December Style: Celebrations in Suede

December Style: Celebrations in Suede

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Happy Monday everyone, and HAPPY DECEMBER – I am so excited for a month filled with the beauty of the holiday season! I have one more week of regular classes before finals week, and then I will be headed back home to Mid-Michigan for Grand Valley’s holiday recess! Yay!

I am so excited to be sharing another highly requested blog post! If you aren’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@sweet_carolineeef) for regular blog post topic polls – that’s right, YOU can have a say in Sweet Caroline Fay content – in addition to regular Insta stories and posts!

Since the holiday season is in full swing, I have been obsessing over the perfect celebration outfit for parties and socials! This season, I decided to go with a traditional olive color paired with darker pieces for the ideal holiday tone and “girly edge” look.

I’ve been on the hunt for a staple suede jacket for my wardrobe and I absolutely fell in love with this one from Forever21. I am obsessed with the button and zipper detailing that pairs perfectly with my ALEX AND ANI accessories! I added another holiday tone with the Abercrombie & Fitch maroon wool hat – purchased from TJMAXX for $9.99! And I snagged the velvet romper from the Urban Outfitters clearance section and the shoes from DSW (one of my favorite pairs of heels).

All of the pieces in this look are super affordable and items that I can definitely see myself wearing throughout the holiday season and permanently incorporating into my wardrobe.

These next couple of weeks will be filled with studying and final exams, but I am so excited to be blogging more holiday content with all of you – including a surprise trip that I can’t wait to share!


Caroline Fay

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Holiday Wishlist: 2017

I’m kicking off the start of the season with a much-requested wish list!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by good food + company – I was happy to be able to visit home and have a few days off to celebrate with family + friends!

That being said, I am so, so, SO excited to officially kick off the holiday season *cue the Mariah Carey* with my 2017 Wish List! By no means is it “the list” that I am sending to Santa, but these are definitely a few of the products/items that I have had my eye on! And hopefully my holiday wish list inspires you to put stuff on your own or gives you gift ideas!

Disclaimer: By no means is the holiday season just about the presents; I am so grateful for everything that I have and do not honestly need anything, but it is normal to see something and want it. Again, this is my wish list, not my need list.  

This season I am all about feminine, neutral, and cozy  vibes (hint: the color scheme) and items that inspire creativity, confidence, and fashion!

Keurig K200 Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker $119.99

Aquarius Lip Bundle by ColourPop SALE $15.00 (Reg. $18.00)

Ban.Do 17-Month Medium Agenda $28.00

Living Proof Dry Shampoo $22.00

Felt Letter Board $12.99

Patagonia Los Gatos Vest SALE $69.30 (Reg. $99.00)

G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE Mobile USB-C Portable Drive $84.95

HP Sprocket Plus Photo Printer $149.95

LUSH Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask $13.95/60g

Essie Nail Polish (05 “In A Blush”)  $9.99

Braided Pouf – Peach Cheek – Pillowfort $49.99

S’well Water Bottle $35.00

#GIRLBOSS By Sophia Amoruso $16.00

Prosecco Pong $24.99

J.Crew Sam Sunglasses SALE $51.99 (Reg. $118.00)

Succulents $14.93

Sending holiday cheers,

Caroline Fay

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Weekend in Chicago

Happy Monday! Last weekend I took a trip to Chicago to celebrate my ~belated~ birthday! This was my third time visiting the city, and I will be the first to admit that the fast paced, urban landscape is exhilarating and what I thrive on.

Day #1: Saturday, November 11th
To begin the trip, we had a three hour drive from Grand Rapids to our hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago.

This was the view outside of our hotel room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (Downtown/River North).

We spent most of the day exploring Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – the city’s premier commercial district on Michigan Avenue. The streets are lined with upscale shops, luxe fashion boutiques, and an array of vibrant dining options.

