Salutations and an embroidered dress

Jul 31, 2017

Originally posed June 16, 2017

Welcome to Southern Belle'n' on a Budget! Eeeep! Y'all! I'm so excited to have this blog go live! So this little blog came about after months and months of thinking and finally taking the big plunge to hit PUBLISH. It's a super scary button btw, it makes everything real, it makes me vulnerable to critique, yet here I am ready to give it a try!

I started this blog because over the years I've had so many people say, "Katie, can you buy clothes for me?" or "Katie, I love your outfit!"or "Katie, can you come decorate for me?" "Katie, how did you make that?" Lets also get it out there that THIS.IS.NOT.ME.TELLING.YOU.I.KNOW.EVERYTHING mmmkay? This is just me wanting to share how I come to pick out my outfits, decorate my home and do DIY projects. It's called a budget/the iron fist of Joe (my husband). When we first got married, I was very sick, I had to have a bone marrow transplant. Thank you Jesus, I'm healed! I just celebrated my 7th transplant-a-versary! (phrase copyright me). While I was sick and unable to work, we lived on one income, so I quickly had to learn how to be fashionable and decorate my home on a very tight budget. Even though, we are financially stable these days (don't get me wrong, we are not rollin' deep in the streets). I still like to find bargains for fashion and for my home. So this is my little corner of the internet to share all that with you guys!
Also, I #love fashion bloggers and follow so.many. on instagram. However, most of them, have hundreds of thousands of followers, with corporate sponsors and some even have their own clothing lines! That is so awesome, and I know they all worked their fannies off to get that far in their blogging careers. But, when I click the link to buy the awesome dress they have on in their beautiful post, my heart sinks a little when I see the $100+ price tag on most of the items. #realitycheck. This girl can't afford buying $100+ dresses on the reg to stay trendy, you feel me? So I usually seek out dupes that are similar in style but wayyyyy lower in price.
Same goes for all the lovely home decor I see in magazines,  on instagram, pinterest, HGTV and of course the Godfather of farmhouse decor Joanna Gaines (my spirit animal). You know, the usual suspects that make us all swoon/want to rip our houses down to the studs and start from scratch. I try to find creative ways to re-create similar things I like, but I also enjoy being creative and defining my own sense of style. I like the challenge of only having x amount of dollars to decorate with, its like a game to see how beautiful I can make a space for a small amount! Disclaimer: I also have a super handy husband. You know that guy who's the budget gestapo? He's also like a crafty wizard with power tools #blessed Don't have a handy husband/budget Nazi? FEAR NOT! Most of what i'll post on here is stuff I make/create and if Joey does help me, I'll be sure and include detailed building plans that you could do too!
Now, without further ado (is that how its spelled? I've never known) Here's my first outfit post!

Dress from J.Crew Factory, Shoes and earrings (old) from Target, Watch Michael Kors from Amazon & Sunglasses form Sunglasses Hut Outlet

I've been LOVING all the embroidered things this spring/summer but most of what i've seen online has been overpriced (in my opinion). THEN, I saw this little cutie dress at Factory J. Crew I loved all the intricate detail, the colors, not to mention it has POCKETS, that automatically makes any dress 10,000 times more appealing! The original price was $98.00 *insert crying emoji* 😭 This week everything is 50-60% off and I used my teacher discount #praise to get an additional 15% off bringing the total for this little cutie under $40!

 My Shoes are an online exclusive from good ol' Target (said in my french accent to sound fancier) I love the bright pop of color they add! So affordable and comfy! They are currently $27.99, a couple of weeks ago they were running a promotion if you bought a dress you go the shoes half off and I had a gift card from teacher appreciation week I had been squirreling back, so I took advantage! Target is always running great sales and online promotions so check regularly for deals.

