My tricks for making copy cat designer clothes

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I have numerous resources for fantastic fashion online…pinterest, celebrity gossip sites, fashion blogs, and my Instagram feed to name a few. Undoubtably, I see something truly fabulous and think “I can make that.” So I do. I have a few tips and tricks for ID’ing the details of that garment to ensure you have a perfect match that’s undetectably DIY to the naked eye.

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What Proactive taught me about skincare before I even used the product

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Of course, Proactive has been around for years. I’ve thought about ordering it on and off in my life but never did. Then one day, I was watching E! News and Julianne Hough was on to talk about her Kind Campaign charity. She casually (not sales-y) mentioned that Proactive was a sponsor to which the interviewers (Kat and Guilianna I believe) comment that she was a spokes woman for them. Then, almost in unison, they both exclaimed that her skin was flawless even in person.

I don’t know what it was about that interview, but shortly there after I was online making my first Proactive purchase.

With that purchase came a free downloadable e-book. It seemed like a throw-away freebie to me. Just something else to throw in to the package to beef it up but something that would have much merit.

I read the entire thing…cover to cover.

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How to resize a bodice from a pattern

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Yes, ya’ll! I am still sewing! I promise! It’s been a crazy few months and I haven’t been posting it as much, but I’m definitely still hitting it hard at the machine. I was recently making a dress where I needed to resize the pattern, so I thought I’d take some photos and show you guys how I do it. This ensures an absolutely perfect fit every single time! Best of all, after you learn the basic technique it’s easy to apply to every single pattern you sew!

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A tutorial that works!

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There is nothing worse than finding a tutorial where all the photos looks totally cute then trying to make it yourself only finding that the instructions totally suck and it’s impossible to finish. I won’t name names, but you know you’ve been there.

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Buy it or DIY it?

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The weather is cooling off again which means I’ll be lacing up my sneakers and walking/running a lot more. It’s way too hot here to even walk from my door to my car in the thick of summer, so I always take a bit of a siesta from June to October. Either way, I never know what to do with my phone when I walk. Those arm band thingies always fall off my chicken arms. Walking with stuff in my pockets is never going to happen. Stuff it in my sports bra? Um…no. Until now, I’ve walked with a fanny pack. Yes, a legiatmate fanny pack. I loosen it up so it hangs low on my hips and place the bag on the right side. It a little bulky and I always get funny looks, but it works.

Then I stumbled across this wonderful tutorial from MeSewCrazy.

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DIY Leather Pants inspired by NYFW

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As New York Fashion Week comes to and end, my eyes are in love with what came down the runways this year. I love that black and white is still a trend and cobalt blue will be making it’s way into my closet very, very soon. Another must-have item: leather pants. I’ve secretly been eyeing this trend for a while but have been aghast at the outrageous designer prices. And, no, this is not an area where you can skimp on quality… and we all know you get what you pay for. So, I thought I’d take to the interwebs and see what I could find to make a pair on my own. Continue reading

Best Pot Roast I’ve ever made…EVER!

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I am unabashedly a meat and potatoes girl. Always have been. I remember as a little girl going to my MawMaw’s house. She had a giant pecan tree in her back yard and always had a pot roast cooking. We’d make homemade biscuits together and finish the day off with a slice of pecan pie. Days with her are some of my fondest memories.

And, now that I’m all grown up, all I want is to be as awesome of a cook as she was. Starting with her specialty, pot roast.

I’ve tried tons of times in the past to get it just right, but they always came out dry, stringy/fiberous, and flavorless. I’ve tried it on the stove top (like she did), in the oven, and in my crock pot. Same lackluster results.

…until today!

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It came out juicy, tender, and everything I remember about my MawMaw’s pot roast.

Here’s how I did it:

  • 2.5lbs boneless beef chuck
  • 5 carrots
  • I russet potato
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 package of McCormick’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast Seasoning
  • 1 cup Veggie Stock
  • Olive Oil, salt, and pepper
  1. Let the roast sit out on the counter for an hour or so to take the chill off. Season liberally with Olive Oil, salt and pepper on both sides. Sear all sides in a very hot pan until brown and beautiful. (5 mins on first side, 2 mins on other side, 30 seconds to 1 minute on small sides)
  2. Remove roast from saute pan and set to the side while you prepare the veggies.
  3. Peel the potato, onion and carrots. Chop all vegetables (potato, onion, celery, and carrots)  into chunks…about 1-2 inch pieces. Smash the garlic with the back of your knife, peel them, and leave them whole.
  4. In a measuring cup, mix the McCormicks seasoning packet into the cup of vegetable stock.
  5. Transfer all vegetables to the slow cooker. Place the roast on top of the bed of veggies. Pour the sauce over everything. Set the slow cooker to low and roast for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).
  6. To finish, remove the roast from the slow cooker. Drain off all the juice into a sauce pan and cook with a tablespoon of flour until thickened (maybe 10 minutes). Place the veggies on a serving plate, place the roast on top of that and serve the sauce on the side in your best gravy boat.

Here’s to my MawMaw and hoping I can figure out that biscuit recipe!