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My Shein Wish List *All Under $20*

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I don’t really want to tell you this little piece of information because it helps me look like a big baller even though I’m not (did I just say that?). But since you guys are my people, today I’ll open up about my love of Shein.com.  I have to be honest, I don’t know much about Shein’s background, but what I do know is that it’s where I get most of my clothing under $10, and I would be devastated if one day this website did not exist. Everyday discounts, good quality, and FREE returns.

In today’s world it seems like a lot of people are one-time shoppers, meaning girls will often buy an outfit “for the insta” and then never re-wear it. If your about that, then SheIn is your place, and I would never recommend spending over $20 on an article of clothing you’re only going to wear once. When talking to other affordable fashion bloggers, I’ve found that some people are too skeptical to order from the site since it’s based in China and people are worried that the site is a scam – but let me tell you, they seem to know what they’re doing.

Distressed Skinny Jeans $18

I have an extreme attachment to SheIn because they have clothes that I would often see on designer websites, that are affordable, yet still made with quality material. Seriously, some of the leggings I have from SheIn are better quality than my leggings from Athleta, and they are almost always true to the size and color shown online. That’s not to say that a purchase will never get a hole or a rip, but luckily if it does, it’s affordable enough to purchase again.

I’m going on my second year purchasing from this site and I must say that the only downside I’ve found is that the clothes take around 3 weeks to arrive (hey, China is far away).

I can identify countless pro’s to the site though, including their weekly sales (as if the clothes weren’t cheap enough), along with their impressive customer service that gets back to me almost immediately if I ever have problems. There are many sites from

Button Placket Knot Front Cami Top: $8

China that I refuse to shop. For example, I once purchased a silver shimmery from Dresslink and received an orange T-shirt. As someone who is always willing to experiment when it comes to online shopping, you can trust me that I will NEVER be writing a review about those types of sites on my blog.

So, now that I’ve revealed my secret, here are my favorite items on the site right now all under $20. Hopefully you’re able to utilize the link in my bio and get a free bodysuit today and tomorrow, but if not, I highly suggest signing up for the email list to get notifications of deals like today’s:

  • Free Shipping
  • $5 off with code REVI
  • Extra 15% off your first order after signing up
  • An extra $5 off on orders $5+
  • $10 off orders $89+
  • $30 off orders $169+

& bonus: they do half off sales all the time! Once you’ve signed up shop my favs below:

Plunging Bow Tie Two Way Top AND Ruffle Shorts: $15

Color Block Flap Chain Bag: $13

Frilled Neck Transparent Mesh Top: $7

^I have these jeans and wear them at least once a week. They’re super comfy and are unreal quality for $18

Slogan Print Low Back Swimsuit: $13

C’est La Vie Paris Drop Shoulder Crop Hoodie: $15

^Super Comfy Inside & also available in pink velvet

Set: Tote, Crossbody Bag, Clutch, & Card Holder: $7

Ripped Front Mesh Insert Leggings: $12

Gingham Frill Trim Bow Tie Back Top With Shorts: $15

Plunging V-Neckline Knot Frill: $11

Low Back Cross Back Satin Jumpsuit: $20

So this concludes my SheIn guide. I’ll probably create a board on my Pinterest soon for strictly SheIn clothing to share, but for now go spend that $120 you were about to spend on that Revolve bathing suit and instead get 10 bathing suits from SheIn, you’re welcome 🙂

XO,

Sweetcaroline

 

Find the Right Faux Fur for You (All Under $100)

Fuzzy, furry, faux, fluffy, frilly…fur is in. Everyone has their own preferences on whether they want their coat to look shaggy or perfectly fluffed. So, here’s my guide on faux fur coats for under $100 (Everything is linked)! Coupons are saved under the ‘deals’ highlight on my Instagram so make sure to check it out before completing any faux fur purchases!

Kept Fuz Zip Ups: It’s not shedding or falling out but it’ll keep you warm even when it’s snowing and give you the control to unzip and show off a cute outfit underneath.

UO Shaila Oversized Fuzzy Jacket: $89 

I.AM.GIA Caramel Pixie Coat: $87            

SHEIN Striped Trim Faux Fur: $44            

JET John Eshaya Teddy Fur Coat: $76    

 

Kept Fuz Quarter Zips: These also don’t shed, and although you can’t show off your outfit underneath, it gives you just enough freedom to show off a stylish necklace combo and gives you the perk that you don’t have to find that perfect shirt since it’ll be covered up anyway!

