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Trends with Taylor: DIY Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Heels


Spring and summer 2016 fashion weeks in New York, Paris and most recently in Phoenix left me inspired and motivated to switch up my style and act more bold and empowered in my apparel choices.

As I stalked my favorite fashion sites scrolling through picture after picture of different runway shows, I felt myself fantasizing of a future where I could waltz into any which store and purchase designer shoes without looking at the price tag. The truth is, though, we don’t know what the future holds, and I may never be able to purchase the Manolo Blahnik classics that I literally salivate over, or for the past few weeks, the chunky Dolce & Gabanna heels.

I’m okay with not having a boat load of money to blow, I really am, but I’m not okay with sacrificing my personal style. So being the stubborn 20-something I am, I sought a solution: I’ll make them myself… and that’s exactly what I did. And you can too!

I’m by no means a crafty person, but this DIY project is totally beginner level.

List of Materials Available at Michael’s/Other Craft Stores:
Old heels
Ribbon (x2)
E6000 Glue
Beads & Buttons (optional)

Step 1: Wrap ribbon around the border of your shoe and tape it in place to ensure you like the look of it. Make sure to cut two of each ribbon piece (for the other shoe, of course!). Once all the ribbon is secure, tape any beads, buttons or crystals you like. Take a photo then remove the materials.

Step 2: Burn the edges of the ribbon to avoid fraying.

Step 3: Squeeze E6000 adhesive onto the ribbon, then quickly and firmly press the ribbon onto the shoe wherever desired. I recommend applying the glue in small sections, as it dries quickly, is extremely sticky and can make a mess. Hold each section down approximately 45 seconds.

Step 4: Repeat Step two with beads and other accessories. Refer back to your photo to remember where each piece goes. I personally liked the look of my shoe without beads.

Step 5: Allow the shoe to dry 24 hours before wearing, and then enjoy your masterpiece!

Good luck, and tag me on Instagram (@taylorseely) with your results!



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