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Hello! So, you all know how much I LOVE clothes and accessories really are the finishing touch to ANY look – casual or fancy. I hear lots of women say, “but I wouldn’t know what to wear that with.” Here’s the thing, the only way to get comfortable with wearing accessories is by just going for it and trying new things out. Amazing outfits don’t always come out of the first look you put on, it takes throwing on pieces in your closet that might go together and finding great looks out of what you weren’t sure of. Well, sometimes the amazing outfits will come from the first look you put together but not always πŸ˜‰ I recently started as a Stylist for Stella & Dot. Have you heard of them? If you haven’t, you need to stop what you’re doing and follow this link now! http://www.stelladot.com/caitlyndavis I want to share some of my favorite pieces and different ways I have styled them.

First, the Rebel Pendant (comes in silver, gold and rose gold) is an easy piece to throw on with anything. Often, I will put on the Rebel over jean shorts and a white T-shirt. It just adds a cute element to what was a plain outfit. So easy for the moms out there looking for something quick.

Next, the Chiara. OMG, at first I was not crazy about this necklace, but after layering it over a denim shirt – forget about it. I am obsessed with this piece. It is so great for girls night, date night, work or just wearing it because it’s super cute.

The Freya Fringe, is probably my ultimate favorite piece. It can be worn several different ways but my favorite are short and long. This piece is so versatile. I took this to New York and basically wore it the entire time even though I brought several pieces with me. This may seem a little intimidating to some but TRUST me, this will really add some sparkle to your wardrobe and you won’t believe all the compliments you will receive.

There’s so many more amazing pieces from Stella & Dot! Check out their website and let me know what you think πŸ˜‰ http://www.stelladot.com/caitlyndavis

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

Rebel Pendant: $79

Chiara: $79

Freya Fringe: $119

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Virginia

Richmond, Virginia was the last leg of our trip. Our wonderful friends, Mike and Mona, hosted us at their super cool loft (thanks again, friends πŸ™‚ ). Our first thought once in Virginia was, “OMG it’s humid!” Β It went from no rain to downpour in the matter of minutes. Once the rain stopped, we were still wet from the humidity. Minus the humidity, we had a great time with awesome friends!

We arrived around lunch time and once settled in, we set out for lunch and shopping (best day ever). Check out the AMAZING faux fur vests I picked up πŸ™‚ Β because everyone needs 2 right. Β They serve different purposes… The pleather pants are just fun. Although, I wore them the other night and they were not quite as comfortable as I thought they would be (I could barely keep them up over my butt and it was a little hard to sit, TMI?) but they are still super cute and fun. The things girls do to look cute…

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Notice the crazy cool necklace? I got the vest and pleather pants from a place called Traveling Chic BoutiqueΒ (check out the page, it’s a real cool place). The girls working were hilarious, they kept talking to a mannequin that they were trying to dress and saying all kinds of funny mean comments about the body, I peaked my head from the dressing room and said, ” you’re not talking about me right?” We all starting laughing, maybe you had to be there? The vest and necklace on the right are from Fab’rik. Β Ryan thinks the necklace is awful, but I LOVE it! I say, the uglier the better πŸ™‚ . It’s actually really cool. The people working at Fab’rik said while in Richmond, we needed to eat as much as possible because the food is amazing. So we did.

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We had to try some southern BBQ. We ate at Buzz and Ned’s. I loved my wings, Ryan thought his ribs could have been better.

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Um, in Richmond, they have a 24 hour fresh cookie delivery service, AMAZING!

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We ended our trip with a super fun and cute boat ride. We were the only 4 people on the boat so the driver spent a little extra time letting us look for turtles, if you know me, you know how I feel about turtles πŸ™‚ .

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed reading about our trip,

Caitlyn

Highlights from our trip:

Big Bus tour in NYC, Book of Mormon, visiting with friends and of course shopping! Oh and of course coming home to our sweet girls πŸ™‚ .

