The biggest fashion debate of the Summer has got to be the return of the Birkenstock style sandal. Every site from the Man Repeller to Refinery 29 has made a statement about the them. Even the editors at Vogue have joined the convo calling the trend “Pretty Ugly” …pretty ugly, you see what they did there?! OH NO!!!! Not the return of the ‘stock?!?!? This is all taking me back to 7th grade when my Mom REFUSED to purchase a pair for me. A few months earlier I’d just conned her into getting me a new pair of Cole Haan loafers so as far as she was concerned… my feet were already covered! You know how it is when you want something so bad, but don’t have the means to get this!? All of a sudden they’d become the ugliest shoes ever created and I wasn’t sure why anyone would wear them. Oh the shade!!
All those old feeling came back when I saw them featured in the pages of Vogue this year and obviously I was hesitant to accept their return until I came upon these leopard beauties from Seychelles. Hmmmm they don’t look like the ones I remember from Middle School being leopard and all?!? I’m intrigued. I don’t have anything like this in my closet so I just had to give them a try. Needless to say they have become my new go-to casual Summer sandal. As Jenna Lyons states, leopard is a neutral and I’ve been wearing these with everything.
What do you guys think of the return of this trend? Do you remember with the ‘stocks were popular many years ago or am I dating myself here?!? Share in the comment section below. And if you’re interested click here to purchase these cuties. They’re on sale and available in different colors including metallic!
As we transition from sweater weather to slip-on season, I thought now would be the perfect time to customize a pair of plain white sneakers. A pair of basic shoes is like a blank canvas. Use your imagination to create your very own personalized pair of Spring slip-ons. Obviously, I needed a leopard print pair…
*The shorts actually use to be a pair of jeans. I cut off the legs to make them shorts and used a sheet of sand paper to distress them.
Photos by Sylvia G
Obviously adding glitter to a pair of pumps is one of my favorite DIYs of all times!!! It’s been awhile since I glammed up a pair of my pumps, but when I laid my eyes these Audra pumps from Sole Society I new I had to give them a glitzy makeover. I just loved the way they turned out. Now I can officially dance my way into, what I’m sure is going to be, a sparkling new year!
Apply a healthy and even amount of glue to the area you wish to cover, then sprinkle on the glitter. Allow at least an hour for your glitz shoes to dry before you wear them. This project never gets old!
Photos by Kristen
Over the knee boots are the hottest Fall shoe trend. There are so many wonderful pairs out there, but here’s a easy way to transform your favorite pair of booties into a fab pair of boots. Who doesn’t love a little wardrobe versatility?
Essentially what we’re making is a fancy pair of leg warmers. I know… leg warmers!!!! Purchase a yard of faux leather or faux suede. Do your best to match the fabric of the boots you’re trying to transform. Then, cut your fabric into two piece. The width should be the distance around your calf PLUS one inch (the extra inch will become your seam. 17 inches in my case) and the length should be the distance from your heel to over your knee (21 inches in my case). Add a healthy amount of glue to your one inch seam allowance and fold the other side over to meet it. Allow some time to dry and add a free hand stitch to secure.
My FAVORITE Fall booties. Seriously, I’m wearing a hole in them. And of course I’m about to get even more mileage out of them now that I can convert them to over the knee boots!
Photos by the fab Sylvia G
Happy November!!! Let’s celebrate with a look at my latest DIY project for Today.com. Did y’all know I was a Today Show online Style contributor? Yes honey! I have lots of fun creating fun projects for them every few weeks. This week I’m tacking those metallic gold heels that are oh so popular. My feet are thankful for the return of the thick heels and I love the gold effect on them. It looks like metal. It’s the perfect way to dress up a basic black shoe. Click here to see how to do it yourself.
Crinkling the paper gives it a textured effect. Much like that Marc Jacobs iPhone 5 case I’m coveting. (Too bad it’s not time for me to upgrade yet). Click the link for more outfit pics.
Recently I posted my list of Summer DIY project to complete before Fall. On my list was A Pair And A Spare‘s Alexander Wang inspired gladiator sandals. I knew I had to craft them before it’s officially boot weather. Lucky for me I live in Los Angeles and even though yesterday was the 1st official full day of Fall, we had a high of 85 degrees. Looks like I have a few more weeks to enjoy my sandals.
**Twin Sweater Set by Essie on the hands and feet**
Studded. Sandals. I’m obsessed!! Last summer I purchased a pair of white and gold studded sandals from Target and as my Grandma would say, I wore a hole in ‘em… literally. The studded sandal is the perfect summer shoe because it’s edgy yet chic and goes with almost anything. On this weeks video I show you how to transform a basic pair of sandals into a sassy studded pair.
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