Currently Craving: Mini Totes for Fall

Hey friends!

Happy Tuesday! I’m back today to share with you one of my very favourite trends for Fall 2018. Mini totes are IN and I’m here for it.  Day-to-day I tend to carry around a small crossbody bag that holds little more than my credit cards (often not even my phone!) and I’m finding it less and less practical. I don’t like big bags because they make my bak hurt, but I definitely need something a little bigger than what I typically grab for.

Enter… the mini crossbody tote. Not only are these little bags completely adorable, they’re actually pretty practical too. With just enough room for your essentials, they won’t weigh you down. Their optional crossbody straps offer additional versatility and practicality. Check out some of my favourites here:

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Zara ($45.90)

xoxoxo, Caitlin

Inexpensive Upgrades To Make Your Home Feel Fresh For Fall and Winter – PART 2

Hey friends!  Happy Friday!!

Today is the second instalment of my Fall/Winter refresh. If you missed my post from yesterday, check that out to see my first 5 tips.

  1. Complete all those little tasks you’ve been putting off: We all have that mental list of things we need to do… eventually. Hang that picture, get that dripping faucet fixed, have a new key cut, etc. These nagging little tasks often get pushed aside in favour of more pressing issues – rightfully so. However, setting aside half a day to knock all these little things off your list will not only make you feel great about your home, it’ll give you such a sense of accomplishment for FINALLY completing them.
  2. Clean or replace (and donate!) old throw blankets, pillows and rugs: Textiles can really cozy up your home. With constant use and wear, they can begin to feel a little dingy. Tossing throw pillow covers and blankets in the wash regularly will keep them feeling and smelling clean. As for your carpets, a good vacuum and an inexpensive cleaner (which can be found online or at Walmart/grocery stores) will make a world of difference.
  3. Deep clean your fridge and freezer: I happen to be pretty good about cleaning out the fridge and keeping things tidy. Even so, I’m always amazed at what a good purge and clean with hot soapy water can do for it. Bonus points for purchasing a new package of baking soda to keep things smelling fresh.
  4. Purchase new candles and candle holders: There’s nothing quite like candles to create a cozy ambiance in the fall and winter months. Walmart and Amazon are my go-to place to buy inexpensive candles (non-scented – I prefer to keep things natural with essential oils because allergies). Cute new candle holders can be found at Ikea, Structube or Home Sense for cheap. You can also check out second hand stores or garage sales. Pick up a few different styles of candle holder and spray paint them all the same colour for a fun DIY project.
  5. Clean your carpets and deep clean your hardwood or tile: Buy, rent or hire a carpet cleaner to clear out all the gunk and dirt that a vacuum cleaner just can’t reach. Clean dust out of hardwood corners and give them a good wash and finish up by cleaning tile grout with a toothbrush. Super clean floors make a beautiful canvas for a fresh home!

I hope you enjoyed my little mini-series. Have a great weekend!

xoxoxo, Caitlin

Inexpensive Upgrades To Make Your Home Feel Fresh For Fall and Winter – PART 1

Hellooo friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I wanted to share with you a passion of mine that is not fashion. I have always loved working on anything to do with the home. Whether thats painting a room, patching a wall, choosing new furniture or just paying a quick visit to Home Sense. Something about fixing up and decorating my space gets me all kinds of excited.

A few months ago, the boyfriend and I moved into a new apartment which we’ve had so much fun cleaning up and decorating. This process has gotten me thinking about all kinds of different things one can do quickly and easily to freshen up their home. I’m turning this into a two-part series because I just have way too many ideas, so check back tomorrow for the second instalment. Without further ado, here are my first 5 ways to freshen up your home for the coming winter months:

  1. Clean and paint the baseboards: If you own your home or you have a landlord who will allow you to paint, this. makes. such. a. difference. OH MY GOODNESS. I don’t know why this isn’t talked about more. We all know that a fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference for a room, but this can be both time consuming and expensive. The baseboards are often the first to show signs of wear, and of course they easily collect dust and dirt. Properly cleaning and repainting your baseboards will instantly freshen up your home with little cost and effort. If you want to take it a step further and you still have a can of your wall colour lying around, you can clean up any spots and noticeable marks on the wall, too. A can pf baseboard paint, a brush, some painters tape and a pre-paint cleaner shouldn’t cost you more than $60.
  2. Get new sheets: A fresh new set of sheets can change up the look of your whole bedroom. I more often than not, choose clean white because I love how crisp they look and that they can be thrown in the wash with some bleach, should I stain them (self tanner, coffee, etc … oops). A whole new set can be purchased for less than $100 on Amazon.white bedding.jpgsheets | duvet
  3. Clean out and reorganize all cupboards and closets: You might have already gathered that I’m big on closet purging. I’m someone who realllllllly doesn’t like to be surrounded by oodles of unnecessary things taking up my space. If you’re not exactly the type to regularly donate what you’re not loving, the change of seasons can be an excellent time to do it. As you’re pulling out all of your Fall and Winter clothing, evaluate what doesn’t fit, what you no longer love, what needs to be repaired and altered and TAKE CARE OF IT. Starting the season with your wardrobe feeling fresh and your closet clean can make a world of difference. The same here goes for bathroom and kitchen cupboards. Take everything out, wipe down the inside and dispose of any expired or unnecessary products. You’ll feel so much lighter. Trust.
  4. Change up your art work or wall hangings: Art can be expensive. Really, really expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re on a budget, but you still want to change up the feel of your place, prints can totally be the way to go. I like Etsy and Society6 for unique designs and a cheap Ikea frame has never done me wrong. You can easily get a new print with frame for under $50.         print2.pngprint.png                                                                                                                                          print 1 | print 2
  5. Wash your windows and blinds: This can so easily be overlooked, but its on my list for pre-fall cleaning. A quick vacuum and wipe with a wet microfibre cloth will quickly remove years of accumulated dust. Finish the windows off with a swipe of glass cleaner and your space will instantly feel brighter and cleaner.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Check back tomorrow for the next 5!

