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Calling all Creatives! Enter the Sock It to Me 10th Anniversary International Design-A-Sock Contest NOW!

sockittomedesigncontestPortland-based uber-awesome sock company Sock It To Me is celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Crack the champagne home-brewed beer! [cuz it’s Portland]

They are inviting sock fanatics from around the world to submit a unique sock design for a chance to win $5,000, $1,000 and $500 in cash and products – and have their design manufactured in Sock It to Me’s next collection. The contest runs from September 5 – 26 and is open to artists of all ages and talents.

  • The Grand Prize Winner will get a cash prize of $5000, their design manufactured on real socks, and 15 pairs of awesome Sock It to Me socks from our current line!
  • A second place winner will receive $1000 and 10 pairs of socks.
  • Third place winner will get $500 and 5 pairs of socks.


Good luck – and may the best socks win!


Lookbook from Portland: Yo! Vintage Spring 2014

YoVintage_SS14Lookbook1When one thinks of the amazing vintage shopping destinations Portland has to offer, Yo! Vintage is usually right at the top of the list. With a mix of vintage pieces and new accessories (such as Seaecho, Hazel Cox Jewelry, Seaworthy, and Made on the Moon), the store is a treasure trove of unique finds. Owner Sarah Radcliffe curates a collection of lustworthy, tactile pieces that, though from yesteryear, would still look fabulous in the modern girl’s wardrobe.

From the Yo! Vintage website:

Yo Vintage! owner Sarah Radcliffe sources one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from across the globe, gathering inspiration from street style, the runway, and her mates.

Before relocating from London to Portland in 2009, Sarah employed her keen eye for fashion as a trend researcher and vintage buyer in the UK. Sarah now spends her spare time freelance styling and adventuring with her husband Charlie and dog Agnes.

Yo’s downtown Portland flagship store opened its doors in 2012 and has quickly become the go-to destination for vintage lovers.


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Yo! Vintage Website

xo Carly

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Lookbook from Portland: Sticks & Stones A/W 2013

SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook1Originating in the Pacific Northwest, Sticks & Stones was founded on the principle that re-purposed natural materials could be utilized in the construction of sustainable jewelry and accessories. Using materials such as reclaimed exotic wood, elk antler sheds, prehistoric ivories, fine metals, seashells, and gemstones, the in-house manufacturing team uses an intricate process of technology and skilled craftsmanship to produce these limited-edition and often one-of-a-kind pieces.

The construction of Sticks & Stones Accessories is done in various stages, including preparation, sanding, and dipping in a custom oil blend. The oil not only cures and protects the wood but also enhances the luster of the wood used. The strength and durability of these products are a testament to the quality of the
material and craftsmanship that is invested in each piece. Completely handcrafted in Portland, OR, pieces from Sticks & Stones have been featured in Lucky Magazine, Nylon, WWD, and Marie Claire, as well as DailyCandy and TrendHunter. Check out their latest collection below and leave your thoughts in the comments!SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook2 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook3 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook4 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook5 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook6 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook7 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook8 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook9 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook10 SticksandStones_AW2013lookbook11

See More at Sticks & Stones Official Website



Lookbook from Portland: REIF A/W ’13

REIF_fw13_lookbook-1REIF, a clothing and accessories brand out of Portland, OR, has become a local mainstay in the fashion landscape and one of the best examples of young design in the region. Known for  fashion-forward stylings, fabrics, and prints (LOVE REIF’s collaboration with Pattern People!!), designer Lindsey Reif  infuses her urban line of with elements of her small town upbringing in South Dakota.

From REIF’s press sheet:

REIF clothing and accessories blur the line between edgy innovation and classic sophistication. The brand’s unique designs fuse elements of the past with modern silhouettes and textiles, giving way to a line of timeless, quality attire. Since its debut in 2008, REIF’s versatile apparel and accessories have appeared in television, music videos, and editorial shoots. Authenticating the brand’s slogan “Die Zeit ist Reif” (German for “The Time Is Ripe)…REIF exhibits both originality and approachability in every garment.

