Not goodbye, see you later

I have toyed with the idea of not even having a last post, but img_7005that seemed a bit harsh and unfair to LBC1. Through this blog, I have made friends, gained experience, and learned a lot- about myself, branding, and the business of blogging. Obviously, it was this blog that was the catalyst for The CaroLøve. It will be similar content, for sure, but in a forum with a brand that now better reflects me.

A lot has happened since I first started LBC1. I understand the business of blogging better, sure, but I have been through a lot and gained more experience living in the city than the name Little Bitty City One allows. I’m still starry-eyed as ever over Washington, D.C., but I’ve still grown up a lot and been through kind of a roller coaster in the past couple years. What happened in the time isn’t so important in the context of this post, but it did happen and here we are. I hope you follow me over on The CaroLøve, but if you don’t, thank you for being a reader on LBC1.

Before I go, I want to thank the other bloggers along the way who have influenced, encouraged, and helped me along the way:

Blonde in the District||Glass of Glam||District Damsel||Le London Chic||Lemon Stripes||A Dash of Gold [photo creds galore from this one <3]||Lust Local||Primp & Proper||District Sparkle||Fashion for Lunch||Que Sera Sahra||Pink Champagne Problems||Southern Anchors||Bree West||Laura Lehman Wears||CapFABB||The Blog Societies||The DC Ladies

and every single other blogger who has been involved with LBC1 for the past two years. There are really too many to name.

And with that, I say goodbye to Little Bitty City One.

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Surprising Advice To Make Your Small Flat Look Unique

Buying your first home can be a daunting prospect. You are out on your own and have to manage without the parents! Of course, your first darling home is going to be very tiny with the costs of mortgages these day. But it doesn’t mean it can’t look fantastic. Here’s some surprising advice to make your small flat look unique!

Add personal touches

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One piece of surprising advice to make your small flat look unique is to add personal touches. You should get some great photos on display of you and your friends. Don’t be afraid to go for unique art to display on the walls. Also, make sure you add cute ornaments and candles to any window sills. All these personal touches will create talking points when people come over. They will also help your flat to look fantastic and will stop you worrying about how small it is!

Use colorful wallpaper or paint

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Drip Wallpaper

Another surprising piece of advice to make your small flat look unique is to use colorful wallpaper or paint. Go for something which is unique which will help your flat to stand out. Make sure you don’t go for something too dark colored as this can make the flat seem dull. You should try and choose different wallpapers for each room in your flat to make it look great. You could even add a feature wall in your living area. You can find ideas online or in magazines for fun wallpaper for your flat.

Choose unusual flooring

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A piece of surprising advice to make your small flat look unique is to choose unusual flooring. It will help to make the rooms in your flat look more attractive. You should consider whether you want a brightly colored carpet, tiles, or wood flooring. Pine or solid oak would look unique in your new home. It’s easier to clean than carpet and will look great. You will need to decide if you are going to fit it yourself or get a professional to do it. Here are some New Ideas for working with Pine if want the flooring to last in your home.

Cover up old furniture

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Another surprising piece of advice to make your small flat look unique is to make sure you cover any old furniture. You can make an old sofa look more appealing with cute blankets. You should add cushions as well to make it look more fun and unique. Also, if you have a table and chairs in your flat, you should decorate the chairs so they look unique. Brightly colored chair legs will help to make the flat look more unique. You can also use slipcovers to give the chairs a new look.

Make the most of your corners

An additional piece of advice to make your small flat look unique is to make the most of your corners. As this feature suggests, they are often not used but are a great spot to put in an extra chair or a book shelf. It can make the room look larger, and it’s fully utilizing the space when you have a small flat.

Remember not to worry about what other people think of your tiny flat. Make it your own and it will be a great first home!

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The Ultimate Steps to Design Your Living Room

I swear, designing your living room is the hardest part of any home renovation project. I mean, it’s the room that friends and family will all be seeing the most – so it has to look great! Not only does it have to look great, but it’s the room that will be most used so it better stand the test of time too. You need hard wearing carpets or wood flooring, as well as wallpaper or paint that can stand up to the test of kids and younger family members. Everything has to be perfect when it comes to your living room, and here is how you can make it so.

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Flooring:

Firstly, let’s start with the floor. You need to choose a flooring that won’t wear thin after a few months and will be soft for any children to land on if they take a floor. You need a carpet or wood flooring that matches the rest of the room without standing out too much. Whether it be seagrass carpet flooring or a thick rug in the middle of a laminate floor, make sure it looks stunning and makes a statement.

