Why You Should Stop Spending to Keep Up With The Joneses

One of the struggles I face as a blogger (*gasp*) is how to constantly come up with new content without breaking the bank. I always want to make sure I am bringing something new and exciting to my audience. In this social media obsessed day and age, it is very easy to look around and see all the things you don't have and feel discouraged. This is something that I don't think anyone is immune to.  When I look at some of my favorite bloggers, Rochelle Johnson, Gabi Gregg, and Anna Obrien it is easy to get a case of the wants. Having said that, I know that I cannot constantly be spending on clothing. It is very easy for a small shopping bug to get you into serious credit card debt. As a blogger, I have to budget apparel like I would a business expense. So when I get the itch for something new but it is not in the budget, I turn to my closet and see what old pieces I can revamp to make feel new again. (You may remember the skirt from this post.) In this post, I am going to share five steps on how you can do the same.

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5.) Look at the new trends for the season and see what you are inspired by. For me, I am really loving the tapestry inspired looks and pearls. I have been seeing pearls as embellishments on shoes, apparel, and handbags. I like that both would add elements of sheen and texture to my outfits. What trends are you noticing for Fall?

4.) Go to your closet and look for an item that you may have once loved, but are not getting a lot of wear out of. Have you worn the item in the last 4 months? Could the styling of this piece work with the new trend? Is the piece very simple in its styling? Pearls are an easy trend to incorporate in an outfit; you can sew them on by hand. I scavenged mine from an old bracelet I no longer wear. The same less is more policy can work for the tapestry/embroidery look. A needle and thread from Hobby Lobby will cost way less than a new skirt.

Obsessions of a Fashion Nerd DIY Style

Obsessions of a Fashion Nerd Ways to Revamp Your Wardrobe

3.) Develop a game plan for how to alter your forgotten favorite. For this skirt, I knew I wanted it to have a fuller body and that I wanted it to be shorter. This was simple to fix by cutting off a few inches and sewing on additional layers of tulle. I also wanted to have pearls thrown throughout the skirt in a random pattern. This happenstance placement would allow the pearls to catch light throughout the skirt.

2.) Gather the supplies needed to transform your piece. For me, it was extra tulle, pearls, and a pair of scissors. Be sure to check around your home for things that can be reused. Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and similar craft stores are great to load up in supplies for future projects.

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1.) Alter your piece. There are a ton of tutorials on YouTube if you need help. I have been blessed that my mom taught me to sew at a young age. I started by creating two tulle ruffles and sewing them onto the elastic waistband. Once I saw how long the layers were, I shortened the original skirt to match. The pearls were hand stitched on to finish off my project.

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"Run for cover
Run while you can, baby, don't look back
You gotta run for cover
Don't be afraid of the fear, that's a played out trap, man
You know you're not the only one
And don't look back, just run for cover

What are you waiting for, a kiss or an apology?
You think by now you'd have an A in toxicology
It's hard to pack the car when all you do is shame us
It's even harder when the dirtbag's famous."
- Run for Cover, The Killers

Obsessions of a Fashion Nerd DIY

Tank: Donna Karan. Skirt: formerly Gap. Booties: Gianni Bini, via Dillard's. Jacket: Elvi. Necklace: Creative, South on Main. Earrings: Aldo. Clutch: Aryn.

Photo Credit: J. Vige


  1. Or you could go the way I'm headed and just decide to sew my own clothing from scratch, thereby taking my money out of the hands of the fashion industry who never seemed to want it anyways, and using it on fabrics and patterns and tailoring to fit my specific body! There's a whole online community of plus size sewists who have really inspired me (as I'm broke and too disabled to work) - you should check out the curvy sewing collective. That way you'll always have unique stuff to blog about!

    1. I will definitely check them out. I have never heard of that but sounds totally up my alley. What kinds of projects are you working on now?


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