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FizzyT, April 30th, 2011

McQueenly!

Since yesterday’s grand unveiling of the wedding dress of the century, every little princess worth her salt is going to want a bit of Alexander McQueen. Sadly, not everyone can stretch to their own custom made wedding gown, designed by the creative director of McQueen, Sarah Burton. Still, it’s vital to have a little bit of princess sparkle, and remember McQueen is THE only label to be seen in this week (unless you want to look like princess Eugenie’s hat, of course).

So, here’s a classic McQueen tank top  for you to drool over from the ever beautiful Net-a-Porter. This is a wonderful twist on the McQueen classic skull motif. And under two hundred pounds. Just. A white tee, with a soft, rather delicate, floral print of a skull, giving you a perfect summer staple, and oodles of class, darling. I mean, if’s it’s good enough for a duchess…..

FizzyT, April 29th, 2011

Royaltee!

Unless you’re some kind of antisocial amoeba from outer space, then you’re probably aware that today is the Royal Wedding. Even if you didn’t watch it, you just know there’s going to be Groundhog Day on the TV for a while yet, so expect to see the balcony bit over and over again, ooh and ahh over the dress, and the cute little bridesmaids, and generally accept that it’s going to be the topic of conversation for at least the next three weeks.

There’s only one t-shirt for today, and that’s the Just Married diamante number. Perfectly uncynical, but with a nice bit of sparkle to match your tiara. An absolute must for everyone’s inner princess!

FizzyT, April 28th, 2011

Fats Boy!

I’m beginning to become quite a fan of ASOS for t-shirt sourcing. They have a really good selection of tees, and all with their own little video which really lets you see what you’re getting.

I happened on a selection of t-shirt prints by London photographer Fatsarazzi; amazing artwork on classic round neck shirts, with a logo on the back. Further research into who or what on earth Fatsarazzi could possibly be showed another selection of tees available from Futura Laboratories, this time with the date of the photo together with a little description of how the photo came about.

Fats Back!

I love this idea; it really makes the t-shirt into a work of art, and gives the photo a frame of reference. This is a great idea to try out with your holiday snaps. Handwritten text goes really well with photos; try scanning in your own writing together with a picture and playing around with sizes. You can make some great t-shirts for friends kind of like photo album style. In the meantime, sit back and admire the fabulous Fatsarazzi!

FizzyT, April 27th, 2011

(Vom)IT Bag!

Are you sick of the sight and sound of the impending Royal Wedding? Do you plan to stay indoors with the curtains closed and avoid the ultimate Hello! wedding of the century? Do you plan to party the night into oblivion, and wake up on Saturday with a right royal hangover? If you answer either yes or no to any of these questions, then the Royal Wedding sick bag might well be for you. A lovely souvenir of the big day, in a red or blue, his n’ hers twin-colour-vomit-scheme.

Aptly titled “Throne Up”, the sick bags are probably one of the funniest pieces of Wedding memorabilia I have come across. Designed by artist Lydia Leith, they are selling like hot cakes. Just what you need at your local street party; flags n’ bags. I’ve already put my order in!

FizzyT, April 26th, 2011

Perfectly Polo, darling!

You might have noticed that there’s an awful lot of red, white and blue in the sartorial air this spring. I think fashion’s got all partriotic on us, and whether we like it or not, Royal Wedding fever has affected pretty much everything.

I do like a bit of the Union Jack every now and then, but it’s all going overboard, and if I’m not careful, I’ll be reaching for the Royal sick bag. So I’ve gone for a subtler number today; a fine 100% cotton polo shirt, with just a hint of a union jack on the breast. Perfectly understated and, what a bargain, they’re in our sale too, so only £18. Fit for a polo playing prince, and you won’t need your sickie bag to chukka up into!

FizzyT, April 25th, 2011

A great sporting moment!

The weather still isn’t showing any signs of noticing it’s still April and it looks as though it’s going to stay that way for a while yet. One of our trusty t-shirt crew is training for her first ever triathlon, and is busy designing a fitting vest top to wear for various stages of the race.

