5.24.13 F.I.L.L.: Friday I Love Links

ericstandleystainedglassfretworkphoto by Eric Standley

Welcome to my 3rd installment of F.I.L.L.! It’s been a crazy-busy week, and I have even more ahead. 3 weeks until I head to Tokyo for a month, 3 weeks to get tons and tons of DIY’s done and posted! Yikes. But I’ll rally and get it done. For some reason, there’s always like 1-2 weeks in a year I feel everything hinges upon, and I’m heading into them.  So, while I buckle down to get some major work accomplished, here are some links that have caught my eye this past week:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

Every wanted to manifest what you see in your dreams? Computers can now detect what subjects are dreaming…at least 70% of the time. Now all they need is some method to record it.

Life Hacks: How to Jumpstart Your Career gives some great advice on how to jumpstart anything. Just implementing a few of the productivity hacks in the list will double or even triple what you get done in the day.

See Eric Standley’s Stained Glass Art made from paper, and prepare to have your breath taken away. Seriously amazing handiwork.

Buy It: Shopping Picks

Totally amazed at this: Reet Aus, the world’s first mass-produced, upcycled clothing line. You can order Reet Aus, or other upcycled, sustainably-manufactured clothing lines (there are a few) at the TrashtoTrend website.

Is it wrong to want this chic monochromatic bikini so much? I figure it would be pretty DIY’able if one were so inclined, but I kind of want to buy when it comes to swimwear.

This is the chic-est dress imaginable, perfect for a night on the town. It is a night on the town, really. Point-blank.

Make It: DIY

I adore this DIY Lighted Constellation Canvas! It’s so dreamy and romantic – and perfect for any room.

How To Make Clothes Look Vintage and Worn is a great collection of tutorials for faux-ageing your stuff.

Simone Heng of CheapnChic.net is a DIY blogger based in Dubai, with a ton of awesome DIY tutorials on her blog. Check them out!

Live It: Lifestyle

In the wake of the clothing manufacturing factory collapse in Bangladesh, news outlets are beginning to examine the consumption of low-cost clothing and the social and economic ramifications. Watch NBC Nightly News’ The Cost of Cheap Clothes for some insight.

NastyGal is a Fast-Growing Retailer says the New York Times. I’ve been following them for awhile, and have been amazed at the company’s growth and success.

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xo
Carly

5.17.13 F.I.L.L.: Friday I Love Links

wintergardenbybethmitchell2photo by Beth Mitchell

Welcome to my 2nd installment of F.I.L.L.! Last week should have been my second, but alas, the day got away from me with a dr.’s appointment that ran over-time, an ill-timed meltdown from the Lil one, and other obligations that took over my day, so I never got around to posting it. It was beautiful in Portland here last week (like Summer!), though this week has defaulted back to chilly, drizzly May days. I’ve been inspired by all the Springtime greenery about – the garden Lil Tot and I planted is beginning to sprout, I’m working on a number of DIYs I can’t wait to share with all of you soon, and I have a couple collaborations in the works that I’ll be rolling out in the next couple weeks! Exciting things are on the horizon…

So here are some links that have caught my eye this past week:

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

Wintergarden is a beautiful photoshoot done underwater with the talents of photographer Beth Mitchell and designer Begitta. Check it out!

Happiness graffiti and 8 ways to brighten your day from Oprah will have you smiling in an instant, no joke.

Feeling like you’ve lost that mojo? Check out 5 Ways to Stay Creative and be re-inspired!

Buy It: Shopping Picks

Is Brika.com the new curated alternative to Etsy? Their aesthetic is beautiful, and I’m loving every piece of jewelry made by this artist. Anything triangular is in my wheelhouse! (though that sounds like a contradiction in terms…)

I’m coveting these to add to my pants collection. The perfect blend of print and greenery – beachy and chic!

On first glance I thought this was a golden thong! Not quite as racy…or painful, guaranteed.;-)

On a totally different note, these shoes may just be the next generation of hologram. Dark and lovely indeed.

Make It: DIY

Prom is in the air, and these DIY Prom Ideas from Threadbanger should help you with putting those final touches on the perfect outfit.

DIY duo Limberlina are really cool. Check out their blog for some must-do projects!

This is an adorable McQueen Feather Peplum Tutorial from Youtube user Lookunderhere (skip to the 3:26 mark for the tute). I love it…even more with cruelty-free ostrich and turkey feathers from Etsy and Ebay.

Live It: Lifestyle

I’m obsessing over coconut oil lately, and this DIY Hair Conditioning Spray with Coconut Oil looks super-easy and so good for your hair.

I’d love to install a Mini-PC Floating Desk in my redone office. (Even though I’m on a Mac.) Super-chic.

This is so helpful: 4 Easy Ways to Tell if Clothing is Made Well from 24Savvy.

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xo
Carly

5.3.13 F.I.L.L.: Friday: I Love Links

stylemeprettyphoto_KTMerryPhotographyfrom Style Me Pretty, by KT Merry Photography

Welcome to the very first installment of F.I.L.L.: my FRIDAY: I Love Links list! (Well, I guess it’s really FILLL…?)