Dylan Frosty Tipped Pullover: $89.99             

True Grit Tipped in Charcoal: $95.15               

*Buy Charcoal in Mens to Get Correct Oversized Fit

Personally, kept fuz zip ups are my personal favorite. They make me feel like I’m responsible enough to wear a coat out, but are also perfect to cuddle up with in my bed. Crossing my fingers that none of these sell out this time, but I love the caramel coats more than chocolate itself. Dress it up for a day in New York, or wear it to watch Netflix by yourself. The only con: my I.am.Gia. pixie coat definitely gets smelly if I don’t wash it right away. Something about the fibers definitely hold smell so just make sure you give it a wash, even if you have to sacrifice a little fluff to do so.

Cheetah Print Coats: I remember when cheetah everything was in style. But now for some reason the fluffy coats are back. And I kind of like them. I guess it’s like, while you’re being boujee, you might as well add cheetah print.

Winova Faux Fur Leopard Coat: $79.41      

Cause I’m Cozy Faux Fur Jacket: $34.99     

I have the second coat from Fashion Nova and love it. I’ve seen people wearing ones well over $100 that had a lot less poof to them. This coat really fills itself out, keeps you warm, and is super affordable!

Sherpa Lining: The item that led me to write this article. From lined vests to coats, these are nice if you get hot super easily because the fur only covers part of the material. The vests show off your outfits but the coats are unique. It’s no secret that influencers everywhere are mixing sherpa lining with suede.

Retro La La Tan Suede Jacket: $55                            

Goldie London Fur Parka Jacket: $34                    

May Logan Faux Suede Vest: $48                            

Faux Suede Sherpa Vest: $11.99                                

 

The last picture of the Faux Suede Vest from Charlotte Russe is the one from my newest Instagram photo that comes in black or brown. Not gonna lie, I’m a little bitter writing this that it went down from the $40 I originally paid, but here’s to sharing secrets. For the past few days, I’ve had my eyes on the retro la la tan. Not sure how much longer I’ll be able to stay away..

Fluffy Bunched Coats: These are great for an elegant night out. I love to put these types of coats over my dress so my shoulders don’t freeze & sometime’s they’re just what you need to tie your outfit together.

Lourdes Cream Fringe Jacket: $60                    

BerryGo  Coat (Pink/White/Black): $44.42      

Alisha Long Faux Fur Coat: $44.40                     

Whether you want a long or a short bunched coat, they’re everywhere from Lulu’s to Amazon. Here are a few of my favorites, with options varying from puffy to long and colors of pink, white, grey, and black.

Shaggy Coats: Maybe you want your style to look a little more retro or you don’t want to look so perfectly put together – shaggy coats are perfect for this, and the cheapest types of faux fur coats on the market.

Make Me Chic Collarless Coat: $34.90           

Chic Women’s Parka: $54.49                                

Posh Society Mohair Shaggy Coat: $49         

Bet you wouldn’t be able to guess from the photo’s which shaggy coat is from Walmart ;). So hopefully, this will help narrow down your faux fix. I would say the first three options are best if you’re looking for a coat to keep you warm in the colder weather, while the rest are more of a fashion statement. Feel free to pin photos in your favorite faux on my projectsweetcaroline Pinterest board & I look forward to seeing them!

XO,

 

Society6 Galentine’s Day Gift Guide

Happy Almost Galentine’s Day to all the lovely ladies taking the time to read this blog post! I hope you’re spending your day  ordering yourself pizza, sobbing while watching The Vow, or maybe shopping online on Society6??

I say this because I didn’t know that you could feel such happiness from a purchase until my recent items from Society6 came in, specifically the one that sits behind my bed and reads, “All You Need is Sleep,” which makes me feel trendy and also reminds me that everything in life can be cured by crawling into my fluffy white bed and blocking it out by shutting my eyes.

But Society6 is an amazing site for so many other reasons besides the fact that it makes me feel like I have my shit together when I walk into my room at the end of the day (since their many tapestries cover my walls that have been torn at with command strips and tacks). It’s a site that is looking to empower artists around the world by helping them grow and promote their work since every piece you buy from the site profits the artist who made it, and literally, anyone can sign up as an artist.

From notebooks, stickers, duvet covers, mugs, throw pillows, backpacks, to tapestries, Society6 puts creative prints on almost everything. Recently, one of my friends from college @antsol (check out his work!) began selling on the site and gave me a couple reasons as to why it makes him feel empowered as an artist that I thought every shopper should hear. So after perusing my favorite Galentine’s Day prints, take a second to read about why Society6 is such an amazing site.

