Black and Tan

Camel Suede Zara Skirt, Coach Crossbody Bag Black Faux Leather Topshop Jacket Black and Tan | The Sol Compass Classic Black and White Combo

As a generally colorful dresser, this all neutral look may seem a bit unusual for me.  I love black and tan together, and to me they seem perfect for the month of November.  Every item featured here is on regular rotation in my fall wardrobe, and make for great classic and investment pieces.

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Outfit Details – Blouse: Express | Skirt: Zara (last seen here) | Jacket: Topshop | Tights: J.Crew Factory | Flats: American Eagle Outfitters | Purse: Coach Factory (similar here, here, and here) | Necklaces: Bauble Bar | Earrings: Banana Republic | Bracelets: LC Lauren ConradJ.Crew

Thanks for reading!

xo, C

Flannel and Leather

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The fact that suede and leather (of both real and fake variety) are everywhere this season is a dream come true for me.  Leather has been a staple of my wardrobe for as long as I can remember, and I love embracing it in all its incarnations- well past the traditional leather jacket!  After the pencil skirt and midi skirt, I have finally broken out the (faux) leather mini skirt and am so excited to find other ways to style it!

I buy at least one Old Navy flannel every fall.  They are my absolute favorites, and I don’t even have to feel guilty about adding yet another to my wardrobe because of how affordable they are!  I love the contrast the loose flannel gives the tight mini skirt- all about contrast this fall (as evident here, here, and here).  I usually order the tall length, partially because I have a long torso but also because I think they look great with a tunic-esque vibe, especially if you plan on wearing them over leggings!

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Outfit Details – Faux Leather Skirt: Zara (also love this one and this one) | Flannel: Old Navy | Oxfords: J.Crew Factory (sold out, similar on sale pair here, different style here) | Necklace: Nadri (sold out, similar here) | Bracelet: Lucky Brand | Watch: Fossil | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Lipliner: NYX ‘Ever’ | Lipgloss: NYX ‘Tiramisu’

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, C

Weekend Suede

Fall Suede Skirt Weekend Sweater + Hat

One of my favorite fall trends is the suede skirt.  It’s the perfect fabric for cool fall days, and camel is of course a perfect fall tone.  This skirt can easily be styled for 70s vibe by adding some fringe, a chic work look with a button down, or a casual weekend look with a sweater and sneakers!

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Outfit Details – Sweater: GAP | Skirt: Zara | Hat: GAP (similar here) | Sneakers: Adidas | Purse: Tommy Hilfiger (old, similar here) | Watch: Urban Outfitters | Bracelet: Banana Republic, LC Lauren Conrad (also love this one) | Rings: LC Lauren Conrad | Earrings: Banana Republic | Necklaces: Bauble Bar | Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James | Nails: OPI Lourve Me, Lourve Me Not | Lipstick: Buxom ‘Dolly’ | Lipgloss: NYX ‘Creme Brûlée

Have a great weekend!

xo, C

Transition

Collegiate Striped Skirt on The Sol Compass

With temperatures in the 80s and 90s this coming week, summer in New England is definitely not over!  Dressing for the heat can be such a challenge with stores and magazines inundating us with fall fashions from every direction.  With the pieces I buy and just cannot wait to wear, I like to match them with summer appropriate pieces like a simple tank to preview the fall fashion, but not sweat to death in the humidity and heat.  This fun blue striped skirt and open-toe booties make for great transition pieces, since the combination of the skirt length and the open toe keep things a bit cooler than their fall/winter counterparts.

