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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.

Photos by Sarah

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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Last week, I brought you some fun gear for the bride/ Feyoncè. This week, I want to talk about the girls who keep it all going- the bridesmaids. I have been a bridesmaid 4 times, a flower girl once, heavily involved with a 5th wedding, and a guest at… I don’t even want to try to count. I’ve seen a lot of really cute gift ideas for the ladies who have spent so much time, and honestly, money, to make their bride’s day the best it can be. The fun thing is that every wedding I’ve been to, the gifts have been different, so I have a lot of ideas for my own ‘maids. Let’s break it down:

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I was my friend TJ’s date for his girl friend’s wedding a few years ago. The bride had actually custom designed the dresses. They were champagne and emerald, a combo that I never would have even thought of but it worked! Then she got all the girls a set of earrings that were the same emerald color in the dress, but different for each girl. I thought that was the cutest idea! When I was MOH, my bestie gave us all Kate Spade New York Sailor’s Knot Stud Earrings, mine were rose gold, the other girls got silver or gold. That was super meaningful to me because we were there to help her “tie the knot”. Another wedding, we were given earrings that were all the same that the bride asked us to wear for the wedding. My only suggestion is that if you are to give jewelry for the ladies to specifically wear that day, communicate that clearly. It’s OK to do that. It’s your day.

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Getting ready for a wedding is part ritual, part chaos, part slumber party. I think it’s such a nice touch to give the gift of comfort for the ladies because it also takes a hella long time to get ready. I’m talking ALL DAY. I actually wear my robes from my brides, and I really wear my pj pants from my Raleigh wedding. There are several options here. Robes seem to be the tradition, and the three I have are all different. I have a waffle-y one that’s monogrammed that feels like a day at the spa. I curl up with it on weekends, especially in the winter. It’s monogrammed. I have a thinner cotton one that’s great for the summer- that bride got our robes custom made so they would have pockets. This was great because we were running around the Ritz Bal Harbor like chickens with our heads cut off. Then I have a silky, sexy thing with my initial on it. Again, more of a summer robe and made for some cute pictures. My last bride got us pj pants from Old Navy, had them monogrammed, and added an oversized t for easy removal after hair and makeup. I like either the idea of a pj set or coordinating button down shirts, myself.

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It’s always nice to give/ get an unexpected surprise. The wedding I was involved with, but not in, the bride gave all her ‘maids a selfie stick! This made for some really adorable pictures at the wedding. The couple had also set up a DIY photo booth, and they went nicely with that. I’m also a fan of customized cups or glasses for sipping (read: not chugging) champs while getting ready. Other cute little items I’ve received include nail polish, scented candles, and flip flops. Think grown up goodie bag which brings me to…

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You have to put all these gifts somewhere, right? Not saying you have to get your bridesmaids a monogrammed tote like my bestie MOH did, but it was definitely and really nice touch AND I used it for my other weddings to carry gear for the bride and the other bridesmaids. A cute gift bag is  another option- maybe in the colors of your wedding. The one thing I would steer away from here, and maybe with the other gifts as well, are pieces that actually say bridesmaid on them. I feel funny using the one tote I have like that, and chances are somewhere along the line your girls received something that does indicate that they are, in fact, part of your bridal party. Let the gifts you give them that day reflect a thank you for all the work they’ve done leading up to your big day- and that everyone’s almost done with all the hard parts!

 

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I think the worst part of seasonal transitions (besides the allergies) is trying to figure out how the heck to dress. When I put this outfit on last week, it wasn’t because it was perfect planned. It was a happy accident after standing in front of my closet in silence for approximately 20 hours and trying on several million combinations or skirts and tops and tights and boots. That may be an exaggeration- but this was at least the third outfit that I attempted. I was pretty happy with it.

The coat actually made its debut last year, but I upgraded the buttons to a tortie/ gold combo and it just feels way more lush. If there has been an upside to this drawn-out winter, it’s that I’m actually getting to wear the coats that I couldn’t when, you know, it was 75 degrees on Christmas.

