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This post is so tardy to the party and I apologize. A few weeks ago, for our October meetup, Bubbles & Bloggers hosted and intimate chat at Mission with Ashlee of Cobolt Chronicals and Contracts for Creatives.

Bloggers are told time and time again that they should have a contract when working with brands. This is something I have ignored the teensy-est bit, and I’ve gotten away with it because the brands I work with an myself have been good at delivering our end of the bargain. Plus, I figured that since our terms are outlined in an email, that’s basically a contract, right?

Wrong.

While I was totally stoked to find out that a contract doesn’t have to be created by a lawyer to make it binding, it does need to be signed and dated by both parties.  Ashlee filled us in with what it takes to have a good contract in the blogging world, and I feel confident that I can put together a contract of my own. However, I would probably have her review it to be safe, which is one of the services she offers. Definitely check her out if you need legal help with your blog!

But let’s go back for a second to “I can put together a contract of my own”. This blog, and the ones that came before it (Getting Warped, Case of the Mondays, and Little Bitty City One) has been a total learning and growing experience. Yes, I was inspired by bloggers to start my own, but I’ve done it pretty much solo since then. This is absolutely not to discredit the friends I’ve bounced content with, traded photo-shoots with, and shared resources with, but when it comes down to it, The CaroLøve is all me.

I’ve figured out how to do a little bit of coding, found the plugins to make my blog go my way, played with what works and what doesn’t. When I grew out of Little Bitty City One, I started The CaroLøve as a blank canvas. Even that has evolved. I don’t want my blog or myself to stop growing and I probably spend about 5 hours a week reading articles on blog growth or technology etc.

So hear this, fellow bloggers- when you’re feeling a little slumpy, look back on everything you’ve done, achieved, created. Be proud of it, but don’t become complacent. Thank the friends who have helped you along the way, but don’t discount how much you really have done on your own.

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Outfit details:

Earrings: ADMK||The Sari Necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Tote: Macy’s||Top: Loft||Skirt: Forever 21||Booties: Amazon||Jacket: Amazon

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A girl and her pearls: a love story.

I mean, seriously, can you think of a more timeless accessories that can come in all shapes and sizes? I have a nice little collection: a black pearl necklace with matching earrings, my Chunky Pearl Necklace, a few long strands in a rainbow of colors, a couple classic white chokers, and The Sari c/o Pearl & Clasp.

That is to say I’m a huge fan of pearls and I have discovered a new way to rock them: on my sweaters. Now, I do think that if you’re rocking an embellished top, a necklace is not needed, so a pearl sweater may be the perfect way to jazz of  up a pair of jeans effortlessly for a casual brunch or easy date night look now that (I think it’s safe to say) that fall is really here. It’s not fussy, but still creates a look that’s more thank just jeans and a sweater. If this is a look you want to try guilt-free, great! because Shein has them at treat yo’self prices. I’m partial to the grey sweater with the rainbow sprinkle of pearls myself, but what do you think or wearing your jewelry on your clothes rather than around your neck?the carolove pearl sweaters

 

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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}

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I cannot stress this enough, and I’ve said it before: if I could only wear one style for the rest of my life, striped cotton dresses would be it. And they would likely all be from Old Navy. I’ve honestly been wearing Old Navy striped dresses for the past two days. Not only are they easy AF and hold up forever, but I can consistently slip into one and Kendall will be like, “you look beautiful!” No fuss, but much reward.

And I’ve always been a dress girl. I think it would confuse people when I was younger because while most girls opted for jeans or shorts on out-of-uniform days, I reached for a sun dress. After swim team practice- same thing. I’ve just always felt the most myself in a dress. I may not always know how to properly girl, complaining about heels most female would laugh at, but a good dress will win over jeans every time. Pair with a sweet pair of flats or a cute sneaker- I’m set. It’s my uniform, and I’m sticking with it.

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My outfit details:

Denim jacket: Target||Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson||Sari necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Faith bag c/o Urban Expressions||Sneakers: Steve Madden||Heavy-Knit Shift Dress for Women: Old Navy

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So, first of all I’m sorry for being a bad blogger and kind of letting The CaroLøve fall by the wayside last week and into this week. Besides a post engagement euphoria, I’ve also come down with a nasty sinus infection situation. I spent a lot of last week struggling to breathe, pinning wedding everything, and, frankly, caring about little else than Kendall and starting our future together. I’ll probably be posting a lot of my wedding faves and likely I’ll have a bit of a harder time posting 5+ times a week. I ask you to bear with me and give me as much feedback as you want!

Second of all- I’m sorry I’m so late on my NYFW post! Now that I’ve gotten a taste of the experience, I’d love to go back! I was in the city for less than 24 hours, but getting to experience my first NYFW show was such an amazing experience, and I’m truly honored that I was even invited.

After a morning blowout at Drybar Midtown East with with an amazing stylist named Fernando, I hopped in a car and made my way to the Yuna Yang show at Gotham Comedy Club. There were only a few girls already there, and we quickly started chatting as we waited outside the club to get in. I mentioned how I’d brought along my camera to the city to have my friend take outfit pics for me before she left for brunch and I left for Drybar, but somehow lost my SD card. Juliette was kind enough to step in an do a quick shoot for me! As she said in her email when she sent the picture over- Not too bad for a three minute impromptu shoot in the rain!

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Another lovely blogger I met in line was Lexie. Meeting her was like being a little kid and meeting your favorite princess at Disney World. This woman is a princess in real life and so incredibly sweet. I’ve been following her on Instagram for quit so I kind of fangirled when she was standing right in front of me.

Since it was my first taste of NYFW, I was trying so hard to keep an open mind about how things would run, but there is a bit of chaos that I found overwhelming. Half of our tickets had bar codes on them and half didn’t- which confused the team running the show as much as it did us. Juliette and I did not have bar codes so we were sent off to a side line and when we got into the show we weren’t sure if we would be able to see anything. Thank goodness she knew what she was doing, because despite having the “wrong” kind of ticket, we ended up with seats right where the models walked off the stage. I’m so glad we had the view we did because the clothes were incredible- such an amazing display of texture and color. Despite being totally exquisite, the styles were also accessible. I would wear anything in the collection! I’m not even going to pretend I have any idea what I’m talking about, but I simply loved the collection! I’ve said this before, I never studied fashion per say, but I know what I like and I love playing with style. My favorite piece- the mint green fur coat!

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I’m still not sure why I was invited to the Yuna Yang show, and I’m still so honored that I was. I don’t think I would last the whole New York Fashion Week, realistically, but in Fall I would love to go up for at least a few more days. I found Dana’s post about why she skipped it altogether this spring really on point, and I can totally understand where she’s coming from, even as a total newbie. While I could sit and appreciate a gorgeous collection from a designer I hadn’t heard of before, that I want to get to know better, I looked to my left and saw a girl having her photog take a picture of her next to the (at this point) empty stage. Why? To prove you were there? Can’t you just enjoy being in the space you were in with the incredible display you just witnessed? It just made my skin crawl a little.But I’m still so grateful that I was included and I do hope to be able to experience more NYFW in the future.

Have you ever been to NYFW? What do you love and what could you do without?

My Outfit Details:

Bar III Flyaway Faux-Leather Jacket: Macy’s||Lace Top Jumpsuit: Loft||The Sari c/o Pearl & Clasp||Ballet flats: SheIn||Pyramid Watch – Exotic: Stella & Dot||Cross-body c/o Urban Expressions||Triple Wrap Tassel Bracelet: Emily Kammeyer for E.Kammeyer Accessories

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