Chic Steal for Earth Day: A Hybrid Car

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I’m just kidding.

Though hybrid cars are not considered a steal per se, I felt slightly eco-friendly when I bought this one. I researched them thoroughly, decided on a Honda, and met with some private sellers and a dealership to find the perfect car for me (and my budget). I negotiated, said no to a lot of unnecessary extras, and ended up driving away in a used 2011 Honda Insight, the first car that I myself bought with my own money and of my own decisions.

In the end, the disposal of the batteries with their heavy metals, and the environmental impact of mining for said heavy metals, may not make hybrid vehicles completely “eco-friendly” in a true sense. They are cars after all. But when I think of the monthly savings in gasoline (38-43 mpg vs. my current Mazda CX-9’s 18-20 mpg) hybrids are very, very attractive to me (and my long commute into work and taking my son to school).

I bought it yesterday last night just as the dealership was about to close. It runs smooth and quiet and hums along and the engine turns off at inexplicable times. Plus, it’s gray. And I love it because it’s ALL MINE.

Huge changes are happening around here, which is why I’ve been unable to update my blog lately. I’m still here. I’ll be back soon.

Once I sell my 2008 Mazda CX-9 8-seater, which is all clean and detailed and ready to be put on Cragislist.

Happy Earth Day, friends! To change…for the more eco-friendly.
xo
Carly

DIY Illusion Jeweled Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings

0.diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-introphotoHi friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a DIY here, for many reasons.

Life took over for awhile.

But I’m back – with a fun and easy DIY for you all to try out!
Big, bejeweled pendant chandelier earrings have been on-trend for awhile now…but unless you’re planning on whipping out that soldering torch and applying to your rhinestones…they’re a little hard to make. diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done7Enter translucent vinyl PVC as a backing – plus some strong glue – and you don’t ever need to pick up that pesky torch. Here’s how to make your own designer-style illusion jeweled chandelier-style dangle earrings:

You Need:diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-materials

PandaHall Acrylic Beads (I used the Mixed Color Transparent Acrylic Faceted Drop Pendants in light pink  /  PandaHall Mixed Acrylic Rhinestone Montee Beads in light pink, hot pink, and champagne  /  earring pads with backs  /  large jumprings (I actually used 2 per earring so 4 total)  /  transparent PVC vinyl  /  pliers and jumpring tool  /  glue for plastics and metals (I recommend Loctite but had run out when I made this project!)  /  awl or needle  /  scissors (smaller scissors are better I found, like nail scissors)

How To:   diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done21. Lay out the beads on a flat surface to determine placement of the rhinestones.

diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-step12. Use a generous dab of glue on the back of each rhinestone to glue it onto the transparent PVC vinyl. Space your rhinestones apart to allow for cutting them into separate pieces if you desire.

3. Once dry, use scissors to cut around the rhinestones. (I chose to cut around some clusters of rhinestones separately so I could join them with jumprings for more dangle.) Make sure to round your corners.

diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-step24. Glue the earring pad onto the back of the earrings, and allow to dry.

5. Use an awl to pierce the vinyl for each separate rhinestone cluster that you want to connect, and at the middle of the bottommost rhinestone cluster, near the edge.

6. Connect a Drop Pendant to the bottom of the earring with a large jumpring.

7. Connect all the pieces with jumprings to complete your earrings.
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And that’s it! They’re surprisingly stable and will withstand some wear (though I wouldn’t recommend running obstacle courses in them).diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done3

I also made some alternate-colored ones in the trendy asymmetrical earring style.diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done4diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done5

I love how they look disconnected – almost floating – above your shoulders – utterly utterly chic with a backswept ‘do and a pretty necklace for Spring.

diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done1Happy DIY’ing!
xo

Carly

Chic on the Cheap: Home Furnishings from Target

Chic Target home decor room furnishings and accessoriesI have a love/hate relationship with Target…well, really more like LOVE since I can’t go into one without filling up my shopping cart with amazing, affordable finds. Like these, for example.

