Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Summer Maxi


I am a HUGE fan of maxi dresses. I'm pretty short, only 5'3 (and a half), and I've heard that maxi dresses don't look good on short girls. I think this is bologna! Maxi dresses can look good on anyone, you just have to pick the right dress for your shape. And if that means putting on a pair of four inch wedges to make myself taller, by golly I'll do it.


Anyways, when I found this {coral halter maxi} at Belk I was immediately smitten. I love the color, the cinched waist and the slit in the skirt. Not to mention the material is so soft, I feel like I'm wrapped up in my favorite blanket when I put it on. It feels especially good on my skin after a long day in the sun! 
(You can't tell from these pictures, but my lil booty had quite the sunburn on this day, haha!)


These pictures were all taken in Calabash, NC, at my family's favorite seafood restaurant called {Captain John's}. I don't like seafood, so I always order off the kid's menu (barbecue sandwich or chicken tenders for me!). It's a tradition for us to eat here every year on our summer beach trip. The reason I love it, though, is because the back of the restaurant leads to a boat dock with some seriously gorgeous scenery. Can you spy all the pretty boats in the background?


I found these wedges at the Banana Republic outlet about a month ago for 50 percent off. Such a good deal! 

And I posted this picture on Instagram of my bracelets:


Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Love, Cait

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!


Happy Memorial Day, loves!!

Today we remember and thank those who serve our country.

Hope your day is filled with sun and fun! If you're not at the beach, at least get outside and sip a cold drink. I got home from Charleston late last night, but I'm extending my vacation with a little pool time. 

Be back tomorrow with an outfit post - one of my favorite dresses I own!

Love, Cait

Friday, May 24, 2013

Beach Week Recap

Happy Friday, loves!

First off, thank you for all the comments, emails, tweets and so on that I received after posting the hair tutorial! You guys are seriously too kind to me!! I was nervous to "put myself out there" so I'm happy you all seemed to like it. I would love to make more videos in the future, so if there's something you want me to vlog about, please let me know :)

This Friday I thought I'd share a quick recap of my week at the beach.

Our first day here it rained all morning, so Momma and I decided to make a shopping trip to Wilmington. I've been saving up my money for a long time just so that I could splurge some at the beach. I found these neon J.Crew items on sale at a seriously reduced price and just HAD to get them! I've been wearing this bracelet nonstop.

{FACE nail polish in "Dance Party"}{similar bracelet}

This polish is neon and I LOVE it. Here's an awesome tip: white polish is a great base coat and really makes the neon polish pop.


We also stopped by Bath & Body Works, where my sweet mom purchased this {Peach Bellini candle} for me. It seriously smells amazing! It's the perfect summertime candle to burn while you're getting ready or reading in bed. 


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I'm a huge sucker for cups. Seriously. It's nerdy, but I really freakin' love cups. I love my monogrammed tervis tumbler to death, but when I saw this cutie at Swoozie's, I couldn't resist it. It resembles a mason jar, has a handle, pink stripes AND a navy monogram. Could a cup get any more perfect?


The exact cup I bought is the {acrylic mason jar} in preppy pink stripe. (I'm pretty sure this comes in other colors as well - navy and green.) I chose the diamond monogram in the color "dark blue." Also, if you're wondering about the bow, I picked mine up in the store and it came with the bow! I kept it on because I thought it was so cute.


Funny picture of me drinking from it on the beach!

After getting a little too much sun on Wednesday, my family headed to Myrtle Beach to visit Alligator Adventures and to do a little more shopping. The Tanger Outlets in Myrtle Beach has to be my favorite place in the world. The Kate Spade outlet is currently having a huge sale - 40% off all handbags, plus an extra 20% off of that price!

Here are the two I was trying to decide between:


Thank you to everyone who commented on Instagram! I ended up going with this one:


I know the first bag is more versatile, but I think it photographed better than it actually looks in person. In person, the straw bag I bought is GORGEOUS and has a beautiful neon pink trim! Plus I thought it was more fun. I know I can only wear it in the summer, but isn't that just an excuse to buy a new handbag in the fall? ;)

Despite the shopping, my favorite part about this week has been just being able to relax! This is my first year without a summer break and it has hit me hard. It's been so nice not to have to think about work. My favorite thing to do is lay in the sun and read novels or solve puzzles in my puzzle book! (Haha, yes I told you I was a nerd).


How cute is this {monogrammed sun hat} from Personalized From Me to You? It's one of my favorite beach accessories!

Today I'll be enjoying my last day on the beach with my family, then after dinner I'm headed to Charleston with some of my friends for Memorial Day Weekend.

What are y'all's plans?

