Outfits

DIY Bleach Tie Dye

Tie dye is making a come back and I’ve fallen victim to buying just about every comfy tie dye piece out there which is very annoying because everywhere that sells these cute lounge sets are outrageously priced! Thanks to TikTok, we found an easy way to make them at home and since a lot of us are stuck inside, might as well get crafty! And the good news is that chances are you already have everything at home to make these. Just use an old pair of sweats, tee or tank.

You’ll Need:

You’ll Need:

– garment of your choosing (see below for suggestions)
– bleach
– squirt bottle (we used this)
– gloves
– rubber bands

Instructions:

I suggest watching a few Youtube videos on different tying methods before starting as this will determine what type of tie dye your garment ends up looking like. I found this video to be very helpful. You can also watch a video how to of our DIY creations here and here.

Once you decide what tying method to use, simply twist, bunch and tie off your garment with rubber bands. Depending on how large you garment is and what design of tie dye you want will determine how many bands you will want to use. For reference, we used anywhere from 4-6 bands on each garment.

Before you start bleaching, make sure you are wearing gloves and working outdoors or in a well ventilated area. We chose to work in our laundry room sink with the vents turned on.

Fill your bottle up with 1/2 bleach and 1/2 water and set aside. Before adding the bleach to your garment, you are going to want to completely soak the garment with water so that it is wet. If you apply the bleach mixture to the dry garment it will not apply evenly.

Once the garment is wet, start adding the bleach mixture anywhere that you want but making sure to leave some areas without bleach so that you don’t die the entire garment. A good rule of thumb is do add your bleach mixture to every other segment that you’ve created with your rubber bands.

After you’ve applied your bleach mixture and set it aside, make sure to watch very carefully. Depending on what the fabric is made of and how thick it is will determine how quickly the color will start turning. Poly blend fabrics will take longer for the bleach to soak in while 100% cotton fabrics will turn much faster. How long you leave the bleach on is going to be up to you! For thinner items, we left the mixture on for about 10 minutes while the poly blend sweatsuits took more like 30 minutes. Just make sure not to leave it on too long or the bleach can deteriorate the garment.

Once the color is to your liking, give the garment a quick rinse and take the rubber bands off. Thoroughly rinse and the garment again until the water runs clear. At this point you can wash and dry your garment as normal! Washing tip: if you are tie dying multiple items at once I would suggest washing similar colors together as they do change a little in the wash. Also do NOT wash your bleached garment with any other garment that you are not tie dying as it could bleach or bleed onto other garments.

After you pull your garment out of the dryer it is officially ready to wear! If you try this out, I’d love to see your creation. Tag me on Instagram if you share. My handle is @itsallchictome.

And if you just aren’t the DIY type here are some tie dye sets that I’m loving!

$10 crewneck sweatshirt linked here

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Let’s Get Physical: Everything You Need For The Best At Home Workouts

I’m normally not big on at home workouts but desperate times call for desperate measures, am I right? I could sit here and state the obvious, that these workouts are good for your health, but honestly the main reason I’ve been getting my heart rate up is to 1) avoid going crazy and 2) prevent butt sores from sitting all dang day. Sound all too familiar?

If you want to hop on the active bandwagon, the good thing is that you need little to no equipment for a lot of these at home workouts. While you can certainly use your own bodyweight, I personally ordered a set of 5 pound weights, a yoga mat, and sliders to make the workouts a little more intense. If you want to shop more at home workout gear, see below and then checkout the most highly recommended at home workout sources by all of you!

AT HOME WORKOUT SOURCES

HIP Fitness – I might be bias but y’all know that I’ve fallen with pilates over the past year (specifically high intensity pilates). They are offering new, free daily workouts on their Instagram live/stories.

Megan Roup– Have you seen all of those fun dance cardio videos all over celebrities’ Instagram accounts? Keyword fun. I’ve done my fair share of these and it’s quickly become my favorite source of cardio and that’s coming from a girl that hates cardio! Find all of Megan’s dance, sculpt and strength training on her Sculpt Society app.

Orange Theory Fitness– They are uploading free, daily workouts that you can do from home!

LuluLemon– Their Youtube channel has hundred’s of free workouts.

CorePower Yoga– The most recommended yoga suggestion from you all that provides free, on demand classes.

Beach Body– One of the highest recommended workout sources from all of you. You get the first two weeks free!

FitOn– This was another very popular response! It is a free app with workout videos ranging in intensity, time and focus areas.

Fitness Blender– Free on Youtube.

Blogilates– Free on Youtube.

One Peloton– Free 90 day trial. Get what you need to meet your goals, with a mix of running, strength, toning, cycling, yoga, meditation and outdoor workouts that only require your body weight.

Down Dog App – Yoga app that is free until July 1st for teachers, students, and healthcare workers and May 1st for everyone else. It is completely customizable for your skill and intensity level.

LOOK GOOD WHILE DOING IT

..or while not doing it! Here are some of my recent active wear finds while quarantined. Funny enough even when I’m not working out, lately I seem to be wearing active or loungewear clothes 24/7. So whether you just want some comfies for the couch or new workout clothes to inspire you to actually work out, I’ve rounded up a bunch of items that are currently on sale.

