Monday, January 26, 2015


I totally stole this idea from Erica. Layering my sleeveless trench over a moto jacket? Colorblocking genius, I tell ya! I absolutely love how this reads as simply one coat - when the husband was taking my photos, he happened to see the zipper from my moto jacket peeking out, and  he asked confusedly, "Are you wearing two coats?" Ah, fooled him! Almost!  So glad that I learned this little trick! All of a sudden, I have even more use out of this trench!

Sunnies: Tom Ford | Earrings: Express | Necklace: Chanel | Bag: Chanel "Istanbul" tote (other color here, budget option) | Dress: DVF (wrap dress options here and here) | Moto Jacket: ExpressSleeveless trench: Ann Taylor (option, option)  | Booties: Christian Louboutin (option, budget option)

So, I'm taking a little break today from the #RemixFix2015 challenge to celebrate my TWO YEAR blog anniversary! Two years, guys! That's just crazy talk! My anniversary was actually on Friday, the 23rd, but I wanted to celebrate on a Manic Monday because I feel like all of you have helped mold my blog to what it is today.

Last year, I celebrated by doing a Throwback Thursday post where I re-wore some of my favorite and most popular outfits from my first year. I kept hemming and hawing about what to do for year 2. A big tulle skirt, ginormous balloons, and cupcakes sounded fun for a photo shoot, but, that's not me, and I was afraid the whole post would feel too contrived. OK, cupcakes are me. I love cupcakes. 

Instead, I decided to grab some of my most special pieces in my closet room and wear them all at the same time! Even though these pieces are not in my capsule, I'm still playing by the rules somewhat by shopping my closet vs. trying to purchase the perfect anniversary outfit brand new.

I love mixing some of my more designer items with "regular," more every day pieces, and this outfit is the perfect example of that along with a few other things that are pretty typical of my style - color pop, bold print, and layers for added interest. I couldn't think of a better way to commemorate this milestone than by highlighting some favorite pieces that I intend to have for years to come despite the many trends that will come and go from now until then!

Thank you for carrying me to year two. It's still rainbows and unicorns to me (for the most part, heh), and I look forward to what year 3 has in store!


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  1. Congrats on your two-year blogiversary! :) That cupcake looks delicious, hope you gobbled it up after taking the photo! :)

    Lovely outfit to 'celebrate' with - that really does look like just one jacket!

    Away From The Blue

  2. Love that you mixed two coats here! I thought it was just one too. :) Congrats on the anniversary of your blog. You inspire so many with your amazing looks!


  3. Congratulations on your 2-year blogiversary!! How exciting, Carylee. The outfit you chose is perfect for the occasion, so chic! And I love the layering idea as well. I'll have to keep that one in mind. Enjoy your week! ~Cynthia

  4. I would have never guessed this look is layered! Congrats on your blogiversary, cupcakes are all me too :)

    pumps and push-ups

  5. Happy Anniversary I really need to check and perhaps do something special for my anniversary. You have the best designer items, love that bag and booties.


  6. Happy 2 year blogiversary! That's so exciting! I definitely thought you only had one coat on at first. I never would have noticed if you didn't say it. I love the way it looks tho! So cute!

  7. Happy blogiversary!! Love that trench and I am obviously obsessed with that bag!

    xx, Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

  8. Happy TWO years!! It's no small task to make it that long. Love your celebratory outfit. The jacket under the trench is pretty perfect, and your designer goods are pretty enviable! Thanks for keeping it fun and entertaining and YOU for the last two years!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  9. Wow happy birthday to your blog Carylee - more power & God Bless!!!


  10. Congratulations on your blogiversary!!! In love with your trench coat! You look sharp and elegant.
    Red Reticule
    Red Reticule on Facebook

  11. Wow! What a feat, congratulations. You look fabulous. Thanks for always hosting.

  12. Happy birthday to your blog! I agree cupcakes are my thang too. But on to this layered sleeveless trench. You totally fooled me too until I read your post. Such an awesome idea!

  13. Ooo, I do love how you layered your trench...it absolutely looks like one coat! Great edge! Again, congrats on year number 2! Time files when you're having fun, right?! :-)
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  14. Congratulations!! Two years is an awesome achievement and I for one am sure glad your blog is around. :) I love how this look turned out. It's so fun to wear your special things. It really does make you feel special! I just love that about fashion.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  15. Congratulations on reaching two years! Such an accomplishment!!

