My NYFW 2019 Recap

Hiii friends!! We got back from NYC almost a week ago, I have been nonstop since. I am finally sitting at my computer and cannot wait to share all the details with you guys. If you have read my blog for awhile, you know I LIVE for fashion week. The energy and the vibe in the city never disappoints and this year definitely filled my fashion loving soul to the brim!

My NYFW 2019 Recap

Just like the previous two years, I was most excited about the shows. When I hear other bloggers say they “dont care” about the shows or don’t want to attend them, I cannot understand. First, that is the whole point of “fashion week”! Second, to me, it’s the most amazing and inspiring thing to be able to see the trends and pieces of the upcoming season. And also, all the real fashion happens at the shows. Magazine editors, fashion PR execs, boutique owners, department store buyers and high fashion bloggers all attend the shows and let me tell you, their style is AMAZING. Or atleast to me it is and I am next level inspired by all that. I was lucky enough to attend the Ulla Johnson show, the Rebecca Minkoff presentation, the Tanya Taylor presentation and the Lela Rose show.

Other than the shows, I was so excited to also meet with a couple of my favorite brands and companies and I got to do that on Friday. I have a long standing relationship with Shopbop and I got to meet with them on Friday morning. Well before my blogging days, I was an avid shopper on their site, so I highly value them and my ongoing partnership with them. I also visited a couple of showrooms that afternoon (Kendra Scott and Marc Fischer), which was so fun because they were showing pieces that are current and some that will come Spring 2020. I wore this comfy long sleeve crop top and this tiered midi skirt (obsessed!) and some Golden Goose sneaks. I ADORE this skirt. Total Fall must have!

That night Colby and I ate dinner at Catch, which we loved! I was actually hesistant about it because it’s so trendy, but it ended up being my favorite meal of the trip! We had the mahi mahi tacos, shrimp cocktail, spicy jalapeno roll and japanese miyazaki waygu, salmon and for dessert these amazing donuts! Omg, so yum. After dinner, we met up with some of my favorite blogger girls for drinks at the Standard Hotel (a NYC must!) I wore this favorite lace top, a sequin mini skirt and some slouchy boots. I have gotten so much wear out of both this top and skirt! Highly recommend each.

Saturday started with the Ulla Johnson show (which was my favorite of all I attended). Ulla Johnson is one of my go-to higher end brands (I am forever lusting after their all their boho chic pieces). The show was perfectly them with a band playing live and a funky, cool girl vibe. It was the perfect mix of girly and wearable plus the colors were AMAZING. I legit wanted everything that came down the runaway! Lots of lavender and softer tones mixed with metallics, which I love! I failed at taking pictures, but did take a ton of videos which are saved in the “NYFW 2019” highlight on my Insta profile.

I hopped in an uber from there and attended the Rebecca Minkoff presentation. If you haven’t been to fashion week or watched coverage, a presentation is more casual as models stand around in looks + pieces from a designer (vs. a show where you sit in an assigned seat and the models walk indiviually). Her presentation was also filled with fabulous colors, but also more metallics and richer tones. My faves were a cute jumpsuit, a fab leopard bag and a pleated silver midi skirt. I wore this amazing leopard print slip dress (ugh, love love love it!), a cream blazer and my current favorite white boots. Kind of want to wear this look everyday as its comfy, but finished and just so fun!

That afternoon, I dragged Colby to the new Hudson Yards which is this rad new shopping area. It’s super modern and fresh and definitely worth a trip if you are a shopper! They have a Neiman Marcus, Forty Five Ten, AG Jeans, Chanel, Dior…so many more, it really is fab. I went in search of a new Chanel bag as I recently sold one of mine I didnt use, but did not see one I couldn’t resist! I feel like when you are shopping for something, you can never find it. It’s when you are trying not to shop or aren’t looking that you do.

We quickly freshened up and headed to the Women’s Wear Daily party which was being held at a We Work near the Flatiron building. We haad some drinks, mingled with some friends and then headed to our OG favorite, Nobu 57 for a late dinner. Every time we visit NYC, we go to this Nobu. It’s on the Upper East Side and just a total NY experience and yum too. That night I wore this AMAZING Retrofete sequin mini. The color is so fab and the blousant sleeves makes me so happy! I cannot wait to wear it again. I color coordinated Colby (always!) by making him wear this rad pink Topman suit (such a good color and fit!)

On Sunday, I woke up and headed to the Tanya Taylor presentation. It was such a FUN mix of colors and the vibe was totally California beachy chic (which obvie I adore!) Prints, brights and so many good pieces. I went monochromatic with this pink blazer and pink sequin dress (so extra for 11am, but I was feeling it!) and my all time favorite leopard Saint Laurent bag from last season.

After that, I picked up Colby in an uber and we headed to Bergdorfs for a little shopping and lunch at the BG Restaurant (their lobster salad is to die for). It was an insanely gorgeous day out, so we walked over to Central Park (where we got engaged!) and sat and people watched (literally heaven as there is such a variety of people!)

