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I am always trying to come up with creative things to make that add just that extra flavor to my look. Fall is here, so I decided to lose my tote bag and create something that looks ideal for the season. When I think of tweed, I think of old professors walking around campus, leaves falling and the first days of class.  Using a DIY I found on Instructables website, I created a tweed satchel.

Tweed can be expensive, especially the amount I would need to make a bag.  Instead of going to the local fabric store to buy some, I chose to make it from an old jacket I found at Red Racks, a local thrift store, for $1.98. As for the lining I chose for this project, I used from a gingham shirt I thrifted ($2.98). The strap was from an old belt I found at the Salvation Army ($2.98). I took the belt to a shoe repair place and they sewed it on to my bag for $8.00.  The DIY took 4-5 days of cutting, measuring, and sewing but the results turned out to be fantastic.

The second DIY I chose was a pocket square. I used the blog Eight-In-Hand to guide me through the project. Instead of using my machine for the DIY, I tried to brush up on my hand sewing skills. The material that I used was from the local fabric store ($1.97).  Polka dots are becoming “the in-thing” for both men’s and women’s fashion.  I like how they can add both depth and texture to one’s look, especially as a pocket square. I enjoy mixing solids, and stripes with polka dots. I also decided to add my initials to the square to make it ideally mine.   They are iron-on, and you can get them at almost any fabric and craft store for $1.00 a piece.

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Classically yours,

ZRH

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I am always carrying a magazine.  Magazines, like books are informational and inspiring.  The bad thing about carrying a periodical is that it can get damaged in the bag a person is carrying.  The website ISPYDIY had a project in which she used canvas fabric, felt, and glue to create something to carry her laptop in.  It was with aid from my creative friends Blake, Haley, and Charlie that I used the same idea but modified it slightly to fit the things I read and represent my own individual style.

Here is the instructional video

The results turned out solid. I decided to go to my local thrift store and find an old belt for a buckle and instead of using a ribbon (like the video shows), I used an old tie of mine to create a fastener for my bag.  If you are like me and want a way to carry the things you read and not have them destroyed in your carry-on… this project is for you.

Classically yours,

ZRH

 

As guys we feel the need to not accessorize as much as women.  I just don’t see this as the case. I have always felt like it was the little things that one could put into their outfit to add that extra “pop.” A boutonniere is just that type of addition to one’s attire.  I chose from the blog The Decorated House to create my own flower.  Keep in mind you don’t have to use the type of fabric they chose here to make the boutonniere. There are many different types to choose from at almost any fabric store. Here is the link to the D.I.Y. of this project Boutonniere.   FYI: We chose at first to do this by sewing but found out after some trial and error that glue worked much easier.

 

 

 

The results of the project looked like this:

I would also like to add that most people think that a boutonniere should only be worn on a suit jacket but to me you can wear on a button up (as pictured here), or even a plain t-shirt to add some flavor.
Also,  with almost all my creative projects I always get something good to eat to get me brain working. We chose apple pie that night:

Good luck…

Classically yours,

ZRH