fall floral tops, dresses, and skirt that don't break your budget.
I am so glad I bought this dress. This has been my go to dress for casual lunches to dinner dates. It's such a versatile dress and has a mix of Spring, Summer, and Fall colors. Just a great piece all the way around.
To transition this dress into the Fall season I decided to pair it with a denim button up and to dress it up for dinner I wore heels of and chandelier earrings.
For an even dressier look you can pair this with a black blazer.
For a more casual look pair it with an oversized sweater and flats.
The possibilities are endless.
I tied this top two ways. High and low. I liked the higher look because that is where the natural waist sits on this dress. But as you can see, if you don't like the high waisted look, you can also tie it lower.
One other style tip. Use the belt as a bracelet. Since I decided to layer this dress with a button up, no belt needed. So why not splash it around elsewhere. You can also to tie it around the handle of your purse or wear it as a neckerchief.
Don't be afraid to venture out this season and turn your summer pink into a hot fall item. As long as you pair it with a fall staple you'll be golden.
YUMI KIM is one of my favorite designers. All of her clothing is made of 100% silk and it feels just like it sounds - like silk, pure silk. When I put on anything YUMI KIM, I am in love and her dresses fit perfectly! Do you remember this dress, yep, YUMI KIM. And she is having a MAJOR warehouse sale where all tops and bottoms are $50 and all dresses and rompers are $75. Worth every penny.
This top is from Rent the Runway, but I linked several other items in this Bora Bora yellow top. Browse her sale, it's worth at least taking a peek.
Midi skirts are in - pair it with a plain camisole/tee shirt and ankle boots for the fall. Golden.
You all know I am always up for incredible deals. My mom always told me 50% off (great) 60% off (even better) and 75% off - you better rack it up. Gabe's is very similar to a Marshall's and the premier spot to find incredible deals on Nike's.
Gabe's invited me to check out their Brandtastic section. Which means they are now carrying lots of new brands like BCBG, Vince Camuto, and Michael Kors! Most clothing items were anywhere from $6-$45 and I couldn't believe how deeply discounted these items were.
They get new shipments in on Friday evenings, so I would go on a Saturday morning. When I went there, their shoe selection was on point. So if you are looking to do a shoe haul - the 30 minute drive to get there is well worth it. Here are just a few of the gems I found at Gabe's and my casual and career styling tips for this upcoming fall.
Top $12.00, Bag $7 (clearance and genuine leather), Shoes $24.99 (French Connection)
For a casual put together look, ruffle button up shirts + high waisted jeans are always a win. For a more professional look, pair it with flats or these tan tassel loafers. Your handbag does not have to match your shoes as long as you keep it in the neutral family.
For a career inspired look, pair any long bell sleeve top with high waisted trousers. if you aren't into high waist pants, try a mid rise and leave the top untucked. Just because it's a career look, doesn't mean you have to wear closed toed heels. For an edgier look - pair this outfit with lace up stilettos (scroll down to see).
Bell Sleeve Top ($12.99), Purse ($29.99 - Tahari), Stilettos ($14.99)
My third look is a little on the sweeter/feminine side. With a bold floral print and a delicate draped top, you can feel confident and rock any meeting in this look.
Jacket ($7.99), Top ($16.99 - Vince Camuto), Skirt (BB - $5.99), Shoes ($44.99 - BCBG), Purse (Kooba $39.99)
My last and final look is casual weekender look. Wide leg jeans, women's choker top with ruffle sleeves, fall print, and lace up heels. #Winning
Top ($12.99), Jeans ($17.99 - Kenzie), Purse ($39.99 Steve Madden), Shoes ($13.99)
I am all about two-toned denim and rough hems and this skirt has them both. Perfect length, perfect fit.
Cult Gaia natural ark bags ($128+shipping) are all the craze right now. You can literally pair any outfit with it and become an instant fashionista. Shop218 has a very similar one that is about a third of the price ($89+shipping). You can call them directly to order one.
Love the detail on this top. I wish you could see this top in person because it is truly a work of art. It is now on sale for $59 and it's one of those shirts that pairs perfect with denim.
You don't have to own a motorcycle to own a moto jacket. This fall season it's about army greens, deep burgundy's, and cognacs. So when I saw this moto jacket in a light army green, I had to get it. It fits perfectly when zipped up and can be worn over a summer dress or a plain white tee with jeans. I am so glad I bought it and so will you. Check out Shop218's blog post where one of their own styles a few items in their shop.