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Pearl studs||Black pearl choker||Blush coats under $100 here, here, here||similar sweater here||similar skirts here, here||similar sunnies here||Oversized Fabric Bow Belt||Black booties here, here, here||Gia bag c/o [use code LBC1 for 25% off]

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Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 5/4/16

 

Find your tribe + love them hard

Last Friday, I got to meet up with some lovely ladies for my second #BubblesAndBloggers event. Originally organized by Dani of Blonde in the District, it’s an inclusive but tight-knit group of DC bloggers who come together to talk shop, learn from each other, and spread the positive vibes that are sometimes lacking in the blogging world. No competition, only encouragement.

Our sweet hostess for the evening was Sarah of District Damsel. Did you see the spread she had out for us before we all went out? We demolished it. And drank several bottles of champs. We giggled, we chatted, and we cheers!-ed quite a bit before heading out to Sax. In fact, it was about 15 mins after we were originally set to leave that we got down to business. I mentioned my potential re-brand and was met with a ton of encouragement and advice to flush my ideas out some more before I make any big decisions.

We also talked our own styles through the eyes of the group. Sarah looked at me and immediately said, “GIRLY!” Fair enough. If it was socially acceptable, I think I would wear a tutu at all times. I can’t do that, but I can rock a tulle skirt on a Saturday night. Fun fact; this particular tulle skirt is actually from the kids section at Target.

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Recreate my look (all pieces I linked are under $100!): Shop chunky pearls here, here, here||Shop leather blazers here, here, here||Shop black tulle skirts here, here, here||Shop bow bags here, here, here||Shop nude studded heels here, here, here

Meet the girls of the GNO: Blonde in the District||District Damsel||Glass of Glam||Le London Chic||Why Not Kristin

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I’m not going to lie, yesterday did not start off all that swimmingly for me. If you saw my Instagram post, you know that I woke up over and hour later than I wanted because I forgot to set my alarm. Then, as I was going to put on my boots, I about kicked a dead mouse. In my bedroom. I swear to you I have never moved so fast in my life and I think I jumped from my closet to my bed faster than you can say OMGADEADMOUSE. Luckily, Kendall was my hero and disposed of the furry intruder and my apartment complex sent someone over immediately to assess the situation (like- I emailed them on my way to work and they were there by 10am).

Despite the rattling to my system, I somehow made it into work 15 minutes early with that I HAVE ARRIVED feeling. I was out for most of last week, and the two days I was there were casual, so it was really nice to saunter into my firm in a new skirt, new coat, and the most amazing set of pearls from Pearl & Clasp. All day long I was getting compliments on my Sari necklace, and it was really nice after having spent the better part of last week sick and in coze clothes. I had more than one person stop me to ask about my necklace, and the word “mermaid” was thrown around a couple times.

Pearl & Clasp is actually a business started by two mothers with 10 kids between them that saw firsthand that women need to look stylish, even if they don’t have unlimited funds or time to shop. Pearl & Clasp was born from the need for busy women to get unique jewelry and professional jewelry repairs without wasting valuable time or overspending at their local boutique jewelry store. To meet these needs, neighbors Tara and Sari partnered with an experienced jeweler in New York’s Diamond District to provide restringing and jewelry repair services to women nationwide.

At Pearl & Clasp, women can send in their pearls for restringing and have them delivered back to their door via FedEx or USPS without having to make a mad dash to the jewelry store during their lunch break or in between carpool runs. By opting for a practical workroom and a website-based business instead of an expensive storefront, Pearl & Clasp keeps its costs low and its quality high, making expert pearl restringing services and quality pearl jewelry with unique designs available to women in every state at the most affordable prices. You can visit their workroom in New York and to see firsthand how every pearl necklace and pearl bracelet is restrung by hand, and how attention to detail is at the core of every knot they make.

I always feel more like a fancy lady when I’m wearing a set of pearls, and my Sari necklace is just so unique! What pieces do you love to make you feel more polished?

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Outfit details:
KARL LAGERFELD PARIS Asymmetrical Zip Coat: Lord + Taylor||MICHAEL Michael Kors Petite Printed Ponte Pencil Skirt: Macy’s||BANDOLINO Camme – Wide Calf Leather Boots: Lord + Taylor||Backpack: Betsey Johnson||Bow: Icing||The Sari c/o Pearl & Clasp
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Thank you to Pearl & Clasp for gifting me with the gorgeous Sari necklace! All opinions are my own, but I did sample their “about me” for more information about the company. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support The CaroLøve.

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