Happy July. It’s my birthday month, and I’m feeling like I just want to have a low-key celebration. Maybe just a nice dinner with family. I think that’s all that “old people” really want…
In this post, I’m sharing the ASOS Petite leopard print dress that I bought at the last minute before my mom’s birthday dinner. My mom wanted to celebrate just like how I’m planning to celebrate my birthday: a great dinner with family at a lovely restaurant.
We had dinner at Castaway, which has a beautiful view. My mom’s favorite spot!
When I ordered this leopard print dress, I wasn’t sure how it’d suit me or how great it’d fit. The pattern is a pale pink with navy (I know it looks black in some of the photos, but it’s navy blue), and the material is slightly stretchy. The cut is so flattering and there is some ruching of the material at the belly area with an elasticized waist to hide any trouble spots or after-dinner bloat.
ASOS Petite has never let me down. The length is perfect (I’m 5’1″) and the dress is true to size. I’m wearing a US 0.
I wore nude pumps because nude pumps go with everything. I need to add some cute heeled sandals to my closet. But since I rarely get to wear my beloved pumps these days, I take the opportunity whenever I get it.
I also added the Givenchy Antigona (mini size) in nude pink to my bag collection. Yay. I’ve been so good about not buying fancy bags or shoes, that when I saw this on the preowned market at such an amazing price, I didn’t feel too guilty about the purchase.
There definitely ain’t no shame in buying used items when you want the look and not pay thousands of dollars. There also ain’t no shame in buying designer dupes either. Don’t forget to check out my Amazon page full of awesome highly rated dupes!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer so far!
Hi! Hope you’re all doing awesome. I wasn’t going to blog this outfit, but decided to just throw up a quick post about the black ASOS asymmetric top and Sam Edelman white booties outfit I posted on IG recently.
I’m not a huge fan of off-shoulder styles, but I love cold shoulder tops. I’m also not a big fan of ruffles–they look amazing on everyone else but too frilly and girlish in an unfitting way on me. But this top seems to work for me because it’s ruffly and open-shouldered with a little bit of edge.
I wore the top unzipped, but zipping it up looks cute too. And the long sleeves make this a perfect top for summer date nights.
I love the asymmetric long length of the top. It’s dramatic and a little dressy looking, even though this outfit is pretty much casual.
I accessorized with a nude-black-white colorblock Prada purse that I found at an amazing price on the preowned market. I love shopping preowned because it’s like splurging without the guilt.
I wanted to try the white boots trend. I thought about painting some boots white, but I felt they wouldn’t come out quite right, especially since I wanted patent leather boots. I fell in love with these Sam Edelman Olette boots, which are sold out everywhere except for Amazon. I sized up 1/2 a size to have room for ankle socks, and the fit is perfect and the boots are so comfortable!
Hi! Happy mid-June and the official halfway point of 2018. Insanity!
Just throwing up a quick post to introduce my new Amazon Influencer page. On this page you’ll find categorized lists of some of my favorite Amazon picks. I love shopping Amazon because Prime shipping is super fast and usually you can’t beat their prices.
Click the pic to see these fabulous budget-savvy beauties.
Recently, I spotted some vegan leather Chloe Susanna designer dupes on Amazon and a Chloe Drew bag dupe. I personally have not purchased these items, but they both have been rated 4.5 to 5 out of 5 stars and look fabulous. Definitely worth checking out.
Hi! Just a quick post to show and link to the dress I’m posting on IG this week. I wore this to our Mother’s Day lunch yesterday. I loved the red flowers on the dress, so I decided to go bold by rocking my bright red booties (which I painted myself with Angelus Fire Red paint) and red chain bag.
I think the red booties trend is super cute, and I looked at a lot of bright red boots online, but I ultimately decided to just paint an old pair of Rag and Bone booties instead. This is always a good decision for me because 1) save money and 2) save closet space.
I love Rag and Bone Newbury booties (I have them in several colors), but this camel color looked dated to me. Since I hadn’t worn them in a long time, I decided to make them over. I used Angelus Fire Red leather paint, which turned out a little bit more orangey than I wanted (maybe Chili Red would have been better), but I’m still happy with the results.
Hi. It’s 10pm now and we just got ice cream from the new place that just opened up downstairs. I’m so full right now, but I’ll try my best to power through this blog post. ?
