Monday, May 11, 2015

A little embellishment

I have a tendency to start new projects when I least should (have I told you I can procrastinate with the best of them?)  For example, when I'm cleaning out my room and closet, I typically find things that I'd like to DIY to make new and exciting.  While the idea is nice, what usually ends up happening is I have little piles with different purposes living all over my room.  The hubby often asks why they're there and when I tell him, he sometimes rolls his eyes knowing full well that they're unlikely to move any time soon.

Take these two pieces, for instance: the denim blazer with zip off sleeves and the taupe suede flats. The blazer was a generous hand-me-up from my lovely friend Akiko who found herself with two identical ones after discovering the first (now mine) had a slight defect.


These flats are from ShoeMint.  I had been looking for more, ahem, comfortable shoes to wear and these fit the bill perfectly.


Shortly after buying them, I stumbled onto a picture of these gorgeous Seychelles embellished flats on Instagram one day several months ago and I was instantly inspired.  I knew I had to change mine.



Since deciding to embellish the flats, I also decided to look for some style inspiration for embellishing the blazer, too.  Here are some of the images I found.  I almost need a Bedazzler from the 80s!





My friend Vicki (the lovely vintage seller of Vic and Lily) and I have been trying to find a time to go to Sham Shui Po to get supplies for these DIY projects since probably February.  She's a freelance designer and queen of upcycling vintage, so I want her to give me an insider's tour of the area so I don't get lost in a sea of buttons and lace.

I thought that perhaps if I wrote a post about these projects, I'd have to actually get around to completing them.  And, I was really pleased that I remembered to take some before pictures this time.  I tend to jump into my upcycling projects, realizing only after I've dropped them off with my seamstress Jilly in Stanley, that I didn't take a picture.

Stay tuned (see how I've made you guys responsible for making me get this done?)  

Vicki, shall we try setting another date?

6 comments:

Vix said...

Yes, Norbyah these are fab projects. Let's set a date soon. Love an upcycling party.

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