Sunday, March 18, 2012

Super zazzy sparkle shoes!

Hey there My Buttons! 
I'm super sorry for my extended absence! I started a super fabulous new job and I've been running around like crazy trying to learn everything I can about my position, the company, and our products. But more on that later. I've been gone for so long I feel like you all deserve a DIY that's full of glitter! 

A little background info: My boss invited me to a charity fashion show. Naturally I was super jazzed about the whole thing. When I randomly walked into Urban Outfitters (am I the only one who thinks their stuff has been on par with Forever 41 lately? Blegh.) I found the most amazeballs dress by Cooperative: 
This isn't me but I don't have a full body pic of me in the dress. I'd take one now but I have a major food baby. Photo courtesy

My only problem was which shoes to wear. The dress is navy so black was for sure a no-go. I had a pair of meh aubergine faux croco heels but they were peep toes. Being Colorado and knowing it could be snowing and -20 degrees, I thought closed toed shoes and tights would be a better bet. Unforch, I didn't have anything that would work. So I did what I usually do when I need something but can't find or afford: I made something old into something new! I know I'm not the first person to cover shoes in glitter but keep reading, k? I ran into some issues so keep reading. 

Start with so-so cheapey shoes you don't mind being glitterfied. Mine were some $30 faux patent platforms from Delias. 
Use masking tape to cover any parts you don't want to sparkle. I covered the straps and buckle. More on that later. 

I started with Tulip Shimmer Fabric Paint and a paint brush. It was ok but didn't really SPARKLE sparkle. But it was on sale for $3.49 and created a nice base coat so I give it a C+. 
Coat 1 of 6 begins...
1 coat didn't do much (sorry for the blurry photo). 
The glitter glue alone left the shoes with a subtle and understated glow. I almost went with it but decided the dress deserved more sparkle ;)

So off I went with a mixture of orange, pink, and gold glitter and Elmer's glue mixed with a little water.  I sponged on a little glue then sprinkled glitter a little at a time. Side note: Half way through my project I started to run out of glitter and tried to add other colors of glitter to create an ombre effect. It didn't really turn out ombre but honestly I'm just glad I had enough glitter to finish! 
Voila! From black patent to orange-pink sparkles! I left the straps and buckle as is because the buckle would have worn off the glitter making the shoes look ick. Overall, they were a huge hit! I got dressed at work on Friday and when I went into the office Saturday morning, I was able to follow a glitter trail from the door to my desk! 
Overall, I wouldn't recommend the Tulip Shimmer Fabric Paint for shoes. It just wasn't sparkly enough for me. And just one note of caution: No matter how careful you are, you're going to end up with glitter EVERYWHERE. I love it, though, because you know I'm all about the sparkle! Have fun covering your accessories (and everything else you own) in glitter! 

Melissa, The Shop Therapist

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm baaaaaack!

Hey there Button Bears! I'm back after a short rest after the insanity of awards season. I hope you all enjoyed my red carpet talk :) Now it's back to our regularly scheduled insanity! I'm in the middle of a post about being the office "it girl." I hope to have it donezo tomorrow for your reading and viewing pleasure! 

Until then, catch up on past posts, send me some comments, and check back soon!
Melissa, The Shop Therapist