The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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Re-Tweed

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I wasn’t sure we would ever finally get here, but I am so happy it is finally starting to feel like spring!  You all know this blazer is one of my fall staples, but I figured I could make it work for “early spring” (super late winter) by pairing it with this fun and flirty fit & flare dress.  I always see BB Dakota at Nordstrom, and have always been tempted to pick up one of these cute dresses.  This little number has a super cute see through back detail which would look stunning worn by itself in the warmer weather.

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Outfit Details – Dress: BB Dakota | Blazer: Zara | Shoes: Madewell (old, similar here and here) | Bag: Coach (old, similar here) | Earrings: Treasure&Bond (sold out, similar here) | Lips: Nars ‘Cruising’Buxom Full-On Lip Polish ‘Brooke’

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Hump Day!

xo, C


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Blush

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Happy Tuesday my friends.  I hope you enjoyed Michaela’s outfits yesterday!  It’s nice to be able to share her with you all some times and give another sense of style on the blog.  If you follow me on snapchat (@chummer17) I mentioned that I’m really getting bored with all of my winter clothes.  It feels as if every day is the same jeans, booties, sweater routine and I am beyond ready to start wearing lace up flats, colorful heels, and my beloved skirts again.

When I’m having a tough time figuring out an outfit to wear, I always reach for black.  It’s simple, it’s slimming, it’s good for days when I drop my entire coffee on my way into work and some of it splashes on to me (aka last Wednesday).  To break up the black I added this beautiful blush tote bag from H&M and this statement choker from Sugarfix; the new Target x BaubleBar collab.

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Outfit Details – Top: Express | Jeans: Lucky Brand | Booties: Sam Edelman | Tote: H&M (old, similar here and here) | Sunglasses: Quay Australia | Necklace: Sugarfix | Watch: Charming Charlie | Bracelet: The Limited | Ring: BaubleBar | Earrings: Kate Spade New York

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you all have a great week!

xo, C


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Monday with Mac (Winter Edition)

I’m backkk!!! Hi friends, I know it’s been a while since I did a featured post on Caitlin’s blog, and I’m sorry. Life has been really crazy lately and if I’m being honest with you, since it’s cold here always I haven’t been motivated to get it together to take photos. But I decided to put on my big girl pants today and get myself outside for a photo shoot!

I definitely would not call winter my favorite season, but as a native New Englander, it’s pretty much just part of life around here. We bear down for 4-5 months of freezing cold weather, sweat our butts off for 3-4 months and then the other months we get some pretty leaves and flowers and stuff. But in all seriousness, growing up in Massachusetts my parents always taught us that no matter what the other kids are wearing at the bus stop, you need to wear a coat, hat and gloves because you need to be warm no matter what you look like. Now that I am a grown-up, I don’t even step outside without a coat and gloves on because being uncomfortable and cold is not fun. I’ve just assumed that people have learned that being warm is the smart option. Yet, on my morning drive to work, I STILL see high schoolers wearing only sweatshirts in the 15 degree weather, waiting for the bus. HAS NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT WINTER WEAR CAN ALSO BE CUTE?!?

I hope some of those high schoolers are reading this post because LOOK- I have three different winter looks on here that are all v cute, and are all v smart. Each of these looks can be worn in a different type of weather. There are some warmer winter days, and there are some freezing cold days, and living in New England, we’re used to that. So being able to adjust to the weather should be easy for us!

This first look is for those warmer days like this week, where the sun is shining and the temperatures are oddly up in the 50s. All you really need is a vest for when you’re running in and out of stores. Some cute little booties, a sweater and a vest and you’re in business.

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This next look is for when your outfit is a little bit fancier, but you’re still in those cold weather days where you need a heavier coat. So I threw on this surprisingly warm peacoat and this cute blush hat and I was ready to go.