xoxox, Caitlin

My Strategy For Keeping My Wardrobe Current Without Breaking The Bank

Hey friends!!

I’m here today with two of my very favourite topics: fashion and finance (okay, mostly fashion…). While I could easily spend hundreds of hours each season googling and dreaming about what I’d like for my dream closet to hold, I’m far too practical to take any major steps in the direction of actually HAVING said closet.

What I choose to do instead – and what has actually become my preferred method of closet-wrangling – is to invest heavily into my basics, do my best to take care of them and then spend very strategically on a few new, trendy pieces each season. Not only is this ultimately much better for my wallet, its also super beneficial to the planet. Rather than having to discard large chunks of your closet which have gone out of fashion, most of your wardrobe will made up of timeless staples that can be worn for years. This way of dressing can also keep you from looking like you’re overdoing the season’s trends. A super current jacket thrown over a plain t-shirt and jeans with suede booties will have you looking totally stylish, yet still classic.

I begin by identifying what I currently have in each category of clothing (tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, outerwear, accessories, etc) and quickly run through my closet to get rid of anything I’m not wearing or loving. I find which categories I could add some pieces to and I start there. Usually, I set a budget for myself for what I can spend each season, so the number of items I pick up depends on how much everything costs. I try to look for deals. If I’m trying to keep my budget low, I’ll go for more accessories like hats, scarves or shoes that pack a punch or I’ll hunt for amazing deals on outerwear which can be worn over many of my basics to get the most wearability for my dollar.

How do you upgrade your wardrobe each season?

xoxox, Caitlin

 

Steal Her Style: Jeanne Damas

Hello friends!

Happy Tuesday and welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to show a little appreciation for everyone’s favourite modern Parisian style muse, Jeanne Damas.

As soon as I stumbled across Jeanne, I fell in love with her classy, effortless style. Whenever I find a new fashion inspiration, I try to break down her look into common pieces that are easy to replicate. Lucky for us all, Jeanne, tends to mention in interviews how simple her style really is. In her words, she knows what works for her and she sticks with it.

Jeanne’s, style staples include: high-rise vintage style straight leg jeans, high-rise straight leg trousers, low-cut patterned blouses, silk button-downs, t-shirts, blazers, heeled booties, patterned summer dresses with sandals or espadrilles and of course, her signature red lip.

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Luckily for all of us, Jeanne relies heavily on her well-chosen basics. These become the staple of her wardrobe and allow her to mix and match, knowing that every piece she owns is not only flattering on her, but also completely cohesive with her coveted signature look.

Jeanne is all about balance. She mixes masculine and feminine. She wears a bold red lip with no other makeup. She wears an amazing evening dress with a loose messy bun. The undone nature of her look keeps her looking unbelievably stylish while also remaining completely effortless.

Though she’s widely regarded as a total muse and inspiration to women all over the world, Jeanne says that her style is largely not about clothing, but about confidence. She’s not after the perfect outfit, she’s much more concerned about feeling confident in herself, no matter what she wears.

xoxox, Caitlin

Plaid, plaid, plaid: Autumn 2018’s Most Popular Coat

Hi friends,

Today I’m here to share with you one of my very favourite Autumn trends this year: the plaid coat! I’m so excited about this piece because it’ll easily add some nice interest to a basic outfit. I look forward to wearing one with a black turtleneck, black skinny jeans and black booties for a sleek, chic look or with a white tee, blue jeans and sneakers for a cool daytime outfit. Check out my top affordable picks below:

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H&M ($129)

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Dynamite ($119.95)

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Zara ($299)

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H&M ($79.99)

Are you on board with this trend like I am?

xoxoxo, Caitlin

Easily Duped: Cami NYC

Hello friends,

If you tend to keep up with the hot camisole gossip these days, you’ve likely come across a little company called Cami NYC. These stunning (and highly coveted) tops are likely to run you anywhere from $100 to well over $200. They also happen to be 100% silk (gorgeous) and dry clean only (not gorgeous – for someone like me at least).

Luckily for those of us who don’t want to spend $200 for a top they’re likely to spill spaghetti sauce on, there is a multitude of less expensive options. Here are a few of my favourites:

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Cami NYC ($162)                          H&M ($19.99)

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Cami NYC ($158)                        Express ($23.94)

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 Cami NYC ($154)                           Forever 21 ($25)

I hope you’re loving these inexpensive options as much as I am.

xoxox, Caitlin