I feel so scatter-brained lately. I have various weekly Fabulous Features scheduled throughout the month, and I have been thinking I'd incorporate them into my regular postings.... but I also have my 365 post ready plus I've got recipes, DIY's and tons of other things rolling around in my brain, all ready to be spewed out there to you. I almost don't know where to begin. Can anyone else relate? It's the holiday season, in all it's fabulous-ness isn't it?
I decided this week's Fabulous Feature would be all about sweetness. (And my November 365 will keep for a couple of days.) The sweetness of my sponsor, Miss Barbara, who I'm here to introduce you to, is first and foremost in my mind. Barbara has been partnering alongside me in the blog world for some time and is most commonly found at her blog, San Fernando Street. She is also one of my most favorite Instagramers in the whole wide world and you would do yourself a huge treat by following her at both those places. (You can find her Instagraming @LM_4_BN)
This girl can cook and she inspires me constantly with her yummy creations. She is also extremely thoughtful, both with her words which bless my heart constantly, (and I'm pretty sure bless others as well from what I read) and her actions- last week I found a box on my front porch and she had shipped me a darling California dishtowel along with this turquoise pitcher just because "it looked like me." (And we've never met in real life.) Thoughtful, I tell you. I keep trying to convince her that Fed Ex would probably also send me some of her Pear Cake. What? Okay so yeah, I might be pushing my luck a little with that one. (wink) But seriously...pear cake... with vanilla glaze. Yes please! If you don't know Barbara, please, please, please hustle on over to "meet" her either by clicking the San Fernando Street button on my sidebar, or here, and go say hello!
Glitter shoes. (I know, right?!!) My mama would call these "party shoes." My man came home and announced his company Christmas party date to me, and I instantly went into planning-my-wardrobe-and accessories mode. (Apparently I'm typing with many hyphenated words today.) Here's the thing. I will be wearing a very old dress- it's a classic little black dress number that works year after year so I'm good with it. I'll also be carrying an old shimmery golden clutch, and I'll be wearing jewelry I already own. So that leaves shoes, naturally. I found these adorable golden peep toes for $300. Gasp!
a new pair though. Right? I grabbed these Nine West peep toes last summer at a consignment store for under $5.00. I'm sooo happy I didn't walk away. I had bought them to wear to a wedding. The problem was, the back of the heel was all nicked up and scratched. So when the idea to glitter these hit, I felt no remorse what so ever. (I would advise that you do this on an old pair of course.)
thirty DIY's on Pinterest. (So you don't have to) Here's what they all basically said. Find the shoes, use glue or mod podge, (it didn't seem to matter which you went with) glitter of your choice (fine glitter looked way better from all the shoes I reviewed) and some sort of sealant. This is where the research dropped off, as most people either didn't seal them or used random clear sealants, mod podge, or whatever they had on hand. I felt no pressure to run out and buy anything because of that, so I used some sort of satin-finish polyurethane spray that I had in my garage. (It worked just fine.)
glitter in my studio, so I picked four shades I liked and mixed them all together in a bowl. I had that tingle- you know the one... where you think, "Ooooohhh this is gonna be good!"
generous pile of glitter and knocked off the excess. I did see DIY's where they recommended sanding the shoe lightly before this process, but mine were a soft leather that didn't have a lot of shine so I didn't do that step.
I made sure to go back and touch up any areas that were banged up or thin, once the first coat was dry. Then I stuffed each shoe with a bag and gave them a coat of sealant (above) to finish them off.
spectacular. And shiny. Of course some glitter is bound to rub off over time, but they seem awfully solid after drying over night and I'm thrilled with the price tag since I didn't go out and spend a dime on them.
(Don't forget to go say Hi to Barbara, my sponsor for todays post!)