On Temporary Overwhelm…


xmas_wrappingsHello dear readers!

As many of you may have noticed, I’ve ramped down my posting schedule as of late. Not because I actually want to post less about holiday magic, fun DIY’s for the season, gift ideas, or how-to’s…not at all.

I’m just going through something absolutely awful, I don’t even know how to put it into words or share it yet. And this whole year of unbelievable insanity is culminating this very week in multiple collisions of awfulness.

I don’t even know how I’ll be able to make it through. Even one day at a time feels impossible with me reduced to tears every day, multiple times a day. I know, it’s not very cheery and happy and holiday-ish, but it’s the truth and I can’t do anything about it. Not very chic. :-/

I hope you all will understand if I’m not feeling up to making or sharing many projects right now. I will of course continue to share for sponsored posts or agreements I’ve entered into because I don’t renege on my word…but other stuff may be a little sparse right now because I mentally and emotionally don’t have the capacity for it.

Not because I value any of you any less.

Once I get through this week, things might seem a little less bleak, but not anywhere near to normal for awhile.

I’m sorry and hope you understand.

Thanks :-)



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DIY Illustrated Wrapping Paper Inspired by Glade Under the Mistletoe


0.diy-illustrated-giftwrap-introphotoPart of the wonderful anticipation that leads up the Christmas holiday is buying (or DIY’ing!) your holiday gifts, wrapping them with fun, festive paper and ribbon to conceal what’s inside, and arranging them under the tree. If you’re in a pinch and need to wrap something last minute, or want to add a little DIY touch to your wrappings as well, why not print your own gift wrap on your printer at home?diy-illustrated-giftwrap4 (more…)

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REVIEW: Luscious Floral Bouquets from Bouqs for Chic Flowers Year-Round


0.bouqs-review-introphotoWho loves fresh flowers around the home? Hands up if you do! And if you do, you’re probably aware of how costly that can be to maintain. And how hard fresh flowers are to come by at certain times of the year. And the toll they can take on the environment (depending on where you get them). The answer to that: The Bouqs Co. (the new floral kid-on-the-block with awesome South American flowers picked from the side of an active volcano). Yup, you read that right: an active volcano. And yet they offer a huge variety of flowers, delivered FREE (always!), fresh to your door.

bouqs-review-3 The Bouqs Co. kindly sent me my choice of bouquet to review. I chose the Peace Bouq, since I love white flowers in the Wintertime. The website was super-easy to order from and way more intuitive than most floral order websites…you know the ones I’m talking about (that look like they’re been around since 1994). Within 10 days of ordering the flowers were at my door (and you can of course specify what date you’d like them delivered on).

Above is how the flowers come wrapped, to protect them on their journey all the way from South America. The box was very sturdy and the flowers were not crushed in the least from transport.

bouqs-review-2They had some preservative gel on their cut ends to prevent them from drying out, which easily wiped off. Though some had wilted a bit on the way, once in water they perked right up again.
bouqs-review-1 bouqs-review-4Fragrant, luscious, environmentally-friendly, FREE SHIPPING…what’s not to love?

Here’s the amazing array of all the flowers Bouqs has to choose from:
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See any that strike your fancy? For today, Cyber Monday, you can select any Original-sized Volcano Bouq and use code DOUBLEBOUQ to get DOUBLE the flowers (the Deluxe-size for free!). Valid until the end of 12/1/14.

Also, other promotions going on for Cyber Monday (valid until 12/3/14):

Send at least 4 Bouqs, get 25% with code CYBERBOUQ

Buy a gift card to The Bouqs Co., and save up to 20% off the retail price

You can knock off all your holiday gift-giving, or be super-organized and schedule out your Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, friends’ birthdays, and new baby bouquets all in one go.

See All The Bouqs Flower Bouquets Here

Definitely try out The Bouqs Co. and see what it’s like – you’ll be impressed with the quality of fresh flowers, year-round, delivered to your door for no hassle.


FTC Disclosure: I was provided an Original-sized Bouq for review purposes. I have received no other compensation for this post. The above opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you click on a link and purchase something. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

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DIY That Style! Emmy Rossum’s Studded Tee and Print Skirt


diy-that-style-emmy-rossumEmmy Rossum always looks adorbs when out and about, and the outfit above is no different. Sure, it may be intended for warmer weather – but throw on a chic coat, a warm pair of tights, a cozy scarf, and you’re ready to face the chillier days ahead. Let’s break down her main outfit, though – shall we? I think this is pretty easy to DIY! Here’s how:

Add some gold leaf-shaped clip-on earrings (these are a great find!…or SUPER-budget-friendly ones under $5 here), pull your hair back in a luscious pony, and you’re ready to go, Emmy-style.

How would YOU add oomph to this sweet little ensemble?


Emmy Rossum photo source. Collage by me.

FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you click on a link and purchase something. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

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Visit Hatch.co for Small Business Saturday and Get $15 Off Curated, Customized Finds for All Your Gifts This Year!


smallbusinessspotlight-hatch.coHave you guys checked out Hatch.co yet? No? It’s a curated marketplace for independent makers who love to personalize their artisanal products based on customer requests. They were just named one of TimeOut’s Best New Shopping Sites and one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 NYC Startups!

Unlike Etsy, the Hatch.co site is curated, which means their team recruits only the top artisanal makers so the products are of the highest quality. Every one of their items is made-to-order and customizable, so our makers take the time to create each order to the customer’s exact specifications!

In full support of independent makers, they are waiving their normal 5% fee for this weekend only in order to give their makers 100% of the sales that they make on Hatch. It’s their way of supporting Small Business Saturday.

Check out my picks above, fully customizable for all your gift-giving needs:

1. Personalized Letters Necklace // 2. Signature Bracelet //  3. Personalized Initials Pillow  //  4. Custom Personalized Names Pillow  //  5. Personalized Birthstone Pin

I’m also partnering with Hatch.co to offer $15 off any purchase of $50 or more with exclusive code ChicSteals14. (Just email discount@hatch.co with the words “ChicSteals14″ after you make your purchase and you’ll be reimbursed for $15)

In this way, you can cross off everyone from your Christmas shopping list, all at one site.

Shop Hatch.co And Get Your Gifts Personalized Today

small business Saturday on Hatch.coHappy Shopping!

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Black Friday – Small Business Saturday – Cyber Monday Steals and Deals


0.blackfriday_intrographicThe Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday trifecta has snuck up once again this year (how did that happen??!) and I’ve made a large shopping list for all my holiday giving. Just like last year, I’m taking advantage of  some major steals going on this weekend. Here are some things I have my eye on:


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<30% off everything with code TGIBF (until Sunday 11/30)>


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<Currently having sale up to 70% off>


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<10% off everything with code FCKBLKFRI (and higher discounts for more purchases + free shipping – check their homepage for details!)>


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<40% off select items, starting Black Friday, with free shipping. 15% off orders of $75 or more with code 1575>


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<Up to 90% off select items>

Of course, you could celebrate Black Friday as Buy Nothing Day instead…and just make something awesome. Start with my 200+ DIY tutorials for ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – and enjoy the deal-filled weekend!



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DIY Illustrated Woodland Ornaments Inspired by the Scent of Glade Sparkling Spruce


0.diy-woodland-ornaments-introphotoNow with the holiday season nigh, the air is filled with rich, cozy scents reminiscent of home, family, and years past. Glade has come up with a Limited Edition Winter Collection of fragrances, encapsulating all that is wonderful about the season, including one of my favorites, Sparkling Spruce.diy-woodland-ornaments-done4 (more…)

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