Walls:

This is where numerous decisions come into play. Will the walls be decorated with paper or paint? Will you do the top/bottom half in wallpaper and the other half painted? Will you use a fancy border? Whatever you decide to do, make sure it suits your taste and will look nice and presentable for other people visiting your house too. Decorate the walls in a way that reflects you and your personal style. Your house is a representation of yourself, so really go all out with the walls and choose a style that reflects your inner spirit.

Doors, skirting boards and ceilings:

This is probably the easiest part. You simply need to buy a good gloss for the skirting boards and either gloss or matte paint for the doors, and matte paint for the ceilings. Don’t go too crazy with this part of the house. My top tip would be this. Red skirting boards never look good! And take this from someone who has tried it themselves. A nice white or slightly off white should be used for the skirting boards, and the ceiling should be painted to match. Then you need to decide the color of your doors, but white with the ceiling and skirting boards will always look good!

Accessories:

Remember to always buy accessories that match your room well. You’ve done the rest of it to match, so why shouldn’t everything else match? If there are touches of black in your wallpaper, then make sure to buy black products to match it. The same goes for white or silver touches in your wallpaper. Don’t buy products to match the overwhelming colour in the room, because then it will seem like too much. Always make your products match a subtle colour that isn’t used that much elsewhere in the room.

Designing your home yourself is always the most satisfying part of the project. So follow this advice and you may get a nice surprise when it’s done. Remember to make sure your living room is a reflection of your own personality, and always buy accessories to match the room.

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Event Hitches

Organizing an event always sounds like it is going to be more fun than it ends up being. There’s no problem with the event itself – that’s going to be fun and everyone is going to be talking about it. It’s the organizing part that’s the tricky bit, though. Even if you’re a strategy whiz, there’s still part of you that feels like you’re playing the swan. Serene class where people can see it, working frantically below the surface.

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The thing about planning an event is that you can do everything right, plan it down to the last detail, and then something throws a spanner in the plan. It’s frustrating. When NASA flew men to the moon, they planned everything down to the finest details, but Apollo 13 still happened. Sometimes, no matter what you do, something or someone ends up letting you down.

  1. Don’t Panic

The first thing to keep in mind is that every social situation can be salvaged. If something has happened to put a wrinkle in your plans, that’s where Plan B comes in. If you haven’t made a Plan B, then you need to improvise. Remember there is always a fallback option. So if the venue cancels the event, find another venue. Host it at home if necessary. If a caterer falls through, make some calls.

  1. Have A Trusted Lieutenant

Even the greatest leaders had their consuls, their generals, their minions. It’s understandable when you are the one whose rep is on the line that you want to be in control. But delegating is what makes countries, wins wars and builds businesses. In a party emergency, you may need to explore two or three options, and there’s only one of you. Having someone on hand to help will sort out issues faster.

  1. Negotiate Like You’re Solving World Peace

When things go wrong, the most important thing is that they get put right as soon as possible. The key to negotiating something is not ruling with an iron rod. It’s not flattery. It’s finding the way to get what you want at the best price. Your wholesale linen tablecloths haven’t shown up? Make some calls. Offer future business, open an account, do what it takes to get a deal. If all else fails, play the sympathy card. It often works, but not if you come right out with it. Confidence is key.

  1. Be Prepared To Get Your Hands Dirty

It might save time and money – both essential in an emergency –  if you’re prepared to roll up your sleeves and do some grunt work. Moving tables, getting in the kitchen, even carrying some trays around. You may not like the idea of doing this – that’s OK. You can always ask someone else to do it on the promise of owing them a favor. Just remember to turn the charm up to 11 when you ask.

So many people think that the only way to get things done right is to rule by fear. It may well work for some people – but smart people know it’s more about pushing the right buttons. Planning an event and riding out a snafu take more than one approach.

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BIG CHANGES

Ok. So you might have noticed that my social media handles all changed earlier this week to TheCaroLove. This is the first little step I am finally taking to re-brand my blog because, frankly, I have grown out of  Little Bitty City One. As I wrote in an email to my amazing past sponsors earlier this week, I started this blog when I was still wearing a bow in my hair every day and using my dinosaur backpack for work. I also desperately needed to move from wordpress.com to wordpress.org for multiple reasons, and it just seemed to be the best option to start all over. It’ll be similar content, but with a cleaner layout and logo, + a name that will grow with me through my late 20s and beyond.index.jpg

But Caroline, you’ve been talking about doing this for months with no real timeline- why now?

Last Friday, something totally unexpected and probably undeserved happened to me. Kendall came over for our date night and told me he had a surprise for me. Never, in about a million years, would I have guessed that my sweet guy would buy me a computer.

A computer, you guys.

