Recap: Portland Bloggers Speed Networking Meetup at Passionfruit HQ

portland-bloggers-speed-networking-1 Last Sunday the Portland Bloggers group came together for a fun speed networking event at the Passionfruit headquarters in SE Portland.portland-bloggers-speed-networking-3portland-bloggers-speed-networking-5It was a morning filled with fun, laughter, quick-fire questions, networking, business card exchanging, and a ton of great advice on blogging issues. portland-bloggers-speed-networking-8portland-bloggers-speed-networking-4We noshed on deli cold cuts, cheeses, fruit, fresh vegetables, and bagels provided by Bowery Bagels (DELISH vegan cashew cheese on salted bagels!) and sipped coffee from Black Rock Coffee.

portland-bloggers-speed-networking-7We also got an inside look at the incredibly cool Passionfruit office space and the inner workings of Passionfruit Ads where you can sell ad space, paid posts, or sponsored content through their blog widgets with minimal maintenance and upkeep (seriously if you haven’t tried it out – DO IT NOW! I can’t believe how much time I spent on managing individual sponsors and advertisers with the emails, and back-and-forth, and getting their banner ads, having to re-optimize them, uploading, then taking down once the ad had run. Once you do it through Passionfruit, all the headaches are GONE and you just collect a paycheck. Seriously cool.)portland-bloggers-speed-networking-9portland-bloggers-speed-networking-2We had a fun photo shooting area with photo booth props Bee and Jenni had made. I’ll be updating this space soon with the photos!portland-bloggers-speed-networking-6It was a great morning and I met a number of local bloggers to add to my reading list and my blogging buddy list. We had a prize draw and 3 bloggers won some awesome prizes including a year of Passionfruit ad service, the book Blog, Inc.by Joy Cho, and a package of blogging goodies like stationery supplies and blog planner. (Plus we all received a sample of Lemon Dream Bar King Cream ice cream to take home with us!)

Stay up to date with all Portland Bloggers events here. Hope to see you at the next one!

Have you ever been to a blogging meet up? Was it worthwhile to attend?

xo
Carly

I’m a volunteer member of the organizing team of Portland Bloggers, a local organization dedicated to bringing together bloggers and providing networking and resources. I designed their logo and also maintain their website and do videography for them.

Create and Craft x Kollabora How to Print a Cool Lumi Inkodye Wallhanging Video

Hi DIY-lurvers!

Who wants to learn how to do lumi photo print inkodye?? What is lumi photo print? Well, it’s a fun alternative to screenprinting that uses direct sunlight to transfer photos to fabrics – and Create and Craft has the perfect lumi photo print kit to get started. I wanted to share this neat video with all of you because although they make a wall hanging in the video, you could make anything, including photo-print bags, scarves, or even a cool graphic T-shirt sporting your favorite photography.

Who wants to get started with Lumi Photo Print? I definitely want to try it as my next project for Summer!

Check out Create and Craft’s Lumi Photo Printing Kit (on sale for limited time) here!

Happy DIY’ing!
xo
Carly
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Chic Steal for Earth Day: A Hybrid Car

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I’m just kidding.

Though hybrid cars are not considered a steal per se, I felt slightly eco-friendly when I bought this one. I researched them thoroughly, decided on a Honda, and met with some private sellers and a dealership to find the perfect car for me (and my budget). I negotiated, said no to a lot of unnecessary extras, and ended up driving away in a used 2011 Honda Insight, the first car that I myself bought with my own money and of my own decisions.

In the end, the disposal of the batteries with their heavy metals, and the environmental impact of mining for said heavy metals, may not make hybrid vehicles completely “eco-friendly” in a true sense. They are cars after all. But when I think of the monthly savings in gasoline (38-43 mpg vs. my current Mazda CX-9’s 18-20 mpg) hybrids are very, very attractive to me (and my long commute into work and taking my son to school).

I bought it yesterday last night just as the dealership was about to close. It runs smooth and quiet and hums along and the engine turns off at inexplicable times. Plus, it’s gray. And I love it because it’s ALL MINE.

Huge changes are happening around here, which is why I’ve been unable to update my blog lately. I’m still here. I’ll be back soon.

Once I sell my 2008 Mazda CX-9 8-seater, which is all clean and detailed and ready to be put on Cragislist.

Happy Earth Day, friends! To change…for the more eco-friendly.
xo
Carly

DIY Illusion Jeweled Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings

0.diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-introphotoHi friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a DIY here, for many reasons.

Life took over for awhile.

But I’m back – with a fun and easy DIY for you all to try out!
Big, bejeweled pendant chandelier earrings have been on-trend for awhile now…but unless you’re planning on whipping out that soldering torch and applying to your rhinestones…they’re a little hard to make. diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done7Enter translucent vinyl PVC as a backing – plus some strong glue – and you don’t ever need to pick up that pesky torch. Here’s how to make your own designer-style illusion jeweled chandelier-style dangle earrings:

You Need:diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-materials

PandaHall Acrylic Beads (I used the Mixed Color Transparent Acrylic Faceted Drop Pendants in light pink  /  PandaHall Mixed Acrylic Rhinestone Montee Beads in light pink, hot pink, and champagne  /  earring pads with backs  /  large jumprings (I actually used 2 per earring so 4 total)  /  transparent PVC vinyl  /  pliers and jumpring tool  /  glue for plastics and metals (I recommend Loctite but had run out when I made this project!)  /  awl or needle  /  scissors (smaller scissors are better I found, like nail scissors)

How To:   diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done21. Lay out the beads on a flat surface to determine placement of the rhinestones.

diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-step12. Use a generous dab of glue on the back of each rhinestone to glue it onto the transparent PVC vinyl. Space your rhinestones apart to allow for cutting them into separate pieces if you desire.

