Monday, February 27, 2017

Knot Sweater


If you have been following my blog for some time, then you know that my favorite items to wear are classics that have a twist.  This knot sweater is the perfect example.  From the front, it's your perfect classic knit, but the twist detail in the back gives it a fun, and slightly sexy, vibe.  Since this sweater is on the cropped side, I paired it with my favorite high rise black jeans, then layered my lace bralette underneath to make sure I wasn't showing too much skin.  I finished my outfit with my studded heels for a look that can easily go from day to night.




Aren't these UnCensor Yourself bracelets the cutest? I'm not one to curse a lot, but I love all the witty, and slightly edgy, sayings.  Not only are they fun, but they are inspiring, and make great conversational pieces. 






Sweater: c/o SheIn| Jeans: JBrand| Bralette: Free People| Heels: Sole Society (similar here)| Bag: Chloé| Sunnies: A.J. Morgan| Necklace: Gorjana| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here), UnCensor Yourself c/o.




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Friday, February 24, 2017

How To Wear Your Spring Dresses Now + WW Link Up


During the past couple of weeks, I've slowly been adding spring items into my wardrobe.  There is just one problem with my early spring shopping:  I want wear everything, and now!  However, the two feet of snow that we've been buried under hasn't allowed me to do so.  Well, that is until today, when temps were in the high 60's, but that's another story.   Because I'm an impatient person, I decided to do what I love doing most, which is layer.  I love that you can easily transition a spring dress for the winter by placing a turtleneck underneath, or adding a chunky knit or leather on top.  Finish your look with a pair of opaque tights, and over the knee boots, and you're good to go in the chilly temperatures.    

That is what I did with this cold shoulder polka dot dress.  I recently got if from The Mint Julep, and am completely obsessed.  I fell in love with the black and white polka dot print, but it's the cold shoulder cut that really had me.  Add in the ruffle neckline, and I have found myself the perfect spring dress.  To make it winter appropriate, I paired it with over the knee boots and my drape faux leather jacket.  This jacket has been a staple in my closet for two years.  The faux leather adds a little edge, while the drape front gives it a sweater like feel, making it the perfect layering piece.  

I can not wait to style this dress in the spring, as I have a feeling it will be my go-to for many occasions.  Make sure to check out The Mint Julep, as they have to cutest dresses.  Trust me, this is not my first, or last from them!







Dress: c/o Mint Julep| Jacket: Blank NYC| Boots: Steve Madden| Tights: Hue| Sunnies: BP (identical here)| Clutch: GiGi New York| Lips: LipSense in Roseberry| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here), Stackable Bracelets c/o UnCensor Yourself



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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rachael's Radar: Nordstrom Winter Sale


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Although this is the time of year that I cut back on my shopping, I cant help to add some great sale pieces to my wardrobe.   With all the stores making room for their new spring merchandise (I can't wait), they are offering some great discounts on their winter items, so now is time to get those booties or that cashmere sweater that you've been wanting.  We still (unfortunately) have plenty of time to wear our winter clothing before spring arrives, plus it's also a great time to stock up on basics for next fall.  One of my favorite sales that is currently taking place is the Nordstrom Winter Sale.  Not only do they have some great discounted winter merchandise, but they also have pieces that will take you right into spring, and I've rounded up my top picks.

Ruffles and open shoulders will still have a big presence this spring, and this ruffle top is not only great to wear now, but it will look perfect with a white pair of jeans or denim skirt.  Also, this cold shoulder dress is one I can see myself wearing all through the spring and summer.  A good denim jacket is a spring much have, and I'm loving the shearling collar on this one.  There is nothing that screams spring more than stripes,  and I'm obsessing over this stripe pullover.  It is still bit on the pricier side, but something I would live in all spring, and on those cool summer nights at the lake.  I have my eye on all things perforated when it comes to shoes, and these booties and mules are perfect for transitioning into spring.  Also, is this floral phone case not the cutest?  I've had my eye on these earrings for a while, so when I saw they were on sale, I bought them right away.  However, when I went back to link them, they had already sold out (just shows you how fast items are selling).  They are still available on Baublebar.com, but at full price.  The good news, is Baublebar is offering 15% off for first time customers.

The Nordstrom sales ends February 26th, so make sure you check it out soon.  If you have already shopped the sale, I'd love to hear what you got!




