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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

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

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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

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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!

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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”

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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.


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

Pictures used with permission from Dani




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I met Amanda of Whistle & Wild the same way I’ve honestly met most of my adult life friends: through social media. I was on Instagram, clicking away through relevant hashtags, and I noticed a model call. Before you judge me, the first thing I said to Amanda was that I am in no way a model BUT I did have a blog so why don’t we have a little chat and see if our brands would work well together. I love working with smaller companies, especially local, and it just seemed to make sense.

WELL- Amanda set up a little coffee date for us and I knew from the moment I saw her that we would click.We were both wearing rose gold sunnies and backpacks, plus she talked me down when I had a full blown panic attack about leaving my wallet in my Uber. A couple hours and a found wallet later, Amanda and I had formed a partnership and a friendship. You’ve seen Whistle & Wild on my blog, most recently here, but you may have also noticed we run in the same DC style circle. I love love love seeing her at events, repping her amazing boutique and looking flawless (always. seriously.) You can learn more about  Whistle & Wild here, but what you need to know is that it’s woman owned and curated by Amanda for a wide variety of styles.

Also, Amanda, we need to have a chat about some of your answers because I want to know more! Thank you for being my woman crush this Wednesday!

10 songs for a perfect sound track

this is really hard for me since I grew up singing, in musical theatre and choir BUT I must pick, sooooo:

Wagon Wheel: Old Crow Medicine Show (Not the Darius Rucker version! lol)

Whats up?: 4 Non Blondes

A case of you: Joni Mitchell

Bangarang (skrillex gets me pumped for when I work out)

Anything from the wicked soundtrack

Also anything from the band Borns (obsessed)

We should be friends: Miranda Lambert

In the Ghetto: (Elvis Presley)

Into the Wild: LP

Love Shack B-52’s

9 words to describe you

Hard working, ambitious, adventurous, spontaneous, singer, entrepreneur, creative, brave, courageous.

8 reasons that you love your life

I am a free citizen.

I am saved by the grace of God

I have a loving husband who will always be here for me

My chocolate lab Sadie.

My parents who have instilled a great work ethic for me.

I am a women (ROAR)

I am live in an area with a LOT of wineries around!

I also love my life because right now there is a ton of cheese in my fridge, and …HELLO?! Cheese!

7 essentials in your closet

Fur anything (faux of course)

black booties

a statement necklace

a statement choker

High waisted jeans

Ponchos for the chilly weather


Whistle & Wild at an arms length

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

My makeup

My granfather’s paintings

My teddy bear that was given to me by my grandmother when I was 2 (Rootbear is his name btw)

An “I love you” from my husband

A good cry every once in awhile

5 people who have impacted your life




Pastor Jason from North Carolina.

& anyone who has ever truly believed in me

4 places you’d like to visit

Red Rocks


Grand Canyon

Crazy Horse Mountain

3 unpopular opinions you have

I love shooting guns and would love to be able to open carry in all states.

Chipolte is not everything and is way overrated.

Backstreet boys over Nsync. all the way

2 things that scare you

Ghosts/spirits. Bad experience, I don’t mess around with that stuff anymore haha.

The thought of losing loved ones at an early age.

1 quote to live by

My uncle who was a marine taught me this when I was 9 years old & I’ll never forget it

“Its the things you do, that you don’t have to do, that determines the difference for when it’s too late to do anything about it.”

Alexandra and I have two major things in common: we are sorority sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma at Rider University (Aim High!) and we both lost someone very close to us too soon. Many of you know that my little sister died when I was fourteen. Alexandra lost her father when she was just 25. One more thing we have in common though- neither one of us let that fact break or define us. Alexandra took the dreams that she and her father had of creating a boutique designed for women who wanted to follow the latest jewelry trends without the hefty price tag and she did it! I’ve been toying with the idea of one day opening my own boutique, so Alexandra is truly an inspiration to me.

While The Pretty Pink Rooster has been up and running online for a couple years, she recently aimed even higher and opened a brick and mortar store in Bernardsville, NJ. The moto of The Pretty Pink Rooster is “Flaunt it for under $50,” keeping the pieces affordable for everyone. I found this out yesterday during her a Live Facebook session, but she’s not the only buyer for her boutique- the women in her family all participate, meaning that The Pretty Pink Rooster carries styles for many different tastes.

I think one of the sweetest things about The Pretty Pink Rooster is how much of a tribute the boutique is to Alexandra’s father:

The Pretty Pink Rooster doesn’t just symbolize a fresh start for me, but is also a tribute to my father and his quirky fondness for the rooster!  My goal is to make your shopping experience fun, easy, and most of all, affordable. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on chic accessorizes to feel like you’re walking down the red carpet! Every woman should have the opportunity to flaunt something fabulous without breaking the bank…and that’s what we’re all about.

Thank you so much, Alexandra, for being my woman crush Wednesday this week, for sharing a little bit more about you, and for setting a wonderful example for everyone who has lost someone!

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10 Songs for a perfect soundtrack: 1) “Le Vie en Rose”- Louis Armstrong,  2) “Uncaged”-Zac Brown Band, 3) “Where the Boat Leaves From”- Zac Brown, 4) “Rag Doll” Aerosmith, 5) “Sorry”- Beyonce, 6) “Adventure of a Lifetime”- Cold Play, 7) “Work B*tch”- Britney Spears, 8) “Reelin” in the Years” – Steely Dan, 9) “Hey Nineteen” – Steely Dan, 10) “Summer Wind”- Frank Sinatra

9 words to describe me: 1) determined, 2) hard working, 3) caring, 4) compassionate, 5) patient, 6) religious, 7) organized, 8) persevering, 9) reliable

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8 reasons I love my life: 1) my fabulous family, 2) my faith, 3) my friends, 4) my pets, 5) my business, 6) traveling, 7) being able to do charity work, 8) my health

7 Essentials in my closet: 1) My Lilly Pulitzer clothes!  She’s all I wear!  2) winter white pants, 3) my beige pumps (they go with anything!) 4) Mystique Sandals, 5) Good beach bag, 6)  My Pretty Pink Rooster Jewelry! 7) a good Pashmina

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6 Non electronic things I can’t live without… yikes: 1) my Ouidad products for my hair, 2) my lavender lip balm from Rinse bath and Body, 3) Bare Essentials makeup, 4) Bobbi Brown” Hot Pink Lip” Gloss, 5) Poland Spring Sparkling Water- Lime, 6) a good cappuccino

5 People that Impacted my life: 1) My Mom, 2) My Dad, 3) my Grandmother, 4) My sisters, 5) Marie Forleo

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4 Places I’d like to visit: 1) Switzerland, 2) California, 3) Ireland, 4) Turks and Caicos

3 Unpopular Opinions I have: 1) Who cares what other people think about you 2) worry about yourself 3) Don’t stop until you get what you want.

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2 Things that Scare me: 1) Scary Movies 2) getting lost

1 quote to live by: life is to short to be anything but happy~

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