Chic for the Week – 8

Chic for the Week shopping picks on my wishlist for Spring 2015Welcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that I can’t stop thinking about.

It’s mid-March, and Spring is definitely here! Portland is uncharacteristically warm and hail-free (at least so far, fingers crossed haha) and it’s time for bare legs and showing some skin.

Here’s what’s on my wishlist this week:

1. Nothing like adding a little strappiness to your life – and this Strappy Together Orchid Purple Dress delivers that and then some. Flaunt some skin and taunt your curves in this amazing, Spring-y color.

2. I do have a thing for kitschy, fun bags – and this ASOS Popsicle Cross Body Bag is no exception. How adorbs is this?? Seriously…and I may be too old for this stuff by now, but every time I look at it, I just break out in a smile. A popsicle that won’t melt, and you can carry with you always, like your best friend in your pocket. (and use promo code GRAND to save 20% off your ASOS.com order til 3 AM EST 3/18/15!!)

3. When wearing a sexy dress, you can sometimes push it too far by adding accessories that read too overt. I like to mix things up and err on the side of caution – and these In a Classic Heel of Its Own Heels in Mint make this outfit more ladylike with their low heel. Pastel-on-pastel, in this pairing they make the dress read feminine and sweet.

4. To ward away any remaining chills, wrap up with this lightweight New Look Pretty Cream Floral Scarf. Also looks fabulous in a casual outfit with jeans and your favorite T-shirt…plus a floppy fedora. (Again, use that promo code GRAND and snap this up by Wednesday 3 AM!)

Hope you guys are having an excellent – and Springy! – start to the week!

xo
Carly

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Quote: The Worst Enemy to Creativity is Self-Doubt

The Worst Enemy to Creativity is Self-Doubt typography quote by Sylvia Plath

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

-Sylvia Plath

It’s been awhile, my friends.

I took an impromptu hiatus from this blog because I was hard at work on many other things.

My day job managing the online presence of Studio 3, Inc., posts in collaborations with brands that can’t go live yet, reorganizing and re-linking my entire DIY gallery (still a work in progress), planning out new content for Chic Steals, making jewelry and baubles to launch my line soon, working on videos with Uncommon Era, plus personal things threatening to reach out and swallow me whole…yup, it’s been a very busy March so far.

I’ve had to let a lot of things slide.

Plus being so busy has begun to make me doubt myself…is it worth it to be this busy? Am I doing to much? Should I lay any one of the above to rest?

Of course, with these thoughts circling in my head it has been hard to write about being creative. So I took a little time and put together this bit of typography just to flex those creative muscles.

Just because.

And I find, that if I can lay those nagging doubts to rest and just do something, regardless, I start to feel more creative, and back to my old self again.

How do you deal with creative block?

xo
Carly

Typography layout by me. Link, share & pin as much as you like! Share and share alike :-)

Shopbop THE BIG SPRING SALE – Save Up to 25% – Currently Live

image029 The bi-annual HUGE Shopbop Sale is now LIVE (from Tuesday March 3 6:30 AM EST) …going until Sunday March 8 at 4 AM EST.

The more you spend, the more you save, with:

  • 15% off purchases over $250
  • 20% off purchases over $500
  • 25% off purchases over $1000

On EVERYTHING on the site! (Except for Stuart Weitzman)

Get Your Discount Here and Shop Now

Also, if you want to check out some of the top sellers in the past month on Shopbop.com, here are the top 5 trending items (from left to right):

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Loco Domo Packrat Backpack  //  5th & Mercer Long sleeve Dress (comes in 4 colors)  //  DVF Zarita Lace Dress (4 colors)  //  One by Contrarian Maxi Dress (8 colors!)  //  BB Dakota Lillian Drapey Front Jacket (4 colors)

Shop the Shopbop Spring Sale Now

Happy Shopping!

xo

Carly

DIY Ideas from Fall 2015 Fashion Weeks Street Style

milanstreetstyle_2Fashion weeks around the world have drawn to a close, and we’ve seen a ton of DIY-able ideas for this coming Fall. How about that ubiquitous street style for February 2015 – what are all the fashionistas in the know wearing? The answer is fabulous coats and warm weather gear…and there are more than a few great ideas out there that are still totally do-able and make-able before Spring is fully here. See below to get those creative juices flowing…

londonstreetstyle_1 In London, Tati Cotliar sported a cut pink hooded overcoat – and you can add a similar studded detail to the hood with some flat round brass studs.

This verbose topper spotted on the streets could be easily remade with a thrifted man’s wool overcoat and adding some wordy iron-on appliqués in punky neon colors. (This Etsy shop makes some neat ones!)

londonstreetstyle_2Caroline Sieber attended the shows in this pretty blue suit jacket – made beautifully unique with a large-sized iron-on embroidered floral motif appliqué.

