The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer

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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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17 Things You May Not Know About Me

Welcome back my loves!  I can hardly believe it has almost been three years since I first started blogging!  My readers feel like my internet family, hearing from you is the highlight of this job.  One thing I frequently overlook, however, is how many of you are new around these parts.  When I first started blogging I used to mention things about myself in my posts all the time, but after a while it felt repetitive, even though so many of you HAVEN’T been reading this since 2014 (thank God, because then I would have approximately 8 readers, including my mom).  In anticipation of The Sol Compass’ impending birthday, I thought I would share some little known things about myself with all of you.  Since 17 is my favorite number, and the number I wore on my college softball team, it seemed fitting that I would share this number of facts! (Although I suppose that makes it 19…)

  1. I sleep better on the road than I ever sleep in my own bed.  I don’t have trouble falling asleep, just staying asleep.  Honestly I would rather just never have to sleep, it’s one of my least favorite things.
  2. The water I drink is 80% seltzer.
  3. My middle name is Grace, after my great grandmother.  My four year old cousin Millie shares the middle name with me!
  4. My left foot is nearly half a size smaller than my right foot.  That’s why there is a gap near my heel every time I wear pumps!
  5. I hardly ever do my hair in the morning.  I usually let it air dry, and it ends up looking like it does in these photos!
  6. If I could travel for a month with no financial restrictions, I would explore Africa from top to bottom.
  7. The first song I ever identified with is Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.  I am pretty sure my mom played The Boss ad nauseum while I was in the womb and that I came into this world instantly in love with Bruce Springsteen.  It’s also important to mention that my mother has some *insane* stories about Bruce concerts in the ’80s so… It is hereditary and she is a legend.
  8. I am obsessed with coffee shop culture.  I could talk about it for hours, and on vacation B and I always make sure to explore the local coffee scene.
  9. I usually drink an iced almond milk latte or cold brew in the morning and an iced green tea in the afternoon.  Even in the winter, I rarely drink hot beverages!
  10. I absolutely love plants. Nothing makes me happier than being outside. Especially near plants. 
  11. I love food, though this is hardly a little known fact.  Much of my vacations are planned around where I want to eat.
  12. I love mornings and morning people.  Naturally rising with the sun makes me happy every morning, and the rare occasion that I sleep past seven puts me in a terrible mood for the rest of the day.
  13. English Literature and Language is my greatest love.  I probably love every book you SparkNoted in high school and own at least two copies of my favorites.  For most of my life, my dream job has bounced between novelist and fiction editor.
  14. My favorite desserts are fruit based.  Pies, cobblers, shortcake… Etc.
  15. Most people have a hard time believing I am an introvert.  This is because I was raised by two extroverts who had two more extroverted children (my sister Michaela and my brother Kevin).  I can talk to anyone at anytime, but I definitely require quiet and alone time.
  16. In a perfect world, I would adopt five dogs.
  17. I hated every nickname I was given for the first 12+ years of my life.  The two that stuck after that are Quill and Rapunzel, but my dad calls me Catalina Island. 

Thank you all so much for stopping by today and for reading The Sol Compass!  I am eternally thankful for every one of you.  I love getting to know you better, so share a fun fact about yourself in the comment section!  Have a wonderful weekend!

xo, C

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Begins!


Well, it’s that time of year already!  Early Access to Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today!  I have a few posts broken down by category, so make sure to keep checking in throughout the sale!  If you don’t have a Nordstrom Card, you can apply for one here or wait until July 21st when public access begins!  I have a Nordstrom Debit card and not only do I get great rewards from the clothes and beauty products I buy (last mentioned here), but I also love having early access to this amazing sale!  If you’re worried about having a credit card tempt you or having to pay interest rates, the debit card is a really great option that they offer.  The first time I ever shopped the sale was when my dad took me to early access seven years ago!  Like father, like daughter!

If you’re unfamiliar with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, here’s how it works.  Instead of your usual sale, where you get things at the end of the season that haven’t yet sold, the Anniversary Sale marks down new items (specifically for Fall, but there are plenty of new summer items as well).  In August, the prices will go back up.  It’s a great opportunity to buy sweaters, leather jackets, boots, and more at a sale price, and then be able to wear them all throughout the fall and winter!

I’ve created a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale tab up on my navigation bar so throughout the sale you all can easily access my picks and thoughts on everything!  There are nearly 50 pages of items for women’s sale alone, so I’ve taken the time to sift through them all and break them down by category so you don’t have to!

Let me know what you want to see more of, and what your favorite items in the sale are! Happy Shopping!

xo, C



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Summer Shoe Guide

Happy Hump Day, friends!  Today I’m sharing some of my favorite shoe finds for the summer months.  Most of these are under $50, but they are all under $75, so there is something for everyone to pick from!  Whether you’re looking for a wedding guest sandal, a beach shoe, or something comfy to explore in; just keep reading to find the best affordable shoes for summer!

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One: Merona Low Block Heel Pumps – $27.99 – I actually featured these on my snapchat (@chummer17) a few months ago, because they are an amazing dupe for the Steve Madden pair that is more than double the price!  The low block heel is so on trend for 2017, and with five colors to choose from these definitely will not let you down.

