Monday, November 25, 2013

Collars and Lace

Hello lovelies,

Sorry it's been a couple of days since I lasted posted anything for you guys, I'm still trying to recover from The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Episode). I really think Whovians deserve a week off after that brilliant, but so incredibly heartbreaking episode. *MOFFAT!* Unfortunately Baylor didn't catch that memo, so here I am sitting in one of the campus libraries, venting my frustration and admiration to you guys until I have to go to my next class.

On a lighter note, I have a personal outfit post for y'all today. I was feeling particularly creative, and considering I was looking for an outfit I hadn't worn yet, that proved to be a rather helpful mood to be in.

I had this dress with a darling lace peter-pan collar that I absolutely adored, but I personally found the length of the dress to be a little too short, thus I never wore it. I was determined to wear it though, and I did! And to top it off, it was styled in a completely different way than I had ever worn it before. I owe it all to those little magical things of stretchy wonder called tights! I found that if I tucked the too-short dress into the tights, I could put a skirt over it to make it look like a top and I wouldn't have to worry about the dress poking out while I made my trek from one class to another. I threw on my over-worn black cardigan as it was quite chilly outside, some Alice in Wonderland themed necklaces (because why not?) and I was ready to head out the door!

I love the simple detailing on this skirt.

I carried the pink aspects of this outfit into my make-up with a light pink blush on the cheeks, and yes, on my eyelids too! Blush works phenomenally as an eyeshadow and it has a hue that no pink eyeshadow can really recreate. You can read more about it here. 
No particular reason for this picture. I am just rather fond of it. 
Top (Dress): Forever 21// Skirt: Thrifted// Cardigan: Thrifted// Tights: Icings// Shoes: Urban Outfitters// Chair Necklace: Walmart// Alice in Wonderland "Drink Me" Necklace: Etsy (Similar).

A big thanks to Grace over at My Spare Oom for taking these lovely photos.

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pretty in Peach

Last, but certainly not least in the line-up of outfits that I styled for the radiant Spencer Anderson, is this pretty peach get-up. [There is one more outfit that has not been photographed yet, so I will share that one with you all as soon as I can.] I normally would have carried the pretty and feminine look throughout the entire outfit, but something about the sharp, black lines of the skirt kept calling my attention. I went with my gut instinct and paired the two together, and I was pleasantly surprised with how well the black maxi complimented the softer aspects of the top half of the outfit. You can see the other ways that I styled this particular skirt here.

This outfit ended up being one of my favourites from the shoot (I tend to have a lot of favourites), and I hope you enjoy it as well!

Gold accessories for the win. 
Can we just talk about this brooch?! So precious!

Top: Forever 21// Peach Cardigan + Owl Brooch: Gift (Original origin is unknown)// Maxi: Kohl's// Loafers: Urban Outfitters

All photos were taken by Grace over at My Spare Oom.

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Scarves and Specs


If you've been following Beauties, Bliss, and Bears as of late, you would know that I recently had the opportunity to style some outfits for my good friend Spencer. You can check out the previous outfits here and here. Today's outfit is a little more cozy/ relaxed than the previous ones, but still super stylish. Scarves are a HUGE staple for me -and most other girls in the world- once the cooler weather hits, so I figured this shoot would not be complete without featuring one. I'm also a sucker for mustard yellow, so as soon as I saw this in her closet I knew I would be using it somehow. Upon further investigation I found this heather green top that complimented the mustard colour perfectly and some brown riding boots that simply completed this classic look.

This is such an easy outfit to recreate and it is perfect for this lovely fall weather.

Fun Fact: Those are my glasses that I basically threw at her right before we took the pictures. They were like icing on the cake.
Top: Old Navy// Jeans: Kohl's// Scarf: Forever 21// Boots: Gift // Glasses: Warby Parker.
All photos were taken by Grace over at My Spare Oom.

Thank you for reading! 

xx Caitlin.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Twice as Nice

It always amazes me how something as simple as accessories can take an outfit and give it two entirely different looks. That is what I love about styling clothing and accessories; the possibilities are seemingly endless, all you need is a little creativity! So today I have the same outfit styled two completely different ways: a comfy/casual daytime look, and an edgier, nighttime look. Hope you enjoy!
In order to create a more casual, fun, and effortless look I threw a bright coral cardigan over an all black and white outfit. Adding a pop of colour is an easy way to make any outfit more exciting.
Changing the make-up a bit. You should have seen the looks we were getting.
I ditched the coral cardi and said hello to a classic leather jacket, turned the slit in the skirt more towards the front, added a chunky pearl necklace and BAM! Same outfit with an edgier feel.

Skirt: Kohls // Graphic Tee: Thrifted (Originally from Forever 21)// Leather Jacket: Target // Coral Cardigan: Old Navy // Wedges: TOMS // Necklace: Forever 21

All photos were taken by Grace over at My Spare Oom.

Thank you for reading! Stay golden my friends,

xx Caitlin.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Go Bold

Good Afternoon!

