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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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I’m sorry for the things I said when I got too hot. July is here and things are heating up-literally- for the summer. If it was completely up to me, I would spend all of July down the shore in a bathing suit drinking out of the hose at my beach house and living on local shellfish. However, I’m developing a shellfish allergy, that house is gone, and adults don’t get to go away for a whole month. WOMP.

My goal is to enjoy summer locally the best I can, despite hating the heat and being swamped as heck with work. July 3rd is very big for the Downings, so Kendall and I both took the day to sit my the pool, enjoy a few beverages, and take in the fireworks a day early at Montgomery Country Club with my family. For the 4th, we went with some of my best ladies and our menfolk to Red White and Fuego 2017. I’m still in a bit of recovery mode. Not sure of any other definite plans for July yet, but hand me a shady spot and a cold glass of rosé I should be fine.

the carolove july wish list

  1. You know what goes really well with rosé? Rose gold torti Forrest glasses.
  2. I’ve been really down on myself the past week or so, but luckily I have a world of amazing cheerleaders. Sometimes I just have to remember to take a step back and realize that my bad day is really nada in the scheme of things. Here ya go with the ban.do Cotton No Bad Days Graphic Sweatshirt.
  3. One of my bridesmaids sent me these Barbie Women’s Barbie Shoe Print Canvas Sneakers on Pinterest. Gimme.
  4.  It’s crazy to me that I used to hate on gingham so much because now I find myself looking for gingham. I like this unexpected embellished look on the Floerns Women’s Bell Sleeve Embroidered Tunic Dress.
  5. This pattern is kind of cray but I think this Allover Banana Print Buttoned Keyhole Top And Shorts set is super fun!
  6. Cold shoulder is how I do off the shoulder and the Tropical Print Open Shoulder Dress With Frill is perf for summer date nights.
  7. The stone in these Women’s Kendra Scott Dani Stone Drop Earrings is gorgeous~ so sparkly!
  8. The beads on this Women’s Panacea Beaded Statement Necklace look like candy and I’m kind of digging tribal-y inspired jewelry for summer.
  9. We could all stand to remember the words on this Women’s Mantraband Have Courage & Be Kind Engraved Cuff.
  10. I got pretty badly burnt on Monday… and now Kendall is gone on a business trip. Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist would make it so I don’t have to try to rub aloe on my back right?
  11. On top of the burn, my face is feeling pretty dull and gross after sweating through my makeup and too much sun. I’m all about honey everything and would love to try the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy.
  12. My blush is almost completely out. I like a bit of shimmer in mine so I’m down to try Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush.
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… or watermelon. It’s funny- certain foods are only for certain times of the year. Watermelon is a summer-only food in my book. A summer-only flavor, even. I’m hoping that Mission brings back their watermelon margs for the 4th of July, but you’d never catch me drinking one in say, October. I have memories from my brief time with Girl Scouts of sitting in our leader’s backyard spitting seeds and laughing and enjoying the heat with a refreshing treat. It’s just fresh and light and, to me, not overly sweet. Kendall actually went grocery shopping solo and brought me back watermelon Perrier and it is SO GOOD. *she says as she sips it while writing this blog post*

Because watermelon is my flavor of summer, I also consider it to be a pattern or motif of summer. I’ve feature a lot of watermelon shizzz on the blog before, but I wanted to present it all in one place, plus some bonus pieces that I’ve found since.

Compania Fantastica Do Juicy What I See? Shift Dress||Be Bop Juniors’ Bandana-Print V-Hem Dress

Betsey Johnson Watermelon Slice Stud Earrings||Betsey Johnson Watermelon Slice Pendant Necklace

Vera Bradley Mini Saddle Bag||Sunnylife ~ Luxe Lie-On Float Watermelon ~ Red

Watermelon Cool It Y’all Tote||ban.do Watermelon Cooler Tote

See By Chloe Coin Purse in Pink.||Kitsch Thanks A Melon Crossbody

Katy Perry Geli Novelty Beach Sandals||ASOS GIANT Watermelon Wellies

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 I have a thing for novelty bags- mostly Betsey or Kate but I’m not picky. On one of our first dates, Kendall and I were just casually strolling through Georgetown and ended up in Kate Spade. I immediately went for the grapefruit collection and he was like, “Oh. Ok. So if I can’t figure out what to get out ever I should just get you something that’s shaped like something else?” Yup.