Two: Soludos Stripe Espadrille Loafer – $54.95 – The stripes may scream “Americana”, but I have full confidence these striped kicks will get their money’s worth all summer long.  The red and blue is subtle enough that they transcend holidays into full blown summer approval.

Three: Keds Espadrille Tennis Shoes – $55 – These Keds are the stuff beachy dreams are made of.  I love the cream canvas tennis shoe upper, atop the espadrille sole.  I can just imagine these getting tons of wear down the Cape this summer, from bike rides to ice cream trips!

Four: Splendid Jakey Ankle Strap Sandal – $63.96 – These blush heels are absolutely to die for.  They’re currently 50% off, and look a lot like my LC Lauren Conrad heels I wear nonstop (last seen here and here).  I wear my similar pair with everything, so I would definitely recommend trying these out!

Five: Sperry Perforated Sneaker – $74.95 – I have these shoes in orange from two years ago and I am totally obsessed with them.  This year they come in six colors that are perfectly on trend for 2017.  They are cute and casual, plus super easy to slip in and out of!

Six: Who What Wear Exotic Print Slide Sandals – $27.99 – I am loving the slide trend that has been everywhere this year.  The luxe print on these makes them look way more expensive than they actually are, plus they would look great with everything from a dinner dress to denim cutoffs!

Seven: Who What Wear Double Band Block Heel Slide Sandals – $32.99 – I have been trying to decide whether to pull the trigger on these for MONTHS now!  They come in five different colors, which are equally stunning.

Eight: Forever 21 Tasseled Faux Leather Heels – $32.90 – I can be a bit hesitant about the tassel trend, because a lot of times it feels a little forced, juvenile, or not quite like me.  These sandals, however, have completely changed my mind.  I love the all nude look, and the short block heel is perfectly elegant and on trend.

Nine: Superga Cotu Sneakers – $64.95 – My mom is a die-hard Superga lover.  I’m pretty sure she was wearing them before Kate Middleton and Emma Watson, so she is pretty much fashion #goals.  She swears by their comfort, the cut, and the cute all white looks good with anything.

Ten: H&M Sneakers – $24.99 – Millennial Pink lovers rejoice – these shoes were pretty much made for you.  I love the detailing to the pink sole, and the fact that they are under $25 really just sweetens the deal.

What are your must have shoes for the summer?  Sound off in the comments below!

xo, C


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Blush and Blue

Happy Hump Day my loves!  This spring I have been trying to incorporate blush into my outfits wherever I can.  These flats have been the perfect go-to pair no matter what I’m wearing, so I teamed them up with this old Treasure&Bond jacket, anchored in the cobalt of this sheath dress!

Outfit Details – Dress: Banana Republic Factory Store | Jacket: Treasure&Bond (old, similar here and here) | Flats: Kelly & Katie | Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Necklace: Nadri (old, similar here) | Watch: Fossil | Ring: BaubleBar | Lipstick: Urban Decay ‘Wrong Number’ | Lipgloss: Lorac ‘Pastry Chef


Thanks for reading!  Hope you all have a great day!

xo, C

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Monday with Mac


Hi guys!

I can’t believe it’s March already! Although March doesn’t really mean much here in Massachusetts, because yesterday it was 15 degrees. But we still get some warm days here and there and so there is still some hope for spring! Tights, a skirt/dress and boots are my go-to outfit in the winter weather.

I found this dress at Primark in the Burlington Mall! I got it marked down for guess how much– only $5!! I’m going to be honest and say that Primark’s products are not the best quality, but they are inexpensive and they are really good for when you want to try some of the more trendy products!  And going to their stores is a really fun experience, there are a lot of options and it’s fun to walk around and try different styles! They also have a home section, which has a lot of cute things that I’ve put in my room and at my desk!



Thanks for reading everyone! It’s fun when I get to get all glammed up and go out for a little photo shoot! I’m so glad Caitlin lets me appear as a guest every once in a while on her blog!




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Weekend Reading Vol. I


Welcome back everyone!  I just wanted to share a bonus post with you today sharing some of the things I have been loving lately.


As usual, Blair had my favorite fashion post of the week.

The footwear brand that launched nude shoes for every skin tone.

I’m excited about these new liquid lipsticks from one of my go to makeup brands.

I am dying to try these DIY face wipes to combat those post workout breakouts.

I love Who What Wear’s 30 Day Wardrobe Challenges, and this year’s winter edition is no exception.

This article about Jessica Jones is a great description of how ‘human’ is the most important aspect of any superhuman.

As an avid user of Sara Happ’s The Lip Scrub, I am beyond excited to try this $10 one.

I loved Liz’s beautiful Sundance look.

As a girl on the job hunt, I love this article about how to create a killer LinkedIn profile.

Dying to pull the trigger on these pretty velvet pumps.

My sister always shares the Harvard Business Review with us, and this article about mindfulness sums up my morning meditation journey.  Now I want to incorporate not checking my email first thing every morning.

My favorite way to earn cash back on my online purchases is ebates.  Click here to get an extra $10 when you sign up!


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Bae and I are going ice skating today so make sure to follow along on snapchat (@chummer17)!