This was the living room before we moved in. As you can see it was all very beige and traditional. All in all not our style. Once the furniture was out we could see the carpet was in terrible condition.
The first thing we did in the living room was paint the walls. We used Sherwin Williams "Gray Screen". We ripped out the carpet and installed LVP(luxury vinyl plank) throughout most of the main level. Let me tell you, with dogs, this was the best flooring choice I have ever made. We love the color, the feel, and how easy it is to clean.
Before we moved in, the master was yellow with beige carpet that wasn't in great condition and very traditional styling. Can't you just see how I fell in love with it with those huge windows and tall ceiling though?
We started by tearing out the carpet. We noticed several stains on the subfloor, so for good measure we painted a quick coat of killz. This covered the stains and prevented and smells so our dogs wouldn't try to mark their territory. We then painted the walls "Software" by Sherwin Williams, a fresh coat of white on the trim, and started the LVP flooring that's continued in the majority of the main floor. We did run into one issue on the back wall with the windows. The wall bowed inwards, meaning it wasn't a straight line. It was too much to cover with quarter round so we had to alter the back boards slightly to accomodate.
We did make one small mistake that we corrected in the rest of the house. We forgot to do the flooring spaced in thirds and instead spaced in halves. With a smaller plank this would be fine, but you're really supposed to do thirds with this size of plank. What can you do? I wasn't about to rip up the whole floor and start over. Luckily it isn't that noticable once the furniture is in. Pictures to come of that later!
It's fashion friday! I am really excited to tell you about Wearwell. I have recently been getting more into sustainable and ethical fashion. I'm really into clothing subscriptions and was wondering when there might be something like Stitch Fix that was focused on ethical fashion. I found Wearwell on Indiegogo and immediately signed up for their beta.
Well it just came in yesterday and I am SO pleased. They sent me the cutest stuff. I'm signed up for their seasonal delivery. Similar to Stitch Fix there is a $20 styling fee. They send you 3 items and you have 5 days to try it all on and decide what to keep and what not to. If you keep all 3 items you get a 10% discount or if you choose not to you can send it back in their prepaid shipping envelope.
Now let me show you what they sent!
They sent me a dolman top in heather grey with a split high low hem. It's honestly perfect for leggings.
There was a wool/cotton blend sweater with blue and white stripes.
And my personal favorite is the handmade floral 100% cotton top with bell sleeves. Can't wait to wear it all!
The cons: It's still in beta so it's not available to everyone currently. They don't have an app so you need to return the paper order sheet included in your delivery to send things back. Are either of those a big deal though? Not really.
So before we moved in the bathroom was kind of bland, a little dated, and very traditional. This one is going to be a long work in progress, but step one is taking care of the shower. There is a leak in the bench and so until it's completed our wonderful roommate is sharing his with us.
Blain took on breaking up the shower mostly by himself. We had some great friends help us remove the glass(without breaking it, which is a huge win for us). Then the real work started. Now I found a really great tutorial here that has fantastic information. The basics are preslope, vinyl liner(found near the hot water heaters not with the tile, I used duct tape as suggested in another tutorial), concrete board, mortar bed, taping and thin setting all the seams, and then even though it wasn't necessary I did 2 coats of redgaurd as extra protection. My take aways? I never want to do anything with concrete ever again. Do yourself a favor and get a Quick Pitch kit. Make sure you use the right thinset for the seams or you will hate yourself. Get a really good mask.
Here's a quick rendering of what it should all look like once it's done. More progress and final pictures to come!
Step 1 -
Remove the doors and all hardware. You can label them, but we didn't because they really all only fit one place. Clean your cabinets using the deglosser provided. WEAR RUBBER GLOVES. They do include a scrub pad for this in the kit. It says there is no sanding required, but there were some old drips on our cabinets so we did end up sanding a few spots and then wiping down again. This is also when you would fill in any cracks or holes.
Step 2 -
You will need a pretty big space to lay all the doors out flat. I recommend laying plastic down so they can all be spread out and drying as you work. Paint the doors starting with the back side, then flip to the front and start with any inside beveling and then the flat outer frame and inner panel. Paint all of the frames of the cabinets, but not the insides. If you don't have a lip be sure to tape off the inside of the cabinet so there is a straight line. The first coat will NOT be perfect. Don't even bother. It's going to look bad. I promise it gets better. If you have as many cabinets as I do, by the time you finish the first coat on all the doors it will be time to start the next coat.
