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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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A week ago, I had the most incredible chance to walk the Strong Women in Fashion show. It was a chance to sip champagne and enjoy hand-crafted hors d’oeuvres by Via Umbria, while supporting women from all backgrounds. The Strong Women in Fashion showcased the latest spring trends with new arrivals from Signature Dresses and LiLi The First, as well as the newest trends in hair and makeup featuring Illusions Salon of Georgetown.

This event was hosted by female business owners uniting together to empower more women in the workforce by donating proceeds, including ticket sales, to Suited for Change. Suited for Change is the leading area nonprofit providing professional attire, mentoring, and job-readiness skills to women seeking financial independence.

I am by no means a model, but it was such a cool experience to be part of the show and with some of my closest gal pals. Getting dolled up with my friends is always fun, but knowing we were supporting such an amazing cause really made the hurry-up-and-wait kind of day totally worth it. That, and it was such a boost to see how many of our other friends, family, and significant others came out for the show.

You may have seen my Instagram post, but Kendall actually took the day to help set up and generally do whatever needed an extra set of hands. Then he got all dressed up to take tickets and to see the show. Watching him watch me actually made me tear up a little bit because in less than a year, he’ll look at me again like that for our wedding. It was really awesome for him to meet so many of my blogger babes in person, finally, and to have so many people tell me what a huge help he was. He’s the best.

While we were getting dressed above the show, we could actually look down on the attendees. You should have heard us getting excited seeing our friends and family arrive! Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who came out to support! My mom came with her Quad Squad (the four on the first grade team who are out in the portables) and my cousin who I haven’t seen in years was able to attend at well. That meant so much to me! It was an amazing event ~ thank you infinitely to everyone who helped set it up and attended to support Suited for Change!

photos by Snapshots by Sierra

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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.

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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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