Sunday, October 28, 2012

Life Lately

Hi friends!

For those of you who don't follow me on instagram... here's a peak into my life lately.

{Exploring Greenville on my lunch break}

{my two favorite things: polka dots and monograms}

{dressing for work}


{watching the Clemson game with friends}

{simple Sunday}

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I went to Charlotte for the weekend to pack everything up. I move into my big girl apartment on Friday - hip hip hooray!! Get ready for lots of apartment and decorating posts. 

Love, Cait

Monday, October 22, 2012

From Day to Night

In the past few weeks, I've had to become a master at transitioning an outfit from day to night. For example... I have to look business casual for work from 8:30 to 5:30, but then I have to dress it up to head straight from work to meet up with friends for happy hour.

So how exactly do you take an outfit and transition it from day to night?

By switching up your accessories, of course! 


This outfit change requires a simple little switcharoo of your accessories, which can easily be pulled off in the car (I know... I've done it!). Because believe me, it is way too hard to bring a whole other outfit to change into after work!

Start with a simple, striped {silk dress} that can be dressed up or down. For day, I love adding a {cashmere wrap} in a bright color and a pretty {clutch} to match. If you're at work or in class, these {leopard skimmers} are the perfect way to complete the outfit since they're so comfy!

If you're headed out to grab dinner or a drink, replace the scarf with a pretty {crystal necklace} and {drop earrings} for some wow factor. This {gold clutch} is convertible, so you can carry it as a pouch or as a shoulder bag. And aren't these {suede wedges} chic but sexy at the same time?

So, let me hear it! What are your tips for going from day to night?

Love, Cait

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Leopard Nails Tutorial

Hey loves!

So you all know I've recently been in quite a leopard-obsessed phase. Scarves, loafers, sweaters, and now... my nails. 


This looks really complicated, but I promise you it's not! You don't need any special tools for this... all you need are three different colors of polish.

Here are the polishes I used to get this look... but feel free to play around with different colors. You can get so creative! The opportunities are endless, and chances are you already have a combo of polishes that look great together, so you don't even need to go out and buy any. 


From left to right: 
Essie {chinchilly}
Revlon {gold get 'em}
Milani Nail Art in {black sketch

I started by painting all my nails with Essie chinchilly (I needed three coats for it to look completely opaque).


Next, I used Revlon "Gold Get 'Em" to apply gold dots to my nails in a random pattern. Make sure you get the excess polish off the brush before you make the dots. 


At first, the dots may look like they're raised, but after about fifteen minutes of drying time they should flatten out. It's important to wait the FULL fifteen minutes to allow them to dry completely!

Now, the final step!

Using a nail art polish with a really thin brush, apply black polish to your nails in brackets and C-shapes. {This youtube video} shows you how to apply the black polish. 


{A side note about this black polish: I found the Milani kind at CVS. I check both Walgreens and Rite-Aid and neither store sells Milani. If you want this exact kind, I'm pretty sure they only sell it at CVS! If you don't want to buy a special polish, a bobby pin actually works just as well. Dip the tip of the bobby pin in black polish and use it to apply the bracket shape to your nails}

And ta-dah! You have leopard print nails. Finish with a couple coats of top coat, and you're good to go.

Please let me know if you try this and send me a picture!! I'd LOVE to see how creative you can get! :)

Love, Cait

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WILW

Is it really Wednesday already??

Here's to another round of WILW, starting with...

1. This necklace


I bought {this necklace} online from Forever 21. I was a little worried about the quality (especially since it was only $12.80) but it reminds me of a similar J.Crew one so I had to buy it. Well, y'all, the quality is AWESOME. It's so beautiful in person!! And it's adjustable, so you can layer it with other necklaces (statement necklaces, monogram necklaces, etc. etc.). 

2. Pumpkin Spice Chai Lattes


I almost died when I found {pumpkin spice chai latte mix} at Trader Joe's. For those of you who don't like coffee but still want to enjoy a hot, pumpkin-y drink, this is PERFECT! I thought it might taste a little but powdery (since all you do is add water), but it doesn't at all. The recommended amount was a little strong for me, so I simply pour more water into it or a splash of milk to make it creamier. 

My little cubicle at work is always cold as Antarctica, so this always warms up my day :)

3. Peplum


I've been trying not to spend money lately, but I saw {this peplum top} at J.Crew and literally had to have it. A statement necklace, skinny jeans, and boots are all this baby needs, and I can't wait to work it into both my "play" wardrobe and my "work" wardrobe.

4. Pumpkin Pie Dip


Last night my roommates had friends over and we made this {pumpkin pie dip} in a pumpkin. Honestly, I can't even tell you in words how addicting this stuff is. On a Nilla Wafer it tastes JUST LIKE a mini pumpkin pie. I was seriously stuffin' my face and it was not pretty.

5. Still going crazy with leopard print... 

Over the weekend I got a little crafty with my nails and tried out this leopard manicure. It's surprisingly super easy to do!

Would y'all be interested in a tutorial later this week?

Well, I've got to go get ready for work. SO sorry I've been M.I.A. from the blog world lately, I will have some time tonight to read and return your comments. :)

Love, Cait

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday's Fancies + A Winner!