So, a couple of weeks ago I found my 20-year-old platform Old Skool Vans in my mom’s attic. Yep, I bought them during college in 1998. All my skate homies used to laugh at them because back then platform sneakers looked kind of ridiculous and too Spice Girlish, but I loved them. And I was so excited I found them because I know platform Vans have made a comeback.
Found in my mom’s attic: Faded blue Platform Vans Old Skool circa 1998.
Since they were faded, beat-up, and yellowed, I decided to clean them up and bring them back to life. I’ve written blog posts about how to dye leather boots (here) and how to paint leather shoes (here), but I’ve never dyed suede shoes before until now. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps of how to use Sole Bright, how to dye suede shoes (from faded blue to black—it’s so easy there’s not much to it), and basically how I restored these old skool Vans to almost-new condition.
-Suede Dye (I used Angelus Suede Dye in Black)
-Acrylic Leather Paint for the canvas and accents (I used Angelus Flat Black and Angelus White)
-Newspaper to protect your workspace
-Small disposable cups or bowls for the dye/paint
-Gloves might be a good idea, but I didn’t need them
-New laces (I used BBoy Laces because I like my 90s shoes looking phat!)
-New insoles (I actually kept the original insoles)
Clean the Shoes
First I prepped the shoes by cleaning the suede. I just brushed them with an old toothbrush dipped in a mixture of warm water + dish detergent. Then I brushed them again with just warm water to remove all the dirt and soap. I also scrubbed the white soles to get them as clean as I could before I treated them with Sole Bright.
Whiten the Soles with Sole Bright
This was my first time using Sole Bright, but I must say it’s a miracle product. I have thrown out so many pairs of old Nikes because the soles got yellow and the shoes looked nasty. But this stuff can treat the yellow-causing oxidation and restore them back to white. Seriously, it works.
1. Shake the bottle. You can pour some out into a small disposable cup or dip into the bottle like I did.
2. Brush the Sole Bright on to the yellowed soles. Apply liberally, which means you need a nice, kind of thick layer. Be careful not to get the product on your hands or any parts of the shoes or other surfaces that you don’t want treated. This stuff is super strong and stings your skin.
3. Wrap the shoes in saran wrap. Place the shoes on a piece of saran wrap and lightly tap the saran wrap in place on to the soles. This keeps the product from drying out so that it stays activated.
4. Place the shoes in the sun. The product works with the UV rays of the sun, so you’ll need to leave them outside for 2 to 4 hours. You might need to do multiple sessions, depending on how severe the yellowing on your shoes is. I did two sessions.
You can also use a reptile light bulb if you don’t have a place to leave the shoes.
Before and After: Results of using Sole Bright after only 1 session.
Dye the Suede
1. Apply tape to the soles so you don’t accidentally get dye on them.
2. Pour some dye into a small disposable cup and brush on to the suede with a paintbrush.
I feel like I had so much more control with the suede dye than I did when dyeing or painting leather.
Paint the Canvas and Accents
I decided to paint the faded canvas with acrylic leather paint. I don’t think the material would have taken up the dye, so paint seemed like the way to go. Coverage was awesome, but the canvas felt very crunchy when the paint dried. I didn’t mind though because the results were pretty great.
I also repainted the white leather details, logo, and striping.
Lace Them Up and Show Them Off
Once the shoes were dry, I put in new laces. I also used a shaving razor to shave off some lint balls that were stuck to the inside lining of the shoes.
BBoy Laces! The only way I’ll ever lace up my Adidas Shelltoes and I guess my platform Vans from the 90s.
I’m so happy with how the shoes turned out. The whole process was so much fun and painting the shoes was so cathartic. I’m looking for other shoes to transform and restore.
Before and After: Platform Vans circa 1998 restored with Angelus Sole Bright, leather dye and paint, and BBoy Laces
I love how high the platform is, and I like the stripe detailing on the midsole. The current version doesn’t look this cute.
Thanks for reading and stopping by!
Sweatshirt :: Polo Ralph Lauren (vintage; thrifted for $10! similar Champion here)
Jeans :: Frame
Shoes :: Vans (current platform style here)
Bag :: MiuMiu (similar; budget-savvy silver detail here)
Earrings :: c/o @thepaperbeadprincess (I won them on an IG giveaway! I love how she uses recycled paper for her beads, and I love her positive spirit.)
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