Sunday, October 7, 2012

Building A Wardrobe- Day #5- Your Body

I am so excited to start the 31 days of building a wardrobe on a budget series.  I am linking up with the Nesting Place.  Many bloggers are taking the challenge also! Visit the Nesting Place and check out the many topics.  There are seriously 100s!

DAY #3- Accessories

We have a cleaned closet, our shoes are clean, accessories are organized, we have our wardrobe catalog started and we have some great outfit inspirations.  What is next???

One of the most important parts of building a wardrobe is to know you body type and how to dress it.  Every woman is shaped different and our clothes are different.  I will tell you I am between a 18-20 with a 28inch inseam.  Yeah.. find that!! :)

I have found a couple GREAT resources for finding your body shape. 

#1- Use the Body Shape Calculater from
       You will need your body measurements
#2- Find out your body shape from Shape Guide

Once you have your body type take a looksy around the internet for the best clothing.  

Example:  I am a apple. Shirts with long necklines, empire waist and I need to be conscious of my broad shoulders.  I have been blessed with AWESOME broad shoulders but I don't want to look like a line backer. :)

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @mandyjeanchic
Instagram and Twitter are definitely more interactive for me.  I think I maybe obsessed.



Saturday, October 6, 2012

Building a Wardrobe- Day #4- Your Style

I am so excited to start the 31 days of building a wardrobe on a budget series.  I am linking up with the Nesting Place.  Many bloggers are taking the challenge also! Visit the Nesting Place and check out the many topics.  There are seriously 100s!

DAY #3- Accessories

After spending 3 days cleaning, purging and organizing whats next??? What do you do with this new clothing catalog or list??  

Take a look at your clothing.  Do you have a style??  Are you a boho princess?? a glamazon??? a chic and traditional gal??? 

The next step in this wardrobe journey is to try and find your style. I HIGHLY recommend creating a pinterest pinboard for your style.  Pin all the current outfits you love and take a look.   I actually separated my boards by season and function.  

Another idea is to google "fashion style" or "style quiz".  These can help you organize some outfit ideas.

My style is VERY ecclectic.  I love jeans and flowy tops but I will put on a dress and heels in a minute!  I love bright loud colors but I will wear a black dress with pearls any day.  

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @mandyjeanchic
Instagram and Twitter are definitely more interactive for me.  I think I maybe obsessed.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Building a Wardrobe- Day #3- Accessories

I am so excited to start the 31 days of building a wardrobe on a budget series.  I am linking up with the Nesting Place.  Many bloggers are taking the challenge also! Visit the Nesting Place and check out the many topics.  There are seriously 100s!


Am I the only chick with tangled necklaces, bracelets I wear once and can not find and don't even get my started on my purses and scarves...  

Day #3 of this building a wardrobe series is to clean out and organize your accessories. This is the last part of cleaning out your closet.  Now the fun really begins!!  

#1- Jewelry
  1. Untangle and clean ALL jewelry
  2. Decide what pieces to keep and which to donate or sell
  3. Catalog all jewelry or add it to your list
#2- Scarves and Hats
  1. Spot clean or dry clean all scarves, hats and other accessories.  Make sure you follow the tags for cleaning instructions. 
  2. Decide what pieces to keep and which to donate or sell
  3. Catalog all accessories or add them to your list
#3- Purses
  1. Grabbing your shoe cleaning kits, clean all your purses.  Clean out all pockets, spot clean stains, treat scuff marks.  Before using any product on your purses check  your tags!
  2. Decide what pieces to keep and which to donate or sell
  3. Catalog all purses or add them to your list
Sorry this post is so to the point today.  My family is coming into town and we are heading down to Lincoln County, New Mexico for a few days.  EXCITED!!!!! Follow me on Instagram @mandyjeanchic for pictures!  Lincoln County is Billy the Kid Territory

  Maybe I should do a post about packing :)  Don't worry though I have the next few days of posts ready to go :) :) 

Friday is a giveaway day!!!!!!!!!!!!! We ALL could use this in our closet.  :)  

Thursday- What to do with our lists or clothing catalogs 
Friday- GIVEAWAY!!!  
Saturday- Finding your style
Sunday- Weekend Essentials
Monday- Work Essentials

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @mandyjeanchic
Instagram and Twitter are definitely more interactive for me.  I think I maybe obsessed.

