Start Off Your Pretty Summer Fashion Wardrobe – Win a $25 Gift Certificate

FTC Disclosure: This is a paid post in partnership with Nakturnal, with the prize of a $25 ARV gift certificate to the e-tailer Mixology. The content and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, where a purchase made after clicking on a link earns me a small commission. My full Disclosure Policy is here.

Hi again, friends!

Things have been super-busy over here at Chic Steals (for good reason – I have a TON of cool announcements on the way!) but I’m popping in briefly to talk about Summer fashion finds – and to offer up a $25 gift certificate to get your shopping started. So let’s go!

Lately I’m crushing on ruffles, layers, sparkles, and LOTS of pink. I don’t know why…it just feels like a girly, feminine summer to me so far, and lots of frilliness and silliness is totally making me happy. With that in mind, I’ve been browsing the Mixology website lately – a mom-and-pop fashion boutique that features awesome brands at affordable prices (right up my alley ūüėČ and a lot of fun, girly pieces.

Here are a couple of my pretty pink, frilly, sparkly picks for Summer:

1 // Decker Flamenco Top, $29

2 // Curved Modern Hoop Earring, $38

3 // Agile Employee Dress in Milkshakes, $89.99

4 // ASOS Hunky Dory Pom Block Heeled Sandals, $72

5 // BlueStripe Bow Waist Ruffle Skirt, $22.99

6 // Get it Right Black Halter One-Piece Swimsuit, $49

7 // Oscar Daniel Triangle Choker, $48

8 // Valentine Ruffle Heart-Shape Bustier Shift Dress, $70.40

9 // Skinnydip Cateye Sunglasses in Pink Velvet, $48

10 // Sparkle Star Field In the Universe Tote Bag, $20 (designed by me!!)

Mixology has some great, affordable picks (like that hot pink ruffled flamenco top and triangle choker necklace above, that went straight onto my wishlist). And I have a $25 gift certificate for one lucky Chic Steals reader to get a head start on your Summer shopping there!

WIN A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE – HOW TO ENTER

    1. (Required) Leave a comment on this post telling me what your fashion crush is for this Summer. [one entry allowed per unique email address]

 

    1. (Optional) Share a link to this post on any of your social networks (like Facebook or Twitter) and comment back on this post with the link. That comment will earn you 1 more entry. [one extra entry allowed per unique link to live social media post]

 

  1. (Optional) Share this giveaway with a friend and ask them to comment on this post with your email address in the comment. This will earn 1 entry for you, and 1 entry for your friend. [one extra entry for your unique email address per unique friend’s email address]

Winner will be chosen at random from comments on this post.

The giveaway is open from now until July 7, 11:59PM PDT.

*Please note: Mixology offers $8.99 flat rate shipping for all orders under $75, free shipping for orders above $75 for the contiguous 48 United States. All international shipping will be shipped through USPS. The $25 gift certificate can be used for merchandise only and does not cover shipping costs or International customs fees for orders.

Good luck!

xo

Carly

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DIY Anthropologie Colorful Summer Tassel Necklace

0.diyanthrotasselnecklace_introphotoTassels, tassels, everywhere! I officially declare 2014 the Year of the Tassel. They’ve been having a HUGE moment again, and I love their undone, boho-chic feel. Casual and cool at the same time. It’s very easy to make your own tassels – or even better yet, make your own fun colorblocked tassel NECKLACE (just like this $128 Anthro Fanned Botanique Necklace [no longer available]). Here’s how:

You Need:

diyanthrotasselnecklace_materialsembroidery thread in 4 colors (I chose cobalt blue, navy blue, goldenrod, and metallic gold)¬† /¬† 3/8″ diameter natural rope, 1 yard long¬† /¬† 1 1/4″ goldtone D-ring¬† /¬† scissors¬† /¬† tape¬† /¬† glue¬† /¬† toothpick (optional)

How To: diyanthrotasselnecklace_step1 1. Start wrapping the embroidery thread around the bottom of the D-ring, using 2 fingers to create the right length. Wrap around many times until you get a thick bundle.

2. Slide your fingers out from the bundle.

3. Snip a short piece of thread and tie around the bundle, close to the D-ring.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_step24. Wrap both ends of the thread multiple times around where you tied, and tie the ends together with a double knot. Leave the ends loose for now.

5. Use scissors to trim the bottom of the tassel flat.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_step36. Fluff out the threads in the bottom of the tassel.

7. Repeat Steps 1-6 for 2 more tassels in your first color. Repeat for 3 tassels in your second color. Repeat for 3 tassels in your third color. For the third tassel in that color, I made it using half metallic threads (since the metallic thread frays easily but isn’t as “fluffy” as the regular embroidery thread).

8. Use a dab of glue on each double knot you made in Step 4.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_step49. Snip off the ends of the threads close to those knots once dry.

