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Happy Friday! Our CFO is retiring next week so I’ll be busy all afternoon helping to set up his Margaritaville sendoff. Tomorrow, Sarah and I are shooting (Yay! Outfit posts coming!) then heading to Chaplin’s. Sunday, Kendall and I are going to church where we would like to be married and then to Baltimore we go for Simple Plan! I love going to concerts with my (now) fiance! PLUS we have some great news- we settled on a reception venue so things are really getting rolling for our wedding next year!

Engaged bride-to-be gift box

This video from Upworthy actually gave me chills- totally made me rethink the phrase “special needs.”

I am so proud of Kaylin Yost! She was a year below my sister in elementary school and her brother Alex was in my class. She’s overcome great obstacles to be a fantastic pro golfer!

Speaking of incredible female athletes, Allure‘s video of Alicia Napoleon takes a hard look at beauty standards for women and women in sports.

I am such a DC girl, but if I was a state who walked into a bar, I’d be a Maryland through and through. via The Federalist Papers

I love lavender + lemonade. I also have anxiety. This lavender lemonade sounds like it might be perfect for me!

I’m tardy to the party sharing this because I didn’t do a TGIF last week but how stunning are Dani + Jen in the new line from Blake Porter Studio?

Have a great weekend!

Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 2/24/16

This may be my favorite shoot of all time ever for several reasons. Firstly, Dani of Blonde in the District is a joy to work with and a total sweetie. She actually organized the brunch for a little group of us at Ambar– there were new bloggers and experienced bloggers and in betweens, like me. No judgment of anything that anyone was doing, just advice and problems we’ve all had and a great feeling of girl-power. I actually got some amazing advice from Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen. I’m going to paraphrase here but when I told her that recently I’d felt discouraged and even considered saying goodbye to LBC1, she told me to not give up on my blog, but since it’s mine all mine, mold it to be exactly what I want it to be. There is no right or wrong here.

Secondly, Dani picked this amazing spot for our shoot. The Fridge is a cool gallery down by Eastern Market, and apparently their mural outside changes all the time. I can’t wait to go back.

Thirdly, I was kinda diggin’ my outfit. It was actually decently warm on Saturday, and I was so happy to be without the bulky coat.I’ve been doing so much business casual on my blog that it was fun to break away from that. I’m also obsessed with my little milk purse. For whatever reason, I’ve wanted a milk carton purse for like a year. Kate Spade had one, Betsey Johnson had one, SkinnyDip London had one… and I wanted one, but didn’t want to spend a ton on a novelty bag. Hi Amazon.com for under $10 🙂



ok- so this is technically an outtake- but this may be my favorite


photos c/o Blonde in the District

Aerie poncho [last seen here]; similar here, here, here||almost identical Milk carton purse||Stack: Wanderer Cuff; Kendra Scott Colorbar bracelet; Mini Cone Stud Stretch Bracelet||ECENTRCQ sneakers||leather leggings here, here, here


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I promised yesterday that I would have a whole other post singing the praises of the amazing people who helped make the Bubbles & Bloggers Barbie Brunch the smashing success that it was. When I told Dani that I’d love to help plan our March meetup because it’s my birthday month, I was thrilled that not only did she take me up on it, but that  she took my suggestion of hosting at Hawthorne and making the theme Barbie!

Coincidentally, Margo from Fox Fête messaged me that same week asking if I she could provide some of her adorable decorations for an upcoming event. UM. YES. PERFECT! She sent the cutest little care package with a custom banner that said BUBBLES, a decor kit (in pink!), and gold straws. It was the sweetest touch to our brunch.

Planning an event with Hawthorne was so incredibly easy. Kati, their Director of Events and Marketing, was super responsive to all our emails. She even helped direct us to the best way of going about planning for a large group. While I’m not sure how many ladies we actually hosted, our number was originally around 30. For large groups, Kati suggested a family style brunch. The sweet potato waffles with perfectly seasoned fried chicken were my favorite, but I would have happily eaten the french toast all day as well.

