Monday, March 30, 2015

Black Jumpsuit


Well, I've found it: the perfect black jumpsuit!  I'm not sure if you remember me mentioning that I've been wanting to add a jumpsuit to my wardrobe, and I've been on the hunt for the perfect one.  Although there are many great options, I've been hesitant about ordering one online because many jumpsuits fall just a tad too short for my long legs.  I know, such a bad problem to have... However, when things are constantly too short, it does get a little annoying.  I found this one at Tobey Grey, and wore it the night of my sister and my fundraiser.  I received endless amounts of complements on my jumpsuit, and couldn't have asked for it to fit better.  The inseam is the perfect length, and the top isn't too blousy.  Although I wore it by itself, it would also look great with a blazer or leather jacket layered on top. Soon this jumpsuit will be available in red, and I just might have to snatch it up!

On another note, I want to thank everyone who came the event at Tobey Grey last Thursday, and supported my sister and I while we raised money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  It was such a nice evening, and I'm very thankful to everyone who ventured out and helped supported a cause so close to my families heart.  I also want to thank everyone who helped promote the fundraiser, and Tobey Grey for having us.  Not only does Tobey Grey have the best merchandise (seriously, I want everything right now!) including all my favorite brands, but it is a store that gives back to the community, and will continue to be one of my favorite places to shop.









Jumpsuit: Tobey Grey// Pumps: Zara (similar here)// Bag: Romygold// Bracelets: Vita FedeLove From VenusPark Lane// Necklace: Sarah Chloe// Rings: Melanie AuldBaublebar// Sunnies: House of Harlow


Some photos from the fundraiser





I hope everyone has a great week.  Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rachael's Radar #4: Everything Chloé



If I had to choose only one designer to wear this spring (given my wallet could handle it), with no doubt, it would be Chloé.  Lately, everything I've been loving seems to be from the french label, but just looking at my wishlist above, can you blame me?  I've never been much of a boho type, but this season it's all I'm lusting over, and in my opinion no one does it better than Chloé.  Clare Waight Keller nailed it with the 70's and bohemian feel, and I want just about every piece in her spring collection.  My absolute favorite is the Guipure dress, which you've probably seen on many fashion forwards and socialites, and is unfortunately sold out.  However, it's not only the clothing that has captured me, but also the accessories.  I'm dreaming of adding the Drew bag to my collection in the blush color, and those Dafne sunnies are also high on my list.  Also, is there a sexier swimsuit than that white plunge neck one???  My birthday is in a week, maybe one or two of these pieces will make its way into my wardrobe....

Wishing you all lovely weekend.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sips and Fashion Tips, Boston Marathon Fundraiser


Tonight's the night of the big fundraiser!  I can't wait.  It will be a fun night of shopping, cocktails, and sweet treats from White's Bakery and Cafe all while bringing awareness to suicide prevention.  If you live in the Boston area and are able to joins us, I'd love to see you there!  If you missed my story of why the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a cause close to my family, you can read it here.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blush Sweater


Well, it's officially spring, although it feels like the middle of January.  It is suppose to warm up today and I heard it may even hit 60 degrees on Thursday!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  In the meantime, I've been trying to lighten up my wardrobe for spring while still keeping warm.  A color I've been seeing a lot of this season is blush, and I couldn't be happier because it is one of my favorite colors.  I've owned this blush sweater for a long time, as it's a classic, and I'll continue to pull out of my closet for years to come.  I love the softness of this sweater, and I used it here, along with light grays to lighten up my leather pants.  Spring is one of my favorite times to wear leather, and can't wait to wear these pants with just a white tee shirt, flats, and gold jewelry! 








Sweater: Theory (old, similar here, and loving this blush jacket here)// Faux Leather Pants: Blank NYC// Tank: Splendid// Boots: Zara// Sunnies: House of Harlow// Rings: Stella & Dot, Park Lane // Bracelets: Vita FedeDavid Yurman// Earrings: Bauble Bar// Bag: Romygold


Have a great Wednesday everyone!  My fundraiser is tomorrow night, and if you live in the Boston area, I'd love to see you there!  (Fundraiser details here)

Monday, March 23, 2015

White Flares


Yesterday I did something I thought I would never do: I wore a dress over jeans, and I loved it!  Although I've seen this look numerous times, it's never been quite my style.  It must be my spring obsession with everything 70's that made me try it, as it does have that decade feel with the flare bottoms.  I wore this look to my niece's fourth birthday party.  She, and six of her girlfriends had a spa day, and it was the cutest thing ever.  They were treated to hair, nails and face paining, and of course they all went with the Elsa braid.  Before leaving the house for the party, I was debating between wearing these flare jeans or a pair of gray skinnies.  The gray pair won.  Since it was only 30 degrees out, I thought the gray pair felt more weather appropriate.  At the party, I couldn't stop thinking about my white flares, so what did I do, changed into them when I got home, of course!   I have a feeling I'll be wearing this look again this spring, as I have learned, never say never.







Jeans: J Brand Love Story (want to try this high rise pair here)//  Dress: Parker (old)// Shoes: Zara (similar here)// Bag: Chanel// Bracelets: Vita FedeLove From VenusPark Lane// Sunnies: House of Harlow

Happy Monday.  Thanks for visiting, and wishing you all a great week!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Navy Slit Tank


Take me back to the paradise city.....

