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My love-hate relationship with Forever 21 started in middle school. I was obsessed with New York because Dream Street was from New York and one of my close friends got me and I HEART NY t-shirt from Forever 21. Previously, Mama D. had me steer clear of the trendy mess of a haven for teeny-boppers because their clothes were, well, cheap. Case in point, the shirt turned everything we washed it with pink. That didn’t stop me from shopping there for years for clothes to wear for one night or to try the latest trend at a low price.

The Forever 21 at Metro Center is huge and intimidating (3 floors and employees that have no idea where anything is because how could they), but I’ve run in for little gifts, workout gear on the fly, and even one night when I had an impromptu date after work but was looking EXTRA Friday casual and wanted to jazz up my look.

This is actually a pretty funny story. I had a guy on Tinder message me and ask me out one Friday night. We agreed to meet at Hank’s Oyster Bar but when I got there after getting myself a new little outfit from Forever 21 after work, he told me he hated seafood. So then he took me to a a gay bar. When he left for a moment to use the restroom, a couple celebrating their anniversary with their friends came over to me, told me they loved my romper, got me a shot, and made sure I was ok because I guess it was obvious that I was naht having a good time with this guy. Thank you Forever 21 for one of my weird DC date stories. Glad I’m past all that.

Anywhooo… I’m kind of loving Forever 21 again now. True to form, they have all the most popular trends at price points that make sense for styles that may be long gone by next year. And here’s a fun fact: if you buy online, you can return via mail. Yup. Forever 21 does sneaky returns if you buy online. So go ahead and shop away from the comfort of your couch in your pjs.

the carolove forever 211.Ruffle Hem T-Shirt Dress||2.Tasseled Off-the-Shoulder Dress||3.Camo Hooded Dress

4.Lottie London Mermaid Glow Highlighter||5.Glitter Injections Highlighter||6.Illuminating Powder

7.Watermelon Faux Leather Tote||8.Striped Tasseled Tote Bag||9.Studded Lucite Tote Bag

10.Wanted Crushed Velvet Slip-Ons||11.J Slides Leather Bow Sneakers||12.Faux Leather Tassel Slides

Don’t forget you can earn cash back at Forever 21 if you shop with ebates!
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So March was… in like… something and out like probably the same thing (a mess) because the freaking weather has taken us all on such an emotional roller coaster. But April showers bring May flowers and now I’m giggling to myself because next April, Kendall and I will be celebrating our wedding at The Mayflower and how perfect is that? April is a special time of year for my family. My mom’s birthday is April 9th, as is my parents’ anniversary (celebrating 29 years this year WHATUP!) and my Uncle Jay and Aunt Jeanie happened to pick the same date for their own wedding 6 years later! Lots of love, lots to celebrate in April!

It’s also usually the first month of the year to really feel like spring! As much as I love getting into the winter cozies, I’m over it. Bring on the sunshine. And in that vein, I bring you my April wish list.

the carolove april wish list

  1. I’m kind of digging this Cupshe Melodic Blues One-piece Swimsuit. Has anyone ordered from Cupshe before? Thoughts?
  2. Last year, Target had this amazing straw tote with pompoms that I really wanted… until I got to the store and it was big enough I could have put a couple toddlers or a weeks worth of clothes in it. The Rainbow Pom Pom Tote from t+j is a much better size AND I love the colors!
  3. I found the Women’s Wildfox More Glitter Manchester Tee last Friday when I was super sad that our CFO was retiring. “More glitter, less bitter” is the best sad day mantra.
  4. I’m still determined to try rainbow highlighter, and at under $10, I won’t mind this little purchase once Lent is over!
  5. This is one of the cutest collabs I’ve seen! If you can’t pick just one color, the Clinique Crayola(TM) Chubby Lip Crayon Box is just the thing for you!
  6. I love my nude studded heels, but they’ve been about run into the ground. Yay for
    Betseyville Naveah Gladiator Sandals and their under $50 price point!
  7. Not going to lie, part of the appeal of the Shashi Caroline Necklace is the name. But I also obviously love the style!
  8. I keep going back to these Rachelle Tassel Chandeliers from Stella & Dot.
  9. Kendall + I kind of want to have a vintage picnic themed engagement photo shoot, but for a real picnic, the ban.do Watermelon Super Chill Cooler Bag is the cutest!
  10. Yes, I’m obsessed with going to Mission for margs with my girls. The Margaritas With My Senoritas Crewneck from Tees And Tank You seems appropriate.
  11. We’ve burned through almost all of the Christmas clearance candles I stockpiled, but it’s time for fresher scents anyway! Bring on the Mimosa Kiki&Me Tumbler Candle!
  12. Stripes. Always stripes. But it doesn’t hurt to have an unexpected detail like this Women’s J.crew Ruffle Sleeve Top.
  13. Candace and I never had jellies because my mom was smart and knew they were painful, sweaty, and not great for your feet. I got the adult version for a music festival a few years ago, and quickly learned that for myself. But the Kate Spade New York Fanley T-Strap Sandal seem like a great, slightly more grown up, option.
  14. Mint is a tricky color for me, but once I have a tan, here I come for this Pintucked Swing Blouse.

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Is there anything that’s rougher than trying to maintain a healthy, sleek look through the winter? (Other than the feeling of winter itself, of course. Sleet in your face and snow leaking through your favorite boots are not experiences that anyone wants to go through very often.) Winter is rough on your appearance – but luckily there are some ways that you can fight against it…

S’well Elements 17oz Water Bottle

Keep Hydrating

As we all know, the skin is an organ, which means that it’s made up of cells, which are, of course, mostly made up of water. The eight glasses of water each day thing that we’ve all read about countless times is largely a myth – but it is crucial that you keep drinking it in order to make your skin look bright and full. Drinking plenty of water also ensures that your hair keeps its full, glossy look all winter long. If you find that it looks thin or lifeless, talk to your doctor as you may have a vitamin deficiency or a problem with your thyroid.

