Nanette Lepore Long-Sleeve Lace Dress, White • Nanette Lepore • $498
Bisou Bisou Bell-Sleeve Lace Shift Dress • Bisou Bisou • $59.99
BELLE + SKY Bell-Sleeve Shift Dress • BELLE + SKY • $55
Jillyan Floral Lace Dress • $338
Trixxi Long Sleeve Illusion Lace Shift Dress • Trixxi • $52
Kendall + Kylie Short-Sleeve Lace Babydoll Dress • $178
Laurice Floral Lace Tunic Dress • $298
FOREVER 21 double-v slip dress • Forever 21 • Sold Out
Self Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress, White • Self-Portrait • $625
The athleisure trend is one of my recent favorites. This style is a favorite of celebrities [Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, etc] and has been a pretty popular style for casual days. Thought I would show you how I do my version + also show you some comparable pieces in case you’re looking to recreate the look on your own!
You can recreate this style with some pretty inexpensive brands [topshop, forever21, etc] Just find some high waisted leggings, a crop top that you like and pair it with some sandals/gym shoes and a casual hairstyle! Lmk if you recreate this look!
BDG Ribbed Knit Cuffed Beanie • BDG • $9.99
Yeezy Cotton crop top (Season 1) • Yeezy • $179
LNA LNA ACTIVE Marlo Cropped Tank • LnA • $61.60
Cropped Cotton French Terry Sweatshirt • Yeezy • $137
T by Alexander Wang Cropped ribbed top • Alexander Wang • $119
Double elastic stripe leggings • $35
ALO Airbrushed Legging • Alo • $78–88
Bodyism Nathalie Stretch-Jersey Leggings • $125
Finders Keepers the Label ‘Hurricane’ Crop Top • $129
SOREL ‘Torpeda’ Lace-Up Sandal (Women) • Sorel • $109.95
Dolce Vita Jasmyn Suede Gladiator Sandals • Dolce Vita • $110
FOREVER 21 mia delphine gladiator sandals • Forever 21 • $6
Today I’m sharing with you my New York fashion week Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 instant camera diary! I’ve been to NYFW the last 5 years [wow.. that is CRAZY] and each season- while technically similar- is always so different and holds so many memories for me. Even though this was a ‘work trip’, I left the city feeling so refreshed and energized. I had the best time [with the best friends!] in New York this past week and I already miss it.
This time around was pretty exciting to me because some of my best friends were also in town. It made my favorite city feel more like home because all of my people were there to enjoy it with me. I don’t know if you guys know this- but back when I got my first apartment I created a Instax board where I would take photos of everyone who came to my apartment. It was such a fun way for me to document all of the memories being made in my place. I wanted to recreate that concept this time at fashion week because that’s what I wanted to focus on: living in the moment, enjoying the memories + remembering my trip in a real, sentimental way [it also didn’t hurt that my camera is white + matches my theme]. Here is my Instax diary from nyfw!
I snapped photos from presentations all the way to dinners out with my friends + they had SUCH a fun time snapping with me. If you’re looking for a fun [and cute!] way to remember something, this is the way to go! I like this particular camera because even though it’s an instant camera, there are still controls that help you get the perfect picture in one take: it automatically calculates brightness [v helpful for shooting in any type of light- why I was able to snap pictures in dark restaurants, outdoors etc] and there’s even a self timer in case you want to get in a photo with all of your friends. There’s also a mirror next to the lens in case you’re looking to take photos of you and your friends selfie-style!
If you like my white Instax Mini 70 camera you can find it by clicking here!
I decided that today’s post would be about some of my favorite skin care products since I get questions about them pretty frequently- but- in a non fancy blogger plot twist- my routine has actually been the same for years. I’ll sometimes mix it up with a new cream or mask, but I’ve kept my actual cleansing products the same for as long as I can remember.
I’m currently in New York for fashion week + I thought this would be a great time to share this with you because
- I’m wearing a ton of camera ready makeup, so these are the products that really help get my skin clean
- The bathroom at my hotel is so my jam [hello white brick] so why not grab a couple of pics + get a post out of it?!
If you’ve been a reader of mine for awhile, you know that Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes ARE MY FAVORITE. IM YELLING. CAPSLOCK BECAUSE IT’S REAL. [In case you didn’t know, I did a video on my channel last year with Neutrogena + Kerry Washington and I was obsessed with them before that, and I’m still obsessed with them now. Shameless plug to re-mention that I did a boss video on my channel with K-dubs and you can watch it by clicking here] they feel great and they are actually the only wipe that takes off all of my makeup [I’ve tried most of the other brands available in drugstores and they never actually get off my mascara / feel like I’m dragging my skin off. I’m trying to be lazy, not trying to age here].
