Hello friends! Gee, this past month went by quick, didn’t it? I wanted to try something a little different as a recap and dig back into the Chic Steals archives for Januaries past to share some of my favorite posts with you that you may have missed. This month marks my 7-Year Blogiversary (can you believe it: SEVEN YEARS!!) and so I wanted to go way way back to near the beginning and see if there were any gems back there. Check out these fun projects and posts!
Cutting Edge Innovation in Eco Fashion and Style (for FashionTribes.com)
This may have been back in 2010, but some of these innovations are still pretty cutting edge today!
DIY Jennifer Behr Spiked Turban
I had a lot of fun with this project, eating cheese straws and moaning about the price tag on the original. It’s fiddly and difficult to make, but the result is pretty cool.
The Easiest Party Skirt to Make…Ever
I made this skirt out of a bunch of rectangles cut in satin. It turned out pretty well (though the tutorial has no step by step photos so be forewarned).
What is the Fashionista’s Dilemma and What Is Your F.A.P.?
I mused about fashion morality in the face of modern fast fashion. How do you create your Fashion Acquisition Policy into what works for you?
Current Obsessions: Sally Hansen Nail Effects Nail Polish Strips
I have no idea why, but this was one of my most-shared posts of 2011. It’s basically a how-to apply those nail polish strips out of the box.
Just like at Christian Dior. And totally removable, so when you get sick of it you can start afresh.
DIY Dyeing Feature in Lucky Magazine
I scanned these magazine pages in because I thought they were particularly helpful in dyeing your clothing and accessories. Even boots!
Soooo easy: just wire two cuffs together to make a longer cage-like piece of jewelry. Easy and fun.
DIY Jil Sander Gathered Ruffled Peplum
Kind of a silly, but very fun, accessory. Wear over different skirts in contrasting colors.
I guest-posted this for the London Times blog. Great for zhushing up plain resort wear.
I guest-posted this for the London Times blog. I used metallic shelf liner paper over a file folder.
DIY Spike Beaded Woven Choker Necklace
This was one of my most popular tutorials back in 2013. Kinda fiddly but well worth it.
DIY Prada-Inspired Rose Cabochon Earrings
These were super-fun to make, with a huge visual impact. You could even buy the cabs already made (I spied them in the scrapbooking section at Michael’s!)
DIY Vintage Iron-On Decal Leather Keyring Charms
Such a cute project…these would make the perfect gift for someone special.
How to Use the Cartwheel App to Save at Target
If you’re not using the Cartwheel App every time you go to Target, you’re totally missing out! You could save a TON more over Target’s already affordable prices.
DIY A-Morir Embellished Sunglasses
I totally tricked out my sunglasses with rhinestones and beads. VERY 1950’s.
How to Keep Your Clothing Looking Bright and Chic with Clorox
For any brights, you can easily keep them from fading by taking a little extra care when laundering. Here are the tips and tricks to doing that.
DIY Free People Wrapped Quartz Bangle
This was such a fun, easy project – that ended up looking fantastic and was my most-read post of 2014.
DIY Windowpane Print Sweatshirt
Easy to do this trendy windowpane with some trim and double-stick hem tape.