23 November 2015

What to Wear to Thanksgiving

Today I'm sharing 6 different outfit ideas for you to wear to Thanksgiving dinner this week. The great news about all of them is that they can probably be created or re-imagined with pieces you already have in your closet! I have included links too just in case you want to ask Santa for any of these versatile pieces.

The first two options are variations of what I would call casual, preppy, and easy to wear outfits. I love this style of dressing, it's very fresh and clean in my opinion. Most of you probably have a pair of dark skinnies, brown boots or booties (depending on the temps of where you are at), a plaid shirt, sweater (again, depending on how cold your Thanksgiving weather is) and a quilted vest in your closet. I love mixing patterns with plaid, or don't be afraid to grab a leopard print scarf or fair isle sweater to pair with your plaid. Lastly, throw on one or two statement pieces of jewelry and you are good to go!

What to Wear to Thanksgiving 2 Outfits

outfit on right

outfit on left

The next two outfits revolve around leggings, which I am convinced were created for Thanksgiving, so that we can comfortably eat our weight in turkey and pumpkin pie. One of my favorite things about leggings is how easy they are to style; they can be dressed up or down, with pretty much any shoe or boot, and with a dress, tunic, or any over-sized shirt that covers your bum. To create a more dressed down look, I paired leggings with a striped turtleneck & knit poncho, easy flats, and simple jewels all in a neutral palette. I added some visual interest with pop or red with a cozy beanie, tote, and plaid red with hints of red to tie everything together. This same strategy can be used with any color. To dress up leggings, I focused less on that pop of color, and more on playing with different textures; like a big knit turtleneck, floppy felt hat, faux fur vest, and suede over-the-knee boots, keeping the jewelry simple again, and the palette much more subtle. 

What to Wear to Thanksgiving - Leggings

outfit on right
stripe turtleneck | poncho | beanie | statement earrings | leggings | double sided plaid scarf | red tote | flats

outfit on left
faux fur vest | felt floppy hat | pendant necklace | over-sized turtleneck sweater | leggings | black handbag | otk boots | watch

The final two outfit ideas I am sharing are for dresses. While my family's Thanksgiving is more on the casual side, I know that some of you might be attending a dressier dinner or just prefer to dress up a little more for the holiday. One great thing about throwing on a dress is that in one piece you have an outfit, and pretty much anything goes with accessories. This time of year is perfect for wearing sweater dresses, they are super cozy and it's cold enough to wear tights with either a great pair of boots or booties (wear black tights and heeled black booties to give the illusion of super long stems). And of course, I am loving plaid shirt dresses, they are the perfect casual option and can be easily dressed up or down. Since my sweater dress option is a little dressier I opted to show a more casual styling of the plaid dress. 

What to Wear to Thanksgiving - Dresses

outfit on right
faux fur vest | sweater dress | booties | tights | statement earrings | scarf | leopard clutch

outfit on left
sherpa vest | plaid dress | red earrings | slouchy knit hat | fringe booties | bangle | red handbag

Hopefully this gives you some ideas of what to wear for Thanksgiving if you are looking for some outfit inspiration! 

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31 August 2015

Back to School

Back to School Fall Wardrobe Favorites

This is only the second year where the end of August hasn't ushered in the beginning of school for me, but that doesn't mean I'm not taking advantage of all the wonderful sales and new lines of clothing out in preparation for all those who are. Moving into September not only signals a seasonal transition from summer to fall and from vacation to school, but also a change in my closet. We all know what I am getting at - the colors, the textures, the types of pieces in your wardrobe slowly change to prepare for shorter, cooler days. 

There's something in the air about students heading back to class, from the blank pages in their notebooks to the new bags over their shoulders, that seems to indicate its a season for change and fresh starts. Or at least that is how I shall justify my obsessive desire to reinvent my wardrobe as soon as September 1st hits (and maybe a little before!).

I always seem to fall in love with more new pieces during this time of year than any other, so I am always on the look out for a bargain. I have been playing the 'cart game' with many of the pieces above (you know the one where you load up your online shopping cart and pretend you can buy everything you want and then close your browser with your bank account in tact) just waiting for a good sale so I could gleefully log-in and finally check my cart out. And that is definitely what I did with this beauty, that plaid, and this dress (and maybe a few more...oops). So, while this sale lasts, be sure to take advantage of the amazing discounts on many steals and deals, as well as an additional 40% off all other styles.