1. Hamilton X-slat Desk  /  2. Mirrored Pyramid Living Room Accent Table  /  3. Vase Target Glass 8 in  /  4. Nearly Natural Artificial Arrangement – Beauty  /  5. Room Essentials Magazine File  /  6. Deny Designs Decorative Three of the Possessed Crystal Crush Wooden Tray  /  7. Steven Mirror in Silver  /  8. Element Touch Lamp  /  9. Threshold Ikat Dots Pillow  /  10. Xhilaration Ruffled Decorative Pillow

And BTW, Target is running a GREAT promo from now until 4/4/15:

Spend $75 and save 15% on Home items – Plus get an extra 10% off when you use promo code MOVINGDAY at checkout!

I actually picked up the above gorgeous Hamilton X-Slat  desk (to use as a vanity table in my bedroom!) for a sa-WEET $99 after all the discounts…and I’m pretty thrilled with the quality (and the styling possibilities!)

Shop Target Home Furnishings Now

And don’t forget to use that Cartwheel App to save even more on already-reduced merchandise!

xo

Carly

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Chic for the Week – 9

Chic for the Week: My shopping picks for hiking in the outdoorsWelcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that I can’t stop thinking about.

With Spring bringing forth blooms upon blooms, I’ve been wanting to #getoutstayout in all that the beautiful Pacific Northwest offers. Between the March hailstorms and pouring-rain-with-dazzling-sunshine-afternoons there have been moments of warm, windy pleasure just ripe for the hiking. But you gotta have a pair of fashionable hiking boots, some cool-looking jeans, and a top to strip off when you get too warm. Here’s what’s on my must-have list this week:

1. You’ll need something to brave the trails, and these Ahnu Sugarpine Hiking Boots are a must. Bonus that they come in chic colors – and are lightweight and waterproof! #turquoisesolesforever

2. I’ve been wearing these Blank Denim NYC Rub a Dub Dub jeans CONSTANTLY since I got them – I used to just buy skinny jeans at Forever 21 but let me tell you, the quality is so markedly better with Blank Denim I’m never going back. These are super-soft, hug you, hold you in tight, but are not overly tight – and don’t get stretched out. Order your size for a comfy fit – order one size down for sprayed-on sexy.

3.Have I mentioned how awesome this turtleneck sweater is? Yes I have – here, where you can see the gray version in action. You can fit a little family of honey badgers underneath – and have room to spare. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: BEST. SWEATER. EVER.

4. ALWAYS gotta check ASOS for the backpacks since they have so many cool options. This Jack Wills Active Backpack will withstand weather changes and looks cool doing it. Just don’t stuff it too full or else it’ll take you over if you happen to be leaning down next to a cliff in order to tie your fashionable hiking boots… (Plus, if you’re a student, save 20% off with code UNIDAY until 4 AM EDT 3/27/15)

If you can, get out there and brave those trails! Time’s a-wasting…

xo
Carly

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Buy or DIY: Loeffler Randall Gem Clutch

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Welcome to a new series of mine: Buy or DIY, where I break down an on-trend piece into where you can Buy It (if you want the original) or how to DIY it (if you want to put your own original, affordable spin on it).

Loeffler Randall Gem Clutch

Buy: $195, here  or  DIY: $55.70, below

The DIY version: Thrift (or make!) a neutral suede-like zip envelope pouch – or try this version for $18.95. Use Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Repair Adhesive to affix a variety of pastel mint rhinestones to the front, like these Tear-Shaped Rhinestones and/or these Marquise Rhinestones. If you can find or make a clutch in a thinner fabric, you could also sew these rhinestones on instead, using a thin beading needle like these.

Which version do you prefer: BUY or DIY?

xo

Carly

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Outfit 3.23.15: Artistic Target

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Spike and Rhinestone necklace: H&M (old, similar here). Mossimo Zip-front Peplum Jacket: Target. Classic Long-Sleeved (worn under): Rag & Bone. Swirl Print Clasp Closure Clutch Wallet: Target. Ponte pants: Juicy Couture. Crisscross front wedges: H&M (old, similar here or here). Foil iPhone case: Marc by Marc Jacobs.

