Friday Favorites | Volume Twenty-One

Congrats! We’ve conquered another busy week and Friday is finally here! This weekend, I’m headed to Ohio to visit relatives, and I’m excited to kick back, unplug, and hopefully see some real Fall foliage. And in true Friday Favorites fashion, I’m sharing a few finds from this past week before the weekend really starts. It’s always hard to choose only a few of the things that have been inspiring me this week. But I managed to narrow it down to the selections below. Keep scrolling to see what made the cut. Oh, and lemme know what inspired you this week!

Friday Favorites | Volume Twenty-One

Favorite Decor Find: Brooklyn-based artist and designer Rebecca Atwood always has fun prints in her shop. And I am especially loving these embroidered Hasma and Evil Eye pillows! Plus, $25 from each sale is donated to Amnesty International!

Friday Favorites: Embroidered Hasma & Evil Eye Pillows from Rebecca Atwood - Original Caroline

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The Great Indoors: 9 Ways To Spend A Perfect Night In

The Great Indoors: 9 Ways To Spend The Perfect Night In - Original Caroline
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You come home after a long day at work and you immediately set down your things, remove the monstrosity that is your bra, and relocate to the comfiest spot in your home — most likely to stream an episode (or six) or a mediocre drama or cook competition.

Sure, you might have made a list of all the things you wanted to get done after work. But it’s almost 7 P.M. and your cozy bed is calling your name . . .

The urge to veg out after a busy day is nothing new — especially when the temperature drops. But access to apps like Netflix, Hulu and HBONow have made it easier than ever to spend our weeknights in front of a screen. We might have plans for the weekend that get us out of the house. But weeknights involving anything other than sweatpants and a screen have become very rare — leaving us feeling very lazy and quite unsatisfied.

But don’t worry! When you find yourself bored of binge watching shows night after night, it’s truly a rare and magical opportunity to do something different. And maybe even get a few things done! If you find yourself in the same predicament more often than not, there are some easy ways to have a productive, fulfilling night in the great indoors.

Keep reading for 10 ways to spice up a night indoors (without Netflix).

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Style Inspiration: How To Style Velvet This Season

Heavily featured on runways from designers like Valentino, Ralph Lauren, and Emporio Armani, it seems that the velvet trend isn’t going away any time soon. Having made a comeback a couple seasons ago, the luxe fabric is hotter than ever and is no longer confined to after-dark special occasions. You can see velvet come out to play in everyday outfits, adding a hint of luxury and texture.

So for some style inspiration to help you sport the trendy soft fabric this season, I’ve put together a selection of velvet goodies from some of the hottest style bloggers! From bold booties to simple and chic tops, this seasonally versatile fabric is the best way to turn everyday basic essentials into swanky staples to cling onto this Fall and Winter!

Style Inspiration: Velvet Crush - Original Caroline
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Jane from Fit Fab Fun Mom proves you can never have too much velvet! A navy blue velvet blazer and gold pleated velvet skirt paired with black velvet ankle booties add so much luxe to a simple everyday outfit. 

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Style Inspiration: Velvet Crush - Original Caroline
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A velvet moto jacket can easily make a tank top and embroidered distressed jeans look like your actually put some effort into your outfit. As Jess said in her post, “I’ll take any excuse to wear denim for holiday,” velvet let’s you do just that! Pair this look with a pair of strappy heels, and you have a super chic date night or girls’ night outfit without a lot of effort!

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Style Inspiration: Velvet Crush - Original Caroline
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Swapping out a regular t-shirt for a velvet tee can instantly take your outfit from simple to chic.

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Style Inspiration: How To Style Velvet This Season - Original Caroline
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Slip dresses aren’t just for hot Summer days. A midi velvet slip dress paired with a plaid blazer and sock booties are sure to keep you warm on those transitional Fall days.

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Style Inspiration: How To Style Velvet This Season
image: Jess Ann Kirby

One of the newest trends that I’m absolutely loving is velvet pants. Sure there’s corduroy, but who woulda thunk how stylish and versatile velvet pants are! Dress them down with a flannel shirt like Jess did above, or dress them up with a nice tank and blazer.

