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Ok ladies and gentlemen, we have one more day of this idiot cold long month before we head into February. It’s love month, y’all!

photo by Darrell McDavid

Let me take a sec to brag about all the reasons Kendo deserves to be spoiled this month (besides the fact that his birthday is the weekend before Valentine’s Day).

First of all, let’s not forget the proposal. That is the biggest gift anyone could ever give me and the stuff of fairy tales and legends. I cannot wait to tell our kids that their pops gave me the coolest proposal on the planet.

But that was one day. Everyday he proves how much he loves me. When I’m a dragon to him, he brushes it off and tells me I’m an angel when I’m still apologizing two days later. When I cough, he brings me tea. I literally get tucked in at night with my Little Pillow because I go to bed before him. I just got a new phone and my old alarm clock wasn’t working so he’s been setting his own for me, even though he could probably sleep an extra two hours. When I tell him I don’t feel like myself or that I’m sad, he will literally force it out of me why so we can talk about it. He doesn’t let me shut down or turn off, which is a coping mechanism that I used for far too long after my sister died. I would keep things bottled up until I explode and he’s working with me to try and make it so I don’t get to that point. He’s patient, loving, sweet, and selfless.

Last night, I came home sore and kind of crampy and exhausted because my boss was out and I was only major travel arrangement duties at work all day. He had my comfy clothes waiting for me, set me up for a nice hot shower, and made me a cup of tea for when I got out. (And watched my phone in case one of my guys called with a travel emergency.)

I get to marry him. It’s a privilege.

I could go on and on but the reason you’re reading this post is probably for the Valentines for him roundup so…

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I am so psyched that this week is only three days for Kendall and myself. We haven’t had a trip in a while, and we’re going to Charleston for Sahra’s wedding with a stop on the way down and back to Myrtle Beach to visit some of my family. We’re like really good at long car trips together, braving a week-long drive from Mississippi with several stops along the way when we moved him up here, and a few trips back by car since then.

Next week, I’ll have my Chowderfest trip too! Now that I’m a grown-up with a full time job and responsibilities, it’s not so often that I get a weekend away, much less two in a row. While the trips serve different purposes, the bulk of both trips is going to be pretty casual. I have a crazy gown for Sahra’s wedding, but I’ll spend most of both trips in pretty comfy attire (especially as Long Beach Island will be pretty chilly at the ‘fest).

This time of year is pretty tricky, weather-wise, so layers are key. So is a (practical) variety of footwear. I’m kind of over over-packing (I used to be so bad about this), so I’m rather strategic in what actually gets to come with me for a weekend away. I tend to pack in coordinating colors to mix and match.

the carolove getaway essentials

collage made with picmonkey

Women’s Obey Basel Cable Knit Sweater||L.L.Bean Blanket Scarf, Plaid||Free People – Jordan Tee Women’s T Shirt

Original Tour Women’s Rain Boots||Jessica Simpson Water-Resistant Hooded Raincoat||Perverse Declan 51Mm Keyhole Sunglasses||Women’s Sp Black Decon Raw Edge High Waist Skinny Jeans

Roxy – Peak Moments Striped Dress Women’s Dress||Women’s Leith Easy Circle Cardigan||GUESS – Disc Pendant w/ Tassel Y Necklace Necklace||Lucky Brand Women’s Eesa Block-Heel Booties Women’s Shoes

Cobian – La Paz Women’s Sandals||Vans Authentic Lo Pro Sneaker||Brown Buckle-Accent Tote Set

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Back when I was shooting with Nicole, I lost my SD card with a shoot on it that then never made it to the blog. Somehow, it resurfaced when Kendall and I moved. I hadn’t given it a lot of thought until I lost ANOTHER SD card (those tiny little suckers!), ordered a new one with a mini, then Kendall needed the mini for our GoPro. So I stuck in the SD card I found, complete with my Taylor Swift concert outfit from two summers ago.

So much has changed in the past 2 years- I moved out of my first apartment and into a new one with a boy. I got engaged. My blog has changed and grown immensely. I was witness to some of my best and oldest friends getting married. I’ve made amazing new friends, fallen out of touch with others, acquired more self-confidence than I’ve ever known, and finally feel as settled as I’m going to be as a millennial in kind of a crazy time.

