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by Caitlin Hummer


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Tuesday Ten: Thanksgiving Outfit

Hi guys!  Today’s Tuesday Ten is a bunch of pieces I love that I think would be perfect for Thanksgiving!  How many of you are still trying to find your outfit??

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One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: Influenster Product Reviews

Hello everyone, welcome back!  Today’s post is going to be a beauty product review.  From time to time, Influenster sends me complementary products to review and over the past few months I haven’t shared most of them on the blog!  With Sephora’s VIB Coupons rolling in (20% off for members starts on Friday!) it’s the perfect time to test out some new things at a lower price!

  1. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation.  I’m always excited to try a new foundation out, but I never knew how much I would love a foundation until now.  I have zero complaints about this one, even the price tag is worth it (though I certainly wouldn’t complain if it dropped in price a little bit…)  I only need two pumps to cover my entire face, and it gives amazing full coverage while feeling super lightweight on my face.  The formula blends out like an absolute dream, and the matte finish lasts all.day.long.  This would be my number one recommendation to buy during the holiday sale, I plan on buying another in my winter shade!
  2. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.  I had been a fan of this before I received it for free from Influenster, so I was beyond giddy when I saw the full size sitting in my box!  This cult-favorite really locks in your makeup for the whole day, without adding on any heaviness or settling into any fine lines.  I find it really minimizes the appearances of my pores as well, which is such an added bonus since I first purchased it only expecting it to set my makeup!
  3. Amika Undone Texture Spray.  As a lover of Amika products (you can see my post here to see what other products I love), I was stoked to see more Amika products come through the mail.  This spray is great whether you’re looking to lock your curls into place, or just hold on to that messy tousled look that you woke up with.  I hate the smell of conventional hair sprays, so this is a super replacement which actually adds volume, instead of just keeping what you already have in place.  As with all Amika products, it uses rice starch instead of aluminum which I absolutely *love* – that alone would place them leaps and bounds above every other hair care company in my book!
  4. Amika Nourishing Mask Mini.  You all know I love a good mask, and I think hair masks don’t get nearly enough play.  This one may be the best one I’ve tried yet.  The first time you use it, you won’t even believe how smooth and shiny your hair is!  I know 20 minutes is a long time to leave something in your hair, but if you can swing it you’ll thank me.  You can also buy it in an 8.5 oz tub, to save a little bit of money in the long run!
  5. Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel.  I try to avoid using heat on my hair as much as possible (I probably only use a hair dryer or straightener twice a week), so this fast drying towel is an absolute life saver for me.  The texture of the towel dries your hair so much faster than a bath towel would, with the added benefit of not being as heavy and hard on your neck!
  6. GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper.  I have extremely thin lips, so the thought of a lip plumper that’s also hydrating is extremely inciting to me.  Unfortunately, I’m not totally sure this is the one to do that.  I didn’t notice many results from using it for a week straight.  It has almost four stars at Sephora, so some people have definitely had more success with it than I did.  If you do choose to give it a try, I would recommend going with a color and not the clear.  I received the clear and the shimmery finish gave me terrible 90s flashbacks!
  7. Dr Brandt No More Baggage Eye De-puffing Gel.  This product is amazing for under eye bags.  It gets the puffiness down in hardly any time.  I love using it especially on days when I’m heading out to shoot!  That being said, it doesn’t do anything for eye wrinkles, which is what I really look for in an eye cream.  If you have puffy eyes, I’d definitely recommend it, but you might have to still use a conventionaly wrinkle-combatting eye cream at night.
    These next three didn’t work great on my very dry skin, but B loved them so much that he has since ordered a replacement trio, so I’m letting him do the honors of describing them to you!
  8. Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser.  I’ve used a lot of different face washes and this is the only one that noticeably removes oils from my face.  I like that you can use a very small amount to spread on your entire face (it comes out really thick).  It gets rid of oils without making my skin dry and tight like other cleansers, and doesn’t leave bleach marks on my towels like benzoyl peroxide does, as an added bonus.  I don’t love the smell of it, but it’s not too strong and once you wash it off the smell is gone, but that’s the only negative of it.
  9. Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner.  Toner is the toughest one for me to describe because I had no idea what it was until Caitlin told me it was the extra step in between cleanser and moisturizer.  It’s gotten rid of nearly all of my clogged pores, and is a great extra step to get rid of dirt and oils in my skin.
  10. Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hyrdator.  I really like the moisturizer, I wish they made the bottle twice as big since it doesn’t last as long as the cleanser does for me.  I use it all the way down my neck so it does great work on razor irritation, for any guys who want to use it.  It’s very lightweight, and easy to not put on too much.  This one smells great, it’s very subtle so you wouldn’t really notice it if you weren’t putting it on your face, and the smell doesn’t last very long.  It doesn’t leave any residue behind, and doesn’t add shine to my oily forehead, which is nice and hard to come by in a moisturizer for oily skin (from what I’ve found).