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Outfit Details – Top: LOFT (old, similar here) | Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger | Booties: Coach (similar under $100 here) | Purse: Vera Bradley | Necklace: Nadri (sold out, similar here) | Earrings: LC Lauren Conrad | Watch: Fossil | Bracelets: Alex and Ani | Lipgloss: Bobbi Brown ‘Petal’

Thanks for reading, have a great week!
xo, C

Sunshine Skirt

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Here’s the weird thing about today’s post: I don’t even like the color yellow.  Yeah, I know.  Blame it on my inner cynical Bostonian, but the color yellow is usually way too aggressively happy and obnoxiously bright for my liking.  Yet, despite this strong opinion I’ve held onto for years, I love this skirt.  This shade of yellow is soft and buttery enough to brighten up any outfit just the right amount.  I’m also partial to pale yellow paired with olive green, so just add in some delicate gold accents and preppy loafers and this outfit is an all-star in my book.

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Outfit Details- Tank: Ann Taylor | Skirt: Ann Taylor | Loafers: Topshop | Sunglasses: Coach | Necklaces: TJ Maxx (similar here), Bauble Bar | Bracelet: Chan Luu | Watch: Urban Outfitters | Ring: Charming Charlie (also love this one) | Earrings: Banana Republic

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

xo, C

Newburyport

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Over the weekend my friend Amanda and I were able to make a quick little day trip to Newburyport, which is a gorgeous seaside city on the North Shore.  We filled our day with some great boutique shopping, and of course plenty of seafood!  The beaches are pretty great, but what makes Newburyport so unique is its charming cobblestone streets and historical buildings; they are the epitome of a quintessentially New England seaport.

Usually with a bright printed skirt like this one, I tend to wear a white or navy top to tone down the colors.  With this one though, I had such perfectly coordinating items that I had to make an exception!  One of my favorite things ever is when I find a top from a few years ago that perfectly matches the shade of blue in the skirt I just got in the mail.  It’s the little things, after all.

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Outfit Details – Top: Banana Republic Factory | Skirt: J.Crew Factory | Sandals: Steve Madden | Purse: Vera Bradley | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Watch: Fossil | Bracelet: Chan Luu | Necklace: Jenny Boston

American Cupcakes

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It was pretty tough for me to pick a Fourth of July outfit to share today, because in my heart all summer is America season!  I really love America (in case you haven’t caught on to that yet), so, naturally, I love wearing red, white, and blue!  I’ll be sharing two more Independence Day themed outfits with you in the next week, but this is the one I ultimately chose to wear on the holiday itself.  I rarely wear t-shirts in daily life, so a Saturday holiday seemed like as good a reason as any to break out one of my favorites!  Johnny Cupcakes is one of my all-time favorite Boston brands.  Founder Johnny Earle has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit (definitely see him speak publicly if you ever have the opportunity) and a really cool story that you can read about here.  Personal opinion: if you’re going to wear a t-shirt, it should probably be a statement making one.  In that category, Johnny Cupcakes definitely does not disappoint.  This Captain America inspired gem was just recently restocked, but so far none of the other Avengers ones have been- so definitely snag one up while you can!  It’s unbelievably comfy and perfect for a day of wiffleball games and volleyball tournaments, which is the only way I can imagine celebrating America.  An important note: it does run super small.  I usually wear an XS-S in tops, and this medium fits me on the snug side.

Keeping up with the cute and comfortable theme of today: TOMS are my must have barbecue shoe.  They’re easy to slip on and off when you need to change into a swimsuit, and equally as easy to play basketball in.  So for any active celebrations these are a must (I’m partial to the classic red since they can be worn with so many outfits, but I also really love all of the American styles they offer!)  Last but certainly not least, J.Crew Factory and J.Crew have the most amazing denim boyfriend shorts I have ever worn.  They are so soft and flexible and universally flattering I cannot think of a more perfect item for the Fourth.