DAY 3 – BROOKLYN YOU HAVE MY HEART

Day 3

From Madison, NJ we drove to Brooklyn. For some reason, I expected Brooklyn to be grungy and a little scary but it was quite the opposite (at least the area we were in). OMG, Brooklyn, it was love at first bite of a duck wing. We started at the Smorgasbord. The food options were AMAZING! I tried duck, coconut (yes, I have tried coconut before but never in such a fun way) and Lumpia (I know random, I just couldn’t decide and it sounded delicious).

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(At first I felt a little sad about the duck but I just tried not to think about singing rubber ducky to my kids)

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Can you see the little mouse door? How fun is that!?

The thing I loved about Brooklyn so much was the feeling I had while there. Everyone was dressed like they had their own fashion blog and the shopping was awesome! A lot of flea shopping with handmade jewelry and several boutiques with unique clothing. I felt safe and it was just a cool place. My purchase while in Brooklyn was a pair of cloth Dr. Martens. It’s funny because when Β I was in Junior High/ High School, my sisters and I owned pairs of Doc’s but got rid of all of them and now they are back!? Fashion is funny. They are adorable but I have not worn them yet, I think I am waiting for the weather to cool down.

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The Dr. Martins are a different look, I am trying to not let them intimidate me and just go for it πŸ™‚

That night, we had tickets to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway. We changed our clothes in the car, yes in the car and we set out for sushi then the show. Wow, the show was AMAZING and hilarious! Definitely a must see, unless you are offended easily, then maybe not…

For the evening, I chose to wear this Wayf faux suede blue dress with Vince Camuto heels and a Stella and Dot necklace. The dress is fun and different than anything else I own (minus the brown faux suede skirt I own but that’s different cause it’s a not the same color and not a skirt, right?). After the show, we went to a rooftop bar for drinks. The night was so fun πŸ™‚ .

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Drinks with our friends πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

EAST COAST DAY 2

DAY 2 of 6!

We all woke up well rested and excited for our second day in the city. It was about an hour train ride into the city from our friends house, where we were staying. Here’s a pic of Sandra and I at Madison’s adorable train station. Of course with our morning coffees πŸ™‚ .

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First stop, Grand Central Station. WOW! The station is beautiful! We took lots of pictures but nothing seemed to turn out awesome.. must have been the cameras fault right? Anyway, here is the only decent full body shot of my outfit for the day. I am crazy for this suede skirt because it goes with so much! I like to wear it with a longer shirt over or a tucked flannel. The shirt is so comfy and can be dressed up (sort of) or dressed down with jeans so easy. It comes with those hanging straps on the inside (which drive me nuts) and I plan to snip those out ASAP! The booties were a cute choice with this outfit but not a cute choice for walking around New York City. My feet were okay but they would have been a lot better in some Nike’s. But we were in the city, I had to dress up right?

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After touring the station for a little while, we tried out Dunkin’ Donuts. EVERYBODY says, “you must try Dunkin’ Donuts.” Look, this might offend some people but WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? I think the coffee was alright nothing special (#sorrynotsorry). After drinking our mediocre coffee, we took a taxi to the Rockefeller building.

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(Here’s Ryan calling for a taxi. OMG, he isΒ we are such dorks)

While waiting for our “appointment” time to take the elevator ride up to the top of Rockefeller, I did some shopping at TOPSHOP πŸ™‚ .

Here is what I got:

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The yellow flannel has been on my radar for a while so I knew this was going to be a purchase. The lace-up flats have been all over Instagram lately and I have been drooling! I am so happy to now have a pair! I was between the these and the same ones but with tassels. Sandra and I decided the tassels were too intense. The NY (not from TOPSHOP) hat is just cute (sorry NY, I am only concerned about the cuteness factor. At least I am honest?).

The elevator ride up to the top of Rockefeller was 90 seconds of torture. I get motion sickness and they had a crazy strobe light show on the ceiling while we rode up (I was so happy when it stopped!). The views were amazing but I was happy to be back on the ground floor πŸ™‚ .

