Friday, May 29, 2015

Random roundup

Man, it's been a long short week, huh! I say it's been long, but really I haven't felt like I have had enough time for life! Here I was last weekend feeling tired of having so much free time, and then the work week comes and I need about 8 more hours in the day to comfortably get through everything! But, you will be happy to know that I folded 3 loads of laundry tonight, worked out for a half hour, tidied the house, and am now finishing this post. All in the last 3 hours. 

But anyhoo, onto the fun stuff! Here are more outfits from the last couple of weeks or so! 

Necklaces: CS Gems (c/o) | Top: BP | Belt: Express | Bottoms: Express | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)

You need white pumps. I promise you do. I love how they finish off any look perfectly! I mean, if they can make cargo pants look chic, you can't go wrong!

Top: Express | Bag: Kate Spade (option) | Bottoms: Express | Shoes: Vince Camuto (option)

You need these peep toe booties also. They're second-skin soft. I may have to wear them again tomorrow! I wore this to an eye appointment that didn't exist. I showed up a week early. Don't you hate it when that happens?

Top: Express | Necklace: Kate Spade | Bottoms: ExpressShoes: Louise et Cie

And another favorite pair of shoes of mine. Can you tell that I've been dressing around my shoes lately? I've been loving it! My heels are getting so much use this spring, which makes me just want to buy more! Eeeeeshk.

Top: Frenchi | Bottoms: Express (option) | Sandals: American Eagle

This outfit is pretty minimal because I wore it to the styling event with TCL Boutique. They suggested we bring our own jeans, just in case, so I packed a few basics and threw this outfit on not really knowing what to expect! 

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Top: ExpressNecklace: CS Gems (c/o) | Bottoms: American EagleShoes: Sam Edelman

And last but not least is this fun outfit I wore to a friend's house warming party. These heels are always a foolproof way to sass up any outfit. I decided to go all out with my leopard portofino, but mainly because I realized after seeing Erin's outfit here that I hadn't worn it in quite some time! It's an oldie but a goodie!

That's all for this week! Have a great weekend!


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Styling neon

Clockwise from top left: Ellen of That Chic Mom | Carylee of More Pieces of Me | Julie of Mom Fabulous | Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops | Jo-Lynne at Jo-Lynne Shane | Kristin at BonBonRoseGirls | Audrey at MomGenerations | Ashley at Messy Beautiful Life | Carly of Thirty Something Fashion

Last Thursday, a group of us collaborated to bring you ideas on how to style your white bottoms for the summer. This week, we're back to showcase different ways to style neon. Admittedly, I don't have a ton of neon in my closet, but with pumps like these, do you really even need more?


I can't take credit for this outfit. I've been wanting to wear this combination with my highlighter yellow heels and highlighter pink bag ever since I saw Bethany do it here. I'm not sure why I've never thought to pair them together before, but it works! Every time I wear these heels or carry this bag, I'm bound to get comments since they're both head turners. Yet, I'm not too shy to pair them together! They complement each other without being matchy matchy, so that's a big win for me.


Another thing I've been wanting is this metal bib necklace. I first started lusting after it on Jenna. Here's a recent outfit of her wearing it, though she's had it for quite some time. Since I noticed it on her, I've been seeing it all over my Instagram feed, coincidentally, also on Bethany. After about 6 months, I figured I should just stop lusting and just buy it already! Haha

Sunnies: Vince Camuto | Necklace: Purple Periodot | Bag: Kate Spade (option) | Top: LOFT | Bracelet: JCrew FactoryBottoms: Express | Heels: Kate Spade (other colors here, budget option, swoon version)

Neon can get super 80s to me very quickly, so I personally prefer to keep it in small doses. That's easy to do with these pumps since they're such a statement on their own. It's so fun to spice up an otherwise neutral outfit with some bright colors.

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These past outfits above prove that I like to let these shoes speak for themselves - I kind of forgot that I've already done denim on denim with them! I'm glad I decided to change it up with the pink bag this time! I did wear them with my neon sweatshirt that I love so much, but overall, I still think the neon in that outfit is not over-powering. I want to combine the collaboration ideas from this week and last and wear my neon heels with an all white outfit next! Neon is definitely not for the timid, but it's certainly more versatile than you would think! 


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The turquoise ring


I am back and slowly but surely trying to slip back into real life! I know it was only a three day weekend, but it was great. At one point, I actually caught myself thinking, "wow, I'm kind of tired of laying around doing nothing!" I can't remember the last time I felt like I had too *much* time on my hands. I'm always racing against the clock to get stuff done, whether it's at work or at home.

I definitely got some shopping in this weekend! Kind of scary as things start to arrive (and I remember that I actually bought them….) This plaid top was one of my Memorial Day purchases. If it looks familiar, it's because I have it in 4 other colors - red, white, blue, pink. Andddd, I also just bought it in a white and pink. Yes, I'm crazy, but when something is as soft and perfect as this top, I need ALL THE COLORS. 


I've been wanting a turquoise ring for quite some time now, but I could never find the perfect one. I wanted something that had a vintage vibe, but wasn't overly formal. You know I love things a lot more when I can dress them up or down depending on my mood. This ring was the perfect mix of everything I was looking for, and the bonus is that it has an adjustable band. And not the adjustable ones that are visible with your palms facing up - you know, the kind that always pinches your skin? The adjustable portion of the band is hidden under the stone, which works perfect for both aesthetics and comfort.


CS Gems was able to find two of these same rings, so the great thing is that you can own this very one also. It's hard to beat for only $15. All of their rings are priced from $12-$15 so if this one isn't your thing, you can check out their other styles here. I think I may need this darling round one next… And don't forget, you can always use code CARYLEE15 for 15% off!

Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace: Target (option) | Bag: Chanel | Top: Express | Tee: Express | Bracelet: Express (option) | Ring: CS Gems (c/o) Exact one here (use code CARYLEE15 for 15%) Bottoms: Express (option) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)

This outfit is totally relaxed and everything I needed to help me get through this short week. The layered tops are easy, but the shoes and accessories keep it from feeling a bit too 90's grunge for me. And yes, I realize this is basically the same outfit as the one I copied from Rachelle here, but when a formula works, why re-create it?

Note: This post was sponsored in part by CS Gems, but all opinions expressed are my own.


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Linking up with: Oh, Hey Girl!, Thrift Sisters with Ayana and KerenWhat I Wore Wednesday, Random Wednesday, I Feel Pretty, Style Me WeeklyMel, Shay, and Sheaffer for What's up Wednesday
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