Have you tried any of these products?  Let me know what you think of them in the comments!

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: Birthday Wish List

 

Hey everyone, welcome back!  My birthday is next Monday (!) and even though I am not a huge gift person AND the only thing I really want is an Apple Watch, I thought it would be fun to make a list of things I’ve had my eye on lately anyway!

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  1. Toffee Wool TOMS. Not only is the color on these just perfect, they are also wool on the outside and shearling on the inside.  So they’ll keep your feet toasty without sacrificing the signature TOMS style.
  2. Black Cherry TOMS.  In case you haven’t noticed, I have an undying love for all things TOMS.  I have multiple pairs of shoes, sunglasses, bags, and even bought a poncho AND a blanket from their Target collab a few years ago.  To boot, I convinced B to to put an order in for the fall (he got the classics in olive and this pair of sneakers he wears every weekend!)  The black cherry color of the classics is just gorgeous and definitely needs to find it’s way to me ASAP.
  3. Zella Leggings.  I have been dying to update my workout leggings for quite some time now, and despite all the good things I’ve heard about Zella I have somehow never tried them.  I think this gorgeous color is the perfect excuse to give the brand a try!
  4. Banana Republic Tie-Sleeve Shift Dress.  As a bonafide skirt addict, my closet has a huge deficit of dresses.  I want to add some dresses in to my wardrobe so I can wear them throughout the winter with tights and boots, and this gorgeous blue number is the perfect place to start!
  5. Fresh Sugar Lip Beauty Box.  With winter approaching, the gift of hydrated lips is the gift that keeps on giving.  Seriously.  This would go a *very* long way with me!
  6. Camera Crossbody Handbag.  I love the camera size bag trend, and this gorgeous teal number will be perfect throughout fall and well into the holiday season.  Oh, and did I mention it’s under $30?!  #targetdoesitagain.
  7. Old Navy Wool Blend Coat.  I had a tan peacoat in high school that I was rarely seen without.  Ever since I’ve been trying to find one that I love just as much, and this Old Navy number is absolutely gorgeous, at under $60!
  8. Lauren Ralph Lauren Chelsea Boot.  This boot is so gorgeous and at such a great price the only problem I’m having is how will I ever pick which color to get?!
  9. Under Armour Sneakers.  Another shoe, surprise surprise.  A good pair of gym sneakers is a gift my sister and I have gone to before, and for good reason.  What’s better than a stylish addition to your healthy endeavors?!
  10. Lucky Brand Wanderlust Tee.  You all know what an avid explorer I am, but my adventures have been taking more around New England and less around the rest of the world lately.  I’d love to add this tee to my weekend wardrobe as a reminder to get back into traveling as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by, what items have you guys had your eye on lately?

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: Fall Finds at Nordstrom

Hey everyone, welcome back!  Over the weekend I perused the Nordstrom website for a bit longer than I would like to admit.  Among all the gorgeous fall finds, these are the ones that stood out to me the most!

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One: Fisherman CapTwo: Plaid ScarfThree: BandanaFour: Triangle Stud EarringsFive: RobeSix: PajamasSeven: Bell Sleeve Dress |  Eight: Crossbody BagNine: Block Heeled BootiesTen: Faux Leather Tote

One: Fisherman Cap I have been seeing hats like this one pop up everywhere from high end street style to suburban sidewalks.  As a bonafide hat lady, I am 100% on board.

