oversized cardigans make me happy. especially when they’re thrifted.

oversized cardigans make me happy. especially when they’re thrifted.

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Excited to share the cover for our upcoming album, “No Matter Where You Are”, available 11/26/13.

Just a few more weeks until we release our new album, “No Matter Where You Are”. Can’t wait for you to hear! 11/26/13 :)www.HaveYouHeardOfUs.com

ustheduo:

Excited to share the cover for our upcoming album, “No Matter Where You Are”, available 11/26/13.

Just a few more weeks until we release our new album, “No Matter Where You Are”. Can’t wait for you to hear! 11/26/13 :)

www.HaveYouHeardOfUs.com

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Welcome Fall!

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(Lily White sweater, H&M pants (similar), Zara heels (similar), Urban Outfitters watch (similar), H&M beanie (similar).
Photographer: Michael Alvarado

Yay.. Fall has arrived! Although it still doesn’t seem that way, living in California and all.. But since the season is here, so is the fall style. Welcome back, beanies and sweaters! (Even though you never left my heart, you are now socially acceptable in the eyes of others!) I went for an urban/classy look today, pairing an elegantly patterned crop-sweater and heels with a pair of edgy skinny jeans and a beanie. This is a great way of dressing casual while keeping some class at the same time. (TIP: Beanies are a great accessory to show off your edgy side and can be a great addition to almost any outfit.. even dresses!) I love the subtle yet super feminine detail on this “Baroque Youth Sweater” from the ever-so-lovely Lily White clothing line. (An obvious fave of mine!) It works perfectly with skinnies, skirts, or even layered on top of a dress with some tights or knee-highs. Gold is always recurring in my jewelry choices, mainly because it works best for my skin tone. (TIP: If you are of a warm skin color, gold, brass, pewter, and bronze jewelry is a safe bet. If your are more fair-skinned, silver, white gold, and platinum will really compliment your tone!) I really dig the gold zipper and button detail on these skinny jeans, and these pointy strapped heels are one of my favorite set of black shoes. Now I’m ready to take on fall and strut the streets with this urban chic look!

xo.
Carissa Rae


Congratulations to my very first Instagram #CarissaRaeGiveaway winner of the “To-Dye For Tapered Pants” by Lily White!

Drum roll please……

@CHLOEEEEY !!!

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Congrats! You are super adorable and these pants are going to look great on you! Be sure to email me@carissarae.com for more details so I can get these to you ASAP! Thanks to all who entered the #CarissaRaeGiveaway. There are many more to come!

<3

To-Dye For Tapered Pants

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(American Apparel crop top, Lily White pants, Converse shoes)
Photographer: Michael Alvarado)

Recently, we paid a quick visit to one our favorite cities ever.. NYC! On our last day there, I wanted to keep it comfortable, yet make a statement at the same time. I chose to wear this American Apparel crop top (AA’s crop tops are a go-to for me and pretty much go with anything.) and my trusty white converse to match. Both of which tied in beautifully with these "To-Dye For Tapered Pants" from Lily White. I mentioned in a previous post how I had the honor of visiting the LA office for Lily White and their sister brand As U Wish (featured in this post). They hooked me up with a few rad pieces and this one was a part of the group! I really appreciate how light-weight and loose these are. They basically define the word “comfort”. And they make quite a statement on their own. (These pants also pair well with some heels!) I love these pants so much that I’d love to give them to one lucky winner so I can see how you style them. To enter for a chance to win my Lily White "To-Dye For Tapered Pants" giveaway contest, all you have to do is follow these simple rules:

1. Like the picture on Instagram.
2. Follow @LilyWhiteLA and me (@carissa_rae) on Instagram.
3. Comment and hashtag #CarissaRaeGiveaway

I will choose a winner at random and announce it on my blog next Wednesday. Good luck and stay tuned!

Also, Lily White happens to be one of my new favorite clothing lines. Perfect mix of bohemian and urban chic. Do yourself a favor and start shopping on http://lilywhiteclothing.com for super cute and affordable clothes! 

xo.
Carissa Rae

Fallen for Floral











(UO crop top, Forever 21 jeans, Nasty Gal booties, American Apparel watch)
Photographer: Michael Alvarado


My husband had some work to tend to in upstate New York this week, so we decided to make a final stop in the city just for fun! (I mean, how could we not?!) Of course, my first dilemma once we arrived at our hotel was “What am I gonna wear?!" So after much sifting and many wardrobe changes later, I finally figured it out. I was super excited to meet up with local friends and paint the town in this simple floral-hinted outfit. I paired this adorable crop top (that I found in the sale section at UO.. yay sales!) with a basic pair of white skinnies. While I enjoy print on print from time to time, I also love letting a printed piece stand out on its own by pairing it with a solid-colored piece that fits the scheme. Now.. let’s talk about my new favorite booties that I just received from Nasty Gal. I am in LUST with these babes! They go perfect with just about anything too! (TIP: I don’t care what anybody says, but boots/booties are in every season! They pair well with dresses and shorts, yet compliment jeans and tights. Whatever you decide to rock them with, boots never cease to add a bit of edge to any outfit!) Needless to say, there’s a new pair of hot shoes in town. And I am absolutely thrilled to call them mine and add them to my never-ending collection. Here’s to a wonderful trip that was definitely not long enough.. cheers! ‘Til next time NYC! <3


xo.
Carissa Rae

Maxin’ & Relaxin’