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Monday, February 20, 2017

Faux Shearling Lined Jacket


There is nothing that I love more than completing my look with a great jacket.  I have built quite the collection of leathers and blazers over the years, because they always make my outfits look polished and chic.  This faux shearling jacket from Shein in my newest addition.  The faux shearling lining gives it a cozy feel, while the moto cut adds an instant cool factor.  Although Shein calls the color apricot, to me it is the perfect nude, and I will be wearing it with everything while transitioning into spring.  I paired it with my fringe hem jeans and cold shoulder tee, and love how the jacket instantly took my outfit up three notches. This cold shoulder tee is also a new addition to my closet that I got at Nordstrom last week.  It is by Topshop, and on sale for $15!  Not only is it super soft, but it fits really well, and it's the perfect tee to take you from day to night.  Although I was able to link this shirt to the Topshop website, it is unavailable on Nordstrom.com.  However, I suggest you check your local store, because mine had a good amount of stock, and it comes in two colors.

Just a size note on this jacket, it runs a little big.  I got it in a medium (which I order in most of my Shein clothing), but could have definitely done with the small.  I don't mind it a little oversized, but would like it a tad smaller if I am pairing it with a dress.








Jacket: c/o Shein| Top: Topshop| Jeans: J Brand| Pumps: Steve Madden (similar here)| Bag: Vintage Chanel| Sunnies: A.J. Morgan| Necklace: Sarah Chloe| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)





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Friday, February 17, 2017

Blush Crush + WW Link Up


Happy Friday my friends.  I can't even explain to you how happy I am that this week is coming to an end.  Last Friday, Tyler (one of my toddlers), came down with the flu, then the following day I started feeling under the weather.  Add about two feet of snow to the mix, and lets just say it has been a very long week.  The good news is that we are both feeling better.  However, do to the snow and sickness, I wasn't able to get any new outfit photos taken this week, so today I'm sharing a flashback look from this time last year.  Although, besides my hair now being longer, I feel like you would never know these photos were from last year, because I still wear, and love, all of these items!  As I recently mentioned on the blog, this time of year is when I start wishing for spring to arrive.  To get through the last of these cold months, and cure my winter blues, I reach for the lighter colored clothing in my wardrobe, with blush being my favorite to wear.  Although I've been adding blush colored pieces to my closet all year long, there is just something about the color that sings springtime, and lately, it's all that I've been shopping for.  I love that I can pair a blush colored jacket, or sweater, with white jeans to get a spring-like look, yet it's still warm enough for this snowy weather.  I've rounded up the blush pieces (below) that are currently on my wish list.  My only question is, which do I get first?  These blush studded booties, or these blush skinny jeans?









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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beauty Talk + The Two Items Every Woman Should Be Using


Happy Hump day my friends.  Sorry I've been a little MIA from the blog this week.  The flu has hit our household, and if it isn't hard enough to take care of a sick toddler, try doing it when you're sick yourself!  Since we haven't been able to leave the house all week, I thought today would be a perfect day for a little beauty talk.  I've had a couple of people ask about my skin care routine, so I'm sharing my daily products, along with the two beauty items that EVERY woman should be using, no matter what age.

Now I am not a beauty expert, and I do not have a degree in dermatology.  However, I am a woman in my mid-thirties trying to prevent and reverse the signs of aging, and have visited my dermatologist more times in the past two months than I have seen my own sister (which if you know me, is a lot).  I have learned some great things about skincare, which I'm happy to share with you today.


One thing that I have learned, is that you don't need a fancy cleanser for washing your face.  It's more about the creams and serums that you put on after.  You do want to use one that won't strip the moisture from your face, which is why I love Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.  Cetaphil has been a staple in my skin care routine for years, and the fact that they use it in my dermatologist office, only proves that it's a great drug store brand.  I do love splurging on a nice face wash every so often, and at the moment I have been using Pur-lisse along with my Cetaphil.


