Monday, February 29, 2016

Petite Skinny Jean Guide

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Finding jeans that fit probably isn't easy for anyone. But, I've always found it especially hard because I'm short, and just about every pair is too long for me. Yes, it's easy to just take them to get hemmed, but that's an added expense to the already expensive jeans that I like. And I like the more expensive pairs mostly because they fit the best, despite them usually being too long. So I thought I would share my favorite jeans that have worked for me for anyone that goes through the same problems while shopping for jeans. For reference: I'm 5'2" and I usually wear a size 24.


AG "The Stilt" Cigarette Leg Jeans
Retail price: $225
I found for: $50 at TJ Maxx
Currently available for $85, $95, $113

from this post

These are my most recent jean purchase and I couldn't love them more. I wear them in my normal size, a 24. I think they fit so well in the waist and they aren't too long, which is so rare for me! I do wish they were more of a high rise style, but that's just personal preference because I think it makes my legs look longer, and usually fit a little better. But as I just stated, these still fit so well. They're pretty comfortable, but like any skinny jean they get pretty tight after wearing them for a long time.

J Brand Skinny "Maria" High Rise Jeans
Retail price: $198
I found for: $60 at Sak's Off Fifth
Currently available for $70, $115, $118, $132

from this post

These are probably my most worn pair of jeans since I found them in November of 2014. I love the high rise fit and the dark wash. The high rise makes them fit really well in the waist, however this photo doesn't show it very well, but they bunch at the knees quite a bit. They are also longer than most of my jeans, I've been meaning to get them hemmed. I can easily cuff them for flats or heels, and they also tuck in to any type of boots, better than any jeans I own. I take a size up from what I usually wear, a 25. They are more of a jegging fit so they are the first (and the worst of these 4 pairs)  to become uncomfortable while wearing.


True Religion "Halle" Skinny Jeans
Retail price: $169
I found for: $50 at a local boutique
Currently available for $80$99$100$120

from this post

I actually haven't worn these jeans in about a year because the zipper broke (the day the above photo was taken) and I keep forgetting to get it fixed. But, I got them right before I started college in August of 2012 and I wore them all the time until March of 2015, when the zipper broke. I also wear these in my normal size, a 24. They bunch at the knees a little, but besides that the fit is perfect on me. The length is great and they fit so well in the waist too. However, like the above AG and J Brand pairs, they do get quite uncomfortable after wearing them for awhile.

 J. Crew "Lookout" High Rise Skinny Jeans
Retail price: $135
I found for: $37 in store at J. Crew
Currently available for $90 online, (or $105 in another wash) probably marked down even more in stores

from this post

As listed above, I got a great deal on these jeans, and I also bought them within the last month or so. I think they're really comfortable, they're probably more of an in between skinny and straight leg.  They probably fit me the worst of these 4 that I'm talking about in this post, but like the J Brand pair, I love the high rise. They are little loose in the waist and not very tight at the ankle. However the length is very good on my legs. The ankle cuffs well for most shoes, but I find it a little tough to keep them tucked into ankle boots. They do come in petite sizes, which I think would probably be a much better fit, mine are a regular 24, I think I need a petite 24. But again, as listed above I got them in store (J. Crew petite is only available online) and they were final sale, so I will probably just take them to get altered in the waist a little.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bright Classics








J. Crew Holly sweater | J. Crew Lookout high rise jeans | Similar Ralph Lauren button down | Lilly Pulitzer scarf (old print) | J. Crew Gemma flats | Kendra Scott Cami necklace c/o RocksBox (use code "caralianstylexoxo" for your first month free!) | House of Harlow 1960 Clear Creek bracelet c/o RocksBox | J. Crew monogrammed Parker crossbody bag

This is basically what I've been wearing to work everyday. A sweater, usually with a button down underneath, sometimes with a scarf, jeans, and either flats or boots. So today I'm taking a very simple button down, a neutral crossbody bag, gold flats, and jeans, and of course adding some color! I clearly love bright colors any time of the year, but they're even more fun to me when it's cold and dreary outside. And if you follow me on snapchat (caralinastyle) you know that this sweater also makes me feel like an emoji!


