Spied: Stacked Heel Boots

I was shopping at Forever 21 this weekend and stumbled on these boots. I think they are perfection.

Stacked Heel Boots - $32.80

This Week

Here are a few pictures from this last week:

{look what steve saved from the school dumpster | purple bubble necklace}
{funeral chic outfit | napping on the go}

Here are a few links to take you into the weekend:

Make sure to enter the earring giveaway.
Check out these fun last minute costume ideas.
I seriously want these boots.
I am enamored with this funny sweater (and this one, and this one too).
Loving this sweet little skinny belt.
This crown braid for short hair tutorial looks awesome.
I think this sweater is really cute.
We have cooler weather finding it's way to our neck of the woods and I plan to spend some time soaking it in. What are your weekend plans? 

Giveaway: RyanAmelia Design

***Giveaway Closed***

I am so excited to introduce you all to my newest sponsor. RyanAmelia Design has the cutest cabochon and fabric covered earrings at the best prices! She sent me a few pairs to try out:

Jane is a dream to work with. She is very conscious of those of us that have overly sensitive ears (raises hand, then starts jumping up and down). She only uses lead, nickel, and aluminum free posts. And just to be on the safe side, she was kind enough to introduce me these earring protectors. They are probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. I haven't been able to wear posts for 5 long years. And ladies, I am now wearing posts.

Today I get to do one of my favorite things, offer all of you a giveaway! RyanAmelia is offering two pairs of earrings to one lucky winner (open to US residents only).

How to win:

Visit RyanAmelia and leave a comment here telling me which two pairs you like best. 
(Include your first name and a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.)

The Giveaway ends on Sunday, October 28, at 10 PM (Central Time).

Good luck.

PS - If you can't wait for the giveaway to close (I wouldn't if I were you), enter code "chicforcheap" at checkout to get free shipping with the purchase of two or more pairs.

Meet My Sponsors

I wanted to share a quick post and introduce you all to my newest sponsors.

Kaylan is a newborn photographer who likes to paint and make wood burnings on the side.

She's also a biologist, environmental advocate, and music lover.

Her blog is about fashion, photography, science, food, DIY, and a shop of handmade/painted items.

Make sure to check out lucem guaer

Jane is a mother, wife, and shop owner at RyanAmelia Design. She makes the sweetest earrings.

Make sure to check out some of my favorite items in her shop:
{coral flower posts | gray rose postsmidnight blue dahlia posts}

Tanya, Freja Toys shop owner, hand crochets the most fabulous, brightly colored nursing necklaces, funny baby rattles, and cozy knitted dolls and animals. I am so happy to work with her again!

Make sure to check out some of my favorite items in her shop:
{tangerine tango teething necklace | crochet veggie baby rattles | petite linen nursing necklace}

{If you are interested in sponsoring  über chic for cheap, click here}

DIY: Polka Dot Shirt

Last week when I posted these Gap outfits, I couldn't get this look out of my mind. I really wanted that polka dot sweater. There were two problems. I didn't want to pay for it, obviously. Also, I don't believe in owning sweaters - it doesn't make any sense to own them where I live. My solution, a lightweight long sleeve tee & a little fabric paint.

Sale: Anthropologie 25% Off

Anthropologie is currently offering an extra 25% off of their sale items. Here are a few of my favorite things:

1 - Hanalei Floral Buttondown - $49.95 (Orig. $78)
2 - Idoya Bib Necklace - $29.95 (Orig. $58)
3 - Banded Brushstrokes Blouse - $39.95 (Orig. $78)
4 - Tasseled Sweater Tee - $49.95 (Orig. $88)
5 - Gossamer Flight Cardigan - $29.95 (Orig. $118)
6 - Handpainted Taika Flats - $49.95 (Orig. $128)

I am really tempted by the #6. They are leather & fabulous.

Look for Less: Polka Dot Button Up

I have been coveting these simple white polka dot button up blouses, and was excited to see this more reasonably priced option.

