Friday, August 26, 2016

Billowing Sleeves + WW Link Up

Off-the-shoulder, stripes, and big billowing sleeves?  Yes, yes, and yes!  This Chicwish stripe blouse is pretty much my dream come true.  I initially wanted to pair this top with my flare jeans, which you may have seen on my Snapchat (Rach480), but because I couldn't decide the perfect shoe to complete the look, I went with my usual skinnies.  These Rag & Bone jeans are actually a dark blue, but have to admit that they look almost black in these photos.  I loved how the blue and white stripes looked against the dark denim, and I finished my look with white pumps, and a red clutch for a  pop of color.  Although this top would look amazing with a pair of white shorts to complete the summer, I love it paired with the dark denim (flare or skinny) for look that will take me straight through the fall.

I'm still obsessing over these Karen Walker sunnies from Ditto, but I can't wait for my new designer pair to come, and to show you what I picked out!  Ditto offers a subscription service where you can borrow designer sunglasses, and swap them out for new pairs as often as you would like.  In case you missed why I'm loving Ditto's Endless Eye Wear Program, you can read about it here.   If you want to try this awesome service, you can get your first month free by using the code THREADSFORTHOMAS at checkout.

Blouse: c/o Chicwish| Jeans: Rag & Bone| Pumps: Zara (love these white pumps here)| Clutch: Street Level (similar here)| Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here), Gorjana Long Necklace| Bracelets: Vita Fede: (herehere, and here)| Sunnies: Karen Walker via Ditto (get your first month free with code: THREADSFORTHOMAS

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The feature blogger is Meagan from Meagan's Moda.  I love how she makes a cozy cardigan look so chic, and how beautiful is her watch?  Make sure to visit her blog and say hello.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beauty Favorites

I am far from being a beauty expert.  In fact I'm still trying to figure out the difference between concealer, corrector, and highlighter, and don't even get me started on where all these products go on the face.   However, since entering my thirties, trying new beauty products has become an obsession of mine, as I am always on the hunt for anything that helps stop the aging process, or makes me look younger.  During this hunt, not only have I improved my makeup applying techniques, but I have fallen in love with some items that have become staples in my beauty cabinet.  Today I'm sharing with you some of my everyday favorites.

Anastasia Contour Kit: You can tell by the packaging that I use this a lot!  I have to admit that this is the first contour kit that I have tried, as before I was using my bronzer to attempt my contouring.  But it it will probably be the only contour kit that I try, because I love it.  It's very easy to use and the highlight adds the perfect glow. 

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation:  Okay, so I only started using this foundation last week, but I had to share it, because so far I'm obsessed.  For the past 10 years (literally) I have been using this Lancome foundation, but wanted to try something with a full coverage.  Not only does it do a great job at concealing all the spots that I want to hide on my face, but but goes on smooth and doesn't feel heavy.  I thought that I'd only use a full coverage foundation for photo shoots and events, but I've actually been wearing this everyday!

Maybelline Master Fix Setting Powder and Boosting Setting Spray: I feel like I'm that person who's makeup will never stay put.  My foundation is pretty much worn off after four hours, my eye liner smudged after an hour, and my lipstick gone thirty minutes after applying.  I've been following Maybelline on Snapchat, and noticed that they always finish their makeup tutorials with these two products.  Being drug store products at great prices, I thought they were definitely worth a try.  And guess what, they work!  I've noticed a big difference with my makeup lasting.  Although I still have to touch up late in the day, using these two products has added a good two to three hours to my normal wear.

I'd also like to add that I've been using the Kyle Lip Kit and Lipsense and am in love with both of these products.  They actually last, and it's been amazing to look in the mirror four hours later and still have color on my lips!

Ouai Wave Spray: I've used several wave sprays in the past, but this is by far my favorite.  I love the texture and beachy look it adds to my hair, and it smells AMAZING!  I can't wait to try more products from the Ouai line.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Multi- Function Eye Cream: I stay up way too late.  My lack of sleep mixed with my age, calls for a great eye cream, and this is the best one that I've tried.   Trust me when I say that I have tried a lot!  I love the texture of the cream, and although I still have "happy lines"  around my eyes, I feel like they are a little less noticeable since using this eye cream.

