Lately, I have been listening to A LOT of 80s music–Genesis, ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Joan Jett and the list goes on and on. So, naturally, I have been in like a totally rad, neon pink, acid wash and Miami Vice mood *said in my best Valley Girl voice*
When the winter storm hit last week and dumped about 9 inches of snow, my photographer and I took the opportunity to take some awesome outfit photos for the blog. As I was pulling items for the photoshoot, I stumbled upon a pair of funky fine (vintage) Levi’s *cue ZZ Top’s Cheap Sunglasses* that I had TOTALLY forgotten about.
In my 80s state of mind, I embraced the crazy, yellow acid-wash denim and decided to create a wearable wildcard outfit for this week’s Weekly Whistle. In the word’s of my photographer, “Wow…well, Abby–it sure it bright.” *wink*
Now, without further ado, get your 80s groove thang on and check out this week’s Weekly Whistle + outfit details! Also, be sure to pay special, close attention to the fabulous handmade bracelets!
“Living in a material world, and I am a material girl. You know that we are living in a material world, and I am a material girl”…Oh, hey readers! I guess y’all are wondering why I was just singing “Material Girl” by the music icon Madonna? Let me tell you a little story about the most divine pair of vibrant pink heels by Madonna’s clothing line “Material Girl”. I purchased them for the spectacular price of $10.00 at TJMaxx in Trussville, Alabama. Due to the fabulous price and good times that I have had in my “Material Girl” heels, I just could not convince myself to throw them out or donate them. So what did I decide to do, you ask? Well, I rescued them! I turned my toe-nicked, well-worn heels into totally revamped VIP Glamour Heels!
It is time now for a little, quick DIY on how to create VIP Glamour Heels! Grab 220 grit (very fine) sandpaper, a leather puncher (I have read and seen where some crafters have used a paper hole puncher), decoupage glue, a clear spray (such as ModPodge Matte or Glossy Clear Acrylic Sealer), and a pair of scuffed up heels, and hop in my VW Bug with me and join me on a fabulous journey of crafting your own VIP Glamour Heels!
Starting out, lightly sand each shoe all over. To add more “nicks and scratches”, sand more vigorously-this will give your shoes a shabby chic, yet glamorous “distressed” look. Please trust me on this one. I promise the outcome is going to be fabulous! After sanding, punch holes for laces (following the pattern of a classic tennis shoe) being sure to align each hole correctly; otherwise, you will have some not so stellar VIP Glamour Heels. If you are a daring fashionista, feel free to add texture by applying decoupage glue and lightly adhering scrap fabric to the shoe. Do not worry about being neat in this step-just apply glue and stick. Let the glue and fabric dry for approximately ten minutes and then slowly peel off the fabric. This technique will leave your shoes looking slightly texturized and fabulous! Once the desired distressed and textured look is achieved, spray an even coat of sealant (following the instructions on the can) on each shoe. Once you have sanded, punched holes, added texture (if desired), and sealed, it is time to add some darling ribbon for laces! TAH DAH! Now you have fabulously made VIP Glamour Heels!
Dear VIP, how do I wear my VIP Glamour Heels? No need to fret, fellow fashionistas! I am going to give you three different tips to help style these born again heels into forget-me-not ensembles!
How to Wear VIP Glamour Heels:
Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun!: Pair a ravishingly colored floral skirt with a solid hue tee and then add your VIP Glamour Heels for a striking combination that says “Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun!”- Oh, girls just wanna have fu-un. Oh, girls just wanna have fun. (*Fade Music*)
I Love Rock N’ Roll: Rolled up jeans and a graphic or band tee work harmoniously with VIP Glamour Heels! This ensemble will give you a laid-back weekend look with a rocker’s edge. I love rock n’ roll so put another dime in the jukebox baby. I love rock n’ roll, so, come and take your time to dance with me! (*Fade Music*)
Flash Dance!: Dance your way into a wonderful ensemble! Pair your VIP Glamour Heels with cropped leggings and an oversized sweatshirt with the collar cut out for an outfit that will leave you singing “What a feeling, bein’ believin’. I can have it all. Now, I’m dancing for my life!” (*Exit Stage Left*)
Shout out to my dear, sweet, precious, jewelry artisan, Lisa Hamilton of Beadsoul! She recently created a hand stamped “stay FABULOUS” ring for me (as seen above). Along with it, A super adorable wing necklace with a little pearl! Go check out Beadsoul on Etsy, order yourself something directly from her shop or order something personalized, and tell her the VIP sent you:)
I also want to give a shout of to the pocketbook savvy DIYer-Mark Montano! His YouTube channel and facebook page are filled with creative ideas that any crafter or fashionista would love! VIP Glamour heels got their inspiration from Mark Montano’s creative ways of upcycling!