But so many things have also naht changed. I still get panic attacks, but I know how to deal with them and surround myself with people who help me through them, whether they know it or not. I refuse to give up my quirky and somewhat juvenile style, I’ll rock the hell out of my sneaker wedges, and I’m still obsessed with weddings. I still don’t love my job, but I’m going to keep working my ass off and giving it my all (and interviewing elsewhere when something interesting comes up).

Think back over your last two years- what has changed for you? What hasn’t? I’d love to know in the comments!

photos by Nicole

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Dress from The Pink Mustache||Women’s Vans ‘Authentic’ Sneaker||zeroUV – Large Oversized Womens Heart Shaped Sunglasses Cute Love Fashion Eyewear||TIFENNY Women Daisy Flowers Collar Chain Statement Pendant Short Necklace||Similar Vinyard Vines tote

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This past weekend was rough. Friday night, I woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain, finally got back to sleep and woke dreamed about walking around DC in summer in a fur coat. Fever dreams. It was getting worse and worse on Saturday and by the time Kendall convinced me I needed to go to the clinic, my fever was almost at a 103. For someone whose normal temps are below 98, this was pretty terrifying for me. A bowl of chicken noodle soup and a horse-sized Motrin later, my fever was gone, my aches were better, and I am so thankful for such a sweet, caring guy to take care of me and make me go to the doctor. I couldn’t go to brunch with my girls or to the tree-lighting at City Center, but I guess it’s best that I just stayed in and recovered.

This is all to say- I have my health (back), I have a great relationship, I have friends who missed me at lunch, and I had my parents check in on me just to see if there was anything else I needed. For Christmas, I don’t need a thing. But it’s kind of fun to just share the stuff I’m interested in right now and that’s kind of the point of my blog anyway. Plus, even though I gave into some Cyber Monday steals for me and for others, I did a lot of online window shopping.

What do you want for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

the carolove christmas list

1.Toy Story SK8-Hi Slim||2.KEDS X kate spade new york CHAMPION CONFETTI||3.abracadabra holland watch||4.Metallic Totes Y’all Owen Tote||5.Sweet Shop Pretzel Stud Earrings||6.Sloane Ranger Surf’s Up Weekender||7.Earl Grey Pop Candle||8.Basketweave pencil skirt

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So even though my jacket is not on clearance hashtag sadface, Nordstrom still has some amazing deals now through November 13th. I went through pages and pages to pick out what I think are the best deals under $50. That’s right- under $50! You can pick up some pretty basics for yourself, or stock up on accessories to give as Christmas gifts. I really only just scratched the surface as the clearance covers men, women, and kids. Let me know your favorite Nordstrom fall clearance favorites!

the carolove nordstrom fall clearance sale

1.BP. Zip Detail Sweater Dress||2.Leith Dolman Dress||3.JUST FOR WRAPS Stripe Layered Rib Knit Midi Dress||4.dee elle Sleeveless V-Back Swing Dress||5.Michelle by Comune Stripe Asymmetrical T-Shirt Dress

6.Free People ‘Continental’ Peplum Tank||7.Bobeau Stripe Pocket Top||8.Leith Long Drapey Tunic||9.Treasure&Bond Oil Wash Cutout Tee||10.Pleione Bell Sleeve V-Neck Top

11.Topshop Moto ‘Leigh’ Ripped Skinny Jeans||12.BP. Distressed Boyfriend Jeans (Grunge Wash)||13.GLAMOROUS Grommet Faux Suede A-Line Skirt||14.Leith High Slit Marled Midi Skirt

15.Lucky Brand ‘Archh’ Flat (Women)||16.Lucky Brand ‘Madysonn’ Almond Toe Flat (Women)||17.‘Flame’ Slip-On Bootie||18.‘Calizi’ Sandal||19.’50th Era 95 Reissue’ Low Top Skate Sneaker

20.Faux Leather Backpack||21.Rib Knit Fringe Infinity Scarf||22.Square Stud Earrings (Set of 2)||23.‘Hello Sunshine’ Bag Charm||24.‘off the grid’ iPhone 6 & 6s case

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