Thanks to day #2 I found these shoes I had stuffed in my closet!  I haven't worn them in years!!

OOTD 10/3/12

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Building a Wardrobe- Day #2- Shoes Shoes Shoes

I am so excited to start the 31 days of building a wardrobe on a budget series.  I am linking up with the Nesting Place.  Many bloggers are taking the challenge also! Visit the Nesting Place and check out the many topics.  There are seriously 100s!


The next step in building your wardrobe is just as important as cleaning and organizing your closet.  You need to clean your shoes, organizing your accessories and under garments. 

#1- Shoes Shoes Shoes
I am a shoe-a-holic.  I love shoes! Shoes are like a finishing touch to an outfit.  The right shoes can make anything work!  
  1. Create a shoe repair and cleaning kit
    1. Repair- glue, laces, small clamps, small screw driver.  The easiest thing to do is buy a repair kit online.  I have one for leather, canvas and for soles. 
    2. Cleaning kit- Again.. easiest is to buy a kit online.  Important to have one for leather and one for other shoes.
  2. Remove ALL shoes from closet
    1. Check each shoes over.  Look for scuffs, loose soles, tears, or anything you can repair
  3. Clean each shoes
    1. Clean inside with a disinfecting wipe or cleaner
    2. Wipe down outside of the shoe and clean
  4. Make any repairs
Check out this great article about Shoe Repair from Your Daily Muse

After cleaning and repair all of your shoes make sure to add them to your catalog or list. 

What do you do if your shoe has a repair you can not make or the shoe is dated???? Check out this shoe refashion tips!!  Also follow my "A New Shoe to You" board on Pinterest HERE
DIY Colored SolesDIY Colored Soles from FashionLushXX

Do you have a DIY shoe project??? If so send me a link before and I would LOVE to check them out! 

Day #3 of Building a Wardrobe on a budget will be accessories!  :) 

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @mandyjeanchic
Instagram and Twitter are definitely more interactive for me.  I think I maybe obsessed.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Building a Wardrobe- Day #1- Cleaning Out Your Closet

I am so excited to start the 31 days of building a wardrobe on a budget series.  I am linking up with the Nesting Place.  Many bloggers are taking the challenge also! Visit the Nesting Place and check out the many topics.  There are seriously 100s!

Building a functional wardrobe is not easy.  We wear many hats in our day to day life and your clothes should reflect that.  For example I have a 8 to 4 office job, I go shooting and 4x4ing on the weekend, I work at many of the dog adoption events around Albuquerque and I LOVE LOVE LOVE fashion.  Talk about a eclectic wardrobe!

Before you grab your essentials list you need to see what you already have.  The easiest way to do this is to empty out your closet.

Empty out ONLY your clothing first
#1-Grab 3 decent size boxes, bins or even bags.  Label this FIX, DONATE/SELL, and CLEAN.
#2- As you are pulling pieces from your closet try EVERYTHING on.  If it needs a repair toss it into the FIX bin, Doesn't fit... toss into the DONATE bin, Stain... toss into the CLEAN bin.
#3- As you are trying things on take a picture before returning it to your hanger.  I downloaded the "StylishGirl" App for my Iphone and LOVE IT!!  I catalog all of my clothing, accessories, etc to help me make outfits.  Not required but VERY VERY helpful.  If you do not want to catalog your clothing at least write yourself a list to keep with you.  This can be helpful when shopping. :)
#4- Once your clothing is catalog or your list is made being your repairs and cleaning.  Remember first impressions are very important!
#5- Return clothing to closet and organize by garment type, or color.  Whatever is easiest for you.

Do your clothing always slide off your plastic hangers?  Check out this clever idea from one of my favorite blogs.  Do you have a great tip?  Leave a comment below and I would LOVE to check it out!

Closet Organizing ideas
GENIUS!!!! from In My Own Style 

For more closet organizing ideas and tips follow me on PINTEREST.  :)

You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @mandyjeanchic
Instagram and Twitter are definitely more interactive for me.  I think I maybe obsessed.

