It’s four days before Fall Break and I swamped with work. A midterm and presentation are coming up on Thursday…and I’m writing about skinnifying a tie. You see where my priorities lie.

But really, this post was begging to be written. Who doesn’t love a skinny tie? Don Draper loves skinny ties. Men look better in them. End of story.

I asked my male model what the purpose of a tie was anyway. I mean, they’re totally decorative and they appear somewhat uncomfortable. He said he thought it was some sort of medieval napkin. I hope that’s true. The neckties at the thrift store would indicate that’s true. Stain city, friends.

Want to learn how to skinnify your man’s ties? Well listen up!

1. Turn your tie to the back it should look something like in the diagram above.
2. Snip off the point of the tie along the magenta dotted line.
3. Seam rip up the center back seam of your tie (mint dotted line) to the width of the tie that you’d like to skinnify the rest of the tie to.
4. Turn the seam ripped length of the tie inside out and sew along the bottom and up the side (second diagram). Be sure to leave an inch so that you can turn the tie back to the right side. Trim off the excess fabric.
5. Turn the tie right side out and hand sew the remaining inch of center seam.
6. Press well (If your tie is silk, be sure to use a low iron setting!).

If you’re me, you’ll need several lessons on how to tie a necktie, then you’ll just give up and let your man do it. Also! Encourage him to leave the top button of his shirt undone for a Jim-Halpert-type look.

More men’s post to come friends. I hoping I can incorporate a three-piece suit into a post. Google image searching Don Draper was a big mistake.

I’m five days into the year of nothing new, feeling more inspired and motivated than ever. I have a mile long list of projects to complete and topics that I want to discuss. And I’m actually checking things off! There’s nothing like a good dose of accountability to put some skip in your step.

A large, and awesome, portion of the project will be buying clothes secondhand, something I already do enthusiastically. I have been transformed from the snotty teenage girl who would plug her nose upon entering a secondhand store, to that slightly odd woman that stalks those racks for hours. And often twice in one day. Sometimes, change is good.

To celebrate, and justify, my many hours spent thrifting, I’ve come up with a new series. My new secondhand purchases will be showcased every Thursday. I shall call it:

I waste way too many hours in Photoshop.

My first submission is a beautiful kelly green silk blouse from Nordstrom circa 1980. My mom informed me these blouses were pret-ty spendy in their day. And I scored it for $2.

Annndddd, I washed it in the washing machine, despite the Dryclean Only tag, without a snag in sight. Double score.

Images of Nasty Gal were on my mind upon purchasing.

And I don’t think the result was too terribly far off.

Okay, it looks nothing like the Nasty Gal blouse. Still, I love it.

Normally, I would have a tutorial about how I sewed my thrifted item into something fabulous, trendy and form fitting. Well, folks, I’m breaking the rules on the very first post. This item didn’t need any tweaking. So, let’s just pretend I didn’t mention the whole being accountable thing.

Check out my new Pin It button on the bottom of each post! Technology is rad.