I love adorning my shoes with these lovely little accessories, and have been ever since my mom let me wear her grandmother’s shoe clips from the 1920′s. Once or twice I’ve landed the jackpot at a thrift store and scored a vintage pair, but I also love making my own! I had a “shoe clip DIY” birthday party a few years ago, and made these below. Here is the comprehensive shoe clip tutorial that I followed, or skip the craft and buy your own already-handmade here on Etsy! You can also see how Tanya used shoe clips in her hair to spice up holiday hair do’s!
There’s no doubt that most of us are gearing up for a holiday party or two in the next few weekends. So often as I get ready for one such affair, I spend most of the time styling a new ensemble, and my hair ends up in the same old style. This week Laurel-Manette and I were inspired to get creative with our coifs, so we came up with some beautiful holiday hairstyles! Try ours, or pursue Pinterest for different ideas to create a holiday hairstyle of your own. You will certainly be the mane event at your next soirée!
This stunning look is totally simple, but unless you can french braid with your head upside down, you may need a friend to execute it. We used a video tutorial to master this one, so here is a step by step “Mohawk Braid” how-to. Add a lovely hair ornament and voilà!
Sexy and elegant, a faux bob is a great way for those with long tresses to mix up their look. Simply curl your entire head of hair with a 1-inch barrel iron. Tease curls until you get your desired volume and texture, but leave the curls around your face intact. Gather your hair back as if you were going to put it in a ponytail. Fold what would be the end of the ponytail under and use a hair claw to secure the ends to the base of your neck. Pin any hairs that refuse to stay in the claw. Add a headband for a vintage look! We also added LM’s home made shoe clips (how-to post coming tomorrow!) as bows along the pearl headband for some extra bling.
This year, my love for reinventing the wardrobe came in handy, as I didn’t have the luxury of shopping for new dresses. Gazing into my closet and trying to envision incredible outfits, I felt uninspired, to say the least. To overcome this terrible feeling, ALWAYS style your hair and paint your face… This makes the task of constantly looking in the mirror more pleasant! Nothing is quite so exhilarating as creating a beautiful outfit from scratch, much like arranging puzzle pieces! With feathers, lace, and jewels, there is bound to be a good outcome! The first look is rich and dramatic: I used a sheer lace dress (which I haven’t worn in years) over solid black undergarments, and accessorized with rhinestone shoe clips and a feather headband!
Vintage lace shift overlay (thrifted), black lace slip & corset underneath, feather headband (vintage Forever 21), vintage diamond bow shoe clips (thrifted).
The second outfit is wintry white, and I used a potpourri of random pieces that came together nicely! This look is a little more casual, so I added some sparkle with a jewel encrusted belt and diamonds in my hair…
White mesh top (vintage Charlotte Russe), nude bandeau underneath (Francesca’s Boutique), vintage beaded belt (thrifted), accordion pleated chifffon skirt (thrifted), rhinestone shoe clip in hair (thrifted).
This week we are celebrating Holiday Style! One of my favorite things about the holidays are all the opportunities for a glamour junkie like me to get unashamedly dressed to the nines! Today’s post is dedicated to the elegance of Christmas style: old furs, new dresses, and accessories that sparkle!
First Look: Dress: Vintage, Minx Fur: Vintage, Necklace: H&M, Sparkle Pumps: Forever21
Second Look: Velvet Dress: Vintage, Sparkle Jacket: Madison Square, Black booties: JustFab