Friday, February 27, 2015

Recent Outfits + Life Updates

Woohoo it's Friday!! I am currently sitting in the airport waiting to board my flight to Seattle, so I thought it was a good time to do an instagram roundup plus some general updates on my life.

The photo below is one of my favorite outfits that I've worn recently… It's still suitable for cold weather, but the pink shoes make it a little more spring-like.


Oh… this skirt. How I live and die for this skirt. And it's only $42! I can't wait to style it a few more ways when it warms up outside. (A quick note about the retailer - shipping usually takes 2-3 weeks because the items are made overseas. I usually get express shipping to speed things up!)

 chambray top // striped skirt (only $42!!) // similar bow heels (mine are old from ASOS)

Charlotte has had quite a few snow days recently… the perfect opportunity to pull out my Hunter boots and sip on hot coffee (my mug is from the Starbucks store… I'm not sure if it's still available, but they always have really cute ones!).
 
red Hunter boots // grey knee socks // striped dress, wearing small (less than $15!)

I love the pops of red in this outfit...



I'm a teeny bit obsessed with this spring blouse and can't stop imagining how it will look when I'm actually tan! Haha! (Also, my phone case is Kate Spade but I bought it at the Verizon store - I can't find it online).

SoCal Gems earrings (sold out), similar here

I love layers. I think you can put a good chambray shirt under almost any sweater and it instantly adds some style! I wore this look to play trivia with my friends last week.

Striped sweater // chambray top // Courtney bib necklace // Clare V satchel, clutch version here

We all need a little motivation sometimes, and this travel mug provides just that. I am all about girl power (and the color pink!).

David Yurman bracelet // pink scarf (25% off with code SWEETSALE) // Essie nail polish in "blanc"

This is what my desk scene looked like one day this week when I was working from home… 


And finally, if you haven't checked out Rachel's new jewelry collection - the Pink Peonies collection - you need to do so now! I'm obsessed with every piece, but especially these delicate tassel earrings.


As for some life updates, I want to be really honest with you guys about something. You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven't been posting pictures of my boyfriend recently, and it's because we broke up. I know that I told you all I thought he was "the One," and I really did, truly believe that… but, things change and I really don't know what to say, other than I was wrong. I think it's proof that God is the ONLY one who knows what's best for our lives, not us. 

When I first started this blog, I never intended for it to be as "public" as it is today. It is REALLY hard and scary to reveal personal things on the Internet for the whole world to see... the point of this blog is to share my outfits with you, not my personal life, and I have been burned from sharing too much personal stuff in the past. However, I did think you all should know.

On another note, I'm also moving to a new apartment in Charlotte at the end of March. I'm so excited to share my new place with y'all and include you in the process of decorating it. I'm pretty much starting from scratch as far as furniture goes, so… it will definitely be an adventure!

Finally, I just want to thank you guys for continuing to come back here every day. You guys make the good days great, and the bad days bearable. Your encouragement, support, and shared love of fashion really mean the world to me. 

Xoxo

68 comments:

  1. Caitlin, you always look so cute! I love coming to your blog for outfit inspiration :) I'm sad to hear that you're going through some rough times at the moment. Sending prayers and positive vibes your way, lady! Safe travels!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  2. Caitlin sending lots hugs your way! Trust that God has a plan and has the perfect "one" picked out for you :) Have fun in Seattle!!

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  3. So sorry about your break-up. hoping the next guy is worthy of you.

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  4. HeyI Just wanted to say I've been reading your blog almost everyday for a year now. Sending a prayer your way this morning. Thanks so much for all the fabulous ideas and inspiration you share. Have a great weekend in Seattle!

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  5. You are so adorable. May you find love and joy. Thanks for sharing your cute personality and awesome outfits.

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  6. You are so strong for sharing all of that. Keep your chin up, everything will all work out!

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  7. I am so so sorry about your break-up. Wishing you lots of positive vibes!

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  8. Thank you for sharing and know that Mr. Right will eventually come along!! I'm loving the IG roundup posts! xx
    andrea

    Fancy Her Style

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  9. What cute outfits! Stay strong Caitlin! I'm really sorry about your breakup. I hope that you will continue to praise God, even through these storms:)

    xo Hannah Kate

    www.thepreppyequestrian.blogspot.com

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  10. I've been following along on your blog for a few months, and think you are the cutest thing ever! As I was reading your post, this quote came to mind..“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” Praying for your heart during this time, thankfully the Lord is faithful in all seasons. :)

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  11. I'm so sorry about your break-up and I wish you all the best!!! Be strong and happy cause life is beautiful even in these sad moments :)
    Anyway love your pink pumps !!!!
    Be Happy with Fashion

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  12. Amazing outfits and photos! But the first one is just - perfect! :)
    Fashion Passion by Erika

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  13. keep your head up, girl! you're doing big things! and you're young..."the one" is out there somewhere and you'll find him when the time is right. don't worry. just keep doing what you're doing b/c you're awesome!

