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Marisa (or Maris or Reeses, as she appears in my phone) has been in my life since we were 14. You know how certain part of your life happen in slo-mo? The first time I saw Maris it was my first day at St. Andrew’s. I barely knew anyone, and I was kind of taking it all in. Then she came running like a hurricane over to this kid I was kind of checking out and threw her hands over his eyes. He guessed who she was by her watch, she complimented his Lilly Pulitzer tie, gave him a hug, and off she went.  I have no idea why I remember that specific moment, but I do.We were in different advisor groups and, at the time, different friend groups, so I didn’t give her a whole lot of thought until I heard rumors that she was dating my ex after he broke up with me later that year. I didn’t like her because of that because I was 15 and terrible. I don’t even really know if it was a true.

I’m not sure how it happened but she and I slowly became friends, and I’m so glad we did! (So are my parents- they always loved her!) I think it was because we were in Les Mis together but I really don’t remember. All I know is that the older we got, the closer we got, the weirder we got together. She went from ultra-preppy to boho and beyond. It was kind of fun pushing the limits of our dress code- there were a lot of peasant skirts involved I can tell you that much. We listened to a lot of Panic! At The Disco and she got me into Boys Like Girls. One time, she literally ate all of the cheese in my house. On a more serious note, at a moment when I was really scared, she drew a cute portrait of me including labels to make me smile and laugh and know how much she was behind me.

We lost touch in college, but she was a solid part of my original crew. We reunited at our friend Casey’s wedding last year, and I have loved watching her business blossom. Dirty Hippy Swag is so freakin’ Marisa and I love it! I mean… did you see my awesome pants yesterday?

I’m so happy for my courageous, creative, beautiful inside and out friend, and I cannot wait to see what Dirty Hippy Swag has in store for her!

10 Songs For A Perfect Sound Track:

  1. Bad and Boujee, by Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert
  2. Online, by Danger Incorporated
  3. Diamonds, by Danger Incorporated
  4. Classic Man, by Jidenna
  5. Instinct, by Roy Woods feat. MadeinTYO
  6. Bounce Back, by Big Sean
  7. Chanel, by Frank Ocean
  8. Antidote, by Travis Scott
  9. L$D, by A$AP Rocky
  10. Left, Right, by YG and DJ Mustard

In all honesty, the entire Danger Incorporated album Are you Afraid of the Danger Boys? Is already my perfect soundtrack.

9 Words That Describe Me:

  1. Bold
  2. Creative
  3. Fearless
  4. Funny
  5. Ambitious
  6. Courageous
  7. Respectful
  8. Determined
  9. Thoughtful

8 Reasons I Love My Life:

  1. Working for myself has been incredibly fulfilling because all the company goals come from my heart and my motivation to succeed is infinite.
  2. My boyfriend, Frederick has completely transformed my human experience. Since childhood I’ve had Major Depression and PTSD an it wasn’t until Frederick and I fell in love a couple years ago that I began to discover the joys of being alive.
  3. Living in the forest. We live in the middle of the Redwood Regional Park and our tree house is by far the most beautiful pad we have both ever lived in. I love living in the forest because I literally wake up to the squaws of Eagles. No joke, when I first moved in I thought my neighbor had an Eagle sound as a text message alert because I couldn’t fathom a real Eagle actually squawing in my yard.
  4. Animals. I’ve been volunteering and feeding an 18 year old horse named Tosca once a week for a few months now. One afternoon, while feeding Tosca on the top of these bright green rolling hills I saw a family of deer, several adorable rabbits, 1 curious coyote, 3 newts, 2 wild turkeys, 1 bald eagle, 2 hawks, and the herd of 14 horses Tosca is apart of. Nothing beats that!
  5. Friends. I’m lucky to have incredibly down to earth and creative friends.
  6. Art and Design. I love painting, beading, laser-cutting, modeling, photography, graphic design, web design, and everything art and design. I love designing screenprints and jewelry for Dirty Hippy Swag and always have a blast laser-cutting the wooden pendants.
  7. Food. I’m obsessed with food. My favorite thing to do is eat.
  8. Living in the Bay. The Bay Area is filled with opportunities to go on epic adventures, work for great companies, meet interesting people, and make dreams happen. I love living here!

7 Essentials In My Closet:

  1. Sweatpants
  2. Dirty Hippy Swag white hoodie
  3. Quantify Thy Sad black hoodie (I literally wear these top 3 things every single day. it’s hard to get me out of sweatpants and my Dirty Hippy Swag hoodies)
  4. Sports bras and bralettes. I’ve been boycotting underwire bras for years now.
  5. Sterling Silver heirloom hoop earrings from my Aunt Candy and my fake gold triple hoop earrings from Goodwill.
  6. Slip on black sneakers
  7. Summer dresses

6 Non-Electronic Things I Can’t Live Without:

  1. Eggs
  2. Extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  3. Coconut Oil. I use coconut oil every day to moisturize my body and monthly to deep condition my hair.
  4. My Passion Planner is honestly the most amazing non-electronic thing I own. It’s a calendar planner customized for the dreamers.
  5. Pooh Bear. I might regret publicly admitting this, but I’ve been sleeping with my teddy bear since I was 10 years old.
  6. Crayola markers. They make to-do lists a party on a piece of paper!