REIF_fw13_lookbook-2 REIF_fw13_lookbook-3 REIF_fw13_lookbook-4 REIF_fw13_lookbook-5 REIF_fw13_lookbook-6 REIF_fw13_lookbook-7All of the turbans from the above collection are available at REIF online and select styles are also available in select boutiques in Portland. You can also shop REIF’s ready-to-wear collection of gauzy midi-dresses, covetable button-downs, and crop tops here (I have my eye on that motorcycle jacket!!)

One Necklace, Three Girls with Flutter Boutique

0.1piece3girls_flutterintrophotoWelcome to the latest installment of One Piece, Three Girls – where I feature a single article of clothing, jewelry, or an accessory from a local boutique, styled into 3 different looks for 3 different ladies. (See my feature with Portland’s Mabel & Zora boutique here!)

1piece3girls_fluttersignFor this post, I had the opportunity to work with Flutter in the North Mississippi district of Portland. If you’ve never been to Flutter, you really must go next time you’re in town – because it is a treasure trove of amazing vintage, handmade pieces, eclectic ephemera, candles, papers, ribbons, books, masks, succulents, soaps, and home decor oh my! 1piece3girls_flutter2They operate their website on and it is indeed a clutter….of spectacular finds! (more…)

Lookbook from Portland: Houseline

Houseline_AW2013lookbook1Houseline, by Portland Garment Factory, is manufactured on-site in Portland Oregon. The brainchild of Britt Howard and Rosemary Robinson, Portland Garment Factory was founded to fulfill that unique niche in the local economy: a full-service clothing manufacturing facility (of which Portland only has a bare few).  (I actually interned for 3 months at Portland Garment Factory not long after I arrived in Portland!) After manufacturing other local lines for awhile, Robinson and Howard branched out to design and create their own brand Houseline in 2011. For the upcoming A/W 2013 season, the line has grown to include outerwear as well as their staple easy-to-wear loose dresses, jumpsuits, palazzo pants, and even accessories.

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One Dress, Three Girls with Mabel & Zora Boutique

0.1piece3girls_tiffanybeanintroWelcome to the first installment of my brand-new series, called “One Piece, Three Girls!” and Happy Memorial Day!

In this series I feature a single article of clothing, jewelry, or an accessory, styled into 3 different looks for 3 different ladies.

1piece3girls_mabelandzoraoutside  For the first post in the series, I’ve partnered up with the amazing Portland boutique Mabel & Zora, to feature a dress from owner Tiffany Bean‘s Spring 2013 collection.

1piece3girls_mabelandzoraoutside2Mabel and Zora opened in June of 2006, headed by husband and wife team Corey and Tiffany Bean. 1piece3girls_mabelandzorainside1The vision for the store was inspired by Doris Day movies and Tiffany’s grandmother’s boutique from the 1950’s. Known for amazing customer service and a personalized shopping experience, the boutique offers dressy lines such as Lilly Pulitzer, Michael Stars, Three Dots, V. Fish, and Butter by Nadia.1piece3girls_mabelandzorainside21piece3girls_ownertiffanybeanTiffany started designing her own clothing line Tiffany Bean Designs in 2010, also inspired by 1960s movies and fashions. “I love mid-century styling; it is a perfect mix of functionality and design. I romanticize about the jet-set lifestyle of movie stars from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and have designed our home, the shop, and line around this love affair of mine!” The line features a number of easy-to-wear, flattering dresses and skirts that can be dressed up for the office or worn on one’s day off- including colorblocking, fun prints, and signature wrap-style dresses.

1piece3girls_tiffanybeanfrancesdressFor this feature, we have chose the Tiffany Bean Frances dress, a gorgeous contrast black-and-white stripe tube top dress. It’s made of stretchy, medium-weight material so it smooths over the body, and is a flattering knee-length (which happens to be a great length on anyone, no matter their body type). Due to its inherent versatility, this dress is the perfect dress for One Piece, Three Girls – and an on-trend must-have for your Summer wardrobe.

