Links of the Week 5/18-5/24/15

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from my Instagram: my sorbet peonies in my backyard bloomed! So gorgeous. Follow me on Instagram

Hello again, friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week, and a Happy Memorial Day (if you celebrate it).

I have been without Internet for almost a full week…since last Monday there was a lightning storm, lightning struck near my house, made a surge, and apparently fried the circuitboard in my home’s cable junction box. And Frontier couldn’t get someone out to look at it until Friday afternoon. For someone who lives most of their life online, it was extremely hard to figure out how to deal with getting my work done when I had no internet from home…and was maxed out on my data plan on my cell phone for the month. XP

But now I’m back, with some cool links of note from last week. IFB again was kind enough to include my DIY Pearl and Spike Chain Choker in the link roundup…so here are other cool links of note:

Links à la Mode: May 21

SPONSOR: East Dane: Ferragamo Shoes, Superga, Furla, C/Meo Collective, Baggu, Citrine Swim, Black leather booties, Veda, Wrap & Cotton dresses

xo

Carly

9.27.13 F.I.L.L.: Friday I Love Links

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Wow, another week 2 weeks have gone by already! Getting into the swing of things is taking longer than I anticipated. 😉 The air is getting cooler here in Portland, and Fall is definitely getting going. Are you excited? I am! Fall is hands-down my favorite season!! Here are some links I’ve been perusing this week:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

How You’re Holding Yourself Back: Obstacles to Success can help alert you to ways you may be inadvertently sabotaging yourself and your dreams. Check it out for ways to reform and regain that initiative! (Oprah.com)

In How To Get Unstuck And Unleash Your Creativity Today, Accidental Creative founder Todd Henry talks about why people delay their work, why you shouldn’t be comfortable in what you currently do and always challenge yourself, how to prevent boredom and more. (Forbes.com)

I love this TED talk by artist Alexa Meade: such an inspiring insight into her process and artistic goals! (She paints on people, the background, and the objects in the vicinity: an amalgam of traditional painting, live-sculpture/performance art, and photography. So breathtaking!)

Buy It: Shopping Picks

Modcloth has just received a huge shipment of Fall-ready styles, and I love their black-and-white gingham cape. Soooo chic – especially for work!

This gorgeous flowery tote from Ted Baker could indeed pass for a painting – but at $65 it would be the most affordable painting you own. Plus it’s able to fit just about everything you own – or want to tote around with you – when out and about.

This photo-print autumnal Tree of Life sweatshirt has the most breathtaking colors….just where I want to be right now. Beautiful paired with ripped jeans and a blazer!

Make It: DIY

A collection of 30 Adorable and Unexpected DIY Stamp Projects may surprise you with some projects using some unexpected items for stamping. (Buzzfeed)

Craftsy is offering a great new course: Metalsmithing at Home, that teaches you the basics of metalsmithing with just some basic supplies (no soldering torch required!) I can’t wait to watch!

With Instagram square photos have probably flooded everyone’s cameras – but it’s pretty difficult to find ways to display them outside of the phone environment. Enter 10 Ideas for Square Photos, which gives you some great ideas to decorate with them. Love! (ABeautifulMess)

Live It: Lifestyle

Sustainable Business Oregon interviews the producer and host of the radio show Destination DIY about the importance of reusing, creatively making things, and local DIY-centric Portland businesses.

The recent Portland Fashion Week was a valiant effort, but ultimately a re-incarnation of the old classic that fell flat and seemed superfluous. Here’s why. (The Portland Mercury)

Life just gotten too complex? Simplify Your Life with these great tips from WikiHow, and breathe in more zen every day.

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xo
Carly

9.13.13 F.I.L.L.: Friday I Love Links

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Sorry I just can’t help bursting into giggles each time I look at this photo and the model’s expression. *snort! LOLOLOLOL* There I go again!! 😉

Wow! Can you believe it’s mid-way through September already??? And Friday the 13th, to boot! Where did Summer go? The last 3 weeks have been a blur for me of family visiting, finishing up Summer projects, and school starting. Finally I’m getting back into the rhythm of the school-year…though my body is still adjusting to early wake-ups and long hours in the car, shuttling Lil Tot back and forth to school. Here are some neat things I found recently:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

7 Amazing Art Deco Quilts. Taking an heirloom project into industrial design territory, mixed with a little bit of craftiness and a lot of ingenuity. Awesome! (Craftsy.com)

Learn about The Real Neuroscience of Creativity. (ScientificAmerican.com)

7 Ways to Get Out of a Creative Rut. I have a feeling I’ve linked to this before, but these tips are so useful! (PsychCentral.com)

Buy It: Shopping Picks

Okay, Old Navy‘s sweaters are so adorable this year!! How perfect is this pretty owl? Or this fabulous doggie?