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Finally, the last look is the actual cold-weather winter look. This outfit will keep you warm from head to toe. This jacket is usually my ski jacket, but it’s so comfortable that sometimes I throw it on with these warm Helly Hansen boots and this beanie. It’s a casual yet warm winter outfit that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. (Hopefully it won’t last too much longer! )

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I really can’t believe that it’s already February! It feels like two seconds ago that we were ringing in the new year. Personally, I know that I didn’t get a lot of my new years goals started in January like I wanted to- but my horoscope said that I should try again in February and so I have! And you can too! That’s the thing about goals and resolutions- we can start them whenever we want! We can start them in August if we want to! Personally, I wanted to have more fun working out- because I was having a hard time getting myself to the gym. It’s never too late to start doing something that’s going to make you happy. My sister and I started signing up for more fitness classes- we’ve done Yoga, Spin & Zumba- and I have to say it’s made working out a lot more fun!

So let’s not get stuck in that February Funk. 2017 is just getting started and I know that I am too. Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you have a wonderful winter season, find some cute wintery activities and don’t forget to wear your coat! (At least just do it for the sake of your Mom, you know?)

Look #1: Vest: Marshall’s || Sweater: Banana Republic || Jeans: American Eagle  (similar here)|| Boots: Sam & Libby @ Target || Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Look #2: Coat: Kohl’s (similar here) || Boots: Nordstrom Rack  || Hat: BP at Nordstrom || Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Look #3: Boots: Helly Hansen (similar here) Coat: The North Face (found it at Marshalls!- similar here) || Beanie: Loft outlet store || Sunglasses: Quay Australia

 


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Cobalt Cues

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Happy Hump Day loves!  Obviously I took these pictures before we had three snowstorms… Now if I tried to shoot at this location I’m pretty sure there would be nothing but snow and muddy snow behind me.  Even with the snow and the cold I am just so over wearing jeans, a sweater, and boots that I’ve been veering far away from the winter norms and dressing a tad seasonally inappropriately.  Spring and summer are definitely more my style seasons, since I will never get tired of wearing skirts and dresses the way I get tired of wearing jeans and boots.  So what’s a girl to do?  Throw on a pair of tights, of course.

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Outfit Details – Dress: J.Crew (old, similar here, here, here, and here) | Tights: J.Crew Factory | Heels: Adam Lippes for Target | Earrings: Treasure&Bond (sold out, similar here) | Lips: Nars ‘Cruising’Buxom Full-On Lip Polish ‘Brooke’

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you all have a great weekend!

xo, C


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Hair Care

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Welcome back everyone.  Today I’m going to be sharing my all-time favorite hair care products.  A few weeks ago I shared my favorite Verb products in this post, but I have so many others I like that I felt I should dedicate a post to the rest of them.  I tend to gravitate towards drugstore products, since I have a lot of very long and thick hair, and using high end products can get really expensive really quickly.  I do have a few high end products I know I love, but I wanted to dedicate this post to the products I use on a regular basis.

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Conair is my go to brand for hair tools.  I have three of these gel grip paddle brushes (because I walk around and leave them in places they don’t belong and inevitably can’t find them at 5 am when I need them) and they are the bomb.com.  I also love this classic comb, and I have been trying to get better at using it over my brush, since I’ve heard it’s kinder on your hair.

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Pantene is to shampoo as Conair is to brushes in my book.  For the price you absolutely cannot beat their products.  I personally like to use the smooth & sleek line with argan oil, but it’s all dependent on your hair and preference.  I always use this shampoo and conditioner not only because I love the way they smell (seriously I am ALWAYS smelling my own hair, to the point of it being kind of weird), but also because they are amazing at keeping my hair soft and smooth, even during the dry winter months.

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Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Smooth & Sleek Deep Conditioner.  This stuff is the real deal – it’s unbelievably effective and only $5 a bottle!  When I was down visiting my family in New York over the summer we were talking about dried out hair from the salt water and chlorine, and I was raving about this so much I practically ran down to the store and grabbed a bottle for my aunt and grandmother to assure them of how much I love it.  Plus, who really wants to spend more than three minutes deep conditioning their hair, amiright?