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We ate a late breakfast so we skipped lunch, terrible decision (some of us may have been hangry (hungry+angry=hangry), or maybe that was just me?). We went and wandered through the MET. AMAZING is all I can say. You could spend an entire day just looking at things in the MET. We left after a couple hours in need of dinner.

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(I should be embarrassed by this but for some reason I am not)

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Reichenbach Hall is where we ended up for dinner. It was a great atmoshphere with delicious chicken wings πŸ™‚ . The beer was pretty good too! After dinner, we checked out the Barcade (video game bar). The dudes had a great time, Sandra and I were exhausted.

Lastly, on our way back to the train station, I saw a Psychic sign. YES! This is not really for everyone but I think it is fun to see what they will say. The woman read my palm for a few seconds (while her dog barked and her kids yelled in the other room) then had some serious predictions. She said: If I am not careful, I will be pregnant with a boy in 7 months (um, no thanks! This mama is done πŸ™‚ ), I will be signing important papers in the next few months, we will be buying a different house in 2 years and I may be changing jobs. She also answered a few random questions of mine. It was a lot of fun, I may or may not have been intoxicated while my reading but I had a blast.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our day 2 in NYC, there are 4 more days to come!

Caitlyn

Outfit: Top (Free People), Skirt (Hinge), Shoes (Steve Madden), Necklace (Stella&Dot)

EAST COAST DAY 1

We started planning for our trip to the East Coast back in January after reconnecting Β with some friends in Hawaii for a wedding. Our friends offered to host us in New Jersey and the other’s in Richmond, Virginia. I have a friend living in DC, so we mapped out our trip and began working on our itinerary. The first 3 days were spent in New Jersey (although, we went into NYC everyday πŸ™‚ ), then DC for 2 days and Virginia for the last 2 days.

Packing, I don’t like to over pack but I also wanted to bring lots of options, this is NYC. Here’s most of what I packed, minus some toiletrees. I got these packing bags on Amazon that really helped condense our stuff to fit into carry-ons.

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DAY 1

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(yes, we only took carry-ons, you may consider me a packing ninja)

We took a red-eye flight then hit the ground running straight into the city (huge mistake, we were beyond exhausted after not getting much sleep on the plane). I wore yoga pants, a t-shirt and a flannel on the flight so I needed to change and wash my face as soon as we landed in Newark, NJ (why do flights make you so greasy? Or maybe that’s just me?). Β I did a quick change in the airport bathroom, washed my face and did my makeup. At first I was embarrassed, then I was like “who cares?” One of the first things I noticed on the East Coast, no toilet seat covers! None in NYC, NJ, DC or VA, weird right??! Don’t worry Mom, I just covered the seat in toilet paper.

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(me changing in the bathroom stall, NBD)

After the train to NYC, we stored our luggage at Schwartz Luggage. Then we started the Big Bus Tour. The bus tour was probably my favorite thing we experienced in the city (day one), the tour guides were amazing (besides one boring one) and we could hop on and off at any stop uptown and downtown Manhattan. One of the tour guides kept calling Ryan the paparazzi and it was hilarious, or maybe we were just delirious? Our first stop, 9/11 Memorial and Museum. WOW, is all I can say, they did an amazing job on this memorial!

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Next stop, Battery park. We decided not to take the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty or Ellis island due to time (we also get sea sick). Β Luckily, this park had some amazing views. We were really surprised by all the parks in the city and how nice people were. For some reason, I was expecting people to be rude but it was quite the opposite. I also expected to be nervous about all the people but we felt very safe, that may have been due to the all the extra security around with the Pope visiting. We kind of had a Pope sighting, we saw cars driving by and lots of people cheering but I could not see the “Pope mobile” directly. That counts right? After the park and lunch at a local Mexican restaurant, we were beyond exhausted. We opted to sit on the bus without “hopping” off for the rest of the tour. Once our tour ended, a couple hours later, we were ready to head to our friends house in NJ. I picked up a cannoli for the train ride back. That is an East Coast MUST right? It was AMAZING and gave me the energy/happy pickup I needed. The Penn Station was INSANE, our train number wasn’t announced but 3 minutes before it left the station and we had to push through people with our luggage. HOLY S, It was crazy! Luckily, we made it. We had really great conversations with a college-aged girl and a older man (no they weren’t together). Once in Madison, NJ our friends picked us up. In NJ, several restaurants do not serve alcohol but they have BYOB policies. It was bizarre. We brought our own beer and wine, the server opened our wine and gave us a bucket with ice for our beer, no hassle and no charge! After dinner, we went home and passed out. Thank you Doran and Sandra for hosting us!!