In dream world, this would be my go-to carryall. And at 40% off it’s a steal! Yes, 3.1 Phillip Lim, come to momma. (And the Nude color is also 30% off…)

These sandals are fabulous with their shield-like metal plates and super-affordable price tag. Leave it to ASOS to always offer up the best pieces at the best prices!

Make It: DIY

These DIY Diorama Bookends from Sea of Shoes would be a wonderful addition to any home. (Plus a great gift for a loved one!)

Even though Summer may technically be over these DIY Hair Accessories look easy to make, and can work year-round. (Elle.com)

Whimseybox rolled out a new look to their site – and I’m loving this version! Finding projects has never been easier, and it’s so simple to navigate. (One amazing project that caught my eye recently was these cute DIY Wordy Hairpins.) My friend Alicia has been so hard at work on her venture, and it truly shows! Way to go, Alicia!

Live It: Lifestyle

EVERY girl needs to know this. Video: How to Highlight & Contour like a Pro (MaskCara.com)

I’ve started a Pinterest board for Fall DIY’s that are right at home in your…well, home. Wreaths, pumpkins, and DIY, oh my! Check it out and gather some ideas for your own abode ASAP. (And if you’d not following me on Pinterest yet, please do! I’d love to connect with you there:-)

Did you know? Women will RULE in the future of work. Sounds about time to me!! (Forbes.com)

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xo
Carly

6.28.13 F.I.L.L.: Friday I Love Links

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Welcome to another installment of F.I.L.L.! This week’s been hot and muggy here in Tokyo, punctuated by a couple window-shopping expeditions, a high-end sushi lunch, and Pool Day at Lil Tot’s elementary. Here are some links online that have caught my eye this past week:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

Neuroknitting creates scarves based on your brainwaves. Interesting – and a beautiful personalized expression. (Ecouterre)

The From the Lenz artist duo photographed a series of glow sticks being dropped into waterfalls in their Neon Luminance series. Mesmerizing and brilliant. (Demilked)

The apartment from the TV series “Friends,” re-created in tiny, loving detail (and it only took 2 years to make!) What do you think of it? (Brit.co)

Buy It: Shopping Picks

ASOS is currently having a HUGE up to 50% off Sale – and I just snapped up this adorable dotted raincoaticon. Perfect for Portland 10 months out of the year!!

Speaking of rain, I keep seeing these clear ombre-tinted rain boots everywhere in Tokyo, and am thinking of getting a pair too. Luckily if you don’t live here you can also get them here!

This coral red slouchy handbag seems like it would go with everything in my closet this season. I love how bright it is!!

Make It: DIY

Like origami? And anatomy? How about an anatomically-correct origami human torso? Try out this DIY Paper Torso with downloadable templates. Not for the squeamish, but a great learning tool. (ThisIsColossal)

Fellow Portlander Rachel from Transient Expression posted a 3-step tutorial for a DIY Waxed Canvas Tote Bag. Follow the whole tutorial to first sew the bag, then wax the canvas, and finally add the straps for a fun multi-part DIY project this Summer. (Transient Expression)

DesignThrift made these pretty Tasseled Hoop Earrings – I just love all the variations on the design that she posted! So perfect with a maxidress or cutoffs this season. (DesignThrift)

Live It: Lifestyle

7 Surprising Productivity Hacks will have you leaving work by noon. Sometimes I wish I actually started my workday at 9 AM so I could put these to the test. (Lift.do Blog)

If you’re concerned that major find on Ebay is a knockoff, here are 20 Foolproof Ways to Spot an Authentic Hermes Birkin. The subtle differences between hand-made and mass-manufactured are easier to spot with this list. (DesignerVault)

Brit + Co. has just raised $6.3 million to build the DIY-themed company further, expanding on video and online content. Have you checked them out yet? (Gigaom)

