DIY Gossip Girl-Inspired Starburst Safety Pin Blazer

4.02.2014

DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin Blazer*This project I contributed to Snippets Magazine: The New York Issue on Cut Out + Keep in 2010, and am re-posting to my blog here.

A la Balmain or a la Jenny, this blazer is looking sharp!

DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin BlazerThough it only appeared onscreen for the briefest of moments, this was Little J’s take on an elegant cover-up to take her straight to the Ambassador’s Dinner and show up Damien. Making your own is easy, just by adding multiple safety pins to a blazer in need of a makeover.

Materials:
DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin BlazerBlack fitted Blazer  /  Medium-large size silver Safety Pins

How To:DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin Blazer 1. Start by inserting a couple safety pins in a fan-shape at one of the side-seams of the blazer, right where it hits your waist. Try not to push the safety pins through the jacket lining.Add more safety pins in-between the first row.

DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin Blazer2. Keep alternating placement as you fan out from the side and create a “starburst” pattern.

DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin Blazer3. Add a few larger safety pins near the edges.

DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin Blazer4. Repeat for the other side of the blazer.DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin Blazer
So easy- and so impactful. This piece looks great over skinny jeans, or even a slinky dress for a night out!
DIY Gossip Girl Inspired Starburst Safety Pin Blazer
Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly

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Studs & Pearls Book Review & Giveaway

4.01.2014

Studs & Pearls Book Review & GiveawayStuds & Pearls : 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion is from the eponoymous blog Studs & Pearls by Kristen Nunez, founded in 2010. We’ve been reading each other’s blogs for quite some time, and we’ve been frequent commenters on each other’s projects. Kristen’s DIY’s are always fun, simple, and have major visual impact. With this book you can get a ton of ideas for how-to’s that can easily take your basics and jazz them up a notch.

Studs & Pearls Book Review & Giveaway

The book covers DIY basics, like Tools and Supplies, and then dives straight into the projects. It includes 30 projects, with multiple variations on each so you can put your own spin on them.  Studs & Pearls Book Review & GiveawayIt covers a variety of techniques, including fabric dyeing, stamping, no-sew projects, trim embellishment, and painting.   Studs & Pearls Book Review & GiveawayPlus the photography features real-life girls (like in street snaps) modeling the finished creations so you can get an idea of how the DIY’s will look when worn.Studs & Pearls Book Review & Giveaway

Most of the projects are extremely easy so even beginners or kids/pre-teens can get in on the fun. It’s a great jumping-off point for those just getting started to DIY.Studs & Pearls Book Review & GiveawayStuds & Pearls Book Review & GiveawayIt also includes many projects that speak to current trends, like the embellished sunglass case-turned-clutch trend, trim-detailed mini-skirts, tie-dye, embellished sunglasses, beanies, mixed media embroidery thread-and-chain bracelets, and cocktail rings. Many of the project use easily-available or unusual materials, so supplies are a cinch to come by. (There’s a directory of sources and where to buy in the back.)Studs & Pearls Book Review & Giveaway

This statement clutch turned out so pretty with some well-placed painting!Studs & Pearls Book Review & GiveawayAn interesting take on the plastic tube bracelet.

Studs & Pearls Book Review & GiveawayThese cocktail rings from buttons are particularly pretty.Studs & Pearls Book Review & Giveaway Studs & Pearls Book Review & Giveaway

Overall: It was nice to see all the variations on all of the projects. Many of the techniques are quite simple, which speak well to a young audience maybe not so familiar with DIY blogs and projects elsewhere. (There are 3 projects that do require a higher skill level, with dyeing and sewing a dress, but they stood out as somewhat incongruous next to the other projects.) It does provide inspiration and ideas on the variations, as well as styling tips, so it can be very useful in planning out your project. This would be a great book for a young teenager or someone who is just getting started to DIY.

Score: Studs & Pearls Book Review & Giveaway

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xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Studs & Pearls for review from Laurence King Publishing. I am sponsoring the giveaway and shipping the item to the winner at my own expense. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.


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Japan PhotoDiary Spring 2014

3.30.2014

Japan PhotoDiary Spring 2014The crossing at Hachiko in Shibuya remains pretty much unchanged since last year.