Logo Lettering Quilted Leather Hat

Protect Yourself From The Elements

If you want to keep your hair looking good through the winter as well as the summer, it’s time to invest in a hat. ‘What’s that?’ I hear you say. ‘Risk hat hair all winter? Is she crazy?’ Not crazy in the least, my friends. Rain, wind and cold temperatures can damage your hair by making it more brittle and easily breakable – particularly if you go outside with hair that’s still wet from the shower. (But of course that’s a whole other issue – do you want to use heat products on your hair every day?) Make sure that you cover your hair with a hat or a hood and protect your skin by pulling your scarf up over your face. Go for high quality skincare and hair-care products like the ones at NaturalHavenCo.com – they’ll be extra enriching and full of ingredients that are great for you. It’s important to find a brand and a formula that suits you.

NARS – Blush – Orgasm

Change Your Makeup Routine

Orange foundation is probably the most appalling of all makeup sins, and it’s way too easy to make that mistake in the winter when you’re at your most pale and interesting. Go for a paler shade of foundation and concealer than you would in the winter, and make sure that you blend it in carefully to your neck and hairline. Beauty blenders can help with this, or a fat, soft foundation brush with short bristles. You might think that foundation brushes with longer bristles are the best – but the truth is that they don’t blend your foundation into your pores as well, and instead spread it over your skin like a paintbrush, which is not a good look. It may be winter but you can still go for a little gleam with blusher with a slight sparkle in it – try out NARS Orgasm for a traditionally excellent look that suits everyone – along with a little highlighter on the point of your face that the light hits, like your brow bone, your cheekbones, and the bow of your lips.

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Did it not seem like it took for.ev.er. for February to get her? Yeesh. But it’s here! It’s time for hearts and flowers and pink hopefully hints of spring because this winter has been nowhere near wintery enough so I’m over it. I also see February as pre-March aka pre-My-Birthday-Month. Last year I was so freaked out about being in a wedding every month that I didn’t even want to celebrate. I did end up celebrating, because I have awesome friends and family, but this year I vow to get back to my birthday queen self.

But I digress- it’s not my turn yet. It’s February’s turn! This month’s wish list is full of all things pink, soft, and sweet. Here’s to all of the hearts and hoping we get some more snow.

the carolove february wish list

1.COACH Woman’s Odette Casual Loafers||2.Betsey Johnson Women’s Gold-Tone Bracelet Watch||3.kate spade new york Keds® glitter sneaker, multi

4.Lavanila The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit||5.Betsey Johnson Boxed Kitsch Pouch||6.Clover Drops

7.Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle||8.Women’s Hunter Original High Gloss Boot

9.Women’s Leith Flounce Midi Dress||10.Women’s Betsey Johnson Faux Fur Jacket||11.Women’s Free People Odyssey Tee

12.Adidas Superstar Original Fashion Sneaker, White/Pink||13.Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette||14.Furla zip around make up bag

 

 

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If you are a lover of beauty magazines, websites or blogs, you probably see one phrase in particular popping up a lot of the time: ‘glowing’. In fact, it has even wormed its way into the mainstream media, with regular magazines and newspapers snapping a good-looking celeb and captioning the photo ‘she’s simply glowing!’. So what exactly does this word mean? Well, it essentially boils down to the recipient of the term looking exceptionally healthy and happy – as though they take good care of themselves. It isn’t particularly related to style or fashion – or even makeup, really. It is more to do with a natural look – that ‘inner glow’, if you will. Felt yourself looking a bit on the drab side lately? Here are some ways you can easily ‘glow up’.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream, 1.7 oz.

Take good care of your skin

Take a moment to examine your skincare routine. If it’s pretty much non-existent at the moment, this is where you could be going wrong. In your 20s, your skin is likely to be supple and pretty much wrinkle-free. You could even still be experiencing some symptoms of teenage skin, such as excess oil and acne. But unfortunately, reality does hit at some point, and soon your skin may lose its youthful appearance. As this is one of the keys to ‘glowing skin’, it is best to start an exfoliating/moisturizing routine sooner rather than later. Serum in particular is a great product for keeping skin soft and supple – just remember not to go too over the top with it, especially if you have oily skin. A little bit goes a long way. If, when you get older you decide that your skin is still lacking it’s mojo, you could always look into the possibility of having a facelift too.

Moon Juice Limited Edition Cookbook

Watch your diet

There is absolutely no rule that says that in order to look glowing, you have to exercise like crazy and be stick thin. Anyone of any shape can have that glowing look that shows they have been providing their body and mind with only good stuff. With that in mind, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat – after all, we’d all be pretty miserable without pizza, right?! But certain nuts, fruits and proteins can all play an integral role in keeping your skin, hair and eyes bright and shiny – thus giving you that dreamy healthy glow. Too much processed food and sugary soda can easily play havoc with your appearance as well as your general health, so just be mindful of what you are putting into your body.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter

Use makeup to your advantage

Even though skincare, hair care and general health are the best ways to make you look glowing, a little touch of makeup can really complete the look. Use it lightly – too much makeup can look ‘caked on’ and can ruin the whole effect, as well as clogging up your skin. Use a sheer foundation – even a tinted moisturizer, in fact – and give yourself a light dusting of bronzer if you are a little on the pale side. Investing in a good highlighter and learning how to use it will also transform your look; it reflects the light naturally, giving you a fresh, dewy look.

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