I ended up with that beautiful bag at the end of the summer. I also have a sparkly pizza clutch, a chocolate covered strawberry, a boombox, and a doughnut- just off the top of my head. For summer, just like my food cravings, I’m loving watermelon and ice cream. I mean, these bags are cute enough to eat, right?

See By Chloe Coin Purse||Vera Bradley – Mini Saddle Bag Bags||ban.do Watermelon Super Chill Cooler Bag||Kitsch Thanks A Melon Crossbody

See by Chloe Embellished Lemon Leather Clutch||Vera Bradley – Mini Saddle Bag Bags||Shiraleah Lemon Zip Pouch||C. Wonder Lemon Convertible Crossbody Handbag||Ban.do Insulated Cooler Bag

Cityshop Pineapple purse||SunnyLife Pineapple See Thru Beach Pouch||Relic Pineapple Coin Purse||Kitsch Pineapple Crossbody||Lilly Pulitzer Pineapple Coin Purse

jessica mcclintock Ice Cream Crossbody||Betsey Johnson Kiss Me Till Ice Cream Wristlet||boohoo Nina Black Ice Cream Cross Body Bag||boohoo Claire Ice Cream Cross Body Bag||Lily Bloom Popsicle Coin Purse

Taco Glitter Clutch||KITSCH CAKE OF PAN CROSSBODY||Kitsch Aint She A Peach Crossbody||Kitsch Croissandwich Wristlet||Circus by Sam Edelman Egg Scuse Me Crossbody

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So March was… in like… something and out like probably the same thing (a mess) because the freaking weather has taken us all on such an emotional roller coaster. But April showers bring May flowers and now I’m giggling to myself because next April, Kendall and I will be celebrating our wedding at The Mayflower and how perfect is that? April is a special time of year for my family. My mom’s birthday is April 9th, as is my parents’ anniversary (celebrating 29 years this year WHATUP!) and my Uncle Jay and Aunt Jeanie happened to pick the same date for their own wedding 6 years later! Lots of love, lots to celebrate in April!

It’s also usually the first month of the year to really feel like spring! As much as I love getting into the winter cozies, I’m over it. Bring on the sunshine. And in that vein, I bring you my April wish list.

the carolove april wish list

  1. I’m kind of digging this Cupshe Melodic Blues One-piece Swimsuit. Has anyone ordered from Cupshe before? Thoughts?
  2. Last year, Target had this amazing straw tote with pompoms that I really wanted… until I got to the store and it was big enough I could have put a couple toddlers or a weeks worth of clothes in it. The Rainbow Pom Pom Tote from t+j is a much better size AND I love the colors!
  3. I found the Women’s Wildfox More Glitter Manchester Tee last Friday when I was super sad that our CFO was retiring. “More glitter, less bitter” is the best sad day mantra.
  4. I’m still determined to try rainbow highlighter, and at under $10, I won’t mind this little purchase once Lent is over!
  5. This is one of the cutest collabs I’ve seen! If you can’t pick just one color, the Clinique Crayola(TM) Chubby Lip Crayon Box is just the thing for you!
  6. I love my nude studded heels, but they’ve been about run into the ground. Yay for
    Betseyville Naveah Gladiator Sandals and their under $50 price point!
  7. Not going to lie, part of the appeal of the Shashi Caroline Necklace is the name. But I also obviously love the style!
  8. I keep going back to these Rachelle Tassel Chandeliers from Stella & Dot.
  9. Kendall + I kind of want to have a vintage picnic themed engagement photo shoot, but for a real picnic, the ban.do Watermelon Super Chill Cooler Bag is the cutest!
  10. Yes, I’m obsessed with going to Mission for margs with my girls. The Margaritas With My Senoritas Crewneck from Tees And Tank You seems appropriate.
  11. We’ve burned through almost all of the Christmas clearance candles I stockpiled, but it’s time for fresher scents anyway! Bring on the Mimosa Kiki&Me Tumbler Candle!
  12. Stripes. Always stripes. But it doesn’t hurt to have an unexpected detail like this Women’s J.crew Ruffle Sleeve Top.
  13. Candace and I never had jellies because my mom was smart and knew they were painful, sweaty, and not great for your feet. I got the adult version for a music festival a few years ago, and quickly learned that for myself. But the Kate Spade New York Fanley T-Strap Sandal seem like a great, slightly more grown up, option.
  14. Mint is a tricky color for me, but once I have a tan, here I come for this Pintucked Swing Blouse.

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