Month: February 2012

TOMS Makeover

So I’ve had this pair of TOMS for a few years now.

I love my TOMS, but they’ve been in need of an upgrade for a while now. The navy blue has faded and the once-cream color has become a gross beige due to wearing them in the rain a few too many times. Unfortunately, I’m a college student and cannot afford a new pair of TOMS. So I started searching the internet for a tutorial for a TOMS make-over and I found these instructions for dying TOMS. I didn’t follow the instruction exactly, so here is how I dyed mine:

First I gathered my supplies: a 5-gallon bucket, Rit fabric dye, painters tape, and my TOMS.

I got black dye due to the dark stripes on my TOMS, but there were tons of other colors like red, turquoise, purple, and green. A pair of TOMS light in color could easily be dyed any of these colors. Extra bonus: the dye was only $1.88 at Walmart!

I covered the inside and the bottom to keep the original color. Unfortunately, the tape didn’t stay on very well later when they got wet, but maybe you can get the tape to stick better than I did. The dye didn’t seem to hurt the soles, though.

I wanted to keep the original color of the TOMS tags on the sides and on the back so I covered them with painters tape.

Next I poured the dye into the bucket and filled it with hot water.

I had to use gloves and be very careful when handling the dye, because it stains (obviously.)

I submerged the shoes and let them soak for 25 minutes. The instructions for the dye is to submerge the fabric for about 30 minutes. It really just depends on how deep a hue of the new color you want. The original color of the shoes will also affect how long they should be submerged.

I rinsed my TOMS first with hot water, then gradually to cold. I rinsed until no more dye is coming out.

Then I let them dry overnight.

The next day I machine washed them to make sure all of the dye is out before I started wearing them. I washed mine with a load of dark towels in case any dye bled out.

Once they were dry, my new shoes were ready to wear! They still have a hole in the toe, but now instead of cream and navy blue, they are dark purple/grey and black!

Did we just become best friends?

Sometimes I like to believe that I could be best friends with celebrities.

It’s not like I Google image her everyday or obsessively try to contact her. My imaginary friendship with her is very casual. I follow her on Twitter (like I would any other friend), I listen to her album on repeat until I’ve got all the songs memorized (I would totally do this if my friend was a recording artist), and I defend her if anybody starts talking smack (because that’s what true friends are for.)

Maybe someday one of my celebrity best friends will decide to quit the biz and relocate to the Midwest. This is what I expect from my fantasy friendships:

Zooey Deschanel:

My best friend and I would open a little cupcake shop, because I feel like Zooey Deschanel just looks like she belongs in a cupcake shop. Our shop would be full of cuteness and happiness all the time. We would live in a loft located in a hip part of town with three funny guys. She would, of course, ask me to write for Hellogiggles. We would make crafts and go shopping and she would tell me that I still have cute hair even though I can’t rock bangs like her. Then she would introduce my real-life best friend to Joseph Gordon-Levitt & they would fall in love. Our friendship would be totally adorkable.

Miranda Cosgrove:

Miranda would be my younger sister… and not the annoying kind that only wants to steal my clothes, but the kind that I would be happy to lend my clothes to. I’d be the coolest older sister and drive her and her friends around. We’d sing to the radio with the windows down and we’d eat gummy bears, because Miranda love gummy bears.

Emma Watson:

Emma would be an awesome friend for so many reasons. She’s smart, stylish, has a British accent, and is friends with Rupert Grint. She would reminisce to me about her HP days and give me the dish on all the cast. She’d fly me to London and show me all the cool sites where true Londoners hang out. Then she would give me one of her Burberry coats because she’s just that nice.

Taylor Swift:

I would help Taylor with all of her boy drama. (Then again, in pop music, heartbreak equals an awesome new song…. so maybe I won’t steer her clear of bad boys). When she inevitably does get her heart broken, I will help her come up with words that rhyme with that tool’s name and write a song about him. Then we’d write a song about how cool we are, be best friends for life, and adopt a puppy.

A girl can dream, right?