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DIY: Embellished Flip Flop Sandals

30 Jul

DIY Embellished Flip Flops

During the summer I live in flip flops. Every year, I re-buy the same boring, yet reliable, black flip flops from Target. Of all the brands I’ve owned, Target flip flops are definitely the most comfortable. I love the super soft, spongy base. I even wear them sightseeing. However this year, I wanted to shake things up and decided to embellish the straps of my favorite sandals. And I just love how this simple project turned out. Not only do the flip flops look super cute and chic, they are also even more comfortable. By covering the rubber straps with soft yarn, it basically eliminates the chances of getting a blister.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I recently brought home a huge haul of yarn. Although I plan to use the skeins for an upcoming weaving project, I decided the colors were too perfect not to use on my sandals. My favorite yarn of the bunch is a small ball of recycled silk from Nepal. I love using reclaimed or recycled materials in my DIY projects.

This DIY project is really easy, only requiring a few supplies:

DIY embellished flip flop sandals supplies

Supplies:

  • Assorted yarn or embroidery floss
  • Scissors, preferably a pair with an extra point nose
  • Flip flops

Tip: The thicker the yarn or string, the easier and quicker it is to wrap the straps. 

Step 1: 

Gather your supplies. Make sure to determine your design before you start in order to avoid unwrapping the string if you don’t like the pattern. To start weaving, tie your first strand at the base of the sandal strap, keeping the knot on the underside. It’s best to work from the bottom of the straps, moving up and then back down the opposite side, that way the tie offs are located in an area that isn’t visible.

DIY Embellished flip flops tutorial instructions

Step 2:

Once you’ve reached the end of your first string, take the end and push it through the last loop (as shown) to secure the strand. Next, tie a new piece of string on top of the old strand to further secure the former color. Hide any leftover string ends by wrapping the new strands over them.

Step 3:

When you’ve made it around the entire sandal, make sure to securely tie off the last piece of string and then cut the tail. Trim any remaining errant strands and you’re finished! That was easy wasn’t it? 🙂 Here’s a few more shots of the finished sandals.

DIY Embellished Flip Flops for Summer

Embellished Flip Flops Close up

What do you think?

xoxo,

Andi

Summer 2014 Fashion Trends from Europe

26 Jun

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Europeans are always much quicker to adopt fashion trends than Americans. It can take us years to warm to certain styles, like skinny jeans, riding boots and pointy toed flats. Americans often feel that new trends should be left to the young and fashionable, however Europeans of all ages confidently add trendy pieces to their wardrobe as soon as the styles become available in the stores.

I’ve been fortunate to spend the last few summers traveling in Europe. So if you would like to look trendier this summer, consider adopting some of the below summer styles. Don’t wait several season to buy what’s trendy – incorporate them into your wardrobe now.

Women:

High-waisted everything. Don’t worry if you think you can’t pull off the shorts or pants – most of us can’t without emphasizing the pooch. Consider instead a high-waisted skirt. Full, flowy styles will conceal the belly, while at the same time nip in the waist. Tuck in the top and pair with a skin belt.

Crop tops.  Although you may think crops tops are better suited to teenagers, paired with the right high-waisted bottom and certain styles will look good at almost any age – just check out some of the stars that have been rocking crop top ensembles recently on the red carpet. And as you may recall in this post – I take many of my age-appropriate fashion cues from Hollywood.

Converse shoes. These shoes are a wardrobe style for most Europeans (men and women alike). They are considered the “go with anything” shoe, easily maneuvering between sporty and smart. So what’s the most popular color for women? White.

Ankle pants.  Whether your wearing them to the office or on the go, ankle pants are a wardrobe staple this summer. And by ankle pants I don’t mean American capri pants. I’m talking cropped skinny pants or leggings.  And while we’re discussing bottoms almost everyone in Europe has retired their boot cut pants for skinny alternatives. So if your still on the fence about this trend – it’s time to take the leap.

Chunky-heeled shoes. While stiletto heels may seem sexier, chunky heels are far more practical (especially on the cobblestone streets in Europe). Anyone who has trouble walking in heels should consider these trendy stable alternatives. Nothing is more unsexy than a woman who can’t walk in her platform stilettos.

Flowy blouses.  Paired with skinny jeans or cropped pants and these flowy chiffon tops look really chic. If you’re worried about your midsection this trend is perfect for concealing the belly.

Rompers/jumpsuits. Although I usually don’t recommend these two styles to anyone (most are just not flattering), I simply can’t ignore that onesies are everywhere!

Men:

Above the knee shorts. Yes you heard me. European men a happy to show off their muscular legs, opting for tight (usually denim) jean shorts that cuff at the bottom. I must say I’m a bit tired of the generic khaki cargo shorts leftover from the Abercrombie & Fitch era.

Converse shoes. A wardrobe staple for men too, however most opt for darker colors, like gray and black. Although I have seen a fair amount of white!

Skinny pants.  Whether they’re work trousers or jeans, men’s pants have started to skew skinny just like women.  Now I’m not necessarily talking about the jeggings you see hipsters wearing, I’m referring to lean pant legs that all ages feel comfortable wearing.

Pointy-toed shoes. Woman shoes are not the only footwear that are trending pointy. Men’s dress shoes are featuring pointy toes too. So if you’re husband is sporting a pair of square-toed loafers, consider updating his wardrobe with a more European style.

What are some of your favorite fashion trends this year?

xoxo,

Andi

 

Image source: Top Shop