Street Art

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Some people refer it as graffiti, but here in Los Angeles, they call it art. Everywhere you go in this city you can see various forms of street art. It is just as illegal as tagging with gang signs, but somehow much more tolerated, I dare say encouraged? I am a fan of art of all kinds so I enjoy the expression. I suppose if I was a business owner whose building kept getting spray painted, I may think differently, but I'm not, and I don't.

My only real complaint about the street art is, it's never permanent. You can see something really cool (Like a giant picture of Twiggy) and then a week later it's gone. It's a strange city I live in, but I love every dirty piece of it!

This look cost $36.96

{Blazer}
Brand: Mossimo
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $29.00
**Also Seen Here: http://www.mythriftychic.com/2011/12/sequin-dreams.html**
{Jeans}
Brand: City Streets
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From:The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $38.00
 
{Ring}
Brand: Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price: $4.00
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail: $6.00




{Top}
Brand: Apostrophe
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $34.00


{Heels}
Brand: No. 704b
Purchase Price: $14.99 (Look Brand New)
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $190 (guesstimation)

DIY Therapy

Saturday, January 28, 2012

In a world where so many things are uncertain, crafting is my sanity. I have little to no patience to wait for any real sort of accomplishment in my life so when I complete a DIY I am able to receive instant gratification. There were a few years where I seemed to be  running around too much, doing too many things for others and not nearly enough for myself. I felt lost to be honest. I discovered the crazy world of Pinterest & Blogging roughly a year ago and it has helped me to clear the haze in my world and give me more of a sense of purpose. I know, this is getting a little deep for a DIY post, but it's so true. Crafting, though not my religion, gives me similar comforts of one. I love being able to see a project and carry it out, I feel accomplished and more confident. Although I may not be able to feel the same sense of accomplishment in my current occupation, I know I can come home and find a piece of my true self.

Why am I even telling you this, you may ask? Well, I have seen a ton of DIY's and I have been dying to try them. In the next couple of months I am going to try to curb my spending at thrift stores (mostly because I'm out of space, but I also need to save more money). If I am not trifting, I'm going to need to occupy my time in other ways and what better way than to make things :)

Below I have a rather long list of DIY's that are on my to do list. I will keep you updated on my progress and if any of you complete some, I would love to hear about it!!


Elbow Patches

I am slightly obsessed with elbow patches and I cannot find the perfect sweater I so desire. I have given up looking I am just going to have to make my own!
There is no tutorial for this, I'm going to have to make it up

Embellished Clutch
This cute little suede clutch seems easy enough to make
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/studded-suede-pouch

P.S. On Ebay you can buy a 100 of these pyramid studs for Cheap!!


Beaded Necklace
This necklace is super cool! This blogger gives you the exact number of beads you will need to complete the pattern. It's a great DIY tutorial!
http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/07/knock-off-necklace-pattern.html

Unique DIY Necklace
This is a super cool idea, I really want to try it.
This one is made with metal, but they have plastic pieces in the craft section of stores. They're for all that shag carpet art that we used to do as kids, but I think they would work for this too.
http://threadsence.com/Blog/tag/diy-necklace/

Multi Chain Necklace
Chain jewelry is so popular right now. This tutorial looks really neat!
http://www.missomnimedia.com/2009/12/shes-crafty-diy-multi-chain-ribbon-necklace/


Rope Bracelets
This tutorial shows you how to use rope/fabric and create a faux metal finish, pretty interesting!
http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/2011/12/rope-bangles.html

Double Braided Chain Bracelets

This is a very popular trend these days, I like that this tutorial used plastic lanyard.
http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2011/09/diy-lanyard-double-chain-bracelet.html


Painted TOMS
I love this idea of hand painting shoes, a must try!
There is no tutorial, just your own imagination :)

Knotted Rope Bracelet
Here is another rope bracelet but quite different from the previous one. Super simple and uses metallic rope.

http://madebygirl.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-rope-bracelet.html



I hope you all have a great weekend, and I would love to hear about any DIY's or Thrifted Treasures you may find! If you're not a follower of my Facebook Page, I would love for you to "like" My Page. I love that Facebook is more interactive and you are always welcome to share your newest adventures with me, In fact, I love when people do!!

Here's my Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Thrifty-Chic/178453972185175

DIY Jimmy Choo

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


The other day my Husband and I had to walk into Nordstrom to get parking validation, side note, I do not like to ever go into places I cannot afford.... it's cruel and unusual punishment! Not to mention the parking validation is in none other than the shoe department, double ugh! I took a deep breath and began gazing at all the gorgeous shoes that I cannot afford. I then laid my eyes on a pair of Jimmy Choo's covered in glitter. They had a price tag of $750!!! Even when I have that kind of money, I don't think I could fork it out, especially for shoes that I could make (see where this is going)....

