Gameday Attire

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Happy October 1st! This isn’t really a fall post, but with football being in full gear and baseball kicking off play off season, I was trying to strategically plan outfits for the many sporting events in my future and I thought I would share. I am not a huge team fanatic, so I am not one to sport a jersey or team tee-shirt. I wanted to give some tips on how to dress for the occasion for my gals that are not die hard and not a huge fan of team apparel.  Here are some tips below.

 

Tip 1:
Stock up on  some basic items in your team’s colors (or a neutral color if you don’t have a team).

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Camo is kind of a neutral color to me at this point (lol) and is my go to when I don’t have a team I am supporting!  I also love stripes since Bry is a huge Yankees fan.  I also have a lineup of plain vnecks ready to go for sporting events!  Graphic tees are also my jam. I wore one to a South Carolina Game with some southern flair  in the first photo in this post. You can shop some of my favorites by clicking the links below.

Camo Top/Solid T-shirt/ Solid Long Sleeve/Graphic Tee

 

Tip 2:
Comfy and sporty kicks are key!

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I love the look of a classic white tennis shoe, especially in the summer and fall months! I also am obsessed with my all black Under Armour shoes linked below. You can’t go wrong with a neutral classic.

White Sneakers/ Ked Style Sneakers/ Under Armour Sneakers

 

Tip 2:
Accessorize!

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I am a huge fan of accessories when it comes to adding that touch of team spirit or just to add a cute, sporty look! I linked my Yankee hat below because let’s be honest I get lucky that Bry’s a Yankee fan because it is one of the cuter hats in sports. I also linked an Under Armour baseball cap below and a pom pom beanie to get you through the colder months!

Yankee Hat/ Under Armour baseball cap/ Under Armour Pom Pom Beanie

 

Hope you enjoyed this post! What is your go-to sports attire?

 

Xoxo,

Carly

budget back to school!

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Dress: C/O Macy’s Backstage

I can’t believe it’s already time for fall and back to school shopping! Where did the summer go? I am so happy to be collaborating with Macy’s Backstage, the outlet vesion of Macy’s to get some affordable and fun fall fashion!   I love a lot of things about outlet stores (of course the prices and savings), but one of my favorite things is the variety of items and this store did not disappoint.  I found a number of designer items that I love including this French Connection Dress. I was looking for some new and fun work items to add to my closet and this piece is definitely going to be a staple this fall and through the winter.  I also picked up a pair of Steve Madden booties, a beautiful lightweight jacket, and some makeup! Not only is the store great for clothing but it also has a great beauty section as well. I can’t wait to show you the other items I found as I start pulling them out of my closet for fall (this weather has been amazing!).  Check out Macy’s Backstage to see if there is a store near you & happy shopping!

 

Xoxo,

Carly

the loveliest lace

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Romper: c/o Love June Boutique:  Available in colors: Mocha, Black, Yellow, Mauve

I could not be more excited to be partnering with Love June Boutique to show you this beautiful romper. I am going to Charleston this weekend for a bachelorette party and I was looking for something that I could wear out on the town with a southern flair- can you say perfect match?  I love shopping at boutiques but sometimes I get nervous about the fit because I am not always used to the different brands. Here are some of my tips for shopping at online boutiques:

1.  Measurement charts equal a way of life! Seriously ladies, get your measuring tape out and take those measurements if you haven’t.  I really don’t know how I survived online shopping without having those.

2. Check the return policy.  Some boutiques will require a shipping fee for returns. This is usually something that deters me from ordering. I like to be able to have flexibility! Especially if I am not familiar with the brands or sizing.

3.  Check out the sale items!  A lot of times you can’t return these but you can usually get a really great price!

4. Look for stand out pieces. I am all about filling my wardrobes with classic staple items, but I think boutiques are really great for occasion shopping and unique items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

I hope you enjoyed these tips! I am so excited for a getaway with some fabulous ladies and I can’t wait to write a post next week about our trip, what we did, where we ate, and what I packed along with this romper!

 

Travel Guide: Italy

As I am sure you have figured out from my multiple social media posts, we just got back from a trip to Italy.  We actually planned this trip in November so the fact that it is over makes me a little depressed.  For months, I built it up in my head and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  In this post, I hope to share some tips, tricks, restaurants, hotels, etc. for anyone planning to make the journey to Italy soon!

