Tag Archives: Bubbles & Bloggers

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 🙂

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

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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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Madison Reed


Roxanne of Glass of Glam and I met through Instagram. I had something posted about Bubbles & Bloggers and she commented that she would like to be involved and I directed her to Dani. We actually met in person the night a little group of us went to Sax for a GNO. Since then, Rox has become one of my closest friends.

Her “polished boho” look, as I like to call it, is always feminine, never stuffy- mirroring her beverage-themed blog! She has the cutest features, such as Weekly Refreshment + Friday Fizz. I get a kick out of her updates about her kitties, Jakey and Elwood, two of the fluffiest diva-boys in DC. She’s game to play dress-up with me, and even went pastel workout gear for an 80s dance party at Mason for a double date with our dudes. Speaking of working out, she also makes a great yoga buddy! (And a great friend!)

10 songs for a perfect sound track

Just Ten!? Okay this is really hard. I love so many songs but here are some I am loving right now. Here’s the link to the Spotify playlist.

Paris – the Chainsmokers

Beautiful People – Chris Brown

The Ocean – Mike Perry

Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

Love Foolosophy – Jamiroquai

3×5 – John Mayer

Junk of The Heart – The Kooks

Speechless – Lady Gaga

Satellite – Guster

How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris

9 words to describe you

Funny, loyal, stylish, mature, generous, hard-working, articulate, determined…female?

8 reasons that you love your life

I moved to DC kind of randomly and got to meet amazing babes like Caro!

I’ve gotten to travel to some amazing places that inspire me! Israel is probably my favorite place.

My husband, who I met when I was 14, is the best man in the whole wide world. I pinch myself every day that I found him so early in my life.

My kitties (Jake and Elwood) even though Elwood is a diva and has a resting bitch face. (She’s not wrong.)

I get to have my own style blog, which I’ve always dreamed of.

I love that I know how to cook and that I can follow recipe pretty flawlessly. That’s something I feel like people take for granted.

The most supportive and loving family.

My health!

7 essentials in your closet

Distressed denim, a great coat, neutral cross body bag, comfy pointy flats, lace up heels, an oversized sweater, workout leggings (preferably from Lululemon or Fabletics)

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

Dan, Jake & Elwood (my kittens!), coffee, mascara, and my water bottle

5 people who have impacted your life

My grandmother, My husband, Mom, and Dad (so boring! but true!), My second grade teacher Mrs. Friedman.

4 places you’d like to visit

Abroad: Bali, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Tokyo

Stateside: Seattle, Alaska (kind of stateside?), New Orleans, Harry Potter Land.

3 unpopular opinions you have

I don’t eat gluten and I think it is the devil.

Cats are the most amazing lovely creatures!

I was raised by a stay at home mom, and I think choosing mom-dom as your career is nothing to scoff at. It is hard AF.

2 things that scare you

Being alone

How time flies

1 quote to live by

My favorite quote is from a Hebrew song. “The whole world is a very narrow bridge; the important thing is not to be afraid.” -Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. It basically means that life is daunting, and it is important to take care. But you’ll never get across the bridge if you submit to the fears of your own making.

Thank you Roxanne for being my #wcw! All pictures were used with her permission.

personalized party supplies


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!

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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!

Jeulia Rings Sale, $30-$60 Off


I’ve mentioned Julie of Blazers & Bubbly before when I said she was one of the reasons that I would never have a capsule wardrobe. The first time I met Julie, she was wearing the same pumpkin shirt that I was eagerly waiting for in the mail. And it was like “who is this living Barbie with such a fun sense of style?”

I admire Julie for being a breath of fresh air as a woman and a blogger. She’s gorgeous inside and out, but doesn’t take herself too seriously. You’d see that with just one quick visit to her instagram. (And in how she answered my #wcw questions.) I love her playful, colorful, quirky style and she pulls off everything she does flawlessly. Aside from her day job and her blog, she also runs a boutique on her blog with gorgeous bralettes and super fun trucker hats. I’m itching to get one of her Unicorn Barbie hats for my collection once Lent is over. And honestly- I can’t wait to see what she’s going to be wearing this Saturday to our Bubbles & Bloggers Barbie Brunch!

the carolove blazers and bubbly10 songs for a perfect sound track:

1) Chvrches  – Keep You On My Side

2) M83 – Kim & Jessie

3) Empire of the Sun – Alive

4) Borns – Past Lives

5) The Naked and Famous – Young Blood

6) Phantogram – You are the Ocean

7) Chvrches – Under the Tide

8) Twenty one Pilots – Fairly Local

9) Kids of 88 – Ribbons of Light

10) Joywave – Destruction

9 words to describe you: Playful, Weird, Stylish, Athletic, Adventurous, Nature-Lover (totes counts as one word) , Artistic, Organized, Giggly

8 reasons that you love your life: My family is a-maze; Childhood friendships are a great support system; Travel has been an awesome, inspiring part of my life; I’m always meeting new, fun people (like you, Caroline!); Pizza exists; Seasons make me so happy– fall foliage, spring flowers, hot summer days, onesie-worthy snow storms..; Blogger freebies are saving me a lot of money ha; I work for my dad, which means fantastic office hours.

7 essentials in your closet: Hmm number one is a blazer—obvi! Ha. And then, I’d have to say:  Bralette (shop them on Blazers and Bubbly, ha!), favorite pair of deconstructed jeans, slouchy tanks, leggings (can I list that one twice?), chucks, quirky vintage pieces, and a red slinky date-night number.  Ugh that’s 8.

the carolove blazers and bubbly6 non-electronic things you can’t live without: Def read this as “electronic” things at first, so…PHONE made it as number one haha. Ok, ok.. Pho (as in the Vietnamese soup, not just a shortened version of “phone”), candles, books (currently making my way through Moody Bitches), my snowboard, tiger balm, liquid eye liner (cat eyes eryday)

5 people who have impacted your life: Daddio, Mumsies, my big brother, and my grandmothers who pray for me everyday.

the carolove blazers and bubbly4 places you’d like to visit: Peru, Iceland, Sweden, Japan

3 unpopular opinions you have: Mondays are the most productive; frozen peas are yummy; there’s no point in shopping designer when you can find it for non-insane prices elsewhere.

2 things that scare you: pitch dark (even though I subject myself to it when I go spelunking..the torturous minute when they turn out the lamps..), and the thought of skydiving (nooo thanks, I’m good!)

1 quote to live by: “Life is fragile, handle with prayer”

Pictures used with permission from Julie