Friday Favorites #55

2017 Friday Favorites

I think this past week was the fastest one, yet!

How are you, friends? Dying for the weekend to begin? SAME, girl, SAME. My bridal shower is tomorrow and I’m v excited. And a little nervous because all eyes on me=scary for this introvert. Anyone else out there hate opening gifts in front of people??

Anyway, I’m excited to chat about my shower next week and share any photos I take. But for tonight, I have a few weekly favorites to share with you. Let’s get started!

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1 | Off-The-Shoulder Everything

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While I try not to get sucked into every trend that happens, I just can’t help myself with OTS stuff. This little cutie is a new favorite and it was pretty affordable at Forever 21. With trendy “fast-fashion” items, I always try to buy cheaper options. They won’t last forever, and won’t be on-trend for years and years, so the cheaper route is just smarter in my opinion.

2 | Oversized Sunnies

I bought these sunglasses (pictured on my head above) from Amazon recently, and they are a fun summer accessory I’ve been rocking lately. I linked some similar ones here (same glasses, different color), or you could splurge on the real-deal Celine ones here. (See favorite #1 for why I chose the $10 ones ;))

3 | DIY Vow Books

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I made these this week (another little project checked off my list!) using a super easy DIY from Pipkin Paper Company. I’ll link it here! I think they turned out SO CUTE and I can’t wait to fill them up with mushy gushy stuff. It’ll be great. But seriously, if you want a cute (and REALLY cheap – we’re talking $1 or less depending on ribbon) way to store your vows, look no further.

4 | Rice + Salad Bowls

So I have no pretty picture to show, but I’ve been buying salad kits at the grocery store for an easy meal, and this week I mixed some salad with brown rice and it was delish. So I had to share that with you. It sounds weird, but I promise it was tasty! It was a Thai-style salad BTW, and it was really good. The addition of rice made the meal a bit more satisfying, and the warm and cold was interesting.


 

Okay I am gonna go finish watching the Maze Runner with the fam now. Have a great weekend!

2017 REAL Caitlin

 

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Top 4 Unconventional Places to Shop for Wedding Decor

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I don’t know if you know this about me, but my obsession with all things wedding is REAL. Since my own wedding is just around the corner (2-ish months away!), I have been gathering bits and bobs here and there to use for our big day.

Having the world’s longest engagement (I kid, I kid) has allowed me to gather items pretty slowly, and to browse in non-wedding stores before jumping to the wedding retailers.

You’ll notice a major theme when you do this, too… everything is so much more affordable! For my fellow brides-on-a-budget, you need to start shopping at these places like, yesterday.

So now, I want to share those places with you! Keep reading to find out my four favorite places to shop for wedding decor.

TJ Maxx

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I love this place. The home goods portion of the store is especially my favorite, and where I have found several things for the wedding. My favorite: our guestbook. *insert heart eyes emoji* It couldn’t be more perfect for our wedding, and I know it is a small detail, but for only $10, it made me pretty happy. (The pretty gold pen is a Target-at-Goodwill find!) Anyway, make sure you frequent TJ Maxx to look for random wedding (or non-wedding) items they carry.

Target

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ESPECIALLY the dollar spot. Some of my favorite finds include two white cake stands and giant gold balloons (each for $5 or less). Never underestimate the dollar spot. Also, Target clearance is the bomb.com, and I found lots of good after-Christmas items that are gonna be so cute at our wedding.

Michaels/Hobby Lobby

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…Or any craft store in general. While they carry conventional wedding stuff (I scored 100 blank invites and envelopes to DIY on clearance for $6.99!!!), I have also bought some things like pretty ribbon for bouquets that are from the non-wedding section. Plus, you can almost always get 40% off an item, AKA really cheap stuff.

Ikea

I won’t go into much detail, but rather direct you to a post I made a while back full of wedding items from Ikea. For super super cheap prices, you just can’t beat the basics you can find here! I’m DIYing our welcome sign soon, so I’ll be sure to share how that turns out.


 

I hope my little blurbs encourage you to step outside of the box when shopping for your wedding! If you have a dynamite place you shop for wedding decor, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Happy wedding planning!

