DIY Agate Slice Drink Coasters

On a recent trip to one of my favorite gem supply shops in the Portland area (Ed’s House of Gems as I wrote in an earlier post here) I found some pretty agate slices that seemed like they would be perfect for drink coasters. Sure, I got the idea from Rablabs many years back…but those coasters were $65 at the time and way more than I wanted to spend. So I decided to make my own DIY agate drink coasters – with a little metal leaf to glam them up – and some cork “feet” to protect my table ....more

January Email Giveaway: Choose Your Book

Hi friends! As I may have mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been revamping the Chic Steals email newsletter. One new feature I’ve added is a NEW monthly giveaway to my subscribers! ...more

Inspire: It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done Quote

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela From one of the most inspiring people of our time comes this quote, effective in its simplicity, awe-inspiring at its most humble. When things seem impossible, know that they only do on this side of them because they aren’t done yet. And persevere ....more

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

FTC Disclosure: The post is part of a partnership with PandaHall, who purchased a banner advertising slot in my sidebar. If you are interested in purchasing a banner ad (or sponsored post) coming up on the editorial calendar, click here. Small businesses welcome! ...more

Inspire: Discover Your Why Quote

“Discover Your WHY” So many people ask me how I’ve been blogging so long (8 years this month now!) and how I’ve been able to keep motivated for so long and consistently (er…mostly) kept up with posting, week in and week out, for many, many weeks (and months…and years…) My answer is: I’ve discovered my WHY. I can’t stress how important this is to every endeavor you may undertake in life. (I’m not sure of the attribution for this inspirational quote, but the words are so singularly important I’ve chosen to share this here.) No matter what, if you are putting time, energy, and passion into it…you must have a WHY ....more

DIY Gold-Painted Agate Bookends

So…sliced agate bookends are a big THING…but they can be ridiculously expensive. Just browse One King’s Lane or Joss & Main (and those are discounted to around $66, sheesh!) to see what I mean. Or Z Gallerie to see the full-priced version at $99 ....more

Inspire: Ideas Come From Everything Quote

“Ideas come from everything.” -Alfred Hitchcock One of my favorite quotes ever because it encourages you to look around yourself and feel inspiration surrounding you. Never feel that you are at a dead end…since the mind’s ability to pull new thoughts and wisdom from anywhere is unparalleled. Thank you, Alfred Hitchcock! ...more

Chic Tip: Discover Happiness with a Gratitude Journal

I’ve found that the right attitude is truly half of a chic life. But sometimes, even if life isn’t getting us down and we aren’t depresssed per se, we can get into a rut of wake up, go to work, go through the motions, come home, go to sleep, and do it all the next day…without even feeling present in our own lives. We can feel complacent and bored; tired and irritable; or just flat-out burnt-out ....more

Chic Beauty: New Burt’s Bees Lipstick is a Natural and Affordable Way to Pamper Your Lips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Burt’s Bees has just come out with a NEW line of luscious lipsticks available at Target – and I’m over the moon about them! ...more

DIY: Shine Word Sweater AKA How to Cover Up a Stain on Your Sweater

Oh metallic lurex thread, how I love thee!! It adds so much dimension, so much Wintry sparkle, so much glamour to just plain old fabrics. But it’s a demon to clean ....more