Upcycling is the new black – The Renegade Seamstress takes reconstructing clothes to a whole new level!

The holidays are coming, which means you have to look your best for when your long lost aunt and uncle come to thanksgiving dinner and ask you what you’re doing with your life.

Because money is a huge issue for a lot of people these days, especially us broke college girls, a new trend called ‘upcycling’, which is basically using useless products to enhance and create something new, has been taking the world by storm.

The Renegade Seamstress, aka Beth Hunting, has been perfecting this craft, and sharing her ideas with the world.

Beth, whose first publication was released in September, has received recognition from the 2013 bloggy award for best tutorials and has been crowned a sewing superstar, so she kind of knows what she’s talking about.

Herย tutorials take you step by step for revamping your old clothes, or clothes you just bought from a thrift store.

Like this dress that Beth found in a thrift store that she created into a ย ‘Mad Men Inspired’outfit.

If you’re not much of a sewer, or just not very creative, using scissors to cut articles of clothing into skirts, scarves, and tops is another great way to upcycle!

Taking this old dress and cutting the bottom to create a stylish infinity scarf is easy to do, and saves you about $20 at a high end store.

EVERYONE has a belt or twelve that they don’t wear. Why not make it into a cute bracelet or cuff?

Okay, so you know that sweater that your grandma got you last year for christmas that you refuse to wear? Well, Beth teaches you how to make it into a trendy winter purse!

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on holiday clothes this season, just remember that upcycling old clothing will save you tons, and will look just as cute on you ๐Ÿ™‚

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Time is money, so don’t waste it on the road – Waze App

Ever heard of the phrase – “Time is Money”?

Well, if you really think about it in terms of traffic… it’s so true.

You could leave an hour early for work in order to avoid traffic, but with the roadways being the way the are today, a lot of people still arrive late to work AND waste money on gas.

There’s only so much one person can do to avoid the treacherous Turnpike and I-95.

But, with technology advancing every day,Waze App was developed in order to aid in the problems a lot of American’s go through on a daily basis… waisting time and money sitting in traffic. What makes this app different than any other traffic app is other drivers who utilize the Waze app can alert you what is happening on the roads you’re wanting to take.

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In order to get the best use out of Waze, after downloading the app (which is available online, through Google play, iTunes app store, and Windows phone store) create an account so you can not only see what others are reporting, but in turn let other Waze users know what’s going on in the roads.

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One of the first things to experiment with is the navigation feature. You can connect the places you frequently travel to through Waze, and you’ll always get the easiest route to take.
You can also connect the app to your Facebook events, which allows you to find the best route to an event you have coming up!

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Another great feature with the app is being able to send directions of your current location, or one of your favorites, to friends in your phone book.

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Now, the fun part.

Being able to alert other Wazers is not only helpful for them, but for you as well!

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The more you report, the better chances you get of being added to the real time map!

Here are the different types of reporting:

Traffic Jams

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Police Activity

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Accident reports

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And Hazard reports:

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And of course, life has been made easier by featuring all current back ups in one area.

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Waze is a free to help you save time which will also save you money ๐Ÿ™‚