When I got to Hawthorne early to set up, Kati had already done most of the work for us with custom menus and adorable mini champs bottles (also customized). She helped me set up the Fox Fête decor and in about 10 minutes, everything was done. The icing on the cake was getting to meet the Hawthorne owner, Fritz Brogan, who I have never met but felt like I knew from his amazing restaurants. He actually used an app to change all the lights in the room to be PINK! How sweet is that?

Hawthorne could not have been more accommodating. Not only did our numbers change several times, but we also had a few ladies with dietary restrictions and/ or who didn’t drink. They were taken care of spectacularly, even straying away from the set menu. Schuyler, our amazing waitress, kept the bubbles coming for those of us who do love a boozy brunch. Fritz put on the 90s jams, and it was a huge party! The space was had was really conducive to moving around and chatting… and dancing. It was an amazing event.

Thank you to Hawthorne for having us and taking care of us and to Fox Fête for giving us that extra sweetness for our decor!

Hawthorne 1336 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 202-853-9194



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This past weekend simultaneously seemed never-ending and entirely too short. Saturday was our Bubbles & Bloggers Barbie Brunch at Hawthorne, and it could not have been better! That will actually be a separate post tomorrow because it was so amazing- we had an absolute blast! Dani and I got there entirely too early to set up- not much actually had to be done thanks to the Hawthorne crew, so we set out to take some pictures before the rest of our party arrived.

I have been saving this sweater since late January (and now it’s on super sale) specifically for this brunch after spying it on McKenna Bleu. The neon pink is a little insane, but this may actually be the most cozy thing I own, and it definitely makes a statement. I actually was really proud of myself for organically pulling of a street style look. I feel like sometimes I want to, but it looks almost costume-y.

My street-style Barbie look was very Caroline at its root- just fun. I love playing with color (and a little glitter) so the theme, which admittedly I picked, was super fun to dress for. I hope everyone else thought so too, but judging by the outfits yesterday, all the ladies were game! I ordered my Bride hat the weekend after I got engaged. It came in on Friday and I was literally happy dancing around DC with it, super excited that it came in on time for the brunch. I will be shamelessly rocking it from now until forever.

pictures c/0 Dani

Outfit details:

Bride Doll Style Pink and White Hat with Pink Print: DentzDesign||whimsies fun bangle: kate spade new york||Navy scuba top: Loft||Silence + Noise Ally Neon Chunky Cardigan: Urban Outfitters||AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging: American Eagle Outfitters||Betseyville Girls’ Betseyville Pallas Hidden Wedge Sneakers: Target||Lucite Garden Pretty Necklace: t+j designs

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Happy Friday! I am SO excited for this weekend! Our Bubbles & Bloggers Barbie Brunch is finally here! I actually got to help Dani plan this one and with the help of Kati over at Hawthorne + decor from Fox Fete I think it’s going to be super cute!

Barbie Print

Speaking of Hawthorne, I’ll be celebrating my birthday with a v low-key HH at Mission for their birthday. Apparently I just have a thing for Fritz Brogan restaurants. Anyway, DC pals, come hang on March 16th!

This week on The CaroLøve:

Another thing I’ll be doing this weekend is some major closet cleanup/ clean out. I just discovered a wonderful tool to help me: eBay Valet. I love this because it’ll basically tell you if your stuff is worth selling. (Things they don’t want to sell, I’ll donate with Give Back Box.) Then, you ship it off, and they do all the work for you for a fee, of course. Whatever doesn’t sell after 60 days, they send it back to you. Well, you already know you were going to get rid of it so it’s time to donate again! I personally love the idea of having the valet do the leg work. I feel like something is better than nothing and this means no dealing with annoying Poshmark hagglers or judgey thrift store cashiers.

In wedding planning this week, I would love to get an opinion! Of course it’s customary to give favors to guests, correct? But what about donating to a cause of your choice in honor of the guests instead and giving your guests something to let them know what you did? I feel like the world of weddings is evolving, but are guest favors a tradition can’t/ shouldn’t be dropped? Related: I’m totally addicted to The Knot.

This relates to nothing but here’s a (probably) haunted McDonald’s.

What’s better than a rose garden? A rosé garden, of course! Coming to Navy Yard this summer!

Have a great weekend!

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