Fashion Identity Crisis Gone…Good?

WedgeSneaker

Not so long ago, in a fashion designer’s brain, a high heel met a sneaker and they had a little baby called the “wedge sneaker”. Ok, I’m sure that’s not what really happened but it’s the only possible idea I could come up with. At first glance, this mutant sneaker looks a little unappealing, but the eyes start to soften, the outfit ideas start to conjure up, and suddenly the fancy and not fancy line begin to blur together into “yeah, it works”. I really really want to buy a pair but I feel like I would have to interview my wardrobe to see if there are a couple clothing candidates that would be up to the challenge of matching with the new guy “wedge sneaker”. Since it is Fashion Friday, I thought why not take a crack at putting some outfits together so that maybe you too can find yourself having a soft spot for the “wedge sneaker”.

High Expectations

Walking Tall Commute

High-5 Yo!

Let Polka Dot Tango know what you think of the “wedge sneaker” and if you have them or if you’ve thought of rocking them! Who knows? Maybe they will come out with a “Doc Croc”! Let’s only hope not. Happy Friday everyone!

 

 

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Post It Note Packaging!!!

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I love to buy presents for people whether it’s for a special occasion or not. What I don’t love is the part where I am supposed to buy wrapping paper. The cost of wrapping paper is ridiculous anymore and the designs don’t seem to be anything exciting. The other day I received my Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine and noticed that she had an entire section on decorating with Post It notes. The highlight of my work day, more often than not, is the product I create out of a Post It note. It can be tacked to my head with a witty comment written on it, write a “hello” and take a photo of it for a friend, and my memory is not my companion, making Post It notes my ultimate companion. Alas, we create phenomenal and personal gifting for friends and family. I am sure they will smile if you create a Post It note montage on their lovely gift.

What you will need:

Post It Notes

Scissors

Brown Paper Bag, Inside Out (Mine is from the wonderful Trader Joes)

What you may also need:

Pencil, marker, crayon
These are used for either curling of paper or for actual detail on Post It Note paper.

Glitter just because glitter is pretty amazing

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Idea 1:This flower was the simplest to create out of all of Polka Dot Tango’s ideas. If you are going to be creating a shape that can be used multiple times, simply un-stick however many Post Its you need in a group and cut them out all at once. This makes a task, such as a flower, easy to make as well as making the outcome very clean looking.

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Idea 2: I used the similar strategy as the flower for the waves by grouping Post Its together and cutting the waves out. To create a very 3-D look I bent the entire sticky part of the Post Its down to create a solid base for them to stand up right.

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Idea 3: This little bookworm is created by strips of Post Its. I’m not going to lie, this little bookworm was a little bit of a pain. It took me a while to figure it out, but make sure you make a solid bend on the sticky part and a small bend on the other end. When doing these Post It decorations, there needs to be enough sticky part directly onto the paper or else it will pop off easily.

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Idea 4: For the butterflies, you can fold over one Post It note with the sticky side out (that way it doesn’t stick to itself) and cut out a butterfly shape with the sticky area where the thorax would be on the butterfly. For the larger butterfly, I did have to stick two Post Its (face to face) so that I created the same shape for each wing.

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Idea 5: The piñata packaging wasn’t the most difficult but definitely the most tedious. All I have to say for this one is that if you have the time, do it! It looks even better in person.

It’s pretty neat to think that just a brown paper bag and some Post Its can create some fun ideas and endless possibilities. The next time you have a gift to wrap, stop and think if you have these items before you go out to the store. You will have a fun time creating it and saving the cha-ching!!

Everyone’s Nailing It!!!

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Fingernails are THE fashion accessory right now. Whether you are topping them with “caviar”, edging them with sparkle, or painting them fluorescent, your fingernails can be your statement piece for any occasion. The options are endless and there are many resources for you to use in order to give yourself a DIY manicure that goes well beyond applying two coats of polish. Polka Dot Tango has collected some inspiration for you to take a look at, going from extreme harajuku nails to simply stated. There is a look for everyone and that’s what makes this fashion trend so fun and possible! Let us know what fashion you like to show on your fingernails! You can tweet us @polkadottango, let us know on Facebook, or leave a comment below!

Caviar Nails are one of the newer trends out there. Customer reviews stated that these manicures are tons of fun for not so much a ton of time….if you catch my drift. Also, rumor is that you can create this look by getting a little creative using products from your local craft store. Here’s a wonderful tutorial I found on creating this same effect on YouTube.

Click on the photo above to view more of Ciatè's products.

Click on the photo above to view more of Ciatè’s products.

 

Glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!!!! So thankful that I have a reason to keep glitter in my adult life. Glitter nail polish is the easiest way to dress up your nails and make them look fabulous without having the talent of a professional manicurist. What’s even better is that if you feel that having glitter on all of your fingernails is too much, now it is acceptable to only paint one of your nails to the max with glitter and such. See photo directly below.

