DIY: 10 minute T-shirt to halter top refashion


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classic Brandy Melville cropped halter
inspirational tutorial here
The summer scorching is about to settle in this August so get ready with a new kick ass halter á la Brandy Melville's 'good vibes' top; that rad Etsy tie-dye find; or like my favorite Motel Rocks design above. I took inspiration from Panache's halter crop DIY but made it friendly for dorm room crafting sans sewing machine so you don't wake up your roomie when inspiration strikes at midnight. We're bringing back the 90s - just without the dungarees, crimped hair, bandanas, and denim. All you need is a graphic tee and scissors to get started! 


I used a crop top I already owned and was quickly getting sick of - Brazil losing the World Cup may have been a factor in this change of heart. The benefits are that its very oversized on me (more length for straps) and since it is a crop top I can keep the original hem (hell yes, no sewing.). 
To begin, turn the top over and cut upwards down the middle. Then cut horizontally (this depends how thick you want the back tie to be) I cut at the halfway mark till I hit the side seams. 

Open up the tshirt to get a clearer view at the full shape. Then measure your front bust measurement - or just eyeball it like I did. A key part to this is keeping in mind how revealing you want the halter to be. Just remember you can always cut away more, unfortunately, the opposite is never true. Once you have determined the measurement make marks across the area where your girls will hit.
Begin at the bottom corner of one of the open flaps and cut diagonally until you hit the bust mark made before. Continue until you are 3 to 4 inches away from the neckline and cut in the opposite direction to remove excess fabric (although it doesnt look pretty keep the excess fabric at the neck for now). Repeat this step on the opposite side.
Fold the top in half to make both sides symmetrical. Decide how you want the straps and begin cutting upwards. Since the neckline was oversized I decided to keep the original hem by cutting away any excess fabric around it.  It was long enough to tie around the back of my neck - however many tshirts may not be like this so cut off the neck line and replicate the shape. 
Now that you have the basic structure try on your halter and make any finishing touches to get your desired shape and style - have some fun and see what works best for you.
Once you are done you may be tempted to find the nearest payphone and tell all your friends -  dont be fooled its really 2014 and Facebook and Pinterest are much better ways to share this find. Click below!

A Little Natural Inspiration

For the past two months I have been lucky enough to travel around Europe. Thanks to the big hearts of family members who have welcomed me into spare bedrooms my small wallet has not been horribly traumatized. Needless to say I have been left with a countless amount of beautiful memories. I have sipped mint tea on a balcony in Morocco; ran through a golden sunflower field as the sun rose; explored the tide pools and caves of my favorite beaches; and bravely went on my first solo trip to Amsterdam and London. Proving that some of the most memorable experiences cost nothing at all. Getting into nature is the most therapeutic remedy there is and throughout my travels I have inevitably seen some absolutely stunning landscapes - the kind that forces inspiriation and peaceful energy into my soul. So here I am sharing that same feeling with you 
Beavertail Park in Jamstown, Rhode Island.
Moon over sunflower fields in the outskirts of Seville, Spain
Lonely boat on the Mediterranean sea
still waters of a serene canal in Amsterdam
Marina Port Vell in Barcelona, Spain
The busy streets of London
The famous cathedral in the small town of Exeter, UK
serenity in the countryside outside of London
cliffs meet the ocean in Newquay, UK


I am now finishing up the last days of my trip in Exeter, UK and I have so much gratitude and joy in my heart for all of the new experiences I have been blessed with. Although I feel some sorrow ending this journey I know that this is only the beginning of a life full of travels. 

Until next time
Andrea

13 ways to transform old clothing



Here's a compilation of some of the best clothing refashion DIYs. All perfect for even the most novice crafter. So make sure you think twice before you toss that pile into the donation box - better yet, do the tutorials then donate it all for some instant crafting karma ☆


1. Probably the simplest way to add edge to a plain top is to find some sciscors and get cutting .

This site has lots of ideas for your next tshirt cutting project

2. Transform one of your many tank tops into the perfect party top inspired by Balenciaga (no need to tell anyone its not designer)
Learn how here

3. If you're handy with a pen give your boring leggings a pick me up with a bleach pen. Get inspired and transfer this technique over to tops, jeans, shoes, and decor.



