Style Lessons From Mom

Style Lessons From Mom

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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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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

Spring Dresses I’m Loving

Spring Dresses I’m Loving
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TGIF am I right? Sorry for the late post this week, but I have been extremely busy with school. Anyway, it’s starting to feel like spring in North Carolina, so I though I would share some dresses that are inspiring my spring wardrobe.

Clearly I am having a pastel moment right now — pale pinks, blues, and yellows are a must. I’ve also been seeing a lot of lavender colored pieces and I am LOVING IT! Aside from pastels, I’m feeling inspired by ruffles and lacey/sheer fabrics.

All of the dresses I shared above are definitely on my wish list. However, I think my favorite is #6, the white babydoll Free People dress. It would look so cute with a pair of wedges and a denim jacket, or with a pair of booties and a cute hat for a more festival-type look.

I also really love #5, the yellow floral dress. And if you haven’t clicked on the link yet, do so now and check out the cute cut out details in the back! This dress can definitely be dressed up or down and could definitely transition into summer.

That’s all for this week, I hope everyone has a good weekend!

xo,

Carey

 

Striped Dress + Panama City Beach

Striped Dress + Panama City Beach

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Welcome back everyone! I hope your weeks are going well. I’m definitely sad to be back at school instead of at the beach. As my Insta followers know (and as the title suggests), I just spent a week in Panama City Beach, Florida with three friends for our spring break.

The start of the trip was a bit chaotic accommodation-wise, but we ended up staying at a Holiday Inn Express and it was actually really nice. It was located right on the beach, had a heated pool, a lazy river, a jacuzzi, and a tiki bar! Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the warmest so we didn’t get to spend much time at the beach (the heated pool and jacuzzi came in handy!).

We shot this look our last night in Florida right after dinner at a really great Mexican joint called Diego’s Burrito Factory (if you’re ever in PCB definitely check it out — it’s like an upscale Chipotle) and right before our sunset walk on the beach. I really love this striped dress because it works for both spring and summer and can be dressed up or down. The sizing is a little difficult, because it definitely runs big but it’s a little tight around the rib area (other review from Nordstrom had the same opinion). I ended up sizing down one size and I’m pretty happy with the fit.

I paired this dress with some of my favorite spring/summer accessories — my Marc Fisher wedges and my basket bag! The wedges, as I mentioned in a previous post, are a must-have. They look so good with everything from shorts to skirts and dresses to rompers and jumpsuits; you really can’t go wrong. And if there is one bag you need for spring/summer it’s a basket bag! With so many cute options right now, the hardest part will be choosing which one (or two, or three) to buy!

What is a staple in your closet this season? Comment below!

xo,

Carey

P. S. Ignore the ugly green band around my wrist. The hotel made us wear wristbands all week and they couldn’t have chosen a more garish color.

 

Whitening My Teeth With Carbon Coco

Whitening My Teeth With Carbon Coco

Whitening my teeth is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, but since my teeth are so sensitive I haven’t really found any products to use. So when Carbon Coco offered to send me their natural teeth whitening product I was all over it! I’ve heard about using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth before, so I was definitely interested in seeing how it works.

Even though I’ve been using the product for only about a week, I definitely notice a difference in the whiteness of my teeth. I am especially impressed because I realized half way through that I wasn’t even using the product correctly. I realized that you have to brush your teeth for a few minutes with the charcoal, then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth with the toothpaste.

I have to say, aside from whitening my teeth, I really enjoy the toothpaste. It has a minty flavor, with a hint of citrus that makes my mouth feel extremely clean and my breath fresh. Overall, my experience so far with Carbon Coco’s ultimate carbon kit has been a positive one, and I expect to have even greater results the more I use it!

Has anyone else used this product or activated charcoal before? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

*I received this product in exchange for a review. My thoughts, as always, are my own*

One Shoulder Top: The Staple Your Closet Needs This Spring

One Shoulder Top: The Staple Your Closet Needs This Spring

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Although it doesn’t feel like it, spring is almost upon us. And that means adding new pieces to your wardrobe! One spring staple I can’t get enough of right now is the one shoulder top. When off the shoulder tops started popping up, I was all over the trend. And even though I still love OTS styles, I’m ready for a bit of a change. That’s why the one shoulder trend is so perfect!

For this look, I kept things simple — the top stands out on its own — and paired my top with dark skinnies and my Marc Fisher wedges. I just got these wedges and let me tell you — I. Am. OBSESSED. These shoes have been on my wish list for awhile just because of how cute they are, but they’re actually so comfy and easy to walk in too! If you don’t own these shoes yet, buy them ASAP. They have been popular for the past three years and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Wear them now with jeans like I did, and then when it gets warmer pair them with dresses, rompers, and shorts. I bought them in the color called “mushroom” because of the nice, neutral shade that will go with anything. But, I’m also loving them in the cognac shade as well.

Back to the one shoulder tops, I ordered mine from Revolve on major sale (I got it for $29 when it’s usually around $90). With that being said, this top is almost completely sold out, so I rounded up a few other one shoulder tops from Revolve I’m loving below. I don’t know what it is about this brand, but they are killing the one shoulder top game!

That’s all for this week, if you liked this post make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you never miss a post!

xo,

Carey

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What to Wear to Spring Formal

What to Wear to Spring Formal

Happy Wednesday! I was planning on sharing an outfit post this week, but it’s been so cold and I’m kind of done with winter clothes. Instead I thought I would share some outfit inspiration for spring formal (or dances in general!). For those of you that don’t know, I’m in the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and our formal is coming up. We were just talking about it in chapter on Sunday and I realized I didn’t have a dress yet. I actually bought my dress this morning (more on that later; it’s not included in this post because I want to do a whole post on my outfit!), but I figured a lot of girls may be in the same boat. So without further ado, here are my top picks for spring formals (all under $250!):

Cocktail Dresses:

Midi-length Dresses:

Long Dresses:

I hope this post was helpful to those who are looking for dresses for the spring. The focus for me was spring formal, but these dresses can work for a Spring Fling, weddings, proms, etc. If you like posts like this and want to see more, let me know in the comments below!

Side note: the shoes in the picture above are the ones I wore to my spring formal last year. They are one of my favorite pairs of heels and still available this year here and here.

xo,

Carey