Sarah Rutson‘s No 21 top could easily be mimicked by hand-sewing some black ostrich feathers (humanely harvested, ideally) onto the front of a boring black sweater to make it chic.

milanstreetstyle_1In Milan, Elisa Nalin‘s punchy ensemble is offset by a bright beaded clutch – which could be made by gluing plastic beaded necklaces from the dollar store or a toy store in a V-pattern onto an existing clutch.

This neat hybrid denim jacket spotted on the streets could be re-created by someone enterprising – just by re-purposing a knitted blanket sewn to the hem of a jacket, cut apart and used as collar-covering, and some of the yarn pulled out and woven into the jacket as detailing. (Look for a really thick, luxurious yarn to make this work!)milanstreetstyle_2Appliques again! (Seeing a trend??!) Adding them to a plain sweatshirt-fabric skirt can make gray look fabulous.

And that coat would be a doable Franken-DIY: bleach an indigo denim jacket, remove the arms and replace with arms salvaged from a thrifted black leather jacket. Instant Milan street cred.

nyfwstreetstyle_1From New York, something similar to Anya Ziourova‘s Fendi sweater could be made with hand-sewing some exposed zippers to the front with colored faux fur, rhinestone trim, and colored fleece in patches and shapes to make that fun monster face.

Gigi Hadid‘s Diesel Black Gold jacket take some serious studding skills…but would be an amazing upgrade to a very simple black leather moto jacket.

nyfwstreetstyle_2Any top could be given a glam makeover by hand-sewing beads and rhinestones onto the front in a starburst pattern.

That Thom Browne coat could be easily re-interpreted with just a line of cone spikes ringing the armscye of a nipped-in gray Victorian-style overcoat.

Hope that gives you some ideas for projects to start right now!
xo
Carly

Photos: Phil Oh from Vogue.com, Craig Arend from The New York Times, , Mark Iantosca, POPSUGAR. Composites by me.

My Spoonflower Fabrics Maker-Submitted Project Showcase

As you may know, I designed some fabrics awhile ago and offer them for sale by the yard through my shop on Spoonflower.
mygalaxydesignsonspoonflowerAt first I created them because I couldn’t find any galaxy-print fabrics that I liked, and I wanted to play with the trending print. After I opened my shop though, people that I didn’t even know began purchasing my designs and using them in their own projects. I was so thrilled to see other creators designing with fabrics that I had spent so long laboring over their designs, their colors, their pattern repeat until my eyes were practically crossed!

Some people were kind enough to share with me some projects they had made:
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Like Yannick who goes by @yansev on Instagram, who made this amazing wakeboard cover using my palm tree fabric. (He’s working on a line of wakeboard covers coming in Summer 2015 – follow him on Instagram for updates!!) Whoever thought of making a wakeboard cover with Spoonflower fabric…isn’t that cool??!

galaxytoteAnd Maria, who made this galaxy-print tote she offers for sale in her Etsy shop 162Pens.

galaxypencilcaseShe also made this cute little pencil case/makeup pouch too.

Her craftsmanship is just beautiful…you should definitely check out the other pretty designs in her shop to ogle!

Thank you everyone for sharing your amazing projects with me! I’m so happy that you found these fabrics useful and fun for you:-)
outfit9.02.13_bag2Just to share some more ideas, I made this DIY Flat Bottomed Zip Pouch with my Sideways Palm Tree Tropical Photo Print in organic cotton sateen…

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…this DIY Galaxy-Print Mini Skirt with my Alternate Blue Galaxy Print in organic cotton sateen…

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…and this scrunchie with my Red Star Field Galaxy Print in silk crepe de chine.

In addition to fabrics, you can also get any of these prints available for sale as wallpaper or gift wrap too!

I’m so happy that something like Spoonflower exists, where fabric designers can made beautiful fabrics come to life, and people like me, who just like playing with pattern and color, can even aspire to be a fabric designer.

