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by Caitlin Hummer


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Leaning In To Fall

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Hello everyone, welcome back!  It’s not fully fall weather yet, but it’s been cooling down on and off enough to start thinking about how I’m going to be incorporating heavier fabrics (such as this faux leather skirt) back into my daily wardrobe once more.  I love how this dusty rose blouse complements the black faux leather and the leopard print!

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If you don’t fancy yourself much a buttoned up blouse kinda girl, I love the options Express has come out in their Portofino shirt line.  Some have lace (worn here), some have tied cuff details, some have ruffles and some have stripes; but all are loose, lightweight, and super easy to wear.

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Outfit Details – Blouse: Express | Skirt: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Heels: LC Lauren Conrad (old, similar here and here) | Bag: Express (old, similar here) | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Earrings: Banana Republic


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Tuesday Ten: Podcasts

Tuesday Ten

Hey everyone, welcome to the start of a brand new series on The Sol Compass!  On Tuesdays I thought it would be fun to start sharing some things outside of fashion, beauty, and traveling that I love and enjoy.  Today’s subject is Podcasts, so let’s dive right in!

I am a music lover through and through, so I usually turn to Spotify for background noise.  However lately I’ve been so caught up in my head that a quiet Sunday morning can take a dark turn pretty quickly.  On these days, I love putting a podcast on for inspiring and thought provoking conversation to keep my brain moving!  They’re also great if you have a long commute, an elliptical day (I really hate elliptical days), or a sink full of dishes to tend to!  I love any opportunity to learn something, but sometimes I fall into the busy trap of not letting myself read enough.  Enter the podcast, which allows you to multitask!

  1. TED Radio Hour.  Hosted by Guy Raz, a prominent voice in the Podcast world, the TED Radio Hour uses TED talks, expert interviews, and fresh perspectives to unravel a topic and dive in to new ideas.
  2. How I Built This.  Another Guy Raz podcast, this one is all about entrepreneurs, innovators, and exceptional creators who built powerful businesses, movements, and empires.  Some favorites have been Spanx, Instagram, and Airbnb!
  3. Goal Digger.  Any #girlboss trying to forge her way through a saturated market with her creative endeavor absolutely needs to listen to Goal Digger.  Jenna Kutcher re-inspires me even on my hardest days where I wonder if I have what it takes to keep blogging.
  4. Patcast.  I have to include Patcast because it was the first podcast I ever listened to (four years ago!).  Pat Monahan, of Train, interviews musicians and artists he likes, and sometimes you get a nice little duet!  They haven’t had a new episode for two years, but there are some great gems in the archives!
  5. Stuff You Should Know.  This is B’s favorite podcast and what got me back into podcasting after a bit of a hiatus.  SYSK covers a seemingly endless variety of topics in a conversational format and I always feel educated and informed about something new after listening to one.
  6. Strong Opinions Loosely Held.  This Refinery 29 podcast is great for anyone who loves pop culture. As someone who actually isn’t always engaged in all facets of pop culture, I love seeing how it impacts our daily lives, even when we aren’t noticing it!
  7. Modern Love.  As a literature lover I have a soft spot for love stories.  Modern Love, from the New York Times column, shares some beautiful, heart wrenching, powerful essays of love, loss, and redemption.  Be wary of this one, it can be a tear jerker!
  8. Crash On My Couch.  Arden Rose and Will Darbyshire cover so many topics I don’t really know how to narrow this down.  I feel like I’m hanging out with two friends as they touch on things all millennials want to know more about, such as friend breakups, Spongebob conspiracies, long distant relationships, and more!
  9. Anna Faris Is Unqualified.  Anna Faris hosts this hilarious podcast, dishing out advice with a fellow celebrity each week on love and relationships.  If you are looking for a feel-good podcast to lighten up your morning commute, this one will not let you down.
  10. 99% Invisible.  This last one is super hard to describe but worth every listen.  It brings to light the overlooked elements of design that exist all around us and propel our lives forward.  You might never look at statues in New York City the same again!

I am super excited for next week’s Tuesday Ten (it’s already written!) so make sure you stop by again!  Have a great week!
xo, C

 

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Weekend Style

Hey everyone, welcome back!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was filled with good food and even better friends that I am so thankful to have, and really put a smile on my face to start this week off strong!

I have found myself saying to a lot of people lately that I just don’t really like shorts.  “Why are you wearing a midi skirt to a baseball game?”  “Why are you so overdressed?”  Truth be told, as much as I do tend to overdress for everything, I also feel much more comfortable in a dress or skirt than I do in shorts.  With a pair of flats and a good hat, everyone else seems to be on board with this combo for the weekend too!  Or maybe they’ve just run out of jokes to make…

Outfit Details – Tee: J.Crew Factory | Skirt: Ann Taylor | Flats: American Eagle (old, similar here and here) | Jacket: Lucky Brand (old, new version here) | Hat: Banana Republic (old, similar here, here, and here)

Thanks so much for reading!  Have a great week!

xo, C


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Bridging Seasons

Hey everyone, happy Friday!  Today I want to talk about those times of year that are a bit tricky to dress for: transition months.  My tried and true formula for September is to stick with warm weather basics (skirts, open toe shoes, etc) in autumn appropriate hues. I will hold on to every last bit of summer for as long as I can, but this look was a great way to start incorporating some of my new purchases while staying comfortable during the last days of summer.

Outfit Details – Tee: Banana Republic | Jacket: White House Black Market (old, similar here and here) | Skirt: JPR (more colors here!) | Heels: Banana Republic |

Thank you so much for reading!  Have a great weekend!

xo, C


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Fall Fabrics

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Hello everyone, welcome back!  Lately I have been scoping out the fall fashion scene, so I took a look back into my closet to see what items I always wear during autumn months.  Leather and denim are two staples that I can’t imagine going through October without!  Paired together, they make a chic combination that will transition well from cool August days (with sandals) into colder days with a pair of ankle boots!

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Outfit Details – Chambray: American Eagle (old, similar here) | Skirt: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Heels: LC Lauren Conrad (old, similar here and here) |

Thank you so much for stopping by – happy hump day!

xo, C


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Purple Principles

Hey everyone, happy Monday!  Today’s outfit is another look at this pretty purple blouse from Express (last worn here).  I’ll take as many classic shirts as you can give me, so it’s really no surprise that I’ve found infinite ways to wear this one.  I find purple to be a surprisingly versatile color, and love that it’s so on trend this year!

Outfit Details – Shirt: Express | Skirt: J.Crew | Heels: Topshop | Purse: Vera Bradley | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Watch: Fossil | Earrings: Banana Republic

Thanks so much for reading – have a wonderful week!

xo, C


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August Romance

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Hello everyone, welcome back!  Do any of you have any exciting plans for the weekend?? Michaela and I are heading to New York again for some beach and family time, so make sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (@chummer17).

I love pairing together colors close on the color wheel, and blush and red are no exception.

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Outfit Details – Top: Talbots (old, similar here) | Skirt: Ann Taylor (old, similar here) | Heels: Steve Madden |

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

xo, C