by invitation only

While I love almost every sport, can out eat almost anyone (besides my husband) when it comes to pizza and wings, and can’t get enough of the outdoors, I am a girly girl in many ways.  I had actually been on the hunt for a feminine but not over the top laptop skin and cell phone case for some time.  Just when I was about to add both to my Christmas list CaseApp contacted me and gave me the opportunity to design my own.  The reason I was on the hunt for so long?  I am ridiculously picky, I know just what I want and am unable to justify $100 for a laptop cover and $50 for a phone case when I feel like I am settling.   Not only was I able to create something that was exactly what I wanted but both were a fraction of the cost of others I had seen.  I am one of those that is “on another level” protective of my phone and laptop, don’t let bold lips fool you, both are – by invitation only! Not to mention le hubs and I no longer mix up our phones and laptops.

CaseApp was kind enough to allow me to do a giveaway for one of you all.  To win a laptop skin (does not have to be for a Mac), iPad skin, or cover for your phone (does not have to be for an iPhone)  follow both @caseapp and @carascliche on Instagram, be a subscriber to my blog, and leave a comment below (please include your Instagram name so that we may verify).  Winner will be selected at random and announced this coming Monday, November 24th.  Good luck!

Just in time for the holidays CaseApp was also very generous in giving me a promo code for everyone.  Simply enter cara20 at checkout for 20% off your order on the CaseApp site through December 12th, 2014.

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Laptop and Phone Cover c/o CaseApp

a cut above

…being that girl who drinks quad shot lattes at least once a day you would think I would keep on trucking no problem.  That is so far from the case and on the mornings where coffee isn’t quite enough to fully get the sleep out of my eyes I can’t be bothered with a “difficult” outfit, I need a no brainer.  Is that a horrible thing to say being someone who is so passionate about fashion?!?  The winning equation?  The softest tee I have ever owned, a crisp jacket, bold hat (let’s be real I am not doing my hair and this makes me look like I tried), crazy fun shoes, and my (of course, as I always say) go to jewels.

Aldo Acaren -5

Aldo Acaren Mule-6

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Jacket: Forever 21.  Tee: Swell c/o.  Jeans: J. Brand.  Shoes: Aldo (on super sale!).  Hat: Forever 21.  Purse: Chanel.

plus one

If you happen to follow me on Instagram then you know I became an auntie, again, over the weekend.  Every time over the past few weeks that I missed a call from my sister I thought I had missed the call.  I would literally drop whatever I was doing and call her back.  I am pretty sure I skipped past the “hello” and went straight to “are you in labor?” every single time.  I can’t even imagine how sick she was of hearing that question.  Well this weekend, while showing my in-laws around Seattle, the call finally came.  My other sister and I drove three hours each way to see him for just over an hour, it was worth every minute of being on the road.  I know I may be a bit biased but he is perfect in every way and I love him more with every passing second!  I mean come on he came out with enough hair for the nurses to give him a faux hawk and nuzzled into my arms, with pursed lips, the second I picked him up, how could I be anything other than in love?!  Needless to say between my in-laws in town and our new little plus one I am running on little to no sleep.  So, in an attempt to face things head on, bring it on Monday… but first, COFFEE!

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Coat: Sheinside (only 3 left) love this.  Dress: Swell c/o.  Shoes: Shoedazzle (6.5, 8, and 10 left) these are nothing short of AH-MA-ZING.  Purse: Chanel.

 

every rose has it’s thorn

“We both lie silently still in the dead of the night
Although we both lie close together we feel miles apart inside
Was it something I said or something I did?
Did my words not come out right?
Though I tried not to hurt you
Though I tried
But I guess that’s why they say
Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn
Yeah it does
I listen to our favorite song playing on the radio
Hear the DJ say love’s a game of easy come and easy go
But I wonder does he know?
Has he ever felt like this?”

- Poison “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”

BCBGMaxazria White Trousers-8

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ASOS Botanical Trench -4

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Coat: ASOS.  Pants: BCBGMaxazria (old) LOVE these (25% off for a limited time too), great save option here.  Heels: Zara (old) Similar here.  Stole: H&M Paris (old) identical here.  Purse: Chanel.  Jewelry: James Michelle.  Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss (#72 Controversy).

 

mini me

Steal of the century!  Okay, maybe that is a bit over dramatic but at times I can be a bit dramatic.  I mean when you walk up to a gorgeous camel, wrap, zipper detail, perfectly draped, faux leather, skirt what do you expect to see on the price tag?  Me… I thought it would be at least $100.  I fully expect to cringe, come up with the perfect excuse as to why I don’t really need it, and walk away dissapointed.  Clenching my gut I turn over the price tag and see $9.95.  My immediate thought was to run to the cash register and check out as quickly as possible before they realized their mistake as they had to have mismarked this beauty.  I mean come on that is almost the same price as a cup of coffee!  Yet I was the one who was wrong and somehow this major find, my favorite of the fall yet, was not too good to be true.

