Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Spotted Day

I feel as though the weather is beginning to warm up a bit here in LA, but it's not quite ready for those summery clothes that I'm just dying to pull out (minty shades anyone??).  So, until then, I'm considering myself grateful for the few days of cool weather we are having which is allowing me to wear some long sleeve dresses with tights.  I absolutely love this silk blue spotted dress.  It looks like a tunic, with a longer back and shorter front, but the belted tie adds a nice touch.  I chose to pair it with grey tights, grey shoes, and a bright red (pomme) Louis Vuitton bag.  I would love to know how you think I did with my pairing!!

Dress: W118 by Walter Baker
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Seychelles
Purse: Louis Vuitton
Jewelry: Ring: J. Crew Carnation Ring; Earrings: Old

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tips for Strassing your Louboutins (or other shoes!!)

I have been a long-time wearer of Louboutins, and have always wanted a strassed pair.  However, I just couldn't justify spending +$3000 on them, especially when I am such a crafty person, and I knew that I would gain so much pleasure (and stress, little did I know) from strassing a pair myself.  My solution, you ask?  I decided to take a pair that I rarely wore and turn them into some blingin' beauties.  Now, I became very lucky with this deal because my aunt actually gave me this pair because they were too big for her (it's great to have an aunt with the same shoe size!!), so I didn't spend anything on the shoes.  The crystals were around $400, and the extra tools around $10.  

Here's a tip if you don't have any old Louboutins laying around (or an Aunt whose closet you can raid).  A lot of people go onto ebay and purchase an old beat up pair.  You are going to be re-doing the entire outside with crystals anyways, so the shoe doesn't need to be perfect.  I've seen some styles of Louboutins go for as little as $100 on ebay.  

Secondly, you want to make sure the shoe matches the color of crystals that you are planning to use.  For me, my shoes were already black, and I chose to use Swarovski Jet Hematite Crystals (Sparkly Black) so the background already matched the shoe.  If you have a purple pair of shoes, but you are planning to crystalize your shoes with pink Swarovski crystals, I would first dye your shoes to closely match the pink color you are planning to use.  

For the crystals, I would recommend purchasing Swarovski, as they give the most sparkle.  I purchased mine on ebay, and the higher quantities you purchase them in, the cheaper they get.  I purchased in various sizes, with the smallest being 5ss and the largest being 20ss.  I would recommend purchasing at least 5 different sizes, so you have a good variety on your shoes.  It's good to have larger sizes to begin with and then baby crystals to fill in the smaller areas as you close in.

As for tools, I recommend Gem-Tac for gluing the crystals down.  It is a really strong adhesive and keeps the crystals on nice and tight.  Don't worry about the glue looking white when it first goes on- it will dry clear and no one will know that you've made a mess of the glue.  For putting the crystals on, there are various tools you can use, and I've tried them all!  I love the jewel setter tool that has a sticky end that grabs the crystal and helps you put it on the shoes.  And tweezers also work well for putting in the teeny tiny crystals toward the end.

For spacing, you can put things as close or spaced out as you like.  I choose to put mine closer together because I am very picky about the ways things look, however if you try to get it perfect, you will drive yourself insane!!!

So, let's begin!

Tools I used: Gem-Tac, Jewel-Setter, and various sizes of Swarovski Crystals

A BEFORE photo of my shoes

The first crystals are put on my shoes!  I chose to start with the larger crystals first and put them on randomly throughout.  Some people start in one place and fill in the whole area as they go.  I found the way I did it much easier so I didn't worry about which size crystals to use in each area and I would have even amounts of crystals throughout.

I continued to add the larger size crystals throughout.  Don't worry that you are adding too many!  Trust me, once you start adding the smaller crystals, you'll wish you added more of the larger ones.

Now I have started filling in the areas with the medium and smaller sized crystals, working my way throughout the shoe.

After around 40 hours of work, I have a beautiful pair of strassed Louboutins!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Wedded Bliss

Yesterday I felt so fortunate to be a part of two of my closest friends' wedding.  My friend, L, and her new husband, J, are both extremely talented artists and their creativity showed through in all of their wedding details.  From the hand-made paper flowers to the unique lantern center pieces, their wedding was done beautifully in each in every way.  Best of all, however, was that I was able to be a part of such an amazing day for both of them, when they finally joined their lives together.  For their wedding, I chose to wear an M Missoni dress with Miu Miu heels and an LV clutch.  I would love to know what you think about this wedding look!

Dress: M Missoni
Blazer: ebay find
Heels: Miu Miu
Clutch: Louis Vuitton
Jewelry: Gifts

(scroll down to see more images from the wedding!)

Photo 1: all handmade details- from the goodie bags to the paper flowers to the name pieces!
Photo 2: Bridesmaid Flower Bouquets!  Again, all hand-made!  I love the zipper detail on the handles.
Photo 3: I love the simple elegance of this cake.  And the cake toppers are absolutely adorable!! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Whimsical Day at the Park

Today the weather in Los Angeles warmed up a bit, but still had a cool, crisp feel to it.  It felt perfect for an oversized sweater, skinny jeans, and tall boots.  The parks were full of people ready to get out after the past few rainy days we've had.

Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Gap Skinny Jeans- the black are sold out online (still available in stores), but they have a lot of great colors for spring
Boots: Anthropologie (sold out online)
Bag: Chanel
Sunglasses: purchased at the Chatuchak Weekend Market (Thailand)- similar styles found everywhere- a style I particularly love is Karen Walker's Rover Sunglasses 
Earrings: Vintage