Tag Archives: shift dress

Last Wednesday, Bubbles & Bloggers had one of our coolest meetups yet. We headed down to Ivy City to Republic Restoratives to enjoy our custom Fresh In The District cocktails, learn about how Fresh Wave works, snack on some delicious treats from Homeshed Kitchens, and leave with the cutest Scout gift bags. While I’d certainly heard of Scout, I didn’t know much about the other brands an d it’s always fun discovering new places and products with my favorite ladies.

Republic Restoratives is woman-founded, “community funded and community driven,” making it the perfect place for a gathering of community minded women to get together. The space itself is really awesome- Dani and I were brainstorming future events while we were still there. Our Fresh In The District was delicious and made just for us! I’m not sure if they’re keeping it around as a permanent item on their menu, but I would recommend if you can get down there to try it!

Fresh Wave is a new-to-me company, but many of the ladies at the event had heard of them and love their products. I’m huge on candles, fragrance, and freshness in my home, but the difference between some of the scents that I use and Fresh Wave is that their products are all-natural. No harsh chemicals. No heavy perfumes. No toxic ingredients. While it was brought up that this is great for pets and kids, let’s be real- natural is better for everyone! I’m currently using the odor removing gel that came in my gift bag and I love the scent!

Thank you to Republic Restoratives, Fresh Wave, Homeshed Kitchens, and Scout for a wonderful night out, and of course to Dani for planning!

Dani with the Fresh Wave gals

We like to have themes for our meetups which makes for awesome pictures in semi-coordinating outfits, and our theme was green. Weirdly enough, I don’t actually own a whole lot of green, so I went for greenery instead with my tropical dress from Old Navy. I love love love the pattern on the dress but the dang thing shrank in the wash, making it a cute tunic.

Photos by Dani

Outfit details:

Sleeveless Cutout-Back Shift Dress for Women: Old Navy||York Necklace: Stella & Dot||Similar sandals here||Similar cardigans here||Similar bracelet here

Tropical print dresses:

SignatureFont72

SocialIconSmall_Twitter SocialIconSmall_Instagram SocialIcon_Small_facebookSocialIconSmall_Pinterest SocialIconSmallBloglovin' 
The above post may contain affiliate links and I may receive compensation if you click on any of the above links and/ or make a purchase from those links. Opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love!




I was only gone from last Thursday through last night, but it feels like I just got back to DC after two weeks. Kendall is gone for a month doing Army Things, so we decided a while back that I would do the 14ish hour drive down to Mississippi with him, see some family, and go to New Orleans for a day with his sister, her fiance, and the cutest baby ever. There are many things I can brag about in our relationship, but traveling well for extended periods of time has to be at the top of the list.

I’d never been to Louisiana before, much less New Orleans, and let me tell you it did not disappoint- I just wish we had more than a day to spend there. I came up with this way to describe it: New Orleans is like if Savannah put on a pair of gold leggings and went out with the intent to only have ONE DRINK but we all know how that goes… basically it had the charm of Savannah but more noise.

It was a little overwhelming at first for me. I tend to get a little jumpy in big crowds, especially if I’m unfamiliar with the area. Luckily, for me, Kendall’s sister Brittneigh is the same way so she totally got it, especially with little Ryker in tow. But then I had a spiked lemonade, heard When the Saints Go Marching In from a street corner jazz band, and fell in love.

Since we had such limited time, Kendall had a few New Orleans things he really wanted me to experience. We HAD to go to Cafe Du Monde for Beignets and check out Bourbon Street (specifically Tropical Isle for Hand Grenades). My agenda was to check out the variety of art being sold seemingly everywhere. I actually found a piece I LOVED but Kendall did not so I may order a smaller version to put somewhere.

We really spent most of the day meandering and just enjoying, with no set agenda. I will say that pretty much everyone we came in contact with was super friendly and I really enjoyed the vibe of the city. I probably wasn’t the best blogger that day (I really don’t tend to be while I’m on vacation) but I cannot wait to go back and make more memories in a new favorite city!

