Monday, July 20, 2015

Every new beginning comes

…from some other beginning's end. - "Closing Time" by Semisonic

If you read Gina's post today, you'll see that she is retiring from Manic Monday. When she asked if we could phone talk last week, I had a feeling she was going to be cutting back on blogging and letting go of Manic Monday. While naturally I am sad about losing the collaboration with her, I wholeheartedly understand. I can't imagine what she's been through, what she is still healing from, and how much different of a lens through which she is now seeing life. I one thousand percent respect her decision. It's certainly not good-bye - I'm sure there will be many collaborations between the two of us in the future, and this is definitely nothing personal nor any indication of a flawed friendship.

I am so thankful that we decided to start Manic Monday as we've made so many friends along the way; I've learned so much and have been inspired by so many. I've decided to continue on with a Monday linkup, but under a different name. Manic Monday was Gina's and my thing, and I want to keep it that way! So, I hope you'll be back with me next week as I kick off something new, and since it's easier to not go it alone, Jenna has graciously agreed to co-host with me next week, so you will see the linkup on her page as well. Thank you for everyone's support!!

I love my heels, don't get me wrong, but the anniversary sale has put me in a little love affair with flat shoes. I'm pretty sure I will need more pairs of these Nike Internationalist sneakers. They're comfy, nice to look at, and sporty chic. 

Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace: Stella and Dot | Bag: Kate Spade (option) | Top: Express (option, option) | Bracelet: Nadri (similar) | Bottoms: Express (option) | Shoes: Nike Sale: $62.90 After sale: $85

This weekend was pretty family filled! We had a cousin's wedding to go to on Saturday night and then a 2-year old birthday party for a nephew yesterday! I wore this to the birthday party and really just wanted something super easy and comfortable. The heat has been ridiculous, but so has the rain, hence the long pants and closed toe shoes - I absolutely hate wet feet and wet legs in the rain. 

Hope everyone has a great week! Please be sure to continue to follow along on Tuesdays and Fridays with Gina and check back with me and Jenna on Monday for something new to link to!


Linking up for: Monday Mingle, Shoe and TellRachelle and Cha Cha for #HowISpring.

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Thanks for making Manic Monday 80-weeks old!


  1. I love your gorgeous hot pink bag!

  2. Sad to see the end of Manic Monday, but excited for the new linkup next week!

    80 weeks is a great record for a link up! :)

    Thank you for hosting it.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. Love this look on you! Really digging the athletic looks this summer. xx

    Audrey Adair | http://www.happilyaudrey.com

  4. Cute look! Love the striped shirt paired with the big, bright bag. Sorry to see Gina go, but I'm looking forward to seeing what your new link up name will be!

  5. It will be sad to lose Jenna, but sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do! I am OBSESSED with this look girlfriend! It is just perfect. Those shoes are everything! Great find!

    xx Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

  6. Lovely pink punch via that KS bag - more power to this new chapter of your linkup!


  7. So glad you have another friend to hang with you on Mondays. :) Love the way you styled your new sneakers! They really are a great silhouette for the everyday wear/sporty type look.
    On the Daily Express

  8. So sad to see Gina leaving the Manic Monday link up but was glad to read she will still be blogging two days a week! Super excited that you will be linking up with Jenna. Love the stripped tee - this is my absolute favorite go to shirt.
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  9. I'm glad Gina has figured out a blogging schedule that works for her and you've found a way that hosting still works for you. You two are amazing! Love your NBs!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. I'm glad you are still doing the linkup and I would love to cohost one time, if you need one! I really love wearing sneakers with actual clothes. It's become my obsession and I just ordered a few more pairs from Adidas. I can't get enough! I Love those shoes though! Your sunglasses are so fun too!

  11. I love the Nikes! Classic!


  12. Sad to see Gina stop co-hosting but glad she is focusing on her family. Love the pop of color in your outfit!


    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  13. Just love your outfit Carylee......super cute!! xx

  14. Totally sad that you and Gina won't be the dynamic duo anymore on Manic Monday. However, just like you said, totally understandable. Looking forward to your new linkup! Ok, stripes and pop of colors, yes and yes. And I love the color of those kicks!

  15. Totally understandable where Gina is coming from..also glad you will be continuing the Maniac Monday with Jenna!

  16. Even though I'm a little sad that Gina is stepping down from the link-up, I completely understand and think it's good that she does what is right for herself at this time.
    xo Adri

  17. Gorgeous bag! Looking forward to seeing what the new link up is!

  18. Those internationalist sneakers are on my list too! My heart hurts for Gina. I cannot imagine what she's going through right now. You're a great friend for being there for her and helping her out.

  19. Love those Nike Internationlist sneakers, I have been eyeing them but don't think I will get enough wear out of them. You styled them perfectly. I can't even imagine what Gina is going through, and while I am sad to see her go I am looking forward to seeing the new link up!

    xo, Jasmin

  20. What an adorable casual look! Love those Nikes...I am having a hard time with self-control for the Nordstrom sale!



  21. Love those Nikes! And that bag - wow!

  22. thanks for continuing to link up! you've got this!
    Southern Elle Style

  23. Excited to see what you turn Manic Monday into!

  24. Great casual look! Love those kicks! :)


  25. Such cute sneakers. Love this casual look!