Rabu, 15 Januari 2014

What are trending back to school fashions for teen girls?

Q. Im in middle school and I was wondering what to pick out this year for my new outfits. Thanks for any help!
*I'm on a budget, so nothing too expensive please.

A. Hey! (:

--BOHO is very in. Think feather earrings, feather extensions, brown leather/pleather belts, colorful geometric-pattern skirts, gauzy blouses, etc.

--LACE is in...on shirts, bangles, accessories, and hair thingies.

--Fringe is in
--Cropped pants
--Anything off-the-shoulder (if you're allowed at your school)
--High waisted shorts
--Leather...on bags, belts, jackets, etc.
--Big, boho scarves. Especially with crazy patterns...think Pucci
--Distressed jeans
--Flare jeans are REALLY REALLY REALLY in right now!
--Ankle booties!
--Any oxford-style shoes
--Flowy blouses or the cute floral blouses
--Maxi dresses and skirts are really in, but I'm not sure anyone our age wears them?
--Oversized sweaters with skinny jeans or leggings and booties or boots

For stores, try:
--Forever 21 for skirts, blouses, party dresses, and cheap accessories...also, this store gives you a good idea of what's "in" right now
--Kohl's/Walmart/Target for basics
--Payless for cheap ballet flats and other trendy shoes
--Abercrombie and Fitch or Hollister for preppy classics. Try looking at the online sales! The stuff can be knocked down by 30 or 40 dollars!
--H&M has the whole boho style
--Nordstrom is amazing...great quality! It's a little more expensive, though.
--Try a basic drugstore for makeup...cheap and easy.
--American Eagle has the best jeans. They also have cute boho stuff.
--PacSun has awesome jeans, and vintagey cool clothes and accessories.

Good luck! (:

How to mod podge toms shoes with glitter?
Q. What r the steps ? I have the satin mod podge.

A. This tutorial could easily be adapted to Toms. See source for lots of photos.


It's time for me to happily admit something....I was the girl in Jr. high & high school who wore glitter on my eyelids and would also dab some on my face for game day....oh yea, that was me, and those were the days! I have such a thing for glitter! So you can imagine how excited I have been as glitter shoes have been making their way into the fashion world. I have been looking for the perfect pair that I must take home to join my other shoes, but I have been a little disappointed with the prices.

With $80 being the cheapest, I still wasn't comfortable spending that much "on a trendy shoe" which might not even get worn that often. I stylistically love all of the $200-$300 pairs....of course...so I decided to make my own. I must say I went into it with low expectations because I wasn't sure if I could get the look I wanted (meaning not too homemade looking) as well as still functional. My biggest challenge was that I had to find a way to keep the glitter on while walking. The last thing I wanted was to walk down the street leaving a little fairy dust trail behind me, even though it would have been pretty ;.) However, even though this was a four day process (including curing time) I must say I have never been SO PLEASED with a homemade shoe project ;.) okay, okay, this way my first one...but it really did turn out well. Here are the shoes finished...

The best part was that I was able to get the style shoe & color I wanted. Here is how I did it...

Before getting started: Invest in some nice glitter & glue. (remember to use coupons because the glues can be pricey and I learned not to skimp on them). I used Recollections brand glitter in Champagne (but you can use any color) as well as Mod Podge sparkle glue and a matte finish sealer.

Also find a pair of old or new shoes you would like to use. I purchased some new black leather shoes from Target.

Step 1: I used clear packaging tape to seal off the soul from the rest of the boot & then I gave it a light coat of gold spray paint because I did not want the black to peek through the gold tinted glitter. Here is what it looked like after.

Step 2: A little bit of paint seeped through the tape and onto the top edge of the shoe. So I used a gold metallic paint pen to draw around the top edge to make it look even....like this

Step 3: Now here comes the fun part. I used a sponge brush to apply a coat of Mod Podge glue to the tip of the shoe to start out with, and then lightly covered it with the glitter. Tip: I found it helpful to use the lid to a shoe box to glitter over, in order to catch the extra glitter.

After I finished the front tip I just kept working my way up the shoe. However, I left the little dot & stitching un-glittered because I liked the style of that detail.

I also chose not to cover the back because that was my preference

Step 4: I then left the shoes to dry over night. The next day I shook off the excess. You can be creative ;.) I stomped around in them in the back yard as well as used a blow up mattress compressor to blow the excess off ;.) Surprisingly the glue was super strong and held most of the glitter.

Step 5: The last step is to spray the finishing sealer on them (read directions on the can) and let them cure for a few days. Then add which ever laces you would like. You can use the original laces or have fun with them with ribbon.....I tried this fun pink ribbon lace first but then chose to go with the more natural tan colored ribbon when all was said and done.

And BAM! You have custom glitter shoes, which for someone like me is too fun for words. I am now just a little worried I might find myself looking at them when I walk....yikes, that's an accident waiting to happen! The best part is the project cost me $45 and I got the look I wanted. Now, I am trying to figure out what color of glitter shoes I want to make next ;.) Maybe some orange ballet flats for Halloween....ahhh endless possibilities.

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