Love, Cait

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hair Tutorial

Hi loves!

Here's the hair tutorial I promised a while ago. I'm a little self conscious in front of the camera (this is my first video!) but hopefully you will learn how I do my hair and can try it out for yourself.


Favorite hair products, all of which can be found at the drugstore (I don't believe in spending tons of money on hair products!):



I'm a huge fan of deep conditioning my hair. I'll apply it a couple times per week in the shower, let it soak in my hair while I shave my legs, and then comb it through before washing it out. I swear by L'Oreal's EverPure deep conditioner - it makes my hair feel baby soft!

Let me know if you have any questions :)

Love, Cait

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Beach Snapshots

Hey babes!

I've been having so much fun with my family at the beach. Here are a few pictures from today's fun in the sun :)


I picked up this {fringe top} and these {leopard bottoms} from Target a few months ago and have been saving them for this vacation! Sunnies are the {ava tortie} from Anthropologie and the {sun hat} is from J.Crew.


I love my mom's {Kenneth Cole Reaction tankini}. Aren't the colors brilliant? They really pop on the beach!


In other news, I filmed a hair tutorial today! I have to edit the video first, but it will be up within a few days. I felt SO self conscious filming it (and I also hate my voice on camera) so no judgies please! haha.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!!!

Love, Cait

Monday, May 20, 2013

Fash Forward Boutique Giveaway


Hi babies!

Well, I made it to the beach anddd in honor of some vacation and fun in the sun, I have a treat for you today! I've featured  {Fash Forward Boutique} on my blog before, but I'm back with another cute outfit AND a giveaway for you guys.


Can we talk about how adorable this {off-the-shoulder bow blouse} is? I saw it on their Instagram and literally fell in LOVE. Flirty but also classy... I love it!


And Fash Forward Boutique is giving away a $50 gift card to their store! They have tons of cute, summery dresses and bow tops. There is something for everyone! Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Good luck!!!

I'll be back tomorrow with some beach updates :)

Love, Cait

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fridays Fancies: Stripes

{sea horse cotton tee}{stripe city mini}{deco art crystal necklace}
{bow terrace monroe bag}{kailey wedge thong sandal}

This week's theme for Friday Fancies is stripes! I love stripes, so this was a fun outfit to put together. I've really been into "pattern mixing" lately, so I thought this seahorse tee was a fun print to pair with this adorable striped skirt. Throw in a gorgeous crystal necklace (I have this exact one) and a bright bag, and you're good to go.

Although this outfit doesn't contain stripes, here's a similar skirt-top-necklace combo I wore to work yesterday:


The skirt is from J.Crew, but unfortunately I bought it a few seasons ago!

Hope you all are having wonderful Fridays. I'm leaving for the beach tomorrow for a whole week of fun in the sun and could NOT be more excited!! And you know what that means... a whole week of vacation means lots of blog posts, and that hair tutorial video I promised a few weeks back! ;)

Love, Cait

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Updates

Hi lovies!

It's been a while since I posted and it's time I updated you on my life! This mayyy end up being a long post so bear with me. :) 

First off, I have been collecting so many awesome pieces of jewelry lately. I just can't get enough of this blingy necklace from T & J Designs (expect to see it in some upcoming outfit posts!). It's one of those necklaces you can dress up and down, and I can't wait to style this some more.


I'm also obsessed with this fun necklace from Fiore. I love, love, love all the different colors!


This chain bracelet is a newbie from the J.Crew Factory outlet. I love how simple it is and that I can wear it with anything - what an easy way to add some chic to my arm party. I think it will look even better with a tan!


I also bought these Tory Burch earrings during their Friends & Family Sale. Online they looked a lot bigger, so when they arrived in the mail I was surprised to find that they actually weren't that big! I still like them, but I don't know if I would have spent the money on them if I had known. 


Last week, Emily over at {The Sweetest Thing} became my hero when she told me about these Karen Walker look-alike sunnies!!! I have been searching high and low for some look-alikes (since the real ones I want are $300!) but wasn't having any luck. She found these at Anthropologie and notified me that the store in Greenville had a few pairs left. I hopped right over to Anthro on my lunch break to pick them up! Not to mention, these babies are only $38, which is an awesome deal.


I love experimenting with my nails, so when I found these {nailed it chevron decals} online I had to order them. They're really easy to use - I just used a pair of scissors to cut them down to the size of my nail. Add a clear top coat and you're set to go.

Aren't they adorable?


This weekend was another wedding weekend! So much fun AND I got to spend it with my favorite boy.


These pictures aren't the best quality, but here's a closer look at my dress. I love how the back is cut out!

