Early 2000s Summer Style Inspiration

Early 2000s Summer Style Inspiration
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When it comes to the “ugliest” decades for style, the 2000s are at the top of my list. Looking back at the low-rise jeans, rhinestones, and other fashion atrocities I can’t help but cringe. And then I realized I was a hypocrite. I took a long, hard look at my Pinterest boards as of late and it hit me: all of my style inspiration at the moment is a throwback to Y2K.

The 2000s may have been a weird time for fashion, but it was bright, colorful, and quirky—just what we need as we head into summer. The world in general could use a little more brightness. So, if fashion is one way to achieve that, I’m going to embrace it!

When it comes to this outfit, there’s definitely a bit of a Mean Girls vibe. And you know what? I LOVE it! If I’m not looking like Regina George or Gretchen Wieners I’m doing it wrong! Go back and watch the movie (or any 2000s classic) and you’ll see a ton of school girl inspired skirts.

What I love about these shorts is that they combine the pleats and the plaid print that’s reminiscent of Y2K, but still completely modern! To keep the outfit looking fresh and not like I’m dressing in character, I threw on a basic white top and sneakers. And let’s talk about this top for a minute. It’s from one of my favorite brands and such great quality. I’ve already gotten so much use out of it; a closet staple for sure.

2000s Inspired Trends

While plaid and pleats are an obvious choice, let’s chat about other 2000s inspired trends:

  • Cardigans: Another preppy school girl looks, cardigans are having a moment right now. Whether long sleeved or short sleeved, you can’t go wrong! Opt for a cropped fit to really nail the trend.
  • Halter tops: It took me a second to fully get on board with this. And while I’m still somewhat hesitant, I’ve seen a ton of cute halter tops and can’t wait to wear them for summer! I think the key is to opt for a v-neck or scoop neck style vs. a high neck.
  • Flip-flops: From heeled flip-flops to the traditional sandal, they’re going to be an it-shoe this summer. To avoid looking clunky, go for a thin, sleek pair in a neutral color.
  • Dad jeans: I think it’s safe to say skinny jeans are a thing of the past. While straight leg jeans have been taking their place, dad jeans are quietly taking center stage. I’m talking about looser-fitting, baggy jeans that go all the way down. And yes, a lot of them are low-rise (although I’m still not ready for that, personally).

What do you think of this trend? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

P.S. That large mark on my leg is a HUGE bruise from dropping a lounge chair on myself…

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Top: Reformation // Shorts: Nasty Gal // Sneakers: Frye // Sunglasses: Amazon // Bracelets: both Kendra Scott—one, two // Bag: Vintage, similar here // Lipstick: Josie Maran

Day Dresses + Western Boots: Perfect Summer Combo

Day Dresses + Western Boots: Perfect Summer Combo
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If you can’t tell, I’m a little bit obsessed with this outfit. I mean, look at how many photos I used for this post! There are a few trends this season that are stealing my heart, but at the top of the list are pastel day dresses and western boots. My Pinterest boards can attest to this.

As soon as I saw this yellow puff sleeve dress I knew I had to have it. I’ve never been a huge fan of yellow (in clothing), but lately pastel yellows have really caught my eye! Paired with the puff sleeve detail and the square(ish) neckline it was a no brainer. It really just encompassed everything I wanted out of day dresses. I also really love the fabric of this dress. It’s 100% cotton and although it does wrinkle easily, it’s so light and comfortable for summer! Despite the fact that it’s a $22 dress, my mom even said it would be so cute for a summer wedding.

Now on to the western boots. If you watch my Instagram stories, you probably know about my endless search for these boots. While I couldn’t get enough of the western boot trend, I couldn’t find any in white that met my specifications. I loved this one pair from Steve Madden but didn’t want to spend that much money for boots in the summer. Finally I found the pair I’m wearing from Amazon! Weirdly enough they only cost $20 in my size! (It is Amazon though, so different sizes have different prices. These price up to $70, which still isn’t a bad price!).

Anyway, I love how these boots look with the dress and I’ve styled them so many other ways too. There’s just something so “LA cool girl” about these boots and I’m living for it!

To finish off the look, I grabbed my designer dupe sunglasses I can’t stop wearing, my new vintage Prada bag, and some gold jewelry! I was aiming for an effortless, but put together vibe and I think this is it. Let me know what you think of this outfit combo in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

P.S. Use code “thedaintydetails315” for 15% off your order at Shein!