3.23.15outfit-cu3Yup, Target always has some great items. Whenever I go in there for something else, I find my hand inexplicably reaching out to other items on the shelf. I WANT…and have to curb my enthusiasm. Scale back a little. Empty my cart of all the Mossimo sparkly belts, neck party bling, and adorable Gilligan & O’Malley lingerie that has suddenly leapt into it. And so it goes.

3.23.15outfit-cu4But I couldn’t resist this dreamy pastel mint peplum jacket [called “Fading Blue” on the Target website, go figure] – so feminine and pretty. It has a fabulous, chic silhouette that reminds me of Sunday brunches and Jane Austen novels. Maybe that’s just me. 3.23.15outfit-cu1Unlined, though – and I may add a lining in the future to make it a little more “finished” and stand up to multiple wearings.     3.23.15outfit-clutch3.23.15outfit-full2 And this swirly painterly box clutch. I don’t actually NEED another clutch…but this cried out to me. And pairing it with a clashing jacket seemed the right thing to do.

3.23.15outfit-cu2Please excuse the silly posing – I am trying to get my camera’s remote shooting function working on my iPhone, which means I am mostly staring at an iPhone screen to make sure everything’s in focus before I hit the shutter button. It’s a LIFESAVER when taking one’s outfit shots by oneself…but ends up having me looking the wrong way most of the time. :-/

3.23.15outfit-shoesPedi polish: Essie Lilacism.

Hope all of you are having a great start to the week!

3.23.15outfit-full3I know I did – though I truly did not want to get out of a cozy, snuggly bed this morning. Had sooooo many reasons not to :-)

xo

Carly

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10 DIY Projects to Welcome Spring

10 DIY Projects for Spring crafts roundupWelcome to the official First Day of Spring!

Yes my friends, Spring has definitely Sprung…and I bet you’re itching to make some fun DIY projects to welcome the new season. Flowers, Easter, May Day, graduations, prom, baby showers, and other Springtime celebrations? Bring on the season bursting with flowers and loveliness with these great crafts:

DIYenamelspringflowernecklace_done21. Enamel Bib Necklace
Celebrating all that is flowery and fun this season, this bib necklace works by collaging charms and buttons onto a filigree backing – and painting with Martha Stewart self-hardening enamel. Amazingly easy for such a fun project!

Ballet Flats Decorated with Silk Flowers

2. Flowered Ballet Flats
Adorn a pair of simple ballet flats with flowers and lace trim to become lovely and elegant footwear.

diyfloweredcase_done13. Flowered Snackcessory Clutch
So sweet as a pairing to a simple outfit…or to take along with you to prom.

rosecabrhinestoneearrings_done34. Prada Rose Cabochon Stud Earrings
Surprisingly simple to make – with a huge impact – these studs sparkle with a chic, ladylike quality.
done45. Florald Applique Cardigan
Take your favorite flowered fabric, cut out bits of the pattern, affix Heat ‘n’ Bond to it – and iron onto a boring cardigan for a quick pick-me-up.

skirtfront26. Lace Maxi-Skirt
Repurpose an old lace curtain (and there are always a ton to be found at Goodwill!) into a pretty lace maxi-skirt for over your shorter skirts, dresses, and shorts.

Flowered barrette made of silk flowers

7. Flower Barrette
Silk flowers from the craft store make this barrette look like a flower crown adorning your hair.
diyeastereggnails_done18. Gold Foil Easter Egg Nails
Pretty pastels pop when gold foil is applied haphazardly to the top. Do the same for your Easter eggs for a matching holiday craft.
DIY petal-front top made with silk flower petals9. Flower Petal Top
Hand-stitch flower petals down the front of a plain tee to make it floral fabulous with only a small amount of effort.
DIY watercolor scarf made with fabric dye10. Watercolor Scarf
Use dye to paint a scarf in daubs of color, leave on for a short time, and wash out for a faded, Monet-like quality.

What projects are you looking forward to making for Spring?

xo

Carly

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