2018 Holiday Gift Guide No. 4

The holidays are the perfect time to purchase those beauty products you normally wanted. With gift sets and major discounts, now is the time to shop! Here are nine of my favorite beauty product picks (I want some of these myself!):

  1. As a lipstick junkie myself, I’ve been wanting a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick for awhile. I’m actually obsessed with the color shown above — Kim K — but any of the shades would make a great gift!
  2. How cute are these flamingo makeup brushes?!? This would be such a unique gift for the beauty lover in your life. Plus, what makeup guru doesn’t want more brushes?
  3. For the perfume lover in your life, a Jo Malone perfume is such a classic. The wood sage & sea salt scent is soooo good and the bottle looks so pretty on a vanity.
  4. I. Am. OBSESSED with the new Huda Beauty palette. The colors are gorgeous! I’ve heard so many great things about this palette and for the amount of colors you get, the price is pretty good!
  5. Once again, I have a lipstick addiction. I’ve wanted a Kylie lip kit for so long and just found out that they’re sold at Ulta now! This would be such a fun gift idea.
  6. I have heard really positive reviews about the Lash Food lash serum and want to try this myself. It would make a great gift since this is something that you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself.
  7. I think the Drybar straightening hair brush is the greatest invention ever. It will make doing your hair so much more efficient! This is definitely a pricier gift, but a really cool idea!
  8. Do you know that person who is obsessed with highlighter? Then they definitely need a highlighting palette! I think this one is so pretty.
  9. I’ve been wanting the makeup Sigma Beauty brush cleaning pad for awhile! I’ve heard so many great things about it, making cleaning so much easier. I’m loving the holiday edition in rose gold, plus it comes with a brush!

I hope this post was helpful! What gift guide would you like to see next?

xo,

Carey

2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE NO. 3

Happy Thursday! With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I’d share another holiday gift guide with you all! This week’s guide is for presents that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re doing a secret santa or white elephant or are on a tighter budget, here are 9 cute gifts to give this year.

  1. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE scarves. I wear them all the time in the fall/winter, even if I’m not wearing a jacket. I thought this scarf was so cute with its subtle leopard print and cozy material.
  2. How cute is this jewelry/trinket dish?! I love buying little trinkets for my dresser and this one is perfect!
  3. You really can’t go wrong with a cozy slipper (or sock!) for a gift. Not only are they (usually) cute, but they’re so useful in the winter. I know I don’t leave my bedroom without something on my feet.
  4. Candles are another great gift for the holidays, especially if they’re a seasonal scent. I love giving a candle and either a bath bomb or a sheet mask for a spa-inspired gift.
  5. What better gift is there than the necklace you can’t stop seeing in your Instagram feed? There’s a reason everyone is loving this initial necklace, because it’s so freaking cute! Get your trendsetting friend this gift this year — just make sure she doesn’t have it already!
  6. Coffee table books are a great idea for a gift, especially if your friend is interested in something particular. I thought this astrology/cocktail book from Urban Outfitters (they have so many!) was such a fun idea, and I know Anthropologie has fun coffee table books as well.
  7. This little on-the-go palette is so great! I actually have this and am almost out of the highlighter colors. Get this for your beauty-loving friend.
  8. Bath soak is another great spa-inspired gift. Like the candle, it pairs well with a bath bomb or a sheet mask, or even some chocolate!
  9. If you’re looking for a gift for a jewelry lover, these hoops are such a pretty find! TBH, they’re on my list now!

I hope this guide was helpful and inspires you to pick the perfect, budget-friendly gift this season! Let me know in the comments what other gift guides you’d like to see!

xo,

Carey

Statement Sweater for Winter

Statement Sweater for Winter

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Sweater | Skirt | Boots | Similar Bag |Lipstick in “At Leisure”

Let me just say — if you don’t own a statement sweater, get one ASAP! I bought this beauty back in August when I was in Charleston and have been waiting for when it was cold enough to share on the blog. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. And since I’ve been wearing it I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received.

There’s just something about a statement sweater. It doesn’t have to be over the top, but something that is slightly different than your typical knit piece really makes an outfit. Because the sweater is such an eye-catching piece, I kept the rest of the look simple; a black denim skirt and my go-to boots. Side note: I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to buy a black denim skirt!

Another side note: My. Lip. Color. It’s one of MAC’s limited, holiday edition colors and I’m obsessed! I recently washed and dried my favorite nude color, so I needed a new one. Instead of buying the same color I ruined, I fell in love with this metallic nude color. All of the holiday colors are gorgeous though — my mom bought the red color and I can’t wait to go home and borrow it. Make sure you get these colors before they’re discontinued.

Anyway, back to the outfit. I found my sweater left in a few sizes online, but I’m sharing some other statement sweater favorites!

xo,

Carey

Cyber Week Sales 2018

It might not be Black Friday yet, but Cyber Week is in full swing! I’ve pulled together some of the best deals for you before we hit the big day. This is the perfect time to pick up your holiday gifts, or grab something you’ve had your eye on for awhile. Happy shopping!

