Little Warrior November Spotify Playlist to Listen to While You DIY

littlewarrior_novemberplaylistMy dear friend Lex Casciato, AKA Little Warrior, is an amazing musician and up-and-coming tour de force in the world of music. She is a regular contributor to Chic Steals, curating monthly original playlists for your to stream on Spotify, add some background music to your space, mellow out to, listen to while working on your latest DIY project, and add a little music into your life.

Here’s what she says about this month’s playlist:

This month, I am inspired by the beautiful sound waves of piano and orchestral music. Since I was young, I have always found instrumental music to be incredibly inspiring. Without words, no one can fill in the music for me and tell me how to feel. Instead, the instrumentation, melodies and rhythm cascade together to tell a story. From there, I can interpret the music however I choose.The winter is one of my favorite times of the year to be productive. I love to watch informative documentaries, cult classic films, and find inspiration for new art projects. The film composition that accompanies such films excites my composer soul and motivates me to expand my work into more complex realms. It is my hope with this month’s playlist that you find inspiration in the quiet, wordless moments, and you get ideas to explore your wildest dreams!

<3 Little Warrior

Listen and enjoy!

Listen to Chic Steals November 2013 Cinematic Music Playlist by Little Warrior

What do you guys think of the playlists? We’d love your feedback in the comments!!

If you missed last month’s playlist, check it out here:

Chic Steals October 2013 Stargazing Playlist by Little Warrior

xo

Carly

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 6.36.26 PMDescribed as Portishead and Oh Land meet David Bowie and the Chemical Brothers around a campfire with a drum machine, Little Warrior‘s music advocates peaceful revolution and equality for all. Active on social media, she posts inspirational quotes and upbeat ideas, spreading positivity through images and music.Find her on: Bandcamp / CD Baby / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr

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DIY Pretty Pearl Ring (with Video Tutorial!)


So finally I’ve finished a DIY video for my latest creation: a Pretty Pearl Beaded Ring. It’s taken a super-long time from the planning to the execution to the editing, and I definitely couldn’t have done it without the help of my co-creator, Emily Dokken. (She’s just awesome – she has a discerning eye for framing artistry and a wonderful energy. Check out one of her other videos: Burning the Behemoth on Vimeo…it’s a fascinating story of an artist’s journey to burn his wooden mammoth creation in Washington.)

I had waited to release this video until after I had re-branded with my new logo and everything…plus finding the music took searching through 600+ tracks on the FreeMusicArchive.

Thank you so much, Emily, for your amazing collaboration!

DIY Pretty Pearl Ring

Camera/Storyboards/First Edit: Emily Dokken
Concept/Tutorial/Second Edit: Carly J. Cais

Music: The Easton Ellises ~Dance It Dance All Motel Costes Mix
http://theeastonellises.com/ under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
from FreeMusicArchive.org

Hope you guys enjoy! Leave us your feedback below 🙂

xo
Carly

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Little Warrior October Spotify Playlist to Listen to While You DIY

chicstealsoctoberplaylist_littlewarriorMy good friend Lex Casciato, AKA Little Warrior, is an amazing musician and up-and-coming tour de force in the world of music. She is a regular contributor to Chic Steals, curating monthly original playlists for your to stream on Spotify, add some background music to your space, mellow out to, listen to while working on your latest DIY project, and add a little music into your life.

Here’s what she says about this month’s playlist:

This month, I was inspired by my youthful interpretation of October: starry nights and crisp air. Anytime I notice myself getting too stressed or moving to quickly through life, I find solace in the sky. Immediately I am brought into the present moment. It amazes me how simply looking up at the vast expanse above the clouds and in the stars can make one feel so grounded. While it seems we could feel so small looking at the glitter of stars in the night sky, I feel strangely connected and protected. With all of this in mind, I compiled this playlist for you to find solace in the present moment. What do you want to accomplish this month and what has been keeping you from that? Take a moment to gaze as the stars at night and wish upon those shooting stars. You never know what magic could happen this month, so why not dream big?

<3 Little Warrior

Listen and enjoy!

Listen to Chic Steals October 2013 Stargazing Playlist by Little Warrior

What do you guys think of the playlists? We’d love your feedback in the comments!!

If you missed last month’s playlist, check it out here:

Chic Steals September 2013 Dance/Breakbeat Playlist by Little Warrior

xo

Carly

littlewarriormanifestoDescribed as Portishead and Oh Land meet David Bowie and the Chemical Brothers around a campfire with a drum machine, Little Warrior‘s music advocates peaceful revolution and equality for all. Active on social media, she posts inspirational quotes and upbeat ideas, spreading positivity through images and music.

Find her on: Bandcamp / CD Baby / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr

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Little Warrior September Spotify Playlist to Listen to While You DIY

littlewarrior_septemberplaylistMy good friend Lex Casciato, AKA Little Warrior, is an amazing musician and up-and-coming tour de force in the world of music. She is a regular contributor to Chic Steals, curating monthly original playlists for your to stream on Spotify, add some background music to your space, mellow out to, listen to while working on your latest DIY project, and add a little music into your life.

Here’s what she says about this month’s playlist:

This month we hold onto the last days of summer, so what better to celebrate the remaining days of sunlight than by staying up late and dancing the night away? No pressure to leave the house for the club… just put on this mix and dance around your humble abode and celebrate your life. Hold on to this energy as we transition into fall so that you might remember that while the sun may go down sooner, you can find life in music and in your art. I put a dancey mix of my newest tracks on this playlist, because it’s out of my normal genre. I hope this can help motivate others to move out of their own comfort zones. May summer leave you with a sense of joy, love, and passion for life. Never forget your spark and though it’s cliche… dance like no one is watching.

<3 Little Warrior

Listen and enjoy!

Listen to Chic Steals September 2013 Dance/Breakbeat Playlist by Little Warrior

Hope you guys are enjoying the playlists! 🙂

If you missed last month’s playlist, check it out here:

Chic Steals August 2013 Oldies Playlist by Little Warrior

xo

Carly

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 11.01.47 AMDescribed as Portishead and Oh Land meet David Bowie and the Chemical Brothers around a campfire with a drum machine, Little Warrior‘s music advocates peaceful revolution and equality for all. Active on social media, she posts inspirational quotes and upbeat ideas, spreading positivity through images and music.

Find her on: Bandcamp / CD Baby / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr

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West Elm Flower Recipe Book Event with Studio Choo

flowerrecipebook_10Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event celebrating the release of Studio Choo‘s The Flower Recipe Book at West Elm in Portland’s Pearl District. flowerrecipebook_8Leading the event were authors Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo, a renowned floral design studio in San Francisco. flowerrecipebook_1They provided tons of tips and tricks for creating beautiful floral arrangements, including creating a bed of greenery at the mouth of the container for the larger flowers to sit on, cutting flowers so their heads would sit right at the container rim, and planning the arrangement around a few key blooms. flowerrecipebook_4The wealth of greenery and gorgeous blooms available to us was breathtaking: enormous peonies, sweet pea, daisies, liliacs, ranunculus, and tulips dotted the benches at West Elm in a carpet of pinks and reds. flowerrecipebook_2flowerrecipebook_7flowerrecipebook_3flowerrecipebook_6We all walked away with a beautiful arrangement we made, a West Elm container, a pair of shears, and a signed copy of the Flower Recipe Book from Jill and Alethea. It was a fun night of learning and a great way to DIY a floral centerpiece for my dining room table.

flowerrecipebook_5flowerrecipebook_9 flowerrecipebook_11If you’re interested in flower arranging at all and are looking for a lovely book to help guide you (as well as jam-packed full of breathtaking photos, a stunning coffee table book in its own right), The Flower Recipe Book provides over 40 step-by-step “recipes” to create your own perfect arrangement, as well as longevity tips and tricks and a host of unusual and tips and tricks to gorgeous arrangements.
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xo
Carly

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Chic Steals Featured In the Columbia News Service

ColumbiaNewsService_DIYblogfeatureSeunghee Suh did a feature on DIY blogs, including my own, for a story for the Columbia News Service.  I was really flattered to be included (and quoted so extensively!)  alongside such amazing DIYers like Grace of Stripes & Sequins, and Rosie Martin, from DIY Couture!  Check it out below…

From Runway to Kitchen Table, DIY Goes Designer

Thanks so much for the feature, Seunghee!

In other news, my in-laws have been visiting this past week and I’m still in the process of catching up now that they’ve gone.  I’ll be sharing the tutorial for the DIY Awning Wrap Skirt I featured last week on my blog super-soon, promise!

xo

Carly

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