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I eschewed gingham with a firm hand up until last year. I hated the preppy “checks” especially when I was a super wise and *~edgy~* 10th grader who preferred Hot Topic above all else. I saw the light and have been wanting to add more gingham into my wardrobe.

I think my turning point was seeing so many cute outfits from Lauren that break the pattern mixing rule flawlessly. (Fun fact: she was one of the first bloggers I followed!) I tried it myself for Valentine’s Day and the mix ‘n’ match layers just felt so fun! Right now, the last thing I want to do is layer up, but I’m thinking of using gingham as a neutral for button-downs under sweaters once it gets cooler. And yes, I’m already wishing summer away into the crisp fall-ness I look forward to every year. I’m looking for cool, sunny, October days with a punch of color. Is it weird that I’ve started planning fall outfits already?

Gingham Frill Hem Dress||Women’s Madewell Gingham Check Pull-On Shorts||Women’s Draper James Cloister Gingham Cotton Top||rag & bone/JEAN Capri Jeans in Gingham||Pendleton – Gingham Shirt Women’s Clothing||ASOS FULLER BUST Gingham Cotton Frill Hidden Underwire Bandeau Bikini||Clare V. Gingham Leather Foldover Clutch – Blue||Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Gingham Loafers

 

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I have been talking about my wedding since… well probably since I could talk. It’s always been navy, always been yellow, and it used to have blush as an accent color. Not much has changed about the overall look that I wanted- clean, crisp, not overdone, not stuffy- but a few things are really just not for me anymore.

First of all, I used to imagine all my bridesmaids in yellow babydoll dress and cowgirl boots. I’m not really sure what I was thinking with that one because yellow is such a hard color to get right for folks skin tones and my girls are all over the map with that. I’ve also always wanted a city wedding so I’m not knocking the boots (I LOVE my boots) but it wouldn’t work.

Then, I’d dream of getting married at the National Cathedral. I even wrote them an email explaining why before I went away to college. For those of you who don’t know, you have to fall into certain specifications that include going to one of their schools, working there, or donating a certain amount. While technically I didn’t go to a Cathedral school, my school, St. Andrew’s, was highly connected to the Cathedral as a DC area Episcopalian school. We started our year with a service there and that’s also where we graduate from. I was also confirmed there and my children’s choir sang there. It’s one of my favorite places in the city. However, Kendall and I went to a Sunday service there and it just didn’t give us the warm fuzzies. There’s also and issue of size- our wedding is too big for a chapel, too small for the knave (the main church). So we’re looking to get married at a more regular-sized Episcopal church in the city.

The last bit that’s really changed for me is that I’ve upgraded from blush accents to rose gold. (If you’re looking to learn a bit more about this gorgeous metal, Sahra did a great post.) My engagement ring is rose gold and, honestly, we started really going rose gold for the wedding when I was looking at invitations and Kendall told me I needed something more shimmery (to match my personality, God love him). Enter Minted with their foil-pressed wedding invitations. While we’re not doing everything rose gold, we are using it as our accent instead of blush. I’m also not sharing anything that I personally have picked because I want to surprise my guests and, in some cases, Kendall, these are all pieces I considered and love.

Josephine Wedding Invitations||Thrilling Placecards||Thrilling Table Numbers||Rose Gold Bridal Sash||Rose Gold Bridal Bouquet||Sequined Alana Dress||Rose Gold jewelry Set||Step in the Right Expression Vegan Heel||Ted Baker London Glitter Bow Clutch – Metallic

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My mom is seriously the hostess with the mostest. You saw it first with the tea party for Little Jules, and this past weekend she hosted another bridal shower for her co-worker, Rachael. She’s one of my mom’s “quad babies” or part of the “quad squad” of first grade teachers out in portables at their school. Rachael got engaged a week after I did, and even though I had never met any of the squad, they came over to my mom’s to celebrate both engagements and even brought us both a little goodie bags. Rachael, along with Sarah and Erica, have been amazing friends to my mom and have become friends of mine as well since we’re all about the same age. Erica actually gives my mom updates from my Instagram which I think is great, and Erica and Sarah were a huge help in readying Casa Downing for the pearl and purple themed tea party.

