Spring Fashion

Springtime is officially here! While it still may not feel like it, warmer weather is definitely on the way! This past weekend, it was a beautiful 80 degrees in Charleston so I definitely need to start steering clear of the sweaters and breaking out my new spring favorites.

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I would definitely call this a transition season outfit. Throw a sweater or cardigan over a nice bright dress to make any day, whether it be casual or busy, a stylish one. Riding boots can definitely last you into the spring on those colder days to dress up an more casual dress. Also, Jack Rogers or wedges do the job well too. I am also a huge fan of belted dresses. The coral color of this dress is absolutely perfect for spring and the gold jewelry perfectly accessorizes the outfit.

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This outfit can be for work, class or even a girls night out or a date! The dark skinny jeans with the cute neutral wedges are a perfect transition into spring. I love the green color of the tank and am always looking for shirts in bright colors like this because they standout and make any outfit look that much better. The Tory Burch earrings are maybe a tad over the top, but any gold earrings would look fabulous with such an outfit. Kate Spade’s earrings are to die for, so check them out! The Tory Burch purse is so cute and the cross body is key to this outfit. I am definitely adding this to my next wishlist. Also, it matches the beautiful orange and gold bracelet perfectly.

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This outfit is the perfect spring day outfit. This white top is adorable and I love the neckline and the gold embroidering. So many stores, from American Eagle to the Gap to Bloomingdales have variations of this simple shirt. Plus I love white blouses in the summertime, especially with bright shorts! I love coral, so the chino shorts (from J.Crew!) totally make me think of summer. Gold sandals are a staple in any summer wardrobe. A professional tote bag can be used with any outfit at any time of day-for class, going to lunch, out at night, or even for an interview! I also have a thing for themed charm bracelets, and this gold beach charm bracelet is definitely on my wish list.

Springtime is the best time for new clothes, a new wardrobe, and pairing together old pieces in new ways. Accessorize with bright colors, buy versatile tops that go with everything (shorts, jeans, white pants, skirts), focus on dresses because they make anyone look dressier, and find perfect summer shoes!

XOXO,

Caroline

St. Patrick’s Day!

As a grandchild of Irish immigrants and being 100% Irish, I LOVE St. Patrick’s Day more than any other day of the year! I grew up outside of New York City with my Irish family so I would always be allowed to skip school on March 17 and head into NYC to march in the big parade! It was always the best time, getting to be with my family and celebrating our heritage and of course finishing the whole day off with a glorious Irish meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage! But, finding green to wear was always troublesome, so here are some of the best St. Patrick’s Day outfit ideas!

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J. Crew Factory

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Sláinte! Erin Go Bragh!

XOXO,

Caroline

Favorite Store: Francesca’s!

Hey Everyone!

So I live in Charleston, South Carolina and work at our Athletics Department, which is located on famous King Street, world renowned for its shopping! Not only does King Street feature national favorites such as J. Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, the Gap, Forever 21, and more, but it is also famous for its cute and unique boutiques! One of my favorites happens to be Francesca’s!

I have been trying to save money and avoid King St as much as possible, but on my walk back from work today I saw the cutest things in the window at Francesca’s and just couldn’t help myself from popping in! Before long, I was in the dressing room holding 12 items and ended up buying some things!

Francesca’s is not only cute and adorable, but also SUPER affordable for dresses, nice blouses, and awesome jewelry and bags! I buy a lot of pieces here that last forever and can go from class to a night out on the town to a formal event or interview! They also color code the store, which I think is awesome, and have amazing little accessories or gifts which work for birthdays or events in a pinch. They have boutiques located across the country, but their website is also fabulous and offers amazing deals!

Here are some of my favorites that I saw in the store today, so check them out in your local Francesca’s or online!

Tops

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Dresses

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Skirts

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Happy Shopping! Get ready for spring clothes!

XOXO,

Caroline

Monogram Love

Hello everyone!

