Sunday, September 30, 2012

Monochromatic Wine...?

Yes, I guess that's what you'd call it.  What I wore to class today:  a variety of wines in my wardrobe choices of home-made concoctions.  See for yourself.

All made-from-scratch &/or refashioned by moi!
Except for the jewelry - the necklace of red glass beads was store bought a hundred years ago and the bracelet I found in a give-away box.  The kimono-type satin and suede jacket was made-from-scratch pre-Project Minima.  So were the dress and pants, but they were later re-styled.  (Click on the bold words to see what happened and how).  And more painted shoes!
a look down at some newly painted shoes
These used to be beat-up black suede oxfords and I painted them with my finger massage method in Cadmium Red Deep with some Magenta for the strap.  I coated them with clear gloss acrylic medium at the end.

I'll be joining others at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style and Monday Mingle.  
Come on Over!

28 comments:

  1. Painted shoes! Two words I had not heard together till I met you -- and now they're my favorite things. You look terrific, all colorful and original and very Pao. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. I'm only at the beginning stages of painted shoe-dom, Patti. But there may be a pause since I want to jump into some jewelry renovation and I have to clear space for that extravaganza to take place. I'm also craving getting back in the groove of sewing...so we'll have to duke it out and see what takes precedent.
      And a great big thank you for hosting Visible Monday, Patti!

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  2. I love your outfit and those incredible painted shoes! I've dyed shoes before but they never look great, yours have texture and personality and look fabulous.
    Thanks for popping over, Pao, I love your style!

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    1. Hi Vix, nice to see you here. It seems we're both into the red end of the spectrum today. I haven't tried dying anything yet. Although I am white-washing a load of old yellowed-whites with Rit as we speak. Technically this one's a whitener, not a dye, nor a bleach. But it really works on fragile stuff.

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  3. Cad Red Deep is an old friend of mine! I love the cohesiveness the simple shapes and monochromatic palette bring to the outfit, and its wonderful mix of pattern and texture. Elegant!

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    1. Yea, I feel practically normal in it!

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    2. Noooooo! Is far too interesting to ever be "normal" - such terrible language, tsk.

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  4. I'm constantly amazed with each new outfit you come up with. Why aren't you designing clothes and having runway shows Pao? You're awesome!
    The blouse arrived today. Thanks so much. It's kind of sheer so I'm not really sure I can wear it in public, but when I tried it on my husband really liked it, if you get my meaning...

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    1. I am designing clothes and having runway shows - for me and of me in my house, Sheila.

      Men..., just wear a camisole under it - you know layering...or a vest over it. Or a dress under it like that skirt you had on today that you pulled up high and over the bosom region...It would kinda look like Patti's outfit.

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    2. Talk about multi-tasking. Clothes like that are good to have around just in case one feels frisky (just ask Helga!) but can also serve as layers for more sedate occasions. It saves closet space.

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  5. The colors, patterns and silhouettes are harmonious and pleasing. The monk strap (?) shoes are to die for. FABULOUS.

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    1. Monk strap shoes, huh, interesting. I think these shoes may be my fav so far - well, they are red after all. And who knew these items of clothing would strike a groovy vibe together, since individually I don't care for them at all!

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    1. Hey Megan, thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Calm me down about your shoe makeover! You are a wizard. I'm getting a psychedelic lava-lamp Warhol-factory feeling about this outfit, with a calm elegance on top. Your upcoming projects sound exciting - jewellery, sewing, more shoe styling... I look forward to your next creations as always.

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    1. Well that's my era now isn't it. Isn't it? (Are your universe boots on the horizon...?) As I too always look forward to your next amazing creation, my dear Melanie.

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  8. How I Love this! Another inspiring photo :)

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    check out my blog and leave me a comment about my NEW POST.
    I'll wait you there dear.Have a Nice Day!

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    1. Thank you Priscilla for visiting Project Minima.

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  9. I can tell I'm going to have to read your blog in its entirety to learn of this magic shoe rehab method.

    Oh, I loves 100 year old red beads! You look very hip.

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    1. Not necessary, you can actually just click on "shoes!" Perhaps I exaggerated a bit on the beads' age... Oh dear, I am pretty hippy, Lynne.

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  10. I am always amazed at how wonderful your outfits are. I don't know why, because every outfit is a work of art and I should expect that by now. But each outfit is its own work of art and therefore more amazing than the last. The painted shoes are just inspired.

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    1. ahhh Debbi, what a way to wake up this morning - reading your note - makes me feel glad all over. I like that idea, every outfit being a work of art. I shall make that one of the goals of Project Minima. Thank you Debbi for putting it into words for me!

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  11. You're looking very autumnal in this outfit and, of course, I'm drooling over those shoes.
    Thanks for your comment and mentioning the Sewing Rebellion. Too bad there isn't one in my neck of the woods -- such a great idea!

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    1. Matter of fact, I just met up with the founder of the Sewing Rebellion, Frau Fiber, who was in town for a show at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (Future post) At any rate, you can always start your own Sewing Rebellion where you live...

      Love all the refashioning/ upcycling you've been up to lately.

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  12. You are magnificent, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. And you are so kind, Sacramento. I am honored by your visit here.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Kristin and thanks for hosting Monday Mingle this week too.

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