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5 People Who Have Impacted My Life:

  1. Don, my dad, a fountain of eternal love and my greatest inspiration
  2. Jocelyn, my sister, my rock and my best friend
  3. Frederick, my boyfriend, my oak tree and my soulmate
  4. Candy, my aunt, my soul sister, my greatest role model
  5. Brian, a saint, my hero who taught me everything I need to know about operating an animal sanctuary.

4 Place I Want To Visit:

  1. The center of the earth.
  2. Outer space.
  3. An alien spaceship.
  4. Any beach in Greece.

3 Unpopular Opinions I Have:

  1. I don’t believe in the popular saying “seeing is believing” because I’m 100% positive aliens exist. I’m just impatiently waiting for them to appear above me one day.
  2. I believe that most animal species should be legally recognized as sentient beings.
  3. Equal rights equal fights. (gender equality)

2 Things That Scare You

  1. Spiders for sure. A couple years ago I called Frederick at 10:30pm terrified, crying and begging him to drive (30 minutes) to my house to discard a massive spider from my bedroom wall. He came.
  2. Heights. I am absolutely terrified of heights.

1 Quote I Live By:

“One love and fuck you.” – Diabolic, Self Destruction (Outro)

The first time I heard Diabolic say “one love & fuck you” became the last time I ever felt misunderstood. In essence, this is how I truly feel on the daily: every single living being on this planet deserves unconditional love and kindness, but I also need to set strong energetic boundaries between myself and the outside world in order to protect myself.


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Like most of my friends in the DC area at this point, Marisa, a Stylist/Personal Shopper at  DC Style Factory, and I were following each other on Instagram before we ever met in person. We officially first met at the District Darlings’ Relaunch, but she truly made an impression on me when I got a chance to talk to her about my personal style at the Streetsense Streetmarket. I think of myself as a little clunky and awkward so having a stylist tell me a I had a cute shape/ style actually meant a whole lot to me.

At subsequent events, I could honestly just sit and talk to Marisa for hours! Both DC girls, we’re familiar with the local nuances and quirks. (Landon- BOO! Boat shoes- ALSO BOO IN THEORY BUT GIMME!) The last time I saw her, she was wearing the cutest shirt dress with bright right high top sneakers. And you know how I love a good sneaker! She’s also a wonderful mom, setting a great example for her two little girls doing a job she loves and balancing that with their school activities- her stories from volunteering crack me up!

One day, when I have the funds and the time to clean my closet first, I would love to have her over to help me with a closet audit. Although she told me that I could never be one of those capsule wardrobe girls, I would love to know that she thinks my wardrobe is lacking and see how she’d put some of my funkier pieces together. If you’re looking for styling services yourself, check out some of the many services offered by DC Style Factory- and tell them Caroline sent you. 😉 You can contact Marisa directly at: Marisa@dcstylefactory.com!

– 10 songs for a perfect sound track:

1) Superstitious – Stevie Wonder

2) Kiss – Prince

3) Higher Love – Steve Winwood

4) Time After Time – Cindy Lauper

5) Lonely Boy – Black Keys

6) Paint if Black – Rolling Stones

7) Vision of Love – Mariah Carey

8) Callin Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks

9) The Rain – Missy Elliot

10) We Found Love – Rihanna

– 9 Words To Describe Me:

1) Determined

2) Ambitious

3) Loyal

4) Sarcastic

5) Funny

6) Independent

7) Caring

8) Impulsive

9) Protective

– 8 reasons I love my life:

1) Family

2) Friends

3) Faith

4) My Job

5) Modern Technology

6) I love being from the DC area and living here  (true city girl)

7) Free Time (whenever I can get it)

8) Wine

– 7 essentials in my closet:

1) Black skinny jeans

2) Black boyfriend blazer

3) Hermes scarves

4) Black pencil skirt

5) Timberland Boots

6) Green moto blazer

7) Ripped boyfriend jeans

– 6 non-electronic things I can’t live without 

1) my copies of To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice (they’re tied as my favorite)

2) French Coffee Press

3) Dior Blackout Mascara

4) Nail File

5) High heels

6) Bike

– 5 people who have impacted my life

1) My Parents

2) My own family

3) My Boss

4) Audrey Hepburn

5) My Junior year High School English teacher Ms. Sidebotham

– 4 places I’d like to visit

1) Jackson Hole

2) Paris

3) Bora Bora

4) London

– 3 unpopular opinions I have:

1) I’m a conservative

2) Drake is the male equivalent of Taylor Swift

3) Chipotle isn’t that great

– 2 things that scare me:

1) Being Buried Alive

2) Clowns

– Quote I live by:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird





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I’ve mentioned Julie of Blazers & Bubbly before when I said she was one of the reasons that I would never have a capsule wardrobe. The first time I met Julie, she was wearing the same pumpkin shirt that I was eagerly waiting for in the mail. And it was like “who is this living Barbie with such a fun sense of style?”

