Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall...



Old Navy turtleneck (in navy) // Forever 21 poncho (not online), extremely similar one here

One of my favorite things about fall is layering. There's something so cute & cozy about layering up with turtlenecks, sweaters, boot socks, leggings, and on and on. I love it! I wore this outfit out to dinner the first night we arrived in the mountains… I am super obsessed with this striped turtleneck and am ordering a few more colors ASAP! They make the perfect layering pieces, especially with cozy sweaters. I bought this poncho just a few days ago from Forever 21, but it's not online (sad face). I did find this one that' really similar though… I want it too!

For the past few nights we've been staying at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC, and it is absolutely breathtaking here. The air is cool and crisp, and the trees are beginning to turn a golden color. Plus the actual rooms and lodges are ah-mazing. Everywhere you look there's a little nook or cranny that is perfect for snuggling up with a book and cup of hot coffee! (I can't even count the number of fireplaces in this place.) I am dying to bring my bf with me next time! 

Lastly, there are a lot of fall sales going on right now that you should know about! The list is below:
Ann Tayor Loft: Extra 60% off all sale items
Bloomingdale's: 20% off everything with code FRIENDS
J.Crew: 50% off fall items (shoes, jackets, boots) + 30% off sale with code FALLSTYLES
J.Crew Factory: Extra 30% off clearance with code YAY30
Shopbop: Up to 70% off sale items (new fall items just added)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Pop of Red




 Nordstrom Rack Ro & De blouse // Nordstrom Rack fur vest

One of my favorite items for fall is a faux fur vest… and you know my favorite place to shop for one? Nordstrom Rack! I found this one for $26.97 last week… that is a steal! I paired it with a red blouse for a pop of color (also found at the Rack) and a red lip to match. Don't be afraid to wear bright colors in the fall! It's been gloomy here so I've had to cheer myself up somehow :) Bright colors definitely will do the trick. And for those of you who live in the Carolinas, get excited! A new Nordstrom Rack will be opening in Columbia, SC, on October 23rd. Stay tuned for details!

I'm currently on a little mountain getaway in the Highlands… so happy to report that the leaves are changing here and the high was 71 degrees yesterday… wahooo! Hopefully some fun posts from the mountains will be coming your way soon :)

*Thank you to Nordstrom Rack for sponsoring this post

Friday, September 26, 2014

Shades of Grey…



grey leopard sweater (I'm wearing a medium for a looser fit) // black distressed denim
 grey booties // GiGi New York crossbody bag // monogram necklace // Celine sunglasses, similar here

Hi my name is Caitlin and I am addicted to leopard prints. Oops! But seriously now… this leopard sweater is only $30 and not to mention incredibly comfy, so can you blame a girl? (I sized up to a medium for a looser fit… wishing I had even gone with a large!) Speaking of comfy, I've been living in these distressed black jeans lately (last seen here). They fit perfectly and feel a little like sweatpants on, not going to lie (that's how comfortable they are).

Anyways, I am really excited about this weekend because Chris and I are headed to Clemson for the UNC/Clemson football game! I will probably be the only person there wearing Carolina blue… but I am totally okay with that (although I think Chris may be a little upset about it, haha). I haven't been to a football game all year, so I'm going to soak it up this weekend! Thanks for reading, y'all! 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Puffer Vest...



similar navy vest // flannel boyfriend shirt, similar here
Tory Burch Kiernan boots (old), new version here // Gap jeans (old), similar here

This outfit is one of my favorite combos for fall… a plaid flannel, riding boots and a puffer vest. This vest from ShopBellaC is my absolute favorite (looks very similar to the J.Crew one!). It has leather accents and leather shoulders, which adds so much to the look and matches with riding boots. I'm also a little obsessed with this plaid flannel I just purchased - it's pretty long so you can wear it with leggings and it covers your bum, but it also looks just as good with jeans. It also comes in a few different colors!

We've had really bad weather here in Charlotte lately. The minute we stepped outside to take these photos, it started drizzling and then turned into a full-on rainstorm! It's also been pretty chilly here (which I don't mind), but I start feeling depressed if the sun doesn't come out for a few days. I've been cheering myself up with coffee and watching a lot of TV shows and YouTube videos - lately I've been obsessed with beauty YouTubers!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Ways to Celebrate Fall...

Since yesterday was the official start of fall, I thought it was only right that today's blog post was dedicated to five ways to celebrate. These are guaranteed to get you in the "fall" mood! 

1. Make your own (healthier!) pumpkin spice latte

Pumpkin spice lattes are one of the reasons I love fall so much. However, it can get costly to stop by Starbucks every day (not to mention PSLs contain a lot of extra sugar!). This fall, why not make your own?! I want to try out this recipe that uses vanilla almond milk, pumpkin puree and vanilla. This recipe also looks good and is a lot "skinnier" than the Starbucks version!

2. Wear a scarf

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Scarves are my favorite in the fall season because they are easy to take on and off, and they can add so much to an outfit. Plus you can style them a million different ways! Remember the popular Zara blanket scarf from last season? Well here's an awesome look-alike.

3. Visit a pumpkin patch

I do this every year with my friends and family… the pumpkin patch is guaranteed to make you happy (and is also a great place for fun photos with friends). Pick out the perfect pumpkin… even if you don't get around to carving it, it will still look cute on your porch! 

4. Paint your nails

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Painting your nails with a  fall color is an easy way to get in the fall mood! My all-time favorite fall polish is Chinchilly (not pictured), as well as the ones above, which are tried-and-true favorites. I rarely stray away from Essie polish because I love the quality and how smoothly it goes on. (But I do always finish with a top coat of Seche Vite to make my polish last longer!)

5. Decorate your house

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You don't have to spend a lot of money to make your house look like fall. A new fall candle or a garland of fall leaves are both easy ways to get your house or apartment ready for the season. (I always set out a dish of candy corn, too, which can be dangerous if you have a sweet tooth like me!)

How do you get in the fall mood? Let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pink & Navy...




 navy wrap dress (less than $50!) // pink tweed clutch (OBSESSED), handbag version here
bow shoes (pink not available online), similar here & here // MAC lipstick in "pink nouveau"

Pink and navy is one of my favorite preppy color combinations. There's something about the combo that's just so happy! The good news is that you can wear these colors together all year long, since navy looks natural in the fall and winter. The wrap dress I'm wearing is a favorite of mine - for less than $50 it's really good quality and there are literally dozens of ways you can style it… with riding boots, booties, pumps, flats, with a vest or with a variety of statement necklaces (I'm wearing a size small). Oh but the clutch - I am a little obsessed with the clutch!!! It has tweed on the front in varying colors but is predominantly pink. And it's also less than $60!

On another note, I'm so happy that fall is officially here! I've already switched out my wardrobe, bought fall candles and tonight I'm testing out some healthy pumpkin recipes. Not only do I love pumpkin, but I also love baking (it helps me de-stress!). I'm hoping to find a good recipe for low-cal pumpkin cookies. If I find one, I'll be sure to share with you! (Or if you know of any, let me know!!) Thanks for reading!

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