A Truly Radiant Wardrobe Every Day

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Sometimes it takes stepping back and re-evaluating your life to discover the radiance within – and I’ve found that by paring down my possessions, specifically the contents of my wardrobe.

After many years living in the same home, you often fall into a rut, surrounded by things you don’t necessarily need or use anymore.

That was me, living with my son in our home in a small town just outside of Portland, Oregon. There was so much clutter, so much excess, that over the past year I embarked on a mission to purge. To get back to basics. To find what makes me shine among all the needless items amassed from years of DIY’s, crafting, buying, being gifted things, and just general mindlessness when it came to holding on to things.

So I began a mission of frugality: to cut back everywhere I could, not only in bills and general consumption, but also in items I had in the house. Items that I did not use – and that were full of memories of times that were not so happy, that dragged me back into a past of dullness and dust every time I looked at them.

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I cleaned out my closet from 7 years of holding onto stuff I wore. Handbags, jewelry, accessories, coats, jeans, tops, lingerie, dresses, skirts, knick-knacks… nothing was immune, and I ended up getting rid of 3/4 of what I owned. It was then, once I had eliminated 75% of what I owned, that I discovered something amazing.

I discovered that when you own less, there is less to take care of. Less time you devote to taking care of it for one thing! (Dusting, cleaning, dry-cleaning, ironing, putting back on hangers, organizing, mending.) Less mental space that it takes up. Fewer memories tugging at you, less of the past rising up to meet you every time you open the closet. And with less choice, amazingly… you have more. Everything goes together, everything fits. The beauty of matching – and the beauty of space in between your garments. Suddenly, what felt cramped and ugly, became beautiful and radiant, simply by embracing less and leaving only what I truly loved. I uncovered this only through paring down to my essentials.

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Carly

Announcement: Big Changes on the Way

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Hi friends! I feel so grateful that you guys are still checking out my site and visiting, even though I haven’t posted in…gulp…weeks

And the reason is that there’s been so much happening. Like so.much. So many changes have happened and they’re beginning to pile up because I want to announce them all but I want to do it right. So here’s one:

I’ve been hired as the Director of Marketing for Simplifilm and will be starting there full-time very soon!

In this move, I will be bidding goodbye to Studio 3 (it’s been a GREAT year) and moving on. I love all my coworkers and will miss them a ton.

Simplifilm creates slick animated videos that explain hard concepts in less than 3 minutes. They’re awesome. Have a gander here. Working there I can use my background in animation, video production, motion graphics, editing, blogging, digital marketing, and social media. It’s such an opportunity and I’m super-excited about it!

So what does that mean for Chic Steals? Well, I’ll still be trying to keep up the blog but there will be some changes (announcement coming soon as to exactly what).

I truly value all of you as readers and don’t want to just stop blogging about fashion-y stuff and tutorials and the like…but it may take on a bit of a different form from here on out.

Thanks for sticking with me all these years, and here’s to the new!

xo

Carly

Kollabora x Jo-Ann Fabrics DIY Instagram Instacation Magnets

Ever wanted to display all those beautiful photos from your Instagram feed into a craft easily and at home?

This is a fun project to turn Instagram photos into magnets commemorating a fun event or time. (AKA an “Instacation!”)

They’re surprisingly easy to make at home (and a number of the supplies used in this project are on sale right now!) Plus, you don’t have to use a 3rd part for the printing – you can just use a regular printer to print your images on cardstock. Print, cut, and stick and that’s it!

Check out How to Make the DIY Instagram Magnets here

xo

Carly

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Meet My New Line of Jewelry: Glitterthorn

guinevere-necklaces-glitterthorn-jewelry-sunflareHello friends!

It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m finally ready to launch my new line of jewelry: Glitterthorn, an edgy, boho collection featuring rough, organic stones and crystals, accented by epoxy, metal leafing, vintage chains, and Swarovski rhinestones.

Here are the first 2 designs I’m rolling out:        guinevere-necklaces-glitterthorn-jewelry

{  Guinevere  Necklace  }

Clear quartz point pendant with black epoxy resin and gold leaf [sealed], on goldtone cable chain with pyramid charm at clasp. Can be worn at 17″ (between choker and princess length) or 28″ (rope length). Comes in Large or Small.

guinevere-necklace-large-glitterthorn-jewelryLarge = wider crystal point, around 1 and 3/16″ long and ¾” wide.

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Guinevere Necklace { Large } – $36

[shown worn as the long length]

guinevere-necklace-small-glitterthorn-jewelrySmall = thinner crystal point, around 1¼” long and ½” wide.guinevere-small-necklace-glitterthorn-jewelry-on-model

Guinevere Necklace { Small } – $29

[shown worn as the short length]

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{  Isolde Necklace  }

Crystal geode slice pendant, surrounded by black epoxy resin studded with Swarovski crystal chatons. Silvertone flat cable chain and silvertone pyramid charm at closure. Long length: vertical geode slice, 24″ (opera length) chain. Pendant = approximately 1½” long and 1″ wide at widest point.

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Isolde Necklace { Long } – $42

The stones used in this jewelry are unique – please allow for natural variations on their organic beauty.

guinevere-necklace-large-glitterthorn-jewelry-on-model-wildflowersMore designs coming soon – I can’t wait to share them with you!!
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This has been a labor of love of mine for such a long time, I’ve many times second-guessed myself and felt like it wasn’t ready to share just yet. But if I keep stalling I just may never do it! I’m still working on the logo, putting together an Instagram for Glitterthorn (to share behind-the-scenes and new designs, as well as offering pieces for purchase), refining my Etsy store, deciding on packaging…etc. etc. But they say to do something that scares you every day, and to jump in feet first before you feel completely sure. I’m not completely sure what I’m doing, but I love making jewelry, and I know I want to share it with the world. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement!

