Friday, October 30, 2015

Turtleneck Swing Dress

turtleneck swing dress (size up one size!) // faux fur vest

This turtleneck swing dress is my new favorite dress… it's soft, comfortable and pairs well with both scarves and vests! (Heads up - I'm wearing the XS & felt like it was a little too short, so size up one). I am in L-O-V-E with these wedge boots - they are the most comfortable boots I've ever owned. And they really elongate your legs (especially when worn with leggings or black pants). I hardly ever wear black, so this outfit was fun for me. I felt like a different person in black boots, a black vest & hat!

Happy Friday & Halloween Eve, everyone! What are everyone's plans?! I'm having a few people over on Saturday night for drinks & "spooky" snacks. I'm actually not dressing up as a Starbucks frappuccino (from this blog post), I have another outfit in mind. Follow me on snapchat (cmcoving) to see what it is!



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Makeup

Every fall I make one important change to my makeup routine: I switch over from my summer foundation to a fall foundation. The major difference? One is several shades lighter (haha!). I took the opportunity this year to do a little research, and pick a foundation that was a true match for my skin color and type (I have sensitive/combination skin that gets pretty dry in the winter!). Using Nordstrom's  Foundation Finder, I answered a few questions about my skin type and it recommended Laura Mercier's Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation. I went into the store to test it out, and it turns out that I'm a new fan! The foundation is medium coverage and very matte, which I LOVE. I hate for my face to get shiny, and this foundation combats it - since it's a liquid foundation, it's pretty moisturizing at the same time. I also ended up buying the Secret Camouflage Concealer to cover up dark spots & acne (my face is pretty clear of the most part, but I do tend to get hormonal acne on my chin). The concealer & foundation combo is a winner in my book! 

P.S. If you're looking for a new lipstick/gloss combo, the one I'm wearing is the BOMB and the perfect fall color for many different skin types. I mixed MAC's "pink plaid" lipstick with Dior's "trompe l'oeil" gloss. It creates a beautiful purple/burgundy/pink color! 

Hope everyone has a great Thursday :)


*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This Entire Fall Outfit is on SALE!

cozy turtleneck sweaters (35% off) // over-the-knee boots (25% off) // skinny jeans (40% off)
floppy hat (33% off) // Tory Burch sunglasses (33% off) // Tory Burch leather bag (33% off)

Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm back with some great news… this entire fall outfit is on sale, from head to toe! These cozy fall sweaters are marked down to less than $30 (I ordered it in green!) and these over-the-knee boots look JUST like a pair that I have - you will wear them ALL THE TIME - trust me. The best part is that they're now less than $200! All of these items are closet staples you'll wear over & over.

Is everyone having a good week? It has been rainy & cold in Charlotte for the past couple of days… all I want to do is curl up with a blanket and hot chocolate!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costume - Starbucks Cup!

DIY Halloween costume Starbucks Frappuccino

If you're like me, I always procrastinate until the week before Halloween to decide what I'm dressing up as. When looking for ideas, the #basic girl in me was super pumped to come across the idea of a Starbucks Frappuccino costume! It's cute, girly, and come on we all know how much I love Starbucks. After seeing a couple photos on Pinterest, I set out on my own to design a costume that is  both easy & cheap. This entire costume took me less than two hours to make and cost me less than $40. 

Most of the items are available at Michael's, except for the beige slip (which I found here). Read on for directions!

Here's what you'll need:
- beige dress or slip (I bought this one for $18 & sized up to a large so that it would hang loose!)
- one paper towel roll
- one foam brush 
- acrylic paint (I used Craft Smart acrylic paint in the color "Forest Green")
- hot glue gun
- scissors
- white or ivory felt
- Starbucks logo (the one I used is below - right click to save it to your computer. The dimensions are perfect for printing!)
Starbucks logo

Step One: Paint the paper towel roll with the forest green paint using the foam brush. You'll want to do this first since it will take a little longer to dry. The paper towel roll will become the "straw" of the frappuccino!  

Step Two: Print out the Starbucks logo & cut it out. You could attach the paper right to the dress, but I wanted to give it a little more substance. I hot glued the logo to a piece of white felt, then cut out around the logo. Then I hot glued the logo onto the fabric of the dress, right in the center. 

