OMG (cheap) SHOES

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Being a woman, I naturally have some body image insecurities (gasp!), but for the most part, I am comfortable in my own skin – although a bit awkward at times, I do try and embrace it. But, my calves, regardless of how much I work them out, they remain consistently shaped like those baby carrots I like to dip in my hummus. Still, it’s ok, it’s how I am made, but it does make buying shoes very difficult.

I am very skilled at finding thousands of shoes I love the style of online, but I can’t ever bring myself to purchase any because something that may look awesome off, may only accentuates the baby-carrot-ness of my lower legs. In particular, I have been looking for a pair of ankle boots (channeling my inner Cher Horowitz) for, like, ever.

I have probably tried on over 100 pairs in the last year. Really. Anywhere I went that had a contender, I would try them on. The other day, I went into Target and tried on 15 or so shoes, as per usual, and many of the ankle boot variety. Then, I saw them. And the angels sang – or maybe it was just a kid throwing a tantrum a few aisles over, but they worked. My legs are still baby-carrot-like, but the shoes don’t make that any more obvious then it is shoe-less. Oh boy, you guys, the best part: $35.

In the last few months I have donated a lot of clothing and really tried to make an effort to only purchase items that I love. Really define and stick to ‘my style.’ I understand that there may be times that this means spending a little more money for quality, staple pieces that I will want to keep and wear for a really long time. I also always think back to something that was pressed on me in my art classes – the most expensive paintbrush you will ever own is the $6 paintbrush you have to buy 100 times. But these shoes, they really seem to be good quality (I can actually, comfortably run in them, though I won’t be replacing my Nikes for legit jogs anytime soon) and are really solid, for $35, so I am just loving the money saved. The best of both worlds.

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You can buy them online or I have seen them in all the stores right now. Oh, and no Target sponsorship here, I just am really happy with these kicks.

Well, with that here is the tune I’m dancing in my blue black suede shoes to today – it’s an oldie but one of my favorite goodies from high school, Four Tet, As Serious As Your Life

And some serious inspiration coming from this – amazing portrait by Lou Ros, see his (breathtaking) online portfolio here

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Naturally, I need this outfit to go along with my new shoesies – via Lovely by Lucy

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Maybe this will hold me over for a little while, shoe-wise. Pshh, AS IF!

DIY Card and Phone Case

One of my favorite things about finally having (a very small amount of) free time these days is spontaneous DIY projects. I think I was sitting down to write a thank you note for someone, which was something that was actually on my to-do list, when I noticed that I had a little left over suede from a recent project. Naturally, loving the excuse to procrastinate, I started working on something new. The piece I had was a large rectangle, so I rounded off one of the shorter ends, folded it in thirds, stitched up the two sides, flipped it inside out and called it a day. Then I think I got back to that thank you note. Yay for productivity!

Post thank you note, I realized the flap wasn’t wanting to stay closed much so I cut two slits where the flap overlapped with the inside of the pouch, threaded a few thin pieces of suede through the two holes, and the end. I carry a pretty big bag so this little ‘wallet’ is just the right size to hold my important cards, ID and phone, which is really nice when I want to go somewhere and not worry about my large bag getting in the way. I just snatch this up and party on.

Doesn’t get much easier than that.

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Now I just need to mail that thank you note. Life, why you so hard sometimes?

FEELING TUFT-Y

Tutorial time you sexy minxes!

I recently spent months looking through local Craigslist ads for a couch, and after checking out a couple, we finally found a really nice, black, leather sofa with a chaise.  When we got it there were a couple of buttons missing off the tufts, which I assumed would be an easy item to repair.  This was a fair assumption (go me!):

Replacing buttons on tufted furniture/adding tufts to furniture cushions

Materials:

Long embroidary neeedle

Buttons

Back buttons

An episode of Mad Men

Directions:

1.  Start your episode of Mad Men.

2.  Measure out 9 forearm lengths of your thread.  Line up the two ends of the thread and the fold in the end of the thread.   This should make a length with four strings of thread.  Thread the needle with the four strings.  Loop it through and tie the eight strings together at the end.  This eight strings will allow for a tight hold between the top button and bottom button.

3.  Pull the thread so that the needle is near the tied end of your thread.  Hook the button at the opposite end of the thread.  Pull your needle through the cushion from the top of the cushion to the back, being careful to try to keep perpendicular to the cushion to make for a straight line for the thread.

4.  Once pulled through tightly attach the back button.  Cut the thread near the needle and take the two sections of four strings.  Loop one over and through the other to make a simple knot.  Pull as tightly as you can and repeat.  Loop one set of the strings around the back button five times and repeat the knot process.

5.  From there you can trim the excess length in the strings and boom, your tufted.

If you are adding tufts where it was previously tuft-less, you have a ton of options – tufting patterns are pretty much endless.  And by endless I mean there are, like, at least three options:

Simply mark the underside of your cushion with a fabric pencil where you would like the tufts to go and follow the steps above.  If you are reupholstering a piece entirely, the fabric component complicates things a bit and it might be a little while before I climb that mountain.. sorry if I am disappointing anyone that was looking for that level of tuft-y magic..

In other news.. HOLY GLEE FINALE, Batman!  Way to totally make my little heart smile and reaffirm my love for Finn.  (In a strictly show/character sort of way.  No offense Mr. Hudson, but my husband is way hotter and 18 is a little young for me.)

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