Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 2014 Budget (Summer Wardrobe)

Can you believe that August is practically here??? Where did the summer go??

1) black capris (exact) : Modcloth, $38.99 (includes shipping)
2) neutral ballet flats (exact) : Target, $16.14 (discounted)
3) pants for shorts refashion (exact) : thrifted, $6.99
4) pants for shorts refashion (similar) : thrifted, $8.99
5) white tees (2) (exact) : Everlane, $30.00 (free shipping)
6) white jeans for cropped pants refashion (similar) : consignment shop, $19.50 (50% off)
7) chain necklace : thrifted, $14.00
8) statement necklace (exact) : Charming Charlie, $22.11 (clearance, includes shipping)
9) turtleneck : thrifted, $1.00 (discounted)

TOTAL = $157.72

(I was also in need of a new purse, which was a purchase that I was planning on saving for my fall list until I received an unexpected financial gift from relatives. $41.20 went towards this cognac bucket bag (local boutique, discounted), and the rest went into my bank account. I did not include the bag in my budget since the money was a gift. That makes sense, right?)

The bad news? I was $7.72 over my $150.00 budget for the summer. The good news? Now I get to enjoy remixing my new summer pieces with what I have (minus the turtleneck, which was a pre-purchase for fall) and don't have to worry about shopping until October! Mixed feelings about that, but mostly just feeling relieved. Honestly, I'm not too surprised that I went a bit over budget, since I haven't really done any serious summer shopping since high school. Let me tell you, I was DEFINITELY in need of an upgrade.

Thank you for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Embroidered Chambray

A Happy Thursday to you all!

Before you read further, I feel like I need to make a disclaimer. There are plenty of bloggers out there who often collaborate with different companies through product reviews, giveaways, etc. This works really well for some blogs, but I have no intention of publishing this kind of content on a regular basis because I don't think it fits the core of what I want A Different Fashion to be.

That being said, every now and then I might stumble across a company or product that I get excited about, and if I'm excited about it, why not share? If the product or company in question is helpful in making my dream of living as both an intentional Christian and a fashionable young woman become a reality, then I am more than happy to pass the information along. eShakti is one of these exceptions to my rule, and I'm excited to share this company with you all!


cardigan : thrifted
watch : Target
dress : c/o eShakti
sandals : Famous Footwear

This beautifully embroidered chambray dress is from eShakti. I ordered my standard size, but you can also send them your exact measurements to ensure a perfect fit. I did wait a little longer than expected for the dress to arrive, and eShakti's prices are higher than what I typically like to pay for everyday clothing, but I think it's totally worth it.

why I'm loving it

  • Modesty - Since eShakti's clothing is customizable, you have control over what the final product looks like. For example, I chose to add sleeves to this dress and change the neckline to provide a bit more coverage than the original design had
  • Quality - The dress I ordered is well-made, especially when compared to dresses that I've bought from fast fashion retailers in the past. Since quality lasts, this piece will stay out of the landfill longer (assuming I treat it well)
  • Ethics -  I have a problem with sweatshop conditions because I think that every human being has basic rights that should be honored. According to my own personal research, eShakti's supply chain is more ethical than many in the fashion industry

A big thank you to eShakti for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Check out eShakti's website, as well as their Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts!

P.S. Linking up with: Fizz & Frosting, Style Elixir, The Pleated Poppy, Mix & Match Fashion

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Refashion : How to Make the Perfect Pair of Shorts

Happy Friday, everyone!

While I love fashion, sometimes I really hate shopping for clothes. Know what I mean? Walking into store after store and not finding what you are looking for can be pretty discouraging, especially when you know exactly what you want.

This would pretty much describe my search for shorts this summer. I tried on about a billion pairs, and nothing seemed to work: wrong color, too long, too short, too loose, too tight, etc. Why is this so hard??

Length was probably my biggest issue. One of the ways that I enjoy serving the Lord is honoring my body through dressing modestly. Bermudas? Great length, but not on my petite frame. Three-inch inseam or less? That's a bit too short for me. Personally, I like a hemline somewhere around my fingertips, but I couldn't find any at that length that I liked.

Finally, I gave up, hit my local thrift store for a couple pairs of pants, and decided to refashion my own! This refashion is pretty simple; if you have even the most basic sewing skills, you can do this! It goes pretty quickly too. Check out the tutorial at the bottom of this post!


necklace : thrifted
t-shirt : Everlane
watch : Target (similar / similar)
shorts : refashion from these pants (thrifted)
sandals (not pictured) : Famous Footwear (exact on sale, also in brown)

Step 1  Find a pair of pants (preferably 1-2 sizes larger than your usual size)

Step 2  Measure and cut the legs off to the desired length, leaving 1.5" extra for hemming

Step 3  Try them on inside out, pin, and take in the legs as needed at the side seams. If you went more than a couple of sizes up, you may have to adjust the crotch and the inseams too (I didn't have to do this for mine)

Step 4  If the waist is a little too big, adjust accordingly. For me, this just meant moving the button over a bit

Step 5  Fold up the edges 3/4" twice, then hem. I did mine by hand using a blind stitch, but you could do it with a machine as well. Press the hem with an iron for best results

Ta-daa! Simple as that! Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful weekend :)

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