6

No elephants were harmed in the making of this blog post

Jessthetics / Elephant dressJessthetics / Elephant DressJessthetics / Elephant DressJessthetics / Elephant DressThe lovely Laila saw this dress in the charity shop she works in and thought of me. I’m so glad she did because I love elephants, and I love everything embroidered! It is a little big for me, so I made it backless with the aim of making it looking purposefully oversized. It’s so soft and flowy, and I’m looking forward to taking it to Italy with me next week! Oh, and what do you think of my shoes? Obviously they’re not practical walking-around-a-forest shoes, but I think they go perfectly with this dress. I bought them four years ago, and have yet to get much use out of them so I’m glad they’ve found a something matching!

Jessthetics / Elephant DressJessthetics / Elephant DressJessthetics / Elephant DressOutfit Details: Dress, Vintage (Charity shop) / Shoes, Primark (Old)

Now I’m in Leicestershire again, you’ll be seeing a lot of countryside backgrounds in my pictures! I love the woods. It’s one of my favourite types of countryside, especially when I stumble across bivouacs like this to pose in. I imagine this was made by two eleven year old explorers escaping from some boy scouts Moonrise Kingdom style, what do you think?

8

What I Wore: Green and Yellow

These pictures were taken on campus, me and James found a lovely wooded area that only dog walkers seem to visit. I’m going to keep it in mind for next time I want to go for a picnic! This outfit is all vintage, apart from my accessories. I bought the skirt from a vintage shop in Amsterdam, my top is from the vintage fair in York, the jacket is vintage from ebay (which I altered to my size) and my shoes are vintage, from Deep! I try to buy clothes that are either second hand or from shops that I know are ethically and environmentally conscious, but it gets so hard sometimes. My Topshop addiction is a hard one to quit. It was much easier to give up meat than it is to give up Topshop! It’s also really hard to know which shops are okay, and which aren’t. I wish someone would just give me a guidebook telling me which I should buy from.

green and yellow 1

green and yellow 2

green and yello 3

green and yellow 4

It’s sunglasses time of year, yippee! These are from H&M – round sunglasses are my favourites. My big dangly earrings were a gift from two of my wonderful friends. I love how sparkly they are, they make me feel glamorous even when I’m wearing a fairly simple outfit.

green and yellow 5

green and yellow 6

I hope you have a lovely Sunday 🙂 If you’re in the UK, make sure you make time to enjoy this glorious weather! Unfortunately I’m still essay writing, and I find it excrutiatingly hard to concentrate outside, but I will defeninitely be having all of my meals on the picnic bench outside.

4

She wore green velvet.

I had a lovely weekend spending time with friends, baking, vintage shopping and crafting. One of the things that I made is this pair of green velvet shoes! I’ve been wanting a pair for ages, but hadn’t managed to find any I really liked within my price range so I decided to go for it and make some instead. This project took two evenings to complete, but I think it was worth it.

Velvet Shoes 4

Velvet Shoes 1

My friend Amy was kind enough to take all my outfit photos for me, and I love them! It’s definitely something that we should do together more often, it was so much fun. Thanks Amy! If you want to see more of what she’s up to, you can find her here and here.

Me and Amy

You will need:

A pair of shoes. As long as they’re a shape that you like, the rest doesn’t matter since you’ll be gluing velvet to them. I got mine from this website, which is now my favourite place to buy shoes!
Some fabric. You don’t have to use green, you don’t even have to use velvet, it’s up to you what you’d like to cover your shoes with! 1/2 a metre will be plenty.
Some superglue that won’t wash off in the rain.
PVA glue.
Scissors.
Tissue paper.
Ribbon for the laces.
Acrylic paint for the soles. I used black, but use whatever colour you like!

IMG_0147

Step 1: Trace the pattern of your shoes. This is the trickiest part. Look at how your shoe is already split up into sections. My shoe had a section on either side and one on the front. Then lay the tissue paper over and trace around each section.

Step 2: Cut out the shapes you drew onto your tissue paper, and pin them onto your fabric. Then cut around the shape, about a cm away from the tissue paper all the way around. This is to allow enough space for you to hem each patter piece.

Step 3: Fold the extra cm of fabric onto the back of your piece of fabric, all the way around and glue down. This will make your edges neat and tidy. At this stage you should have something that looks a ittle bit like this:

IMG_0157

Step 4: Glue your pattern pieces onto your shoe! Don’t be shy with the glue, you want to your fabric to be secure, but make sure not to get any on the outside of the fabric!

Step 5: After that’s dried, use the acrylic paint to paint the sole of your shoe. Once it’s dry you can seal it with a coat of PVA.

Step 6: Use the scissors to poke a hole in the fabric where the laces should go. Thread the ribbons through as laces.

Velvet shoes 2

Ta da! Now you have a totally transformed pair of shoes 🙂 Once you learn how to do this, it’s hard not to start gluing velvet onto EVERYTHING. Have you ever tried re-styling a pair of shoes?

Velvet Shoes 3