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FizzyT, March 29th, 2014

I thought I’d show you this mug today, after the lovely Violet shared it on Facebook and I gave an involuntary chuckle which sounded a bit like a burp.

Sometimes a good mug slogan can do this for an extended period of time (I still get a kick out of the Penis Beaker one, though that’s more of a dirty snigger than a burpy chuckle, not that that’s any cooler or anything).

Strikes me that if you totally forgot about Mother’s Day, you could send her a belated mug and make her burpy chuckle. She’ll love you for it!


FizzyT, March 25th, 2014

Loving this story about Michelle (arms) Obama’s visit to China, where t-shirts bearing the image of her hubby and US President Barack Obama in chairman Mao guise have hastily been withdrawn from sale.

The First Lady has been speaking about education and the responsibility to provide facilities for learning. She also criticised state censorship, but that was (obviously) censored.

I think she and the girls might’ve liked a few dad/Mao slogan t-shirts, nice souvenirs, surely?

FizzyT, March 24th, 2014

Am I the only person who finds Marks and Spencer’s newest ‘LeadingLladies’ campaign really irritating? Nothing about the women they’ve chosen; an inspiring bunch, every single one of them, but to be using them as an advert for clothing is something that really grates.

From the pseudo ‘best friends’ days of Dannii Minogue and Twiggy, to the now more ordinary looking high achievers, M&S is somehow trying to sell the idea that they cater for the great and the good, thus reassured the rest of us can shop there. It almost makes us their friends…to think, we might realistically be wearing the same knickers as Emma Thompson, or Annie Lennox’s pantyhose….what a bond.

Sorry M&S, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels deeply patronised by this. At least with Rosie Huntingdon Fluntingdon Wuntingdon it’s very clear that in real life she would never let an M&S gusset anywhere near her waxed to the extreme, supermodelly bits. She’s only in it for the cash. Also, that if we step into her pants, our legs will most definitely not grow as long and as willowy as hers. Or that our lips will swell up and resemble an excited vagina. More’s the pity.

So I just bloody wish they’d stop the pretence; these women are amazing, inspirational, and yes, some of them are even (gasp) black. But they’re not like us, and they never will be. So cut the crap and just wave an unattainable supermodel at us. Please?


FizzyT, March 22nd, 2014

The last week has seen my Facebook feed make me jump out of my skin with horror. Day after day friends have been posting pictures of themselves, sans slap, to raise awareness for cancer. Initially I just assumed that there was some sponsorship thing going on, where my friends look as terrifying as possible, and I pay them to douse themselves in kohl, which in turn raises money for cancer research.

Tho it turns out, that wasn’t the case at all. A social media phenomenon had occurred, where people were ‘being brave’ by looking like pre Halloween ghouls, and it wasn’t until cancer Research stepped in and asked for donations that money changed hands. Two million pounds at that, so if there ever was a case of the ends justifying the means, then this was surely it.

However, a number of people (mostly women, men just stayed right out of it), felt it was too narcissistic for it’s own good. And how brave is not wearing tinted moisturiser compared to chemo? Also, what kind of message is it sending out about make up in general?

Of course the celebs who got in on the act looked lovely, but then, they’re hardly going to scare children, are they? Let’s face it, they’re celebs because they’re pretty, plus they know all about lighting.

I’m still of two minds about how this campaign was run. But as long as the money went the right way, I’ll ignore my scary friends, and return to them when they’re back to normal, purple eyeshadow and all!

FizzyT, March 21st, 2014

Seeing as every celeb has his or her own clothing line these days, it’s not remotely surprising that Pharrell Williams has got in on the act. And let’s face it, he’s an awful lot cooler than a lot of the A Listers out there.

Williams has joined forces with US based Peace Love World and created a range of t-shirt designs avec appropriate happy slogans detailing his happy go lucky, ultra positive outlook on life. Oh, and his hat.



FizzyT, March 18th, 2014

Love this brightly coloured kids tee by Threadless (forget the big kid modelling it, although he is quite hot, though a bit gormless, so move on and imagine cute 5 year old wearing it. Just try, ok?). A rainbow of favourites from the timeless Sesame street, it’s also available in adult sizes, so you might find that you’re buying one for more than one person here.

This has cheap and cheerful written all over it, perfectly sweet and innocent. Perfect!

FizzyT, March 17th, 2014

Mother’s Day is only a few days away, but there’s still time to get her a small token of love, appreciation and thanks for everything she does or has done. Even if you drive each other potty, it’s still the one day of the year when you just want to be nice. Even if you have to try really, really hard!

It doesn’t take much, sometimes the best gifts are the simplest. A treasured photo on a mug, keyring or teddy bear will melt hearts, and build bridges. Everyone likes a bit of appreciation sometimes, and mothers most of all!

FizzyT, March 13th, 2014

So today the Boss sent me a link to this Ninja mug on eBay. I actually think he has a hankering after one of them himself (or maybe a Ninja mug team, I wouldn’t put it past him). It’s so awesome the title is ‘Ninja Mug. Removable Ninja Cover, Ninja Star Coaster, Samurai Sword Spoon. That is so totally beyond, I think I may well have to invest…..Beware….Ninjaa are hiding in the coffeeeeeee……!!!!

FizzyT, March 11th, 2014

Whilst there’s nothing like being brought a cup of tea or coffee in bed, there’s really nothing like having it brought in your own personalised mug.

A perfect gift for Mother’s Day this month (March 30th, forget or face damnation!), show you appreciated her at least once this year.

Once you’ve brought her morning coffee, chuck the dregs in the sink and top up with gin. She’ll love you forever!!!!!!!!

FizzyT, March 10th, 2014

How can you not love the combined creative genius (genii? is that a plural?) of the Threadless cooperative. A truly great platform for designers and artists alike, and particularly good if you like t-shirts.
This one’s a must for all Dr Who fans (spent ages doing the clothes matchy matchy thangwith Tom Baker’s scarf)!