Outfit details:

Girls’ Betseyville Reece Floral Embroidered Cowboy Boots – Stone (2)||Futurino Women’s Bohemian Embroidery Floral White Tassel Accents Shift Mini Dress (M, Dark Blue)||zeroUV – Womens Laser Cut Open Metal Mirror Lens Round Cat Eye Sunglasses 48mm (Pink / Pink Mirror)||Pompon Keychain, Malltop Charm Simulation Rabbit Fur Car Bag Plush Key Ring||Alice {sold out} c/o Urban Expressions

SignatureFont72

SocialIconSmall_Twitter SocialIconSmall_Instagram SocialIcon_Small_facebookSocialIconSmall_Pinterest SocialIconSmallBloglovin' 
The above post may contain affiliate links and I may receive compensation if you click on any of the above links and/ or make a purchase from those links. Opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love!




Spring is in full swing in The District. Between the April showers, the beginning of tourist season, the allergies, and the generally unpredictable yo-yo weather that is so typical of this area (year-round), it’s sometimes easy to forget how lovely this time of year can really be. This past weekend, in my own neighborhood and despite the rain, I happened upon one of the prettiest trees I’ve ever seen. The flowers + the lush greenery in my neighborhood always make me kind of pause and appreciate how gorgeous this city really is. It’s sometimes hard to believe it really is a city. I work downtown, but even there the squares and parks become like little their own little green oasis.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is we should all take a moment to appreciate the green outdoors. In planning our engagement/ save the date pictures, Kendall and I have discussed a little bit of a vintage picnic theme. There’s no reason though that we shouldn’t just take one of our free days (ha. few and far between.) and go on a real picnic of our own for a date. My dad has been trying to get us to go to Wagshal’s, a deli near us, since before we moved in, and I think it would be so fun to pick up a couple sandwiches, chips, and drinks and head out to enjoy a sunny Saturday. Now all we need is a free day (a girl can dream).

Have you picnicked in DC? Where’s your favorite spot?

1.Do Juicy What I See? Shift Dress||2.Keds Double Up Sneaker||3.Watermelon||4.Ban.do ‘Chill Out’ Cooler Tote||5.Ban.do Insulated Cooler Bag||6.ban.do Sweetheart Deluxe Cooler Bag||7.Sunnylife Picnic Blanket||8.Hawaiian Sun Green Tea with Ginseng||9.Spritz™ Paper Straws Multi 20 ct

Save

SignatureFont72

SocialIconSmall_Twitter SocialIconSmall_Instagram SocialIcon_Small_facebookSocialIconSmall_Pinterest SocialIconSmallBloglovin' 
The above post may contain affiliate links and I may receive compensation if you click on any of the above links and/ or make a purchase from those links. Opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love!




You’ve seen me rock Old Navy so many times- most recently here. I just live for their soft cotton that, really, holds up forever. I wouldn’t want to have to give up any of the brands I love, but if there was only one brand I was allowed to wear for the rest of my life, Old Navy would be it. Old Navy has grown up with me- from the yellow/ orange combo I picked out my first trip there in grade school, to sweaters I could afford to buy myself in college, to pieces I wear to work over and over again. If you ever need to stock up or refresh, head there, and don’t feel guilty about spending minor bucks for styles that will likely stick around for quite a while. Obviously, I’m obsessed with their dresses, but there’s so much going on at Old Navy right now that I’m just swooning over.

What’s your favorite guilt-free place to shop? Where can you always find the most perfect basic pieces?

the carolove old navy spring 17

1.Fit & Flare Jersey-Knit Dress for Women||2.Sleeveless Cutout-Back Shift Dress for Women||3.Ruffle-Trim Cami Dress for Women

4.Tiered Lace-Trim Swing Dress for Women||5.Fitted V-Neck Tee Dress for Women||6.Jersey Swing Dress for Women

7.Jersey Pencil Midi Skirt for Women||8.Fitted Jersey Maxi Skirt for Women

9.Relaxed Graphic Crew-Neck Tee for Women||10.Relaxed Graphic Tee for Women||11.Relaxed Graphic Curved-Hem Tee for Women

12.T-Strap Tassel Sandals for Women||13.Driving Loafers for Women||14.Ankle-Strap Espadrilles for Women

Don’t forget you can earn cash back from Old Navy when you use ebates!

