The Addams Family

Happy HALLOWEEN! Halloween is my favorite Holiday and I like to go all out. This year, my family and I decided to be the spookiest and kookiest, The Addams Family. They were my childhood favorite! Growing up my sisters even nicknamed me “Wednesday Addams” because I was that child, lol. I originally thought I was going to sew the dress this year like I did last year’s costume but I was too lazy. Instead, all costumes were purchased and the most difficult part was the makeup. On second thought, getting my dog to cooperate was THE most difficult part. I watched a million Youtube tutorials for Moritica’s makeup and I still didn’t get it 100% right but it’s a costume so I enjoyed the process instead.

The photos were taken at the Old Settlers Cemetery. “It was the first municipal burial ground in Charlotte and contains the graves of many early settlers, with gravesites dating from 1776 through 1884.” – Wikipedia.

The Addams Family: Morticia and Gomez Addams featuring Cousin Itt


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Cousin Itt

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The gold tear drop ruby is my wedding ring ❤

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Fall & Winter Round-up

Now that Spring is officially here, I wanted to round up my top six favorite looks for the fall and winter season. There are always outfits that I look back at and I’m like, “yeah, that was a badass out!”. But there are also times when I look back at an outfit and I’m like, “What?!” We all have those moments when things don’t go as expected but then, there are those memorable outfits. So today, we’ll be turning the page back to look at my favorite fall and winter outfits.

FALL

 

WINTER

T H R E E M I X: Victoria Beckham for Target Fuchsia Trouser

I was excited for the collection because I was a major Spice Girls fan and I like Victoria Beckham’s minimalistic approach to fashion. I went crazy at Target that morning but thankfully our stores had no mob rush so I was able to shop without much of a hassle.  I purchased a total of four pieces, the yellow shift flower dress, the pink with scalloped trim dress, the white and black slit skirt and these trousers. Since I’ve had these piece close to a year now and worn them a handful of times, I will say they’re very well made. The fabric is not itchy or too thick and it irons/steams fairly easy. The trousers did begin to create those little balls of fabric in the inner thigh from rubbing and another piece that got damaged from wearing a necklace. The fabric is very delicate as it seems to get damaged easily. Of course, I wasn’t expecting top quality for the price I paid so I’m happy with my purchase.

Outfit Details

The pants might seem like they were my favorite from the collection but it was actually this skirt. I wanted to wear the pants in three different ways because they seem intimidating because of the color but the trick is to be able to work around the pants. I made sure for each outfit to let the other pieces standout since the pants are a standout on their own; I let the top pieces be the center piece. I made sure to keep accessories to a minimum so that I wouldn’t overwhelm the outfit and avoid looking like Pepto-Bismol.


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Vintage Sequin Sweater + Victoria Beckham for Target, featured here

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Victoria Beckham for Target + Tweed Jacket, featured here

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Hot Pink Moto Jacket + Victoria Beckham for Target, featured here

 

 

 

Halloween 2017: Frankenstein Monster + Bride of Frankenstein

My throw back Thursday Post today is to a very late post – #tbt #lp. We were the Frankensteins this year, Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Monster (husband) and Dr. Frankenstein (Sir. Teddy).

I am HUGE on Halloween and I go BIG. I love wearing costumes and recreating some of my favorite childhood and adulthood characters. I decided to begin with Frankenstein because I fell in love with this character back in middle school. I love old black and white films but I have a special love affair with dark/horror black and white films. I’ve never been able to really document all of my costumes but I am going to start documenting them moving forward. As much as love Halloween, I will admit that it can get expensive. Costumes are not cheap and while the thrift store does offer some great prices, you can’t really get good adult costumes. Goodwill is definitely the place to check out for kids costumes but you if you are looking for yourself, you might have to go the creative route. I don’t mind going the DIY route because fortunately enough for me, I was taught how to sew at a very early age and I can work my way around creating/cutting/sewing etc.

This costume was very much DIY – the dogs costume, the make-up on my husband and my entire costume (except the wig of course).

Costume Total : $40.00 

  • Fabric for Wedding Dress
  • Black strap for Dogs Costume
  • Makeup and Props
  • Bride of Frankenstein Wig

The costume that took the most time to make was the wedding dress; took me about a week to make, sewing bits and pieces in the evening after work. I bought two white bedding sheets from Goodwill ($2.99 each) and used an old t-shirt as the base for the costume. I used shoulder pads to create those square/boxy shoulders and sewed the bedding sheets onto the shoulder pads and the t-shirt. As you can imagine these were two very large bedding sheets so I ended up cutting them at the bottom, I hemmed the dress at the bottom and the remaining fabric was used to create the arm gauze and Sir. Teddy’s costume. The dogs costume was very easy to make, I grabbed one of his coats to outline the shape and size of his costume, once I did that, I ironed on the strap and sewed on a button on it for closure. Frankenstein Monster’s costume was the easiest to do. All my husband did was wear a pair of black jeans, black shirt and black shoes. We glued the props on his neck and I did our makeup. The big expense here was the wig because I wasn’t about to hairspray my hair and use a temporary hair dye, so I purchased the wig at Target.

