Summer Staples: Smocked Tops and Denim Minis

Summer Staples: Smocked Tops and Denim Minis

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Top | Denim Skirt | Bag | Wedges | Similar Sunnies | Watch | Lipstick in “Creme Cup”

The 00’s are back and better than ever, and this season they are fueling my summer staples. Think back to smocked babydoll dresses and floral tops. And yes — those cover ups literally every girl wore to the beach. Like most trends, this style is having a resurgence and I. Cannot. Get. ENOUGH. I’ve already bought four smocked tops (*yikes*).

Keeping with the early 2000s theme, denim minis are a must. And while that aren’t a new trend this season, they definitely add a retro vibe. This is an outfit I’d like to imagine mid-2000s Britney would have worn. But aside from pairing with smocked tops, denim minis make the perfect summer staples — I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Of course my look wouldn’t be complete without a great pair of shoes. Naturally, I wore my new favorite wedges. I love the height on these shoes — it gives me a little oomph, without making it impossible to walk. I also added my basket bag because, well, it’s summer. Because the look has a lot going, I kept my jewelry simple, my only statement piece being my watch.

I hope you liked this post. Tell me what you want to see more of in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

P.S. My top is sold out in the orange color, but I linked the exact one in other colors!

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Perfect Summer Outfit: Comfy and Casual

Perfect Summer Outfit: Comfy and Casual

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Sweatshirt | Shorts | Bralette | Shoes | Bag | Watch | Bracelet | Earrings

When it comes to a summer outfit, comfort is key. I think of loose, breezy silhouettes and light fabrics. And this outfit has it all! Both the sweatshirt and the shorts are from Aerie, and I have to say that is one brand that does casual well. I just happened to stumble into the store last week while shopping with a friend and hit the jackpot! My sweatshirt and shorts were both on sale for 25% off. As soon as I tried the outfit on I knew I had to have it (for both pieces I only spent $43 total!). I actually liked both pieces so much, I went back with my mom and got the sweatshirt in another color, and a similar pair of shorts.

Another aspect of the outfit that screams summer to me is the neutral color palette. I loved the white paired with a light khaki color and immediately imagined the outfit with my leopard slides. This is the kind of color palette that is perfect for the beach — or the farmer’s market, which is where I shot this outfit.

Because comfort is the point of this outfit, I wore my go-to cream colored bralette underneath. Then I added my new pair of light pink resin earrings (I’m obsessed!), which gave the outfit some color. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to check out my post on resin earrings.

One final thought — not only do I think this casual summer outfit is too cute, I felt like I was wearing pjs all day!

xo,

Carey

P.S. Leave a comment below letting me know what kind of content you want to see on the blog! Do you want more comfy casual outfits like this? Outfit ideas for summer events like BBQs and weddings? I’m all ears!

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A Dainty Detail: Resin Earrings

A Dainty Detail: Resin Earrings

Hello, hello! I thought I’d start an ongoing series on the blog featuring my current obsessions. You may know from a recent Instagram post that I’m loving resin earrings at the moment (especially if they’re tortoiseshell!). I started seeing this trend pop up at the beginning of the year and now that summer is upon us, it. is. EVERYWHERE. And I have to say — I’m loving it!

With that being said, I thought I would gather all of the options I’m loving into one shoppable post! Click on the images below and get to shopping!

 

Thanks for stopping by! This is something I hope to do once, maybe twice, a month just to highlight some of my favorite trends. I hope you like it, and make sure to weigh in your thoughts on resin earrings in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

Striped Wrap Dress + My Favorite New Shoes

Striped Wrap Dress + My Favorite New Shoes

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Dress | Mules | Bag | Similar Hoops | Watch | Similar Sunglasses | Bracelet | Lipstick in “Creme Cup”

Welcome back! Sorry for the erratic posting lately, but I’m a little behind on content. Don’t worry though — more to come soon! Anyway, how freakin’ cute is my little wrap dress? I’m a huge fan of the wrap dress silhouette, but throw some ruffles on it? I’m a goner.

Funny story behind this dress — my mom and I recently showed up to church for my godson’s baptism a day early! My mom had the day wrong, so after we realized our mishap we decided to go shopping (duh). Anyway, my mom didn’t really like the dress I had chosen to wear so we were browsing for something new while at the mall. After trying on not one, not two, but six different dresses we finally ended up walking into Express where my mom picked up the little number I’m wearing above. As soon as I put it on, we both thought it was perfect.

What I love about this wrap dress (aside from the sunny color) is how versatile it is. I’ve already worn it three times — well, four if you count the photoshoot for this post. Obviously I wore it to the baptism, but I also brought it to New Orleans with me where I paired it with my Tory Burch sandals for a casual day, and then finally to an interview this week. If that isn’t versatility, I don’t know what is.