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Dress: Shein c/o // Boots: Amazon // Bag: Vintage Prada, more affordable option // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Bracelet: Kendra Scott // Lipstick: Josie Maran

Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day Sales

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Even though it’s a looking a little different this year, I hope you’re all having fun with friends or family this weekend. We’re having a small cookout with our neighbors tomorrow!

Anyway, everyone knows that Memorial Day is accompanied by some great sales, so I’m rounding up some you might want to check out.

Sales List

Happy shopping!

xo,

Carey

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My Amazon Quarantine Purchases

My Amazon Quarantine Purchases

If there’s one thing keeping me going during quarantine, it’s online shopping. Is there any better feeling than seeing a package at your door? Name one, I dare you.

But in all actuality, I have been doing a bit more online shopping than normal (I’m justifying it by looking at all of the other expenses I’m saving on by being stuck at home!). Of course, I made one or two (or three or four) Amazon orders!

I thought it would be fun to share all of my purchases at Amazon since quarantine started. I have to say, it really isn’t too much! So, let’s get into it!

  1. No-show Socks. I have so many shoes that require no-shows and hadn’t been able to find a good pair. Another blogger recommended these, so my mom and I had to try them out. I think they work really well! They still slip a bit, but they’re 10x better than others I’ve tried!
  2. Flyaway Hair Stick. My friend and I constantly joke that we’re the queens of flyaways. No matter how much I smooth down my ponytail or bun, I have a million little (curly!) baby hairs going every which way. This does a really good job of getting them slicked down and doesn’t leave a weird feeling on your hair.
  3. Chain Necklace. Chain necklaces are having a MAJOR moment, so of course I had to hop on this trend. I love the shape and length of this chain and the fact that it’s 18k gold-plated helps with tarnishing. I’ve been wearing it every day—sometimes even working out in it—and have yet to see any wear and tear.
  4. Fendi Dupe Headbands. I’ve been wanting these headbands for such a long time! They haven’t come in yet, so I can’t attest to the quality, but I’m so into Fendi right now, plus you know how much I love headbands. I’m pretty confident that I’m going to love these.
  5. Tongue Scraper. So this is a bit of a weird purchase, but another blogger I follow shared these on stories and I wanted to try. I definitely think it does a better job than a toothbrush of brushing your tongue. It really makes my mouth feel cleaner!
  6. Tinkle Razors. I’ve heard so many people say that they use these razors to scrape off any peach fuzz on their faces as well as dead skin cells—basically dermaplaning at home! I’ve tried it once so far and I will say that I didn’t see a huge difference. I felt like I should have seen more “stuff” come off my face (as gross as that is) than I did. I’ll have to keep trying and see if it was just user error. They are good for getting rid of any hair between your brows though!
  7. Makeup Headbands. How adorable are these bow headbands for washing your face/doing your makeup? I’m in love! There’s really nothing else to say here.
  8. Makeup organizer. It was high time I got rid of my makeup bag (that my concealer leaked all over) and upgraded. I like that this organizer is adjustable, so basically you decide how many compartments and where they go. I will say, it doesn’t hold as much as I would like it to, but if you don’t have A TON of makeup, it’s perfect!
  9. Celine Dupe Sunglasses. I swear, every LA fashion blogger has these glasses and I knew I needed them. They’re a $13 dupe for the $400 Celine pair and I think they look so chic! Highly recommend (they’re my favorite purchase along with the chain necklace).

So that’s what I’ve ordered so far from Amazon! I’m sure I’ll be adding to list very shortly!

xo,

Carey

An Easy Way to Style Bike Shorts for Spring

An Easy Way to Style Bike Shorts for Spring

The 80s called, they want their bike shorts back… It’s official: I’m obsessed with this trend. I really didn’t think this was a trend I would be able to get on board with, but now that I own a pair I’ve completely changed my mind! I actually get so excited trying to style them new ways.

My personal favorite at the moment is styling bike shorts with an oversized jacket. From blazers to trench coats to denim jackets the options are endless. The key is to make sure the jacket fits oversized to offset the tight shorts. With the juxtaposition you get a chic look that looks effortless!