Nordstrom — Up to 60% Off

Nordstrom is hands down my favorite store to shop. I’m linking all the options that I think will sell out fast, including the Spanx faux leather leggings and my boots that you guys have seen me wear on repeat!

 

Nasty Gal — 60% Off Sitewide

Nasty Gal is the perfect place to shop for statement makers. Looking for a fun NYE dress? Or maybe a faux fur coat? This is the place. I’m really loving that forest green fur coat!

 

Express — 50% Off + Free Shipping

 

 

American Eagle — 40% Off + Free Shipping

The perfect place to shop for wardrobe basics. I feel like my jean collection isn’t too big so I just picked up a pair during this sale!

 

Urban Outfitters — BOGO 50% Sitewide

UO always has the cutest items for you and your home. Plus, it’s the perfect place to look for gifts for friends — secret Santa, anyone?

 

Ann Taylor — 40% Off + Free Shipping

Looking to update your work wardrobe? Well, now is the time! And, if you have a holiday work party coming up, this is a great place to pick out a dress or jumpsuit. Just make sure to use the code SHOPEARLY at checkout.

 

Levi’s — 40% Off + Free Shipping

Have you had your eye on a pair of Levi’s for awhile? I know I have! Now is the time to stock up on your favorite styles. Use code INDIGO at checkout!

 

Missguided — 50% Off Sitewide

I feel like Missguided is the anything goes online store. From cute going out clothes, to trendy day time pieces, even to PJ sets, they have it all. Plus, I’m really loving their “ugly” Christmas sweaters! Use code USEME at checkout!

 

Kendra Scott — 25% Off $100+, 30% Off $200+

Kendra Scott is probably my favorite jewelry brand, and you can easily spend $100 here. This is the perfect opportunity to pick up Christmas gifts! (Pick up something for yourself while you’re at it!)

 

J. Crew — 40% Off Sitewide

Looking for high-end, classic pieces you’ll wear for years to come? J. Crew is the place to shop. Definitely check out their coats during this sale and use the code TOGETHER.

 

Madewell — 25% Off Sitewide

Madewell is one of my favorite stores, but I can’t always justify the price. Make sure to pick up one of their sweaters (a personal fave of mine) with code DEALWITHIT at checkout!

xo,

Carey

2018 Holiday Gift Guide No. 2

Sharing my second gift guide of the season, the perfect gifts for that person who loves cuddling up at home! We all know those people — the ones that would rather wear pjs and drink coffee on the couch then go out. So this season, get that person in your life something they can cozy up to!

My absolute favorite item on this list is the Barefoot Dreams blanket. I have one of these and it is the softest blanket I own. And how cute is that leopard print?! It’s a little pricey, so be sure to watch for sales on that one! (Check it out at QVC too, you never know when they’ll offer a deal!)

Another gift I’m loving is the Diptyque candle! These are expensive candles and not something that personally I would buy for myself, just because. And that’s what makes it the perfect gift to give! It’s the frivolous item that special someone has been wanting, but is too practical to buy.

One cozy item you can’t go wrong with is a scarf. Add a touch of luxury by making it a cashmere one! This is an item you know the recipient will be using for years to come.

The last item I want to touch on from the gift guide is these UGG socks. I can just see myself prancing around my apartment in my pjs with them on. And when you’re forced to go outside — ugh — they’ll keep you nice and toasty in your boots because they’re fleece-lined. 

Anyway, happy shopping! To see these items, just click on the picture and it will take you directly to the site! Also, check out my top picks from the Abercrombie pre-Black Friday sale that’s going on!

xo,

Carey

Three Last Minute Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Three Last Minute Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

With Thanksgiving less than a week away — OMG — you’re probably starting to think about what you want to wear for the holiday. Lucky for you, I’ve come up with three last minute outfit ideas you can pull together! From a casual holiday atmosphere, to a dressier affair, these three outfits will be perfect for your Thanksgiving day needs.

Outfit 1: The Cozy Get-Together

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If your family is like mine, Thanksgiving is typically a small gathering. It’s usually just my parents, brother and his girlfriend (sometimes), and myself — although I can’t forget the pets! With that being said, it’s not a fancy occasion, so I usually wear whatever’s comfortable. And what’s comfier than a soft tee and fuzzy joggers?! It’s hard to tell since it’s a little faded now, but my tee features a subtle gray camo print that I’m in love with. I might have to go buy another, I loved it so much! I finished this outfit with my white slide sneakers, but honestly, slippers are probably going to don my feet while I stuff my face!

Outfit #2: The Casual Gathering

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While this outfit could work for a variety of Thanksgiving day gatherings, this screams Friendsgiving to me. You can’t get simpler than throwing on a shirt dress and a pair of boots, yet it looks way less effortless than it is. One color I’ve been loving for fall and the holidays is emerald green, so this dress is just perfect. Just throw on a leather jacket and you’re ready to roll! (P.S. this dress comes in a few other color combos that are equally as cute and the price is amazing).