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  14. Great outfits as usual, and I'll be thinking about you as you heal and process this change. And good luck with your move too!!

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  15. Everyone crosses our paths for a reason - when you do find "the one" your bumpy path to each other will all make sense! Have faith, and put all your love into friends and family in the mean time! Spring is just around the corner :)

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  16. Girl your bags are perfection!! <3

    I'm so sorry to hear about you and your boyfriend. All I can say is that I truly believes everything happens for a reason and if I ended up with the first guy I thought was "the one" I would not be married to my incredible husband right now.

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

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  17. Sorry to hear about your break up.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home

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  19. Love the striped skirt and good to know that it takes extra time to come in. Thanks for the express shipping tip!

    Also so sorry to hear about you and your boyfriend, but appreciate your honesty. I think sometimes following along with blogs we forget that we don't actually know the person in real life (kind of creepy hah) but when they share something personal it really helps us relate and be reminded that life isn't always about picture perfect moments but about being true to yourself:) Thanks for sharing and sending positive vibes your way!

    www.sparklesandsprinklesblog.com

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  20. So sorry to hear about your break up but it's better to break off something that was not the right match and make "space" for the right things and guy to come into your life, than sticking to something that is not working but cling on to it because it's what is "safe" or got used to.
    Moving and starting from scratch is def. not an easy task but to make it a little bit easier for you, I'm moving all the way from Europe to LA in 4 days from now and I'm coming with only two big travel cases and one laptop bag.
    I have just emptied my whole apartment today and have packed up all of my bags, so right now, I can say that I'm starting completely from scratch too! :D

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  21. Love all the pictures! I can't wait for posts on how you are decorating your new apartment! Sending you lots of positive vibes!

    Sarah Jessica
    The Laws of Beauty

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  22. I am sorry to hear about your break up. I know you will be just fine though, and I am sure you will have ZERO issues finding THE One. :)

    The Grass Skirt

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  23. I'm so sorry to hear about your break up. Just remember that God has a plan for you and this was just part of it. Enjoy your trip and I can't wait to see pictures of your new apartment. I love this blog and following along. You're awesome! xoxo (loubsandlips.com)

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  24. Super Excited to see how you decorate your apartment! stay positive girl.

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  25. I've been following along with your Instagram and blog daily for the past 6(ish) months, and just want you to know that you are responsible for a lot of fabulous outfits I've worn lately. Keep up the great work!

    I appreciate so much, you being open and vulnerable with your readers, as hard as it is sometimes. It makes you much more relatable. Being a 20-something and trying to find your path is hard sometimes, but you're doing wonderfully!

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  26. Really enjoy reading along every day! As a really cute mug I've seen says, "Girl, you've got this!" :) XO

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  27. I'm sorry about your breakup! You seem to be an awesome girl, and your amazing attitude will take you far :) As for these outfits, they are so cute! I love your striped skirt, your heart sweater, and the super cute tassel earrings from Rachel's line! Seriously girl you are gorgeous! Can't wait to see your new apartment :)

    Rachel
    Blonde with a Chanse

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  28. I am sorry to hear about your breakup! I truly believe that God is redirecting your life because he has someone better suited for you! Wishing you the best, you are a very talented young lady. I really love your blog! xoxo

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  29. Breakups are hard even when it's for the best. You are a beautiful girl and I'm sure you will meet the person who is truly right for you. Everything happens for a reason. I can't wait to see how you decorate your apartment. Love all of your outfits.

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  30. Aww Caitlin I am so sorry to hear about the break up - I too know how awkward it is when you are a fashion blogger and your personal life has to be a bit discussed, but you'd rather not get into the details. I am actually sharing a personal update (relating to work stuff) on Monday, and it's been stressful preparing it!

    Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to see pics of your new apartment/decor!!!!

    Xo
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

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  31. I want to thank YOU for all of your posts! I love seeing your outfits and often come by for inspirations for my own wardrobe! I am so sorry to hear about your break up, but appreciate your honesty with sharing it. It can be so scary to put yourself out there for the world to see. I will be sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way, especially in preparation for your move! Moving is one of the most stressful processes I have done to date and I seriously dread the next time I do it again.

    xox. A Peachy Sonder

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  32. Sorry about the breakup, girl. Good news is you are just that much closer to the love of your life. It must be hard to write about for all to see, but thanks for sharing with us.

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  33. Oh no! I'm so sorry Caitlin :( I hope everything is okay!
    At least you can distract yourself with a new place and furniture shopping :)

    xo, Katy
    http://www.mylifeaskaty.com

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  34. Hi Caitlin - I read your blog daily and LOVE your style and candor. As a SC native living in TX, it's so great to follow along with your adventures in the Carolinas. I think you already read Design Love Fest, but Bri has a post up today that I thought you might like to check out: http://www.designlovefest.com/2015/02/rituals-being-happy-alone/#more-38746. Have a great weekend!

