Chic For the Week – 2

7.28.2014

Chic For the Week   2

Welcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that have been on my mind lately.

Did everyone have a good weekend?

I had a blast at the Portland Bloggers’ Annual Picnic, and then took Lil Tot to a screening of Despicable Me 2 out on the Commons after dusk, eating buttery popcorn are laughing at Steve Carrell’s accent. It was a surprisingly fun movie!

And can you believe July is almost over??! This Summer is just flying by! Here are a couple items on my wishlist for the week:

1. Lately it’s all been about the juxtaposition between ladylike and edgy. These shark tooth-shaped ear cuffsChic For the Week   2 from Nasty Gal are just what the surfer babe in you ordered.

2. These Lola Coral Patent Ankle Strap Sandals would be a fab pop of color at the feet. (Wouldn’t they just sing paired with some trousers in a neutral color like black or tan?)

3. This Choies flowered sheath dress is so prim and proper – and I think it would look just as lovely paired with some flat and casual sandals.

4. I can’t stop thinking about this ASOS Leather BagChic For the Week   2; the shape is so fashion-forward, I love the handles…and it’s the perfect size for my laptop when traveling. GORGE!

Hope everyone’s having a great start to the week!

xo
Carly


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DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep

7.27.2014

DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep Hello friends! Here’s an ombre nail art idea for you today to try out the next time you’re painting your nails.

DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepI was wanting to update my pedi with something reminiscent of warm, starry night skies – which are so much more gorgeous in Summer. While everyone else is doing pastels or neons this season, I went dark and spangled, just like late July evenings with the sky dotted with fireflies and stars.DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepAfter prepping my feet according to this DIY Pedicure Guide (and using my favorite Spongeables Ped-Scrub Foot Buffer to scrub away any rough patches), I painted a clear base coat, and then:

  • Painted one coat of a dark cobalt blue that had a small amount of micro glitter in it, and let dry. (The polish I used I bought like 10+ years ago, so if you’re looking for something similar now, this one is a close match.)
  • Then I painted half of my nails close to the cuticle with the blue
  • While the polish was still wet, I painted the ends with Estelle (black multi-glitter), mixing the polish where it met the blue. I let dry.
  • Finally I applied another coat of Estelle at the tips to darken into black. One topcoat to smooth the surface and it was all done!

DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepDIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepI love the dark and mysterious look to this pedi, and how it sparkles in the sunlight (and against my favorite silver sandals).DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep

What other colors do you think it would be fun to mix into an ombre mani? DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with Julep(I tried sorbet blue and lavender in this DIY Ombre Sherbet Nail Art last year!)

DIY Ombre Summer Night Sky Pedicure with JulepHappy Summer DIY pedis!

xo
Carly


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15 DIY Ideas for a Do-It-Yourself Summer Wedding

7.25.2014

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer Wedding Summer is wedding season – and there’s no better way to save some $$$ than by DIY’ing certain aspects of your ceremony (plus it adds an oh-so-important personal touch to everything!) Here are some great ideas for some DIY Summer nuptials (many of which can be used instead for any fancy party or get-together on your calendar!):

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingBeautiful wedding invitations can be yours just by customizing this Kraft Paper printable from TheKnot.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingMake your own gorgeous flowery wedding program with this free downloadable template from TheKnot.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingA bouquet to hold (and eventually toss!) can be completely non-traditional, as evidenced by this beautiful succulent version featured on The DIY Network.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingPersonalized dcorations are a must, and this pretty DIY Tassel Bunting from Rae Ann Kelly can be customized with a special saying, your names, or your own newlywed monogram.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingMake a custom banner with Martha Stewart‘s template that is the perfect backdrop to the reception, ceremony, or even on-the-fly candid shots.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingSpeaking of candid shots, it’s always great to set aside an area for beautiful couple photos to commemorate the occasion. This DIY Cloud Backdrop from A Practical Wedding is both unique and gorgeous.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingTable numbers can be chic, sophisticated, cute, pretty, rustic, or just about anything else your heart desires. Here’s a gilded hand-painted version from Wedding Chicks.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingA blooming monogram for the table adds a personal note of pretty. From Urbanic Paper Parcel Post‘s blog.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingFor napkin rings, these DIY Origami Diamond Napkin Rings from Brooklyn Bride add a touch of whimsy to your table.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingPersonalize the seats where the bride and groom will sit with these printable banners from Lia Griffith.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingAnother must-have decoration for a wedding: BALLOONS. This LOVE balloon backdrop is super-easy and totally gorgeous. By Jenny Van Summers, found here.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingCreate a DIY Aisle Runner with a special message to your beloved, found on Bridal Musings via Belle Amour.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer Wedding2 large wooden puzzle pieces can be painted and used as your special bride and groom cake topper. Photo from Lover.ly by Captured Photography by Jenny.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingMake your own Edible Photo Lollipops with a photo of the bride and groom as wedding favors. Tutorial from PhotoJojo.

15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer WeddingFor the final send-off for the new couple, Style Me Pretty has some great DIY Push Pop Confetti.

Hope your event is special, lovely, memorable, and DIY!

xo
Carly

Want some more DIY wedding ideas? Try some of my DIY tutorials, like DIY Bra Strap Headband, DIY Gold Leaf Head Chain, DIY Flower Miniaudiere, or DIY Feathered Cape.15 DIY Ideas for a Do It Yourself Summer Wedding

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Portland Bloggers Annual Picnic This Saturday!

