Category: Sequin Junkey

Refashion: Vintage Dress

I bought a sew machine a few months back and its been sitting in my closet ever since. So since its a rainy day here in Atlanta I decided to pull my Brother machine out and alter a few items that I cant give away, so why not alter them so I can fit them again! I came across this dress while going through my closet.

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So the dress falls below my knees and I felt it wasnt really flattering for my body so I decided to cut it shorter and hem it, heres how it looks cut and hemmed.

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Im so proud of my self, I know its not that big of a refashion but its a start! Now Im gonna go through my closet and see what else I can alter.

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Dress: Value village $2.00

Shoes:  Boutique in Atlanta $5.00

Purse: Vintage, Value Village $3.50

Necklace: Ebay $5.00

P.S. Please exscuse my face I have no makeup on but I was super excited to try on the dress and share with you. xoxo


These tips were shared with me and Im passing them on to you


Through a rapist’s eyes. A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid, or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing.

3] They also look for women using their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.

4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is grocery store parking lots.

5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.

6] Number three is public restrooms.

7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.

8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.

10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.


1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: can’t believe it is so cold out here, we’re in for a bad winter. Now that you’ve seen their faces and could identify them in a line- up, you lose appeal as a target.

2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

4] If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow and armpit or in the upper inner thigh – HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts.

5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.

6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.


1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do it.

2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans : if a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you…. chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side,put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU CLOSE the DOORS , LEAVE.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

a. Be aware: look around your car as someone may be hiding at the passenger side , peek into your car, inside the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. ( DO THIS TOO BEFORE RIDING A TAXI CAB) .

b. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

c. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it’s better safe than sorry.

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This is my 26th Blog of the Ultimate Challenge

Its my birthday Part 2!

If you read my last bog here I celebrated my B Day with a dinner party. I decided to keep it going on Saturday on my actual birthday and go dancing. As I get older I don’t really care for clubs and as a matter a fact last time I stepped in a club was about 5 years ago. Boy did I have a blast, I danced the whole night and we shut the club down (LOL).

On this day I wore my sequin slacks from The Loft (sold out) Marisa Sequin Tapered Ankle Pants . I decided to dress them down a little with a black boyfriend tee from Target and throw on a little bling by Forever21, strapy heels, and my clutch by Nnkea Saran. With pants like these you dont have to do to much to make them look great.

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This is my 22nd post of The Ultimate Blog Challenge

DIY Blinged out Camera Strap

Im a girly girl and I love shiny blinged out things, so when I saw this blinged out camera strap I had to have one.


Stardust Camera Strap from Bloom Theory

There were two problems:

  1. It’s $130.00
  2. They don’t make dark colors (working as a photographer that white strap would be so dirty)

So I thought I can do this myself for way cheaper and make it the color I want it, time for a DIY (do it yourself) Project!

So this is what you will need


I found everything shown above at my local Joanns, if you shop there make sure you look for coupons before your trip or ordering online here.

Tip: Make sure you measure or take your camera strap with you before you by the elastic sequins to make sure its the correct size. Also I tried fabric glue and it did not stick so make sure you use E6000.


1. Find a flat surface and lay the camera strap out, then lay the sequin elastic on top to make sure you have the correct length
2. Brush the E6000 on to strap and let dry ( I let mine dry over night).
3. Next lay the rhinestones on the end of the strap in the pattern you would like, then apply with the glue (dry over night).

Tip: Lay something heavy (bricks, books, etc.) over the entire strap to make sure the glue sticks the strap good while drying.

Look at my new strap (made for under $10.00)

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I will be doing many DIY projects, what type of DIY project would you like to see?

This is my 9th blog from The Ultimate Blog Challenge

The Sequin Gods

Today I ran into Target to grab a few things and lord and be hold this beautiful piece of fabric called my name, the Tracy Reese Blouse. She was so beautiful, I envisioned in my head all the ways I could wear this beautiful blouse. She stared at me and I stared back, then I turned the tag around and the price tag read $79.00. For Tracy Reese this is a great price but for this budget savvy thrifting queen it was out of my budget (I love a deal) LOL. So I put her back and went on my way, I wanted to share this beautiful find with you so maybe one of you can pick up this beautiful piece. This blouse would make a great holiday or new years piece.



Sigh dont you just love this Green skirt!

So if you read my last post here, you know that I am a sequin junkey. I am obsessed with this J Crew green sequin pencil skirt, it called Collection No. 2 pencil skirt in sequins priced at $695.00.

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Oh how I heart this skirt. So I am on a mission to find a similar skirt for under $40 to $50. In the mean time heres some inspiration.

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Like I said before, “Sigh don’t you just love this green!”  😉

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I’m a sequin junkey! I don’t know what it is but all I want to buy is sequins! In November I bought three new sequin pieces.



Sequin Dress $7.49

Sequin Tank $3.00

Sequin Blouse $5.00

I also own this sequin leopard skirt I bought for a photo shoot I did in October.



Plus these sequin shorts I rocked to my college graduation


This little cute top I found at Khols on sale by Rock Republic


My birthday dress  (bronze sequin wrap dress)


This Gap sequin skirt I found in the clearance section for $3.00


Vintage black sequin I found on EBAY


I even buy sequins for my baby!


I think you get my point, I’m a sequin Junkey! Stay tuned for my next post, im obsessed with green envy!