IMG_0930.JPGIMG_0943.JPGA 21-year old kid in a candy store! Dylan’s Candy Bar is essentially a modern day version of Willy Wonka’s factory with pop art installations like the lollipop tree (ft. above), candy cane columns, kaleidoscopic wallpaper, and candy-embedded staircase. Oh, and most importantly… the candy. If you can think of a candy, Dylan’s probably has it in addition to its ice-cream shop and fudge counter.

When I was done indulging in the sweets of Dylan’s, I made my way up Michigan Avenue taking time to shop at T JMaxx, Forever21, Pandora, Zara, Lush, H&M, and Top Shop. I also discovered my new obsession… Crate&Barrel – where has this been all of my life?

And what is a trip to Chicago if you don’t eat at the Cheesecake Factory? Not only do they have AMAZING cheesecake – my favorite is the toasted marshmallow s’mores galore – but their food and drinks are delicious as well. This trip I tried the chicken parmesan “pizza style”, but my go-to favorite is the fresh basil, tomato and cheese flatbread – yum!


Tip: Share your cheesecake so you can get a double dose of desert at Sprinkles and the cupcake ATM!


I 11/10 recommend the ‘Red Velvet’ cupcake!

Day #2: Sunday, November 12th
After a shopping filled first day, the second day was dedicated to exploring the city despite the Chicago wind and rain.  Sites seen included the Oriental Theater, Grant Park, and of course, the Bean (formally known as the “Cloud Gate”).


By far, the Bean is my favorite Chicago landmark!

The day ended with a trip to the Trader Joe’s in Chicago and a walk alongside the river.


And of course, you can’t leave Chicago without having some Chicago style pizza! Our choice: Gino’s East on LaSalle. If you are looking for traditional deep dish pizza in an urban setting, this is your place. Plus, they are known for their “writing on the walls” because all guests are encouraged to leave their mark – literally – by signing, drawing, and decorating the restaurant.


And just like that, my weekend trip was over and I was headed back home. Thanks for all of the memories Chicago!


Caroline Fay

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PINK Beauty Box Un-Boxing: Holiday Edition

PINK Beauty Box Un-Boxing: Holiday Edition


For those of you who enjoyed my first PINK Beauty Box Un-Boxing post, I am so excited to share this special Holiday Edition!

A few weeks ago I received a “Beauty Box” from PINK and have been using the products for a month now and am excited to provide insight into the new products, especially as the holiday gifting season quickly approaches!


What’s in the box?
– 3-Wick Candle – Check out the “Sleigh My Nam
– Perfume
– Bath Bombs
– Face Masks
– Shower Steamers

*This blog post will highlight products that have not been reviewed previously: Face Masks & Shower Steamers. To read about the additional products, click here.


Face Masks:
There is absolutely nothing I find more relaxing than a hot chocolate, Netflix watching, face mask wearing night! I am a huge fan of all of the different variations PINK came out, which all feature cheeky & flirty sayings. I will be the first to admit that I am always cautious to try new beauty products because of my sensitive skin; however, after having used these masks I did not find myself breaking out – my skin was moisturized and glowing! Contrary from other face masks, these are the sheets that go directly over your face, and instead of rinsing, you massage any excess product into your skin after removing the sheet. The “Let’s Glow”/Papaya was my favorite mask between the two I received in the Beauty Box; I ended up shopping at the PINK in the local mall and picking up the “Now & Zen”/Aloe mask and fell in love with this one, especially when my skin needs soothing.

For this holiday seasons, these masks are a great stocking stuffer product! They are currently 2/$5 online and in-stores. Purchase here.


Shower Steamers:
“What is a shower steamer?” That is the exact same question I had. Essentially these new PINK products are designed to act like a bath bomb for your shower. No tub? No problem. I found that the best way to use these was placing them at the edge of the shower and using warm water – it is said that the warmer the water, the more steam and scent, which is true between the two instances I have tried these. The color also didn’t stain my shower or leave any residue where I had set them. While I am a huge lover of bath bombs, these steamers are perfect for when you don’t have access to a bath tub or just need a quicker relaxation session.