I have recently gotten way too obsessed with monograms! Of course, when we were all younger, we had monogrammed things. But on my college campus, monograms have gotten to be extremely popular and you can find them on practically everything and anything! These are some of my favorite monogrammed items you can find!

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1) I love love love wearing 3/4 zip pullovers on those chilly days in Charleston or just as a cute sweatshirt for going to the gym. This beautiful one from Sweet Tea Monogram is so cute, especially with the anchor and the brilliant colors!

2) I have seen so many girls rocking the monogram vest during these winter days here in Charleston! A vest can really spice up an outfit and the monogram makes it cute and personal! Marley Lilly makes a variety of colors and styles!

3) Marley Lilly does it again with this amazing Luxe Cross Body bag! I LOVE a good cross body, especially with a chain, because it can truly jazz up any going out outfit!

4) Monogram iPhone cases are all the rage now! It seems like everyone is personalizing how their phone looks! After scouring Etsy forever, I finally found a store Happy Rabitz that makes amazing Chevron print monogram cases in beautiful colors! I love it!

5) Monogram scarves can top off any outfit! I adore mine, but this chevron print in amazing colors really caught my eye! Check it out at SatinStitchDesigns!

6) Sweet Tea Monogram also makes koozies! Since moving down south, I have become a koozie fanatic and keep a collection of them! Not only are they cute, they serve a good purpose in keeping your drink cool and keeping it out of your hand! I love the seersucker prints with the big bright monogram!

Have you found any cute things to monogram lately?

XOXO,

Caroline

City Spotlight: New York City!

New York City is the best place to visit during the holiday season! The entire city is decked out in lights, ornaments, trees, menorahs, bows, and festive colors. It is truly magical experiencing Christmas in New York, and it should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. While I am from outside the city, I love being a tourist this time of year and taking the train in to see some of the famous sights and sounds! New York City is easy to reach throughout all of New England, NJ, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC by train, so it makes for a perfect day or overnight trip, and it totally worth it! Here are some of my favorite things to do in New York City during the most magical time of year!

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center needs to be at the top of everyone’s to do list when they come to NYC, especially around the holidays! This is the world’s largest Christmas tree that they light each year in a televised special complete with famous musicians and bands. It is truly a sight to see with all its colors and blinking lights and ice skating on the Rockefeller Center rink in the shadow of the tree, complete with Christmas music, is so quintissential New York City! Rockefeller Center is also filled with fun stores including J.Crew, Anthropologie, Nine West, Banana Republic, H&M, Magnolia Bakery and Dean and Deluca to finish that holiday shopping or grab a fun treat. This is by far my favorite section of the city, especially during this time of year!

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Enjoy a Holiday Show

NYC is of course famous for its Broadway shows! This year, they have a multitude of holiday themed Broadway and Off-Broadway productions to offer! Two years ago, I saw Elf on Broadway and it was just as funny, if not more, than its movie counterpart! Plus, its always such a blast to get dressed up and attend a Broadway show, especially at this festive time of year. The Theater at Madison Square Garden is also showcasing How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes is a holiday tradition!

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Take in a (free) Late Night Show!

Just yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! This was always a dream of mine, since I think Jimmy Fallon is the funniest man in the world, and what made it all the more better was a favorite band of mine, Florida Georgia Line, was the musical guest! Getting the tickets was extremely easy: I simply entered my name online and a day later, was contacted by the show saying I had 2 tickets to the date I requested! Most late night and/or talk shows filmed in NYC have this same process, including Saturday Night Live, which was also such a fun thing to attend. So why not give it a shot! You will definitely be in for a ton of laughs and an eye-opening experience in the television world!

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The Christmas Shopping and Windows!