I’m not sure if I could ever contemplate taking part in a triathlon. However I do wonder if my routine of getting up, waking to the fridge, pouring a glass of wine or beer, getting crisps and finally sitting down again counts as enough stages for me to say I’m in training? Maybe that’s a monathlon? A wonderful thought! I shall design my very own monathlon t-shirt without delay. Much more civilised than all that running around, and you’re a winner every time!

FizzyT, April 24th, 2011

Dyed to perfection!

One of the easiest, if messiest ways to revamp, upgrade and recycle old t-shirts, is to go on a rampant  tie dying spree. Whenever I feel the urge to brighten things up, I sadly can’t stop, and end up dying everything in sight. Still, if you manage to restrain yourself, then yo can do some amazing patterns and colours and give your old slogan t-shirts a new lease of life. It’s also a really good fun thing to do when the weather’s amazing and you can do it all in a bucket outside. This saves on the mess factor.

The trick is to keep the slogan or image at least part readable, and surround it in lots of interesting dye effects. I found this fantastic Rolling Stones tee on the internet, as sadly my efforts are nowhere near so artistic. Have a go, it’s the most fun you can have with a bucket and a t-shirt. Probably!

FizzyT, April 23rd, 2011

With the news this week that action man-alike Simon Cowell has dumped yet another X Factor winner from his record label, you might be forgiven for thinking that maybe winning the competition is more of a curse than a blessing.

It’s glaringly obvious however, that this year’s X Factor will be another massive hit, and a new set of wannabes will be unleashed on us, and hang around well after their fifteen minutes is up.

Not taking the hint yet is Katie Waissel, she of the porno gran, desperately wanting to be in the papers for as long as possible. I oughtn’t be giving her blogroom, however I find the Madonna print on her t-shirt an amusing juxtaposition; the queen of pop and the queen of flop. Still, it’s probably not Katie’s fault she’s so annoying, and there’s no harm in aiming high is there? But having aimed and missed, I do wish she would just  go away now!!

FizzyT, April 22nd, 2011

The desire to express individuality whilst at the same time being desperate to fit in with those around has long been one of life’s little paradoxes. I remember seeing a car park predominantly full of big black Range Rovers, all with personalised number plates. It seemed so innocuous that everyone wanted the same car, to fit into the elite club of whacking great 4×4 owners, whilst simultaneously marking their identity with their number plate.

That’s why piercings, tatoos and body art are so popular.You get to create a blank canvas out of your body and have the freedom to express yourself however you want. The disadvantage being that it’s a bit of a one way street, as most of it is much easier to get done than undo.

I’m slightly puzzled by Lady Gaga‘s latest foray into prosthetic body enhancement, although it seems as though she’s always willing to go one step further than everyone else. First she “grew” Star Trek like horns, now her shoulders have done an Alexis Colby circa 1984. Is it individuality? Shocking? Or has she finally flipped her lid?

Personally, I’d recommend leaving your body alone, and putting all your personality onto your t-shirt. At least you can take it off when you’ve had enough!

FizzyT, April 21st, 2011

Fundraiser extraordinarie!

I was having a scroll through ebay yesterday and I think I may have happened upon the most expensive t-shirt ever. EMI are auctioning a whole load of rock and roll memorabilia to aid the earthquake and tsumani stricken region of Japan, and will match all the money raised up to a value of one million Euros. This is a fantastic sale of one offs; a signed back catalogue of Bowie music, clothes, paintings, Jane Birkin’s own Birkin bag, backstages passes, you name it, it’s being sold. The t-shirt which is a limited edition Billy Corgan “Zero” t-shirt is currently going for £3, 810. I would usually say this was a tad overpriced, but seeing as how it’s raising such an enormous sum to aid earthquake victims, and it’s one of the most fabulously unique t-shirt you could hope to get your paws on, I have to say it’s a complete bargain. Check out the other auctions, it’s a super stellar line up, and maybe a once in a lifetime gift for you!