long gone missing

Is it weird to say I’ve missed ya’ll?  Everything has been overwhelming, in the best of ways, but still overwhelming lately… thankfully I finally have a grasp on it all.  At least that is what I am telling myself.  Our house is finally ours again, after constant family in town (welcomed family that we were so grateful to have here) but still a constant, and trade show season is finally coming to a close… at least for now.  That being said I am truly back this time, or I can at least promise I will be better than I have been.  …because truly as weird as it sounds to say about online friendships, I really have missed you all!  So here’s to throwing some bows on my toes and jumping right back in!

SheIn Tie Sleeve Blouse (3 of 1)SheIn Tie Sleeve Blouse (1 of 1)SheIn Tie Sleeve Blouse (5 of 1)SheIn Tie Sleeve Blouse (2 of 1)

Bow Sleeve Top | Leather Culottes | Bow Mules | Bag

a leg up

“Tried to keep you close to me
But life got in between
Tried to square not being there
But think that I should have been
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
Hold back the river, hold back
Once upon a different life
We rode our bikes into the sky
But now we call against the tide
Those distant days are flashing by”

-James Bay “Hold Back the River”

Storets Lace Dress (5 of 1)Storets Lace Dress (12 of 1)Storets Lace Dress (3 of 1)

Forever 21 Longline Coat (old) love this option | Midi Lace Dress with Thigh Slit | Nude Pumps | Crossbody (save here)

in the fray

As you read this I am 36,000 feet in the air… most likely franticly working.  Months and months of work on a huge project is culminating in a grand finale this week and there are not enough hours in the day.  I can’t wait to see it all come together… I also can’t wait to finally meet sleep again.  “Oh, hi sleep, my name is Cara.  I haven’t seen you in months!”.  I love my job, I love what I do, that loving what I do is what makes the stress all worth it.  Thankfully my hair doesn’t catch on fire and I am able to handle stress and anxiety with a smile on my face and calm demeanor… while inside I am freaking the *$.)^ out!

SheIn Tweed Dress (2 of 1)SheIn Tweed Dress (4 of 1)SheIn Tweed Dress (8 of 1)

Forever 21 Longline Coat (old) Love this option (not to mention it’s PERFECT for spring dressing)| Shirt Dress | Tweed Dress via SheIn | Zara Kitten Heel Boots (old) similar here | Crossbody Bag (save here)

top form

Dirty hair?  Don’t care, I’ll throw a beret on it and go for a Parisian Vibe.  My work schedule has been beyond insane lately, I am waking up all hours of the night with nightmares and checking my email because I feel as though “I forgot something”, this level of unjustifiable craziness has left zero time to wash my hair.  Gross? Only slightly because it’s day three… but I own it!   You, me, Paris?  Let’s do it;)!

Gucci Gia Loafer Pump (3 of 1)ASOS Wool Beret (8 of 1)Zara Open Back Dress (11 of 1)ASOS Wool Beret (6 of 1)Zara Open Back Dress (9 of 1)

Zara Double Back Slit Slip Dress (worn as skirt) Similar here | Chunky Knit | Brogue Heels | Striped Scarf | Black Wool Beret | Crossbody Bag

go red

Go big red or go home!  I am a complete sucker for the color red but for some reason always feel risky and like I need to cover up when I wear it… even when I am completely covered head to (pretty much) toe.  It is one of those instant confident boosters, a true power color… “oh this, I just found it in the back of my closet”, get it girl!

H&M Midi Patterned Dress (12 of 1)H&M Midi Patterned Dress (10 of 1)H&M Midi Patterned Dress (8 of 1)

Red Longline Coat | Pattern Dress | Heels (on sale) | Choker | SunglassesBag

namesake

“Once I was 20 years old, my story got told
Before the morning sun, when life was lonely
Once I was 20 years old

I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major
I got my boys with me at least those in favor
And if we don’t meet before I leave, I hope I’ll see you later

Once I was 20 years old, my story got told
I was writing about everything, I saw before me
Once I was 20 years old

Soon we’ll be 30 years old, our songs have been sold
We’ve traveled around the world and we’re still roaming
Soon we’ll be 30 years old”