Famous department stores such as Macys, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys are renowned for their Christmas windows! Definitely take the time to walk Fifth Avenue and explore the deparment stores and their windows to see what this is really all about. Each one tells a story and since the stores are so big, the windows are tremendous and go on for an entire block or two. They usually have a different theme every year so they are always individual and unique. Macy’s Herald Square, the largest department store in the world, is a spectacle in itself around the holidays! Its 8 stories are filled with tourists and locals alike, speaking in a buzz of thousands of different languages, each trying to find Santa Claus or the perfect gift or simply to experience NYC at Christmas time!

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Hannukah in NYC!

Central Park, near the Plaza Hotel, features the world’s largest Menorah! They light it each and every night of Hannukah and begin the 8 nights with a huge ceremony! NYC is home to a very large Jewish population so this occasion is taken very seriously and is celebrated widely! Each night, this area of Manhattan is a buzz with activity as it is right in the center of all the Holiday shopping and activities, so check it out if you are around!

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Ice Skating in Bryant Park

While there is ice skating at Rockefeller Center and Central Park, the huge and beautiful ice rink at Bryant Park behind the NY Public Library is FREE! All you have to do is pay a cheap skate rental and you are set to go! Here, they play Christmas music as you skate around in the shadow of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The skyline around the park is magnificent and beautiful. There is also a beautifully lit Christmas tree here, as well as so many holiday pop up shops which offer gifts to give for the holidays from handbags to ornaments to pet clothes to chocolate! Also, definitely check out the terrace restaurant here, where you can enjoy a hot cocoa or a full blown meal while overlooking the skaters and the skyline!

NYC is definitely the place to be around the holidays and everyone should experience it once! Check it out if you can! I am so happy I get to call this place home!

XOXO,

Caroline

Study Playlist

Hey everyone!

I know the semester is winding down and finals will soon be upon us all! While finals are often a time of stress and pressure, music can help make everything better! Whether you listen to music to study or need music as an escape, I have made a playlist on Spotify of my favorite study/relaxing jams. With this music, I can tune out the world and focus on my studies or just close my eyes for a minute and take a quick break from all the work. Enjoy!

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Statement Jewelry

Making a statement with your jewelry is the new trend! From dressing up a plain T-shirt to accentuating the neckline on a favorite dress, statement jewels can jazz up just about any outfit! You can find bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more in a variety of styles, colors and prices just about everywhere these days. I am a huge fan of, when it comes to dressing up, finding a simple, solid colored dress and accessorizing with really cool and bold statement jewels! Check out my favorite choices for awesome statement jewelry!

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1. J.Crew Bubble Necklace

2. Nordstrom Jewel Stud Necklace

3. Nordstrom Edge Necklace

4. Francesca’s Tear Drop Necklace

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1. Starfish Earrings from Stella and Dot

2. Silver Chandelier Earrings from Stella and Dot

3. Stella and Dot Green and Gold Teardrop Earrings

4. Francesca’s Abyss Earrings

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1, 2, 3, 4) Bauble Bar

5) Francesca’s Gold Statement Bracelet

Francesca’s has always been a favorite go-to store for me when it comes to everything from jewelry to dresses to gifts! They have a huge selection of dresses and they organize them all in the store by color. Their jewelry table is massive and they are always changing their selection. Plus, everything is very decently priced and they always seem to be having a sale going on!

Bauble Bar is THE place to go for statement jewelry! You can find any style you wish on this site and their customer service people are so helpful! Check out their website to see all the styles and colors they offer-you will be overwhelmed at the selection!

Stella and Dot is another wonderful jewelry site. They have such beautiful jewels that you can dress any outfit up with. I love their holiday colored items to dress up my outfits for this coming holiday season!

Happy shopping!

XOXO,

Caroline

College Game Day!

As college football season winds down and comes to a close, I am excited to break out all my favorite game day clothes one last time! Tailgating at southern schools requires girls and guys to deck out in school colors from tips to toes. While many of the men favor PFGs, polos, button downs, bow ties, Sperry’s and colored khakis, girls take it to another level. Dresses of every style in the school colors are a must! Being a South Carolina Gamecocks fan, I have a closet full of black dresses to pair with garnet accessories and hair bows along with the standard brown cowboy or riding boots!

