New Years is often referred to as a time to reset: goals, expectations, habits and also to get organized. One part of getting organized is to clean my shoes which is why I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share an update on my KURU shoes. Yes, I did do an initial review but now that it has been about two years I thought it would be helpful to show how they have held up thus far. The reason I am only highlighting the Roam pair is because they have been my go-to pair. Since these are my daily shoes they are also extremely dirty which is why I am showing how/if they can be saved. In other words will they be yard shoes or continued daily wear shoes. Currently they are an eye sore so I am hoping they can be revived to an almost new appearance in the best case scenario.
Physically the structure of the shoes are good, they still provide arch support as they did when they were new. The two main “issues” which are honestly mostly user created flaws encompass the part of the shoe that you put on and off. In the first review I mentioned that the sides of the leather were rubbing off near the top part of the shoes which has gotten a little worse. The other issue is the back of the shoe has been defected from putting on and off my shoes by simply stepping into them instead of putting them on properly. This caused the back of the heel to get smooshed making it feel weird when walking at times. To see this issue on the shoe watch the video below and I will point it out. Both of these issues are not necessarily the shoes fault, however, I have yet to have a heel get crushed like these did.
Also in this video is an in-depth cleaning of these shoes with a little asmr too. There are three methods I use to clean white shoes so hopefully they help someone else revive their icky shoes too. I personally believe that all three of them combined create the best results when your shoes are to the point of looking like yard shoes. However, if you clean them monthly using a simple baby wipe should be enough to get them back to looking presentable.
Water Based Baby Wipes
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
White Mixture: Water, Baking Soda and Tooth Paste
Shoe Lace Cleaning Tips
When it comes to cleaning shoes often people throw out the laces and buy new ones which never measure up to the original ones. Instead of simply throwing them in the washing machine try this hack instead. Fill up the bathroom sink with enough water to cover the laces. Sprinkle baking soda and soap into the water. Swirl around the mixture and let them soak for about 20 minutes. Rinse and hang them up to dry.
Did you know the average person only utilizes twenty percent of their closet? Take a moment to analyze your own closet, how many pieces have been pushed to the deep dark crevices in your closet? Are there items you purchased but never actually wore apart from trying them on once? Unfortunately, there are a few of mine which I did not feel confident in but kept with the intention that one day I would. It’s a trap for some and a good motivator for others. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, I’m sure there are a few items laying around that you are willing to get rid of so why not sell them to regain a portion of your money back. I used to think the only people that were successful selling their used clothes were those who had a large following online but honestly there is a buyer out there for everything.
During this time of solitude I have taken the time to experiment and take on new crafts, one being hand embroidery. Once I completed my first project I was struck with the realization that my hoop’s life would forever be with this project leaving me to purchase a new one per project. Although it is an esthetic look to use embroidery hoops as frames for decor, I wanted something different. Yes, I could frame is but it often is bulky and pricey. Instead of opting in I headed towards the craft closet and decided on creating an embroidery frame hanger. Switch up the ribbon texture and ties to fit any room’s esthetic. This is a beginner level sewing project that is simple and fast to create.
Decorative pillows are fun but they can get boring after a while, especially if they are seasonally themed. While you may think that simply flipping the pillow over to the plain side will suffice for the off season it really doesn’t. Instead of filling the hallway closet with pillows for every occasion try making your own pillow cases to fit over a seasonal or plain old throw pillow.
It’s an usual post day, however, I am feeling a bit fuzzy about what to post these days. To be honest my schedule has shifted a lot and I’m sure many of yours has as well. I never thought my work would be considered essential but yes I have been working throughout all the craziness. Man oh 0man do I have stories for you guys… perhaps once the dust settles I will post a video of all the things that have happened lately while at work. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in some work stories from this pandemic season.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you all about mask making because I am now wearing masks daily to work as rules and regulations require it. As regulatons keep evolving in some places you might have to wear a mask so here are some tips on how to equip yourself. Before diving in, a quick disclaimer, I am not a doctor just a fellow fashionista.
Before I even received a Cricut machine all I wanted to do was create pretty, unique stickers for my planner. People who say they are too old for stickers I will never quite understand. Anyway, everyone made it look so easy on their tutorials so I thought it would be just as smooth for me. I watched multiple tutorials and thought I was overly prepared to say the least. After spending weeks creating designs for my first stickers the machine showed me who was really in charge. So, you want to make stickers?
This week I wanted to test myself mentally and I encourage you to do the same if you have been in a slump as well. There is no right or wrong way to do this either, so tweak it as much as you need to. My test was to set two goals and see how I would respond to them knowing that I was making myself accountable by thus throwing the data on the internet. If this is too drastic tell a friend daily or have a weekly log in instead. This is to motivate you as well as myself. I also have provided some resources to check out if your goals are similar to mine.
Spring is coming, which means it is the official season for white shoes. Mine get used all year around but now especially they will be starting to rack up some heavy mileage. So… it’s time to take them out of storage but they do not look as good as you remembered? Before you jet off to the store for a new pair take a moment to revive some life back into them.
Throughout my Cricut journey I have learned a lot about well… what not to do. Master these top ten tips to start crafting like a pro without the pent up frustrations. Listed below are all of the tips and tricks as well as the time stamp to them in the detailed video at the bottom of this post. Whenever I am looking for tips I usually have a particular goal I am researching so I thought it would be helpful to list out all of them for you rather than leaving it a surprise.
During the holidays, I received a Cricut Explore Air 2, which still seems surreal. As a craft lover I thought it would be the perfect addition to bring me to the next level of crafting in 2020. Before I even knew I had one, I would watch endless playlists of Cricut tutorials, Cricut tips, and all of those time trap ones that keep you hooked, thinking the entire time how did they do that. Plus, they all make it look so easy so of course naturally I thought once I get mine it’ll be just as simple.