The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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Belle Meade

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Good morning everyone, happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Today kicks off my mini series of posts from our Tennessee trip!  We had beautiful weather while we were there, and spent one gorgeous afternoon at the Belle Meade plantation.  The day started off with a tour of the mansion, including some background history of Bonnie Scottland (ancestor of 104 Kentucky Derby winners!) and the Harding-Jackson family influence throughout the Civil War era.  The tour ended with a wine tasting in the Winery, a small shop filled with wines and gifts alike!

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I could not be more excited to have a chance to wear this pink lace midi dress.  It was perfect paired with a little denim jacket, and comes in tall and petite sizes, so you can definitely find you find your perfect length!

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After the tour and wine tasting, we easily could have spent hours exploring the beautifully landscaped grounds around the plantation and learning more about Uncle Bob Green and the horses!

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Outfit Details – Dress: Abercrombie & Fitch (shorter version here) | Jacket: Lucky Brand (similar here) | Sunglasses: Perverse (similar here, here, here, and here at different price points!) | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Bracelet: LC Lauren Conrad | Ring: Bauble Bar | Watch: Fossil | Lipstick: Urban Decay ‘Rush’ | Lipgloss: Nars ‘Belize’ | Nails: OPI Fiji Collection ‘Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon’ | Nails (toes): OPI Fiji Collection ‘Living On The Bula-Vard!’

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!  Remember to stop back in for more Tennessee outfits and itineraries!

xo, C


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Packing Tips

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Step One: Cosmetics

The reason toiletries are up first is because they are all packed so early I don’t even have to think about them.  If you’re a long time reader you may remember in my last packing post I mentioned that I have a travel sized toiletry bag (or two) ready to go at all times.  I know the small sized products are more expensive, but the peace of mind having them packed and ready to go is 100% worth it to me, instead of having to try to pour my products into these tubes.  Michaela and I left at 6:45am yesterday morning and it was nice not to have to remember to pack everything after I went through my morning routine.  Just throw the bags into the bags the night before and we are on our way!

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My biggest setbacks when traveling are I am a huge germaphobe with a tendency to get dry skin/eyes/etc when 30,000 feet in the air.  Michaela bought these Truffle pouches for Christmas and let me tell you they are the real deal.  The small size is TSA Approved and perfect for your carry on.  I use mine for the inflight essentials (eye drops, lotion, hand sanitizer, facial water, mouthwash, face wipesdry shampoo, deodorant wipes, all the things a germaphobe may need).  These are my all-time favorite phone wipes, and I love that they come in this cute pouch to help organize my face wipes, antibacterial wipes, phone wipes, and deodorant wipes in my Sole Society backpack (similar here)!  This gives me the opportunity to store the larger size in my suitcase with my skin and hair products that I won’t urgently need.

IMG_0891I buy the small gift sets of skin/hair products when they come out around the holidays.  I can put them in my trusty travel bag and know that I’m set for most of the year.  I have this FAB one, this Clinique one, and a VERB one (which is no longer available, but you can buy travel sizes of the shampoo and conditioner, or try this onethis one, or this one).  Other products I keep in my suitcase include my toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shaving cream, a mini micellar water, and a small amount of cotton rounds. It saves me so much time packing knowing that I don’t have to round up my grooming products every time I travel (or even spend a long weekend with friends or family!)

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Step Two: Clothing

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Think about the number of outfits you need and subtract one. You still won’t wear everything you pack.

Stick with a color palette.  It gives you multiple outfits while simultaneously giving you flexible to adjust your outfits based on the weather or your mood while you’re traveling. My Tennessee palette is anchored heavily in blush and denim, with olive and navy strewn throughout.

I never bring heels while traveling for leisure unless I have a very specific occasion planned.  I hardly ever need them, especially when there are so many beautiful flat sandal options these days that work for both day and evening purposes.  Plus walking around all day hardly ever leads me to say ‘yes, give me a pair of stiletto heels’.

Merino wool can be worn forever and is the absolute best and most versatile travel material.