That night we were SO typical Caroline + Colby as we ate dinner at Hillstone. If you know us or follow me on Instagram, you know we are OBSESSED with any and all Hillstone Group restaurants. We go to atleast one of them here in OC every weekend because they are all just SO good. Trust me on this and go if you have never been! Some faves: the kale salad with peanut dressing, ahi tuna tartare, salmon (I get a side cesar instead of veggies), artichokes (only in season sometimes), colby loves the Hawaiian ribeye and Dings chicken sandwich. Ugh, now I am craving it!

Monday came quick and I was off to the Lela Rose show, which was held outside overlooking the Hudson River. You guys! It was GORGEOUS. The theme was Cafe Lela and there was a yellow rose petal adorned runway and everyone sat at these cute little tables that looked like something off the streets of Paris. I was freaking out at the details and the setup. Plus, I was seated next to Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush (from the Today show) and I adore them. The show itself was so feminine and girly and just whimsical. I love loved it!

Colby met me there and we ate lunch in this new area built around the 9/11 memorial. They have done such an amazing job rebuilding that whole area and just making it fresh and fun. We visited the memorial, which is both beautiful and gut wrenching. Colby made me trek over to Wall Street and visit the Stock Market…I played good wife, but let’s just that was not the highlight of my trip!

We did ABC Kitchen that night and it was super yummy! The atmosphere is so vibrant there and toasted with a bottle of Veuve, which was a great way to end our trip! I wanted to end the trip wearing something fabulous, so I wore this sequin maxi….um, yea, this dress is a total dream! I love the sheer bottom and sleeves- so so fun.

A few takeways from the trip: first, and foremost, DO YOU and do what makes YOU happy! I say this because it’s so easy to get caught up in the scene and what everyone else is doing. In my job and all jobs in general. Believe in yourself and always listen to your gut. Before the trip, I started to second guess if I was good enough, had enough followers etc. to go this year. I hate I wasted time on those thoughts as once I got to the city, I was reminded immediately why I was there. I was there because I LOVE FASHION and it’s ignites my soul!
Second, I feel so so lucky to have a husband that wants to travel with me on a trip like this that he knows is so big time to me. He is so sweet and supportive and we just had the best time (as always). I have to say this year was much more mellow than previous years in the realm of me doing the blogger scene stuff. Part of me thinks I could’ve been more social, but the other part of me LOVES that I experienced with my hubby who I know will be in my life in 30 years.
To me, fashion week is about the fashion (which I saw a ton of), and secondly about playing in NYC, a city that means so much to both Colby and I. When we headed home on Tuesday morning (I included my cozy travel look below), I felt fulfilled and happy and just sooo excited to get home and style up some new looks. The inspiration part of it all is next level!

 

 

What I wore in NYC for Fashion Week

xo, Caro

Labor Day Weekend Sale Finds

Friends! Happiest Labor Day! There are SO many good sales going on, so sharing some of my faves. Each of these outfits below have pieces that are on sale. From my go-to Levi’s (all marked down 30% off today) to some of my go-to LoveShackFancy pieces, there is soo much fab. 

Click on these images of the items below to shop directly! I highly recommend the wedgie fit & the ribcage fit Levis fyi. I wear my normal size in them and really like the fit of both!

Labor Day Sale Finds

happy shopping, xo, Caro

Matching Set Styled Three Ways

Hi friends! I posted these three looks to my Instagram today and had so many messages from people saying they enjoyed seeing the different styling, so I am sharing all the details on here too!

How I Styled a Matching Set Three Ways

First some quick backstory. I know you all know how much I love clothes, bags, shoes etc. And yes, I love to shop for sure, but nothing gets my fashion soul more excited than the actual act of styling of outfits. I spend hours putting together tons of different versions of looks. I take pictures that I then go back and look at before making the final choice! I honestly have so much fun with it and thrive when I finalize a good one.

That being said, my best and most favorite finds are those that I can’t decide which version I like best. Pieces that are versatile and can be worn tons of ways are the gems of my closet and should be in yours too! When I shopping, I try to always think about the different ways a piece can be worn before purchasing. Especially if they are a tad spendy, like this set I am sharing today. It’s not crazy expensive, but each piece is above $100, so it was important for me to know I could wear them separately as well as together.

First, I styled just the top with this fun denim skirt (on sale!) and my favorite silver Loeffler Randal heels. This was actually what I wore to lunch with my fam yesterday, so sharing a pict of it below (with my cutest hubby, Colby in his Golden Goose that I have to beg him to wear!) The cropped fit and frilly detailing on this top are my fave! So so fun. It’s very airy and just totally comfy. Obviously when it’s colder out it will be really cute with a higher waisted pair of jeans too. To me, nothing beats a cute top + denim mini in the Summer!

