Review: Beautiful Proflowers Bouquets for Mother’s Day

FTC Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary bouquet of my choice from ProFlowers.com. The below opinions are my own. I have not been otherwise compensated for this post. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

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Though Mother’s Day is about a month away still, now’s the time to plan ahead.

To that end, ProFlowers has you covered with a variety of beautiful bouquets for every pricepoint.

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ProFlowers Deluxe All the Frills Bouquet in Teal-Dipped Vase

I love that you can choose the type of vase you get the flowers in – which means you can customize it for your recipient.

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(I mean, how cool is this pretty teal-dipped vase above??) Many other online florists only offer the vase as part of the arrangement, and you’re stuck with what they’ve chosen. Major point in ProFlowers’ favor!

proflowers-box-proflowers-review-chic-stealsYou can specify delivery date at no charge (not a range-the exact day itself, which is awesome!) to make sure your recipient will be available on the date of delivery. When the flowers arrive, they’re boxed up in their nifty box with the card/greeting inside. The larger flower heads are even carefully wrapped to ensure perfection upon arrival! proflowers-box-inside-proflowers-review-chic-stealsThere are not 1 but TWO packets of flower life extend powder in the box, as well as detailed instructions for caring for your bouquet. (Other online stores don’t include instructions – kind of a no-brainer, no?)wrapped-bouquet-shipping-proflowers-review-chic-steals

Once in water, the flowers have a 7-day freshness guarantee, and the two packets of powder allow you to really extend their life. Mine are still alive at 15 days out!
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Right now ProFlowers is running a couple promotions where you can get some great deals. And, you can get 25% off your order when you sign up for emails too.

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You can also follow ProFlowers for updates, promotions, and shots of gorgeous, drool-worthy blooms here:

Facebook  /  Twitter  /  Instagram (my fave!)

So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and book a beautiful bouquet for your mother, graduation, birthday, or just because.

Shop ProFlowers and Save

xo

Carly

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Sponsor Spotlight: PandaHall Beads for Every Beading Project Known to (Wo)Man

DIY jewelry ideas using PandaHall beads
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Hi friends!

To start 2016 off with a bang, I’m looking at stocking up for many projects on the horizon. (It’s going to be a huge year in many ways!!) Here are a couple of my favorite projects for the New Year (with [affiliate] links to the beads you need):

1. J. Crew Beaded Rose Bracelet

Such an elegant little bracelet, you could make it (and the similar necklace) using this brass link bracelet as the base, these Rose Quartz Gemstone Cabochon drops as the petals, and these rhinestones as the centers.

2. ModCloth How’s the Feather Up There? Necklace

A pretty and delicate layered necklace with feather charms, you could make this using these Electroplate Glass Bead Strands and these Tibetan Antique Gold Feather Pendants.

3. Anthropologie Valence Drops

These refined gemstone earrings could be DIY’d in a similar method to these DIY Illusion Jeweled Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings that I made, and using these supplies: Mixed Acrylic Rhinestone Montee Beads, Brass Lever Back Hoop Earrings, Glass Rhinestone Montee Beads, and clear PVC vinyl.

4. Free People Luxe Triple Necklace

Another layered necklace, this could be made with the Black Agate Bullet Big Pendant, Howlite Round Gemstone Bead Chain, Tibetan Style Latin Cross, Natural Black Rutilated Quartz Beads.

5. Pearl and Chain Spike Choker Necklace

Last time I worked with PandaHall I created this tutorial using their Non-Magnetic Hematite Rectangle BeadsSilver Color Aluminum Twisted Curb Chain, 6mm White Glass Imitation Pearl Beads, and Aluminum Twisted Curb Chain. See the full DIY tutorial here.

Hope these ideas prove inspirational to you!

What’s on your to-do list for fabulous jewelry this year? Do tell!

xo
Carly

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Fall Fashion Frenzy Charity Event at Woodburn Premium Outlets Recap

woodburn-fall-fashion-frenzy-eventHi friends!

Who attended the Fall Fashion Frenzy Charity Event at Woodburn Premium Outlets last Saturday? It was an awesome event, filled with fun, food, shopping, and steals to be had all day long.

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The 11 charities that benefited from the event were all there helping out. These puppies were from Guide Dogs for the Blind.woodburn-fall-fashion-frenzy-event-photo-booth

Attendees received a complimentary catered lunch with original Fall Fashion cocktail (“Frenzy Fizz,” “Sparkling Diva,” and “Fashion Spritzer”), and snapped fun candid photos at the Photo Station by Paparazzi Tonight.

At each tent entrance there were different Fall ‘looks’ from Woodburn Premium Outlets retailers (top photo).

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Attendees were invited to enter to win one of 12 purses donated by stores. Inside one purse was a $500 gift card. Attendees gathered together to find who the winners were at the drawing.

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The lucky winner of the $500 Simon Premium Outlets gift card.

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Plus there were cute swag bags attendees got to take home with them – filled with indulgences!

All in all, the event raised more than $50,000: a record year, with all of it going to charity. Everyone had an amazing time and it was a completely packed house.

If you’re in the Portland metro area next year, you should absolutely come to the event for a fun day of shopping and charity! Hope to see you there next year –

xo
Carly

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Shopswell = The Best Answer to Dynamic Shoppable Lists Ever!



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Shopswell is an easy, fun way to curate shoppable lists of products or wish lists around a certain theme – that update dynamically no matter what.

Unlike Pinterest, which is frozen in time from when the original Pinner pinned the product (for years!), on Shopswell you have the ability to integrate a product’s price so it updates on the image as the price changes. No broken links. No item not found errors. No clicking through and finding that the price is totally different from what you suspected. Lists of items that are actually shoppable – still. Christmas wish lists that are updated. Beautiful layouts that are embeddable in your blog, no plugins necessary. You can even watch videos and reviews in the interface to make an informed decision before buying anything. It’s really the best of all shopping worlds – come together in one website.

shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-1Shopswell is so easy to collect products around a certain theme. Register on Shopswell and then click on your profile photo on the top right and choose “My Lists.” From there it will bring up a list of all your Lists, along with a Create New option. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-2
I chose to create a list based on Fall – and themed it around affordable fashion under $50 (because as we all know, that is totally my mantra over at Chic Steals). shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-3
Then it came time to add products to my list, which I did through just typing the name of the item into the search bar. When an item came up I liked, I chose to add it to my list – plus checked the “Track Price” checkbox so I would be notified if the price changed (so I could swoop in on a sale as it was happening!). shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-6
Then I chose the list I wanted it added to – and BOOM! It was added to my list, that simple. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-4
I could also hit the plus sign to the right of the search bar and enter the URL of a product I’d found on a site on the internet. shopswell-tutorial-creating-list-5Shopswell pulled all the info about the product without me having to do anything else (no entering keywords, title etc. – thank goodness!)

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Within just a few minutes I had a cool, curated shopping list, that will live forever here – and I don’t have to do anything else for it! No commenting, no SEO’ing…no nothing. Awesomeness.

A review of the Shopswell website would be incomplete without mentioning that Shopswell’s monthly giveaway. The Shop.Share.Win Program gives away $10,000 every month (yup, you read that right) in rewards to the members who share and interact with other community members on the site. You earn credits by inviting other members to the site, creating helpful content, creating lists, and upvoting other members’ content. (Specific details on how to earn credits are here. The current leaderboard showing who’s earning the most credits this month is here.)

So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action and start putting together wishlists that will link to your picks permanently – embeddable, beautiful curated content.

Check Out Shopswell Now

xo
Carly

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Fun Fall Fashion Work Chic with JCPenney

FTC Disclosure: This post is part of a paid campaign with SheKnows and JCPenney. The opinions featured are my own. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

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When it comes to Fall Fashion I’m all about chic and work-appropriate, as I just started a brand-new full-time job where I have to look polished every day. Luckily, JCPenney is here to help, with the JCPLookbook.com which has a number of ideas for styling your fun (and affordable!) Fall outfits. jcpenney-fall-fashion-outfit-2-handbag-chic-steals

Normally I tend to dress a little more “dressed up” than necessary – because you never know when your next client is walking through the door, or when you’ll close a sale, or when you might need to go to a business dinner after work. And starting from a point of being dressed up makes it easy to transition to an evening-appropriate outfit by just switching out jewelry and darkening makeup. Dressing more conservatively makes me feel empowered because I never feel under-dressed for the situation. I feel ready to tackle head-on whatever life may throw at me. I recently teamed up with JCPenney to shop their latest in Fall fashion and put together some outfits that make me feel empowered.

