DIY // Lana Del Rey floral headphones

If you’ve been reading this blog for any period of time, you’ll know my love for Lana Del Rey. One day, I decided I really wanted these Lana Del Rey headphones, the ones she wears in the amazing music video for “Music To Watch Boys To,” and since I couldn’t find these Lana Del Rey headphones online, my ol’ reliable is to figure out how to make them. And find out I did.

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First, I tried to find decent headphones with a structure that would allow a bit of hotgluing, and secondly, I went on a Google search for the right flowers. Once I had all of my supplies, it was time to get to work!
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New DIY project: Lana Del Rey or Princess Leia headphones?

Okay, so I’m getting that creative itch to make something, and I’ve been inspired by two people: Lana Del Rey and Princess Leia (or, if you know what I’m talking about, Princess Vespa from Spaceballs). I’ve always wanted fun/quirky/weird headphones, and since I can’t buy what I have in mind, I’m going to do what I always fall back on: good ol’ do it yourself.

In case you don’t follow either Lana Del Rey or Star Wars lore, here are the two pairs of headphones I covet. The first is from the “Music To Watch Boys To” video by Lana Del Rey, and the other was inspired partly by Princess Leia, and partly by the 1987 Star Wars parody movie Spaceballs (in which Princess Vespa has headphones that look like Leia’s signature hairstyle—so funny):

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Fashion | Wilderness

Separates. This outfit was almost accidental. The top was previously a dress that I cut in two because the hem was far too long. I asked my mom to hem the bottom of the newly-made “crop top” and then I paired it with this old Tobi skirt I forgot I had. Happy accident. These stockings have been in my wardrobe since 2009, and I think it’s time to retire them. They used to be my favorite. IMG_1038 IMG_1046 IMG_1064 IMG_1109 IMG_1143IMG_1060

DIY crop top previously a dress from boohoo.com, hat thrifted, skirt from Tobi, necklace from Forever 21

DIY // Wedding Shoes

Here’s Part 2 of my sister’s wedding shoe series. Previously I did my own bridesmaid’s shoes, and now here’s my sister’s bridal shoes! She’s having a winter theme and her colors are navy blue and taupe, so I bought her these blue suede shoes (!) from Nine West and then we went together to craft stores to get some supplies. We lucked out with this beautiful pendant for the backs of the shoes, and then some individual rhinestones and crystals to mimic the look of ice freezing and melting off the shoe. It’s a heel worthy of Elsa’s wedding.

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Here’s the process:

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DIY Preview // Bridesmaid Shoes

My sister is getting married in two weeks, and today, I’m doing a DIY project with my bridesmaid’s shoes, because of course I am.

She’s having a winterish wedding, with navy blue and taupe as her colors, and I offered to jewel her wedding shoes for her to make it look like ice crystals dripping from the front of the shoe and the back, and when I told her I’d do her shoes, I also really wanted to do my own.

We’re wearing nude heels, so I bought these dainty Barbie-like heels at DSW for $40 and then had an idea while rummaging through craft stores for jewels: feathers. I saw a bag of spotted feathers that matched both the taupe color of the dress and the nude color of the heels, so I bought a couple bags of those, plus some beautiful big rhinestones and a nude-pearl appliqué. Here are my materials:

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I’ll let you guys see the finished product when I’m done! I’m also jeweling the bride’s shoes and I’ll definitely post pictures of that process as well. Can’t wait to see my sister walk down that aisle.

DIY: Gatsby Heels

A few months ago I wrote this post on my love for Carey Mulligan’s Gatsby-inspired Vogue spread last year. I decided to recreate the blush pink shoes she is wearing in one of the photos, and the process was actually really fun, although time consuming. Today I wanted to share with you all some pictures of the process along with details.

I have to preface this by saying I really didn’t know what I was doing until I started, and it just happened to work out! So if any of you want to try DIY projects but aren’t really 100% sure you know what to do, just try! The worst thing that can happen is a messed-up shoe and maybe some gluey fingers.

What I wanted:

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So, I started with black and white heels from Alibaba, that kind of cheap online store with shoes that tend to smell funny:

IMG_4872 IMG_5004And I bought two kinds of metallic paint (same finish is important), lots of jewels and beads, paintbrushes, E-6000 glue, and high gloss finishing spray. I also borrowed a box cutter (very sharp!) and laid down some old rags to work on. J5184x3456-82031J5184x3456-82041J5184x3456-82044J5184x3456-82053J5184x3456-82066J5184x3456-82096-2As you can see from these pictures, first I stenciled out the cut-outs that appear on the original heel. Then, because I got nervous, I switched over to painting the black heel the same off-white as the shoe upper. I used a Martha Stewart acrylic paint with a satin finish and it came out so well! See more…

After painting the heel and stenciling the design, I carefully used to box cutter to slice into the shoe. I did this in a quick, strong swipe to make the cut smooth. It’s dangerous, so be careful! I put a pincushion inside the shoe to absorb the blade on the other side.

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Then it was time to paint the shoe. I used a combination of copper metallic paint and silver metallic paint to achieve a blush pink tone. I painted two coats of the mixture on the toe and then swiped a bit of the paint on the rim of the shoe to cover all the black. I also dabbed a little of the pink paint on the inside of the cuts I made, to match the original shoe.

After came the fun, but very meticulous, bedazzling of the heel. This challenged my patience but it was also really satisfying in a way!

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I used a tweezer to dip the rhinestone into a pool of glue and then stuck it on the heel–about 200 times (this took a couple weeks. My stubborn personality was a major factor in the success of this project). I bought bigger stones for the top of the heel and also put some pearls in there for good measure.   J5184x3456-82033Finally, they were finished and dried. I sprayed a light coat of high shine spray on the cap toe and it came out dazzling. The E-6000 glue is supposed to hold up to anything, but just in case, I’ve saved a few stones to replace should any go missing!

The inspiration:

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The finished project:

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Hope you enjoyed! See my other shoe DIYs by clicking the tab above or going here.

 

 

Fashion: Fall Seven Times

DIY boots! I recently wore this on a windy day to a brunch in Soho with some friends. It was unseasonably warm out a couple weeks ago and I got so excited I decided to put on some flowery shoes! These shoes are actually really comfortable but I had to glue them up a bit more to stop all the fraying. Hopefully the stubborn, crazy strong E-6000 glue holds because I can’t give these shoes up. They’re too pretty.

I can’t wait for spring to really come!

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shoes DIY, top from Garage, skirt from H&M, jacket from Charade

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

Literature and Fashion, 1920s Style

In the summer of 2013 I gathered all my courage to see The Great Gatsby in theaters, and found with delight that I loved it. I thought the film captured all the drama, emotional nuances, and pain of the story, but adapted it to fit a contemporary audience with a eye for spectacle. I may have loved the clothes even more, though. When the May 2013 Vogue spread starring Carey Mulligan hit magazine stands, I salivated over the clothes. It also helps that Mulligan is gorgeous and that her looks are so well-suited for a 20s-themed shoot.

The pictures were so beautiful that I couldn’t help clipping out the photos and making a collage, arranging the photos in a frame that I hung on my wall (I say this like it’s new, but really, half my wall space is filled with collaged magazine spreads). I especially loved that these photos, full of gorgeous 1920s fashion, also incorporated one of my favorite novels. Seriously, it was Keira Knightley’s Pride and Prejudice all over again.

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I also typed out my favorite line from the novel and printed it on vellum paper so I could lay it on the photo spread.

It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness

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In other news, now I can’t stop staring at the shoes Carey Mulligan is wearing in the blush pink dress. I think it may be about the time I start another project… 😉

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Today I scoured the Internet looking for cream heels in a similar shape. So far, little luck, but that’s never daunted me before. I’m sure a strange blush-pink homemade shoe tutorial is in this blog’s future.

Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction–Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life…This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of “creative temperament”–it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such that I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No–Gatsby turned out all right in the end; it was what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.” (6-7)

It’s passages like these that make me love Gatsby (and Gatsby), and make me drunk on the beauty of Fitzgerald’s prose. I’m such a sucker for a tragic love story and a lonely boy.

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