Repurpose My Mom’s Sweater to A Sweater Dress

Repurpose My Mom’s Sweater to A Sweater Dress

Last Friday I was over my parent’s house to visit. You can find me over there every weekend lol. Anyway, my mom walks into the kitchen and ask me try on something.  She always has something for me trying on, why?! Most of time I not willing to try on anything. Something about just makes me so tired. For some reason my mom always have a few things for me try on when I come over. It starts off by her showing me the clothes she bought from her beloved Burlington, the store.  Next thing I know she is making me trying on a top or three lol. I think this has become a tradition between us girls, maybe this how we bond idk.  If it something that she doesn’t like or think it would look nice on me, she will have me try it on. If I like/ love it then I take it home.

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FashionLayn’s Outfit Deets..

So I tried on this long sleeve zip front sweater.  I was in love. The way it hugged my body, the color, and the “femme” graphics around the sleeves and the hem was everything. I decided that this sweater was no longer going to be sweater, but for me it was going to be bomb sweater dress.  I gave it a new PURPOSE, granted my mom had this sitting in her closet for awhile now. It is giving me sass, class, and lots fun. My mom started smiling and patting herself on the back. She stated, ” I can be your new stylist…You owe me $20 bucks for the sweater.  SMH oh mom! Gotta love her.

This sweater worked so well for me because of my height.  I am on the short side so it was able to pull over my butt. Now on the pictures it might appear short, however I am able to bend down without giving everyone a peep show for free. Because this dress was serving all the sass, I could not help but think I was Parisian girl. (Side note: this is not Parisian fashion at all) I’ll be honest because it said “femme”, origin French word for woman or wife, had me feeling like I was French. It led me to add my beret. So I pair this sweater with my red beret from H&M and red circle cross body. I love to add pop of color to all my black and white outfits. Since it is the holiday day season why not add red to mix. Red, white, and black compliment each other so.

For the sweater it ran my mother $20 bucks. It came off the clearance rack at Burlington, so this is a steal for this On Twelfth brand. If you want you can wear this sweater with opaque tights, or faux leather leggings. The other thing I love about this sweater that you can take it from noon to night. It is just that versatile.

So go through you closet. Take out some of things that you don’t wear and see how you can repurpose it, or give away to someone that can give it new PURPOSE like I did.

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On Twelfth “Femme” Long Sleeve Front Zipper Sweater// Burlington (Similar) (Similar) (Similar Length) (Similar Length)

Red Wool Beret// H&M (Similar)

Black Over the Knee Boot// Lane Bryant (Similar)

Red Circle Bag with Black Tassel // Mpulse Boutique (Similar)

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Location: Detroit MI

Photographer: My Mom


What are some of your ways to repurpose  your wardrobe

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Casual Thanksgiving Outfit from Ferne Boutique

Casual Thanksgiving Outfit from Ferne Boutique

Hey y’all, how was your weekend? I know for me I had a blast with my mom. My mom and I went to Campus Martius in Downtown Detroit this weekend to take a look at the Christmas tree. Around this time of year the heart of Detroit is lit by big ole evergreen tree from up north. The tree, in my opinion, is more beautiful then the year before. After the tree we took pictures, drank hot cocoa, played card games and went up and down Woodward and shopped down. THATS WHAT WE DO! We love to have fun. Anyway, speaking of the Christmas tree, it always puts me in the holiday day mood each time. Can you believe it, Thanksgiving is on the cusp. Time really flies when your having a good time. I am so ready for all the good food. (I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes…. YOU NAME IT !) Lol I had too. Do you know what you are wearing for Thanksgiving?. With all the food and indulging more and more I like to keep my outfit simple, casual, and COMFORTABLE. I need all the room for my stomach . LOL In this post I will be showing off a chunky knit sweater that I believe is the comfort and cute approach to the holidays.

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Fainting at the site of the Thanksgiving chicken coming out of the oven..LOL 

FashionLayn’s Outfit Deets…..

So a week ago I found myself at Ferne Boutique for an event with Femology. It was a networking event that turn into a shopping extravaganza. Ferne Boutique is a women own business that provides ladies with contemporary clothing and accessories.  Laura, owner of Ferne, is living her dream. Before I go any further, Ferne is plus size friendly y’all. They have a really nice quality collection online too.  While I was there my eye was caught by a mustard color sweater.  Mustard is my favorite color for the fall and winter. It was calling my name …LITERALLY . Before I knew it I was striking poses and voguing in the mirror with the sweater. I think I looked at this sweater 5 times and finally I caved in.

This sweater can be describes as a mustard color sweater with a distressed hem and cable knit stitching style. I am living so much for this sweater because this is exactly what I am looking for when I say comfortable.  It is soft, chunky, warm and over sized one size fit kinda of sweater. I have to say what really pulled me in was the distressed hem and crop like style.  What I really loved the most is that it can easily hide my stomach after I had my extra helping of dressing. LOL  To keep this outfit on the comfortable size I paired the sweater with a stretchy pair of thick black leggings for movement. Lastly to finish off the look I added  my triple buckle ankle boots (my favs), silver/gun metal accent earrings, and pair of yellow tinted sunglasses with black rim.   Little sidenote: If you want to turn up the heat on this look, instead of basic leggings… add a faux leather leggings and nice heel  to top it off.  

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For this sweater it ran me $54 dollars. Everything else that was added to bring this outfit together, came from my closest.  I do think the sweater is a bit pricey side.  I prefer to spend $54 dollars on complete look. HOWEVER, I do not mind spending money on quality clothing. I mention before on previous blog post that it is okay to splurge on quality clothing that you know it going to last and timeless. That is just my opinion.

