exotic blooms

Wedding season is upon us, and with weddings comes wedding attire!  Skirts, dresses, formals, jewels, clutches… men have it so easy (except for still needing us to tie their bowties;)) – suits!  What is it about weddings that make us feel like we can’t wear the same dress twice?!While I can run in my heels and don’t often wear flats I have never been much of a formal attire girl.  So when it comes to formal weddings I am all for affordable options and pieces I can easily rework into my lifestyle.  I have always been a sucker for voluminous maxi skirts and when I saw this beauty there was no exception, I was sold!  Not to mention it is under $70!

Chicwish Exotic Blooms Full Maxi Skirt-4

Chicwish Exotic Blooms Full Maxi Skirt-2

Chicwish Exotic Blooms Full Maxi Skirt-5

Chicwish Exotic Blooms Full Maxi Skirt-6

Chicwish Exotic Blooms Full Maxi Skirt-9

Off the shoulder top (also love this option) | Maxi Skirt (go up a full size) | Heels (old) Identical by one of my new favorite brands here | Clutch (on sale)  | Sunglasses | Bracelets (2, c/o Gerard Yosca)


I have a feeling that these perfectly cropped trousers and wooden soled stunners are going to be on constant repeat this spring and summer.  Since they arrived they have both been in non-stop rotation, it’s almost embarrasing.  But any piece that has people stopping me in the streets when I feel my most basic are a win in my book.  Both mix and match with the rest of my existing wardrobe flawlessly!  I will be the first to say I do not wear new pieces ever day, I am and always have been someone who remixes the old and the new on a more than regular basis.  Hashtag: sorry not sorry!

Maurie and Eve Vivienne Knit-18

Maurie and Eve Vivienne Knit-15

Maurie and Eve Vivienne Knit-6

Sweater: Maurie and Eve via Surfstitch (also available here).  Pants: Warehouse (also available here).  Shoes: Zara (Prada obsession here) save here.  Jewelry: H&M, Zada Official.  Purse: Fendi.  Sunglasses: AJ Morgan.

tied up

“There’s something in your eyes
Is everything all right?
You look up to the sky
You long for something more, Darlin’
Give me your right hand
I think I understand, follow me
And you will never have to wish again
I know that after tonight
You don’t have to look up
At the stars no no no no
And I know by the end of tonight
You don’t have to look up at the stars
And I know if the love is alright
You don’t have to look up
At the stars no no no no
I know by the end of tonight
You don’t have to look up at the stars”

– Justin Nozuka “After Tonight”

Zara Embroidered Jacket-16

Zara Embroidered Jacket-2

Zara Embroidered Jacket-10

Top: Zara (sold out) love this one and this dress version.  Bralet: Missguided.  Pants: Warehouse (also available here).  Shoes: Miu Miu (old) great options here and here.  Purse: Fendi.  Headpiece: Zara (similar here and here).

wood you

I am loving the 70’s revival in almost every aspect of the fashion world.  Taking the old and adding a chic, modern, twist will get me every single time.  My jaw hit the floor when I saw these Prada beauties… my jaw went through the floor at the price for such a trendy piece.  When I found this similar version from Zara I couldn’t “add to cart” quickly enough.

On a completely different note life has slowed down from how crazy it has been the past few weeks.  I am sorry for how crazy absent I have been, I am self-admittedly the worst right now… the absolute worst!  Do you ever feel like between at times you just can’t keep up?!  Now that everything is back on track I am working on adding the video content that I have gotten so many requests for.  I absolutely plan on doing the shoe collection, hair tutorials (no matter how embarrassingly easy and lazy I am when it comes to doing my hair), jewelry staples, and possibly random vlogs that I have gotten requests for.  This is where ya’ll come in, besides the aforementioned is there anything else that you would like to see?  I was thinking of starting with an “intro to me” type of video where I answer common questions  (leave any more you may have below) or an (x number) of things about me video.  Thoughts?  Would this even still be of interest?  I feel like I am way too boring but have gotten so many emails and comments asking for these types of things.

The Row Camel Blazer-1

The Row Camel Blazer-9

The Row Camel Blazer-2

The Row Camel Blazer-8

The Row Camel Blazer-4

Blazer: The Row via The Real Real (old) love this option.  Tee: ASOS.  Pants: ASOS.  Shoes: Zara (Prada obsession here) save here.  Jewelry: Marrin Costello, Zada Official.  Purse: Fendi.

dear momma

“It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that’s your way.
You always walked a step behind.
So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.
Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.
It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.”