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xo
Carly

6.21.13 F.I.L.L.: Friday I Love Links

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Welcome to another installment of F.I.L.L.! It’s now been almost a week since I’ve come to Tokyo, and I’m working on cleaning up my computer’s digital innards (which sounds so horrible and TMI in a way), working on some design projects (if “working” means “thinking about vaguely but not actually doing anything on them”), and sorting through my online reading list on Bloglovin (as you may well know, Google reader is going away very soon – so follow Chic Steals here on Bloglovin!). Since I feel I’m finally over the jetlag (*insert a pat on the back here in lieu of doing any other real work otherwise), here are some links online that have caught my eye this past week:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

Yulia Brodskaya’s paper art is so amazing. [Can you tell I’m a little obsesessed with quilling lately??] (ColourLovers)

Appealing to the Renaissance in all of us: Simon Casson’s baroque-style collages are a mixture of past and present. His painting style is so rarely seen nowadays! (ItsNiceThat.com)

10,000 Letters of Love music video for The Sound of the Ladies made with paper cutouts from a Silhouette Cameo. No words – just spectacular. (How About Orange)

Buy It: Shopping Picks

While in shopping heaven [Tokyo], I may or may not bust my clothing allowance. But I may or may not buy these clear-heeled sandals instead. A girl’s gotta have priorities.

Oh, BaubleBar, why do you taunt me so?? This Spiked Quad Strand is GORGE, but is only available for a limited time. But it’s only $15. Yup. That sort of taunting.

Once again, I am on the hunt for an uber-cute Summer dress. This one fits the bill to a T – and, who can resist lobsters??? I know I can’t.

Make It: DIY

So Father’s Day was last week. So what? Trust me, the man in your life needs a DIY Bow Tie immediately. How incredibly dandy! (Lavaguy.com)

Summer is in full swing and that means: gardening! Check out The Huffington Post’s roundup of DIY Planter Ideas. (Huffington Post)

One of the newest crafting materials on the scene is Mod Melts, made from meltable Mod Podge (!). Check out this adorable DIY Embellished Clutch using Mod Melts. (FabricPaperGlue)

Live It: Lifestyle

Drooling over this yummy recipe for Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Anything with brown butter is a must in my book! (JoytheBaker)

A response to accusations of buying into fast fashion fads: Your $10 T-Shirt is Not the Problem. A very thoughtful read that addresses the economics of fashion in the United States. (TheBelleJar blog on BlogHer.com)

So useful for any time anyone snaps a photo of you: How to Look Good in Photos. Ham it up with confidence and employ these tricks to look like a million bucks each time! (FashionISing)

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xo
Carly

5.31.13 F.I.L.L.: Friday I Love Links

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Nanogarden photo by Wim Noorduin/Harvard University

I can’t believe May is almost over! This month has just whoooshed by, and I mean whoooshed, leaving a huge mess in its wake! I’m leaving the country in TWO weeks, just when Portland gets gorgeous and Summery…and trading it in for unending rain during Tokyo’s steamy-hot rainy season….followed by mosquitoes breeding in droves as soon as the rain stops. I’ll be bringing my open-toed rain-proof sandals! School’s almost out and the year is wrapping up…and there’s been a ton of interesting info online this past week:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

An installation of colorful masking tape in Japan. I wonder who got all that washi tape when they were done with it?

This may be an older post, but it’s still super-relevent. 21 Ways to Be More Creative will help kickstart those creative juices when you hit a roadblock!

Amazing micro-flowers: Nanogardens grown on the surface of a penny. Is “nanogardening” the next new thing?

Buy It: Shopping Picks

Designer merchandise is currently on sale at Saks.com, and you can snag a gorgeous Summer shirtdress for only $55 (marked down from $138). Can you say score??

All tortoiseshell glasses and sunglasses are on sale here for 15% off for the month of June. Snag them while you can!

Oh, I need this dress in my life, state. It would be the perfect Summer dress….plus chevrons. Who doesn’t like chevrons??

Make It: DIY

5 Anthropologie knock-off ideas for your home will help beautify your living space easily.

This DIY Racerback Muscle Tee Recon video will have your old tee festival-ready in no time.

I’ve just discovered a new DIY Blog/Tumblr: Dream a Little Bigger, which has a ton of links to tutorials all over the internet. So many great projects to visit!

Live It: Lifestyle

If you shop cheap, this is a must-read: How to Make Your Fast Fashion Items Last. Take care of them, and your affordable clothes may just live through their first wash.

Now’s the time to ramp up your interaction online: Your social media profile might be your next credit score.

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xo
Carly