Pur-lisse is a brand that combines blue lotus and white tea, giving you products that are gentle on the skin, while providing anti-aging benefits.  They are also free of parabens, petrochemicals, fragrance, GMO, sulfates, and phthalates.  I was sent a few products to try from the brand, and instantly fell in love.  The Blue Lotus Cleansing Milk is a light cleanser that leaves my face feeling smooth and moisturized.  It's infused with soy milk, whole oats, and white tea, which makes it super gentle on my skin.  I have also  been loving the Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer.  It adds the perfect amount of moisture to my dry skin without feeling heavy.  Their products have been perfect for my sensitive skin, and even though these products were gifted to me for review, I will continue to use them in my daily routine.


Okay, so I am sure you can tell by all my photos, that I have very thin lips.  If I am being honest, I am dying for lip injections, but have heard too many horror stories that I'm scared to get them.  I have tried almost every lip plumper under the sun, and nothing has ever worked on me, not even in the slightest.  That is until I discovered NIOD Bio-Lipid Concentrate.  This really works!  Within seconds after applying, my lips are plump and noticeably larger.  It does turn the skin around my lips red, however that only lasts for a few minutes.  It also doesn't have the best smell when applying, but that is something that I quickly got over.  I love that it makes me look like I actually have lips!


Now, lets talk about the two products that at every woman, whether she is twenty-five or seventy-five, should be using daily on her face.  Those two products are SPF and a Vitamin C Serum.  If only I started using these in my early twenties, I would have saved myself a lot of money in dermatology bills.  However, it's not too late to start using these products.  Not only will they help prevent the aging process, but Vitamin C stimulates the collagen production, and can help with reversing the signs of aging.

For an SPF, it needs to be one that is separate from your beauty products.  SPF in lotions, BB creams, and foundations do not provide you with enough protection to prevent age spots and wrinkles.  It should also be worn EVERYDAY.  It's a given when you're spending the day at the beach, but did you know that a five minute drive to the grocery store can cause years of damage on your skin?  A lot of us never think about the sunlight that can be effecting our skin that comes though a window, or the windshield of our cars, which is why wearing an SPF everyday is crucial for keeping your skin looking young and healthy.  My dermatologist introduced me to Ulta MD, and I love this SPF.  Not only does it provide great protection, but it's not greasy, and it feels light when putting it on.  You really fell like you aren't wearing any lotion.  Plus, it doesn't have a smell.  I can't stand the smell of suntan lotion, unless I'm at the beach.

The other product every woman should be using daily is a Vitamin C Serum.  You want to be careful when buying them, because a lot of brands list Vitamin C on their labels, but don't actually have the active or pure ingredient in their products, or have very little of it.  I would recommend investing in a slightly higher end line for this product, as you will see better results.   You want to be looking for products that list L' Ascorbic Acid or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate in the ingredients.  L'Ascorbic acid is the pure form of Vitamin C.  Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a solid, oil-soluble form of vitamin C, which because of it's fatty acids, is believed to penetrate into the skin better, giving you great benefits and anti-aging results.  The Vitamin C serum that my dermatologist suggested was $163.  Although I  have heard great things about the product, it is a little pricy to be buying on a regular basis.  That's when I was excited to learn about SeneGence's SenseSerum-C.  I have heard people rave about the product, that I started using it a month ago.  Not only does it have the active ingredients, but it goes on smoothly, is not greasy, and is only $65.  No, $65 is not cheap, but compared to $163 it's a price I'll pay for young, healthy skin.  (If you are interested in learning more about SeneSerum-C, please send me an email).


Now these three products I am still testing out.  Tula send me their Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment and Advanced Neck Cream to try.  I've only been using them for a couple of weeks, and will let you know more on my results soon.  So far, I've been loving the overnight cream.  I use it each night before bed, and love the moisture it provides to my dry skin.  I also love that I wake up with my face feeling soft and hydrated.  I was excited to try the Advanced Neck Cream, since I recently started noticing fine lines on my neck.  I haven't seen any improvement yet, but am hoping to see results soon.  I am also trying out Rodan and Fields lash boost.  I have been using it for about 6 weeks now, and haven't noticed any growth in my lashes.  However, products usually take longer on me than others to see results, so I am not expecting to see a difference until 10-12 weeks of use, and will keep you updated.

There you have it, the products that I use on a daily basis.  I do also use a skin lightening cream (for dark spots) and I have a prescription ache and retinoid lotion. Most of these I've only recently started using, so I'm hoping to see great results in the near future.  What are the beauty products that you use on a daily basis, and absolutely love?




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