Monthly Archives: June 2013

Refashion: Cap-toe Glitter Flats

I’ve been on a bit of a glitter kick lately, adding just a bit of sparkle to my life. So when I saw these Kenneth Cole glitter flats, I knew I wanted them. They were a little too expensive, though, so I made my own!

I picked up a pair of gray flats at H&M  for $12.95, some glitter and glossy Mod Podge from Joann’s, and a paintbrush from my stash, and got started. These have a suede-ish texture, but I imagine it would work with patent shoes too.

Plain shoes

Plain shoes

I taped off my shoes at the sole and on the top where I wanted the cap toe.

All taped off

All taped off

Then I mixed the glitter with Mod Podge in a plastic tray — I used maybe 2 tbsp of glitter and 2.5 tablespoons of Mod Podge.

Glitter!

Glitter!

I brushed on the first coat and let it dry. The coverage was too thin, so I repeated this step until the glitter was opaque, letting the shoes dry between coats. It took me about 4 coats before the shoes were done.

First coat, still wet

First coat, still wet

To seal the glitter, I sprayed clear gloss enamel (it looks like a can of spray paint) onto the glittered toe and let it dry.

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Then I removed the tape, using an exacto knife to score it (do this really lightly and carefully so you don’t cut through the shoes!) so the tape would leave a clean line.

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Taking these shoes from plain to sparkly for less than $20 = success!

New music: Lorde

I am really, really picky when it comes to female vocalists, and only really enjoy those with an out-of-this-world amazing voice (Adele, Jenny Lewis). Otherwise, I’m usually not impressed.

But Lorde? Lorde is that good. This sixteen-year-old New Zealand musician combines a stunning voice with hip beats and poignant lyrics to make music that has great soul and energy. She writes her own lyrics, and she wrote this entire EP when she was only fifteen. I discovered her recently, and her debut EP, “The Love Club,” has been on repeat for the past three days. And now I am compelled to tell everyone I know about her, because this girl is about to be something really big — and really, really good.

“Bravado” and “Royals” are my two faves from her EP — here’s the official video for “Royals.”

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