 

Do you have any must have packing tips?? Share them in the comments below!

xo, C


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Pink & Yellow

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Happy Hump Day my loves!  I hope you all are having a great week so far.  I have been embracing spring colors like they’re going out of style, and I love the unexpected effect of pairing hues close together on the color wheel like pink and yellow.  This combo would look great alone for an event, with a casual denim jacket for weekend wear, or with a gray blazer for something a little more formal.  I chose to go with gray since it adds a nice neutral touch to the bright colors and makes the bold combination appropriate for nearly any occasion!

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Outfit Details – Dress: J.Crew Factory (old, similar here, here, and here) | Jacket: GAP (old, similar here and here, under $35 option here) | Heels: Charles by Charles David (more sizes available here, similar here) (last seen here) | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Bracelet: LC Lauren Conrad | Ring: Bauble Bar | Watch: Fossil | Lipstick: Urban Decay ‘Rush’ | Lipgloss: Nars ‘Belize’ | Nails: OPI Fiji Collection ‘Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon’ | Nails (toes): OPI Fiji Collection ‘Living On The Bula-Vard!’

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day!

xo, C


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Crochet + Choker

Happy Hump Day my friends!  Today’s outfit features another bell sleeve top – for someone who was hesitant of the practicality of this trend, I sure did buy into it full force over the past month (you may remember this top I wore two weeks ago).  These sleeves are just so darned pretty I figured I’d take the gamble on dragging them through ketchup… Or maybe this is a good way to convince myself to start eating salads???

My sister and I are in Tennessee right now, so make sure to come say hi on Instagram!

Outfit Details – Top: White House Black Market |Jeans: Lucky Brand | Shoes: Sam Edelman (also available here) | Bag: Cole Haan (old, similar here) | Choker: SUGARFIX | Lipstick: Urban Decay ‘Stark Naked’ | Lipgloss: Lorac ‘Barista’ | Nails: OPI Fiji Collection ‘Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon’ | Nails (toes): OPI Fiji Collection ‘Living On The Bula-Vard!’

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

xo, C


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Primary

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Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a great week and an exciting weekend ahead.  I’ve been dying to put together an outfit of entirely primary colors for I don’t even know how long, so I was thrilled when this one came together the way I hoped it would.  But then again, my legs are still winter white and I ate Chick-Fil-A before shooting so… Can’t win ’em all, I guess.

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Outfit Details – Dress: Banana Republic Factory Store | Purse: GAP | Heels: Charles by Charles David | 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 so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo, C


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In the Spring of Things

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Happy Hump Day everyone!  This week is absolutely crazy for me, but after such a warm and beautiful weekend it’s really hard to complain.  Michaela and I are flying down to Nashville on Sunday, so I have lots of work to get ahead on and the obvious errands and packing to take care of, and I was already starting to feel overwhelmed three days ago!  Luckily spring is the perfect season for easy dressing, and I just needed to toss on a pretty dress and my go-to jacket and we’re in business.

(If you guys have any recommendations for what we should see/do/eat/etc in Nashville we would LOVE to hear them!  Leave a comment here or send me an email at thesolcompass@gmail.com!)

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Outfit Details – Dress: J.Crew Factory (old, similar here, here, and here) | Jacket: Lucky Brand | Heels: Sam Edelman | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Bracelet: LC Lauren Conrad | Ring: Bauble Bar | Watch: Fossil | Lipstick: Urban Decay ‘Rush’ | Lipgloss: Nars ‘Belize’ | Nails: OPI Fiji Collection ‘Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon’ | Nails (toes): OPI Fiji Collection ‘Living On The Bula-Vard!’

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

xo, C


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Kickin’ It with DSW

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Hey everyone!  I hope you all had an excellent weekend!  This spring I have been knocking it out of the park with DSW finds (you may remember the blush flats here and here and the olive heels I wore here and here), so falling in love with another great pair was just par for the course.

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Outfit Details – Tee: J.Crew | Pants: GAP | Shoes: Adidas | Tote: Sole Society (old, similar here) | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Bracelet: LC Lauren Conrad | Ring: Bauble Bar | Watch: Fossil | Lip gloss: Nars ‘Chelsea Girls’ | Lipstick: NARS ‘Cruising’ | Nails: OPI Purple Palazzo Pants

Thank you so much for visiting.  Have a wonderful week!

xo, C