poppin’ my collar

Here’s DIY I have become a major fan of lately….

While the world is full of sneaker heads, I have become more of a rare breed: T-shirt head… T-shirt fan? Tee-queen? I don’t know what you may call it but the reality is, I love T-shirts and I have far too many. T-shirts are easy to come by especially as a college kid/grad. People keep handing them to you without reserve. This doesn’t mean I also haven’t also invested in quite a few of my own. I have ones from places I have been to, sentimental value ones, ones with cool sayings, nice ones, and even some that serious need to be retired but I can’t seem to let go. The bigger problem is that even though I have so many categories of shirts, they are rarely appropriate for wherever I am going.

So I finally did let go of few… Well in theory and shape…and my mom made me a T-shirt quilt as a graduation present. It was a long awaited project and she had been wanting to make one since I was in middle school but she finally put all my shirts together and made one. Although with the given amount of t-shirts I still have, she has started on a second one.

So while she has been using the tees I cannot part with but cannot wear. I have been experimenting with some of my own ideas. I have made the t-shirt bags, necklaces, restructured shirts and even just used the fabric for other projects but nothing quite solved my problem as this DIY.

I figure this is my solution for shirts I still want to wear because it maintains the integrity of the “t-shirt” while sprucing it up and still making it viable to be used in a quilt later. Most importantly it takes out the only thing I hate about t-shirts: the annoyingly tight necklines.

So all I really did was pic out two shirts I like for a test run. Picked some ribbon. Played a round with neckline shapes and went for it. They turned out better than I imagined and I fully intend to do this many more shirts.

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While they are still “t-shirts”, I like the flair and they are way more useful and exciting to me now.

I fully plan on playing with the idea of pockets, elbow patches (for long sleeve tees and sweaters) and of course more collar shapes.. So stayed tuned to see what happens!

Have you tried this before? Have any tips? Any other fix your wardrobe ideas? Post them below and I’ll give them a go!

Toddles,

ac

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Not all those who wander are lost (causes)

This last week has been extremely busy for me. Aside from work, I’ve had an exorbitent number of ‘going away’ parties to attend this week. As sad as this may sound, all the travelers have pretty awesome reasons, and even better destinations. One particular situation I wanted to highlight was that of my coworker…About three weeks ago, he came in to his (very stable and well paid) job, bought a one way ticket to Europe, and then promptly made his way to HR to give his two weeks. Crazy, right? Maybe not. Taking a ‘life sabbatical’ is pretty awesome in more ways than one. And in today’s society (and particularly for the millennials) more possible/common. His lease ended, he sold his car, and bought a ticket. As long as you have an end-game plan, I see this being more of a possibility for most than you’d think. Just up and ‘moving’ to a foreign country for a semi-predetermined amount of time–a ‘life sabbatical’ if you must, allows you to enjoy the ‘local’ experience, and is vastly different than a vacation. When you’re on vacation you’re in a location for a week or two tops, spending money going out to restaurants, on your fancy hotel, and paying for every museum entrance and tourist attraction along the way. Some of the people I’ve known have actually taken up part time work or volunteered while abroad to accomplish and/or fund this. Every country has different visa rules, so clearly you need to keep this is mind when picking out your destination country, however, if you can make it happen, make it happen. I promise it won’t be nearly as expensive as you think if you plan properly.

What I want to do next! Elephant rehabilitation center volunteering

What I want to do next! Elephant rehabilitation center volunteering

In college/grad school, I had the opportunity to live abroad not once, but twice, in two different countries (not affiliated with a study abroad program). One went fabulously, one less than fabulous. Regardless, both ‘life sabbaticals’ taught me a lot about myself. That I could (surprisingly) navigate my way in a country I’ve never been to, that I could make friends practically anywhere in the world, and that I could in fact survive a boss that would only yell at me in a foreign language (he spoke no english or french. c’etait un problemme.). While that particular experience has left me extremely appreciative of every other job situation I’ve since had, I still felt like I was shockingly productive during my life-sabbaticals (and have even been able to add a few things to my resume because of it!). Which brings me to people’s biggest worry…

Worried about falling behind in your career? Long-term travel may actually be good for it. My roommate (who is a consultant) has mentioned that her company suggests that they take a 3-month period in between two long contracts in order to ‘recover’, more or less, from the hectic work pace, and recharge so you perform better upon return. America as a whole is relatively stingy with vacation days in comparison to other countries, thus if possible, I totally support people taking advantage of this for that reason alone. Below, I have compiled a list of other resons that were found here to show why taking a life-sabbatical is in fact good for your career as well as your state of mind ūüôā

New Skills: Traveling for an extended period of time, whether that be 3 months or 1 year, can easily help you acquire new skills, especially ones that are beneficial to your current job. You can acquire another language or better cultural understanding that is perfect for those that work in an international environment. Those hours you spent bartering prices in the markets can translate to better sales skills, while being able to handle finances for travels all over the world can just make you a better planner in both work and home life.

Fresh Outlook on Work: I find that taking time off work helps you come back with a kick. However, traveling to some areas of the world might also make you really appreciate the opportunities available to you back home, including a job that was starting to seem monotonous day after day.

Besides being appreciative of your job, travel also opens up the possibility of discovering new ideas that can be brought back and integrated into your work. Imagine discovering a new dish to make in your restaurant, a new way to decorate your shop or maybe a new product worth selling back home.

Relaxed and Healthier: When you’re going, going, going all the time, you get caught up and rarely get a chance to unwind. If you feel that weekends are over as soon as they start, and two-week holidays were barely a getaway, then extended travel may be what’s needed in your life to simply relax. It’s unfortunately a live-to-work sort of culture, and sadly that makes many people overlook what is important in life, such as our health and sanity. I think that when we have personal happiness and well-being, it is much easier to focus and be productive in our working lives.

Haggia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Haggia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

A good friend of mine was actually able to swing an au pair gig in Istanbul this summer. I was able to travel there a few months back for a short trip and loved it; I’m super jealous she’s able to head there to stay for a few months!

Would you ever consider a long-term trip away? If so, where would you go? And the most important question..if no, Why NOT?!

xo SA

Now I’ve seen you in blue and I’ve seen you in yellow But only you, red, will do for this fellow

The Solo cup made it’s first¬†appearance in the 1940’s and has quickly grown to become a staple stereotype that defines college¬†parties. Currently¬†available¬†in a variety of colors and even a square¬†shaped¬†base, the cup has evolved to become a primary part of many festive events. Of course it’s popular appeal has also lead to many imitation red cups but nothing is quite like the solo cup. I¬†recently¬†found this picture online which I actually thought was really interesting. I had no idea the indentations were anything more than a design element of the cup which also made me do a quick google search about the history of this accessory that¬†usually¬†is party of some great nights and even better stories.¬†

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Did you know this? (Or is just me that had no idea?) Do you know of any other frequently used items that have cool facts that most people don’t know?

So…raise your cups and let’s have a party!¬†

toodles, 

AC