Shopbop Friends & Family Sale – NOW until Midnight Tonight!

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Hi friends – just a quick note to let you know that the Shopbop Frends & Family Sale is happening NOW until 11:59 PM PT TONIGHT! (Oh yeah…almost missed it there…)

Use code INTHEFAM to get EVERYTHING 25% OFF!

Shopbop Lace Clothing for Spring

from left to right: items from Alexis, For Love & Lemons, Ulla Johnson, Little White Lies, St. Roche, CLU, Velvet, Rachel Zoe (aff. links)

I’m hankering after breezy, light, lace items lately…and they sure have a bunch of neat things. (And some potential DIY ideas in there too!)

Shop the Shopbop Sale Now



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March Email Giveaway: Choose Your Book

chic-steals-march-email-book-giveaway-1aIn all the craziness that was the short month that was February…and the fact that I just started a new full-time job at the beginning of this month…combined to make me remiss on doing a monthly giveaway for my email subscribers. Sorry, friends!

But I’m back again with another great giveaway: this time of jewelry-making books.

These are high-level, technique-driven books…and if you want to take your jewelry-making to the next level, these are truly awesome. Here’s what’s up for giveaway this month:

March 2016 Email Subscriber Giveaway

This month you could win one of these books pictured:

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If you’ve ever wondered how to work with metal clay (Art Clay Silver or PMC, for example), this is the book for you! From techniques in working with metal clay to incorporating stones, using cork as a firing base, working with metal clay sheets, making simple rings to complex brooches and pendants…this book is comprehensive and fun. The projects are whimsical and unique – certain to spark many more ideas for other cool creations. You can also read more about Metal Clay Jewelry on Amazon here. Though the book is secondhand, it is in very good condition.

WIN THIS: Jewelry Making: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

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If you’re serious about professional jewelry-making (or taking your hobby to the next level) – this is such a useful resource! Though the Tim McCreight books are often cited as the gold standard in metalsmithing and jewelry-making, this book I thought even better, with beautiful photos and projects to try. It is high-level, but it starts out easy and progresses so by the end of it you will be a true artisan. Read more details about Jewelry Making: Tips and Tricks of the Trade on Amazon. The book is in like new condition.

WIN THIS: The Art of Resin Jewelry

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Sherri Haab is a prolific crafting author who isn’t afraid to dive into the more complex materials and techniques. In this book she covers the fun art of resin jewelry: from mixing, measuring, and coloring, to making your own custom molds, incorporating poly clay, making duplicates of jewelry you already have, encasing objects (like candy!) into your jewelry, and so much more. It’s a super fun, colorful addition to any crafting library. I’ve had this book for awhile so it is slightly used but still in very good condition. Read more about The Art of Resin Jewelry on Amazon here.

So…you’d like to know how to win? All you need to do is sign up to receive my weekly newsletter below:

Edit 4/6/16: Winners have been drawn and giveaway is officially closed. Congrats Eric, Nikki C., and Jen B.! Subscribe below for another chance to win some great prizes at the end of April!

Then on Friday, April 1 you’ll receive an email where you can choose which book you want to enter to win. Choose one – and I’ll select one winner from all valid entries for each book – and send you your book anywhere in the world!

Sounds cool? You bet it is!

Sign up here if the form above doesn’t load. You’ll get weekly digests of Chic Steals posts, exclusive content and giveaways, and there’s a lot more on the way for you guys. Hope to see you there!




3 email subscribers will win 1 copy of each book pictured. The subscribers will be chosen randomly based on their selection of book they want to win in an upcoming email. ARV of the book ranges from $1.01-22.99. Entering your email in the Subscribe box subscribes you to a weekly digest of posts from Chic Steals, as well as occasional emails announcing products or services that may be of interest to my readers. I do not use emails for anything else. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon products as reference for the books I am giving away. My full Disclosure Policy is here.