 My earrings are from target, but they are literally 100 years old. I think I was in college when I got them, so yeah, antiques. But I've linked similar ones here that I actually like better than mine! My watch is one of those outfit staples that initially costs more up front, but, It's something you can wear for years and years so I don't mind investing in a few key pieces like that. Mine is a Michael Kors leather wrap watch with a gold face, I lurv it, if it had arms I would hug it. It's such a versatile accessory that can be worn with so much. the end, I love her. She came from amazon and it's actually cheaper now than when I bought mine #salty, so run don't walk to get this lovely, if indeed your in the market for an amazing timepiece. Last, my sunglasses are another on of those investment pieces, I wear contacts, so my eyes are super sensitive to the sun. I wear my sunglasses more than I don't so these beaut's are worth their weight in gold I purchased mine at the Tanger  Outlets but i'll link the same pair here.

 Well folks, that's all I have for today, but I sure do appreciate you stopping by and checking out my lil' bloggity. If you have any questions please email me or join my email list to stay in the know!
Before I go though, I wanted to share, the reason I came up with my name, all the time I use the phrase Ballin' on a budget. But I wanted to incorporate the fact that I'm a southern girl, with southern roots that run deep and a mama that taught me to always look my best and present myself and my home as well as you can. So Southern Belle'n' on a budget is a play on the words Ballin' on a budget with a spin towards being a southern belle and all that it entails. Ok, that's all, for now at least! πŸ˜‰

Fall time feels

Jul 29, 2017

Happy Saturday Friends! I'm back from a week at the beach with the fam, and like I said in my last post; it's nice to reconnect with family and spend quality QT with your unit. Even if, some of you have to sleep on blow up mattresses and couches to all fit, #worthit. I love those little cheeseburger heads, and so enjoyed seeing them have such fun together. I can't wait for our little one to join in the mix!

Anywho-sers, question for ya, does anybody else struggle with decorating for the in-between seasons? You know, after Christmas, it's still winter, but you can't bring out the tulips and daffodils, yet. Or, after 4th of July, you can't bring out the Jack-o-lanterns and ghosts, right? Riiiight? πŸŽƒ As much as all my impulses and lack of patience want to chime in with the high speed, decor pace of Hobby Lobby and all their cornucopias and tinsel. There's also a part of me that wants to live in the moment and enjoy the season of now. Today, it's been below normal heat stroke temperatures, school is about to start soon, pumpkins are small and forming on the vines. And it's giving me all the late summer/early fall feelsπŸπŸ‚πŸƒ. Sooooo, since the 4th of July passed, I've been trying to find the right wreath for my front door that says Hi, it's late summer/early fall, come on in! Of course, I've been unsuccessful in seeing anything that screams, me. So, in true Katie fashion, I just made my own *insert shrug emoji*. I wanted to share the steps and materials used to make it! πŸ’ͺπŸ”¨ *Disclosure* I have an oversized door, this is the amount of material I needed for a 20" wreath, to not make mine look dinky, you know? If there's anything in life I can't take, it's a dinky door wreath. For most folks, with an average size door 36" wide, the rule is to use a wreath that's 2/3 this size of the upper half of your door. Y'all should use a 12-16" grapevine wreath, and you'll be in great shape, with no dinky door wreath.  You would need to purchase the same amount of material, just use less of it to accommodate a smaller wreath. It's a delicate balance between a wreath that's too small or a wreath that's too big. Ones that are too big, will end up getting damaged trying to cram on a smaller surface area, with the open and shutting of the door. See people? I'm saving lives and doors from the difference of dinky to daunting and oversized. You're welcome.

