Awesome customized Tees

Another post like the Sock Snowmen that requires little crafting talent, but yields great results.

You will need:

A t-shirt – Try Fruit of the Loom value weight. I got one or £2.49 from ebay and they have all sizes and tons of colours to chose from.
Bleach. 
Chalk.
A paintbrush.
A plastic bag or binliner.
A copy/picture of a design.
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Use the plastic bag inside the shirt to separate the fabric so that only the front is affected by the bleach. Make sure the bag is laid out flat and that your tee is laid out on a flat surface. Outside would be good, but if not possible, choose an area that isn’t carpeted!

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Next, use the chalk to roughly sketch your design. Don’t worry about being too accurate or arty….the look we are aiming for is distressed and a bit splattery so neatness isn’t an issue. My Avengers A looks a bit squished up, but it’s close enough!

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Next, use the paintbrush to start painting bleach over your design. Follow the chalk marks and focus on this part first. You will start to see results almost immediately. The splodges and marks can be added as you paint (dripping brush!) and then on purpose afterwards 😉

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Next, put your shirt in cold water for a couple of minutes to wash away any excess bleach. I ran mine under a cold water tap for 2 minutes, making sure to cover the whole of the bleached design. You could also pop your tee under the shower if that’s easier.

The next step is to wring the tee out and pop it into the wash. I washed mine with a tiny amount of washing liquid on a 40 degree quick wash. I left it to dry overnight and this is the final result (which my husband, the recipient of the tee) absolutely loved!

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There you have it! A totally customized, one off tee!
You can try this method with other colour tees to see how different they turn out….or try different fabrics and t-shirt brands to see how the bleach reacts. We are planning an olive tee with a Captain America logo, a burgundy tee with an Iron Man Arc reactor and a brown tee with a Firefly logo.

Original inspiration for this project came from this post at Eight & Sixteen.

 

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The Oscars 2014

Okay, so I’ll the first to admit that I missed the boat on the Oscars and it’s a bit late for a fashion report and a hit and miss style blog article. In light of that, I’ll just leave this here as my best dressed for the Oscars 🙂

Pretty. Sparkly.  Shiny.

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Baftas 2014 Red Carpet Fashion – hits and misses

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Awards season is now in full swing.

Just ahead of the Academy awards next month were the BAFTAs, which took place last night.  It was a glittering night where Hollywood and UK film royalty (and also actual royalty) stepped out onto the (rainy) red carpet.

Who nailed the red carpet look? And who failed? Here are our hits and misses.

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Break out star Lupita Nyong’o (12 years a slave) looked absolutely stunning in this green satin Dior number.  The colour is fresh, the cut is elegant and feminine and the gold band at the waist is echoed simply but effectively in the arm jewellery. Everything about this outfit is spot on.

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Michelle Rodriguez….I honestly don’t know where to start, so I’ll start at the top. First off, her hair is a complete mess. Fine if you want to go for the carefree beach hair look on the beach, but at a red carpet event you should be polished and neat. Next, again – we’re not at the beach love. The surfer beaded jewellery (and that’s what it is, trust me), is great for the surfer bad ass chick beach look, but again – you’re at a movie award event at a prestigious location! Sparkly jewels and pretty accessories work.  Wooden surfer dude looking beads don’t. The dress.  THE DRESS.  Could have been cool if it wasn’t a) creased b) utterly ugly.  She could have got around the dress with the right hair, make up and jewellery but she failed on everything.  Ugh.

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Maybe a controversial choice but I love Gillian Anderson in the striped blue satin gown with the flowing detail at the back.  She looks a little unsure (as though she forgot something….like maybe finishing her hair off?), but she gets away with it.  The earrings work too. Pretty.

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Pink & Orange together often work, when done correctly. But the cut and shape of this gown is utterly naff and so are Lily’s hair accessories. From top to toe I think she looks like a complete joke, but since my favourite red carpet failure Helen Bonham Carter wasn’t there someone else had to provide the laughs.  Thanks, Lily Allen.

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Cate Blanchett just looks so elegant. The dress is gorgeous and the necklace is very ‘Lord of the Rings’ and is a fab, pretty statement piece that works well with the gown. The gentle coiffed hairdo is feminine and well groomed but still loose enough to look soft on her face. The whole look is spot on.

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Joely Richardson…..hair, good.  Barely there make up, bad.  Chicken neck with no jewellery to hide said chicken neck, very very bad. Shapeless, loud, garish dress from Eastenders market – unforgivable. Weird middle toe being bigger than big toe and poking out of peep toes – horrific. Truly dreadful ensemble. Someone get the woman a stylist.

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Playing it safe in black but totally rocking it with perfect hair, gorgeous red statement lips, sheer chiffon overlay, on trend nails and jewellery is Superman’s Supergirl, Amy Adams. She looks elegant, poised and gorgeous.

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Pearly Queen Maggie Gyllenhal has managed to make herself 50 years old.  The hair would work with the right clothing but the high collar on the madly embellished jacket just does not work. Pity, as the skirt is actually really pretty and so are the sleeves. Picture this gown with a plain black satin bodice…..yeah.  That.

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Chat show Queen Oprah Winfrey is rocking this Stella McCartney number. The georgette skirt is beautifully flattering, whilst the fitted lace bodice contains Oprah’s ample assets well. The satin bow completes this gown, in a colour that suits Oprah down to the ground. The jewellery and clutch are gorgeous. I would have preferred if she had done something decent with her hair, but she still outshone many women half her age and half her size.