This was kind of the “work” shower, so it was more of an intimate gathering. There was a build your own mimosa bar, a ton of food, and a great tea service that probably would have been more popular if the weather wasn’t so warm (but it made for a great centerpiece for the party.) One of my favorite details was that my mom put her own pearls on the chandeliers in our dining room and kitchen. Sarah made adorable favors with purple and sparkly hand sanitizers from Bath and Body works so it looked like they were wearing little veils. The game of the day was that everyone wore a pearl necklace that started out with a mini clip. If you said the word “wedding” and got caught, you lost your clip to whoever caught you. The winner with the most pins won a candle! It was a really sweet afternoon and I was so happy to be included!

My outfit for the day was a super fun set that I grabbed from the last Lilly Pulitzer after-party sale. It was one of those things I knew I had to have but had no idea where I would wear it. Luckily, a shower on a warm day was perfect! The two-piece set is kind of a new-to-me style, but I loved the way that the subtle crop really just looked like a flirty sundress. It was lose enough I could eat all the fun party snacks I wanted and not feel like my outfit was trapping me.

Outfit details:

Brinley Crop Top & Skirt Set: Lilly Pultizer||Sari necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Similar clutch||MIA Women’s Zoe Fashion Sneaker||Tropez Sunglasses in ‘Pink Pearl’: Coconut Lane {get yours 20% off with the code thecarolove20}

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We’re all familiar with that one line from Devil Wears Prada:

Yes- florals are all over for spring and yes this isn’t exactly new news, but I can’t help but love a good flower print this time of year. It doesn’t even have to be a print, tbh. Anything flowery to celebrate that small amount of time we get between too cold and too hot is a good thing.

Besides that, it’s be relatively dreary out. April showers are supposed to bring May flowers… but showers it is. And has been for what seems like an eternity. Even this past weekend, DC was treated to mostly showers and cool weather, keeping this salty biotch out of the pool and shopping instead. I guess that’s a sign that it’s time for me to start making my own sunshine, or flowers as the case may be.

White Daisy Flower Cluster Bib||Floral Chunky Necklace Chain||Chunky Cluster Necklace

Floral Print Chevron Embroidery Flap Bag With Bird||Flower clutch bag||Betsey Johnson Floral Satchel

FARYSAYS Womens Summer Floral Print Loose Tank Top||Women’s Love, Fire Coordinating Floral Maxi Skirt||Lace Insert Open Back Floral Shell Top

Flying Tomato Floral Chiffon Pleated Dress||Certainly Sophisticated A-Line Dress in Cherry Blossoms||Lucca Couture Ladder Trim Floral Pattern Maxi Dress

Blue by Betsey Johnson Women’s Sb-Anina Dress Pump||White Flower Embroidery Loafer Mules||Women’s Converse Breakpoint Floral Shoes

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TGIF

This has been kind of a rough week. I hate that I’m not one of those girls who has trouble sleeping when her significant other is away but here we are. I’ve cranky, sad, sleepy, and it’s HOT OUT so I just have felt pretty off.

I’m going to Laytonsville this weekend (and probably every weekend for the next month) to get some time with my parents. Tomorrow is Joe’s Ride, so hopefully the weather will be nice for the Olney community to gather and remember the kids we have lost as a big family- including my sister. Joe’s family and my family did swim team together, but I always see many, many other familiar faces at this great event. Every year, rain is predicted, and every year, it holds off at least for the morning. #fingerscrossed

Weekend Printable Wall Art

This week on The CaroLøve

I’m welcoming a new partner this week to The CaroLøve! Coconut Lane is a great accessories site out of London Made for girl bosses, dreamers & believers. As a Coconut Queen, I get to offer all my readers 20% off their already affordable products with the code thecarolove20.

The love of novelty bags continues infinitely, but I recently found this adorable milk box, a cassette tape clutch, and a strawberry to go with all the fruits from my post earlier this week.

Kendall and I are pluggin’ along on wedding plans. Photographer + videographer officially booked! (A huge thank you to my parents for helping us with not only this but pretty much everything about our big day!) Can’t wait to have Darrell + Kristin McDavid and Adam Green document our wedding!

Ellen Bryan with the WUSA 9 team in D.C. is such a total sweetheart. Completely teared up reading about how Bubbles & Bloggers inspired her!

Sometimes I features my friends and sometimes they feature me! Check me out over on the Dirty Hippy Swag blog!

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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