Two: Plaid Scarf Do I really need to say anything about this one?  Plaid and scarves are two must haves during autumn, so why not combine them into one?!  I love the colors in this one.

Three: Bandana I am all about keeping the bandana trend going, and I love the orange color in this J.Crew one!

Four: Triangle Stud Earrings I love triangles and I have been looking for some fun gold studs to add to my small earring collection.  Also, the price point is gold.

Five: Robe I love my bathrobe, but it’s very lightweight and not very warm during the winter months.  This gorgeous UGG one would be perfect for getting out of the shower on colder days!

Six: Pajamas Another necessity when the temperatures drop is a solid pair of pajamas.  These ones come in several colors but I love the soft rose shade!

Seven: Bell Sleeve Dress  If you have any fall weddings, showers, etc you can buy this dress now and thank me later.  I love the attention to detail and the bell sleeves, but the color is just eye candy.

Eight: Crossbody Bag I am obsessed with the fact that a basic primary color such as ‘red’ is a fall trend this year.  The detail and texture on this bag is gorgeous and perfect for the whole season, straight up into the holidays!

Nine: Block Heeled Booties Another trend I am super into is white booties.  I’m not 100% convinced that I can pull it off, but these are so beautiful I may just have to give it a try.

Ten: Faux Leather Tote I use a tote bag to lug my work stuff around every.single.day so a seasonally appropriate piece like this gorgeous burgundy one is high on my fall shopping list!

What are you all looking to purchase now that fall is officially here?  Let me know in the comments!

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: Fall Activities That Don’t Involve Apples Or Pumpkins

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today’s Tuesday Ten is pretty straightforward.  If you’re looking to get in the fall spirit but don’t want to hit up a crowded apple orchard (I don’t blame you – Sunday was insane), then look no further.  I have ten fantastic ideas for you to embrace and celebrate autumn’s arrival!

  1. Get outside.  Whether you’re going on a hike or just taking a stroll, fall is such a beautiful time of year to enjoy nature.  On my list for Massachusetts is Walden Pond for a flat stroll and Mount Greylock for a hike (which I somehow have never been to!)
  2. Bake.  Whether your baking involves apples or not, fall is the perfect time to fire up the oven again (does anyone else hate how hot the kitchen gets when you use the oven in the summer?!)  Personally I’m a fan of some warm cookies outside in the cool fall air, but whatever floats your boat.
  3. Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Rocky Horror is the only cult film I really follow along with, and I was absolutely devastated when Midnight Madness in Harvard Square came to an end (it’s just not the same Downtown!)  Last year Jenn and I saw it in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse (100% recommend checking this theatre out, read my post here for more info!) and the year before it we went to The Strand, a historic theatre out in Clinton, MA.  Short story long, I definitely recommend trying to find a theatre with a shadow cast near you!
  4. Go antiquing.  Last weekend was the first weekend in a while that B and I didn’t have a single plan.  We took this opportunity to drive with the windows down and stop at each antique store along the way.  We met so many kind people and found items with incredible history and character.  You really just never know what you might find at an antique shop!
  5. Light a candle and read a book.  After an active and busy summer, some down time is exactly what I need during September and October.  My reading list has gotten out of hand, so I’m looking to put a dent in it finally.  Whether your candle is fall scented or otherwise, it really puts me in the right mood to immerse myself in my book.
  6. Have a bonfire and outdoor movie night.  Bonfires are one of my favorite things, and I don’t have them nearly as much as I wish I did.  I want to get some friends together for one last round of s’mores and fire up the projector with a classic film!
  7. Food Festivals.  There are so many awesome food festivals this fall that don’t even involve apples or pumpkins!  This weekend there’s Fluff Fest in Somerville and Dumpling Fest in Cambridge!  A quick Google search will give you a better idea of what’s going on in your area, but fall seems to always have a good number of food truck festivals at the very least!
  8. Get Lost In A Corn Maze.  Something about corn mazes has always excited me.  Maybe it’s because I love puzzles, but if you can find a corn maze near you I promise they aren’t just for kids!
  9. Make chili.  While the days are still warm and sunny, New England nights have slowly but surely started to embrace sweater weather.  I’ve been craving some homemade chili for most of September, and can’t wait to enjoy some curled up under a blanket!
  10. Stargaze.  Whether you go to an observatory or your backyard, the fall sky is absolutely breathtaking.

