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Happy Friday! Last weekend was so full of love and excitement and this one will be too! Tonight is my work holiday dinner, tomorrow morning is a Friendsmas Brunch at Lavagna, and then I’m going back to Laytonsville so that Kendall and I have some separate time to wrap presents!

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Lately on The CaroLøve

I’ve got my eye on…

Essie inspired earrings! Yes- the nail polish! How amazing is this idea? via SizzInWonderland

Ok so maybe it’s just because this cold and then extreme heat indoors has made me itchy and dry but I’ve been craving body butter. And Saturday Morning Cereal Whipped Body Butter sounds delicious! via UniquelyMebyVee 

Because of a rather embarrassing breakout problem around my neck + chest, I’ve been wearing more statement earrings than necklaces recently. 2 Pairs of Tassel Dangle Earrings for under $10? That sounds like a steal! via Amazon

Don’t forget you can always peek at my wish list over in my sidebar. Here’s what I’m currently craving:

 

Around the internet

There’s a Jonathan Adler candle I actually registered for that seems to be sold out. Turns out, Pier 1 has a dupe. Check out their Vanilla Bourbon Cocktail Filled Candle!

If you saw any of my pics from the gorgeous Winter Wonderland Bridal Luncheon my Aunt Jule threw me, you can tell I don’t shy away from a sequin. All of the snaps to Katie for pulling off the bold sequin legging look!

Despite my mom’s wishes, I used loooove watching The Simpsons with my dad. Now that I’m older, I can appreciate some of the humor I didn’t get when I was little PLUS I can understand the cultural and social references that went over my head. I find it fascinating when The Simpsons predicts the future. Guess what- it happened again! via MSN

I feel like there are two camps at Christmas: those who love eggnog and those who do not. It’s not the ONLY Christmas cocktail, you know. I found 40 easy holiday cocktails to please everyone on your naughty and nice lists. via Delish

Sales

  • I’m having a 12 Days of Christmas Sale in my Etsy shop! For every purchase over $12, get 25% off until Christmas!
  • Barneys: Enjoy up to 50% off designer collections for women, men, kids, and the home. Plus, enjoy an EXTRA 30% off sale styles for a limited time
  • Moda Operandi: Take an extra 30% Off Sale, get $100 off when you spend $500, $250 off of $1000, valid through 12/18.
  • Kate Spade: Sale on Sale 30%, valid through 12/25.
  • Nordstrom: Happy Hanukkah! Valid through 12/20.
  • My Theresa: Now up to 60% off
  • Urban Outfitters: In-store $10 Off $50/$15 Off $75; Online only $20 Off $100.
  • Saks: Designer Sale Up To 60% Off.
  • Yoox: Take an extra 35% Off Selection
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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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I told you last year how stockings are the biggest deal in the Downing household. I’ve picked up a few things already, but collecting those bits and baubles for my family is so much fun! This year for friend gift exchanges, why not try putting together a little stocking rather than one big gift? I find that tiny surprises can be the most fun! And all of these gifts are Secret Santa approved under $25!

  1. Remember when you were a kid and socks were, like, the worst Christmas present ever? NO LONGER! Get these Doughnut Socks 20% off with the code thecarolove20.
  2. I love a good dupe. These earrings look so much like Kate Spade but they’re under $10!
  3. A chronic ruiner of sunnies, I can’t help but love the fact that the Marina shades are budget friendly for when I inevitably step on or scratch them.
  4. Anyone else use over-ear headphones as earmuffs?
  5. My friends and I are, for the most part, a little extra and would at least try this rainbow highlighter (I know I would).
  6. I have no idea how this works but this lip gloss is so pretty and apparently the color changes depending on who’s wearing it!
  7. I actually have quite the collection of ornaments and I could have a whole box of baubles inspired by sweet treats like these  Kurt S Adler Xmas Claydough Macaroon Ornaments.
  8. I’m such a sucker for mixing metals and, actually, the rose gold ring in this set of three rings is the style I want for my wedding ring!
  9. Bring the sparkle and stay cozy with this Mixit Jeweled Pom Beanie And Glove 2-pc. Cold Weather Set.
  10. I like the idea of a perfume bar because it won’t spill in your travels. Plus I mean how stinkin’ cute?
  11. I honestly think if I HAD to pick a favorite color, Candy Shop by Deborah Lippmann would be it.
  12. Fun fact: instead of using a wallet I just usually carry a change purse attached to my keys with my ID and important cards in it.
  13. For the friend who is always losing her keys, a big ole fluffy key chain should do the trick.
  14. Kendall and I had concert ticket save the dates for our wedding. Along with that theme, loving the Kate Spade New York Women’s Admit It iPhone 6 Case.
  15. Can totally vouch that Sugarfina Baby Champagne Bears are SUHGOOD!
  16. The best part of the Old Dutch DuraCopper Heart Hip Flask Set is that it allows you to be classy while still doing shots.
  17. Anyone else adore milky pens when they were younger? These gel pens are for the girls with the planners that want to take them to the next level.
  18. I don’t think one can possibly have too many little treat trays.
  19. Coffee is awesome but merlot flavored coffee is in another stratosphere! I mean how perfectly cozy does a cup of that sound on a Sunday?
  20. Keep your favorite gal hydrated in a glam and eco-friendly way with a Kate Spade New York Glitter 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle.
  21. I dare you to tell me that the description for this candle isn’t scrumptious: Prosecco Rose contains notes of brut rose champagne, chilled and poured over cassis berries and edible white rose petals.
  22. Totally fangirled over this Moonrise Kingdom journal. Anyone else catch this adorable Wes Anderson flick?
  23. A fashion dictionary would be the sweetest gift for your chic chick.
  24. A fitting tribute to all things British, this Royal Albert mug features the girly Cheeky Pink pattern in a Union Jacket design.
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This post is so tardy to the party and I apologize. A few weeks ago, for our October meetup, Bubbles & Bloggers hosted and intimate chat at Mission with Ashlee of Cobolt Chronicals and Contracts for Creatives.

