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A Dose of Pink Fusion from Reebok Skyscape + Giveaway

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Just like everyone these days, my life is jam-packed. From morning to night, I’m going to the gym, taking my son to school, running errands, scouting locations, meeting my business partner, chatting with the girls over tea, picking up my son, and going to after-school activities (and then maybe out to dinner if I’m lucky!). Basically, my feet are two busy dogs and I usually hit my 10,000 steps daily with little effort needed. With the new feather-light Reebok Skyscapes, I can go from errands to car to walking to running around – all while supported, comfy, and stylish.
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The lace-to-toe molded silhouette and unique design provide amazing comfort (seriously, you have to try these to believe it!!). This shoe is crafted borrowing the materials and soft molding process used to create lingerie, which provides all-around comfort and creates a shoe so lightweight that it weighs only 5.0 ounces. (The soft foam material in the upper feels just like my favorite molded bra – which feels almost like I’m wearing nothing on my feet at all.) I love that the shoe isn’t covered with all sorts of stitching and rubber bits and things that catch and weigh me down: the design is sleek and streamlined and looks like a hybrid between an athletic shoe and a casual sneaker. Inside the footbed the Skyscape features Skyspring technology, which is a unique design architecture designed to help support the foot and provide all day comfort for my on-the-go lifestyle. It’s just like walking on clouds. (“So lightweight and comfortable, you’ll forget you have them on” is their tagline.)
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Perfect for keeping up with the dog: Pudding may have super-short legs, but she can run!
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Plus whilst wearing them I love to coordinate them to my outfit – and they don’t look as if I just walked out of a spinning class or something. (They’re now my choice of footwear when picking up my son at school for the long walk from the car to his classroom, standing around the playground, and then back to the car.) They come in some fun and fashion-forward colors (mine are Pink Fusion!) and cost under $70 for a pair. Reebok Skyscapes are available for online purchase, or at select Kohl’s, Reebok FitHub, or Outlet locations for in-store purchase.

Giveaway

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You can win a YourReebok Custom Card and create your own pair of Reebok Skyscape shoes!
How to Enter: Leave a comment telling me where you would wear your Reebok Skyscapes. To work, on the playground, to school, walking the dog, heading to the gym, hiking, etc.? Where would you rock these babies? Let me know in the comments on this post! (Comments on this post only; no comment within Facebook will be counted.)
Good luck to everyone!
xo
Carly
FTC Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with BlogHer and Reebok Skyscape. I received 1 pair of Reebok Skyscapes for review purposes, and 1 pair will be provided to the winner of the giveaway. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.


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This sweepstakes runs from 4/21/2014-5/18/2014.

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Okay…So I Caved…

…in, fell head-over-heels for current trends…

…and bought myself a pair of flatforms.

I swore I wasn’t going to this Spring.  I hated flatforms when I first saw them…and was sure I’d never come around to the idea of them.

But these ones from GoJane.com are just so pretty.  And Springy.  And at a mere $15.95, I couldn’t resist.

Now if only it would stop snowing (!) here in Portland and I could take them out on a  Spring frolic…

If you’re interested in them, you can snag them here:

GoJane Glitter Canvas Flatform

(they have black with silver glitter too!)

xoxox

Carly

P.S. I should be back to more regular posting Sunday…after my Maya final tomorrow and then a Fri/Sat all-day seminar class!

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High-Fashion DIY’s: Quick, Quick!

So Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Fall 2011/12 has commenced and the shows are now well underway…and I’m following the coverage as it breaks.  I’m a little sorry I can’t make it out there this time around, but there’s so much going on here I just can’t tear myself away.  For now, following from a distance will just have to do…and I’m beginning to formulate some ideas for DIY’s straight off the runways for the upcoming Fall season.

