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When I worked at Pier 1, Christmas was seriously the best time. Sure, we griped about having to put everything out in October, but to be honest I loved the extra time being surrounded by glitter, warmth, and Christmas songs. We also had a goal, which we reached every year, of selling out all of our UNICEF Christmas cards. I was proud to run out of those, even if slowpoke customers were agitated with me when we didn’t have anymore. Obviously, I am no longer with Pier 1 but I’m proud to be affiliated with Minted, also partnering with UNICEF.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, they are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

The “7 hopeful gifts” featured in this campaign represent the tangible gifts that UNICEF provides, and when delivered to children across the globe, ignite and spread hope. The 7 hopeful gifts are:

1) Gift of Education – Give Education and help build brighter futures for the world’s most vulnerable children.

2) Gift of Nutrition – Give Nutrition and help children grow up healthy and strong.

3) Gift of Health – Give Health and help children around the world survive, thrive and experience happy childhoods.

4) Gift of Water – Give Water and help ensure that all children have access to clean water for drinking and hygiene.

5) Gift of Relief – Give Relief and return children affected by crises to a normal, stable life as quickly as possible.

6) Gift of Joy – Give Joy and give children the chance to enjoy their formative years, with minimal worry and hardship.

7) Gift of Voice – Give Voice and ensure that every child’s interests are represented in the world.

If you don’t have your Christmas cards yet, I would like you to consider purchasing these. Give back while you’re spreading holiday cheer!

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The first time I heard Marianas Trench I was in college, in a film class where we had to make a music video. The song was Beside You and the kid who created the music video was kind of a slacker badass (like picture Danny Zuko as a 2000s era tv/ radio major complete with leather jacket) who came up with a story so beautiful I was openly sobbing by the time it was finished. And we were all shocked by the effort he clearly put into this project. When asked for comments on the video, one girl simply said, “Well… Look at Caroline.” The premise was a young couple in love and one of them dies. Unfortunately, I don’t remember all the details and double unfortunately, the video seems to be gone forever. I even tried to get it from the professor who taught the class. Anyway… it was powerful stuff.

I started off Monday with big ugly tears for the same band. I’m tardy to the party on this- the video is over a year old. But the song showed up on my Spotify this weekend and I haven’t been able to stop listening so I figured I’d check out the video.

Big mistake. Kind of.

Yes, I did cry on the bus on the way to work, but I was also grinning from ear to ear. I probably looked like a loon. The whole video is the band spending money from their video budget on causes that mattered to them. Puppies, grandparents, families in crisis, their own families… Woof. It is beautiful.

But it doesn’t take the budget of a music video to make a difference. This year, rather than do a Salvation Army Angel Tree, which is a wonderful cause, my church has decided to do a blessing tree for the holiday season. It’s kind of a pay it forward idea- grab a simple blessing for you to pass someone off a Christmas tree. Pay for someone’s coffee in line behind you, shovel a neighbor’s snowy driveway, send a letter to a teacher who left and impression on you- things we can all do at little or no cost at a time when folks are already spread thin.

It’s also a time when the world needs a little extra love. It’s absolutely deplorable that we’re becoming desensitized to shootings, violence, acts of terrorism both domestic and abroad. Besides that, the holidays can be hard. People find themselves missing their loved ones, or missing something even if they’re not sure what it is, at time when everyone is supposed to be and expected to be joyous. I myself totally fell apart last year on Christmas Eve missing Candace. Even though I have so much, I’m still entitled to be sad. So are you. So is everyone.

Who do you love, and what will you do for them to show them you care at a time when we all need it most?

 

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I know Fridays are usually reserved for TGIF but I was too excited and couldn’t wait for next week…

I have been saying for quite a while that I would love add a little shop to this blog of mine. As a huge fan of Etsy and shopping small, I wanted to have my own little piece of the action and open my brand up to more. I was thisclose to opening up an online accessories shop, but then I had a flash of inspiration. I’m creative by nature and a huge fan of… words. Just words in general. Why not do something where I can bring those words to life?

Enter (at least the first phase) of The CaroLøve Shop! You’ll notice a new link in my menu- the shop is right there! At least for now, I’m offering digital downloads of prints inspired by words that I love. Maybe one day I’ll expand into hard prints… and maybe even those accessories! But right now, this little venture has made me so proud.

 

To get the party started, I’m doing something special with my Marie print (above). Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? I was bullied when I was younger and although I guess it never got that bad for me, I saw little girls transfer schools or worse due to bullying. Girls go through enough just trying to navigate the world without the threat of bullies hanging over them. To honor everyone who has ever stood up to a bully for themselves or someone else, I’m donating 20% of sales of the Marie print through Halloween to Girls on The Rise.

The Girls on the Rise Program is a multifaceted empowerment program for girls in Ward 8 and their families.
Operating at the Mary Virginia Merrick Center in Southeast, D.C. the program provides a safe, enriching after-school program for girls ages 8-18.

The majority of the girls who attend the program reside with their mothers in this very underserved area of the city. The girls rarely miss a day and come eager and ready to fully participate in the program. Program activities offer the Girls on the Rise an opportunity to discover who they are as young ladies – their dreams, desires, capabilities, skills, and talents. Over the course of the year, the girls are able to improve their life skills and self-esteem in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. The Girls on the Rise receive academic support from local high students from Bishop McNamara High School and participate in structured recreational activities such as Girls on the Run and Girls on Track.