After spending 3-and-a-half weeks in Tokyo in February and March this year, I wanted to share some of the photos I took. Since the reason we went was for me to take care of my mother who was hospitalized, I wasn’t able to travel anywhere else with my family or spend much time outside of my mother’s apartment or the hospital. So this time around I didn’t take a large number of photos like I had in previous years, but I still was able to take a few shots. Here is my travel diary from Japan during early Spring this year:

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Outfit 3.22.14: Stripes and Rhinestones

3.23.2014

Outfit 3.22.14: Stripes and Rhinestones

Spike Rhinestone earrings: Forever 21 (similar here or here). Rhinestone sweatshirt: Forever 21 (similar here or here). White Shirt in Lotus Print: Choies. Green Stripe Mini Face with Black Glitter Band Watch: c/o Modify Watches. Striped Pants: DIY (tutorial here). Picaspike Studded Bow Rain Boots: Dizzy (a HauteLook purchase, available here; similar here).

Yup, I’m finally back from 3 and a half weeks in Japan – and still reeling from jetlag. It didn’t help that Oregon changed to daylight savings time while we were gone too – which meant a double whammy of time changes to adjust to. We’ve been sleeping only 4 hours in a row each night – and then taking a 3-hour nap during the day! Still so backwards. At least this coming week is Lil Tot’s Spring Break – so we can stay in and try and catch up on sleep, number 1, and everything that I haven’t been able to do for a month, number 2. Oh, and unpack, and clean the house, and…well, you get the idea. ;-)   Outfit 3.22.14: Stripes and Rhinestones (more…)


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Little Warrior March Playlist to Listen To While You DIY

3.20.2014

Little Warrior March Playlist to Listen To While You DIYMy dear friend Lex Casciato, AKA Little Warrior, is an amazing musician and up-and-coming tour de force in the world of music. She is a regular contributor to Chic Steals, curating monthly original playlists for your to stream on Spotify, add some background music to your space, mellow out to, listen to while working on your latest DIY project, and add a little music into your life.

Here’s what she says about this month’s playlist:

They say March roars in like a lion, so to balance the roar, I love listening to acoustic and calming music. I find March to be a time of reflection. (But who am I kidding… I love introspection year ’round. Nonetheless…) As I struggle to adapt to darker mornings and brighter evenings, I find myself needing balance and restoration. I desire to purge things from the prior year that I seldom used, clean house, revamp my quarterly goals, and switch up my music selection. I created this playlist with this sort of mental and physical spring cleaning in mind. May this selection of songs help to channel the roar of March’s lion into a megaphone for your wildest goals, showing you your full potential for the season of growth we are entering.

Love,
Little Warrior

Listen and enjoy!

Listen to Chic Steals March 2014 Acoustic Spring Playlist by Little Warrior

If you missed last month’s playlist, check it out here:

Chic Steals February 2014 Love Playlist by Little Warrior

xo

Carly

Little Warrior March Playlist to Listen To While You DIYDescribed as Portishead and Oh Land meet David Bowie and the Chemical Brothers around a campfire with a drum machine, Little Warrior‘s music advocates peaceful revolution and equality for all. Active on social media, she posts inspirational quotes and upbeat ideas, spreading positivity through images and music.Find her on: Bandcamp / CD Baby / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr


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DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin Purse

3.14.2014

DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin PurseWhile I was in Tokyo last year, I picked up another felt macaron coin purse kit. (I think I’m a little addicted!)

DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin PurseI made a cute little half-and-half cookie macaron coin purse the year before, and within 6 hours of hanging it from my handbag, I promptly lost it somewhere on the streets of Tokyo. I did look for it, but never found it. (T _ T)

DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin PurseSo the next time I went I intended to buy another kit and re-make the purse…except I couldn’t find the same kit again. So I bought a chocolate chip cookie version.  DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin PurseHere are photos of the process of making these cute little purses. You need yellow and brown felt, a thread and needle, a 5cm-long zipper, 2 pieces of stiff cardboard (like cut from a milk carton), some fiberfill stuffing, scissors, a pencil, brown eyeshadow, and a small ball chain to make these.) DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin PurseHope you like it! Have fun making your own version DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin Purse
DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Macaron Coin Purse
Happy DIY’ing!

xo
Carly

 

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