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My Do-It-Youself Givenchy Fall/Winter ’11 Final Toe heels using Aldo Fravel pumps. Original shoe available (and on sale!) here / photos by Jory Cordy (and that’s his cat, not mine)

Here’s a shoe that was so hot on the runway, I might have considered splurging on it. Then I picked them up off an After-Christmas sale shelf and thought twice (out loud, to Julia)… I could easily make these, and almost as good as the original. You may have thought the same, but here’s proof it can be done.

This DIY might serve to disprove the Project Triangle: it was executed cheaply, quickly and looks good. I used:

1 pair of hoop earrings, mine are 3″ diameter yellow gold costume hoops, about $8 [bangles might be another great option]

black classic pumps, ALDO’s ‘Fravel’ pump is perfect

optional: black elastic, round nose pliers for more secure placement (which I did not need)

Instructions:

Open the earring clasp and slide up the vamp. That’s it. Optional: you could secure the hoops in place with a couple stitches or by using pliers to round off the wire earring ends and stringing through a small piece of elastic. If you find the right diameter earring for your foot, the hoops should stay perfectly in place with no additional support (plus, then they’re easily removable).

This one really is as easy as it looks and dresses up your basic back pumps. I’m pretty impressed by the runway accuracy on this one and it costs next to nothing compared to the original whopping retail price of $790 (they are still nearly $400 on sale!). I’m planning to slip some more ornate hoops (big and beaded, in particular) over my pumps for different looks.

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Wearing Illamasqua black lipstick in Pristine / photos by Julia Chesky

I might be completely sabotaging my love life with this one? Whatever, it keeps the distractions at bay. Flipping sub-culture aesthetics on their head has become somewhat of a past-time for me. I’d advise pairing a black lipstick with a big smile so not to scare the kiddies. And no one will make out with you, so there’s that too. If you dare, you can use a black gel liner with black kohl liner (my favorites) to a very similar effect until you’re ready, if ever, to fully commit. I used black liner to line and fill in my lips here as well.

I’ve got one more lipstick to add to this saga soon…

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wearing NARS velvet matte lip pencil in le Train Blue / photos by Julia Chesky

Approximately 1 million moons ago, I did a post entitled Dark Lips: Test 1. Somewhere in my brain I’d obviously planned a Test 2 but who knew it would be approximately 1 million moons later. Well, here it is.

Since my last post, I’d now call myself a dark lipstick aficionado. I no longer reserve a dark lip for nights out and wear the look to many a Monday morning meeting. It’s kind of a thing now. I’m so comfortable in a dark lip that pretty much any other color makes me feel like a clown. I’m still experimenting with the brighter end of the color spectrum but have yet to the house in anything close. That scares me. Who goes straight from no-lipstick-ever to basically-black-lips-always? This girl. Let’s call it giant baby steps.

The above lip pencil is my current everyday color by NARS. It’s the perfect matte plum with serious staying power. I rotate between about 5 other colors now (including my still-beloved Kat von D Homegirl or Rosary & Illamasqua’s Growl)

To be continued…next week, not next year.

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Lydia by Loulou Loves You: photography by Joshua Spencer, creative direction by Jazzi McGilbert, styling by Jazzi McGilbert & Natalie Toren, hair & makeup by Dina Gregg, modeled by Papa at NEXT, and special thanks to our on-set puppy, Fozz.

add’l wardrobe: BLK DNM leather jacket, Marc by Marc Jacobs buckle boots (similar), Kelly Wearstler Cinnabar fur gillet

I did this mini-lookbook for one of my favorite people in the world, Loulou, while she was here in L.A. I very simply adore Loulou and her new ‘Lydia’ lingerie set. Seriously: a lingerie designing babe, holistic masseuse with a British accent, the kindest spirit and perfect pouty lips… Yeah, I’m still not entirely convinced she’s real but she’s the best dream girl ever. I will never be over having such talented friends.

Lydia will be available on www.louloulovesyou.com this Friday and you can shop the rest of the site at 30% off ’til then! I personally own and love the Lola peter pan collar and floral headbands.

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Yard Sale part II: Saturday, January 14, 2012. 10am – 4pm. 616 Parkman Ave. @ Bellevue.

Hosted by myself (Jazzi McG), Jayne (stopitrightnow), Alicia (InnyVinny), Natalie (FashionIntel), & Nia (TenderHeaded)

We’re at it again and you should definitely be there. So this Saturday, after your Intelligentsia and before whatever else you’re doing, head over to our encore Silverlake Yard Sale. There were some serious scores last time and we all wanted to do it again with more beer and without the threat of precipitation.