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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

glow-sticks-dropped-into-waterfalls-lenz-abildgaard-1photo from fromthelenz.com

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

howtolookgreatinstreetstylephotosphoto from FashionISing

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

 

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

ericstandleystainedglassfretworkphoto by Eric Standley

Welcome to my 3rd installment of F.I.L.L.! It’s been a crazy-busy week, and I have even more ahead. 3 weeks until I head to Tokyo for a month, 3 weeks to get tons and tons of DIY’s done and posted! Yikes. But I’ll rally and get it done. For some reason, there’s always like 1-2 weeks in a year I feel everything hinges upon, and I’m heading into them.  So, while I buckle down to get some major work accomplished, here are some links that have caught my eye this past week:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

Every wanted to manifest what you see in your dreams? Computers can now detect what subjects are dreaming…at least 70% of the time. Now all they need is some method to record it.

Life Hacks: How to Jumpstart Your Career gives some great advice on how to jumpstart anything. Just implementing a few of the productivity hacks in the list will double or even triple what you get done in the day.

See Eric Standley’s Stained Glass Art made from paper, and prepare to have your breath taken away. Seriously amazing handiwork.

Buy It: Shopping Picks

Totally amazed at this: Reet Aus, the world’s first mass-produced, upcycled clothing line. You can order Reet Aus, or other upcycled, sustainably-manufactured clothing lines (there are a few) at the TrashtoTrend website.

Is it wrong to want this chic monochromatic bikini so much? I figure it would be pretty DIY’able if one were so inclined, but I kind of want to buy when it comes to swimwear.

This is the chic-est dress imaginable, perfect for a night on the town. It is a night on the town, really. Point-blank.

Make It: DIY

I adore this DIY Lighted Constellation Canvas! It’s so dreamy and romantic – and perfect for any room.

How To Make Clothes Look Vintage and Worn is a great collection of tutorials for faux-ageing your stuff.

Simone Heng of CheapnChic.net is a DIY blogger based in Dubai, with a ton of awesome DIY tutorials on her blog. Check them out!

Live It: Lifestyle

In the wake of the clothing manufacturing factory collapse in Bangladesh, news outlets are beginning to examine the consumption of low-cost clothing and the social and economic ramifications. Watch NBC Nightly News’ The Cost of Cheap Clothes for some insight.

NastyGal is a Fast-Growing Retailer says the New York Times. I’ve been following them for awhile, and have been amazed at the company’s growth and success.

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xo
Carly

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

wintergardenbybethmitchell2photo by Beth Mitchell

Welcome to my 2nd installment of F.I.L.L.! Last week should have been my second, but alas, the day got away from me with a dr.’s appointment that ran over-time, an ill-timed meltdown from the Lil one, and other obligations that took over my day, so I never got around to posting it. It was beautiful in Portland here last week (like Summer!), though this week has defaulted back to chilly, drizzly May days. I’ve been inspired by all the Springtime greenery about – the garden Lil Tot and I planted is beginning to sprout, I’m working on a number of DIYs I can’t wait to share with all of you soon, and I have a couple collaborations in the works that I’ll be rolling out in the next couple weeks! Exciting things are on the horizon…

So here are some links that have caught my eye this past week:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

Wintergarden is a beautiful photoshoot done underwater with the talents of photographer Beth Mitchell and designer Begitta. Check it out!

Happiness graffiti and 8 ways to brighten your day from Oprah will have you smiling in an instant, no joke.

Feeling like you’ve lost that mojo? Check out 5 Ways to Stay Creative and be re-inspired!

Buy It: Shopping Picks

Is Brika.com the new curated alternative to Etsy? Their aesthetic is beautiful, and I’m loving every piece of jewelry made by this artist. Anything triangular is in my wheelhouse! (though that sounds like a contradiction in terms…)

I’m coveting these to add to my pants collection. The perfect blend of print and greenery – beachy and chic!

On first glance I thought this was a golden thong! Not quite as racy…or painful, guaranteed.;-)

On a totally different note, these shoes may just be the next generation of hologram. Dark and lovely indeed.

Make It: DIY

Prom is in the air, and these DIY Prom Ideas from Threadbanger should help you with putting those final touches on the perfect outfit.

DIY duo Limberlina are really cool. Check out their blog for some must-do projects!

This is an adorable McQueen Feather Peplum Tutorial from Youtube user Lookunderhere (skip to the 3:26 mark for the tute). I love it…even more with cruelty-free ostrich and turkey feathers from Etsy and Ebay.

Live It: Lifestyle

I’m obsessing over coconut oil lately, and this DIY Hair Conditioning Spray with Coconut Oil looks super-easy and so good for your hair.

I’d love to install a Mini-PC Floating Desk in my redone office. (Even though I’m on a Mac.) Super-chic.

This is so helpful: 4 Easy Ways to Tell if Clothing is Made Well from 24Savvy.

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xo
Carly

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

stylemeprettyphoto_KTMerryPhotographyfrom Style Me Pretty, by KT Merry Photography

Welcome to the very first installment of F.I.L.L.: my FRIDAY: I Love Links list! (Well, I guess it’s really FILLL…?)

I used to do DIY Links of the Week Roundups, where I curated 8-10 links a week, only of DIY tutorials, from all over the web.  I did it for 2 years, but stopped doing it this past September when I got too busy with my job.

But I still surf the web, and find amazing content that I’m just dying to share with all of you!  (I’ve just been trying to figure out a better format in which to present it.)

So welcome to F.I.L.L., a new weekly roundup of great content, no longer just limited to DIY.

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

Needing a kickstart to your creativity? Try 7 Tips to Supercharge Your Creative Productivity.

I’ve just come across Style Me Pretty. Focusing on gorgeous photography and wedding inspo mostly, it regardless provides daily inspiration for all things beautiful and amazing. Where have you been all my life??!

Need some positive thinking and some beautiful typographic inspiration? Positive Inking to the rescue.

Buy It: Shopping Picks

I’ve fallen in love with Furbish Studio and all their chic offerings.  These are just beautiful! Swoon.

I am obsessed with this neutral jacketicon. Topping off breezy Spring outfits, or even over just a bandeau top, it’s the perfect piece for transition weather.  (You can also get free shipping to a US address til May 31 with code SOCLEAN50 for purchases $50 and above.)

M&J Trimming is offering discounts this month: 15% off spikes (with code SPIKES15), and 15% off ribbons (with code RIBBONS15). Valid til May 31.

Make It: DIY

Amy Anderson, the amazing crafty superwoman behind Mod Podge Rocks! and a previous Creatively Chic podcast guest, has launched a new blog: WashiTapeCrafts.com.  If you love washi tape (and who doesn’t??), it’s a must-visit!

This DIY Sewn Pouf is the perfect accent to a stylish home.

If you haven’t tried them yet, Wordle and Tagxedo create beautiful typographic word clouds.

Live It: Lifestyle

Play with liquid nitrogen and make your own DIY Alcoholic Dippin’ Dots. Seriously!

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xo

Carly

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