I admire Julie for being a breath of fresh air as a woman and a blogger. She’s gorgeous inside and out, but doesn’t take herself too seriously. You’d see that with just one quick visit to her instagram. (And in how she answered my #wcw questions.) I love her playful, colorful, quirky style and she pulls off everything she does flawlessly. Aside from her day job and her blog, she also runs a boutique on her blog with gorgeous bralettes and super fun trucker hats. I’m itching to get one of her Unicorn Barbie hats for my collection once Lent is over. And honestly- I can’t wait to see what she’s going to be wearing this Saturday to our Bubbles & Bloggers Barbie Brunch!

the carolove blazers and bubbly10 songs for a perfect sound track:

1) Chvrches  – Keep You On My Side

2) M83 – Kim & Jessie

3) Empire of the Sun – Alive

4) Borns – Past Lives

5) The Naked and Famous – Young Blood

6) Phantogram – You are the Ocean

7) Chvrches – Under the Tide

8) Twenty one Pilots – Fairly Local

9) Kids of 88 – Ribbons of Light

10) Joywave – Destruction

9 words to describe you: Playful, Weird, Stylish, Athletic, Adventurous, Nature-Lover (totes counts as one word) , Artistic, Organized, Giggly

8 reasons that you love your life: My family is a-maze; Childhood friendships are a great support system; Travel has been an awesome, inspiring part of my life; I’m always meeting new, fun people (like you, Caroline!); Pizza exists; Seasons make me so happy– fall foliage, spring flowers, hot summer days, onesie-worthy snow storms..; Blogger freebies are saving me a lot of money ha; I work for my dad, which means fantastic office hours.

7 essentials in your closet: Hmm number one is a blazer—obvi! Ha. And then, I’d have to say:  Bralette (shop them on Blazers and Bubbly, ha!), favorite pair of deconstructed jeans, slouchy tanks, leggings (can I list that one twice?), chucks, quirky vintage pieces, and a red slinky date-night number.  Ugh that’s 8.

the carolove blazers and bubbly6 non-electronic things you can’t live without: Def read this as “electronic” things at first, so…PHONE made it as number one haha. Ok, ok.. Pho (as in the Vietnamese soup, not just a shortened version of “phone”), candles, books (currently making my way through Moody Bitches), my snowboard, tiger balm, liquid eye liner (cat eyes eryday)

5 people who have impacted your life: Daddio, Mumsies, my big brother, and my grandmothers who pray for me everyday.

the carolove blazers and bubbly4 places you’d like to visit: Peru, Iceland, Sweden, Japan

3 unpopular opinions you have: Mondays are the most productive; frozen peas are yummy; there’s no point in shopping designer when you can find it for non-insane prices elsewhere.

2 things that scare you: pitch dark (even though I subject myself to it when I go spelunking..the torturous minute when they turn out the lamps..), and the thought of skydiving (nooo thanks, I’m good!)

1 quote to live by: “Life is fragile, handle with prayer”

Pictures used with permission from Julie


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Originally published on Little Bitty City One 12/9/15

When I first started blogging, I met with Meaghan for dinner and I remember her telling me, “just wait until your mom’s friends start reading your blog.” Well, I’m glad they do. One of my mom’s friends told me that because of my interest in fashion that I should check out Lifetime’s Project Runway. Admittedly, I’d never had any interest before, but I quickly got obsessed. If you know me you’ll know that it’s kind of big that I was into Project Runway as much as I was into American Horror Story.