Tomorrow I will share my tips on cleaning and repairing your shoes, and organizing your accessories!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

30 before 30- Watch All Episodes of FRIENDS

Some girls grow up idolizing Madonna, Britney Spears, or other celebrities.  I grew up wanting to be Rachel Green.  I watched FRIENDS from the "Pilot" and cried at "The Last One".

I LOVE this show!  10 years after the last episode aired I still set my DVR to record the re-runs.  My favorite character was Rachel.  I always loved how she truly worked her way into fashion, her attitude on life, her bad decision making and the love she had for Ross.  Aaahhh... that is my love story :)

One of my 30 before 30 goals was to re-watch ALL the FRIENDS episodes.  I can finally cross a to do off my list :)

For my own personal enjoyment I decided to make a list of my 10 favorite episodes.  Enjoy! :)

10. The One with Phoebe's Wedding:  I love the story behind her wedding, the drama with her "planner" Monica, how beautiful her wedding was and Chandler and Ross arguing over who was a groomsman.

9. The One Where Paul's The Man: Bruce Willis. That.Is.All :)

8.The One with The Chick and The Duck- The Chick and the Duck are introduced. SO FUNNY!
7. The One Where Rachel Tells....: This Episode Rachel tells Ross she is pregnant.  His reaction is PRICELESS!!

6. The One with Unagi- Rachel and Phoebe attend a self defense class.  Ross teaches them about the art of "Unagi"

5. The One with The Cop- Ross buys a new sofa and tries to enlist Chandler and Rachel to help him move it. "PIVOT!!!"

4.The One Where Ross is Fine: Ross walks in on Rachel and Joey kissing.  He invites them over for dinner. During the whole evening Ross drinks and keeps saying "I am fffiiinnneeeeeee..... Everything is just working out!"  Best quote of this episode "MY FAJITAS!!!"

3.The One Where They All Turn 30: Rachels 30th birthday party. Sssooo funny!!

2.The One Where Ross Finds Out- Ross and Rachel kiss for the first time. :) :)

1. The Last One- Part 2- Everyone ends up happy.  What more can I say. :)

What are some of your favorite FRIENDS moments?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

9/25/12 OOTD

I LOVE INSTAGRAM!!  I love it because I can follow personal style and connect with great online shops! Last week I ordered two dresses from an online boutique called Embellish Boutique.  They also have a brick and mortar in Kennesaw, GA but living in New Mexico makes it hard to visit :)

Embellish Boutique offers new and used plus size clothing!  JACKPOT!  I love buying from smaller boutiques but shopping for plus size clothing at boutiques is becoming harder and harder.  Last Thursday I was doing my normal every hour Instagram addiction and I saw a couple of dresses posted.  Both in my size!  I sent Embellish my email and they quickly billed me via paypal.

The coolest part of shopping with them was my order was placed on Thursday, paid Friday morning and shipped Friday morning!  I had my two new dresses in my hands by Monday afternoon!!  BEST SERVICE EVER!!!

I decided to wear one of my new dresses today to the office. I received sssoo many compliments today on my dress.  One gal even said to me "Mandy Jean! You have a waist!"  I'll take that as a compliment! HA!!
Dress: Torrid via Embellish Boutique
Tights and Shoes: Avenue, last season

VISIT Embellish Boutique HERE
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The opinions in this blog post are that of my own.  I received not compensation for this post about Embellish Boutique.  I am really happy with my purchases and their customer service that I want to spread the word!

31 days of building a wardrobe with Mandy Jean Chic!

Since I am in the middle of re-building my wardrobe I thought it would be perfect timing to take advantage of the 31 days of October.

October 1st I will start..... 


Monday, September 24, 2012

Money Monday- Meal Planning

Before I get started I thought I should give everyone a bit of info about my family.  My family is made up of me, Mr. Chic, our 4 dogs and 1 ferret.  Mr. Chic and I are HORRIBLE about eating out and blowing $100s of dollars on crappy food.  Why you may ask?? pure convenience! I dislike stopping to the store on my way from work and Mr. Chic feels the same.  This is why we meal plan.  Some gals go all out with planning a month in advance, shopping one day per month, saving serious $$$ using coupons and strategic shopping... that's really not me. :)  We meal plan so we eat healthier, spend less $, have more time in the evenings and we don't have to have this conversation every night:

Me "What do you want for dinner?"
Mr. Chic "I don't know. You?"
Me "Not sure... Burgers?"
Mr. Chic "No burgers do not sound appetizing. Steak?"
Me "Eh... pasta??"
Mr. Chic "No, Had pasta for lunch"
Me "Stop and grab KFC?"
Mr. Chic "Perfect!"