Step 3 -
Are you ready for this? Do it all again. This time you'll notice the paint sticks better and the coat should look solid and flat. Do be careful though because if it scratches you'll need to fully repaint that part.
Step 4 -
Check for anywhere that may need touch ups. Make sure they are FULLY dry. Now start with your third coat which will be the top coat. You do it exactly the same as the other two but you'll notice it's kind of a white-ish color that will dry clear. Be careful not to paint too quickly or you'll get bubbles - and they WILL show. Also watch for any build up or runs in edges because they will dry just how it looks.
Step 5 -
There is an optional fourth coat you can do. I opted out of it because I didn't love the way it looked, but basically it will give your cabinets that more rustic gritty look. and that's it! What a difference it make too.
I'll be honest, it was a long process. I was doing these cabinets in addition to the built ins in our living room. Was it worth it? 1,000% because it saved me from buying new cabinets when the ones we had were in perfect condition. I just hated the color with our style. Now it's perfect and so durable!
Let’s take a loop at where we started. Before you ask, no that’s not wallpaper. Somebody took the time to sponge paint BY HAND alternating white and beige. Over wallpaper. The pros: high ceilings, a skylight that has never leaked, plenty of daylight from all the windows, and a chandelier that actually doesn’t suck.
Fast forward to now. We have painted the walls which may or may not have included me standing on the tops of our cabinets. We opted for a convection stove top and moved it off the island because we loved our countertops too much to not have a nice bold slab in the center. The cabinets were in great shape so I painted them with the Rustoleum Cabinet Refinishing kit in Castle. New faucet, sink, and counters. And we went with a shiplap backsplash.
We ended up switching these two end cabinets to give ourselves a better cooktop space and to make the layout make a little more sense. The tiny on on the end made for an awkward piece of countertop that just didn't make sense.
Let me tell you why you should do “shiplap” backsplash. I’ve already talked 2 others into it because yes it is that good. the backsplash I wanted was $10/sq ft. We were looking at over $180 for just the tile and I’ll be honest I was kind of over tiling since our last house. This is hardiplank which is about $10/144” board. Mine was under 4 boards plus some paint that I already had. It is a pain to cut around outlets and also showed us that ours are not even a little bit in a straight line. But tile would have taken me 10x longer. I used laminate spacers for the gap and the nail gun. Then you fill in the nail holes and paint. It does really soak up that first coat but after that it was smooth sailing. You could use primed wood planks but because it’s a kitchen and my stove goes up against it I opted for cement board as a fire precaution.
Our friends and family know what a struggle this huge project was, but allow me to share the story. This is the house I grew up in and when my parents moved away to start their lifelong adventure Blain and I decided to buy it. We had so many ideas to turn this into our forever home when life decided to throw us for a loop and we both got amazing jobs too far away to stay. So rather than spend 30 days of our lives in traffic every year we opted to minimize our half finished projects to move closer. Some projects we were in too deep to stop and we wanted to get a good price.
Let me start by telling you about this kitchen. I had been dreaming of open concept when I ran across this lady selling her kitchen on Facebook. Blain said I was crazy and to be honest after dealing with this crazy woman I wish we had never done it. While we didn’t open up as much as we planned if we had stayed take a look at what a difference one wall makes.
This task was not easy. Her kitchen had way taller ceilings and was laid out completely different but with some creative thinking and a jigsaw puzzle of cabinets we were thrilled with the results. I think we could have found a better deal if I had really wanted to but $6500 for cabinets, counters, fixtures, hardware, and some of the appliances was well worth the update it made in the house.
The backsplash is one of the only things that wasn't recycled in this update. We used this one from Floor and Decor to tie in all of the colors.
We recycled light fixtures from other areas in the house on got rid of the dated chandelier. Freshened up with a gorgeous light paint color and rich dark wood accents. The drywall work we contracted out along with the flooring to make sure the patching was done well. The hardest part was repairing the accidental countertop break and piecing it together to fit our space with minimal seams. Looking back I would 100% do it again to save this kitchen from going to a landfill and the money we saved by using recycled materials and labor ourselves.
This room really just needed some fresh paint. I love the contrast in the paint and floor color. Refinishing the floors have the house a new life. The paint color we used is Sherwin Williams City Loft. Notice how much it brightens up the space without being a pure white. We used it throughout the house.
