Shorts for Fall? Yes Please.

Shorts for Fall? Yes Please.

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Similar Top | Shorts | Similar Booties | Bag | Earrings | Lipstick in “Creme D’nude”

You read it here: leather shorts + black tights + your fave booties = your new fall uniform. There only so many times you can wear your go to denim before it starts to get boring, and dresses and skirts require tights unless you plan to freeze. While you can’t avoid the tights with this outfit either, it’s much more unexpected.

I chose a pair of leather shorts because, unlike my summer shorts, this fabric feels much more season appropriate. I kept the look simple and paired the shorts with my favorite white bell sleeve top and the black booties I wear non-stop. Both items are from last fall, but I found a similar shirt and booties so you can shop the look.

Find other fall shorts I’m loving here, here, here, and here! Also, I’m headed to Edinburgh this weekend, so if anyone has some recommendations, let me know in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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The October Edit

The October Edit

I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t feel like it’s actually fall until October rolls around. As soon as this month hits, I am immediately ready for the changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and Halloween.

With that being said, October calls for a closet reset. Sure, I start wearing clothes for cooler weather in September, but October is when fall fashion really takes off. This fall, I’m loving all things plaid, velvet, and mustard yellow. Keep reading for some of my top October picks!

  1. Steve Madden Slides. This season is all about pearl embellishments! Having a subtle pearl element on your shoes instantly elevates your look to high fashion.
  2. Plaid Coat. If you’re a blog regular, you definitely saw last week’s post about plaid blazers. Keep the trend alive by switching to a plaid coat when the temps start to drop.
  3. Velvet Dress. This dress combines two of my favorite things this fall: velvet and mustard yellow! I can see myself styling this piece with some over the knee boots already!
  4. Sweater Dress. One of my favorite things to wear during the cooler months is a sweater dress. Who doesn’t love wearing what is essentially a cocoon and calling it fashion?! I love this one because you can transform it from a cowl neck to an off the shoulder style!
  5. Black Pants. I don’t know if it’s just me, but lately I’m seeing pants with buttons down the sides everywhere. I’m loving the subtle nautical vibes they give off. These pants will be the perfect piece to take from day to night.
  6. Mustard Pumps. Again with this color; I can’t get enough! I love that the pump also features a v-shape, a style that is popping up everywhere.
  7. White Booties. I’ve mentioned it before, but white booties are the IT shoe of the season. If you haven’t already gotten a pair these Steve Madden ones are a great pick, as well as this pair that I have from Topshop.
  8. Baker Boy Hat. I am OBSESSED with this hat trend! I think this style looks so flattering on and adds an element of retro cool to any outfit.

What trends are you guys loving for fall? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

Fall Look Book

Fall Look Book

Hi everyone, welcome back! I’m not sure if I’ve shared this yet or not, but my upcoming fall semester will be spent studying abroad in LONDON! While I’m not ready for summer to be over, I can’t wait until I’m in London either and that has me thinking about fall clothes. So, I thought I’d share with you some items that are inspiring my fall wardrobe:

  1. Steve Madden Slides. Good news — slides are back and better than ever. And thank god for that, because they are the comfiest shoes. I tried on these Steve Madden slides at Nordstrom and they are definitely on my list! They’re so cute on and look like the Gucci slides at a fraction of the cost.
  2. Topshop Booties. If you happened to see any of the SS17 fashion shows then you had to have noticed a trend: white booties! Personally, I am a huuuge fan of this trend and as soon as I found a pair online (these topshop booties) I had to have them. Watch out for them on the blog soon!
  3. Wayf Blouse. This blouse is part of the Nordstrom sale (which ends Aug. 6th) and it is absolutely gorgeous. If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you know that I love button downs. I really love this version because the silky material looks so luxe, especially in that slate color.
  4. Topshop Blazer Dress. For the longest time, I’ve loved the look of blazer dresses. I think maybe because it is a dress that covers a lot, but still seems somewhat scandalous. Whatever the reason, it’s a look I love, but have never owned. Hopefully this Topshop dress makes its way into my closet soon.
  5. Topshop Corset Dress. Slowly, but surely, the corset trend is emerging. I have to admit, I instantly hated this trend. I thought corsets looked tacky and just gross. But, my mind was changed when I saw a pic of Kendall Jenner wearing a corset dress (or maybe just a corset over a dress?) in all white. While I’m still not a total advocate of this trend, I have to say that the combination of the corset (an edgy, sexy vibe) mixed with a delicate white just does it for me. Somehow this combination creates something entirely feminine and wearable.
  6. Topshop Kimono. Another trend I’ve never really gotten on board with is kimonos. However, I’m being swayed to the dark side with the newest take on kimonos — a sturdier, silky, mid-maxi length version. The sturdier material, as opposed to a light gauzy version you see in the summer, makes the look so much more luxurious. And the yellow color of the one above is perfect for late summer transitioning to fall.
  7. Lulus Skirt. Again if you’ve been following along, it’s no secret that I’m a skirt kind of gal. You’ve probably seen my denim skirts 5 million times on Instagram. I’m loving this skirt because of the fun grommet detail (in gold too!) that takes a simple black skirt from boring to something more.