So my routine is this- on camera makeup heavy days [aka, all of new york fashion week] I take off my makeup / oil / etc using the makeup wipes and then I follow it up with a gentle cleanser to really clean out my pores: the ultra gentle daily cleanser most days, or the deep clean gentle scrub for days I want to feel like I’m doing something special. But the key word here for my skin is gentle. I have very sensitive skin, my skin needs a ton of moisture / doesn’t react well to being dry, so these are my go to products ESPECIALLY with it being freezing / dry in NY. I like to do this double cleansing method [wipes-wash] because it leaves your skin exceptionally clean- no makeup. no oil. nothing left behind. I’m not someone who likes to use an intense face routine / use an electric brush etc and this double cleansing method works to really get everything off and leave my face 100% clean.
I also do the double-cleansing method to ensure that my skin is fully able to receive moisturizers / cream afterwards. Having any kind of makeup still left on would take away from the products I’m using and also sleeping in any kind of makeup is SO bad for your skin. That’s one thing I pride myself on- even though my routine is pretty chill, I’ll never fall asleep with makeup on. I’m not trynna get wrinkles here!
And that’s my cleansing routine! I’ve stuck by these products for so long + my skin has always been the best with them. The double cleanse method really leaves my skin clean, clear and glowing!
Do you have any staple products that you can’t live without? Any steps in your routine that you wouldn’t change? Let me know down below!
Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite [not-so] secret spots: the flower mart in downtown Los Angeles.
WHAT: The Flower Mart
WHERE: 754 Wall Street, Los Angeles
You can find tons of fresh flowers at a wholesale rate- I buy Hydrangea bouquets for $6.50 at the flower mart vs spending $16+ at a grocery store! This place should be added to your list of weekend stops if you live in downtown LA [or just want to come down to brunch / buy flowers].
PRO TIPS: bring cash, there is usually a cash only admission fee [unless you get there right before closing] and go early- it’s a morning / early afternoon activity only!
Also- these photos may look like you’re in flower heaven, but really you’re in a warehouse in the thick of downtown la. It’s definitely not glamorous- but it’s worth it!
Book a flight and spend NYE on a beach in another country: check!
I spent New Years Eve in the Dominican Republic at the Melia Caribe Tropical resort in Punta Cana. My sister and I loved the idea of creating a new holiday tradition + had been planning on doing a trip for the last year. We stayed at The Level [the adults only section of the resort] and spent the holiday drinking coconuts on a private beach- so much better than the snowy new years eve’s I’m used to. Here are some pictures from my trip!
We’re already starting to plan our next vacation. Have any favorite spots? Let me know!
Hey guys! Today’s post is going to be a gift guide for the holidays! The best gifts to me are gifts that are personal- and gifts that are useful. I personally love receiving things that I would always want, but wouldn’t necessarily splurge on for myself. I’ve decided today’s gift guide will be filled with items that could be beneficial to anyone!
Brushes- every woman could use new brushes in her beauty arsenal. From full sets to miniature editions [like the mini beauty blenders available in the check out line at sephora] this is a gift that most women would appreciate!
Skin care- Eye masks that are something that already appear glam, but this set from Iluminage actually DOES help bring the phrase ‘beauty sleep’ to life. This satin-soft eye mask [also available as silky pillow cases!] is infused with copper technology that has been proven to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It minimizes aging while promoting a more youthful appearance in as little as four weeks, making this the perfect gift for any of the females in your life- especially for any friends that tend to get less sleep or love skin care! They’re also running a promotion for 30% off for the holidays- use the code carly30 to get 30 percent off your order!
I personally love fragrance, but rarely let myself spend the money to buy myself new scents making this the perfect type of gift! Some of my favorite scents:
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille / Dior Addict for night [both dark, smoky vanillas]
Chloe for day [the original Chloe scent- clean and fresh]
Any kind of technology gifts are amazing because we all use it!
Portable Phone Chargers: you can never have too many of these, and so many people STILL don’t carry one. Help ensure that your friend texts you back by giving them no excuses
Headphones: I had personally been wanting beats headphones forever, but wouldn’t buy them for myself. My brother purchased them for me and I have used them non stop!
Candles are an easy gift that are always a welcomed addition. Who doesn’t want their home to smell nicely? Diptyque has beautiful candles + will be appreciated by the aesthetic driven, anthropologie also has some great options that double as decor!
When in doubt, this is a fail safe option as a gift. Gift cards to their favorite coffee shop will be a gift they will immediately use and love. Or you could do something nice and purchase a gift card for a spa treatment- who doesn’t love a massage or a mani / pedi?
Hope you guys enjoyed this gift guide!
Today’s post is featuring one of my favorite spaces in my loft! I’ve been working on making over my office area in my apartment for quite some time + today is the day I can finally share it with you!
My bedroom used to be on the lower level, but I moved it upstairs + have been transforming the space into an office for the last few months. Was waiting to find the perfect pieces + that of course didn’t come without some classic disasters [my desk top was lost in shipping, etc]. Now that I’ve finally got all of the pieces together, it’s time for the reveal!
I’m someone who is very affected by their surroundings- it’s almost impossible for me to work if my apartment is cluttered or disorganized. I needed to create a space that was clean and organized, but also comfortable. For me, that means also having fresh flowers + a scent for the room to make it feel relaxed. My current favorites: hydrangeas and Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy. I like to spray this throughout my office to make it more inviting and enjoyable to spend long periods of time in.