To keep the sporty chic look I was going for, I added a pair of sleek, neutral sneakers. I love that the overall palette was neutral which makes the outfit look more elevated—something that’s key when styling trendy pieces.

What I really love about this outfit is that you can wear it so many places. This easily looks like something you could wear to brunch with your girlfriends. Or maybe you just left the gym and need to run errands—pop on the denim jacket over your sports bra and go! If I was still in college, I would definitely wear this to class! The best part about this outfit is that although it looks super chic (always a win), it’s comfortable to boot.

To finish off this look I accessorized with minimal gold jewelry, sunglasses, and my go-to bag. I definitely think a ball cap would be cute with this outfit too!

So, have I sold you on bike shorts yet? Now that I bought my first pair I want a million more! On my list are a pair of leopard ones and some neon ones. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

xo,

Carey

P. S. Check out my Instagram feed for some other bike shorts outfits, or check out the TikTok I made styling them three ways!

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Jacket: Shein c/o (use code “thedaintydetails315” for 15% off!) // Top: Reformation // Bike Shorts: BP. // Sneakers: Adidas // Bag: Gucci, more affordable here // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Necklace: Amazon

10 Fun Things to Do During Quarantine

10 Fun Things to Do During Quarantine

So it’s been a minute since I’ve published a blog post. Pre-quarantine to be exact. With everything that’s going on, writing a post has been not only hard due to shooting limitations, but also difficult in terms of inspiration. Truthfully, it’s been hard to figure out what you all would even want to see on my blog considering most of us spend all day long at home.

So with that being said, I figured it would be hard to go wrong with a loungewear look and some ways to beat the quarantine slump. So let’s start with the outfit. I took the pants from a lounge set I ordered at the start of quarantine and paired it with some other neutral basics in my closet. The ultimate combo for being comfy and chic is to layer cozy knits in similar colors. To add a little something I extra I threw on my favorite bralette plus some pearl and gold accents.

I ordered this pearl initial necklace and cannot stop wearing it. It looks so good paired with other necklaces, especially more gold chains. All in all, I love the way this look turned out and the best part was that it felt like wearing pajamas all day!

So now that I shared the outfit I actually threw together on a whim, here are some ideas on how to beat the boredom that comes with staying in your house for weeks on end.

10 Quarantine Ideas

  1. Read a book. Probably my favorite thing to do ever and now I have tons of time to devote to new books! I recommend checking out Goodreads for book ideas.
  2. Binge a new show. If reading isn’t your cup of tea, a similar idea is to try out a new show. I’m currently binging Chicago PD and highly recommend. I also shared my other recommendations in this post.
  3. Take up a hobby. Hobby ideas include (but aren’t limited to): knitting, gardening, cooking, and photography. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn to do, now’s the time to start!
  4. Workout. Since I started my new job in February, I haven’t been able to workout as much as I was since I commute two hours each way. Right now I’ve started working out every day—a friend and I Facetime and do it together! We’re doing the Blogilates April calendar workouts and they are hard.
  5. Draw/paint/color. I used to paint and draw quite a bit in high school but haven’t done so in awhile. Although I’m still not painting or drawing I have whipped out my coloring book and spent a good few hours on that!
  6. Organize your closet/drawers/etc. So this might not exactly be “fun” per se, but it will definitely keep you occupied for awhile! Throw on some tunes or a good podcast and get to spring cleaning.
  7. Try a new makeup look. I actually did this the other day and it was so fun! I used to love watching YouTube makeup videos and trying to recreate them. I love experimenting with makeup and trying new techniques!
  8. Play bartender. My family is pretty much a wine family, but my mom and I have been trying to make fun cocktails on the weekends. So far we’ve made blueberry prosecco mojitos and strawberry jalapeno margaritas!
  9. DIY your closet. Have any old t-shirts or jeans? I’ve seen so many videos lately (TikTok and Instagram) of cutting, bleaching, distressing, and tie-dying their old clothes.
  10. Get dressed up and have a photo shoot. This last idea also gives you incentive to change out of your pajamas or loungewear you’ve been living in and get dolled up! I personally love dressing up so having nowhere to go to dress up for has been a bit of downer. But, you don’t actually need a reason to dress up besides making yourself feel good! I’ll definitely be doing this one soon.

So, there’s today blog post. I hope you liked my loungewear look and my ideas for surviving quarantine. If you have any other ideas, feel free to drop them in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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