Just so you guys don't trip, I AM WEARING SHORTS. They're just really short, and that's the point. I wanted this shirt to have a tunic/dress feel.
Speaking of this shirt, why yes, it is my "CHILL OUT" t-shirt! It came in the mail after what seemed like forever. You have no idea how stoked I was to get this. It's even better in person than it looked on the Etsy site. They did an amazing job, and if you want a radical alien shirt, check out their webshop and make some purchases!
I also made this floral crown/headpiece. Dudes.. this is a difficult D.I.Y! Lots of patience is required, and you might prick your fingers a couple times, so be prepared if you're going to attempt it. I followed Bleubird's tutorial, and it worked out well. I think I maybe should have used smaller flowers, but it's a good thing to know for the next time I make one.
So what I'm offering to you all is this headpiece! GIVEAWAY TIME, YA'LL.
If you want this headpiece so you can also look like Lana Del Rey (or that Nasty Gal model), all you have to do is:
1. Comment on this post with your name and e-mail address. If you don't include one or the other, you will be disqualified, so make sure you put both!
So last night I went to the CYC (Chinatown Youth Center) to see some awesome bands play good music, and I bought a t-shirt from one of my favorite bands, and friends of mine, The Speed Of Sound In Seawater. As if these guys didn't already make a pretty rad t-shirt, I decided to go ahead and tie-dye + destroy mine.
When I told my friend Fernando about this, he came up with the slogan "Get rich or tie-dying", which is not only a brilliant thing to say, but also a perfect title to this post.
So, I'm thinking about starting a little series within this blog called "Inspired By" where I feature one person a week that inspires me. That way, you can all get a little inside scoop on what goes on in this noggin of mine, and I will have one solid thing to blog about every week. It's a win-win situation!
Anyway, so this week I've been incredibly inspired by fifteen year old blogger and founder of Rookie Mag, Tavi Gevinson. This girl seriously blows my mind. For being so young and achieving so much, she truly is an inspiration, and personally gives me a lot of drive to try new things with my style, and be whoever I feel like being, regardless of judgement.
Watch this interview she did with Stylelikeu.com, it's great. Plus, the little lady shows off some of her coolest outfits.
As a small business owner and a promoter of all things D.I.Y., I strongly recommend that everyone check out STRUNG OUT. Some of you, if you follow The Curious Closet's tumblr, have already seen me promote this multiple times, but if not, then you're in for a treat.
Texas based screen printers Victoria and Benjamin make the coolest t-shirts I've ever laid eyes on, and they also sell some pretty sweet vintage items. If you're addicted to tye-dye, aliens and Disney characters, then this shop is your prescription.
The prices are extremely affordable, so seriously: GET ON IT.
This one is now mine!
They'll be making more sizes and prints soon, so add them to your bookmarks and keep checking back. And support small business!
So, I've been channeling the 1980's or something lately, because bleach is my best friend. I've been experimenting with so many different bleach techniques.. I can't get enough. I'm most likely going to destroy another pair of shorts with bleach within the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that. But today I'm going to show you how I created the splattered shorts featured in this blog post.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
(Ignore the razor blade behind the bleach.. it kept rolling around, and I needed something to balance it)
- A rag, but now that I've done this, I've come to the conclusion that a sponge would benefit you so much more. So, use a sponge instead.
- Shorts that are in need of revamping.
- Some little container to hold your bleach & water.
- A bath tub, preferably.
Fill up your container with two parts water, one part bleach. Just do an estimate, these aren't supposed to be perfect. Make sure that you are doing this in the bathtub, as to not ruin your bathroom floor, rugs, clothes, etc. But don't put yourself in the bathtub, we don't want your skin to burn off.
Once your container has the proper ingredients in it, take your rag, or your sponge and soak it in the mixture. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GLOVES ON, AND KEEP THE FAN ON AND DOORS OF THE BATHROOM OPEN. I can't stress that enough, guys. Bleach is over-whelming if you inhale too much at one time. Please, please make sure you have oxygen.
Simply ring out your sponge/rag a few times over the mixture, and then ring it out over your shorts. I sort of messed up on the front side, because I didn't ring my towel out enough prior to ringing it out over the shorts, so the front was almost completely covered. I really like the way the back looks though.
Let your shorts sit for as long as you want. Check on them periodically to make sure the coloring is as light or dark as you want it. Once it's there, wash and dry.
Ta-da! You have successfully splattered a pair of shorts with bleach. Have fun!
Hopefully this will be the last time that I switch blog servers and blog names.. Hopefully. I'm back from Wordpress because Blogger just.. gets me, y'know? No, but really, I like using Blogger a lot better. The amount of traffic I get on here is beyond what I got on Wordpress. Also, Wordpress has SO MUCH SPAM. I didn't think anybody liked me because 90% of the comments I got were spam. Although one was pretty good. It started off with "Blogs. Why read them? I hate black metal and I don’t like lizards, consequentially I don’t visit sites about black metal or lizard care." You guys got a lot to live up to after that one.
Anyway, this was yesterdays outfit, but I really liked it and wanted to photograph it so huzzah. I made my mom take me to this mobile home park to shoot some photos of me. I've always wanted to venture in here, and I'm thinking about making it one of the locations for the next Curious Closet shoot. The one thing I love about mobile home parks is all the different colored houses. It's like a big tie-dye playground.
Speaking of tie-dye, I haven't taken this shirt off since I bought it. Literally. I'm not joking. I've slept in it, I've worn it around town, I've only taken it off to shower. I was lusting after it a couple weeks ago, but I never got around to buying it, and once I was sure it was gone, I tried convincing myself that it wasn't that great. Ya, one of those situations. It wasn't until I was at work the other night and my manager asked if we had any last minute purchases we wanted to make before closing, that it popped into my head. And 'sho 'nuff it was on sale for a whopping $14.99, cheaper than what it was on sale for on the website. It's so perfect, I can't take it. I feel like a super hero when I wear it, with this fancy, faded lightning bolt on it.
I also painted my nails so that there are eyeballs on them. Inspired by some image on tumblr, of course. They're kinda messy, and I definitely think that having one of those nail polish pens would've made it cleaner, but whatevz. Check 'em out:
Alright homies, it's good to be back on blogger! Let's make it last this time!