Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone! I'm back this week with another round of Friday Favorites, since I haven't done one of these posts in a while!

Wednesday was Winnie's first birthday, we celebrated by having her BFF Ruby come over and play. I picked up a dog "birthday cake" from Wag Boutique in Winston - it's the cutest boutique!! They carry tons of dog toys, beds, leashes and pet bakery items. For her present, I got her some rawhides and these four stuffed toys (also from Wag Boutique) - I just die over them! My favorite is the "Chewy Vuitton" hahah! (I don't think they have a website but you could probably call them to order - (336)745-5596!)

I've been reminiscing over this past year with Winnie, and it's incredible how she has changed our lives (in the best way possible). I had been thinking about getting a dog for years before getting her. A lot of my friends and family advised that I shouldn't get one - one friend said they "hated small dogs" and that I should wait until I had a backyard, while even my dad cautioned that I travel too much to be able to handle the responsibility. But, the decision to get a dog is truly personal - only you know if you're ready or not! Since Day 1 of having Winnie, I have never regretted the decision - yes, Chris and I can't travel as much, and our weekends revolve around doing activities that are dog-friendly so that she can come along, but it's all completely worth it. Sometimes I truly feel like if I loved her any more, my heart would burst (I know all you dog and cat moms out there can relate! And yes I love Prince George just as much!) 

Sorry for getting so sappy there! Moving on to some more fashion stuff.... :)

I recently bought this handbag and I think it will be the new "it" bag for fall! It reminds me of Valentino with the little gold studs, but it won't break the bank like the designer version. It comes with a gold chain if you want to wear it crossbody, but I also like it without the chain as a clutch. It is a smaller bag, but still big enough to fit my iPhone 7 Plus, keys and lipstick. 

Rebecca Minkoff handbag // knotted tee // Good American jeans

Next is a lip color that I've totally been over-wearing (you might have noticed!). I recently discovered MAC's "creme cup"  and CAN'T STOP WEARING IT. It's a gorgeous light pink/nude color that goes well with every single outfit - I think I've worn it in the past seven or eight blog posts haha! One reason I really like it is that it's wearable now in the summer months with light colors, but it transitions into fall just as well.

I'm wearing it in this blog post...

as well as this one (below).

Two totally different color combinations, but the lipstick still matches!

Alright next are some books I've been loving... although they're not the typical psychological thrillers that I usually like ;) 

These books are all about organizing your home! This may sound weird, but one of the things I am most looking forward to about being in a house is keeping it clean and organized! These books are incredibly inspiring - the first is this Complete Book of Home Organization which has amazing tips for how to organize each section of your home - kitchen, pantry, linen closets, guest bedrooms, etc.  Right now, I don't have a proper laundry room or pantry, I have a very small kitchen and absolutely ZERO storage space, so this book will really be useful when I have more space to actually organize! 

The second book I've been reading is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and it really is life-changing. I always feel like I spend HOURS cleaning my house, only to find that the next day, it is messy again. No matter how big or small your apartment, condo or house is, this book is more about the mental perspective of keeping your space clean, and it teaches you step-by-step how to do so. Even though I'm not done with it yet, I would highly recommend it to anyone! My mom has already said she wants to read it when I'm done! :)

If you have any Friday Favorites this week, I would love to know!

xoxo, Caitlin 


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The New Affordable Jeans You Need for Fall

Styled Collection earrings // Aquazzura heels // MAC lipstick in "creme cup"

You guys know how much I love a good pair of jeans (especially a distressed pair!) so I'm excited to tell you about the newest line of jeans from Express. They are KILLING it right now in the denim department, with tons of styles and colors to choose from and affordable prices. The dark wash jeans I'm wearing in this post are marked down 50% right now - making them only $44! I ordered a couple of different sizes to test them out, and found that all their jeans run TTS. You can check out the rest of their jeans here and I'm linking up a bunch in the widget below!

P.S. A quick note about this cardigan - I think the picture on their website is the wrong one! I ordered this exact cardigan and the one that came looks slightly different (the one I'm wearing in the photos - I actually like it better). If you're worried about ordering, I went to their store yesterday and they had a big stock of my exact cardigan in the store, in a few different colors. It's SO cozy for fall!! 



*Thanks to Express for sponsoring this post

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Lust List

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I thought it would be fun to share my "lust list" this week - some items that I've been lusting over!

soft pink robe // I'm forever on the hunt for the softest, coziest robe. This Kate Spade one has a precious bow on the back! 

espresso machine // I've wanted an espresso machine for years and years - I would love to be able to make my own lattes, macchiatos and Americanos at home. Now that we are moving into a house, I think I'm going to finally bite the bullet and get one! The only problem is that they're SO expensive and I don't know which one to get - this Breville espresso maker seems like a good option (it includes a milk frother!) but does anyone own it? I would love your opinions! 

clear coffee mugs // If you're going to splurge on an espresso machine, then you definitely need the clear espresso mugs! I found these monogrammed ones that I really want to order with my new monogram *insert cheesy grin here*

leopard pouch // This leopard pouch (and the clutch version) has been on my wish list for a while now. I love the "snow leopard" print, it's a really fresh and fun take on the typical leopard print. 

a new watch // Eery time fall rolls around, I start craving a new watch to go with fall outfits! How gorgeous is this Michele Deco Madison watch? I probably won't purchase it, but it won't stop me from staring at it online, haha! 

Barefoot Dreams shawl // I ordered this Barefoot Dreams shawl in the "dove grey" color (you may have seen it on my Instagram last night), and I love it so much that I'm tempted to order it in every color! (Okay not every color but at least one more!) It feels just like you're wearing a big blanket, and it even has POCKETS. Hello, new favorite fall item!

bareMinerals cleansing oil // If you've been following my blog for the past year or so, you may know that I'm obsessed with bareMinerals cleansing oil to wash my face (and I attribute it to helping clear my skin of adult acne!). I ran out a couple of months ago and my skin has definitely taken a toll - I'll be ordering some more today!  

Gucci handbag // Okay but really, isn't this Gucci Marmont satchel the prettiest handbag you've ever seen? I love the pearls and gorgeous blush pink color! 

What are you lusting over this week?!




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

9 Tips for Reducing Wedding Planning Stress

Good morning, everyone! You guys have asked for some more wedding posts, so that's what I'm here to talk about today! I feel like a lot of women find wedding planning really fun and stress-free, however I am not one of those girls. I've found wedding planning to be pretty stressful - however I admit most of the stress is from me putting pressure on myself for the wedding to be "perfect" (which I know is unrealistic). Thankfully, Chris wants to be super involved in the planning process, which has really taken a load off me, but I still feel anxiety when it comes to tackling our Wedding To Do List. Today I'm sharing some tips I've learned throughout the past couple of months, from some good advice from friends and family.

1. Talk About It
Talking to family members and friends can be incredibly helpful when it comes to relieving stress during wedding planning. Several of my best friends are already married, so I have texted and called them with TONS of questions over the past couple of months (who did your makeup? what kind of china did you put on your registry? etc.). They've all been through the wedding planning experience before and they're a huge help!

2. Exercise
 I rely on exercise weekly to help relieve stress, but it's been particularly effective during wedding planning! Chris and I joined a local gym right after we got engaged, and we've been hitting the gym bright and early to get our workouts in. During my workouts, I play my favorite music and try not to think about my To Do List or anything that stresses me out!

3. Go On a Date
Take a break and go out on a date with your fiancĂ© - just be sure to talk about things other than the wedding! Chris and I cook dinner every weeknight, so we call Friday nights our "Date Nights" because we get dressed up and go out to a restaurant. Our favorite date nights usually involve guacamole and margaritas (or pizza!!). 

4. Stay Organized
Being disorganized can be a major source of stress. The major thing for me was being able to see a timeline and when decisions needed to be made. Using online tools like checklists, budget tools and guest lists can also help ensure that you stay on track and that all your important wedding details are in one place. Our wedding planner uses an online organizer that makes it so easy for us to see our guest list, budget details, etc. I have also been using the Southern Weddings Planner and it's great if you like for everything to be on paper!

5. Don't Tackle Everything At Once
Chris and I like to tackle a different task every weekend, which has really helped us (instead of trying to do it all at once). One weekend we went over every detail of the catering options and picked out the menu together, then the next weekend we went to several different stores to put together our registry. It has helped immensely to do things one at a time, and to do them together!

