Friday, March 27, 2015

Random Roundup: San Antonio

I figured I would round out the trilogy of San Antonio posts with what I wore during the non-wedding day events. I was there for one whole week after all, so here is everything I wore, ate, and did during my stay! As with other random roundups, I will only link to the pieces that are still available!

Top: ExpressBottoms: American Eagle | Sandals: Sam Edelman

First up is my travel outfit. I had to go from the airport to the outlet mall. I know, rough life. I was meeting Di from Click Clack Diaries as soon as I landed, so I wanted to be semi-fashionable, but still comfy and practical for the airport. And I did this by pairing stripes and leopard, two of my most favoritest things! I forgot how much I loved my Gigi sandals and am wondering what new color I need this year!


I mentioned on Wednesday that we had a 6 hour date that consisted of shopping, eating, shopping, and coffee. This was our eating part of the date. She took me to a taco joint called Torchy's and I also enjoyed a mango margarita to accompany my fried avocado taco. Yes, it's as amazing as it sounds.

Necklace: CS Gems (c/o) (option - use code CARYLEE15 for 15% off) | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Top: J Crew | Bracelets: H&M (Gifted) | Bottoms: ExpressSandals: Dolce Vita

Next up is St. Patrick's Day. So funny because last weekend, we celebrated St. Patrick's day on Saturday and my sister in law and I searched all of St. Louis for something green to wear - I mentioned that in this post here. Everything was olive or mint. Nothing quite in the kelly green category. Then I'm in San Antonio for all of one hour and I find this top and a TON of other green things that would have worked well for the occasion! #irony I wasn't sure what my St. Patrick's Day plans were going to be, but I bought this top just in case I needed it! Plus, the fit was pretty cute as well.


I ended up meeting three friends out for dinner and green drinks. I got a white sangria that the bartender was nice enough to make green for me! And yes, I'm having more chips and queso, though we weren't at a full on Mexican restaurant. We ended up at 54th Street Bar and Grill, which worked out since one of my friends was pregnant, and that can't be fun to be pregnant in an actual bar.

Necklace: Express | Top: LOFTTank: TargetBottoms: American Eagle | Flip Flops: American Eagle

This was Wednesday early evening. I literally spent the entire day doing nothing. Absolutely nothing. I'm pretty sure I took two naps. It was amazing. My dad asked me why I wasn't going out - I told him I was enjoying my silence because things were about to get crazy. I had arrived before everyone else. The rest of the family, including my husband, weren't showing up until Wednesday evening. I purposely did this though so I could have time for my non-wedding friends, knowing my schedule would be at the mercy of everyone else's. Everyone was just coming over to my parents house to eat and socialize.


So yessssss, I got to squish the nephew! And seriously - how good is he at selfies! I think he just likes looking at himself because he knows how freaking adorable he is!

Earrings: Stella and Dot | Necklaces: CS Gems (c/o) | Bag: Kate Spade | Top: ExpressTank: Target Bracelets: H&M (Gifted) | Leggings: Express | Sandals: Sam Edelman

Thursday was pre-wedding family bonding day! My brother had been talking to us about this new place called Top Golf. I had never played golf before in my life - other than the mini variety. :) So I was excited, but basically knew I would suck.


So, there ended up being a 3 hour wait at Top Golf, so we went ahead and got lunch while we waited. My brother picked this placed called Whiskey Cake, and it was. So. Good. I had to show you a picture of the Whiskey Flight that the husband had, but I enjoyed some ramen with a Grey Goose cosmo instead. Basically, any time I can have ramen, I am a happy person.


Well, wouldn't you know, I don't completely suck at golf. Ha! I definitely would not say I'm good, but I certainly didn't even expect hitting the ball at all. You see that blue circle way in the back left? Yup, yours truly even had a shot way out there. I think the sangria I was drinking was giving me power, because the more I started to slow down on the sangria, the less I started hitting the ball. It was sooo much fun! I would totally do it again, even despite the long wait!

Necklaces: CS Gems (c/o) | Bag: Kate Spade | Top: Express | Bottoms: Express | Sandals: Sam Edelman

And if you're keeping count, I've had a lot of alcohol by this time in the week and my body was not happy with me. And I'm not even talking about getting crap faced every night, but one drink definitely hurts me a lot more than it used to. Sigh. So, I bring you this outfit, which is me just trying to detox and get mentally and physically prepared for open bar at the wedding. Ha! Friday before the rehearsal dinner, my sister and I ran to get our nails done and did a couple of last minute shopping stops. 

The one thing I wished I would have brought on my trip are closed toed shoes - any of my slip on sneakers would have done! I only paid attention to the temperature in San Antonio, not the fact that it would be wet and rainy every single day! And I absolutely hate wet feet and sandals when it's raining! Ugh! Lesson learned, always bring a pair of slip on sneakers.


