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You may have noticed I’ve been posting a lot of a new brand on my Facebook page (give it a follow if you haven’t already). I am so proud to announce that Dirty Hippy Swag, the brainchild of  Marisa Rheem, one of my best high school friends, launches TODAY! Thank you to another St. Andrew’s classmate of mine, Kelly Stewart, who is working alongside Marisa, for penning the press release below.

Existential Crisis – White Sweatpants

Dirty Hippy Swag is an e-commerce startup, exclusively located online at www.dirtyhippyswag.com. With an ever-expanding collection, Dirty Hippy Swag specializes in comfortable street style apparel, as well as laser-cut designed and hand-beaded jewelry.

Founder and Designer Marisa Rheem believes in having clothes and jewelry that truly speak to her customers, making them feel safe and stylishly armored. As fellow millennial Madeline Harmon enthuses, “self-care and fashion have never looked so good!” It’s no accident that this company encompasses hoodies, sweatpants, and t-shirts: things we wear when we want to feel safe.

A fashion line emblazoned with cheeky, unwelcoming statements, Dirty Hippy Swag is the perfect platform to send a humorous yet powerful message. From their “Existential Crisis” sweatpants to their “Anti Social Club” necklace, Dirty Hippy Swag’s apparel and laser-cut designed jewelry allow you to clearly convey your mood to those around you without even needing to speak. Instead of feeling guilty and apologetic about needing time to unwind, slip into some Dirty Hippy Swag and let your clothes shield you from the outside world’s demands.

Oakland’s fresh new enterprise answers an unmet need for socially relevant fashion. Dirty Hippy Swag celebrates their customers’ purchasing power by transforming it into an opportunity to give back. By donating a portion from every purchase to trusted animal rescue organizations around the world, Dirty Hippy Swag bridges the gap between pursuing individual style and fulfilling our collective social responsibility as caretakers of this planet.

At the start of each new quarter, customers and fans can vote for their favorite animal rescue organization to become the next quarter’s beneficiary. This first season’s inaugural beneficiary is Rocket Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit group dedicated to saving homeless and abandoned Bay area animals from euthanasia. Dirty Hippy Swag’s ultimate mission is to support the hardworking, silent heroes who dedicate their blood, sweat and tears to saving animals each and every day. By enhancing your wardrobe with Dirty Hippy Swag, you can help bring this vision to life.

For press inquiries, promotion opportunities, collaborative ventures, high-resolution images, or to book an interview, contact Marisa Rheem at 301-802-0551 or email, dirtyhippyswag@gmail.com, or visit the website at www.dirtyhippyswag.com. 8016 Shepherd Canyon Rd., Oakland, CA. 94611

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Happy Friday! I am SO excited for this weekend! Our Bubbles & Bloggers Barbie Brunch is finally here! I actually got to help Dani plan this one and with the help of Kati over at Hawthorne + decor from Fox Fete I think it’s going to be super cute!

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Speaking of Hawthorne, I’ll be celebrating my birthday with a v low-key HH at Mission for their birthday. Apparently I just have a thing for Fritz Brogan restaurants. Anyway, DC pals, come hang on March 16th!

This week on The CaroLøve:

Another thing I’ll be doing this weekend is some major closet cleanup/ clean out. I just discovered a wonderful tool to help me: eBay Valet. I love this because it’ll basically tell you if your stuff is worth selling. (Things they don’t want to sell, I’ll donate with Give Back Box.) Then, you ship it off, and they do all the work for you for a fee, of course. Whatever doesn’t sell after 60 days, they send it back to you. Well, you already know you were going to get rid of it so it’s time to donate again! I personally love the idea of having the valet do the leg work. I feel like something is better than nothing and this means no dealing with annoying Poshmark hagglers or judgey thrift store cashiers.

In wedding planning this week, I would love to get an opinion! Of course it’s customary to give favors to guests, correct? But what about donating to a cause of your choice in honor of the guests instead and giving your guests something to let them know what you did? I feel like the world of weddings is evolving, but are guest favors a tradition can’t/ shouldn’t be dropped? Related: I’m totally addicted to The Knot.

This relates to nothing but here’s a (probably) haunted McDonald’s.

What’s better than a rose garden? A rosé garden, of course! Coming to Navy Yard this summer!

Have a great weekend!

Jeulia Rings Sale, $30-$60 Off

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Happy Friday! I will be dancing at my desk all day because tonight after work I’m heading up to New York City to get a little taste of NYFW at the Yuna Yang show tomorrow. My friend Amber is heading up there with me to be my train/ hotel buddy, but I also heard from Kristyn that she and Jenn are going to be at the same show so YAY!

NY Pretzel

This week on The CaroLøve:

Katy Perry dropped her newest single in the coolest way- I’m hoping I can find one of her disco balls!

Do you ever see really cool young people and just stop what you’re doing in awe? Yea. Dominic Doyle is a senior at St. Andrew’s, where I went. Not only does he have is own urban surf and skate apparel line, but his company, DKS, also has a focus on philanthropy. You can learn more about how DKS started and what they’ve been up to here.