He knew mine had crashed and I was doing all of my blogging from work on my lunch breaks, and he wanted to do this for me. I could have cried. He supports me so much, and that lit a fire under my ass to stop being a mediocre blogger and finally make the changes I’ve wanted to make. I’ve always had so much support from my parents and closest friends, but having a boyfriend step in and say “I wanted to do this for you so you can make your blog great,” that means the world to me.

I also want to give a huge shout out to my #bubblesandbloggers main betches for their support. I’m not sure I would have stayed with this without Dani, Jia, Roxanne, Sarah, and Kristin. Having them is like having a bunch of best pals in my pocket the way we group chat all day long. They’ve been so helpful already! Sarah helped me out with getting my logo/ signature just perfect.

While I don’t have an official launch date for The CaroLøve, I can tell you it’s going to be relatively soon. I’m doing an event with Crumbs & Whiskers 8:30 PM on August 20th [mark your calendars!], so it’ll kind of coincide with that, and I’ll give you more details as I can. Until then, please bear with me because it might be a little wonky over here. In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you loved about LBC1 and what changes I should make going forward.

Thank you guys for sticking with me and hopefully coming with me to my new space. I am so excited for The CaroLøve to finally come into fruition.

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Hot town

The outfit is on constant repeat, let me tell you. I actually think of this striped dress as my “casual Friday dress” as I put it on just about as fast as I can get it clean again and again and again. I first wore it here, and it has been worn almost once a week ever since. It’s getting to the point of the summer where I am just hot and cranky and craving fall. My creativity, as least as far as outfits are concerned, has gone completely out the window and I just want to stay as cool and comfortable as possible. Last Friday, taking full advantage of my flex hours, I left work at 2 to meet up with Jia for the sole purpose of maybe buying more t-shirt dresses. It was a fail, as I was actually too hot to even want to shop. But Jia snapped a few pictures for me in my go-to summer garb, and we got smoothies, so I guess overall it was a win. She even got me to try on her [brand new] hat. I kind of think it looks cute, but I still might just stick to the trucker variety.😉

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Make The Most Of The Sun

The sun is out, and things are starting to heat up outside. Summer is here! Many people head out to the beach or a lake to soak up the sun. But there is no reason why you even need to leave the house in this fantastic heat. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the summer in your own home. Want to know more? Then read on!

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Do Up Your Garden

Of course, the best spot for soaking up the sun’s rays is to lay out in your garden. But you won’t want to do that if your garden is a bit of a mess and full of weeds! So it is very important to clean up your garden. Get the hard work, like de-weeding and planting new flowers, over and done with. If you have the space, you should also consider grand patios. These are shaded spaces that are great for putting outdoor furniture on.

Buy A Paddling Pool

If the temperatures hit the top of the thermometer, you might be thinking of ways to quickly cool down. One of the best ways is to go for a dip in some water. Unless you have a pool in your garden, you won’t be able to do that at home. However, there is an easy way around this. Just buy a paddling pool! They are very cheap and can be very refreshing during the hot summer. The best way to enjoy them is to dip your toes in as you lounge on a deck chair!

Make Your Own Popsicles

Another great way to cool off is by enjoying an ice-cold Popsiclse. Rather than buying them from your local supermarket, you can make your own to cut down on your grocery bills. They are super simple to make. All you need are some popsicle molds. Then just pour some of your favorite fruit juice into the molds and freeze it. You can also add some berries and pieces of fruit if you life for extra flavor. You’ll be surprised just how tasty these homemade Popsicle can be!

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Dine Outside

Nothing beats al fresco dining in the summer! And it is always perfect weather for a barbecue. So instead of sitting in your warm dining room, bring all your meals outdoors. And you don’t just have to enjoy barbecues outside. Whatever you cook in the kitchen can be brought out too. Just make sure you have some good quality outdoor furniture that you can get comfortable on! Why not invite all your friends and family over for an al fresco dinner party or barbecue. You could even impress them with your homemade popsicles for dessert!

Sun Protection

However you end up enjoying the sun at home, you should always remember to protect yourself from the sun. Wear a hat, apply lots of sunblock, and stay in the shade whenever possible. Otherwise, you could end up burning which can lead to health issues.

So why drive for miles in a hot car to enjoy the sun, when you can have a fantastic time at home?

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TGIF

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Happy (hot) weekend, loves! Kendall and I are doing Jazz in the Garden tonight, weather permitting then tomorrow visiting our new Glove Park place before my roommate’s birthday party. I’m just hoping the weather holds out- no freak storms or 110 degrees, pretty please!

Blogger chat: Joanne talks tips for partnering with brands, Meaghan shows us how to easily contour,  and Julia FINALLY lets us take a peak at her home office.

My roommate, Meghann, tweeted a really interesting article about the class politics of decluttering. Definitely worth a read.

