Sparkles and Sunshine: January 2018

Gold N' Daisies - Chloe Swing Dress

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

I can’t believe we’re already half way through the week! Some weeks just go by so fast right?! Last night I did one of my favorite photo shoots of all time with Diesel. I cannot wait to show all of you very soon! Today I am sharing another gorgeous look from Gold N’ Daisies! This Chloe Swing Dress is SO comfy! Not only is the color perfect for transitioning from winter to spring, it also has the prettiest bell sleeves. I can’t wait to wear this dress more this season! If you haven't seen their dress collection yet, click here to take a look. Everything on their site is perfect for spring!

 P.S. Don’t forget to use code SPARKLE10 at checkout for 10% off your entire purchase!





35 Galentine's Day Movies

Monday, January 29, 2018

Happy Monday!

How was everyone's weekend? Chandler and I made a trip to our new IKEA to finally get my new desk! You know you're an adult when you get excited about buying a desk. 😂 I'm still working on getting the entire space set up but I can't wait to show you all once it's finished!

Today I'm talking about Valentine's Day, also known as Galentine's Day. Galentine's Day is great even if you already have a significant other. This holiday is the perfect excuse to grab your girlfriend, get some Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn, your favorite movies, and have a fun day or night! 



I have so many fun girl's night movies that I practically take up the entire movie drawer in our TV stand! But hey, I haven't heard any complaints from Chandler yet! Probably because he takes up the other drawer with video games. 😂 Below are 35 of my favorite movies for Galentine's Day that you and your girlfriends will love! 




  • Bridesmaids
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Valentine's Day
  • 27 Dresses
  • She's the Man
  • Bride Wars
  • The Ugly Truth
  • A Cinderella Story
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • The Notebook
  • Clueless



  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Mean Girls
  • Miss Congeniality 1&2
  • The Holiday
  • The Parent Trap (1998)
  • How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days
  • Sex and the City
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic


  •  A Walk to Remember
  • Crazy, Stupid Love
  • He's Just Not that Into You
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Pitch Perfect 1&2
  • Titanic
  • Legally Blonde


  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Pretty Woman
  • Failure to Launch
  • Just Go with It
  • House Bunny
  • Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging
  • Bring It On (marathon of all of them)


 P.S. Huge shout out to my friend Elaina for joining me on this photo shoot! ❤️👏 


Weekly Round Up

Friday, January 26, 2018

TGIFFFFFFF!!!!!

How was everyone's week?! I'm hoping it was good! A few weeks ago I shopped the Lilly Pulitzer after party sale and as of last night I received all of my items. I'm going to do a try on session soon on Insta stories so stay tuned! Also, tomorrow I am excited to shoot a fun collaboration that will be going live very soon so also stay tuned on that. Other than that, I'd love to know what you're doing this weekend in the comments below and scroll down for today's weekly round up post!

P.S. How cute is this photo of Diesel and I? I instantly thought of those photos where owners look just like their dogs. #alwayslaughing 😂


Entertainment:

Raise your hand if you are as obsessed with This Is Us as I am?! I am already counting down the days until the episode that everyone has been waiting for. While we wait, I found the funniest quiz from BuzzFeed below that all of my fellow fans will appreciate haha! By the way, my result was: YOU ARE NOT EMOTIONALLY PREPARED FOR THIS.

Take the quiz: https://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/this-is-us-jacks-death-episode-help?utm_term=.mra4V06Me#.dd7Zx2RL0

Aerie added some new faces to their Aerie Real campaign, including Olympic gold medalist, Aly Raisman. Who What Wear reached out to Iskra Lawrence to get her thoughts on the newest campaign and on what she looks for in a role model. Read the article below!

Read it here: https://www.whowhatwear.com/iskra-lawrence-interview-aerie-campaign--5a6a28e8eb4ae

Who else loved watching Saved by the Bell? I mean, I always wanted to be Kelly. According to the article from Cosmopolitan below, a Saved by the Bell lipstick is coming!

Read it here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/a15885908/sola-look-saved-by-the-bell-lipstick/

Food & Drink:

I had never tried Kombucha until the 2017 Tone It Up Tour! Kombucha is a probiotic beverage that has many health benefits including boosting your immune system! Tone It Up actually just did an article about it. Jessica from How Sweet Eats shared a recipe for a Kombucha Sangria! Spoiler: she has another Kombucha recipe within this one!

Read it here: https://www.howsweeteats.com/2018/01/kombucha-sangria/
Read more about Kombucha here: https://www.toneitup.com/recipe/love-your-body-with-probiotics/

Fashion:

So...pretty sure I found my new favorite denim jacket of all time. I'm already picturing all of the spring/summer outfits I could create!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeWDrjVF57V/?taken-by=joliejanine

I love Karli Willis' Instagram account. It's so fun and happy which is right up my alley. She shared the prettiest photo of the cutest sweater! Check it out.