My outfit choice for day one felt real “New York-ish.” I didn’t plan on wearing my hat but it would have costs more to store it at the luggage place. I feel like a hat seems like a good idea until its been on for several hours and your ears are sore and you have major hat hair… It was still pretty cute. My friend/stylist at Nordstrom helped me come up with this outfit πŸ™‚ .

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(Big Bus tour, filters are always your friend πŸ™‚ )

Outfit: Jeans (Treasure & Bond), shirt (Treasure & Bond), shoes (UGG, these are great for running around but not for walking several miles, my feet were hurting :/Β ), leather vest (TOPSHOPΒ I got mine at the Anniversary Sale but they have a similar one for $90), necklace (Stella & Dot, I literally wore this for almost the entire trip), hat (Phase 3) and purse (Tory Burch).

I hope you enjoyed my post, sorry it’s so long!

Caitlyn

#OOTD

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(The little feet in the picture are my youngest, Madison’s. It is not easy to get a picture without these kids sneaking in πŸ™‚ )

Today’s look. These green Rag and Bone jeans have become one of my FAVORITES. (I picked them up at the Anniversary Sale at a much better price!) At first, I was thinking, “what does someone wear with green pants?” Once I got home, I was like, “what can’t you wear with green pants?” The possibilities are endless πŸ™‚ . It’s all about trying new options and putting pieces together to see how they will look. You may surprise yourself! Next, this Halogen shirt (is $25 and comes in several different colors, I also got this piece at the Anniversary Sale for only $15) is an awesome basic. I am CRAZY for a white t-shirt, they are so easy to put on with jeans, a skirt/shorts or GREEN PANTS πŸ˜‰ . The leopard BP flats are always a great choice. They are not the most supportive shoes and mine have gotten a little stinky (TMI?) but they are super fun and reasonably priced. Last, the necklace is a hand-me-down piece from my wonderful sister-in-law (thanks, Jamie!). It is from Anthropologie but not sure how long ago.

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

A GIRL CAN DREAM

Lately, I have been drooling over some must-have items (in my opinion). Why is everyone wearing these TOPSHOP lace-up flats? Now, I want them!! By everyone, I mean people sponsored on Instagram… but still.. I can’t get them out of my head. They are called Kingdom Ghillie Pointed Shoes and they are adorable. They would be great with a dress, shorts/skirt or even jeans. They are different and I think that is what I am most attracted to, they also fill my wannabe ballerina I guess. I need to try these NOW! Why can’t it be my birthday again (without turning a year older of course πŸ™‚ ). These flats come in a few different styles. Nordstrom does not sell this specific TOPSHOP flat so they would be an online order.. unless you are fortunate enough to live by a TOPSHOP!

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Next, I am still dreaming about getting a key. The Giving KeysΒ have been in my dreams for a while now. I have not gone for one yet because I can’t decide which one I want! Now, of course, the one I think I like the most is over $100… why can’t I settle for lacing up a old house key I find? It’s just not the same πŸ˜‰ . Each key has a word engraved in it. This one says “fearless.” I think I would feel like a bad ass wearing it, right? With the word “fearless” I think I would be tougher. Of course there is always the ring option which I have only found online and I feel like a ring really needs to be tried on for size (I don’t have the skinniest fingers). Can I have both?

