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Can you believe we're just two weeks away from Fourth of July? I know it's only the first official day of summer (yay for longest day of the year!), but it's already feeling like these warm months are flying by too fast. Granted, ask me how I feel after taking the subway to work and I might be praying for winter.

With just 13 days until one of my favorite holidays of the year (second only to Thanksgiving) I thought I'd share not only a few of my favorite past red, white, and blue outfits but also some of my favorite pieces available this season! When it comes to the Fourth I'm all about subtly working in our patriotic colors with stripes, embroidery, and fun accessories. Sometimes though a little bit of ridiculous piece - like this watermelon bikini - can be a fun way to celebrate!

This will likely be my first Fourth of July in New York, so instead of bikinis and flip flops I'll probably be throwing on something a bit cuter like an on-theme romper or fun skirt. This gingham dress (shown above) from Zara is also a recent addition of mine that I will 100% be wearing at least once over the holiday weekend! It's the perfect dress to keep cool in this ridiculous NYC humidity while also looking extra festive.

Do y'all have any fun plans for the holiday weekend? If you have any suggestions for what to do in NYC during the Fourth I'd love to hear them as well!

You can shop all my favorite pieces at the bottom of the post!








Fourth of July Outfit Ideas

Can you believe we're just two weeks away from Fourth of July? I know it's only the first official day of summer (yay for long...
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Over the years the one constant in my wardrobe has been the ridiculous number of striped pieces I own and this dress is one of the best. It was all over the blog last summer and has continued to be one of the dresses I reach for on a weekly basis. Pairing it with my new favorite espadrilles from Primark (unfortunately only available in-store, but they're only $13!) and an easy cardigan was the perfect way to style the dress for a day by the beach. 

Unfortunately, since this dress is from last season it's sold out, but everyone needs a good striped tshirt dress so I've linked to a bunch of my favorites below!

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LOFT T-shirt Dress // LOFT Cardigan (similar) // Primark Espadrilles

Everyday Striped Dress

Monday, June 19, 2017
Happy hump day everyone! This week seems to be flying by and I can't believe we're just two weeks away from Fourth of July weekend. We're finally getting some summer heat in NYC, so I've been relying on a little AC and a lot of ice cream to get through it. 

I've been excited for today's Coffee Break post all week since I'm finally sharing one of my favorite brands, Lively. Lively is a NYC based brand that launched in April 2016 and their line includes everything from cute bralettes to flattering one piece bathing suits. While I don't usually talk about what goes under all my outfit posts, this brand is one that y'all need to know about!

Since launching, the Lively team has coined the term 'Liesurée' (a combo of lingerie and leisure) because their pieces are just the thing you want to lounge around in coming home after a long day. I have the Deep V bralette which I bought a few months ago and the Geo Lace bralette and bikini which the Lively team sent me a few weeks ago. The best part of their pieces is that no matter your size there is a bralette for you, they even created the Busty bralette for girls with a size D or larger. Took long enough for a brand understand, am I right? Even as someone who needs a good amount of support their regular bralettes still make me feel totally comfortable, especially the Deep V bralette which I wear under T-Shirts all the team (especially in this crazy heat!). 

Almost as important as their killer pieces is the Lively brand and community! The company is full of hard working kick ass women and they consistently impress me with their inspirational brand Instagram. Just search #LivingLively and you'll know what I mean. 

I have a few more pieces of theirs on my wishlist, especially all of the new swimwear. If y'all have any questions about the different pieces or about the fit please comment. I've tried on many of their pieces and can definitely offer my advice on what to buy!

*Please note I was gifted the product for this post, but Lively is a brand that I have not only purchased before on my own but also one that I truly admire. All opinions are my own :)

Coffee Break N.5 {All About Liesurée}

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

If there's one piece I can't wait to pull out every summer it's my straw basket bag. I've had mine for a few summers now and it's still going strong for weekend trips to the beach or even just for a picnic in central park. There's so many fun new styles out of straw bags now though that I'm thinking about diving in and buying another one!

