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A girl and her pearls: a love story.

I mean, seriously, can you think of a more timeless accessories that can come in all shapes and sizes? I have a nice little collection: a black pearl necklace with matching earrings, my Chunky Pearl Necklace, a few long strands in a rainbow of colors, a couple classic white chokers, and The Sari c/o Pearl & Clasp.

That is to say I’m a huge fan of pearls and I have discovered a new way to rock them: on my sweaters. Now, I do think that if you’re rocking an embellished top, a necklace is not needed, so a pearl sweater may be the perfect way to jazz of  up a pair of jeans effortlessly for a casual brunch or easy date night look now that (I think it’s safe to say) that fall is really here. It’s not fussy, but still creates a look that’s more thank just jeans and a sweater. If this is a look you want to try guilt-free, great! because Shein has them at treat yo’self prices. I’m partial to the grey sweater with the rainbow sprinkle of pearls myself, but what do you think or wearing your jewelry on your clothes rather than around your neck?the carolove pearl sweaters

 

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Just like endorphins, pink makes me so happy. I was going though some of my old posts and I found the ASOS Cotton smock dress with frill detail and it honestly made me smile. Pink was always my signature color growing up- Candace in blue, Caroline in pink. That’s how it always went. My bedroom was pink-walled with pink carpeting, and my dorm room was periwinkle and all shades of pink. As for my home decor now, I’ve toned down the pink exponentially (because living with a boy) but we do have subtle pink accents in our bathroom.

I’ve done some research, and with the psychology of the color pink, it’s honestly not surprising that pink has always been a favorite of mine. It’s considered to be feminine and romantic, affectionate and intimate, thoughtful and caring. It tones down the physical passion of red replacing it with a gentle loving energy.

On the negative side (yes, there is a negative side to pink) it can be associated with being physically weak, over-emotional and over-cautious, having emotional neediness or unrealistic expectations, being naive, immature and girlish, lack of will power and lack of self worth. There you have it- the many faults of Caroline.

I’d rather focus on that good stuff though- pink represents empathy and sensitivity, which I think are two of my best traits. And I can wear them , literally, on my sleeve… or foot, or eyes…

ASOS always has a great selection of pink everything. I’m still eyeing the smock dress, but the other pink dresses I love are a little bit more formal (great for wedding guests!) Check out my other favorite ASOS pink bits and let me know- what is your signature color and why?

the carolove asos pink

ASOS Cotton Smock Dress with Frill Detail||PrettyLittleThing Embroidered Sheer Midi Dress||Chi Chi London Premium Lace Midi Prom Dress with Bardot Neck||Little Mistress Beaded Mid Dress with Tulle Skirt

New Look Metallic T Bar Loafer||Boohoo Espadrille Platform Sandal||ASOS PIPELINE Pointed Block High Heels||Adidas adidas Originals Haze Coral Stan Smith Sneakers||ASOS LORITA Ballet Flats

House of Holland Half Arsed Sqaure Sunglasses with Caged Half Frame||ASOS Oversized Square Embellished Sunglasses||AJ Morgan Plastic Aviator Sunglasses in Pink||ASOS Cat Eye Sunglasses with Metal Sandwich & Pink Colored Lens

New Look Lace Hem T-Shirt||Fila Oversized Rugby Top With V Neck And Contrast Stripes In Mesh||Pull&Bear Ruffle Flute Sleeve Tee||ASOS T-Shirt with Tropical Print in Block Candy Stripe

 

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Annnd just like that it was June. Seriously, this year is going by so quickly. This month, my mom finishes out her final school year, Kendall comes home from training, and we get our engagement photos taken. It’s also Father’s Day and I’m going with my two local bridesmaids to pick out their dresses in person. Like I said on Saturday’s post, I’m not shopping this month. But a girl can still look!

the carolove june wish list

 

