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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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!

IMG_8949IMG_8964 IMG_8958IMG_8969 IMG_8966   IMG_8971Similar Dark Shrunken Denim Jacket//Leather Pocket Dress//Perforated Slip-On Sneakers//Deux Lux Karma Backpack (I think the grey is sold out- I can’t find it anywhere)//Colorful Rhinestone Flowers Alloy Bib//Similar bow bracelet//Cone Stud Stretch Bracelet//

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Blanketed

We all have our uniforms. This winter (which has been pretty not very wintry, as far as temps go), mine has been my blanket scarf and poncho with my new favorite jeans. Perfect for errands because I don’t get too hot in stores and it’s seriously like walking around wrapped in a blanket. The cool thing about this outfit is that it was inspired by some of my favorite bloggers.

The scarf is from everyone. Literally. When it was sold out at Zara two years in a row, I looked up Zara scarf on Amazon and the thing is literally called “bloggers chic scarf.” Is it a knockoff? Probs. Does it look exactly like the real thang? Absolutely. So soft and I use it as a blanket at my desk because our office is arctic.

The poncho (cape? still haven’t decided) was featured on Ally Cog back in November and I thought about it and thought about it until I just didn’t want to miss it and finally bought it. Glad I did because it is now nowhere to be found.

And the jeans. My goodness the jeans. The best and most flattering jeans I have ever worn. Thank you Fashionably Lo. I have them in four washes. I can wear crop tops guilt free. My butt looks great. They’re miraculous.

The purse? I stole it from my mom a little while ago. But my girl Nicole of a dash of gold featured a vintage Coach purse that my mom also had. Only N’s is in fantastic condition and Mama D’s… well, it may not even be around anymore. It was very loved.

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photos c/o Nicole

Aerie cape {similar here + here}//Chunky knit sweater from a flee market {similar here + here}//Etienne Aigner boots {similar here}//A.E.O. Sky High Jegging//Vintage Coach purse {similar here}//Blanket scarf

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Gold (& frankincense & myrrh)

This holiday season, I’ve been VERY into gold, so when I saw this gold skirt from Loft, I knew immediately that I had to have it for Christmas Eve. My church does a beautiful midnight mass with carols before the service, and I’m of the mindset that one should dress for church, especially on such an important holiday! Part of the service is done totally by candle light, and it’s really beautiful. What does your family do for Christmas Eve? I’d love to hear from you! IMG_7625 IMG_7639 IMG_7641 IMG_7644 IMG_7649photos c/o Nicole

Pearlized Twisted Gem Necklace {currently sold out; similar here}//Old Navy top {from last year; similar here}//Metallic Jacquard Mini Skirt//Loft clutch {old; similar here}//BaubleBar curb cuff {now in cobolt; love this tortoise one}// Tights from Claire’s last year (I know, right?!) {similar here}//Mia Sinclairr boot

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Charm school

You probably know by now how much my St. John’s uniform impacted my sense of fashion a la Gossip Girl. This skirt was actually featured in my first ever post. (Try not to laugh!) I’m glad that plaid minis like this are starting to be an acceptable thing again, not that it ever stopped me when they weren’t. “Charm School” was actually a friendly, teasing nickname from one of my older sorority sisters, given to me after I wore a vest with a crest to a chapter meeting in college. Plaid skirts, as far as I’m concerned, will always be a fall/ winter staple. And check out my subtle pattern mixing! I’m trying to be a little bit more brave, and I think the textured dots on my sweater and tights kind of work. Also, my big white pearl earrings are from Eastern Market! $10 is a steal for real pearls, yes?IMG_7346 IMG_7339 IMG_7335 IMG_7333 IMG_7328 IMG_7323H&M Blazer (sold out; similar here)//Popcorn Stitch Pullover//Ralph Lauren Girls’ Skirt (old; similar here)//Loft sunglasses//Betsey Johnson Women’s 2 Pack Dot Mesh Tights//Etienne Aigner boots (old; similar here)//Boot socks (old; similar here)//Necklace by Stella & Dot//

photos c/o Nicole

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Drop the CATtitude

I know I’m not alone in this- when the sun’s out, I feel better. I’m grasping at straws for any kind of spring weather, and while it was still SO COLD Monday, at least it was sunny. I was in the mood for light, airy colors and nothing too serious. Unfortunately, I still had to dress for the temps, but this outfit was a nice compromise.

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You like the arm party? My newest addition, a silver bangle with sideways turquoise cross, was a Valentine prezzie from the coolest mama ever on her latest excursion to L.A. Loving the designer, Vanessa Mooney. I also felt like the airy colors deserved my favorite watch.

Since the sweater (from Hollister) is apparently no more & the jeans/ shirt/ shoes are all from high school, I’ll just give you a bunch of alternative cat sweaters and sneakers for you to pull off your own spring inspired, carefree look.

meow.

x0x0 Caroline

ps- don’t forget to enter my MAC give away!

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Soft Kitty; Warm Kitty

-1Last weekend was so crazy with no downtime. I  decided this weekend was for errands and snuggles. Yesterday, I woke up knowing I had to wear my new leopard coat– the one I’d been lusting after since this post on District Sparkle. I paired it with fleece-lined leggings, my favorite staple sweater dress (similar) with a wide belt (similar), Steve Madden Boots (similar), and my newest Betsy Johnson purse (sold out) To accessorize this decidedly neutral outfit, I added a statement necklace that I’m always afraid to wear because it’s “too much.” I sadly have no memory of who made the necklace and can’t find it anywhere online. Wearing a coat like that though, you really can’t be afraid of “too much”-ness.

I ordered the coat from Amazon, and it definitely came in a lot more fuzzy than I imagined and way different from Meaghan’s. I felt like a teddy bear! But I love it! And this outfit transitioned well from lunch and running around to going to a nice dinner at Taste in Olney with a friend and then to a local concert at night. Mad shouts to our awesome bartender at Taste. She rocked.  I had the Greek salad with fried oysters and my friend had the Taste salad with shrimp. The scallops there are incredible as is the pumpkin ravioli, plus their servers are always so wonderful. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

Unfortunately, yesterday was also a little rough, which is probably why I look so sad and moody in those pictures. We had to pick up the cremated remains of my kitty from the vet. While we were there, something possessed me to ask if they had any animals for adoption. They did. Sister feral kittens. One was a cute grey-ish tabby and then there was this perfect angel of a little black fluff. I’ve always wanted a black cat named Gypsy. Why? I have no idea. I was probably around 7 when I decided this. I guess it’s my love of Halloween and fascination with witches a la Sabrina and Hocus Pocus. Tabs/ Tabbers/ Tabby was actually Tabitha named after the daughter on Bewitched. Anyway, this kitty, who’s name is Bittersweet as per the vet, was captured and brought in to have her shots and be spayed and eventually adopted (by me). She’s not even adoptable yet, but I got to hold her. She wasn’t scared or timid when I had her, but as soon as she went back in her kennel, she hid under a blanket. So cute. And she loved my coat.

What’s your favorite “too-much” piece and how do you wear it?

x0x0 Caroline