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Sexy Shoes: Double DIY

Even before I started Vylette, I loved blogs. There are so many interesting individuals who love crafting/fashion/diy/baking as much as I do, and reading their blogs was like having being able to enjoy my morning coffee with a friend. Vylette celebrated it’s two year blogoversary a couple months ago, and I read more blogs now than I ever have. I am constantly looking for inspiration and the creative give and take that forces you to expand your limits and try new things. One of my all time favorite blogs is Honestly…WTF. Lauren and Erica kick major blogging ass. They have new posts everyday, some times multiple times a day, and it’s a little of everything. I’ve shared a number of their DIY’s here on Vylette because they take it to a whole other level. Yes they do have some Holly Hobby-esqe tutorials, but most of their DIY’s are (to quote my husband) slick. It isn’t melting plactic tray with a hair dryer to “make” those earring that sort of look like the ones on the runway, they show you how to actually make the runway earrings.

Today I have links to two of their most recent tutorials on making some seriously sexy shoes. When I read these post I had the immediate “I have to make that” followed by an incredibly geeky and jealous ” I wanna be cool like that!” I could almost hate them if they weren’t so awesome!

Tassel Sandals

Shoes 1

Star Sandals

Shoes 2

OMG Shoes!

My relationship with shoes is pretty much spot on with a quote from the movie/book In Her Shoes:

“When I feel bad, I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good, food just makes me fatter, shoes always fit.”

I’ve always been tall, I was 4 inches taller than my mom by sixth grade. That, coupled with a good dose of junk in my trunk, led to very awkward clothing issues during my adolescence. But shoes, shoes rarely let me down. When I was younger it was shiny patent leather maryjanes, spiffy saddle shoes and customized Keds. Now it’s funky peep-toe pumps, ballerina flats and bejeweled sandals.

Shoes 8 Shoes 7 Shoes 6 Shoes 5 Shoes 9 Shoes 3Shoes 4 Shoes 1

I try to keep my shoe collection reasonable, but the spring designs, like the ones above from Anthropologie, make it really hard to be good.

*I think my favorite pair is either the pair on the top right or the pair on the bottom right.

All images and shoes are from Anthroplogie.

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Maybe a little country…

My high school (Frostproof Middle Senior High) was located in the middle of an orange grove. We used to joke that our unofficial school song was She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.  Ag was the one of the most popular electives offered for students and if I remember correctly, was a required course at one point.  As you might have guessed I didn’t really fit in.  I knew very early on that I wanted to get as far away from Frostproof as I could, and once I made it to college I did my best to avoid country music and get rid of my slight southern twang.  7 years later, I still have slight twang and I can listen to country music without wanting to bang my head against a wall. Not for long periods of time mind you, but enough that I can probably sing along to the most popular songs.

In the past few years I haven’t spent much time thinking about my country roots, but when I stumbled across the brand Old Gringo while browsing for winter boots I realized that maybe embracing a piece or two of my heritage wouldn’t be so horrible.  After all, I already embrace the food=love policy which is a southern convention if I ever heard of one.


While I don’t think i’ll be able to afford a pair of these for quite some time, it never hurts to keep an eye out for super sales or just check in on them from time to time for a bit of online eye candy.

These unbelievably amazing boots are available at Sheplers.

My Wedding Shoes

Anyone who knows me can attest to the deep undeniable love I have for shoes.  I think it part Cinderella magic slipper envy and part curvy girl shopping phobia. Being almost 6 feet tall and extremely voluptuous (i’m not a huge fan of the term “plus sized”) has always made shopping for clothing incredibly difficult and frustrating; the one exception being shoes.  I might have big feet (size 10), but I can usually find beautiful shoes at any standard department/shoes store without a whole lot of trouble.

So when it came time to find the shoes for my impending walk down the aisle I knew I had to find something special.  Fortunately, I can wear heels since Andy is a good 5 inches taller than I am, but the wedding dress consultant told me that I had to keep it to the 2.5-2.75 inch range or i’d have to special order my dress as a “tall”. So after hours, and I do mean hours of research and browsing I found the perfect shoes. Bright sapphire blue, peep-toed, low heeled perfection:

The brand is Me Too and the shoes name is Jeanette.  And the icing on the shoe cake? Right now these lovelies are on sale at  Mine are sitting next to me here at work, since my future sister in-law advised me to wear them around the office for a couple of months before the big day to wedding day blisters. Now if I could just stop looking at my feet….