So, I snapped a little picture of the shoes to jog my memory later, and left the store with a deflated ego, and yet a hopeful heart. I told my husband, "I can make those." He gave me one of his "you're mildly nuts" looks and nothing else was said.

The next day I found myself picking up a giant pack of glitter and I was off on a mission! As soon as I got through the door after work, I set out to recreate a masterpiece (imagine very dramatic music). There are a lot of pictures in this DIY, I hope I wasn't too detailed ;)


Here are the official Jimmy Choo pumps



Now look Below to See my Version :)



 Start by getting everything you will need for the process
-Pair of Heels
-Glitter
-Glue
-Paint Brush
-Tray to catch excess glitter
** Keep in Mind, this gets messy!!**


You will need rainbow colored glitter and since I couldn't find that, I bought the variety pack and mixed it myself



I also picked up some chunky glitter so it wasn't all one texture


As an adhesive, I like to use Liquid Stitch. I have used it on many projects and I love it!

For the shoes, I used an old pair of Forever 21 heels that I bought on clearance for $10. I really like the shoes, but they are getting worn out



In a separate bowl I mixed a little of every color (except black & silver) I also added the chunky silver glitter I bought to the mix. I tried to do the same of every color. This the an {MTC} special blend :D


Then mix it all up and if you feel like one color is lacking add some more


After prepping your station, it's best to just jump right in! I began on the heel, but anywhere you wanna start will work. I put a glob of glue down.....

Then with my paint brush I smoothed it out (when not using the paint brush, put it in a glass of water so the glue doesn't ruin it)

Then sprinkle the glitter over the glue and dust off the excess into a catch pan. I found that using a sponge brush was really helpful in removing extra glitter.


 Instead of wasting a ton of glitter, I used the excess to keep sprinkling. The sponge brush also helps move the glitter and keep it from sticking to the containers

Getting there! Here is what mine looked like half way through


I was starting to get really excited that I might actually pull this off :)


After I covered them in glitter, I sprayed them with hairspray to keep any loose pieces from falling off.


I didn't want to be walking around dropping glitter everywhere so I went a step further and yes, spray painted them with a high gloss clear. Just a quick coat to make sure everything stayed in place :)


Here is the finished product!! I wore them to work today and other than some glitter still left inside the shoe, they were perfect!!

And... I've already gotten a couple compliments on them :)

So, what do you think? Will you try this?

The grand total for this project, including the shoes was only $13!!! Take that ridiculously overpriced shoe industry :D




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fine lines

Sunday, January 22, 2012

There is a fine line between fashion and costume. Today's look, straddles the border. I found these crazy sequin capri pants in Hollywood a few weeks ago. They first caught my eye out of intrigue and then I decided to go through with the purchase because they had vintage tags attached to them. I am quite the sucker for vintage finds these days! I doubt I'll keep them, considering they are the most uncomfortable & impractical thing I own, but I at least wanted to take some fun pictures in them :)

I thoroughly enjoyed this photo session! The grand total for this outfit was $25.94!!!

{Scarf}
Brand: Rubi
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: Around $20.00


{Capris}
Brand: Carla Freeman
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: Unknown. They are definitely Vintage, but I cannot find
anything from the designer? They have tags from Tracey Ross
(a Store in West Hollywood that is now closed)... unsolved mystery....

{Heels}
Brand: Zara
Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: $80-$100
Also Seen Here: http://www.mythriftychic.com/2011/01/working-girl.html

{Sunglasses}
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $0.99
Purchased From: 99 Cents Only Store
Suggested Retail: unknown

{Tank}
Brand: Threads 4 Thought
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (L.A.)
Suggested Retail: At least $20.00

{Cuff}
Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $0.99
Purchased From: A dollar store
Suggested Retail: unknown




A little birdie told me...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's no secret that I love to spray paint things. My father is a commercial artist and has used spray paint as a medium since before I was born. I think my urge to spray paint is very deep seated and I shouldn't mess with the natural order of things :D

Today I want to show you my newest little guy. By using the power of a spray can, I have given him a facelift! I found this ceramic figure at the thrift store for $5. At first look, he's pretty ugly and kinda creepy with his one marble eye. I however, saw through his ugly duckling facade and knew he'd look great with a fresh coat of paint! What do you guys think??


The little guy and his "plastic" surgeon

Apparently he's winking at me....

Spray painting in the dark = not exactly recommended

I cleared a space for my new friend in our living room

I just adore this little guy!!

Second Hand, Not Second Rate

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hello!! I want to share a new element to the My Thrifty Chic brand, a slogan! I have been racking my brain for a few months and coming up totally blank. Just a little history on me, I used to want to be a graphic designer and I love logo's! I thought that I could come up with a slogan easily, but it had escaped me until now! Since my blog heavily focuses on thrift stores and second hand goods, I found this wildly appropriate! I would love to hear your feedback, and as always, thank you so much to all my diligent readers!!