I used to do DIY Links of the Week Roundups, where I curated 8-10 links a week, only of DIY tutorials, from all over the web.  I did it for 2 years, but stopped doing it this past September when I got too busy with my job.

But I still surf the web, and find amazing content that I’m just dying to share with all of you!  (I’ve just been trying to figure out a better format in which to present it.)

So welcome to F.I.L.L., a new weekly roundup of great content, no longer just limited to DIY.

Dream It: Inspiration & Creativity

Needing a kickstart to your creativity? Try 7 Tips to Supercharge Your Creative Productivity.

I’ve just come across Style Me Pretty. Focusing on gorgeous photography and wedding inspo mostly, it regardless provides daily inspiration for all things beautiful and amazing. Where have you been all my life??!

Need some positive thinking and some beautiful typographic inspiration? Positive Inking to the rescue.

Buy It: Shopping Picks

I’ve fallen in love with Furbish Studio and all their chic offerings.  These are just beautiful! Swoon.

I am obsessed with this neutral jacketicon. Topping off breezy Spring outfits, or even over just a bandeau top, it’s the perfect piece for transition weather.  (You can also get free shipping to a US address til May 31 with code SOCLEAN50 for purchases $50 and above.)

M&J Trimming is offering discounts this month: 15% off spikes (with code SPIKES15), and 15% off ribbons (with code RIBBONS15). Valid til May 31.

Make It: DIY

Amy Anderson, the amazing crafty superwoman behind Mod Podge Rocks! and a previous Creatively Chic podcast guest, has launched a new blog: WashiTapeCrafts.com.  If you love washi tape (and who doesn’t??), it’s a must-visit!

This DIY Sewn Pouf is the perfect accent to a stylish home.

If you haven’t tried them yet, Wordle and Tagxedo create beautiful typographic word clouds.

Live It: Lifestyle

Play with liquid nitrogen and make your own DIY Alcoholic Dippin’ Dots. Seriously!

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xo

Carly

DIY Links of the Week 8.06-8.26.12

Alright, so it’s been 3 weeks again, but my relaxing Summer has gotten oh-so-busy what with my mother visiting me, a trip to Arizona, and school and work taking up much of my time.  How about you guys?  Are you all gearing up for the coming Fall season and…gasp!…the various Fashion Weeks around the world?  Can it be that time again?  Before we head off to our various virtual fashionable destinations, let’s gear up with a little creativity along the way…

Love this easy DIY Macrame Tank by the girls of LipglossandBlack on Chictopia.  Perfect festival…or late-Summer…or Labor Day party wear!

BLDG 25 [the official blog of Free People] posted this Yoga Mat Bag DIY for all the yogaphiles out there who haven’t yet found the perfect bag to tote around the only necessary piece of equipment for classes.  Depending on the fabric you choose, the webbing for the handles, and the type of cord for the closure, you could make this totally boho or seriously luxe.  I love that it’s all up to you!

Oh, sheesh, the Internet is being silly again.  Lauren Conrad posted a DIY video on Youtube of her version of the ubiquitous “Bookshelf Box” (also available from many retailers in various forms for many, many years), which involved her buying new books, ripping out their pages, and gluing their spines to a box to create a concealed box that looks like a set of old tomes – and teh Interwebs rose up as one and denounced her.  (See full discussion and original DIY video on The Look on Today.)  Cool to destroy books in the name of DIY – or pure sacrilege?  An example of the uber-wealthy but brainless elite doing wasteful things – or an idea to re-use what a changing society no longer wants?  (Perhaps she should have just bought the book spines for her project from OriginalBooks.net and saved herself all this hullaballoo?)

Create your own DIY Blinged-Out La Sardinia Camera with Refinery29…which is basically another version of a Japanese-style deko-den (or “decorated cell phone,” though in this case it’s a decorated camera).  If you’re looking for Deko-Den design inspiration (that can really be applied to any hard-sided accessory you have utilizing the correct glue for your parts), 2 of my favorites are KiraKira Shouten, and the design collection on Matome Naver.  When it comes to stuffing as much junk onto your camera (or phone), it’s all about balance and quality!;-)

Because I’m Addicted posted these awesome DIY Leopard-Print Shorts‘ a little while back, but I think these are still totally on-trend and do-able for anything you got.  All you need is a sharpie, your stencil, and a little bit (or a lot) of patience..but it will pay off in the end.  Me-OW!

I just love the ingenuity of 2nd Funniest Thing‘s DIY Starfish Bracelet – using Fimo and a little bit of sculpting ability.  (With screwdrivers;-)  How amazing is her final creation?!  I’m just dying to try this out!

This Paint-Splattered Umbrella is just awesome.  So easy – but such a chic result – from Design for Mankind.  Who’s heading off in search of a translucent umbrella now in order to try this makeover??

Check out this Halter Top from a Shirt tutorial over at Wobisobi – it’s so goshdarn cute!  With just a little snippery – and some great choices for trims – you have yourself a perfect top for that late Summer barbecue or beach venture.