1piece3girls_brooke1First up, we have Brooke. You might know her as Brooke Morse, the wonderful photographer who takes my outfit photos from time to time. Besides being a photographer, she is also a talented makeup artist, currently expanding her online portfolio. For Brooke, we went with a bohemian casual look, covering up the skirt portion of the Frances dress with a sheer lace DIY maxi-skirt, and pairing it with earthy brown leather accessories and gold jewelry.

1piece3girls_brooke2Brooke is wearing: Tiffany Bean Frances Dress, Target Merona straw fedora, her own gold hoop leaf earrings, Target Merona scarf, DIY Gold Double-Ended Spike-End Bangle, Gold-Dipped Quartz Ring (from HauteLook), DIY Pamela Love Arrowhead Ring, her own vintage bag, her own wedge-heel sandals.1piece3girls_brooke3

1piece3girls_kristin1 Next we have Kristin. Kristin Rosario has been assisting part-time with the marketing of Chic Steals since the Fall, and is a marketing guru with a great eye for business opportunities and ideas. Given that she’s often in meetings or an office environment, she needs to look polished and professional every day – hence, a structured blazer grounding the jersey dress. To play up Kristin’s femininity, we layered a couple colorful necklaces and added a ladylike touch with a ruffled bag and a pretty polka dot scarf.

1piece3girls_kristin2Kristin is wearing: Tiffany Bean Frances Dress, her own milky quartz stud earrings, her own leather-sleeve black blazer, Ann Taylor rose quartz pyramid necklace, Kendra Scott Rayne Long Necklace in Black, her own rings, Steve Madden Ruffle Bag, V. FRAAS Taupe Polka Dot Scarf, her own beige patent pumps. 

1piece3girls_kristin31piece3girls_carly1Finally it’s my turn. For me, I decided to go with a vintage eclectic look, utilizing a thrifted vintage belt and a chiffon overlay for a softer feel. By belting the top it gives it a little more coverage and dresses it up for an evening out, or for a barbecue with friends from work.

1piece3girls_carly2Carly is wearing: Tiffany Bean Frances Dress, urban sweetpea Double Initial Necklace (c/o Max & Chloe), Feather-print Chiffon Top (Japan), vintage shell-detail belt, H&M rings, Wildfox bone ring (from HauteLook), gold crown rings (Japan), R&E Gold Square-Heel pumps (Japan), Lilly Pulitzer Spring Fling Clutch. 1piece3girls_carly3(I also brought macarons from Pearl Bakery to nosh on while we shot photos – they were enormous and oh-so-tasty:-)


And as an added bonus, Tiffany is offering the Frances dress featured above for an exclusive STEAL – at an amazing 30% off for my readers!

Purchase the Tiffany Bean Frances Dress for $99 (marked down from $140)

(Enter code CHICSTEALS at checkout in the Mabel & Zora online shop to take advantage of this offer – expires 6/21/13.)

1piece3girls_brookeandkristin21piece3girls_shoppingPlus, right now Mabel & Zora is having an enormous Memorial Day Sale in-store, with sale pieces marked down from 30-75% off (including Yosi Samra ballet flats, pieces from the Tiffany Bean Spring Line, Ms. Wood) 1piece3girls_mabelandzorainside3If you are local to Portland, definitely drop by the shop today take advantage!

Thank you so much to Tiffany and the Mabel & Zora team for their hospitality, and to Brooke and Kristin for being my willing models!;-)

0.1piece3girls_tiffanybeanintroLet me know what you think – whose look do you like the best? And how would YOU style the Frances dress?


P.S. If any of my readers are local to Portland, OR, and between the ages of 25-40, I’d love to feature you in the “One Piece, Three Girls” series. Drop me a line and let’s collaborate!

Portland Saturday Market Hustle & Bustle Fashion Show Video

As some of you may know, I’ve been working part-time at a local video production company and stage rental house.  We did a promo video for the Portland Saturday Market Fashion Show (Hustle & Bustle) last month, and I wanted to share the results.

I did all the titling and motion graphics for the piece, so I’m showing off a bit.;-)

A little bit of Portland fashion for ya.


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