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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Que sera, sera…

whatever will be will be this year. We are less than a week into 2016 and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I have decided that it has a lot to do with how I brought in the New Year. After a gorgeous dinner at Morton’s in Georgetown with my parents, also celebrating my Auntie Steph’s good health, my roommate, my manmate and I headed across town to Brookland to Sahra‘s lovely home. It was so nice to a) not have to be outside in the cold waiting to get in somewhere b) not get get totes drunj at an overpriced bar where I likely had to dropkick someone to even get served c) spend the evening with good people, good food, and maybe a little too much champagne.

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Sahra and Z had a great spread and cute little party games looking back on trivia from the past year. They also had this little bowl of questions for each of us to look back at our own years- favorite songs, moments, trips, etc. That was definitely my favorite! I also want to thank everyone for humoring me with my new toy- my camera stayed around my neck most of the night, although I’m not sure why I didn’t use it at all with the photo booth they set up.

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It was kind of cool- we did the count down to 2016 twice: once one someone’s phone counting down the minutes and then again on a laggy phone feed of the ball dropping. #somillennial

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I think this is about how I want to spend the first night of the new year forever. It was just so… nice.

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Maybe next year I’ll know how to use my camera and think to get a picture of my outfit. I did look pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

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Thanks again for having us- and letting us love of your fur babies! I hope everyone else had a great start to the new year as well!

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Evergreen + plaid

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One of my favorite Christmas presents was the lush green Topshop Faux Fur Vest that I’ve been eying for months. It’s such a cool piece and I’ve now worn the almost the exact same outfit twice because I can’t get enough of it.

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The necklace was a Christmas present too- an awesome J. Crew find from one of my best friends. It’s sold out, but they always have gorgeous pieces. I just love how it adds a little something to my plain black turtleneck.

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I’m a little mad about plaid, obviously. The plaid mini from Old Navy is sold out in the green as well, but you can still get it in red– and on sale! The plaid Coach purse was a Christmas present a few years ago, and I can’t for the life of me find anything comparable. Is it bad that I kind of love that though?

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Finish off the outfit with some statement tights like these. Dress it up with booties like I did for church, or stay a relatively comfy in OTK boots.

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photos c/o Chipped Diamond Magazine

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Quilted Plaid Satchel//Chaps Plaid Coin Pouch & Tote//LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Crawley Plaid Unlined Tote//Dooney & Bourke Tartan Bitsy Bag//Dooney & Bourke Tartan Richmond Shopper

OTK boots:

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Women’s Tommy Hilfiger Gerrie Otk Boot//Frye Lynn Logo OTK//Cole Haan Women’s Dutchess OTK Motorcycle Boot//Daegan Otk suede boot//Nine West Tiberia Over-the-Knee Suede Boots

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Blanketed 2k15 + a giveaway

You may remember my blanketed post from last year when I mentioned the weather being mild. Looks like a repeat this year. I can count on 2 fingers the amount of times I wish I was wearing more clothes, rather than less, so far this fall. I don’t need to tell you the merits of having a blanket scarf on you at all times though- blanket in the office, shawl on the bus, shove it in your bag when you don’t need it. I love the color combo on the one I was wearing on the gorgeous day that Nicole took these pictures- so fall, right?

Unfortunately, I can’t totally make this outfit shoppable, because the dress is from TJ Maxx (super steal at $15!!) and the boots and purse are from a couple years ago, so I linked you up with some great alternatives.

Also, if you love this scarf and want to make it your own, head on over to my instagram for a chance to win!

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Shop printed totes:

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Shop two-toned boots:

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City gypsy

You know those outfits that you just FEEL good in? This is one of those outfits for me. Let’s talk about this dress. I wish you could ALL get this dress.

I’ve talked about Chowderfest before. Like, a lot. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. My mom, her best friend, my Tiffany, and I head up to Long Beach Island to shop and eat the weekend away. This year was a little… different. My Auntie Steph couldn’t make it, much to all of our disappointments, so we started the trip already feeling a little off, but determined to make the best of our weekend.

