No-Sew DIY High-Waisted Bikini

Last year I wrote a post on how to create your own high-waisted bikini. This post has become one of my favorites and most shared, but a lot of people were curious if there was a no-sew version. So after lots of glue research, I found a way to recreate this look without picking up a needle and thread. 

You'll need:

  • A one-piece suit (I found mine at Old Navy)
  • Fabric glue (I used Loctite)
  • Scissors
Step 1: Cut the one-piece suit an inch or two below the underwire.

Step 2: Fold the suit over and use your glue to adhere the fabric in place. If your suit has ruching on the sides you can use binder clips to hold it in place while it dries.

Step 3: Wait for your glue to dry and rock your new high-waisted bikini on the beach!

It’s awesome to see this flattering, vintage style becoming more popular and available in stores. If you’re not exactly the crafty type, here’s some of my favorite high-waisted bikinis from the 2015 swim season.
All Day Aquatics Swim Suit, ModCloth.

Out From Under Ruched High-Waist Bikini, Urban Outfitters.

Diamond Geo-Tribal Print High Waist Bikini, ASOS.

Let me now if you have any questions in the comments or via Twitter

No-Sew Heart Clutch DIY

Last week I showed you guys how to make an embellished tee with items from the clearance rack. I used the same approach with this no-sew heart clutch. I found the red purse at Old Navy for $5 and the black cosmetic bag at Forever 21 for $7. So for just over $10 I had a new purse, just in time for Valentine's Day. 

The best part about this DIY is that it's no-sew. I didn't bring my sewing machine out to Washington so I've been getting crafty with my glue gun.

Step 1 - Make a heart stencil
Step 2 - Trace your stencil
Step 3 - Cut out your heart
Step 4 - Glue that sucker on
Step 5 - Rock your new clutch

DIY Chain Embellished T-shirt

I'd been on the hunt for a tee with embellished shoulders for months without any luck so I decided to take matters into my own hands! Thanks to some discount jewelry from H&M and Forever 21, this only ended up costing $10 (shirt included). The clearance rack is one of my favorite places to shop for DIY projects. I also picked up a pair of white pleather shorts for another project I'm working on. Stay tuned to see what those will turn into!

All you'll need for this quick craft is a t-shirt, a cheap necklace, needle-nose pliers, scissors, a needle and thread. Simply shorten pieces of the necklace to your desired length, fasten together and sew onto the shoulders of the tee. Simple as that! 

DIY Halloween Costumes You'll Want to Wear Again

Are you guys as obsessed with ModCloth as I am? They recently published a post on how you can dress for Halloween if you don't like costumes. Personally, i LOVE costumes, but this inspired me to put together some costume ideas that don't make you feel like you're playing dress up. Bonus: You can totally wear these pieces again!

Looking for more ideas? Check out some of my favorites from last year. 

DIY No-Sew Felt Peter Pan Collar Necklace

Has anyone else been super into peter pan collars lately? Every time I browse ModCloth (which is EVERY day) I see another item with this vintage touch.

Revamp a simple neckline by adding a peter pan collar! All you'll need is some felt, ribbon and a glue gun. No sewing involved.

DIY Peter Pan Collar

Start by tracing the desired shape onto your felt. I did mine freehand but Angus Yornet has an easy pattern you can use. Then, adhere the ribbon with your glue gun. Guess what? That's it! I told you it was easy. Wear alone or add a broach like I did above.

DIY Peter Pan Collar

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-piece 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 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!