And then all of a sudden it is August 11th.
I have been away for a little while mostly because I was on a surprise birthday road trip with my boyfriend (who planned AND manged to keep it a secret) to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado…and then I had to recover from my road trip, I will be posting more on that later on…hopefully the day after my birthday which is tomorrow…..wooohoooo
In the meantime I’m here to share a little photo shoot I did with my handmade skirt after a work meeting the other day. The office I “work out of” is at the LA River Center and Gardens so it’s a pretty lush green place in the middle of a very urban landscape. If this skirt seems familiar to you then you get an A+ for paying attention because it is made from the same fabric as this handmade shirt, what can I say…I like a bold black and white polka dot.
I became best friends with this plant.
The necklace I wear almost 24/7.
These shoes have become a fast favorite (after I broke them in and bandaged my wounds) they are comfortable flats that immediately class up an outfit.
I am going to start this post off with admitting a fact about myself…it’s not super scandalous or outrageous but it has forced my hand into buying some crazy things.
— I love impractical shoes —
Whew, it feels good to say out loud…or in text rather. I love impractical shoes not because I go out a lot and I need to dress to impress, I merely love the shape and the idea of them, honestly I almost never go out (and I’m not ashamed of that) but even if I did go out I would have to be invited to an awards show or be Lady Gaga to make these shoes make sense. Admittedly, I have worn all of these shoes at least once (and maybe twice) so the money was well worth it and it proved that I did in fact need them, obviously.
I am writing this post not to shame myself, or promise that I’m going to put an end to this impractical love (because let’s be honest…I NEED more crazy shoes…..ammiright???) I am writing this post to give these poor beautiful shoes, which have been relegated to the “display” section of my closet, a chance to see the light of day and to receive the love that they deserve.
These guys *might* be the most practical mostly because they are easy to walk in and they are simple enough to be acceptable….but measuring in with a six inch heel “practical” may not be the best descriptor.
I actually find these to be my most practical because I’ve worn them the most, they are easy to walk and they look pretty cool, I like the little rhino horn. I wore them in this outfit post.
I love these shoes and when I wore them in this post I had a blogger actually offer to buy them from me (I politely declined), the reason I deem them impractical is the wooden sole, I HATE the sound of wood soles clacking…I am not a little Dutch girl wearing wooden shoes…..I’m a person testing the ankle breaking gods.
These shoes demonstrate my desire to be Lady Gaga, her heel-less shoes were all I could think about for a hot minute (it made studying in my last year of college very difficult). Yes, these are Jeffrey Campbell knockoffs but there was no way I was paying such high prices for such highly impractical shoes.
In case you are wondering, you do not teeter backwards when you wear these…they are quite stable.
These guys right here are the pièce de résistance of my impractical shoe collection. These are REAL Jeffrey Campbell Damsel Gold Spike Shoes…I found them at a consignment store in almost new condition (in which they remain because they are absolutely insane) and I paid a fraction of a fraction of the price….I was seriously having heart palpitations when I was waiting in line to buy them. The heel on these guys is almost 7 inches tall and if that isn’t enough impracticality for you the spikes are actually SUPER sharp AND they weigh about 4 pounds each. I have worn these once…to dinner on my birthday…and I had to sit the whole time. I love them but my ankles are deathly afraid of them.
If you have made it this far I thank you for reading my crazy love letter to my crazy shoes, I feel they have received the credit they deserve and now I will put them back into my closet, look upon them every time I reach for flats and wish that I had the fashion life of Lady Gaga.
I was feeling down on myself so I sewed a new shirt.
My neighbors probably think I’m a crazy person jumping around in heels in the back yard.
I am VERY proud of my brand new shirt.
I’m trying my best to add more color to wardrobe habits because, as you can see from my last outfit post, it has fallen into the land of monochrome, I don’t mind the black and white but this leaves most of my closet untouched. Now when I think about adding “color” my brain automatically screams ADD SPARKLES!, (is sparkle not a color??) unfortunately for me I have to be a productive working adult so my sparkle outfits can’t be as crazy as they were in College so I have to find creative ways to wear on of my favorite colors (yep sparkle is totally a color).
These days my closet is pretty black and white, I’m not sure why but I like it. #sorrynotsorry
Skirt: H&M Sale
Tights: Forever 21
Necklace: Urban Outfitters Sale
Earrings: Gift from my Dad
Hair: Gift from my Mom
Shoes: GoJane…probably on sale
Here in Southern California we are experiencing “Sinter”, spring going by the name of winter. The weather doesn’t know what it is doing half of the time, one days it’s cold the next its almost hot…now I’m not complaining because I’d rather this than snow any day (sorry everyone else in the country) but regardless I want to wear my cute boots because the calendar says February and it is my right to wear cute boots in “winter” (even is it is too warm).
The idea for this DIY was sparked by my boots spooning each other in my closet, now spooning may be appropriate in some situations but never when it comes to my boots.
I have been scoping out boot shapers for some time now and I have been unable to bring myself to spend $10 (or more) on things that I knew I could make. Today inspiration came to me while I was pondering my spooning boots, I could use the packing pillows from all of my amazon purchases which I just didn’t have the hear to throw out!
With that spark this DIY was born, enjoy!
You will need:
A Sewing Machine
Side note about the fabric: It was on sale at Ikea for $25 for an ENTIRE bolt of fabric…so now I will probably use this fabric for every functional sewing DIY I make (my kitchen curtains are already made from it).
Steps 1 and 2: Fold your packing pillows in half (if you have the individual perforated kind) and duct tape one end.
Steps 3 and 4: Put the untaped ends together and tape around the middle.
Your stuffers are done, you can stop here if you don’t feel like sewing…but it will be quick I promise.
Step 5: Cut 2 strips of fabric about 28 inches long and 6 inches across.
I kind of guesstimated these measurements based on the size of my stuffers…it’s not exact but it works.
Step 6: Sew up the two long ends of your covers.
Now you may be thinking that you are making long skinny pillows…and you would be right.
Steps 7 and 8: Admire your freshly sewn covers and flip them right side out.
Steps 9 and 10: Put your stuffers into the cover and sew the ends.
Now your boots won’t be caught spooning in your closet!