Glitterthorn Jewelry is Now Available through my Etsy store here!

Questions? Comments? Let me know!

xo

Carly

 

DIY Washi Tape Blog Planner

Intro photo for the DIY Washi Tape Blog PlannerI’m a scheduler, and I love my To-Do lists more than anything. But…life is COMPLEX, and I can’t wander around with a million bits of paper with to do lists written on each. In managing this blog I need to be able to see at a glance all the days in the week – and the month – so I can plan out what I want to (ideally) post here. I’ve tried a digital calendar, which I’ve found doesn’t work for me because I like to jot ideas down on the side, rotate ideas for posts in and out of the hopper, or brainstorm away from the computer. I’ve tried a date book, which is too small for me to see the whole month at the size I need. And no matter what offline solution I’ve tried, I was constantly erasing things and having to rewrite posts on new days if I made the smallest change. Sooooo frustrating!DIY Washi Tape Blog Planner

But now I think I’ve found the best solution to my blog planning problems: a DIY Blog Calendar, that uses washi tape as a way to organize posts once you’ve brainstormed them. No erasing necessary! And it’s super easy to put together. Here’s how to make your own DIY Washi Tape Blog Planner (which is yes, quite intuitive from the photos):

Peeling scheduled day tape off the DIY Washi Tape Blog Planner calendar

1. Print out your favorite calendar for the month. I turn off all my scheduled events and print a month’s view of iCal just so I can get the structure. I prefer to have a piece of paper for each month as I go, rather than using a laminated sheet and a dry erase marker, but you could do that too.

2. Tear small pieces of washi tape off, folding one edge under about 3/6″. This creates a tab for easy removal. I like to create a theme for my tape colors: one color is for DIY projects or my own designs; the other is for sponsored posts, reviews, or outfits.

3. Now comes the fun part: brainstorm! Write ideas for your posts, sponsored posts, reviews, whatever on each piece of tape. (I found that ballpoint pen or Sharpie worked best on the waxy washi tape.)

4. Then, once brainstormed, schedule into your calendar by sticking into the appropriate days. Some ideas won’t have a place just yet, so I left them floating at the top, ready to rotate into next month if needs be.

5. Follow the calendar for your posting schedule. At the beginning of each week stick your posts into the day you actually posted them (in case you missed any or the schedule moved around). Then you’ll always be up to date – and won’t miss any posts!

I like that this is a permanent way to collect your thoughts and keep your blog schedule on hand, but you can still move ideas around as you go. You could use this for anything; it doesn’t have to be a blog calendar! It could be just general life or a to-do list, and the washi tape makes it look so pretty!

Close up of days on DIY Washi Tape Blog PlannerHappy DIY’ing!
xo

Carly

Chic for the Week – 10

Chic for the Week: My shopping picks for Summer leaf print skirt outfitWelcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that I can’t stop thinking about.

Yes, it’s finally Summer, and temperatures are rising. Trending right now are leafy prints reminiscent of Hawaiian-style shirts, verdant jungles, and tropical climes. Infuse your wardrobe with pieces that work just as well as separates as all together in this fun Summer outfit:

1. Basketball Jones Ivory Mesh Crop Top, $34

Super-cute and a necessity this Summer, this top looks great with jeans or a sweeping midi skirt, and will keep you cool as temperatures climb.

2. Steve Madden Bsashaa Stripe Clutch, $58
Though the name’s a little funny to say (Bsashaa??) this pretty striped clutch is no joke when it comes to mixing and matching with a variety of prints. It can’t clash. That’s why you should have it, folks – because it will go with everything in the utmost style.

3. Japanese Banana Leaf Print Skirt, $19.65

Love this leafy print! The design is really unique, too – making this an utterly unforgettable skirt at a really, really good price.

4. ASOS Penny Pointed High Heelsicon, $57

Sultry and gorgeous, these will make your legs look a mile long. Pair with jeans that boast a frayed, cut hem for utter gorgeousness.

Steamy Summer date-night anyone?? 😉

xo
Carly

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Announcement: New Edgy Boho Chic Jewelry Designs Coming Soon…

glitterthorn-jewelry-designs-preview-carly-j-caisHello friends!

I’ve had a ton of things going on, been revamping my life, and doing a lot of soul-searching lately, as well as diving into new, exciting (and a little scary) projects. I teased the above image out on my Instagram awhile ago, and I’m finally getting close to launching my new line of handmade, edgy boho chic jewelry.

Glitterthorn has launched!

Check out the full post here – and they’re available for purchase here.

What do you guys think?

Stay tuned for more…coming oh so soon! I can’t wait to share with all of you :-)

xo

Carly

Get Swim-fographic with ModCloth

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It’s a pool party over at ModCloth, and you’re invited! With so many bikinis and one pieces to pick from, you’re bound to find a standout look that suits your style. And while you’re at it, check out ModCloth’s exploration of so-called “ideal” beach bodies in their new Swim-fographic! It’s an intriguing look at how arbitrarily beauty standards have changed over time. Of course, ModCloth knows that every body is a beach body — the only requirements are a beach, your bod, and a swimsuit you can’t wait to flaunt!

Swim-fographic Link: http://blog.modcloth.com/2015/05/11/swim-infographic/

Swim Story Link:http://www.modcloth.com/shop/swimwear

xo
Carly

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