And then the nor-easter happened. It wasn’t even Hurricane Joaquin, it was a nor-easter. After my mom, bless her heart, drove the three of us 5-ish hours through some nasty rain and scary winds, we get to the hotel to find that the entire fest was canceled. No end-of-season flee market, no all you can eat chowder. But we were, once again, determined. After doing a little happy dance that there wouldn’t be lines at our favorite end of the summer sale at Island Gypsy, barely making last call at the hotel bar (and having our drinks paid for), we made plans to shop the following morning then head out to Philly the next day to see Auntie Steph.

After a great, long breakfast with one of my favorite bloody Marys on the planet, we headed down to Bay Village- the “Downtown” of Beach Haven, if you will. Despite the floods, and the fact that most of the island was closed, our Island Gypsy was open and I immediately went HAM. Tiffany had to reign me in at one point because I had an armful of 50% off sweaters within about 30 seconds. Island Gypsy is kind of like Free People but more approachable. It’s a light, airy, color-coordinated space. Normally, their Chowderfest sales incite a sort of mayhem among the customers snagging up deals, so it was kind of nice to shop without the crowds. However, I do recognize the loss of revenue for the island, so I didn’t feel at all bad spending money at a local business… not that I would have anyway. I love Chowderfest shopping. Anyway, along with $50 worth of fudge from Country Kettle across the street, I ended up leaving LBI with a sweater, great camisoles, and some of the prettiest bras I’ve ever seen. Most importantly, I left with this dress that I almost didn’t get because it was a little out of season- Tiff talked me into it. #noragrets.

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photos c/o Nicole

Blue peasant dresses here, here, & here//Lou & Grey Spacedye Cardigan//similar belt here, here, & here//similar style pendants here, here, & here//grey totes here, here, & here//Steve Madden PALLAS booties

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White after Labor Day

Rules are meant to be broken, right? And the whole “no White After Labor Day” rule has been broken so many times that it barely even qualifies as a rule anymore. It’s all about transitioning, ladies. For real, for real, your favorite summer dress can stay out as long as you can keep adding accessories to keep it seasonal.

IMG_9892Confession: When I left my house the morning these pictures were taken, it was 60 degrees. By lunch, it was near 80, rendering the jacket and scarf unnecessary. But I did it for YOU loyal, readers, I kept up the transitional look I promised because I value our friendship. 😉

IMG_9891 Also, you might notice that the pieces in this post are mostly unavailable. I tried to find comparable pieces, but such is life- one can’t always be wearing something brand new, you know?The jacket, for example, is my patch jacket from 8th grade. The purse, vintage, is older than I am and I took it from my mom’s closet (with many, many thanks because it’s fabulous).

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AJ Morgan So B Round Sunglasses//Loft scarf from last year (similar here, here, + here)//Similar denim jacket here, here, + here//Vintage Perry Ellis purse (similar here, here, + here)//Old Navy Dress (sold out) white lace dresses under $100 here, here, + here//Steve Madden Pallas booties

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Pearls + studs

I tend to fall into patterns with my clothes, and my formula for work this summer has been belted shift dress, low heels, and a rotation of totes, if I’m not using my trusty backpack. This little navy number has been a favorite all summer because of the feminine details- the fluttery sleeves, peek-a-boo keyhole back, and little buttons near the hem. And the shoes. Oh. My. Gosh. These. Shoes. I adore how Rockstuds look, but Valentino isn’t exactly knocking at my door to give me a free pair and let’s be honest, that’s the only way I could get my little post-grad paws on them. $900+ shoes are just not in my budget right now. Thankfully, I found these amazingly comfy little dupes. Seriously- they’re the most comfortable heels I’ve ever owned! Do you have a uniform for work? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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ASOS Round Sunglasses//White Clover Czech Stone Champagne Earrings//similar pearls//similar belt//similar bracelet//Navy Ruffle Sleeve Metal Buttons Dress//Nude With Rivet Slingbacks//Sold out Deux Lux bag– love this, this, + this grey bag (all currently under $50!)

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Black + white // rose + maple

I really think this is my favorite dress. When I first saw it in the window of H&M last year, I actually spoke to it. “I’m coming back for you,” I said. And I did. While I usually pair it with a Barbie pink blazer and some major bling, I decided to soften up my black and white with another signature color- rose gold… mostly so I could show off my amazing new Sidney watch from Jord.

