The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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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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Shades of Pink

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Happy Hump Day everyone!  I am so obsessed with how the pinks in this outfit play off the white to create a beautiful summer color palette!  This outfit would be perfect for evening in a breezy seaside town!

 

Outfit Details – Blouse: Express | Jeans: LOFT | Sandals: Jack Rogers | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace: Elizabeth & James | Watch: Fossil |

Thanks for reading!  Enjoy the rest of your day!

xo, C

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Ruffles for Work

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Hey everyone, welcome back!  Today I’m talking about ways to wear a ruffled skirt to work.  I am 100% on board with this trend, and a skirt is my favorite way to incorporate it since I tend to favor a t-shirt or classic blouse over a trendy one.  I’ve worn this skirt in the past with t-shirts, and today I chose to wear it with a white button down, which instantly made the skirt look chic and professional!

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Outfit Details – Top: J.Crew | Skirt: LOFT (similar here, here, and here) | Heels: Merona (old, similar here)  | Bag: Ralph Lauren |

Thanks so much for reading!  Enjoy your week!

xo, C

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Making a LWD New Again

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Hello my loves, happy Friday!  This LWD is a few years old, but I came across it the other day and was suddenly determined to wear it again.

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Outfit Details – Dress: GAP (old, similar here) | Shirt: American Eagle | Backpack: Zara | Heels: LC Lauren Conrad (old, similar here and here) | Watch: Fossil |

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

xo, C


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Road Trip Ready

 

Welcome back everyone!  This year I’ve gone on four summer road trips in varying lengths.  B and I kicked off Memorial Day Weekend in Portland, Maine, Michaela and I took our annual sister trip to NYC, my mom and I drove to Ottawa on ten hours notice, and B and I went down to the Cape with my best friend and her boyfriend.  With my love for summer adventures, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on making your road trip enjoyable, whether it’s two hours or two days.  Today I’m sharing my go-to travel outfit formula and the five apps I never road trip without!

Spotify.  Mac and I never even go to Target without our downloaded Spotify playlists.  We are regular listeners of “New Music Friday” (M) and “Indie Pop” (me) and love our Spotify family membership!

Waze.  Michaela has a long commute, so she is always the first to suggest checking Waze on a regular basis for traffic and travel updates.  I, on the other hand, am not as good about remembering to check until after we’re sitting in bumper to bumper….

Along The Way.  Along The Way is exactly what it sounds like.  It finds coffee, food, attractions, and more on the route you’re taking to your end destination.  If you’re trying to expand on your road trip and stop to find hidden gems along the way, you definitely should check out this app!

GasBuddy.  On our regular route to NYC, we know exactly which BJ’s Gas Station we can stop at off the highway (it’s in Wallingford, right off the Merritt).  On other road trips (such as last year’s excursion to Saratoga Springs), we have to get a bit more creative to make sure we aren’t paying 60% more for gas.  This is where GasBuddy becomes your absolute savior!  Not only does it find you a gas station, but it finds you the cheapest gas station!

Sit or Squat.  This app always makes me chuckle a little bit, but it is extremely useful if you’re in an area you’re not familiar with.  It’s an app by Charmin, and it finds public bathrooms near you!  The best part about it is it rates them based on cleanliness, so if there are multiple options nearby you can choose the cleaner option!

 

My road trip uniform is based in a maxi or t-shirt dress.  They are so comfortable, you have no harsh waist band rubbing against you for multiple hours, and you still look cute when you arrive at your destination.  I love the classic summer stripes combined with an easy olive jacket and comfortable Chuck Taylors like I wore here, or a maxi paired with gladiators and a cozy sweater (which is exactly what Jenn wore driving down to the cape!)

Outfit Details – Dress: Milly (old, similar here, here, and here) | Jacket: GAP (old, similar here, here, and here) | Sunglasses: Coach | Bag: Sole Society | Sneakers: Converse

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Follow along with our adventures on the ‘gram!

xo, C


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Last Minute Shopping For The Busy Girl

Today’s blog post is inspired by my real life drama of last week.  Wednesday night B and I were eating tacos and watching Sebastian Maniscalco on Netflix when he casually brought up that his niece’s baptism was on Saturday.  Yes, that coming Saturday.  As in, less than three very busy days away.  After a quick scan through my closet trying to find something that was light, airy, and summery, yet conservative enough for a church, I came up empty handed.  So I hopped onto my computer and plugged in the Express website, with a loose idea of what I was looking for.  Pastels and whites were my main focus.  A skirt that easily grazed my knee and a classic button down blouse were preferred if I could find any that fit the bill.  To my delight, the items you see here were there in cyberspace, waiting for me.

I had two full days of work and two nights out planned for Thursday and Friday, and Saturday morning is when we shoot my blog outfits for the upcoming week.  With no time to go to the mall or wait for standard shipping, I logged in to my ShopRunner account and placed my Express order with two day shipping at no extra cost.

The words “two day shipping” are thrown around a lot these days, but they are almost exclusively used in reference to Amazon Prime.  This doesn’t necessarily bode very well for clothes shopping at your favorite stores.  Luckily, ShopRunner is prepared for us.

In a word, ShopRunner offers unlimited two day shipping at participating stores.  That means for $80 per year, you can order the outfit for the event you didn’t know about on Wednesday night, and have it delivered and ironed by Saturday afternoon.  Certain American Express and MasterCards actually offer complimentary ShopRunner benefits, which is what I use, making a ShopRunner account a no-brainer!  Some of favorite stores that use ShopRunner are Lucky Brand, aerie, Cole Haan, and Under Armour, but the list goes on and includes SO MANY STORES!

I’ve been using ShopRunner for almost three years now, and I still don’t know which part is the most impressive.  I’ve ordered last minute purchases without paying an exorbitantly high amount on shipping and most stores have a pretty low minimum purchase to qualify (for example, Lucky Brand’s is $25).  In case it doesn’t fit, ShopRunner even offers free returns – which is often where stores will really get you!  Finally, there is 2-Click Express Checkout, which means your information will be stored safely and securely and all you have to do is click okay, without rummaging through your bag to find your credit card and typing your address in 65 million times.

Outfit Details – Shirt: Express | Skirt: Express | Heels: Steve Madden | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Watch: Fossil

Do any of you use ShopRunner?  What do you think of it?  Let me know in the comment section!

xo, C

 


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White Out

The heat wave of this week has me craving light and airy white looks, like this tee and skirt combo.  I was loving white on white last year for holiday related events (I wore a similar white top, white skirt combo for the harbor cruise we took for my sister’s birthday) and this year I decided it needed to be done again – but with a bold heel added.  It turns out that brown is the perfect accent to an all white ensemble.  If you wanted to break it up, this distressed and embroidered denim jacket from the Anniversary Sale would be the perfect finishing touch for less than $50!

Speaking of the Anniversary Sale, public access starts today!  Make sure you check out my full page of Anniversary Sale picks here!  If something you love is sold out keep checking back in since Nordstrom does restock durng the sale!!  What are you all thinking of picking up during the sale?  There are so many amazing deals I just don’t know where to start!

Outfit Details – Tee: J.Crew | Skirt: Halogen (old, similar here and here) | Heels: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Purse: Ralph Lauren

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

xo, C