If any of you have used my Spoonflower fabrics for anything, please share your projects with me! I’d love to showcase them on Chic Steals :-)

xo
Carly

DIY Ideas from Fall 2015 Fashion Weeks

0.diyideas_fall2015runwaysintrophotoMercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week has wrapped up, folks…London Fashion Week is drawing to a close…next up, Paris and Milan. Already some great DIY ideas are surfacing for Fall 2015 and I’ll bet you want to get right on top of those and start thinking about how to incorporate these trends into your wardrobe for the upcoming season. Here are some emerging looks from the runways:

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Though it’s hard to tell from the photo, hand-stitching some delicate silver ball-chain to the edges of your clothing a la Alexander Wang can look edgy and cool. Create a faux quilting effect on a dark pair of shorts using iron-on pearl nailheads and trim like at Alice + Olivia. Hand-sew a swatch of shearling to a jacket collar to make it ultra cozy.diyfall2015_2

Add white brushstrokes of fabric paint on the hem of a trench to make a bold statement like Band of Outsiders. You can mimic the Kaelen look by chopping off a shoulder from a long shirtdress (and finishing the hem by tucking under and securing with fabric glue or a line of stitching)…and add some ribbons looped into bows at either side of the skirt.diyfall2015_3

Go leatherette like L.A.M.B. by sewing some leather patches onto a sweater at the front and elbows, creating a patched leather skirt to match. Go full on cray-cray like Libertine and add a variety of appliques to a standard wool coat to make it vibrant and colorful.diyfall2015_4

Tartan and lace go together like peas and carrots. Do like Marc Jacobs and slit a pleated plaid skirt at the folds, adding lace strips in-between with some hand-sewing or hem tape. Create an embellished sweater like at Markus Lupfer and hand-stitch clusters of beads onto a thrifted turtleneck to downplay all the brown tragedy.

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Get out the white fabric paint and go all Jackson Pollack on a black suit like at Norma Kamali. Upgrade a well-fitting vibrant coat with a line of contrasting piping, sewn on higgledy-piggledy with a pipin foot like Peter Pilotto did.diyfall2015_6

Do double-duty DIY inspired by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi by adding tiny hand-stitched clusters of dark beads to a cropped cream sweater, and bright lacing and iron-on appliques to a standard plaid skirt. Get sexy like Proenza Schouler by cutting slits in a slinky knit dress (just overlock the edges after cutting so they don’t unravel!) and wear a pair of fishnet tights underneath to add the appeal.diyfall2015_7

Get into dip-dying by dipping a cream turtleneck fisherman’s sweater into indigo dye like at Sea. Add a bit of sweetness to a mini LBD like at Vera Wang by stitching on white flowers (pulled off a silk flower!) and securing with a white pearl in each center.diyfall2015_8

Make a standard gray turtleneck more fun like at Vivienne Tam by taking an open flame to a piece of polyester or rayon to burn it into a fun and raggedy pattern (which may take a few tries!) Hand-sew your hand-made lacey fabric onto the chest and shoulders of a sweater. Add texture like at Zero + Maria Cornejo by sewing lines of black fringe up and down a charcoal wrap coat.

Any brands or collections that seem to lend themselves to DIY in your opinion? Let me know in the comments: I’m always on the lookout for any new lines of interest!

xo

Carly

All photos from Style.com; photo collages by me.

Chic for the Week – 7

chicfortheweek_7Welcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that I can’t stop thinking about.

Actually, Chic for the Weekend might be more appropo. And it’s technically the last weekend before March arrives, so I’m on the lookout for some pale, Springy items to usher in the season.

Here are some items that have been on my shopping wishlist lately:

1. Besides a 401K, EVERY lady needs a fluffy tulle skirt in her life, one to twirl and play with and feel utterly feminine and childlike again. Behold this Amore Tulle Skirt, currently en route to moi, which will look amazing under a moto jacket or with a tanktop camisole a la the opening credits of Sex and the City.

2. A skirt this sexy requires a lovely and ladylike piece of jewelry to set it off, and this Rose and Pearl Choker Necklace hits both the edgy contemporary note of the open fixed choker necklace popularized by Celine and Karl Lagerfeld, and a vintagey vibe. L-O-V-E!

3. It may be stating the obvious, but tongue-in-cheek accessories are totally my thing. This All Dressed Up Clutch is oh-so-cute (and super-affordable, at under $15!). Great for tucking under the arm and organizing all your essentials.

4. To keep with the soft pastel feel, this Come On Downy Cardigan is the perfect pair for the fluffy tulle skirt, since it’s equally fluffy (and your significant other won’t be able to keep his dirtymanhands off of you! ;-)

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

xo
Carly

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Outfit 2.16.15: Faux Quilting and Faux Sequins

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Mismatched rhinestone stud earrings: I forget. Sequins sweatshirt: Romwe (old, similar here or here. Rings: mocha, Shashi solitaire ring in rose gold, Gorjana “G” stackable ring set. Hard-sided geometric clutch: ASOS (old, similar here). Quilted Faux Leather Midi Skirt: DIY (tutorial here). Follie Platform Pumps: L.A.M.B. Manicure: OPI Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer in Get Your Number. Dog: Pudding the Shih Apso.

2.16.15outfit-cu1It will be Spring soon.

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