Shop my favorites, which are on sale with code WEEKEND through the end of today (8/31), by clicking on the photos below:

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28 July 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fall Faves Under $50

Today I've rounded up some of my favorite steals and deals in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. My fall style tends to center around lots of neutrals, a few key saturated colors, and piles of accessories. This way, most of my fall pieces can be mixed and matched with one another; less pieces, more outfits, a win, win in my book. My under $50 faves can all be paired with one another in countless combinations and accessorized to create more unique outfits too. I've been trying to shop using this strategy so that I can get the most out of my new additions.

NSale Under $50 finds

Shop my under $50 favorites

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23 July 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Christmas in July is finally here!! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to everyone last Friday after a week of being open to cardholders only. Since I am not currently a cardholder, I spent the week leading up to open access stalking the sale through the sneak peek link and compiling a list of all the things I most wanted so that Friday, as items flew out of the website, I was able to quickly snag most of the items that I really wanted. As you may remember, I am all about fall - the fashion, the food, football, pumpkins, red & orange leaves - you name it, I'm a fan, which is why I wasted no time preparing for the upcoming months by finding things I can enjoy on a cool day now and with a little outfit modification, straight through the end of the year. My forever fall favorites are plaid everything, cozy knits, thin layers, and dark denim, and there are plenty of options for all of these in the sale.  

Nordstrom Sale

Shop my favorites:

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16 July 2015

IG Lately

Here's a little round-up of some of my recent-ish IG posts. Enjoy!

shirt | skirt | sandals | bag | necklace - old (similar)

shoes | clutch | skirt - old (similar) | shirt - old (similar) | necklace - old (similar)

crop pants | hooded shirt | shoes | purse (sale option here) | scarf - old (similar) | sunnies

sweater | leggings | boots | bag (in black here) | scarf - old (similar)

couch | pillow covers | bunny cookie jar | gold spike urchin | gold turtle | coffee tray - old (similar) | coffee table books (1)(2)(3)(4)(5

nail color: essie 'tuck it in my tux'

skirt | sandals | bag | bangles (similar) | tank - old (similar) | necklace - old (similar)

tank top | shorts | kimono (sold out, similar here & here) | sandals (sold out, similar here) | tote | necklace - old (similar) | sunnies

tank top | skirt | bag (sold out, similar here and here) | wedges - old (nearly identical here) | necklace - old (similar)

Still playing a little catch-up, this summer has been crazy busy! This weekend will be the first we've been home since the first weekend in May. Looking forward to catching up on house work, blogging, shopping, and hanging with our local friends and family.Tune in tomorrow for my top Nordstrom sale picks!

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15 July 2015

RocksBox Review + a Free Month for You

At the beginning of this year I started a membership with Rocksbox, and seven months later I am more satisfied than ever. Rocksbox is a subscription-based designer jewelry rental company which lends members three pieces of jewelry at a time with unlimited exchanges for three new pieces. Members receive their three pieces from a stylist who uses a personal taste profile, your wishlist, and feedback you leave on previous pieces to curate a unique trio. After you are done wearing your pieces, you drop them back in the mail with the prepaid shipping label and envelope supplied with your pieces. The best part, in my opinion, is that if you fall in love with anything, you have the option of purchasing it at a 20% off members only discounted rate. Plus, each month you receive $10 shine spend that can be used towards the purchase of any piece. Color me obsessed! 

Box 1 // Honestly, I was a little disappointed with my first box. I didn't love the earrings, which is totally my own fault because I checked off both dangle and studs as my preferences during my style eval and in reality, I am rarely a studs kinda gal. I wasn't a huge fan of the necklace, it's very pretty don't get me wrong, but not really my taste. BUT, I loved this bracelet. Like love, loved it! Swoon. So, I held onto the box for awhile and wore the bracelet a bunch. The great thing is that if I didn't like any of the pieces, I would have packed it up and sent it right back for a new one since Rocksbox offers unlimited exchanges. I wrote my honest reviews on their site and crossed my fingers the next box would have more pieces I loved.

Box 1 // Here's a shot of the bracelet I was crazy about. I considered buying it, but even with the 20% off it was a little outside of what I would spend on a bracelet. That is one of the great parts of Rocksbox though, you can wear and style designer jewelry pieces that you may not normally treat yourself to, for only $19 a month.

Box 2 // Two of the three pieces out of my second box are pictured above. During the time I had my first box, I figured out the whole "wishlist" part of the program. Wishlist is key guys. Seriously. With wishlist, members are able to request what pieces they are interested in getting both from Rocksbox's photos on instagram and through the website. I began tagging pieces that I would like to receive and I was delighted to receive these crystal statement earrings off my wishlist!

