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When you’re into fashion, summer really is the perfect time to have fun with your look. You don’t have to worry about wrapping up in layers to keep warm and dry, so no throwing on a big coat and boots with every outfit you put together. Instead, you have far more flexibility/ Plus Summer clothing tends to be more colorful and bold than anything you can find over the autumn and winter, so fantastic for really making a statement. There are certain accessories and trends that have trickled down from the runway and into our favorite stores, if you want to get on board here are a few things to try this summer!

Frasier Sterling Party Like It’s 1999 Silver Choker Necklace

Chokers

Chokers have been on trend for some time now, and aren’t set to go anywhere just yet. While big statement jewelry chokers are popular (and can look fantastic on a night out) when it’s warm in the daytime you could go with something lighter and more comfortable. Even bootlace style tie chokers can bring something to an outfit but won’t feel like it’s weighing you down. Other jewelry trends include asymmetrical earrings– something to try if you’re feeling really brave! And bold pendant necklaces. These are a great way to perk up any plain looking summer outfit.

Eye Catching Belts

Designers such as Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga accessorized their outfits on the runway with old, eye-catching belts- so expect to see similar kinds of styles hitting the stores this summer. Again it’s another easy way to perk up a simple outfit. Denim shorts, a tank top and sandals make a simple summer outfit- a statement belt could really bring it to life. If you keep everything else quite simple and go for one bold piece it brings personality without being overkill.

Oversized Sunglasses

Oversized sunnies continue to stay on trend in 2017- great news since they’re a flattering and easy to wear style giving you instant glamor. Plus larger sunglasses protect the eye area better meaning fewer UV rays to damage the delicate skin around the eyes. Be sure to try on a wide selection of sunglasses to find a pair that really suits your face size and shape. Aviators are a classic and are a style you can wear time and time again if you want something that makes less of a statement.

Knee High Athletic Socks

Knee high socks look super cute, the perfect addition to a pair of shorts. They’re ideal if you’re not too keen on your legs since they covered them up- and they also protect them too if you’re going on hikes or playing sports (or if it gets a bit chillier one day). All in all, they are a fun way to accessorize an outfit and can be practical in some cases too. Some designers have even showcased them with wedges and sandals, but if you’re not quite on board with this trend, you can play it safer with a pair of sneakers.

What trends and accessories are you most excited to try out this summer?

 

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If you are a female and grew up in the 90s, chances are you saw Spice World. If that is the case, you definitely remember this quote:

It must be so hard for you, Victoria. I mean, having to decide whether to wear the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress, or… the little Gucci dress!

And you totally just read it in Mel C.’s voice, you know, the Sporty one. But back to Posh and her little Gucci dresses. They were always short, sexy, and usually black. She honestly was the only Spice Girl who managed to NEVER look clownish in her caricature, although obviously my favorite was Baby. Posh had a stern sophistication that the other girls were lacking, now that I look back on it, and it carried into her sleek and put-together look today. Basically what I’m saying is that you just cannot go wrong with a little black dress.I’m not so into Posh’s itty bitty body-con look, but I prefer a bit of texture + flounce with my LBDs. The holidays might be over, but stick a couple of these in your closet and you’ll be good to go if any dressy-type emergency should arise.

the carolove little black dress

1.Influential Essential Mini Dress||2.Soiree Sophistication A-Line Dress in Noir||3.Sangria Social Mini Dress

4.In Hot Dot-ter Long Sleeve Black Dress||5.BB Dakota Thessaly Black Lace Dress||6.Sheer Leader Black Mesh Skater Dress

7.Black 3/4 Sleeve Ruffle Hem A Line Dress||8.Croc Velvet Midi Dress BLACK

9.She + Sky (Ya Los Angeles) Little Black Dress||10.Women’s Cooper & Ella Brooke One-Shoulder Dress||11.Women’s Moon River Ladder Stitch Lace Dress

12.Women’s Nsr Lace Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress||13.Women’s A. Drea Laser Cut Lace Skater Dress||14.Silk Overlay Dress

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No TGIF link love this week, you guys.

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of my readers and their families a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah! (I always love when they fall at the same time!) This year has been full of so many big, sometimes scary, wonderful things: I re-branded my blog, moved out of my first apartment, and fell in love. I’ve made some incredible friends, survived being in 3 weddings in a row, went back stage at Warped Tour for the first time ever, and have never felt more confident and self-assured. While I’m not sure quite where I’m headed career-wise yet, I even feel the most settled and happy at my current job at the firm. I just feel like everything has fallen into place in my little world and the things that haven’t, well, I have the energy and the people behind me that I need so I’m not scared. I got this. We got this.

Wherever you’re going this weekend, get there safely. I can’t wait to spend Christmas with my parents + Kendall and show him what it’s like to have a Downing Christmas. My wish for all of you is that you can be filled with my same warm fuzzy feelings this weekend, into the new year, and foreverz.