However, as Spring is just around the corner here are some luxury-label pieces that have caught my eye…and that you could totally D.I.Y. Here’s the five-second rundown:

Marc Jacobs Tape Sweater

Quick How-To: Attach pieces of white sweatshirt fabric onto the front and back of a loose-knit beige sweater.  Use black Duck Tape to disguise the edges of the sweatshirt pieces (and tape another piece on the inside so it won’t stick to your skin through the loose-knit).  Never wash this sweater again!

Miu Miu Tiered Lace Dress

Quick How-To: Take any mini sleeveless LBD sheath and stitch tiers of lace trim around it.  (I believe this type of lace is called “Venise/Venice Lace” or “Guipure Lace.”)   Sure, it’s fiddly, but it will get you exactly the same look for a whole lot less!

Coach Tangle Ball-Chain Framed Small Bag

Quick How-To: Use a small clutch purse frame that has holes in it for sewing onto your bag, and attach different types of ball chain, colored chains, oxidized chains, and rhinestone chains to the holes as you sew the bag body onto it.  Alternatively, just use a clutch purse that has the style of frame you like, and attach the chains near the frame using jump rings or threading jewelry wire into the purse body to hold them on.

Haus of Price Jackson Shell Stillettos

Quick How-To: Pick a pair of neutral pumps and add a thick layer of hot glue [gluesticks for general purpose, or for fabric/vinyl crafts if you can find it], pressing tiny shells like these and these into it before it dries.  Do a single small area at a time since the hot glue dries super-fast!  (Yes, this is one of the few times I will actually advocate using hot-glue in a wearable DIY!  Also allowed in hair accessories and brooches.;-)

Coco & Breezy Spiky Studs Sunglasses

Quick How-To: Attach stick-on pyramid nailhead trim around a pair of old-school visor-style sunglasses.  Poke holes with an awl into the sides and add cone spikes through the holes.

Alexander Wang Plastic Necklace

Quick How-To: Two pieces of Crystal Clear shrink plastic, colored with a thin coat of green acrylic paint, cut into a collar-shape and attached with jump rings and chains.  Easy-peasy!

Christian Dior Haute Couture Flocked Dress

Quick How-To: Take a vintage, long-sleeved dress (that’s already stiff) and add colored Craft Flock Fibers to one side of it to get this lovely textural feel.  Trial and error is the name of the game!

See any brand-name items that you’re wondering how to DIY?  Hit me up at carlyjcais at chic-steals dot com and lmk!  I’ll include them in the next round of High-Fashion DIY’s!

xoxox

Carly

photo credits: net-a-porter.com, Fashionising.com, KeikoLynn.com, StantonJames.com, thefashionspot, wireimage.
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Taking Stock: DIY’s of 2010

Now with almost midnight and 2011, while catching up on Gossip Girl episodes and eating peppermint ice cream, I just wanted to take a look back at 2010 and all the DIY tutorials I’ve shared here (and elsewhere).  Missed any?  Here they are, one more time:

Hair Accessories
Accessories
Jewelry
Clothing
Men’s Clothing Remakes
Shoes
Home Decor
Recipes

Wow, it’s a lot when you look at them all like that! 63 tutorials and how-tos (and I only did 51 in 2009).  I hope this last year has been a wonderful, amazing year for everyone, filled with happiness and DIY!

Here’s hoping that 2011 is even better!

Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers, friends, fellow bloggers, and family!

xoxox
Carly

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Fall Shoes Under $43 AND a Coupon Code for Overstock.com!

Fall is here and I have shoes on the brain!

Overstock.com is a great site to shop at a discount (always!) for everything from furniture to kids’ clothing, to books, crafts (my fave!;-)), to women’s outerwear, clothing, handbags, jewelry, and shoes.  It’s always a treasure hunt because you never know what you’ll find on sale there.  Plus, they offer $2.95 shipping on your entire order!  (And currently they’re also having a promotion for  Free Shipping on Outerwear to a continental U.S. address!)

They’ve also shared with me a coupon code just for you:

Enter code 121728 at checkout 

to receive 10% off your entire order!

