Blonde vs. Brunette Challenge – Ft. Shoedazzle.com

         I think Cinderella proved that one shoe can make a difference.  But, if you ask us, so can a bag and some great accessories.  But, not every one is great at picking the perfect piece to play up their wardrobe.  This is where the amazing site, ShoeDazzle comes in.  It is like a free stylist at your fingertips.  When you arrive at the site, they have a free style quiz.  This helps them get to know your fashion sense.  After the style quiz, you are directed to a custom “shoe closet,” or as they refer to, a showroom, for you to pick from.  Perk: FREE shipping on first order and always free return shipping.

So stop by ShoeDazzle and take their free quiz.  We have included the names of the shoes and accessories.  If they don’t appear in your showroom, you can do a simple search and locate any of the items and the prices.  After checking out your showroom, be sure to check into their VIP membership.  As a VIP, you get 10%-25% off everything on the site!

We both visited ShoeDazzle and completed the style quiz for today’s challenge.  We picked out a pair of shoes and matching accessory for all different summer occasions.  Everything we have shown today is under $50!!

Kristin – THE BLONDE

Work it Out –

Karisya

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These are amazing.  I love the trendy thick ankle strap with the buckle.  The chunky heel makes these perfect for a day at the office, wherever that may be.  And furthermore,  this amazing cross print is unique and funky, but, classic with the use of cream and black.

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Time it Right

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I may not necessarily wear this watch with those shoes, but, this watch is gorgeous and looks really expensive.  And I have been really into the tortoise color watches lately.

Chillin’ & Relaxin’ –

Chelan in Yellow

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These menswear inspired flats are even cooler with the tribal, geometric print.  The yellow is a great color for summer and fall and these would be great with a pair of comfy pair of coral shorts.

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   Ruston

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Backpack inspired purses/bags are awesome.  They are very versatile and would be great for a Brunch with the girls or sightseeing/vacation.

Miss Independent – (order soon to ensure you have it for the Fourth)

Betsy

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Ohh my goodness.  This is my inner Bettie Page trying to get out.  These retro inspired, star wedges are beyond.. I just want a pair to lay around the house and feel like a Vargas girl (sigh.. living in the wrong decade).

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Eagle Eye

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This eagle on this ring is screaming AMERICA!! This ring would be a fun piece to add to an outfit for any occasion but a MUST for the Fourth.

Going to the Chapel –

Andrea

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Prepare to get tons of compliments on these.  They have great lines and a good mix of metallic and neutral.  These could easily be paired with a number of dresses, shorts, or pants.  These would also be a great shoe for a bride or bridesmaid.)

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Braid the Way

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This bracelet is fun and a simple touch.  I am not a huge jewelry person; so, I look for pieces that are overly obnoxious and won’t get in the way or feel like I’m wearing jewelry (if that makes sense).  This braided chain bracelet is just that and it can easily be worked into different outfits for a variety of occasions.

Reservations Needed-

Selia

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I am obsessed with nude shoes.  They elongate your legs and they are just the prettiest color.  The height of the heel on these paired with the open toe make for a perfect combination in my book.  Simple and classic yet somehow sexy.

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Melton, Terang

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This wristlet is the right amount of rock-n-roll for me.  It would contrast perfectly with the nude pumps above.  Just the right amount of edge against the femininity of the heels.  And this wristlet could double as a pouch in your purse and help transcend your outfit from day to night.

Alex – THE BRUNETTE

Dressed to Thrill –

Sahara

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Though I’m not a fan of kitten heels, I would make an exception for this pair.  It’s a perfect combo of classy meets rock n roll.  I love the studs and the pointy toe.  I’d pair these with destroyed jeans and a tank for a casual look or rev up a work outfit and wear them with slacks.

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Chains of Time

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This feaux tortoiseshell watch is a great match for these wild heels.  The sophistication of the watch balances out the daring and edgy heel.

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Office Space – 

Zabel

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This pointed-toe pump can be worn casually with jeans or dressed up for a work outfit.  I love the snake skin print is done with subtley and not too over-the-top.  I especially love the strap across the top of the foot, very cute!

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Wisner

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The Wisner bag is gorgeous and goes well with the Zabel pumps.  The cream color that pops from the snak skin print will pop even more when paired with this shoulder bag.

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Opposites Attract – 

Haven

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This gladiator wedge sandal screams “summer date night”!  They are definitely a statement pair of sandals so I’d keep the rest of the outfit and accessories simple and chic so the focus can be on these beauties.

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Love Connection

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This bracelet is classic.  It would be a nice contrast to the gladiator sandal.  Finish this outfit with a solid maxi dress and you’re ready to go!