Materials needed:

  1. 20 inch Grapevine wreath (for most doors, a 16 inch will work perfect) (Cost: free, already had wreath)
  2. 2 cotton picks (cost: free, already had picks)
  3. 1 small, faux, green pumpkin (Cost: $3.25)
  4. 1 bundle of orange sherbet-y (super specific color tone, lol at me) flowers (Cost: $3.50)
  5. 1 bundle of darker orange, small wax flowers (Cost: $1.25)
  6. 1 bundle of white daisies/white cone-y dealies/white fuzzy balls (i'm basically a literary genius) (Cost: $2.25)
  7. Various sized pheasant feathers (Cost: free, Joe killed it, we ate it πŸ—, & I kept the feathers)
  8. 1 bundle of dried lotus pods (pack of 6) (Cost: $2.25)
  9. Floral wire, wire cutters, floral cutters

First, I anchored the pumpkin in the center of the wreath. I poked floral wire in the bottom of the pumpkin, gutted it like a fish, I did. Then, I wrapped the excess floral wire around the wreath and twisted it tight to secure in place.

Next, I took ALL the florals, feathers, cotton and pods and split them in equal piles. I'm a symmetry freak y'all. I'm not one of those asymmetrical people, I can't just put one of something on one side and three on the other…my mind doesn't operate that way, I'd go bonkers! So, for peace and harmony I separated my supplies into two equal piles, and they lived happily ever after, the end.

After the the punkin' has been secured in place and the florals have been split down the middle. I start placing the largest items in place first, this was the cotton stems, orange sherbet-y flowers and lotus pods.

I continued working my way down to the smallest materials. The sherbet-y daisies, white cone-y deals and the white fuzzy balls. Next, I added in the darker orange wax flowers, and last the pheasant feathers. In the pictures below, you'll see how I gradually added in the smaller materials, down to the pheasant feathers.

I tried to place the materials in such a way that created a gradual, larger, fanned out effect. I achieved this, by anchoring the wreath with the largest piece first, the pumpkin. Then, I worked my way out and gradually down with the size of the material trying to produce symmetry and balance. I am super stoked with how this wreath turned out, and I hope you guys like it too! If you have any questions, feel free to comment, OR, if you want me to make one for you, I can do that too! Thanks for reading, and enjoy your Saturday! 

That time I met Chip & Jo...

Jul 25, 2017

It's Tuesday, Tuesday! Probably the last of the days of the week I'll be excited to share about, bc school starts back soon 😰. I'm at the beach this week with my family, we are enjoying togetherness, good food, sleeping in and the beach of course! It's nice to spend quality QT with your original unit and bring it back to where you came from, good stuff people, do it if you can. One day you'll look back on all these memories and wish you had more of 'em.

Today, I wanted to share with you guys the time I got to meet Chip and Jo! It was about a year and a half ago, and it was THE.BEST.DAY.EVER. One of my soccer players, Hi Paisley! πŸ™‹ Her parents, own a furniture store in town, and they were one of the few stores in the nation that first signed up to carry the Magnolia furniture line. So, they got to have a private meet and greet with Chip and Jo at the High Point Furniture Market! I got down on my hands and knees and begged with all my heart and soul, for these fine folks to let me tag along with them to meet Chip and Jo and they said Yes! I was SO EXCITED Y'ALL DONT EVEN KNOW.

I love Joanna BIG Y'ALL.  But really, who doesn't? It started, when Fixer Upper, first came on TV. It was so refreshing, you know? It was like a breath of fresh air on television. Not just from a design perspective, farmhouse and subway tile has been done a thousand times over. It was for me, more of the image they portrayed, outward. They were a family, with morals and obligations to their adorable 4 children first, and then to their business. They have a healthy marriage, and they feed off each other to make a dynamic construction/design business. It's evident in how they treat each other and those they interact with, they are christians. The more and more I stalked researched them, I found out, in fact, they are strong christians with incredible faith and tremendous hearts. Basically, perfection.

I had been to market one other time with a friend, who's mom has a business and gave us passes to go. But it was an evening after work, and the show room was closed #depressed. We we're like little children pressing our faces up against glass, leaving fingerprints and breath from leaning in and craning to see every square inch of that show room. Even then, it was spectacular without setting foot inside the show room.

