What I’m Loving (Fashion, Home + More!)

Happy Monday, you guys! I don’t have an outfit post planned for today so I thought it would be fun and different to share some items I’ve been purchasing and loving lately. I feel like I’ve been traveling so much over the past few months that my content has been more geared toward travel, but there has been a lot going on at my home! I’m currently transitioning into using more natural home products, and you’ll see some of that reflected in my purchases 🙂 Anyway, let me know if you have any questions! Let’s get started!

one // These wedges are out for delivery to my house right now, haha! I LOOOOVE the scalloped edge and the brown suede – they look very similar to the Chloe wedges but an updated version. I will definitely share with you on Instastories when they arrive!

two, threefour // Baublebar just came out with the cutest collection of rattan and neutral earrings, perfect for the beach or just to wear anytime this summer. I ordered these three! I can’t wait to get them in, especially the cute heart earrings.

five // All of the heart eyes for this little handbag. It’s also less than $100, but looks designer!

six & seven // I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my self-tanner lately, so I thought I’d update you on my two favorites. I have been using this one for a few years now and absolutely love it – all of my friends and my mom now use it because I raved about it for so long! It gives you a really natural looking color and doesn’t rub off on any clothing or your sheets. It also smells really good, like coconuts (my husband now recognizes the smell haha). I recently discovered this one, though, and I love it just as much!! The thing that sets this one apart is that you apply it and then wash it off a couple of hours later. I usually take a shower in the morning, get out, apply the self-tanner, then go about my usual routine of getting ready, blow-drying my hair and applying my makeup. Then I get in the bath tub and rinse off the tanner, and I’m good to go – the tan looks SO GOOD (more bronze than the other one) and keeps developing gradually over the next eight hours. Plus, you don’t have ANY smell at all and can apply your regular lotion after you rinse it off.

eight // I recently listened to a podcast that talked about all of the toxins in our food and our environment, and laundry detergent was a big one. Think about it: all of the chemicals that are in our laundry detergent soak into our clothes and our sheets, which we rub against our skin all day, therefore transferring to our bodies. I ordered this natural laundry detergent and am obsessed with it. It gets all of our laundry clean, and I feel much better about using it. One thing to note: it doesn’t “smell” like laundry, which is actually a good thing! Growing up, I always LOVED the smell of fresh laundry. However, if you can smell the laundry detergent from your washing machine, you’re actually getting a lung-full of toxic chemicals (when scented laundry detergents and fabric softeners are used, researchers have found that dryer vents emit more than 25 volatile organic compounds per load, many of which are classified as hazardous air pollutants).

nine // Another thing that I’ve learned about recently is how burning candles can actually pollute your home – for example, paraffin candles (like the ones from Bath & Body Works) emit toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene into the air. This was probably the saddest news ever, considering I LOVE candles and usually always have them burning in our house. I did some research and there are a few “safe” alternatives, such as beeswax candles, soy candles and essential oils. I like all three, but I’ve fallen in love with these 100% beeswax candles from Amazon. The thing that is CRAZY about beeswax candles is that rather than polluting the air, they actually clean the air. Beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent, and clean the air by producing negative ions, which bind with toxins and help to remove them from the air. I ordered a few of the plain, unscented ones from Amazon, as well as a couple with essential oils added. The “uplifting” one is definitely my favorite – it smells so good and also lasts for much longer than a regular candle!

ten // In addition to switching up some other items in our house, we also switched up our sheets! Chris had been complaining that our previous ones (jersey cotton) were making him really hot and itchy at night. We ordered these bamboo sateen weave sheets for our master bedroom and are OBSESSED. Chris is constantly talking about how soft and cooling they are; I really love them too! These sheets are also more eco-friendly and sustainable, too.

eleven & twelve // I’ve been crazy for ginger jars lately, and I’ve been accumulating quite the collection. I’ve had my eye on these but I’ve been waiting to pull the trigger in case I find something a little less expensive. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

thirteen // I have been on the hunt for jute placemats like these for a while – and I finally found some on Etsy, here! I contacted the owner and they’re being restocked in a few weeks. I just love them for our outdoor patio (since we are in the process of furnishing it!).