  16. Congrats on two years! How exciting! Keep up the fantastic work! xoxo

  17. Happy 2 years!! You do an awesome job with your blog looking forward to many more post from you! Enjoy your day/week :)

  18. I thought that was one jacket! I love that and your shoes and bag too! Happy Two Years! That's so exciting!

  19. Well Happy Blogversary, great accomplishment.

  20. YAY! Happy 2 years! I hope to be as fabulous as you by my second year ;)

    xo, Jasmin

  21. Congrats on two years! Love this outfit combination- I'm wishing I had a sleeveless trench so I could layer it like this!

  22. Awwww....congrats on your 2 years. For some reason it seem you been doing this for a whole lot longer. By the way, I just love that purse.

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

  23. Congrats on 2 years! I love your blog and look forward to seeing what this year will bring!

    Doused In Pink

  24. Loving your Louboutin Booties! Great look!!


  25. Congrats on your 2 years Carylee! Love your look here :)

  26. Many more fabulous year ahead! I am obsessed with the coat.. I first saw it on another blogger and now on you. I just love it!

  27. Congratulations on 2 successful years!! Your style is truly impeccable and you are definitely one of my favorite bloggers! I am so happy to see you pairing the moto jacket with the trench coat! (Thank you so much for the shootout!) Great little styling tip to get more use out of the trench in the colder weather. I am really loving the dress paired with it! Going to steal that idea now!

    Really looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us this year!

    Congrats again, xo Erica
    Casually Styled

  28. Happy Blogiversary!! Here's to many more years of your gorgeous and creative style creations!

  29. Happy Anniversary. Though it's a lot of work, keep it up. You are doing a great job.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    Instagram: stylishlyinlove
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  30. Happy Blog Anniversary! That's awesome! Glad we've connected via the web. You look fab, btw! ;-)


  31. Congratulations! Loving those booties!


  32. Happy 2 year anniversary to you and your blog! That's super exciting, and I glad you celebrated with cupcakes. I ALSO LOVE CUPCAKES. Really cool outfit, too. I love that dress!


  33. I love the trench over the moto, it totally creates a great look and fools the eyes big time! Congrats on your 2 yr blogversary! I'm totally looking forward to my 1 yr :)


  34. Happy blogversary! I'm warning you... If I see you, I'm jumping you for that gorgeous bag.

  35. Happy two years girly! You've accomplished so much with your blog in such a short time! Very happy for you :)

  36. Happy 2nd birthday, how wonderful!! Your bag reminds me that I sat next to a woman today in a café who was literally dripping in Chanel! She told me she's been collecting since the 70s, and her daughters can't wait to be given her stash! Thanks so much for hosting this fab linkup xx


  37. Yay for two years! This is the perfect outfit mix of desinger and regular pieces. Have you worn that dress before? I love the print and color blocking.

    1. Yes, I've worn it a handful of times. I thought I did on the blog already, but I couldn't find the old post!
      And thanks so so much!!

  38. Congrats on 2 years!! I really like this outfit on you and Erica's layering idea is genius! I'm so glad I discovered your blog and look forward to seeing what this year brings!

    Nicole to the Nines

  39. Love the idea of the layers and congratulations again. http://stylediarybyosy.blogspot.com/

  40. And now I will totally steal this look from you! So genius! I would have never thought to layer a dress and sleveless trench over a moto jacket! Congrats on two years of spreading your contagious fashion with the world! I can't wait to see what you have in store for the future! I am continuously inspired by you!!

    Feel Great Fashion

  41. Happy 2 year Blogiversary! I love your coat. So FAB!

  42. Happy blog anniversary! Love the outfit you chose - those shoes and that bag...wow!!!

    Am catching up on blog posts because I'm a bit behind - but I loved your birthday post with Gina - so sweet! Loved the food in your NOLA post - our whole family want to try beignets so badly LOL!

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  43. Congratulations on your two year blog anniversary! Such a fun milestone. I'm coming up on my one year in April. Here's to many more years of success! xx

    Audrey | http://www.keygypsy.com

  44. Congratulations on your two year blog anniversary! Such a fun milestone. I'm coming up on my one year in April. Here's to many more years of success! xx

    Audrey | http://www.keygypsy.com

  45. Two years, WOOP WOOP!! congrats, girl!! Great blog. always a pleasure to linky up.