The Teddy Jacket You Can Wear Through Spring

The Teddy Jacket You Can Wear Through Spring

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The thing I hate most about this time of year? I never know what to wear. One day it’s cold (like today), the next it’s sunny and warm. The way I’ve found that I can deal with this weather is to wear a lot of light layers. And with that being said, this teddy jacket is a game changer. I cannot tell you how often I’ve worn this since it came in the mail almost two weeks ago—I’m pretty sure my roommates are tired of seeing it.

The reason I love this jacket is that it’s so soft and extremely light. It has the look of the heavier teddy coats that were taking over all winter long, but significantly thinner. I love that I can wear this on the warm days over a tank or t-shirt, and when it’s cold I can throw a heavier jacket on top. This jacket has been my go-to in place of cardigans while I’m in class (I don’t know why but the classrooms are always freezing).

In keeping with the weather, I paired my teddy jacket with the bodysuit I’ve been wearing since the summer. It was such a good piece and I should definitely buy it in white. Over that, I put on my Levi’s. Side note: up until this moment that I went to find a link to these jeans, I was under the impression that they were boyfriend fit. Apparently they’re skinny jeans, but whatever… Finally, to top off the casual look, I threw on my absolute favorite shoes ever. I thought they were completely out of stock—which they are on Nordstrom’s site—but I found them fully stocked in all colors! I could definitely use another pair since mine are pretty dirty.

In the spring, I plan on pairing this jacket with a simple tank top and denim shorts. I can throw on a pair of sandals and be good to go! It really is the perfect transitional piece from now through spring.

How do you dress for this in-between weather? Let me know in the comments below!

xo,

Carey

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Thank you to Shein for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Grad Announcements with Basic Invite

Grad Announcements with Basic Invite

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I think it’s that time of year when all the seniors avoid the dreaded g-word—otherwise known as “graduation.” But with graduation only a few months away (if someone tells me the exact countdown I will cry), it’s time to start thinking logistics. Who are you going to invite? How are you going to do it? It’s like high school graduation on steroids.

Luckily, I was able to create a few graduation announcements with Basic Invite. It’s a stationery company that does all things invitations, announcements, and thank you cards. From wedding invitations to online baby shower invitations, Basic Invite has you covered. What I really loved was that Basic Invite offers custom samples. I don’t have my graduation photos yet, so I took a couple photos that I liked and played around with the templates the company has to choose from. You can change the colors, the font, the font size, etc. And once you have the design you like, you can order a sample before committing! I tried out 6 templates and ordered a sample of each. Seeing them in person is definitely a lot different than on the computer, and I ended up liking one of my least favorites online the best!

Whether your next event is graduation, a wedding, or a baby shower (the ocean themed baby shower invitations are so cute!) you can’t go wrong! I was also so impressed by how fast my samples were delivered—way before the estimated arrival time. Also, if you have an upcoming event to plan for, Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51.

xo,

Carey

Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Valentine’s Day Dress and Sales

Valentine’s Day Dress and Sales

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I also love that you can dress this dress up or down. I tried to make it a little bit more casual (although it’s definitely not a subtle look) by lacing the ties tighter and pairing it with booties. The dress also has a cut out above the stomach, which doesn’t really show on me with how tightly I tied the laces and because I have such a small torso (Definitely look at the dress on the model to get the full picture!) Even though the dress is more daring than I usually go for, the pink and red combo called my name! And in case you love pink (and a pink and red combo) as much as I do, I’m sharing some other Valentine’s Day inspired dresses:

I think all of these options are so great for spring and even into summer. Also, because we all definitely need another reason to shop, here are some Valentine’s Day sales. I mean, if today isn’t a treat yourself day, I don’t know what is!

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Star Print Top

Star Print Top

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I don’t know about you, but lately I have been FEELING the star print trend. I feel like out of nowhere this print started popping up and I can’t get enough of it. From dainty star jewelry to pieces like this sweatshirt, it’s such an easy print to incorporate.

I decided to pair my star print sweatshirt with a black denim skirt and some easy slip on shoes — my go-to. It’s such a casual, yet put together look. I wore this to class, but could definitely wear this out and about on the weekends.

And can I just say, I got so many compliments on this top when I wore it to class. It just looks so put together, but is the comfiest piece ever. The best part is that it’s only $22! This is definitely something to snap up now and wear all through the rest of winter and into spring.

And the best news: you can shop my sweatshirt, plus the rest of shein’s site with my discount code dainty15 for 15% off your purchase!

xo,

Carey

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Thank you to shein for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Making the Case for Flare Jeans // Sales to Shop This Week

Making the Case for Flare Jeans // Sales to Shop This Week

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As a ~petite~ gal, I always thought flare jeans were just another style I’d have to pass up. But, my mind completely changed with this pair! I think these jeans are so flattering, no matter your height. And even better, they come in short and tall sizes as well — basically the reason I can actually wear them.

