Maintaining a healthy, loving relationship – living your life for you and someone you love, rather than just yourself – obviously takes a lot of work. One of the many things that can make them more difficult than they have to be is worrying obsessively about things that you shouldn’t. Obviously, staying in a relationship that isn’t right for you is one of the worst things you can do to yourself, but if you’re imagining issues that aren’t there, you could wind up throwing away the best thing that ever happened to you. Here, we’ll address some of the common, and usually unnecessary, worries that could ruin a wonderful relationship.

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They’re Too Good For You

When you fall in love with someone, and they reciprocate the feeling, everything can feel very surreal. Your special someone’s so beautiful, smart, funny, and just generally amazing. Of all the people they could have had, you might feel flabbergasted by the fact that they chose little old you. This common relationship worry all comes down to self-esteem. If you feel you’re not good enough for your partner, try to find out what’s dragging you down. Do you think you’re too uneducated? Too shy? Too fat or thin? Whatever your fears about not being good enough for your partner are rooted in, you just need to get over the fact that you are good enough. They chose you, and everything that makes you the person you are makes them happy enough to stick around. Make a point to start loving yourself as much as they do, and soon enough, this niggling worry will melt away.

Their Friends and Family Don’t Like You

Again, this usually comes down to a lack of self-esteem, and convincing yourself of feelings that aren’t there. Seen as you’re reading this, you’re probably not a horrible person, and have no real reason for anyone not to like you. If your partner’s parents seem to be a little cagey whenever you come over for dinner, just bear in mind that maternal and paternal instincts are among the strongest in nature. Your partner may be an adult, but to their parents, they’ll always be that little boy they raised from infancy. Their child getting hurt is going to be up there with some of their worst fears, especially if they’ve had messy, painful breakups in the past. It’s also important to remember that differences in people’s personalities can be strenuous on the warm, open feeling you’d hope to get from a romantic partner’s friends and family. Think introverts and extroverts, intellectuals and non-intellectuals. If you’re different from the other important people in your partner’s life, then once again, get over it! If everyone got on perfectly, the world would be an insufferably boring place.

He’s Taking Too Long to Propose

If you’ve been with your partner continuously for four or five years, then understandably you might be waiting for him to take a knee and reach into a pocket. If he seems to be taking his time, you may be scared to bring it up directly, and ruin the magic when he does pop the question. A fear of commitment is more common in men than it is women, but him taking his time certainly doesn’t mean that he’s never going to propose. A beautiful betrothal ring isn’t cheap, and he may be in a tricky spot with his finances, or working on a long-term savings plan. Your relationship might be so strong, and have been going on for so long, that he might feel that there’s no need to propose and make it official. If he comes from a broken family, there may be a chance that he’s afraid of starting one, and putting a child through the messy divorce that he went through. If it’s really important to you that you sanctify your relationship, and he’s really taking too long, then you may have no choice other than to bring it up directly. Still, it’s important to remember that there are a range of reasons why a man will put off proposing, and hitting your five-year anniversary without a ring on your finger isn’t the end of the world!

The Fire’s Gone Out

Once again, this could be an issue that’s rooted in low self-esteem. More often than not though, it’s simply a reaction to the usual trend of you and your partner becoming less sexually active and passionate as the years go by. You may not be as crazy for each other as you remember being, but bear in mind that this happens to almost every couple. When you’re young, and just getting to know each other, the relationship is going to be far more centered on your physical attraction to one another, rather than a genuine, deeply-rooted love for the other person. There are any number of ways you can try to spice things up in the bedroom, and this can be great for a couple. However, the fire seeming to go out is really no cause for alarm. If you seem to want more of your partner than they want of you, talk to them about it, and try to meet somewhere in the middle.

They Love Their Friends and Family More Than They Love You

Sometimes, this worry comes up far too early in the relationship. This is the point where it’s actually true, and there’s nothing wrong with it. If your boyfriend of six months seems to connect better with a friend that he’s known from childhood, and this fact bothers you, then you might be expecting too much of him. The same thing goes for their family. However, if you’re several years in, and your partner seems to prefer spending time with their friends, family, or even their colleagues than with you, it’s important to get to the root of this. If they’re particularly extroverted, they might feel they need to spend time with a variety of different people. Introverts, on the other hand, might need their alone time. If you can’t think your way out of this worry, then talk about it.

