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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

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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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 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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One of my favorite tops in high school was actually my mom’s Easter dress from when she was about the same age. It was a really light chiffon material with dainty red embroidery. I loved wearing it was a shredded denim micro-mini and my cowgirl boots. I was certainly finding my own style at the time, but it was cool to be wearing something that my mom also wore in high school.

Embroidery has been coming around in a big way. I actually fell in love with an embroidered utility jacket, but according to the size chart I’m like a large and that particular size is all gone so there we go. I’m especially loving the peasant-y dresses and floral shoes though! Such a pretty look for summer! (And the Betsey sneakers are a total dupe perfection move in case you don’t want to shell out the cash for the Gucci version!)

the carolove embroidered embroidery

 

Dresses: 1.Free People Perfectly Victorian Embroidered Mini Dress||2.Women’s O’Neill Tulip Embroidered Dress||3.Women’s O’Neill Cove Embroidered Swing Dress

Tops: 4.Women’s Sun & Shadow Embroidered One-Shoulder Top||5.ANTIK BATIK Floral Embroidered Top||6.Tory Burch Jillian Embroidered Eyelet-Sleeve Top

Bottoms: 7.7 For All Mankind Josefina Embroidered Boyfriend||8.Women’s Topshop Moto Embroidered Denim Miniskirt

Shoes: 9.Betsey Johnson Maya Embroidered Sneakers||10.Women’s Sam Edelman Jemmie Peacock Embroidered Espadrille||11.Women’s Kenneth Cole New York Olani Embroidered Wedge Sandal

Bags: 12.Star Mela Palma Embroidered Tote||13.Steve Madden Azalea Embroidered Hobo||14.Jsimba

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We’ve all had that moment where we’ve seen a photograph – or series of snaps – of a celebrity or style icon and gently gritted our teeth in envy. It’s not fair, we say to ourselves. It’s not fair that they can afford to have killer wardrobes and the funds to be locked in a permanent state of super-coolness, their style just oozing awesomeness. But, if you look closely, their enviable style isn’t the result of the clothes they wear but the little tweaks they make to their clothes. That is how they make even the most bog-standard and basic outfits look incredibly fashionable and undeniably chic.

More often than not, what separates the cool from the every day is a person’s ability to pull together an outfit that you would have never considered. They bring things together to create a style masterpiece. They have an eye for knowing what little things can create the freshest of looks. They know how to recycle old clothes in such a way that they make them look like straight-off-the-rack items.

It isn’t about having the funds to buy the most expensive brands, or about having a stylist that is qualified in bringing cool to the front of everything you wear. No. It is just knowing some of the best tips, tricks and hacks to reinventing yourself and making even your most bland outfits the epitome of cool. And here are the best of the bunch:

American Rag Sunkissed Knot-Front Graphic T-Shirt, Only at Macy’s

It Is Knot Impossible

We all have a plaid shirt in our closet, one that we bought ages ago because we saw some celeb looking like a total babe in one. But when we wore it, well, it sort of didn’t work out quite as we wanted to. It made us look frumpy. It gave us curves where there shouldn’t be curves. That’s the point. That’s where tying a knot in the middle of a plaid shirt, or any button-up shirt, will work to maximum effect; it accentuates your gorgeous curves by being pulled in at the waist. Don’t worry, tying a knot doesn’t have to mean showing skin because you could wear a semi-turtleneck shirt underneath to make your style more chic and less country lass. Pair it with a midi skirt and you are going to look wow.

Blank Denim Lost & Found Cuffed Jeans

Rolling In The Deep

When we buy a pair of jeans we do so with real caution. They need to fit perfectly. They need to do the job we want them to do, whether they are skinny, baggy, mom or boyfriend jeans. They are designed to look great as is. But the thing with jeans is, they are our most staple fashion diet, which is where rolling the cuffs up a bit can change your look entirely. Show off your ankles, maybe even get a piece of ankle jewellery. This simple hack has the power to freshen up every outfit, even that one you have worn one thousand times before. What’s more, this will accentuate the gorgeous pair of shoes you are wearing. In terms of how wide you make the cuff, that all depends on the cut. But as a general rule, skinny jeans should have a folded cuff and baggy jeans should have a rolled cuff. Distinctions make a difference.

