Mad About Mules

Mad About Mules

Since my current casual/minimal style feels like I transported back to the 90s — high-rise jeans, lots of easy tees, every oversized button-down I can get my hands on, all the denim — it’s only fitting that I’m on totally on board the mule trend. The slide-on shoes made a big comeback this year, with iterations in every color, fabrication, and heel-style. I’ll take mine in a colorful suede or neutral leather with a little block heel, please and thank you.

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Summer Lovin’

A Pretty Penny | Isola Adette Studded Sandal
{ Blank Denim “Galaxy” jeans + Isola Adette sandals}

I’ve been lusting after these studded leather sandals since I spotted them on @studiomcgee’s Instagram way back at the start of the summer, so I was pumped to find them in a Hautelook sandal sale recently. Patience and discounts, amen.

Can someone ‘splain to me how we’re already in the last week of July? Slow it down, summer; I’m just starting to get a decent tan…

While I hear others whispering about the anticipation of fall and boots and pumpkin lattes — seriously, already? —  I’m holding on to the rest of this season with clenched fists. Give me all the afternoon thunderstorms, lazy hours by the pool, weekend BBQs, sunny boat rides, and naps. Lots of naps.

restyle: DIY studded wedge booties

Break out those old boring booties, ya’ll; it’s time for a super simple restyle.

Back in my early days of blogging, I remember a DIY project on another blog (sadly whose URL I cannot recall) in which the blogger transformed a pair of basic black platforms by covering the entire wedge base in brass thumbtacks. I ran out and bought a pack of thumbtacks immediately, only to have them sit in my supply stash for more than a year before finding the perfect pair of shoes to “stud”.

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I bought these N.Y.L.A. ruffled leather booties on Hautelook last year for ridiculously cheap — like around $20, I think — and haven’t worn them once since they arrived. They’re really cute, but a little… boring basic. {I don’t know what it is with me and black shoes/handbags; we just don’t jive.} They’ve been hiding in a dark corner of my closet for over a year now.

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Until this weekend, when I was searching for some crafty-majig or another and came across those thumbtacks of yore…

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Using the center seam as a guide, I started pushing the tacks into the wedge in a [semi] neat row. {Sidenote: if you’re a raging perfectionist like yours truly, you can remove the tacks and reposition them as you go to get the straightest line.}

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I repeated a row on each side, and once I was satisfied with the placement, I gave them a little tap-tap-tap with my tiny crafting hammer to get them as flat as possible.

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I kinda love how they turned out! Now if I could just get some cool weather to take them for a spin…

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