What I Wore: Joyeux

I can list on one hand the things that make me happy.  Some of them are those small every day mood-improvers – the little things – and others are much, much bigger, can’t live without things and people.  1. Good (bad) food.  2. Fresh Flowers.  3. Writing.  4. Music.  And, 5. My Family.  Of course each of those things can be broken down even further (I mean, the subcategory of what kinds of food make me happy is absolutely fricking ENORMOUS), and obviously there are other things in life that make me happy, but the above are my five great loves in terms of my day to day happiness.

Here’s another thing that’s a little further down the list; T Shirts.  I don’t know why the hell I’ve gone and bought another one – I’ve got a whole heap of them – but every time I wear them they seem to bring a smile to my face so I’m rolling with it.  I picked up this new addition in H&M recently; I love the bold, bright text and of course the word itself; JOYEUX, which means Happy.  And sometimes that just means wearing jeans and t shirt and dancing around in your kitchen with your dog  🙂

Baklava.  Baklava (as I’ve recently found out) makes me very happy.

Look at that grin.  That grin makes me grin 🙂

Happy Monday!  What little things make you feel joyeux?  🙂

DIY Embroidered Tee

I love lazy-gal fashion.  If I could get away with wearing skinny jeans and a t-shirt everywhere, every day, then I probably would.  I really like the whole grungy, embroidered t shirts that seem to be everywhere at the moment, but when I saw one in Top Shop last week and turned over the price tag I had a mini heart attack (I can’t be alone in thinking Top Shop has completely lost the plot on pricing in recent years…).  I’m sorry Toppers, but since when is it realistic to charge £22 for a plain white T Shirt with one embroidered word on it?  Nuh uh.  Forget it.  I’ll DIY it, I decided – and it turns out, it’s not that difficult to do at all.

All you’ll need is a plain white T Shirt (pick one up in good old Primani for a couple of quid), a sharp pencil, some scissors, a needle, some embroidery thread and an embroidery hoop (you could probably cope without one, but it does help to keep the fabric taut and enable you to stitch in a straight line!).
Put the T Shirt on and work out exactly where you want the embroidery to be, then apply the hoop.  Once you know what word you’re going for lightly pencil it onto the fabric.
Stitching in the letters is the trickiest part (but not that hard if you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread), use back stitch and keep the stitches on the small side so you’ve got a bit more control.  It doesn’t have to be 100% perfect or neat, just as long as it’s legible!