So as I wrote, I’m definitely in the market for a new pair of shoes for Fall.  But what should I pick?  Boots made for stompin’? Demure little booties? High, high heels?  Here are some items that caught my eye: (and the best thing is, they’re both under $43 if you use the coupon!!)

 

Go Max Prestige 8 Platform Stiletto Heels, $15.29 with coupon

 

Penny Loves Kenny Cavalry Short Boots, $32.39 with coupon

 

Maybe you’ll be able to find some other goodies there?

 

Shop Women’s Shoes on Overstock.com Now!

xoxox
Carly

FTC Disclosure: All the ideas and opinions expressed are my own. No monetary compensation was received for doing this post, however, I was provided with a discount code. Read more about my Disclosure Policy here.

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DIY Fringed Gladiator Sandals: Create Couture Challenge

Yes, another project I submitted for Style Sample Magazine and New York Design Shop’s Create Couture Challenge back in early August.  I’ll get all of these posted if it kills me!!!

You Need:

*Mocha Suedette Fringe
*Mini Gold Pyramid Studs
*Large Gold Pyramid Studs

Additional Tools/Materials:

*faux suede or leather strappy sandals (American Eagle Tomahawk Beaded Sandals from Payless)
*pliers
*leather glue
*awl (optional)
*moleskin (optional)

[prep: remove any embellishments from shoes first]
How to:

1. Push studs into the straps of the shoes, using pliers to bend the prongs over on the underside.  If you have trouble pushing the studs through the shoe material, an awl can be helpful to punch holes first.  You can also use small pieces of moleskin on the inside of the shoes if any prongs scratch your feet when you are wearing them.

2. Measure length of fringe needed by wrapping it around top of sandals.  Cut.

3. Apply a thin strip of leather glue to the tops of the sandals, and press the fringe into it.  Allow to dry.

And that’s it!

Gladiatrix, boho, SoCal…however you say it, these sandals are FAB!

xoxox
Carly

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They're Here! They're Here!

I happened upon an amazing deal a little while back on the HauteLook website.  I’ve never actually purchased anything from them before.  (What I can say is they ship a LOT faster than RueLala or Ideeli, considering purchases from them have taken 4-6 weeks to arrive.)  Now there’s so many “members-only” sample sale sites that I’ve pretty much lost track, and a lot of the good stuff sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.

The week in question they were having a sale for Shoes: $100 and Under, which are pretty much magic words to my ears;-)  Normally I would have trouble finding something in my fairly common 7.5 shoe size, but this time I happened upon the most gorgeous pair of Velvet Angels shoes – and just kept refreshing the screen repeatedly, muttering little prayers all the while.

And finally, 7.5 was in stock!

I snapped up these beautiful Optima Wedges, original retail price $295, for just over $60.  Unbelievable!

And what was more unbelievable to me when they arrived was the quality.  Beautiful crinkled leather, unique molded mirrored platform, footbed with velvet-covered metatarsal padding, and a sheer weight to them that “felt” like luxury (which I know is really just a concept, but bear me out).  Plus they came in a lovely sliding box, just like a little drawer, ready to go in my closet.

I can’t wait to showcase these in an outfit!  I’m thinking a little romper…and something handmade… we’ll just have to wait and see!

Of course, the Peanut Gallery just had to take them out for a spin before I could.;-)

I think maybe I should go a size down?

If you’d like to join HauteLook and snag a similar “Wheeeee!” -inducing find for yourself, feel free to use my invite below:

Upcoming sales for this week include (Tuesday 8/17) Kate Somerville, t-bags, Custo Barcelona; (Wednesday 8/18) Sue Wong, Christopher Kon; (Thursday 8/19) Splendid, sky, and Fall Trends from Lucky Magazine (which I’m just dying to peek at!!)

Hope everyone’s having a great start to their weeks!
xoxo
Carly

Like Dogs? Like Shoes? Why Not Combine Them…

A little bit of laughter for your Thursday morning.:-)  (I highly doubt any animals were used in the making of them.)

xoxo
Carly


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