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.



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!




I mustache you a question

I’ve been seeing the trend of fake (and rather elaborate may I add) mustaches pop up EVERYWHERE lately. Usually it was only on the occasional hipster or quirky old guy’s face, but now it appears to have moved into everything from wedding photo booths to t-shirts to accessories.

According to the internet gods (which of course bear all knowledge), it in fact originated as some hipster fashion rebellion trend from conventional yada yada yada. But now that pretty much every store from here to Timbuktu has a product with a mustache on it, is it really that cool still? Better yet, was it ever?

I guess the point of a counterculture trend is so that it is so uncool that the only few people ‘cool’ enough to know about it are the ones that can take part. Growing an awkward and elaborate mustache on your face? Counterculture cool. Getting a Forever21 shirt with a mustache on it? Uhhmmmm, kind of defeats the purpose, no?

Once everyone catches on to a hipster trend I thought it was supposed to die on the spot.But alas, they have been around for a number of months (years?) now and really haven’t gone anywhere unfortunately.

Lets take a look….


The gold makes this a classy piece, but was there really no other design to place in the center?


Accessories getting instantly fancier the second you add a top hat, of course. Is it just me or does anyone think this should simply be worn by someone riding in on a horse wearing a monocle?


So are mustaches a French thing then..?


Speaking of, someone just ruined a perfectly good french mani. But honestly, you paid for that?


Okay, now this particular trend is something that I can get behind.. because really, putting funny things like this on kids faces is just hilarious.


And last but not least…how cute! I mean, that statement is coming from someone who puts sweaters and tutus on her dogs, so that may not carry much weight, but still. Small fluffy things made to look like dashing old men you can’t say no to. But then again, I don’t think I could say no to face with without the ‘stache either.

Theres far too many pieces to even begin to show all of them, but then again I’m sure you’ve all seen them around as well.

Conclusion: Unless the mustache is on a dog or small child, it really isn’t an attractive fashion trend. With the amount of products that now carry the seal it really is beginning to come off as tacky rather than creative, which, I’m sure was the original goal.

I know this is probably a topic my co-writer will without question disagree with me on, as AC is the faux-mustache queen. She actually made me wear a hot pink one to a party once if that is any indication (but in her defense, she was way ahead of the times…so it was legit).

Is this something that we think is here to stay, or is it hanging on like Billy Ray Cyrus trying to get another record deal?

xo SA