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.

Take a look at the full collection below: (more…)


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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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Join Us at the Annual Back to School with Portland Bloggers Event!

9.15.2014

Join Us at the Annual Back to School with Portland Bloggers Event!Yes, Pacifc Northwest peeps, it’s that time of year again – the leaves start turning, the air is crisp, grumpy children are bemoaning school starting again (and I speak from experience)…and it’s the Portland Bloggers annual Back to Blogging School event.

And you won’t want to miss this one!

This year we will be discussing blog design and branding. Join us for an informative morning of learning about furthering your blog brand through good visual communication, designing at home or working with a pro to create custom graphics and layout, and making consistency and clarity easy in your ongoing blogging!

We have several local designers giving presentations, including yours truly: ME! I’ve be giving a presentation on How To Create a Style Guide for your blog – and announcing this big, top-secret project I’ve been working on (and if you’re a blogger, you definitely won’t want to miss it!)

Buy tickets to Back to School with Portland Bloggers: Blog Design

Date: Saturday, Sept. 27

Time: 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave. TCB Building, Room 218

Spots are limited, so buy your ticket now!!

They say that content is king for building a blog – but a beautiful, professional digital space to share the content is queen!

I hope to see you gals and guys there!

xo
Carly


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Calling all Creatives! Enter the Sock It to Me 10th Anniversary International Design-A-Sock Contest NOW!

9.13.2014

Calling all Creatives! Enter the Sock It to Me 10th Anniversary International Design A Sock Contest NOW!Portland-based uber-awesome sock company Sock It To Me is celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Crack the champagne home-brewed beer! [cuz it's Portland]

They are inviting sock fanatics from around the world to submit a unique sock design for a chance to win $5,000, $1,000 and $500 in cash and products – and have their design manufactured in Sock It to Me’s next collection. The contest runs from September 5 – 26 and is open to artists of all ages and talents.

  • The Grand Prize Winner will get a cash prize of $5000, their design manufactured on real socks, and 15 pairs of awesome Sock It to Me socks from our current line!
  • A second place winner will receive $1000 and 10 pairs of socks.
  • Third place winner will get $500 and 5 pairs of socks.

ENTER THE CONTEST NOW

Good luck – and may the best socks win!

xo
Carly


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My Big Announcement! Say hello to the new…

9.09.2014

My Big Announcement! Say hello to the new...Hello all!

As I hinted on Sunday and snapped on Instagram, I do indeed have a big announcement. So here it goes…

I am now the Social Media Marketing Manager for Studio 3 here in Portland! They are a very high-end photography studio, for product and food and beverage and lifestyle – and they also do video and CGI and digital art and just all-around fantastic stuff, working with a variety of established brands.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new job (which is a part-time gig, so I will still continue to blog here) and am looking forward to driving their online presence (plus doing a little advanced SEO for their website. All in a day’s work, my friends!) My Big Announcement! Say hello to the new...

So yay for the new!

My Big Announcement! Say hello to the new...Follow Studio 3 on their social media channels to see what I’ll be sharing daily about this awesome photography and video powerhouse:

Facebook  /  Twitter  /  Instagram  /  Blog

It’ll take your breath away.

xo
Carly


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

9.07.2014

Alteration 101: How to Make a T Shirt Dress BiggerHello all!

I apologize for my week-long absence…things have been just crazy with Lil Tot going back to school and getting back into the school routine. And I have an announcement to make soon – can’t wait to share!

Alteration 101: How to Make a T Shirt Dress BiggerI snapped up a Stylestalker Space Jam T-shirt style dress from Shopbop in February – I just couldn’t pass up the cool pattern on it. (All it needs is a kitten shooting rainbows out of its eyes and then its the perfect Dark Side of the Moon-style CD album artwork. Or something like that.)       Alteration 101: How to Make a T Shirt Dress Bigger Unfortunately it was the last dress left and at a size 4 it was a little too tight here and there on me (at the time in February). The mantra I live by:

So I went about to alter it to be a little more skimming, and here’s how you could do the same to a straight-shaped dress that just needs a little extra something:

You Need: (more…)


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