Friday, 8 June 2012

A quick make over!

I have been rather a busy bee over the last few days working gathering up new ideas (and shopping).
It was a fabulous few days off and I got to see my friends and have some time to cook up some new ideas and things to keep me occupied!
I was shopping with my dad's girlfriend on Monday we were wandering about enjoying the lack of rain. We walked past a Kurt Geiger outlet store and I found their "Audit" shoes in a nude patent leather alas they only had a size 7 left. However they had them in a size 5 pale pink nubuck. I tried it on and fell in love and for £25 (reduced from £150) why not! I asked for the other one so I could see what they were like to walk in and the assistant informed me the display shoes had faded from a bright salmon pink to the pale colour. She brought out the left shoe which was still the original colour. (A lovely colour yes but generally I am not really into bright pink)
Before I had even said anything she suggested I could dye it another colour or try and fade the left shoe to match the right. The thought of dying them a different colour had already crossed my mind because pale coloured suede and nubuck is impossible to keep its original colour. My only thought was I did not want to spend that amount of money on mismatched shoes and she offered to reduce them to £9. I said no problem I will take them.
As she was putting them through the till she asked nervously will I be ok dying them. Did I have any experience with that kind of task? (I dyed a satchel blue last year, this is where I learned you can dye suede, and there is an earlier post on the blog showing the bag.)

I assured her it was no problem!
I spent a few days debating about what colour to dye them and how to solve the problem with matching the colour. Originally I was quite taken by the idea of dying them vermillion red or even orange. Instead I decided I wanted shoes I could wear more often and get away with at work and nights out. I also wanted them so that if they needed treating or the colour needed a touch up it was easily done. I wanted them to be black; the only issue with this is you cannot put black suede dye straight onto a pale coloured material because it comes out blue. I learnt this last summer when my favourite suede Topshop wedges were ruined and the only way to rescue them was to dye them.
The dye I used was DYLON suede and nubuck dye in navy. I was using this as the base, so I would have an even colour and I was going to layer the black on after.

(here are those wedges after I was finished)

The nice thing about dying suede is that it's straight forward and simple. You just clean the suede, bring a brush suede brush over it and paint the dye on in layers. Usually two layers are enough.

I had too do, three extra coats on the faded shoe to even the colour. They came out indigo blue. The pink and navy have created a really lovely purple. I decided to leave them that colour because it really compliments the pink heel well and I have to much black in my wardrobe!
I wore them to work and they got many compliments.

It was realy satisfying getting £150 shoes for £9 and making them my own.
They are really comfortable and lovely to wear!

And to show the standard "before" picture

The "after" picture.

In other news here is a picture of the vintage satchel I have been waxing lyrical about.
Have a good weekend!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Lusting for things you shouldn't!

I have had my eye on printed trousers for a while now. Usually I hate trousers because I am short in the leg and everything is always too long. However thanks to H&M, I found a style that suits. I fell in love with the tapered leg. I bought three pairs, Black, black Aztec print and cream with a graphic print, that looks like a Duchamp sketch.
River Island for their spring collection did a particular scarf print I was rather drawn to. They are blue, printed and very pretty. They did the print in three styles all of which I quite liked. They did them in tapered, paper bag and wide leg. The print is really something, a lovely aqua pastel with a mono chrome print. The print is  variety of leopards, birds, roses and chain detail. They really had me struck!

These have a fantastic shape, they're simple and would work fantastically with my Topshop chiffon woven front tees. and several of my favourite jumpers and many of my shoes. (of course!)They can be casual and smart.

These have a great detail on the waist and I like the shape. Good for a crisp white shirt or a vest top and some sandals. Slightly harder to dress due to the waist. And given my shape (hourglass) not suited because it kind of cuts me in half!

But I still love them :)

These are amazing. Good for lengthening the leg. narrowing the waist and like the first pair so simple to dress. (Sadly this length rules them out)

I bought the tapered leg, I have tried all three on and loved them equally but I need something I can multi- task with. The fabric on these trousers is really lovely. It is a light polyester, that stops you getting hot but will keep you warm.

I really desperately wanted them when they were first in stores.  I couldn't justify the price and kept thinking about it until the other evening, I thought why not go see if they are still there?

So I did and had found out they were in the sale and I was in luck!

The tapered pair are due next week and I cannot wait to start wearing them. It is nice to find something that works and for all of those with short legs too you know what a nightmare jeans can be! (I envy you tall Amazonians!) (Including you Rihanna and Beyonce!) It was good to finally find something I can get away with. I embrace print a lot because it's fun, I like basic colours and styles but it is nice to mix things up once in a while.
I cannot wait to get them and wear them. Anna Lou Elliot is a blog I follow and always read she has just started embracing printed jeans and patterns which is good to see because it is fabulous to see her wardrobe expand and be given a new dimension. She is also a good source of inspiration for me I like her pallet of basic colours and clashing textures. (She also has a bad ass shoe collection!)

I think I need to start actually showing what I do with all the clothes, I tell you guys about?!

In other shopping news:
My other recent additions are; a beautiful chestnut brown leather satchel backpack, which has literally not come off my back since I bought it. I have also got a lovely play suit from H&M that is fitted and I lived in during the sunshine. It is simple and black, again I can dress it up or down and I love the 50's shape and the simplicity of it.
I also have found a lovely fitted evening dress and printed jumper and sweatshirt. I have even been out in my new zebra brogues.

It is good fun to enjoy a few lovely and funky pieces :)