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Outfit Details- T-shirt: Johnny Cupcakes | Shorts: J.Crew Factory (similar here as well) | Shoes: TOMS | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: LC Lauren Conrad | Watch: Fossil | Red Bracelet: street vendor, similar here | Navy Wrap Bracelet: Chan Luu | Anchor Ring: via TJ Maxx, similar here and here

Thanks for reading! What are you planning on wearing for the Fourth?

xo, Caitlin

Day to Night Dress: Palm Edition

Happy Monday! Today’s post came a bit later than usual, as a result of having a bit too much fun last week and less time working.  I was able to spend an amazing few days in New York City with my sister and spent some time with friends which was much overdue.  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly friendships can slide away during the colder months only to blossom in full force with the spring and summer.  But alas, I’m pretty convinced this dress may be worth the wait.

I first spotted this gorgeous palm dress on the beautiful Jessi of The Darling Detail.  As soon as I saw it I knew I just had to have it as well! Green is such a great summer color in any of its hues, and the palms make for the perfect subtle pattern.  Initially I was reminded of a tropical getaway when I saw it, but after we saw Jurassic World my friend Jake said it looked like a dinosaur was about to jump out at any minute, so naturally I like that reaction best!

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This dress is great for so many different occasions, one of my favorite is a quiet Saturday stroll or a trip to the farmers’ market.  Tying a chambray over makes the dress a bit more casual but gives it a great put-together look.

Outfit Details: Dress: Topshop | Chambray Shirt: American Eagle | Earrings: Banana Republic | Necklaces: Bauble Bar, TJ Maxx find (similar here) | Bracelet: J.Crew Factory | Watch: Urban Outfitters | Straw Tote: J.Crew | Gladiator Sandals: Topshop

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This is a true ‘day to night’ option because I kept all of my jewelry on, and merely switched out my shoes and bag to make a more evening friendly look.  I love a loser fitting dress for nights out; I tend to favor the conservative look overall and it’s always nice to be comfortable and still look cute!

Outfit Details: Dress: Topshop | Earrings: Banana Republic | Necklaces: Bauble Bar, TJ Maxx find (similar here) | Bracelet: J.Crew Factory | Watch: Urban Outfitters | Crossbody Bag: Coach (old, new version here; similar under $25 here) | Heels: Banana Republic

Thanks for reading!
xo, C

Monday Blues

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The Monday Blues are all too real this week.  April Showers will do that to a girl, I guess.  Luckily the other kind of “Monday Blues”, aka the kind that you wear, happens to be one of my favorite things ever.  It’s also fair too easy for me to do, seeing as my closet is about 70% blue, 30% every-other-color-in-the-rainbow.  I love pairing different shades of blue together in the same outfit (last done here), as long as the shades are different enough it can make for such a chic look.  I always try to choose varying textures in addition to a light/dark combo, and then pick an accessory that pops, like these silver oxfords.  I’m totally obsessed with the eyelet pattern on this LOFT skirt, and I’ve seen it popping up all over the place this spring, including this gorgeous J.Crew dress.  Having eyelet patterns available everywhere I turn is basically my fashion dream come true.  Anything with lace, eyelet, or embroidered details, you can sign me up for ASAP!

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Outfit Details – Skirt: LOFT | Top: J.Crew Factory | Oxfords: J.Crew Factory (sold out, identical version here. Also check out these silver flats and slip-on sneaks!) | Necklace: Style&co. | Bag: Urban Outfitters (also love this one) | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Ring: Lucky Brand | Nails: Essie “Cocoa Karma” | Lips: Nars “Turkish Delight”

Have a wonderful week!

xo, Caitlin

Splash of Orange

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Spring weather keeps making cameo appearances around Boston, and I could not be any more excited about it!  Warmer weather for me always means exploring new cities and rediscovering my own.  For these exciting spring days, a fun yet functional bag and cute but comfortable walking shoes are musts! I love the bright smoothie orange of this backpack and Sperry makes my absolute favorite walking shoes!  They’re super cute but can last all day long while exploring a city.

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Outfit Details – Sunglasses: Coach | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Top: LOFT (old, similar here)| Blazer: Old Navy | Backpack: Target | Jeans: Lucky Brand | Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider

xo, Caitlin