As I previously mentioned, I recently had the opportunity to style a photo shoot with the lovely Spencer Anderson. In case you missed it you can see what I wore for this occasion here. This first outfit is probably one of my favourites from the entire shoot. This dress is so much fun with it's bold print and gorgeous cut, but the most important aspect is that Spence looks positively stunning in it! I am a firm believer that you should always style for the person actually having to wear the clothes, and not for yourself. People obviously wear certain things differently and there are some cuts that just work better for certain people, so there is no use in making the person feel uncomfortable by forcing them into an outfit they would never wear if they had option not to. That being said, I tried to make Spencer feel as fabulous as possible. I wanted to make sure that she was wearing these outfits and not the other way around. And from the number of wolf whistles and cat calls she was receiving from people, I think it is safe to say she was wearing these outfits! 

So without further ado, the magnificent Spencer Anderson.

Dress: Wish// Wedges: TOMS// Leather Band: Thrifted// Earrings: Claire's
I just love this picture. (:

All photos were taken by my brilliant friend and fellow blogger Grace

I hope you are all having a stupendous Saturday! Thank you for reading.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Styling: What I Wore

Hello all!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to style a fashion photo shoot for my dear friend Spencer Anderson. Let me start off by saying, holy nonsense that girl has a wardrobe that could make even the most fashionable of ladies jealous, and to top it off she is such a beautiful person inside and out. I absolutely loved this experience and I cannot wait to style more shoots in the future. It is quite refreshing to get to work with other people's closets and test your limits in ways that you cannot necessarily do with your own.

I cannot wait to share the results with all of you, but first I am going to share what I wore to style the shoot. 

The shoot took an unexpected turn and ended up being in Austin (funny how I always tend to randomly end up in Austin), right next to the good ole capital. Knowing that I would be running around all day trying to find the perfect location for each outfit while carrying the massive bag that contained all of the necessary items for the shoot, I opted for a VERY casual, but still cute look. Since I wasn't having to constantly make sure my dress or anything wasn't askew, I was able to focus all of my attention on her. I was comfortable and ready to work, so this outfit ended up being exactly what I needed.

I opted for my black TOMS, which as you can see probably need to be retired soon. Surprisingly enough this pair is one of my better pairs. 

 The cami is in a fantastic shade of red and the scarf is hands-down my favourite one that I own. Not to mention all of it is super comfy, thus I tend to run to this outfit when I need to look cute, but do not feel like dressing up too much. I wear this outfit more often than I care to admit, but oh well. *sigh*
Cami- Old Navy// Cardigan- thrifted// Scarf- gift (I have no clue where it is from)// Jeans: Forever 21// Shoes: TOMS// Glasses: Warby Parker
In action. Just a little preview of what to expect from these outfits, which I will be posting soon, so stay tuned! 

All of the photos were taken by my lovely friend Grace. Thanks again for helping out and tagging along with us last minute. 

Stay Golden,

xx Caitlin. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013


To say the least, this semester has been the hardest one yet. Trying to manage 17 hours, a job, marching band, bills, and actually converging into adulthood is EXHAUSTING, 
not to mention stressful.

I am a Studio Art Major with and emphasis in Graphic Design, and I absolutely love it. Coming to Baylor, I was prepared artistically for the classes, but not the work load. I like to think I did pretty well in my beginning classes my Freshman year, but I was not prepared for the
 challenge that is Wood Sculpture.

First of all, I NEVER would have picked this class for one of my studio electives by myself, but after some convincing, I signed up. Every expectation for this class that I had in my mind was shattered when i walked in to class the first day. I knew no one, I had no idea how to use a saw, how to sand, and I definitely was not confident in my klutzy self enough to trust the fact that I wouldn't cut my pinky off the first time i used a saw.

At first, I absolutely hated this class. The work load seemed a little ridiculous, expectations were outrageous, and i was not the biggest fan of my professor. Simply put, I wanted to quit.

My mom always tells me that I am very hesitant to trying things that I have doubts about, and I need a push (sometimes a swift kick) in the right direction. Since she wasn't there to kick me, i did it myself. And it felt pretty good.

I am in the middle of my third sculpture project, and I actually enjoy it. Granted, sculpture is NOT my thing, but I am happy that I can now cut triangles and circles with the best of 'em
( maybe not the best, but hey.)

For years, I have lived in the area that is just outside the comfort zone, but not quite willing to be positively adventurous.  I've made good grades, i've tried to get the easiest Professors, and I've made excuses as to why I 'couldn't' do something. To be honest, I feel like my sculpture class has taught me how to make mistakes and be okay with it. Perfection is IMPOSSIBLE, but the best way to aspire to it is to keep trying. I probably remade this last project at least 5 different times before i found one design that worked. Yes grades do matter to me, but what matters more is that I actually learn in my mistakes, even if that means messing up 10 times on cutting wood.

Sometimes i feel like I'm a tough girl when I go into the wood shop. Literally, some of the thoughts that go through my internal dialogue go like this; 'Look at me cut this Mahogany, with this saw. Look at my splinters! I rule.' And sometimes it's nice to think you're awesome, even if you only admit it to yourself. So when I go home covered in sawdust, hands full of splinters, and arms full of bruises I can be proud of myself, and others can think I'm just a klutz who has bad dandruff.

Thank You all for reading!
- Jessica