Friday Favorites | Volume Twenty-Nine

It’s the time of week again, everyone! And boy am I glad it’s the weekend.On Tuesday, my family and I put our 16-year old dog down and I’ve been feeling a little blue. But it’s times like this when I really enjoy blogging. Instead of sulking around, getting posts out weekly really helps to keep myself busy. Anyway, I hope you are all indulging in the holiday spirit and getting ready for the end of 2017! I know I have, as you’ll see in today’s Friday Favorites. Let’s get started shall we . . .

Favorite Holiday Home Tour: I love seeing how people decorate their homes for the holidays (as you can tell from the last couple Friday Favorites). One of the homes I’m loving this week is Chrissy McDonald’s warm and cozy California home featured on The Glitter Guide. With just a few Christmas-inspired touches, this home tour is sure to make your day just a little more festive. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Friday Favorites: Chrissy McDonald's Holiday Home Tour - Original Caroline

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10 Chic Pajamas to Cozy Up in this Season

There are few things better than coming home after a long day at work, snapping off my bra, and slipping into some seriously luxe pajamas. I don’t know about you guys, but comfort is my number one priority during the Winter months. So while I don’t mind throwing on a worn tee and gym shorts during the warmer seasons, as soon as the temperatures drop, I like to upgrade my sleepwear to something a little more cozy and hygge-friendly.

Not only that, truly stylish pajamas are also totally cool to wear in public (with proper styling, of course). So scoring a solid set seems like a solid investment in my book! To help you find the perfect one (for in the sheets and out on the streets), I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites perfect for lounging around the house or cocktailing with your squad. Drinking cocktails while lounging also works, too!

Scroll through for ten affordable options to update your sleepwear this season!

10 Chic Pajamas to Cozy Up in this Season - Original Caroline
image: Corey Lynn Calter

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Monthly Playlist | The Best Songs of 2017

In a year that included many high-profile artists and bands making their eagerly awaited returns, as well as a plethora of debut albums and breakout singles, I found myself wondering, “Would anybody listen to a playlist with 500+ songs . . . ?”

So after narrowing it down to the best of the best, there’s no doubt 2017 produced a wealth of memorable tunes that I’ll still be listening to well into the new year — ones that united, delighted, made us feel, think, and provided hope, even if just for a few moments. These songs have been the soundtrack to my life.

Ring in the new year with my monthly playlist featuring the best songs of 2017! Some of them I know you’ve heard, but then there’s also many that aren’t as well-known. Either way, take a listen!

Monthly Playlist | The Best Songs of 2017 - Original Caroline
image: Lindsey Marcella

+Find any new tunes from 2017 that you’re absolutely loving? What are some of your favorites from this year? Lemme know in the comments below! 

20 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Between holiday parties, family obligations, and the pressure for finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, this time of year can bring on a sort of happiness and connectedness than any other time during the year. And since it is the season of giving, most of us know how important it is to give back during the holidays.

So this year, think about using your holiday shopping to lend a hand to organizations and charities around the world. Not only will you be giving your friends and family a special gift, you’ll also give to those in need at the same time! And fortunately, there are so many companies out there committed to doing good, and they happen to sell some seriously amazing products.

From presents that give back to donating clothing and toys to those in need, there’s sure to be something on this list for everyone looking to do some good this holiday season!

20 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season - Original Caroline
image: Lauren Conrad

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Friday Favorites | Volume Twenty-Eight

Burrr! It’s definitely gotten pretty cold here in Dallas, and I know a lot of people will think me crazy, but I’m loving it! I love snuggling up under the covers, spending more time with loved ones, and all the pretty lights up around the city. As they say, it’s beginning to look (and feel!) a lot like Christmas. And you’ll quickly see that my Friday Favorites this week shows how much I’ve been loving the festive feeling! Keep scrolling to see my latest finds and all that’s been inspiring me this week!

Favorite Holiday Home Tour: If you’re looking for some holiday decor inspiration, I can’t get enough of Ashley from Modern Glam’s holiday home tour! Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2.

Friday Favorites: Holiday Home Tour from Modern Glam - Original Caroline

Friday Favorites: Holiday Home Tour from Modern Glam - Original Caroline

Friday Favorites: Holiday Home Tour from Modern Glam - Original Caroline

Friday Favorites: Holiday Home Tour from Modern Glam - Original Caroline

Favorite Embellishment: According to Who What Wear, bold colors are the number one fashion trend for 2018. So I had to add this bold mustard Floral Henley Top ($98) from Anthropologie to my holiday wishlist!

Friday Favorites: Floral Henley Top ($98) from Anthropologie - Original Caroline

It also comes in pink! Which one is your favorite?

Friday Favorites: Floral Henley Top ($98) from Anthropologie - Original Caroline

Favorite DIY: This 5-minute bottle brush tree sweater from LaurenConrad.com is actually really cute! You’ll be the chicest one at your ugly Christmas sweater party!

Friday Favorites: DIY Bottle Brush Christmas Sweater from LaurenConrad.com - Original Caroline

Friday Favorites: DIY Bottle Brush Christmas Sweater from LaurenConrad.com - Original Caroline

Favorite Color: Domino recently announced Pantone’s Color of the Year, and I am loving it! Not only is purple my favorite color but it’s the prettiest, moodiest purple ever!

Friday Favorites: Pantone's Color of the Year 2018 - Original Caroline

Favorite Wrapping Paper: I like using unconventional holiday accents, and this pink cosmic double-sided wrapping paper is too cute, I already bought myself a set of six sheets! There’s another fun version in blue + a matching holiday card.

Friday Favorites: Double-Sided Holiday Wrapping Paper from Vodarna - Original Caroline

A Japanese worldview centered on impermanence and imperfection, wabi-sabi is the perfectly imperfect and thoroughly refreshing home decor trend we’ve been waiting for. With an emphasis on organic materials, fabrics with innate imperfections, and natural shapes galore, wabi-sabi is all about embracing authenticity.

Favorite Reads: Check out some of the articles that have been inspiring me this week!

And in case you missed it on the blog this week, here are some of my latest posts . . . 

Also, I have a huge favor to ask all of you! Just so I can understand you all better and make Original Caroline the best is can be, I’ve made a survey with just a few questions on it that I would greatly appreciate if you’d answer. Then in the first week of January, I’ll come back with the results and fill you in on what’s in store for the new year!

+That does it for this week’s Friday Favorites. Lemme know some of your favorites that you found from this past week in the comments! 

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