Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The best of summer

I know that technically it's not the end of summer, but it's September 1st. Kids are back in school and the start of school will always denote the "end" of summer for me! I don't do these recap posts enough, so I figured with the new month, and the implied new season, I would look back at some of my favorite warm weather looks. I definitely see a more casual trend in my favorites. I embraced the basic tee this season, and I loved anything and everything that looked hand crafted or embroidered.

Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklaces: Banana Republic layered over Express (shop silver layered necklaces HERE) | Bag: Kate Spade (option) | Top: from Amazon (similar here) | Bracelets: Tasha (option) and Nadri (similar) | Shorts: Express (last season) option here | Shoes: Converse

Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: Express | Necklace: Stella and Dot | Bag: Kate Spade (option) | Dress: Madewell | Ring: Banana Republic | Bracelets: American Eagle, Stella and Dot | Sandals: Christian Louboutin (budget option)

From: Neutrals
Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace: Express | Bag: Longchamp | Top: LOFT (option) | Bracelet: Banana Republic | Shorts: American Eagle (option) | Flats: Halogen (option)

Sunnies: Ray Ban | Vest: JCrew Factory (option) | Necklace: Stella and Dot (gifted) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff "Lexi Bucket Bag" in Cocoa | Top: Halogen (other colors here) | Bottoms: American Eagle | Sandals: DV Dolce Vita

From: Date Night
Sunnies: Vince Camuto | Earrings: Express | Necklace: Vince Camuto | Bag: Vince Camuto | Top: LOFT (option) | Bracelet: Purple Peridot | Rings: Mindy Mae's Market (exact here) | Skort: Express (option) | Shoes: BCBG

Sunnies: Oakley | Necklace: Target | Bag: Chanel | Top: Mindy Mae's Market (exact here) | Bracelet: Nadri | Leggings: Vince Camuto (option) | Shoes: Nike (other colors here)

I seriously feel like summer has just started. Though a teeny part of me is excited for fall. I was looking through old posts from last year, and I'm definitely missing some of my transitional pieces! Next week, I'll pull those archives and share some of my favorite fall looks from last year that are still relevant to this upcoming season! Stay tuned!


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello Monday: The print dress

Disclosure: CS Gems gifted me some jewelry and The Fashion Lane provided me a discount to shop in exchange for these photos and this blog post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Yay for short weeks! I'm only working Monday through Wednesday this week and then we're off for a long weekend in SoCal because the nephew turns ONE this weekend! Not sure how time has flown by so quickly! But before those festivities kick off, I do have a few things to share with you this week! Let's start with this adorable printed dress from The Fashion Lane! You can see the other two outfits I styled with CS Gems and The Fashion Lane here and here.

Earrings: The Fashion Lane | Necklaces: CS Gems (here and here - use code CARYLEE15 for 15% off!) | Bag: Tory Burch (option) | Dress: The Fashion Lane | Bracelets: CS Gems | Flats: Halogen (other colors here)

I was basically in love the second I laid my eyes on this dress. The print and embroidered trim are beautiful I will be packing this with me this weekend on my trip for sure! Very packable and versatile to dress up or down, which is ideal for me not knowing what our exact plans will be.

These style events have been pretty great. I basically bring a few basics - some jeans, shoes, and clutches, build outfits using pieces from the boutique and finish off the look with accessories from CS Gems. Not knowing what you'll end up wearing makes it pretty fun for all parties. And it also proves how versatile the jewelry from CS Gems really is - there's always a piece or two or three that will go with what I'm wearing.

Oh! Before I go! If you're local to the St. Louis metro area, you'll be happy to know that The Fashion Lane has opened a brick and mortar store in Clayton! They're at 7529 Forsyth, so be sure to stop in and say hello!

I hope you enjoyed this series! I'm sure there will be more of these in the future!


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer boho

I first posted this flatlay on Instagram here, and then I also mentioned it in my packing post here. I had requests for photos with the outfit actually on me, and you know I love appeasing my readers! Plus, I'm just a little bit obsessed with these booties, and since there has been a hint of coolness in the air, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to wear this outfit in its entirety, with some adjustments to the jewelry, because I always forget what jewelry I originally intend to wear!

Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: Kendra Scott (c/o) | Necklace: Express, Target | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (gifted) | Cover up: Target | Top: Express (option) | Ring: CS Gems | Shorts: Express (option) | Booties: Pulse (c/o) (other option here) (use code "carylee" for 20% off your first purchase!)

Fringe booties and denim shorts seem a bit cliche together, but I don't care! Sometimes I like to pick a theme and just jump head first into it. I have been wanting some fringe booties, and when I opened this box, I was very pleased! They're adorable and since they're a faux suede, I don't have to stress about not ruining them. They're very walkable and you can't beat a good stacked heel. Overall - two thumbs up! 

Pulse recently revamped their website, so I think you will find it more shopper friendly! They do have a few more options for fringe boots, but if that's not your thing, what about this cozy sweatshirt or this wrap top? Regardless of what catches your eye, Pulse was nice enough to provide my readers with 20% off your first purchase if you use code "carylee" so I hope you are able to take advantage of it!

Disclosure: Pulse provided me these boots in exchange for promotion on my blog and social media accounts, however, all opinions expressed are my own.


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