Booking the trip

As much as I love planning, I knew I was going to need some help planning this trip.  When we originally looked at airfare, it was sky high and we couldn’t find anything less than $1,400 per person for the flight alone.  That just didn’t seem feasible, so I started looking into the travel agency route.  I came across go-today and within minutes of being on the phone with them,  I knew this was the way to go.  We had already narrowed down that we wanted to go to Florence, Rome, and the Almafi Coast and we had dates picked out for the trip.  Kristie, my agent at go-today, had a quote for flights, hotels, train tickets, and private transfers within 20 minutes.  Our itinerary was Florence for 3 nights, Rome for 2 nights, and Sorrento for 3 nights.  We ended up staying in Sorrento for 2 nights and Naples for the last night in order to be close to the airport due to a 6am flight.  We ended up booking the trip the next day after I spoke with Kristie.  I cannot praise go-today enough! All of the vouchers came to my email 2 weeks before the trip! It was so organized and I could focus on the fun planning (food, wine, and sight seeing!). I would highly recommend go-today! Our hotels were all wonderful and in prime locations.  When you are not familiar with an area, it can be hard to get a central location.  All of the hotels were close to transportation and main city attractions.

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Where we stayed

Florence– Hotel Arizona
pros
– Very good location! About a 10 minute walk to the Duomo
– Friendly staff! Very helpful!
-Great restaurant across the street

cons
-Tiny and I mean TINY bathrooms and shower
-Dark rooms, not a lot of space

For the amount of time we were in the hotel room during our time in Florence, this hotel was great!  It was clean and served it’s purpose!

Rome – Hotel Alexandra
pros
– Another excellent location! The street that the hotel is located on is gorgeous and there are many restaurant options including a delicious pizza place! The metro was also right across the street.
-Spacious rooms! The shower seemed so large compared to our first stay!
-Very elegant and seemed more ritzy than our first hotel.

Sorrento– Hotel Michelangelo

pros

-A great home base if you are looking to explore the Almafi Coast! The hotel is right across from an adorable lemon farm and about a 3 minute walk to the square of Sorrento! We took a bus for 4 euro round trip to Positano and the ferry was very easy to get to in order to travel to Capri. 

-The amenities of this hotel are really nice. It has a wonderful outdoor pool, a rooftop garden/patio, and a patio outside the hotel.

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What we did

Florence

Day 1: Sightseeing in the city!
Places you don’t want to miss:
-The Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio

Day 2: Wine Tour in Chianti
This is a must do! We used viator.com to book this tour. Be prepared that if the tour says 6 hours, it could run over, so pack some snacks or plan to eat before you go! Depending on what wineries you visit, the sampling of food is not going to fill you up!  We ended up shipping a case of wine home and I am so excited to receive it! This is the exact tour we did: click here.

Day 3: Day Trip to Cinque Terre
I am so happy we ended up doing this day trip.  We wanted to get to Cinque Terre but it isn’t super close to Florence. We also booked this trip through viator.com and it was much more organized than our wine tour! I would highly recommend this excursion trip if you only have one day to explore Cinque Terre.  We traveled in a group to take trains from place to place but during the actual time in Cinque Terre we were not restricted to being with the group which was perfect!   This is the link to the exact tour we did: click here.

Rome

Day 4: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain

These are all must- sees in my book! I LOVED Rome so much! It was so charming and historical but also very HOT.  If you do go in the summer, be prepared to sweat and plan accordingly.  You will be doing a lot of walking (we got over 20,000 steps in one day).  The great thing about Rome is the fresh water fountains everywhere! Make sure you have a giant water bottle so you can keep refilling.

Colosseum- We bought tickets in advance for this at the official website which allowed us to skip the line.  You can get these tickets here.  The website is a little confusing but if you just print out your confirmation and take it to the ticket office at the Colosseum they will print your tickets.  There was a 2 hour line for people who did not have advance tickets, so it was definitely worth it to buy ahead of time!

Trastevere – Don’t worry, I am going to get to food soon, but I wanted to mention the adorable neighborhood of Trastevere.  We got dinner here and it was the most charming neighborhood. In the summer, they also have pop up shops, bars, and restaurants right on the water.  It was so fun to walk this street after dinner and explore the shops and grab a drink!  Don’t miss out on this neighborhood in Rome!

Day 5: Vatican City

Since the metro was right across the street from our hotel, we took it to Vatican City. It was very easy and affordable to do so.   We did not buy tickets in advance for the Vatican Museums. When we got there, the line was wrapped twice around the entire “city.” It would have been a 3 hour wait without a tour guide.  To get the whole experience and to avoid the line, we decided to buy a skip the line tour with a tour guide.  This cost 50 euro per person and general admission was 22 euro.  This was definitely worth it because I feel like we would have missed so much without a tour guide.  The whole experience was breathtaking. The amount of detail put into the chapels and artwork is unbelievable. Make sure you bring a scarf to cover your shoulders and wear a long dress or pants to cover your knees!

Sorrento / Almafi Coast

Day 6: Positano
Positano is hands down my favorite place we visited in Italy. I would even go as far to say it’s my favorite place I’ve ever visited….EVER.  The views are stunning and the vibe of this beach town is so relaxing yet glamorous.  Like I said before, we took the bus from Sorrento which was the most affordable option but not for the faint of heart. Those roads are VERY curvy, but I promise you it’s worth it!


Day 7: Isle of Capri
Another gorgeous day on the coast! Capri took my breath away!  If you’re doing a day trip, I would recommend taking an early ferry. It gets very crowded during the summer months and if you want a chance at seeing the Blue Grotto, you have to get there early.  Unfortunately, the water was too rough for us to get inside, but we enjoyed the boat ride around the island.  A lot of the boat tour companies have options of going directly to the blue grotto or taking a trip around the island.  I would recommend spending the 3 or 4 extra euros per person to do the full island tour.

Day 8: Relaxation & Sorrento
By the last day of our trip, we needed some relaxation.  We spent the day by the pool and ate lunch in the square of Sorrento.  It was the perfect, last day!

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Food & Drink

Florence
 I’Tuscani 3
steak, cheese, and liters of wine….what more could you ask for?

Ristorante Sant’ Ambrogio
great service & delicious menu!

Rome
Suggestum Cafe
amazing pizza!

Cornucopia Ristorante
beautiful atmosphere!

Sorrento
Ristorante Caruso
favorite restaurant of the trip! best food & great vibe!

Positano
Franco’s Bar
great spot for a drink with phenomenal views

Da Vincenzo
great seafood & upscale!

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I’m so happy with the way this trip turned out. I loved each place we visited for a different and unique reason. If you are just looking to go to one spot in Italy, my pick would be Positano. I can’t wait to go back someday!

I’d love to answer any questions that you have in the comments! Thanks for reading and following along on my journey!

Ciao!

Carly

 

stripes & bows

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Dress: Allura Boutique 
Earrings: Francesca’s (similar)

There are few things I love more than stripes and bows, so I fell in love with this dress instantly.  I am all about the off the shoulder look this summer.  I styled this dress for a casual happy hour, but I am definitely taking it to the beach next weekend to dress down for a cover up and also to dress up for a dinner with some wedges and tassel earrings!  It’s hard to believe it’s already nearing the end of July.  I love fall fashion, but I think I will soak in all the summer styles for now! What’s been your favorite summer trend?  Let me know in the comments below!!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Carly

 

the sweater of summer

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Sweater: c/o Rollick (less than $50!)
Shorts: Old Navy (similar)

Only one more day until it’s officially summer! With that in mind, you might be thinking, why are you so excited about a sweater?  I LOVE the look of cut off shorts with a lightweight sweater over a bathing suit during a chilly night outside at the beach or lake. This waffle knit, neutral look is a staple in my closet, especially for summer & fall.   The best part of this sweater, by far, is the fact that it’s reversible.  If you’re anything like me, you get sick of something after a few wears but the fact that I can change this look up every other time I wear it, makes it so functional, adorable, and practical!  You can shop this sweater at the link above. Happy almost summer!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Carly

Pink J.Crew Shorts 2 ways

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Striped Top:  J.Crew
Ruffle Top: Old (similar. similar. similar)
Shorts: J.Crew (ON SALE!!)

As you have probably figured out, I love bargain shopping! I am not the kind of fashion blogger who is going to spend a fortune on one item. Most of the time, I don’t pay more than $30 for one piece.  When I do splurge, I want to make sure it is something I really love and something that I will get multiple uses out of.  That’s why I didn’t mind spending a little extra on these J.Crew shorts.  You can see how I styled them two different ways in the photos above.  The first look is more casual and nautical.  The second look is a little more dressed up with a soft, southern look.   I also plan to pair these with a graphic tee and an even more dressy off the shoulder top with wedges.  While I did splurge a little on these, the good news is that you don’t have to! These are on sale right now for less than $40! The pink color is only available in a few sizes but the white has plenty to choose from.  How would you style these shorts?  Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Xoxo,

Carly