Tuesday, March 3, 2015


I am so excited to share these photos with you! Before I left for Denver, I had a fun photo shoot with Carrie and Stacy, otherwise known as CS Gems. They had 3 necklaces they wanted me to style, so this is part one of the installment.

I don't do the standard blogger photos, you guys should know this by now. The husband basically takes portrait type photos of me standing in our street. So, not only was it fun getting to know these two, it was also very interesting to see pieces of me through another lens. Literally and figuratively. 

The St. Louis metro area is pretty big - it straddles the Mississippi River and spans over Missouri and Illinois. It could take a good hour, hour and a half to drive from one side of the metro area to the other. I first crossed paths with CS Gems at St. Louis Fashion week last October, and I always just assume everyone is from the Missouri side of the river. I'd been following them on Instagram since I met them, but *just* found out that they are not only based on the Illinois side of the river, but they're from the same suburb I live in! 

When they asked if I would be up for a photo shoot - I quickly obliged. And let me tell you, these pictures do not tell you how COLD it was outside! I did my best to keep it together, and Carrie and Stacy did a great job making sure my outfit was in place and I was posed properly.

Sunnies: Vince Camuto (option) | Earrings: Stella and Dot | Jacket: Express (option in red) | Necklace: CS Gems | Bag: Express (option) | Top: Express | Ring: Banana RepublicBottoms: Express (option) | Polish: Chanel Azure (gifted)

Ok, so this necklace. How gorgeous is it? They have such a great eye for the most perfect  vintage pieces that still have relevance today. I love that it is just enough bling peeking out from under my blouse. And the burgundy in my jacket makes it pop nicely! I hope you'll check out their goodies at http://csgemsjewelry.com. And remember, if you use code CARYLEE15, you can get 15% off the already affordable price! And PS, the code never expires!

Disclaimer: I was asked to style this necklace in exchange for this photo shoot. All photos were taken and edited by CS Gems, however, all opinions expressed are my own! 

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  1. We fell in love with all these pictures. We absolutely froze but it was well worth it - ha! Love how you paired all these different colors and the leopard clutch is the perfect touch!
    Carrie and Stacy

  2. That is so cool that you guys met via STLFW and ended up collaborating. The photos turned out great and so did your outfit. And your hair was amazing too...but that's nothing new! They did a great job with the pictures -it is really cool to see you from a different perspective!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  3. The photos and outfit are great! I bet it was nice to have a change in your normal picture routine - these pics are great! Love the necklace too. You said it perfectly, vintage but wonderfully relevant with today's accessory trends!! I'm heading over now to check it all out! :-)
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  4. These photos are great. Congrats on the collaboration. I wish, one of these days I'd have a cool photographer taking outdoor pics of me. Cute clutch, too. =)

  5. Great photos of you, I can't tell you were freezing at all! And I really do love that necklace!

  6. You look gorgeous in your photos! Love your jacket and that necklace. <3

    Audrey | http://www.keygypsy.com

  7. Love this outfit!! Looks so cute on you
    Chelsea @ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

  8. What a fun collaboration. You look amazing!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  9. These are great pictures! I love the necklace and the outfit you styled it with! So fun!

  10. Loving these pictures! And that necklace is the perfect statement piece, I will definitely be checking out their site ASAP!

    xo, Jasmin

  11. congratultions!!! love the pieces!


  12. These pictures look fabulous and that necklace is gorgeous!
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

  13. Gorgeous necklace! I also love these pics!


  14. This collaboration sounds awesome! I'm all about statement jewellery, so I'm excited to see the next photo in this instalment! i love how simple this piece is.


  15. These pics are stunning and now that I have this jacket, I must style it with this shirt as well.


  16. Such a gorgeous necklace and these pics came out amazing!! I have never heard of CS Gems so excited to go check them out.

  17. Beautiful look Carylee, I love their photos and necklace on you!
    Rachel xo

  18. Wow what a lovely shoot and great jewellery. Thanks for the post #AllAboutYou

  19. What a fun opportunity and beautiful jewelry! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk!!