Sammydress Spring Sale: Up to 70% OFF and Use Extra 6% OFF Coupon: MARSALE, Don't Miss it and Shop Now!

SignatureFont72

SocialIconSmall_Twitter SocialIconSmall_Instagram SocialIcon_Small_facebookSocialIconSmall_Pinterest SocialIconSmallBloglovin' 
The above post may contain affiliate links and I may receive compensation if you click on any of the above links and/ or make a purchase from those links. Opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love!




Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day coming up tomorrow so I thought I would get onto one of my personal favorite subjects- weddings! So far I have two in 2017, possibly a third because one of my bests from just got engaged. One is in New York over the summer and the other is Charleston in September. Also- Kendall’s sister has a wedding in the works as do a couple of his friends, potentially. Never-ending love, folks!

I don’t know about you all, but I consider goings to weddings almost like having adult prom. It gives me a chance to get dolled up and dance the night away- whether stag or with my handsome date. Kendall and I love getting dressed up together and we actually coordinated really well for my sorority sister’s wedding this past December.

The first wedding I’m going to the bride told me is going to be “garden cocktail.” I freakin’ LOVE the sound of that. I’m actually going to be wearing a dress I wore in another wedding that I’ve had shortened to cocktail length. I’ve already re-worn it once- the a country farm wedding with cowgirl boots. I’m thinking pairing it this time with pastel heels maybe like these and a floral necklace like this. I am getting my wear out of this dang dress. But I love the idea of garden cocktail. It makes me think of Gatsby parties!

The other wedding is black tie optional for men, gowns for women. The bride, the lovely Sahra, put it this way: I don’t want to see your knees. Hey- the girl has a flair for the dramatic and I respect that! This is a little trickier since at this point the only floor-length formal dress I have is ivory, and even if she says that’s ok, I would still feel so funny about that. One of my cardinal rules of wedding going is that guests should not wear white or white adjacent dresses. To Rent the Runway I will likely go, but I’m going to keep my options open because with my height I often  always need alternations on long dresses.

Is anyone else gearing up for weddings in 2017? I’d love to know all about them! I could trade wedding stories for days! In the meantime, check out my picks for Garden Cocktail + Black Tie! My “budget” picks are under $50!

the carolove wedding guest dresses

Budget Garden Cocktail: 1.Women’s Love, Fire Geometric Burnout Shift Dress||2.Women’s Soprano Lace Off The Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress||3.NBD x Naven Twins Flirty Girl Skater Dress||4.Chetta B Tiered Lace Sleeveless Dress, Coral

Garden Cocktail: 5.Tadashi Shoji Sheer Floral Sheath Dress||6.Endless Rose Ruffled Fit and Flare Dress||7.Self-Portrait Azaelea Guipure-Lace Illusion Dress, Burgundy||8.BCBGMAXAZRIA Sleeveless Illusion Neck Lace Dress

Budget gowns:9.ASOS WEDDING Floral Printed Rouched Bandeau Mesh Maxi Dress||10.boohoo Jessica Floral Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress||11.Vila Cami Overlay Maxi Bridesmaid Dress||12.ASOS WEDDING Lace Wrap Tie Maxi Dress

Gowns: 13.Adrianna Papell Beaded Gown||14.Women’s Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Illusion Yoke Pleat Tulle Trumpet Gown||15.Jenny Yoo Inesse Chiffon Gown||16.Jenny Yoo Jules Sequin Tulle Gown

SignatureFont72

SocialIconSmall_Twitter SocialIconSmall_Instagram SocialIcon_Small_facebookSocialIconSmall_Pinterest SocialIconSmallBloglovin' 
The above post may contain affiliate links and I may receive compensation if you click on any of the above links and/ or make a purchase from those links. Opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that I love!