PANTONE Color Fashion Report Spring 2015: It’s Marsala, Baby!

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When PANTONE announced that the Color of the Year for 2015 was Marsala – this dark red, wine/burgundy/brown hybrid…the fashion/design/rest of the world was not quick to embrace. Unlike Radiant Orchid (2014) and Emerald (2013), this one left most people scratching their heads.

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_Color_Intelligence_BannerI have to admit this dark burgundy color has never been a favorite of mine [I feel it kinda had its heyday back in 1994 in the Grunge Era…yup, I went there]. That being said, it’s a sophisticated, quite underused color that can take on a different tone depending on what it’s paired with. And getting creative with those pairings is key…since the default is usually to go with a Fall palette when confronted with something like Marsala.marsalachip

Here are a few items that could be paired with this Fashion Challenge…if you want to take it on.
marsala-wishlist-itemsonlyLucite Green: Aztec Drops, $32  //  Aquamarine: Trapeze Coat in Brushed Wool, $161.08  //  Classic Blue: Breezy Night Stroll Dress  //  Tangerine: Rebecca Minkoff Cory Pouch, $35  //  Strawberry Ice: I Need a Heel-O Fuchsia Pointed Ankle Strap Heels, $34  //  Custard: Yellow Pleated Miniskirt, $16.90  //  Scuba Blue: Skyline Selfie Top, $24.99  //  Glacier Gray: Gray Lapel Long Sleeve Faux Fur Short Coat, $32.79  //  Marsala: Full Flower Crochet Skirt, $39.02

How do YOU feel about Marsala? Can you see working it into your wardrobe in anything besides makeup or accessories?

Come back tomorrow to see how I tried it in an outfit!

xo
Carly

Images source; collage by me.

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Happy New Year!

happynewyear_chicstealsHello, lovely readers – it is now January 1 of the New Year. Somehow I thought 2015 was going to be a bit more…futuristic. Like with hoverboards and time displacement vortexes. I’m a little disappointed.

As you may have noticed, there’s a bit of construction going on around here. I’m sprucing things up, starting with a new website theme for Chic Steals and new functionality. Plus new content is on the way! Still working and tweaking, though (you may have noticed my DIY Galleries are down right now as I have to rebuild the whole gallery from scratch)…so it will be a little bit of time until everything is sorted out and running smoothly.

2014 was an absolutely awful year for me, personally – not going to lie – and 2015 is not looking very promising either…can I just skip over it and arrive in 2016?? ;-) There’s been something going on in my life that I am still unable to share on the blog because everything is still completely unresolved and things are in flux. When I know more, and it is finally in the aftermath…then I can share, but right now I cannot because I could impact my legal position. Seriously, it’s THAT bad.

Onto lighter topics. In any case, I’d like to share with you a round-up of the DIY’s I shared on this blog in 2014…like I do every year around New Year’s. Perhaps you missed one or two? Check them out below!

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I was working as a Guest Contributor for WeHeartThis for awhile, until I got too overwhelmed with the personal stuff. Above are my DIY Alphabet Earrings. Made from pasta.

DIY Windowpane Shirt

I noticed that Windowpane-print was trending…so I created a boldly graphic Windowpane Sweatshirt using black trim.

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My DIY Free People Wrapped Quartz Bangle was a huge hit and was probably my most-shared DIY of 2014. Easy and full of impact – what’s not to love?diyamorirsunglasses_done3

I went a little crazy and decked out a pair of sunglasses with Sunglass Warehouse A-Morir style with rhinestones and beads.diyclaymacaron_done3

Finally delving into my love for Deko Sweets, I shared how to create these cute and realistic Pastel Clay French Macarons.diymacaronstand_done2

You can use those clay macarons to make cute crafts – for example, these Stacked Macaron Card Holder Stands.0.diyevileyering_introphoto

Another post for WeHeartThis: my DIY Evil Eye Ring made with clay, paint, and rhinestone trim.diyneonstingrayclutch_done2

Partnering with Tulip Neon and I Love to Create, I made a Faux Stingray Clutch using dimensional fabric paint.z.diysweatshirtsleeveskirt_done2

I refashioned a sweatshirt into a Tied-Sleeves Skirt a la Chloe.diychocolatechipcookiepurse_done1

I shared a tutorial for making a cute Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin Purse – which people loved. I have to make some more of those!!diyeastereggnails_done1

With Easter coming up, I made some DIY Gold Speckled Easter Egg Nails.diy-kit-wander-and-hunt-1-(3)

I designed some DIY kits for Wander & Hunt, namely this Anthropologie-style Rhinestone Ribbon Beltwander-and-hunt-projects-50