Flash forward to Spring 2016 and I was actually getting to meet them! *Cue panic attack* We meandered around the market for an hour or so, Paisley's dad bought from other vendors and I ooed and ahhed over all the elaborate show rooms and fancy decor. I highly recommend not attending the High Point Furniture market if you can help it. It will create deep seeded resentment and hatred within your heart of your own home and make you want to rip everything out and start afresh. All the while the anxiety was building within me, I was FREAKING out! What do I say, to freaking Chip and Joanna Gaines?!

So then, we started our ascent to the Magnolia show room. It was legit, they're were security guards everywhere. You had to have a special invitation they scanned to enter the showroom. People were getting turned away left and right. I just knew they'd discover I was a faker and throw me out, but I made it in! Whew,  As soon as you entered the show room, they were right. there. Like so close, I could hug them, but I felt as though the 7' security guard WOULD NOT appreciate me hugging them. I didn't want my first impression of Chip and Jo to be me being taken down by the guard and being hauled out as a psycho πŸ™†.

Surprisingly, there weren't that many people in the show room, I would guess 100 tops. And there they were, in all their glory, right in front of me. eeeep. People were lining up to take pictures with them, but the line moved kinda slow. The reason why was because, Chip shook every single persons hand and looked them in the eye (through his aviators, lol) and thanked each person for coming out to support them and this furniture line. He wanted to have real conversations with every person. Their assistant would eventually say, "c'mon Chip, we have a line of folks waiting to meet you!" As I inched closer, I wiped my sweaty palms, wracking my brain for what in the world I would say to the people that I basically loved.

My turn came, Chip stuck his hand out and said "Hey there, what's your name?" "Katie, I quivered" "Katie, it's so nice to meet you, thank you so much for coming today and here to support us." I thought, no thank you, Then, Joanna did that same, I thought here's my chance! I told her "I really appreciate how you put your family first and represent Christ to the world on television. She put her hand on her chest and said "Thank you, that means so much to hear" I was freaking out!!! Joanna was literally an angel, she was beautiful, calm, constant sure of her identity. Chip was sincere, whole hearted, genuine and a real cut up, like that's not just an act. He's also way taller than I thought! He always jokes on the show about how short he is, but he was significantly taller than me. As I sat there in-between these two, in a Chip and Joanna sandwich, I thought THIS IS AMAZING!!! So then I got my chance to have pictures with them, we snapped a few, and then all the people in front of us, started laughing. I had no clue why, but I didn't' care! I was wedged between HGTV royalty! I realized, Chip had taken Joanna's hair and was holding it up to be silly. She fully embraced his silliness and went along with it. But after, I looked at them and said "but seriously, can we get a real one now?" And Joanna said "of course" and smiled.

I was cheesin' so hard,  my face was about to fall off! I had just met two of my most favorite people and they didn't disappoint me. You know how you've heard famous people can disappoint you when you meet them in real life? Like they didn't live up to the hype? Not the case with these two, if it's possible, I loved them even more after this meet and greet. They were gracious, kind and sincere. Everything I hoped they would be and more. 

After I met them, I was on cloud nine and could hardly absorb the rest of the show room I had left to see. There was an area showcasing dining room tables and china hutches, gorg, obvs. There were bedroom displays, there was a beautiful replica of their farmhouse kitchen. In the kitchen, they were serving hand painted artisan cookies (which I still have, and plan on turning into a christmas ornament πŸŽ„πŸ˜), asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, lemonade, and all the beautiful hors d'oeuvres your heart could stand. 