IMG_9319Remember when I fell in love with my recycled skateboard glasses from Royal Threads that I got at Warped Tour last year? Well, as soon as I found out about Jord, I felt the same way. Not only does it look awesome with my wood sunnies, but it’s so light on my wrist compared to my beloved silicon MK watch. And of course I love the subtle sparkles around the face of the watch. Jord as a company is helping to create a sustainable lifestyle combining natural elements with modern design for people who are going places. Helllooooo they totally belong on my wrist, and on the wrists of girls on the go like me who are also concerned with honoring the natural.. The word Jord is actually Swedish for earth/ soil/ land.

While I picked the Sydney to match my sunnies, I also really loved the CORA SERIES in Zebrawood & Turquoise, as well as the 746 SERIES Black & Maple. They have a style for everyone, so check out the entire collection for yourself!

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An even cooler painted shift dress//black + white graphic shift in a much better price range//Metallic Strap Sandals//similar crossbody//Sydney watch c/o Jord//similar bow belt//Cone Stud Stretch Bracelet//Necklace is sold out- other delicate rose gold necklaces here, here + here//Sunglasses//

Thank you Jord so much for sending me this awesome watch in exchange for my review! As always, all opinions are my own!

And check out how Christine of maple & mint styled her black and white! We decided to do a little East Coast/ West Coast thing so be on the lookout for more of her!

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Lunchtime play date

I am SUH ESSITED that spring time has arrived(ish) and I can abolish the tights and bust out the little dresses. Admittedly, it was much colder on this day that I had anticipated and with the wind I was just about a walking Popsicle. But at least I got to finally meet up with my Nicole and play around in Lafayette Square Park across from the White House. And can I talk about how this is officially my favorite outfit right now? I think of that jacket as my own personal tour jacket- I got it made when I was 14. Paired with the comfiest little dress (for under $15!!) and shoes + my backpack… easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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Perfect weekend

I’m not sure how I managed this- but I had the perfect weekend this past weekend.

Let me elaborate. Somehow, I fit boyfriend time, workout time, family time, friend time, a concert, church, brunch, and the zoo into one weekend. I honestly can’t believe it. I also put together a shoe shelf that I purchased for less than $10. I’m pretty impressed with myself, to be honest.

Friday, Austin and I rented Tusk. I slept through most of it, as I normally do, but it was weird and I wish I’d seen more of it because I like weird. I would suggest checking it out. After sleeping in, we went on a “run.” I say “run” because Austin and Artooie did a much better job than I did. I doubt many people know this about me, but I have arthritis from when I had Lyme’s in middle school. My joints will never fully un-swell and I was in so much physical pain it felt like my joints were on fire. But I still tried and soaked up some sun and it was totally worth it because I felt great afterwards.

Saturday night, I had a date with my Daddy at Le Perla. It was so nice to be able to catch up, just my pops and I. Especially since I’ve moved out, those nights are rare. Then I met up with my (newly officially married) best friends for an intimate Oh Honey show at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Little did I know, one of my favorite musicians of all time was their opener. It was an amazing night of music and friends and a lot of laughing.

Sunday, I woke up to beautiful sunshine for church and brunch with my friend Matthew. (Thanks again for the pics!) I was at the Cathedral for his confirmation, and I got to be there for his official welcoming into St. John’s. We headed to Southern Hospitality for (too much) brunch… then to the zoo! I freakin’ love the zoo! Fueled by bacon Bloody Marys, mimosas, and smoked salmon Benedict, I got to frolic near the lions and even ride the carousel because sometimes I’m twelve. Plus I just love that it’s warm enough to run around in a sun dress.

And what goes better with a little sun dress like the ones I wore all weekend than a springy statement set? I want to thank Alexandra at The Pretty Pink Rooster for sending me the pretty pink peachy necklace and earrings featured below. She’s a fellow alum of the Theta Eta chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, and I love the story behind her boutique- where everything is under $50! She and her father were going to start the business together, and after he passed away suddenly, she had to put their dreams on hold. But now- well, I think she’s doing her father proud! As someone who also lost someone very close to me at a young age, I find her story inspiring. And after having such a great date with my own dad this weekend, I’m feeling very lucky that I have him by my side and behind me through all of my challenges and triumphs. Check out this gem of a jewelry boutique and if you like something, swipe it fast! It might be gone if you wait too long- it truly is a boutique!

And tell me about your weekend! I hope it was as good as mine!

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