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeWmdyJhxUH/?taken-by=karli_willis

Another account that is so fun is Amy from Pastel N Pink. She found the CUTEST ice cream mural/creamery I've ever seen. Plus, I love her sweater! See it below!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/pastelnpinkblog/

I love looking at winter outfits, probably because I can't actually wear them in Florida. Haha! Marianne Verrilli shared the prettiest winter look on her Insta. See it below!

See it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeUEjlSDJjs/?taken-by=thematimes

That's all for today's weekly round up post. I hope you all enjoyed reading it and have a fabulous weekend!

4 Tips for Keeping A Long Distance Relationship

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Happy Friday Eve!

As we entered 2018 there was a topic that I knew I wanted to talk about. It's hard to enter a new year knowing that your special someone can't be there in person. It's even harder when you're reminded a month later at Valentine's Day. Chandler and I were only together for six months before the Navy sent him completely across the country to California. Long distance is one of the hardest things to do, and it's even harder when you're significant other is in the military. The time difference alone made after work conversations sometimes non-existent.

Today I want to share a few helpful tips on keeping a long distance relationship.



1. Learn each other's schedules.

This is huge when there's a time difference. Even though our three hour time difference might not seem like much, it really is. Since he had to get up early to get to work I was able to talk to him in the morning on my way to work. However, we couldn't talk during the day really at all. Our biggest opportunity to talk was in the evening. There was many times when he would be getting off of work and I would be going to bed but we made it work.

Find your time to connect and take advantage of every second. Time is precious.


2. Find what type of communication works best for you.

We are so lucky in this day in age to have access to so many forms of technology. Phone calls, video chats, text messages, you name it! Sometimes I think about how people did long distance relationships before all that. Those are the couples that I would like to meet because they are strong.

I'm the kind of person that likes to video chat because it made me feel like we were actually together. Since Chandler didn't have an IPhone, we used an app called Tango and it worked out pretty well for us. The video is never going to be picture perfect with any app but it's still better than nothing!




3. Keep yourself busy.

This is SO important. If you don't keep yourself busy, you will always be thinking about them which will lead you to being really upset. Luckily, there are so many good ways to keep yourself busy. Join a club, try a new fitness class, adopt a pet, etc. While I was living in my first apartment, I wanted to have my kitties with me so bad but I couldn't afford the pet deposit. For Christmas, my parents actually paid for the pet deposit so that I could have my kitties.

Having my cats around really helped keep me preoccupied. Everyday I would be at the gym and then I would come home, play with my kitties and then we would snuggle and go to bed. I loved it! Staying busy really is key and you will be happier in the long run. Just make sure that whatever you choose is positive and constructive.



4. Ask yourself is this what you really want.

I don't want to seem like I'm trying to throw a wrench into this, but I do think it's important to ask yourself "Is this what I really want?" It's okay to feel discouraged at times, doubtful at times and of course sad. However, you have to know that it is worth every phone call and every visit in order to keep it going. It's not going to be easy, so don't think I'm suggesting that ending it is taking the easy way out. I'm not saying that at all.

I only bring this up because I was asked this question. Is it what I really want? Of course you all know the outcome because he's in these photos! However, long distance doesn't work out for everyone. At the end of the day, you have to do your absolute best to make it work for the time that you have to. If you have done all of that, then the outcome will be what it will be.



I hope these tips help you if you are currently in or about to enter a long distance realtionship. Like I said, it isn't going to be easy, however it can end pretty great. If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me in the comments below or via social. I will always try to answer what I can and do my best to help.

January BarkBox

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Diesel has been loving his BarkBox subscription! I think he actually knows that he gets a gift every month because he's always so excited the second he sees the open box. The theme of this box was medieval times. 

I would have to say that is always my favorite thing about BarkBox. They really do an awesome job at coming up with clever themes for us dog parents! As normal, this box included two toys, two bags of treats and one chew. I would like to point out that he ate the entire chew in one minute. 😂 He has done a good job at keeping his toys in decent care. We had to take the king away for a bit as he destroyed part of the cape within seconds of having it. Haha! Below are photos of the January box!

P.S. I'm sorry about the messy table in the back. I noticed this after the photos were taken and trust me it wasn't worth trying to get Diesel to pose again! My fellow dog parents know the struggle! 😂









Thanks for reading, have a great week! ☺️

Mini Bar Donut Shop + Gold N’ Daisies Dress

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Monday!

