The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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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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Signs of Spring

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Welcome back everyone.  I hope you all had a great weekend!  It was so nice here in Massachusetts that I decided to shoot some spring inspired outfits – even though I’ll be back to boots this week!

You all know I love pairing red and black together, and would normally add these leopard heels to that easy color combination.  That reason is why I love them paired with white jeans even more – it’s much more unexpected!

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Outfit Details – Top: J.Crew | Denim Jacket: Lucky Brand | Jeans: LOFT | Heels: LC Lauren Conrad | Purse: Vera Bradley (similar here) | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Bracelet: LC Lauren Conrad | Ring: Bauble Bar

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

xo, C


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Cherry Blossom Festival

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It’s a tad overdue, but today I’m finally sharing pictures from my trip to Washington, D.C.!  I have so much to share with you all over the next few weeks, I’m going to try ramping up my game to five posts a week (Monday-Friday, still at 6AM EST).  We’ll see if I’m able to keep up with it, but for now I’m excited to be able to share more content every week.

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Seeing the magnitude of the Cherry Blossoms in peak bloom around the Tidal Basin is an astounding experience, and one that I’ve hoped to have the pleasure of seeing for quite some time now.  Homaro Cantu once said that the cherry blossoms represent the fragility and the beauty of life.  They are a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.  Seeing how quickly peak bloom comes and goes is the epitome of this sentence, and I feel so fortunate that I was able to be there the day before peak bloom when the trees were so very beautiful and full of life.

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I’m a naturally early riser, and chasing sunrises is one of my favorite hobbies.  However I’m not sure I’ve ever had such an experience that was as rewarding as the sunrises I saw in DC.  We got up extra early every day we were there to make sure we could get down to the Tidal Basin or the Lincoln Memorial to find parking and prime sunrising viewing spots.  It was 100% worth it.

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I had an unfortunate incident involving dropping my DSLR lens while trying to get the perfect shot, which resulted in a broken lens and a mini panic attack on my part.  Luckily my iPhone came to the rescue and managed to snap a few shots while I was trying to capture the fleeting sunrise at its prime (the two photos below).

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This J.Crew Factory dress was perfect for a spring day.  I love the attention to detail in the laser cut floral print, and the bright pink was perfect for both DC sightseeing and an Easter mass with a quick swap of accessories!

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Outfit Details – Dress: J.Crew Factory | Jacket: Express | Sneakers: Vans | Necklaces: Bauble Bar (here and here) | Purse: Coach Factory (old, similar here and here)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!
xo, C


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Eyelet and Stripes

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It’s incredibly likely that I will never get tired of American themed outfits i.e. anything involving a combination red, white, blue, and stripes-or better yet, all three.  Patriots’ Day (better known as Marathon Monday) is somewhat of a sacred day here in Massachusetts and the perfect excuse to break out the Americana.  I stalked this skirt from J.Crew for months until it was low enough on sale to snag it up.  That meant I wound up with a beautiful eyelet midi skirt in the dead of winter, patiently hanging in my closet waiting for warmer days when we could rock all kinds of color combinations together. Stay tuned for more.  (I also found a few similar options, including one for $25 that you can shop below!)

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Outfit Details – Top: J.Crew | Skirt: J.Crew (sold out, similar here, herehere, and under $25 option here) | Heels: Sole Society (last seen here and here) | Bracelets: The LimitedLC Lauren Conrad, Chan Luu | Necklace: Bauble Bar | Watch: Fossil | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Purse: Vera Bradley (only available in stores, similar here and here) | Lipgloss: ‘Petal’ by Bobbi Brown | Nail Polish: ‘Not So Bora Bora-ing Pink’ by OPI

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week and Happy Marathon Monday!

xo, C


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Stripes if by Sea

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I am definitely happiest when outside, and more specifically by the sea.  When my sister and I went down to the ocean I instantly morphed into a more playful and giggly person (which may not have been ideal for the picture taking, but alas).  My seaside uniform usually involves navy, stripes, and boat shoes.  They are the epitome of nautical style, but the pink jeans add a more spring vibe to the look than a traditional red or white might allow.  Plus, these are the prettiest and most comfortable pants ever.  I think I would try to wear them every day all spring long if, you know, people wouldn’t notice…

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Outfit Details – Top: French Connection (old, new version here, similar here) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Boat Shoes: c/o Sperry | Jacket: Lucky Brand | Necklaces: Bauble Bar (here and here) | Bracelets: The Limited, Banana Republic, LC Lauren Conrad | Watch: Urban Outfitters | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Belt: Lucky Brand | Lipgloss: ‘Petal’ by Bobbi Brown

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hump Day!

xo, C


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Spring

The weather has been so up and down lately, but I’m holding on to any resemblance of spring I can find.  This skirt from The Limited is perfect for all spring occasions, from Mother’s Day brunch to graduations and beyond.  The color and silhouette are just perfect.  Now if only the flowers would start cooperating around here…IMG_9616IMG_9574IMG_9594IMG_9608IMG_9576IMG_9638

Outfit Details – Top: LC Lauren Conrad | Skirt: The Limited (last seen here) | Heels: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Hat: BP (similar here) (last seen here) | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Watch: Fossil | Necklace: Monogram Online

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful week!

xo, C


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Clover

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My eagerness to break out all of the florals as fast as possible is bordering on desperation at this point.  I just keep telling myself that by mixing in plenty of darker winter items it will be TOTALLY FINE to ignore the three more weeks of official winter and jump the gun straight into spring.  I can’t wait until nature starts to come to life again, and incidentally all the humans follow.  The winter gloom has been too real.

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Outfit Details – Dress: J.Crew (sold out, same pattern on this top) | Jacket: Topshop (also available in tall and petite!) | Heels: LC Lauren Conrad | Necklace: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here) | Sunglasses: Illesteva | Bag: Banana Republic Factory (new version here) | Bracelets: Chan Luu, Lucky Brand

Thanks for reading! Happy Hump Day!

xo, C