Steven By Steve Madden Jdust Embellished Envelope Clutch – Pink

Accessorizing Is All Killer

Everyday outfits are simple. They should be too. It is all about chucking something on quickly so that you can get out of the house and go and do whatever it is that you need to do. Even if you have a lunch date your outfit should be far more closely aligned to casual than made up. That’s where simple accessorising becomes your best friend because it takes away the casual feeling and makes it a killer outfit in the coolest of ways. Buying a set of gold hoop earrings is always a great move to make, as is a stunning pendant necklace, one that hangs low, or a set of bangles. But it isn’t all about jewellery. An eye-grabbing pair of shoes can work wonders, as can a clutch bag, one that completely clashes with your outfit, one that acts as a focal point. It could be that you are going out in a white tee and a pair of boyfriend jeans with some converse; why not make this pop with a bright clutch.

Lucky Brand – Turquoise Stack Ring II Ring

Be A Lot More Hands-On

When it comes to your hands, and more specifically your fingers, more is better. Seriously, wearing a ring is nice, really nice, but wearing nine rings is seriously cool and seriously chic. Stacking your rings is such an effective way to mix and match different styles of rings, different shapes and sizes. Just like with real estate, it is all about location, location, location. As a general rule of thumb (excuse the pun), but wear your biggest and boldest ring on your index finger and then start stacking rings across your other fingers making great use of mid-size rings. It is a sure fire way to make the high street your catwalk and gain an audience of admiring whispers.

Trusty Charm Socks

Always Put A Sock In It

For some reason, we are all worried about having our socks showing, but socks are a part of an outfit, socks are an extra edge, socks are something to be proud of. So, please, don’t hide your socks next time you are leaving the house. Let’s say you are wearing a pair of ankle boots and a nice thigh length skirt, a wavy one; you probably look incredible. But what will make you look truly wow while still looking casual, like you just left the house looking absolutely perfect without even trying, is scrunching your socks up? It’s hard to say exactly how much sock should be showing face above your boot because we all have different length legs. But there is a golden rule circulating among fashion bloggers and this is it: one-quarter of your lower leg should be covered. So pull up, then scrunch down, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors.

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Up until last year, I was a total princess brat about my birthday. With my Year Of Weddings, I just didn’t have the energy and I tried to skip it all together. Even so, I ended up with a low-key bottomless pizza brunch with some of my closest pals and a v silly trip to Mission and Mad Hatter.

It’s no secret that I have a deep and unending love for Mission’s happy hour. Since my birthday is the day before St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to go grab a drink there on the 17th to celebrate. A couple pitchers and a chorizo quesadilla later, we thought it would be brilliant to head down the block and split a Mad Hatter hat full o’ alcohol. I ended up wishing everyone a very happy Patrick De Queso and now I want to make it a tradition to head to my favorite Mexican spot on/ around my birthday/ St. Patrick’s Day. Makes sense, huh? Whatever.

This year, Mission and I are sharing a birthday party on the 16th. I’ll be working all day because it’s, like, on a Thursday, so no uber-cute St. Patrick’s Day gear for me. But if you’re doing something fun that weekend you probably need a fun top or a little something green so you don’t get pinched.

the carolove st. patrick's day

1.Gold Pleated Midi Skirt||2.Sequins & St. Patty’s Tee||3.Gold and Silver Sequin Pencil Skirt

4.St. Patrick’s Day Lucky AF Crewneck Sweatshirt||5.St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shake Raglan Tee||6.St. Patricks Day You Punch Me I Punch You Wideneck Sweatshirt

7.Lucky Sweatshirt||8.Glitter Rainbow Clutch Handbag

9.BAUBLEBAR Bliss Bib Necklace||10.Vanessa Mooney The Astrid Knotted Tassel Earrings||11.Kendra Scott Danielle Statement Drop Earrings

12.Venessa Arizaga Rainbow Bracelet||13.Stella McCartney Rainbow iPhone 6 / 6s Case||14.Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Metallic Canvas Ox

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