A, Q, and I have decided to coordinate our posts with an "Artsy" monthly theme. For March we have decided to “Go Green” in every sense of the phrase. Today, I want to focus on “going green” in regards to saving some "green," i.e. sweet moola $$$ and I'm also presenting you with a project. I want to show you how easy it can be to recycle old pieces of clothing into something new and fresh. Shopping secondhand has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Honestly, I can have just as much fun shopping at a Goodwill or Salvation Army as I can browsing at my favorite store, Anthropologie- you just have to LOOK! I love the challenge of finding treasures at a discounted price…a VERY discounted price! Some of the BEST pieces in my closet cost me no more than $3.00- NO LIE! So, in this time of economic despair, I urge you to take some time and at least try shopping secondhand. Try out a consignment shop. Put it on your "to-do" list. You could really save a lot of $green$ on new clothes and I've got a sneaky feeling you may even like it!
Lil' Project For the Week:
I'll admit it, I’ve always had the urge to embellish, whether it’s in conversation or my wardrobe, so this was a fun project for me. I decided that I would try to flip something old in my closet into something new. I wanted to re-vamp something that the everyday person might already have in their closet, bottom of a dresser drawer, or like me, in a trash bag headed for Goodwill. I chose an “I love NY” tee shirt that was once loved by this young lady and bought for $5.00 on a New York street corner. “Rocker chic” is always in style and of course, so is New York, so I went for it and turned up the volume on this sad little tee! Sid and Nancy took over my style aesthetic on this one, but no worries, nobody was stabbed in the Chelsea Hotel in the making of this blog.
- Cut the neck hole and sleeves to give a daintier, feminine feeling, much like the old ballet and dance sweaters, circa “Flashdance.”
- Shredded top with scizzors somewhat to give it a 1980’s rocker vibe.
- By the use of hand-stitching, I added genuine black leather epaulets with red topstitching at the shoulders.
- Black and silver chains were stitched beneath epaulets, which sweep across the neckline to give the appearance of jewelry. I also felt that the original “I love NY” text needed something extra so I added dimension and artistic flare by adding red and black fabric paint across the front.
The finished product would look great alone with black skinny jeans or paired with a boyfriend blazer. Also, you needn’t worry with a necklace because there’s already one there! I’m not lying when I say I think this a "green project" anyone can take on.
With a little time and some chic hardware, I ended up really happy with how this sweet tee found its way back into my closet...
"Looking good Billy Ray!
Feeling Good, Louis!"