Laurence Dolige Trompette Polka Dot Blouse - farfetch.com - $266
BDG Oxford Boyfriend Shirt – Urban Outfitters - $39

What do you think?

This Week

On Sydney's recommendation, I ordered these clip in bangs, and they might be the best thing that has ever happened to me. Bangs when I want them (almost always) without all the hassle.  

Here are a few links to take you into the weekend:

  This dress would be a great option for cooler temps
I am loving this tulip wrap skirt tutorial.
I think these pumps are lovely.
If you are sensitive to earrings, you must check these out.
This simple hair tutorial looks fabulous.
I think this blouse is the bees knees.
I listened to this audiobook and it had me laughing out loud.

Refashion: Patterned Button Up

I found this blouse at my local thrift shop a few months ago and just got around to refashioning it.

As you can see, it was completely over sized and had the puffiest sleeves. But I looked past that and focused on the print & fabric quality.

I used another beloved button up as a guide to resize the top, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

blouse / thrifted and refashioned - $4 | similar here (on sale) | and here
white jeans / skinnied by me - $10 | similar here
gold belt / j.crew - $1.50 | similar here | and here
olive peep toes / dsw - gift | similar here
gold earrings / vintage - $10 | similar here | and here

When looking for things to refashion here are a few things to look for:
- Salvageable details like collars, hems, cuffs, and buttons & their holes.
- Fabric you like (both the pattern / color & the feel of it)

What do you think?

Have you refashioned anything lately? Leave a link so we can all check it out!

Inspiration: Gap We Heart Outfits

Gap has a slew of lovely looks for fall. I love fall style. The reintroduction of layers, tights, and boots is always welcome. Here are a few notable inspiration looks.

And since we are talking Gap, here are my favorite finds in their sale section:

Spied: Softest Crew Neck Sweater + 20% Off

I've always been a sucker for an animal print. I try to stick to the leopard/cheetah varieties because I once heard Michael Kohrs say they were classic & wouldn't seem dated like a giraffe or zebra might in a few years. It seemed like a good guideline.

I have some leopard print shoes, but am dying to add some bigger scale items into the mix.  

Softest Crew-Neck Sweater - Old Navy - $23.95 $29.94

Old Navy is offering an extra 20% off all online purchases until the end of the day. Use coupon code ONTAKE20.

DIY: Cross Stitch Heart Sweater

Today's DIY is one of my favorites so far. I had a hankering for a heart sweater like this J.Crew option but couldn't stomach paying for it.

Click through for full instructions.

This Week

Every once in awhile, Tate will still fall asleep on my lap. 
I try to remind myself that I'm going to miss those cuddles someday.

Here are a few links to take you into the week:

These pants (in burgundy) are fab-fab-fabulous.
I am loving this leather strap tote DIY project.
I think these leather boots are dreamy.
This undone bun tutorial looks wonderfully easy.
I am loving the lines of this sweet geometric necklace.
I think the silhouette of this blouse is adorable.
I adored this post | you don't have to be pretty (via Kristyn).

It seems like most of our weekends are spent taking it easy & this one will be no different.
What are your weekend plans?

Spied: Faux-Lizard Pointed Flats

I went shopping this morning and stumbled on these perfect nude flats. Perfect color, perfect shape.
I want them - so much. Unfortunately they are sold out in my size.

Faux-Lizard Pointed Flats - Old Navy - $22.94

I would pay someone to buy them in a size 7 and send them to me. Just sayin'.