fourteen // I ordered four of these melamine plates for our outdoor patio – I think they will look so cute paired with the placemats! I love the classic blue-and-white print, yet they are unbreakable and perfect for eating outdoors (or if you have kids!).

fifteen // This little flower coffee mug is so cute – I ordered two and have been drinking coffee or tea from them every morning! They seriously make me so happy. You can’t see the inside of the cup from the picture, but it has a really pretty flower design inside!

sixteen // Ok – THESE BAGS! You might have seen mine on Instastories this weekend. I have this one from Mariella Vilar and absolutely love it. It is large enough to fit all your beach essentials, stands up by itself (no worrying about it tipping over), and has short and long handles which makes it super easy to carry. I definitely recommend supporting Mariella Vilar since they’re a small business, however I did find the bags here.

That’s it! Let me know what you’re loving this week! I’m also sharing some of our favorite plant-based dinners on the blog this week so look out for that too. 🙂

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16 Comments

  1. Sara

    can you re-link the sheets and the self-tanner? the amazon links dont seem to work!

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  2. These wedges look amazinggg!! Nice to know that they’re designer dupes!
    Xo Noor
    http://www.nonstopnoor.com

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  3. I love love love love those outdoor plates! I rarely come across cute outdoor plates and these are perfect!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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  4. Anna

    I would LOVE to see these types of posts more often. I really like your writing style. This post was just so authentic and “you.” Thank you for the recommendations. Will certainly look more into candles! Yikes about that info!

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  5. Darcy

    Would love to know the name of the podcast you listened to that talked about toxins in our products! I always love learning more about that and how to make our homes/bodies/etc. cleaner!

    Thanks,
    Darcy

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    • Kim

      Check out Affordably Chic Art on Instagram for Ginger Jars and other unique and stunning authentic finds!

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  6. So many great favorites in this post! I’m loving all the home decor and spring accents! Can’t wait to see the finished patio look.

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  7. Natalie

    Hi Caitlin!

    If you’re looking to limit the toxins in your home, I’d suggest doing some research on the melamine plates you purchased. Melamine plates are typically made from a substance called melamine-formaldehyde. I believe the FDA advises against using melamine tableware for infants and children, acidic foods, or for heating up food. The plates are so cute, maybe you could just use them as a charger, with other plates on top.

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  8. So many beautiful pieces Cait! Thanks for sharing these!

    I hope you have a fantastic Monday,
    
Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

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  9. Yvanna H

    Girl, RUN to HomeGoods as soon as possible! Last week I bought 4 ginger jars in varying sizes/styles that ran me about $13-$30 each! I even went back today to get one that I was on the fence about but sadly it was gone. They still had tons of other ones though!

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  10. Hey Caitlin! I love that you’re switching to more natural products… SO eye opening, especially about the candles. I am running to Amazon website NOW to get those beeswax candles! You should definitely also check out some research about skin care/make up products too. The FDA doesn’t regulate our beauty products and there are some alarming ingredients in there! The US only bans 30 products to Canada’s 400 and the EU’s 1400. I use only Beautycounter- they ban over 1500 ingredients and only use things that are proven to be safe for human use. Full disclosure, I am a consultant but you can shop directly off their website without a consultant or buy from your friends! I’d love to send you (or your readers) a sample!

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  11. Those Steve Madden wedges look sooo cute and just like the Chloé ones!! Thanks for writing about your self-tanner, I am in the market for a new one and I’ve heard sooo much about Loving Tan, it truly seems to be one of the best ones out there right now – I think I’gg give that one a try!
    xx Janine
    https://walkinmysneaks.blogspot.com

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  12. Great post! My husband complains that he gets hot at night to. I think I just might order the bamboo sateen weave sheets. Bobbi Jo

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  13. I love all of these finds! Those ginger jars are awesome…I pretty much want everything that Caitlin Wilson has! I just added one of her rugs to my foyer and I am obsessed with it. Thanks for sharing all these goodies!

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