That's how I feel about West Palm Beach, a paradise city, especially since today is the first day of spring and the high will be 35 degrees.  I miss the warm weather, blue skies, green grass, and palm trees.  Soon enough, hopefully.  Today I am sharing the last set of photos taken from my trip to Florida.  This outfit pretty much sums up my summer uniform: jean shorts and a tank top.  I love cut off jean shorts, as you can wear pretty much anything with them, and this tank is my favorite in my closet right now.  Not only is it a great basic, but the slit in the back adds a little sexiness, so I can dress it up for nighttime.  The best part, although it looks silky, it is actually  made of polyester, which means it's machine washable.  Not that I love polyester, but when you have two babies and are constantly spit up on, it's a win to be able to throw it in the washing machine!  Navy is also one of my favorite colors in the summer, as I love pairing it with light colored denim and gold accessories.








On a serious note, did you all get the chance to read my blog yesterday about suicide awareness?  Although, I like to keep this blog a happy place, real life happens, and the best way to get through a tragedy is to talk about it.  If you missed it, you can read my story here.  These photos were taken at my father's house.  It was weird being back there without him, but we enjoyed our time with the family, and still consider it such a happy place.


Tank: Tobey Grey// Shorts: J Brand// Shoes: Sam Edelman (very similar here)// Necklace: Gorjana// Hand Chain: Gorjana// Bracelets: Vita Fede, Stella & Dot// Sunnies: House of Harlow// Clutch: Louis Vuitton// Hat: Target

Wishing everyone a great weekend.  Thanks for visiting, and hope you see some of you at my event next Thursday (detail here)!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Let's Talk About Suicide & Tobey Grey Fundraiser


{With my dad on my wedding day}

It’s been two years, five weeks, and two days since I lost my father to suicide.  As each day passes, it doesn't get any easier to comprehend.  How could this happen in my family?  My dad was such a happy man, or so I thought?  Losing a loved one is hard, especially when it happens unexpectedly.   But when you lose someone to suicide, not only are you sad, but you have a thousand emotions running through your head.  One minute you’re heartbroken and in disbelief, the next you’re angry.  How could he do this, and just leave like that?  The next you’re confused, then you become sad for him, then sad for yourself, and the cycle repeats.  You don’t know how to feel.  Didn't he love me enough to stay around?  Didn't he want to meet his grand kids?  Should I have called more? If I had told him just one more time that I loved him, would it have made a difference?  It will never get easier to believe that he took his own life.  It does, however, get easier to talk about.

When I first got the call that my father had committed suicide, I was in disbelief.  It still is hard to process today.  When I told people that my father had passed away, besides my closest friends, I didn't share the fact that it was a suicide.  If people asked, I just told them he was sick (which wasn't a total lie, as people who commit suicide are sick with a depression or a pain they believe will never go away).  I didn't tell them because I was so confused.  How do you explain something to someone when you don’t understand yourself?  I also did not want those who had never met my father to judge him, because that’s what I did.  I judged people who committed suicide, as selfish and unstable. And I will admit, for a while I thought my Dad was selfish and took the easy way out.  But the fact of the matter is that anyone who can take their life like that, is indeed sick.  They have a depression or some illness that eats at them every day, which makes it unbearable for them to live, even to the point they think others will be better off without them.  It took me a while to understand this.  It was really the passing of Robin Williams recently, which opened up discussions about suicide that made me listen, and understand to some extent, the illness that someone has who is suicidal.  Talking about it has finally helped me start to heal. 

Seeing how being open about my family’s tragedy has helped, I realized that suicide is something that needs to be talked about.  I didn't talk about it for two years, and I held in all of my emotions.  I let the hurt, the anger, the confusion, and the sadness eat at me for too long.  I started blogging which became an escape for me, but it wasn't enough.  I needed to talk about it.  Now, I am asking for you to do the same.  

While I took to blogging to heal, my sister, Liza, took to running, and she is now running in the 2015 Boston Marathon to raise money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP).   An organization that not only helps those with suicidal tendencies, but also those who have lost someone to suicide.  Together with my favorite store, Tobey Grey, we are hosting an event to raise money for her run.  It will be a night of previewing and shopping all the new spring merchandise, drinks, raffles, and bringing awareness to suicide.  It’s time our community starts talking about it so we can save more lives.  I don’t know if my father could have been saved, as he was a loving and unselfish man who was stubborn enough to not put his burden on anyone else, especially his children, but there are so many people that can be saved knowing that help is out there.  So let’s start talking!

Please join us next Thursday from 7-9pm at Tobey Grey in Newton Center, MA  (details below).  Whether you want to shop for some new spring clothes, have a drink, or just say hello, all are welcome.  If you’re unable to attend but still want to help, you can donate by purchasing a ticket for $26 (one dollar for every mile Liza runs in the Boston Marathon) as the full ticket price goes to the AFSP.



{You can purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sips-and-fashion-tips-boston-marathon-fundraiser-tickets-15948186455}

You can also read my sister, Liza Pauquette's, story here: https://www.crowdrise.com/AmericanSuicidePreventionBoston2015/fundraiser/lizapauquette

Everyday I'm healing from losing my father.  The thing that will never heal is now knowing how much pain he was in, as it breaks my heart everyday.  Lets help others heal from that pain.  Hope to see you all there!

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