You see the never ending cycle of annoyance over what to have for dinner and then stopping because we are to lazy to cook.  I am not saying the way I meal plan is perfect-o but it works for us. :)  I would LOVE to hear how you meal plan!

We plan our meals like this:
Saturdays- light breakfast, snack, Date Night
Sunday- Larger breakfast, snack, Dinner
Monday- Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, Dinner
Tuesday- Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, Dinner
Weds-Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, Dinner
Thurs- Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, Dinner
Fri- Pre-made breakfast, sandwiches or leftovers for lunch, Dinner

Friday Evening
1. AFTER dinner I sit down with hubby and we plan our meals. I love this worksheet from  You can download it for free HERE.  There are TONS of printable online.  I suggest goggling "Meal Planning Printable" and finding the one that works best for you.  Make sure you leave the blogger a comment and say "Thanks!"

Eat Sheet Menu Planner

2.  Before looking at the weekly grocery ads I take a peak at my coupon file and check out the pantry. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS shop your pantry, freezer and fridge before looking at the ads.

3. While we are planning what we want to eat we also look at the ads for our local grocery stores.  We mainly buy our groceries at Smiths and our meat at Rio Rancho Meats.  We try to support as many local farmers as possible too. 

4.  After we create our plan I double check the local Albertsons ad just to make sure they do not have anything we need to stock up on. ;) Majority of the time Smiths is cheaper and their rewards program is AH-Mazing but I always check :) Its my OCD thing :)

5.  SHOP- We like to shop on Friday evenings.  The stores are less busy and we have already ate so less "mmmm that looks good" falls into our cart. I set a budget before we go.  Always set a realistic budget.  If you need meat, milk, eggs, veggies, etc don't say "I will only spend $40". Its just sets you up to be boo boo lipped :(

6.  Up groceries away

7.  Hang out with Hubby

While cooking a light breakfast I wash the veggies, separate meat, and misc prep work

We normally have a large breakfast on Sunday mornings.  Normally we have the burners going, ovens on, dishwasher is filling up so we start prep cooking for the week.

An example of prep cooking is, if I am cooking bacon in the oven I can throw some baked potatoes in, bake my casserole, etc.  If the oven is already on why waste the space and energy???

On Sundays I also make all the breakfasts for the week.  Some mornings we like breakfast burritos, others its just fruit.  Mr. Chic will also make himself Oatmeal during the week.  Normally I make about a dozen burritos and freeze them. This lasts a couple of weeks for us.

I also separate snacks into easy grab bags, brown the burger I need, separate groceries that need to be frozen, etc.  Any food I can make a head I will (pasta sauces, soups, etc).  Normally after we cook I will toss in a couple of dutch ovens with some soups and let them slow cook. After the soups are done I portion them into containers and freeze.

The keys to meal planning are:

  • Shopping Smart
  • Planning
  • Prep Cooking
  • FREEZE your leftovers!  
  • Pack your lunch
  • Keep fruit handy for snack time
  • Stick to a budget
  • Stock up on great deals
If you are starting out with meal planning I suggest planning one week at a time for 2 months until you get the swing of it.  After that you will be organized and have some ideas on meals you like, what you can freeze, etc. 

Next week I will continue the smart shopping tips with how to stock your pantry and freezer on a budget.  :) 

What are some of your meal planning tips??


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Erica B. DIY Style!

I have been a follower of Erica B. for a few months.  I love her blog

 Her about me section is EXACTLY why I LOVE her blog! 

My Photo

Welcome to my DIY Style blog! How many times have you seen clothes in an upscaledepartment store or a posh boutique and cringed at the sight of the price tag? I've done it many times and have said to myself, "I could make that"! While reading my fashion sewing blog, you'll share with me in my adventures in taking "boring" patterns from drab to fab by creating "inspired" looks pulled straight from those boutiques, the runway and fashion magazines. Also my adventure in learning to tailor and couture sewing techniques.

