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If an OOTD post and a DIY post had a baby, it would be today’s post! I wanted to share with you two things today– first, this awesome crop top I made; second, how I style it and why I style it the way I do.

So back when I was developing my hand stitching skills (over a year ago now), I went on one of those crafting sprees where I just wanted to create something– or anything– just for the sake of being able to say “I made that!” So I tried making a tribal print t-shirt with a blank orange shirt I had. But it turned out looking really bad. So I took an old romper that was too small for me, ┬ácut it up, and used the scraps to sew on a giant heart. But I wanted to be even MORE crafty, so I added the little inverse color design as shown below….

I made the shirt!!!!

 

Oh yeah and my affinity for fringe drove me to cut up the hem and the sleeves a little.

Now on to styling…

One of my go-to style tricks is layering crop tops over dresses. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this before. It keeps me in dress code without looking frumpy and I love the shape it makes (not to mention it’s super comfortable).

I always pair this shirt with this dress because they go so well together. At first I thought it was just because all of the colors are slightly-off-neutral. But today I realized that it’s because the orange on the flowers of the dress almost perfectly matches the orange of the shirt.

Matchy matchy

The shirt was just a project that grew on its own; I didn’t plan it out, and it shows that sometimes it’s just better to go with the flow. It’s one of my favorite DIY projects that I’ve done. Plus the fact that it magically goes so well with the dress makes me love wearing it even more.

There are few pleasures greater than making something functional with your own hands. I could go on and on about the wonders of DIYs but that would be boring so I’m not going to.

 

Keep it classy

-Allie

I actually meant to post his on/right after Valentine’s Day, but for some reason I completely forgot until I turned on my camera today!

I wanted to share with you guys this awesome DIY that I did. It’s a t-shirt I created with some fabric spray paint and a stencil I cut out of paper.

mercury

 

The picture isn’t the greatest, but I am indeed wearing the face of the great Freddie Mercury on my hot pink t-shirt. And here’s how I did it:

1. Found this picture online, printed it out to a size I thought would fit the shirt well, and cut it out using an exacto knife-type-thing

stencil2 stencil1 stencil after slicing

 

2. Laid it on the shirt and sprayed it with fabric paint

paints stencil

 

3. Peeled off the stencil (before too much paint bled through) and let it dry

shirt

 

As you can see, the paint did bleed through the paper in some of the more detailed parts. But it’s still recognizable, so I approve. I wore this to school and I felt awesome…therefore I looked awesome.

Some tips for anyone planning to attempt a similar project:

1. Tape down any little pieces that stick out that could easily get blown away from the shirt. But make sure you tape the underside so that the tape doesn’t show up nuder the layer of paint.

2. Try to cut your design out of cardboard, not just printer paper. The paint will go through the paper. Maybe try printing it on paper, then gluing the paper onto some cardboard (an old cereal box should be thick enough).

I wore this shirt on Valentine’s day in order to express my love for Freddie and his music. And amazingness.

What I want to know is, if you were to make a shirt like mine, whose face would you put on it?? Let me know!

 

Keep it classy

-Allie

(Regenbogen means rainbow in German!) These nails were basically the result of much trial and error. But mostly error. Nevertheless, I really like how they turned out. I love rainbows, but I didn't go over the top with my design this time. And of course it is a universally known fact that glitter makes everything better. Keep it classy -Allie

So I got this sweater quite a while ago– I’d say a month at least– and I’ve been wanting to wear it, but you know how sometimes you just have to wait for the exactly right day to wear something? Yeah, that’s what happened to me. But I finally got to wear it today!!

blues

 

I love the bright blue/teal color of it. And who doesn’t like oversized sweaters? I went with skinny jeans for the bottoms because I wanted to contrast the bagginess of the sweater and emphasize its loose shape.

I also felt awesome in my homemade braided headband, especially because I haven’t worn one in a long time and they kind of have a comfortable, familiar attachment for me.

 

By the way, can we please take a moment to appreciate the mix of textures hanging on my bar of outfits for the week?

texture

 

I’ve got cotton, lace, velvet, and something synthetic/almost polyester-feeling. Texture is a really great way to make an outfit more interesting. I’m super excited for this week now! I mean even more than usual. Awesome.

 

Keep it classy

-Allie

That kind of rhymed, right? After several failed attempts at a more complicated design, I settled on a simpler look for my Valentine's Day nails. I think less is more in this case because people like to go over the top for V-Day, and I usually do crazy designs on my nails. So the more minimalistic look will probably stand out more for me. Keep it classy -Allie