-Lukas Graham “7 Years”

Warehouse Pleated Midi Skirt (4 of 1)Warehouse Pleated Midi Skirt (6 of 1)Manolo Blahnik BB Pump

Sheer Knit Sweater | Warehouse Skirt (sold out) stunning option here | Pointed Heels | Sunglasses

the better boyfriend

I fell in love with this jacket from the second I first saw it.  It’s like the one you stole from you boyfriend in school and never returned… but better!  The cut, the comfort, everything… oh did I mention the comfort, is perfect!  Not to mention it’s missing the dingy boyfriend smell that sometimes came with stealing said article of clothing.  Thankfully now a days I chose a man who showers frequently so I don’t have to worry about dingy scents when swiping sweaters.

Zara Longline Military Coat (9 of 1)Zara Longline Military Coat (2 of 1)Zara Longline Military Coat (5 of 1)Zara Longline Military Coat (1 of 1)

Zara Jacket (old sale find) similar here | Longline Tunic | Faux Leather Skinnies | Vamp Ankle Booties | Aritzia Faux Fur Stole (old) love this option | Crossbody bag

split decision

“I’m sorry if I seem uninterested
Or I’m not listenin’ or I’m indifferent
Truly, I ain’t got no business here
But since my friends are here
I just came to kick it but really
I would rather be at home all by myself not in this room
With people who don’t even care about my well-being
I don’t dance, don’t ask, I don’t need a boyfriend
So you can go back, please enjoy your party
I’ll be here, somewhere in the corner under clouds of marijuana
With this boy who’s hollering I can hardly hear
Over this music I don’t listen to and I don’t wanna get with you
So tell my friends that I’ll be over here”

– “Here” Alessia Cara

Zara Split Studio Skirt (1 of 1)Zara Split Studio Skirt (5 of 1)Zara Split Studio Skirt (4 of 1)

Boda Skins Leather Jacket (save here) | Cream Chunky Knit (I love it so much I also got it in grey) | Zara Studio Skirt with Slits (sold out) nearly identical here | Over the Knee Suede Kitten Heel Boots | Bag | Sunglasses

finishing touch

I have always been a huge fan of brooches, especially unique vintage finds, clustered together.  While I’ve always been a fan it hasn’t been up until recently that I actually moved into the execution phase of this obsession.  Blame it on my pickiness, I knew exactly what I wanted and was unwilling to settle – come to think of it I have always been that way!  With my ever growing collection I now have the perfect finishing touch for any look!

ASOS WHITE Funnel Neck Midi Dress in Block Stripe (3 of 1)ASOS WHITE Funnel Neck Midi Dress in Block Stripe (1 of 1)Chanel Brooches Vintage (6 of 1)ASOS WHITE Funnel Neck Midi Dress in Block Stripe (4 of 1)ASOS WHITE Funnel Neck Midi Dress in Block Stripe (2 of 1)

Forever 21 Duster (old) great option here | Zip Back ‘Brick’ Dress (speaking of stripes how amazing is this trench?!)| Over the Knee Suede Boots (50% off) | Crossbody Box Bag | Oversized Black Sunglasses (I may or may not have both colorways) | Vintage Chanel Brooches (great options here and here)

ivory lane

I think it’s safe to say that my go-to winter wardrobe this year has been one of two things, sneakers and leather skinnies or skirts and over the knee boots.  Not only is the combination easy and comfortable but it’s incredibly chic and works for the office.  Winter has always been my favorite time of year because I am a layers girl, bundle me up and I am one happy camper… even if at times I find myself looking like the little boy out of “A Chrismas Story”, who needs to be able to move their arms anyways?!

Gray Over the Knee Boots (6 of 1)Gray Over the Knee Boots (8 of 1)Gray Over the Knee Boots (9 of 1)Gray Over the Knee Boots (10 of 1)

Forever 21 Coat (old) love this option | Asymmetrical Tunic (similar here) | Cream Pencil Skirt | Over the Knee Boots | Scarf (almost identical here) | Crossbody Bag | Cat Eye Sunglasses | Shark Tooth Ring