I'm always looking to try new beauty products, and would love to hear which ones are your favorites. I'm also on the hunt for great face masks, so If you have any you love, please share in the comments! 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sporty Slip Dress

Sorry for the late post, but to say the past four days haven't gone my way would be an understatement.  Late Friday night I found out that Mason had head lice.  Head lice!!  And yes, the next morning after treating all our hair, I discovered that Tyler and myself also were infested.  Seriously though, it is just my luck that my stay at home twins would contract head lice.  Our time around other kids is very short, so I'm still wrapping my head around this situation.  Anyway, instead of spending the weekend up at the lake, and this week in the Cape, I've been home delousing, sterilizing, and cleaning every nook and cranny in my house and car.  I definitely went overboard with the cleaning, but hey, I'd rather be safe than sorry.  Lets not forget that I had to do this all myself, as Mike was in LA this weekend, so I'm pretty exhausted.  I hope I didn't gross you out by sharing this, but if I learned anything the past couple of days, is that lice is more of an annoyance than anything else, and there are much worse things in life.

Now onto something positive!  The slip dress has made a comeback this season, and I'm quite happy with its return.   I have seen many bloggers giving their slip dresses a 90's flare by layering them over tee shirts, and I decide it was time that I gave this look a try.  I've had this blush slip dress sitting in my closet for several years, and decided to go for a casual feel by pairing it with my Stan Smith sneakers and a denim jacket.  I love the sporty contrast that the tee and sneakers added to such a feminine piece, and thought it made a fun daytime look.

What do you think?  Would you rock a slip dress?

Slip Dress: Cynthia Vincent (similar here)| Denim Jacket: Forever 21 | Sneakers: Stan Smiths| Bag: Forever 21 (similar here)| Sunnies: Chloé| Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here), Gorjana| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here)

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Navy Shift Dress + WW Link Up

Happy FriYay!  Does everyone have fun plans for the weekend?  I'm on my own with the twins, as Mike will be in LA, so I'll have my hands full.  Since the weekend is suppose to be beautiful, I'm taking the boys up to the lake so we can enjoy the little bit of summer that we have left on the water.  Then on Monday we head to Cape Cod.  I'm really excited to go since we never made it to the Cape last summer, and I think the boys will love it there.  We'll be on the Cape until Thursday, and just an FYI, the place were we stay has really poor cell service, and extremely slow internet, so if I'm a little quiet on the blog front, you'll know why!

Now onto my look because I am obsessing over this mod shift dress.  I really didn't mean to have such a fall inspired post when we're all still melting in the summer heat, but when I got this dress, I had to share it right away.  I love the shift style because it's very easy to wear, and super comfortable as no part is too tight or clingy.  However it's the bell sleeves and open back detail that sold me.   I paired it with my new open toe booties, which I can't stop wearing (sorry), and finished my look with this denim stripe mini satchel.  Is this not the cutest bag?  I love how the stripes add a fun touch to the navy dress, and decided to kept my jewelry simple making the bag the focal point of my look.

Although this dress and bootie combo makes a great fall look, I also feel this dress is ideal for a cool summer's night.  I will definitely be packing it for the Cape, as it's the perfect piece for throwing on with sandals for cocktails on the porch.   

Dress: c/o All For Color| Bag: c/o Sloane Ranger| Booties: Dolce Vita| Sunnies: Chloé| Necklaces: Sarah Chloe: (here and here)| Earrings: Baublebar (similar pair here)| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here)

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There are three feature bloggers this week, as there was another tie for the most clicked!  I'm featuring Alison from Get Your Pretty On.  I'm loving how she dressed up her blush top and jeans with a statement necklace and heels.  A perfect look for transitioning into fall!  Make sure to visit her blog and say hello, and stop by Sheree and Melissa's blogs to see who else is featured.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Rachael's Radar: Summer Sales, and Why You Should Still Be Buying Summer Items

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Okay, I know it's the middle of August and everyone has fall shopping on their minds, as do I, but lets not overlook all the summer sales that are currently taking place.  Most stores are looking to clear out their summer items, making room for fall merchandise, meaning you can score some great deals on those summer pieces that you have been wanting to add to your wardrobe.  Just about everywhere you shop, there is a large sale and clearance section, not to mention that a lot of places are offering discounts on top of their already marked down items.  Now, I'm not recommending that you go out and buy that super trendy romper that you'll only wear once before the temperatures cool off, but stock up those pieces that will be in next summer, or with the right layering techniques, you can wear well into the fall .

