New Products On Customized Girl!

We’re constantly on the lookout for new and exciting products to offer on Customized Girl. We only want to offer the best in custom goods to our customers, from the trendiest and most comfortable apparel to the best-looking accessories and home goods, there’s much that goes into our product research. We’ve added a number of new products to our site in the past few months and we want to take a moment to highlight our exciting new offerings!

1. UNISEX TIE-DYE MULTI-COLOR SPIRAL TEE

Nothing says summer fun like a tie-dyed t-shirt! Great for family reunions, picnics, cookouts, summer camp, and more! Design one now for just $25.97 Each.

2. UNISEX TIE-DYE FLEECE HOODIE

This trendy tie-dye hoodie is where comfort meets style. Whether you pair it with your favorite jeans or leggings, this hoodie will definitely brighten up your look! Design one now for just $44.97 each.

3. Three New Crop Tops!

LADIES SCORECARD CROP TOP TEE
Design one now for $24.97

LADIES FESTIVAL CALI CROP TOP TEE
Design one now for $24.97

LADIES IDEAL CROP TOP TEE
Design one now for $24.97

4. UNISEX PERFECT TRI TEE

With unbeatable softness and exceptional comfort, this perfect tri tee will be your new favorite. Design one now for just $27.97

5. SEASIDE COTTON CANVAS PIGMENT-DYED BOAT TOTE BAG

This tote will be your new go-to bag for summer! Large enough & sturdy enough to fit all your essentials for the day. Even includes a pocket on the exterior to hold smaller items. Design one now for just $21.97

We’re always on the lookout for new great product offerings, so make sure to check out all of our customizable items often to see what’s new. Happy designing!

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Storefront Spotlight – Fighter Alias

In this installment of our Storefront Spotlight series, we wanted to highlight a storefront that’s been selling with us for a number of years now. Fighter Alias opened its storefront in 2015 and has been successfully selling original and creative designs every year since then.

On top of selling awesome merchandise, Fighter Alias also sponsors a number of athletes including MMA fighters, pro wrestlers, hockey teams, and boxers. Check out their website here: Fighter Alias

We asked the storefront’s owner, Ian Pimper, a few questions about his success and what he appreciates most about selling with Customized Girl.

CG: Why did you choose Customized Girl for opening your storefront?
Ian: We chose Customized Girl for opening our storefront because of their willingness to help our business grow and reach its potential. They had such an amazing selection of products to help showcase the brand and designs of Fighter Alias.

Fighter Alias knows how to flip that switch!

CG: What has been the most fun part of running your storefront?
Ian: The most fun part of running my storefront is reaching people all over the world with Fighter Alias

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CG: Tell us more about Fighter Alias and what your group does.
Ian: Fighter Alias is a brand that embodies one’s identity and our abilities to flip a switch and transform into our alter egos when faced with challenges.  We sponsor male and female MMA, Pro Wrestling, Hockey, and Fitness athletes all over the world, helping and contributing to their journeys.

Unlock your potential with Fighter Alias!

CG: What does it mean to ‘flip your switch and transform into your alter ego?
Ian: Flipping a switch and transforming into your alter ego means that when faced with challenges and adversity, we reach deep within ourselves and bring out our intense and driven personas to accomplish our goals.

Fight to score. Fight to win.

CG: Where do you get your ideas for designs?
Ian: We get our ideas for our designs through different concepts that shout identity and bringing our alter egos to the surface.  We also ask our Fighter Alias athletes what ideas they have and would like to see.

Fighter Alias knows karate!

CG: What tips can you give to aspiring storefront owners to make their stores a success?
Ian: Always have fun and be passionate about what you are doing.  Keep an open mind and embrace the journey.

Fighter Alias goes retro!

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Custom Fit – Different Styles And Which Fit is Best For You

At Customized Girl we know that style is everything. That’s why we offer such a huge selection of fits and styles to make sure your custom apparel goes with whichever outfit you’re pulling off that day.

In this blog post, we wanted to discuss the different types of fitting styles we offer and how they’ll look when you wear them. Read below to see which fit is best for you.

1. Relaxed Fit

Relaxed Fit shirts are your common looking everyday type of shirt. The fabric is cut with a more generous fit. They do not cling tightly to the body or adhere closely to your body’s shape. There may be some fabric that hangs off the body a little more, giving the fabric room to breathe. A misses style will tend to have shorter sleeves and a more feminine cut than a unisex style.

2. Slim-Fit

Previously called “Junior Fit”, slim-fit shirts are cut to fit closer to the body, adhering more to the body’s shape. They can sometimes run smaller than relaxed styles. It may be a good idea to buy a size larger than you normally would when buying a slim-fit tee.

