BUY or DIY: paint-splattered jeans

Written by Sally

Want to get Gwen and Jessica’s cool Mama parklife look ?

Then there are 2 options.

And both are easy, sustainable and feel good.

Buy or DIY …?

Ready, steady Go 












The jeans shown above are from the Rialto Jean Project – an eco-friendly, philanthropic denim brand specializing in hand-painted, one-of-a-kind vintage product. Founder & Creative Director Erin Feniger sources rare American made vintage, personally hand-painting each single piece herself. Rialto Jean Project benefits children through art, with proceeds going to support innovative art therapy programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and New York – Presbyterian Hospital. (bio from website)

Promoted by lots of A listers including Oprah who is now a big supporter.




Funnily enough .. lots are sold out (see the bit about Oprah)

When I went to buy the ones I wanted (worn by Jessica Alba)  – my size were sold out but there are lots of other sizes and colour ways available – all the time.



 Buy Here $245




So as the ones I wanted were sold out so

I  got thinking … and because .. 


  • I like sustainable options
  • I love upcycling things
  • I have 2 very craft loving girls
  • It is the Easter Holidays
  • I was feeling really under the weather with vague end of termitis type Upper respiratory and needed kid entertainment options as they were racing through my Easter craft ideas at a frightening rate of knots


I thought I could try out



I used an old unloved pair of Opshop $2 Levi bootcuts  that I had bought to use as material for a denim quilt … yes don’t ask.  I cropped and frayed them as per that new length that I am loving – read here.

I showed them the inspiration pics and let them loose….

Miss 7 yr old loved mixing all the colours to create a wide spectrum and Ms 4 yr old’s hand and brush action was pretty wonderful.

At work below – a blur of activity






Results –so fun

How I wore them today for just some basic everyday errands …

Look out for them in different outfit posts as the weather cools down here.



Worn with: J Crew Grey V Organic cotton neck Tshirt & Wittner white Leather Pointed Monk Loafers, $20 Sunglasses and Witchery leather tote.





New Jeans to add into my wardrobe.

Kids entertained for ooh at least 45 mins. Only 8 more hours to go :)


Win …Win.. ! 




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How to Wear Denim 2015 


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Photos: Pinterest, Rialto Jean Project



Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Style Mentor & Branding specialist now based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges we face be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.



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