Hi everyone – Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great time celebrating last night!  B and I are both battling colds, so we sat on the couch eating Chinese food and writing our resolutions for 2018!  Before I jump into any new content, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the state of TSC and fill you in on some of the plans I have for the new year!


When I first started The Sol Compass, I had no idea that it would wind up being so heavily fashion based.  I got pretty lucky in gaining traction pretty quickly with my fashion posts, and they are always the highest viewed content on the site.  With Instagram making it so easy to just skim through #ootd’s, I want to keep TheSolCompass.com a place that you feel comfortable going to the way you would ask a friend for advice.  A place with deeper writing than an Instagram caption could provide. On that same note, I want to provide better content in some of the other areas I love outside of fashion.  I’m extremely passionate about skin care, so expect to see a few posts on that coming up soon.  I’m super excited to announce that I’ve also been working on creating more user friendly travel guides, which is something I’ve wanted to do since high school.  Some other ideas I’ve been toying with have been book reviews (reading was my first love), my favorite snacks (I am an avid snacker), grocery store hauls, and some small touches around the house that have allowed me to be more comfortable sitting still than I ever thought I would be.  Beyond all these things, my interests range from tech to quick and easy weeknight meals to finding the best date night itineraries.  If there’s anything you want to read about more, anything that can bring a little sunshine to your days, please leave me a comment or send me an email!  I would love to explore any suggestions and ideas you may have!

Now a quick little round up of some of my favorite posts from 2017!

I kicked off 2017 in Disney World with my family – and this post recapping all the outfits I wore is always one of my most visited.


B and I were running some errands after we shot this outfit, and six people told me they liked my coat that day.  At the time, it was two years old and from Target.  This was such a self five moment.  I recently broke my Perverse sunglasses that I was wearing in this post though, so pouring one out for them :'(.


I went outlet shopping with my mom and my sister, and absolutely fell in love with this dress.  I wore it nearly once per week for the rest of the summer.


I have wanted to take photos in front of this cool building for what seems like forever.  We finally made it over, and I made it my 17 Things You May Not Know About Me Post!


When I posted this outfit on Instagram, I got compliments on my dress, shoes, AND jacket.  Which is how I knew I did something right that day.


It’s nearly impossible to choose three top days of 2017, but if I had to they would be these three.

One: Nashville.

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It’s hard to go wrong traveling with my sister, but this day was a special kind of something.  We woke up, got breakfast and coffee, then rented some bikes to take a not super safe ride from our hotel downtown out to the Parthenon.  Lots of Percy Jackson references were made, and we enjoyed the gorgeous late April sunshine walking around all morning.  We stopped and got lunch at J.Alexander’s, which was a family favorite on our regular Florida trips growing up.  We went out to Belle Meade, had a fun tour and a wine tasting, then hit up The Gulch to grab dinner with a friend, and ended the night on the roof of the Thompson Hotel at LA Jackson.  Many laughs were had along the way, and I am so thankful for this human.

Two: Colby Farm.


The sunflower field at Colby Farm never disappoints.  Despite having a full agenda for the day, I went through it feeling oddly relaxed and at peace.  B and I went to Newbury and Newburyport, saw the sunflowers, shot a few outfit posts, grabbed burritos for lunch, then made it back to head to Fenway with my family to celebrate my brother’s American Legion team making it to the world series (on his birthday!)  My brother’s talent on the diamond (he’s a pitcher) never ceases to amaze me, and I brag about him at every chance I get.

Three: Vermont.


B and I took a road trip all around Vermont for Columbus Day Weekend.  It was the perfect vacation that we needed.  We had no agenda and no real plan.  On our way to Woodstock off the highway, we spotted a sign for the Quechee Gorge.  I had somehow never heard of it (a fact both of our dads were surprised to hear when we got back), but I was bummed that I missed seeing the Flume Gorge up in the White Mountains when I was there a week before, so as soon as we saw the sign we popped a U-Turn and pulled into the parking lot.  It was so unexpected on our trek, we wandered around the trails and the gorge in amazement until hunger started to kick in and we continued on our way through the best aimless road trip I have ever been on.

Thank you all so much for following my blog and for sharing my adventures with me.  I hope we can share so much more in 2018!

xo, C

Home for the Holidays


Happy Friday everyone!  I can’t believe it’s already the 22nd!  The next week for me is going to be so busy but so full and I can’t wait to spend some quality time relaxing with all of my families!  As I do every year, I’m going to take next week off from blogging.  I love coming back refreshed in the New Year, and am looking forward to taking advantage of that time to reconnect with some of my favorite people.  Make sure to follow along on Instagram, though!

This cozy sweater from Old Navy was a bit of an impulse buy for me, since I have been loving long cardigans so much these past few months.  I grabbed it straight out of the shipping box on a late fall day for a drive to the ocean with B (seen in this Instagram), and that day I completely fell in love with it.  I paired it with my Converse for some beach time, and lately I’ve been wearing it while working from home at least once per week.  For Christmastide, I knew I would want to dress it up a bit, so I paired it with these fantastic leopard booties.  I love how they make the outfit look intentional and put together, while I get to stay comfortable in this sweater!


