Quote: Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never Falling

7.23.2014

Quote: Our Greatest Glory Is Not In Never FallingHello friends! Long time no see! I’ve had a ton going on, and am dealing with some really difficult personal things. Perhaps I’ll be sharing soon – but not quite yet. I’m still soldiering through, though I still see no light at the end of this very long, immeasurably dark tunnel.

For now though, I’m back here on this blog again, sharing ideas and inspiration for affordable fashion and DIY.

Here’s a little quote for everyone out there who has ever had to deal with something that threatens to destroy everything, pull down the walls around them, and change life as you knew it forever:

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

-Confucious

Photo by Fré Sonneveld. Layout by me.

xo

Carly

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Giveaway for 3 TRENDiY Kits Closes TOMORROW! Enter Now!

7.18.2014

Giveaway for 3 TRENDiY Kits Closes TOMORROW! Enter Now!Hello friends – just to remind you guys, the giveaway for 3 TRENDiY kits closes TOMORROW at midnight…and there’s only been a handful of entries, so your odds are pretty good!!

Get your entry in today!!

Enter NOW!

Good luck-

xo

Carly

P.S. I’ve had to take the week off from blogging about fashion and DIY due to a looming deadline with my other business, and an ongoing family crisis. I’ll be resuming regular posting soon!


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DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art – and Giveaway!

7.12.2014

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!The brand-new Canadian line, TRENDiY Art, was recently kind enough to send me one of their fun DIY kits to review.

TRENDiY Art is a new line of art and craft activities for tweens and teens, and is all about making cool jewelry and fashionable accessories. They provide not only all the materials to make these projects in the kits, but also a full-length fashion magazine with styling ideas and DIY possibilities. DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!I decided to open up the Mexican Bracelets kit and try my hand at some embroidery thread-wrapped bracelets. DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!They were super-easy to make and a cute, colorful addition to my stack of arm adornment. Here’s how to make them:

You Need:

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!TRENDiY Art Mexican Bracelets Kit  /  scissors

How To:

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! 1. Start by double-knotting one thread around your bangle.

2. Wrap the thread around multiple times.

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!3. Change color by tying a new thread to the old one with a double knot, then cutting off the old thread.

4. Wrap the second color around, covering up the end of the old color and the end of the new color.

5. Continue all the way around, until you reach the beginning of your wrapping.

6. Add a third contrasting color wrapped around your base colors for texture.

7. When done, tie your final thread to the tail of the thread you tied on in the beginning, and snip all extra ends.

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!You can use 2 or 3 different colors rolled together for different looks, switch up the colors frequently, or tie many colors loosely around (even finishing your bracelet with a handmade tassel!) Plus you can hand-sew on some crystals, or even thread on some beads as you wrap for a totally different look.

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway! Make it your own, make it colorful, and make it fun!

DIY Wrapped Mexican Bracelets with TRENDiY Art   and Giveaway!

These kits make it very easy to create your own DIY projects since they come pre-stocked with everything you need. Totally on-trend and fun, TRENDiY Art kits are a great gift or engaging activity for any avid DIY’er in your life.

Currently only available in the UK, you can get your hands on 3 of these exclusive kits by entering the giveaway below!

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xo

Carly

FTC Disclosure: I was sent 4 DIY kits to review from TRENDiY Art. I have received no other compensation for this post. The above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.


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Quote: Comparison Is an Act of Violence

7.09.2014

Quote: Comparison Is an Act of Violence

Comparison is an act of violence against the self.

-Iyanla Vanzant

Jennifer Jones, the blogger behind IHeartOrganizing, one of my favorite blogs that I stalk almost daily, recently shared some thoughts on perfection that appears throughout the blogosphere in beautiful, styled photos, amazing layouts, boundless creativity, and an often daunting body of work that some can feel is not reflective of reality. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, left out, or overwhelmed with the seemingly “perfect” lives put out there on social media or blogs, you’re not alone. Don’t be overwhelmed by the careful construction of reality.

Read her post. It will help.

In her post she quotes Iyanla Vanzant, which is a particularly favorite quote of mine, and one I knew was just perfect for my digital typography poster this week.

Photo by Chris Brignola. Layout by me.

xo

Carly

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Chic for the Week – 1

7.08.2014

Chic for the Week   1How was everyone’s holiday weekend?

Mine was filled with firsts: my neighborhood’s first-ever block party on Friday with a huge July 4th celebration and amaaazing fireworks (they’ve never had one before in all the 6 years we’ve lived here)…and Lil Tot’s first-ever sleepover at a friend’s house. (He’s only ever had a friend sleep over here before, so it was a huge milestone for my little boy! Can’t believe he’s now EIGHT…I started this blog when he was TWO so it’s been quite a journey. *wipes away tear*)

We decorated our bamboo stalk with paper decorations and wishes for Tanabata (Japanese Star Festival) yesterday, and now the week has begun.

And so has a new series of mine: Chic for the Week. A couple items I’m crushing on this week…

1. In Summer you have to go breezy and easy with your choice of tops. This Choies Crop Top may be a play on words, but is also a chic option.

