Friday Favorites | Volume Eighteen: Fall Wishlist Edition

Yo Fall, what’s good! Oh I can’t tell you how happy I am that Fall has finally arrived! No doubt, Summer definitely has it’s perks with all the sunshine, relaxing and vacays. But Fall is by far my favorite season what with the beautiful colors of changing leaves, the pumpkin-spice everything, Harry Potter movie marathons on TV and the beginning of months filled with holiday cheer. Most noteworthy of the season is of course Fall FashionAnd this year I’m looking to amp up my closet with trendy pieces that I love and can also mix and match. 

So with a new season comes a new wishlist (and hopefully a mostly-new, fully-stocked wardrobe!). Do I already have multiple pairs of booties? Yes. Does that mean I don’t want more for this year? Hell no!

And how perfect is it that the first day of Fall is on a Friday! So this week’s Friday Favorites is featuring all the items I’ve been craving and loving with my Fall Fashion Wishlist. From velvet booties to fuzzy scarves, get ready to make some room in your closet this season!

My Fall Fashion Wishlist: Free People Unravel Me Tunic Sweater ($148) - Original Caroline
Free People Unravel Me Tunic Sweater ($148)

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11 Tricks To Boost Your Energy At Work & Fake A Good Night’s Sleep

11 Tricks To Boost Your Energy & Fake A Good Night's Sleep - Original Caroline
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We’ve all had those mornings where we keep hitting the snooze button to the last possible moment. Between work, parties, vacation and Netflix binges, life can get in the way of a solid night’s sleep — albeit willingly — and come morning, you’re greeted with a face that looks the exact opposite of fresh. 

Aside from hearing the dreaded, “You look tired,” all day long, you’re two seconds away from dozing off — despite the fact that your desk chair is ridiculously uncomfortable. And even if you did get the recommended eight hours of sleep, we all experience an energy dip at some point throughout the day.

So to disguise that you did anything but sleep the night before and don’t have the delicacy of taking a nap at work, here are a few tricks that will help you look more awake and instantly boost your energy!

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12 Wardrobe Essentials Worth Investing In This Fall & Winter

If I’m being completely honest, after 3+ months of enduring the stifling heat and debating whether or not to wear cut-off shorts in the office, I’m welcoming the cooler temperatures with open arms! And an empty closet. I mean, it’s not completely empty. But there is plenty of space just waiting to be filled with the impending season’s wardrobe essentials: coats, boots, and the coziest of knitwear.

And with the capsule wardrobe still buzzing around on fashion blogs, there’s never been a better time to take a hard look at your online shopping cart and consider what items will transcend seasonal trends and which will be donated after only wearing them once or twice.

So in an effort to take on my own capsule wardrobe, I’m challenging myself to invest in those pieces I’ll love and want to wear year after year, despite the changing tides of fashion. Wardrobe essentials to mix-and-match in a cohesive, organized, well-edited closet!

Whether your style is lazy-girl chic, a little more feminine, or edgy with bohemian hints, these are the twelve wardrobe essentials every woman should invest in for Fall and Winter.

Wardrobe Essentials For Fall & Winter, No Matter Your Style
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Friday Favorites | Volume Seventeen

Helloooooo Friday! TGIF for realz. This weekend is the last weekend of Summer, and it’s definitely bitter sweet. I hope your weekend is spent soaking up the last of the Summer sun and appreciating the change of seasons. Oh, and of course, here’s this week’s Friday Favorites to kick your weekend off right!

Favorite Embellishment: Leave it to Free People to turn an ordinary thermal into a bohemian fashionista’s must-have Fall essential! And it comes in five amazing colors! We The Free Blossom Thermal, ($98)

Friday Favorites: We The Free Blossom Thermal, ($98) from Free People - Original Caroline

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What To Remember When You Feel Like You’re Falling Behind

Every single day, we see the highlight reels of people we went to high school with, people we don’t even know but admire, and those we never particularly liked but still check up on. Whether through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, it’s really easy to look at someone’s posts and think, “Wow, she really does have it all . . . The cute city apartment, the buzzing social life, the glitzy career,” and feel as though you’re falling behind and not exactly where you want to be.

I know I’ve felt it a lot lately. And there’s been numerous times where I find myself staring in the mirror, wondering: Am I behind? Shouldn’t I be more “establish” by now? What does established even mean?

In Adventures for Your SoulShannon Kaiser says:

What To Remember When You Feel Like You're Falling Behind - Original Caroline

It’s human nature to question whether or not we’re on the right path; to think that we aren’t quite at the same level as our peers. Living in the digital age, we’re increasingly surrounded by other people’s milestones. So it’s highly likely that at some point you’ve stared in the mirror and asked yourself the same questions.

No matter if this is something you ask yourself every day, month, or maybe just once, I want you to know something: We’re in this together. And even though I’ve asked myself those questions more times than I’d like to admit, I’ve started realizing some deeper truths that have helped me to slowly step away from my reflection and get back out there, making the most of my own path. 

If you’re feeling behind in life — like you don’t have your shit together when everyone else around you seems to have theirs — here are a few things to tell yourself to work through it:

What To Remember When You Feel Like You're Falling Behind - Original Caroline
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How To Update Your Skincare Routine For Fall

Your skincare routine is a lot like your wardrobe: A couple of times a year, you need to switch out the pieces that don’t fit for that particular season. So as you start incorporating your beloved leather moto jacket and corduroy jeans, don’t forget to switch things up with your skincare routine as well!

A change of season typically means a change in the way skin behaves, often resulting in dryness, breakouts, and a general lackluster appearance,” says celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau. And while she says you don’t have to do a complete overhaul of your skincare routine, “some minor tweaks [are necessary] to ensure that skins stays healthy during this seasonal change.”

So to make sure your transition is flawless, here a few tips for transitioning your beauty regimen from the late Summer heat to crisp Autumn chill.

How To Update Your Fall Skincare Routine - Original Caroline
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Friday Favorites | Volume Sixteen

Hey there, Friday! So glad you’re finally here. I hope everyone’s first full week of September was good. Surprisingly, temperatures here in DFW have dropped significantly and I’m so excited that in just a couple weeks I can start wearing my cozy knit sweaters and ankle booties. So now that the Summer months have come and passed, this week’s Friday Favorites includes some home inspiration as well as Fall fashion inspiration! Keep scrolling to see a few things that caught my eye this past week . . .

Friday Favorites | Volume Sixteen

Favorite Bathroom: Adam and Amber Ford of The Happy Tudor revealed their bathroom transformation and it’s breathtaking. Without a doubt, this bathroom makeover is probably my favorite so far of 2017. But you have to see the before photos to fully appreciate the beautiful job the duo did! Breath-tak-ing!!

Friday Favorites: Bathroom Reveal from The Happy Tudor - Original Caroline

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Monthly Goals: September

How the heck is it September already? Like, for reals . . . 2017 really has flown by and in a little over two weeks, it’ll be Fall! My absolute favorite season! But I feel like this Summer has been my most productive, exciting and busiest Summer that I’ve had in a while. It feels really good to have a daily routine, plans to look forward to, and I’ve checked a lot of books off on my Summer reading list! But enough about that — it’s the first week of September and I’m ready for some more monthly goals.

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goalthere’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned). The more time I spend focusing on myself and checking in with what I need in my life, the more I realize that monthly goals are great! But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

Monthly Goals: September - Original Caroline
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