3. Flowy Fit

As the name implies, these shirts offer a flowy, loose fit that will hang plenty of excess fabric. This trendy style is popular for a laid-back casual look and moves easily with your body.

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Guest Blogger Spotlight – VivaKolor

A note from CustomizedGirl: In reverence of Black History Month, we wanted to use our platform to help amplify black voices in the blogging community. So this year we’re featuring a post from a guest blogger. Her name is Alecia Grant and her blog is called VivaKolor. We encourage you to check out her blog where she writes about fashion and lifestyle topics from her home in New York. You can also read this featured article on her site here. For our guest spotlight, Alecia wanted to share her feelings on ‘How To Celebrate Black History Month On Social Media’. Check it out below!

How To Celebrate Black History Month On Social Media – by Alecia Grant via VivaKolor

During Black History Month, we celebrate the accomplishments, history and influence of the black community. I was compelled to write this post because now that we are home more and it’s a new year, it’s imperative for brands and creators to go further than a MLK quote. (not saying that there is anything wrong with that) And not to mention, 2020’s socioeconomic climate was an incredibly moving moment in the U.S. I feel that right now is the perfect chance to amplify voices while educating your audience, encouraging black creators to want to create more, focus on businesses advancing, and advocate for change.

So lets talk about how we can accomplish this:

1) Celebrate Black History All Year: Black History is more than a moment. To avoid being labeled as opportunistic, brands should prioritize black culture in everything that they do. Campaigns that are geared towards the celebration of the black community should provide value while being authentic, and empathetic.

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2) Spotlight Creators and Q&As: By showcasing black creators, black-owned businesses and black-owned brands in your industry this can be a great way to introduce your audience to people and businesses that they can support.

There are so many ways to do so. A great idea is to host a virtual (of course) Q&A event either on IG live, facebook, Zoom…. with a Black creator in your industry. 

For example,  Adobe is giving black creators a chance to share their stories.

**Also, please value creators time and expertise by offering to work with a budget. Free products can’t pay the bills. This is important.

3) Use Your Platform To Amplify People or Organizations: Most brands’ social media channels have lots of followers, which makes this an excellent opportunity for brands to use their channels to highlight organizations, individuals, and others who fit within their value system. For example, YouTube has committed to amplifying black creators and highlighting injustice with lots of initiatives. According to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, YouTube has over 2 billion users, and has created a multiyear $100 million dollar fund dedicated to “amplifying and developing the voices of black creators and artists and their stories”. This includes a series of roundtables, conversations and more that highlight black creators while raising money. Way to go YouTube!

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4) Share History Facts of Black Inventors/Innovators/Designers: This is fun as you can choose people who are not that popular to the mainstream. This can be done on any social media platform as well as your website Also, this is an introspective way to get your audience to stick around and want to see more creativity from you. For example, if you’re a fashion brand—how about highlighting Ann Lowe who was a fashion designer and best known for designing Jackie Kennedy’s wedding gown.

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Or highlight an impeccable author/poet like Alexandra Elle who uses her poetry to show compassion while inspiring.

This list can go on for a while, but I will stop here. So please continue to create content to celebrate black history all year on social media. I hope these strategies help and I am looking forward to seeing more value when creating content in the future.

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New Winter Traditions For A New Normal

2020 has given us a lot of new experiences. Many of us are working from home or attending school virtually for the first time in our lives. Many of us learned the term “social distancing” for the first time. Some of us wore face masks for the first time in our lives this year. There were a lot of new things that were maybe not so welcome but needed to happen out of necessity.

Today, we want to celebrate some new things that we choose to do because they’re fun or because the old way of doing things just doesn’t quite work anymore. Read below to find out what some of our new favorite winter traditions are for a new normal.

# 1 Blowing Kisses Under The Mistletoe

In years past it was tradition to stand under the mistletoe with your special admirer and plant a holiday kiss right on their face. In a post-pandemic world, our new favorite mistletoe tradition is to stand under the mistletoe and just blow kisses to everyone standing a safe distance away! Just make sure to keep your mask on while blowing. Don’t want to spread any unnecessary germs.

# 2 Opening Gifts With The Family Over Zoom

Arguably the most important part of the holidays is opening gifts together. With many of us limited to the number of people we’re allowed to gather with it’s going to just be too difficult to fit the whole family in one room to open gifts this year. So instead, we’ll be hosting a Zoom meeting with our families just so we can all share and enjoy our gifts together without breaking any gathering limits. As long as we can still see each other’s smiles we’ll be fulfilled.