In addition to the face masks, these are also great stocking stuffers! They are currently $3.95 online and in-stores. Purchase here. 

Have you tried any of PINK’s beauty products? If so, which ones did you like? Which ones are you planning on gifting this holiday season?


Caroline Fay

Looking to give even more PINK this holiday season? I definitely recommend checking out their Gift Sets & Cozy Collection items!

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shopping at T.J. Maxx + Tips & Tricks

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shopping at T.J. Maxx + Tips & Tricks


This week I am excited to be sharing a highly requested post dedicated to T.J. Maxx and all those proud Maxxinistas out there – raise your hand if you’re closet boasts a 60% off designer product as we speak!

Here are ten reasons why you should be shopping at T.J. Maxx with nods to tips + tricks I’ve learned over the last couple of years!

T.J. Maxx Motto: “When a designer overproduces, or other stores overbuy, we [T.J. Maxx] swoop in, negotiate the lowest possible price and pass the savings on.”

*Let’s first be clear, T.J. Maxx is not a discount store; they self proclaim themselves as an “off price retailer.”


  1. Those Red Clearance Tags

            Let’s just talk about these for a minute. For all those Maxxinistas out there, there is nothing that gets your heart racing faster than seeing those red clearance tags when you’re shopping. While clearance sections are distinctly marked in stores, and in nearly every department, it is extremely common to stumble upon even more clearance tags with steep discounts at the end of each season. There are three tag colors you should be aware of when shopping: white – regular price, red – clearance price, and yellow – final clearance price (marked down even lower than red tag prices and the lowest price it will ever sell for).

  1. Shoes, Shoes, & Shoes

The T.J. Maxx shoe section is filled with every style of shoe imaginable for your closet. From sandals to riding boots, from heels to tennis shoes, the store has one of the widest selection of shoes at some of the most affordable prices. Shoes are one of the items that I have noticed T.J. Maxx markdown at the end of season – especially in August (shop summer!) and March (shop fall/winter!). Did I mention they accommodate nearly every size?

  1. Affordable & Cute Workout Gear

            For those of you who are like me and don’t consider working out your divine calling, T.J. Maxx is the perfect place to get professional workout gear that makes you look and feel like a champ. If you aren’t fortunate enough to stumble upon some Nike or Adidas – which I almost always do – the “off-brand” apparel and accessories are just as stylish and functional. From water bottles, workout mats, arm bands, and apparel, all the options available at T.J. Maxx are affordable and stylish for any level of athleticism.

  1. Every Style of Sunglasses Imaginable

            I was never really into sunglasses growing up, but with new age and style, sunglasses slowly became more prevalent in my wardrobe. While some like make an investment into a single pair of sunglasses, I enjoy being able to afford various styles at a lower price. T.J. Maxx’s sunglasses section is stocked with every lens shape and color that you could possibly want to complete an outfit. I’ve enjoyed being able to try various lens shapes in particular with paired outfits for a refined and elevated look.

  1. Beauty Products You Can Afford to Test

            YES! I am currently just getting into makeup and exploring products outside foundation and mascara. While beauty aisles can be a free for all with soap dripping, packaging trash, and unknown-sounding brands lining the shelves, it is essentially an overwhelming array of alluring products. Honestly, I have learned to stay away from skin care outside my normal prescribed and trusted brands; but where I will experiment is with bath soap, eyeshadows, scrubs, and accessories. Upon trial and error, you learn some products are better than others, I’ll admit. But if whether you’re looking for a new eyeshadow palette or makeup brushes, the T.J. Maxx beauty section is definitely a treasure trove.


  1. Stationary

            There is nothing more satisfying than purchasing new desk/office accessories or back-to-school stationery. Thankfully T.J. Maxx is equipped with nearly every stationary product imaginable to a stationary-fanatic – including myself. Planners, notebooks, calendars, pens + pencils, and invitations are all the rage when you want to elevate your stationery collection from traditional items.

