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Besides having my best friends living directly above me, one of the biggest things I miss about my sorority house was the epic coziness of it. The way I had my dorm room set up, my bed was a little nest in and of itself, but on a much bigger scale it was so nice knowing that whatever garbage weather New Jersey was throwing at us (and my school was build on a swamp), I could come in, strip down, put on something warm, and roam the halls in my comfy clothes knowing that I could take a nap just about anywhere. Rarely it was in my own room, to be honest. When you live with a few dozen girls, someone somewhere is watching a movie you can fall asleep to, since nobody got enough sleep the night before.

I specifically remember one night, and this is so random, that my sorority sister Joanne walked in after a date with her boyfriend. I was in the front stairs in a pink Rider hoodie and grey sweatpants and she was totally dolled up. She looked at me and was like, “I want to be wearing that. You looks like a marshmallow. Like you would bounce if you hit the ground.” I don’t know WHY I remember this, but I wear this combo of coze clothes to this day and I always think of it as my marshmallow outfit. Somehow that baby pink is so comforting. Who’s curling up in something pink and soft this weekend?

pssst! you can click right on the sweatshirt to buy!
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Baby- it’s cold outside and finally feeling a little Christmassy! Kendall and I are doing Georgetown Glow tonight and then we both have family coming in for a very special weekend. On Sunday, we’re getting a betrothal blessing from my hometown church in Olney and then one of my bridesmaids’ family is hosting a bridal luncheon for me. We finally have our own little tree up and decorated, but I can’t wait to see my parents’ house because my mom does it so nice.

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Lately on The CaroLøve:

If you’re around this weekend, head to Georgetown to shop with a cause at the AerieREAL Pop-Up Tour with my girl Sarah!

Take a peek at some of my current Aerie faves!

I just checked my Spotify Wrapped (basically a rundown of what I listened to this year) and I was not surprised in the least by my stats. But if you want to go further back in time with your music, say, the day you were born, check out the Nostalgia Machine.

You may have seen the little ornament I got Kendall for our tree this year- a perfectly personalized little red Christmas car from The Pine And The Poppy. I’m not sure how I started collecting Christmas cars, but it’s totally a thing now. These are just a few other little Christmas car collectables I’ve found.

I love not-perfectly-matched bridesmaids but what do you think about mismatched groomsmen? via Southbound Bride

Jennifer was wearing THE CUTEST earrings on her Instagram this week! Find them in 4 colors at J. Crew!

Dani had two posts I want to share with you this week: Gifts for Crazy Cat Ladies (where I took her picture) + The BITD Local DC Gift Guide (where she mentions my Zazzle shop!)

Sales this weekend:

  • Saks OFF 5th — Friends and Family, up to 70% off through 12/12.
  • MyTheresa — Sale, now up to 60% off
  • Net-a-Porter — Take up to 50% off.
  • Saks — Take up to 40% off at the Designer Sale. Valid through 12/11.
  • Macy’s — Take 30% off at the Friends  & Family Sale with code FRIEND. Valid through12.11.
  • SSENSE – Take up to 60% off.
  • MATCHESFASHION.COM — Take up to 50% off Fall/Winter styles.
  • Intermix — Extra 30% off sale.
  • Madewell — Take 20% off your entire purchase or 30% off when you spend $200+, with code OHWHATFUN, through 12/11.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Contrary to one of my favorite sweaters, and this may be an unpopular opinion here, but I’d rather be cold than hot. Cold = more cuddles, more blankets, more lovely layers (perhaps in a nice plaid?). When I’m hot, I’m cranky- and don’t let me get hot, hungry, and sleepy at the same time or else. Granted, I don’t like it too cold, but I can deal. Some people in my life, not so much.

Fixing the side effects from the cold does not just mean warming up. A winter chill can dry out the skin and ruin your mood. If you have friends or family who would rather spend winters where the sun always shines, help them flip it around to enjoy what I like to think of as “snuggle season”. Think gifts to keep cozy: comforting scents, soft textures, skin soothers.

Personally, I love curling up with a cup of coffee, candles lit all over the apartment, and tree decorated to watch a favorite movie. What’s your favorite way to keep warm when it’s chilly?