Now for my accessories. Unfortunately the basket bag you may have seen on the blog and on my insta broke recently, but I happened across this one while shopping at South Moon Under. I’m loving the black and beige color combo and like my old one it has two different strap options.

The shoes. You may have seen them on my insta on Tuesday. They were originally $70, but my mom and I both bought them for only $43! They’re so comfy and, like the dress, work for a variety of occasions. I’ve just worn mine out to dinner once, but I think they’ll make the perfect shoe for exploring on the weekends. My mom actually wore hers to work. But wherever you might wear them, you need these in your life ASAP! I fell in love with the cognac color, but they come in a few others as well (I also really love them in black).

I realize this post is getting long, but one last thought — I finally got on board the MAC creme cup lipstick shade train and I should have done it sooner! The color is too perfect; it’s just slightly too pink to be classified as a nude and is so flattering.

That’s all for this week, until next time…

xo,

Carey

Paper Bag Waist Shorts

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Similar Top | Shorts | Sandals | Similar Bag | Necklace | Watch | Bracelet | Similar Sunglasses| Lipstick in Creme D’nude

Hello from New Orleans! If you follow me on Instagram you know that I flew into NOLA on Tuesday to spend the week with my friend who goes to school here. I knew it was going to be extremely hot and humid, so I made sure to pack lightweight clothes for the trip.

How cute is the paper bag waist on these shorts? They’re actually a gift from my mom from a cute boutique in Disney called American Threads. I’m not sure if they have any other locations, but I checked out their clothes online and it’s all so cute! Anyway, I’m a big fan of the paper bag waist silhouette — it’s such a flattering look.

I paired the shorts with some of my go-tos: my white cami and my Tory Burch sandals. If you’ve followed me for awhile then you know how often I wear that white camisole. It’s probably the best purchase I’ve made in terms of cost/wear. Unfortunately, Topshop isn’t selling it anymore, but they have a new camisole that might be even cuter! I’m in love with the scalloped edges and it’s definitely on my list.

Aside from the shorts, my favorite part of this outfit is my necklace! I just got it from Free  People and have been wearing it non-stop. I loved the gold with blue-ish/green stones, but it comes in a few other colors too! I’m really into the layered necklace look, but I’m lazy and that’s why I love this one — it looks like I layered necklaces together but it’s just one necklace.

Thanks for stopping by! If you liked this post, leave a comment below!

xo,

Carey

Style Lessons From Mom

Style Lessons From Mom

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Similar Dress | Earrings | Watch | Bracelet | Similar Necklace

Since Mother’s Day is only three days away, I thought I’d share a post dedicated to my mom. She’s the one who initially got me in to fashion — I’ve never met anyone with as many shoes as my mom. But if there is one thing I’ve learned about style over the years, it’s to accessorize.

My mom never leaves the house without jewelry. While there are a few pieces she tends to fall back on (her big watch and her gold hoops), each outfit deserves different pieces. I will admit, jewelry is never something I really think to buy — clothes and shoes are my kryptonite. Recently I’ve been on an earring kick, but that’s about it. If you follow along, you know that I always wear my watch and ring (it’s a high school ring), and usually my initial necklace. But, my mom does it right; jewelry is an essential part of making your outfit look put together.

With that being said, here’s to Mom for always being the best accessorized woman I know. And if you think her jewelry is on point, you should really check out her shoes. But that’s for another day 🙂

xo,

Carey

Striped Jumpsuit

Striped Jumpsuit

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Similar Jumpsuit| Wedges| Bag | Earrings | Watch | Similar Sunglasses | Lipstick in “Creme D’nude”

I can’t think of anything more chic or versatile than a jumpsuit. Whenever I put one on, it’s like an instant confidence boost. And they work for almost any occasion — casual days, work, dressier events, you name it. Lately, I’ve been all about the spring/summer jumpsuits. The ones made of light fabrics in subtle colors and especially striped jumpsuits.

The one above is a jumpsuit I picked up it Florida at Forever21 of all places. I wasn’t able to find it online, but I found a really similar version from the same store. Surprisingly, Forever21 is offering some really cute jumpsuits right now and I have to say I’m impressed. What I love about this jumpsuit is the pinstripes. I feel like they make me look taller than I am (which is a plus) and the pattern isn’t overwhelming.

In my appreciation for the lovely piece that is the jumpsuit, I thought I’d round up a few of my favorites for you all. Happy shopping!

xo,

Carey

P.S. I hope you don’t mind the shorter post this week, but it’s the end of the semester and things are a little crazy!

Makeup Essentials/My Every Day Routine

Happy Wednesday! I haven’t shared a beauty post in awhile, so I thought I’d make a post about my makeup essentials. These are the products I use on almost a daily basis — essentially what I use for my every day makeup routine. (Click on the images above to go directly to the product page!)

