This Woman Painted the Mona Lisa Entirely Out of Coffee — Watch the Time Lapse Video

02/03/2016 at 04:40 PM ET

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The Mona Lisa is, to put it mildly, a pretty famous painting.

Recreating it would be no easy task, but… what if — and bear with us here — what if someone somehow took that task and made it more difficult? And coffee-related. Coffee’s good.

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Oh, that’s what UpCycle Club member Maria A. Aristidou did? She recreated the Mona Lisa using just Greek coffee and espresso? Huh. That’s crazy. And it took her 10 hours? Far out. Watch the video below to see the method to her caffeinated madness.

Aristidou, from Cyprus, specializes in this kind of caffeinated portraiture. Check out her Instagram for more coffee art, including portraits of Alan Rickman, Jimmy Fallon and Darth Vader.

Related: This 22-Square-Foot Mona Lisa Is Made from 50,000 Skittles (VIDEO)

UpCycle Club is, per their web site, “both a physical place and digital community, aiming to bring together people who want to help each other and making a better world.”

One coffee portrait at a time.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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