Friday Favorites | Volume Twelve

It’s finally Friday! And the next few days are all about indulging in good times with friends, maybe a little relaxation, and hopefully soaking up some sunshine before Summer officially ends. But before we jump into those weekend vibes, take a peek at a few things I’ve been loving lately.

Friday Favorites | Volume Twelve

Favorite Home Tour: Literally. Everything about this 1920’s Kit house makeover is perfect. Self-taught designer and lover of house flipping, Emily Netz gave her home a modern, Cali-inspired face-lift while still keeping “the historical value in tact.” See the rest of the tour over at domino mag.

Friday Favorites: A 1920's kit house gets a modern, Cali-inspired makeover from Domino - Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Volume Eleven

My most favorite day of the week has officially arrived! And I’m celebrating the best way I know how — by sharing a few of my favorite finds from the week just for you! With this being the first weekend of August ’17, I’m filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, I’m bummed the Summer’s end is right around the corner. But I’m also thrilled for the arrival of Fall! But there’s still a whole month until the leaves start to change and we start bringing out our thermal tops and cardigans. So this week’s Friday Favorites consists of bright colors and Summer fun to kick your August weekend off right!

Favorites Dress: Free People has sooo many amazing dresses out right now. And their Feelin’ Good Midi dress, ($148) is super chic and shows just the right amount of skin.

Friday Favorites: Feelin' Good Midi Dress from Free People | Original Caroline

Friday Favorites: Feelin' Good Midi Dress from Free People | Original Caroline

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The 10 Best Face Mists For Every Occasion

You may think it’s an unnecessary or superfluous step in your skincare routine, but facial mists are definitely having a moment right now — and for good reason! If you have yet to jump on the facial mist train, you’re definitely missing out.

According to NYC-based Holistic Esthetician Stephanie Lauren Brown, “ideally, [using a face mist right after cleansing] will do three things: Stop any residual cleanser left on your face from overdrying your skin, balance the pH levels of your skin . . . so that it’s neutral and can effectively absorb all the expensive products you’re using, and finally, when mixed with oil or serum, the water/mist molecules get trapped in the skin, which creates an effectively hydrated skin situation.”

So after cleansing, make sure to mist. And while you’re at it, mist again after applying you’re makeup. And again at lunch time. And again, once you hit the mid-afternoon slump. Basically, mist anytime ya dang well please to instantly refresh your senses.

Scroll through for the best formulas that help seal in moisture, tone down redness, set your makeup and feel absolutely amazing on a hot day.

The 10 Best Face Mists For Every Occasion | Original Caroline

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8 Steps To Overcome Impulse Buying

I’m not addicted to shopping. At least, that’s what I tell myself and those who question my shopping habits. Yes, I buy multiple items every week and yes, I am also aware of the ridiculous amount of clothing that piles up (most of which I only wore in the few short weeks after buying it, once, or never at all). It’s not like I’m buying things because I want more clothes for the sake of it. It’s just, with each piece I carry along to the register, I feel this feeling of this is the one. This is going to change things. This is going to make me different.

But this month, in an effort to build a budget I can actually stick to, I realized the way out of all my impulse buys isn’t changing my spending habits; it’s in changing my entire approach to personal style!

And why exactly is this so important? The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is more about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what we are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference in our confidence.

In terms of your wardrobe, I want you to really know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop for what fits your style so that when you find the right piece to add to your closet you exclaim, “This is so me!” Whether you shop every week or just feel that urge to buy new clothes every time there’s an upcoming event you’re attending, your buying habits aren’t necessarily the root of the problem. Your personal style is.

Finding (and refining) your personal style can be a struggle. I’ve been there so many times, as I gaze into my closet full of clothes and come to that dreadful realization of “I’ve got a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear.”

Steps To Overcome Shopping Addiction | Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

Happy Friday, y’all. And happy first official day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! You’ve probably been hearing a lot about this sale lately and wondering what’s the big deal? Well, my friend, the big deal is the actual items that are on sale. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a one-of-a-kind event that includes new and current season products at reduced prices. This means brand new items are on sale!!

And even though there may well be over a month of Summer left, it’s never too early to start planning for your Fall wardrobe. Plus, there’s plenty of pieces that are perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from Summer to Fall.

But this sale is big (and maybe even a little overwhelming). So in order to help you get the best deals, I’ve scoured the whole catalog and I’m sharing my absolute favorites to help ya out “Friday Favorites” style. From chic coats and jacket to hard-to-resist, take a look at what’s on my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale wishlist.

And remember: At Nordstrom, you get free shipping + free returns on ALL orders so you can shop with confidence!

Friday Favorites | My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wishlist

Favorite Top: Billabong Birds on High Neck Tie Blouse ($32.90)

Billabong Birds on High Tie Neck Blouse from Nordstrom | Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Volume Eight

It’s that time again! Happy Friday, y’all

Friday Favorites | Volume Eight

Favorite Office Space: The charming headquarters for Sakura Bloom, a brand that “specializes in baby slings,” situated in San Diego. Founder of Studio Matsalla Interiors, Vanessa Matsalla, set up shop in a gazebo! How cool is this place! Read more about this dreamy beachy office space over at Design Sponge.

Friday Favorites: Vanessa Matsalla's Sakura Bloom Office Space from Design Sponge | Original Caroline

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17 Beach Bag Essentials

Hello Sunshine!

White sands, crashing waves and sunny rays . . . It’s beach season, my friends! But along with all the magical things the beach has to offer, there’s also painful sunburns, flaking lip and knotted hair. For as gorgeous and fun as a day at the beach can be, it’s often followed by a slew of bodily woes at the hands of the elements you were enjoying just a few hours before. So I’m making sure my beach bag is fully prepped with everything I need for a (chic) day in the sun!

Whether you’re heading out to the beach for some surf and sand, enjoying a relaxing day lounging out by the pool or spending the weekend out on the lake, these items will have you covered for all your Summer fun! Check out my 17 functional and affordable beach bag must-haves.

17 Beach Bag Essentials | Original Caroline

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