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If you have a DIY how-to or tutorial that you’d like to see featured on Chic Steals, please email me at carlyjcais at chic-steals dot com – and I’ll try to squeeze it in to one of my Links of the Week posts!  (Original tutorials/how-to’s with steps and photos included please! So everyone can share in the DIY goodness:-)

xoxox

Carly

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DIY Links of the Week 7.23 – 8.05.12

Wow, it’s already August?  Well, Summer’s flying by, my workplace’s renovation is starting to wrap up and I can breathe little easier, as well as get back to making things more often.  Let’s see what the internet has also been up to recently:

MSNBC’s The Look wrote a piece about women DIY’ing different-colored soles onto their shoes, mainly as an intro to the companies RossoSolini (that sells stick-on colored soles), and Save Your Sole (that sells paint specially formulated for the soles of your shoes).  Though painting the soles of a pair of heels red to create faux Louboutins is old, old news (and I’m not even sure “news” is the best category for this info), RossoSolini and Save Your Sole are some good resources that can help give your heels a make-over.  (Or -under, as may be the case…?)

Whip up a quick Convertible Dress courtesy of Burdastyle user red-lia.  The pattern is so easy, and it’s an update on the ubiquitous DVF-style wrap dress.  The perfect go-to Summer piece!

Even though Made by Lex is no longer being actively updated, there are some great tutorials in the Archives section.  Check out, for instance, her Women’s Romper Refashion tutorial…to make a cute little leopard romper out of an old baggy dress.  (Kind of like my tutorial for making a romper out of a man’s button-down shirt!)

Love Inspiration & Realisation‘s DIY version of a Rebecca Minkoff Stitched Sweater!  Look at all the work she put into it…and even more amazing, the brand caught wind of it too!  See how they responded here.

This is insane!  DIY your own Festival-ready Customized Rucksack with Kate’s Closet on ASOS.  It’s totally over-the-top with everything thrown on there like that, but the great thing is, you can take any idea out of there and remix them into your own perfect bag.  DIY is all about customizing it to suit your own tastes!

A Beautiful Mess posted a beautiful Hand-Stamped Pony-Print Dress.  I just love ponies, and the stark but playful print really livens up a plain white dress.  Giddyup!

ExtraPetite‘s makeover of a thrifted too-large blouse makes a perfect DIY Polka Dot Bow Blouse.  Plus it contains some useful sewing tips for fitting when doing your thrift store recons!

Learn how to create easy Dip-Dye Accessories from Youtube user AndreasChoice.  Another nail polish makeover to be sure, but a new take on the technique that will give you that pretty faded ombre look to anything metal.  Perfect accessories for those hot Summer days!


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If you have a DIY how-to or tutorial that you’d like to see featured on Chic Steals, please email me at carlyjcais at chic-steals dot com – and I’ll try to squeeze it in to one of my Links of the Week posts! (Tutorials/how-to’s with steps and photos included please! So everyone can share in the DIY goodness:-)

xoxox

Carly

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DIY Links of the Week 7.16-7.23.12

Can you believe the month of July is almost over??  This Summer is just barrelling along!  While we’re undergoing a renovation at work (7-day workweek, anyone?;-) the rest of the blogosphere has been busy whipping up some fabulous projects.  Here are a few:

I love things that are visual and even though everyone’s gravitating to Pinterest these days, sometimes collaging is just as fun. Check out these DIY Polyvore Sets (remember Polyvore?) for some make-it-yourself inspo!

Did you know?  Cat Morley, from the amazing Cut Out + Keep tutorial site, is now Crafter to the Stars!  She sewed up a sequined cat-shaped fascinator for Audrey Kitching.  See the full tutorial here.

Check out a new DIY blog I discovered; Greenie Dresses for Less!  Lots of easy and cute DIY tutorials, like her Lace Edged Socks that add a bit of sweetness and whimsey to an otherwise standard pair of footwear.

I do love a man’s shirt makeover!  Try this DIY Men’s Shirt into a Cut-Out Dress upcycle from Chictopians Lipglossandblack, and get through the rest of Summer with a bit of buttoned-down style.

Need something easy and breezy for those super-hot days?  How about a DIY Maxi, from 10 Summer Perfect DIY Maxi Dresses, by All Women Stalk.  Love that geometric piece!

Short of Something posted a great tutorial for a pair of DIY Shorts with a sweet polka-dot pattern.  Fabric paint, a skewer, a ruler, and a little bit of patience is all you need for this makeover!

It’s about time someone DIY’d those vaguely Stylestalker-esque Grommet LeggingsTrash to Couture‘s version is spot-on and uber-sexy.  Her handiwork is just amazing!

And, for all those low-backed tops and dresses that are probably already in heavy rotation in your Summer wardrobe…try this DIY 5 Minute Low-Back Bra tutorial from Tights and Tea.  No need to buy a different or convertible bra!


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If you have a DIY how-to or tutorial that you’d like to see featured on Chic Steals, please email me at carlyjcais at chic-steals dot com – and I’ll try to squeeze it in to one of my Links of the Week posts! (Tutorials/how-to’s with steps and photos included please! So everyone can share in the DIY goodness:-)

xoxox

Carly

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