Bridesmaid Dresses

Steve and Vanessa are getting married in March. It seems like a ways away, but I know time will fly and it will be here any day now. As part of the preparations, I need to decide on a bridesmaid dress. The bridal party is choosing from the J. Crew bridesmaid collection in aluminum and pairing the dresses with fun, colorful shoes. I’ve narrowed it down to these three, but I’m still having trouble deciding. I think their wedding is going to be so fun and personal and I’m really excited for it!

New Betsey in White and Black

I regularly lurk Betsey Johnson’s website in hopes that I will soon have an occasion and the money to purchase one of her dresses. I bought a basic black dress from her store for my college graduation and I still love it. It’s perfect for casual or dressy events and it’s super comfortable. I don’t dress up often, as I prefer jeans and t-shirts, but I do occasionally like to get dolled up. These two new dresses caught my eye and I can only imagine how much fun I could have wearing them.

Evening Organza Pleated Dress – $450
Evening Summer Valentine Dress – $398

Fakery Bakery

Browsing through Etsy, I stumbled upon seller fakerybakery2. She creates jewelry that resembles miniature versions of some of our favorite sweet treats. I love the glossy whimsy and I am really impressed with how realistic each piece looks. Plus, I’m always enamored with miniatures.

Strawberry Pop Tart Ring – $7
Pretzel Necklace – $12
Belgian Waffle Earrings – $12
Carrot Cake Slice Earrings – $14

Every Day Abacus

I’ve been seeing a lot of design using the abacus as inspiration. I don’t know how to use one, but I do have a certain affinity for them. Here are some options for incorporating an abacus into your daily life.

Oversized abacus from Pottery Barn – $249

Abacus from CB2 – $149

Abacus necklace from Etsy seller alittlebead – $10
MULA abacus from IKEA – $9.99

How to dye your Chuck Taylors

I’ve been wanting dark green Converse for quite some time now, but the only green they offer is a kelly green. At Converse.com you can now order custom shoes from a selection of colors and prints. It is a pretty neat option, but costs $17 more plus shipping. I decided to go a cheaper route and bought white canvas shoes with plans to dye them green.

I picked up a package of dark green RIT dye (powder) from Walmart for $1.65 and gathered supplies. You will need:
– RIT dye (powder or liquid)
– bucket or sink
– old towel
– mixing bowl or old plastic container
– 1 cup salt
– 1 tablespoon laundry detergent

First you want to fill a mixing bowl or plastic container with hot water. I used an old Harkins cup. Mix in your powder dye until completely dissolved. If you choose liquid dye, you can skip this step. Next, fill your bucket or sink with hot water and add the salt and laundry detergent. I used a small bucket and an entire package of RIT dye.

Next, mix your dye into your water bath. Be careful with splattering and be sure to wipe up any spills immediately. Remove the laces and place your shoes in the bucket. The shoes will float to the surface, so to avoid this I used two bamboo skewers to hold them down. I left them in the dye for about 20 minutes. When your shoes look good and done, carefully empty your bucket. Rinse the shoes first with warm water and then cold. You will want the water to run clear.

I let the shoes sit for 5 minutes, rinsed again, and then set them on a towel to dry for the night. The next morning I threw them into the dryer and ran it for 10 minutes. Then I added black laces and voila: dark green.

EDIT: Frequently Asked Question

Will the rubber soles absorb the dye?
I’ve never had a problem with the rubber absorbing the dye, but I have heard of some people having issues. If your soles do stain, try scrubbing them with a magic eraser or with a paste made of equal parts hot water, baking soda, and white vinegar.

Dress Like Me

Fashion

My friend Vanessa has started a blog with her teaching partner-in-crime, Kate. It offers everyday fashion and styling advice in the form of inspiring and fun mood boards. Here’s the one she made titled “Inspired by the Rain and Lynn Fisher” and features my favorite clothing item: the hoodie. Check out their blog for more details and easily put-together looks.

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