I've had this belt with lions on for a little while, but every time I went to wear it I took it off because it was so shiny I couldn't take it!
So I grabbed some sharpies, some tissue and matte nail varnish top coat.
It's so much more wearable now. It was easy-peasy, all I did was lightly coloured the buckle in with orange, brown and black sharpies, wiping with a tissue after every bit. When it was all coloured as I wanted and dried I put on two coats of matte top-coat, perfect!
I, Kirsty Smith, am taking the Seamless Pledge until my birthday (8th March 2012). I will not buy any new clothes until my birthday, I will become well acquainted with my local charity shops, vintage shops and my sewing machine.
I'm really excited to take part in this, it comes at the perfect time as I'm trying to create a more well thought out, higher quality, coordinated wardrobe AND my clothes making has screeched to an inexplicable halt.
Check out the (lovely) Seamless blog and see if you'd like to pledge too.
I'm afraid I am that annoying child that won't stop asking why, luckily with age came the ability to internalise my questioning. Just lately I got to thinking about taste and style and where they come from, how they develop and why exactly we like what we like.
For my personal taste the answer is dead simple:
Style-wise (florals, pretty dresses, ultra feminine) it comes from rebellion. I grew up with three older brothers, we watched boy TV shows and played boy games, my mum put me in girly clothes a lot but I had a pretty masculine childhood for the most part. I've also grown up and worked in a grubby, typically manly, distinctly non-floral trade (the motor trade) my whole life.
General taste-wise (retro, old, quirky, shabby) it is plain to see where it comes from, here are a small selection of things from my family home.
I don't think I stood a chance of growing up to like normal, modern things!
How about you? Is the evolution of your taste as clear as mine? I'd love to read your comments (or blog posts).