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Burgundy and Navy













Loft Pleated Flippy Dress (on sale!) | Sole Society Chris ankle boots | Similar Madewell chambray shirt | Loren Hope Sylvia necklace (rented) c/o Rocksbox (use code "caralinastylexoxo" for your first month free!) | Loren Hope Alex mini cuff (borrowed from my mom) | J. Crew Parker crossbody bag | Karen Walker super duper sunglasses (rented) c/o Ditto (use code "CARALINASTYLE" for your first month free!) | Bobbi Brown Plum Rose lipstick

I've been meaning to post this dress for almost 2 months now. I got it for my birthday back in early January and I love it. It's so comfy, the pleats make it so fun, and gives it a lot of potential to be dressed up or down. I've also worn it with a puffer vest and over the knee boots when it was a little colder. But, with winter actually happening (I wasn't sure it was going to after what a lovely December we had), I haven't been able to wear dresses very often. However, I plan on wearing it all the time as the weather transitions to spring!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Charleston Packing List



I'm going to Charleston later this week with my family to celebrate my brother's birthday, and I'm so excited! The last time I went to Charleston was in 2009, which is when the above photo was taken. I loved it the first time we went and I've been wanting to go back ever since. The weather isn't going to be that great, but it will still be pretty nice and it will be great weather for my new trench coat. Here is what I plan on wearing while I'm there!


J. Crew red striped shirt | Ralph Lauren white button down | Asos trench coat | J. Crew boyfriend jeans | AG skinny jeans | Ray Ban Erika sunglasses | Kendra Scott tassel necklace | J. Crew crossbody bag | Loren Hope statement necklace | Sole Society ankle boots (on sale!) | Loft pleated dress (on sale!) | Lilly Pulitzer scarf (old print that I have, current print linked) | J. Crew flat (color no longer available)

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Friday, February 19, 2016

3 Years of Caralina Style


Just a quick Friday post to say, Caralina Style is 3 years old today!

Well, the name Caralina Style is more like 2 years old (who remembers when I used the same name as tumblr, J'adore J. Crew and then Southern and Savvy?) and I didn't consistently post until 6 or 8 months after it was started. But either way, the first post on this blog was published on February 19th, 2013.
I started this blog when I was a freshman in college, and I never would have imagined what it has brought to my life. In that time, I have gained so much experience in an online business, worked with some awesome companies, learned how to create my own brand, met people from the blogging world, and much more. And of course, I never would have expected to have this wonderful group of people who come back to this blog again and again. Thank you all so much for following along! Especially to the people who have followed me from the very beginning, when I was only on Tumblr starting back in 2011. I'm hoping this year in blogging will be the best one yet!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Olivia Palermo for Nordstrom Collection


Stripe top
Poplin midi skirt
Denim blazer
Cotton oxford shirt
Peplum vest

The street style queen, Olivia Palermo has joined forces with Chelsea28 and Nordstrom for this gorgeous collection. I may love it so much because it's mostly in the classic colors light blue and navy, which is a combo I have always fully supported. So I have put together my favorite pieces from this new Olivia Palermo for Nordstrom collection here! The price points are rather spread out, with the oxford shirt at $88 and the navy vest $398...but it's very pretty and gives lots of outfit inspiration with for combining classic pieces with edgier styles like printed culottes or this overall jumpsuit!




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Monday, February 15, 2016

Winter Blues











J. Crew Factory tweed City Coat | Romwe bow tie top c/o | AG Stilt jeans (via TJ Maxx) | J. Crew monogrammed Parker crossbody bag | Sam Edelman Orella pumps | Similar Baublebar earrings | Karen Walker Super Duper Strength sunglasses (rented) c/o Ditto (use code "CARALINASTYLE" for your first month free!)

Lots of blue in today's outfit, when I took these photos a few weeks ago the ice from winter storm Jonas had finally melted, but it was still a little cold for winter in the south. This last week has been very cold for the south though, and I got today off of work because of more snow. But we're supposed to have some really nice weather after tomorrow! I got these AG jeans for only $25 (the original tag said $225) on clearance from TJ Maxx the other day. I'm so happy I found them, they fit so well! And these low heels are so comfortable, I'm a little tempted to get them in multiple colors if I had more reasons to wear them.
P.S. please ignore that half of my face is a little swollen, these 2 weeks after wisdom teeth surgery and I had a little issue with one side. But it's all good now!

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