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Sometimes I see outfits on my friends and immediately wish they were on me. My girl Amanda of Whistle & Wild looked absolutely adorable at a casual friends meet-up a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I’d take a stab at recreating the look of this outfit with different pieces (and maybe without the hat because my moon face looks even rounder in hats like that.) I love her graphic tee tied into a crop with the maxi skirt + statement necklace, but then I flew off the handle with the accessories I chose. As a shorty, I have to pair maxi anything with heels or  wedges, and the more rose gold the better, in my opinion.

This kind of look is so fun for summer brunch or rooftop drinks. While we were all about the red, white, and blue for Red White and Fuego at Mission, I would wear this for margaritas with my señoritas any day. Clearly I’m into bright colors + playful prints, and now that I don’t have my sorority advisor telling me to “take one accessory off before you leave the house,” I have thrown that advice completely out the window.

the carolove palm tree pattern knot front crop tee

Palm Tree Pattern Knot Front Crop Tee||Ezcosplay Women’s Double Layer Retro Chiffon Long Skirt Elastic Waist Boho Skirt|Women’s Jaylen Wedge Sandal||Lydell NYC Statement Chain-Link Necklace, Rose Golden||Green Tassel Leather Earrings||Forrest glasses||Tassel Detail PU Crossbody Bag With Ring Handle

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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}

Two-pieced sets:

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Say that 5 times fast.

But no, really, I fully endorse any purchasing of products that leads to a healthier, and therefore, happier life. It took me a while, but I have found my fitness thing at CorePower. I’ve had one or two people that yoga isn’t “enough,” but I’ll tell you what- when I was going several times a week last summer, I got super toned super fast AND my head space was just better. Also, their sculpt classes get in that cardio and also, don’t tell me how to live my like while I’m doing something good for myself.

Within CorePower, I am part of SET- the Studio Experience Team. This is just a fancy way of saying that I get a great discount because I help maintain the space I love so much. Luckily, my day job is flexible so I can leave work at 4 on Wednesdays to head to my home studio in Glover Park. I adore my studio and the people who work/ practice there. It’s like a little yogi family. CorePower also has a great little retail situation going on- and between my style blogger searches, whimsical wants, and advice from my favorite instructor/ my manager, I’ve come up with a little wish list to motivate me in my practice.

the carolove fitness wish list

I got my first (and currently only) pair of Goldsheep leggings when I got to practice and discovered that my water bottle had leaked all over the pants I bought. They are fantastic! They don’t fall down, ride up, or get sweaty. I’m eyeing the Pink Leopard leggings (cropped) with the matching crop top.

Speaking of leaky water bottles- they suck. I’ve collected a bunch of cheap water bottles over the years free from events and such. Guess what? They all leak. Hands down, S’Well water bottles are the most popular. They come in a range of colors and patterns (the marble + rose gold staying on trend!) but I really love the Bondi Beach style!

Another studio favorite is the LuLu Lemon mat. I asked my manager about this because my current mat, while adorable, is just about shredded and generally looking loved. Her only critique is that it’s heavy (it is!) but since I can keep my mat at the studio as an employee, it doesn’t matter much to me. Since I am going to keep it there? She suggested a color since so many people have the black one. That popular.

Now, I know that yoga is a barefoot activity (just another reason to love it!) but Kendall walks me home from yoga and it’s about a 15 minute walk. It’s actually pretty nice to walk home together and cool down after being in a hot studio. Unfortunately, I usually forget my sneakers so I’m walking home in my flats or boots from work. If I’m going with the crazy outfits for practice, I’m thinking I should go all out and add the 80s retro Reeboks! My mom actually had a pair of these she sacrificed to a muddy field trip when I was in 7th grade. I wish wish wish I had salvaged them so I could have the real thing.

I always pack a long sleeve or a sweatshirt for two reasons: 1. because it’s cold right now and while I’m cleaning it can be a little chilly. 2. I hate sweating into my coats after class. This particular graphic top is on sale for under $10- making it the perfect situation to throw into your bag and sweat in- while still making a statement literally.

Last but not least, I know I said the mat on my wish list is a little heavy for lugging around, but I can’t resit personalized gear. The Essential Canvas Yoga Bag from Mark & Graham is just the thing if you are traveling with your mat.

What gear motivates your work out? Or what brands do you trust for your fitness needs?

Pink Leopard leggings||Pink Leopard crop top||S’well Gray Malin Bondi Beach 17-oz. Reusable Bottle||The Reversible Mat||Reebok – Freestyle Leather High-top Sneakers – White||DreamWorks Trolls Juniors’ Cold-Shoulder Graphic Sweatshirt||Essential Canvas Yoga Bag

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Velvet came around in a big way this fall and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime fast. I’m actually wearing a red velvet dress for NYE- so much more comfortable than sequins let me tell you! I started noticing blue velvet and how rich it was before my friend Jenn’s wedding. I wore this dress with a killer pair of gold strappy heels, but I was considering a pair of block heel navy velvet pumps- I looked around a bit but decided since the rental was about how much I would have spent on a new dress, I didn’t need to splurge on new shoes as well.

Unlike blush velvet (which I still love, by the way), the dark blue/ navy family has an elegance about it. From the age of about 4-13, my Christmas dresses were black, navy, or hunter velvet, so I always associate dark velvet with getting fancy for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. However, I like the idea of an oversized velvet t or funky boots just as well as a festive frock. How do you velvet?

the carolove blue-velvet

Women’s Free People Ellie Burnout Velvet Minidress||Women’s Everly Floral Velvet Cutout Dress||Aphrodite’s Kiss Navy Blue Velvet Halter Maxi Dress

Women’s The Fifth Label The Seeker Off The Shoulder Velvet Crop Top||Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Velvet Cold-Shoulder Top||Maeve Velvet Swing Tee

WORTHINGTON Worthington Novelty Pleated Full Skirt||Design Lab Lord & Taylor Velvet Jacquard Skirt

Steve Madden Women’s Bertie Velvet Lace-Up Sneakers||Betsey Johnson Carly Velvet Sandals||Women’s Steve Madden Edit Bootie

Bp. Mini Velvet Backpack – Blue||Dannijo Vix Velvet Choker Necklace||Women’s Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 Velvet Burnout Bomber Jacket

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