Monday, March 2, 2015

The Closet Room Tour

Chair and Ottoman: Value City | Side table and lamp: Target | Rug: Amazon | Chandelier: Kohl's (similar) | Bookshelves: Ikea (half height bookcase, full height book case, doors (option) | Curtains: Target (similar) | Armoire: JCPenny (option) | Hanging jewelry organizer: Bed Bath and Beyond (similar) | Step stool: Amazon (similar)

Hey guys! I'm still recovering from my weekend in Denver, but I wanted to make sure I kept you busy in my absence! The weekend before I left, I found some strength to do a big overhaul in the closet room. And I mean BIG. 11 bags of purging big! 8 hours of work big! So don't let the above photo fool you because it wasn't all unicorns and rainbows.


I have gotten several requests for a tour of the closet room, but I have been procrastinating because I knew it was long overdue for a good purge, and I also wanted to better organize some stuff because my bags were kind of all over the place, and things were just a bit chaotic because of the fact that I needed a good purge.

So! Now that that's taken care of, I did not hesitate to do a little video for you because it will probably be another 3-5 years before another great purge! I linked to some of the pieces you see in this video up above, or at least similar items if I could still find them. Hope you enjoy! Oh and you're not allowed to watch the video unless you agree to still love me unconditionally and not judge me for being a hoarder. Please and thank you.

The one pet peeve is that I wish I would have gone with the black velvet hangers. I chose off white at first - I ordered a ton through The Container Store, but the price adds up quickly! I managed to find some for a fraction of the price at places like Ross, Marshall's, and TJ Maxx, but the problem is - they're a hodge podge of brands so the shades of beige aren't quite the same. I think it would have been less noticeable had I done all black, but I was already about 100 hangers into it before I made this realization. Oh well! Live and learn!

One of these days, I will have it professionally done with proper wall units and such, but for now, it's still a great place that I love, and I've worked with what I've got! Hope you enjoyed it!


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Random roundup

Well, hello there, and welcome to another edition of Random Roundup! As you read this, I will be en route to Denver, so I hope to have pretty pictures of my trip to share with you next week. For now, here are some outfit selfies that I have accumulated! I will only be linking to the items that are still available!

Jacket: J Crew Factory | Earrings: Nickel and Suede Necklace: The Foundrie | Buffalo plaid top: Express | Tee: That Mom Chic | Bracelets: Nadri | Leggings: Express | Shoes: Ash

When I posted this outfit on Instagram, I made a reference to Jordan Catalano because I totally felt like this is a 90's inspired outfit! I can't remember where I was - I think at one of the malls in California over Christmas break, and a girl walked by me in leggings, a denim jacket, and a plaid shirt tied around her waist. I thought about how I've always loved how effortlessly casual the outfit looked, but I cannot remember the last time I tied anything other than a belt around my waist! Running errands one weekend, I figured I would try it, and 90's or not, I still loved it.

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I've worn this tee three times already during this #RemixFix2015 challenge, so I thought it would be nice to showcase these looks side by side by side. The fit is really great on the tee - I love that it still looks seamless under the cardigan even though the cardigan isn't a chunky knit. A good graphic tee is certainly a wardrobe staple!

Necklace: CS Gems (c/o) | Earrings: Stella and Dot Cardigan: Caslon | Top: BPBottoms: ExpressBoots: Vince Camuto

I'm sorry to taunt you with this cardigan. I wish that it were still available because it's pretty amazing, as you can see. And I had purposely picked it for my capsule hoping that it would be available for the duration of the challenge. But alas, it's gone. You can see how else I've worn it below!

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I need to wear it with my white skinnies and cognac boots next! Or with a vest layered over it! Or even my army green jacket over it! See! Such a great piece. The possibilities are endless.

Earrings: Stella and Dot | Necklace: CS Gems (c/o) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Vest: J Crew | Sweater: Target | Top: Gap | Bottoms: Express  | Boots: Naturalizer

The day I wore this outfit, I had a two hour meeting in a conference room where the thermostat literally read 80 degrees. Oh my gosh, I was dying. I took the vest off, but the sweater over the long sleeve FLANNEL was still so hot! In 80 degrees!! We kept trying to open the door to let some cooler air in, but it was right off the lobby and very noisy, so we couldn't keep it open for more than 5 minutes at a time. Thank goodness my hair was in a top knot, because I would have probably passed out!!

Necklace: Express | Vest: JCrew | Bag: 3.1 Phillip LimTop: JCrew FactoryBottoms: ExpressBooties: Nine West

This outfit is just a little famous. I posted a flat lay of it on Instagram (with different booties), and it ended up getting regrammed by a mega account here. One of the first comments was that it is the ultimate man outfit, and I was thinking - oh my goodness, do they really think this is meant for a man?! Certainly not with my necklace and bracelets, right?! But, you know, it really could pass for a man's outfit, so I guess I can't blame them either way! I cheated a little with my capsule and chose these leopard booties over my cognac booties, because, well, LEOPARD. 

I feel like leopard and buffalo plaid are pretty overdone on Instagram, but I don't care because I still love it. But it's funny because I wore this to the mall (hence the dressing room selfie), and I got a couple of compliments from people telling me how they loved how I paired leopard with the plaid. I will certainly take that compliment, but at the same time, I know it's not a Carylee original since it is EVERYWHERE on Instagram. But it just goes to show you that no matter how massive the Instagram network feels sometimes, it's really just a drop in the bucket compared to real life population!

And on that prophetic observation - I shall bid you ado! Ahem. I meant, adieu. :)

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Internet friends

Sunnies: Vince Camuto (option) | Blazer: ExpressNecklace: Stella and Dot | Bag: Tory Burch (option) | Top: BP (option) | Bracelets: H&M | Skirt: Express (option) | Booties: Cole Haan (option)

Oh hey, guess what! I get to go to Denver this weekend, which I'm extra excited about. I'm meeting some of my internet friends out there - ha! But it's true. And I don't know if it's funny or sad that my husband doesn't even bat an eye at it because I seem to have more internet friends than I do real life friends that are local! I've met a few of these girls in real life already, so it's not going to be all brand new. Though, I've never been to Denver before outside of the airport!

Annnnd, I get to meet a couple of other blogger friends there, too, and I can hardly contain myself! I may as well just tell you guys I'm breaking my shopping ban again this weekend. But, I mean, I'm meeting internet friends that I met on a SHOPPING FORUM. It would be blasphemy for us not to shop while we're together! I promise to do it in moderation though. Because I really don't want to check a bag. :)


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