4. Transform a pashmina scarf into an equally warm but much more stylish kimono cardigan 
Learn how here

5. Alter one of your moms abandoned attic sweaters into something that's actually wearable. 
Learn how here

6. Your bra straps will never be a fashion statement but this quick fix will change your life for the better. Just get a strapless bra cut off the thick straps and sew elastic bands on instead. Extra points if you use colored bands.


7. Because even Todo deserves a little something - and because no human should ever wear that horrid sweater. 

8. If you're over that maxi skirt don't toss it! Reincarnate it into your new go-to slip dress
Learn how here

9. Hide stains on a pre-loved shirt or just add some zest to a new basic tee with this Free People inspired tutorial
Learn how here

10. How to make an easy and super versatile skater skirt using a tshirt - feel free to use cool patterns for this one. 

11. Add some glamor to your basic tee using nothing but beads, a needle, thread, and imagination.
Learn how here 

12. Bleached & Faded did a tutorial on cage crop tops back in 2012. She's a woman ahead of her time; catch up by following this simple no sew tutorial - I've done it and the tshirt to trendy transformation is incredible.
Learn how here 

13. Alter a grandma's closet or thrift store find into something a little more generation-X friendly. 
Learn how here

Until next time ♡
Andrea


21 D.I.Y projects for your new college life



Here are some of my favorite DIYs featuring items you may not give a second throught before you toss them in the trash. There are some great tutorials on how to make your dorm room feel like less than just a room... It all ranges from dorm decor to tech-savy tips so stop thinking an empty wallet means empty walls and get crafting!



1. Use the left over solo cups from last weekend to wrap your next gift - your mother will be proud.

see more here

2. Any leftovers from flower crown season would look great glued on to a mirror or picture frame.

3.  When an all nighter of drinking coffee has you wired spend your time decorating the walls with this beautiful garland made entirely of coffee filters. Its a much better alternative to studying.
learn how here



4. Use basic sewing skills to make yourself a new lunch bag for days when cafeteria food just isn't cutting it.
learn how here
5. A trippy and super simple photo effect for your next party.


6. Turn the remains of wine Wednesday into adorable and reusable bathroom containers.
learn how here
7. Finally your binders will actually have a useful purpose.
learn how here
8. An adorable addition to your bookshelf. You may just be tempted enough to actually read one of your textbooks.
learn how here
9. A wonderfully simple how-to on repurposing nostalic CDs into an even more nostalgic and groovy disco ball.
see more here
10. An absolutely amazing idea if youre never quite sure where you had your keys last.
learn how here
11. Add a little more color in your day by painting each blade a primary color then sit back and enjoy the show. 
learn how here
12. Can you believe this wall art is made from toilet paper rolls in a reused picture frame?
learn how here

13. Using a hanging shoe rack for plants is a genius way to save space!
see more here
14. Some paper, a flashlight, and paying attention in an astronomy class is all it takes to have some constellation fun.
see more here
15. Another useful and brilliant way to repurpose all evidence of last night.
learn how here
16.  Create a beautiful light up flower garland simply by cutting and painting old egg cartons! 
see more here
17.  All those nights of ordering Chinese may leave your wallet empty but atleast you can make up for it by getting some cool DIYs out of the deal.
see more here
18. Save up all those bottle caps to replicate this stunning windchime.

19. Have yet to try this, but it seems like a great way to set up shop anywhere you like. Popcorn and blankets not included.
see more here
20. Get together some old containers, a water pump, electic lights, then pray to the crafting gods to add some extra zen vibes in your space.

21. Because what toga party would be complete without a plastic spoon wreath?
learn how here

Until next time! 
- Andrea