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Style Inspiration: How To Style Velvet This Season - Original Caroline
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Style Inspiration: How To Style Velvet This Season - Original Caroline
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Style Inspiration: How To Style Velvet This Season - Original Caroline
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Style Inspiration: How To Style Velvet This Season - Original Caroline
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Style Inspiration: How To Style Velvet This Season - Original Caroline
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+What are some of your favorite ways to styling velvet for Fall and Winter? Lemme know in the comments below!

Friday Favorites | Volume Twenty

I am sooo glad the weekend is finally here! The past two weeks have been crazy at work — I felt like I had to be “on” if that makes any sense. And when I got off work, I felt physically and mentally exhausted! So you can see why I’m welcoming the weekend with open arms. To start our weekend off on a good note, here’s another edition of Friday Favorites to keep you inspired. And with the weather finally cooling down here in DFW, the change of season has me feeling pretty festive and super excited for the next couple months. Whatever your plans this weekend, I do hope you have a great one!

Oh, and I linked ton of fun and festive Halloween ideas so be sure to check those out as well. I can’t believe it’s only 18 days away! 

Friday Favorites | Volume Twenty

Favorite Home Tour: There’s no doubt in my mind that you’ve seen Amber Lewis’ interior design photos all over Pinterest and Tumblr. And it’s no wonder why! The CEO of Amber Interior Designs creates beautiful, breath-taking modern spaces combined with California Cool vibes and farmhouse flare. In one of her most recent projects, she teamed up with Chambers + Chambers and Jetton Construction. The result is super chic home with that amazing Amber Lewis flare! Out of the 60+ photo capturing the beauty of this home, I had a really hard time choosing which ones to feature. But seriously. Take a look at the rest of the home at Houzz

Friday Favorites: Lafayette Home Tour from Amber Interiors and Jetton Construction - Original Caroline

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10 Cozy Bedroom Ideas For The Fall Season

As the temperature drops and the leaves start to fall, there’s one room that becomes the heart of the home: your bedroomAnd at the end of a long day and a chilly commute home, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as retreating to a cloud-like bed, lighting a scented candle, wrapping yourself in a warm blanket, and curling up with a warm cup of tea and a good book or movie. 

 

8 Cozy Bedroom Ideas For Fall - Original Caroline
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11 Favorite Handbags of the Season

It seems like there’s a “National Day” for anything and everything. Punctuation? There’s a National Day for that. Kazoos? There’s a National Day for that, too. There’s even a National Nothing Day. But one National Day that I can get down with is National Handbag Day! Created in 2013 by Purse Blog, October 10th has been dubbed Handbag Day, recognizing the importance of handbags in daily life and in fashion. The day also acknowledges that a handbag is not only an essential item, but also “where style meets function” and “they can mean so much more than the some of our contents.” 

11 Favorite Handbags of the Season - Original Caroline
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6 Steps For Storing Your Summer Clothes The Right Way

Fall is officially here (yay!). The air is crisp, the leaves are changing colors, and you’re sooo ready to start adding new pieces to your Fall wardrobe! But before you add any more booties and scarves, it’s a good idea to give your warm weather wardrobe pieces a proper goodbye first. Yes, the time has come to stow away our gauzy sundresses and make room for all our Fall fashion essentials. While it’s not rocket science, there’s a lot more to storing your Summer clothes than just simply tucking them away. 

The truth is, dumping our crop tops and bikinis into a box and kicking them under the bed for six to nine months can wreak havoc on our beloved Summer pieces . . . Moths, permanently set wrinkles, sun damage and even mold (yikes!). 

Luckily, you can avoid all that mess with just a few simple and quick tasks. Sit back, grab a notebook and pen, and start taking notes. Keep reading for six tips on properly storing your Summer clothes. 

6 Steps To Storing Your Summer Clothes The Right Way - Original Caroline
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Monthly Goals: October

Hellooo October! It’s officially a new month which means another round of monthly goals! Let’s get started. 

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: October - Original Caroline
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