One last thing- if you want to celebrate the new year with me, I’ll be at Mason Inn {now under new ownership} enjoying their open bar + some of my favorite people in the universe!

Vest: [last year] Nordstrom||Top: [old] American Eagle||AEO Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Jegging: American Eagle||Annette Garnet Velvet Ankle Booties: LuLu’s||Necklace: [last year] J. Crew

Recreate my outfit:

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If you want to treat her like royalty this Christmas and show her how much you appreciate everything that she does, then look no further, we may just have the answers right here.

Here are some of the best gift ideas – for her.

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Romantic Dinner For Two

When was the last time you took her out to a top restaurant? Women love to eat out. They love having a reason to dress up really fancy! You could even take this idea a step further by going to the shops and choosing her a stunning dress (that she’ll adore), and even a new pair of shoes if you’re feeling extra awesome. Lay them out on the bed, along with a note telling her to put these on and be ready at 8pm. This will fill her up with so much excitement and it’ll be a great start to the evening!

Out To The Theater

If she likes the performing arts, then she’ll love a trip to the theater. Have a look at what plays are on and decide what she’d prefer. This is another good excuse for her to dress up. Go that extra step and get the best seat in the house. When the intervals start, make sure she has all the snacks and beverages she wants.

Relaxing Spa Day

Whether you want to get her a massage, a facial, a manicure or even treat her to one of the many wonderful spa packages, she is bound to feel like a princess. Allow her to bathe in the clearwater spas as she waits for another one of her special treatments. This will make a lovely gift, especially if she is always on the move, and never has time to take out for herself.

Dance The Night Away

Does she love to dance? If she does, then she would love this. Have a look in your area where they have a couples dance night. (Not the clubbing kind of dancing!) Sometimes they hold salsa nights, tango or waltz. This is a fun way for you both to loosen up a little and be silly. You don’t have to be the next John Travolta to do this, so there’s no excuse!

Ride Away To Paradise

If she has a love for animals, then horseback riding is a winner. Can you imagine riding away on your horses in the middle of a flower-filled meadow, or a sandy white beach next to the crystal blue ocean, watching the sunset? You can’t get more romantic than that. You could even take a break and have a picnic prepared with a bottle of something nice and even a few candles to set the scene.

Whatever you end up choosing, just know that it is the thought that counts. As long as she sees the effort that you’ve put in, she will love it. Even if it’s just a simple night in with movies and delicious takeout!

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…throw some glitter make it rain!

You guys, I freakin’ love glitter. This is not new. This has been a thing pretty much my whole life. When I first started wearing makeup (in middle school), it was usually candy-flavored gloss, too much blush, and always sparkles on my eyes. Last week, I was so thrilled to have Illusions sparkle up my locks at Winter Glam Wonderland. I kind of feel like the more sparkles the better, even though I’ve had to tone it down a tad because, you know, adulthood.

However, I feel like starting with Halloween and ending on Valentine’s Day, sparkles come back into fashion. (I may be stretching that a bit- Christmas celebrations to New Year’s Eve might be a little more like it.) Everyone is feeling festive and the promise of a magical holiday and glittering New Year is right around the corner. I picked out some of my favorite shimmer to get you feeling extra sparkly for the upcoming holidays, whether you just want to accessorize with sparkles or cover yourself in them!

the carolove holiday glitter

1.Kate Spade New York Cameron St – Glitter Small Byrdie Crossbody Bag||2.Rebecca Minkoff Leo Glitter Envelope Clutch Bag, Silver/Multi||3.Pink Bee Shaped Glitter Bag||4.Furla Allegra Glitter Coin Case||5.Medium Glitter Lipstick Pouch

6.kate spade new york Keds® glitter sneaker, rose gold||7.Chiara Ferragni ‘Flirting’ glitter slip-on sneakers||8.Starla Black Glitter Ankle Strap Heels||9.Betsey Johnson Kacey Velvet Glitter Heel Booties||10.Krazy glitter boots

11.Notorious Rose Gold Sequin Maxi Dress||12.Women’s Vince Camuto Sequin Pencil Skirt||13.Effervescent Evening Navy Blue Sequin Maxi Skirt||14.MAIA Ombre Long-Sleeve Sequined Dress, Blue/Silver

15.Abracadabra holland watch||16.kate spade new york Gold-Tone Glitter Square Stud Earrings||17.Hearts And Arrows Glitter Heart Collar||18.kate spade new york Gold-Tone Glitter Stone Drop Earrings19.Betsey Johnson Gold-Tone Glitter Star Ombré Link Bracelet

20.BOW GLOVES||21.Scala Glitter Baseball Cap||22.Skinnydip Heart Glitter 2 Iphone 6/6S Case – Pink23.Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow – Beige||24.Deborah Lippmann Women’s Glitter & Be Gay Nail Polish-GOLD

 

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