From the get-go, I was totally intrigued by Kelly Dempsey, or Kelly from the Deli, a self-taught fashionista from Boston who should be Katy Perry’s personal stylist. This young designer is not afraid of color, pattern, texture, sparkles- anything! She’s humble to boot, despite being the runner up among 16 incredibly talented designers. I first reached out to her after I saw the finale, outraged that her street style/ disco collection didn’t take the win. She got back to me within minutes. I love that she embraces her roots and family as she moves forward in the fashion world with a good head on her shoulders and an amazing attitude. I am honored that she agreed to answer my #wcw questions, and I will be a supporter of Kelly from the deli for years to come. Keep sparkling, girl! <3


10 songs for a perfect sound track

Lose Yourself, Not Afraid, Birds Eye View, The World is Yours, Put it On, Nutmeg, Heat Wave, Dock of The Bay, Shake it Off (Mariah Carey), Heartbreaker

9 words to describe you

outgoing, independent, silly, open-minded, determined, hardworking, risk-taker, carefree, conscious

12274183_1677440079166141_618597304881725764_n.jpg8 reasons that you love your life

because I stay true to me, because I don’t worry about what other people think, because I got a chance to show my work on Project Runway, because I love my family, my boyfriend is the best, because I work hard, because I believe success comes from when hard working and opportunity colliding, because I just bought a work studio to design out of.

7 essentials in your closet

my fanny packs, my leopard printed happy feet slippers, my bandanas, hoop earrings, my stretchy pleather leggings, my faux fur black bear big fuzzy jacket, my high top sneakers

12246850_1677440099166139_1263043699343465566_n.jpg6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

scissors, makeup remover, fanny pack, the beach, mascara, egg salad sandwiches

5 people who have impacted your life

My Auntie Carole, pops, momma, stepdad, my bf Dougie 🙂 All about family!

12273799_1677440139166135_8133671096605806579_o.jpg4 places you’d like to visit

3 of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the pyramids in Egypt

3 unpopular opinions you have

I think ketchup is overrated, I have no problem with a full wardrobe from a thrift store, I also have no problem with the word “moist”

12265844_1677382309171918_2302955166862550252_o.jpg2 things that scare you

airplanes and the dark

1 quote to live by

Never regret any decision. If you trust yourself and made a decision, own it.

Thank you again so much, Kelly, for being my #wcw! Photos are used, with permission, from her Facebook page. Check out her line, Rack Addick, new fanny packs in stock this week! You can also contribute to help her build her line.



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I’m honestly not sure if I hit my stride as a blogger until I met Dani of Blonde in the District, and through her, the fantastic network of women who meet monthly-ish at Bubbles & Bloggers events. Like most bloggers I’ve met, Dani and I found each other on social media and I was actually at the first B&B event- it wasn’t even called that! We picked the name after entirely too many mimosas (at least on my part) and the name seemed fitting.

I am entirely in awe of Dani. She founded this little group that has snowballed into a bit of a phenomenon, just so she could get bloggers and local beauty/ fashion names together and collaborating. She also works full time, runs her own blog, and has become on of my best friends (she’s also a great Secret Santa!) I have said this SO. MANY. TIMES. but she is a huge reason that I took the leap to rebrand my blog and stretch my wings as a blogger. I will be forever grateful to her for that.

I also cannot get over her style! Mixing glam with street-style is not easy to do- and she nails it! JC of Bailiwick Clothing, coined it “grit and glam” and I think that covers it.

10 songs for a perfect sound track

Bad Romance- Lady Gaga

Homecoming- Kanye West

Flawless- Beyoncé

We Found Love- Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

Red Lights- Tiesto

Juicy- Notorious BIG

Young Blood- The Naked and Famous

Little Red Corvette (Dance Mix)- Prince

Bizarre Love Triangle- New Order

It’s Now or Never- Elvis

9 words to describe you

Ambitious; caring; fair; stylish; confident; bright; loyal; inspired; dreamer

8 reasons that you love your life

My family and friends; DC in the Spring; Memories of my mom; Wonderful travel experiences I’ve had; The freedom I have as an American woman; Having videos of baby animals at my fingertips 24/7 on the internet; For successes I’ve made; and For successes I plan to make.

7 essentials in your closet

My Gucci Boston Bag; a red faux fur stole; Zophia CEO skirt; a pair of black classic pumps/booties; sequins dress; a black wrap jacket; and an extravagant dressing robe.

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

My husband, David; My cat, Chloe; Photo albums from my childhood; Lipstick; Coffee; Champagne.

5 people who have impacted your life

My mom for teaching me the importance of being a strong woman; my dad for teaching me loyalty and honesty; Lady Gaga for inspiring me to be confident in my early 20’s and love myself; Kanye West for inspiring me to reach for my dreams; and my College English Professor, Jolanta Wawrzycka, for teaching me to appreciate travel.

4 places you’d like to visit

Egypt to see the Pyramids; Florence, Italy- I’ve already been here but I want to go back to see the Gucci museum and have a latte w/the Gucci logo in the foam; Graceland in Memphis, TN; and Norway- my ancestors were Vikings!

3 unpopular opinions you have

My appreciation for Kanye West; I think Ben’s Chili Bowl is way overrated; I don’t like The Wizard of Oz.

2 things that scare you

Sharks, although they are fascinating creatures; and darkness.

1 quote to live by

“Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.”- Kanye West, Homecoming

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