How was everyone's weekend?! If Chandler and I had to pick our favorite day of the weekend it would have to be Sunday. Not only did the Jags play an AWESOME game, (sad they lost though) we found the cutest new donut shop that just opened in Jacksonville Beach called The Mini Bar. Not only does this place have the cutest, most creative and most delicious mini donuts we've ever tasted, they also have great local coffee and brews! Plus, if you're a fellow girl who loves to get the perfect Instagram photo, they have so many photo opportunities that you will see as you scroll.



Flavors featured below from left to right: Strawberry Sprinkle, Fruity Pebbles, Peanut Butter Cup, & S'more


Now, last Friday in my weekly round up post, I shared that I had a surprise coming soon. I'm excited to announce that I will be working with Gold N' Daisies, a new online boutique that just launched last week, to showcase their beautiful styles! What I love about this boutique is that it is fun, feminine and happy. P.S. I've already seen a sneak peek at their newest spring arrivals and trust me you're going to love them!

In this post I styled their Jade Fit & Flare Dress which is so soft and comfy! I do suggest wear nude undergarments with it but that's a standard with anything white! This is only one of their gorgeous dresses that I loved. To see more, click here.

Most importantly, at the bottom of this post is a special code for 10% off your next purchase! Keep scrolling to see!







Make sure to head over to both of these awesome new companies' Instagram profiles to learn more about them and if you are a Jacksonville local, or someone who loves to travel, you have to check out this donut shop!

Instagram: Gold N' Daisies
Instagram: The Mini Bar
Dress: Gold N' Daisies 
Use code: SPARKLE10 for 10% off your next purchase at Gold N' Daisies!

Weekly Round Up

Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy Friday everyone!

This week definitely had it's moments of going by super fast and going by SUPER slow! Like yesterday, not only did I think it was Friday, when I thought it was after 4pm it was only 3! My internal clock was all messed up! Haha!

I am excited about this weekend because I have my next horseback riding lesson, an exciting surprise (stay tuned), and the jags play in the big championship game! Rumor has it that Tom Brady hurt his  hand. When I tried to confirm this with my cousin he said that he dislocated one of his fingers but the doctors won't comment on it. Of course he had to add that even an injured Tom Brady could still beat us. Remember when I said he was their biggest fan? 😂

All game talk aside, I'm excited to share this week's round up post! I will admit, I was writing this while hungry so there might be more food call outs than normal. More specifically, I was craving Mexican so of course I found this delicious looking cheese dip that makes you want to walk away from any healthy, nutritious meal you may have planned to eat #thestruggleisSOreal. 😂


Food:

First up, I'm not entirely sure how healthy these zucchini chips are but the have zucchini in the name so it counts as a healthy snack...right? I know I want to try this recipe from Damn Delicious. Get the recipe below!

Read it here: https://damndelicious.net/2018/01/15/baked-zucchini-chips/

You know when you're scrolling through Instagram and you see a food gram that is so mouth watering but so pretty you don't want to eat it but you do at the same time? Yeah that happened when I saw this smoothie from Half Baked Harvest. This smoothie has so many great ingredients in it to help fuel your body and it sounds delicious!

Read it here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/immune-boosting-winter-citrus-smoothie/

Okay, okay. The moment we've all been scrolling for! The cheese dip!!! I found this amazing recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Which by the way, her name is the best thing I've ever heard! 😂
Start shopping for your cheese now!

Read it here: https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2018/01/queso-blanco-dip.html

Fitness:

Working out can be so expensive. There are so many types of workouts that I love to do but I can't afford myself. I say that a lot. 😂🤔 Luckily, there are so many things you can do FO FREE! Check out the article below from The Every Girl on 10 Ways to Work Out for Free!

Read it here: http://theeverygirl.com/10-ways-to-work-out-for-free-in-2018/

Fashion:

As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, I stumbled upon the prettiest ruffle sleeve top. Kailey from a Double Shot of Sass looked absolutely stunning in it and she has a funny story in her post about her sister. I was laughing for sure!

Read it here: http://www.doubleshotofsass.com/2018/01/a-shoe-story.html

I think almost everyone knows that I love pink and faux fur by now. If you don't, now you do haha! I recently discovered Beatrice from Beatricebalaj.com and she shared the prettiest pink faux fur jacket.

Read it here: http://beatricebalaj.com/2018/01/17/pink-dream-in-los-angeles-outfit-outfit/

I always find some gorgeous outfits on Instagram every week and below are my favorites!

