Monday, October 17, 2016

Chambray Romper

Gap chambray romper | Sam Edelman pumps | Brahmin wristlet c/o | Kendra Scott Elisa necklace c/o Rocksbox | Kendra Scott Addie earrings c/o | Prada sunglasses (rented) c/o Ditto (use code "CARALINASTYLE" for your first month free!)

I'm sorry I didn't post all last week! I really don't have an excuse for the absence, I just haven't had time to shoot any outfits and couldn't think of any other ideas. I think last week was the first week in probably 2 years I didn't get a single post up. But now I'm hoping to be back at 3 to 4 posts per week!
On to the outfit, I wore this to a Belk shoe shopping event for Sam Edelman last week. Sam himself was there, it was really nice to meet him. If you have ever bought a pair of Sam Edelman shoes, you have probably seen his signature before on the inside of the shoe. He was signing shoes at the event, which was pretty cool to watch! This chambray romper from Gap is so comfy and has been perfect for transitioning to fall.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Weekly Update 10/7

  • Sorry I didn't get one of these posts up last week, it was a busy one!
  • I went home to Greensboro for the first time since I moved to Charlotte two months ago. I've seen my family in Charlotte a few times since then, but I got to see my dogs and I missed them so much! 
  • I went to a really fun shopping event at Brahmin last week with some fellow Charlotte bloggers.
  • My mom is visiting for part of this weekend, which should be really fun. We plan on doing some shopping and finishing up decorating my apartment! 

On Caralina Style:
Last week
This week

Asos- up to 50% off
Ann Taylor- 50% off and free shipping
Anthropologie- extra 40% off sale items
Banana Republic- extra 50% off sale items
Gap- 35% off with code "WANT"
J. Crew- 30% off and extra 40% off sale styles
J. Crew Factory- 50% off everything
Kate Spade- extra 25% off sale items with code "SHOWTIME"
Old Navy- up to 50% off

Items I'm Loving:

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer Mila Shift Styled for Work

If you already seen this post or this post, I clearly love making Lilly Pulitzer clothes work appropriate. I have this Mila shift in two prints now, it is one of my favorite styles of dresses.  I am still wearing bright colors for as long as I can before fall really sets in (it's still about 80 degrees in Charlotte), and this dress has been on repeat since it came in! I've also worn it to dinner, to church, and to visit an art museum.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

5 Facts About Ballet for World Ballet Day

If you are a new reader of Caralina Style, you may not know that I trained in classical ballet for most of my life. From age three through my junior year of college, to be exact. So since it is World Ballet Day I thought I would share a little of my experience.
I've explained this in a few posts before, so I will give the shorter version of the story today. I thought I wanted to be a professional ballet dancer until my freshman year of college. I spent about 20 hours a week in the studio in high school. I also trained some in jazz and modern, but it wasn't very much in comparison to how much time I spent on the classical ballet technique. I loved ballet more than anything, but I'm also a very realistic person. I knew there were some things I couldn't change no matter how much work I put into it, like that I could never get my knees fully straight, or my legs turned out enough. Essentially, I was aware that I just wasn't talented enough to have that much of a dance career.
I thought I would spend my college years training (a lot of dancers go into the professional world right out of high school), double major in business, probably dance in a small company for a few years, and then use my second degree for a corporate job. Long story short, I realized that wasn't the best plan a few months into my freshman year. And a few months later, I got a stress fracture in my spine. So, I started to move away from the passion I had enjoyed for so much of my life. I dropped to a dance minor, so I was still in ballet classes for the next three semesters of college. I haven't danced much since then, but I worked on the administrative side of the studio I danced in growing up, for seven months between college and starting my full time job. Although it didn't go according to plan, I wouldn't trade my experience with ballet for anything. The list of things it is has taught me that has helped me outside of the studio is endless!

So, here a few little facts you may not know about ballet, and I'm also going to correct a few things you may think you know about ballet.

1. Ballet started in Italy, not in France
The first ballet school was established in France by King Louis XIV, which is why the language of ballet is French. But, the earliest roots are actually from Italy.

2. Not every dancer is a "ballerina"
A prima ballerina is a title for some of the best female dancers, not that many women are lucky enough to gain that title during their career. Actually, here is a list of all of them going all the way back to 1799. Everyone else is simply a "dancer" (female) or "danseur" (male).

3. They're not "slippers" or "toe shoes"
The shoes that allow dancers to stand on the tips of their toes are called pointe shoes. Each pair of shoes usually cost somewhere between $60-$100. Some professional dancers wear through several pairs of these shoes per day, so a lot of companies have a shoe allowance included in the salaries for their dancers.

4. Ballet has only been in America since the 1930's
The first ballet school, The School of American Ballet (the school of the New York City Ballet) was established by George Balanchine, a Russian dancer, teacher, and choreographer in 1934.

5. Ballet dancers are artists and athletes
According to this study, a group of dancers were more resistant to fatigue than a group of athletes. And a group of dancers scored higher on fitness tests than a group of swimmers (including some Olympians), in this study.

Happy World Ballet Day!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Brushstroke Print Skirt

J. Crew brushstroke print midi skirt | J. Crew Factory top | Similar bag | Mark and Graham pom pom c/o | Happiness Boutique earrings c/o | Prada sunglasses (rented) c/o Ditto (use code "CARALINASTYLE" for your first month free!)

I can never resist a good holiday sale, so I was only a little excited when I found this skirt in the sale section of J. Crew over Labor Day weekend. I have worn this skirt with a button down and closed toed heels for work, but I wore this look to the Diet Coke End of Summer party a few weekends ago. It was event made up of mostly bloggers in the Charlotte area, at one of my favorite spots, City Lights Rooftop. City Lights is the new rooftop bar of Le Meridien hotel in Charlotte, and they easily have the best view of the Charlotte skyline. I spent the evening with Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training, Chloe of A Queen City Girl, and Amy of Pastel N Pink!

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Football Friday Part 2

Back at it with another tailgate look, I have teamed up with 10 other bloggers to style orange for gameday! I think this dress would work well for a game in the middle of the season when it is still warm out but you still want to dress like it is fall. The light fabric and loose fit make it great for warmer weather, but could easily be layered for colder weather later in the season as well. In case you missed our first orange looks, you can find them here!

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers participating in Football Friday!

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