Striped Tee and Booties

Striped Tee and Booties

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Striped Tee | Denim Shorts |Booties | Bag | Sunnies | Watch | Lipstick in “Creme Cup”

Happy Friday! Not only has the weekend arrived, but the Nordstrom Sale is open to the public today! And what better time to get your shop on than the weekend? In honor of the sale opening today, I thought I’d share this look featuring some of my purchases during early access.

I cannot tell you how happy I am over this striped tee. A striped tee is something I’ve wanted for awhile and either a.) couldn’t find or b.) didn’t like the options I saw. It’s such a go-to basic that works well with a variety of outfits. I love this one because it’s so soft and light.

Another Nordstrom sale purchase is these black booties. I destroyed my black booties while in London and then over this past winter, so these were a must for me with the sale. I actually didn’t like the booties when I saw them, but my mom convinced me to try them on and I’m in love! The cut outs on the side look so good and the pointed toe really elongates your legs.

What are you shopping for at the Nordstrom sale? Let me know in the comments!

xo,

Carey

My Top Picks From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Woohoo it’s a party — the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open for early access to cardholders! For your shopping convenience I’m creating a guide with all of my favorites from the sale, broken down by category. Happy shopping! (Hover over and click on the images to shop directly).

The white booties aren’t linking on the image, so to shop, click here!

xo,

Carey

Leopard: “It” Print of Summer

Leopard: “It” Print of Summer

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Bodysuit | Skirt | Sandals | Bag | Sunnies | Watch

It’s summer time and I have a case of leopard fever!! Between my go-to leopard slides and this skirt, I can’t get enough of the print. Move aside florals because this is most definitely the “it” print of the season.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen this skirt last week when I wore it to work. That’s one great thing about it — it’s so versatile. This skirt is from Topshop and it’s a little longer than most of their mini skirts, which makes it perfect to wear to work. Warning: I always size up in bottoms for Topshop, and while I don’t think I should have stayed with my normal size, the skirt is a little loose.

I wanted to keep this look casual for a fun Sunday brunch with my friends in downtown Baltimore. I added my fave new bodysuit from Free People. The style is so cute and like the skirt it can be worn for different occasions (I wore it out on a Saturday night, NOT work!). It also comes in a bunch of colors and I really want to get it in white too. Also from Free People are these cute 60s-inspired hexagonal sunglasses with a green tint. I’m all about fun sunglasses, especially in the summer, and couldn’t pass these up — especially when they were on sale for $10!.

Finally, I finished the look with my Tory Burch sandals; Fells Point in Baltimore is covered in cobblestones so wedges were out. And my basket bag topped off the look.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

xo,

Carey

P.S. I have a poll going on Insta stories, but would like some feedback here as well. What type of content would you like to see more of on the blog? More casual outfits? Or do you want to see some dressier looks? Let me know in the comments!

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Smocked Top + White Shorts // Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Smocked Top + White Shorts // Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Top | Shorts | Wedges | Bag | Watch | Similar Sunglasses | Bracelet | Lipstick in “Creme Cup”

Hello again! I’m back this week with another smocked top. Can you tell I love them?  Because I do. Whoever decided these needed to make a come back is a G-E-N-I-U-S! They’re such a fun look for summer, and come in so many different colors/patterns. I’m really loving the tie strap detail on this top that was only $11

I paired the top with my favorite new white shorts. I have almost the exact same pair from last year in yellow, and when I saw that Leith came out with a similar pair this summer in white I knew I needed to have them. I sized up to a small last summer in the yellow shorts, so I assumed I needed to in these as well, but I think I could’ve stayed with the extra small. The small size is a little looser than I would like, but they’re still cute!

I also added my new favorite wedges. I am obsessed with this pair! I think they’re the perfect summer wedge and they come in a few different colors. I actually originally wanted them in a cognac color, but they were sold out in my size so I went with gray instead. (Ironically, as soon as they came in the mail, Nordstrom restocked the cognac version). Anyway, about this sale…

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

What is it? Every year Nordstrom offers customers brand new fall items at majorly discounted prices. These aren’t the bottom of the barrel, nobody wanted them so let’s put them on sale pieces. No; these pieces are put on sale first, and then revert back to regular prices.

When is it? Early access opens for Nordstrom cardholders on July 12 and goes through July 19. Then, on July 20, the sale opens for everyone and lasts until August 5. While I’m not currently a cardholder, I’m definitely thinking about. Especially since you don’t have to get a credit card — you can open a debit card instead. And bonus, you get double the points for every purchase.

What should I buy? The anniversary sale is the perfect time to stock up on fall staples before they go back to full price. Jeans, sweaters, boots, accessories… They’re all great! I’m personally hoping that the BlankNYC suede jacket goes on sale again this year (and that I can get it before it sells out!).

What will you be shopping at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Subtle Ways to Look Patriotic on the Fourth of July

BBQs, fireworks, and of course, red, white, and blue can only mean one thing — the 4th of July! The holiday is almost here, so I thought I’d share *four* tips on how to dress for the occasion, without feeling tacky.

Matching Sets

Matching sets are an easy way to play up red, white, and blue (or any combination of the three), without going overboard. Here are a few I love:

 

Star Prints

Star prints are so on trend, and an easy way to look festive. Where them in the classic red, white, and blue palette, or switch things up! Either way, you’ll still be feeling on theme.

 

Monochrome Jumpsuit

A jumpsuit is an easy way to wear our national colors. Especially now, blue and white are classic summer colors, and a lot of brands are making a case to add red to that category. Bonus: a jumpsuit instantly elevates any look.

 

Festive Swimsuit

Last but not least, the easiest way to look patriotic without looking tacky is to wear a bathing suit! This is your chance to go a little overboard celebrating America’s birthday without any judgment!

 

I hope these tips were helpful and you have all have a great 4th of July!

xo,

Carey

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