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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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.

Goodwill’s Hidden Gem: Blazers

You may not realize it, but you probably have a clothing gold mine within your city limits. I am not talking about a department store or a boutique. I am talking about Goodwill.

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If you are not familiar with this company, “Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.” How they are able to do this is through donations within the community. People donate old clothes, housewares, furniture and even cars to be sold in Goodwill retail stores. The money made is then used to fulfill their mission.

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I love shopping at Goodwill for clothes because you never know what you are going to find. In college, I would go a search the racks for hours. I would examine tags, try things on and really try to find a hidden gem. In my searches I have found an Oscar De La Renta button-up, a two piece Escada suit and Missoni blouse. Now that I am older, and a lot busier, I don’t really have the time to search through every rack so I try to make the most of my visits. Now, my favorite thing to search for is blazers.

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Goodwill is a great place to search for blazers because they are at such a good price point. No matter the size or the brand, they are less that $7! Where else can you find a well made blazer for that cheap? I will say that these blazer work for me because I am not wearing a suit to work everyday. There is no need for my blazer to be tailored to perfectly fit me in my profession and that is why these work for me. I always try them on because you never know how they are going to fit. The person that donated them may have had them tailored to fit so the size on the tag can be deceiving. I also try to try them on over a shirt or blouse to make sure that I have room to layer. I need to be able to move my arms, stretch and bend or the blazer will not work for me.

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Another thing that I try to think about is how versatile the blazer will be in my wardrobe. I don’t care how little you pay for something. If you are not going to wear it, then it is not worth the price. My blazers have to be worn with many different outfits to make it home to my closet. They are perfect for dressing up jeans, adding structure to a dress or just making any outfit a little more polished. All of the blazers pictured in this post were purchased from Goodwill and, as you can see, have been worn many different ways. They are also great brands! The khaki colored blazer is The Limited and the black blazer is Casual Corner. I encourage you to take the time and search your local Goodwill. If you don’t have much time, at least check out their blazer section. You never know what hidden gem you might find in the racks!

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Outfit 1: Top | Leggings | Booties | Handbag | Necklace

Outfit 2: Blouse | Pants | Booties | Handbag | Necklace

Outfit 3: Tee | Denim | Heels | Handbag | Necklace

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Photography Courtesy of Magnolia Blossom Photography and J.Hillis Photography

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What the Teacher Wore: An Instagram Recap

So I am long overdue with an Instagram recap of my all of my outfit posts so I wanted to take some time and posts some of my favorite outfits that I have worn lately!

Blue Hues

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I loved all of the blue in this outfit! It was such an easy look to pull off and the blue brought out the blue in my eyes! The top and necklace are both from TJ Maxx and were under $40 together! My pants are from NY and Company. My shoes are actually monogrammed and are from Marley Lilly! They are super cute and come in a variety of colors! My watch is Michael Kors and my bracelet is from one of my fave Etsy shops, Sage K and Co!

Hashtag Momlife

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Now that I am a Mommy, I am all about some comfortable clothes, and this look definitely did not disappoint! My sweatshirt is just from Wal-Mart and I bought the next size up so that it would be oversized. This made it perfect to wear with my fave Target leggings! Seriously, Target makes the best leggings! The decal on the sweatshirt is an iron-on that I purchased from the Etsy shop Glitter and Juls. My over-the-knee boot socks are from Target and my boots are from Belk. My necklace is actually a teething necklace and it is by Mama and Little. My favorite thing about this outfit is my Marauder’s Map Tervis Tumbler! I am a total PotterHead!!

Totally Tassels

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This fabulous tunic is from a local boutique called Honeysuckle and Vine. If you live in the Savannah, GA area, I urge you to go check them out! They are located inside the antique store Two Women and a Warehouse and have some of the cutest clothes and the best deals! I only paid $15 for this tunic! My leggings are, of course, Target and my booties are Carlos by Carlos Santana from Famous Footwear. They have been my go-to shoes lately!

Pattern Mixing Pro

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I am all about some pattern mixing so this outfit was perfect for me! My tunic is from Nordstrom and I got it on sale for $8! My long cardi and scarf are both from Wal- Mart! Say what?! My leggings are Target (le duh!) and you just saw my booties above… told you they were my go-to! My necklace is from a local boutique called Genealogy and they have the best jewelry! Everything is so unique! Lucky for you, you can also shop them online!

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The last look features a necklace made by me!! And the great news is that you can order one for yourself!! Just go check out my Etsy shop, MegEMays! I have it for sale in other colors or you could even request something custom! The rest of my look features lots of blue hues. My pants are from NY and Company, my button-up is Old Navy and my blazer is thrifted from my local Goodwill. My lace-up flats are also from Old Navy!

This is just a few of my latest looks, but remember you can see them daily if you follow along with me on Instagram! Just check me out as BeingMrsFowler!

Enjoy Your Weekend My Friends!

XOXO,

Mrs. Fowler