10. Place the D-ring with the tassels in the center of your rope piece.

11. Use the metallic thread to wrap around each side of the straight part of the D-ring, many times, to secure the ring to the rope.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_step512. Finish each wrap by double-knotting the thread at the back. Dab with glue, and snip off the ends.

13. Try on the necklace and decide how long you want it. Use a piece of tape wrapped around the rope pieces to secure it to the length you like.

14. Cut off the excess rope.

15. Use a contrasting thread color to wrap around the rope ends and completely conceal them. End using a double knot, dab on glue, and cut the threads.

diyanthrotasselnecklace_done5You’re done! A bright, bold accessory for breezy tops and easy dresses this season is only a couple wraps and snips away. You can you any combination of fun colors, and totally switch up the look of the piece by adding pompons, charms, or other accoutrements to make it all your own!
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How will YOU wear your Colorful Tassel Necklace?

diyanthrotasselnecklace_done4Happy DIY’ing!

xo
Carly

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Tokyo Trends: Mid-Summer 2011

I’ve now been here in Tokyo for just over two weeks, have gotten accustomed to the time-change, hit up the drugstore for numerous products to help me combat the mugginess and heat (more on that later), nabbed some of the latest fashion magazines, and been out and about to the main trendy shopping destinations. So I now have a bit of a handle on what is “on-trend” or, more importantly, what’s on the backs, feet, and arms of the young and fashionable.

Here are some themes I’ve seen so far:

1. Open-Weave Strappy Wedge Heels

Baby Pure Cross-Up Wedge Sandal, EVOL, ¥5806

Wedges are the current height of fashion, popular in wood and cork, as well as the ever-prevalent black.

2. Layered False Eyelashes + Heavy Eyeliner

Scan from PopTeen August 2011 issue

No longer content with just a single pair of falsies, Japanese girls are now layering 2 or even 3 pairs of full or cut lashes on the top lid, with 1 or 2 pairs of full lashes on the lower lid, surrounded by thick black eyeliner smudged out.¬† It gives the eye a very doll-like effect…especially since some girls offset the placement of the lashes at the outer corners to make the eyes look even bigger.

3. Printed Maxi-Culottes

Monotone All-in-One, DOSCH, ¥2980

I’ve seen tiny flowers and “ethnic” prints on these wide-legged chiffon pieces…I certainly couldn’t pull this look off but some are effortlessly!

4. Headbands Worn Around the Head 70’s-Style

 

Photo: Style-arena.jp

Spotted just about everywhere: long, wavy, often ombre-d hair with black stretchy headbands or beaded leather strips worn around the forehead…Rumi clones?

5. Crochet or Open-Knit Tops

Biancheri Tutu, ¥4,095

Just to provide another light layer; in white, neutral, and black; open-weave crop tops are donned on top of maxis and tanks for a flower-child vibe.

6. Oversized Thick-Frame Glasses

Photo: Style-arena.jp

I guess what could be called a “Fashion Blogger’s Staple,” these thick-framed nerd glasses have made their way to Japan.¬† I have to admit that Japanese girls look pretty cute with them!

7. Breezy Maxi-Dresses

Rapty, ¥5,990

Most days I feel it’s too hot for any separates, and girls here also default often to the “one-piece” maxi; this year, with shirring at the bust, skinny straps, vintage-style faded prints, and a loose fit.

8. Cropped/Batwing T-Shirts

Ribbon-print loose tee, Rapty, ¥2,300

Instead of the “body-conscious” fit that’s been popular for the last decade or so, tops now have dropped shoulders or batwing sleeves to provide a looseness on the top half – balanced out by their short length at the bottom.

9. Hats…Of All Kinds!

Photo: Style-arena.jp

This year there seems to be an amazing array of popular headgear; from straw boaters, canvas Panama hats, and floppy American Apparel felt hats; to Marine-style structured pieces, newsboy caps, and crochet beanies…this year it seems that anything goes in order to keep the sun’s rays away.

10. Midi-length Pleated Chiffon Skirts

Dazzlin, ¥5,071

No longer above-the-knee or floor-length, skirts now are popular in a mid-shin length, in a pleated chiffon…favored in neutrals, drab colors, and pastels.

 

Many of these trends from above have been around for awhile, and even those from last summer (striped maxi-dresses, silk scarves as headwear, flat gladiator sandals, straw hats) are still going strong.

Other trends?

Snacks: Pickled-plum-flavored dried kelp sticks, fettucine gummis, collagen-infused parfaits by DHC, low-sugar sodas, “dry” Pepsi, the Jill Stuart cafe, flavored marshmallows.

Music: AK48, K-Pop groups.

Other: Tracy Anderson workout, UNIQLO t-shirts printed with Japanese drink and snack mascots, medical drama TV shows, polkadot-prints, asymmetirc hemlines, bolo-tie necklaces, mineral makeup.

xoxox
Carly

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