Rocker Tee + DIY

The theme of these weeks blog posts appears to be choker tops! I really didn't do that on purpose. But this is a fun post because it has a little DIY project involved! 

I LOVE graphic tees. You can search 'graphic tee' on my blog and see lots of examples of ways I love to wear them. I just think they're so fun and easy to throw on with jeans or leggings, or dress up with sequin skirts or leather pants. Oh the possibilities. 

With this tee, I actually bought two - one in a size M to wear regularly, and one in a size L to cut. Feel free to make fun of me now. I wanted the cut one to be on the baggier side and still have a super relaxed fit after being cut. Plus, depending on how you cut it, you can leave room for your super cute lacy bralettes to peek through, which we all know I am ALL about. I'm not sure where this particular cut t-shirt style started, but I'm such a fan. I've seen it on a few bloggers, but Urban Outfitters also sells pre-cut shirts, so who knows. If you have a great vintage or thrift shop nearby, go digging for some fun old concert tees! I'm a sucker and bought the Zara version, but I had a vision in my head and just had to go for it (plus I don't really have vintage/thrift shops nearby to go hunting for the perfect tee). Again, you can make fun of me now. 

Anyway, this tee just makes an outfit. I paired with my MUST HAVE (seriously, if you don't own these yet, you really need to consider investing in a pair) leggings, fun booties, and a statement jacket. Easy, edgy and done. An outfit that can take you from happy hour and into the night with ease. 

Here's a little diagram and explanation on how I cut my tee to achieve this look:

1. Mark your cutting points. Decide how wide you want your V to be and how deep. Mine is 7" wide and 8" deep. You can put the t-shirt on and mark while it's on your body if that helps. Mark your two collar points first, then from the center of your collar (use the the neck-tag as your guide) mark how low your V is going to go - this mark you make will be the tip of your V.

2. Once you have your markings, start cutting. It helps to the V first. Start at one of your collar points and cut on a diagonal angle to the bottom of your V point you marked, then match your angle as you cut the other side. Then, cut below the ribbed part of the collar. This is the most important part of all. All cutting has to be below the ribbed collar, otherwise you won't have a shirt.

This is one of those things that definitely doesn't have to be perfect. It's meant to be a fun beat up graphic tee sort of vibe. I also feel like it's much harder to explain than the process actually is. And if my oh so excellent instructions didn't do it for you, head to Pinterest or YouTube, or practice on an old tee. And if the thought of cutting a tee yourself is really just too much, you can purchase THIS already cut one and pretend you did all the work yourself. I certainly won't tell :) 

I hope you guys enjoyed this look and the little DIY element. As always, thanks for reading, and please let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see on my blog!


Tee (pre cut here, other options here, here, here) / Leggings (MUST HAVE!) / Jacket / Booties (on sale!) / Purse c/o (on sale!) / Watch / Bracelets 1, 2, 3 / Sunnies

Open Back Dress

Photos by Brandon Hill

Dress: NXSW c/o  (on sale for $26!) / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (love these and these!) / Purse: Rebecca Minkoff / Sunnies: Ami Clubwear (back in stock and only $9!) / Lips: MAC 'Myth' + Buxom 'White Russian'

I think it's safe to say that I love easy to throw on statement pieces. There are just too many times when I'm running late or feeling uninspired and just need something quick to throw on but still look cute. This dress totally falls in that category for me. It's simple and easy, and the long sleeves make it perfect for spring weather. Plus with the open back I feel like there's a lot of versatility and different ways you can wear this dress. Apparently the theme of this week is open backs for me, huh? I've always been a sucker for anything that has an open back, though. Spoiler for what I'll be wearing this summer perhaps? We shall see!

In other news - I have been getting SO many questions and compliments about these sunglasses and they're finally back in stock! Great opportunity to snag a pair!

Question time! What sort of content would you like to see on Sweet & Sauer? A hair and makeup tutorial are on my list, but I want to know what else you'd like to see? More lifestyle? Keep it to outfits? Send your suggestions my way!

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All White

Photos by Brandon Hill

Top: NXSW (one left, similar options in widget below) / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Ami Clubwear (c/o) / Purse: Coach (c/o) / Necklace, Bracelet, Bracelet: Park Lane Jewelry (use 'SWEETANDSAUER' for $10 off $30+ or $25 off $75+)

Happy Monday, friends! Did you have a good weekend? On Friday I stopped by a fun happy hour hosted by my blogger pal Denver Darling for Swoozies. It was so great to see all my local blogger pals and catch up! 

Today I'm sharing a look I love for Spring and Summer. I love monochrome looks because they're so easy to throw on and allow you to have fun with accessories. All white is one of my FAVORITE things to wear in the warmer months because it's light and fresh. This cold shoulder top has so many pretty details and is so lightweight, it's perfect for these warmer temps we're finally getting, and can be paired with so many different things. Pairing with some simple jewelry and fun shoes keeps it look simple and easy. 

What easy looks are you loving this time of year?