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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’m sorry for the things I said when I got too hot. July is here and things are heating up-literally- for the summer. If it was completely up to me, I would spend all of July down the shore in a bathing suit drinking out of the hose at my beach house and living on local shellfish. However, I’m developing a shellfish allergy, that house is gone, and adults don’t get to go away for a whole month. WOMP.

My goal is to enjoy summer locally the best I can, despite hating the heat and being swamped as heck with work. July 3rd is very big for the Downings, so Kendall and I both took the day to sit my the pool, enjoy a few beverages, and take in the fireworks a day early at Montgomery Country Club with my family. For the 4th, we went with some of my best ladies and our menfolk to Red White and Fuego 2017. I’m still in a bit of recovery mode. Not sure of any other definite plans for July yet, but hand me a shady spot and a cold glass of rosé I should be fine.

the carolove july wish list

  1. You know what goes really well with rosé? Rose gold torti Forrest glasses.
  2. I’ve been really down on myself the past week or so, but luckily I have a world of amazing cheerleaders. Sometimes I just have to remember to take a step back and realize that my bad day is really nada in the scheme of things. Here ya go with the ban.do Cotton No Bad Days Graphic Sweatshirt.
  3. One of my bridesmaids sent me these Barbie Women’s Barbie Shoe Print Canvas Sneakers on Pinterest. Gimme.
  4.  It’s crazy to me that I used to hate on gingham so much because now I find myself looking for gingham. I like this unexpected embellished look on the Floerns Women’s Bell Sleeve Embroidered Tunic Dress.
  5. This pattern is kind of cray but I think this Allover Banana Print Buttoned Keyhole Top And Shorts set is super fun!
  6. Cold shoulder is how I do off the shoulder and the Tropical Print Open Shoulder Dress With Frill is perf for summer date nights.
  7. The stone in these Women’s Kendra Scott Dani Stone Drop Earrings is gorgeous~ so sparkly!
  8. The beads on this Women’s Panacea Beaded Statement Necklace look like candy and I’m kind of digging tribal-y inspired jewelry for summer.
  9. We could all stand to remember the words on this Women’s Mantraband Have Courage & Be Kind Engraved Cuff.
  10. I got pretty badly burnt on Monday… and now Kendall is gone on a business trip. Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist would make it so I don’t have to try to rub aloe on my back right?
  11. On top of the burn, my face is feeling pretty dull and gross after sweating through my makeup and too much sun. I’m all about honey everything and would love to try the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy.
  12. My blush is almost completely out. I like a bit of shimmer in mine so I’m down to try Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush.
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Getting to dress up in a theme is one of my favorite things to do, and the 4th of July is one of the best holidays for that. In DC, it’s already heating up and I’m trying to figure out how to wear as little as possible while still representing that red, white, and blue. I’m especially excited that I get to celebrate with my army guy since he’ll have returned to me. (EEK! He’ll be home Friday/ Saturday and I CANNOT WAIT!)

While his outfit is probably consisting of either this shirt or these shorts I picked up for him the last time he was away, I haven’t figured mine out. I kind of want to wear this dress or this one, but I can’t find either. I’m starting to think there’s a troll in my closet eating my clothes- either that or there’s a purple bin I haven’t touched since I moved in. REGARDLESS- what is this patriotic princess to do?

If you’re trying to figure out an insta-worthy outfit on a budget, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces under $50 to help get you started. I can’t wait to see all that red, white, and blue!

the carolove 4th of july outfits under 50

Floral Cat Ear Headband||Grayson Threads Women’s Red, Wine, & Blue Americana Tank Gray||FOREVER 21+ American Flag Print Sneakers

Relaxed Americana Graphic Tank for Women||Be Bop Juniors’ Bandana-Print V-Hem Dress||POPTIMISM! Women’s Popsicle Print Jelly Tote Handbag – Blue

Distressed American Flag USA Star Design Womens Fashion Shorts||American Flag Classic Horn Rimmed Patriotic Sunglasses||Ayliss Women’s Sexy Cut out back Bohemian Casual Loose Romper Playsuit

Jack by BB Dakota Tavon Printed Chambray Snap Front Dress||INC International Concepts Women’s Gallena Popsicle® Collection Flat Sandals, Only at Macy’s||Bardot Floral Print Pom Pom Trim Dress

 

 

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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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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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