That’s it for this week! And on a side note, this post was in no way sponsored by Topshop, I’m just really loving a lot of the brand’s clothes right now!

xo,

Carey

French Girl Style

French Girl Style

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Zara Top, Victoria’s Secret Bralette, Pacsun Jeans (shop similar), Steve Madden booties, Goorin Bros. hat (shop similar)

Welcome back to all of my readers, and to any new readers, thanks for stopping by! This past weekend (not yesterday, but the weekend before) I was on fall break so I went home to see my family. While home, my mom and I decided to go shopping and I was so happy to find out that Zara finally opened at the mall. Zara is one of my favorite stores, but I really don’t like their website, although I always before physical shopping to online shopping. Anyway, as soon as I saw that it was open, I knew I wasn’t leaving without a new purchase!

Limiting myself to one item was hard, but I am so happy with the top I went home with. As soon as I saw it, I instantly thought that it looked so very “French girl.” So of course, I needed to create an outfit worthy of any Parisian. Nothing says French like a sheer top with a lacy bralette underneath, so that’s exactly what I did.

Immediately after, I gave myself some perfectly undone curls and threw on a black hat. No one wears black better than the French. I actually got this hat in spring when I went to NYC with my mom, aunt, and cousin. My cousin introduced me to Goorin Bros. hats and I highly recommend! There are multiple locations and the store has a very old-fashioned millinery feel. Also, the employees will fit the hat to your head and you can pick out feathers to go on the side!

Keeping the outfit simple, I paired it with my new black booties I’ve been dying to share with you all. Last year I had a pair of black leather booties, but the leather kept pealing. So, I bought myself a new pair in suede. And I’m seriously in love! Booties are definitely my go-to during fall and winter because they’re so easy to throw on and I love that I gain a little height without going full-on heels. I definitely cannot be wearing stilettos on my walk to class.

To finish this look I went with a French classic: Chanel. My Chanel red lipstick is probably the most expensive lipstick I’ve ever bought, but it was definitely worth it! I have other red lipsticks, but nothing compares to Chanel. If you’re looking for a true red, Chanel Rouge  Allure in 104 Passion is definitely the way to go.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you liked what you saw, give me a follow!

xo,

Carey

 

Fave Beauty Products

Fave Beauty Products

Hello all! This week I want to share with you all some of my favorite beauty products. These are just some products that I use (sometimes very) regularly.

First up is my moisturizer. I’ve been using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion since middle school. Every now and then I try a new moisturizer, by I always fall back on this one. For some reason, I feel like a lot of other face lotions irritate my skin. The only downfall to this moisturizer is that it doesn’t have SPF, but my makeup does. I think I would die happy if Clinique came out with a new version of this product with SPF in it!

Going along the lines of lotion, I’m in love with the KORRES body butter. Unfortunately, the scent I love, Bergamot Pear, isn’t sold at Sephora. But you can find it through HSN. A little inconvenient, but it smells soooo good.

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Next up is my exfoliator. Seriously the best body exfoliator there is (I mean Oprah said so…). My skin feels so soft after using this, and it’s really good to stimulate hair follicles before shaving. Also, if you feel like getting a spray tan or using self-tanner, this is definitely a must-have.