Lace dress from {Fiore boutique}

And finally, a happy, happy Mother's Day to the most beautiful woman I know.


Momma, I love you and can't wait to see you on Saturday!!

I'm praying this week goes by quickly because on Saturday my family and I are off to the beach for a whole week! I'll be up early every morning this week to get in my ab workouts - it's been a while since I've had to be in a bikini, haha. 

On another note, this is the first year where I don't have a summer break and it is killing me. I miss those lazy summer days spent in the sunshine! I loved having summers off, taking spontaneous trips, reading new books and spending time with my family and friends. If you still have a summer break, cherish it and be sure to make the most out of it!

Be back later this week with some more fun posts :)

Love, Cait

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Daily Makeup Routine

Hi lovies!

My daily makeup routine is super simple. I like to sleep in as late as possible in the mornings before work, so I need my makeup routine to be quick and easy and still get the job done! These are my favorite products that I wear every day. Nope, I don't even wear eye shadow - I actually like my eyes better without it! 


Moisturizer: I swear by philosophy's {hope in a jar}. It's extremely hydrating but incredibly light. It doesn't leave my face feeling greasy afterward, just refreshed!

Foundation: Bobbi Brown's liquid {foundation} is simply amazing. It's so natural looking, but provides enough coverage to hide all my imperfections. It also contains SPF 15 to protect your face from the sun (which is essential since I HATE putting on sunscreen). This {foundation brush} is the perfect brush to apply it with!

Bronzer: Too Faced {sun bunny bronzer} is a must-have for me. My face is naturally really pale and this bronzer makes me look like I've actually gotten some sun! I love that there's a dark and light side, so you can mix your perfect shade. There's also a little bit of shimmer in this product which really makes your face "glow."

Blush: Bobbi Brown's {blush in nude pink} is my all-time favorite blush (I love it even more than NARS orgasm!). This is the perfect pink color for my skin and it makes me look more alive in the morning. I love that rosy, fresh-faced look and this product helps me achieve that!

Mascara: I'm crazy about eyelashes. When I stumbled upon this drugstore mascara, I knew I could never turn back. This stuff is the bomb dot com! Maybelline's {XXL Pro Mascara} has primer on one side and mascara on the other. The primer is white and goes on your lashes to plump them up before you apply the mascara. I always get compliments on my eyelashes and I truly believe it's because of this stuff!!

Gloss: I love Bobbi Brown's lip gloss in {popsicle}. It's the perfect gloss if you want just a smidge of color. It also gives my lips a pretty shine without being sticky (I hate sticky lip gloss!).

There you have it! I have a different makeup routine if I'm going out at night, but this is my routine for every day. This routine really gives my face a natural look. I don't want people to think I'm wearing a lot of makeup, and I swear by these products!

What is your favorite product in your makeup bag?

Love,
Cait

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Fives

Hello loves!

I know I say this every week, but I'm SO happy it's Friday. This week in particular has been a hectic one for me and I can't wait to just rewind this weekend. So here's what I'm loving this week!

1. Pretty Polish

 {Essie muchi muchi}{Butter London rosie lee}

I may or may not have found the most harmonious mix of nail polish colors EVER. Okay so maybe that's a teensy bit dramatic, but this seriously has to be my favorite combination ever. Especially for spring!

2. Target Wedges


I'm in love with {these Target wedges} I scored for $25 last weekend.

Here's how I styled them for work this week:

 {gold chainlink bracelet}{printed skimmer pants}

3. Pantene Overnight Miracle Serum

I am constantly on the lookout for great conditioning products. Because my hair is so long, I have to condition it often to keep it in tip-top shape. I bought this {Pantene Overnight Miracle serum} on a whim the other day, and so far I love it! I use a couple pumps and apply it to my hair before I go to sleep at night. When I wake up in the morning, my hair is much softer and more manageable.

4. My favorite YouTuber mentioned me in her latest video!


Have you heard of sarahbelle93x? She does youtube videos on shopping, fashion, makeup, etc. She's also a Kappa Delta, which automatically makes her the coolest ;) Andddd she mentions my blog in her latest video. Be sure to check out her whole page {here}. She is hilarious, so darn cute and seriously has the BEST style.

And y'all. This weekend I'm filming my hair curl how-to video! (Sarah - want to give me some vlogging tips?! haha) Get ready for me to embarrass myself on camera.

5. Fiore Boutique's LookBook

Yesterday I got to participate in  a photoshoot for the {Fiore Boutique} LookBook! The LookBook isn't released yet, but here are just a couple behind-the-scenes snapshots from yesterday.


We were freeeezing, but it was so much fun!

What are y'all loving this Friday?

Love,
Cait