DIY Matte Tip Nail Art: Make Your Mani Last with a Tip Refresh


I’m big on squeezing every.last.drop of usefulness out of a manicure. If I’ve gone to the trouble of painting my nails (and it’s not gel)…I want them to last as long as humanly possible. Some bottles of nail polish say that to keep your mani fresh you need to paint another coat on your nails every 2 days. But seriously…who’s got time for that?? (Plus, if you’re sealing your manicure with a topcoat once done…wouldn’t you have to paint…and then seal…again?) I want minimal time, minimal fuss, and minimal damage to my nails.


This is where I’m at after about 10 days of wear using a base coat, regular nail polish, and topcoat. It’s almost time to retire it…or is it??

In the past, I’ve shared a Glitter Tip Refresh and a Sharpie Tip Refresh. How about another nail polish refresh…but this time playing with a matte version for contrast?      matte-nail-tip-art-refresh-urban-outfitters-nail-polish

I’m using: Urban Outfitters UO Classics Midnight Rider Nail Polish with Urban Outfitters UO Matte Violet Nail Polish on the tips for the refresh (aff. links)


The tutorial is pretty self-explanatory: use tape to cordon off a cool diagonal stripe that makes the nail art cool city girl chic.


Peel tape off while tip color is still wet.


If you do the proper thing and add a layer of topcoat you’ll lose the pretty matte textural contrast…but your tip refresh will last longer. Matte polish chips a lot faster than regular, so you may only get a few more days out of this mani…but it’s good enough for me!


What do you guys think? Something you might try to keep that manicure going a little longer?




Inspiration – Make the Amazing Happen

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Make the amazing happen.

I don’t know who said this inspirational quote, but I do know it can help provide that push when you need it. And we all are capable of making the amazing happen.

Advice for life.


Inspiration: Blaze Your Own Trail

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Blaze your own trail.


Though in part attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson,who wrote “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”…this phrase is sometimes challenging to fully embrace. But as inspiration for living, I’ve finally come to realize:

Truer words could not have been said.

May your trail always be bold and ablaze with furious amazement.


Shopbop Spring Sale

Shopbop Spring Sale graphicHello friends!

Just when you’re itching to infuse your closet with pastels, trenchcoats, floral patterns, and pretty shoes, Shopbop is ready to oblige with their annual Spring Sale!

Now until March 5 at 11:59 PM PST you can get up to 25% off your order – just by using code BIGEVENT16 at checkout. Ready to cash in on the savings? Click the below to get started!

Shop the Shopbop Sale Happening Now!

For the fine print, including the list of exclusions, see here.



20 DIY’s to Elevate Your Spring Style

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Spring is on its way, bringing a revival of pastel hues, flowery motifs, and lighter fabrics. Want to start the season off with a couple DIY projects to freshen up your wardrobe? Check out these 20 Spring Fashion DIY’s from the Chic Steals archives:


Illusion Jeweled Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings


Super-Easy Tattoo Tights


Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace


Colorblocked Bag (or How to Paint Leather with Acrylic Paint)

Easy 1 and 2/3 Yards Lace Dress


Alteration 101: How to Make a T-Shirt Dress Bigger


Colorful Anthropologie Tassel Necklace


Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt


Radiant Rhinestone Belt


Miu Miu Rhinestone-Embellished Flats

And I’m sure you’re looking for MORE Spring projects, so here you go!

10 DIY Projects for Spring crafts roundup

Clockwise, from top left:

Flowered Ballet Flats  |  Floral Applique Cardigan  |  Prada Rose Cabochon Stud Earrings

Gold Foil Easter Egg Nails  |  Flower Barrette

Flowered Snackcessory Clutch  |  Watercolor Scarf  |  Enamel Bib Necklace


Lace Maxi-Skirt


Flower Petal Top

Happy Spring – and Happy DIY’ing!


Inspiration: Never Say Never Quote

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Never say never.

Though I’ve heard it many times before, I was surprised to find that this quote is first attributed to Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. (Not Justin Bieber, strangely enough.)

As a creative, you will encounter many roadblocks. You will experience many naysayers along your journey…as well as your own internal voice that talks you down from that ledge of dreams. Don’t rule the possibilities out…and keep dreaming.