To start off, I know moisturizer isn’t makeup but I always put it on before I put on makeup! Especially since I don’t usually use primer every day (I only break it out for special occasions), my moisturizer creates a nice base for the other products.

After I apply my lotion, I like to let it sink in a bit. Then I move on to the under eye concealer. I have pretty dark circles so I love this product. It has an orangey hue to mask the purple, so I always put in on before my foundation. I also like to do my eyebrows and put on eyeshadow. I use the Charlotte Tilbury makeup palette in “Dolce Vita” pretty much every day (I also have a holiday palette from that brand for those special occasions). It only has four colors with directions how to apply them all. That’s how I like my makeup — simple.

After eyeshadow I finally apply my foundation. If necessary, I also use the bareMinerals concealer under my eyes or on blemishes. After that I move on to mascara. My mom got me the Lancome CILS lash booster for Christmas and I am obsessed. It’s base coat you put on before mascara and it really makes a difference. Once I finally put my mascara on over the booster, my lashes look so much longer and fuller. For the finishing touch on my makeup I like to wear one of the MAC nude lipsticks in “Creme D’nude” — the color I wear in almost every blog post. I don’t usually wear the lipstick to class, but everywhere else, it’s a must!

So those are my makeup essentials! I hope you like this post. If you want to see more like this, let me know in the comments!

xo,

Carey

White Rompers: A Spring Must-Have

White Rompers: A Spring Must-Have

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Romper | Sandals | Similar Bag | Necklace | Watch | Similar Sunglasses | Lipstick in “Creme D’nude”

Happy Wednesday darlings! I’m finally back to my normal posting schedule, although I can’t promise it will stay that way — spring semester is so crazy! Anyway, before I get to the outfit, I thought I’d give a little recap of my trip to Charleston. I went to visit my friend who goes to College of Charleston and it was so fun! The farmer’s market just opened back up so we went to that Saturday morning and did a little shopping (check out the necklace above) and then went to Sullivan’s Island to chill on the beach for a bit. And can I just say, Charleston has some amazing food! We got Home Team BBQ on Saturday night, and then went to Caviar and Bananas (this might be part of the college’s campus?) for brunch — I highly recommend.

Anyway, we actually shot this look on College of Charleston’s campus. And can I just say: isn’t it gorgeous? I decided to throw on this white romper with my Tory Burch sandals for a casual Sunday brunch and some shopping. And I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’m having a major white moment right now. Everything I buy is white (although I’m not sure that’s anything new…).

If there is one romper you need this spring and summer, it’s a white romper. There’s something about it that just screams “sunny days.” The one I’m wearing I fell in love with over the one shoulder detail (I’m clearly having a one shoulder moment) — I absolutely love the bow. Plus, you tie it yourself so it’s adjustable, something that is mandatory for petite gals like me. I also love the simplicity of the romper. The silhouette is simple so the bow takes center stage. As I said, I wore this romper for a casual Sunday brunch with sandals, but I’ve also paired it with wedges and it definitely works for going out as well.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. Keep scrolling for more white rompers I’m loving!

xo,

Carey

Ruffle Top and Skirt

Ruffle Top and Skirt

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Top | Skirt | Shoes | Bag | Similar Sunglasses | Watch | Similar Hoops | Lipstick

Happy Thursday babes! So close to the weekend, thank god. I’m actually visiting one of my best friends in Charleston this weekend and I am SOO excited (stay tuned for content). Anyway, back to this week’s look…

I bought this ruffle top about a month ago and it has been a staple in my closet ever since. You may have seen it already if you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t go follow!). The silhouette of the top is just so different from any other top I have. Even better: the shirt was just under $100 when I bought it from Nordstrom, and while it’s sold out there now, it’s on sale at Macy’s for $72!

I decided to go with a ruffle theme and pair my top with this asymmetrical, denim ruffle skirt I also bought from Nordstrom. When I bought it, I was actually looking for a plain, non-distressed denim skirt. I saw this one instead and knew I had to buy it! Like the top, it’s a silhouette that I just haven’t seen and am loving. Clearly ruffles are a fave of mine.

Because I wore this look to class before shooting it, I paired my slip on white sneaker-type shoes with it. And let me tell you — I cannot stop wearing these shoes! I get so many compliments on them and they’re just simple slip on sneakers. They pair so well with leggings and a tee on lazy days, but then also dresses and skirts on days when you went to look put together but still casual. If you’re looking for a new shoe for spring, I highly recommend!

On a side note, I just want to talk about my lipstick for a minute. It’s one of the Sephora Collection lipsticks and although this color isn’t sold anymore, you should definitely buy it! They’re only about $12, but I think they last better than any lipstick I own, including ones I’ve spent upwards of $30 on.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by! If you liked this post, let me know in the comments below!

xo,

Carey