Last year I bought a bunch of fabric from a store a few hours from where I live. I knew that half of the fabric I wanted to turn into leggings. I never realized that the fabric would show up in quite a few places, not to mention on Patricia Field's store website about a year later. Below are the first pair of leggings I made and the ones on the website. The fabric I used is a sister fabric (some of the colors are different), but since I also purchased the identical fabric, I'll definitely be making another pair soon!
So I had to change the setup to the blog just a smidgen. As I continue to learn how to blog, there are many things that make it a challenge to get what you want. But it's cool, I've found a way around the system! The Fashion, DIY, and Food Fun pages will now be archive pages, with individual links to all of my posts! So stay tuned for more posts and don't forget to follow me!
My grandmother Lucretia had always been in style. In honor of her life and fashionable ways I decided that my first fashion post be dedicated to her today, on her birthday. According to paper records, she would have been 86 years old, but she was older than her birth certificate stated, so she actually would have been closer to 93. She never went out the house without looking sharp. My grandmother and her sisters grew up in a time when it was cool to get dressed up and take pictures. The above picture was taken when she was 21. Even though you can't see it in the picture her hair was jet black and her eyes hazel, looking fierce and fabulous. She will always be near and dear to my heart. I love you and thank you grandma for always inspiring me to keep it stylish, happy birthday!
Below are a couple more pictures of her throughout her life:
Fashion truly repeats itself because my grandma is definitely rocking loafers which are very in right now!
This picture was taken in the forties. The two children on either side of my grandma are my uncle and aunt when they were little.
So these boots were inspired by a delayed decision. I was online one day and saw the Jeffrey Campbell like the ones below:
(Image courtesy of weheartit.com)
I really wanted to buy them on Amazon, but by the time I went to purchase them, they were no longer available. Every website I searched I came up empty handed. Then it hit me, I could make them myself! I had almost everything I needed and the cost would be much less.
A pair of black boots: I found these online. They are similar to JC but not them.
Paint: Here I use Lumiere paints - it paints well on leather/leather-like material and it's permanent. I have a Jerry's Artarama near me which is where I purchased these, but I'd check local craft stores or order it online if you don't have one near you.
Bottles: I purchased these bottles from Dharma Trading Company online. The smaller bottles are about the size of an eye drop bottle.
Tips: I think these are helpful because it controls the paint flow. (I also bought these from DTC)
Paper: This is optional but I use this to practice the squiggles I use on the boots.
Here's What You Do...
STEP 1: Load all of the paints into the bottles. I wanted a lot of colors, but it's up to you how many you want to use. This can be a little messy so make sure you have laid down some plastic to protect your work surface. (Note: I actually later on placed some black Lumiere paint in an extra bottle to balance all the colors). For the smaller bottles the tip screw right on the tips.
STEP 2: Pick a color and drag it across the boots. Don't be afraid to get into it, I know I did! Try not to squeeze too much out at a time because you want it to dry at a decent rate as you layer more colors.
STEP 3: Continue to layer different colors. I tried to leave some of the shoe unpainted so the black would show through. For the shoelaces I left them in so they'd get painted to. You could also remove them and paint them separately. (Note: either way the paint as it builds up on the laces may make it a little more work to get them back in or tighten them, but it's worth it with the extra fierceness!)
STEP 4: LET THEM DRY!!! This is critical that the paint is able to dry. I let these dry 24-48 hours (I hadn't planned wearing them at the moment so I let them sit out for a while). Touch up the boots if necessary. This is where I added the black paint on top and then let it dry again. (IF you can't wait that long you can take a blow dryer to them (on the cool setting - direct heat is bad for the leather!)
STEP 5: Now is the time to be fierce! Show off your boots to the world!
For all the Dr. Who fans out there here is a Tardis Cake Topper made by yours truly!
While at work one day my good friend Julia and I were out for a walk discussing cake ideas for her wedding reception. I happened to mention it would be cool to do a Tardis cake topper…and the rest is history! (After making it, it was a little top-heavy so it’s actually sitting next to the cake)
She’s a huge fan of the BBC television show so it seemed very fitting for her to have this. The Tardis and “Dr. Who” (in this case is being played by her adorable dog Yuri) are made out of fondant. I used a secret weapon for all the signs and windows. It was priceless to see her face when she saw it on the table.
Not only did I have the privilege to do her cake, but I also did a wedding portrait that I must admit was pretty darn cool and unconventional!
I had so much fun doing this and everyone loved it. But most importantly the bride (and groom) were happy and that’s all that really mattered!