One glitter nail coming up!

One glitter nail coming up!

Glitter nails for those a little more reserved.

Glitter nails for those a little more reserved.

It's like a party on your nails!!!

It’s like a party on your nails!!!

 

Matte nail polish is H…O…T… right now.  It really gives your nails drama and sophistication and having matte nail polish alone will make an impact. Here’s another rumor for you: If you don’t want to spend money on matte nail polish, a little birdie told me you can add just a bit of cornstarch to your top coat, mix it in, paint and PRESTO!!! You have matte nails! Now how cool are you?

Click on this image to go to one of Polka Dot Tango's favorite nail blogs. It's in french, but it's definite eye candy.

Click on this image to go to one of Polka Dot Tango’s favorite nail blogs. It’s in french, but it’s definite eye candy.

How cute is this?

How cute is this?

Never Too Much Glitter posted this fabulous DIY on how to make COLORED matte nail polish. GENIUS!!! Click on the image to see how.

Never Too Much Glitter posted this fabulous DIY on how to make COLORED matte nail polish. GENIUS!!! Click on the image to see how.

 

Pointed nails are a hit right now, but I have noticed that only the brave (or ferocious) have the courage to rock them. They definitely give the wearer a fiercer look and for some reason, the more muted ones seem very mature to me. Maybe this style kind of reminds me of women in the 80’s who were magazine editors or villians who had power.

Love that the middle nail has no white on it. Makes the design not overpower the shape of the nail.

Love that the middle nail has no white on it. Makes the design not overpower the shape of the nail.

ROAR!

ROAR!

 

Patterns, pansies, and prints oh my! I’m not too sure how many people have the steady hand, the eye site, or the patience for these lovely nails, but more power to those that do! How much fun they are! Now that Sally Hansen has come out with the press on nail polish, designs like these are a little more realistic to the average nail polisher.

Reminds me of some Betsey Johnson prints.

Reminds me of some Betsey Johnson prints.

School punk?

School punk?

Tribal 90's inspired. Ahhh, the good old days. ;)

Tribal 90’s inspired. Ahhh, the good old days. 😉

 

Really, the possibilities are endless with what you can paint onto your fingernails! Don’t forget about these types of nail polishes that can make your DIY manicure go from eh to ahhhhhh: Crackle, Opalescent, Magnetic, Gel Strips, Metallic, Fluorescent, and more! So, to tie things off with the post, Polka Dot Tango would like to leave you with some of the most amazing nail trends we could find. These images just go to show you that painting your nails is a true art form. :}

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Tutorial Tuesday: Neon Spray Shirt

Neon has been HUGE this summer and although summer is almost over, you still have time to sport this trend. Here’s a video tutorial where I show you 3 different ways on how to make a super cute neon shirt using fabric spray is less than 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Fashion Friday

This photo is courtesy of http://marieclairemag.tumblr.com
Taylor Tomasi Hill’s Accessories

It seems that whenever I walk into a store something NEON is screaming at me and I love it! It brings me back to my crazy, insanely fun childhood days where I had the color changing shirts, the rubber bracelets and of course the neon coil shoelaces. Who wouldn’t love a fashion era where every little accessory you wore shined as if it were the complete highlight of your ensemble!?!

This time around, neon is actually something that can be used as playful or elegant. I have seen anything from a LBD matched with bright neon eyeshadow & shoes or an entire casual outfit comprised of bright colors that boldly match up in the most complimentary ways. When fashions like this turn up, the inevitable questions, “How long is this going to last?” and “Can I buy pieces that will hold on it’s own for longer than a summer?”, seem to always race through our minds. Let’s face it, times are tough, gas ain’t cheap, and clothes ain’t cheaper (and I don’t really use ain’t in my vocabulary). So, this is why here at PolkaDotTango we put together outfits that have pieces that are decently priced.

Enjoy these that have me wishing that the warmer weather continues and the neon colors fly!

Weekend Secretary

Miss Selfridge coral dress
$61 – missselfridge.com

River Island wedge pumps
$90 – asos.com

Chain link necklace
$54 – baublebar.com

Chunky jewelry
£41 – fashion-conscience.com

Tortoise sunglasses
£45 – whistles.co.uk

OPI beauty product
£11 – hqhair.com

Nail polish
£11 – liberty.co.uk
Vacation Cubano

White Label oversized shirt
£15 – republic.co.uk

Backless top
£22 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Acid wash jeans
$80 – topshop.com

Sambag leather shoes
80 AUD – sambag.com.au

Juicy Couture printed tote bag
$88 – lordandtaylor.com

ASOS enamel jewelry
$21 – asos.com

Juicy couture jewelry
$47 – couture.zappos.com