Introducing ReadyAimBlog!

10.07.2014

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:

ReadyAimBlog

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

xo
Carly

 


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Recap: Portland Bloggers Back to Design School Event

10.05.2014

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.)

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!

xo
Carly


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

10.01.2014

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.)

Sweepstakes

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.

Learn more about No nonsense and hear about new products, sales, styling ideas, and giveaways here:

Official Website / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter

 

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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Get More Bang for Your Buck with the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event Bonus Buys – Happening Now!

9.30.2014

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you! For my Official Disclosure Policy, see here.

Get More Bang for Your Buck with the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event Bonus Buys – Happening Now!

It’s the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration, and many of your favorite items and DIY supplies are being offered in larger sizes (still for the low, low price of just $1)!!

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Reminder: Back to School with Portland BloggersEvent – TOMORROW!

9.26.2014

Reminder: Back to School with Portland BloggersEvent   TOMORROW!This week has indeed been a crazy one while I’ve been prepping for my talk tomorrow at the Back to School with Portland Bloggers Blog Design event. I’ve been putting the final touches on my slides and my speech, and I’ll be talking about

How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog

In addition, we have another designer (the talented Sze Wa Chung!) coming in to talk about blog design – and this is something you won’t want to miss!

We still have a few tickets left – get yours below while there’s still time!

Buy Tickets: Back to School with Portland Bloggers Event

Hope to see you guys and gals there!
xo
Carly


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Altuzarra for Target Has Launched! What are YOU Coveting?

9.22.2014

Altuzarra for Target Has Launched! What are YOU Coveting?Almost missed this, lovely readers: the Altuzarra for Target CollectionAltuzarra for Target Has Launched! What are YOU Coveting? launched on September 14, featuring a limited-edition Fall Collection of women’s ready-to-wear, lingerie, accessories and shoes.

Celebrated for a clever combination of French sophistication and American ease, and appealing to refined, independent women — like celebrity devotees Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Bosworth and Cameron Diaz, to name a few — Altuzarra sets the stage for elegance. With nearly 50 pieces ranging in price from $17.99 to $89.99, you’ll want to start making room in your closets for this must-have collaboration now.

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DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace

9.18.2014

DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo NecklaceThis DIY tutorial has likely been done already hundreds of times in the aftermath of Tom Binns releasing his neon cameo collection in Spring 2012 – but what’s once more? I love the juxtaposition of elegant, old-world cameos harkening back to the times of daguerrotypes and intaglio portraits…rendered in full-on neon for the modern age. You can make your own easily, with some paint, rhinestone chain, and a soft embossing metal as backing – with no one the wiser as to how your unique creation came about. Here’s how:

Materials:DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace

1 cameo (and this place has the best selection!)  /  rhinestone cup chain  /  gold embossing metal  /  scissors  /  jump ring  /  pliers  /  wire-cutting pliers  /  jewelry glue (not pictured)  /  pin or awl (not pictured) /  paint in 2 neon colors  /  primer or white paint  /  pen  /  paintbrush  /   matte sealant (optional, not pictured)

How To: DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace 1. Since cameo colors are usually fairly opaque, you may want to prime your cameo first with a coat of primer, or just a coat of white paint. Allow to dry.

2. Paint the cameo. Usually it’s easiest to paint the lighter color first, than the brighter or darker color next. You may have to do a couple coats of each color to fully hide the color of the original cameo.

3. (optional) Paint a coat of sealant on he cameo to hide brushstrokes and prevent paint chipping. Allow to dry.

4. Glue the cameo onto a small piece of embossing metal.
5. Place the rhinestone chain around the cameo, and cut to desired length.
DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace6. Spread glue on the back of the rhinestone chain, and glue to the metal backing around the cameo.

7. When dry, poke a hole in the embossing metal with a pin or awl.

8. Trim the metal close around the chain, and use the side of the scissors to fold it to cup the chain so no sharp edges stick out.
DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace9. Thread a jumping through the hole you made, onto a necklace.

And you’re done!
DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo Necklace
Wear with something dark and modern for contrast, or pair with a pastel frilly corset for your best Marie Antoinette impression!

DIY Tom Binns Neon Cameo NecklaceHappy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly


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