2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

1.02.2014

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsAnother year has gone by, and now it’s time to do my yearly wrap-up of content. (This was supposed to post New Year’s Eve, but my home router is broken, so I had to write this at my local Starbucks, using their wi-fi. Thanks, Starbucks!!)

Every year on New Year’s Eve I republish a list of all my DIY’s that I shared on this blog during the past year. Just like last year, I decided to do a Best Of list as well, to share some of my favorite content from this past year with you:

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsIn January, I finally left that job I had been so excited to get back in June of 2012, and I went freelance. Even though I didn’t really announce it on the blog (because there was really no one “last day” that I could mark on my calendar), it marked a major turning point for me. Back to working from home, I shared 7 tips to Create a Chic Office Space. (Full disclosure: I’m STILL not done with my office makeover…I have a couple unfinished piles of stuff to purge. Though it’s significantly better than it was a year ago!! And no, that’s not my office above 2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsFor my new office space, I created DIY Gold Pushpins, DIY Gold Typography Word Art, and DIY Paper Glitter Diamond Duo.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsOne of my favorite DIY posts ever, my DIY Spike Beaded Woven Choker Necklace, proved especially popular that month.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI also guest-blogged for the London Times fashion blog a number of times, creating four DIY’s exclusive to them: the DIY Beaded Collar Dress, DIY Metallic Envelope Clutch (from a file folder), DIY Watercolor Scarf, and DIY Mesh Bag (from a T-shirt).

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI covered 7 Major Spring Trends for 2013 (that you can DIY!) and DIY’d Prada’s Rose Cabochon Rhinestone Earrings with some clay and scrapbooking brads.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsMy DIY Spike End Bangles 3 Ways was an easy hack to create your own bangles for a fraction of the cost of CC Skye or Vita Fede.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsIn February I started collaborating with photographer Brooke Morse, to get out of my backyard and get some great outfit photos around Portland. Some of my favorite include the Graphic Black and White, Hot Pink Kitties and Angling Retention Prohibited, and the outfit in honor of Rock the Red Pump for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI also featured Brooke in the first of my One Piece, Three Girls series with Portland boutique Mabel + Zora – along with my marketing guru, Kristin.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsThe second installment of the series I shot at Flutter, featuring bloggers Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking and Rachel from Transient Expression, and designer Wallis of This Old Blouse. Such a fun little corner of Portland!

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI became more involved with Portland Bloggers this year, designing their new logo, tweaking their website, and attending events.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsWith a number of other DIY Bloggers, I participated in the DIY Bloggers Collaboration Week, with readers submitting pieces they wanted tutorials for onto our shared Pick Your DIY Pinterest board, and each blogger providing the full tute for the most re-pinned pieces. I created a DIY Chanel Leather Perforated Butterfly Bag, which was extremely involved!

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI hosted a fun event at Free People Portland in March, teaching attendees how to make their own DIY Wire-Wrapped Gold-Dipped Quartz Necklaces. It was a blast!!

2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

For Music Festival season I shared a list of Music Festival Must-Haves, Easy Music Festival DIY’s, and DIY Gold Leaf Head Chain for Music Festivals.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI also finally shared the pattern for my DIY Labor Day Dress – Made from a Sheet!

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI also started sharing lookbooks from a variety of Portland-based brands, as well as brands I love from Japan. Some of my faves: Pendleton The Portland Collection, REIF, Houseline, m.soeur, and The Dress & Co Hideaki Sakaguchi.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI made some healthy DIY Natural Coconut Oil Stick Deodorant, that I’m still using now!!

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsIn June I headed off to Tokyo for a month for my family’s annual trip. While I was away, I was helped out by some awesome guest bloggers from HapyFriendsShoppe (DIY Laced-Up Sunday Tee),  Domestic Slice (DIY Raffia Wrapped Necklace), and stylist Amia Serrano (How to Create a High End Look on a Low End Budget).

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsMy dear friend Lex Casciato (AKA Little Warrior) also began contributing monthly playlists to listen to. You can access all of them here!

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI continued producing my Creatively Chic podcast until September of 2013. Some of my favorite episodes were interviews with Outi Pyy, of Outsapop.com, Amber Kemp-Gerstel of DamaskLove.com, and Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks!.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

Some of my favorite books (and accompanying reviews) from this year: Flower Recipe Book, Sweet Dress Book, Draping: The Complete Course.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsIn October I attended Lucky FABB and my DIY Ballroom Skirt from a Shower Curtain was a hit!

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsFor Halloween I produced 1 Week of Halloween DIY’s – with a DIY tutorial every day (courtesy of a box of supplies from Martha Stewart crafts).

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsTo celebrate the final episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad TV series, I created DIY Breaking Bad Stick Puppets – and shared the cutting templates for all of them.

2013: The Year in Review for Chic StealsIn November I started guest-blogging for WeHeartThis – you can see my tutorials for them here.

So here is a collage of all my tutorials from 2013 (49 in all):2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

And, from previous years…

2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

My DIY’s From  2012 (29 tutorials)

2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

My DIY’s from 2011 (46 Tutorials)

2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

My DIY’s from 2010 (63 Tutorials)

2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

My DIY’s from 2009 (51 Tutorials)

(some of them may be missing photos b/c of my move to WordPress awhile ago – if you see any posts missing photos, please let me know! {Leave a comment on the post} Thanks so much!)

2013 has been a great year for me…hope it has been just as wonderful for all of you!

May 2014 bring even more wonderful things for everyone~

xo

Carly




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4 Comments on 2013: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

  1. Lindsay is Broke
    1.02.2014 at 10:15 am (7 months ago)

    You’re amazing! Thanks for all your awesome posts in 2013 – keep it up, girl!

    Reply
    • carlyjcais
      1.06.2014 at 8:25 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you, Lindsay! I guess when you look at a whole year’s work all laid out like that it looks like a lot :-) Thanks for the kind words!

      Reply
    • carlyjcais
      1.06.2014 at 8:26 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you, Suzannah! Yes, it’s a *part* of my office (the clean part, haha). Gotta finish my office makeover soon so I can use it! Yes, the Free People event was so fun, I just didn’t have a lot of lead time once we decided on a date so I wasn’t able to promote it that much…hopefully if I do it again I will be able to let everyone know way ahead of time! :-)

      Reply

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