This has been a weird weekend. I’ve either been partying or in pajamas and nothing in between. Kendall is pretty badly under the weather so we’ve hunkered down and Netflixed and chilled. This included the first six episodes of American Horror Story: Cult. It’s good! 10/10 would recommend especially because this season is very Evan Peters heavy. He’s been a celebrity crush of mine since he was in Sleepover because he’s hilarious and adorable.

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I have gotten really into the whole AHS franchise. Yea, it’s gory, but the characters have kind of a sweet sadness about them, even the “bad” ones. While Freak Show was my favorite season, my favorite moment was actually in Murder House between Tate (Peters) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga). He gave her a rose painted black because a normal rose just wouldn’t cut it.

So I thought it was adorable. Keeping with the Halloween theme for last week, and because we watched like 6 hours of AHS this weekend, I was inspired to do the above print. It’s now available in my shop.

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Happy Friday… the 13th! The creeper that I am on the inside is so excited that this October has a Friday the 13th. Tonight, we’re sending off Roxanne with a little goodbye bash at the Hawthorne and best wishes for her move to Chicago! Then tomorrow is my 10 year high school reunion at Town Hall. Can I just say 1. ew when did I get this old? and 2. my old self is thrilled that the reunion is walking distance from my apartment! I kind of can’t wait to see a couple of my best girls from St. Andrew’s and introduce Kendall to a few of the guys I’ve stayed in touch with.

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Lately on the The CaroLøve:

I obv had to premier the witchy print above for Friday the 13th, but don’t forget that 20% of sales from my Marie print will go to Girls on the Rise for October’s Bullying Prevention Month!

Have you heard about the Coach name change? What do you think? (I hate it.)

No plans for little lions quite yet, but I would so take parenting advice from Dave Grohl’s mom.

Sorry Kendall, but there are actual psychological reasons I can’t stop won’t stop watching the Real Housewives franchise.

If you’re looking to donate to California in the wake of the fires, Naked Wines is collecting funds to help folks now and after the flames have died. Naked Wines actually supports family vineyards always and are ramping up their efforts to keep those vineyards alive through the fires and beyond.

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I wouldn’t know this because I was an angel (JUST KIDDING) but teenagers can be a little difficult. In all seriousness, I was really close with my parents and relatively well-behaved, as were my friends. And now that I’m older I have some friend who have kids and some approaching their teen years. I feel like being a teenager now is especially difficult with the onslaught of social media everywhere telling them how to look, where to shop, and how fast to grow up.

Finding the right presents for a teenage girl can be a real hassle. In most instances, they will pretend to feel less than thrilled with anything you purchase because you’re “old and uncool.” Still, some gifts always go down well, and you’ll find some fantastic suggestions on this page.  Now is the time to consider her newfound maturity and ensure you don’t make the mistake of buying something childish for their special occasion.

Of course, you don’t have to choose any of the items mentioned in this article. They are just here to offer some inspiration and point you in the right direction.

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Buy some theater tickets

If she loves the arts, it might make sense for you to purchase some tickets to see a show at the theater. Some of the best Broadway theatre productions at the moment include:

  • The Book of Mormon
  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Hamilton
  • Hello Dolly!
  • Anastasia

However, there are lots more shows you might like to consider, and nothing is wrong with choosing a production by a local theater company. Sometimes that’s easier as you don’t have to make travel arrangements.

Book a weekend city break

Taking her away for the weekend is a fantastic move if you want to treat her for her birthday. You could stay in the US or brave a trip to Europe if you have enough cash to spend and you don’t mind traveling on a plane. Some of the most popular cities for breaks in the US include:

If you want to travel further afield, you might consider some of the following locations on the European continent:

  • London
  • Berlin
  • Milan
  • Barcelona

The decision is up to you, but people who visit those places tend to have an excellent time as there are lots of sights and attractions. Just be sure to make the arrangements a couple of months in advance or at the last minute for the best prices.

Get some luxury jewelry

Lots of teenagers want to look like adults, and that’s why you’ve probably spent a lot of money on designer clothing labels during the last couple of years. While some parents don’t want their kids to wear makeup until they’re older, most people have no issues when it comes to jewelry. So, take a look online and check out some of the most popular suppliers and specialists. Maybe she would like a thick gold choker or something with a little more bling? Perhaps she would enjoy something a little more elegant like a diamond ankle bracelet? Just shop around and see what you can find! Also, if you buy from mainstream jewelry companies, be sure to search for discount deals and coupons because sometimes they help you to save a fortune on the purchase price.

Give her a makeover

By the time most girls reach the age of thirteen, they have the minds of young adults. That often means that she will start to wear makeup long before they learn how to apply it correctly. If you’ve spent many mornings lecturing your bundle of joy about the state of her eyebrows, maybe she would benefit from a professional makeover? Specialists who undertake procedures of that nature will know how to make her look as beautiful as possible. If you want to find the best experts in your local area, just:

  • Search Google
  • Ask for recommendations on social media
  • Speak to any friends who recently got married

The latter suggestion is handy because most brides-to-be will spend a long time searching for the best makeup artist in the area. So, you could save yourself a lot of time if you know someone who’s just started their married life.