# 3 Attending Virtual Spiritual Services

Regardless of who or how you worship, spirituality is a huge part of the reason for giving. Unfortunately, 2020 has made attending your service of choice in person not only difficult but in some cases impossible which is why this year we’ll be attending our services online. Just remember to mute your microphone while the presenter is speaking…it’s just the kind thing to do.

# 4 Leaving Hand Sanitizer Out For Santa

For those of us that celebrate Christmas, leaving cookies and milk out for Santa has been a tradition for generations. With 2020 shaking up all things traditional, this year we’ve decided that we’ll be leaving Santa some hand sanitizer along with the rest of his treats. While Dr. Faucci has confirmed that Santa has immunity to COVID-19, the rest of us non-magical beings do not! This is why it’s so important to always wash your hands and use sanitizer even if you’re immune.

We all know that adjusting to new habits is difficult and often frustrating, but we hope our list has brought a smile to your face and possibly some positive ideas to mind on how we can all adjust our traditions when faced with new realities. From all of us at Customized Girl, here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

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The One-Of-A-Kind Gift

Written By T. S. Hirt

Outside the snow fell silently in large fluffy flakes. Elise and her dad were spending a nice quiet moment together drawing pictures with her favorite set of colored pencils. She remembered them as one of the gifts she had gotten last year for the holidays and they had lasted her all year long.

These moments with her father had become few and far between as he worked at the local hospital in their Emergency ward and a global pandemic had demanded most of his time this year. But she relished what little time he was able to spend with her when he was home.

One day while her dad was working, Elise wanted to do something special. She knew how hard this year had been on her father and wanted to give him something that would mean more than any other gift she could possibly give, she wanted to give him a truly one-of-a-kind gift for Christmas this year.

Elise remembered the drawing she had made just the other day with her dad during their time together and got to work to make her dream a reality. With a little help from mom and mom’s credit card, Elise knew just what to do.

Christmas Day came and her father found himself lucky enough to be able to open gifts before another long day of fighting a deadly virus. They spent all morning opening their presents until there was just one left. In a small box under the tree with a tiny tag that just read, “From: Elise, To: Dad”

As he opened the box, the first thing that caught his eye was the small paper tag. In a simple font, it read ‘Customized Girl’. He wasn’t exactly sure what that was, but it didn’t matter. Pulling the gift from the box a tear came to his eye.

Inside was a regular looking coffee cup with one defining feature. Right on the front was the picture Elise had drawn with him the other day. Under the drawing were the words, ‘I love you’. He was completely overwhelmed.

As the two embraced, her father told her it was the best gift he had ever received and would use it every day at work. It would be the thing that gave him the strength to keep fighting through the toughest times. It was truly a one-of-a-kind gift.

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Our Favorite Movies to Watch For Halloween!

We wanted to do something fun to celebrate October this year, the spookiest month of all! So we asked the people on our marketing team what their favorite movies to watch for Halloween are. Get to know us and get some great movie recommendations below!

Andy:
As the Marketing Team’s resident horror buff, I watch scary movies all year long and have a huge place in my heart for all the classics, Freddy Kruger being my all-time favorite horror villain. Having said that, I still think my favorite movie to watch during Halloween has to be Ernest Scared Stupid. It’s just the perfect mix of campy Halloween fun, simple but effective storytelling, and some of the best practical effects of all time. Even after all these years, it continues to hold up as a great Halloween film for folks of all ages.

Ernest accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Kathleen:
Well, for someone who hates scary movies, Halloween isn’t really my favorite movie holiday. I still have nightmares from watching Poltergeist, Freddy, Halloween, and Friday the 13th as a kid. The worst. So if I had to pick one, I’d say my favorite movies are the Harry Potter series. Not technically Halloween, but it still fits the season and I’m always in the mood to re-watch them when October rolls around.

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Hannah:
I never was a fan of horror or scary movies growing up. Still today it isn’t something I gravitate towards regularly. When I was a kid, the first scary movie I watched was Friday the 13th. I remember not being able to sleep for a few days after even though it really isn’t that scary. I am only now starting to watch more of the horror section on Netflix since it is spooky season, but I still don’t watch scary movies alone. I am almost done with Haunting of Hill House, and it’s really good! Of course, American Horror Story is incredible too… but the intro is always more frightening than the actual show haha. My favorite Halloween “movie” though, is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Madeline:
Growing up, it was one of Mom & I’s favorite Fall traditions to watch Hocus Pocus together. We’d carve our Jack O’Lanterns––fresh from the pumpkin patch––and afterward, we’d cozy up on the couch in pajamas for the event. I had a huge crush on Thackery Binx (and still do, if we’re being honest). More recently, though, I’ve been enjoying indie horror films like The Invitation, or the all-too-disturbing psychological thrillers like The Lodge and Mother.

