Do you know that strange feeling when you are thinking about something or someone and suddenly life presents it before you as if it had heard your thoughts/prayers? You know what I am talking about, for instance when you are thinking of texting a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and they text first; or when a scene of your favourite nineties’ film gets stuck in your head and you get home, switch on your TV and they’re showing the fricking film! These mysterious coincidences scare me sometimes, and some others they make me the happiest gal, particularly when they help me find the perfect item I was lacking in my wardrobe after months of research –of course I had to tie in this opening paragraph with a fashion-related topic, what were you expecting? 😛
The item deserving such a preamble is of course the white tee: the staplest of staples in every wardrobe and yet, a difficult item to get hold of, or perhaps me & my bank account are too picky? I find white tees, and especially slogan or printed ones, have become a very fashionable piece of clothing and brands are really profiting from this. Of course I am a sucker and totally in love with Rouje’s and Song of Style’s latest creations, but the sensible part of my brain is telling me not to splurge 50 quid on a cotton shirt when the gifting season is round the corner *sighs*. Although if Santa decides to go full cray-cray on my present this year I will be the last person to judge *wink, wink* 😀
But this brings me to the title of this post. Even though I love the big names and get obsessed with these coveted pieces the fashion world likes to call must-haves, the truth is that most of them do not fit within my current budget, so recently I have been turning to smaller businesses and creators for unique pieces to complete my looks –that includes my mum and sister of course–, and I’ll tell you what: not only does it feel good to contribute with the project of independent artists who are trying to get a foot in the industry, but it also guarantees certain exclusivity and uniqueness in the sense that those pieces have not yet become mainstream and therefore hold a special charm in my eyes. At the end of the day, we all try to put our own stamp to anything we do, be it fashion, cooking or whatever it is you are passionate about in life, and often times an original piece found in a vintage shop or a small Instagram account can help you achieve exactly that!
And this post couldn’t end without me telling you all about my latest obsession! After months and months of research, I am happy to announce this time Instagram came to the rescue and saved me from the white tee void I was clearly immersed in when suggesting one of Teresa’s picures in my feed. Teresa Pon La Mesa Drawings is a young artist from the south of Spain with a minimal but fierce drawing style.
Her images have the perfect balance between the white canvas, a few delicate black lines and a pop of red to depict her deepest thoughts and feelings. Many will consider her drawings as feminist, but she’s said that when she takes a pencil, she is not thinking about a target audience at all, she draws to save herself, to unload her soul ♥ Something that makes these illustrations very special as well is the verse they are accompanied with, usually a clever pun that intends to provoke a reaction in the reader, in one way or other. As a big word and language enthusiast, this totally captivated me when I first came across Teresa’s drawings. But I think better than describing them to you, you should see them by yourselves, just click on the link above!
[Quieto y disparo. Tengo el alma cargada] = [Stop and I’ll shoot. I have a loaded soul]
I chose two of the illustrations (unfortunately I couldn’t get them all!) that resonated with me, with that rebellious provoking side of me and my style, and from the moment I got this white tee in the mail I knew it would become a favourite in my wardrobe. Even if knits and jumpers will be mandatory during the foreseeable future and until further notice, I didn’t want to wait any longer to style these beauties so here’s my first OOTD sporting Teresa Pon La Mesa Drawing’s creation: a classy look with a casual edgy touch, my favourite combo!
Hope you liked this look, glamistas! Do you have any independent artists or small brands you would recommend?
Let me know in the comments and have an amazing Sunday!