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  35. Break ups only open new chapters in our life & make us learn & realize so much. Good luck with the move!

    heels2hairx0.blogspot.com

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  36. Completely head over heels in love with your second outfit!!
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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  37. Sorry to hear about your boyfriend, sometimes thinks just don't happen the way we wish, but usually it's because something better is yet to come! Love all your outfits! I love reading little tidbits of personal things, so thanks for sharing :). Can't wait to see your new apartment, I'm obsessed with seeing peoples homes and getting decor inspiration :)

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  38. When one door closes another one opens. Only God knows the plan he holds for us. Love your outfits by the way, enjoy your weekend! :)

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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  39. I'm so sorry to hear this. Hang in there, Caitlin!

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

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  40. Your insta posts always make my day and I'm so sorry to hear about your breakup. You are an amazing, strong, gorgeous, and wonderful woman and you will always be amazing whether you are with someone or without! xoxo

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

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  41. I'm sorry to hear about your breakup but your grace is so inspirational!

    Heidi
    www.wishesandreality.com

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  42. so SO sorry to hear about your boyfriend. I recommend meditating on Isiah 41:10, which says: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." It's helped me before.
    And decorating a new apartment will be just perfect! Be sure to share your decorating ideas with us <3
    XOXO

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  43. I love your looks.
    Breakups are never easy and I'm sorry you are going through this. Thank you for being so open and sharing this with us. Just know you have a lot of love and support from all of us.

    xox
    Andrea
    http://www.withloveandrea.com

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  44. I love your looks! You're stunning!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  45. Aww thanks for being so honest with us!! I looove your mug<3

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  46. Breakups are never fun, especially if you imagined a future with someone. We all wish you the best. Have an amazing time in Seattle! Sometimes traveling is the best thing to take your mind off of whatever is bothering you.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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  47. What a great wrap up of your latest outfits! The line of what to share on a blog and what to keep to yourself is very hard! Thanks for sharing.

    -Kara

    www.everydayk.com

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  48. Sending love and prayers your way! I am 1000% obsessed with your style too!
    xx.
    Brittany
    lifelikeatwentysomething.blogspot.com

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  49. I admire your courage to share this with all of us and wish you the best! I too recently broke up with my long term boyfriend and haven't even had the courage to tell my family let alone my blog readers.. Thank you for giving me a little inspiration. As always, love you and your outfits so much.

    xoxo,
    Kate
    http://whatkateworexo.com

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  50. Wow! Stunning looks and beautiful pieces. I like your tumbler, btw. Can I have it?

    Xo, Ay
    {www.thedailyposh.net}

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  51. Your outfits are adorable!
    -Meg
    www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

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  52. Head up pretty lady! You have so much going for you! Keep your focus on the Lord and all the your business. Sometimes the best blessings are not getting what we thought we deserved! You will be in my thoughts and prayers :)

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  53. You look so beautiful in every picture! So sorry you have to deal with heartache. But if he brings you to it, he'll see you through it!

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  54. So sad to hear that you broke up with your boyfriend.

    Sue
    http://www.fashionqueen4u.com

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  55. Such lovely images! Especially like the bold red heart print sweater, so cute! Sorry about the break-up, hope you are feeling better!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.wordpress.com

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  56. God is with you girl! I love your blog and adore reading it every day. Keep your head up, he has a bright plan for you! Praying for ya :)

    Juliana Grace
    www.julianagraceblogspace.blogspot.com

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  57. I'm so sorry to hear this! Someone perfect is waiting for you. Hope you're ok. Keep up the fantastic blog, I love reading your posts :)

    Ellie Davies-Chan
    maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.com

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  58. You are literally the sweetest and most genuine! Keep your head up and wish we could have connected at NYFW :)

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  59. I have been following your blog for a couple of years now and I always appreciate the personal updates. :) I think that's what makes a blog a blog! (Don't get me wrong, I love the fashion, too!) Keep doing what your doing. I am sorry to hear about the breakup though; that's never easy!

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  60. Thinking of you. I look forward to talking to you when you return. I've been in your shoes many, many times.
    Leigh

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  61. So sorry to hear that girl, that totally sucks but you've got a really great attitude about it!

    xoxo
    Emily
    Dimples of Dixie

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  62. As always, you look beautiful!!! I am so sorry to hear this news…I am going through the exact same thing right now (thought he was the one too). Enjoy your vacation and remember how loved you are by all of us followers:))

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  63. I'm so sorry to hear the news, but you're such an inspiration and any man is lucky to have you. I love your blog and I am always inspired by your outfits and character! Thank you <3

    xoxo,
    Kalyn Goff

    www.diaryofablonde.com

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  64. I'm just catching up on blogs so I'm sorry this is so delayed. I'm sorry to hear about your relationship but you are correct that God has the best plans ahead for you. I'm glad you were able to take some time away with all of your travels. Now you can focus on your amazing apartment and all of your personal success with the blog. It's crazy to think that just about three years ago we were graduating UNC and where we are now!

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