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Hazel:
Has anyone ever heard of The Halloween Tree? It’s an animated Hanna-Barbera made-for-television movie that aired on Cartoon Network every Halloween season in the 90’s. It tells the story of four friends who skip trick-or-treating in favor of chasing after their fifth friend’s spirit in an attempt to save them. The film explores the way different cultures celebrate their own version of Halloween and in retrospect, is really educational. Which would have completely turned me off as a kid, but it’s done in a really fun way.

Fun fact: I recently learned that this movie is based off Ray Bradbury’s 1972 novel by the same name, is narrated by Ray Bradbury, and also features Leonard Nimoy in the voice cast!

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

So there’s the list of our favorite movies to watch for Halloween! Have you seen any of the films we mentioned? What are some of your favorite films to watch during the month of October to get you in the Halloween spirit? Leave your movie recommendations in the comments! Happy Halloween!

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Tips for Uploading Traditional Art In Our Design Center

We love it when our customers use their custom shirts to express themselves! That includes uploading their personal art onto tees, tanks, and more. Over the year’s people have asked us a lot of questions on the best practices for uploading their artwork. We put some of those questions, along with our handy tips, in this article to try and help designers with their designs.

How will pictures of paintings work out from a printing standpoint?

Pictures of paintings should work just fine, as long as the digital image of it looks good. You can upload your digital image of the painted picture right into our design center and you will see a preview. Files can be PNG, JPEG or GIF formats. 

How do you get something the has been hand-drawn onto a shirt?

You can simply just take a photo of it with your phone or camera. You can use the editing app on your phone to make any adjustments like cropping. Then you can upload it in to our Design Center!

How do we crop, put a border, or add text to our art?

If you want to crop the photo down, you will want to do that in the editor on your phone. It will be easier that way!

To add a border or a frame, just hit our Add Art tab and search “frames”. You’ll find lots of great options. Position your image where you want it, choose your frame, and then drag your frame on top of it.

The same is true for adding other clipart, just hit Add Art then search for whatever type of clip art you want to add.

To add text to your design, hit the Add Text tab and type in the available text boxes. You can add additional lines of text by hitting the + Add Another Line Of Text button.

How can I get the background lighter? It’s grey in the design preview?

We can remove that for you prior to printing, no problem. You can leave a note in the special instructions section at checkout to remove the grey background. 

Does the shirt have to be white, or can it be any color shirt?

Yes, we can certainly print the image on any color shirt you want! Just keep in mind that white shirts will provide the best-looking print most of the time. Also, keep in mind that you don’t want to put similar colors on top of each other as they become difficult to see. So if your art has a lot of green in it, you may not want to put it on a green shirt.

We hope you found these tips useful! As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions that weren’t answered here.

Now get back to decorating some awesome custom shirts!

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Make a Statement with Custom Teddy Bears

Teddy bears are one of the best gifts to give and receive! They are traditional, yet an item that instantly brings comfort to anyone, probably because it was one of the first gifts we received as a child and something we hang on to forever.

As customary and effective they may be as a gift, teddy bears could use a little sprucing up to punch up the wow factor. Customize a teddy bear for that special someone by adding you own text, art and even images at Customized Girl! Yes, you can even upload an image and put it on a teddy bear, something unique only to our website!

Our custom teddy bears are outfitted with a plain white t-shirt that will be the canvas for customizing. Create the perfect message on your teddy bear and make it stand out from all the rest! Did you need more than one teddy bear? No problem! We can you help customize as many as you need or we can deliver that one custom teddy bear you were looking for because we offer no minimums!

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Custom Matching Pillowcases

You spend eight or more hours sleeping every night and with that much time devoted to rest, you might as well have pillowcases that are worth waking up to! Instead of settling for the lackluster or plain designs you can find anywhere, add the perfect finishing touch to complete your room! Match your room décor and style with custom pillowcases from Customized Girl!

For newlywed couples, custom matching pillowcases can be the perfect way to make the bedroom a place for both of you, instead of it being his or hers. Plus, once you are sharing a room with your significant other, you will need a way to tell whose pillow is who’s.  Not only will creating matching pillowcases solve this problem and prevent any future tiffs, you can make designing them a fun activity you can do together! Choose from any of the designs we have available in our gallery or start from scratch by using our design center!

Now you can wake up every morning and go to sleep every night with the thought of the person you love on your mind, even when they are away for the weekend! You’ll be surprised at how the little things, even pillowcases, can remind you of that one person and can create a fun living environment!

What custom pillowcases will you create?

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