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Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 2/24/16

This may be my favorite shoot of all time ever for several reasons. Firstly, Dani of Blonde in the District is a joy to work with and a total sweetie. She actually organized the brunch for a little group of us at Ambar– there were new bloggers and experienced bloggers and in betweens, like me. No judgment of anything that anyone was doing, just advice and problems we’ve all had and a great feeling of girl-power. I actually got some amazing advice from Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen. I’m going to paraphrase here but when I told her that recently I’d felt discouraged and even considered saying goodbye to LBC1, she told me to not give up on my blog, but since it’s mine all mine, mold it to be exactly what I want it to be. There is no right or wrong here.

Secondly, Dani picked this amazing spot for our shoot. The Fridge is a cool gallery down by Eastern Market, and apparently their mural outside changes all the time. I can’t wait to go back.

Thirdly, I was kinda diggin’ my outfit. It was actually decently warm on Saturday, and I was so happy to be without the bulky coat.I’ve been doing so much business casual on my blog that it was fun to break away from that. I’m also obsessed with my little milk purse. For whatever reason, I’ve wanted a milk carton purse for like a year. Kate Spade had one, Betsey Johnson had one, SkinnyDip London had one… and I wanted one, but didn’t want to spend a ton on a novelty bag. Hi Amazon.com for under $10 🙂



ok- so this is technically an outtake- but this may be my favorite


photos c/o Blonde in the District

Aerie poncho [last seen here]; similar here, here, here||almost identical Milk carton purse||Stack: Wanderer Cuff; Kendra Scott Colorbar bracelet; Mini Cone Stud Stretch Bracelet||ECENTRCQ sneakers||leather leggings here, here, here


Madison Reed

Happy Friday! I’m going to Illusions tonight have Amanda  fix up my hair but then staying for a sip and a shop with my other Amanda. Whistle & Wild is doing a pop-up complete with wine + truffle tastings! Saturday, Kendall and I are finally seeing Sing (because we love singing cartoons) and Sunday I have a Bubbles & Bloggers meetup at Kate Spade City Center and, of course, the Super Bowl Official Snack Day. We’ll be spending it at a little gathering hosted by Sarah + her manfriend.

Too glam print

This week on The CaroLøve:

I have to applaud Dana on her post about what’s going on in the world. It’s so scary thinking about being judged for either your political opinions or the fact that maybe you don’t totally understand everything that’s going on. It’s just important to stay educated for yourself and to be kind.

Also giving props to my girl Roxanne. I honestly had never noticed any acne scars on her, but I am so impressed that she shared pictures and her rather unpleasant experience with micro-needling. The things we do for ourselves are not always pretty or glam, but I do appreciate that she showed us the good, the bad, and the ugly of her skincare.

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock- but did anyone else know that Fornash has a delivery box club for $25 a box? (less expensive if you buy yearly). I did Birch Box for a bit and was disappointed, but I think I’m going to treat myself to the every-3-months box.

I’m super into dolled-up sweatshirts right now. I’m currently waiting for the Draper James Love Y’all Sweatshirt AND the J. Crew French colors sweatshirt (currently on sale if you’re and XS or smaller) to come back in my size.

After putting together the post about green purses for my coworker, I stumbled across the GiGi New York Winter Sale + found her a set that she ordered ASAP. If you’re in the market for a new bag (I’m not- for once), this sale should NAHT be missed.

Have a great weekend!


I don’t typically wear a lot of blue, much less blue on blue, but this has been one of my favorite casual Friday outfits in a long time. The top is from Shoptiques, which I had heard of but never shopped at until my awesome cousin Dionne sent me a certificate for Christmas. The idea behind Shoptiques is pretty awesome-5,000 BOUTIQUES, 2,000 CITIES, 30 COUNTRIES, all in one place! I ended up with the top in this post, a striped dress, and a mini perfume (on major sale!)to keep at my desk. I love the way this top fits- I’m a big fan of the loose peplum look.

The sweater is actually from LuLaRoe. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard great things about this brand except from Gentry + one of my coworkers who lives in their leggings. I’d been invited to a couple LuLaRoe parties on Facebook but I never really got it. (Gentry explains how LuLaRoe typically works in her post linked above.) My church does an annual holiday bizarre and there was a LuLaRoe consultant there with a ton of merchandise. I tried on a couple things- the dresses hung (hanged?) really weird on me but I instantly fell in love with this buttery soft kimono/ cardi situation. Seriously one of the softest things I’ve ever owned. I also got a crazy pair of leggings which might not ever make their way on the blog but they are SUPER soft.