Here are some of my favorite looks for college game day!

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This lace skirt is perfect with a black or white top and boots!

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I love a simple satin top that goes perfectly with a simple black skirt that you can dress up with super cute accessories…like this bubble necklace:

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These bubble necklaces come in a variety of colors and you can even get them in multiples colors on one necklace! They are available practically everywhere nowadays!

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This red dress is simple, casual and something I would totally wear with boots and a necklace for game day! There are so many variations of this and can be found in just about any store!

Have a great end to your college football season! Go Gamecocks!

Love,

Caroline

Fall Style: Riding Boots

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year clothes-wise! There are just so many options and cute styles available to choose from! Living in Charleston, SC, sometimes the weather throws me for a loop so one day you will see people rocking their Lilly print dresses and flip flops, and the next people are bundled up in Uggs and peacoats! However, I am a NYC girl at heart and love to stay true to my fall wardrobe!

My favorite fall clothing item has to be riding boots. You can wear them with practically anything! For class, I usually throw on jeans, a sweater, some cute accessories and then my riding boots over the jeans. Also, some of my cute fall dresses also look perfect with boots when I have a meeting or interview to go to. I also wear them with dresses for work at the basketball games when I have to dress more professional. They come in so handy, and in a variety of colors, styles and prices!

These below are the boots that I currently own and wear pretty regularly. They go with EVERYTHING!

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Coconuts Becky Riding Boot

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These black riding boots look dressy and also adorable with the cute bow added at the top! Image

Moschino Cheap and Chic Riding Boot with Bow

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These boots have been on my wishlist for absolutely forever. Tory Burch makes the best riding boots. Definitely put these on your Christmas list!

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Tory Burch Riding Boots

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Victoria’s Secret also offers a simple style of boot in a multitude of awesome colors!

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Have a great weekend!

Caroline

Memorial Day Weekend!

Its officially Memorial Day Weekend and we all know what that means…the official beginning of SUMMER! I know you are all just as excited as I am for the fun and good times that comes along with the beginning of the season and I am going to share some of the fun activities to partake in and get involved in with family, friends and loved ones!

Memorial Day is PERFECT for your first trip to the beach or the shore! So break out those bathing suits you had stored away from last summer, or even better, find some new cute ones! Target has proved to be such a great place for the best new bathing suits this season! I am loving the nautical feel of stripes this summer and this top goes right along with my style!

I also LOVE bows and this cute bandeau top is precious!

I am also a huge fan of bright colors: turquoise, magenta, plum, sea foam green, lemon,  and neon! This bright blue/green top with a cute applique is so stylish and summery!

The best part about these tops: being able to mix and match the bottoms, so you may never even wear the same bathing suit all season!

 

Also, it is FLEET WEEK in New York City over Memorial Day Weekend! It is so much fun because fun (and cute!) naval officers come into town and love chatting with you and getting to know the city from locals! I know all the Long Island/New England prepsters will be hitting up Manhattan this weekend!

 

Also, since I am a southern college girl and am soon heading down to spend my summer in the lowcountry, spending time out on the river or the lake is a MUST for summer weekends! In Charleston, we have “Shaggin on the Cooper” every Friday night, where locals and visitors alike meet down on the docks of the Cooper River to dance the state dance, the Shag, and meet and greet with other fun loving folks! Its always a good time getting to dance under the moonlight to fun beach music and meet some fun and outgoing people!

 

SHOPPING! Everyone knows Memorial Day brings huge sales to all your favorite stores and malls! If the weather proves to be too hot or rainy, head to the mall to take advantage of some amazing deals! Target has some hot shoes this season, if your in the market for some wedges or heels or sandals in bright, summery colors! Also, keep a look out for some emails from some of your favorite retailers because I am sure they’ll be keeping you informed of some price cuts or discounts in order of the holiday!

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