I’ve been kind of disappointed in my last few visits to Buffalo Exchange, so I’m going to need to check out these other DC area thrift stores.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE looking back on the awful fashions of the 90s/ early 2000s but these shoes probably crossed the line from ugly to unsafe. Mama Downing had banned probably half of these, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t find a friend to borrow them from.

This Louis Vuitton collection may be for men, but Ohhhhh it is gorgeous! I think I would wear/ use all of it.

It’s funny how my style for clothes AND interior has changed over the years. I’ve been really into mod decor and luckily for me, this book would even match my theme for how I want to decorate our new living room. Hi, coffee table book love. Also- am I an adult for wanting to buy a coffee table book?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Protect your home

Having a home, whether it is owned or rented, costs a lot of money. You pay each month to keep it, as well as paying for the things in the home. It would be a costly experience trying to sort it all out if it was damaged through a storm or a flood. Not to mention how much hassle it would be too. There are things that we can put in place to protect us from the worst happening, though. Here are a few ideas to help you keep your home safe from damage.

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Remove Obvious Issues

One great way to start to protect your home is to have a walk around it. Look for anything that could obviously cause a problem. Are there some low-hanging or loose tree branches close to your home? Any loose shutters or debris? In a strong wind storm could they snap off and smash through windows? If so, remove them. Then the chances of damage from that are significantly reduced. The same goes for things like loose roof tiles or fences that aren’t secure. If there is a forecast for a big storm, then other things should be stored away too. If there is a tornado warning, think about putting things like plant pots, trampolines or even little garden gnomes inside. You wouldn’t want those things to blow away or get damaged. Even worse if they caused damage. So just take some time to remove any potential hazards.

Protect from Lightning

In a thunder and lightening storm, the damage is going to come from lightning. So it is a good idea to get some lightning protection on the roof of your home. It will direct any lightning strikes to it, rather than elsewhere. Then you can reduce the chances of any damage that way.

Keep Heating on in Winter

In winter, the cold temperatures can freeze water that is in the pipes in our home. If they freeze, they are more likely to crack. Cracks can lead to flooding and leaks. Not good in any situation! So one of the best ways to eliminate this is to keep your heating on in winter. It doesn’t need to be on all day or anything, unless the weather calls for it, of course. Just half an hour or an hour a day can stop the water in the pipes from freezing. So if you can, set it on a timer. Then if you are out of the house, the water will still get heated for a little bit each day. This will cost significantly less than it would if any damage or flooding occurred.

Home Insurance

One of the best ways to protect your home is to get home or contents insurance. It gives peace of mind if nothing else! Then if the worst does happen, it won’t cost you a fortune or leave you homeless as a result. There are lots of precautions that you can take to avoid disaster. But sometimes, disaster does just happen.

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Moving out

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There comes a time in all of our lives when we feel it’s time to move out of our parent’s home. You might be going to University, relocating for work or just crave more independence. It can be a very freeing experience, but it can also be extremely daunting. Leaving your family home can seem like the end of an era, and many people lack the skills to fend for themselves. This is why many of us try to put off moving out for as long as comfortable. But there does come a time when enough is enough. So if you’re serious about leaving your parent’s home, this guide is for you.

Start saving

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying or renting, you are going to need money. The sooner you start saving money, the sooner you can start looking for your new home. Talk to a financial advisor at your bank to discuss opening a savings account and how much money you will need. You may find that you need to find a better-paid job or that you need to reign in your spending to allow you to save more. You might also want to start selling items that you no longer use on Ebay or Depop. This will give you some extra savings money, while also helping you reduce the amount of stuff you have. In addition to this, you should also start researching the price of living and consider how you are going to pay your bills or rent.

Ask your parents for help

It’s likely that your parents will have more experience in moving house than you do. So ask for their help, support and guidance throughout the process. They could go with you to view properties or offer to help you pack up your room. They might also be able to recommend removalists, real estate agents and mortgage advisors you could use. Your parents can also teach you how to cook, budget and clean before you move out too. They will love being involved in the process and their knowledge and assistance will be extremely useful.

Download apps

Real estate apps are a great way of finding houses and apartments to buy or rent in your desired area. So make sure you download these apps onto your phone or tablet right away. Being able to search for properties on the go can speed up the house hunting process. These apps can alert you when a new house or flat has been put onto the market. Another option is to download apps such as Roomi. This app is used by people who need roommates in rental properties. This could be ideal if you want to move out quickly, and you’re comfortable living with others.

Moving out is a massive step that can change your life in so many ways. But it’s important to remember that just because you’ve moved out of your parent’s home, doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to visit. Make an effort to see your parents to keep you and them happy.

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