  1. You May Stumble on Big Brands

            Yup, that’s right. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve bought everything from a Kate Spade handbag to Michael Kors earmuffs. But those aren’t the only brands I’ve seen at T.J. Maxx; products from designers like Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture, Polo by Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger all at lower prices – the best part! While no store is alike, each receives about 10,000 new pieces of merchandise each week, so be prepared for frequent visits and treasure hunting these brands on the racks and shelves.

  1. Gift Giving Options

            Birthday, go to T.J. Maxx. Wedding, go to T.J. Maxx. House warming party, go to T.J. Maxx. Your pet’s birthday, go to T.J. Maxx. My point? T.J. Maxx has such a wide range of products, not only for yourself, but for others… for every occasion. I’m openly a last-minute shopper (but regardless, I’d still shop at T.J. Maxx even if I wasn’t) and the store always inspires creative gift giving sets with my own personal twist. Keep an eye out for cheeky kitchen towels, box signs, and home decor items for your next giving occasion. Did I mention T.J. Maxx also has wrapping paper, bags, and cards too – the perfect wrapping supplies!


  1. You Can Re-Decorate Any Space

            From the front door, all the way to the backyard, T.J. Maxx is the perfect place to start when you’re remodeling or revamping your interior space. Currently, my entire bedroom comprises of T.J. Maxx home good products, including my comforter, ottoman, wall decor + signage, and an array of candles, frames, and knick-knacks (s/o to my pineapple figurine). The home sections within the store always offers a stellar selection of decor for every season and style.

  1. It’s Earth’s Version of Heaven

            Need I say more?

And while I essentially love any kind of shopping, there is no shopping I love more than that within a T.J. Maxx store.


Caroline Fay


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Happy Monday everyone! This past Friday, I celebrated my 21st birthday surrounded by my closest friends and family! The weekend was filled with exquisite dining, excessive celebrations, and the perfect company!

Friday, I spent the afternoon shopping and dining with my boyfriend, which was followed by a night on the town with my closest friends at The Bull’s Head Tavern and Insta-worthy pictures! On Saturday, we celebrated the conclusion of Grand Valley’s Homecoming Week with tailgating and the football game, and dinner at Grand Rapids Brewing Company with high school friends. The weekend ended with a visit by out-of-town family and exploring the city of Holland – highlights included lunch at 8th Street Grille, a visit to the new Cherry Republic store, and shopping at the local boutiques.

I am extremely grateful for all of those who called, messaged, and took part in my birthday festivities – there is no other way that I could have imagined spending my birthday would have than being surrounded by loved ones!

In celebration with all of you, I thought it would be fun share 21 things that you ~probably~ don’t know about me!

1. I am left handed.

That’s right – go lefties! Not only are some of the most famous celebrities left handed or the fact  we have our own holiday (Left Handers Day on August 13th),  but left handed people tend to be smarter based on IQ tests and more artistic! (I can’t vouch those for every left handed person, but they seem applicable to me!)

2. I was in marching band.

“I’M IN MARCHING BAND AND I’M PROUD!” – Said Caroline never. While having been apart of this high school extracurricular or sport, as some may call it, for four years, I have the upmost respect for those who thrive on its activities. However, I will admit that it isn’t for everyone, including me – considering my lack of attendance and music ability to this day. Fortunately, I can thank my four years of marching for my best friends, boyfriend, and some of the best memories in my high school career.

3. I classify shopping as one of my “special skills.”

Can I list this on a resume? Asking for a friend…

4. I do not eat vegetables.

Period. End of Story.

5. I never lost a tooth naturally – they were all pulled.

True story. The whole ideal “losing your teeth” fairytale was quickly ruined in my childhood. I’m still as to unsure why I couldn’t naturally lose a tooth; my best guess…I was too scared to pull it out – but I did try notably. So the failure to lose them naturally and the timing of my dentist appointments was disastrous. It should also be noted that to this day I hate needles/shots, so when my younger self found out that in order for the dentist to yank ‘em out a shot in the mouth was required, everything hit the fan. And quite frankly I’m still traumatized today.

