Fuchsia Bow Tie Top + a non-sewing tip to shorten your skirt

I got this Jennifer Lopez fuchsia bow tie top after Christmas on the clearance racks at Kohl’s. For less than $5. As usual. Ha. It has been such a cold winter and spring, I just now got around to wearing it for the first time. The top is a bit of a wrap top in the front and I didn’t realize until I was out and about in it that it looked like it had come un-sewn for about an inch and kept trying to flop open a bit too far. I’ll have to try and sew that back up again so I’m not having to keep holding it closed or put the straps from the bow over that spot in the future.


Tortoise shell sunglasses


The denim skirt a friend gave me. And while it’s a really cute style with a back slit that I love, I didn’t like that it cut off right on the top of my knees. Knees being these weird knobby little things we don’t really want to draw the eyes to, I always think the hemline should either be an inch or so above the knees or just go ahead and fall right below them so we aren’t accentuating them. Amirite?


Denim skirt + fuchsia bow tie top


So, I used the old school trick I used to do in high school to make skirts shorter and rolled the hem up one turn at the top. Because of the heavy denim material and the pockets and slit on the back, any more than that wouldn’t have worked on this skirt. Since the top was pretty long, I just tucked a little in at the front and let it hang over the now bulky waistline so the roll up wasn’t noticeable.


Fuchsia Top


The phone case is a Kate Spade. Gorgeous, huh?


Bow tie top, denim skirt, kate spade phone case + silver metallic converse sneakers


The sunglasses are from TJ Maxx but came from American Eagle Outfitters. And the shoes are silver glitter Converse sneakers.


Casual style


Yep, chillin’ like a villian. (A friend said that on a Snapchat post recently. Now the phrase is stuck in my head. Hahaha.)


Purple-pink bow tie top + jean skirt


What tricks do you have to make your clothes fit or look better on you?


Denim back-split skirt


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All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.


Clearance sales, Butterfly tee & Star shorts #fashionfriday

I love shopping clearance racks because I hate paying full price for anything I buy. And even a sale price isn’t good enough for me. I want a bargain! I’m looking for a super good deal when I’m shopping.

A couple of weeks ago, I got one of those ten dollars off anything in the store  post cards from Khols. I love those things! It really is good off anything in the store – even the clearance racks. And, because I like a good deal, I went directly to the clearance racks. I’ve got to get the most bang from my bucks as possible.

I found several things I liked and hauled them all into the fitting rooms. One by one, I weeded all but three items out. The two that were the best deal were still under $10 total, but the third item was $16.20. Hmmm. I like deals even better than that, but I had the $10 off coupon, so I finally decided to get all three items. I ended up with a dress for $6, and butterfly tee for $2.80, and the shorts with $10 off with my savings postcard. If I had a Khols credit card, I could have saved an additional 10%-30% with a scratch off card they have at the registers. I usually just bring my mom along so I can have her use her discount for having a credit card if there is one, but, this was an impromptu trip when I realized my 10 off card was expiring soon, so I took off quickly and didn’t stop to drag her along for additional savings. Ha.

I still don’t have pictures of me in the dress, but I did go out and get photos in the butterfly tee and star shorts – while practicing doing my own photos for days when I don’t have help photographing items for product reviews. They have a nice back-to-school feel to them, so I thought I’d post them now for all of you who are going back to school or have kids about to go back to school or have already started back to school. I’ll try to get photos of the dress for another Fashion Friday. I’d put a link to them on Kohl’s on here, but I can’t even find them on the website any more, so I’d guess they are gone now, or you could scour your local Kohl’s clearance racks to find similar items.


Butterfly tee + Star shorts - back to school style

Butterfly tee + Star shorts – back to school style


Butterfly tee + Star shorts - I love the little skull face on the brick wall!

Butterfly tee + Star shorts – I love the little skull face on the brick wall!


Butterflies and stars

Butterflies and stars


Butterfly tee against a red background

Butterfly tee against a red background


Butterfly tee and star shorts

Butterfly tee and star shorts



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