I know I’m not alone in my pizza addiction- but do you know why? Cheese is actually addictive.

My favey-fave stylist got together with sister-sister duo The District Darlings to bring us 9 Stylist-Approved Trends To Try for Spring ‘17.

I love when I hear from brands where there’s a mutual respect/ admiration and we can work together. Fox Fete and I are collaborating in the near future- but in the meantime, check them out for your party-cuteness needs.

There’s some reasonable skepticism when it comes to fast fashion from those too-good-to-be-true sites, mostly located in China, but I have to say for the price that I’m loving my Bodycon Yoga Voile Leggings from Zaful. I maintain that these sites are awesome for trying out trends on a budget.

Have a great weekend! Can’t wait to share my NYFW adventure!

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One thing that blogging has given me is an amazing network of friends + local businesses with a lot of overlap between the two. Last week, I attended the Winter Glam Wonderland, hosted by Dani of Blonde in the District and Bianca of F.N.2.S. Artistry at Bourbon. Aside from being a great evening out with some of my most glam pals, the event raised close to $1000 for My Sister’s Place DC, part of an interactive community committed to eradicating domestic violence.

Seeing a dear friend host such a successful event meant a lot to me, but I got extra warm fuzzies because I knew vendors present as well. It was amazing to see small, thriving, local businesses present to support their friends and a great cause.

I walked into the room, got a hug from Amanda of Whistle & Wild. We both got drinks and glitter in our hair from the Illusions table (my DC salon), and I hopped off the stool to check in with Tanya at Refine.  We were all sipping and shopping and supporting the night away. I mean, you know it’s a good Thursday when you go home and your boyfriend has to ask you to wash the glitter out of your hair before bed… and then you fall asleep on the couch.

There were a couple new (and new to me!) bloggers there as well that I hope make their way to a Bubbles + Bloggers event. Our little network is growing strong and I’ve made so many new friends this past year. I really owe it all to Dani, and want to thank her not only for co-hosting a wonderful event but for starting a mini-movement in the DMV. Community over competition, always. I wish I had gotten a picture with all of my lovely ladies, but alas, it was not meant to be that night, even though so many of us were there!

Thank you, again, Bianca + Dani. I hope this event becomes an annual tradition!

Roxanne’s Glass of Cheating’s Raffle tickets- so many awesome prizes- and she won 2 of them! Totally didn’t cheat I just thought I was RULL cute with that nickname 😉 Note the champs too- that influenced some of the randomness of my pictures.

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View from the “makeup” loft at Bourbon
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There’s something about this time of year that gives me the warm and fuzzies and I just want to give back because I realize how much I truly have. While the Salvation Army Angel Tree is one of my favorite philanthropic endeavors each year, there are plenty of ways for those of us in The District to get into the giving spirit.

I know I mentioned it in my post yesterday as a fun event, but don’t forget that the first ever Winter Glam Wonderland actually has a philanthropic backbone! Proceeds from this event will go towards helping My Sister’s Place DC, providing safe and confidential shelter to battered women and children. They will also be collecting donation items for the shelter, each guest to bring a donation for the shelter will receive a FREE drink ticket for a glass of champagne. Please refer to the list on the event page to see appropriate items for donation!

It’s no secret that I think Street Sense is one of DC’s best programs for the homeless. In a nutshell, it allows DC’s most vulnerable citizens to start their own micro-businesses selling Street Sense papers, while giving them access to needed services. They accept monetary donations, but they are also in need of office supplies!

Kendall and I attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown this past Sunday and we loved it! It reminded us a lot of my St. John’s in Olney, Maryland where I grew up. We were warmly welcomed and plan on attending services regularly. They have a whole slew of ministries, and we were particularly interested in the Grate Patrol: Between services on the 2nd Sunday of every month families volunteer to make sandwiches for 150 suppers. On Monday, suppers are packed by parishioners who then staff the Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol Van to feed those in need on downtown Capitol streets.

I love the whole idea of the SOME’s (So Others Might Eat) annual Holiday Shoebox Gift Drive, but you actually only have until tomorrow to get those in if you’re interested so you gotta go fast! I want to do one next year! SOME also relies on food donations to serve more than 400,000 meals to hungry men, women and children each year. Organizing a food drive in your office, school, faith community or other location is a wonderful way to help people in need on special holidays and throughout the year.

Central Union Mission will supply Christmas gifts to over one thousand underprivileged children and youth. When you sign-up for Operation Christmas Miracle, you will receive the name of a child and a suggested gift list of toys to make the season brighter for a needy family. As a token of appreciation, you will receive a note of thanks and photos from the gift distribution event. Gifts will be collected through December 15, 2016. For additional information, email Christmas@missiondc.org.

If you’re involved with any kind of house of worship or school, there is bound to be some way you can give back. I am truly inspired by my own mother who “adopted” one of the kids from her classroom. It breaks my heart to think that there are men, women, and children who may not have warm things for winter, much less Christmas presents. Do you have a favorite way to give back to your community?

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