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Playtime – 

Kayla

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These peep-toe slingbacks are killer.  This is a great way to wear a white heel-might as well be bold about it!  I would pair these unique slingbacks with a maxi skirt or dress for a night out with my girls.

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Come and Sea 

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Because I am a lover of the sea, I was immediately drawn to this necklace.  I would definitely pair this with these slingbacks and a maxi skirt and simple white tank.  It gives the whole look a  beachy, airy vibe.

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Queen of Pop –

Sabina

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I thought the Kayla’s above were bold, but these pumps take that to another level.  The color is bold, the structure is sleek, and the stone accent is a great way to make these stand out even more.  Again, since these will be the focal point of your ensemble, be sure to make sure your toes are in tip top shape 🙂

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Braid the Way

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This chainlink bracelet would go perfectly with these bold pumps.  The gold in the bracelet would no doubt bring out the gold in the accent piece of the pump.

Thanks to ShoeDazzle for sponsoring this week’s Blonde vs. Brunette Challenge!

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DIY – Leather Earrings

I wanted to make something with the leftover leather I had from the Urban Outfitters inspired necklace I made a few weeks ago.  I decided to make a cute pair of simple, funky earrings that are sleek enough to wear to work, but cool enough to wear out on the weekend.

You will need:

  • leather
  • stud earrings
  • super glue
  • scissors

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Cut out your desired shape in the leather.  I chose a long, thin triangular shape.  You could do an oval, square, rectangle, etc.

 

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Next, simply apply a fair amount of super glue onto the stud earring and firmly attach the leather pieces onto the stud.  Let dry for several hours.

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I love how they turned out and they literally took me 5 minutes to make.  I can’t wait to see what I come up with next using that same $5.99 piece of leather!

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DIY Wedding Headpiece

The past year or so, I have been looking through thousands of wedding ideas and have seen a number of fun and unique ideas.  One thing I have always loved was fun, art deco head/hair pieces.  But, they are always sooooo expensive.  This got me thinking, why not just create one?  You can make it as ornate or simple as you’d like and save a couple bucks in the process.  Oh, and you get to tell people you made it!  All you need is a bracelet of your choosing; it can be vintage or modern, second hand or from Michael’s.  The bracelet I chose was my grandmother’s.  She passed away over ten years ago, so this headpiece is extra special.

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You will need:

  • jewelry tools or scissors
  • chain to match/contrast bracelet
  • bracelet

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Wrap the chain around your head to get the chain the proper length.  You want it to be fitted, but not too loose to fall and not to tight to pinch you hair in.

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After you have the chain cut the right length, with the scissors or jewelry tools, you place one link into each side of the bracelet and then close.  Voilà, you have your very own, one of a kind headpiece.  You can now wear decide if you want to wear it across your forehead or on the side of your head.  I also want to try this DIY with a over the top bracelet.

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(Not the cutest; but, I wanted you all to see it on someone. [I just got back from the gym.])

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DIY Leather Necklace ; UrbanOutfitters Inspired

Urban Outfitters has a wide variety of jewelry that I love to get inspiration from.  It features simple pieces as well as eccentric, more intricate pieces of jewelry.  Some pieces are on the expensive side, like $300 type of expensive, that I would consider more of a statement piece of jewelry.  Rather than having to look over those expensive pieces, take away what you love about it and see if you could recreate it yourself.

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Urbanoutfitters.com “Flutter” by Jill Golden Double-Triangle Necklace $333

You will need:

  • flat nose pliers
  • scissors
  • needle
  • 6mm jump rings $2.99
  • large toggle and clasp $5.29
  • textured leather $2.99
  • thick chain $3.99
  • thin chain $3.99
  • patience $priceless

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Cut out your pieces from the leather.  I measured the triangle to be 2 inches wide each side.  Cut another triangle the exact size and then cut the 2nd triangle in a V shape.

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Take the needle and poke about 3 holes in the inside edge of the V shape.  Line your triangle shape inside the V shape and poke holes so that the holes in the triangle and the V shape are aligned.  Carefully slide the jump rings into the holes so they’re ready to be attached to the other piece of triangle shaped leather.

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Connect the pieces of leather with the jump rings using your flat nose pliers.

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At the top of the triangle shape, poke another hole, slide a jump ring through, and attach to the thick chain.  I ended up adding a thinner chain at the last minute, using the same process as the thick chain.  The thick chain connected all the way around, so I didn’t need to connect the ends.  The thing chain had 2 ends that I needed to connect, so I attached the jump rings and added a funky toggle and clasp.

This project took a little bit of time, but it was so worth it because now I am officially obsessed with this necklace.  And it certainly helps that the materials cost me less than $25 to recreate, in my very own style.

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