Every square inch of the show room was thoughtfully and strategically designed and displayed. It was a  feast for the eyes. As you came around the other side of the Kitchen display, there was a section debuting her new Kilz brand paint line, all the colors are basic, beautiful and transitional able to work in any space. But by now, I'm sure you've seen all the paints. After this, there was a darling section of children's beds and furniture, displayed to be just like Joanna's daughters' room, precious. Next, was the living room section with couches, coffee tables, credenzas, basically anything and everything that could fit in a living room and be fab, it was there. When you came full circle to the end of the showroom, right before where Chip and Jo were, there was a lady handing out these adorable canvas bags that said "bless your home" in calligraphy script and Magnolia paint on the back. Inside the bag, there was a tiny paint can, the can said vine ripened tomato. Inside the paint can, there was a seed pod for tomato plants. And a packet of seeds for wildflowers, how stinking cute right?!?!?! There were coasters, info on the new paint line, and a couple other informational brochures. Leaving with a physical piece of the Magnolia home line was almost more than I could take. Then, we saw a few people going back to get their bags signed, and we said "Hey, we want our bags signed!" So we tentatively got back in line, thinking we were pressing our luck, knowing full well, the odds of getting autographs was probably out of the question. We made our way to the assistant, tapped her on the shoulder and said " could we get them to sign our bags?" πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ˜‡ The assistant replied, "sure, no problem!" We were elated, and so excited! So we came up to them, like were approaching the throne of royalty. Chip took one look at us. and said, "you little brats, you stood in that line again just for us to sign these?" I said  "heck yes we did!" We thanked them profusely, and I told Joanna, she had tons of fans and folks in North Carolina that loved them and supported them fully. But it was crazy! Chip remembered us! That's the kind of people they are, humble, thankful and surprised that people want a piece of them or to get to know them more. Just normal humans, just like the rest of us. They've just been given an opportunity, a platform to have voice on a large scale; To be examples, to be witnesses for Christ, to be a glaring example of what a healthy marriage and family looks like. To be people that given an opportunity and a position in the public eye, they take it with grace and ease. They are the epitome of what folks should do with their five minutes of fame. 

Despite all the recent fake facial creams, and rumors of lawsuits. The Gaines' continue to be steady in the face of adversity. They have built a brand, a name and a lifestyle that is based on hard work, sincerity and  treating others that way they want to be treated. I assure you, they don't need a gleaming endorsement from little, tiny me in order to receive record success. News flash, they already have. I just want y'all to know, I'd move to Waco and drink this koolaid. I'm a believer in Chip and Jo, they're the real deal, they're the best kind of famous, they're normal. And if you ask me, the world needs more normal and less crazy Kardashians and Justin Bieber. The world needs more Chip and Jo's and I for one and grateful I got to meet them and see first hand, they are just as they appear on television. So thank you to the Vincent's for letting me meet them, and thank you Chip and Jo for being just who I hoped you'd be. I'll be tuning in for season 5 with bells on, will you?

Baby Doll embroidered top

Jul 18, 2017

Welp, it's Tuesday folks, and I've come to the realization that my summer is slipping away from me like sand in an hour glass⌛. #😩 It's really true what they say, the older you get, the faster time goes by. I remember as a kid feeling like summer would last forever and ever. Now, I blink my eyes and it's L-I-T-E-R-A-L-L-Y over.  It's already Christmas in Hobby Lobby, too soon my friends, too soon. Although, I am ready for the year to move along, because that means we will be getting closer and closer to our adoption, and getting to meet our sweet baby. I haven't talked about it much, mainly because we've been in the paper work phase which is 99.9 percent of an adoption. But once we are accepted by the agencies we've applied to and get to present to birth mothers it will all start to be real. Most days, it feels like we are getting nowhere. But I know, this is all going at God's pace and is in His timing. If you could, please join us in praying that God would have the child He wants us to have. That he/she's birth mother and father would be in agreement that this is the right decision for their child and that the birth mother and baby would be healthy.