6. I can’t crack my back.

This isn’t because I physically can’t, it is because I cannot stand the sound of cracking bones. There is nothing that sends shivers down my spine than the sound of cracking; I can not bear to listen to it from someone else, let alone myself. Rarely, if my fingers are really tight/crampy, I’ll quick crack them – but not without my ears instantly regretting the decision.

7. I grew up on a farm.

Before the times of this modern day city girl, I was raised on a recreational farm in Charlotte, Michigan. I grew up around cornfields and animals – including chickens, horses, and pigs (so, by default your stereotypical farm chores were a part of my daily routine). I accredit my note-worthy childhood to growing up in a home that inspired me to adventure and be outdoors and taught me the importance of hard work and responsibility.

8. I could ~probably~ eat ice cream every single day.

Honestly, I could ~probably~ eat a lot of things every single day, including pizza, puppy chow, and granola bars; but ice cream is something I couldn’t live without. Not only does it come in the largest amount of flavors I have seen to date, it is also delicious at any time of any day – yes, I eat ice cream in the winter.

9. I’m slightly OCD about the way my bed is made and how the pillows are arranged.

There is rarely anything more satisfying to me than when my bedsheets are freshly washed and put on my bed and my pillows are arranged in the perfect pattern. Ironically though, this is a rare occurrence; I have never been one to make my bed in the morning, or anytime during the day for that matter. However, when I’m feeling really “put together” in life, or I just want to clean, my OCD begins with perfecting my bedding arrangements.

10. I’ve been to Europe.

The summer before my senior year of high school, I was fortunate enough to have been able to travel across Europe with my high school marching band and perform at various music venues throughout the continent. Places visited included France, Sweden, and Germany and included iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House.

11. I want to live in a big city when I’m older.

All of my life I grew up in a small city – both DeWitt and Charlotte. Between my leisure and business travels, and my university’s location in downtown Grand Rapids, I quickly learned that the “city-life” was something that I wanted to live. Whether it be NYC, Chicago, L.A. or Dallas, the hustle and bustle atmosphere and modern landscape environment excites my inner city dweller aspirations.

12. My favorite color is black.

I love to wear it, decorate with it, and accessorize with it! When people ask, it usually isn’t the most traditional response, but the simplicity and classicism of the color is what makes it my favorite. It universally goes with everything including my wardrobe and decorating style, so its darkness does not deter me.

13. I don’t play card games.

Yes, unfortunately this is very true – no blackjack, euchre, or poker for me. In fact the only real “card” game that I can manage to play is “Go Fish” or “Uno.”

14. I’ve watched all of the Star Wars movies.

Now don’t get me wrong – Star Wars is an all-time classic, but that does not mean that I am a Star Wars fan. In fact, this was on my 2015 “Summer Bucket List” with my significant other (guess who initially thought of it – him) and I have never been one to shy away from accomplishing bucket list activities, regardless of my like/dislike for them. One can appreciate the significance of the films in cinematic history, but they are not something I plan on re-watching anytime soon.

15. My least favorite area of study is accounting.

Luckily *sarcasm*, all HTM students are required to take two accounting classes in pursuit of their degree. And while I have no intentions of ever being an accountant, I am thankful for the courageous individuals that specialize in the profession so I don’t have too.

16. I LOVE scary movies.

Now, this one may be a little deceiving; I LOVE scary movies and enjoy watching them, BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t have a blanket wrapped around me or my face is nestled into someone’s arm. I live for those adrenaline rushes and thankfully I can get one from a well written scary movie every now and again.

17. I could blow my life savings at Target and TJ Maxx.

If heaven was here on Earth, than it would be located at Target and TJ Maxx. From handbags to shoes, to beauty items and home decor, these stores are the perfect one-stop shopping spots any day of the week. And those red ~clearance~ tags? I get an adrenaline rush every time.

