DIY // Maid of Honor’s Shoes

DIY jeweled heels today! This will be the last shoe DIY for a while, since I’m still picking dried glue off my fingers. For my sister’s wedding (which was December 5th and beautiful!), as you know, I bedazzled my own shoes, my sister the bride’s shoes, and last, my sister the maid of honor’s shoes.

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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.

Shoe Lust: The Privileged Dazed Bootie

Help me decide! I found these shoes on the DSW website and completely fell in love:

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I adored the straps and the pointed toe, and especially that clear lucite heel. But then I saw that they come in another color:

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And because of my unhealthy addiction to floral (even abstract floral) I had a moment of indecision and I don’t know which one I love better. These babies are on sale so I have to snap them up quick!

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Black or multi? This is an important decision.

My Christmas Lit & Fashion Haul

As you can probably expect, I got plenty of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and books for Christmas. Not too shabby:

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I love the print on this skater skirt, and the slight steampunk vibe of the statement necklace.

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Gilmore Girls on DVD, and some great books I’ve been salivating for: The Lowland, The Valkyries, The Alchemist, Neverwhere, Bellman & Black, and The Moonstone. January will be a month filled with great reads, so stay tuned!

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shoes from ModCloth and Jeffrey Campbell! Evangelina mesh booties, Flair-y Tale Boots, and Haute on Your Heels Booties

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And the coat from Modcloth I was waxing poetic about just a few short weeks ago…

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Haul ^ I’m ready for a long, cold winter filled with reading by the fire, plenty of scarves and boots, and some great hot chocolate!

I rock a lot of polka dots: "New Girl" Shoes

Welcome to my third DIY shoe adventure. Back in April, I came across another pair of black heels in DSW that were too plain to be borne, but they had these gorgeous cut-outs and a ribbon tie. They were the cousins of the floral shoes I upcycled last year and I got so excited at the prospect of creating another beautiful pair of shoes! I knew that this time I should do something other than a floral pattern, even though it was hard to keep myself from reaching for another piece of floral fabric. I ended up choosing a black fabric with white polka dots, fabric that was actually a romper from Forever 21!

This project happened to coincide with my discovery of New Girl. I had never watched it faithfully before and I took the time to marathon-watch it, and it became one of my favorite shows! Now, whenever I wear those shoes I think of New Girl: they even remind me of Jess’s polka-dot heavy wardrobe and her whimsical wit.

Here’s the before and after:

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As you can see, I couldn’t stop myself from adding little panels of floral fabric! I cut out a couple pieces of floral lace from an old skirt (again) and glued them to the inside panels of both shoes, so they’re almost hidden. I like how it turns these normal (ish) polka-dot patterned shoes into something a little more unique. I also used the buttons from the romper as accents on the sides of each shoe.

IMG_1629Picture: my two loves–books and style. I was reading The Lord of the Rings at the time!

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DIY: I put flowers on my feet

Over the weekend I sat down and devoted some hours to doing these DIY tapestry boots. I had the day to myself and the whole first season of The OC to watch (it was a great day). I had recently ordered a pair of boots and some tapestry fabric cheaply in order to recreate a pair of Jeffrey Campbells that aren’t available anymore. As an added bonus, with all the supplies, these boots only cost me about $50. It was my birthday present to me 🙂 Take a look at my DIY tapestry boots!

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Tapestry Boots

I can’t get enough of floral print. It’s the unashamed girly-girl in me who positively squeals over a good floral print on virtually anything, but mostly on shoes. A while ago I saw these on the Internet:

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by Jeffrey Campbell at Solestruck.

but they were sold out. Now I would revisit these beauties from time to time and sigh in exasperation and feel the pangs of unfulfilled love and know that there was a shoe-shaped hole in my heart (actually, two holes) that would never be filled. But then I remembered: I like DIY, and I never let anything go. 

So I decided to make them myself, yet again. (This is the fourth time I’ve done this.)

The charm of these boots is the shape of the heel and the height of the shaft. I scurried around the Internet for a while and found these on 6PM.com. I got the $79 shoes in Cognac for a measly $29 due to a serendipitous sale and an additional 10% off coupon.

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For the fabric, I found a floral tapestry with a black backdrop that I may like even better than the blue/cream combination pictured above, because the dark color will work well in winter paired with dark tights. The original pair is more of a spring boot, but it’s winter now and my feet are cold (and thoroughly un-floral).

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I can’t wait to put them together. Pictures of the process to come.

And yes, I am obsessed. Let’s move on.