7.24.2014

Portland Bloggers Annual Picnic This Saturday!Calling all Portland-area bloggers and Portland Bloggers members!

This Saturday we are having our Annual Friends & Family Picnic that is guaranteed to be a fun time for all! Come one, come all, bring the kids, bring the fam, and enjoy your picnic lunch, games, networking, and chatting about all things blogging!Portland Bloggers Annual Picnic This Saturday!Date: Saturday, July 26

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: a park in SE Portland (cannot be advertised due to Portland Park Association rules; register to go and you’ll receive the location info)

Bring: your own picnic lunch. If you like, bring a dish to share, or games to play (optional).

Get Your Free Ticket Here
(we ask that you get a ticket just so we can estimate the number of people to expect)

Hosted by the Portland Bloggers Organizers:

Jenni of A Well Crafted Party
Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking
Bee of The Spicy Bee
Macey of Motormouth Studios
Carly of Chic Steals
Rachel of Tossing the Script

If you’re in the area, we’d love to meet up with you!

See you there!

xo

Carly


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Quote: Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never Falling

7.23.2014

Quote: Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never FallingHello friends! Long time no see! I’ve had a ton going on, and am dealing with some really difficult personal things. Perhaps I’ll be sharing soon – but not quite yet. I’m still soldiering through, though I still see no light at the end of this very long, immeasurably dark tunnel.

For now though, I’m back here on this blog again, sharing ideas and inspiration for affordable fashion and DIY.

Here’s a little quote for everyone out there who has ever had to deal with something that threatens to destroy everything, pull down the walls around them, and change life as you knew it forever:

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

-Confucious

Photo by Fré Sonneveld. Layout by me.

xo

Carly

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Giveaway for 3 TRENDiY Kits Closes TOMORROW! Enter Now!

7.18.2014

Giveaway for 3 TRENDiY Kits Closes TOMORROW! Enter Now!Hello friends – just to remind you guys, the giveaway for 3 TRENDiY kits closes TOMORROW at midnight…and there’s only been a handful of entries, so your odds are pretty good!!

Get your entry in today!!

Enter NOW!

Good luck-

xo

Carly

P.S. I’ve had to take the week off from blogging about fashion and DIY due to a looming deadline with my other business, and an ongoing family crisis. I’ll be resuming regular posting soon!


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DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art – and Giveaway!

7.12.2014

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!The brand-new Canadian line, TRENDiY Art, was recently kind enough to send me one of their fun DIY kits to review.

TRENDiY Art is a new line of art and craft activities for tweens and teens, and is all about making cool jewelry and fashionable accessories. They provide not only all the materials to make these projects in the kits, but also a full-length fashion magazine with styling ideas and DIY possibilities. DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!I decided to open up the Mexican Bracelets kit and try my hand at some embroidery thread-wrapped bracelets. DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!They were super-easy to make and a cute, colorful addition to my stack of arm adornment. Here’s how to make them:

You Need:

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!TRENDiY Art Mexican Bracelets Kit  /  scissors

How To:

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! 1. Start by double-knotting one thread around your bangle.

2. Wrap the thread around multiple times.

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!3. Change color by tying a new thread to the old one with a double knot, then cutting off the old thread.

4. Wrap the second color around, covering up the end of the old color and the end of the new color.

5. Continue all the way around, until you reach the beginning of your wrapping.

6. Add a third contrasting color wrapped around your base colors for texture.

7. When done, tie your final thread to the tail of the thread you tied on in the beginning, and snip all extra ends.

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!You can use 2 or 3 different colors rolled together for different looks, switch up the colors frequently, or tie many colors loosely around (even finishing your bracelet with a handmade tassel!) Plus you can hand-sew on some crystals, or even thread on some beads as you wrap for a totally different look.

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! Make it your own, make it colorful, and make it fun!

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!

These kits make it very easy to create your own DIY projects since they come pre-stocked with everything you need. Totally on-trend and fun, TRENDiY Art kits are a great gift or engaging activity for any avid DIY’er in your life.

Currently only available in the UK, you can get your hands on 3 of these exclusive kits by entering the giveaway below!

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One lucky reader will win 3 TRENDiY Art Kits! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Good luck!

xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was sent 4 DIY kits to review from TRENDiY Art. I have received no other compensation for this post. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.


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Quote: Comparison Is an Act of Violence

7.09.2014

Quote: Comparison Is an Act of Violence

Comparison is an act of violence against the self.

-Iyanla Vanzant

Jennifer Jones, the blogger behind IHeartOrganizing, one of my favorite blogs that I stalk almost daily, recently shared some thoughts on perfection that appears throughout the blogosphere in beautiful, styled photos, amazing layouts, boundless creativity, and an often daunting body of work that some can feel is not reflective of reality. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, left out, or overwhelmed with the seemingly “perfect” lives put out there on social media or blogs, you’re not alone. Don’t be overwhelmed by the careful construction of reality.

Read her post. It will help.

In her post she quotes Iyanla Vanzant, which is a particularly favorite quote of mine, and one I knew was just perfect for my digital typography poster this week.

Photo by Chris Brignola. Layout by me.

xo

Carly

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