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Our best friends are there for us when we need them the most. They’re there for the good times and the bad times. Even if they’re not with you all the time, you know you can always rely on them. Whether you want to say thank you for some help they’ve given you or just to show that you care – a special gift and unexpected gift makes a lovely surprise. Here are some great picks for thoughtful gifts to give to your best friend.

Day at the Spa soy candle

A spa day

Between busy work and family lives, it can be difficult for you to spend quality time with your best friend. Buying you both a gift certificate to a spa offers an excellent opportunity for you to relax and take some time to get away from it all. A friend who’s been going through a tough time can benefit from a de-stress and a spa day is a gift that will always be appreciated. If the spa isn’t her thing, do some research on best friend dates to find an activity you’ll both enjoy. You might even find a new hobby you can take up together!

Personalized Name Jewelry

A name necklace

Personalized jewelry is a thoughtful gift that shows that you really care for the recipient. If your friend is a fashionista, she’ll appreciate a Sex and the City-style ‘Carrie’ necklace – a simple but stylish piece that goes with everything. For beautiful and chic personalized name necklaces – Soufeel is a great retailer that offers them in different styles and colors. Get one for yourself too for a cute reminder of the special friendship you both share.

Anti-Ageing Facial Serum

Some luxury skincare

It’s important that we look after our skin, and if you’ve been raving about a new skincare product recently – why not give one as a gift to a friend? Being able to say, ‘I thought you might like this,” shows that you think about your friend and that you know about her likes and dislikes. There are some amazing skincare products available at the moment, including skincare made from natural ingredients that make an excellent gift that she’ll love to keep on her dresser.

Blonde Brunette Frame

A framed photograph

This might be considered a bit of a retro gift, but how many of us take the time to print photographs anymore? With phones and Facebook to share photos on there’s a very real possibility that you don’t have any photos up in your home of the two of you together. Pick a stylish frame or fill an album with some of your favorite memories for a gesture she’ll really appreciate.

Treating your best friend is a wonderful way to lift her spirits or show her how much she means to you. If you struggle to think of ideas, look back at some of your favorite memories and let the inspiration hit you – an inside joke might be all that’s needed to spark an idea. Sometimes it’s the smaller gifts that we appreciate the most, and in the end – it’s always the thought that counts.

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Last weekend, Bubbles & Bloggers had our July meetup- a shopping tour with Shop The City (more on that in a later post) that ended with the last Whistle & Wild popup before founder Amanda scoots down to Texas in a move that has been a long time coming. While I’m sad to see my friend go, I am SO excited for her journey. You may remember this, but Sarah and I modeled her clothes to help launch Whistle & Wild back late last summer, and the following of Amanda’s online boutique has grown exponentially and nation-wide. There is no question that Amanda is one bad boss and she’ll do great things!

This popup had a little somethin’somethin’ extra though! Marisa was there to help style summer Whistle & Wild pieces for fall. I was so inspired that I wanted to share with my readers some of the great ideas Marisa gave to help transition their own wardrobes. The best part is that I found the pieces I was missing at the #NSale and can share those with you too! These are just a couple of pieces we looked at to move from summer into fall. Make sure you check out everything Whistle & Wild has to offer!


Although the booties that Marisa showed us with this outfit had a little more of a heel, I love love love the perforated look on this Tom’s booties. Put those toes away once the temps drop, ad some sleeves to the slip dress with soft cotton underneath, and add burgundy to the blush to make a great fall outfit!

Whistle & Wild Gabi Slip Dress||Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton Tee||Deia Block Heel Bootie||Angleflip Pendant Necklace MADEWELL||Sole Society Glenn Faux Leather Tote


“Gingham is summer through and through.” This is a gingham rule that I’ve already talked about breaking myself. While Marisa said that leather is still a bit much for early fall, olive utility/ military style jackets are universally flattering. Add a riding boot with a low heel for just a little bit of height. I actually got these exact boots for myself after hearing how long my legs looked with just a bit of heel. At the risk of looking too matchy matchy, I kind of love it with the blue bag too! And I think the boots make it a day or night outfit.

Whistle & Wild Blue Thrill Dress||Twill Peplum Jacket CASLON||Korrine Over the Knee Boot SARTO BY FRANCO SARTO||Avalon 55mm Gradient Lens Square Sunglasses||young lane – shirley leather satchel KATE SPADE NEW YORK

How do you transition your summer clothes to fall?

 

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If you’re friends with me or follow me on any of my social media, you may have gotten an invite to my Stella & Dot online style session. If not, feel free to invite yourself now! I’m hosting it along with my friend and Stella & Dot stylist, Erica. There’s nothing you have to do and nowhere you need to go- just style inspiration and some of the cutest accessories you’ve ever seen! I’m a huge Stella & Dot fan and have been for years. My of my favorite pieces are from there!

I’ve actually considered becoming a stylist myself and talked about the perks of becoming a Stella & Dot stylist a while back on my blog. While I still don’t feel like I have the time to devote to being a great stylist, I can borrow Erica and pretend I’m a stylist during my virtual trunk show. And that doesn’t mean I don’t like to look for myself.

I want to share some of my all-time favorite pieces to get you in the mood to shop my Stella & Dot online style session! I have the pieces in the top row on heavy rotation. The bottom row is my wish list!

Melody Bracelet||Pyramid Watch – Exotic||Wishing Bracelet – Bisous||York Necklace

Ezra Statement Necklace||Mai Bracelet – Warm||Nila Chandeliers||Harmony Bracelet

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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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Last Wednesday, Bubbles & Bloggers had one of our coolest meetups yet. We headed down to Ivy City to Republic Restoratives to enjoy our custom Fresh In The District cocktails, learn about how Fresh Wave works, snack on some delicious treats from Homeshed Kitchens, and leave with the cutest Scout gift bags. While I’d certainly heard of Scout, I didn’t know much about the other brands an d it’s always fun discovering new places and products with my favorite ladies.

Republic Restoratives is woman-founded, “community funded and community driven,” making it the perfect place for a gathering of community minded women to get together. The space itself is really awesome- Dani and I were brainstorming future events while we were still there. Our Fresh In The District was delicious and made just for us! I’m not sure if they’re keeping it around as a permanent item on their menu, but I would recommend if you can get down there to try it!

Fresh Wave is a new-to-me company, but many of the ladies at the event had heard of them and love their products. I’m huge on candles, fragrance, and freshness in my home, but the difference between some of the scents that I use and Fresh Wave is that their products are all-natural. No harsh chemicals. No heavy perfumes. No toxic ingredients. While it was brought up that this is great for pets and kids, let’s be real- natural is better for everyone! I’m currently using the odor removing gel that came in my gift bag and I love the scent!

Thank you to Republic Restoratives, Fresh Wave, Homeshed Kitchens, and Scout for a wonderful night out, and of course to Dani for planning!

Dani with the Fresh Wave gals

We like to have themes for our meetups which makes for awesome pictures in semi-coordinating outfits, and our theme was green. Weirdly enough, I don’t actually own a whole lot of green, so I went for greenery instead with my tropical dress from Old Navy. I love love love the pattern on the dress but the dang thing shrank in the wash, making it a cute tunic.

Photos by Dani

Outfit details:

Sleeveless Cutout-Back Shift Dress for Women: Old Navy||York Necklace: Stella & Dot||Similar sandals here||Similar cardigans here||Similar bracelet here

Tropical print dresses:

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