Second, I styled the skirt with this essential band tee and my most worn and favorite Golden Goose sneakers. Guys, I have pushed these and pushed these on Instagram, but only because I know if you get them you will wear them and LOVE. The neutral star makes them very wearable. I added on these champagne gold laces that I found on Amazon (the 46inch flat are the ones I got. I also got the silver, white, pink and red…because SO fun). Back to this outfit, this is my real life go-to look when I erranding. The tee is edgy & casual, the skirt is girly & more dressy and the sneaks are comfortable.

And for the last look, I put the two pieces together. If you watched my stories, I did not like this at first because it was frumpy until I added a belt! Since the top is a tad wide and not fitted, I think adding a belt is essential to make it more feminine and to break up the print. This version would be so fun for a Summer soiree or night out.

Going into Fall, this skirt with a cozy knit and over the knee boots? YES. I mean the options are really endless and now that I know you guys enjoy this type of post, I am going to start doing more of them. Like I said, I thrive on this. And I know for some it’s not fun and struggle, so I love love to help with that!

Here are all the pieces of these three looks.

Pieces From These Looks

Happy Shopping!

xo, Caro

Casual Chic With White House Black Market

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a fun and easy date night look from one of my go-to retailers, White House Black Market. Whenever I am on the search for affordable, but casual chic pieces, it is one of my first stops.

Casual Chic Date Night with White House Black Market

If you know me well, you know that Colby and I adore our date nights! One of the great things about living in California is that everywhere here is pretty casual and jeans are always a good idea. When we do spontaneous weeknight dates, I like to keep it super simple and comfy, like I did with this look today.

I saw this FAB white top while shopping online and had to have it! The slightly oversized fit and big billowy sleeves just scream comfort (while still looking so cute). For our date night, I styled it with jeans, but I have also worn it with a simple cream mini skirt and also with denim cutoffs! It comes in black too and I am now thinking I need that color too. You can just never have too many tops like this in your closet!

After I added the top to cart, I knew I needed some new jeans to finish off my look. I have so many pairs that are overly distressed (and sometimes those just aren’t good for restaurants), so I looked for a new pair of simple, dark ones. I found this pair and fell in love with the cropped and skinny fit. I mean, so simple but so fab! Plus the price is so good (on sale $49).

A few simple accessories, a good front tuck and I am ready for all things fish tacos and skinny margs! I just love the comfort, but casual chicness of this look. I can wear both pieces so many ways too! These jeans will be so great with a graphic tee & a pair of sneakers for daytime errands or with a camisole + blazer for a more finished look. So easy, so good!

I love that I could find all of this look in one place on White House Black Markets site. I shopped around and here are a few more pieces (including my top & jeans) from their current collection that I am loving!

Current Cravings From White House Black Market

 

So many fun, wearable pieces! Also, I am wearing a XS in the top and my normal size in the jeans, so I would say they both run TTS.

Happy Shopping! xo, Caro

*this post was sponsored, but the opinions are 100% my own*

My Nordstrom Anniversary Favorites

Hi friends! It’s that FABULOUS time of year when Nordy’s introduces brand new items and they are on sale. I mean, what could be better? I truly love this sale as they always do a great job of marking pieces you can really use in your closet.

Instead of sharing it ALL with you, I am really only including pieces I think are great and worth buying. I went in on Wednesday and shopped in store and then took time today to shop it again online. I took a bunch of mirror selfies at the store and then did more at home of the items I bought. My basic thought with this sale is, stick to what you really think you will wear (instead of just buying it because its “on sale”) For me, that ended up being a couple pairs of jeans, some basic tops, a blazer and two pairs of shoes. Thats it! I did not love any of the boots this year and I didn’t see any coats I loved either.

So without further adieu, below are two grids of mirror selfies. First, the ones I took in store and second, the ones I took at home (that way you can see what I actually bought). I will be breaking all of the home outfits in my stories, so be sure to go watch (on my Instagram).

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

Noteable mentions from in store: I ADORE the oversized camel knit. It comes in black and brown too and honestly will be such a staple all Fall and Winter. I let my sister in law (who was visiting) take that back with her, but ordered one for myself (just telling you guys so you understand why it’s not in my home try on). Also noteable is the sparkly midi skirt. I really love it, I just did not buy it as I have so many of that style. But if you are in market for one, I love the length and easy fit. Last, I am wearing my normal size in the Levis and the Frame jeans, but I sized up one in the Paige ones.

Noteable mentions from my home sesh: I trimmed the Levi’s about 3 inches to get the more cropped fit. I think they are more flattering this way, but that’s 100% my opinion! The oversized grey cardi comes in a tan neutral too and ugh, its just heavenly! Also, there were probably 4 or 5 options for a leopard cardigan included in the sale. I chose this particular one because it’s a lighter weight and I love the longer length. I promise you will love it!

And here are all those above items as well as few others I saw online and loved

Happy Shopping! And please do not hesitate to message or DM me on Insta about sizing etc.

xo, Caro