DIY Lace Collar Tee

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I love cheap basic tees, but I always resist buying them because I know I won’t wear them unless they’re jazzed up somehow. So after specifically deciding to put lace around a shirt collar, I set out to buy a plain blank tee. I got this heather gray number at Target on clearance for only two dollars!

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I purchased my lace collar on Etsy. You also need some strong fabric glue — I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.

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Place your lace collar around the tee, matching the ends to the center. I had to cut mine in half because my shirt’s neckline was lower than what it should be for a traditional peter pan collar, and couldn’t wrap all the way around the front & back. Sparingly place fabric glue under your lace. Lay flat to dry for at least a full day. I had a lot of open spaces in my lace so I had to re-glue a couple spots that didn’t bond the first time.

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If you have to cut your lace in half as well, I recommend wrapping it around the back of the shirt as much as possible instead of cutting it at the shoulder seams. That way it lays flat.

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Now I have a sweet basic shirt that doesn’t feel too basic. Next i’m thinking screenprinted graphic tees with lace collars for a little extra pizzaz.

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Lake House & Pumpkin Picking


To round out the absolute tail end of summer here in New York I took a weekend trip to an upstate lake house and recently spent a day at a pumpkin patch out east.


I had a rad, relaxing time at the lake house. We had the pleasure of staying with Matt’s uncle, whose place was filled with lovely vintage treasures. I was elated. It was nice to be somewhere without cell service, which is always a needed reminder to take a freakin’ break every once in awhile. When I did have service briefly during our canoe ride, I posted this on Instagram.


These next photos at the pumpkin patch just happened to be taken on the last warm day of the year, ever since it’s been total scarf mode.


Now that we’ve just lost an hour of sunshine during the evening, i’m going to make a huge effort to switch my sleeping schedule so I’m in bed by 11 or midnight and get up at 6:30/7 the latest. That leaves me 2 hours of time to get ready for the day, get some stuff done & enjoy the sunshine before work. Time to ditch my night-owl ways, i’ll keep you updated. Here’s hoping!

Switching up the routine: 5 Life Streamlining Apps

When i’m in a rut both creatively and productively I like to change things up, like a lot of people. One of the ways I do that is by revisiting my daily routine and the tools I use and figure out how to shake it up. These are some of the apps I use daily to make life a little easier. Let me know your must-haves– i’d love to hear!

Sunrise Calendar

I’ve been using Sunrise for about a year now on my phone and it’s fantastic. Really beautifully designed app for Google Calendar. It also allows you to sync with Facebook to show events you have on there, along with connecting to various other accounts as well so everything is in one place. I’m personally really bad at remembering to reply to anything in Facebook so this has really helped!

Simple Banking

Simple is another beautifully designed app, this one is an online bank. I dig that it gives you the option to have mobile notifications as soon as you buy something. I was previously using a website to manage my finances, but I was looking for something more user-friendly that was also on my iphone. Simple solves that problem, automatically putting purchases in categories so you can easily manage your budget. Also, their white debit card is a total conversation starter!

Mailbox

I switched from using the Gmail app on my phone to Mailbox. The coolest part of this app aside from the swipe gestures, is the ability to ‘boomerang’ emails of your choosing back to you at a later date. This has really changed my workflow. I find that when I can snooze emails I don’t want at the moment it’s not ‘putting it off’ like you would think– Instead I can focus on clearing out my inbox without getting overloaded.

Flux

I just started using Flux a couple weeks ago and my eyes are very thankful! It adjusts your screen depending on the time of the day– the colors are displayed warmer after the sun goes down to match indoor lighting. As someone who spends most of their weekday in front of screens I can already notice a difference.

Clipmenu

Clipmenu is a clipboard manager (just for the Mac OS, but there are similar apps out there) that allows you to access your clipboard history by a keyboard shortcut. It’s awesome that you can also save snippets of things you find yourself copying & pasting a ton.

Walking around the city & film woes


It had been awhile since i’ve used film, so I brought one of my toy cameras along to a sunny day in the city. What I didn’t know, was that I would have a really hard time getting the film developed. All of the local drugstores removed their machines and some provided a service to send it out for developing, for a lot of $$ and a week turnaround! After finding out that a Costco nearby still had a machine, the lovely boyfriend did me a solid and dropped the film off. It was a great price, BUT I can’t go back there because we don’t have a Costco membership and we got away with it this one time. I know film has been dying out, but I feel like a fool for not realizing it was this bad & that one hour photo processing is no more! Very sad.

Anyway, I really love the vibrant colors produced by the film I used. Although some good shots came out blurry i’m happy with the results. Next time i’ll slow down more :) Here’s this past Saturday on film:

  
Drove to Queens to check out a bud’s new apartment then took the train into Manhattan.

  
Stopped by the Etsy x Dossier pop up shop / a pretty park

  
Brian took us out of the way to look at a beautifully designed menu, it was worth it / did a lot of shopping (more like looking!)

  
Succulents galore.

  

  
Little Italy festival around where we got falafel.

All taken with a Diana Mini & 35mm Lomography film (that I got on clearance whoop whoop!)

P.S– If anyone happens to know of a photo lab in the Long Island area that still develops 35mm film, send them my way.

Get Real: Roller Derby Makes the Tough Things Easier

One of my favorite things about roller derby aside from the fact that it’s totally, 100% DIY, is that it pushes me in other areas of my life. You get used to putting yourself in uncomfortable situations in every game, every scrimmage, even practices.

You’re up jamming against the best player on the team. You’re the only blocker on the track & you have to trust yourself. You’re being coached by one of your heroes. You can’t back out, your team needs you. You quickly learn that giving up is not an option.

Every skater is radically different–that one thing that comes easy to you might make another person want to go hide in the bathroom. You can’t hide; because your team is there to push you along. You overcome being uncomfortable. I’ve learned that even if you think you’re standing up for yourself in life, you could be even more. You learn that you’re stronger than you think.

Because derby poses many challenges each and every time you go out there on the track, it has taught me that tough things in life aren’t as daunting as they may seem. There’s been many times where my mind has played tricks on me saying things like ‘This isn’t my best skill, gosh, how will I get through this drill’ ‘I’m too tired, I don’t want to do this anymore‘ More times than I can count it ended up being not nearly as bad as I thought. Also, everyone has times when they’re thinking ‘I’m not feeling practice today, maybe i’ll stay home.’ Every time that has happened to me, I’ve ended up being incredibly thankful that I did go. You have a bad practice? you get over it. You get over things quickly in derby because it’s so fast moving. You don’t have time or energy to dwell on things or hold grudges. In roller derby you have to suck it up, kick ass, and move on. ♥

Do you have a hobby that pushes you more than others? What keeps you strong?


‘Get Real’ is a monthly-ish series on Completely Unfinished featuring honest ‘real talk’ & more personal posts.