Just because the temperatures will be dropping, doesn't mean that I'll be putting away my off the shoulder tops.  If fact, I'm excited to wear them this fall.  I'm loving the two tops above, and how great will they look with a pair of black distressed jeans and pumps for drinks with the girls?  Camisoles have found their way back into style (if only I didn't get rid of all my silk ones last year) and not only are they great to wear now on a hot day, but they make the perfect layering pieces for under a blazer or jackets.  How pretty is this H&M cami and at under $10 it's a no brainer!  One of my favorite things is transitioning summer dresses for the fall by pairing them with tights, boots, sweaters and leather jackets.  Sometimes I even wear them over jeans.  I love a good juxtaposition, and pairing this ultra feminine Joie dress with booties and a black leather jacket, will give me that sweet girl meets downtown look that I crave.  I'm a big fan of wearing little jackets in the fall, and in love with this fringe bottom one from Tularosa.  Not only is it the perfect piece to throw on a cool summer night, but it will be great when those cooler temps arrive.  And lets not forget about those classics that may be on sale, such as a great denim skirt or black pump.

Here are a few of my current favorite sales:

ASOS: Final clearance, up to 70% off.
Banana Republic: Take an extra 40% off sale.
H&M: Final clearance, up to 80% off.
J. Crew: Take an extra 30% off sale styles with code REFRESH.
Saks: final sale, up to 70% off.
and of course, I love the sale sections of  NordstromRevolve, and Shopbop.

Happy Shopping!
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Denim Mini

When was the last time that you wore a denim skirt?  I have to admit, for me it had been a while.  I'm not sure why I hadn't pulled the denim staple out of my closet in quite some time, but as of recent, I can't stop wearing mine.  Denim skirts are the perfect item to throw on during a hot summer day, and look great with just about everything.  Tanks, blouses, heels, bathing suits, sneakers, flip flops, anything is pretty much a go.  Plus they make a perfect fall staple, and I can't wait to pair mine with a chunky sweater and booties.  The denim skirt I'm wearing is by 7 For All Mankind.  I've had it for years, but because of it's classic cut it, it will always be in style.  This exact skirt is no longer available, but I love this similar option from Express.  Because my skirt is quite mini, I'm thinking that a slightly longer length would be better for chasing around the twins, and have my eye on this AG skirt.  I also love the idea of adding a fun twist to the classic, such as a button front, a fun bow, or a fringe hem.

For this #OOTD I decided to pair my denim skirt with my lace up blouse and flats.  The lace up trend will still be strong for the fall, and I can't rave more about the fit of this blouse.  I'm also obsessed with the blush color of my flats, and will be wearing them with everything this fall.  

Do you all like my new Karen Walker sunglasses?  Guess what, they're rented!  Yes, you heard me right.  Ditto, an online eye wear retailer, offers a subscription program called Endless Eye Wear, where you can rent designer sunglasses (or eyeglasses if you choose).  You simply pick the pair of sunglasses you wish to wear,  keep them as long as you would like, and when you're ready, swap them out for a new pair.  A new pair of Prada's every two weeks?  Yes please!  The best part is all the great brands they carry: Karen Walker (my personal favorite), Prada, Illesteva, Burberry, and Ray Ban just to name a few.  The service is $24 a month, but you can try your first month free by entering my code: THREADSFORTHOMAS at checkout.  You're welcome!

Blouse: c/o Chicwish| Skirt: 7 For All Mankind (similar here)| Flats: Halogen| Bag: Chloé| Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here)| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here)| Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington| Sunnies: Karen Walker via Ditto (get your first month free with code THREADSFORTHOMAS)

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