And yes, I already have 2018 costumes in the works 🙂


 

Bride-of-Frankenstein

The Real Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein Monster.

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Frankenstein Monster, Bride of Frankenstein and Dr. Frankenstein

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T H R E E M I X: Leather Pants

These were probably my favorite find of 2016 – the Elizabeth and James “Addison” Lambskin Leather Moto Pants. I purchased them brand new with tags at Goodwill for $3.99 – these retailed for $700. There is no way I would have ever been able to purchase these at their retail price but I am 100% happy I found them at Goodwill.

Leather/Faux-Leather pants may seem intimidating at first because they might seem “tacky,” “cheap,” or too “daring.” However, these pants are nothing more than just a step-up from your regular favorite blue jeans. The trick to finding the perfect pair of leather pants is finding ones that you truly feel confident in wearing and of course, finding the perfect fit and material. There are over a hundred different styles of leather pants, I prefer a non-shiny pair with a rich leather look and feel; preferably with a tapered ankle.  This week, I’m showing you how I wore my favorite pair of leather pants styled three (four technically) different ways.


 

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Leather Pants + The Python Mules Post, Featured here

 

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Leather Pants + The Python Mules ( 9 to 5 & 5 to 9 Edition) Post, Featured here

 

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Puffer Coat + Leather Pants Post, Featured here

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Oversized Denim Jacket + Leather Pants, Post Featured here

Update

A quick health Update.

Hey Everyone!

I was finally able to see a doctor on Saturday and it turns out, I’ve had a sinus infection. The doctor indicated that I continue to get lots of rest and I honestly don’t feel 100% myself yet. I had planned on scheduling outfits posts this week but it rained ALL day Sunday so that definitely put a damper on my plans. I do I have two scheduled posts for later on this week so stay tuned for those.  Till then, hope to be back up and running soon

XoXo

Karla

 

 

Liebster Award

I would like to thank Brenda from, Becomeinghistapestry for nominating me for this award. Thank you for the nomination and for being so interactive on my blog. At times it can feel like we are talking to ourselves on here so it’s good to know that at least a few people are reading our posts.  So, thank you Brenda for the constant likes, comments and genuine appreciation. Check out Brenda’s blog for constant inspiration, motivation, style and fashion.

RULES*
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog in your post. Share a few thoughts about their blog and help to promote them. Support other bloggers!!
2. Display the award on your blog. You can display in a post or as a widget.
3. Who’s your favorite blogger? Write a short paragraph about your favorite blog and leave a link for others to check them out.
4. Tell your readers 10 random facts about you – they can be anything you want!
5. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers
6. Make sure to link these rules in your Liebster Award post.

Favorite Bloggers

Rantı Onayemi-Blanchard @ Rantı in Review

Atenas Hernandez @ Atenas Hernandez

Freddie Harrell @ Freddie Harrel

Favorite Blogger

Rantı Onayemi-Blanchard over at Ranti in Review, check her out! You will not be disappointed. I came across her blog through Instagram and I immediately started following her. I love her entire aesthetic; her styling is immaculate and perfection. If there is one person I would love to meet in real life is her. I just want to sit down with her, have a cup of coffee and raid her closet! She’s definitely style and instagram goals.

10 Random Facts About Me

  1. I speak 3 languages; English, Spanish & Portuguese
  2. My entire life goal was to attend law school.
  3. The beach is my favorite place in the whole universe.
  4. I’m a very private person; despite having a blog.
  5. I love having fresh flowers/roses at home.
  6. I haven’t drank soda in 5 years.
  7. Besides Fashion, I love interior design.
  8. I learned how to apply makeup at age 22 through YouTube.
  9. I love cleaning but hate cooking.
  10. I love having books around despite the fact that I don’t read them as much as I should.

Becominghistapestry Questions for me

  1. What’s #1 on your bucket list? Go to Greece.
  2. What’s your happiest memory? My wedding day.
  3. What’s your favorite dessert? Anything Chocolate, preferably w/ minimal sweetness; I know, weird.
  4. What is your favorite room in your home? My Bedroom.
  5. Are a cat or dog person? Both; I’m an animal person.
  6. What’s your favorite time of the day? Lunch time.
  7. What’s your favorite color? Red
  8. What’s your happiest thing to do? Thrift shopping.
  9. What are your favorite movies? Don’t hold some of these against me: Lord of the Rings (all), Scary Movie, Cidade de Deus (City of God), The Babadook, Pulp Fiction, Harry Potter (all), Mad Max, the Pelican Brief, Erin Brockovich, Pretty Women, Double Jeopardy and Silence of the Lambs. There are plenty more but those are probably my top 12.
  10. Are you a morning or evening person? Mid day kinda gal.
  11. Who is your favorite person(s)? My Immediately family; mom, sisters, niece and husband.