I decided to pair the flares with a slightly oversized sweater — which for the life of me can’t find on Zara’s website — to give the outfit a more casual look.

In other news, I wanted to share some good sales with you all this week, so here are the sales I know of, plus some of my picks!

American Eagle — 25% off + free shipping

My favorite jeans (the high waisted jeggings) are on sale and I highly recommend. Also, the military button down I wore all fall is still in stock and on sale too!

 

Nasty Gal — 50% off everything

 

Asos — up to 70% off sale items

 

H&M — up to 70% off sale items

 

Who doesn’t love a good sale, right?

xo,

Carey

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22 Style Tips

22 Style Tips

knit sweater and black jeans 2knit sweater and black jeans 1Hello hello! So excited for my first post of 2019, which just so happens to be my 22nd birthday. Because today is my birthday, I thought it would be fun to share 22 style tips I’ve learned over the years. Buckle up, because this is a long one…

  1. Accessories make the outfit! I’ll admit that this is sometimes a hard one for me, especially when it comes to choosing jewelry (I pretty much wear the same pieces every day). But choosing the right necklace, or even adding a belt can add a subtle touch to your outfit you didn’t know you were missing.
  2. To tuck or not to tuck. I’m a big fan of the half-tuck, but there’s almost an art to deciding when to do a full tuck, a half-tuck, or leave your top untucked. This one decision can really change up your look.
  3. Decide your outfit the night before. If you decide what you’re going to wear the next day, you cut down on your getting ready time, plus you’ll know if you need to iron/steam anything in advance!
  4. Mix high and low. You can make any outfit instantly more chic by pairing your high-end and low-end pieces together.
  5. Know when to tailor. As a petite person, there are a lot of times when clothes just don’t fit right, which is when it’s time to invest in tailoring. Just know when to buy and tailor, or skip the purchase all together.
  6.  Have a signature piece. For me this is actually a few pieces (my watch, ring, and earrings). These are little accessories that make the outfit unique to you.
  7. Mix it up! It’s easy to fall into a routine where you pair the same pieces over and over. Try mixing different items if you can (it helps to have a friend go through your closet and see what they would pair together).
  8. Don’t be afraid of new trends! I’m pretty fast to jump on new trends that I like, but this can be hard. But, if you step outside your comfort zone you might love the results!
  9. Don’t be afraid to skip new trends. On the other hand, you don’t always need to follow the crowd. If you really don’t like a trend, don’t feel pressured to jump on the band wagon.
  10. Be inspired! I’m constantly on Instagram, Pinterest, and the internet looking for new ways to be inspired. Don’t just look at people who have your exact style, look at other styles for fresh ideas.
  11. Tuck in your pockets! I always forget to do this and my mom yells at me, but having your pockets hanging inside out looks like you didn’t look at yourself in the mirror before you left.
  12. Protect your shoes. I recently messed up a pair of suede shoes and definitely regretted not spraying them with protectant before wearing them out.
  13. Know your sizing. When it comes to online shopping, not every site offers free returns, so if something doesn’t fit, you’re out of luck. You will be more successful if you know some of your measurements (bust, waist, etc.).
  14. Shop boutiques! Sometimes you want that one piece that everyone owns, but other times it’s fun to have something unique!
  15. Know when to invest. My mom always said to invest in good shoes! I usually opt for a nicer pair because I know it’ll last longer and be less likely to kill my feet.
  16. Know when to go for the cheaper option. Trends come and go faster than you think. If it seems like a trend that isn’t likely to stay around, go for a cheaper option rather than wasting money on something you’ll only wear a couple times.
  17. Start with staples. When building your wardrobe there are a few pieces that never go out of style (a white tee, a camel coat, an LBD, etc.). Start with those and then gradually add trendier pieces.
  18. Break the rules. There used to be so many fashion rules (don’t wear white after Labor Day, don’t mix black and brown) but now it’s anything goes! Don’t be afraid to wear something because of outdated “rules.”
  19. Create your “uniform.” On days you are running late and can’t think of something to wear, it’s nice to have an outfit that you can always fall back on.
  20. Don’t underestimate the power of dressing up. There’s just something about picking the perfect outfit that completely changes my mindset. If I look good, I usually feel good. It’s a great way to life your mood.
  21. If you’re uncomfortable, don’t wear it. There are so many times I like an outfit or piece of clothing in theory, but in reality I don’t feel comfortable wearing it. If it doesn’t make me feel good, I don’t wear it.
  22. Be yourself! Fashion and style is all about expressing yourself, so let your personality shine through in the way you present yourself to the world.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope these tips were useful!

xo,

Carey

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