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It’s been a while since I have posted a DIY project. (For my regular followers, I heard that, it’s been a while since you’ve posted at all….fair, fair :) ) 

I’ve got to say - I.LOVE.rompers. It’s like a stylish onsie for adults! Throw on a romper + right shoe + a few accessories and you look fantastic for day or night. 

With the renewed popularity of rompers over the last few years - you can snag one for under $20 from H&M or  Forever 21. However, if you’re anything like me- like a jealous lover, you cringe at the idea of encountering your onesie draped across the body of another and conversely crave the feeling in which you know that you are wearing a rare or even one-of-a-kind piece. My shallow pockets and lust for originality dovetail well with the art of thrifting. 

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Last year, my local thrift shop was doing a sale in which I got 3 jumpsuits (long pants rompers) for $10 each (only have 1 before shot-sorry! The other suit I had cut by the sales clerk…which was dumb because he didn’t cut it even). They were wild, super 80s, intense and I loved it. As you can see from the picture above, sometimes you got to trust your gut and see through the ugly.

Here is how I transformed them into cute modern rompers:

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Cookout attire. All items purchased this summer.

  • Crop top - TJ Maxx - $7
  • Patterned shorts - TJ Maxx - $13
  • Sandals - Rainbow - $20

Total Look: $40

Future posts to come about tips and tricks to bargain shopping.

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This week, I did a funky little style that is SUPER VERSATILE. I got 4 styles out of this which means easy transitioning for the week.

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I’m back! It was a sprint to the graduation finish line and I am proud to say I have a little bit of alphabet soup now following my name! I am incredibly blessed to have a loving and supportive family and a God that brought me through. Some days…it was questionable but I made it!

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I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, despite what this blog seems to portray about my hair game… I actually wear my hair in protective styles 5 out of 7 days of the week…probably even more depending. My go-to style is a high bun, typically accessorized with a headband or head scarf.

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Yours truly has not seen the inside of a gym/donned a workout getup in several months. So I haven’t been stretching or working out much of anything except for my hair… 

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Freeddoommm! I was snowed in all day yesterday- like many of you all. Besides having my productivity sucked by tumblr, facebook and other internet distractions, I did manage to redeem the day by cooking dinner for the week and washing my hair. I decided to take advantage of the inside time by doing a bantu knot out on my freshly washed hair. (FYI: Bantu knots take FOREVER to dry). I learned a few valuable lessons that I’d like to share with you - things you all may or may not already know. 

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Meant to post this on Friday but things got busy! Post below:

I’m on the couch as the last bit of sunlight trickles into my living room. Through gchat my friend aptly pointed out to me that it’s Friday and we just got paid (graduate stipend. dont get too excited) and she proceeded to send me this little gem

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It doesn’t have to break the bank to feel like the fliest person in the room.

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                 Circa 2008

Background: Just a 20-something year old that loves fashion and funk but also likes the idea of having a retirement account in the future. 

My mother is a woman with extravagant tastes and I never quite understood it. As I grew older I began to grasp the nuances of her childhood, her humble beginnings and the impact that those experiences had on her. As a result my mother prefers to have the best quality things, while I, on the other hand couldn’t be bothered. I enjoy the hunt of bargain shopping. Now that I am a bit older, quality does play into my purchases as well - however it is possible to buy quality goods at significantly lower prices!

At this point, I feel that I have a good handle on the art of bargain shopping and styling/maintaining my natural hair- which is a mix of psychology, practicality, and budgeting. By following this blog, you will be able to get ideas on how to look great without having to spend a lot of money.

So what can you expect from DoingItOnABudget.tumblr.com?

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You know what word I’m talking about. We all want to be it, we all want to exude it, right? Hmm sort of. Growing up, I was always the tomboy. I literally would eye items in my brother’s closet, anxious for him to outgrow them so I could wear them to school. The baggier the better was my rule of thumb. My mom’s constant gripe with me was, “Where’s your pocketbook? A young lady should have her pocketbook.” I guess carrying my wallet in my pocket didn’t count as “lady-like.” Even though I eventually grew out of my tomboy-ishness, being sexy still wasn’t really my forte, at least not in the way that I saw women doing it on TV.

I have since been able to find 5 simple ways to be sexy, without feeling like that girl. You know who I’m talking about. 

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