I wish I could own this entire look. It is beyond gorgeous! See Marina's post below. P.S. Just look at her entire feed. I'm hooked:  Marina Yushchuk

This girl literally has the word confident in her name and this photo proves that. Cynthia from The Siren Confidential shared a photo in her newest lingerie and she looks beyond fierce: The Siren Confidential

One of the cutest snow photos I've seen and her gloves are so cute! Check out her feed for other cute snow photos: Hannah

This last blogger is one that I'm definitely obsessed with! She loves color just as much as I do and her latest post is the perfect thing to brighten up your day! Goodtomicha

That's all for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week! :)

Body Positivity

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"One small thought in the morning can change your whole day"

All throughout college I was a size six. I've always been a size six. It wasn't until I started dating Chandler (not blaming him at all) and all of the eating out + my first 9-5 job that I gained weight. My body was so used to always being active, that when things slowed down, it wasn't ready. I didn't change my eating habits because I didn't know I had to until it was too late. I didn't know I had poor form with some of my workout moves which led to a back injury that slowed down any progress I had made. I have been working hard for a while now to lose the weight and it didn't really start to happen until the second half of 2017. 

Losing weight is a hard thing. Being comfortable in your own skin during that process is even harder. I wanted to talk about body positivity today because I felt it was very important that every woman know that they are beautiful and that it is okay to struggle with that thought at times. I can't tell you how many times Chandler has said "you're beautiful" and I didn't believe him. We all have those days. However, we need to work harder to combat those thoughts because ladies they are so not true. 


The quote I shared at the beginning really does work. If you start your day with a positive thought, you can immediately put yourself in a happy mindset which will boost your mood for the whole day! I mean, how great is that! Pick one thing about yourself that you love and it doesn't have to be a body part, but it can be!

For instance, I love my hair. It's long, strong, thick, and the color is natural. It keeps my neck and shoulders warm in the colder months and it makes me feel beautiful when it's down in curls or straight. I love my hair.

What do you love about yourself?


I mentioned the Tone It Up Love Your Body Series the other day and I wanted to touch on it again in this post. This series is all about taking the time to really love all that your body does for you. Everyday that you wake up is because your body was like "yep, Caitlin, you're here and it's going to be another great day." Think about everything your body has been through. As I mentioned above, my body has been through an injury and here it is, still standing. People break bones and they heal. Your body got through that. You did your best round house kick in your kickboxing class the other night. Your body got through that!

Our bodies are such incredible machines that don't get enough credit. How we fuel them, love them and talk about them makes such a difference.



One important thing to note is every body is unique and special. One body type is not like the other and one person is not like the other. So why compare? When you compare yourself to someone who is at a different fitness level, skill level, or just anything, how does that help you? It only helps if it motivates you in a positive way. However, so often we compare ourselves in a negative way. We'll say "man, I wish I was a size zero" or "I wish I had a thigh gap." Screw the thigh gap! It's not a body requirement. If you have one great, if you don't who cares? 

Every body was specially designed for each person. What your body looks like doesn't define who you are. What you do with it and your life is what matters. Who you are as a person is what matters. You can't do something with your life if you are constantly sitting upset, thinking about how great someone else's life is or how your life should be like theirs. That's not how it works! 

P.S. You never know what the other person is going through. Things are never at all what they seem. 


So today, I want all of you to think about what you love about yourself and it doesn't have to be one thing! I hope you have a list as long as Santa's! Haha! Thank your body for all it does for you, fuel it with what it needs to keep going, and most importantly, love everything about it. 

I would love to hear what you love about yourself in the comments below and I want everyone who reads this today to tell a friend, family member, or complete stranger something they love (or like/notice if they're a stranger) about them. I promise, you'll make their day. :)

Leggings: Aerie
Tank: Aerie

Winter Date Idea: Living Room Fort

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a not-so Monday Monday haha! I had my first official horseback riding lesson on Sunday and I had a wonderful time. :)

We also celebrated another JAGS WIN!!! Did anyone else see it? What a game at 45-42! I'm super excited for next week's game because we are playing my cousin's favorite team, the Patriots. Now, I haven't introduced my cousin in my blog yet, but let me tell you all something about him. He is the biggest Patriot's fan that has ever existed. No joke. We don't even watch football with him because of how into the game he gets. So, of course the second the game was over I picked up my phone and gave him a call and he was like "Yeah, I saw that game" and I responded with "ready to get your butt whooped?!" Definitely a little cousin rivalry going on and it's a ton of fun! 

Now, I know I haven't shared a date idea in a while, so I wanted to catch up with something super fun. Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to build a fort in the living room or honestly any room in the house! Haha! If you've heard of the phrase: "Everything but the kitchen sink," the same phrase kind of applies to fort building. You grab every pillow, sheet, blanket and furniture piece you have and throw it all together! There's no right or wrong to it. 

In the first year that Chandler and I were together, we actually built a smaller fort in my apartment at the time's living room. I think we had pizza and I got some Green Apple Smirnoff drinks from Total Wine. Which by the way, go pretty well with pizza! Haha! This time around we went pretty old school with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, board games and some movies. As you'll see as you scroll down, Diesel had to join and experience his first living room fort. :)


















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