  1. I really will end up with this 3/4 Sleeve Tiered Gingham Tent Dress.
  2. Ditto the Checkered Ruffle Sleeve Keyhole Tie Back Smock Dress. For someone who used to hate gingham I love it now!
  3. I seriously love all things Tees And Tank You, but their Covfefe Shirt is cracking me up. I usually don’t try to get too political, but I think this lighthearted design kind of let’s me prove the point that I want to make.
  4. Never one to shy away from a great novelty bag, I’m obsessing over this Milk Box Cross-body Bag…
  5. … and this Tape Shaped Shoulder Bag. Note that both are under $30 because I’m over buying tiny bags for crazy prices. Looking at you Kate Spade!
  6. I know what I just said… but I can’t get over this Kitsch Strawberry Candy Crossbody.
  7. Like, I’m sure, many of you, my first perfume was Love’s Baby Soft Cologne Mist. With my allergies acting a mess, I’m thinking about going for this like scent for the summer!
  8. It’s great that at first glance these Betsey Johnson Boom Sneakers are just plan white sneakers then PEEK-A-BOO!
  9. Wishing I could apply for the job on this Women’s Wildfox Part Time Destructed Tee on LinkedIn.
  10. It’s official- mason jars are out and Light Bulb Novelty Drinking Glasses are in!
  11. I guess I kind of missed the sheet mask craze because the new guy in town is the Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask! This one I have to try.
  12. There’s this one Juicy dress I’ve had since college that I’m about worn into the ground. It’s still in great shape and somehow fits, but I love this Daisy Tile Ruffle Sleeve Dress as an alternative!
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I have  decided that I’m going to try something new- one month where I’m allowed to shop then one month where I’m not. I’m going to attempt that for about a year, and after kind of enjoying my Lent of no shopping I think I can do it. I haven’t decided yet if wedding stuff counts, but it certainly does mean that I can’t just clickclickclick whatever I want into my cart, you know?

Annnnyway– June is officially OFF, but I wanted to gather some of the fun things I’ve been eyeing on SheIn.

I discovered SheIn a couple of years ago, and honestly there have been a few huge hits… and some abysmal misses. While I immediately donated a couple things, one of my favorite work dresses. for example, came from the international fast fashion powerhouse.  What I’ve learned about fast fashion is this: be more critical that you even think you need to be. Read the reviews. Scrutinize the size charts. Know that the quality probably won’t be the best.

But for the prices- sure! Go ahead and try that trend. Rock that dupe. Getcha self a little something for that vacation (but just make sure you give yourself enough time for that order to come in.)

Some posts featuring SheIn pieces that I love:

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1.3/4 Sleeve Tiered Gingham Tent Dress||2.Contrast Layered Ruffle Hem Dress||3.Checkered Ruffle Sleeve Keyhole Tie Back Smock Dress

4.Ripped Detail Sleeveless Tee||5.Striped T-shirt With Gingham Ruffle Sleeve||6.Drink Print Contrast Trim Dip Hem T-shirt

7.Tropical Pattern Loafer Mules||8.Patent Star Slip On Sneakers ROSE GOLD||9.Tropical Fruit Print Wedges MULTI

10.Tassel Detail PU Crossbody Bag With Ring Handle||11.Mickey Design Cute PU Shoulder Bag||12.Banana & Letter Print Tote Bag

13.Multicolor Pom Pom Keychain||14.Ice Cream Shaped Coin Purse||15.Mermaid Shaped Makeup Brush Set 10pcs

 

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My love-hate relationship with Forever 21 started in middle school. I was obsessed with New York because Dream Street was from New York and one of my close friends got me and I HEART NY t-shirt from Forever 21. Previously, Mama D. had me steer clear of the trendy mess of a haven for teeny-boppers because their clothes were, well, cheap. Case in point, the shirt turned everything we washed it with pink. That didn’t stop me from shopping there for years for clothes to wear for one night or to try the latest trend at a low price.

The Forever 21 at Metro Center is huge and intimidating (3 floors and employees that have no idea where anything is because how could they), but I’ve run in for little gifts, workout gear on the fly, and even one night when I had an impromptu date after work but was looking EXTRA Friday casual and wanted to jazz up my look.

This is actually a pretty funny story. I had a guy on Tinder message me and ask me out one Friday night. We agreed to meet at Hank’s Oyster Bar but when I got there after getting myself a new little outfit from Forever 21 after work, he told me he hated seafood. So then he took me to a a gay bar. When he left for a moment to use the restroom, a couple celebrating their anniversary with their friends came over to me, told me they loved my romper, got me a shot, and made sure I was ok because I guess it was obvious that I was naht having a good time with this guy. Thank you Forever 21 for one of my weird DC date stories. Glad I’m past all that.

Anywhooo… I’m kind of loving Forever 21 again now. True to form, they have all the most popular trends at price points that make sense for styles that may be long gone by next year. And here’s a fun fact: if you buy online, you can return via mail. Yup. Forever 21 does sneaky returns if you buy online. So go ahead and shop away from the comfort of your couch in your pjs.

the carolove forever 211.Ruffle Hem T-Shirt Dress||2.Tasseled Off-the-Shoulder Dress||3.Camo Hooded Dress

4.Lottie London Mermaid Glow Highlighter||5.Glitter Injections Highlighter||6.Illuminating Powder

7.Watermelon Faux Leather Tote||8.Striped Tasseled Tote Bag||9.Studded Lucite Tote Bag

10.Wanted Crushed Velvet Slip-Ons||11.J Slides Leather Bow Sneakers||12.Faux Leather Tassel Slides

Don’t forget you can earn cash back at Forever 21 if you shop with ebates!
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