Last Minute Fixes

My prep for Paris fashion week selfishly involves getting the wardrobe ready.  Yes, I am there to do work and there's plenty to do to prep the serious stuff up.  Let's face it though, what goes into my suitcase also needs SOME thought.  I'll actually be upfront and say it requires meticulous planning that involves scary lists on the Blackberry.  Sadly I don't belong in the "Oh?  I just threw some shit in my case…." camp.  Too little and I end up buying crap in Paris that I won't ever wear when I get back.  To much and I end up with a case that gives me giant red welts on the hands everytime I try and lift it up. 

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Seeing as I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to eat with a ¬£=EURO exchange rate, throwing a lot of money at the outfit situation ain't gonna help.  Hence the recent high street binging yesterday and more today – at H&M to be precise.  Shoes were actually the last thing I expected to buy there considering my increasingly selective policy over footwear.  These cream lace-up wedges though were precisely the sort of all-purpose walking shoes that I needed considering the fact that I'll now be staying smack bang in the centre of Paris and therefore won't be Metro-ing much. 

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I couldn't quite shake the feeling that they needed something done to them and in this crappy DIY section of mine, shoe fix-ups are quite prominent.  In the spirit of that, I bought some of these cream camelia plastic bracelets, cut-em-up and bunged them on the wedges.  I could almost describe that in a Gordon Ramsey's F Word recipe voiceover – H&M – WEDGE – BRACELET- CUT- TWANG (the elastic of the bracelet) – GLUE GUN – STICK – WAIT – DONE.  One advert break and they were finished.  I may get another bracelet to add more to the wedges but basically all I need to do now is carry an emergency tube of superglue around with me lest I lose a flower or two… and off I go…

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52 Replies to “Last Minute Fixes”

  1. Great idea! Those shoes were cute to begin with but now they are fantastic. Good luck with your packing

  2. They were great before, but now they’re oh so “Susie”, which is a great thing 😉
    There’s this glue called E6000 that you can probably pick up at a shoe repair shop, it’s generally used for making jewelry, and will keep those flowers on there for good. Have fun in Paris!

  3. Oooo ooo oooh, lovely! The little roses look so sweet on those wedges, what a great idea!
    Good luck packing, I’d dreadful with it as well. A lot of planning is sometimes nessesary, as I always end up regretting not bringing something along!
    Have fun in Paris!
    <3<3<3

  4. Seriously? You call those walking shoes? I love heels, but seriously, you have to be kidding me. Those aren’t walking shoes.

  5. Absolutely brilliant! They turned out beautifully! And I agree that the right wedges I can walk in for ages…
    Good luck with your packing 😉 (don’t forget to take me with you!)
    xx

  6. They’re amazing, you make it look so easy to transform something high street into something totally unique that looks like it’s by a hot, undiscovered, London designer. I love the idea of carrying emergency super-glue too.
    Maybe I should look into that because I still haven’t got over my Lego accessories, meaning I’m always liable to shower bits of Lego everywhere…
    http://hapsical.blogspot.com

  7. How soon are you going!!!!!…Devastee 3rd to show wednesday 4th. tranoi 5th, Rendez-vous 6th. *side-steps your hotel bill*

  8. “Sexy as!” those were the first words that popped into my head when i saw those shoes. Apologies for the westie bogan side of me making an unexpected appearence.
    Ah love your DIYs! Hmm too bad H&M doesnt ship to Australia. Guess ill have to try this out on another pair of cheapie shoes.

  9. Dang. At H&M? This…. really really makes me want to buy the same wedges and do the exact same thing. In fact I may actually do it.
    …I suppose it’s bad that I only comment on here when I see something that I am coveting. I apologize! I love all your posts!

  10. ah, i love the diy. as a person with limited (LI MI TED) funds i always love seeing what other people are doing to turn what they have into what they want. and this is great. they shoes were lovely to begin with but i think the flowers make them that much more special. have an amazing time in paris

  11. I like it very much, this is a brilliant idea. As for the wardrobe I don’t really believe there is a “Oh I just threw some shit in my case…” camp and always suspect some kind of lie…

  12. Love the shoes…it’s the second pair from H&M that I’m liking recently. I definitely need a trip to my “around the corner” H&M store (aka 150miles from here) and also a lot of ‚Ǩ/¬£/$/whatever…!

  13. I love them, they’re very awkward (in a good way) but fabulously architectural and unique (and i can’t stop looking at them). Hope you have the best time in Paris!!! so jealous 🙂

  14. Hello!! I am surprised because I have a belt my mother wore years ago and nowadays I wear it, and also it was made by herself, and this white belt has the same flowers as your shoes…I am so sorry I can not show you any photo at the moment because I do not have any photo camera. Anyway thanks a lot to be there with your fashion knowledge and show us your creations. Lots of kiss from the south of Spain.

  15. nice and quick hehe. They look lovely now with the plastic roses, you should deffo do more DIY projects.
    have fun in paris!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  16. I LOVE it! i will totally try this to some of my “boring” shoes…. i finished painting my oxfords with nail polish….they look way cool!

  17. oh, and use indoor/outdoor epoxy glue for gluing. it’s like 10 times stronger than superglue and can handle outdoor elements…superglue doesn’t work so much. you can find the epoxy at hardware stores.

  18. haha love the gordon ramsey tutorial- if only all diys were that striahgt forward! i love the flowers, will be keeping an eye out for some of the bracelets on the cheap, it would be funny if you were all over jak and jill and everyone was wondering where they were from!

  19. Wow you took these otherwise ugly shoes and made them fantastic! These would look so great if you went totally Lolita with them too and matched it with pure white lace tights and a pouffy white dress!! Argh I wish I could actually live out these fashion fantasies sometimes. Hehe you could open an Etsy store and sell your DIY’s 😉

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