A designer belt is a great way to posh up a bread and butter outfit. The last two designer belts I've purchased was a GG Gucci belt from an outlet mall...
...and the one I most recently bought is a black elastic Prada waist belt for under $40 off Poshmark!
The thing these belts both have in common is that they were wayyy too big when I originally bought them. You can get a lot of clothing items altered, but the great thing about belts is that they are so easy to alter yourself, or super cheap to take into a cobbler! The Gucci belt was way too long, so I took it into a shoe cobbler who only charged me $5 to add a couple more holes and trim the end of the belt off.
The Prada belt consists of an elastic piece that I had to take about six inches of material away from. I didn't want to actually cut up the elastic band in the event I wanted to do anything different with the belt in the future (or gained weight lol) so what I did is, I sewed u where I would want the belt to end with dental floss, then sewed down the ends for a cleaner look. Almost looks like a bow!
A great way to find some killer designer deals is to start looking outside your usual size!
I would say that outside of The Office, my favorite thing to watch is a good true crime documentary. There are the big docs like Conversations with a Killer and Making a Murderer that get a lot of hype, but I've stumbled upon lesser known docs that are also chilling and eye opening! Keep scrolling to see some of my favorite underrated true crime documentaries.
The Case Against Adnan Syed
This doc follows the appeal process of Adnan Syed, who is convicted of killing his high school ex-girlfriend.
Theres Something Wrong With Aunt Diane
When Diane Schuler is found to have a high blood alcohol content after driving the wrong way on the highway, killing herself and the children in her car, the warning signs and possible motives are explored.
Reflections Of The Past
Two teenage girls in New Zealand during the 1950s become obsessed with each other, and when threatened with separation, turn to murder.
I Love You Now Die
This documentary explores the culpability of teenager Michelle Carter for egging on her boyfriend to suicide, and where responsibility and blame should fall.
The Most Dangerous Animal Of All
When a man who was adopted as a baby is reconnected with his birth mother, he learns many details that lead him to believe his dad may have been the famous bay area Zodiac Killer.
Abducted In Plain Sight
A neighbor worms his way into the trust of the family next door, which ultimately leads to him kidnapping their adolescent daughter TWICE.
I was young when the Amanda Knox trial came about, so this documentary was interesting to see all the details and ways the Italian police messed up the investigation.
Evil Genius: The True Story of Americas Most Diabolical Bank Heist
Also known as the "collar bomb" case, this doc explores the bizarre bank robbery that ended with the death of the "robber" after a collar he was wearing exploded.
When his wife is found dead at the bottom of the stairs, the husband is the main suspect, but there are a lot of interesting turns and theories.
God Knows Where I Am
When a woman is found starved to death in an abandoned house, her diary reveal her tragic final months.
Honestly, when I first starting seeing the distressed shoe trend around, I was like no way, I am not going to invest this fleeting trend. But then it started to stick around, and I honestly started to love the look more and more. HOWEVER - I am not spending $500 on an intentionally worn out pair of shoes...
I set an alert on Mercari (a site similar to eBay where people sell their stuff!) to let me know when Golden Goose sneakers in my size are listed, and when I got an alert and saw they were only $100 - I bought them right away! Most of these selling sites protect you against counterfeit items - ie if the seller says they are real and you receive them and find they are not, you can return them and get your money back no prob - but you have to know what to look for. If you are searching for your own pair, keep scrolling to find out some tips to authenticate your Golden Goose sneakers!
As with authenticating most designer items, stitching is an important detail to look at. Specifically on Golden Goose sneakers, an area where counterfeits often miss stitching detail is the rectangle below the laces. The lines should be straight and make a perfect symmetrical rectangle.
Another area of stitching to inspect is the seam on the back of the shoe. Make sure the stitching is straight and the stitches are a consistent size.
The triple dots on the side of the shoe is an important detail to look for on Golden Goose Superstar sneakers. The dots should be the same size, consistently spaced, and at an angle.
Often, counterfeit GG Superstars will have stitching that does meet the ends of the stars, therefore allowing wrinkling and rolling of the edges of the stars.
Scuffing is a signature of Golden Goose sneakers. However, the scuffing should look "real". There should not be a system to the distress. Make sure the scuffing is inconsistent through out the whole shoe.
There are a couple areas on GG SS sneakers that have words and letters, including the side (GGDB SSTAR), the back (Golden Goose), the tongue (GGDB Made in Italy) and the soles (Superstar Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Venezia). Make sure the font and spacing are consistent throughout, and that the shoes include all these details.
Before I found my GG sneakers secondhand, I also had a dupe pair. (Dupes are similar styles that don't try to pass for the originals, ie logos and brand name -- these are counterfeits!) For being so cheap, they were not cheaply made! I still have and wear them, and they have held up so well! Below are a dupe pair that are only $21 + have free shipping!
Below are a couple options if you are looking for a pair of secondhand GG sneakers. Not all are superstars, but all are under $130! Just click directly on the pic to shop.
This bathroom has been under construction since we moved into our home IN NOVEMBER. It required a complete overhaul, including moving walls and pipes. For being such a small space, it has been the most demanding and time consuming room to remodel. Get this - there was a time when there was NO tub/shower, NO sink, and we had our dishwasher taped to the toilet. #strugglebus
The original bathroom was much smaller, had a weird (and painful to walk on) rock floor, and was GREEN.
As far as the work we (mostly hubs) did ourselves, we ripped up the floor, patched the cracking walls, painted, laid new floor and baseboards, installed new vanity & toilet, added a fan/heater, swapped out the light fixture, updated existing outlets with GFCI, created two new outlets, and updated hardware.
We had our contractor move the wall with the window back about 5 feet to create space for the shower, removed the tub, and basically built and tiled the entire shower. The old bathroom ended where the new shower starts now. I can't believe the single bathroom in this house was so small!
The vanity and sink we bought from Ikea. We had originally wanted a double sink, but this big single bowl was on clearance and we just couldn't justify spending hundreds more for a split bowl and an extra hole for the faucet. But in all honestly we are rarely trying to use the sink at the same time, so no biggie!
All the shower materials (tiles & shower doors) were bought from Lowes. I love the shower, but one thing I would've changed would be to have used white grout on the walls vs the black grout. I think the black grout turned out great with the tiles on the floor and in the shelf, but for the walls the black grout just magnifies any imperfection with the tiles.
This is the same shower panel we had actually bought for our first house, and we knew we absolutely wanted the same one for our new shower. All the nozzles are great, and it also has a waterfall feature.
A lot of the hardware we bought for the bathroom was through Amazon (they often had the cheapest prices!) plus they shipped so quick. One thing we found that ended up saving us a lot of money on the remodel is that a lot of items on Amazon have the option to buy returned/open box items. But they aren't items that were returned for being broken/defective. We did this for the shower panel, and ended up saving $100!
Thanks so much for reading, I can't believe we are finally to a point where I can even share a corner of the bathroom! If you have any remodeling experience or tips, help a sister out in the comments below!
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