2 new (to me) brands that I tried and loved. New year, new shopping- what’s a brand that you’ve discovered recently? I’d love to know!

Outfit details:
Earrings: Kendra Scott||Arc Pendant Necklace: Stella & Dot||Pyramid Watch – Exotic: Stella & Dot||Odyssey Top: Shoptiques||Cardigan: LuLaRoe||AEO Denim X Super Hi-Rise Jegging: American Eagle||Kiel James Patrick Navy Nantucket Bow Bracelet: Brooks Brothers||Purse: Coach Outlet||Chuck Taylor All Star Metallic High-Top Sneakers: Converse
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Black Friday is always more of just a girls’ day with my mom, my Auntie Steph, and I. We head to Columbia Mall, shop until we’re tired, and head home. Usually this includes about an hour at Sears, picking up items for the Salvation Army Angel Tree (my mom) and warm winter things for Street Sense vendors (me). We do some fun shopping, but it’s not urgent, and we certainly do not rush out out the door. It’s casual… until it isn’t anymore and I start feeling claustrophobic and anxious and the mall is too packed and INEEDTOGETOUTOFHERE. Does anyone else get like that in crowds?

This is why I do most of my Christmas shopping online. Usually I have certain things I know I want to get, and it’s so much easier to clicklclickDONE and end up with exactly what I want for my friends and family. This year, I’ve already knocked out a ton of my Christmas shopping with an earlier Kate Spade Surprise Sale, but this current one is just too good not to share! Today is the last day of this Kate Spade Surprise Sale, so you’re going to want to jump on it to snag some of these amazing deals!

the carolove kate spade surprise sale

1.dewey street little len||2.newbury lane plaid carsen||3.mavis street taden

4.emery court emelyn||5.a la vita ostrich halsey||6.burchelli bethany

7.glitter dot bow sweatshirt||8.fashion kendall coat

9.bourgeois bow studs||10.small square studs||11.glitter round leverbacks

12.nyc pretzel studs||13.nyc pretzel bangle||14.nyc pretzel pendant

Don’t forget that you can earn cash back from Kate Spade when shopping through ebates!

Like many of you, I had the day off yesterday. Kendall and I took full advantage and had ourselves a little adventure. You may have seen my Instagram post of Skyline Caverns in Front Royal, Virginia. We spent a good hour or so underground learning about Anthodites, stalagmites, stalactites, and how the Smithsonian may or may not have killed an entire species of beetle and we had a total blast! I would say if you’re in the mood for an educational and different day trip from The District that this would be a good call.  They also have a mirror maze and mini train for little ones. Bring something warm- it’s 54 degrees in the caverns!

We hadn’t originally planned on the taverns at all, though. I saw an article a while back mentioning Dinosaur Land and I knew immediately I had to get there. It’s bizarre, but really sweet! For a small admission fee, you enter a park full of dinosaur models (and a shark and some tree characters and King Kong?). It has a kitschy feel to it without the sinister cloud of South of the Border, and it was actually really cute to see all the little kids running around the park picking out their favorite dinos.  The park is definitely geared to kids- little kids- but it’s kind of awesome to see this little park that’s been around since the 60s. The statues are crumbling but the people working there are the sweetest and it’s a gorgeous piece of land as well! I went for the nostalgia and was not disappointed. It was Kendall’s idea to hit the caverns after, and I’m so glad we did because it was a bit of a hike, about an hour and a half, to get down there and it would have been weird to just go home after. We grabbed hibachi on the way home and our little daycation was the best. We’ve seriously had the best time living together, and I want to say a thank you to everyone who stopped by on Saturday to see our new place. This weekend has me feeling truly, truly blessed.

img_0117 img_0119 img_0122 img_0127 img_0128 img_0131 img_0135 img_0139Sunnies: ASOS||Vest: How To Live LBI||Necklaces: Stella & Dot + American Eagle||T-shirt + Sweater: Island Gypsy||Jeans: American Eagle||Shoes: Steve Madden||Purse: Urban Expressions [use code CLOVE25 for 25% off your Urban Expressions purchase]

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