A lot of the rooms still had varnished wood trim. We painted this with oil kills at the recommendation of a painter to keep it from peeling as it had in the past. We also painted the built ins a medium grey to pull out the greys in the fireplace and make it feel less brown and the same wall color as the rest of the house.
We got really lucky with this laundry room. With some of the leftover kitchen cabinets and a $30 IKEA as-is countertop(btw nothing wrong with it at all and it was the exact right size) this junky laundry closet became fully functional. We opted to not add the bifold doors back on and let it be a feature.
Back to the kitchen. This is where the fridge and a desk were originally. We converted the space to an open shelf pantry with stair tread planks so they had a nice rounded edge. All of the wood was stained Ebony and the floors were a mix of Classic Grey and Jacobean.
In the yard we mostly cleared weeds and cut some old shrubs down.
Our old vanity was virtually nonexistent. Luckily we had some leftover base cabinets and a piece of countertop from the old kitchen that was the perfect size. I used leftover backsplash for a small edge accent and we left the tile my parents had put in to save some work. With new paint and fixtures the old tile was perfect.
My sad attempt at gardening also got a facelift. We took out my monster sunflowers(beyond dead) and put in pansys.
We got an offer pretty quickly and other than a hiccup with the Septic had a mostly smooth closing. On to another project!
This house was meant to be. But that doesn't mean it didn't come without its problems, charms, and everything in between.
It all started when I got a new job and then out of sheer luck my husband got a job with me. While I was hesitant to house hunt since we owned my childhood home I knew it was time to move on(and closer). Our market was limited on options in our price range and it felt like I had looked at every single one of them. Nothing was perfect but we found one we liked and we're very close to being tied in. Then it happened. My dream home that I'd been staring at since I started this job...with a for sale sign in the yard. We didn't take that route home often. My heart jumped when I saw it because I had been telling Blain I wished it was for sale every time we passed it. I told him to look it up because there was no way we could afford it, wouldn't you know it was the same exact price as the house we had an offer on. And it all worked out from there. Since then we've updated something in basically every room. It all started with a fresh coat of paint and new floors and has spiraled from there.
Kitchen - paint, refinished cabinets, updated hardware, new granite, relocating the stovetop, shiplap backsplash, and vent hood.
Living Room - paint, refinished cabinets and mantle, decor
Office - paint, new light fixture, gallery wall, curtains
Studio - paint, striped wall, curtains, workspace, swings
Master Bedroom - Paint, light fixture, sitting area
Master Bath - paint, retile floor, tile and shiplap shower, refinish light fixture, refinish cabinets, hardware, faucets, vessel sinks, lights, new granite
Stay tuned for updates on these projects, then it's on to the basement!
I am in love with these pictures! Me and this girl have been through so much together so to have to hand her off to a guy - it's not easy. Luckily Ryan is amazing and their chemistry together really shows in these pictures. From someone who knows, she is not always easy to deal with, it takes a special person to love her as much as Ryan does! I cannot wait for the big day and I wish you guys the most amazing life together.
I got a call asking if I would be interested in doing C-Section photos. I told Victoria that I had never done it before but if she was okay with that I would be happy to jump on board. This little guy just had the whole world stop for him because baby had to come out and so many things had to fall into place to make this happen. He came out perfect! Meeting this sweet family and the love that they have for him and what they have been through to get to this point was honestly life changing.
Intro To The Company
A couple of months ago I saw this facebook ad talking about this brand called Moody Sisters. They offer 4 free samples to new customers and you only have to pay shipping. Of course I clicked through to check them out and found out they use all natural products after having issues with their own skin and reactions to chemicals in the products they use. They used to make everything completely by hand in their kitchen, they now outsource to a local soap maker. They use small businesses for their suppliers for their ingredients and I'm basically in love with them. A little back story on me, I have extremely sensitive skin. I break out to everything - sometimes little acne breakouts or more commonly in an allergic reactions. I was starting to have those issues with my current regime at the time and thought well I might as well try it. Best decision ever. The girls are great(literally the best customers service in the world). They are so responsive, always answer questions, and if you have any issues with any of the products they are quick to help you figure out what isn't working for you and what may be able to help fix that. My skin has recently changed from combo to oily and I was having a hard time dealing with that shift.
4 Free Samples
Since my issues were moisture/oil related that's how I selected my samples. I chose the lightweight moisturizer, the orange blossom face cream, the pore refining scrub, and the mineral eyeshadow.
