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  • Mood DIY: Leather Fringe Heels

    So....as I have been spending more and more time in the stores shopping for clients as a personal stylist, I can't help but notice that leather accents are everywhere for fall -- they're on shirts, shoes, shorts.  You name it....it's there.  So, I thought it'd be fun to incorporate it into my heels after seeing this tribal chic pair made by Sergio Rossi (seen here and retailing at over $1200 -- WOW!).  They're fun, they're flowy, and they will definitely be noticed! What more can a girl ask for? Leather Fringe Heels 1

    Leather Fringe Heels 2

    Leather Fringe Heels 3SUPPLIES:  Pair of heels with gladiator straps (you can always start with one and make more), needle and thread, binder clip, pen, rotary cutter, scissors, leather (or faux leather), and a ruler. Editor's note: Brandhyze bought her leather at Mood NYC but Mood Fabrics has lots of faux leather online. Leather Fringe Heels 4HOW-TO:  1. Cut out 4 pieces of leather (My bottom two measured 10 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in, and the top two were 10 in x 2 3/4 in -- but you can totally make all four the same length if you'd like). 2. Fold your leather in half with the wrong side facing out, and then use your rotary cutter to create the fringes. Feel free to use your pen to measure each fringe if you want; I just eyeballed about 1/8 in all the way across. Do this to all four pieces of leather. (Note: Be sure to leave yourself some room and NOT cut the fringes all the way up to the top). 3. I placed the longer fringe piece over the lower ankle strap, and then placed the shorter one on top. 4. Using your needle and thread; make short stitches in the left, right, and then middle of the fringe to hold the casing in place. Leather Fringe Heels 5B

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and former Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

  • Mood DIY: Jeweled Shoe Clips

    Summer is here and I'm on color overload -- and my shoes are no exception.  It was when I came across these jeweled and gold brooches at Mood, that I immediately thought of the perfect way to take some closet staples to the next level! Endless fun for endless shoe possibilities. What more can a girl ask for? :) Jeweled Shoe Clip 1 Jeweled Shoe Clip 2 Jeweled Shoe Clip 3   SUPPLIES: Wire cutters, brooches in pairs of 2 (I have one of each version I used shown here.  Be sure to check their design, because they are often purchased individually -- therefore color schemes may vary), e6000 glue, and 4 earring clip-on backs. Jeweled Shoe Clip 4    
    Jeweled Shoe Clip 5 Note: Both brooches are available at Mood NYC. The gold brooch is from Oscar de la Renta!
    How-To:  1. Using the wire cutters, completely snip off the entire pin back and adjoining metal (Note: if it doesn't come off clean, use a nail file to smooth the surface). 2. Add e6000 glue to the earring backing. 3. After you decide which side is "up" for the layout of your brooch, adhere earring backing to it, and hold in place for a moment. 4. Let glue dry for several hours -- I did it overnight.  (Note: If your earring backing protrudes out in any way, and is uncomfortable for your foot, feel free use wire cutters to remove it). Jeweled Shoe Clip 6  
    Mood NYC and Mood LA both have a wide selection of brooches that can be converted into shoe clips. Mood NYC and Mood LA both have a wide selection of brooches that can be converted into shoe clips.
    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime.  A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
  • Mood DIY: Chain Link Heels Inspired by DVF

    Designers this Spring/Summer 2013 season are really taking liberties and kicking the shoe detailing into high gear -- there's tons of baubles and chains everywhere.  As usual, I was inspired to create some of my own.  So, when I saw these heels from Diane von Furstenberg with the fun ankle strap, and  unforgettable back....I thought, "what a fun combo, it's something I'll have to definitely try."  So I grabbed some chain, closures, and glue from Mood Fabrics and immediately got to work. This takes my heels from drab to fab in no time. Tell me what you think!

    Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 1 Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 2 Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 3

    SUPPLIES: a pair of heels (I got these from a thrift store for $5 instead of $10 when I mention the ankle strap was missing on one shoe.  I didn't need it anyway...but they didn't know that), matches, large chain, smaller chain, 2 leather/metal closures, clear illusion cord, E6000 glue, wire cutters, and pliers.

    Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 4

    HOW-TO: 1. Measure how much chain you think you'll need for your ankle strap (allow room for the metal toggle that will be attached. I used 10 large ones in total), and the chain that will go down the back of the heel (here I used 8) -- use your wire cutters to pry the links open, and twist. 2. Remove one link from the smaller chains for the left and right foot. 3. Add this one link to the base of each of the chains that trail down the back of the shoe. 4.Remove the 2 "toggle bars" and "loops" from the leather pieces. Be sure to keep the little rings attached that connect them to the leather, because you will use them in a second. 5. For the ankle strap (again, mine was 10 rings) attach the toggle bar by its ring to the chain (Note: If its for the right shoe, you will do the right side of the chain.  We'll start with the right foot). 6. Now add the loop via it's connector ring to the left side of that chain. 7. For the right shoe, you will count in 3 rings from the toggle bar, and then pry open that link. 8. Slide this 3rd link onto the loop on the back of your heel, and close it back. 9. Next take your chain that is 8 links long (the one with the small ring at the base), and attach it to the loop on your shoe as well. 10. Pulling the chain really taught while keeping it straight, slip the clear illusion cord through the small ring at the bottom of the chain that goes down back of shoe. Wrap this cord around heel a couple times right above the shoe tap, and double knot it on the inside of the heel. 11. Snip the excess cord right near the knot you created. 12. Use a match to ever so slightly melt the knot at the base of the heel tap (Note: you want to be really careful doing this or the cord will snap). 13. In the middle of the heel, place just a dab of glue just beneath the chain to hold it in place (Note: you can also add a tiny bit to the chain itself to keep it turned in the direction the desired direction).  I also used a piece of string to tie it in place while the glue dried for about half hour.

    Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 5 Chain Embellished Heels Inspired by Diane von Furstenberg 6

    Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. She’s also a finalist in the voting contest  for ALL YOU MAGAZINE’S Smartest Shopper.  A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for nearly a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze is a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester, and provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.