These leopard sandals are my all-time favorite purchase that was 100% enabled by her. I didn't even know I needed leopard wedge sandals but she swore they were so comfy and such a good price that I absolutely had to get them. I trusted her, and to follow my blog or Instagram is to know I wear these all. the. time. Unfortunately the exact ones are sold out most places, but I do have a pretty similar option linked below.
Express / Jeans: Express / Necklace: Old Navy (Old, In Store Only) / Bracelet: Stella & Dot / Belt: Gap / Shoes: Sam Edelman Sutton (Similar) / Sunglasses: Nordstrom (Similar)
And here are a few ways the birthday girl has styled her leopard sandals:
I have to sidetrack from the shoes for a minute to mention The Hair. That's another one of my favorite pieces of her. Notice how it's styled differently in each of the four outfits above? I love seeing all the different things she can do with it to complement her outfits. As for the shoes, I think I might wear these shoes more often than she does, but it might be because she has so many other leopard shoe options!
And these are just her Sam Edelman leopard shoes! But this picture brings me to the next piece of her I love, which is her flat lay magic. Her flatlays always look professional and I don't know how she does it, but anyone who has tried it knows she is really, really good at it. She inspired me to try it myself and I found out quickly I don't have a knack for it, but my attempts in my packing posts here and here made me admire her skills that much more.
I see Caryl's influence frequently throughout the blogging and Instagram community when people tag her in outfits they wear or mention her in their blog posts, so I invited a few more of her friends to share their own favorite pieces of her to join in the birthday celebration!
"I'm calling this outfit the "Caryl" because each piece was inspired by her - somehow she managed to convince me that I didn't just want this top, these blush destroyed jeans and a pair of white heels, but rather I needed them. And, I will gladly say, she was right, I did need them and they have become some of my favorite pieces! Happy Birthday Caryl - thanks for the ongoing fashion inspiration!"
"Carylee has great style. She always finds unique pieces when it comes to jewelry. When she first posted about this turquoise sunburst pendant by House of Harlow, I went into crazy search mode. The turquoise was sold out everywhere BUT I wasn't giving up. I finally found it and now it's mine!!! Thanks Carylee for being a fashion inspo to me and to many others. Happy Happy Birthday!!!"
"Caryl inspired the purchase of almost every piece in this outfit! We were shopping together when I bought both the purse and the jacket. She provided the voice of reason that I needed them, because wasn't entirely sure about either, but she was so right. She also agreed that I obviously need orange lace-up flats (duh) and RSVP'd to my tea party I am eventually planning because I need somewhere to wear this skirt. I think I may be hard-pressed to find an outfit in the last year that Caryl didn't contribute to in one way or another... Not only is she an excellent partner-in-shopping-crime, but an awesome friend! Happy Birthday Caryl!"
"Caryl influenced my decision to get the Express knot front tee. I saw her wearing them in several posts, and because we are the same height, I ordered one during a sale. It helps that she is fabulous, but it really helps because she is my same height! I can see how something will look on her, and chances are, the same piece will work on me. I'm so happy I did order the tee because it really is such a staple in my wardrobe now. I wear it all the time, and even got another in white. Caryl's "enabling" never fails me. She's also influenced my shoe selection, and I'll be sure to credit her when I receive my latest order from Topshop."
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First of all, I had to laugh at how often Caryl knows what we need in our closets before we do! I was also amused that it was a different item for each of us! When I first started putting this together I thought a few ladies would come back with the same item that they associate most with her influence but we all had something different. Her influence is as diverse as her hairstyles, and I think that's part of why she's so well-loved in the blogging community. There's a piece of her that's just right for everyone and I couldn't be happier to call her a friend in real life, too.
Can't wait to do this again!