1. Pore Refining Scrub: I'll be honest I was hesitant to try this. My skin was so sensitive and it hurt to touch it and I typically break out worse from the oils in scrubs. So I tried it a couple of times but only very small amounts to see how my skin reacted. It didn't break out so that was a positive, but I was too scared to use it consistently. The smell and minty feeling are incredible though! So good I ordered another sample in my next order and decided to be diligent.
2. Orange Blossom Face Cream: This one smells great! It's a little too heavy for my skin, but they say a lot of people use it as their night time moisturizer for oily skin and it was definitely good for that.
3. Lightweight Moisturizer: This was EXACTLY what I needed at the time. My skin was SO oily and this moisturizer helped to liven up my skin, improve the texture and clarity all around. The minty feeling in the morning is incredible and best of all it doesn't break me out or give me a rash! This is what got me hooked.
4. Mineral Eyeshadow: I didn't know what to get for my last sample so I think I let them pick. But I got this eyesahdow in Endless Love and the color is gorgeous. Really soft and just enough shimmer for the day time.
Hooked - First Order
Almost as soon as I got my samples I could tell I would like them. I went out on a limb and placed an order for a full sized lightweight moisturizer, the clarifying foam wash, and there was a sale on the tinted lip balm so I bought that too. In every order you can choose a free sample so I chose to do the powder foundation and asked about the liquid foundation(they ended up throwing one of these in for me too).
1. Clarifying Wash: LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Did I mention I love this? I love foaming face wash already, it's super light and doesn't strip your skin, also has the minty refreshing feeling and I just love it.
2. Liquid Foundation: Guys, never in my life have I been able to wear liquid foundation. I have settled on that fact. It breaks me out in a horrible rash and once that heals I get awful breakouts. On their website it says this is good for oily skin. How does that make sense? I don't know. But a miracle has happened and I can wear this with NO ISSUES. It makes my skin look absolutely flawless. And it smells AMAZING. I probably wouldn't wear if every day...mostly because I'm too lazy to apply makeup every day. But seriously I'm in love and will be ordering full size soon.
3. Powder Foundation: I love this one too. The coverage is amazing for a powder foundation. I ordered the wrong color(wishful thinking on my part I thought I was a shade darker WRONG) but I love this too!
4. Tinted Lip Balm: I love this stuff! Other people don't love it because they think it feels gritty but I think it's fine when it's on you only feel that when you're applying it. I love the light tint and it feels great on my lips. Update, they don't make the tinted lip balm but they do make a lip gloss now.
So far the results are amazing. My face started to clear up, it looks HEALTHY, the tone looks better, and it feels good! That being said I was still having some issues. So I reached out to the sisters on their facebook page to ask some questions. I was still having issues with mid day oiliness. They were really thorough asking me what I was using so far and more details on the issues. Did I mention I love them? They recommended adding in the clarifying toner as a start and trying the scrub more consistently to help with breakouts.
Convinced - Order 2
So this order I went off their recommendations. I bought the clarifying toner, the mascara because my eyes were starting to react violently to the one I was using, I bought another regular lip balm because they were having a special on it, and I got another sample of the scrub to try out again now that my skin wasn't so sensitive.
1. Clarifying Toner: This toner is great, it did exactly what I needed it to which was help with the oiliness. However, I have no idea what, but something in it will occasionally cause a breakout. Again I went to their facebook group to ask advice and it seems I'm the only one with this issues. They did recommend I try the hydrating toner to see if it does any better for my skin. So I saved that for my next order.
2. Mascara: HOLY WOW. I love this mascara. Most importantly because it doesn't make my eyelashes fall out, my eyes don't get bloodshot when I wear it, and it doesn't dry my eyes out or crumble. But back to the important things...just like the liquid foundation, it smells AMAZING. I don't know how you make you makeup smell so good but keep it up! It's also a really rich black which I love.
3. Lip Balm: I got the grapefruit one. It's not my favorite scent but I love how hydrating it is.
4. Pore Refining Scrub: Take 2. I used this much more consistently and used it up pretty quickly. That being said, they were right. It helped my skin a lot and also I CAN ACTUALLY USE IT. Do you see a theme here? Amazing what less chemicals do for your face.
