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by Caitlin Hummer


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12 Gifts of Christmas

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Hello everyone, happy Friday!  Today I’m sharing a gift idea for the holidays!  B and I have a crazy Christmas weekend, with holiday plans and parties from the 22nd through Christmas Day, and I knew we wouldn’t have ample time to do a gift exchange, so instead I had an idea to give him a gift each day for the 12 leading up to that crazy weekend.

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I got my kraft paper, baker’s twine, Sugar Paper ribbon, festive tissue paper, and classic bows from Target, and rounded it off with some washi tape from Amazon.  Lindt Chocolate Truffle Bars, a ski ornament I found at the Christmas Tree Shop, a simple red bell, and a pine branch made the perfect toppers for these gifts!

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Lastly, if you want to go all out with the 12 gifts theme, these fun letters were the perfect finishing touch, whether you’re looking to control the order of the gifts, or just looking for a fun decoration!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

xo, C


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Ballerina Inspired

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Hello my loves, happy Friday!  I can’t believe it’s already December! As usual, I’m sharing my Nutcracker outfit, it’s actually a lot similar to last year’s! (But totally different from the year before!)

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I love the way velvet and tulle work together to create a dimensional textured look, so keeping the colors at gray and navy allowed the focus to stay on the textures of the outfit. What are your favorite ways to wear a tulle skirt?  Sound off in the comment section!

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Outfit Details – Top: Banana Republic | Skirt: Banana Republic | Heels: Who What Wear | Bag: Banana Republic Factory Store


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The Perfect Holiday Gift with JORD

Hello everyone, welcome back!  Today I’m sharing the perfect holiday gift idea – a wood watch from JORD!

When he’s not hustling that cubicle life, B spends most of his time in his shop making projects for his side hustle – Think Wood Thoughts – or teaching me what kind of wood the restaurant’s tables are made out of.  I knew in an instant that a men’s wooden watch would be a grand slam gift idea for him to carry his hobby around with him all day, as both a token for himself and a killer conversation starter (how many unique men’s watches are actually made of real wood?!)

Walnut is B’s favorite wood, so I knew I was going straight to the five walnut options on JORD’s site.  I ultimately decided on the sleek and sophisticated Hyde series, but not before I found several others that would be great gifts for everyone I know!

When the package arrived in the mail, I couldn’t bear to wrap it up in cheap shiny paper!  The box itself is so beautiful, featuring a touch of technology in the humidity controlled drawer!  I love the detail paid in good packaging, and the beautiful job that JORD did gave me one less gift to wrap this year!

Whomever you’re shopping for this year, both the men’s shop and women’s shop have cool watches perfect for gifting everyone on your shopping list!

And now for my favorite part: JORD is offering 25% off for all readers of The Sol Compass!  Just click here and enter your email address, and your gift code will be sent straight to your inbox!

Thanks so much for reading!  Make sure to leave a comment below with who on your list would love a wooden watch from JORD!

This post is brought to you in partnership with JOAD. All opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Sol Compass possible!

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Salem


Welcome back my friends, I hope you all had a great weekend!  On Saturday B and I headed up to Salem for a little witchcraft to get ourselves in the October spirit! If you’re visiting from Boston, Salem is just a half hour away on the commuter rail (which is much easier than trying to find a parking spot!)
Things To Do.

Salem Witch Museum.

House of the Seven Gables.

Peabody Essex Museum.

Salem Maritime Site.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial.


Places To Eat.

Howling Wolf Taqueria.

Kuscho Bistro.

Front Street Coffee House.

Have any of you gone to Salem before?  What are your favorite things to do there?  Let me know in the comment section!  Happy Hauntings!


xo, C

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Groutfit

Hello everyone, happy Friday!  While I was playing softball in high school and college, the ‘groutfit’ was an athlete exclusive faux pas that resulted of an emergency gray sweatpants + gray sweatshirt pairing.  Today, however, I wanted to create a monochromatic ensemble with gray that was understated and chic, not born out of desperation to put on warmer layers during an outside practice!  I added my favorite black booties to keep the ombre effect going, and a burgundy bucket bag for a pop of color.

Outfit Details – Sweater: Banana Republic | Skirt: Banana Republic | Booties: Coach (old, similar here, here, and here) | Bag: Topshop (old, similar here and here) | Lips: Bite Beauty ‘Fig’, Marc Jacobs ‘Pretty Thing’ | Nails: OPI ‘Suzi – The First Lady Of Nails’ | Nails (toes): OPI ‘Barking Up The Wrong Sequoia’

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

xo, C


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Warby Parker Fall Collection

 

Hey everyone, welcome back!  You may remember in 2016 I gave a long winded speech here of how much I admire Warby Parker and how great it is that I have a platform to share their products. Their new Fall Collection is out, and I knew I had to show it to you all!!  (You can see the rest of the posts here, here, and here).  With such a great variety of eyeglasses and sunglasses styles to choose from, there’s an option for every face shape, style, and aesthetic out there!  I included some of my favorites below, I think the indigo and blush hues would go great with my current fall wardrobe!  What do you think?

 

 

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a great day!

xo, C


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Sunglasses Case Giveaway!

Hello everyone, welcome back!  A big congrats to Karla for winning last week’s Starbucks giveaway!  It’s so much fun for me to celebrate The Sol Compass’ third birthday with all of you!

 

This next giveaway is the product of a great need I have, and B’s unwavering patience.  My sister and I have been hoarding sunglasses in troves over the past two years, and we were recently brainstorming ways we could store them safely and functionally.  Luckily for us, B stepped up to the plate and tried his hand at creating a storage box for us, and the result was this beautiful handmade wooden box with a felt lining, to protect those lenses.  It’s one of the first items Bryan made for the Etsy shop he’s starting and today, I’m giving one away to you!  (Sunglasses not included, sorry ladies).

To Enter:
1) Follow @thesolcompass on Instagram!
2) Follow @thinkwoodthoughts on Instagram!
3) Leave a comment on this blog post when you’ve done both to officially enter!

The giveaway will end on Sunday at Midnight EST, so enter fast!

Thanks for stopping by and for always supporting The Sol Compass!

xo, C