Invest in a new outfit

Buying clothing for a teen girl is somewhat of a minefield, and for that reason, you should always involve her in the process. However, you don’t want to remove the element of surprise from your birthday gift. So, visit stores in your hometown or search online for the best fashion brands. Ask your loved one to pick out a few different outfits she likes so you can choose from her shortlist. Failure to do that could mean you have an unhappy teenager on your hands when the big day arrives. Some of the best-selling fashion brands at the moment include:

  • Prada
  • Gucci
  • Burberry
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Dolce and Gabbana

Purchase some concert tickets

Does she love one music artist more than any other? Is her bedroom covered from wall to wall in Justin Bieber posters? Then it stands to reason that your not so little girl is going to love some concert tickets. Here are some of the most significant artists and bands performing live in the US this year:

  • Pink
  • Lauren Hill
  • Lady Gaga
  • Blink 182
  • Green Day

Pay for a driving experience

One of the most critical milestones in a person’s life is when they pass their driving test and get their license. Maybe you could give her a taste of what she can expect when she starts the learning process? There are many gift packages available that feature driving experiences and most of them are not going to break the bank. The best thing about that idea is that she will get to spend time in a luxurious vehicle and benefit from the guidance of an expert. With a bit of luck, the process will encourage her to pass that test as quickly as possible when the time comes. Just be sure to:

  • Check age limits and restrictions
  • Select a vehicle she will enjoy
  • Ride in the back and try not to have a panic attack

Consider a spa day

Sometimes everyone likes to relax at a spa. Spa resorts are excellent because they help people to unwind and feel rejuvenated. So, conduct some online research until you identify the most suitable establishment in your city. Read some reviews by other customers to ensure the company offers the services you require. Some spas even offer overnight accommodation, and so it’s possible to turn the expedition into a weekend adventure if that idea appeals to you both.

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re booking a family getaway or heading off traveling alone, there are some things that you can’t forget when you start the planning process. It’s easy to miss something when you have so much to plan and book, so here are a few of the most important things that you absolutely can’t forget.

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Transportation

If you’re traveling abroad, you will need to look at flights. It’s better to book these well in advance, as the prices will sky rocket when the seats start to get filled up. You also need to consider how you’re getting to and from the airport, both in your country, and in your holiday destination. If you are planning on driving to the airport, you will need to book a parking ticket, although it would probably be much cheaper to take a train or get a lift elsewhere. If you’re planning to use public transportation abroad, you might want to book a travel pass for your chosen country, to save yourself some cash.

Accommodation

Although hotels are the most obvious holiday accommodation, they might not be for you. There are plenty of alternatives (many of which are cheaper) that you could use instead. You are sure to find motels and holiday apartments, homes, and cottages wherever you are planning on visiting, but if you wanted something more exciting you could look into booking something more unusual. Unique holiday accommodations, such as tree houses, lighthouses, and camper vans are very popular of late and are sure to offer you more excitement than your usual hotel room.

Insurance

If you’re planning on traveling abroad, you must make sure that you purchase travel insurance. A lot of people decide against booking travel insurance, as they don’t think that anything could go wrong. Although this may be true in many cases, it certainly isn’t for all of them. The last thing you want is for your holiday to be completely ruined by something that could have been helped, had you purchased holiday insurance.

Activities

Many people opt against putting too much planning into their day-to-day activities of their holiday, and much prefer to wing it instead. If all you want to do is visit the beach for a week, then this is completely fine, but if you want to experience the culture of your holiday destination, and see as many landmarks as you can, you will want to put some thought into what you’re doing. If you don’t know, at the very least, what it is that you want to do on your holiday, it’s likely that you’ll do very little. This is both a waste of money and time and will leave you disappointed by your time away.

Hopefully, this will help you a little when it comes to the planning process of your holiday, and stop you from forgetting anything important, or making any mistakes. All that you need to do right now is decide where it is that you actually want to go and visit.

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It is just now cooling down a bit today here in DC and we know that the cold weather is on its way. Wearing mittens all winter long is never going to be the best thing for your hands all winter. They can help to protect your skin from cold, but it isn’t dealing with the root of the problem. So here is a quick and handy guide to help you deal with the winter temperatures and to help your hands and nails looking at their best.

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There is a massive loss of moisture from our hands and nails in winter. The temperatures are more extreme; going from freezing cold outside to warm and toasty inside. Not to mention the extremes directly on our hands too. Holding a hot latte outside one minute, and then throwing snowballs the next. It is obvious to see that this can lose the moisture in your hands and nails. So look for ways to add moisture to your hands and nails, rather than take the moisture away. Nail polish removers that are acetone based can dry your nails out unfortunately, as well as washing up liquid, and alcohol-based sanitizers. So wear gloves if you’re doing the dishes and use plenty of moisturizer afterward, if you do need to use any of those products.

If you’ve got a nice sparkling diamond from somewhere like 77 Diamonds, then you’re going to want to keep it looking shiny. Not to mention that you want the hand it is on to be looking good too. So there are ways that can care for your hands and nails, as well as your jewelry. Olive oil can be a great natural way to add moisture to nails, and it won’t do any harm to your pretty jewels either. Lotions that contain urea are also a good way to go. It will help to keep moisture in the skin too. Using a hydrating cream is a good way to promote healthy nail growth too. Massage it into your cuticles, and it will help your nails to grow stronger. Another great way to get your hands, nails, and ring fingers looking good over the festive period.

An intensive treatment for your hands and nails is going to be a sure-fire way to lock the moisture in. So it is recommended that you do an intensive treatment around once a week. Soaking your nails in some lukewarm water for five minutes or so can be all that is needed. Then you could coat your nails in olive oil (or a specific cuticle oil). If you can, put your hands in cotton gloves for around an hour afterwards, to really feel the benefit of the treatment. You can usually get cotton gloves in most large manicure sets.

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One last tip is to always have something on your nails. It is a myth that nails need to breathe. They can absorb oils, with or without polish on. But having a coat of armor on from polish or shellacs can really help to keep it away from water, which can dry out the nails more. Teamed with a cuticle oil, you should be good to go!

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