And if you are looking for some more workout outfit inspiration, here are a few of my recent activewear outfits that I’m still loving!

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New Arrivals from White House Black Market

WHBM New Arrivals

WHBM New Arrivals

Hi friends! I know a lot of us are working from home right now so our current workwear might look a lot closer to pajamas but in the spirit of wishful thinking that things will go back to business as normal very soon, I’m sharing some work wear inspiration! If you have followed me for some time then you know that I’ve shared White House Black Market many times here on my blog as they are one of my go-to spots for work wear and special event attire. Plus they carry petite and curvy options for the best possible fit and being a petite gal myself, I sure do appreciate this!

White House Black Market’s new arrivals have me craving warm weather, pretty colors, and florals and I’m sure you will see why! You will see a lot of pinks, whites, blacks and neutrals in WHBM’s new arrival section and I am here for it!

WORK WEAR

WHBM New Arrivals

WHBM New Arrivals

WHBM New Arrivals

WHBM New Arrivals

Can we start with these pumps?! They are what I was most excited to unbox as I could already think of so many ways to style them. They are great for the office but I would also style them for date night with a lacy, black bodysuit and jeans! Next up, WHBM’s stretch slim ankle pants are the best fitting pair of work pants I have ever put on. So much so that I probably own at least 4 different colors at this point! They are form fitting but not too tight. They are also stretchy but don’t stretch out. Honestly they are the closet thing you are going to get to wearing leggings to work! I find their sizes run on the bigger side. I am wearing a 00P in the pants, XS in the top and 00 in the blazer.

SPRING DRESSES

WHBM New Arrivals

WHBM New Arrivals

WHBM New Arrivals

WHBM New Arrivals

It must be the shoe lover in me but let’s talk about the shoes first again because I am in LOVE with these kitten heels. The tan and black colorblocking reminds me of Chanel but at a fraction of the cost! Plus the heel height on them is comfortable enough for the office yet classy enough to wear for almost any occasion. I would suggest sizing up a .5 size as they do run a little small.

Now the dress is a totally winner! If I have any Spring/Summer brides, I think this dress would be the perfect shower dress. Honestly this dress could work for any event though. Throw a blazer on with it and wear it to the office or put a graphic tee over the top of the dress, throw on some sneakers, and a jean jacket for the weekend! It really can do it all. PSA: I am wearing a 00 and it’s still a little big so if you are in between sizes, size down.

*Thank you White House Black Market for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Walmart Swimsuit Haul

Walmart Swimsuits

I’m back with another Walmart swimsuit haul! If you missed last year’s post you can find it here. Walmart brought back several of the same swimsuits from last year and added so many new, cute ones this year too! While you are checking out all of Walmart’s cute swimwear online, you might also want to check out their Spring fashion edit page with some of this season’s trending items. If you are wanting to add a few fashion pieces to your closet, some trends that I am loving right now are all things safari style and tie-dye!

Sizing: For women’s brand swimsuits like Time and Tru, sizing runs true to size with the smallest size starting at a size small (4/6). If you are a true XS, the swimsuits will likely be too big on you. For junior’s brands like No Boundaries, sizing runs on the smaller side. The smallest size is a size small(3/5) but it fits more like an XS.

Walmart Swimsuits

Walmart Swimsuits

Walmart Swimsuits

Walmart Swimsuits

MORE WALMART VACATION WEAR

*Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Spring Teacher Outfits with Walmart

Walmart Spring Work Wear

Last Spring I did a blog post styling classroom appropriate outfits (see here) and to this day it’s still one of the most viewed posts! So since there are so many cute options at Walmart this season that fit the bill, I’m doing a sequel today! If you haven’t shopped in store recently, you are missing out on brands such as Scoop, EV1 (Ellen DeGgeneres’ line) and Sofia Jeans. All of these brands are favorites that used to be online only but have since brought their product in select stores. So if you haven’t checked out Walmart recently, I can tell you there are SO many good pieces! If wanting to find which locations have these new lines, you can check out Walmart.com to use a store locator. If you are local to Houston, I went to the Walmart on 45 and Crosstimbers (4412 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77022).

Walmart Spring Work Wear

Walmart Spring Work Wear

This $26 little peplum top also comes in the most adorable polka dot style and would look cute styled with a pair of shorts and sandals for the weekend! These $24 white jeans are a total win as they are both stretchy and not see through. A very hard combo to find these days! I suggest sizing down if in between sizes as they do run a little big.

Walmart Spring Work Wear

Walmart Spring Work Wear

Walmart Spring Work Wear

Is there anything better and easier than throwing on a dress and calling it a day? It takes no thought at all and you look put together! This Scoop dress also comes in a navy daisy print option, has pockets, and is just $34! It fits true to size and can be worn with any type of shoes from sneakers to pumps!

Want to check out a few more of my finds from my recent Walmart trip? See below for how to style this $30 military jacket– a closet must have!

*Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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