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?