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TGIF

Happy beginning of a long weekend. Goodbye to this week and hello to drinks with one of my bridesmaids tonight, a cathartic apartment clean tomorrow morning, and then back to Laytonsville again because I don’t like to be at the apartment by myself and I just need my parents right now. In the meantime, I’m so so so lucky to have such an amazing girl gang that has let me rant and rage this week. I miss my honey and ooooooh what I time it is for him to be away. womp womp

Patriotic Wreath

Yes, it’s a long weekend. But I hope you all recognize why we’re celebrating Memorial Day- to honor the fallen that lost their lives fighting for this country. This post been pinned to my twitter all week, but Lindsay said it best. I’ve mentioned this before, but my fiance is National Guard and just seeing him in his uniform makes me tear up. Although he’s not technically deployed he’s giving up time with his loved ones for a training right now. He, and all of our men and women of service, deserve our respect.

I also feel compelled to address the horrible attack in Manchester this week. The silver lining is seeing people do good in the face of tragedy. Ariana Grande is reportedly paying for the victims’ funerals. There are a few ways to help in your own way, but as citizens of the United States, the best way is to donate monetarily to help the families of victims.

This week on The CaroLøve

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I’ll be honest- didn’t have a great week. Kind of weird stuff going on that I can’t really get into. So I did by those shoes I will pretend are flats all summer.

Don’t let the rain get ya down- we have enough going on right now for that. Have a great weekend with your friends and family, or productive downtime on your own!

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When summer is on the way, it’s the perfect time to gather your girlfriends and go on a shopping spree. After all, the weather is hotting up and trips to the beach or weekends away in the sun are likely to be on the cards, and you’ll want to ensure that you have lots of cute outfits to see you through the season.

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A lot of ladies worry about their summer wardrobes, not really sure what they should be buying to look and feel their best when the weather is warmer, but it’s actually pretty easy to get it right, providing you know the following:

Buy Larger Shoes

It might sound odd, but one thing that women who are used to hot weather can all agree on is that you need to buy shoes that are at least half a size bigger than you would usually wear if you plan to wear them a lot in the summer. This is important because the summer heat causes feet to swell, and if your shoes are a perfect fit, there’ll be no room to accommodate this, causing nasty blisters and sores when you should be enjoying yourself.

Stick to Natural Fabrics

If you want to avoid looking and feeling like a hot, sweaty mess, then you really need to stick to natural fabrics like cotton and linen, avoiding poly-blends and synthetic materials, when shopping for your summer wardrobe. I know synthetic fast-fashion items are more affordable, but for the most part, they just aren’t breathable, and with a few exceptions, like Anthony’s chic resort dresses and sundresses, they will make you feel more uncomfortable at the height of summer’s heat. So, you may have to just suck it up and buy fewer pieces of higher-quality if you want to feel fresh and comfy and look fabulous this summer season.

Loosen Up

Another way to stay cool and keep yourself from getting too hot and sweaty is to choose looser garments. If you’re wearing a dress that is long and flowing and which keeps most of the material off your body, you’re obviously going to sweat less than you would if you had lots of fabric clinging to your body. So, keep those form-fitting dresses for the evening when it’s a bit cooler and go for loose, natural clothing during the day.

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Always Have a Hat and Scarf on Hand

When it comes to accessories, in the summer less is more because the more jewellery and clothing embellishments you have close to your skin, the hotter you will get, but you should always make an effort to carry a cute wide-brimmed hat and light chiffon scarf around with you. That way, when it gets too hot, you can out on the hat, or if you feel like you need more coverage, you can drape a scarf over your shoulders, and you will look even more fantastic.

Choose Light Colors

Summer is the perfect season to wear whites and pastel colors. Not only do they fit the season perfectly, but they also reflect the heat rather than absorbing it, helping you to feel cooler and fresher.

What are your top tips for staying cool and looking great in the summer?

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Unlike most of my #wcws, I have not actually met Sophie of Rosé Media yet, but I’ve been hearing about her for years. The first time it was from this guy who was telling me about Guest of a Guest and his friend who used to work for them and he wanted me to meet her. Then Diana from Lust Local featured her on her old blog. After reading about Sophie from Diana, I wanted to get to know her and didn’t even make the connection that they were the same person until I went to add her on Facebook and our mutual friend was that guy. Funny how that works out- DC is so small!

In Sophie’s own words:

I used to be a writer/blogger. I was the DC Editor of Guest of a guest for three years, and taking photos of everyone at every party is how I got to know so many people in the district. The DC site got allllmost a million hits a month by the time I was leaving. Now I think you know me just as the founder of Rosé Media, which manages social media profiles and designs websites for small DC businesses in the luxury space. I carved out this niche and it was a little weird at first because I had to explain to people that I absolutely did not do any PR, just social media.

In my words: Sophie is the kind of woman I aspire to be. She’s well connected, a self-starter, a boss. Plus, she’s gracious as all get-out. Like I said, we’ve never met but when I asked her for a question regarding a small business, she answered immediately and then gave me some advice for getting to where I want to be in my career (aka- running shit.) “Just do what I do and make it your side hustle before making it a full time thing.” Welp. That kind of gave me the kick I needed to ask Dani about being the community manager of Bubbles & Bloggers, getting my feet wet with a community organization in a fun way that also applies to what I want to do.