(As U Wish maxi dress, H&M boots, Free People bangle set, Forever 21 ring)


The summer heat still lingers as we eagerly wait for fall weather to come. I wanted to switch it up from the typical shorts or mini dress look, so I decided to put on this beauty of a maxi dress. I was recently invited to check out the lovely showroom of As U Wish & Lily White. I had a blast meeting the LA team and fell in love with both of the brands. These sister clothing lines are filled with really cute styles that are right up my alley! Not only do they feature lots of fun, bohemian, and urban styles, which I adore, but their pieces are affordable too!

As U Wish has dresses for every occasion and they have an amazing selection that you can dress up and dress down. This “Desert Oasis Maxi” stood out to me, not only because I swear by maxi anything, but because the olive color is perfect for the upcoming season. (TIP: Most maxi dresses can be worn year-round if you style them correctly. Spring/Summer: Wear as is with a pair of cute sandals and sunnies. Fall/Winter: Throw on a leather jacket, some boots, and a beanie! Always accessorize!) I really like how this maxi takes care of accessorizing for you. It comes with delicate gold hardware along the neck of the dress. All that’s left for you to do is throw on some rings and bangles to match! Such a sweet little detail that makes a big statement. The dress is comfortable and flows loosely, which is really important because you don’t want to constrict yourself too much in this heat. I chose to dress it down a bit by pairing it with my favorite dark brown H&M boots. You could easily style it up by wearing a more elegant pair of heels. I’m ready to enjoy the evening summer breeze with this exotic gauze maxi (which also comes in black!). Check out AsUWishClothing.com to find this and many more cute dresses! And be sure to follow AUW on InstagramTwitter, &Facebook!

Also, stay tuned for my next giveaway of a piece from AUW’s sister clothing line, Lily White. I mean… what girl doesn’t love free clothes?! Follow me on here & Instagram for upcoming details! ;)

xo.
Carissa Rae

elephant charm necklace now available on www.shop.carissarae.com! :)

elephant charm necklace now available on www.shop.carissarae.com! :)

Black Out















(Urban Outfitters romper (on sale!), Bakers heels (similar), MAC lipstick, Forever 21 rings, vintage gold necklace from Mom (similar), Forever 21 Purse (similar))
Photographer: Michael Alvarado


An all black outfit will always be clean and classy whether you dress it up or dress it down. Today, I decided to dress up this Sparkle & Fade Mesh Romper from UO by throwing on some heels, gold accessories (my fave!), and a bright pink lip. The awesome thing about this romper is that it can also be styled casually with some flats or converse. (TIP: Most pieces in your closet can be dressed up and down. One of my favorite styles is pairing dresses with chucks. It’s amazing how a pair of shoes can quickly change the style of an outfit!) I had to apply some bright lipstick for a little pop of color. It’s important to have a few accents here and there, whether it be a bright purse or a colored lip. MAC has a wonderful array of colors to choose from and they are long-lasting, which I love! My shoes were given to me by a close friend of mine who has wonderful sense of style. (Thanks Chrizle! xo.) High heels can truly make any girl feel like a strong and confident woman. Everyone needs at least one pair of black heels! (You can never have too many though! hehe.) And, I have to admit, I raided my momma’s jewelry box back at home for this gem of a necklace. My mom has some style, and whenever I need some vintage flair, I raid her closet! With this perfect mix of old and new, I’m ready to take on whatever today brings! 


xo.
Carissa Rae

Off Duty









(Nordstrom Rack top (similar), Urban Outfitters shorts, H&M boots, H&M sunnies, H&M Bracelelt (similar)
Photographer: Michael Alvarado


I was in the typical California girl mood today, so of course I had to throw on a crop top and some high-rise shorts. It truly was the only way I could function in this never-ending heat! I have so much love for just about anything that is over-sized. This top is ridiculously comfortable and is a perfect go-to when I’m in a rush on my “off duty” days. What I like about the shorts are the detail on the pockets. You don’t notice from afar, but once you get close you can see the white studded pattern. It’s the small details that can really make an outfit pop and give it a little more edge. Now let me just talk about these dark brown boots.. I ADORE them! I just received these babies in the mail from H&M a few days ago, slipped them on, and immediately felt like Cinderella! They are super cute, fit perfectly, and they’re comfortable. (As you can see, I love me some comfort in what I wear!) I’m a big sucker for boots, especially when they have some heel on them. The styling options with these are endless.. I don’t think I’ll ever take them off! ;) Needless to say, it was a beautiful, warm, “off duty” kind of day. Next stop.. ICE CREAM PLEASE!

(TIP: H&M finally launched their online store! Save some time and shop online!)

xo.
Carissa Rae

Check out our new music video for “Make You Love Me”. Hope you like it! <3

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