Well who is this little cutie? This is Petie. He's a rat terrier and the sweetest one you will ever meet at that. He's actually my brother's dog that has been staying with my mom for the last year or so since my brother moved into his apartment. Now that my mom is traveling more and more to California to see the nephew, Petie has been having to get boarded a lot, which makes me a bit sad. So. My brother agreed to let me and the husband take him with the condition that my brother can take him back if and when he is able to. Their goal is to have a house by the end of the year, but Petie is not a young dog and I just want to give him some company! Annie our beagle will hopefully appreciate the companionship as well! The husband has a conference to attend in San Antonio in early April, so we will be driving back with Petie then! <3 It's always nice to end Friday Favorites on a happy note!


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Popular on Pinterest

I've been meaning to put together a post like this for awhile now, just to give you a snapshot of what pieces of me seem to be the most popular on Pinterest. My blogger BFF Gina loves stats like these, which has encouraged me to dig a little bit deeper into my own! Let's get started!

Pin here | Source here

First up, this is by far the most re-pinned outfit of anything I have ever pinned before on Pinterest. As in, it probably gets repinned at least once a day. Actually, if you do the math, it has gotten repinned an average of 4.8 times a day since I first pinned it a year ago. Ha! That's a lot! I don't blame the public for loving it - it's a casual, simple, but super fun outfit. If you remember, I loosely recreated it here.

Pin here | My blog post here | Original source here

Ah, the scarf tying method. Sadly, this isn't even my original photo, but it directs traffic to my blog, so I can't complain! This post is what I call my one hit wonder. I used to get excited when it was repinned. But now I'm over it. Ok, that's dramatic. I'm not over it. I'm happy I was able to find this little gem to share with the world, but I'm just waiting for that next big post to go viral! 

              Pin here | My blog post here

And this is my actual photo that corresponds with the previous scarf tying collage. Same blog post, just a different image. But it's the image from my blog with the second highest number of repins ever.

Pin here | My blog post here

But see, I've got more to offer than just scarves! This collage I put together during my hunt for the perfect red maxi skirt is also pretty popular. I still have this skirt and love it, by the way.

Pin here | Blog post here

I'm really glad this post has gotten some love. I originally put this post together in response to one of my real life friends asking where she should start to re-build her wardrobe. See, I can do polyvore remixes all day long! Just don't ask me to do another wardrobe capsule in real life! :)

Pin here | Blog post here

This was my Christmas packing remix post from a couple of years ago. I get the sense that people love outfit brainstorms like this, which is great because it's really fun and relatively easy for me to put together in terms of time and the ability to use polyvore.

Pin here | Post here

My favorite striped midi skirt! I did a guest post for Andrea over at Momma in Flip Flops about how I like to remix this skirt. It's still one of my favorite pieces in my closet and love seeing how I styled it each way!

Pin here | Post here

I feel like you either love the Sam Edelman Petty booties or you hate them. I happen to fall into the "love" boat (ha) and I've shared this collage to a few people (outside of blog land) to give them ideas on how to style them. They're a great alternative to a nude flat.

Pin here

Pin here | Blog post here

OK, who am I kidding? People like me better when I'm wearing a scarf. I just have to accept that! Haha! It's so true, but I promise I'm not offended by it. I love my scarves, and I love inspiring people to print mix their scarves and tie them my very favorite way!

Pin here | Blog post here

So, what I have learned from my most popular pin stats is that I should specialize in remixing and scarf tying. At least I have a fall back in case my real life job ends up not working out! Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me!


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Linking up for: Thursday FavoritesWhat I Wore to Work, Spotlight Weekly Linkup with Elle and Jacqueline, Look What I Got with Sharon and Tara

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The red dress


So I'm working a little bit backwards and sharing what I wore for the rehearsal dinner *after* I already shared what I wore to the wedding. When I saw this dress on Express' website, I immediately ordered it. I'm a fan of a good jersey wrap dress, and I'm also a fan of asymmetry. I loved the zipper detail on this so much! Clearly it looks much different on me than it does on the model, and I actually preferred the way it fit me than the model. The color is stunning!

Necklace: CS Gems (option) (Use code CARYLEE15 for 15% off!) | Jacket: ExpressDress: Express | Bag: Kate Spade (option, option) | Bracelets: H&M (gifted) | Heels: Valentino

I wasn't lying when I said it rained the entire week last week. The walk to my parents' front door is partially covered, so I was able to stand outside and take photos despite the fact that it was drizzling. The rain ended up being a positive though because it brought cooler temps along with it. I certainly don't miss the humidity there though, and neither did my hair!

Oh! And this bag is also a purchase from San Antonio. I had a shopping date meeting another one of my online friends - Di from Click Clack Diaries. I've mentioned her once or twice on the blog before - she's just as sweet and stylish as I pictured her to be. She lives just outside of Austin, so we ended up meeting in the middle at the outlet mall in San Marcos. We met right around 2pm and didn't say our goodbyes until almost 8pm. Granted, we did have lunch and a coffee break during that time, but we certainly did our share of shopping!



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