Plus she has an amazing style and a cat who went on a ride-along to Taco Bell sooo…

10 songs for a perfect sound track

Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles

Short Skirt Long Jacket by Cake

24k Magic by Bruno Mars

This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads

Stand Back by Stevie Nicks

Gooey by Glass Animals

Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis

Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake

How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

9 words to describe you

Honest

Healthy

Happy

Opportunistic

Resourceful

Social

Creative

Persistent

Cynical (told you I was honest)

8 reasons that you love your life

I have friends and family who love me

I have the best fiancé in the world

I am healthy and love my body

I live in my favorite city in the world – Washington, DC

I live in an incredibly interesting time – 2017 is wild!

I can afford to enjoy experiences and eat well

I can let go of things and people that are not good for me more easily than most other people

I can sleep as much as I want!!! (I wish everyone could have my schedule!)

7 essentials in your closet

Red patent leather high heels

Dark jeans

Tory Burch flats

Little Black Dress by Project Gravitas

Kate Spade purses

Cashmere Brooks Brothers coat

VERY comfy and sometimes ugly things to lounge around in

Jumpsuits of all colors

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

Sparkling water

The two quilts my mom has made me over the years. I figure if I am in a situation where I won’t have electronics, those will comfort me nicely.

My new house!!!

My bed

My cat, Noodle (note from Caro: I had to do some back-stalking but this picture of Noodle makes me CTFU)

Micron pens

5 people who have impacted your life

Both of my parents

Amy Argetsinger at the Washington Post

My fiancé

Reed Landry

4 places you’d like to visit

Marrakech, Maldives, Singapore, Santorini

3 unpopular opinions you have

I was madly in love with DC’s most hated bar, Smith Point, for about a decade (another note from Caro: I once fell off a table there)

I hate almonds, both their texture and flavor

I LOVE baby photos on social media. Post away, moms and dads!

2 things that scare you

Aging and cosmic insignificance

1 quote to live by

Everyone is dealt a hand of cards in life and we must play them as best as we can. It does you no use to be jealous of someone else’s better cards, nor does it if hold yourself back because you feel guilty about your strengths you were born with or worked hard to achieve.

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Planning a girls weekend away, whether it’s for a hen do or just any excuse to get away and blow off some steam, is not always easy and it can sometimes feel like a little bit of a logistical headache. However planning for a great weekend, that everyone will enjoy without any hiccups along the way is all in the detail, so here is our essential survival kit to ensure a great time is had by all.

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It’s All In The Detail

Forward thinking and careful planning will mean that you are prepared for every eventuality on your trip away. If you are going to be doing a lot of city exploring on foot, or countryside trekking then make sure you are well prepared with maps and blister bandages. There’s nothing that brings the mood of a weekend down than sore feet, getting lost and essentially, moaning girls. So thinking ahead of all the little necessary details will make sure your group stay cheerful and positive.

It’s All In The Planning

Planning the weekend is also really important. Obviously you don’t want to have every hour of every day organized down to military precision but you should at least have a vague idea of what you all want to do when you arrive at your weekend getaway destination. Talk to all the girls in your group about what everyone fancies doing and then start thinking about how you can fit all those things into your weekend. If you are wanting to create an organised schedule make sure you always allocate sections of each day where nothing is organized so that there is always free time for people to go off and do whatever they want for a couple of hours here and there

Have a look at any interesting festivals, concerts and events that may be happening in the place that you’re going to, to see if there’s anything unique that you can go and see and get involved in. And don’t get discouraged if plans fail- I was at a bachelorette weekend when one girl lost her ID. Rather than sulk about having to change plans when we couldn’t go to a bar, we went out for a crab feast instead and had a BLAST.

Fighting Off Those Inevitable Hangovers

We’ve all been there. Getting a little overly excited on the first night and overdoing it. The rest of the weekend can then be a bit of a washout with the group feeling groggy, tired and hungover. There are however some tricks to avoid this, other than, well, not getting carried and drinking so much.

Firstly a Vitamin C, or effervescent tablet is a great morning booster for tired and sluggish girls, so popping a tube of these into your weekend bag is definitely a good idea. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, so why not pack a hangover recovery capsule solution to help fight off those dreaded hangover.

Hangover capsules work by neutralizing your body’s reaction to the major toxins in alcohol, by stimulated the production of the enzyme ADH and ALDH in your liver. Just popping one of these FDA approved capsules with your first alcoholic drink can radically reduce hangovers the next day, so are definitely worth considering adding to your packing list.

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