Addicted - Order 3
I have officially reached the point of no return. My skin is continuing to improve and I have so much fewer issues. My skin was starting to get kind of dry with the change in seasons. Again I went to the sisters for advice(Whit and Jess you guys are the best). They told me they were about to release a new hydrating moisturizer since the orange blossom one was too heavy for me. They put one in stock before they released it just so I could go ahead and place my order to get my dryness taken care of. In this order I got the hydrating moisturizer, the hydrating toner they had previously recommended, a natural deodorant to try, and a full size scrub finally. I totally forgot to put in my free sample so I sent them a last minute request and they were able to get it in literally right before they were packaging. So sweet! I requested another liquid foundation to make sure my skin wasn't psyching me out. They also were so sweet and put in a dry skin cream sample for any really dry spots. I also bought a pump to put on my lightweight moisturizer. I love that they offer these so you can add them on to anything you order. Great idea!
1. Hydrating Face Cream: Guys seriously, I can't even. Their stuff is magic. Exactly what I needed to take care of this dryness. Smells so good with hints of herbiness and florals. Not too heavy but still super moisturizing. Instead of having an oily shine I now get that pretty dewy look.
2. Hydrating Toning Mist: Again, magic. This toner works so much better for me. It assisted in the hydration issues and I don't break out to this one. I have found that I can use the other toner for my night time routine. Also this one has a great rosy scent where the other one you can smell the vinegar a little bit, but only when you're spraying it. Once it's on you're good.
3. Deodorant: I took the switch from aluminum to natural deodorant a while ago so I didn't have to break in to this one which was great. However this one works way better than the one I was previously using. It's still an adjustment from regular deodorant but the scent definitely stays much better than the first natural deodorant I tried. There was a post on the group about this the other day:different bodies take different scents better or worse. This one seems to be a good fit for me. I'm using the lavender citrus and so far no issues with baking soda rash.
4. Pore Refining Scrub: They convinced me on this one. I ordered the full size finally and I honestly thought it was a little pricey but my last sample convinced me it was great. But then it got here. The tub is huge, and you don't use a ton, and I don't use it daily so it will last me a good while. Worth every penny.
5. Dry Skim Cream: Now I don't know what scent they sent me, but I love it. It smells like lavender with some herbs. Similar to the hydrating face cream. I had some dry spots around my nose and this took care of them in two applications. It's definitely thicker than the other moisturizer but it doesn't feel heavy.
6. Liquid Foundation: I'll be honest I haven't tried this sample just yet but I can not wait because if it wasn't a fluke I'll be ordering full size soon.
During our conversation about the hydrating cream I mentioned being a photographer. I took some sample shots for them. Which one is your favorite? Comment bellow to let me know!
I love this brand. I love Jess and Whit. I love their products. I love their ingredients. I love my skin. Could this get any better? Negatives? ........ I want to spend too much money?
This weekend Blain and I took a spontaneous road trip to visit my parents. They live in the cutest area and are living the dream with their boat in their back yard, on the canal, where they are frequently visited by dolphins and otters. We hit traffic on the way and were running late...I of course made us later by making Blain stop to take some quick pics and I may have also utilized the sun roof.
This has been one of my favorite(and most stressful) jobs to date. Kelly contacted me a couple of weeks ago about doing this video with her and I was so excited. I don't normally get to do long video, just short promos and things like that. We had a blast making this as her Redken Artist Audition Video. The best part? Within two hours of submitting the video they called her for an interview! Fingers crossed, good luck girl!
Update: She got it, congrats Kelly!
My best friend gave birth to her gorgeous baby girl this past weekend. I was so lucky to get to take pictures of these precious moments of her first child. It was the most beautiful experience! It wasn't easy for her, but Sophia Grace made her appearance on Sunday January 29 at 11lb 9oz and 22 1/2". You can see their maternity pictures here.
This year for Christmas my family took an amazing trip to the British Virgin Islands. It was amazing. The color of the water, how soft the sand is, and the size of the fish. It's unbelievable. So I thought I would share a little taste of that.
Also this is my first time using my new FUJIXT2 and let me say, it was wonderful. For the first time on vacation it wasn't a hassle to carry my camera(and an extra lens) around. Mirrorless is the way to go. There are a few shameless selfies and iPhone pics thrown in.
Over the weekend I was able to go visit my best friend for her baby shower. While I was there we took a short trip to Flat Rock Park in Columbus for a quick maternity shoot. Guys, she is so pretty! I love her and her husband and the love they share.
I love these! Rehearsal Dinner Slideshows are always such a fun way for both families to get to know their knew additions. This one was customized with multiple songs from childhood to the engagement. Enjoy!
