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)

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 1
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Option 2
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Option 3

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

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

SAY CHEESE!

Sunday morning, my sister and I woke up early to take pictures (of me πŸ™‚ ) for the blog. We decided to go at 7am to avoid people, we are no professionals, photographer or model, so the fewer people around the better (so embarrassing!). When choosing the outfits for the shoot, I decided to wear a plain black dress then show different ways to style it. These pictures are of a Tildon dress and BP leopard flats (my fav!). Β I can’t show all the goods in one blog post, so today I will post only the pics of my black dress. The next post will show a different way to style the simple dress.

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Working on my pose…
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Blooper!
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The simple dress

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

 

CONFESSION TIME

I can’t believe I have not posted about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!! OMG there are a some MUST haves! First, I must confess why I have been so distracted lately. I was posting a few times a week until recently. 50 Shades of Grey. I know you must be rolling your eyes but at least I am honest… OMG I am not a reader normally but these books have taken over my life in the past few weeks. My husband thinks it’s an inner freak in me but really it is more about the story in these books. I literally read every chance I get, hence the lack of posts lately. I find myself wanting to use quotes from the book, I almost emailed my Director the other day saying “we aim to please.” OKAY, THERE I feel better πŸ™‚ . Β Now, back to the Nordstrom sale.
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Oh, these boots! Frye boots happen to be my favorite brand of boots. They are a little on the pricey side BUT they are well made and will last a lifetime (maybe?). I love the color of these, you can wear them with jeans (light or dark), a skirt or a dress. The options are endless! They can be worn with pretty much any color shirt or dress. At first I thought they were too western for me but I decided to get over it because they are adorable.

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These high-rise Rag & Bone jeans. Who buys green pants? This girl does. I love that they are a dark green so it’s not like wearing neon colored pants. They are different which makes any outfit original. They are a fun spin on typical colored denim jeans. Do not let these intimidate you, wear them with any top you would normally pair with jeans. I love that they are skinny and would be super cute with boots! Β _10671530

I am not normally into the 2fer type shirts but this one tugged at my heart. Once tried on, I was in love. This Treasure & Bond sweater comes in more colors but I think this is the best choice. This could be worn with denim jeans or the green ones above would be super cute. Although, would the green and red be too festive around Christmas time? I think it would be okay.

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I apologize for this picture, it is kind of awkward!

OMG this Top Shop biker vest. The Top Shop sizes are weird, I see lots of stuff I want but nothing seems to fit me right, does this happen to other people too? Back to the vest. Β I am not really a “rough” dresser but this vest is adorable. If I get this vest I imagine myself wearing it with the sweater above, dark denim skinny jeans and some white converse, doesn’t that sound adorable? Well, if not then maybe a white shirt underneath, skinny jeans and flats (cheetah of course πŸ™‚ ). This is a little out there but I love it and it would be a fun piece to have. Yes, I did try it on and this Top Shop item actually fits me!

This years sale is a good one, definitely worth peeping out πŸ™‚ .

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

A LITTLE LACE

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WOW, it has been almost a week since my last post, sorry. I have been in a funk lately and have not felt up to posting. The funk is over and it’s time to blog! This outfit. The skirt is Ro & De and it is so fun! The stripes were a little intimidating at first but I went for it and I am so happy I did. I like to try different pieces of clothing together and see what ends up looking like a cool outfit (putting this skirt and top together was a random idea). The lace top (J.O.A.) is so different from the skirt and I think that is what I like most about it. The leopard flats (BP) are always fun. They don’t necessarily match but I think that’s okay. I am not into matchy-matchy pieces (unless it is a matching set, then I like that πŸ™‚ ). The necklace is a new Baublebar purchase ($10!!).

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Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

SEE YOU LATER

Saying goodbye is too emotional for me so I like to say “see you later.” Our best family fiends are moving away to Texas and we could not be more sad

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Anyway, we had a going away party for our friends and we must discuss my outfit. Oh, this Anthropologie dress (got this last year in Vegas πŸ™‚ ,) the leopard BP flats and Baublebar cuff. I used to be afraid of pattern mixing but fashion is about taking risks and it is no fun to be boring. I love that the flats and dress pattern clash, it makes things interesting. The gold cuff just felt fun and right with the outfit.

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Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

Oh This Dress

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OMG! It was our 5 year wedding anniversary yesterday (also my daughter’s 4th birthday). My husband surprised me with this checkered, Anthropologie dress (he got the idea from an earlier blog post πŸ™‚ ). Oh, hot-diggity-dog this dress is so adorable! It felt right to tie a thin brown belt around the waist and I was right πŸ™‚ . The belt is from Hollister, years ago and the sandals are Steve Madden.

Oh, how do you feel about the new haircut? It is a lot shorter. People keep asking me why I decided to cut my hair off. Honestly, I don’t know. I was waiting to get my hair done looking at pictures of haircuts on my phone and I decided to just go for it and try something crazy. I used to have short hair years ago so I don’t feel that weird with it. My Husband has been VERY supportive of my fashion blog and he always suggests mixing stuff up and looking “fresh.” Well. if you are contemplating cutting your hair, just go for it, it’s summer and it will always grow back πŸ™‚ .

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

Summer Dresses

There are so many dresses out there! I found a few favorites online at Anthropologie that I would like to share. Personally, I am not into long dresses (down to my feet), I think I feel like they hit my ankles weird and I look ridiculous(I also over heat).

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I love the bird dress. Although, it may be a tad short.The checkered dress is so fun and casual, the black is great for a dinner date. Some fun wedges or flats would be a perfect match. A sparkly statement necklace would be adorable on all of these. The one below is Baublebar (of course) and I am IN LOVE!!! This is on my wishlist πŸ™‚ .

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The dress below is just cute and fun.

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Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

I Cape You Not

The cape. I am in Β love with a cape jacket. Although, there is a fine line between looking sharp and looking like a super hero (the super hero look is not a good one).The cape look is cool because it is different, not a typical blazer and it makes for good conversation πŸ™‚ .

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This Saint Laurent cape is over 2g’s… YIKES! I love that it is fancy but can be dressed down.

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This cape is by Mural and is only $78. I tried it on and LOVED it! It is so swanky and adorable. There is also a white option that would be perfect with a colored pant or skirt. I could not find it online but it is at Nordstrom in the Savvy section πŸ™‚

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OMG the cape connected to a dress is NOT a good look. She looks like a fancy super hero. Please don’t.

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn