Mrs. New Bootie

Every season, I pick a few of the must-have trends that I need to add to my wardrobe. This fall, one of those trends was the over-the-knee boot.

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While I own a lot of boots, I have been loving the boots that cinch over-the-knee for a more fitted look. I looked at quite a few stores, dragging my husband around to get his opinion. I really wanted a good neutral color that I could wear with a lot of different options. Luckily, when I walked into my local DSW, these grey stunners caught my eye. I tried them on and I was sold. My husband even liked them!

After wearing them for a full day I can tell you that they stayed tied and cinched and I had very little problem with them slipping. While it did not slip somewhat throughout the day, I was very pleased with how well they stayed up on my leg.

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Since I really wanted the boots to be the highlight of my outfit, I opted for this adorable skirt. While this skirt is from last year, I found an almost identical option for a steal that I will link for you below. I sized up in the skirt so it would sit lower on my waist and be a little longer. My legs are very long and the super mini does not work when you are chasing around a very active toddler. I finished off my look with a basic white button-up and one of my favorite blazers from my local Goodwill. If you have not checked out my blog post for shopping for blazers at Goodwill then you are missing out! This is one of my favorite items to shop at Goodwill for and I love that I am adding a staple to my wardrobe while helping my community.

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I firmly believe that accessories can make an outfit and my accessories are definitely not an exception to this rule. While my belt and bag both look like they could be more expensive, they are actually amazing dupes! I will admit that I absolutely love a good designer find. I have a bucket list of designer items that I hope to own one day. Until I am able, though, I love finding items that look more expensive but are well within my budget. I will link my belt and bag and you definitely need to snag them while they are still available.

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What trends are you loving this fall? Anything that you are hoping to add to your wardrobe? I have a few more exciting pieces to share with  you over the coming weeks so definitely check back! And leave me a comment! I love hearing from you!

Shop my look with exact and similar styles below!

Button-Up | Skirt | Blazer | Boots | Handbag | Belt | Sunglasses

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Blog-O-Ween: DIY Minnie Mouse Costume

For my last enstallment of my Blog-O-Ween series, I knew that I wanted to do something big. Since I was little girl, I have been a Disney nut. Now that I am older, that love has only increased. When I started planning out everything for my Blog-O-Ween series, I knew that I really wanted to do something that was Disney inspired. I would love it, my daughter would love it, and I could potentially even use it on our big family trip to Disney World in May.

When I found that adorable red skirt that I used in my DIY Gumball Machine Costume, at my local Goodwill, I knew that it had so much potential. It is for this reason that I made the decision to use it again in a DIY Minnie Mouse costume. Red is Minnie’s color and, with a visit to my local craft store, I knew that I could make this costume a reality.

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Here is what you need to create this look:

A Black Top (Goodwill)

A Red Skirt (Goodwill)

White, Wrist Length Gloves (Costume Shop)

A Large Piece of Black Felt (Michaels)

A Piece of White Felt (Michaels)

1/4 of a Yard of Felt Batting (Hobby Lobby)

1/4 of a Yard of Sequin Fabric (Hobby Lobby)

1/4 of a Yard of Red and White Polka Dot Material (Hobby Lobby)

Black Pipe Cleaners (Michaels)

A Plastic Headband (Dollar Tree)

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Before you begin, I will let you know that I wanted my ears to be full and fluffy. For this reason, there will be a lot of steps to my ears. Luckily, the ears are the only thing that had to be made for this costume!

Step 1: Fold a sheet of white felt in half. Using a permanent marker, draw an outline for your ears. Once you have cut out the ears, hot glue a pipe cleaner along the edges of each ear. Make sure that you have pipe cleaner hanging out on each end. You will need this later to attach the ears to the headband.

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Step 2: Using your ears as a guide, trace an outline onto the felt batting. You will need enough to cover both sides of each ear, or four pieces total. The pipe cleaner should now be sandwiched between the felt batting.

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Step 3: Using your ears as a guide, again, trace an outline onto the piece of black felt. I folded my felt in such a way that when I cut, I was left with both sides of the ear connected in the middle. I was then able to fold the black felt over the top of the year and glue in place. If this is to difficult for you, you can always just cut out four separate pieces and glue one piece of black felt to each side of each ear.

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Step 4: Cut your sequin fabric so that you have a piece that is large enough to completely cover each ear. Hot glue the fabric to one side of the ear. This side will be nice and neat and will be the front of your headband. With the remainder of the fabric, carefully hot glue it to the other side of the ears, making sure that the black felt is completely covered. I tried to make it as neat as possible so it would not look sloppy from behind.

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Step 5: Using the rest of the black felt, cover your headband. I hot glue down the center of the headband first. I then trimmed up my edges and folded the remainder, hot gluing it to the underside of the headband. You will have to hold it in place for a bit to ensure that the glue is somewhat dry. If not, you run the risk of it peeling back.

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Step 6: Attach an additional pipe cleaner to the side of each ear. You can do this by twisting the small piece that you had sticking out around each pipe cleaner. Then, wrap the pipe cleaners around the headband, securing the ears in place. You may have to play with it a little bit to get it to sit exactly how you envisioned. Once I had my ears where I wanted them, I trimmed off the extra pipe cleaner and hot glued the ears in place on the headband. You will have to hold it a little bit until the glue gets somewhat dry. I also used a bit of hot glue to secure the pipe cleaners to the headband. This would prevent them from coming untwisted in the future.

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Step 7: While you can make a bow with a sewing machine, I prefer a “no sew” method. I cut the fabric to the approximate length and width that I wanted and folded it into thirds. I secured each fold in place with a line of hot glue. Using one of the strips that I had trimmed of, I then pinched the middle and secured it with the strip. I knotted the strip twice and trimmed of the excess. To give the fabric that classic bow shape, I folded down the edges and glued them in place. After you have finished your bow, secure it in place on your headband with hot glue.

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And that’s it! While it was a somewhat lengthy process to make my ears, I love the result! The ears are super thick and very cute. You can adapt these steps however you like. I encourage you to pick different materials and fabrics to create something that is unique and all your own.

To complete my look, I added black lines to my white gloves. This helped them to look more like the ones that Minnie wears. I added little yellow shoes, just like Minnie Mouse! Luckily, I already had the shoes in my own closet. I also used a black eyeliner pencil to draw on a black nose. The total cost for this costume was about $20. While it was a little more, I can definitely use each piece separately. The ears will also be a great addition to my wardrobe for Disney World!

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Blog-O-Ween: DIY Gumball Machine Costume

When I was younger, one of the things that I loved most about visiting the grocery store was a trip to the gumball machine. It was a treat that my Mom did not usually say no to and I loved the thrill of the surprise! Would I get a pink gumball? Maybe a blue one?  It was always an exciting part of my visit.

Now that I am older, I still love an occasional treat from the bubblegum machine but, my sweet Vivi definitely enjoys them! When I found this gorgeous red skirt at my local Goodwill, the wheels started turning and I knew that I could make my very own Gumball Machine Costume!

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Here is what you will need to get started:

A White Tee (Goodwill)

A Red Skirt or Red Pants (Goodwill)

Colored Pom-Poms (I used four bags from Michaels)

A Piece of Red Felt (Michaels)

A Plastic Headband (Dollar Tree)

A Small, White Paper Plate

A Small Piece of Aluminum Foil

A Half a Sheet of Grey Construction Paper

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The Gumball Shirt: Begin hot gluing the pom-pom to the tee. There is no rhyme or reason to this process. The only thing that I tried not to do was glue the same color immediately next to each other. Continue gluing until the entire shirt is covered. I am not going to lie. It was a tedious process. It was not hard but it did take me some time to get every pom-pom attached. Luckily, that is the majority of the costume so, once completed, I was almost done!

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The Headband Topper: To make the top of the gumball machine, I attached a small, white paper plate to the center of the sheet of felt. I then folded the edges of the felt around the felt, securing it in place with the hot glue. I continued to do this until the felt was securely glued all around the plate. Make sure there are not pointy edges. You want this piece to be round like the top of a gumball machine. After that is dry, you will hot glue the plate to the headband. I gently folded the plate so that it would curve around the plate. I used a lot of glue to secure it to the headband and I held it in place until I was sure that it had hardened. After the headband is dry, ball up the small piece of aluminum foil and glue it to the top of the plate. This will complete the top of your gumball machine.

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To make the 25 cents tag, I simply cut a sheet of gray construction paper in half. I folded the cut piece in half and wrote the price on one half. I then inserted the other side into the skirt and pinned it in place.

And that’s it! I loved how cute this looked turned it and I know that my students will love it if I ever wear it to school! Also, this skirt is a great addition to my wardrobe and I am already thinking of all the ways that I can use it in my outfits!

I hope this costume will “blow” you away!

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Blog-O-Ween: DIY Starbucks Frappuccino Costume

Ask anyone who knows me really well and they will tell you that I am a Starbucks junkie! While searching for ideas for my Blog-O-Ween series, I was beyond excited to see an idea for a Starbucks Frappuccino! It looked simple enough so I began gathering everything I needed to make this costume a reality. Lucky for me, I found the perfect brown dress at my local Goodwill! Besides the dress, I picked up a few things from my local craft store and a few thing from around my house. With just a little bit of work, the costume was complete!

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Here is what you will need to get started:

A Brown Dress, Tunic or Long T-Shirt (Goodwill)

A Large Sheet of Green Felt (Michaels)

A White Feather Boa (Michaels)

A Paper Towel Tube

A Plastic Headband (Dollar Tree)

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Step 1: Put a line of hot glue on the toilet paper tube. Continue adding lines of glue, rolling the felt around the tube to secure. Do this until the tube is completely covered in felt. Secure any loose ends with hot glue and trim off any excess felt. Cut a piece of felt to cover the bottom of the tube. Secure it to one end of  tube with hot glue. This piece will serve as your straw.

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Step 2: Once the tube is dry, secure it to the headband with hot glue. I used a BUNCH of hot glue to ensure that “straw” was not going to fall off. Allow this to completely dry. Once dry, cut a small piece of the feather boa and secure to the base of the “straw.” Make sure it is the end that is attached to the headband. The feather boa will serve as your whipped cream.

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Step 3: Using the rest of the feather boa, glue the boa to the neck of the dress. I continued gluing until I had completely covered the neck. I had enough of the feather boa to go around the neck twice. Make sure that you secure the end of the feather boa with a lot of hot glue so that it will not come unattached.

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Step 4: To create the Starbucks logo, I searched on Google for a black and white Starbucks logo. Once I found the one that I liked, I saved it to my computer and inserted it into a Word Document. I was able to adjust the logo to the size that I needed in the Word Document. I then printed the logo and colored it using a green Crayola marker. Cut out the logo and attach it to the rest of the felt using hot glue. Once dry, cut the logo out, making sure to leave a little bit of felt around the edge.

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Step 5: Attach the logo to the front of your dress. I attached it using hot glue but, if you want a more secure, permanent logo, you can attach it with a fabric glue. Also, if you are planning to wear this dress out and fear that the logo may get wet, you may want to laminate it after you have colored. This will prevent the colors in the logo from running if it should happen to get wet. Allow your dress to dry before you put it on. This will ensure your costume is secure!

And that’s it! Five easy steps and you will look good enough to drink!

The total cost of this costume was only $12! Cute, budge friendly and totally unique!

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Blog-O-Ween: DIY Scarecrow

I am excited to bring you my second post in my Blog-O-Ween series! This DIY costume series has been so much fun and, thanks to my local Goodwill, super easy! To celebrate this festive time of year, Goodwill locations have set up a Halloween headquarters inside of their stores. Within this section you can find all sorts of costumes, accessories and key pieces to put together your own look. That was exactly where I found these next pieces!

While some costumes take a little bit of crafting and hot glue, others only require the right pieces and a little bit of makeup! That was exactly the case for my DIY Scarecrow costume!

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To create this costume, you will need the following:

A Pair of Overalls

A Plaid Button-Up

A Pair of Knee Socks

A Pair of Cowboy Boots

Dark Colored Blush

Black Eyeliner

I was able to find the overalls and button up at my local Goodwill. I purchased the pieces together for only $7 making this a really affordable look! Not only this, but I can use the pieces in my own wardrobe in the future! My cowboy boots and knee socks came from my own closet!

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This easy costume did not require any steps! I simply got dressed, pulled my hair into pig tails and threw a little make-up on my face. I used black eyeliner to draw on my nose and to extend the corners of my mouth, and I used a lot of blush to give my cheeks that super rosy look. Once dressed, I shoved pine straw in my pockets and even tucked a few pieces into my hair! It was a super cute look once finished and I really enjoyed playing around in this costume! Let me know what you think!

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Blog-O-Ween: DIY Dust Bunny Costume

 

A fun fact about me is that I absolutely love Halloween! I love the spooky decorations, I love a good horror movie and I really love dressing up for the night! To celebrate this festive night, I am celebrating with a fun week of blogging that I have entitled Blog-O-Ween! Join me over the next five days as I share with you 5 fun, DIY costumes that are easy, budget friendly and found at your local Goodwill!

Let’s kick off the week with my first costume, a Dust Bunny!

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For this costume you will need the following:

An Oversized White T-Shirt (Goodwill)

1/4th of a Yard of Tan Tulle (Hobby Lobby)

1/4th of a Yard of Brown Tulle (Hobby Lobby)

A Large Sheet of Light Brown Felt (Michaels)

A Sheet of Pink Felt (Michaels)

4 Tan Pipe Cleaners (Michaels)

A Plastic Headband (Dollar Tree)

Scissors and a Hot Glue Gun

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Step 1:  Lay your t-shirt flat on the floor. Cut your tulle into small pieces. Once cut, bunch the tulle up and hot glue it onto the shirt. I alternated the color of the tulle so it looked “dirty.” While you can glue it onto the shirt in any pattern that you like, I did two different placements on my shirt. DO NOT use on the tulle on the shirt. I saved a few small pieces for my ears.

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Step 2: Cut a small strip of the light brown felt. Make sure that it is wide enough to wrap around the headband. Glue the end of the headband to the felt. Continue gluing around the headband to the felt. Once glued, trim off the extra felt and then wrap and edges around the bottom of the headband.

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Step 3: Use the remainder of the light brown felt to cut your ears. I did not use a guide but rather guesstimate the size and shape. I folded the felt in half so that I was able to cut the front and back at the same time. Once I had cut one set of ears, I used one as a guide to make sure that the ears were the same size.

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Step 4: After your ears have been cut, hot glue a pipe cleaner to the edge of one of the ears. After it has been glued, attach the other side of the ear, sealing the pipe cleaner inside. Once the base of the ear has been made and sealed, use the pink felt to cut a middle for the ear. I guesstimated on my pink felt as well but, if it would make you more comfortable, you can always measure and mark where you need to cut. Hot glue the pink to the center of the ears.

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Step 5: Fold the bottom of the ears to create a base. This is how you will attach the ears to the headband. I used a TON of hot glue to make sure that it was attached well to the headband. I then used a clip to hold the ear in place while the ear dried. I left the clips on for 24 hours so there was no chance of the ear falling off!

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Step 6: Attach the last few pieces of tulle to the ears to complete your “dusty” look! You can attach them wherever you like to give your ears their own personality!

And that’s it! Super easy! Total cost of this costume was less than $7!

To complete my look even further, I used a lot of blush on my nose to give it that bunny pink color and I used a black eyeliner to draw whiskers. Once completed, have fun with your costume! Hang out with all of your other dust bunny friends under a chair, in the corner of the room or under the bed! Just try not to get swept away!

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Dating my Spouse and Dressing up with Goodwill

When you become a parent, it is really easy to forget that you were first a spouse.

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Since having Vivi, our already full plates have been overflowing. It is so easy to get overwhelmed and, unfortunately, it is usually Date Night that gets cut from our agenda for the week. We still go out for dinner but, at the end of the day, it is just easier to take Vivi with us than it is to get a babysitter or drop her off with her grandparents.

As Vivi gets older, she is starting to pick up on more things. She repeats things that have been said, copies mannerisms, and exhibits some of the same mannerisms and me and her father. I really want her to have good role models in her life and what better place than to have that then in our own home. Having a healthy, loving relationship with her father will show her what a good relationship should look like. It will show her what to look for in a spouse and what to aspire to have in a relationship. It is because of all of this that I realized that now, more than ever, I need to make time to date her Daddy.

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Our relationship has by no means been easy. It seems like everything has been a whirlwind. Dating, becoming engaged and getting married happened within the span of a year. We were in love and ready to get our lives started but that didn’t make the things we were facing as a couple any easier. As if all of that wasn’t a whirlwind, we found out we were pregnant with Vivi just two months after having gotten married. While we love her more than we can ever express, we were not planning on having children that soon. I really feel like we didn’t give ourselves the chance, as a couple, to grow and mature. It is because of this that I feel that it has become natural for us to not make date night a priority. But all of that changes today.

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Before I was ever Vivi’s Mommy, I was Justin’s wife. As much as it pains me to think about it, Vivi will grow up and start a family of her own one day and it will just be me and Justin. If we don’t build a firm foundation in our relationship now, it will only be natural for us to have more problems in the future. The last thing I want is a crumbling foundation in our future relationship so I am making the changes necessary to ensure that does not happen.

Justin and I actually have a date night planned for this weekend and it will be the first one we have been on in over 6 months! Can you believe that? I am excited to be dating my husband and I am going to make it a priority in our lives. He deserves my time and attention just as much as my daughter and, as his wife, I am going to do whatever I can to ensure that our marriage is successful.

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Since I am going to be having a lot of Date Night’s in my future, I will definitely need to look my best. Lucky for me, my local Goodwill is right around the corner! Since people are constantly bringing in items and donating to Goodwill, you never know what you are going to find. There is literally something new every day! On our last visit, my husband and I took the time to pick out something to wear for one another. My husband picked out this adorable dress for me and I picked out a great button down for him. Both of the items that we picked our were name brand and usually sell for significantly more than the price we paid. My husbands shirt is from J. Crew and they usually sell for about $60. We paid less than $5! My dress is by the brand Karlie. These dresses usually retail for around $90 and we paid less than $6!

With all of the money that we saved on our clothes, we can have dinner, a movie, and go out for dessert!

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Photography Courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography.

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a small commission. I may also be paid for my mention of the Goodwill Company.