Monday, April 21, 2014

The Perfect Swimsuit for Under $50

Printed One Pieces Under $50

Friends, I have done you a favor and found a nice selection of cute and modest swimsuits for under $50.  I have broken them down by style. Have fun checking them out!


Printed One Pieces Under $50

 Jewel Tones

Original Styles

Original One Pieces for Under $50

Above all, I want to recommend my two favorite swimsuits. I was able to score them for under $50 with some patience and a little help from Ebay and Amazon, but you may have to spend a little more if you want the ASAP. The first is from Sheridyn Swim, based out of Australia.  You can get them on amazon here between $30-$70 depending on the print.  The style is called "Marilyn" and it features side-ruching, a sweetheart neckline, and boy shorts.  The reviews on Amazon do not lie!  Many women list their weight and height to help you know what size to get.  This swimsuit is amazing, especially for moms who want to be able to look cute, and still move around in the water with their kids.  I bought it for a trip to Belize and love it.  One of my friends saw a picture of it, tried mine on, then went and bought her own.  If you keep a look out you can sometimes get them on ebay too, brand new and unworn. I was able to snag mine for only $29!
cute one piece swimsuit from sheridyn swim

My second favorite suit is the Unforgettable One-Piece from Victoria's Secret.  It's fitted by a combination of dress size and bra size, which makes it fit undeniably well.  This one is not padded, but has the same comfort and support of a good bra.  The ties make it easy to adjust the height of the neckline, and the ruching is forgiving on the tummy area.  I got mine on an ebay auction for around $48, but you can buy it anytime for about $89 on the Victoria's Secret Website. 

Good luck on the swimsuit search my friends!  I hope this was helpful!


Friday, April 18, 2014

MaskCara IIID Foundation in Medium Review

Review of MaskCara's IIID hac pack foundation in medium
I apologize that this turned out a little blurry.  Not sure why.

 If you haven't heard of Cara Brook from MaskCara yet, I suggest you check her out. She's a talented makeup genius with a gift for making everyone want to be her best friend.  She also recently launched her own makeup line sharing the name of her blog. The key feature to this line is the IIID foundation.  This product is revolutionary in that it contains both a highlighting and a contouring foundation color; as opposed to one flat color.    Here's my take on it along with a super large picture of my face.  I apologize for this in advanced.

Note: When I do a full smile, it's harder to see the cheek contouring, so here's the least awkward picture I got of me trying to do a more serious face without looking mad.  I'm only wearing IIID foundation on my skin, no other skin makeup was used.

  • lightweight feel
  • looks very natural, kind of like bare minerals
  • very blendable
  • the colors compliment one another
  • convenient compact makes using two colors easier

  • the cream will crease if you don't moisturize first
  • the contour is not as dramatic as I would like
  • takes some practice

Overall:  I like it.  It looks almost like I'm not wearing any makeup which is both good and bad.  I prefer a little more coverage.  I found if I use my Garnier BB Cream first, then highlight and contour with the IIID and set it with NYX Setting Powder, it produces a flawless look that's long-lasting and has the coverage I like.  (Note: In the pictures above I am only wearing the IIID foundation on my skin, nothing else.  I wanted to show what it looks like on it's own.)

 If it's nighttime and I want more drama, I bust out the Bahama Mama Bronzer, another favorite of Cara's, and add some additional contouring color.  

Have you used MaskCara's IID foundation or posted a review of it?  Please share links or thoughts below.  Thanks!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fixing the Gap

I kind of hate wearing pants.  They just aren't that comfortable.  Especially girls' jeans because they are always supposed to fit super snug which just doesn't put them in the realms of comfort.

That's why I was so excited when I came across these super soft cargo pants at Ross.  Being a blend of cotton and polyester they felt like pajamas, but still looked like real pants, as opposed to say, pajama jeans.

The only problem was the sizing.  I'm not proportional to a specific size.  My waist is usually little smaller in proportion to my hips.  This means that when I find pants that fit my hips well, they usually are too large on my waist. I often end up being able to pull my pants off without having to unbutton them.  This excess fabric tends to give me a huge gap around the waistband like so.


Luckily, this is a relatively easy fix.

How to fix the awkward gap on pants that are a little too big

1. Put pants on inside-out.

2. Pinch both side seams in with your fingers until you have the fit you want. 

 Place pins here.  Make sure the point of the pin is facing up so it doesn't stab you when you remove your pants.

3. Sew a dart where the sides are pinned. 

Be careful to make your dart gradually blend into the original seam.  These pants had a french seam, so there is a little difference that can be seen where I took them in.  However, no one is ever going to notice it.

Please excuse the awkwardness of this shot :)

4. Put pants on right side out!

Enjoy not having to hold your pants up!  Bend with confidence my friends!

*Note, you can do this with denim, but it will be harder due to the thickness.  I would get a denim needle.

Until next time,


Monday, April 14, 2014

Using a Twin Needle

I just discovered twin needles and am excited to share them with you.

A twin needle is what it sounds like, two needles that fit in the place of one.  My sewing machine is not super fancy.  In fact, it was $80 from Walmart.  That link is the exact one I have that I have used for every single sewing project on this site.

However, if you are about to buy a sewing machine, it looks like this is a better deal from Walmart. It's the same company, but costs less and has more stitches and higher ratings.

Back to twin needles.  A twin needle allows me to create very professional stitches with a very unprofessional machine.  My twin needle is the Schmetz Universal Twin Needle 4,0/80 which you can get on Amazon for just over $5 and free shipping.

This size is great for the width that I wanted, but was wide enough that I can only do a straight stitch with it as a zigzag stitch would cause my needle to hit my current presser foot. Since I don't really feel like picking up a zigzag presser foot just yet, I'm sticking to the straight stitch.

How to use a twin needle

1. First, replace your original needle with your twin needle.  This is done the same way you replace any needle.  See your manual for details.

2. Thread the left needle using your current spool of thread the way you normally thread your machine.

3. Place a second spool of thread on the spool for threading your bobbin.  Mine is at the top of my machine. Note that many machines come with a second spool for use with twin needles. 

4.  Thread the second spool of thread the way you do your first spool, only skip the needle bar (the part that holds the thread right before the needle).  Then pull the thread through the second needle.

5. Make sure you have the bobbin underneath go to go and you are ready!

***Please check to see if your manual has any special instructions for threading a twin needle.

How my machine looks when threaded with a twin needle.
Here's what will happen:
Your beautiful stitches from the top. Make sure you sew with the right side facing up.

Your stitches from the bottom.  Note that the zigzagging creates some stretch which is useful when sewing with knits.
You are now a twin needle genius!  Go a create my friends!


For additional resources see:

If you don't have a second spool, here's a creative fix: