Get The Look For Less: DIY Topshop Crop Top

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Ok let me set the scene…

I’m walking through the entrance at Nordstrom the other day and noticed they totally changed the layout of the entire floor. So instead of my preferred shopping area being in the back, it was pushed to the front, starting with the Topshop display welcoming me right into store.

So, I’m on the phone, casually perusing through the racks, and I notice this plain white, I mean regular as hell, white crop top t-shirt. I’m turning the shirt around to find the graphics, the detailing …something! I find nothing, and flip the tag over that reads $20. For what? For a plain white t-shirt that’s been cut in half with a Topshop label sewn in on the collar?

No need to pay a dub for a plain white tee ladies. Here’s how to make it yourself in four easy steps, for less than $4!

Step 1:

First find the desired style and fit of your t-shirt. You can go for a bigger tee giving you a roomier crop fit or go for something smaller and fitted like I chose, and head to the little boys section (that’s the secret…wink).

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I picked a crew neck style in a size medium by Faded Glory from Walmart. It came as a pack of three t-shirts for around $4 or $5. So that means you have 2 extra shirts to play around with! Here is the fit of mine before cutting it.

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Step 2:

Now this step is crucial for your top to be how you like it. Put the shirt on and mark a spot with a pencil on where you want your shirt cut. REMEMBER, it’s ALWAYS better to start longer because you can always make it shorter, but you can’t add fabric for length once you’ve already cut it. ( I layed my shirt out for the picture but I highly recommend you do this with the shirt on).

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Step 3:

Now that you’ve marked where you want your shirt cut and cropped, it’s time to get to cutting. Take some fabric scissors (or regular scissors if you don’t those), and cut a straight line all the way across the t-shirt. Make sure your scissors are sharp because you don’t want any jagged seams. 

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Step 4:

Almost done! After you’re done cutting, take the shirt and try it back on to be sure it’s at the desired length you want your crop top. If you need to make it shorter, then repeat steps 3 and 4. Cuff the sleeves twice and if you want a really crisp look, iron the sleeves down after you cuff them.

That’s it! Here is how mine turned out and I’m completely satisfied with it :) 

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Original Topshop Crop Tee: $20

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DIY Crop Tee: $4 (be better than me, and give your shirt some love with the iron lol)

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Ladies you can follow these four easy steps to create a crop top with any t-shirt you have! Sometimes it’s just easier on your pockets and way more fun to do it yourself! 

How to Make Your Own Cat Eye Sunglasses

(Quick shoutout to Karla, pictured above, one of my favorite bloggers! lol)

I found this super cute DIY tutorial from P.S. I Made This on how to create your own cat eye sunglasses. It can be exhausting keeping up with trends, so if you think you won’t get tons of wear out of your cat eye shades this fall, then this project is certainly worth a try using what you already have. Enjoy!

To create, re purpose an old pair of sunnies by adding a shapely accent. Decide on the shape and style for your pattern and trace onto paper. Create two of these and “test” on your sunglasses to make sure you’re happy with the shape and size. Trace the pattern onto a think black piece of fabric or leather.  Use glue to secure onto each frame.

Try It: DIY Nail Stickers

I love a good nail design! Although I don’t get them often (a. because I don’t allow myself time to try them myself smh, and b. I’d rather get them done at the salon), here is a great DIY I spotted over at The Beauty Department on how to create your own nail stickers. I’ll definitely be trying this out….watch out Sally Hansen!

"It’s really hard to get clean lines when it comes to putting stripes on manicures. I’m going to share a little DIY secret– nail polish on scotch tape. You can cut a perfect line or triangle and get a fun geometric mani. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. You’ll need polish, scissors + scotch tape.
  2. Apply polish to your tape. Whatever color you want. Let it dry (I allowed 30 minutes just to be safe).
  3. Cut strips!
  4. Cut triangles.

When you’re done, apply them to a pre-polished nail with the sticky side down. Then give it a good top coat!”

(photos + design by Kristin Ess)

**note: All photos and directions credit to www.thebeautydepartment.com .


If you decide to try this at home, please tweet me (@McKenzieRenae) so I can see how they turned out!

Simple DIY Studded Cut Off Shorts

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Over at the Free People blog, I saw a cute and easy DIY studded jean shorts tutorial. With Spring right around the corner, it’s time for some bedazzle inspiration :) What better way than on a rugged, worn-in pair of jean cut off shorts?!

You can go crazy with studd covered pockets, or simple and sweet with their project below :)

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What you need: A pair of jeans or cutoffs and studs of whatever shape or size you choose.

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Lay your studs out on your shorts in the pattern you want them.

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Poke the prongs of the stud right through the shorts, then just press them down flat to hold the stud in place.

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Tip: Sew a small piece of fabric over the studs to make them more comfortable against your skin.

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