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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How To Get A Great Night’s Sleep On Those Hot Summer Nights

We’ve all been there — tossing and turning in bed all night, struggling to fall asleep because the heat has us glued to our sheets! Once the temperatures rise, a great night’s sleep can feel pretty elusive. And there are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye in an incredibly hot and sticky bedroom.

Before we dive into bed, we realize the obvious solution for a cool, REM-ful slumber is to crank up the AC. But apart from being expensive and environmentally unfriendly, sometimes our AC units can stop working out of nowhere. So how’s an environmentally responsible, budget conscious sleeping beauty supposed to keep when it’s 100-degrees out!

Luckily for you, our AC has gone out a few times this Summer (which is what inspired this post). And in my desperation for a good night’s sleep, I found a few tricks to keep cool without dying of heat. AC unit or not, here’s a few tips to give your bedroom a warm-weather makeover that can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful Z’s.

How To Get A Great Night’s Sleep on Those Hot Summer Nights

How To Get A Great Night's Sleep On Those Hot Summer Nights - Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Volume Five

Happy Friday, y’all! We’ve reached the end of another week and the number of finds that caught my eye recently definitely did not disappoint. In case you missed my June Goals post, I’m using this month to straighten up my bedroom/bathroom. So in the midst of decluttering and reorganizing, I’ve been sifting through some inspiration all week long for how I want my room to look, how I want it to feel, decor pieces and color schemes. Take a look at some of my favorite finds and hopefully inspire you to make your bedroom a sanctuary.

Friday Favorites | Volume Five

Favorite Bedroom Inspiration: Emily Henderson is an interior design goddess. No matter what style she’s going for, I always love what she comes up with. So when she teamed up with The Citizenry for a One Bedroom Four Ways challenge, I had a pretty hard time choosing which one was my fave. From modern coastal vibes to some minimal southwestern flair, each design is perfect in its own way. Which room do you like the most?

Friday Favorites: Modern Beachy Bedroom from Emily Henderson X The Citizenry | Original Caroline

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3 Ways To Adjust To the Time Change & Get Your Sleep Schedule Back On Track

Aside from on night less of sleep, Daylight Savings is far more exciting than it is unfortunate – bringing with it grilling out with fam and friends during the week, and late night pool parties on the weekends. There’s so much to look forward to with the time change! I think a few of us can agree it’s worth it to lose an hour of sleep and gain some fun in the sun.

As much as I prefer the sun going down late in the day, losing that precious hour of sleep can throw us way off. One hour may not seem like much, but even this minor disruption can mess with our circadian rhythm (turns out our bodies are made to sleep according to the sun’s movements and not man-made clocks . . . go figure), resulting in fewer Zs. It can take up to a week for our bodies to adjust to the time change, according to Harvard Health. And with that, we can become irritable and have a complete lack of focus.

This adjustment period demands some serious coping skills to not feel like you’ve fallen into a deep hole of Mercury Retrograde! So to help you get some good-quality slumber, read up on these tips on how to maximize sleep quality to wake up with more of a spring in your step!

To make a seamless transition into the savings of daylight, adhere to the following tips.

3 Ways To Get Your Sleep Schedule Back On Track

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9 Ways To Make Your Bedroom A Sanctuary

Is your bedroom your happy place? If the answer is no, let’s work on making that happen. Why? Sleep is absolutely vital for optimal health. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary — a getaway from the stresses of your day. Besides a soft spot to lay your head, what is it that a bedroom needs to keep you coming back for more?

Read these nine tips that lead to bedtime enlightenment and turn your bedroom into your relaxing sanctuary.
Self-Love Challenge | Make Your Bedroom A Santuary

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