Wednesday, March 7, 2012

15 minute up-do's (Thank you, Yahoo!)

A couple of days ago, Yahoo! had an article on 3 step hair styles. One caught my eye:
So cute, right!?!? So, I made sure to Pin it on Pinterest (of course) and titled it "for my dirty hair days."
Well, today was a dirty hair day, so I put this to the test. Here's what I got:

STEP 1: Divide hair into 3 sections, and braid.

STEP 2: Roll braids and pin

(yes, you can see the rubber bands holding the tails of the braids.
No worries, more bobby pins fixed this.)

STEP 3: Spray and smooth out/pin any loose ends.


So, I got that done so quick, it was like 15 minutes, and that's with all of the picture taking I was doing :)

So when I got home from work today, I started thinking; I could TOTALLY do a side triple knot!

You'll probably notice that one braid (top braid) is cut short . Since I have layers, I had to only braid the hair half way to make sure I caught all of the hair. Again, last frame shows the hair ties. Whatever, bobby pins fix it.

SEE?! Taaa daaaa...

So, some tips for you if you decide to do this yourself:

1. Make sure you have plenty of bobby pins. At least 4 for each twist. That's what I ended up using.

2. When pinning the hair, make sure not to try and pin too much hair at once. Since it's braided, thinner pieces of hair through the bobby pin will be enough to keep the twists on your head :)

3. Use thinner hair ties. This was a total experiment for me, so I was not prepared. I will probably use the clear rubber bands next time I try this. I am sure it will make it much easier to hide.

Side knots are TOTALLY happening when I am in Las Vegas next week. WOO HOOO!!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fixin' my amazing shoes. (Craft stuff)

I loved everything about what I wore at my wedding. Custom dress, custom birl cage veil, hand made brooch bouquet... and the one thing that I wore that I actually paid for were the shoes of my dreams...

Oh, my wonderful Vivienne Westwood Dragon Lady shoes. (Yes, they're Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes, but to me, they will always be Viviennes.)
I went through hell and back looking for these shoes. I HAD to wear them on my wedding day, and I NEEDED to have them because, of course, I would totally wear these over and over again!
After months and months of searching, I found them. $180 + shipping from Brazil later, they were mine. Now, keep in mind, I would never EVER pay more than $60 for shoes. It's just not me. Not judging anyone who WOULD, but I'm a budget girl. And I wear shoes out like crazy, so it just does not make sense for me. Anyway, I preserved my shoes until the day before my wedding, as practice wearing them in the mud and icy dirt. The only issue? My sweet niece stepped on one of my feet. No biggie, right?

Cut to wedding day, I am coming down the aisle, and in the middle of everything, the top of the shoe got kicked off by my other foot.

Sighhhh.... You have no idea how much THAT hurt.

Well, I found some flats in the same style
So I bought 2 pair. 

I now own 2 and a half pairs of these type of shoes.

I can't get over the fact that I lost out of numerous wears for my wedding shoes, so I came up with a plan.

Buy ANOTHER pair of the heeled style. (I know, ANOTHER PAIR ;) )
Now, these are significantly cheaper than my first pair. Don't know why... not gonna ask questions.
See, my plan is to rip off the hearts to these as well. Since they didn't cost over $200, I feel like I can.
Then, I started prepping my purple shoes.

What you see here is some E-6000, some snaps, and the shoes.

I filed the back of the heart and the top of the shoe to make it rough.

I then glued on the snaps.

So, as for 24-72 hours, I let it dry.

YAAAYYYYY! Now I just wait for the other shoes to come in to get the other heart to interchange between the 2 pairs.

And that's my crafty craft for the month. I'll let you know if they last this way.

I've heard excellent stuff about this glue, which is why I purchased it.