I. Love. Fall.


So when I found out that the Friday's Fancies for this week was inspired by the fall, I was in! I knew I wanted to create an outfit with all the colors of the changing leaves.


one. Layering, layering, layering. I love this {plaid shirt} paired with a bright {sweater} over top
two. A pave chain-link {necklace} is the perfect chic accessory to a fall outfit
three. A leather {satchel} in a rich caramel hue is a classic
four. A pair of {boyfriend jeans} for comfort
five. These {booties} are perfect for crunching leaves beneath your feet

And now... the winner of the {Personalized From Me to You} Giveaway!


Congratulations AJ from {The Fashionable, Fit Traveler}!!! 
Be checking your email so you can collect your $50 gift card and get shopping! :)

Thanks to everyone who entered and HAPPY FRIDAY!

Love, Cait

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Leopard Love.

Hi babies!

Happy Sunday :)

If you've been following me for awhile now, you probably know that I'm obsessed with spots this season. So it's no surprise that when I stumbled upon this {J.Crew sweater} I had to have it! (And now it's on sale! $35 folks!!) When I saw it in the store, I literally had visions of all the different ways I could wear this baby. 


Please go order this sweater. You. Will. Love. It!!!

Happy weekend!

Love, Cait

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Fives

Hey loves!

It's time for Friday Fives... and that means the weekend is just HOURS away! Yesss.

Anyways, this week I'm loving:

1. Forever 21


And particularly {this necklace} that I ordered for $12.80!

Look familiar? It reminds me of {this J.Crew one}... but it's about $150 cheaper.


2. This DIY snakeskin table


I'm not normally a huge fan of snakeskin but, seriously, is this not the most gorgeous table ever? Emily over at {Recently} shows you just how easy this DIY is. 

3. Dressing up for work!

I loveee getting dressed up for work. It's so much fun! Before I left for Greenville, I bought some staple pieces for work that I could mix & match to get the most out of my wardrobe. Here are some of my outfits from the week:

{These pants} are 50% off right now!!

TERRIBLE quality... I took this in the morning and it wasn't very light out!

4. Essie's "Don't Sweater It"


Y'all. This is the PERFECT fall color. I received this Essie polish in the blog swap with Jenn from {Bliss to Bean} and I'm in looove.

5. Finally, I'm loving that today is Friday and that tomorrow morning I'll be on my way to Charlotte!!! I forgot some important things at home, but I really just can't wait to see my family! :)

What are you loving this Friday?

Love, Cait

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Personalized From Me to You Giveaway!

Hello lovies!

As promised, I have a super fabulous giveaway for you from one of my favorite stores ever {Personalized From Me to You}.


They recently sent me this gorgeous monogrammed {bracelet set} and I seriously screamed when I opened it in the mail. Monogram? Pearls? Carolina blue? Check. Check. Check. That is the perfect bracelet set, my friends. 

The best part about these bracelets? You can mix and match! I've already had fun trying on these bracelets with some others I own. And they go perfectly with a gold watch! {I'm sure you will be seeing them in many future instagrams}

Personalized From Me to You offers SO many gorgeous pieces of jewelry, including this {monogrammed necklace} that I blogged about before:


And this {monogrammed sun hat}:


Honey, if monograms are your thing, then this is your store. 

And... they're offering a $50 gift certificate to one lucky reader of SC&P!


All you have to do is enter with the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway ends next Wednesday. Good luck!!

Love, Cait

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Introducing Ellen from This Hive!

Hi babes,

SO sorry I haven't posted in a week. I was having some technical trouble with my blog and it wouldn't let me post anything! Thankfully, I got it all figured out, so there shouldn't be any more trouble.

Today, I'm so excited to introduce you to the newest sponsor of SC&P! Ellen blogs over at {This Hive}. Not only do I think she's one of the cutest gals in the blog world, but she has the most adorable pups, too.

From Ellen:

hi southern curlers and pearlers!

my deepest apologies to the grammar enthusiasts who just read that (but i think it'd be kinda cute if cait referred to all of her followers as curlers and/or pearlers... #justsayin).

i am sooo unbelievably excited to be here today! cait's blog is one of my daily reads, and she just gets cuter and cuter with every.single.post. one of the beeeest things about cait's blog is that it is not constantly littered with guest posts (sorry to throw a monkey wrench in that), so let's get right down to business, shall we?

you can find me over at {This Hive} where i blog about all of the small and simple things that make my life beautiful... including, but not limited to: 

my super cute boyfriend, brian (we just bought our first house together in july!):
two adorable puggle pups:
a group of wonderful besties:
and some of my favorite wardrobe staples:

please come by and say hello! i cannot wait to meet you!
xox
ellen
blog // facebook // bloglovin'

Thanks Ellen! What are you waiting for?? Go check her out!

If you follow me on instagram, I mentioned a certain fabulous giveaway I would be hosting this week. Well it's going on tomorrow so be sure to check back! :)

Love, Cait

P.S. Thank you for everyone who wished me a good luck on my first day of work yesterday! It went really well, but like any new job, it's going to take a while to catch on to how things work (I'm still just trying to get used to waking up before the sun rises). Thank you again and I'll be back sometime this week with updates!