The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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January 2018 Recap

Hi everyone, happy Friday!  One of my goals for 2018 is to make more videos for myself and the blog, and another is to reflect on each month more instead of waiting until the end of the year to do a potentially overwhelming reflection.  Today, we’re going to tackle both by recapping January!

January is a really tough month for me every year (as I think it is for everyone).  One of the reasons I like New Year’s Resolutions so much is because it gives me a goal and a purpose during this otherwise bleak 31 day stretch.  B and I got back into a gym groove again (let’s just say the last half of the year was not our most healthy), and I was pretty surprised at how easily I fell back into the habit of going.  I really, really love the gym that we go to (I’ve been going there for almost four years now), and think it plays a huge factor into going.  It’s possibly the least judgy gym either of us have ever set foot in, and the people there are so incredibly nice.  I hadn’t realized how much I missed the act of just being there.

We also celebrated my Gramma’s 80th birthday this month!  She’s somehow both the strongest and sweetest person I know, and if I turn out to be half the woman she is by 80 I will be pretty damn proud of myself.  (She also looks amazing and when we got the invitation B said “there is no way your grandmother is 80!” so we should all take some pointers from her).

I go to more than my fair share of concerts, so over the years it’s become pretty hard to really impress me with one.  While I firmly believe that live music can heal in a way that most things can’t, few artists can really blow me away with a live performance.  The last concert that wowed me was New Politics and Andrew McMahon (who I’ve seen many times) at the House of Blues back in November of 2015.  I’ve wanted to see The Killers live since I was 13 years old.  That’s half of my life I spent idolizing Brandon Flowers and turning him into this untouchable musical God in my head.  I constantly kept postponing it, thinking that he could never live up to the pedestal I had placed him on.  After his solo album, The Desired Effect, crept it’s way into my Top Five Albums of All Time list, I knew I had to make it happen.  B and I bought tickets even before ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ was released.  The concert blew my damn mind, you guys.  Everything from the visuals to Brandon himself was everything I could have imagined and more.  So, yes, he did go back to back with Springsteen in my book.  15/10 would recommend.

One of my favorite parts of January is our schedule finally dies down. From September straight through the holidays, B and I had a packed social calendar, so winter is the time we have to relax and catch up with each other on some date nights that we had gotten put on the back burner.

B and I also went to Dave and Buster’s with my siblings one night, and had so much fun embracing our playful inner children.  It was a day that the high was a whopping 1 degree, so it was nice to get out of the house, but stay inside!

I was lucky enough to escape the cold for nine days with a work trip to sunny Orange County.  I did sneak in a little Vitamin D (and a few bare leg days), which I shared on my Instagram.  My best friend and I visited LA and San Diego back in 2014, and it was really nice to be back.  It’s one of the few places I’ve visited and felt like I could live there.

When I got back from SoCal, I was so ready to stop eating out for every meal! B and I spent the whole Sunday I got back researching meal prep options to find what might work best for us. If you’re interested in a full post on it, or have any good meal prep tips, let me know!  While there’s been a little trial and error, we still have plenty of room for growth.

Check out my January video here.  Due to the weird nature of January, it only has footage from California.  I’m hoping the next months will be a little bit more inclusive of my every day life.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo, C


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Winter Casual

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Hi everyone, welcome back!  I am beyond obsessed with this jacket – the fun cropped length makes it perfect for a dress (like I wore here) or high waisted jeans!

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Outfit Details – Top: Express (old) | Jacket: LOFT | Jeans: Lucky Brand | Booties: Marc Fisher | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) |  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Necklace: Elizabeth & James | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown ‘Neutral Rose’ | Lipgloss: Bobbi Brown ‘Petal’ | Nail Polish: OPI ‘Aurora Berry-Alis’ |

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you have a great day!

xo, C


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On Thin Ice

 

Happy Monday, y’all.  I hope your week is off to a good start.  Today I wanted to share a few snaps of the look I wore ice skating this weekend.  Bae and I tend to spend our fairer weather weekends visiting New England cities, but this winter we’ve done a pretty good job so far at not allowing the inclement weather to deter us from spending time in our favorite Boston neighborhoods as well.

While there are some more well known and mainstream rinks in the area, we opted to go to the Kendall Square rink for a little winter fun.  I always check groupon for great deals on ice skating and they always come through, whether it’s Kendall Square or Frog Pond! 

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

xo, C


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Black & Blush

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You may recognize this jacket as being eerily similar to one I’ve worn here and here.  Well, I have to admit, this coat is that old favorite’s younger sister.  I bought the navy one two years ago from Old Navy and I love it to death.  When I spotted this black one they came out with this year, I knew I needed to add it into my collection as well.  I love how the coat, toggles, and loops are all black; making a really sleek look.  The aforementioned navy coat has wooden toggles and rope details, making for a more nautical look.  You can see why I needed both of them, especially at such a reasonable price point!

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Outfit Details – Coat: Old Navy | Sweater: Banana Republic | Jeans: Lucky Brand | Booties: Sam Edelman | Sunglasses: Perverse | Earrings: Treasure&Bond (sold out, similar here) | Necklace: Venice and Violet by Dogeared | Watch: Fossil | Lips – Clinique ‘Mighty Mimosa’ and Clinique ‘Cake Pop’

Thank you so much for reading!  Hope you all have a great weekend!

xo, C