SONOMA Goods for LifeTM 14-oz. Toasted Marshmallow Candle Jar||Cozy Flannel candle||Whipped Body Butter||Hot Sticky Cinnamon Bun Whipped Soap||Snowflake Bath Bomb||Baby it’s cold outside top||The Big One® Supersoft Plush Blanket||Raglan Sleeve Slogan Print Sweatshirt||Sweater Weather Mug||Maple Gingerbread Marshmallows

 

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I’ve been pretty equally split this year buying Christmas presents from department stores and small businesses (mostly Etsy), and honestly I’m the most excited about the small shopping I’ve done. Not only because the gifts are personalized and unique, but also I’m proud to support small and local businesses, and wanted to highlight a few women I know personally IRL who have hustles and heart. Consider shopping with them this holiday season because you’ll be supporting a woman making moves for herself, and often her family.

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Brittneigh: Limelight by Alcone

 I’m a Beauty Guide for Limelight by Alcone. We’re a Chemical Free professional grade cosmetic and an all natural skincare line! To sum it up, we bring What the professionals use straight to your home! 

Our Holiday Lip Ornament is my go too gift this season which includes a mini Enduring Lip Color which goes on creamy, dries matte, and can last between 6-8 hours! And also a mini lip gloss which has a super cute blingy applicator and pairs perfectly with our Enduring Lip Color. Perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the holidays for only $24! 


Olivia: Crimson Treasures

My business Crimson Treasures is just my idea of interesting handmade jewelry that I myself would wear. I like quirky and out of the box things so I try to make my pieces very unique. My pieces also all include crystals that have unique healing properties which adds to the quirkiness. Crystals have always been a big part of my life and I love to use them in every piece that I make.

The only recommendation that I have for other women owned businesses is just to do what you feel is right. Make and produce things that you love and never change for anyone. You created your business for a reason and you need to stick to it. Also, have fun!

My favorite product is this rainbow titanium aura quartz necklace. I love rainbows and these crystals are just amazing with their colors. 


Julie: Mary Kay

I started my Mary Kay business 4 years ago. I used Mary Kay makeup prior and liked the quality of the products. It wasn’t until I became a consultant that I started using the Timewise Miracle Set skincare line.

My favorite pamper my skincare gift bundle is the Mix & Mask, it is a Hot new multimasking trend!

You use different Mary Kay masks to target different areas of your face and address specific skin needs all at once. 

The bundle includes:

  • Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask: This triple-action charcoal mask deeply cleanses skin and helps clear the way to beautiful, clearer-looking skin.
  • Timewise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask: Instantly hydrates, locks in moisture, de-stresses, purifies, nourishes, calms, firms, smooths, softens and minimizes pores.

If you’d like to purchase from Julie, please contact her via her Facebook!


Erica: Stella & Dot

I’m a stylist with Stella & Dot! I absolutely love helping others to have fun with accessories and find amazing style-even on a budget! Reach out with any and all styling needs!

This Rosé all day gift set is a chic and affordable holiday treat! Featuring best-selling luxe studs and the perfect pouch to pair it with.

 


After Christmas, I’ll highlight where and what I got from small businesses, but I don’t want to accidentally give away any surprises. What’s your favorite way to shop small?

Don’t forget you can also shop small from ME on my Etsy & Zazzle shops!

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Although technically Sarah‘s engagement party wasn’t a holiday party, it was a party during the holiday season so close enough, right?

Dani and I totally Lucy and Ethel-ed it the whole day. We met up for pics in the chilly morning, ran a couple errands in Georgetown, got a bite to eat, and off we went. One might think that a couple of girls who text mostly all day every day would run out of things to talk about and one would be wrong. We bounced around ideas for Bubbles & Bloggers, our own blogs, weddings, relationships, friendships- it was perfect girl time.

It was also the perfect excuse to wear my jazzy jumpsuit. It’s somehow comfy, elegant, and unexpected all in one. That’s why I wore it to NYFW last year. The jumpsuit is great base for an outfit to accessorize and doll up as necessary. This time around, I paired it with another one of my favorite jackets and leopard heels I’ve been waiting for a reason to wear. Plus I brought along my leopard loafers just in case I wimped out on heels. I didn’t because my little Steve Maddens were actually super comfy!

The party itself was held at Pippin Hill Farm and was absolutely lovely. Sarah was absolutely glowing and such a sweet hostess, making sure to introduce everyone. Her fiancé’s family hosted and there was a beautiful selection of wine, beer, and nibbles. The backdrop was really the icing on the cake and I would love to go back to spend more time there. Congrats Sarah + Gerald! I can’t wait to celebrate more with you both!

Outfit details:

Jumpsuit: Loft||Heels: Steve Madden||York Necklace: Stella & Dot||Betsey Johnson #Basic Pumpkin Spice Latte Mini Chain Strap Crossbody: Macy’s||Dainty sparklers bow studs||BB Dakota Women’s Peppin Drape Front Jacket, Army Green

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