Carry-All Pouch: $15.99

Society 6 boobs pouch

Coffee Mug: $12.79

Good Vibes Laptop Sleeve: $36.99

Hello Love Throw Pillow: $29.99

“You Asleep Yet?” Throw Blanket: $49.99

White Marble Leggings:  $39.99

Sweet Like Honey Tote Bag: $20.99

Sassy Coffee Mug: $12.79

“Bring Me Coffee and Tell Me I’m Pretty” Travel Mug: $24.99

 

Why Society6 is Worth Your $$:

  • The Artist’s Artwork Remains Their Own Artwork: Many sites that work with new artists buy the work from the artist, but on this site, the artist still owns their work and can continue growing their brand on other sites.
  • They Promote Their Artists: It’s Like Bonus Marketing: Society6 has a large audience on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. They spend time randomly promoting work from artists on their platforms, which provides publicity to a wide variety of buyers and viewers online. They also select artists to publicize in their magazines which means increased exposure!
  • It Provides Incentives for Artists to Support other Artists: with the curator program, artists that promote other artists’ work get a bonus when someone buys from their referral. It makes even the biggest competitors allies.
  • Artists Choose Their Own Commission: This speaks for itself. The site doesn’t choose the prices, the artist does!
  • Everyone is Welcome: Anyone can join and sell on Society6, even you, you just sign up. It provides the opportunity for artists to grow and support one another.

I found all this info particularly interesting because I always think it’s nice to know where my money is going when I buy something. If I’m between buying two $15 prints from two different sites but one benefits someone who’s taking the time to build a business, I will probably feel more compelled to support them and buy their print.

So, this Galentine’s Day here’s to buying cute new designs, getting cuddly on a throw pillow with a boob print, and supporting one another.

XO,

Sweetcaroline

 

 

The Secret Behind Why I Changed My Instagram Name

As of two days ago, I changed my Instagram name to projectsweetcaroline. I previously posted under the alias sweetcarolinee_ for the past seven years but it was time for a change.

I wanted a unique name that was representative of my brand and life that wouldn’t easily be forgotten by repetitive letters or underscores. I wanted to still carry over pieces of my past, but adapt to where I am in my life right now, which is: in progress.

A few months ago, I decided to start up this blog and write about a few of my specific interests: beauty and low cost fashion. But what I’ve realized by gazing over my Instagram feed and my collection of blog posts is that [deep thought] my life is an ongoing project. Every time I upload a new post or a new photo, it adds or in some way evolves my brand.

Project Sweet Caroline is a project because I know that personally, writing and photography help me grow as a person. They help me find myself, and therefore help me further develop this project of mine. Maybe one day, I’ll have time to make this project something bigger; a way to help others or pathway to support a cause. But for now, while I work a full time job and fulfill this hobby on the side, this project for me means happiness and growth, and hopefully some fashion and beauty tips that you find helpful in the process.

XO,

Sweetcaroline

Pants You Don’t Have to Unbutton When You Eat Too Much Dinner

That aren’t leggings, because these are a given. This post would’ve been better ~fit~ to post right around Thanksgiving, but in case anyone else is tired of wearing jeans to look put together, here are my favorite type of pants for feeling unrestricted and free throughout the day so I’m not exhausting my leggings and yoga pants 24/7.

  • Lace beach Cover Up Swim Pants

Found at Macy’s: $28

White lace beach pants
White lace beach pants

I love these so much, I bought them in two colors: white, and the black pants I just posted on Instagram. I think my love of these stems from the fact that when I have a wet bathing suit on, these pants hang loosely and don’t stick to any extra fabric. They don’t hide the cute bikini you picked out, but they also give you the cover you need so you don’t get thrown out of the little restaurant at the beach for not wearing enough clothing.

  • Flared Velvet Pants

Found on Mango $30

Pink Velvet Pants
Pink Velvet Pants

Velvet pants are the best because you can dress them up with a body suit or you can dress them down with a matching velvet zip up or a comfy sweatshirt. They look nice but also give you the feeling that you have your pet with you wherever you go.

  • Ruffled Tie Waist Capri’s

Found on Romwe: $8

Ruffled Tie Waist Pants
Ruffled Tie Waist Pants

I’d seen ruffled tie shorts before but finding these in capri’s was one of my most exciting discoveries this past month (sad). $8 wasn’t a typo, but I bought these and the material does not feel like $8 quality. To be honest, Romwe is one of those sites you probably recognize from the side of your Facebook with the ads, and it does take about a month to ship, but these pants for me were worth it. I’ll do a review on Romwe and international sites soon, but for now, I would just trust the products you’ve heard are reliable.