What’s on your bucket list for fall?  Let me know in the comments!  Have a great day!

xo, C


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Tuesday Ten: My Favorite Bloggers!

Today’s post is so exciting to me because I get to feature my favorite bloggers!  I only blog part time, but I have so much fun doing it and a big reason why is because of these lovely humans.  The blogosphere is incredibly saturated, but I have never felt anything but welcome by other bloggers.  They all cover other topics besides fashion, but that is the common factor!

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  1. House of Harper.  Caroline was my favorite fashion blogger for at least a year or two before I started my own blog, and a big reason why I did!  I loved the way she mixed investment pieces with items from mall stores and she has an effortless sense of personal style that no one could replicate.  I still go back into the archives of her NYC outfits, they are just unmatched.
  2. The Style Editrix.  Ashley’s blog turned one right after I decided to start my own and I was amazed at how quickly she grew a substantial following.   After I kept following her it became clear how she did.  Her sense of style is amazing and I always leave her blog feeling inspired to replicate the vibe she exudes or incorporate a piece she featured, and she has a tremendously infectious TV personality!  I was always inspired by how she responded to every comment I left, and the day she followed me on Instagram I didn’t shut up about it for weeks (B will verify).
  3. Atlantic Pacific.  Blair’s outfits are my editorial eye candy.  Most of them are not practical for my life (or my budget), but she has does have a knack for making every day things look glamorous.  Her photos are amazing and I am inspired by her on a daily basis.  It definitely doesn’t hurt that I love how she re-wears things (one of my biggest frustrations with the blogging community)!
  4. Styled Snapshots.  Kendall is the kind of girl who you can’t help but want to be friends with.  She shares her life and her dressing room diaries on her Insta Stories and I 100% trust any recommendation she shares on her blog.  If I met her in real life I would freak and probably blurt out if she wanted to hang out literally anytime I would be down.  I started following her for the fashion, but I stayed for her sweet personality and her killer eye for interior design!
  5. Extra Petite.  Probably the biggest Boston based blogger, Jean has a classic style and a dreamy historic Boston aesthetic that will have you drooling on your keyboard.  She is a great resource for building a work wardrobe, and her taste translates well into elegant weekend wear as well.
  6. The Stripe.  Grace has a knack for pulling in little details to make all the difference in the world (her killer jewelry collection comes to mind!)  She is a skincare snob so I love checking out her recommendations, and I love how she is always sharing fun and different posts (like this s’mores soiree or a cocktail recipe) to connect outside of the clothes!  She’s a great resource to turn to if you want to invest in a quality item, like a pair of heels or a bag, she always has good recommendations!
  7. Bright Bazaar.  Will Taylor is hands down one of the most inspiring people on the internet to me.  He is always optimistic and cheerful, I smile just watching his Instagram Stories!  His eye for interior design is unmatched and his #MakeYouSmileStyle is full of bright colors and vibrant patterns.
  8. Penny Pincher Fashion.  Kim has an amazing sense of personal style.  She looks better than people with $2,000 outfits on an amazing basis.  I love that her blog is centered around affordable fashion, and she is really great at finding a good deal!  I really just love how she incorporates work and weekend wear that everyone can afford.  Highly recommend checking out her blog on a regular basis!
  9. Damsel In Dior.  Jacey has the best street style of anyone I follow.  I love how she takes big trends, like a slip dress or pair of slides, and really makes them her own.  I always feel inspired after seeing one of her outfits to work her effortless LA cool girl vibe into my New England Prep a bit more!
  10. Color and Chic.  Hoang-Kim is such a sweet and professional personality on my Instagram stories (which, clearly, is how I connect with a lot of bloggers!) and if I was in Virgina I would absolutely watch her news station all the time.  I relate to her a lot as a blogger with another career, and I would wear pretty much every outfit I see her feature!

Thanks so much for reading!  Definitely check out these 10 blogs – I can promise you will not forget it!

xo, C


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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 I prefer a podcast on a quiet Sunday morning.  Putting a podcast on for inspiring and thought provoking conversation really helps 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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