Friday Favorites | Volume Nineteen

It’s Friday— everyone’s favorite day of the week! And you know what that means . . . Another edition of Friday FavoritesAnd what better way to wind down from your hectic week than with a few pretty finds? Keep on scrolling to see this week’s round up, and don’t forget to let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!

Friday Favorites | Volume Nineteen 

Favorite Bedroom: Whitney Port from MTV’s The Hills her new Studio City home gave a fresh makeover using items from Joss & Main for a wonderful “collected, bohemian aesthetic. And the best part is, you can shop her entire room over at Joss & Main! Check out the rest of the interview over at Domino

Friday Favorites: Whitney Port Upgrades Her LA Home With Breezy Bohemian Vibes from Domino - Original Caroline

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How To Budget Your Money Like An Adult – The Millennial’s 6-Step Guide To Not Going Broke

“How confident do you feel about your financial future?” Since just the thought of that question makes me feel a little uneasy, I’d say not very confident. Every time I read an article telling me how vital it is to budget your money or to build an emergency fund, I get a pang of guilt. And I’m not the only one with avoidance issues. 

Research suggests that while 60% of women worry they won’t have enough money to last through retirement, only one in three Americans have a detailed budget. But let’s be honest: Setting up a budget and monitoring our spending habits can be tough. We fear a budget will be restrictive and time-consuming to plan out, so it ends up on our to-do list for tomorrow, day after day. But

However, when done right, setting up a budget and getting control over your money can feel super empowering and can help you reach your financial goals with ease. Taking the time to find a budget that works for you can even help you plan for the occasional splurge (guilt-free)!

To quote My Domaine’s lifestyle editor Sophie Miura, “Drafting a budget is like going to a gym class after vacation: You know it’s going to be tough, it might make you feel a bit guilty, but it’s always worth it in the long run.” 

If you’re one of the 92% of women who want to learn more about financial planning, it’s time to get your finances on track. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide — consider it a money map. Your new financial future starts here.

How To Budget Your Money Like An Adult - Original Caroline
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The 12 Best Herbal Teas For Youthful, Glowing Skin

You probably already know that drinking tea has loads of health benefits. But it turns out, drinking tea also has loads of skin benefits! “Studies have shown that antioxidants, polyphenols, and anti-inflammatory agents improve and maintain the health of the skin,” says Dr. John Diaz, board certified plastic surgeon. And “tea is a rich source of all of these.” 

And beauty experts can all agree that there are some major benefits from not only drinking tea, but using tea topically. “Tea is a superstar in the natural skincare world,” says Theresa Krier, founder of Big T NYC — a brand that makes curated and bespoke teas and tisanes. “[They’re] packed with a host of vitamins, amino acids, and catechins that work holistically to slow aging, stimulate collagen production, reduce body fat, and maintain healthy skin cells. Tea also combats dehydration, a major culprit of dull skin.”

It’s basically a flavorful way of getting enough fluid into your body each day along with skin-loving nutrients! Whether you drink one or two cups a day or apply brewed tea or extracts directly to your skin, there’s no doubt you’ll see some amazing results! Keep reading to find out which teas to add to your life for clear, youthful, glowing skin

The 12 Best Teas For Youthful, Glowing Skin - Original Caroline
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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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