Outfit #3: The Sophisticated Affair

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Nothing says elegance like jewel tones and a strappy pair of heels. You don’t have to go all out to dress up for Thanksgiving. A comfy sweater (I bought this last weekend and have worn it pretty much all week) paired with a black skort and heels is an easy way to stay comfy while looking pulled together. Add even more glam to the outfit with simple, gold accessories like a layered necklace! Side note — I bought these heels recently and they are by far the comfiest heels I own!

With these three outfit ideas, you can’t go wrong next week! If you liked this post, give it a share on social media and don’t forget to leave me a comment! I’d love to hear what you think about this post, plus what you’d like to see more of in terms of holiday content.

xo,

Carey

2018 Gift Guide No. 1

So excited to share my first gift guide of the 2018 holiday season! Thanks to a suggestion from my Instagram stories, I’m starting with stocking stuffers. Honestly, this can be one of the hardest categories of gifts to give. With that being said, I hope these suggestions are helpful. You can shop the products by clicking directly on the image!

Comment below with other gift guides, or holiday content, you’d like to see this season! Also, if you liked this post, give it a share on social media!

xo,

Carey

Plaid Skort and Knee High Boots

Plaid Skort and Knee High Boots

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Similar Top | Skort | Boots | Bag | Watch | Lipstick in “Kinda Sexy”

OK — gimme all the skorts, please, especially if they’re plaid. How is this trend just now a thing? It’s just the right amount of nostalgia for my Catholic school days without looking childish and/or creepy (if you get my drift…).

I bought this plaid skort over the summer during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and have been patiently waiting to wear it ever since. Now that the weather finally feels like fall, I feel justified in pulling this piece out of my closet.

Because the weather wasn’t too chilly, I decided to pair the skort with an old bell sleeve top. (Oddly enough it’s the same brand as the skort). Adding to that my favorite boots of the season and you have a fool-proof fall outfit! I got so many compliments on this look and it’s really so simple.

But back to the plaid skort — like I said, I bought this over the summer, so there are only a few left. But good news is it’s on major sale in select sizes! So because of the limited quantity, I thought I’d share some other plaid skorts I’m loving this season. Happy shopping!

xo,

Carey

Lilac Sweater + New Favorite Booties

Lilac Sweater + New Favorite Booties

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Sweater | Skirt | Booties | Bag | Watch | Necklace | Lipstick in “Creme Cup”

I’ve mentioned it before, but I can’t get enough of lilac this fall. Usually around this time of year I gravitate towards burgundy, dark blues and greens, and other traditional fall colors. But this year, pastels are definitely stealing the show.

I bought this sweater back in July during the Nordstrom sale, and it is by far one of my favorite purchases. The sweater is so soft and light weight, but still keeps you warm. I’m definitely thinking about picking up another because it’s under $60! You really can’t beat that price. I’ve been eyeing it in black and the forest green color.

On another note, how freaking cute are these booties? I’ve had my eye on them for awhile, but even now they’re sold out in my size at Nordstrom. By a stroke of luck, I managed to find them in a 6 (my size) at Shopbop on sale. There are only a couple sizes left, but if one of those is your size I highly recommend. I’ve only worn them twice and have already received so many compliments. I won’t lie — they aren’t the comfiest shoe ever (I won’t be wearing these on days I have to trek around campus), but they’re such a flattering shoe. Bonus points: shoes that match your skin tone make your legs look longer, and as a petite gal I can use all the help I can get. Definitely my favorite booties of the season!

Anyway, that’s all for this week. Stay tuned for more next week!

P.S. What are you all dressing as for Halloween? I can’t decide if I want to go a little ~spookier~ this year or try my hand at makeup for a deer costume.

xo,

Carey

Colored Corduroy: A Fall Must-Have

Colored Corduroy: A Fall Must-Have

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Top | Skirt | Boots | Bag | Watch | Lipstick in “Kinda Sexy”

Hello and welcome back! I’d like to briefly apologize for my hiatus, but my laptop crashed last week and I was having other crises. But I’m back and can’t wait to share another fall fave of mine: colored corduroy! Corduroy has been coming around in the fall season for the past few years, but it’s never been this good!

What I’m loving about this skirt is the unexpected color; when I think fall colors, teal definitely doesn’t come to mind. Something about the teal mixed with the O-ring also gives me serious 70s vibes (another trend I’m loving).

I decided to pair this skirt with a simple long sleeve tee for a laidback look, so I could let the skirt and boots do all the talking! I’ve mentioned these boots on the blog before, but how cute do they look on?! I can’t wait to pair them with sweaters and jeans!

But back to colored corduroy. This trend is everywhere. From skirts like mine, to pants and jackets you can’t go wrong. I’m dying to get my hands on a pair of corduroy flares, preferably in navy blue! Shop below some of my favorite corduroy picks!

xo,

Carey