If  you’re not familiar with purchasing a digital print, it’s easy- you buy the digital print and you receive a download file that you can now use however you like! (Besides re-sale, please!) While it won’t be in the pretty frame with flowers and all like it is above, you can print from your own home computer, or head to a professional for a HQ print. Maybe I’m bias because I know the owner- but might I suggest your friendly neighborhood UPS store in Old Town Alexandria? Staples does it too!

I’m obviously super new to this, so please let me know if you have any feedback regarding the shop or products themselves! I’m even open to doing custom prints if you like my style! My prints are set to be 8×10, but I’m also open if you’re looking for another size. I’m having fun and playing around with it, so catch me while I’m new and fresh if you have any ideas for me!

Thank you so much to my family, friends, and readers for inspiring me to take the next step with The CaroLøve!

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the first weekend of my favorite month which also happens to be the weekend of Chowderfest. Time for the annual girls’ trip to Long Beach Island, NJ to buy all the things and eat all the things and generally enjoy life and the sisterhood of friendship. Like- there’s a picture of Tiffany and I hanging up in one of the gift shops. I grew up going down the shore but since we sold our house, it’s been this weekend that completes my little half-Jersey heart. We’ll stock up at the Island Gypsy sale and I ignore that I’m just a little allergic to shellfish. WHOOPS. What do you have planned this weekend?

Beach decor

Lateley on The CaroLøve:

I’m beyond ecstatic that a Stella&Dot x RebeccaMinkoff collection is a thing and the pieces are GORGEOUS!

Every once in a while I just need to share a friend’s outfit post. My girl Rox killed it for NYFW!

So, SO happy that The Diner made this list of top breakfast (not brunch) spots in DC. (Go for the chorizo omletes.)

A huge congrats to Christine for making the Top 100 French Blogs and Websites for Francophiles!

I know I’m obsessed with my PosyPaper Planner but Tiff just told me about a new planner I may try for 2018. You can get the The Happiness 100-Day Planner at Anthropologie for $26, but I may splurge for the dated Jan-Dec.

After over a year of bugging ever Trader Joe’s cashier I have come across and recieving varying answers, it has been confirmed that we’re getting one in Glover Park! YAS. (Kendall, love, you can still keep going to Safeway for your pickles. I won’t fight you on that.)


On a very serious note, one of my college friends has organized a Puerto Rico Relief Fund. My tie to Puerto Rico is that one of my best friends’ family is from there and I had the privilege to visit the island with her, his are much deeper. Beyond that, please don’t forget that Puerto Ricans are our American brothers and sisters and they need our help. From Joe’s page:

Though Hurricane Maria is long gone from Puerto Rico, the island’s people are still struggling to cope with the chaos and destruction the storm left behind. As some are aware I am of Puerto Rican descent with several family members on the island who are facing a growing humanitarian crisis. My family and I visited the island earlier this year after the passing of my father who had been living there for the past 7 years.

In his honor and on behalf of my family I have felt compelled to do what I can to raise money and support relief efforts. My Uncle Robert Gonzalez and I are setting up this page to raise funds to support our efforts to buy and send much needed supplies directly to local organizations on the ground.  Robert will be overseeing logistics of getting supplies from his warehouse in Elizabeth NJ to Port San Juan.

 

 

 

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This has been a very long but productive week. Last weekend, Kendall and I skipped town to head to New York for a wedding and to visit with a couple of my best friends. It was amazing but I feel like I haven’t caught my breath since then. I’m still getting settled into my new job, so I just constantly feel like I’m holding my breath. I realized that I physically let it out at night. Kendall asks me why I’m “huffin’ and puffin'” while I work on blog/ social media stuff, and honestly, I think I’m just actually just breathing deep for the first time all day. Does anyone else have anxiety that manifests itself in such a way?

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I usually start my TGIF posts with what I’ve been up to on the blog, but this week I wanted to start with just a few ways you can give back to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Gentry + Monica already posted a bunch of links of their own so go check those out
  • The Humane Rescue Alliance needs DC residents considering adopting a pet to speed up their decision-making as quickly as possible. The animal-rescue organization needs to clear space in its two shelters to make room for animals arriving from Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. via Washingtonian 
  • Espiscopal Relief & Development has set up a Hurricane Harvey Response Fund.
  • If you’re like me and don’t have a car in the city, Green Drop will come pick up your gently used clothing and household goods to assist charitable programs for American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia.
  • Texas Diaper Bank has asked people to donate diapers to families displaced by the storm. Diapers are apparently not distributed by disaster relief agencies.
  • Let me know in the comments below if there are ways you’ve given back that are not mentioned by myself, Gentry, or Monica. I’m honestly on the hunt for a DC area Harvey-specific clothing drive but I’ve yet to find one.

Lately on The CaroLøve:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: 15 FALL THINGS TO DO IN GEORGETOWN

Did you know that there’s an apartment above the Junior League on M Street? And it’s available for rent!

This is one of the coolest programs I’ve ever seen regarding animal rescue: putting feral kitties to work as “blue collar cats“. They take care of creatures you don’t want near your home or business in exchange for shelter to protect them from cold/ wet weather.

Have a fun and safe long weekend!

 

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