…And this Dannijo-style Rhinestone Pendant. (The kits both sold out!)diystenciledphotoframe_done1

For Father’s Day, I made a Patterned Mod Podge Silver Leaf Photo Frame.ChicSteals_agatebox2

I worked with Darby Smart to create this high-end-looking Agate Keepsake Box – and the kits are still available here for purchase!diydaisyapplique_done2

Noting that Daisy-print was trending, I made an Iron-On Daisy Applique Sweatshirt. Very Mary Quant!diyicecreamnecklace_done1

For Summer I crafted up another Deko Sweets piece: this Ice Cream Cone Necklace with Polyform Souffle Clay.stayfree_pillowdone2_chicsteals

I felt my home needed a bit of decoration, so I created a knockoff Handwriting Quote Pillow for my bedroom…diytypographypillows_done1

…And a couple of outdoor Ombre Typography Pillows with Tulip Tie Dye and I Love to Create.diyanthrotasselnecklace_done4

I loved making this Anthropologie dupe of a Colorful Tassel Necklace for Summer!diymexicanbracelets_done2

Making these Thread-Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TrenDIY and their kits was super-fun.julepnightskypedi5

I made an Ombre Night Sky Pedicure featuring Julep.diygalaxyskirt4

I also finally finished my Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt, made from the Blue Star Field Galaxy Fabric I designed and sell on Spoonflower.bathroom_after5

It took me a couple months to redo my downstairs bathroom into a modern Geometric Makeover – but it was totally worth it!alteration101dress_done5

For those who need to add some fabric to a simple T-shirt dress, I shared the Alteration 101: Making a Dress Bigger how-to here.diytombinnsneoncameo_done2

Inspired by Tom Binns, I created a Rhinestone Neon Cameo Necklace. Would Marie Antoinette approve?diyglowskulltshirt_done5

Partnering again with Tulip and I Love to Create, I made a Glow-in-the-Dark Skull T-Shirt for Halloween.diy-quartz-paperweight-done3

I had my eye on quartz paperweights and objets for awhile…so I just made a Faux Quartz Paperweight out of quartz pieces and beach glass vase filler…that looks so much like a real chunk of semiprecious stone that you’d be surprised!diy-woodland-ornaments-done4

I made some stuffed Illustrated Woodland Ornaments for my mini Christmas tree.diy-illustrated-giftwrap2

I then took the illustrations I made and designed some Printable Illustrated Wrapping Paper for wrapping small presents.

Well, that’s it! Not as many as 2013…but hopefully this coming year will be better and filled with more fun, creativity, and above all, DIY’ing!

May 2015 bring many wonderful things your way!!

xo

Carly

Merry Christmas!

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Dearest readers,

Hope you and yours had a wonderful, fabulous holiday this year.

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all the best, joyfulness, and a year of fun-filled DIY’ing,

xoxoxo

Carly

On Temporary Overwhelm…

xmas_wrappingsHello dear readers!

As many of you may have noticed, I’ve ramped down my posting schedule as of late. Not because I actually want to post less about holiday magic, fun DIY’s for the season, gift ideas, or how-to’s…not at all.

I’m just going through something absolutely awful, I don’t even know how to put it into words or share it yet. And this whole year of unbelievable insanity is culminating this very week in multiple collisions of awfulness.

I don’t even know how I’ll be able to make it through. Even one day at a time feels impossible with me reduced to tears every day, multiple times a day. I know, it’s not very cheery and happy and holiday-ish, but it’s the truth and I can’t do anything about it. Not very chic. :-/

I hope you all will understand if I’m not feeling up to making or sharing many projects right now. I will of course continue to share for sponsored posts or agreements I’ve entered into because I don’t renege on my word…but other stuff may be a little sparse right now because I mentally and emotionally don’t have the capacity for it.

Not because I value any of you any less.

Once I get through this week, things might seem a little less bleak, but not anywhere near to normal for awhile.

I’m sorry and hope you understand.