The Nominees 

Logan Porter @ Peculiar Porter

Serene @ I am Serene L

Amy Purfield-Clark @ Vintage Reflection

Keira @ Keira Lennox

Questions for the Nominees

  1. What is your favorite meal?
  2. What is your favorite dessert?
  3. What is your favorite genre of movie?
  4. What’s currently on your playlist?
  5. Do you have a favorite podcast you listen too?
  6. What do you hope to achieve within the next year?
  7. What is one thing you are most proud of?
  8. What is your favorite scent?
  9. Do you rather text or call?
  10. What is your guilty pleasure?

Liebster Award Icon

Don’t forget to copy + paste on your response and/or display on your blog as a widget.

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Hope you all enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about me and thank you Brenda (follow here) once again for nominating me.

XoXo,

Karla

T H R E E M I X: The Fur Coat

I know every time I discuss a thrifted item, I claim that one to be my favorite. Truth is, I have way too many favorites! If I had to list my favorites, this coat probably makes it to the top 10. I purchased this coat at Goodwill for $8.00, practically a steal. I know wearing fur can be controversial but everyone is entitled to their opinions. I respect everyone’s choice as I hope you all respect mine.

If you flip through magazine covers, log onto to your favorite fashion site, scroll through your instagram feed or are shopping at your favorite clothing store, chances are you might come across faux-fur/fur coat. If you happen to pick one up from the hanger, at first glance they may seem intimidating. It might immediately trigger images of cocktail parties or posh parties; you might even try it on or you may immediately shove it back into the rack thinking, “you can’t pull this off”, “I don’t even have anything to wear this with”, “I don’t have anywhere to wear this to” or “I’m never going to wear this” moment but the truth is, these coats can worn just like any regular coat. Instead of pairing this coat with a fancy cocktail dress or skirt, I decided to showcase it with three bottoms. One with a pair of silk pants and two denim outfits. The silk pants outfit was for a cocktail evening, the pearl denim was worn to a Cancer Awareness Event and the last outfit was a “casual” Saturday look. Faux-Fur/Fur coats can be worn pretty much anywhere, however, do expect double takes.


 

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Pearls Jeans, Outfit details here

 

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Fur Coat and Embellished top, outfit details here

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Fringe Frill Jeans and Pompom Shoes, details here

T H R E E M I X = The Chunky Turtleneck

Winter styling can be difficult because you want to stay warm but  you want to look fashionable/stylish at the same damn time. That is why I wanted to style a winter staple: the Chunky Sweater. Chunky sweaters are an absolute must during the winter season and weather you like a crew neck, v-neck, cowl neck or turtleneck sweater, you probably have one in your closet. When it comes to styling them, they’re usually an afterthought because we associate them with comfort and not for an evening out or even office wear. So here are the three (well four) different ways I styled this sweater.

P.S. Now that I have more blog content, I am going to try to post the Threemix segment at least every other week.


 

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Work Wear: Thrifted Elizabeth and James “Addison” Leather Pants, Furla Handbag and Steve Madden Heels, featured here

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Happy Hour: Thrifted Elizabeth and James “Addison” Leather Pants, Furla Handbag and Python Mules, featured here

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Casual Wear: Thrifted MaxMara Icon 101801, Thrifted Gap Boyfriend Jeans and Nike Fearless Flyknits, featured here

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Night Out: Ann Taylor Leggings, MaxMara 101801 Icon Coat and OTK Boots, featured here

T H R E E M I X: The Wool Trousers

A good pair of black trousers should be a staple in everyone’s closet, both men and women. This is one of the most versatile pieces in your closet because you can wear them pretty much anywhere and they can be dressed up or down. If you happen to live in an area where you have seasonal changes, then you might have to have them in different fabrics, like I do. I have about three different black trousers in different cuts and fabrics you don’t need several. The key is finding the perfect pair that fits well.

I’ve worn these trousers more than three times but here is the three different ways that I’ve worn them on the blog.

Trousers: J. Crew “Minnie” Bi-Stretch Wool Pant (sadly discontinued) but I’ve linked three similar ones on the photo captions below.


 

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J. Crew “Minnie” Bi-Stretch Wool Pants, similar here

 

 

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J. Crew “Minnie” Bi-Stretch Wool Pants, similar here

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J. Crew “Minnie” Bi-Wool Pants, similar here