2. LOVE these bold and chunky Shoe Cult Cross the Line FlatformsChic for the Week   1. Wear with #3 and you have yourself an outfit!

3. A striped skirt is an essential Summer piece and when the shape is billowy and ballroom it’s so now. This ASOS woven midi skirt looks super-cute with a crop or tank top – can’t wait for mine to arrive so I can rock it out!

4. The Limited Pearl Collar Choker is so minimalist and modern – and totally affordable too. I think this would be an easy and quick DIY once you can source the main metal choker part.

Hope everyone’s having a great start to the week!

xo
Carly


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DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklace

7.03.2014

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel NecklaceTassels, tassels, everywhere! I officially declare 2014 the Year of the Tassel. They’ve been having a HUGE moment again, and I love their undone, boho-chic feel. Casual and cool at the same time. It’s very easy to make your own tassels – or even better yet, make your own fun colorblocked tassel NECKLACE (just like this $128 Anthro Fanned Botanique Necklace [no longer available]). Here’s how:

You Need:

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklaceembroidery thread in 4 colors (I chose cobalt blue, navy blue, goldenrod, and metallic gold)  /  3/8″ diameter natural rope, 1 yard long  /  1 1/4″ goldtone D-ring  /  scissors  /  tape  /  glue  /  toothpick (optional)

How To: DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklace 1. Start wrapping the embroidery thread around the bottom of the D-ring, using 2 fingers to create the right length. Wrap around many times until you get a thick bundle.

2. Slide your fingers out from the bundle.

3. Snip a short piece of thread and tie around the bundle, close to the D-ring.

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklace4. Wrap both ends of the thread multiple times around where you tied, and tie the ends together with a double knot. Leave the ends loose for now.

5. Use scissors to trim the bottom of the tassel flat.

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklace6. Fluff out the threads in the bottom of the tassel.

7. Repeat Steps 1-6 for 2 more tassels in your first color. Repeat for 3 tassels in your second color. Repeat for 3 tassels in your third color. For the third tassel in that color, I made it using half metallic threads (since the metallic thread frays easily but isn’t as “fluffy” as the regular embroidery thread).

8. Use a dab of glue on each double knot you made in Step 4.

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklace9. Snip off the ends of the threads close to those knots once dry.

10. Place the D-ring with the tassels in the center of your rope piece.

11. Use the metallic thread to wrap around each side of the straight part of the D-ring, many times, to secure the ring to the rope.

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklace12. Finish each wrap by double-knotting the thread at the back. Dab with glue, and snip off the ends.

13. Try on the necklace and decide how long you want it. Use a piece of tape wrapped around the rope pieces to secure it to the length you like.

14. Cut off the excess rope.

15. Use a contrasting thread color to wrap around the rope ends and completely conceal them. End using a double knot, dab on glue, and cut the threads.

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel NecklaceYou’re done! A bright, bold accessory for breezy tops and easy dresses this season is only a couple wraps and snips away. You can you any combination of fun colors, and totally switch up the look of the piece by adding pompons, charms, or other accoutrements to make it all your own!
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How will YOU wear your Colorful Tassel Necklace?

DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel NecklaceHappy DIY’ing!

xo
Carly


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Clip On Creativity with Emitations.com

6.29.2014

Clip On Creativity with Emitations.comIt seems clip-on earrings are having a moment again – and rightly deserved, since they are more versatile than one would think! Not just limited to earlobe decoration, clip-on earrings can be incorporated into your wardrobe in a variety of surprisingly chic ways. Clip On Creativity with Emitations.comEmitations.com sent me a pair of sparkly clip-on earrings to style, and here are a couple ways I came up with to let their beauty shine:

CHIGNON DECORATION

Clip On Creativity with Emitations.comOne of my favorite ways to wear clip-on earrings is to use them to adorn my hairstyle – and they look especially fabulous in an updo. Perfect for graduations, evening soirees, and dressy events, a little bling in your hair can go a long way.

COLLAR ACCENTS

Clip On Creativity with Emitations.comTaking a page from Michelle Obama’s playbook, using a piece of sparkly jewelry in an unexpected place – like the collar of a coat or dress – lends your ensemble a major dose of refinement. Adding a pair of clip-on earrings right at the front opening of a coat creates focus on the face and ups the glam factor.

SHOE CLIPS

Clip On Creativity with Emitations.comAdorn those plain pumps with a sweet pair of clip-ons! Having a small amount of sparkle at your feet can make you feel like a true Cinderella. Unlike true “shoe clips,” clip-on earrings don’t have the teeth on the underside of the snap, which means these won’t ruin your shoes like shoe clips can.

There are a ton of great clip-on earrings to be found at thrift stores, flea markets, and Ebay – as well as brand-new, gorgeous options available at Emitations.com (they look just like the real thing it’s almost impossible to tell!)

Clip On Creativity with Emitations.comDo you have any ideas about how to style your clip-on earrings?

xo
Carly

FTC Disclosure: I received a pair of clip-on earrings from Emitations.com to review and style in a post. I have received no compensation for this post and the above opinions are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.


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