18. I make the best fried rice.

I do not consider myself talented in the kitchen; I actually believe that I am a terrible cook with a toast, mac n’ cheese, and pizza roll limited skill level. However, this summer, in a desperate attempt to curve my Panda Express addiction, I learned that I can make a pretty delicious bowl of my own fried rice.

19. My childhood dream job was a veterinarian.

I have always been a huge animal lover and my greatest aspiration as a child was helping to heal our furry friends. Unfortunately in 6th grade biology class, while dissecting a frog, I learned that I cannot stomach blood and organs without passing out or getting queasy; so, my dream to become a vet quickly had a reality check.

20. I love to read.

Unfortunately I do not have a lot of free time for this activity during the academic year, but enjoy reading various material when traveling and on break. Favorite works include The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, The Good Girl, Looking for Alaska, and Don’t You Cry. My “to-read” list includes All the Missing Girls, The Couple Next Door, and Turtles All the Way Down.

21. I don’t drink coffee.

That is right, despite posting multiple pictures of Starbucks cups, there will never be coffee in those shots. Instead, I gravitate towards a warm hot chocolate with French vanilla creamer added, or altogether go with a cold “Pink Drink” or Frappuccino.

Fall Bucket List

Happy Monday everyone! Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with the fall season, especially October – and not only because it is my birth month. The colors, the weather, the clothing, and the air are all truly magical during this time of the year, and the holiday festivities are quickly approaching.

With October officially half-way over, I wanted to share my Fall Bucket List for those of you who are interested in celebrating this glorious season the way I do!

  1. Visit your local cider mill or apple orchard.

One of the traditional fall activities – and ultimate reminder of my childhood – is going to the local cider mill for fresh cider, donuts, and apples! Take candid pictures in the orchard trees, pick your own apples and douse them in your favorite toppings (yum, caramel), and top it off with a hayride.

  1. Plan a fall hike.

There is nothing like the new scenic changes that fall brings – the burst of warm colors against the crisp air. Grab your keys and get lost in the beauty of fall at your local park or recreation trail.

  1. Make a homemade apple crisp.

The only thing better than a dessert is a dessert that is homemade. One of my all time favorite seasonal desserts is apple crisp, served alongside some vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream. It is perfect throughout fall when the apples are sweet and firm, and it leaves your entire home smelling like fall.

  1. Enjoy a Starbuck’s PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte).

Head over to your nearest Starbucks and indulge in this annual tradition. The PSL is a combination of espresso, steamed milk, and hearty fall spices including cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg – so get it before it’s gone! #PSL

  1. Attend a fall or harvest event happening in your area.

These can vary within your local community and can celebrate all different fall aspects, pumpkins, apples, cider, etc. Here in Grand Rapids area, we have the “Zoo Goes Boo” at the John Ball Park Zoo, the Harvest Festival at the Blandford Nature Center, and Holland’s Fall Fest.

  1. It’s football season – throw a football viewing party.

Nothing says fall like the return of football season, and while the teams may be different, we’re all coming together to cheer them on. Get your game day outfit ready and perfect all of your favorite tailgating recipes for your guests. This classic fall events is perfect for the NFL, college, and highschool games – it’s all about getting into that “GO TEAM!” spirit.

  1. Volunteer.

This is perfect opportunity to get involved and give back to your local community. Make a Difference Day is October 28th this year and is one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide.

  1. Get your scare on at a haunted house.

Craving an adrenaline rush? Visit a haunted house for a frightful night with your closest friends. But be prepared… scares are sure to happen.

  1. Carve pumpkins.

Get creative by decorating a pumpkin; stick with a traditional jack-o’-lantern, or try your favorite character. Not into carving? Try painting your pumpkin instead with intricate designs or cheeky sayings – “I made that witch famous” or “I’m here for the boos.”

  1. Stay in for a cozy movie night.

Get cuddled up in your favorite cozy socks and blankets and tune into the classics of ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” – the BEST!

Hopefully this list provides you guys and gals with some inspiration and ideas as well!

What do you have planned for the remainder of the season? Share your activities in the comments below!


Caroline Fay