In case you were wondering about this scent, it has notes of sandalwood + vanilla [right up my scent alley. All of my scents usually have some mix of woody slash sweet vibes] but it isn’t overwhelming dark or sweet- it’s light enough to wear all day or spray throughout a room. It also has some floral notes, which match beautifully with the fresh flowers. I’m really happy with the combination!
This is one of my favorite sections in my loft because it’s so inspiring to me- I actually want to sit and work in here! This room definitely makes ‘work’ feel a little bit more like a celebration 🙂
You know that I’m constantly switching up my nail designs + trying out new looks.
This week’s manicures is one of my favorite yet!
I love white marble- my coffee table is white marble, my youtube banner is white marble. I mean, it’s all of my favorite colors and instagram theme all rolled into one. Of course I love it. So it was only a matter of time until it made its way on to my nails!
My manicure is a gel manicure with two coats of white gel polish. Once the white polish was done, my nail artist used- wait for it- a permanent marker to create the marble design. What?! Crazy, right? We’ve all seen the marble nails created by dropping polish into water, but this version was done with a marker and some water.
To replicate: First she drew a black line with a permanent marker, then she sprayed water over it with a spray bottle. The marker began to run + turned that light grey color that you now see on the nails. She continued this process until we were happy with the design!
She finished with a gel top coat to set the marker.
Hope you guys enjoyed this polish post! Would love to know if you recreate this look!
Today’s post is all about finding your personal style! Fashion + style are two of my biggest passions. I’ve been creating fashion videos on YouTube for 5 years, I’ve had a style blog for 4 years, and now this is the first year that I’ve actually begun designing a clothing line [bee-tee-dubs, I still can’t believe that I can say that]. Whether you’re someone who loves fashion or someone who doesn’t know where to even start, I hope my post can you help be more comfortable in your style!
I have always loved fashion. I remember being seven years old + drawing up the designs for what I wanted to be my fashion line. I wore a gold lamé 2 piece + a tiara to school on my 8th birthday- apparently sparkles have always been my thing. But I didn’t know they were always my thing. In fact, I didn’t know that I had this extremely identifiable style until I started blogging! It wasn’t until I began posting regular photos of my outfits + reading your comments that I began to understand what I was ‘known for’. I would receive hundreds of messages and pictures of something sequined with messages like ‘this screams Carly’ ‘this is so you’ and I would be like *GASP*- that IS so me! I AM obsessed with sparkles! I DO always wear black! I’ve always known what I liked, but you guys really helped me label what I would call my personal style [I’d call it casual glamour].
I tell you guys this because that’s how fashion and personal style should be. You should be sticking to pieces that make you feel great. Is there any particular fabric you just love? Sequins, Flannel, Denim? My favorite thing about personal style is that it let’s you show the world who you want to be. You get to communicate so much about who you are as a person without even saying a word. My top two questions I would ask when it comes to style are-
1. Is there a specific way you want to feel when you get dressed? [confident, comfortable?]
2. Who do you want to be that day?
-When I ask ‘who do you want to be’ I mean dress for your dreams, not dress for other people’s acceptance.
Ex: Do you have a job interview coming up? Dress like the powerful business woman that you are! That’s the incredible thing about fashion: it allows you to feel the way you want to about yourself. It’s not about what you’re wearing, or who you’re wearing- it’s about how YOU feel when you’re in it. The right outfit or right dress can make you feel ready to take on the world. When you’re confident and comfortable in your own skin, you are unstoppable!
The key to finding your personal style isn’t necessarily about nailing down a specific look or title. It’s about knowing how you want to feel and knowing what pieces accomplish that. Here are some of my tips on finding what works for you + feeling great every day!
1. What do you want to be known as?
Each day you have a chance to decide who you want to be. Keep this in mind when you’re shopping for pieces for work + other events!
2. How do you want to feel when you’re in the outfit?
Do you want to feel comfortable? Confident? Chic? When you’re looking for pieces that match the occasion you’re dressing for [work, dinners, events, etc] try to find pieces in that category that make you feel this way as well.
3. Find what works best for your body
It becomes much easier to dress yourself once you know what works best on your figure and how you like your body to look. For example: I KNOW that I like higher waisted pieces or looser fits. I’m not the biggest fan of my shape, so I like to accentuate my legs vs my hips. You’ll see me in a lot of dresses cinched at the waist, or in looser fits like tunics. I don’t like how I look in tighter, more body-con styles. I don’t even bother trying those types on! Find what works for you + stick to it.
For example: this romper is something that combines all of my favorites into one: high waisted, leg accentuating, waist defining, comfortable AND all black. It’s relaxed AND flattering!
4. Have go-to outfits
Have some staple looks in your closet that you know you feel great in. For me this is an LBD [or LBR!] and a couple more casual outfits. If I’m ever having an ‘off’ day, I know I feel great in these + I can throw them on in a rush.
I hope my tips on finding your style could help you! Do you know what your personal style is? Do you have any specific pieces that make you feel great when you’re wearing them? Let me know in the comments! Xx