  • Printed Flare Pants

Found on Boohoo: $12

Flared Patterned Pants
Flared Patterned Pants

Flared patterned pants are definitely nothing new but they just deserve to be added to their list for their comfort and their ability to work as pajamas or form enhancing attire for a night out. It’s also a little helpful that there are thousands of pattern and color variations suitable for any occasion. My personal favorite are these flare pants from Boohoo.

  • Silky Joggers

Found on Lulu’s: $44

Silky joggers
Silky joggers

Since Lulu’s is one of my favorite places to shop, those of you who know me are probably rolling your eyes. But I’m serious, these are such a great yoga pant alternative! Worn with heels or an oversized shirt, these could not be comfier and if you spin Lulu’s sale wheel (found on their website) you can get up to 40% off, which for me was enough to check them out.

So, that concludes my list of elastic pants & I hope this keeps you from unbuttoning your pants under the table next time you go out to dinner.

XO,

Sweetcaroline

5 Reasons You Should Never Buy a Crochet Monokini

I know what you’re thinking, but you just posted a photo of one. But I’m here to tell you, not without angst and discomfort that I feel like is my duty to share.  I bought a crochet monokini for my trip to Cancun after I had seen it worn on my Instagram explore page and felt inspired to follow the trend. I opened the packaging as soon as it arrived and inside, I found some pieces of string. Don’t get me wrong, I got some nice pictures in this bathing suit, so the point of this article is not to try and persuade you to boycott the knit bathing suit market (I guess my title is a little misleading). Let’s be real, if you have your heart set on buying one, you’re going to buy one anyway. The point of this is more to let you know what conditions you should mentally prepare for, should you choose to wear this piece (such as breezes, sand, water, etc.)

1.You can’t swim in it. I attempted to put the bathing suit on as 4 of my closest friends helped me secure it onto my body in a way that it hopefully wouldn’t come off: body tape, body pins, tight knots,  you name it, we tried it. When I made my way to the beach and dove into the water, I quickly realized that everyone on the beach was about to get a show. It completely lost all form of a bathing suit and was definitely no longer secure. Clearly I’m the idiot here,  because who wears this type of material into the ocean anyway? Lesson learned.

2. The bathing suit will change sizes as it dries. If you know anything about yarn, this probably comes as no surprise to you. But if you’re like me and have never had the experience of draping yarn across your body, this material shrinks as it dries. This means all the places that your monokini covered at the beginning of the day, it probably won’t cover after you spend a few minutes drying off in the sun. Like I said, if you’re going to buy it, you’re going to buy it. So maybe err on the larger side when purchasing?

3. Suddenly, you’ve got sand in all the wrong places. Apparently there are reasons that normal bathing suits don’t have holes in them. So maybe this suit is great for locations like your backyard, or grabbing a spot by the pool. Bikini’s barely cover any skin either, but something about the holes in a crochet monokini created some kind of sand burn on my skin. So, no making snow angels in the sand with this fabric.

4. It has the shortest lifecycle, ever. Due to factors such as the bathing suit shrinkage and the sand that bunched in the small threads that made up the yarn in the bathing suit, this piece went straight to the trash after my day at the beach. After trying to wash it off in the shower, it became clear that the sand had a lifelong bond with this monokini that could never be taken away. Maybe save some money and take a craft class at Michaels instead?

5. It doesn’t do much for any body type.  Because this bathing suit is completely see through, it really can’t hide a thing. Whether it’s a scar or a little extra belly fat, this bathing suit will definitely put it on display. If you like the au naturale look, then you will probably appreciate the fact that this bathing suit comes with no padding or support. But if you like a little extra boost, this might not be your cup of tea.

So in conclusion, hopefully you can learn from this article that if you invest in a crochet monokini, do your best not to go near water, sand, or probably do any moving at all while you’re wearing it. I have no regrets in buying this piece, since it was a good source of entertainment for my friends and I. However, I highly suggest buying the black option over the white if you are seriously considering this bathing suit. As each one of my previous points is amplified times 10 if you wear this yarn suit in white. Most importantly, if you’re looking to save a little money, whatever you do, don’t spend a fortune buying this piece on Etsy, they have the exact same one on the swimwear section of Walmart’s website 🙂 yes, apparently Walmart sells crochet monokinis.