In other news, I'm 30 and falling apart. I've only been 30 for 3 weeks and I've already had a sketchy mole lopped off and I have bursitis in my what? I thought only 80+ year olds got bursitisπŸ˜‘. I watch Netflix, and see the Fittest on Earth  documentary and think "hey, you're pretty fit Kate, you could do some of this stuff." No you can't Katie! You're a 30 year old grandma with bursitis! Agin' ain't for the faint of heart. But then again, no part of life was ever guaranteed to be easy. I just need to be a big girl, suck it up and deal, right? Right! This is not a rhetorical question. 

Moovin' on…today's post is based around this presh, linen-y, baby-doll top with embroidery detail. Obvs, it came from J.Crew Factory, linked here. It is probably meant for petite people, which I am not in any way, lol. So, I had to go up about 2 sizes for it to not be too short or too tight through my shoulders. I love the lightweight material, great for the swampy, humidity we've been experiencing lately. The embroidery reminds me of smocking like all the fancy schmancy sunday dresses I used to wear as a kid. Let's talk about these white jeans for a minute. I usually have a love/hate relationship with white jeans. What I mean by that, is I love them but I hate myself, because I always get them dirty within seconds of putting them on. However, these have scotch guard or something built into the fibers, it's science people. Old Navy this year came out with stain resistant white jeans, and they've restored my hope in humanity that I can own white jeans and maintain their purity. My pair is linked here.

My shoes I've worn in other posts, they are dupes of designer version, linked here. For open toe, wedge, espadrilles they are super comfy and the camel color is versatile and goes with so much. If you're in the market, I highly recommend. My earrings are beaded tassels from J. Crew factory, linked here. I like that these have clip closure on the back, it helps them stay put better than other tassel earrings I have. This outfit is super simple, nothing too flashy, nothing to crazy. It's like the goldilocks of outfits, juuuust right. Hope you like it!

Cows with flower crowns & DIY tutorial!

Jul 16, 2017

Happy Sunday buddies! I wanted to share with you guys a minute the thought process of Katie. AKA, crazy townπŸ˜€. While we were in St. Marten *moment of silence* I was in the market, and actively searching online for a farm-y outfit. I'm not talking bib overalls and a straw hat, I'm talking chic, you dig? When of course, I was looking on my all-time bargain go-to bestie for the resite site, Amazon. I saw this shirt, and it was one of those moments like, "you and I were meant to be together" So of course, I bought it, it was amaze. It took a while to get to my house, but when it did, it was worth the wait. It was a cow with a flower crown! I have a soft spot in my heart for anything cow related. I shared in one of my earlier posts about growing up on a farm and my grandfather was a dairy farmer. So anytime I find something that reminds me of my roots and childhood, I lunge for it. Y'all, this is the cutest shirt ever, other than my own shirts of course, @southerngoldapparel πŸ˜‡ #shamelesspromotion.

So, when I got the shirt, I thought, I wonder if I could make a flower crown? Then, I went and bought some flowers from the good ol' teeter and brought em' home. Next, I attempted to make a flower crown, and I gotta say, it turned out pretty darn cute! Now, I have no need for a flower crown, I have no plans of taking/being in ethereal photos anytime soon that would lend to a flower crown. I don't adorn flower crowns on my head in my everyday wardrobe of yoga pants and t-shirts. So why did I make this flower crown? I just wanted to see if I could do it. Anybody else out there like that? You just want to try something to see if you can do it. You know, prove it to yourself, hey, I can do that! So there you have it, the progression in my mind from shirt I love with a cow that has a flower crown on, to me trying to make a flower crown😢! If you're in fact in the market for a flower crown, this tutorial's for you!

Supplies needed: Floral wire, floral tape, scissors(not pictured), pruning shears and 3 bundles of flowers(for a relatively small head).

First,  I took the floral wire and wrapped it around my head to make a crown the size of my head. I overlapped the ends of the wire to make it a bit sturdier.

Next, I took all the flowers and lopped them off with about 6 inches of stem remaining. Then, I cut them off the "branches" with multiple flowers per stem into singular stems with about 2.5-3" of stem remaining. 

