DIY High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms (+ Tankini Revamp)

High-waisted bikinis are making a comeback this year! Before you head to the mall or purchase online, consider revamping an old one-piece you already have.

All you need is an old suit or two, your machine (or you can hand stitch) and half an hour.

DIY High-Waisted Swim Suit

Simply cut your one-pice horizontally, pin and zig-zag stitch (to account for the stretch). If your suit doesn't have much stretch left you'll want to insert elastic or add darts. Do the same for the top and voilà

DIY High-Waisted Swim Suit


Simple Ways to Save on Travel

Do you have champagne travel taste and a beer budget? Then keep reading. I've compiled a list of tips to help you save on your next trip.



1. Student Universe isn't JUST for students
Did you know you that Student Universe offers discounted flights for youth (16 - 25), adults and faculty? I saved over $300 on my trip to Madrid last fall by booking with Student Universe! They also offer travel insurance which might seem costly upfront but will likely benefit you in the long run. 

2. Ask for a better rate.
I'm not joking. Get a deal on a last minute hotel room simply by asking for a better rate. The last time I booked a hotel I asked for the price on a specific room. I was told $179. I knew since the hotel wasn't at capacity they'd probably be willing to negotiate. I asked every so sweetly, is that your best rate? The clerk came back with $139!

3. Use public transportation
Rental car fees and taxi fares can add up quickly. Explore a new city by bus or metro and you'll feel more like a local while saving green and living green.

4. Bring friends
Split the gas money and hotel rate 4 ways. Sure you might be packed like sardines in the back seat, but it'll only make for better memories.

5. Sign up for fare alerts
Sites like airfarewatchdog.com will send you emails when fares to your favorite destinations drop. You can also search for flights within a range of dates to find the lowest possible price.

And don't forget: You can always make money. You can't always make memories. 

11 DIYs to try in 2014


2013 was such a busy year for me. I felt like I never had time to craft. Taking the time to be creative is something I need to do more often, that’s why one of my New Year’s resolutions is to DIY more. Here’s a list of the 11 projects I can’t wait to try this year.


#1 DIY Button Earrings
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
Not only are these adorable, they're also super easy and inexpensive to make. Claire from Fellow Fellow will show you how!


#2 DIY Glitter Banner
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
I actually started on this project already - way to not procrastinate! I'm doing wanderlust, but you can do whatever word or phrase your heart desires.


#3 Luxe Headband
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
P.S. I made this... always has the best projects.


#4  DIY Workout Headband
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
Better make this since another resolution of mine is to hit the gym more!


#5 Handmade Painted Mugs
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
Plain mugs + acrylic paint + 300 degrees = personalized gifts for all.
Tutorial by MerricksArt.


#6 Map Platter
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
Another easy DIY from P.S. I made this...


#7 Positivity Jar
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
Each day write down something that inspired or motivated you and place it in the jar. Get started on this one right away! 


#8 Gold and Glitter Dipped Feathers
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
I still have no idea what I would do with these, but I can figure that out later. Tutorial by Copenhaven.


#9 Hollow Book Jewelry Box
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
The best place to hide something is in plain sight. Keep your jewelry or other valuables safe in a hollow book.


#10 Heart Tights
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
I'm loving these DIY Valentines tights


#11 Decoupaged Glassware
11 DIY projects to try in 2014 - Budget Bliss Blog
You can decoupage on glass? YUP. I have a feeling this will become my new obsession. 


Hope this post inspired you to create something (or at least pin something to make later)! What projects are you looking forward to in 2014?

LOT 2029 Giveaway

Happy Monday! As you know I'm a huge fan of LOT 2029 and their frugal fashions. They were sweet enough to send me a $50 gift card to give away to one lucky reader! The best part? Almost everything in their store is under $50.



Here's how to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me what you'd spend the gift card on.
2. Share this blog post on Twitter or Facebook and tag @LOT2029.

Entries will be taken from November 11th through November 27th, just in time for your Small Business Saturday shopping. Good luck everyone!


***Congratulations to our winner, Emily Zaun!***


Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

With Halloween right around the corner it's time you choose your fate - I mean your costume. But in all seriousness choosing your costume can be a big deal, especially if you are on a budget. Why not create your costumes out of clothing you already own? Or at least pieces you'll wear again? Here's three easy looks you can create for cheap.

Steal Mary Poppin's style with these pieces from Forever 21.


Get Audrey Hepburn's New York look with a tank dress, collared necklace, and heels from ASOS. Add a pair of shades and a cigarette holder and you're ready for a costume party!



Another quick costume? Sandy from Grease. You probably have most of these items in your closet but if not Charlotte Russe has them for cheap! 


Hopefully this post got your creative juices flowing! What are you going to be this year? Tell me in the comments below!


Who isn't obsessed with Mindy?

If you know me you know I have a huge girl crush on Mindy Kaling. Specifically her character in the Mindy Project, Dr. Lahiri. Her quirky one-liners and her shameless love of food and romantic comedies make my heart skip a beat.

So just in case you are as obsessed with Mindy as I am and want to dress exactly like her I've provided a budget style guide to tonight's episode "The Other Dr. L."

While attempting to move the new Dr. L out of her office Mindy rocks this amazing Diane von Furstenberg dress and star print blouse. 


To get this look for less pair this starry top (Forever 21, $13.99) with ASOS pencil dress with ponte panels ($44.72.) 


Mindy's shawl collared leather jacket is one of my favorite pieces she's worn, too bad it's $900!

Luckily you can buy a similar Jack by BB Dakota jacket and a River Island cut out bodycon dress for 10% of the price of that jacket!

And last but not least, Mindy's look from the opening scene:

All you need is a can of Reddi-Wip!


Now go out an rep your new Mindy style!

Kittson Opens on Main

A couple months ago I mentioned that Kittson was coming to Fargo and since that day I've been stalking their Facebook page, waiting for them to announce their grand opening. Today is finally that day!

Kittson Fargo

Located at 610 Main Ave (next to LOT 2029), Kittson carries fun and trendy pieces with skinny price tags! From bold statement pieces to simple tees and tanks, Kittson has something for everyone. Currently they have a lot of maxi dresses and fun jewelry, but tomorrow could be another story as they receive new items daily. I saw a lot of cute things today, but I think this Paint splattered dress ($42) was my favorite:

Kittson Fargo

It's so exciting to see more and more shops popping up downtown...and just in time for the street fair! What other new shops have you checked out lately?