3. Once dry, use scissors to cut around the rhinestones. (I chose to cut around some clusters of rhinestones separately so I could join them with jumprings for more dangle.) Make sure to round your corners.

diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-step24. Glue the earring pad onto the back of the earrings, and allow to dry.

5. Use an awl to pierce the vinyl for each separate rhinestone cluster that you want to connect, and at the middle of the bottommost rhinestone cluster, near the edge.

6. Connect a Drop Pendant to the bottom of the earring with a large jumpring.

7. Connect all the pieces with jumprings to complete your earrings.
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And that’s it! They’re surprisingly stable and will withstand some wear (though I wouldn’t recommend running obstacle courses in them).diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done3

I also made some alternate-colored ones in the trendy asymmetrical earring style.diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done4diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done5

I love how they look disconnected – almost floating – above your shoulders – utterly utterly chic with a backswept ‘do and a pretty necklace for Spring.

diy-illusion-jeweled-earrings-done1Happy DIY’ing!
xo

Carly

Chic on the Cheap: Home Furnishings from Target

Chic Target home decor room furnishings and accessoriesI have a love/hate relationship with Target…well, really more like LOVE since I can’t go into one without filling up my shopping cart with amazing, affordable finds. Like these, for example.

1. Hamilton X-slat Desk  /  2. Mirrored Pyramid Living Room Accent Table  /  3. Vase Target Glass 8 in  /  4. Nearly Natural Artificial Arrangement – Beauty  /  5. Room Essentials Magazine File  /  6. Deny Designs Decorative Three of the Possessed Crystal Crush Wooden Tray  /  7. Steven Mirror in Silver  /  8. Element Touch Lamp  /  9. Threshold Ikat Dots Pillow  /  10. Xhilaration Ruffled Decorative Pillow

And BTW, Target is running a GREAT promo from now until 4/4/15:

Spend $75 and save 15% on Home items – Plus get an extra 10% off when you use promo code MOVINGDAY at checkout!

I actually picked up the above gorgeous Hamilton X-Slat  desk (to use as a vanity table in my bedroom!) for a sa-WEET $99 after all the discounts…and I’m pretty thrilled with the quality (and the styling possibilities!)

Shop Target Home Furnishings Now

And don’t forget to use that Cartwheel App to save even more on already-reduced merchandise!

xo

Carly

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Chic for the Week – 9

Chic for the Week: My shopping picks for hiking in the outdoorsWelcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that I can’t stop thinking about.

With Spring bringing forth blooms upon blooms, I’ve been wanting to #getoutstayout in all that the beautiful Pacific Northwest offers. Between the March hailstorms and pouring-rain-with-dazzling-sunshine-afternoons there have been moments of warm, windy pleasure just ripe for the hiking. But you gotta have a pair of fashionable hiking boots, some cool-looking jeans, and a top to strip off when you get too warm. Here’s what’s on my must-have list this week:

1. You’ll need something to brave the trails, and these Ahnu Sugarpine Hiking Boots are a must. Bonus that they come in chic colors – and are lightweight and waterproof! #turquoisesolesforever

2. I’ve been wearing these Blank Denim NYC Rub a Dub Dub jeans CONSTANTLY since I got them – I used to just buy skinny jeans at Forever 21 but let me tell you, the quality is so markedly better with Blank Denim I’m never going back. These are super-soft, hug you, hold you in tight, but are not overly tight – and don’t get stretched out. Order your size for a comfy fit – order one size down for sprayed-on sexy.

3.Have I mentioned how awesome this turtleneck sweater is? Yes I have – here, where you can see the gray version in action. You can fit a little family of honey badgers underneath – and have room to spare. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: BEST. SWEATER. EVER.

4. ALWAYS gotta check ASOS for the backpacks since they have so many cool options. This Jack Wills Active Backpack will withstand weather changes and looks cool doing it. Just don’t stuff it too full or else it’ll take you over if you happen to be leaning down next to a cliff in order to tie your fashionable hiking boots… (Plus, if you’re a student, save 20% off with code UNIDAY until 4 AM EDT 3/27/15)

If you can, get out there and brave those trails! Time’s a-wasting…

xo
Carly

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Buy or DIY: Loeffler Randall Gem Clutch

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Welcome to a new series of mine: Buy or DIY, where I break down an on-trend piece into where you can Buy It (if you want the original) or how to DIY it (if you want to put your own original, affordable spin on it).

Loeffler Randall Gem Clutch

Buy: $195, here  or  DIY: $55.70, below

The DIY version: Thrift (or make!) a neutral suede-like zip envelope pouch – or try this version for $18.95. Use Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Repair Adhesive to affix a variety of pastel mint rhinestones to the front, like these Tear-Shaped Rhinestones and/or these Marquise Rhinestones. If you can find or make a clutch in a thinner fabric, you could also sew these rhinestones on instead, using a thin beading needle like these.

Which version do you prefer: BUY or DIY?

xo

Carly

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