6 Unexpected and Chic Color Combos for Fall


6 Unexpected and Chic Color Combos for FallAutumn is now in full swing, and sometimes I need a little inspiration of some color combinations in my outfits that veer away from a standard plaid, maroon, mustard, brown, and dark rinse denim. (Fall I feel is always a rut for me. Just sayin’.) Just because it’s not Spring doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate brights, pastels, or other patterns! Here are 6 unexpected color combos to breathe life into your wardrobe for Fall:

1. Gold brocade/Navy

2. Pink/Red/Tan Leopard

3. Cobalt Blue/Neon Yellow/Black-and-White Leopard

4. Pale Blue/Sunny Yellow Croc/Red/Denim

5. Navy/Pale Pink/Green Sequin

6. Mint Green/Tan Check/Cream

What color combinations have you tried that surprised you with how well they worked?


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Chic for the Week – 5


Chic for the Week   5Welcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that have been on my mind lately.

Autumn is now fully upon us, and I’m thinking cozy with fuzzy jackets, perfect ankle booties, and warm tights. My part-time position with Studio 3 is requiring more hours lately as I grow their social media channels and do SEO analyses of their website, so I’m also thinking warm with a dash of ladylike and a hint of office-appropriateness. Here are a couple items I’m having a craving for:

1. BB Dakota Liezel Sky Blue Coat – so mod with the center zip, made of a mohair-style wool blend (but without the itch factor since I’m terribly allergic). It would look fab with a white scarf or some dangly earrings, zipped-up for an evening soiree.

2. Love the pull-on design of these New Look Wide Fit Capital Heeled Chelsea Boots- the heel is low enough that they won’t hurt after a long day, but still high enough to make your calves look gorgeous. (Plus they look great with blue jeans!)

3. Every Now and Gem Necklace in Noir is such a statement necklace, and the perfect piece-de-resistance to a simple work outfit. I’m thinking over a pastel-hued sweater on my off days.

4. A unique reincarnation of the ubiquitous striped dress, this Chalk of the Town Dress in Streamers works both for the office, and for an after-hours office party. (The pockets are an excellently useful touch.)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a great Columbus Day!


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I’m Selling Designer Denim and Finds From My Closet! Check it Out…



Yes, folks, I have been cleaning out my closet like a madwoman. (And no, it’s not that Spring Cleaning time of year yet! Im Selling Designer Denim and Finds From My Closet! Check it Out...

I’ve experienced an unexpected and significant change in my family’s circumstances – which has thrown my son Lil Tot and I into dire financial straits. (I have not been able to share exact details yet, but I will when the time is right.)

I’ve been selling off what I can to make ends meet. Above are some items from my closet I currently have listed on Ebay…more to come soon. If you’re interested, please check them out! (Under Ebay seller name seashellcarly)

Thanks for looking!


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Introducing ReadyAimBlog!


Introducing ReadyAimBlog!Hello wonderful readers! I am so excited to announce the top-secret project I’ve been working on since August: my new blog consulting, troubleshooting, and design company:


It’s been awhile in the making, and I’ve just launched the website at the Portland Bloggers Back to School: Blog Design event. I have three sections of offerings right now:

Introducing ReadyAimBlog!ReadyAimMedic: where I offer technical troubleshooting for even the smallest issues for your blog. Have a problem? A nagging functionality quirk? Need it fixed ASAP? Get in touch using the contact form for a quote for fixing, starting at $20.

Introducing ReadyAimBlog!Blog Consultations: where I offer a 30-minute Blog Consultation, to define your blogging goals, audience, and strategy; and a 1-hour Design Consultation, where I advise on optimizing the design of your blog, pulling together disparate elements, and converting your visitors into repeat customers. Reach out using either of the contact forms on the page to book your Consultation. (Booking form coming soon!)

Introducing ReadyAimBlog!

ReadyAimStyle: here I plan to add downloadable blog logos, customize-able social media icons, and blog graphics packages, as well as fully custom blog designs. I’ve been working on the content for this section, so stay tuned!

I also plan to add a blog (of course!) and tons of resources, tips, and help for any and all bloggers. Right now you can snag a free downloadable Style Guide template for your blog’s style!

Download the Free Blog Style Guide Template Here

For technical help, I specialize in blogs on either self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org), self-hosted Blogger, or Blogspot.com blogs. Other blogs or inquiries please drop me a line!

I am so excited to be able to put my 7 years of blogging and online marketing to good use, and help others who are on their way. Thanks so much for reading and may this be the start of a wonderful blog journey for all!

Check Out ReadyAimBlog Here



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Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School Event


Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School EventLast Saturday, the Portland Bloggers group met for our annual Back to School Event at Portland Community College. With a schoolhouse theme (cue 2B yellow pencils, lined paper, gold spray-painted clipboards, and polished red apples), the event focused on blog design and unifying the look and feel of your online presence.

Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School EventRecap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School EventAfter a short meet-and-greet and welcome from Portland Bloggers founder Jenni Bost from A Well-Crafted Party, Suzannah Hamlin-Stanley from Create/Enjoy spoke to the group about what branding actually is. (Hint: it’s different from marketing and is a more subtle pull of your audience, rather than an overt push, of your message.)

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Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School EventWith a background in advertising and years running the successful blog Adventures in Dressmaking, Suzannah helped impart a better understanding of how branding impacts your blog.

Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School EventRecap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School Event

Left: Portland Bloggers’ founder Jenni from A Well Crafted Party, Right: Suzannah from Create/Enjoy working the camera for our “class” photos.

Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School Event Designer Sze Wa Cheung then spoke about blog design, segmenting current blog design trends into 2 major ones: the Infinite Scroll design (think Pinterest) vs. the Category Showcase design, and offering notes about good design (like effective use of font, white space, thinking about the readability of your blog, your post-dividers, and your color palette).

Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School EventAfter a short break I then took the podium and presented my talk on How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog. I also announced the top secret project I’ve been working on for awhile! (I’ll be sharing the full announcement here tomorrow!!)

Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School EventWe then had a final wrap-up with a number of questions from our fellow bloggers: where to find technical help resources online (Answer: Google is best for a specific question, and the Help/Forums for your specific platform, but W3Schools is always helpful for coding!), whether to start on Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, or Squarespace (Answer: keep your end goal in mind; if you want to turn it into a money-making business and are okay with a learning curve in the beginning, I’d recommend WordPress, but if you’re blogging as a hobby or want the simplest interface, choose Blogger, Tumblr, Squarespace, or Wix), ways to add text to images or edit graphics (Photoshop, PicMonkey), where to get on-brand social media icons (the answer to that TOMORROW!), how to ensure color consistency when printing your logo vs. how your logo looks online (choose CMYK color profile in creating your for-print logos/branding; try to choose PANTONE colors whenever possible).

Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School EventAll the slides that were presented at the event will soon be available to view.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the event – it was wonderful to meet all of you and get to know some fellow Portland Bloggers better!

Hope to see you at the next event!


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Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!


Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!

I’m so excited to share today’s Style Remix post featuring No nonsense! You can read my Official Disclosure Policy here.

I was sent these adorable No nonsense Corduroy Leggings to style in my outfits, and here’s what I came up with! Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!Outfit 1, Dressy: No nonsense Corduroy Leggings in black, gold Triforce stud earrings, DIY blue quartz vintage remade necklace (handmade by me!), button-down chambray shirt, silver lurex sweater, jewel-top silicone watch, silver round-toe heels. Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!Outfit 2, Business: No nonsense Corduroy Leggings in black, gold stick stud earrings, DIY black and gold leaf quartz necklace (handmade by me – soon available in my Etsy shop), pink blazer, violet scallop-hem blouse, DIY wrapped quartz bangle (handmade by me!), jewel-top silicone watch, fitness monitoring bracelet, gold electroplated quartz ring, black stack-heeled mid-calf boots. Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!Perfect for cooler weather, these No nonsense Corduroy Leggings are super-comfy, warm, and pair with a variety of outfits to look stylish and on-trend no matter what. You can dress them down or dress them up (as I chose to above), and you’ll find that they integrate seamlessly in your wardrobe. They’ve also become my new favorite lounging pants: the corduroy is fuzzy and cozy, perfectly suited for those ubiquitous Pacific Northwest gray & rainy days (you PNW peeps know the ones I’m talking about – the ones that last all winter, right?! Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes! This fall, No nonsense has designed a curated collection featuring new fabrications and patterns, including Denim and Ponte Knit Leggings, Sweater Tights and Fashion Tights in bold prints. This new full line of legwear is consistent with the brand’s heritage of quality and innovation in hosiery and socks – available where people shop the most, like grocery, drug, and mass merchandise stores (as well as online on their official website!). Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!These Corduroy Leggings have a soft, covered waistband that doesn’t dig into you, faux fly stitching, and functional back pockets. Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!The fabric is high-quality and won’t sag, bag, or start to lose its shape, even after multiple wears. Available at Nononsense.com in a variety of gorgeous colors, they cost less than $20 and mold to your shape like buttah. And yes, leggings CAN BE worn as pants – at least in this case! (All those design details really make the difference.)


Enter for a chance to win a $100 No nonsense gift card just by leaving a comment on this post answering the question below!

Tell me: how would you style these versatile No nonsense Corduroy Leggings for fall? Leave your response in the comments and be entered to win!

  You can also enter by visiting No nonsense on Pinterest, checking out more Style Remixes and re-pinning a look you love, see below for full sweepstakes rules.

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Outfit: Fall Tights Style Remix with No nonsense & Sweepstakes!

xo Carly

Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

  1. Leave a comment in response to the Promotion prompt on this post.*
  2. Tweet (public message) about this Promotion, including a disclosure that your tweet is a sweepstakes entry (e.g., using a hashtag such as #SweepstakesEntry or #SweepsEntry); and leave the URL to that Tweet in a comment on this post.*
  3. Re-pin (publicly) a pin from the client’s Pinterest page here: URL including exactly the following unique term in your pin’s description: “#nononsensestyleremix” and a disclosure that your pin is a sweepstakes entry (e.g., “I am entering the #nononsensestyleremix sweepstakes” or using a hashtag such as #SweepstakesEntry or #SweepsEntry); and leave the URL to that Re-pin in a comment on this post.
  4. Purchase a pair of No nonsense Leggings at http://www.nononsense.com and create your own Style Remix. Share a link to the public image in the comment section on this post.
  5. Blog about this Promotion (including a disclosure that you have received a sweepstakes entry in exchange for blogging about this Promotion), and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post.*

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 10/1/14 – 10/27/14.

Be sure to visit the No nonsense brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

FTC Disclosure: This post is part of a paid campaign with BlogHer and No nonsense. I received leggings and tights from No nonsense to include in my Style Remix post. The above opinions are my own.

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