Here are my new favorite Fall outfits found at JCPenney:
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Nicole by Nicole Miller Sleeveless Print Panel Sheath Dress and Kelsie Tote, FIERCE rhinestone rose gold bangle (avail. in stores)

LOVE this printed sheath by Nicole by Nicole Miller (who’s celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary at JCPenney!) – it’s a statement outfit all in one and can be finished off with just a few accessories to complete it. I added in a rose gold bangle with “FIERCE” spelled out in rhinestones found at JCPenney’s Accessories department to remind me how I feel when I dress chic.

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Worthington Black Diamond Stone Necklace, Curvy-fit Straight-Leg Pants (black)

Pants that fit well are hard to find, but these Worthington trousers truly skim over my curves and make my legs look long and slim. Paired with a rhinestone necklace and cool jacket, they’re perfect for a Monday meeting or a Friday dinner.

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Worthington Black Diamond Stone Necklace, Zipper Envelope Skirt (black/white geo)

I’m a sucker for the monochromatic look, and this Worthington skirt is super eye-catching but conservative at the same time. Looks gorgeous with a pair of a pumps and a chic Nicole by Nicole Miller handbag!

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YMI Wanna Better Butt Destructed Skinny Jeans (DIY’d with cut off legs), Nicole by Nicole Miller Kelsie Tote

Finally, for my days off, I need a pair of jeans I can live in but can dress up for a date. These YMI jeans are destroyed just the perfect amount (and really do make my backside look better!!). Find them in the JCPenney Junior’s Department.

So here’s my question for all of you: What makes you feel empowered? Leave your answer in the comments to be entered to win a $100 JCPenney gift card!

Let’s get ready for Fall! Follow JCPenney on:

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / YouTube / Google+ / We Heart It / Polyvore

Or check out the JCPenney official website here.

And don’t forget to check out JCPLookbook.com to see more ideas how to wear Fall fashion!!

xo

Carly

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Review: Chic DIY Style Jewelry with SOUFEEL

FTC Disclosure: I was gifted a SOUFEEL charm bracelet and charms to write a review about the product. I received no other compensation. The below opinions are my own. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

soufeel-bangle-charms-chic-steals1Recently the kind folks over at SOUFEEL contacted me about reviewing their sterling silver bracelets and charms. After I checked them out and saw that they had a similar style and feel to the ubiquitous PANDORA bracelets but at a lower price-point, I said sure!

soufeel-bangle-charms-chic-steals2 Here are a couple facts about the brand:

SOUFEEL bracelets and charms are made from .925 sterling silver and top-quality materials, and can fit other brand-name bracelets like PANDORA and Chamilia (at a fraction of the cost!). They offer FREE SHIPPING worldwide with orders over $50 and a 365-day return and exchange guarantee. You can also receive a Free Bracelet with any order over $99.

The best thing about SOUFEEL that you can choose your own bangle, charms, stoppers, and decorations, to make a DIY piece of jewelry that completely reflects your style. (Or that of a loved one!)

soufeel-bangle-charms-chic-steals3I chose charms in a sleek silver, black, and crystal palette, intending them to be neutral and go with everything. My bangle is made from:

Sterling Silver Basic Charms Bangle   /  Black and White Magic Charm  /  Sparkly Brightly Stopper Charm (Out of Stock) Pyramid of Egypt Charm  /  April Birthstone White Crystal Barrel Charm  /  A String of Round Dots Stopper Charm

When the bracelet and charms arrived I couldn’t get over how beautifully they were packaged: they would truly make a great gift just as-is, no wrapping required. The charms are all high-quality and to me, indistinguishable from other brand-name sterling silver charm bracelets. soufeel-bangle-closure-chic-stealsAnd the catch on the bracelet, though a little tricky to open the first couple times, closes so securely you won’t lose anything (and the bracelet won’t slide off skinny wrists like mine – something I struggle with all the time!)

soufeel-bangle-charms-chic-steals4SOUFEEL has also provided Chic Steals readers with an exclusive coupon code to use on any order:

Use coupon Cais5 to receive 5% off your order!

Shop SOUFEEL Now

Thank you SOUFEEL for working with me – I’m delighted at

xo

Carly

 

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