Credits from left: Outfit detail from Kenzo’s Spring 2011 runway show, photo by Elle Magazine; Tsumori Chisato tights (sold out), photo from Koshka.
First, a quick note about the blog. Starting this week, I will be posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. I have some long-term blog projects I’d like to get done, plus I tend to go off in a million directions posts-wise, the result being that nothing gets finished. By limiting the number of days I intend to post, I hope it will allow me to focus and deliver. Okay, onto the post!
I’ve been considering potential D.I.Y. tutorials, and one idea that stood out was a tutorial for wrapping shoes in floral fabric. It helped that I already had shoes to revamp:
I bought these Target wedges long ago because I loved the shape, but haven’t worn them much since. The blue color (which is a bit darker than the photos) doesn’t really go with anything, being too blue to blend in, but not bright enough to make the shoes a statement piece.
Luckily, it turns out many bloggers have wrapped shoes with fabric before, meaning there are many inspiring tutorials for guidance. Here are the ones I referenced:
- a fabric-covered wedge tutorial at Whipstitch Sewing,
- a floral espadrille tutorial at 14 Shades of Grey,
- a denim wedges tutorial at What I Wore, and
- a floral wedge tutorial by Burdastyle’s Alison Dahl.
And here’s how it came out:
Floral Wedge Tutorial
Ta-da! Much brighter and more fun than the original.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
I find it harder and harder to post about Budget Finds, in large part because the online bargains no longer seem so cheap. Here’s a quick comparison between high street & thrift finds to explain:
Zara VBack Teal Dress, $89.90:
Disclaimer: I’m not knocking Zara. They’re one of my top three high street brands, along with H&M and [one of a rotating list of brands that are not as consistent]. I would wear the crap out of that dress.They also have other great things right now like this sequin shirt, this polka dot top, or this colored sweater.
Recent Thrift Store Finds, $25.00:
The skirt is Theory and has pockets, the two dark blue-green shirts are Ann Taylor Loft, while the other two are just cute. They’re all in nearly new condition; the skirt & shirt on the far right were just under $10 each, while the other three were under $2. So, you want to go thrifting?
To find a good thrift store in your area, visit Thriftshopper.com’s National Thrift Store Directory.
Long-time readers might remember an earlier attempt at an indie designer directory; now, over a year later, it’s completed. Woo-hoo!
Like the previous directory, this one is highly edited & a work in progress. I omitted stores that sold clothes but specialized in something else (like accessories, as I’m working on a separate directory for those). I also ignored price/value (rather, I’ll let you decide that), focusing on the designs. Let me know what you think and which stores I missed.
Note: Photos include sold items.
PRINTED T-SHIRTS, ETC.
Pretty Raccoon Clothing (also sells vintage)
ROCKABILLY & RETRO
LINGERIE & LOUNGEWEAR
Plum Pretty Sugar
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