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Free People recently came out with some ADORABLE items! This sweater is SO cute and comfy! It would be great with some skinny dark or colored jeans and a long necklace. I think little booties would be best but tall boots would be okay too, any color. This sweater is so neutral yet special. (yes I just called a piece of clothing special, OMG) SHOPPING SECRET: I like to put items I like (usually on Nordstrom.com) in my wish list then I wait until they go on sale to purchase πŸ˜‰ . Not all the items go on sale but most of my wish list items usually do at some point. I check my wish list often to see if one of my favorites is on sale yet. Free People is kind of expensive and it does go on sale so keep you eye out!

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Thanks for reading and letting me vent about my wishes. Happy unbirthday to you!

Caitlyn

FINAL OPTION

This last option is a more formal one. Heels are an obvious choice for dressing up a simple black dress. I RARELY wear heels but I feel like it is a must to own a pair for that once in a while evening that heels are perfect for. I try my best to make an outfit work without heels but sometimes there is no avoiding it πŸ˜‰ . These ones areΒ Louise et Cie and are pretty comfortable for heels. They are about 3 1/2”, I found that 3” is what I am most comfortable at, 4” is crazy town! After wearing these for a night only one toe was numb for about a day, that’s good right?

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ThisΒ Search for Sanity jacket is so fun and lightweight for summer. It can really dress up an outfit. The necklace is Panacea and is always a great addition to any outfit! I love how different it is. A real conversation starter πŸ™‚ .Β 

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A big thanks to my sister, Brionne for all her photography skills!
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Action shot!

Here is a look of the simple black dress and the 3 options I chose πŸ™‚ :

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Option 3

I really enjoyed doing this project and I hope you had fun reading my posts!

Caitlyn

OPTION TWO

My sister and I did a photo shoot. I chose a LBD (little black dress) and wanted to show different ways it could be worn. Before pulling these outfits together, I never thought about wearing something besides a fancy jacket and heels with a LBD. I am excited about these fun outfits, they will make you think differently the next time you put on your LBD. In my previous posts, you will find pictures of just the LBD and then a first casual option. This is the next option, a Treasure & Bond (one of my favorite brands) adorable denim jacket (yes, those are polka dots), fun Baublebar spunky necklace and Frye neutral booties (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, #nsale). A denim jacket is a must for your wardrobe. It can be worn with so many things! I pair it with a dress, skirt or a different shade of denim jeans (I do love denim, but I think mixing denim colors is better than the same color denim on top and bottom, Canadian tuxedo’s still aren’t cool; you know, D on D).

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Strike a pose!
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Posing, so embarrassing!
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I am CRAZY for Baublebar!
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Frye boots πŸ™‚
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No shame. I am kind of obsessed with the 50 Shades of Grey books… I know, I am ridiculous!

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

OPTION ONE

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Extreme closeup!

Here is the first option I chose to wear with this dress. I LOVE the idea of mixing casual with fancy, whether it’s a t-shirt with a fancy-ish skirt or in this case, a dress with a flannel and converse. I am crazy for Converse, I think this is my 3rd or 4th pair. Just a fun fact, they wash really well! I wore my white pair camping (I know terrible idea) and they washed back to crisp white. My girls have the pink velcro Converse (going on their 3rd pair) and they wash well too πŸ™‚ . I went with this could-be-casual-or-dressed-up necklace, courtesy of my sister-in-law; Thank you Jamie! The flannel is actually denim and it is SO comfy and great to wear with light jeans, or unbuttoned as a third piece. The sleeves rolled gives the shirt a cuter look. I don’t know how I came up with this outfit, it just came to me as I was looking into my closet trying to figure out what to do. It is unexpected and I think that is what I like most about it. This outfit could be worn during the day, running around with the kids and then you could trade out the Converse for heels and take off the denim shirt for a night out. The necklace would still be great for going out. Here are lots of pics from our “photo shoot,” I hope you enjoy! Thanks again Bri for helping!!

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LOVE!

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My sister said to pretend like I was talking to someone… great suggestion…

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn