Friday, October 4, 2013

Georgia on My Mind

I am so excited to share with you that I am traveling to Georgia (my home-country) in November!  I left Georgia almost 20 years ago and only went back once (13 years ago).  So it will be so nice to see my old friends again.  Excited and nervous at the same time. 
I remember feeling as if I moved to another planet when I came to the U.S. 20 years ago.  Now I'm afraid I'd have the same eerie feeling visiting Georgia. 
I've been looking for comfy jeans under $50 for my trip and after what seems like having tried 100 different styles I finally made my choices:  Lee Classic Fit from Kohl's and Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans.  Also, while I was at Old Navy I fell in love with these sweatpants

Metalina boots in Cheetah - Nine West
everything else - Target

And yes, I did buy those turtlenecks from Target.  Seems like I had not worn a turtleneck in ages.  I think I might be ready for them again.  Gives very minimalistic look plus it's great for layering. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Celine Inspired Fur Lined Sandals DIY under $10

What I used:
Rubber sandals from Walmart (Men's Shoe Department) - $6
Black craft fur from Hobby Lobby - $2.99
Constraction paper, scissors, needle and black thread, glue (E6000)

trace and cut your foot shape from construction paper

place your paper foot form on top of craft fur and cut leaving 1/2" excess
pin with sewing pins and hand-stitch
glue fur lining inside your sandals
(or leave it unglued if you want it to be removable)

Inspiration Celine Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear

For more authentic look try genuine leather sandals (Birkenstock perhaps) and black rabbit fur ($11.99 at Hobby Lobby). 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cruciani Inspired Lace Bracelet DIY (for my daughter)

My inspiration: Cruciani bracelets
What you need:
lace trim - I bought mine at Walmart (check their fabric section)
small sew-on snaps
needle and thread

Measure the trim, cut and sew the snaps on.  All done!


Casual and formal.  Works both ways.  Here is Nina wearing bracelets to my friend's wedding.   By the way, the daisy headband in the photo above is also DIY (for this, you need lace trim and elastic).  Hope you are having a great summer!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Alexander McQueen Inspired Flip-Flops

Alexander McQueen black skull detail flop flops $504, source

Alexander McQueen leather flip flops with zipper and skull detail $201, source
It gets very hot and humid in Tennessee during summer months.  Whether I like it or not I end up wearing flip flops almost everyday.  Most of the time I purchase my flip flops at Old Navy.  Why not embellish them just for fun?!

Use buttons, ribbons or vintage jewelry to create your own version of glorified flip-flops.  Here are a few ideas...
I used skull buttons from JoAnns for these McQueen inspired projects.
What you need:
black flip-flops, two buttons, two black rubber bands and a toothpick.

flip-flops from Ross, skull buttons from JoAnns
with a toothpick slide rubber band half-way through shank

with each loop do the following: pull it down, under and then over the button

DIY McQueen inspired flip-flops
if skull buttons are too much for you, just use some other pretty buttons

 Next project involves using zipper trim also from JoAnns of course :)

measure each side of the flip-flop, cut and burn edges to prevent fraying

apply E6000 glue to the back of zipper trim with a toothpick
glue zipper trim and secure with clothes pins and let dry overnight

remove button shanks and the "cross bone" parts, file with sanding paper

my DIY McQueen inspired zipper and skull detail flip flops
you can also add ribbon bows and buttons :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Skull Slippers DIY

Steve Madden skull slippers

Alexander McQueen Sequin skull slippers
Alexander McQueen Sequin skull slippers

I am inspired by Alexander McQueen and Steve Madden skull slippers, aren't you?!  I bought my purple velvet slippers at Essex and applied iron-on crystals by Next Style from Walmart.  The skull image was too large; but it was easy to trim it down to the smaller size.  The part that was cut off used later on my daughter's tee.  Nothing goes to waste ;)

Stuff the shoe with an old towel and iron on the skull image according to the instructions on the package.

the outline of the skull ironed on a tee

Friday, April 19, 2013

Strictly Country Antique Mall

Strictly Country Antique Mall

5945 Bowling Green Road

Franklin, KY 42134


After chaperoning my daughter's second grade class on their field trip to the Chaney's Dairy Barn in Kentucky, I made a mandatory stop at Strictly Country Antique Mall.  It is located on a working farm with an 1840s homestead.  Both are listed on the National Historic Register.  They have a fascinating collection of antique quilts, handmade metal lamps and furniture.  Their antique wood stood out the most and made me feel as if I were in a museum of folk art of sorts.

Shaker wood storage box, $2300
very early dough bowl, $495

old pottery
carpet bag from Civil War era, $125
hand made vintage-like lamp
black silk dragon pajamas from 1940s, $70

Chaney's Dairy Barn, Franklin, KY


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