Besides my body exfoliator, I really love this lip exfoliant from Lush. My mom actually came across it this summer and got some for me too. I use it anytime I’m going to wear lipstick to get rid of any dead skin. I’m going to be perfectly honest, sometimes the exfoliant gets into my mouth and it tastes really good! Obviously, don’t eat it, but if you happen to swallow a bit you won’t die and it doesn’t taste like soap.

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While I’m on the subject of Lush products, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this mask I just got from the brand. It’s called the Cosmetic Warrior mask, and it seriously cleared up this breakout I had so fast. It didn’t completely get rid of the zit (my skin doesn’t heal red marks quickly), but it made the blemish so much smaller and more manageable. Other reviews online are also really great for the product. A lot of people talk about how horrible the smell is, but honestly I don’t think it’s that bad (and I have a pretty sensitive nose), it’s just that the tea tree oil smell is really strong.

And finally my absolute favorite beauty product, my Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet perfume. I’ve talked about my love for this perfume on the blog before, but I will never not share my love of it. I use this perfume almost every day and have been for almost two years now. To me, this scent is just perfect, a nice mix of floral and fruity. Obviously everyone has different opinions on perfume, but I really recommend you give it a try! Next time you’re in a department store or Sephora, give yourself a little spritz and see how the scent holds up throughout the day.

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel free to share any of your favorite beauty products below!

xo,

Carey

 

Transition

Transition

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Happy happy Monday! Or maybe not because who likes Mondays? Today I want to talk about a real issue: the fact that it’s technically fall but it’s still warm out. All I want is to break out my jeans and sweaters and yet the weather here in North Carolina is has been in the 70s and 80s. In order to combat this, I’ve been finding ways to incorporate fall style without sweating to death.

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First I started with some summer basics: a white cami and a button down skirt (shop similar). This is a classic combo and you really can’t go wrong. I wore this ensemble out shopping with my parents who came to visit me this weekend.

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To really give the whole outfit that fall feeling, I added some cozier details. This long cardigan from the Gap was really essential to change this outfit from summer to fall. I really love this cardigan because it’s so comfy, it’s cute, and it has pockets! I’m also just a fan of longer cardigans in general, it keeps you from looking like a grandma. My mom actually got me this cardigan as a gift and she loved it so much that she bought one in black this weekend (mine is actually a dark gray).

Another fall-inspired detail is this cute fedora. I actually have a problem with fedoras. I never buy them because I usually think they make my head look weird and are just all around unflattering on me, but this one changed my mind. I can’t even tell you what the difference was, but I really love it. Also, I like that the brim is kind of smaller and doesn’t really cast any shade in my eyes. I actually picked this hat up in Aldo’s randomly and fell in love with it. Who knew a shoe store made cute hats too?

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Now for the finishing touches. When it’s too warm for booties (sigh) loafers are a great option. Super on trend, comfortable, and guaranteed not to make your feet hot you really can’t deny their perfection. I actually got these Coach loafers last year, but they must be popular because I was still able to find them online.

Next up is my bag. I have a few different bags, but I always fall back on this little crossbody from Michael Kors (I have a similar option linked here and it looks almost exactly the same, but the leather is different). I just really love the size and versatility of this bag. It matches basically anything I wear and even though it’s small, it fits everything I need inside.

For jewelry I just got this new Kendra Scott bracelet and I’m in LOVE (thanks Dad!). Also as a plus, it actually fits my small wrist. Per usual, I’m wearing my Michael Kors watch. I wear it almost every single day and always get compliments on it. The watch I have is over three years old, but there are so many cute options.

Last but not least, my lipstick. I’m kind of a lipstick junkie if you haven’t figured that out yet. This shade is by NARS in the shade Bette. I also just got another one in a similar shade from Urban Decay in bruise. The one from NARS is a little bit darker and the one from Urban Decay goes on sheer, so you have to build up the color, and is definitely glossier. Both look so great on though and a vampy lip color definitely gives your outfit that fall look.

Hope you enjoyed this post and give me a follow! Until next time…

xo,

Carey