Ferne Boutique was giving me all the tea on the latest contemporary  fall /winter styles. If you find yourself in Detroit or Bay City, MI do not hesitate to stop by the store.  Say HI to Laura and her staff. Have fun ! The different pieces in the store are amazing. Also, if you can’t make it to Michigan, thats okay- you can always do a little online shopping !

Distressed Hem Sweater// Ferne Boutique (One Size)

Black Leggings// Burlington (Old)

Ankle Boots// Forever21 (Similar) (Similar Wide Fit)

Here is list of similar sweaters.

  1. Distressed Hem Sweater// Ferne Boutique (S-L).
  2. V Neck Raw Cut Trim Sweater// SHEIN (Plus)
  3. Drop Shoulder Distressed Sweater// SHEIN
  4. Raw Cut Trim Solid Sweater// SHEIN (Plus)

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Location: The Belt- Downtown Detroit

Photographer: Mom – Special shout out to her ! Love her so much !


What is your go to outfit for the holidays ?

My go to outfit is always a oversized sweater + leggings + boots 🙂

Let me know below in the comments section. We are friends you can tell me ?

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You Better Slay with yo Single Self

You Better Slay with yo Single Self

Love Letter to my Readers 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m going to keep this post simple and straight to the point. Love yourself. I use to dread Valentine’s Day. Nobody special to share it with …. oh and look all the gifts on the timeline.. logs off. I learn over time that I should not be bitter. I can celebrate too. What I take from Valentine’s Day is love. Not love for a lover or a significant other. Simply love for myself. I love me and everything that makes me … me! I have stated countless time before you can’t expect to love someone else when you don’t love yourself. It’s the  truth sis ! It not easy. I have bad days sometimes but I don’t let my bad days define Alayna ! So don’t speak down on you.  Love you and everything that makes you…you! Had to say it a second time. So slay the day hun ! Love on yourself . Hug yourself . Tell yourself your beautiful ! Change the narrative on yourself ! Speak kind words to yourself! Shower yourself with Valentines today and everyday because you are a gem that can’t be replace.

“The way you speak to yourself matters”.

On the Fashion tip

As always I stick with a casual look. You know me and I have to say how I am feeling on my graphic tees. I swear I going to put this look to rest. Graphic tees are my favorite with a skirt!.

I really want to highlight the mini skirt. The skirt was my favorite piece out of the whole outfit. The plaid print is a step in the right directions for spring. I can’t wait for the weather to break !

Of course to complete the look I had to add my heart crossover to the mix.

Glen Plaid Mini Skirt//Forever21 SHOP NOW

Future is for Girl Graphic Tee// Forever21 SHOP NOW

Heart shape crossover// Forever21 SIMILAR

 

So with all that being said love yourself. You do not need to wait around to receive love when all you have to do is show yourself some love.

love you.

Alayna

Location: Northville, MI

Special Thanks to Richelle, the photograher, she is amazing ! Always come through for me !

**Feature Photos Credit- Richelle Marie Photography IG: @richellemariephoto 

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I’m Over it !!

I’m Over it !!

ITS BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS… EVERYWHEREEEE YOUUU GOOOOO !!! LOL AND DAMN I AM SO OVER THE HOLIDAYS … Sounds like a big contradiction.

Happy Holidays everyone! We are in  the last stretch y’all and I am so ready for this year to be over with. I am so over this year I believe I have gotten all that I needed out of it, and yess the last quarter of this year romped my ass. Lets keep it real all the things  that I had under control earlier on this year has knock me down hard.  Face plank.  2 weeks before Christmas and I still have not gotten a single thing for my family and my job constantly ask for us to donate to every cause.  I’ve been broke and I’m still broke, my blood pressure is bs, my anxiety will never leave me alone., and Sallie Mae can get these hands lol Why !!!!!  breathe !!!  No more giving up all of my energy.

Whatever happened over this past year, be thankful for where it brought you. Where you are is where you’re meant to be. – Mandy Hale

So 2018 is the year of the come up. No more feeling sorry for myself.  No more over analyzing people. NO more !! Its the year that I want to get better emotionally and get my pockets straight.  Think positive thoughts! Glow up spiritually. Be prepared. This is my problem not be prepared.

Besides all of that I have to always put things into perspective during the holiday. Even if money is low or whatever the case may be, you are well and you get another year with your family and the people that really care about. Like that is the holiday, you get to spend time with your love ones.  So don’t be grinch about the bs . Life is b word sometimes and she loves to show up at the worst time.  Its life and you are where you need to be. Get prepare to make a comeback.

IF YOU DONT WANNA HERE MY LITTLE RANT AND JUST HERE FOR THE FASHION SCROLL ALL THE WAY TO BOTTOM…. ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES 🙂

Photos by Richelle Marie Photography  Always a special thanks to her! She always come through. Awesome friend and I not sure what I would do with out her.
IG: @richellemariephotos

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ON THE FASHION TIP:

Dress: Red Dress from DebShops (old) (Similar Buy)

Coat: Yellow Pea coat// Old Navy (old) (Simliar Buy)

Scarf: Black Red Green Scarf// Forever 21 (old)

Boots: Thigh High Boots// Lane Bryant  (Link) (Similar Buy) (Similar Buy)

(Sidenote: I got this whole outfit out of closest… No money to stunt on the blog right now lol)

Have an Happy Holidays everyone !!!