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FizzyT, December 31st, 2012

A-ha, the end of 2012 is nigh. And what a year it has been. The Olympics, the End of the World (Mayan style), Kate Middleton topless and Gangnam Style. I’ll be looking at 2012 in t-shirts tomorrow, right now it’s pre New Year’s Eve carbing up time.

Sparkly and glittering with a plethora of rhinestones, the T-Shirt Studio crowd have been busy designing our festive t-shirts with great joy. Take a look at our diamante numbers, perfect for nights out and cheerier than a home made pork pie on a wet and windy day. Tastier too, some might say.

We also have an ever burgeoning selection of templates for you to play around with, this ape to zombie number is my new fave. Get ready for all of those parties in 2013 (once you’ve got past tonight, that is!)

FizzyT, December 30th, 2012

I had to snigger slightly at this article in the world renowned  publication “This is Bath” telling the torrid Christmas tale of a small boy (well his dad) shopping at a toy shop and then realising that the shop opposite was selling a range of t-shirts with slogans such as “Christmas is Gay” and “Merry Christmas Mother******” Er…..oops. The small child’s pa was so horrified by these t-shirts, he called not only the toy shop itself, but also the council and the police.

Needless to say, the t-shirts were removed from sight and also from sale. To be honest, although I can see the bad positioning of such slogans in such close proximity to a child friendly zone is fairly short-sighted, I think calling the police might be just one little step too far, non? Or maybe not, maybe bad t-shirts really are the root of all evil. They certainly have a lot to answer for when it comes to explaining to your toddler why Christmas being gay is a bad thing. So my personalised t-shirt for the day, although out of date, is of no offence to anyone. Except turkeys, of course!


FizzyT, December 29th, 2012

All Saints really are the frontrunners in the mean and moody graphic t-shirt race. If there is one, of course. A constant in their collections be it summer or winter is always a good, solid range of monochrome t-shirt prints. Now is the time to stock up on a few new wardrobe staples, if All Saints tick any of your sartorial boxes, as their sale is always a good one. They do a fair line in basic black or white tees as well, so even if you don’t like their line in printed and slogan tees, you can always update your closet with some handy basics.

I like this McQueen inspired Gold Rush Cut Collar t-shirt. Not your common or garden (er?) skull by any means, this one is high quality hand dyed with extra funky pigment and some hardcore washing to give it that extra little something. A really funky number, and yours (or mine, or somebody else’s tbh) for a mere £28 from £40. Pretty Saintly!

FizzyT, December 28th, 2012

Rapper, producer, music mogul and incidentally Mr Beyonce himself Jay-zee is threatening to sue all round Mr Nice Guy* Chris Brown over using an image of his protegee Rihanna on a t-shirt. The t-shirt, marketed by Brown’s clothing line features an image of the singer and her erstwhile boyf  and attacker and is called “Nobody’s Business”, named after one of Rihanna’s songs. And how cute, they refer to themselves as Chrihanna.

Team Jay-zee is said to be (hip) hopping mad that Brown hasn’t paid Rihanna for the use of her image, although seeing as how at least he left her face alone this time, I think she’d be happy to waive any fee.

The huge irony about this t-shirt  is that apparently it’s sold out, which you’d have thought was beyond ridiculous. Oh well, no accounting for taste!!!

* er, he’s not

FizzyT, December 27th, 2012

I’ve been scanning the sales like the martyr I am looking for a good slogan t-shirt to bulk out your wardrobe without depleting the bank account to the extent that even the bank manager feels sorry for you.

ASOS is always (well, nearly) the best place to start. With a huge selection and something for every budget, you can pretty much decide what you want, how much you want to pay and then find it, all without even having to slurp your coffee in haste.

This t-shirt by urban meisters Se7ven is a good case in point. From £35 to a mere tenner, this is just what you need to drag over your head before dashing out on a Saturday night. The brand name also reminds me of the film of the same title, which sadly I fell asleep in, but have fond memories of (possibly because I missed all the gory, weird stuff) Anyway, if you, like me, are a bit of a tee-aholic, then start looking now, and imagine a succession of clean slogan t-shirts for 2013!

FizzyT, December 26th, 2012

All of Britain is going sale crazy today. Stuff the cold turkey, it’s shopping time!

The temptation to grab and run is usually overwhelming, shop til you drop and then spend the rest of the year regretting and reselling all the stuff you’ve bought that you don’t, er….actually like.

Personally, the thought of hitting the shops along with the rest of the world is too much for me, so I am pootling around the online shopping world which is much more civilised.

Top tip for the sales is to grab anything by the amazing Markus Lupfer. His designs are unmistakable and fun. Sequinned embellishments which are instantly recognisable, fun and the height of fashion.

ASOS has a great selection, and I particularly love this printed t-shirt with a very faded pair of lips, down to £48 from £80. Very Lupfer but not too in your face, sales items can sometimes seem like a good idea at the time, but they can look a lot different in the cold light of day. This tee is slouchy and lovely, you will wear it forever, and have a piece of designer clothing that won’t leave you broke all the way through 2013!

FizzyT, December 25th, 2012

Maybe this says it  all?

Do have a totally awesome day with extra bangs in your crackers!!!


FizzyT, December 24th, 2012

Well, it’s all over now for another year. Face it, if you haven’t got everything wrapped and ready to go, you’re never going to. I’m not sure if there’s anything good on the TV but it’s definitely time to be having a wee snifter of Santa’s sherry whilst you pat yourself on the back for surviving 2012.

Don’t forget, if you wind up with rellies in Australia you forgot to shop for, you can still buy and personalise a gift and blame it on the post. In fact, the postal service has pretty broad shoulders, you can pin almost anything on them. Additionally, if you have taken the trouble to personalise your photo mug, tee or canvas, the effort implied is tenfold. There’s still time and you’re so welcome.

FizzyT, December 23rd, 2012

One of the best bits about Christmas is the bit when you’ve done all your wrapping and prepping and can sit down before the hoardes descend and do what you want to do. To be honest, these moments are few and far between but whenever they do occur, I must confess to stealthily creeping over to the laptop to check out what’s going down in the sales.

Not sure what I think about this printed t-shirt, available from Matches at the knock down price of £57, from £113. OK, so I thought it was Van Gogh, in his denim period, but turns out it’s a self portrait of the musician Jandek by Rome based fashion designer Fabio Quaranta. I’m at once intrigued, bemused and most thankful for Wikipedia, so I can find out who the blazes all the folk are.

Not sure if this is where my ill gotten gains will be sent off to, but if you like the designer or the musician, or the fact that it’s a 100% organic cotton tee, maybe this is the bargain for you!

FizzyT, December 22nd, 2012

Having a browse through the Daily Telegraph today, whilst slurping essential morning coffee, I found a hilarious list of gifts you really don’t want to be giving a woman unless you are prepared to get a good slapping (which strikes me as being appropriate given the content matter of this post). Items included shaping underwear and celebrity perfume. One can only nod vigourously in agreement. Do you want anyone anywhere near you to smell like Christina Aguilera? Honestly? Ew. The showstopper, the pièce de résistance, the gift to end all relationships however, must surely be the 50 Shades of Grey charm bracelet. An astonishing thought that anyone would to confess to having read and actually enjoyed the books. Utterly terrifying, however is that they might actually want to advertise the fact with a charm bracelet which has a tie, handcuffs and a little helicopter amongst other little, er, ‘trinkets’. Wow. If you want to spend Christmas down the pub with your mates, this is definitely the way to do it. You might not be allowed back though.