6. Delegate
If you have family members or friends who want to be involved with your wedding planning, let them! By assigning tasks, you're relieving yourself of some responsibility so you won't feel completely overwhelmed. My Maids of Honor have both been really vocal about wanting to help, and I know when the time comes I'll need their help picking bridesmaid dresses, stuffing envelopes, etc!

7. Have"Me Time"
This is a huge one for me. Whenever I'm feeling anxious, having some alone time is a great way for me to de-stress. Everyone's "me time" will probably look different, but I like to pour a glass of wine and take a long bubble bath, or get in my coziest pajamas and read a good book! 

8. Get Out of Town
A quick weekend getaway can do wonders for your stress levels, and getting out of town can help you and your fiancé take a break from the wedding planning madness. Chris and I want to plan a weekend getaway when it gets closer to the wedding, after all the big tasks are completed. Getting out of town and going on an "adventure" together is the perfect way to reconnect and de-stress!

9. Remember the "Why"
When things start to get stressful, take a moment to think about the reason you're planning your wedding to begin with - you've found the person that you want to spend your life with! Every time I start to stress about a small detail of the wedding, I remember the reason WHY I'm getting married - so that Chris and I can spend our lives together! In the end, all of those small wedding details don't really matter, but it will still be the happiest day of my life because I get to marry my best friend and soulmate!

If you have any additional tips, I would LOVE to hear them! :)



Monday, August 14, 2017

Ruffle Sleeve Dress for Less Than $50

Dee Elly ruffle sleeve dress (less than $50), this one is very similar and even less $$ //
leopard scarf // Celine handbag // peep toe booties

Happy Monday, everyone! I wore this outfit yesterday to take my dad out for his birthday dinner! This ruffle sleeve dress from Nordstrom is super high quality (very thick material) and less than $50. It's a little longer than the dresses I usually wear, which makes it more work appropriate. I added this leopard scarf for a pop of color - one of my favorite ways to tie a scarf is to knot the two ends. It adds some visual interest, and that way your scarf isn't hanging down at your knees, haha! I'm sure you already know this, but Nordstrom has some really cute transitional pieces right now that will help you glide right into fall.

Did everyone have a good weekend?! Ours was relaxing, yet pretty productive (crossed some wedding stuff off the list). 

On another note, today is my parents' anniversary - they've been married for 35 years today! They're honestly the best example of "relationship goals" I have ever seen. They've taught me so much about marriage and relationships, communication, how to work together through obstacles, how to raise a family, etc. and 35 years later they're still madly in love with each other. Thank you for being such an awesome example of Christ's love, mom and dad! 



*Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fall Tones...

It's no secret that every time August rolls around, I begin to crave cooler weather and start buying pieces in fall colors that are wearable now - like this gorgeous satin wrap camisole. Wear it now with denim shorts or white pants, and wear it in the fall with jeans and booties! This rib knit cardigan was apart of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - it sold out in my exact color, but it looks like a few colors were restocked. And finally - this Rebecca Minkoff handbag! I swear it looks like Valentino because of the small gold studs, but it's only a fraction of the price. I can't wait to wear it with tall boots in the fall!

Oh and happy Friday, everyone!! What is everyone up to this weekend? I'm in Charlotte for the day to get lunch with my Gramma and then I'm heading back to Winston for date night with Chris :)



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lilac Hues

lilac sweater, similar HERE // Good American jeans // Adidas sneakers (size down one size!)
Celine sunglasses, similar HERE // MAC lipstick in "creme cup"

I am in looooove with lilac hues right now! This lilac sweater is only $21 (such a good deal) and is really high quality. It is a little cropped, so I'm wearing high waisted jeans. These Adidas sneakers are new - although the color is listed as "pink," I think they're more of a lilac color in person (and they match the sweater perfectly!). I think this look is so sporty and cute - perfect for running errands or lunch with your girlfriends. And you can take this look right into fall - just replace the sneakers with cute heeled booties!

I think I mentioned this a few days on Instagram but Ruth Ware just came out with a new book called "The Lying Game" - I'm in the middle of it and it's soooo good! I'm trying to read slow so that I can savor it! :)