Pantene Pro-V Repair and Protect Overnight Miracle Repair Serum.  This little bottle is a miracle worker.  If you want your hair to be healthier and shinier, this is all you need.  It’s also great if you have a lot of heat damage!

L’Oreal recently launched two different clay based product lines; the Pure Clay Masks, and the Extraordinary Clay hair products.  I was so beyond excited about being able to find great clay benefits in the drugstore at a great price point, I picked up two of each (mask review coming soon).  The Extraordinary Clay hair products are intended for oily roots, which I don’t tend usually have, but every once in a while I find they need a little more attention.  I love the idea of this pre-shampoo mask.  It soaks up all the oils in your scalp and then you can wash it out with your shampoo!  The dry shampoo has a similar concept (ridding your scalp of unwanted oils) but with the added benefit of not requiring a shower and shampoo after!

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Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Leave In Conditioner.  I was so excited when Kristin Ess launched her full haircare line at Target a month ago, I wanted to buy every single thing.  Unfortunately without an unlimited budget, I told myself to just try one thing at a time, so I decided to go with this Leave In Conditioner.  I love that you just spray it on your wet hair after the shower, so it makes a great alternative when I don’t want to use a leave in conditioner that has to be rinsed out.  My hair no longer has to suffer on mornings that I’m tight on time.  Of all the extra hair products I’ve been using, the functionality of this one is by far the best for a girl on the go.

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The Tangle Teezer is 100% worth the hype.  I bought mine a while back at Sephora, but Target even carries them now.  I will not go to the beach without throwing this rockstar in my bag.  They are so amazing for detangling your hair, especially when wet, without ripping or tearing.  They’re also cute and fun to hold so… Win/win.

My cousin recommended this Moroccanoil hair treatment to us years ago when she was in cosmetology school and we have used it nonstop ever since.  There is really nothing that competes.  It tames your fly aways, smooths your hair, and keeps it healthy and shiny.  If you have dry hair like I do, you will not regret buying this.  It’s definitely the most pricy item I use, but is 100% worth it and since it’s a treatment you shouldn’t use it every day and it won’t burn a hole in your wallet too quickly.  Oh, and did I mention it smells amazing?

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What are your favorite hair care products?  Leave your recommendations of things to try in the comment section!

xo, C

 


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Be Mine

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Welcome back my friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Today I’m sharing one more Valentine’s Day look for you all.  As you can tell I’m not a huge fan of going all out with my outfit and I love incorporating black in to tone it down (like I did in this post on Friday).  This dress is a new arrival from Banana Republic’s spring collection and I know it will look beautiful in a few months by itself in warmer weather!

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Outfit Details – Dress: Banana Republic | Jacket: Topshop | Tights: J.Crew Factory | Mules: Express | Earrings: Treasure&Bond (sold out, similar here) | Lips: Nars ‘Cruising’, Urban Decay ‘Lovechild’

Thanks for reading!  Do you guys have any exciting plans for Valentine’s Day tomorrow?!

xo, C


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Edgy Valentine’s Day Look

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Happy Friday everyone!  Today I’m sharing a little Valentine’s Day inspired look that isn’t anchored in the overly sweet pink and purple combo.  If you want to celebrate looking mildly festive, a sleek black look with a pop of burgundy is a great way to tone it down.  I love this post Who What Wear shared about trying burgundy out for Valentine’s Day – I love mine and think Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to break it back out!

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Outfit Details – Dress: Milly (old, identical one here) | Leather Jacket: Ann Taylor (old, similar here) | Booties: Coach (old, similar here) | Bag: French Connection | Earrings: Treasure&Bond (sold out, similar here) | Lips: Nars ‘Cruising’Buxom Full-On Lip Polish ‘Brooke’

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you all have a fun weekend!

xo, C