– “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler

dear mom



Blue Chanel Brooch (you can possibly even get it for cheaper, this site allows you to “bid” starting at 75% of list price) / Pearl Chanel Brooch / Scattered Pearl Chanel Brooch / Heels (if full size – order the 1/2 size up from regular size) / Candle / Mug / Perfume (this scent is truly amazing) / Coat

little red wagon

“You only love me for my big sun glasses
And my Tony Lamas
And my Dodge Dart classic
You said “I’ll be Johnny and you be June
I’ll ride with you to the moon”
But guess what?
You can’t ride in my little red wagon
The front seat’s broken and the axel’s dragin’
You can’t step to this backyard swagger
You know it ain’t my fault when I’m walkin’ jaws droppin’ like
Ooh, ah, ooh, ah
Oh, heaven help me
I’ve been sowing wildflower seeds
And chasing tumble weeds
But that’s just who I be
And you’re just trying to slow this rolling stone
But I’m on to you baby
So guess what?”

– Miranda Lambert “Little Red Wagon”

Zara Studio Campaign Long Maxi Dress Red-7

Zara Studio Campaign Long Maxi Dress Red-11

Zara Studio Campaign Long Maxi Dress Red-4

Zara Studio Campaign Long Maxi Dress Red-12

Dress: Zara (love this option).  Shoes: Tony Bianco.  Jewelry: Marrin Costello (not yet available online – email contact@marrincostello for lariat and choker, I promise you will not regret it).  Purse: Fendi.

pure will

“Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho

… and last week, it happened all at once, but you know what they say “what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger”.

Zara Printed Jacket-9

Zara Printed Jacket-8

Zara Printed Jacket-11

Zara Printed Jacket-4

Zara Printed Jacket-14

Zara Printed Jacket-2

Jacket: Zara (love this one too).  Tee: ASOS (I need about 5 more, it is the silkiest tee I have ever owned).  Jeans: Anine Bing.  Shoes: Tony Bianco.  Jewelry: Marrin Costello (email her for the lariat and the choker – you will NOT regret it!).  Purse: Fendi.


While my go-to’s tend to lean more on the skirt/dress/slack side of things I can’t forget my denim.  While I love a great pair of jeans I have an extremely difficult time finding a great pair of jeans.  Someone take 2″-3″ away and I would have no issue.  Not to mention the issue those extra vertical inches provide when it comes to any sort of so called “maxi”, but that’s another story for another day.  I guess I shouldn’t be complaining about height should I?!?  This is why you will almost always find me rocking the boyfriend or flare trend.  Both tend fall towards the more lengthy side.  Ladies, if you know a good skinny jean for height, please, pleaaaaaasssssseeeeee, help me out!  Rant = over!

“My life at the moment is a bit like my wardrobe, organized chaos” – David Wenham

Banana Republic Soft wash utility boyfriend shirt-8

Banana Republic Soft wash utility boyfriend shirt-15

Banana Republic Soft wash utility boyfriend shirt-10

Top: Banana Republic (almost identical here).  Jeans: Zara (old) similar here.  Shoes: The Mode Collective – go up a size (on MAJOR sale and an additional 40% off with code: SALEONSALE).  Jewelry: Marrin Costello, Banana Republic via online, Zada Official (use code: Cara15 for 10% off).  Purse: Fendi.

…and repeat

Lately, as you have probably noticed, I have been turning to two staples on a more than regular basis.  First being my faux leather pencil skirt (seen here and here) and second these trousers (also seen here).  They both are those “go with everything” pieces.  I can literally grab anything else from my wardrobe without having to wonder if it will work.  I am sorry if you all are sick of seeing them, I promise I will get try to be better about it.

Lack of Color The Mack Hat-24

Lack of Color The Mack Hat-25

Lack of Color The Mack Hat-18

Lack of Color The Mack Hat-22

Coat: Forever 21 (old) similar here.  Blouse: Everlane.  Trousers: ASOS (identical here).  Shoes: Tony Bianco.  Jewelry: Zada Official (use code: CARA15 for 10% off your order), Marrin Costello, Marrin Costello, James Michelle.  Hat: Lack of Color via Lack of Color AU (also available here and here).

haute hippie

I am finally back!  I had my in-laws in town for the past week, who I rarely get to see, so needless to say family took priority!  I hope ya’ll understand!

I recently discovered Eight Slate and have become addicted.  Think chic, minimalistic, tops at a more than affordable price point.  I have been on the hunt for a lace bustier for what seems like forever, but a $300+ price point just wouldn’t do.  When I saw this one at a fraction of that cost, at what just a weeks worth of Starbucks would cost me, I was instantly sold.

Eight Slate Lace Bustier White-6

Eight Slate Lace Bustier White-7

Eight Slate Lace Bustier White-8

Jacket: Zara (old $10 sale find) great option here – go up a size for the same loose fit.  Top: Eight Slate via online (note prices are displayed in SGP).  Skirt: Zara (old) I have this variation too and love it.  Heels: Tony Bianco (on super sale).  Purse: Fendi.  Jewelry: Zada Official (use code CARA15 for 10% off your order).