Bloggers are told time and time again that they should have a contract when working with brands. This is something I have ignored the teensy-est bit, and I’ve gotten away with it because the brands I work with an myself have been good at delivering our end of the bargain. Plus, I figured that since our terms are outlined in an email, that’s basically a contract, right?

Wrong.

While I was totally stoked to find out that a contract doesn’t have to be created by a lawyer to make it binding, it does need to be signed and dated by both parties.  Ashlee filled us in with what it takes to have a good contract in the blogging world, and I feel confident that I can put together a contract of my own. However, I would probably have her review it to be safe, which is one of the services she offers. Definitely check her out if you need legal help with your blog!

But let’s go back for a second to “I can put together a contract of my own”. This blog, and the ones that came before it (Getting Warped, Case of the Mondays, and Little Bitty City One) has been a total learning and growing experience. Yes, I was inspired by bloggers to start my own, but I’ve done it pretty much solo since then. This is absolutely not to discredit the friends I’ve bounced content with, traded photo-shoots with, and shared resources with, but when it comes down to it, The CaroLøve is all me.

I’ve figured out how to do a little bit of coding, found the plugins to make my blog go my way, played with what works and what doesn’t. When I grew out of Little Bitty City One, I started The CaroLøve as a blank canvas. Even that has evolved. I don’t want my blog or myself to stop growing and I probably spend about 5 hours a week reading articles on blog growth or technology etc.

So hear this, fellow bloggers- when you’re feeling a little slumpy, look back on everything you’ve done, achieved, created. Be proud of it, but don’t become complacent. Thank the friends who have helped you along the way, but don’t discount how much you really have done on your own.

pictures by Sarah

Outfit details:

Earrings: ADMK||The Sari Necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Tote: Macy’s||Top: Loft||Skirt: Forever 21||Booties: Amazon||Jacket: Amazon

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First Friday of November and I managed a TGIF post- this bodes well for the rest of the month. It’s going to be a crazy time leading up to the holidizzles, but an exciting one! We have our cake tasting this month, we’re seeing Iliza again, Thanksgiving, another wedding… all good things!

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Lately on The CaroLøve:

If you’re a Stranger Things fan, I really hope you’re following this twitter account.

No idea how I started following Alissa but I love her posts! How cute is her bar cart?

Speaking of prettiness for homes- woof. West Elm. You’ve outdone yourself with this duvet cover! One day, when I have a guest room, it’ll be pink.

In my perusal of Amazon where I just have a never-ending wish list that I rarely actually buy from- I found a Millennial Pink list. I have lots of thoughts about this which I will put in a whole other post but I’m just super loving this color.

I finally jumped on the loafer slide train with the Siena Haircalf Bow Loafer Slides. I got mine half off free but that’s a story for another time when I can get my life together and do an outfit shoot.

Put on the list of things I absolutely don’t need- China “paper” cups from Tiffany. via Town & Country

I <3 Hocus Pocus as much as the next witch, but what if it isn’t really a good movie? via Entertainment Weekly

Have a great weekend!

 

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