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Sometimes when I'm shopping at the mall or online, I come across pieces that I become crazy about - but I'm not crazy about the price tag. This was the case with this SIR The Label jumpsuit. It retails for $250 and that's at least $200 more than I'm willing to spend on a jumpsuit I'd probably wear twice. 
Instead of sulking over the fact that I would never actually spend that much money on an item of clothing (although it is CUTE), I decided to take my sewing machine out of retirement and attempt to recreate it! I added my own twist to the suit by adding a cut out in the front, made it fit a bit more snug, and finally extended the leg length a few inches. I bought two yards of this fabric from my local fabric store for a grand total of $3.98 plus tax. I had a black invisible zipper at home from a previous fabric store trip, as well as black thread. 
As you all know, I have a degree in Marketing, not Fashion Design so I had to improvise a bit on this one. I began by watching a million tutorials on YouTube on how to make high rise wide leg pants (because obvs don't remember how to make pants from that one class I took Sophomore year of high school). I eventually gave up and found a pair in my closet and made a quick pattern by tracing out the front and back sides on some pattern paper - remembering to add seam allowance! For the top half, I went back to YouTube and found a few tutorials and freehanded a pattern for the top which ended up looking like misshapen triangles. I spent a lot of time measuring and re-measuring before and after cutting the fabric. I eventually changed the shape of the top because I wanted to show a bit more cleavage (lol who doesn't?). I assembled it all, and this was my final result! I'm absolutely crazy about it and I know a few things I would alter next time I try to make a jumpsuit (i.e. a little more wiggle room in the butt area).
Shout out to my sister, Ahleya, for giving me this genius idea for a blog series! 
SIR The Label Jumpsuit = $250
My DIY = $4.37
What have you seen in stores that you'd rather DIY than buy?
x Alicia 

Jacket - Gap | Dress (similar) - XXI | Necklace - Twelve Oh Six | Shoes - Zara 
I spotted this jacket in the mens section of Gap and I knew I needed to have it. It offers a nice casual vibe to any look like your S.O. gave you his jacket because you got cold. Yeah, that's the whole scenario I saw in my mind when I first tried on this jacket. And these shoes? I went back to Zara to buy them because I couldn't stop thinking about them. They were worth every penny. 
What's your favorite part about this look? I can't decide!
x Alicia 

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What's your favorite Glossier product?
x Alicia

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I love a light, fresh makeup look in the springtime, but sometimes I want to have a bit of fun and add some color to my face. This is definitely my go-to look to add a bit of drama and it only takes 20 minutes! You can check out the video on my YouTube channel, and don't forget to subscribe while you're at it. ;)

What is your go-to spring makeup look? 

x Alicia