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For those of you who don't know, Stitch Fix is a personal style subscription box. You can get it monthly or schedule as needed. Super fun way to try different styles and let someone else do the work for you. It has also been a great way to find new brands I love that I've never seen before(I don't have time to get out and shop much). They send you 5 items for a $20 styling fee which is applied to the total of anything you keep. You can try on in the comfort of your own home, you have 3 days to decide(no impulse shopping!), and you can send back anything you don't like. After setting up a style profile and linking to your pinterest, you let them know the fix frequency and wait on your package to arrive!
I didn't post a review of my last experience, because I'll be honest...it was terrible. I liked one shirt kind of but it didn't fit well. Everything else was so not my style, didn't fit well, and really boxy. I let them know my disappointment because I had ordered it for my birthday and was bummed. They were quick to remedy, asked me to try one more time as it takes time for your stylist to get to know you, and sent a discount code for my next box.
It took me a while to try again because I wasn't sure if it would be worth it. I finally did since there was no risk this time with the $20 styling fee and let me tell you it was a much better experience.
So when you first open the box you'll see a note from your stylist, a style card with outfits including the pieces in your box, the price sheet, and of course the clothes!
Here's a little preview of the app that you can use to rate the items and tell them what you liked/hated(also how you check out). My first item was these booties and can I just say.....WOW the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, and with a heel?! I mean come on. I'll be honest this was so hard to send back and I almost didn't. Cloud didn't want me to let them go either. Here's why though: 1. I have a pair of boots that looks almost identical to these and 2. The price. Although I'll be honest it would almost be worth it but there's just no way I could justify that. Returned but keeping this brand in mind.
Item 2 was this sweater. It was so comfortable, so soft, and such good quality. I loved it. I wore it around for a little bit to see if it was going to be one of those sweaters that gets too hot, but no it was perfect. One thing I noticed though was that the fit wasn't quite right, I'm not sure what it was but it just wasn't sitting the way I wanted it too. Very close again but ultimately, the price and fit weren't perfect. Returned.
In my note I said I really liked plaid and stripes and my stylist listened. She included this super cute and a little different plaid blouse. I love a good plaid flannel but this was really cute. The price wasn't really that bad but I didn't feel like the quality was really good enough for the price tag. I also have another shirt that is pretty similar. Returned.
I really didn't like these pants at first. They're button fly, the ends are frayed, and I'm not sure how I feel about high waisted. They're a very soft jean though which is nice for those comfy days. I tried them on just to say I did it. And again. And again. I kept coming back to them. They were so comfortable and the perfect length on me. They won me over, loving this brand. I wear these all the time now. Kept.
This sweater was so comfortable, my stylist is really getting me now. I loved the color, the shape, the fit, and the back detail with the bow. Too cute! The price wasn't too bad but not what I would normally pay for something like this. I was going to keep it... but then I went to put it in my closet and saw that I had something almost exactly like it but just slightly darker. It doesn't have the bow detail but to be honest my hair is so long it covers that up. So I talked myself out of it. Returned.
You're probably thinking You returned 4/5 items...obviously you don't like it. Honestly I forgot I had scheduled this fix and it just wasn't in the budget to keep everything. Had the shoes not been so much I would have kept 5/5 to get the 25% off discount.
Guys, this stuff is genius. If you haven't heard of Sugru, look it up. It basically play dough that fixes stuff. Watch out duct tape!
As many of you know, I'm a huge dog lover. We have 3 pups ruling our house currently.
One of these monsters(looking at you Cloud and Pluto) destroyed a pair of my boots and one of Blain's Vans. If you know anything about Blain, he loves his shoes more than I love my boots. And I love boots a lot.
I thought about just throwing them away, but the boots were relatively knew and I hate wasted money so I held onto them in hopes of having them repaired. I found this website called My Shoe Hospital which looked very promising. After a consultation I found out to fix the shoes the heels would have to be shortened which I didn't want.
I thought about finding colored hot glue but my boots were a weird color. So I found Sugru. It's a moldable glue that dries as rubber. It comes in several different colors and you are able to mix your own colors using their color guide.
So it's not flawless, it's not perfect, but it certainly looks MUCH better. You have 30 minutes to mold it. Since the boots were such an odd color it took me a while to match it and once it was molded I wasn't able to imprint the pattern like I wanted because it was sticking. I used my fingernail to give it that lined texture.
Again, this wasn't a flawless fix...but it definitely made it wearable again and once it dries he'll be able to clean them up to match better. The imprinting of the texture was much easier on these.