I love re-purposing clothing, sewing and I too am learning to tailor my own clothing. I was browsing around her blog last night and she posted one of the most beautiful skirts I have EVER batted my eyelashes at. 
Visit her post HERE
Isn't that skirt amazing!  Take a peak over at her blog for the full post!  Don't forget to follow along with her. This gal is so creative, hip and you will LOVE her posts!  

Erica B.'s - D.I.Y. Style!
Visit Erica B. DIY Style! HERE

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

9/19/12 Outfit of the Day

I have been finding so many great deals shopping lately.  Friday night I picked up 2 shirts and a pair of boots at Target for about $20!  LOVE!!!  

Getting dressed this morning I decided I wanted to wear my new Minnetonka Moccasins. If you have never tried on a pair of Minnetonkas DO IT! They are the most comfortable shoes ever.  Living in New Mexico I am fortunate they are at every shop in Old Town Albuquerque.  I want to find a pair of boots.  Having calves makes this a bit harder but I am determined!  :)  

Top- Target (about) $7 BUY IT HERE
Jeans- Lane Bryant (around)$20. slim cut 
Moccasins- Minnetonka (around) $35
Necklace- Groupdealz (around) $15

Monday, September 17, 2012

Money Monday-The Dining Out Trap

Being a household of two Mr. Chic and I are TERRIBLE about dining out all of the time.  We grab breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner outside of the house.  We waste a TON of money!!  Last week we decided to do a little experiment.  We created a meal plan for the week, a budget and went shopping.

During the week of 9/8-9/14 we spent $79 on food. 2 people! $79!  AH-mazing!!! We made an effort to really plan, eat left overs, buy a bit more in bulk, eat a tad less meat, and we saved!

Friday night 9/14 we should have created our plan, budget and went shopping again.  What did we do??  NADA!!! Let me give you a glimpse at our spending from Friday-Monday at 9:29PM.

9/14/12: Wendys- Lunch for me $3.99
              Dions- Dinner for 2 $15.04
              TOTAL= $20ish

9/15/12- Rudys BBQ- $25.69

9/16/12- Wecks- Breakfast for 2- $21.25
               Pizza Hut- $34.80 (left overs for dinner on 9/17)
              TOTAL- $45 ish
Now.. add another $20 on misc crap we bought all weekend (soda, chips, water, etc for the dog event)

2 people spent about $110 dollars on food in 3 days.  We also ate like crap.

My friends.... this is a prime example of why meal planning, budgeting and shopping are sssooo important!

The lesson to be learned here is to stick to our plan because now our grocery budget is totally busted for the week and I have to go to the gym!!!

A very bummed out Mandy Jean :(

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Organizing My Pantry

Oooo... my poor pantry. For the last 5 years it has been a catch all, food storage, extra appliance storage, sometimes medicine cabinet, and the door that is ALWAYS shut in my house. Sad because it could be such a cute little area.

This week I decided to clean out my pantry. I love having a pantry in a small kitchen but the metal shelves do not help anything!

I started off by pulling EVERYTHING out of the pantry, tossing dated food, boxing up food that can be donated, pulling appliances out that we never use, washed all the shelves, door and floor.

I started putting items back in and I realized how much I dislike the wire shelving.  Seriously home builders!  Spend the extra $10 for wood please!!!!

After thinking about how I could add something stable to the shelves I had a bight idea! 

I could make temporary shelf covers with cardboard, decorative and decorative contact paper. 

1.  Using ribbon. Cut cardboard to size
2.  Cut contact paper to size.  Leave an inch on all sides to fold over
3.  Peel 1st quarter of contact paper back
4.  Lay cardboard on 1st quarter of paper and GENTLY peel the remaining 3/4. 
5.  Tuck edges under

All of the supplies that I needed to organize my pantry I had but if you were to go out and buy the supplies here is what you would need:
Dollar Tree: Cardboard Sheets (I needed 3), Contact Paper (I needed 3 rolls)
Supplies at home: Ribbon for measuring and sharp scissors.