Now, I will say, I have an abnormally small noggin' so I if you or whomever you are creating this for has a bigger-than-childl-size-head, you'll need more flowers. I was scrimping at the end to finish it.  So, next, I laid out the three different flowers in "piles" and sorted them to be wrapped with floral tape. I had the least of the spray roses, so I alternated every other bundle with them. Then, I just grabbed a bundle and started wrapping the stems with floral tape, at least a couple times up and down to ensure they will stay put. 

After the bundle of flowers is secured with floral tape, I found that cutting a strip of floral tape about 8 inches or so worked easier that trying to wrestle with the whole roll. I attached the flowers to the wire crown with the strip of floral tape I cut. *TIP* when wrapping floral tape, you need to pull it kind of tight, it's stretchy, sticky stuff. So, when you wrap stems singularly, or you're trying to attach them to something like a floral crown, you need to pull the tape taught in order to secure the blooms to whatever you're wrapping them against. I went in a clockwise direction and laid them at an angle to help hide the next flowers stems. 

Below, is a time-lapse video of me making the flower crown. It took me about 30 minutes in real time, although, I do have some experience with flowers, so I'm not too much of a green horn when it comes to arranging. I hope it's helpful and at least one person tries a flower crown! They're so fun! 

Now, on to more important things, like my outfit! This is probably one of my most favorite outfits to date, sans flower crown. 

Like I said earlier, the shirt came from Amazon, linked here. It's a ladies cut, and I have broad(er) than average women's shoulders, because I've lifted weights my whole adult life so, thus, I got a large. If  I got a medium I'd be like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy, 🎢fat guy in a little coat.🎢  Also, because I wanted to be able to breathe in it, and women's cut shirts are very different than unisex. This shirt is comfy, it's not the comfiest, but over time, I can tell she'll soften up nicely. My one and only beef with this shirt, was the color options, I would have loved a heather grey only because *pit stains* I sweat like I'm going to the electric chair 24/7 so a light grey shirt is always a gamble with me. But, I can always layer it with a chambray button up once it gets a bit cooler to disguise my pit stains. πŸ˜…See folks? you're getting' the unfiltered, raw truth about Kate over here. 

Now, lets talk about this skirt! It's also an Amazon find, linked here.  A steal at $17.99! I'm always leery of skirts on Amazon, especially when the description is clearly in a foreign tongue. Mainly, because asian sizing is way different than my south easten, biscuit lovin', child bearin' size hips. BUT, this gamble paid off! I'm wearing a size small, it has pockets, which duh, we love by now and the cute little tie front detail is pretty darling. Give me all the vertical stripes on my lower half pleaseπŸ™‹ vertical stripes elongate and slenderize, pair it with black and all I have to say is, Thank you Jesus. It has a pretty long hemline, I'm 5'8" so for all my petite/shorter buddies out there, you would want to wear some wedges or some kind of heel with it. It is a silky kind of fabric which I wasn't expecting, so, if hearing the swish of silk is a trigger for your PTSD that takes you back to the late 80s and early 90s in your wind suits, this may be an issue. Otherwise, you'll be fine! 

My accessories, we're not the star of the show, but I'll share them here. My necklace is old as the hills y'all. I think I got it from TJ Maxx. But I'll link something similar here. My earrings you can't eve see, lol but they are major cuties. I got them in a three pack from Amazon, linked here. They are hexagon shape in natural stone-ish colors, i'm wearing pink ones here (you'll just have to believe me). I got my trusty apple watch on, which honestly, I just didn't take off, #oops. Last, my sandals, which you can't see again πŸ˜‘ are knock offs of a DUMB EXPENSIVE studded, Valentio pair. I got these at Nordstrom Rack a couple years ago, but I'll link similar pairs here

Welp, folks there you have it! My easy, peasy DIY tutorial on flower crowns and the cutest little cow shirt I've ever seen. Have a great Sunday!

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