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First of all, it’s not that cold, Cruella. Second, if the dress had been in red satin, it would have worked. But it isn’t so it looks like a sack of wrinkled crap. A shame as I love the hair.

So that’s the top 5 hits and misses.  And now, onto the special awards.  Emphasis on special for some of these.

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Great shoes, Ange.  Might have looked better with a DRESS.  Making a statement is Hollywood’s (once) prettiest couple in his n’ hers suits. It works, I’m just not a fan….and here’s how you do it properly…

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A good suit, a nice dress, happy arm in arm picture.  See, that wasn’t too hard was it?

The who the hell do you think you are? award469730613-1Let me give you a reminder, love – you are Fearne Cotton, radio DJ, sometimes presenter and nostrils massive. You are not Marilyn Monroe. Your roots need doing, your hair is awful, your dress is nasty and you are not a star. How the fudge did she get an invite and who the hell said it was okay to turn up looking like this??!

 

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Emma Thompson articulately sums up my entire thoughts about Stephen Fry and his very poor, unfunny, mumbly, stuttering turn as presenter.

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Tinie Tempah high 5’s the future King of England.  Risssspeck!

So, what are your thoughts? Agree, disagree? Did we miss someone who looked amazing or someone who made Lily Allen look well dressed?

We’ll be back early in March for the Oscars 🙂

 

 

Icons & idols, part 1

I was just thinking about one of my favourite ever TV shows, which starred one of my all time idols. This is someone that I admire as a person, for what they do, what they stand for, what they create  and for their general attitude in life. This person is an actress, business woman, mother, wife and style icon.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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So, what’s to love about this woman and her career?

Sex and the City. This includes the tv show and both movies. I’m a huge fan; always have been, always will be and I hope the rumours about a third movie are true. Carrie Bradshaw is one of the most iconic characters in popular culture; everyone wanted to be her and everyone wanted their own name necklace to go with their very own Mr Big.  If only!

Her fabulous fragrance collection. I own three of her perfumes and they are all gorgeous, sophisticated, feminine scents but without the ridiculous designer price tag. Lovely is an absolutely classic fragrance, whereas SJP NYC is a lighter, more fun carefree perfume.  I personally love wearing both.

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Her enduring relationship with Matthew Broderick – Married in 1997, they’ll celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary on May 19th. They keep their personal life quiet but are frequently pictured out and about together because they are very much together and still in love. Our Sarah certainly  isn’t fickle!
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Her movie & television career – She was in some of the coolest things ever – Footloose, Hocus Pocus, LA Story, Glee, Ed Wood….and have we mentioned Sex and the City? 😉

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She’s a style icon – maybe she had help from Pat Field (SaTC & The Devil wears Prada costume designer), but the fact is, SJP has taste and style enough of her own by the bucketload. She very rarely makes a bad choice – strange at times, yes but not bad.  Of course she has a team of stylists for red carpet events who help her and suggest dresses etc, but who dresses her when she’s just out in the streets of NY? That’s right…..she does 😉

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She’s a busy working mum, just like the rest of us – Sarah & Matthew have 3 children; James (11) and twins Marion & Tabitha (4). Juggling 3 kids, her own business and a movie career may well have inspired the movie Sarah starred in called I don’t know how she does it. I’m sure she has help – family, nannies, cleaners etc but she just gets on with the minimum amount of fuss and is never spotted with an entourage, but can instead be regularly seen out with the kids in NYC by herself or with the hubby.

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So that sums up in a nutshell why I think this woman is a total legend!  Keep watching for more style icons, idols & inspirations coming soon.

 

The Golden Globes Red Carpet

Golden Globes….Fashion winner and losers

Money, quite clearly does not buy you fashion sense. It can buy you a stylist, but clearly the budget doesn’t stretch to a mirror so you can see what the hell they have done to you! First up are the stars with mirrors, fashion sense and taste.

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Emily Blunt.  This woman is a goddess.  Always elegant, beautiful and chic at these events – no wonder she is making waves in Hollywood – she’s a top notch actress to boot.

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Zooey Deschanel – the poster child for ‘kookiness’. Sod being kooky – with her dark locks and pale skin she absolutely rocks in red and on the red carpet!

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Another red winner.  Jennifer Garner (who probably used to work out too much) looks like she has being working out less because she looks softer and more feminine (I think she can sometimes look muscley, mannish). Here she shines!

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Lea Michele never ever gets it wrong.  Ever. Drool.

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Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway make us Les happy……divine!

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Looks good in a tux, but have you seen those baby blues?!!!

And now…..for the failures and this year……they’re EPIC.

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You can always rely on Helena to turn up looking suitably batshit.  Kind of loving the bag though.

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Love Claire usually but somehow this dress chops her in half and makes her look short and stumpy. Can’t put my finger on it, I just don’t like it!

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Rachel Weisz, such a gorgeous woman….in such an ugly dress.

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Halle Berry in an awful dress and flaunting her legs as though she’s at a Miss World Pageant.  Massive fail.  Ewww. Put it away, have some dignity and remember….you were a shit Catwoman.

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Lucy Liu, appearing this year in your Gran’s curtains.

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Helen Mirren has such an amazing body at her age…..yet she drapes it in this kak?!?!

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Marion Cotillard. No, no, no, no.  Just….no.