Tuesday, August 28, 2012

prep school

[ :: Gap blazer (here) :: Eight Sixty blouse (similar) :: AE shorts (similar) :: Monika Chiang bag (here) :: ]
[ :: H&M glitter sneakers (similar) :: Skagen watch (similar) :: bracelets from taiwan and winter market nyc :: ]

[ :: Gap blazer (here) :: Eight Sixty blouse (similar) :: AE shorts (similar) :: Monika Chiang bag (here) :: ]
[ :: H&M glitter sneakers (similar) :: Skagen watch (similar) :: bracelets from taiwan and winter market nyc :: ]

Can you tell I'm impatient for fall weather? It was *marginally* cooler this weekend, so I used it as an excuse to wear the blazer I've been dying to share with you guys! I'm obsessed with this color for fall (in search of the perfect skinny jeans in this shade, if anyone can point me in the right direction!) Needless to say, the rest of the day I didn't even touch it because it was still a toasty 75 degrees, and sweaty isn't a good look for me. I might just have to resort to wearing it around the house with the A/C blasting. 'Cause that makes sense.

Also, how awesome are these glitter sneakers? Best $25 of the summer. I'm contemplating getting more colors if H&M has them. They're kind of narrow for my wide feet, but there are some things worth sacrificing for a boatload of sparkly glitter.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Shoes for 16" Miss Piggy

The basis for these shoes were plaster castings I had made some time ago. I glued the platform toe parts to cardboard soles that had 3 layers of cardboard glued in shape.

Next, I covered the sides of the toe parts with leather and filled gaps with leftover pieces to make sure that the outer soles would stay even when glued in place.

Then I covered the plaster casting heels with leather and glued them in place. Usually the heels are the last part to be glued, but I wanted to try a different method this time.

Then I covered with leather the edges that still had cardboard visible. The metal strip you can see in the photo is there to provide extra support to keep the arch in correct form. I don't use that a lot, but Piggy weighs more than smaller dolls, so some additional strength is a good idea.

For the closing mechanism I decided to try hook and eye, which turned out to be a bad idea as you can see later.

The straps are made of leather and the decorations are actually sticker strips with transparent background. Those are really easy to use for something like this. I covered the strips with glossy sealer just to be sure that nothing will fall off later.

The insoles are made of cardboard and covered with leather leaving some extra around the edges. I cut off the extra where the straps went, but in other places I turned it under the soles.

Here you can see the insoles with some sections already turned under.

The problem with hook and eye was that the end of the strap pointed to the side instead of going along the side of the foot. As I had already glued the pieces in place, I decided to fix this by cutting the hooks, pressing them flat and gluing the straps to the leather strips that held the hooks. So the result is no closing mechanism at all, but fortunately Miss Piggy's feet are different from most other dolls' feet and even shoes with fixed straps placed this high will be fine.

Finally, here are the finished shoes. The outer soles are finished with pieces of dark brown leather.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

currently coveting: Simply Be Fall Fashion

Fall is probably every fashionista's favorite season--cool enough for layers and boots, but not so cold that you can't feel your face when you go outside. This year, while I was sorting through the plethora of Fall lookbook and press releases that are flooding in, I was most impressed by Simply Be's stunning A/W 2012 Collection. Many of you probably got the catalog in the mail--how awesome does everything look? It totally psyched me up for fall. :D For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Simply Be is one of my favorite plus size retailers! It has great fashion-forward pieces--including metallic and maroon/wine colored items (my fave!). 

Simply Be Fall Fashion Picks from
1. Animal Print Contrast Trim Blouse 2. Anna Scholz Bird Accent Dress 3. Biker Jacket with Detachable Fur Collar
4. Contrast Panel Trousers 5. Metallic Skinny Jeans

I'm so obsessed with that biker jacket and the metallic skinny jeans. I can totally imagine wearing the jacket with jeans and boots for a causal look, or those sexy statement jeans with a slinky black top and high heels for a date night look! ;)

What are you guys most looking forward to wearing this fall? ♥ Boots, jackets, leather? Let me know! :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Feel More Better {and a little something extra} Giveaway

Heyyyy guys! I got so much positive feedback about the Not Photoshopped campaign that I wanted to give you all a chance to own a piece from the StoryTees line.

{{ Just for fun, and as a little thank you for reading, I'll also include a couple little surprises in the giveaway winner's package! ;) ♥ }}

You Be You and I'll Be Me t-shirt giveaway

To enter, just leave a comment below with your name and email address or twitter handle and I'll contact you directly if you win! :)

t-shirt is a size 05, or XXL.
open to US residents
giveaway ends August 14, 2012

Disclosure: The t-shirt was provided to me by the No Subject team for this giveaway. Additional items in the giveaway are provided by me.