So it’s been two weeks since my last roundup, and it’s that time again!  I’ve been busy wrapping up my last week in Japan, packing, and then arriving back in the States and wrangling with jetlag for the last 5 days or so.  There’s nothing like getting up at 2 AM every day, primed and ready to go as if it’s morning (well, I guess it technically is), puttering about on HIGH for a few hours, and then falling back into bed around 10 AM, and sleeping until 4 in the afternoon.  And then the day’s over.  Well, that’s been my week so far – let’s see what loveliness other, more productive people have been up to lately:

Susie from StyleBubble created the most professional-looking DIY painted skirt, inspired by Balenciaga’s S/S ’11 Collection.  I never thought orange and blue when paired together could be so attractive!!

Honestly, WTF posted their take on the popular Chan Luu wrap bracelet – and I have to admit, using ball-chain for this normally time-consuming DIY sounds like a lifesaver!

From The Illustrated Nail, Maison Martin Margiela-Inspired Nail Art takes those anonymous numbers to a whole new level.  I love witty things like this that are akin to an “in-joke” that only the people INto fashion will really get! (source: StyleList)

Maya from Soccer Mom Style made the most beautiful feather-trimmed metal cuff, inspired by Givenchy.  Total saved doing it herself?  Oh, only about $731.50!!

Hate creating yards and yards of ruffles?  Ruffle Fabric is a wonderful site that provides already-ruffled fabric by the yard – perfect for so many projects – and Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking has created an easy-to-follow tutorial for sweet little flower girl dresses using this fabric.  (Easily adaptable for larger sizes!)

The Style Projects posted a great and simple tute for an OBEY inspired DIY necklace.  If you use a chunky nail necklace as the base, no jewelry-making ability is required for this rocker-style dupe!

I’m loving the chic DIY cut-out blouse featured on Freshly Given.  All you need is a structured blouse with a collar since you’ll be cutting off the sleeves: a brilliant solution for those hot summer days when you still want to look chic and put-together.

Have a boring, kind of creepy mannequin lying around your house?  Decoupage it with vintage sewing patterns like Stacie from Stars for Streetlights did! (Hint: you can do this with any piece of hard furniture or any object around your house…maybe some customized sewing room decor?)

If your project was featured above, feel free to grab a button and share the DIY!

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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 included please! So everyone can share in the DIY goodness:-)



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