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Friday, June 15, 2012

Neon DIY

Oxfords
How I Styled Them
Headpiece: Belt (worn as hair accessory)
Sunnies: Go Jane
Shirt: Ross
Mint Skinny Jeans: G Stage

I had been dying to get my hands on a pair of neon trimmed oxfords. Now, I finally have a pair and the best part is that I got a fun DIY out of it.  Wanna see how?


The DIY Inspiration
Cole Haan Alisa Oxford
Image via www.colehaan.com

I had been eyeing this Cole Haan version of the neon oxford and others such as the Aldo Tozer (here) and Steve Madden Jazie  (here) for a couple of months.  My favorite part of these shoes are the colored soles. Such a nice touch. ;)
The Blank Canvas

I scored these oxfords for only $10 at a shoe store in the mall. This price was perfect since I hated the possibility of ruining a really expensive pair of shoes.  

These oxfords didn't include laces when I purchased them. After searching for a pair of matching laces, I ended up purchasing a pair at a local shoe repair shop for $5.  I got really lucky since it was the only pair he had in this style but it was the perfect length and color.  

The nail polish set me back another $3.  In total, the shoes cost me less than $20 (far less than any of the other options listed above especially the Cole Haan pair at $178).

The Tools
    
                                                                            1. Pair of plain oxfords
                                                                2. Neon nail polish (Forever 21)
                                                                3. Toothpick or small wooden stick 
                                                                4. Cotton swab
                                                                5. Paper or plastic to protect work space
                                                                6. Nail polish remover (for clean ups)
                                                                7. Masking tape (recommended)
                                                                8. Laces (optional)

The How To & Some Tips

  1. Decide which parts of the oxfords you want to paint and use masking tape to protect the areas you don't want painted.
  2. Paint as much or as little of the shoe as you like (I recommend at least painting the little holes, the soles, and/or the stitching to create a contrast).
  3. Swap out the laces for a matching neon color or add laces if not included (these oxfords were lace free so I added a matching pair to contrast the neon space behind the laces).
  4. Try to paint evenly (not too thick) and in one direction (I found that dabbing the polish on kinda of created a textured/sponged on look.  You'll want to be careful dabbing the polish on since it kinda messes up the polish brush).
  5. Try to keep the polish bottle closed as much as possible during the painting process to prevent the polish from clumping (i.e. alternate between painting large and small areas and only partially open the bottle enough to dip the toothpick in when painting the stitching or the little holes-see above).
  6. Use a cotton swab dipped in the polish remover to spot clean and to clean polish buildup on the toothpick.
  7. Clean polish stains as soon as they happen for maximum effectiveness.
The Results

Overall, I am really pleased with the outcome. I was a little nervous at first but, once I added the laces and the cobbler complimented the results, I knew I was in the clear.  Plus, these shoes are so fun and versatile.  I love that I can pair it with just about anything. 


I hope that you guys will give this DIY a try.  It's a fun and easy way to add a little more flair to your summer wardrobe. :)

P.S. If you do give this DIY a try, share a link of the results in the comments section or send me a pic on facebook or twitter. I would love to see the results. ;)

P.P.S. I place exclusive sneak peaks and other updates about my upcoming projects on Instagram (@RejinaTyson), Facebook, and Twitter.  Don't forget to click the buttons above to follow or like me. That way you can be the first to know. Whoo hoo. ;) 





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67 comments:

  1. Wow, this is amazing! You did such a great job on these! Love the outcome and you look great! xx

    Pip
    http://easyoutfitsbypip.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Pip. I hope you give it a try. ;)

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  2. Super cool! It's very impressive. Awesome outfit combo!

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  3. I only happened upon your blog just yesterday. It is such a breath of fresh air! Finally a style blogger who really sews - again refreshing. I've cruised the blog back to day one and am very impressed with your work.

    Do you ever share information about specific patterns you use for your garments??? I for one am very interested in knowing, mainly because I sew also.

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    1. Thanks so much Faye. It's always so nice to discover other bloggers that sew, so I totally know how you feel. I am so flattered that you took the time to check out everything that I made. That's so awesome. ;)

      As for the patterns, let me know which pieces you want to know about and I can update you on how I made it. ;) I hope you won't be a stranger. ;)

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  4. P.S. I am contemplating adding a new element to my blog (fayessewingadventure) in which I feature new and interesting blogs that I discover - like yours. Would you be interesting in doing a mini interview with me as a feature for my blog???

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    1. Faye, I would love to do this. Just let me know what you need me to do. ;)

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  5. Amazing .love the Outfit! You look fabulous!
    Thank you for the nice Comment ,i´m happy about that :)

    Wish you a great Sunday<3

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    1. Thanks a lot and no prob. I def had a great Sunday so I definitely appreciate the well wishes. ;)

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  6. whoa, this looks really super whimsical and stylish!
    follow u back;)

    cheers
    Helen

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  7. oh my gosh can’t believe you DIYed those oxfords.. they are amazing!! And I love your whole outfit too!!

    www.alliesfashionalley.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a lot. It was a pretty easy DIY. I love it!

