Saturday, July 31, 2010

My dolls dress better than I do

I wasn't going to order these, but couldn't resist the temptation. So, I made the preorder and should get them in a couple of months. The way I thought it was that I'm never going to get a chance to wear Louboutin shoes, so I could at least get them for my dolls.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sandals for a Monster High doll

This is the first pair of shoes I made for a Monster High doll. The insoles are made of leather and straps are cardwoven bands made of sewing thread and thin silver colored thread. To get the strap length correct, I decided to make the buckles first and only then glue the ankle straps in place. One thing to keep in mind while gluing the straps in place is to make sure you don't make them too tight. You need to be able to open and close the buckle. So make sure to check that you can do it before the glue has dried.

I used metal strips inside the soles to help keep the correct shape. It also helped dealing with the bulge caused by the end of the straps.

I thought it would be a good idea to add a little extra, so these wouldn't be just basic sandals. As the buckles aren't glued or soldered shut, the coins can be easily removed.

Almost ready: straps in place, outer soles glued in place, only heels are missing.

Here are the finished shoes. The heels are carved from balsa wood and covered with leather.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

sun-soaked california

[ :: Asos maxi :: DIY chain necklace :: F21 bracelet :: Modcloth shield and chain rings :: ]
[ :: clutch from I forget where :: Jeffrey Campbell wedges :: ]

Hiyaaaas!! I'm back in Boston for August! It's so nice to be back--nothing like a little staying-at-home-with-the-parents to remind you how precious independence is! I love my parents like crazy but I can't do the 24/7 family-time thing.

 Anyhoo! This is another of my Asos purchases! It wasn't exactly a steal at $48, but the fabric is amazing and it has quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces. The jersey material is thick but not stifling, and it's structured enough to not cling to every bump. I've already worn it dressed up with a statement necklace and bracelet and heels, as well as just with sandals and a cute cross body bag. I love how versatile it is! :)

I can't wait for the rest of my Asos items to arrive! :) Has anyone else posted about their Asos Curve purchases?? I've been so out of the blog-o-sphere this past week, I'd love if you guys commented with your links! :D

Yours, Etc.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A finished pair of shoes for a Monster High doll

In addition to making the cork soles, I've also managed to get this pair finished. The inner and outer soles are made of leather, the heels are made of balsa wood and covered with leather, and the bands are cardwoven out of sewing thread.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cork soles for Monster High doll shoes

I haven't made any doll shoes for some time, but as I got two of the Monster High dolls, which have odd-sized feet (not Barbie scale, but not like 15" dolls either), I got enough motivation to make some shoes.

The first idea was to make cork soles a bit differently than before. The usual method (stacking cork sheet pieces horizontally) requires a lot of work in the carving stage. This time, I decided to try if I could get the arch in the right shape in the cutting stage.

First I drew the shape on paper, cut the pattern, copied it to the cork sheet and cut the pieces. The two pieces are mirror images, so that the pencil marks are hidden inside and won't be visible.

Then I glued the pieces together using PVA glue and making sure the sides with pencil marks were inside and clean sides outside. These little plastic clamps are very handy when gluing something this small.

While the heels parts where drying, I made the bottom parts. The picture doesn't actually show the final form as I cut these in roughly the correct shape and carved the final shape after everything was glued together. The reason for this is that the bottom part needs to be a bit bigger than the heel, so you can remove the excess following the edges of the heel to get as seamless result as possible.

Here the pieces are together before gluing. I carved the heel shape as close to final as possible before gluing.

This is what a finished sole looks like. Now I only need to decide what kind of shoes I'm going to make using these.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Carmakoma A/W 2010 Lookbook: Carpe Diem

 all images from carmakoma

These are just a few of my favorite looks from Carmakoma's A/W 2010 Lookbook, Carpe diem.

In their own words, "the new Carpe diem collection by carmakoma is a celebration of the brave femininity...The woman in carmakoma's new collection is ready to face the world. She welcomes any surprise the day might offer and does not hesitate to seize the moment and stand up for what she believes in."

I don't know about seizing the moment, necessarily, but I'll definitely be seizing those clothes! I can't wait--the new collection hits stores in just 10 days! :)

Will you guys be shopping the collection?
Yours, Etc.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

happy hour

[ :: Asos Curve tunic :: NY&Co skirt :: gifted Torrid belt :: Topshop ankle boots :: Isabella Fiore bag :: ]

I love this top so much I bought two. Just in case. Plus, it was only $15 when I bought the second one. lol. Might as well have a backup! :D
If you guys haven't already heard, Asos is having a MASSIVE clearance sale--plus and additional 10% off if you use code ASOSTreats! It expires midnight 7/22 (UK time zone) so get shopping! :)

Anyhow, this is what I wore to work (glamorous, I know) and for happy hour after! I love happy hour. <3

Btw, I know via Twitter that a bunch of you have been making Asos purchases! What'd you guys snag?? :D

Yours, Etc.

Friday, July 16, 2010

casual luxe






[ :: H&M top and skirt :: F21 earrings :: clutch whose brand I've forgotten :: Jessica Simpson heels :: ]

 mmm too tired and lazy to post anything other than photos. hehe?

Yours, Etc.

P.S. I know I've been a bit unreliable about posting--sometimes life just gets in the way! Thank to all my lovely followers who have continued to read and comment! I ♥ you guys!! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

take flight








[ :: H&M top :: Gap skirt :: Marc New York leather jacket :: ]
[ :: Taiwan airplane necklace :: Express wristlet :: Steve Madden snake peeptoes :: ]

I love Nordstrom. Seriously. They may have a horrendous plus-size section most of the time, but the shoooooes. ♥ Snagged both the heels (+another pair...debuting tomorrow!) and the leather jacket at the exclusive anniversary pre-sale! :) I'm so in love with the jacket--sooo buttery soft and comfy. I can't wait to wear this when it's not a million degrees outside! hehe ♥ 
(Yes, I'm that impatient person who wears now clothes the day after she buys them...
...regardless of weather appropriateness)

Eek, so much stuff coming up that I want to share with you guys! I just need to get the go-ahead to share! :D

Also, I can't wait to go back to Boston! I ♥ Cali and no city would ever replace it, but being away from the bf for what... 2 months? It sucks. 

Anyone hit up the Nordies sale?? It's going on now for the public! :)

Yours, Etc.

P.S. Where's felly at? OrangeBear retails online! :D

Monday, July 12, 2010










[ :: H&M top & shorts :: DIY necklace w/ heart pendant :: Nordstrom, Torrid, F21 bracelets :: ]
[ :: Topshop boots :: Isabella Fiore bag :: ]

Errr...sorry for the totally blank/somber face--I took the photos myself and frankly, smiling at a machine just makes me feel awkward and strange, lol!

Anyhow, I love that this sweater-y top thing is sheer--It's actually more sheer than comes across in the photos. I paired it with a black tank and high-waisted skirt for work, and left the tank on when I switched to shorts, but I can totally see someone wearing this without the tank and paired with a black miniskirt for a night out.

Yours, Etc.

Topshop Asher Boots for sale!

SADNESS. My new boots don't fit. :( I ordered a UK9/US11.5 and they definitely fit like size 9 or small/narrow 10.  

They're gorgeous and would be so amazing if they actually fit!!! :(
If anyone is interested in them, I'll sell them for $80 and ship these anywhere in the US for free.
They're brand new/totally unworn/not even laced up yet and you'd save the $15 shipping you'd otherwise pay by ordering from Topshop.

Just let me know within a few days otherwise I'm just gonna suck it up and ship them back to the UK!

If you're interested, email me at curvygirlchic (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks! :)

xoxo CGC