Box 2 // Along with the delicate lariat and the crystal statement earrings I received the grey beaded wrap bracelet shown above. The necklace and bracelet weren't really my taste again, so I went back and re-filled out the style preference evaluation/quiz on the website, being more selective and not as broad in my choices. I also filled out feedback on each piece hoping to give more clues as to my personal style. I was able to wear the earrings and bracelet (which I ended up liking on because of the grey ombre effect!) a few times before returning the set.

Box 3 // I literally squealed and did a little happy dance when I untied my third box. It was by far my favorite of the first three sets. All three pieces I received were off my wishlist, and I had a really hard time not purchasing them all. I love a good statement earring, I feel like they are almost necessary with my mess of long dark hair. This pair was the perfect mix of color and clear crystal stones, and they were drop earrings which, turns out, are my jam. 

Box 3 // The next piece I was super excited about receiving is the Loren Hope crystal necklace pictured above. I loved this piece so much I even decided to buy it for the 20% off discounted members price. It is the perfect blend of statement and classic!

Box 3 // Here's a quick snap of my all the pieces I received in my 3rd box. As you can see, the 3 pieces I received were the earrings, infinity bracelet, and Loren Hope crystal necklace. I don't have any photos of the infinity bracelet styled, but it was such a delicate yet 'me' piece that I loved it so much. Also, that 'shine' necklace near the top of the photo was a gift from Rocksbox that I received as a surprise in my first box from them - so sweet!

Box 4 // My fourth box was another amazing trio of jewelry. I loved this gold Margaret Elizabeth bangle with circular Labradorite stones! It is the perfect neutral piece for layering with other bracelets. One of my favorite combos is to pair it with this fringe bracelet (sold here) as seen above and below. I love the contrast of the swingy fringe and the structured bangle.

Box 4 // As you may have guessed, I opted to purchase this bangle at the 20% members price. It is my most expensive purchase to date, but worth every penny. I am already dreaming of how I can wear it in upcoming seasons, transitioning its smoky grey accent stones in with my fall wardrobe.

Box 4 // I'm a sucker for multi-colored necklaces, I think that are just so versatile. This necklace I received in my forth box was no exception, I loved the mint accent in an otherwise neutral statement piece.

Box 4 // How cute are the little quote cards that Rocksbox started including in their boxes? Just another little way they brighten my mail day. I really did love every piece, even though I could not manage to get a good shot of those grey Kendra Scott earrings to save my life! Despite being disagreeable in photographs, I did choose to purchase the earrings as well.

Box 5 // My fifth box was the first one that had a little hiccup in arriving. I was waiting on it after the ship date for a week, with USPS not bothering to update the shipping status. So, while I was bummed that it took so long, I complete targeted my anger at the mail service, and not at Rocksbox, since they normally have a one-to two day turn around with their priority mailers. Fingers crossed it was an isolated incident (my 6th one showed up on time; so far, so good). Once my box (finally!) arrived, I discovered, per usual, that it was well worth the wait. I know it sounds too good to be true, but every box that comes is better than the last! I loved this teardrop bangle in this gorgeous aqua chalcedony color. It was my second one from Margaret Elizabeth (I bought the one by her in my previous box) and I am officially a fan of her work! After a little back and forth on it, I ultimately decided I couldn't part with this one either and purchased it.  

Box 5 // Like with the bangle and designer above, I was pleasantly surprised to fine another pair of Kendra Scott earrings in my fifth Rocksbox, especially after receiving and purchasing the grey pair in my previous box, I happily accepted and purchased this pair as well, the color and shape are gorgeous (and matched the bangle), and I will take the 20% member discounted price on anything KS any day of the week!

Box 5 // Recently, Rocksbox began allowing members to request what piece or pieces they would like in their very next set (its a separate text box in the area where you can put your feedback on your current box). I love this because even though I have 50+ pieces on my wishlist, there are certain things I either like more than others and would like sooner, or in the case I have upcoming events, like weddings and parties, I might want to request something particular to go with my outfit. Although none of the items I requested for this box were available, my stylist did a great job of finding pieces that were similar to the ones I wanted. Plus, I really loved the color theme of this set, which made pairing pieces together for a cohesive look super easy.

So that's a little recap of my first 5 boxes, the sixth one arrived a week or so ago, but I have been so busy traveling and working, I have hardly had time to unpack it! Look for its contents soon on my IG feed.

As you may have guessed I have teamed up with Rocksbox to give you all a chance to try it out for yourself! Just use code rachelxoxo4 when signing up here for a free month of jewelry - absolutely no strings attached or commitment needed after the month; although, if you are like me, you will become addicted quickly! 

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