Sale: ASOS

ASOS has a big sale going on and I wanted to share my favorite finds:

1 - Bow Short Sleeve Blouse - $23.75 (Orig. $43.98)
2 - Pencil Skirt in Aztec Print - $21.99 (Orig. $31.66)
3 - Sweatshirt with Rocco Beads - $22.87 (Orig. $48.29)
4 - Skirt with Soft Pleats - $29.02 (Orig. $48.29)
5 - Woven T-Shirt With Leaf Floral Print - $34.30 (Orig. $48.29)
6 - Crepe Empire Peplum - $24.14 (Orig. $37.94)
7 - Blouse With Geo Print And Contrast Tie - $30.78 (Orig. $60.36)
8 - Oasis Exclusive Slash Neck Top With Animal Print - $19.35 (Orig. $37.9)
9 - Pencil Skirt in Chain Print - $18.47 (Orig. $31.66)

I am seriously in love with #5, and with free shipping & free returns I am really tempted to pull the trigger. Is anything tempting you?

Spied: Pleated Colorblock Midi Skirt

I spotted this sweet skirt at Forever 21 & wanted to share.

As I have mentioned F21 does a surprisingly good job of keeping modest skirts in stock.
Here is the latest batch (all under $30):

Today you can get free shipping (no minimum) at Forever 21 with the code COLUMBUS12 

Many of the skirts I have featured in the past are still in stock. 

This Week

Some pictures from this week:  

first cardigan of fall | crazy rainstorm
sunset | toddler meltdown

Here are a few links to take you into the week:

This midi skirt is the sweetest thing.
I am loving this clever shoe DIY project.
I think the print on this sweater is adorable.
This braided hair style ebook looks fabulous.
I am drawn to this budget friendly collar necklace.
I am loving the color (and price) of this coat.
I just devoured these two books (& am hunting for a new read).


 This is our church conference weekend.
Among other things, this means we get to sleep in and laze about on Sunday.
(I am unreasonably excited about that.)
What are your weekend plans?

Hair Inspiration: Braided

The creativity afforded to braided hair styles seems endless. If only I could figured out how to french braid on an angle (or upside down!) behind my head.

What do you think? Where are you looking for hair inspiration lately?

Follow my hair inspiration board on pinterest.

Spied: Odell Ballet Flat

Now that I am a mom, I have a healthy collection of heels that are gathering dust. I still love heels and break them out on Sundays and for special occasions, but in my day to day life flats are the way to go.

I have a pair of these in floral and they are the best thing ever.

Odell Ballet Flats in Cheetah - Target - $14.99
(also available in gold, mid-brown, glitter, black, and bronze)

I have long held a special place in my heart for cheetah and leopard prints. Somehow they can work as a neutral and provide some punch.

Here are a few of my other favorite animal print shoes right now:

Sale: 30% Off at Old Navy

Old Navy (as well as Gap and Banana Republic) is offering 30% off any purchase right now. Here are a few things I would snag with this fabulous promotion.

1 - Lightweight Crew-Neck Sweater - $17.50 (Orig. $26.94) (looks like this pricey J.Crew option)
2 - Sliver-Wedge Boots - $29.75 (Orig. $44.50)
3 - Button-Front Stretch Cardi - $17.46 (Orig. $24.94)
4 - Jersey Pencil Skirt - $17.46 (Orig. $24.94) {in plus}
5 - Peter-Pan Collar Wool-Blend Coat - $47.25 (Orig. $69.94) <--- this is a fabulous price
6 - Skinny Belt 2-Pack - $13.96 (Orig. $19.94)
7 - Classic Wool-Blend Coat - $36.75 (Orig. $54.94)
8 - Wingtip Flats - $17.46 (Orig. $24.94)
9 - Plaid Flannel Shirt - $12.25 (Orig. $17.50)

This is a great deal and especially good for buying outerwear. Just a heads up the rockstar pants are still on sale for $19, but aren't eligible for the extra discount. (Find them in solids, dots, & cords).

Make sure to use coupon code: THANKYOU at checkout. The deal ends tonight, so act fast.

Inspired: J.Crew Style Guide

J.Crew put out a new set of looks to love, and I think they are great dressing inspiration for fall.
Here are some noteworthy pairings (with my favorites marked with a *)

And since we are talking J.Crew, here are my favorite finds in their sale section:

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