Thursday, August 18, 2011

[DIY] From Her Cowboy Boots to Her Down Home Roots

The easiest way to elevate a "blah" outfit is to add a great pair of shoes. My favorite type of shoes? Cowboy boots. They go with everything and add a little bit of charm to any outfit. Today's DIY post will show you how to take a pair of plain cowboy boots from this...

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...to this!

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What You Will Need:
a pair of old cowboy boots (I got these on eBay for $10 and decided I didn't like the color)
...or any pair of leather shoes
nail polish remover or leather cleaner and cotton swabs
painters tape
newspaper
outdoor modge podge
glitter
clear spray finish
foam paintbrush and a smaller paintbrush

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(My boots are painted white here because I had originally thought I was going to paint them, but you don't need to do that.)

Step 1:
Stuff your boots with newspaper to fill them out and make them stand up.

Step 2:
Use your leather cleaner or nail polish remover to clean the surface of the leather.

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Step 3:
Tape off the edges of the sole and any other parts of your boots that you don't want to sparkle.

Step 4:
Mix two parts glitter to one part modge podge and use your foam brush to apply a layer of the mixture to your boots. Let the first layer dry overnight. Don't mix all of your modge podge and glitter at once, because it will dry out when you are waiting for your boots to dry between coats.

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This is what your boots should look like after the first coat. The one on the left is mostly dry and the one on the right is still wet.

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Step 5:
Using a smaller paintbrush, go back and fill in any spots you missed with the modge podge/glitter mixture. Let your boots dry overnight between each coat of filler. I had to do this two or three times before I was happy with the way they looked.

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Step 6:
When your boots are fully dry, remove the painters tape. For Extra Credit: Set your boots on a sheet of newspaper in a well-ventilated area and spray your boots with the clear finishing spray. Your boots shouldn't shed glitter, but this is just for insurance and a little bit of extra shine.

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Now go get your two-step on ;)

Monday, August 15, 2011

[DIY] hide your feathers on the back porch, baby

Feathers are EVERYWHERE right now. They decorate sweaters, skirts, and jewelry, and even act as hair extensions. The best part? You can DIY them into anything, including these earrings!

 What You Will Need:
Chain
Jumprings
Earring Posts
Fine-gauged Wire
Feathers
Wire Cutters
Jewelry-making Pliers
 
Step 1:
Cut two lengths of chain about 6 inches long (You can make your chain longer or shorter, depending on how long you want your earrings to hang). Fold them in half, off-set, so that each half is a different length, but make sure both chains are folded the same.

Step 2:
Open a jump ring and hook it to the chain link at the peak of each fold, also adding an earring post.

 Step 3:
Cut four lengths of wire about 1.5 to 2 inches long each. Using pliers, bend the wire at about 3/4 of an inch in and twist a small loop into the wire.

Step 4:
Match the end of a feather with the short side of one of the wire loops. Wrap the long end of the wire around the feather and short wire in a tight coil, binding the feather to the wire loop. Repeat for each of the 4 wire loops to make four feather "charms".

Step 5:
Open four jump rings and use them to link each of the chain ends on your earrings to one of the feather charms you just created.

...and Voila! You just made your very own feather earrings!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

for one short week nothing out of reach

Sorry for the blog-hiatus! I have been super busy the past month working and getting ready for school to start. I've also been working on a few DIY's so be on the lookout for those soon :) These photos are from a recent trip to Balboa Park when some family friends were in town. Enjoy!



Thursday, July 14, 2011

changes in lattitude

This year, for Independence Day, I headed out to Parker, Arizona with some friends to celebrate the stars and stripes on the Colorado River. Out in the desert, fashion comes to a grinding halt, and keeping cool in the 116 degree heat becomes the only priority. We spent the week in swimsuits, shorts, tank tops, and flip flops. Our number one accessory of choice? A cold beer.






Monday, June 13, 2011

[What I Wore] moving on and moving up

My baby sister graduated high school this past week. I feel so old now! She is a little smarty pants and will be attending UCLA in the fall. I am sooo proud of her! Her graduation was during the day in a stadium with no shade, so I took full advantage and busted out my favorite sunhat.

charlotte russe dress, forever 21 hat belt and cuff, bamboo wedges



Thursday, June 9, 2011

[How To] patch really holey denim

 The "ripped jeans" look came into fashion a few years ago and has managed to stay in style for quite some time now (to my mother's disappointment, ha). One problem with this trend, though, is that after a few washings, those sweet worn-in patches become gaping holes majorly lacking in the butt-covering department. I grabbed my dilapidated denim and some scraps of fabric and got to work!

 
 You will need:
Hole-y Denim Shorts
Thread to match your denim
Fabric Scraps as big as your holes
Sewing Needle, Pins, Scissors


First, figure out how big your holes are that you want to patch and cut your fabric scraps a little bit bigger than your hole. I chose fabric that was a similar color to my denim, but you can use any basic cotton fabric that you like. 
Then, turn your shorts inside out and pin the fabric around your hole, with the front side down, so that it will face the right direction when you turn your shorts right side out. I chose to patch both of my holes, as well as another small worn spot so that the fabric will peek through, and in case that spot goes in the way of the others someday!


 After you're all pinned up, thread your needle and sew around your hole, about a quarter to half an inch away from the edge, so that you are sewing on a stronger part of the denim weave, and to give your fray some room to grow. Use stitches that are small on the outside so that they don't show, but they can be bigger on the inside (mine have held up fine after a few washings).

  

Tie your thread off with a double-knot, trim away any excess fabric, and you are ready to get lots more wear out of your previously un-wearable shorts!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

minnie's dress shop

getting my first couture fix at minnie's dress shop, disneyworld, age 2

Saturday, May 14, 2011

golden scissors

After months of hard work and preparation, it was finally show time! As the show coordinator, I got to sit up at the tech table in the back and call the show over the headset. "Lights, go. Sound, go. And send the first model..."








I want to give a huge shout-out to the promotion class. Everyone worked so hard and it totally paid off! I am so proud of each of you and so happy that our event turned out so spectacular.