Summer sandals are always a must, but what to do with the ones from last season that are comfortable and worn in? I’ll show you how to upgrade them into this seasons must-haves with this DIY! Whether you live in flats like me, or need some height, I’ve rounded up my Top Ten Sandal DIY’s and collected even more ideas and inspo on my Pinterest.
Favorite Fabric + Hot Glue is all you need for this super Easy Artisanal Sandals via Kipi.
Sally from Steel My Style made these Pompom Leather Sandals with her five year old daughter. Which makes this project even more special!
These Alexander Wang Inspired Gladiators via Guilty Pleasure are so similar to the high end designer version. They’re also a great solution for ladies with thicker calves. Now you can make your own custom shoes!
I’m OBSESSED with these DIY Tassel Greek Sandals via Honestly WTF!! I might just have to attempt making these babies!
I have so many pair of Old Navy flip flops, these Braided Strap Sandals via Make It & Love It are a great way to update them.
This Neon Shoes DIY & Painting Leather via Yes Style uses NAIL POLISH to update this heels with the colorblock trend. Yeah, I was pretty impressed too!
How expensive does this DIY Tassel Sandals via Honestly WTF look? Can you tell I’m into tassels this season?
These Knotted Rope Heels via Fab DIY are the classic, preppy and the epitome nautical chic. They also look pretty easy to make.
I just HAD to included this adorable pair of DIY Tassel Sandals via Honestly WTF. They’re perfect if you want to update your nude heels and prefer fun and edgy over classic and preppy.
Sparkle and shine with these DIY Star-Accented Heels. Wear them to dress up boyfriend jeans or add a unique touch to a little black dress look.
Christian Siriano has been one of my favorite designers since he competed on and won the fourth season of Project Runway. To me, he’s a womenswear designer who actually designs for real women and real bodies. His collaboration with Lane Bryant is the perfect example of this. And Danielle Brooks AKA Taystee from Orange is the New Black is the quintessential muse. This capsule collection has something for everyone, and every occasion. I selected my Top Ten pieces and places you would go wearing each. I’d love to hear your thoughts below. Which look is your favorite?
From the Desk to Dinner
Shirtdress by Christian Siriano $128.00
Black Tie Event
I’m a beauty beginner. I’m still watching YouTube videos to figure out how to do the perfect contour or highlight. Since I’m still testing the waters with a lot of brands, I usually look for a more affordable option before I invest. For example, I’m obsessed with eyebrows so I’ll spend upwards of $20 on a great eyebrow pencil. However, with things like lipstick I have a high to low mix from Chanel and Mac to Revlon Colorstay.
One of my favorite lipstick brands NYX Cosmetics. Not only are the colors/pigment incredible rich, the price is unbelievably affordable! Glosses, Lipsticks and Lip Pencils ranging from $6-$12 dollars. I tried three different colors of their Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick and this is what happened.
Note: This is my first ever Beauty Review and I decided not to do any photo editing or filters. So those are the true colors and my touched (although I’m wearing makeup) face.
I love a red lip! I can wear a bold rouge any time of day, and I have! This one is more of deep red or burgundy on me and deepens the more I layer on. I find that NYX Lippies look better after I slather on a couple layers. Sometime I’ll even mix this one with a nude Lip Butter or Matte Gloss to add dimension.
You don’t know how HAPPY I was to see this in Ulta, my preferred retailer for NYX. This color has been sold out for MONTHS! And since it’s such a unique hue, I wanted to test it on my skin. It look more bluish than grey on me, which I found cool and edgy. I did just two layers of this one to achieve this look.
I’m saving the best for last! This Amethyst color is perfect with my current hair color, so I wear it pretty often. Living in the South I get a lot of looks, stares and comments about my eclectic hair. But with this fabulous color on my lips, people know right away that I’m a weirdo making a fashion statement! Just this weekend I went to one of the stuffiest Hotel Bar in Atlanta for a Girl’s Night. It was my first time there, so I felt a little out of place with my freakum dress and bold beauty look. But pretty quickly I started getting lots of love on my look and how perfectly my hair and lipstick matched.
What are some of your favorite lipstick brands? Have you tried any of these colors? What did you think?
Look #1: Quay Eyeware Purple Livnow Sunglasses $42 // Make It to the Big Scene Bootie $99.99 // Alice & You Bandeau Frill Dress In Panel Embroidery Print $41.00
Coachella starts this weekend and next weekend New Orleans JazzFest begins. So it’s fair to say that Festival Season has officially begun! Whether you’ve scored tickets to some of the most popular concerts of the season, or if you just want to flaunt you festival style. I’ve rounded up the top five festival fashion essentials that will help take your concert-goer game to the next level.
(Just beware of the Porta Potties!)
Alice & You Border Print Folk Maxi Dress $84.00 // Kimono Sleeve Belted Maxi Dress In Floral $94.00 // Alice & You Printed Maxi Dress $102.00 // Alice & You Button Through Maxi Tea Dress $61.00 // Alice & You Panel Embroidered Folk Maxi Dress $77
Farmers’ Market Hopping Flat $69.99 // Boho Maxi Dress Purple $25.50 // JAIME Sutherlin Sleeveless Printed Shift Dress $89.99 // Mixed Tile Print T-Shirt Print Dress $55.00 // Printed Split Maxi Skirt Black $47.60
Embroidered & Embellished
Plus Size Contrast-Trim Top $8.90 and Plus Size Daisy Print Shorts $14.90 // Alice & You Mixed Print Shorts With Pom Pom Trim $31.00 // Plus Size Elephant Print Cami $7.90 and Plus Size Denim Cutoffs $22.90
Hats Haute to You $49.99 // Make It to the Big Scene Bootie $99.99 // Made to Your Hiking Bottle Tote in Floral Tapestry $17.99 // Canal I’ve Seen Everything Heel $239.99 // Bestie Unto You Clutch in Rainbow $34.99 // Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket in Print Mix $79.99 // Good News Travels Vast Backpack $59.99
As you know, I have big goals for this blog. I believe in putting things that you want out in the universe and speaking them true. So, I will make the official declaration that one of my biggest blogger goals is to work with a major retailer and collaborate on creating a capsule collection for plus size fashionistas.
Some of my blogger idols (Gabi, Nadia, Tess) have collaborated not just with major plus size brands like Torrid and Addition Elle. They’ve created lines for big box retailers like Target and JCPenny! That’s where I strive to be. Not only because I believe in myself as a stylist and blogger, but because that’s what my degree is in. Product Development, not to mention my years of experience as a Trend Forecaster. But, until then I’ve been focusing on other things like posting more frequently, collaborating with other bloggers and engaging more on my other social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
I’ve collaborated with a group of other bloggers and my first ever Instagram Giveaway is tonight! I’m hoping that my current followers will love it and think of it as an opportunity for them to find and follow more bloggers. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that it will help me grow my followers.
The Giveaway starts tonight at 8:30 PM EST. Get all the info here. Do you like Instagram Giveaways? How often do you think you participate in them?