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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

Originally posted on Little Bitty City One 3/8/16

Remember last week or whenever how it got nice? And then it freaking SNOWED at the end of the week? And it wasn’t even nice snow it was gobs of slush. Gross. I was so ready for the week to end already and that was just the ice(ing) on the cake.

Anyway, I guessss it’s ok because it gave me a chance (maybe my last one of the season) to rock my Topshop from Nordstrom leopard fur coat (last seen here). I wanted to be both cozy and cute as I slid into the weekend and I think I got this.

Now, let’s talk weekend essentials. You know I love a good backpack, but the one I got last year was a little small. Hi gorgeous Eddie Borgo for Target Backpack in Thunder. The backpack so nice that my mom bought me the same one. And if you’re constantly on the go like me, you probably have a snack or two in your bag. When Myprotein asked if I could try some of their products, I jumped at the chance. I ordered Protein Cookies in white almond, Protein Chox in caramel nut, and their 100% peanuts peanut butter. I’ll be honest, the cookies were a little too almond-y for me, it was almost overpowering. And I could really taste whatever extra protein was in it. But the chox were great! They taste like a heartier snickers and are definitely better for your if you’re like me and have a 3:30 in the afternoon chocolate craving. The peanut butter? On apples, one of my favorite snacks/ deserts.

How do you get ready for the weekend?


Overlapped triangles earrings c/o ezra||Similar leopard coats here, here, here||Eddie Borgo for Target Backpack in Thunder||Similar knit scarves here, here, here||Similar raw quartz necklaces here, here, here||Wine sweaters here, here, here||Vegan Leather Tuxedo-Stripe Leggings (very similar)||OTK boots here, here, here

Thank you to Myprotein + ezra for the gifted goodies in the post. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you to my readers for supporting the businesses that support LBC1!


I have a confession: I am a shopaholic. No, really. I saw in a magazine article, years ago, that one sign of being a shopaholic is that you shop to cheer yourself up and you shop to reward yourself. That kind of hit me and I’m guilty of both. It’s never gotten so out of control that I really find myself in an issue, but I finally got my savings account where I’d like it to be and I’ve been paying extra special attention to my finances since then. I’m also now sharing my life and home with someone I truly love, and we want to build a future together. I find that even with the amount of clothes I do have, I gravitate towards my tried and true pieces and mix it up with shoes and accessories. Point being, I have reigned in my spending, and I’m proud!

But that doesn’t mean I can’t look! And because of blogging, I’m constantly finding treasures online that I would prefer be in my closet. I figure if I’m not buying them, I can at least share them and curate a collection of pieces I love for my readers. That’s kind of what blogging is all about, isn’t it? Sharing what I love.

the carolove November wishlist

Even though I’ve really been considering creating a capsule wardrobe with simple pieces to glam up with accessories, I totally fell in love with the Zest of the Bunch A-Line Dress in Deer from Modcloth. I think it would look absolutely darling with brown boots and a denim jacket. And speaking of boots, I guess I’m really rough on my shoes because the zipper on my two-toned boots is ripped. #sadface I’m thinking about replacing them with Tommy Hilfiger Silvana Riding Boots.

Lulus has really been killing the shoe game and it’s been SO HARD to not jump on both the Imani Black Suede Thigh High Boots and the Emmy Burgundy Suede Pointed Loafers. Both pairs are under $50 and selling out fast, so if anyone wants to get them and wear them in my honor that would be greeeeeat.

I need another bag like I need a hole in the head. Ask Kendall. But I can’t get over my craving for a burgundy tote for the fall. I think my favorite that I’ve seen is the Whitney Cowhide Leather Bag in wine. I also really love the Lenox City Tote from Mark And Graham… frankly in all of the colors. And remember when I showed you all the overnight bags? This one is still calling to me.

Lastly, I can’t keep my eyes off this ‘Easy Rider’ Faux Leather Moto Jacket in green. I really have to check Nordstrom tomorrow to see if it goes on Fall clearance because that would be worth a spend.

For more of my favorite pieces, you can always check out my “currently craving” on my sidebar. If you click on the picture, it’ll take you right to the page to buy!


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Cheers, witches! It’s Halloweekend! Tonight Kendall and I are going to Night of The Living Zoo with a couple of friends; Saturday we’re carving pumpkins for my mom and hitting up Waredaca Brewery in Laytonsville; and Saturday night we’re meeting up with Dani, Roxanne, and their husbands for the For The Win Halloween Party. Phew. On Sunday, we nap.

This week on The CaroLøve:

Just because it’s timely and one of my favorite movies, here are 18 facts about Nightmare before Christmas that you might not have known.

If you’re a blogger and you haven’t read this post from Kristyn, you should. We need to stop trying to keep up with each other and remember why we started blogging in the first place.

A little birdie Nordstrom’s amazing social media team via twitter told me that their fall clearance sale is Nov. 3rd. Fingers crossed this jacket is included.

Since this weekend is the conclusion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it seems so appropriate to share Lady Gaga’s emotional inspiration behind Grigio Girls.

With the holidays coming up (I KNOW right!?) I’m thinking about my holiday gift/ shopping guides. Is there anything in particular you all would like to see? Let me know in the comments!

Have a safe + fun weekend of Halloween festivities!

Fall has always been my favorite time of year, my least favorite being the end of summer when it’s 100+ degrees with 98% humidity. I think it comes from always being excited to get back into a routine. Even though it’s been years since I’ve had to go “back to school,” it just seems like positive change in the air always comes from fall. I guess for good reason- fall was when i started my amazing internship with Jamie Moffett. Fall is when I started at the firm, started my lease in Georgetown, and moved into my new Glover Park place with the love of my life. September + October rule, y’all.

I love fall styles too. The plaids, the textures, the layers. Gimme gimme gimme! Let me break it down for you what I’ve really been checking out for this season:

The utility jacket has been getting a lot of attention for the past couple of years. I happen to love this one with the primary colored splatter paint. It adds something, I think, to a look that everyone has been rocking. On the subject of jackets, I’m still sad I didn’t get that green vegan leather gem from the outlets in Mississippi. However, the olive + structure on this BB Dakota vegan leather jacket is kiiiind of perfect and might be going on my wish list.

If we’re talking layers, I have totally fallen smitten with shearling vests. I actually got one at the beach a couple weekends ago, and I can’t wait to wear it with jeans + boots, probably belted. No layering look in fall is complete without the ever-popular blanket scarf (at least in my opinion). The pictured Steve Madden scarf has been all over the place since the first leaf fell somewhere in, like, Connecticut this year, and I love the colors!

Booties booties booties booties, rockin’ errrywherrre! You all saw my saga about the burgundy booties. I’ve been having a similar experience looking for perforated peep-toe, because once you get an idea in your head about shoes you need you can’t stop. Right? Not just me? I hope. Luckily, I found both for you under $50 at Charlotte Russe. Shop the burgundy here + perforated here.

I forget about bottoms sometimes because I basically live in dresses, but two looks have spoken to me recently via other bloggers. I feel like I now need a dressed up leopard skirt for work + ripped black skinnies for play!

Remember how I got really excited that my supposed doppelganger, Maisie Williams of GoT fame, was accessorizing accessibly? I found a similar little bag BUT STUDDED!  If you need something bigger (I usually do!) check out the Alice bag from Urban Expressions. You can get 25% off the Alice or any of their other vegan accessories with the code CLOVE25!

fall 2016 top style picks

Ok, so now you’ve seen my top picks for this fall. What are yours? I’d love to know in the comments below!