While it's easy to think that you have to spend well over $100 on a basket bag from all the expensive versions across social media, there are actually so many affordable options out there! I ordered my bag years ago from Etsy for under $50 and since then there are even more sellers making affordable options. A few of my personal favorites include this larger tote and this circle one, both for under $50! If you're willing to splurge though this tote is my absolute favorite and has amazing reviews!

UNDER $50



UNDER $100



UNDER $150



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Gingham Top via TJ Maxx // American Eagle Jeans // Franco Sarto Slides // Forever 21 Sweater







Straw Bags for Every Budget

Monday, June 12, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! At 5pm today I will have officially completed my first week as a full-time working adult. Pretty crazy, right? It has truly been an amazing first week and I couldn't ask for a better first job. I also lucked out because today we're celebrating our 6th Anniversary, so if you're interested more in that side of my life make sure to check out my Instagram story for more details! I'll be heading out to a classic NYC summer spot and you don't want to miss the fun snaps. 

Now a note about my outfit... This dress is one of my new summer favorites and it's 50% off right now making it only $35. I'll definitely be packing it for any weekend trips I take because let's be honest when it comes to summer weekends I like to throw on a dress and not have to think about anything else. I've also linked below to a few of my other favorite dresses from the same retailer that are also all on sale and under $50!

Hope you all have a lovely summer weekend :) 

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Summer Wrap Dress

Friday, June 9, 2017


If you flashback a decade or so you'll find eight year old Caroline who was the biggest girly girl. I actually made fashion magazines out of construction paper and refused to wear anything but the dresses and skirts in my school uniform. However, my mom who was significantly more realistic than I was figured out that I would compromise and wear the skorts she brought home for me. 

Now eight year old me loved having skorts so that I could climb trees and play on the playground while also looking like a total girly girl, and after finding this skort (under $50!) I realized that nothing has changed.I may not be climbing trees anytime soon, but in NYC a skort is the perfect way to stop the wind from blowing your skirt up or to ensure you're ready for an impromptu park picnic.

Now that I've (once again) fallen in love with the ease that skorts add to life I've been on the hunt for even more to add to my closet. I've linked some of my favorites below!

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Forever 21 Sweater (similar) // Mango Skort // Franco Sarto Mules (similar) // Clare V Bag (similar)


A Skort Story

Monday, June 5, 2017

First off I want to say thanks to everyone for your incredible support in response to my graduation post on Monday. I got the sweetest congrats on social media and through direct messages and it really means so much to me.

Now that graduation is over though I'm excited to start looking ahead at what the summer has to offer and first up is Memorial Day weekend. There are SO many amazing sales and I'm sharing all my favorites at the bottom of this post! First up though I have plenty of fun things to share because it's been a while since my last Coffee Break post!

1) The Best (and Cheapest) Rosé - If you don't know summer is rosé season that you must be living under a rock. That being said I'm not trying to break the bank while buying a good bottle, so this article from Refinery 29 has to be my favorite find recently. There are two options for under $10! I'll take them both :)

2) Home Decor Inspiration - Since I'm moving apartments next week I've been on a major interior inspiration binge. The Hunted Interior is one of my favorites spots for inspiration and I've also been pinning to my Places & Spaces board like crazy! I'm thinking about featuring some of my design journey on the blog... Would you guys be interested in seeing more?

3) The Handmaid's Tale - Did anyone else read The Handmaid's Tale in high school? It was one of the few books I actually liked in english class, so I was pretty excited when I heard Hulu had created a series around it. I just finished the most recent episode and you all have to watch! The creators built a whole extended world that goes past just the novel and it is truly amazing.

...and now to the sales since I know that's what you're all most excited for!

NORDSTROM SEMI-ANNUAL SALE
Up to 40% Off

LOFT
40% off Everything

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH
40% off Everything

URBAN OUTFITTERS
Up to 50% Off


Whether you're celebrating at home or headed somewhere new I hope you all have a fun filled holiday weekend!

Coffee Break N.4 + Best Memorial Day Sales!

Friday, May 26, 2017
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