How-To: Destroy a Thrift Shop Tee

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Band tees are one of my closet STAPLES. Mario Kondo will not be taking those away from me! The one thing I hate about vintage-y band tees are the price. I don’t want to shell out $50 for an uncomfortably stiff Led Zeppelin tee. I want it to feel as though a groupie has worn it for 4 months straight. Super soft, comfy & probably has some wear and tear- because, groupies.

Especially the Rock Band groupies.  So, how can you achieve this by spending less than $10?

Insert Macklemore Thrift Shop... What, what

 For real though- head on over to your local Thrift (my personal fav's are Volunteers of America & Ohio Thrift) and get ready to search. I’m not talking just sifting through a few racks here and there, I’m talking about looking at every single t-shirt rack in the Men's, Women’s and even Kids section! Eight times out of ten I’ve found a band tee. A cozy, lived-in band tee. Sometimes they’re truly vintage, and sometimes they may come from current stores (think UO, or Target).

So, the graphic is dope, but it’s not quite the vintage vibe you’re looking for. Don’t get flustered and put it back on the rack, because I’m going to show you how to make those band tees feel like it was found in a KISS tour bus from 1987. 

After your thrift scavenger hunt, run over to your local Target (or supermarket of choice) and grab nailclippers, a lemon zester, chalk, and some scissors. We’re going to Macgyver the shit out of those tees! And after we’re done with the tee, you can give yourself a mani & make freshly zested. Look at you go.

  • Step One: Lay your new tee out on a flat surface and take your chalk and mark where you want any destruction. Throw the tee on to see if the destruction is…well, appropriate. I found this out the hard way. If you’ve watched Mean Girls, you know

  • Step Tw0: Time to destroy. Grab your clippers & scissors and begin clipping tiny holes into your tee where you marked with chalk. I like to use the sides of the clippers and go in at an angle for the sleeves, neck & bottom hem; and the scissors for everywhere else. After you cut the larger holes, give it a good stretch. This helps to achieve the nice "worn in" look!


  • Step Three:  Time to zest! Be SUPER careful when using the zester. I have grated my fingers before and it is not pleasant. RIP fingerprints. I would also recommend starting with a “less is more” approach so you don’t accidentally zest too much away.

  • Step Four (optional): To add a pop of extra to your band tee, grab some household bleach. Put on some gloves and carefully pour a teensy of bleach (eyeball it) into a spray bottle. Take your tee outside, or in a ventilated space and start decorating! For this tee i used the "fine mist" option on the nozzle to spray all over. For the more distinct spots i used the "stream" option. You can also use a dropper to get the same look!

  • Step Five: Toss your tee in the washer (I like to flip him inside out) and let it air-dry! You can definitely pop it in the dryer, but I personally, like to let mine air-dry to guarantee it doesn’t’ shrink up on me. 

You’re done! Show off your new tee like the groupie you are!

If you feel inspired to DIY your own thrift shop band tee, please share with me! I would love to see your creations! 

The ONE tool you need to wash your face (and save the Planet)

Monday, April 15, 2019

     Picture this: You had a long day at work, you’re tired and have zero energy to do   A N Y T H I N G. Literally, the last thing you want to worry about is taking off your makeup. You say “screw it” and go to bed. The next day you wake up with one thousand (not exaggerating) pimples as you look at yourself in the mirror with half your eyebrow wiped off and scream like Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin (AKA Macaulay Culkin) on Home Alone. I’m LOLing right now at his ridiculous name change, but Yolo. Do people still Yolo? Any who-

     Scary, right?! I’ve been there. In high school I would always go to sleep with my makeup on. I would even apply mascara right over top of my yesterday’s mascara. That sentence makes me physically cringe thinking about my spidery lashes. I don’t want anyone out there to feel like they don’t have time to wash their face. So, let me ease your fears. I have found THE best product to quickly and easily remove your makeup every single night!
It’s called Face Halo, and it was sent from the Gods.

I’ve been using my Face Halo religiously for a few years now, and I can attest to how amazing this product really is. Face Halos are cute, circle shaped mono-chromatic (so trendy) face pads that only need water...YES, only H2o, to remove that stubborn makeup. The pads are made up of Halo Tech fiber strands that trap and remove every ounce of your #MOTD. The best part- it’s perfect for ALL skin types! So no need to worry, sensitive gals- I’ve got you.

         Unlike traditional wipes, no scrubbing is necessary with the Face Halo. Have no fear of smudging that makeup around, because the Face Halo will hold onto that seven pounds of Shape Tape and guarantee not to put it back onto that clean skin of yours! Simply wet & wipe to reveal the fresh-faced goddess that you are. When you’re done, Face Halo recommends to hand wash with warm soap & water after each use to keep it so fresh and so clean, clean.

Here is where saving the planet comes in- you can wash your Face Halo up to 200 times! Throw it right in with your whites once or twice a week, and let it air dry to perfection. This replace up to 500 of those toss-away, planet-harming face wipes. Just be sure not to use fabric softener, as it can clog up the Halo Tech fibers and make them lose their magical powers. Just think about that for a minute. If you wear makeup every day, and constantly have to purchase face wipes to remove your makeup, you will not only save money with the Face Halo (I know I have) but you will also contribute to our Planet’s well being! That my friends, is pretty damn cool.

         The Face Halo come in a pack of three for only $22. Keep one, keep two, or be selfish like me and hoard all of them for yourself because YOLO. I think people still YOLO. I’m going to bring it back. You can grab the Face Halo OG’s (the white ones), or their new Pro Face Halo’s (black). The Pro’s are my favorite for removing heavier makeup and things like face-masks! If you’re a heavy makeup wearer, I would recommend the Pro’s only because you can’t see the stains. I’m weird and get an extreme satisfaction out of seeing all of my makeup come off on the white Face Halo to get it back to it’s pristine, white, angelic self. But you do you, boo.

So, if you want to be a Planet Earth Warrior while also rocking a fresh face before bed every night- do yourself a favor and grab a Face Halo.