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  8. OMG these look amazing!!! So cool!
    I would love for you to visit my blog sometime!!
    :)
    Allison
    afashionfiles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Allison. Checked out your blog and love it! ;)

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  9. Your outfits are so amazing and special! :) Really beautiful photos, love them! :) Best wishes

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    1. Thanks Romina. This is such a sweet comment. Yay! ;)

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  10. That is sooo cool! :)

    Followed you through GFC.
    Pls follow mine, too!

    http://carmiscaprice.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the follow. ;)

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  11. Ok this is genius! DIY always blows my mind, and this is just amazing, I would never in a billion years even considered using nail polish!

    Amazing!
    Have a great week
    SDMxx
    http://daringcoco.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thanks a lot Sonia. Nail polish is a surprisingly effective way to change up a pair of shoes. ;)

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  12. Love your blog. :)

    Would like to follow each other on GFC???

    Reach me at: Makeup and Beauty Home

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  13. Love how you made this! I have some oxfords that need this makeover! and I love your outfit - so cool, especially the mint pants!
    -Che

    style-che.blogspot.com

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    1. You should so totally give your oxfords the make over and when you do, do share the results. I would love to see it. Thanks for the compliments too. Those mint pants are my new fav. I can't get enough of it. ;)

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    2. Followed you back - will definitely try this, I have lots of time :)

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    3. Cool. Yay! ;) Can't wait to see the results! ;)

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  14. You are so awesome for this DIY! I love it. I am always afraid to mess up my shoes with a project. Maybe I should go look for some cheap shoes that I won't worry about messing up. I LOVE this DIY though. So brilliant.

    Amy

    fashionandbeautyfinds.blogspot.com

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    1. I felt the same way when I considered trying this DIY, so I totally understand. You should def find some cheap shoes that you won't feel bad messing up and go for it. If you do it, I definitely want to see the results. :)
      Thanks also for the DIY love. ;)

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  15. Great DIY..I love creative minds..YOu look awesome..Great job

    www.jayla31.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jaela. You're so sweet. ;) I love creative minds too. ;)

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  16. oh i love those pants! and omg how creative are you??:) nailpolish as a color for the shoes, great idea!:) lots of love xx

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    1. Awww thanks Nee. I appreciate the love. ;)

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  17. this is such a great diy!!!!! i totally wanna try this!!!! :D

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks. You definitely should. It's pretty easy and doesn't require too many supplies. ;)

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  18. You are so creative, great job! I really like these shoes...wow.

    http://berry-dew.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks a lot! ;) Happy you dropped by. ;)

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  19. Such a great DIY and the oxford look so gorgeous! Great match with your outfit too. Great post! xo akiko
    Style Imported

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  20. wow! you look absolutely awesome! do you want follow each other?!
    Kisses!!

    www.marilynsclosetblog.com

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  21. I already saw this on your instagram ;) haha
    This is amazing!!
    You are so creative-* like it!

    Pinkbow Icecream

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    1. Haha...I did post it there too. Thanks a lot for the sweet compliments. You're so awesome! ;)

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  22. Wow, how creative you are! :) Your 'new' shoes look so cool! :) Nice yellow detailing! :)

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    1. Thanks Minna. I live for creative expression so this little project was definitely fun. ;)

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  23. Wow, your outfit is perfect! I like this combination so much :) Amazing shoes, headband and pants :)
    I'm following you now :)

    http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks girlie for the awesome compliment and for the follow. ;) Yay!

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  24. Wow,amazing idea:).They are lovely.
    I wonder if you would like to follow each other : ).

    http://www.glossylala.blogspot.co.uk/

    Happy blogging!

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    1. Thanks a lot. Sure I'd love for us to do that. ;)

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  25. This looks so awesome!
    What a great idea.
    Like your other posts to, you have lovely pictures with great outfits.
    So I'm following you now!

    xx nonnatiwow.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a lot girlie. I'm so happy that you decided to check out my other posts and follow. That made my day. ;)

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  26. Your look is just amazing!

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  27. What a fantastic idea!! Thanks so much for posting this, I've got to try it out! I'm so glad I discovered your creative corner of the web today.. will be following you for sure :)

    Jen

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    1. Thanks Jen. I hope you give it a try. It's such a fun and easy way to jazz up a pair of shoes. Thanks for visiting and following. Hope to see the results when you try this DIY out.;)

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  28. SO IN LOVE WITH THIS DIY! the finishing product and outfit is flawless!

    www.invalerie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a lot! This is such an awesome compliment. ;) I hope you'll give it a try. ;)

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  29. i just discoverd you via deargirlwallflower and i´m instantly a new reader,your style ( i love this mint and yellow combo) and the fact you love DIY projects and sewing got me from the first second;)
    love and kiss,mary
    http://maryloucinnamon.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww thanks a lot MAry Lou. You comment is so sweet. Awwww. ;)

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  30. nice look !
    I'm already following u ;)
    xoxo
    http://maybe-not2day.blogspot.com

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  31. Nice one. Might give it a try ;)!

    XOXO Gozika

    http://gozikasjournal.blogspot.com/

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