H&M Faux Leather Wrap Skirt-11

Sole Society Rumer Boot-1

Sole Society Rumer Boot-5

Forever 21 Boucle Overcoat Cream-12

Forever 21 Boucle Overcoat Cream-15

Forever 21 Boucle Overcoat Cream-14

Sole Society Rumer Boot-6

Forever 21 Boucle Overcoat Cream-13

Jacket: Forever 21.  Sweater: Zara (old) Similar here and here.  Skirt: H&M (very limited sizes left) love this one.  Boots: Sole Society c/o (seriously lusting over the black version too).  Jewelry: Saint Laurent, Forever 21 (wearing only the gold sphere one).

{insta} life lately

…because who doesn’t smile when they see a rainbow…

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…because Queen Elsa needs Olaf…

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…because, well, hashtag: truth…

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…because 2 years is cotton (technically canvas is cotton) and le hubs would have laughed at sheets (the numbers are the latitude and longitude of where we got married)…

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…because the 12th man is strong even at gymnastics…

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…because leopard is absolutely a neutral…

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…because there is no better way to end a weekend than Sirena Gelato and sitting by the water…

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You can follow me on Instagram @carascliche

TGIF!

xx Cara

 

 

mirror image

“I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.” – Jimi Hendrix

Lace Pencil Skirt-7

Lace Pencil Skirt-9

Sweater: Elin Kling for Guess by Marciano (old) Great option here.  Skirt: Dailylook (20% off with code WhoWhatWear20).  Heels: Schutz (limited sizes left)  Similar here, love these.  Jewelry: Forever 21, Forever 21.

pattern play

What is it about eye popping prints that make a girl feel completely confident and like nothing can stand in her way?  I can’t answer that exactly, like many others I just know it to be true when I slip on a fabulous number.  I guess if I really try to pinpoint exactly what it is I would say that is something emotional.  There is some sort of attachment for girls to bright colors and patterns.  Kind of like Pharrell’s song “Happy” much like when you listen to it, when you are wearing a bold print in vibrant colors you just can’t help but be anything other than exactly that… happy!  You walk down the street and feel like all eyes are on you, not in the attention whore (ugh I hate that word/phrase) grabbing sort of way, but in a “I am woman, hear me roar” and a sort of way.  …and why not throw in a faux fur clutch to top it all off, because come on faux fur everything is, well, everything!

H&M Patterned Dress-2

New Look Fur Foldover Clutch-12

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New Look Fur Foldover Clutch-10

New Look Fur Foldover Clutch-11

Coat: Forever 21 (so incredibly necessary for every woman).  Dress: H&M (very limited sizes available) Similar here and absolutely adore this option.  Clutch: New Look.  Heels: Zara (old) These are everything.  Jewelry: Marrin Costello (all four pieces – stone necklace not available online yet but available via email).

tough love

My honest thoughts on the varsity jacket trend?  Let me be a bit more specific with that question, last weeks thoughts or this?  Because last week I didn’t hate it but I definitely had an “I can take it or leave it” mentality.  This week, only after finding this F21 version (seriously what is it with them lately, they have really stepped up their game when it comes to the outerwear deparment), I have come to have a more “I want to wear this every single day” mentality.  You don’t have the hideous softball pitcher one from high school with a giant ‘K’ accompanied by a cluster of my “achievement” pins so you can be my best friend forever mindset.  Was that too descriptive?  What I am really trying to say, in an unnecessary I get easily distracted round about sort of way, is I am now completely sold on varsity jackets!

I am fully aware my RBF was in full effect, I promise I was actually in a very good mood!

Forever 21 Classic Varsity Jacket-5

Jolly Chic Polka Dot Chiffon Maxi Skirt-13

Jolly Chic Polka Dot Chiffon Maxi Skirt-12

Forever 21 Classic Varsity Jacket-4

Jacket: Forever 21 via online.  Crop top: ASOS.  Skirt: Jolly Chic (love this one).  Shoes: Zara (old) Identical here.  Purse: Chanel (found a nearly identical version).  Necklaces: HRH Collection.

47th hour

First off let me say I am sorry for being so MIA yesterday and pretty much the entire weekend.  Does it make it any more acceptable if I say that I had a good reason?  As I type this we are in the 47th hour of no power or heat.  Saturday night Seattle had a crazy wind storm.  I woke up to no power, my sister woke up to a tree on both of her cars, yes plural, cars!  Thankfully we are all okay and nobody was actually hurt.  Also on the plus side my sister’s house still has power and we are having a sleepover of sorts tonight, more along the lines of completely taking over her guest bedrooms.  April, I love you and promise I will make the beds when we leave!   I can now justify my procrastination over the weekend and the fact that I never made it to Costco as being a good thing since our entire fridge has now become best friends with the garbage can.

…and on a side (venting) note: (please don’t hate me for this) to the girl on Twitter who never lost power but thinks that the Comcast cable node that kept her from football Sunday should have taken priority over restoring power and heat to the over 120,000 people who weren’t so fortunate as to have been unaffected by the storm, please think next time before you tweet!  I would gladly trade no cable for power and heat!  Here’s to hoping we are back up and running by tomorrow hashtag: power outages suck.

Forever 21 Longline Duster Coat in Black-9

New Balance Sneakers-16

Forever 21 Woven Plaid Gloves-19

Forever 21 Woven Plaid Gloves-24

Coat: Forever 21 (obsessed with this coat and very impressed by the quality).  Sweater: H&M.  Pants: H&M.  Shoes: New Balance.  Necklace: Forever 21.  Gloves: Forever 21.  Bag: Chanel.