Step Three: Cut out eight circles of the white or ivory felt. I made my circles the same size as the Starbucks logo, to make it easy. Fold the circles in half to create "bubbles" (these form the the foam of the frappuccino!). You will have to play around with the circles to get them to look how you want them! I hot glued them together in pairs of two, and then arranged them all together. 

Step Four: Attach the white "bubbles" to the dress using your hot glue gun. The bubbles can be pretty flimsy, so I hot glued mine to the spaghetti straps as well.

Step Five: Add a straw! Once your straw is done drying, you can shorten it with scissors and attach it to the inside of the dress using the hot glue gun. 

Starbucks costume

Voila! You are now a Starbucks drink. I paired the costume with black tights and pumps, and also created a headband out of leftover white felt. The tights will help keep you warm, since it's often chilly on Halloween night. This costume would also be cute with black booties! Instead of a purse, you could even carry a brown paper Starbucks bag ;)

DIY Starbucks cup costume
Starbucks frappuccino Halloween costume
Starbucks cup Halloween costume
Easy Halloween costume - Starbucks cup!
YSL lip gloss in "trompe l'oeil" (on sale!) // fake eyelashes (for added drama!)

If you decide to re-create this look on Halloween, I would LOVE to see! If you post a photo, please tag me and use the hashtag #cmcovinghalloween. If it's a good photo, I'll re-post it on my account!

Have a great Tuesday, friends! Hope you are all doing some fun Halloween activities this week!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Plaid Poncho

Plaid poncho for fall
Love this plaid poncho
Really cute poncho
Plaid poncho for less than $40
Love the plaid and fringe
Fall poncho inspiration
Celine handbag, similar here // Karen Walker sunglasses // MK watch

Happy Monday, friends! As you may know, I really love a good poncho for fall. I wore this plaid one one day last week & fell in LOVE with the colors! The best part is that it's less than $40… and you can wear it during the Christmas season as well. I think it would be darling with leggings and over-the-knee boots as well. I'm just a little addicted to booties right now :)

I'm working on some super fun Halloween content today so get ready! Does everyone have their costumes all ready for this upcoming weekend?! 


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Banket Scarf Giveaway!

Happy Sunday, friends! Today I'm giving away this popular blanket scarf from ShopbellaC… to enter, just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below. 

Good luck!!!

xoxo, Cait

Friday, October 23, 2015

One Fall Day

white long sleeve tee (yes I wear it all the time!) // sweater vest with faux fur
denim flares, similar here & here // Lucky wedge booties, similar here
Leith felt floppy hat // similar Chloe bag here & here // Timex tweed watch c/o

The two essentials for the perfect "seventies" look: flared denim & a felt floppy hat! I love pairing the two together, especially with an unexpected pop of faux fur. The sweater vest was actually a purchase from the Shopbop sale last week - even though the sale is over, I would still snag this vest if I were you - it's to die for! I'm wearing an XS, for reference.

I also want to point out this tweed Timex watch I'm wearing in the photos. It's super affordable (less than $50!) and the perfect fall watch - it's a neutral color so it goes with everything. I can also imagine it with a cute, preppy puffer vest! I'm also crushing on a lot of the men's watches (but for myself) because I love the bigger face & the more masculine look!

On another note, the Tory Burch Private Sale started yesterday & is worth checking out. I'm crushing on this wallet… & these Reva flats are my favorite pair.

What is everyone up to this weekend? I'm headed out of town to a football game, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's sunny & crisp outside! 


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Coffee Date...

Tory Burch Reva flats // Chanel quilted leather bag, similar here

I love big, cozy sweaters in the fall and winter and this one is no exception. It's cable-knit, soft, longer in the back & reasonably priced. It also comes in grey! Since I was headed to a coffee date, I kept my outfit pretty simple with a neutral bag and shoes. I love the cream & tan color scheme going on - neutrals will never go out of style!

Also - I get a lot of questions about these Tory Burch Reva flats. I don't like them as much as the older  version (the old version had a scrunchy back which was more comfortable) and these do take a while to break in. However, I will say that once they're broken in, they're very comfortable! If you want to try them out, definitely size down half a size - they run pretty big.

I hope everyone has a great Thursday!