Outfit Details – Sweater: Old Navy | Jeans: Lucky Brand | Tee: J.Crew Factory | Booties: Banana Republic | Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Thank you so much for reading!  Make sure to stop by on January 1st for my next post!  Happy Holidays!

xo, C

Blue Christmas


Hey everyone, Happy Wednesday!  I can hardly believe we are in the final few days before Christmas weekend!  I spent last night wrapping all of my gifts (which is about as last minute as I have ever done Christmas wrapping!) and listening to Christmas music.  The classics, such as ‘Blue Christmas’ always get me.


Outfit Details – Coat: J.Crew | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Booties: Banana Republic | Tote: Michael Kors |

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you all have a great week!

xo, C

Holiday Pink


Hey everyone, happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  With all the red and green holiday outfits out there, I wanted to share a fun alternative that’s just as festive.  I love the shine to this pleated skirt, and combined with some long pearls it gives off some pretty Nutcracker vibes, no?


Outfit Details – Top: J.Crew | Skirt: A New Day | Tights: J.Crew Factory |

Thanks so much for reading!  Have a great week!

xo, C

Black Magic

Hello everyone, welcome back!  These sparkly booties I got from Shopbop have been the perfect addition to all my holiday outfits this season.  If you have a casual New Year’s Eve celebration or are just looking to add a little holiday sparkle to your daily look, I love how they jazz up this black outfit.

Outfit Details – Tee: J.Crew Factory | Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Booties: Dolce Vita |

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

xo, C

Christmas Carols

Hi everyone, welcome back!  I love this casual outfit for the laid back holiday activities, whether they be caroling (I hope some places still do that!) or an easy at home gathering. I bought this Old Navy sweater in orange back in the fall (see it here) and I loved it so much that I went back for this Christmas hue!  These earmuffs are going to be perfect for keeping my ears warm without giving me hat hair!

Outfit Details – Sweater: Old Navy | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Earmuffs: J.Crew Factory | Shoes: Lauren Ralph Lauren |

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

xo, C

Cozy Holiday Style


Hey everyone, happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  We got quite a bit of snow in Mass, so I’m finally ready to start putting more serious thought into my outerwear options for the next few months.

This shearling jacket from Old Navy reminds me of one my mom used to own.  It’s in the same classic fabrics, but with an updated moto silhouette.  And how cute is this Barbour beanie?!


Outfit Details – Coat: Old Navy | Hat: Barbour | Jeans: Lucky Brand | Booties: Banana Republic |

Thanks for reading, hope you have a great day!

xo, C

12 Gifts of Christmas


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.


I got my kraft paperbaker’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!


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!


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

xo, C

Merry & Bright


Hello everyone, welcome back!  I always like to have at least one red dress for the holidays, and this one from Express caught my eye instantly.  I love the sheer sleeves, the polka dots, and the long sleeved silhouette most of all!  Paired with my new favorite Dolce Vita booties, it has the perfect amount of festive flair!


Outfit Details – Dress: Express (almost sold out, similar here, here, here, and here) | Booties: Dolce Vita |

Tuesday Ten: Holiday Date Ideas


Hello everyone, welcome back!  I mentioned in my Gift Guide that I would love to spend time doing something with all of the people I love this December, so today I wanted to share a list of my favorite activities – perfect for a date, girls’ night, or family outing!  A few of them are New England specific if you’re in the area!

  1. Pop-up Winter Market.  There are tons of Christmas markets popping up this month.  In Boston, it’s SoWa and City Hall Plaza, but a quick Google search with your city should turn up some near you!
  2. Build a Gingerbread house.  An annual tradition at my family’s Thanksgiving is to kick off Christmas by building Gingerbread houses, and now I can hardly imagine a holiday season without them!
  3. Go Ice Skating.  As cliched as it may be, I love ice skating.  B and I went well after Christmas last year, though there is something magical about going during December.
  4. Visit Winter Reimagined at Tower Hill Botanical Garden (or your local light display!).  Tower Hill is one of my favorite places in the world, and every year they put on the most spectacular winter lights display.  Every area usually has a well known lights display, so bundle up and reserve your tickets!
  5. Build a fort for movie night.  Everyone’s calendars are so full during December, I love the idea of finding a night you both have free and staying in for a cozy Elf screening (or your favorite movie, but it’s probably Elf).  This date is best enjoyed with homemade cookies!
  6. See the Newport Mansions decked out in their Holiday Best.  Two years ago I went with my sister and best friend and they were absolutely stunning.  Newport native Jess wrote a full blog post about other holiday activities to do in Newport here – it’s an amazing resource and I can’t wait to go try all of the things she recommended!
  7. Get tickets for a holiday classic.  Whether it’s Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker or the Boston Pops, I love seeing the Christmas magic come to life.  If you’re looking for an option that’s more budget friendly, you’d be surprised how fantastic a lot of local high school’s Christmas concerts are!
  8. See a holiday comedy show.  If Christmas music isn’t your jam, most comedy clubs have holiday specials during the month of December.  I’m a fan of ImprovAsylum in Boston!
  9. ZooLights.  Most zoos have great light displays for the holidays.  In Boston, it’s Stone Zoo.
  10. Take a cheese board making class to prepare for all of your party contributions!  I mentioned this in my gift guide, but for my birthday B got us tickets to a cheese board making class with Formaggio.  It was so much fun and we left armed with the knowledge to create some killer cheese boards for our holiday parties (PLUS we found some of our new favorite cheeses!)