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Monday, August 29, 2011

Ms. Shoelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Spending Excessively and Love the Revamp

Although my current life situation would read more accurately “Sexless and the City", I do have one major commonality with SATC’s sexpert and fashion icon Ms. Carrie Bradshaw: Our love for shoes. While she nonchalantly spends the equivalent of a semester at the local university on the newest Jimmy Choo’s or Manolo Blahnik’s, It’s hard for me not to cringe at spending more than $50 dollars for… well anything really. Despite this psychosomatic reaction to spending way over my means, my love for shoes refuses to wane and thus continues the love affair between myself, shoes, and my capital one card. Like any other expensive and emotionally one-sided relationship it needs to (momentarily) come to an end.

I know this break from spending excessive amounts on footwear is necessary.  As Sarah Jessica Parker's character once so eloquently put it, if I don't stop now I could very well end up being the woman who lives in her shoes. Any good friend will tell you post-break up the best way to get over your last love is to replace him/her with a new shinier, better-looking love. Thus, I introduce to you my new love; ways we have found to not max out your credit card and give new life to old shoes who are in desperate need for a night out on the town.

First, you're going to want to purchase some shoe clips from your local craft store as well as a hot glue gun if you don't already own one. Next, gather anything you think would look fun on a pair of shoes (big costume jewelry, buttons, sequins, old brooches, feathers, plastic flowers, etc) either from your own collection of unused jewelry and crafts or thrift stores and garage sales.

Next, grab a pair of shoes that you want to spruce up. You can either get an old favorite from your closet or we suggest browsing garage sales and thrift stores for some cheap footwear treasures. They usually have smokin' deals on shoes that would be a perfect canvas for some funky touch-ups. It's easy to get 4 or 5 pairs of shoes for under $20 dollars at Goodwill!

Once you have gathered your supplies, you are ready to start making some fun shoe clips. Be sure to try them out with different shoes, colors and styles! Below are some of the ones we did this afternoon.

Shoes: Thrift Store=$5
Sea Shell Clip-on Earrings: Thrift Store= $1

                                                            Shoes: Thrift Store= $4
                                                      Peacock Feather Accessory= $8

                                                                Shoes: Thrift Store= $5
                                      Gold Leaf + Bow= Handmade from craft supplies=$0

                                                                   Shoes: Thrift Store: $5
                             Sequins + Gold Beads= Handmade from Craft Supplies =$0

                                                                   Shoes: Thrift Store= $7
                                Peacock Accessory + green already owned earrings = $8
                         Gold Accessory= Already owned costume jewelry =$0

Shoes: Thrift store= $7
Lace+Feathers+Brooch= Already owned= $0

           Shoes: Already owned= $0
          Sequins: Already owned=$0

 Needless, to say the options and ability to be creative with this project are endless especially for theme parties and holidays! Samantha and I have definitely found our new favorite hobby.  

 “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun “  
- Carrie Bradshaw
"Sex and the City"

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