2017 REAL Caitlin

 

 

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Friday Favorites #54

2017 Friday Favorites

Hi friends! Happy weekend!

I hope your summer is off to a good start. I’ve been basking in relaxation, and couldn’t be happier.

It’s about time I shared some favorites with you after my little hiatus from the blog! I’ve missed chatting with you!

Today I ran some errands, baked some yummy treats, and enjoyed a date night of Cheddar’s and Parenthood. (The recipe for a pretty great Friday, if you ask me.)

We don’t have too many plans this weekend, but Jake is off work so we will definitely take advantage of that and spend a bunch of quality time together.

I really don’t have much to catch you up on, so let’s get to the things I’ve been loving, shall we?

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1 | Lonestar Southern

I follow a LOT of lifestyle/fashion/style bloggers on IG, and Kate at Lonestar Southern has quickly become a favorite. She has such a sweet southern personality, and wears the cutest things. If you need some fun fashion inspo in your feed, give her a follow! (PS I totes bought this shirt and want to style it the same way she did here… so cute and fun!)

2 | DIY Wedding Invitations

So as a way to save some MAJOR cash, I designed and am printing my own wedding invites!! I snagged some blank invites on mega-clearance, and created my design using befunky.com, and made some pretty, simple invitations. They aren’t perfect, but for what I paid, I love them! They are classic, and “go” with the wedding vibes. I might make a whole post about the process, but I had to include this as a fave for now! I don’t want to post a pic until they are sent out, so our guests will be surprised, but trust me, they turned out really well, and I’m pretty proud of myself!

3 | Easy Banana Oat Bars via The Lean Green Bean

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YUM! I had a ton of too-ripe bananas to use up, so I did a quick search on Pinterest for “banana recipes” and this one popped right up! I am so glad I tried them. They are so good! And required few ingredients + steps, which is a must for me when it comes to recipes (simplicity over everything!). Head over to Lindsay’s blog to see the recipe, and make sure to let me know if you give it a try! I’m already looking forward to eating one tomorrow…

4 | The Office

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Remind me again why I, a 22 year old human, am just now watching this show? It is the perfect lazy-day show to binge watch 298394 episodes of. I literally laugh out loud during some episodes, which takes a lot! (I can be a tough cookie to crack in the humor department.) I love Dwight and Pam and Michael and Jim…..etc. etc. etc.

 

Have a fab weekend friends! Talk to you soon!

2017 REAL Caitlin

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Favorites #53

2017 Friday Favorites

Hello friends! Happy Friday!

I’m home at my parents’ for the weekend until early Sunday morning, when we head back to Springfield for our friends’ brunch wedding. I can’t wait! I love love!

We’re also celebrating mother’s day this weekend, which will be fun. Celebrations of any kind are always a win in my book!

I can’t believe the semester is just about over. It’s pretty insane(-ly exciting). I’m ready for some sunbathing, weekday Target trips, and last-minute wedding prep. Oh, and more non-scrub outfits. Definitely more non-scrub outfits.

FRIDAY FAVORITES

1 | Reading for Fun

I finally finished a book I had started months ago (Grace, Not Perfection!), and remembered how much I love reading for fun. I am so excited to tackle lots of books this summer!

2 | Parenthood

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I’m obsessed with this show. OMG. Obsessed. I love the drama, the humor, the family, everything. SO GOOD. Kristina and Adam are my faves. I don’t want to say anything else, you just need to watch it. For reference, I love shows like Friday Night Lights, One Tree Hill, Hart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls, etc.

3 | Bare Minerals Original Foundation

I recently rediscovered this makeup, and have used it everyday since. I love how light and skin-like it is, and the natural glow it gives to the skin. Powder foundation is so easy, too! If you’ve overlooked this classic, give it a try. It’s especially perfect for the summer months.

4 | Just Married Swimsuit

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I’ve been searching for swimsuits to buy for our honeymoon, and stumbled upon this one that I just can’t not buy. Seriously, how cute + can-only-get-away-with-wearing-once is this suit?!


 

Have the best weekend! And happy mother’s day to all you mamas out there. Relax + have fun!

2017 REAL Caitlin

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