A quick faux leather fix


My most favourite pair of shoes in the universe have finally cracked under the pressure of being so awesome:

I thrifted these shoes a whopping 12 years ago in London and for a pair of second hand faux leather loafers they have definitely done their duty!

The problem is I’m still madly in lurv with them and refuse to let them go…unfortunately the local cobbler said absolutely nothing can be done once faux leather starts to crack and peel.

Oh really? 

I put on my refashionista-thinking-cap, grabbed some gear I had around the house and fixed them up as best as I could!

Here’s what I did:

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thrifty copycat: a dramatic breakup with pants

Frugal fashion infatuation has struck again and so it’s time for another Thrifty Copycat!

This week’s victim inspiring vixen is none other than Emmy, the outspoken fashionista behind That Cheap Bitch, and her absolutely unique styling of the outfit in her oh-so-poetic post “I had a dramatic breakup with my pants

Just a couple of pantsless animals, eh?

Hat (stolen from the dude) €0 – Cozy Leopard Print Coat (thrifted) €1 – Chambray Shirt (stolen from the dude) €0 – T-shirt dress (thrifted & refashioned) €1 – Patterned Tights (had for years) €0 – Glitter Socks (1982) €1 – The most awesome shoes on the planet (had for years) €0

Total copycat outfit cost: €3

While Emmy pulls off this look with her zany attitude & the grace of youth I simply look like the eccentric shopping cart lady most people cross the street to avoid…

Check out Emmy’s Cheap Bitch post for her complete ensemble + her farewell ode to pants …

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: Destroy that Sweater!

Head on over to That Cheap Bitch for my delightfully destructive dystopian DIY:

and while you’re there take a gander at my 7 ways to wear that upcycled DIY circle scarf from last week:

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A Lovely Lace Thrifty Thursday

Vintage Lace is one of my absolute fave items to score at the charity shop. From delicate handmade doilies to an old yellowed bridal trousseau, if it’s lovely & lacy I’ll snap it up, clean it and stash it until inspiration strikes!

That stunning 1950’s lace dress was one of the amazing finds I discovered in the treasure chest we inherited from Great Auntie Uschi last year.

A quick refashion transformed it from frumpy to fabulous and I wear it every chance I get!

Vegan Biker Jacket (thrifted) €1 – Plaid Scarf (thrifted) €0.50 – Lace Dress (inherited & refashioned) €0 Vintage Slip (thrifted) €1 – Tights (1982) €2 – Chunky Loafers (had for years & repaired all by myself) €0

Total cost: €4.50

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand & vintage) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook group!

As always feel free to take part in the thrifty fun & vote for the upcoming themes…

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The Sensational Shower Curtain to Raincoat Refashion

Ahhh, the joys of Autumn in Berlin: humid with that odd little chill that creeps into your bones topped off with non-stop drizzle & mist from the sky. The perfect weather for a light enough to layer, completely waterproof yet totally funky raincoat…but where does one find such amazing outerwear?

You make it of course, my darlings!

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Dream a Little Bigger with my Upcycled Denim Bangles

Raid your scrappy stash, head on over to Dream a Little Bigger and create a bodacious set of upcycled denim bangles with my groovy step-by-step tute:

I wear mine ALL of the time and they also make a funky, lickety split gift!

(+ they look magnificent with my freebie antique typewriter don’tcha think?)

That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: The 3 from 1 no-sew accessory set

After 2 incredibly busy weeks of painting, installing lights & plumbing, creating a kitchen from scratch and loads more crazy renovations I’m back babies! There’s still A LOT more work to do to make the new house our home but for now it’s liveable (& unpacked) enough to allow me to get back to work refashioning & blogging! Hooray!

Pop on over to That Cheap Bitch for my autumn-chill-beating-no-sew accessory set of awesomeness!

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