Thanks :-)

xo

Carly

DIY Illustrated Wrapping Paper Inspired by Glade Under the Mistletoe


0.diy-illustrated-giftwrap-introphotoPart of the wonderful anticipation that leads up the Christmas holiday is buying (or DIY’ing!) your holiday gifts, wrapping them with fun, festive paper and ribbon to conceal what’s inside, and arranging them under the tree. If you’re in a pinch and need to wrap something last minute, or want to add a little DIY touch to your wrappings as well, why not print your own gift wrap on your printer at home?diy-illustrated-giftwrap4 (more…)

REVIEW: Luscious Floral Bouquets from Bouqs for Chic Flowers Year-Round

0.bouqs-review-introphotoWho loves fresh flowers around the home? Hands up if you do! And if you do, you’re probably aware of how costly that can be to maintain. And how hard fresh flowers are to come by at certain times of the year. And the toll they can take on the environment (depending on where you get them). The answer to that: The Bouqs Co. (the new floral kid-on-the-block with awesome South American flowers picked from the side of an active volcano). Yup, you read that right: an active volcano. And yet they offer a huge variety of flowers, delivered FREE (always!), fresh to your door.

bouqs-review-3 The Bouqs Co. kindly sent me my choice of bouquet to review. I chose the Peace Bouq, since I love white flowers in the Wintertime. The website was super-easy to order from and way more intuitive than most floral order websites…you know the ones I’m talking about (that look like they’re been around since 1994). Within 10 days of ordering the flowers were at my door (and you can of course specify what date you’d like them delivered on).

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Above is how the flowers come wrapped, to protect them on their journey all the way from South America. The box was very sturdy and the flowers were not crushed in the least from transport.

bouqs-review-2They had some preservative gel on their cut ends to prevent them from drying out, which easily wiped off. Though some had wilted a bit on the way, once in water they perked right up again.
bouqs-review-1 bouqs-review-4Fragrant, luscious, environmentally-friendly, FREE SHIPPING…what’s not to love?

Here’s the amazing array of all the flowers Bouqs has to choose from:
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See any that strike your fancy? For today, Cyber Monday, you can select any Original-sized Volcano Bouq and use code DOUBLEBOUQ to get DOUBLE the flowers (the Deluxe-size for free!). Valid until the end of 12/1/14.

Also, other promotions going on for Cyber Monday (valid until 12/3/14):

Send at least 4 Bouqs, get 25% with code CYBERBOUQ

Buy a gift card to The Bouqs Co., and save up to 20% off the retail price

You can knock off all your holiday gift-giving, or be super-organized and schedule out your Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, friends’ birthdays, and new baby bouquets all in one go.

See All The Bouqs Flower Bouquets Here

Definitely try out The Bouqs Co. and see what it’s like – you’ll be impressed with the quality of fresh flowers, year-round, delivered to your door for no hassle.

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Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was provided an Original-sized Bouq for review purposes. I have received no other compensation for this post. The above opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you click on a link and purchase something. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.

DIY That Style! Emmy Rossum’s Studded Tee and Print Skirt

diy-that-style-emmy-rossumEmmy Rossum always looks adorbs when out and about, and the outfit above is no different. Sure, it may be intended for warmer weather – but throw on a chic coat, a warm pair of tights, a cozy scarf, and you’re ready to face the chillier days ahead. Let’s break down her main outfit, though – shall we? I think this is pretty easy to DIY! Here’s how:

Add some gold leaf-shaped clip-on earrings (these are a great find!…or SUPER-budget-friendly ones under $5 here), pull your hair back in a luscious pony, and you’re ready to go, Emmy-style.

How would YOU add oomph to this sweet little ensemble?

xo
Carly

Emmy Rossum photo source. Collage by me.

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Visit Hatch.co for Small Business Saturday and Get $15 Off Curated, Customized Finds for All Your Gifts This Year!

smallbusinessspotlight-hatch.coHave you guys checked out Hatch.co yet? No? It’s a curated marketplace for independent makers who love to personalize their artisanal products based on customer requests. They were just named one of TimeOut’s Best New Shopping Sites and one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 NYC Startups!

Unlike Etsy, the Hatch.co site is curated, which means their team recruits only the top artisanal makers so the products are of the highest quality. Every one of their items is made-to-order and customizable, so our makers take the time to create each order to the customer’s exact specifications!

In full support of independent makers, they are waiving their normal 5% fee for this weekend only in order to give their makers 100% of the sales that they make on Hatch. It’s their way of supporting Small Business Saturday.

Check out my picks above, fully customizable for all your gift-giving needs:

1. Personalized Letters Necklace // 2. Signature Bracelet //  3. Personalized Initials Pillow  //  4. Custom Personalized Names Pillow  //  5. Personalized Birthstone Pin

I’m also partnering with Hatch.co to offer $15 off any purchase of $50 or more with exclusive code ChicSteals14. (Just email discount@hatch.co with the words “ChicSteals14″ after you make your purchase and you’ll be reimbursed for $15)

In this way, you can cross off everyone from your Christmas shopping list, all at one site.

Shop Hatch.co And Get Your Gifts Personalized Today

small business Saturday on Hatch.coHappy Shopping!
xo
Carly

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