Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jeans For Christmas

Happy Christmas Eve to everyone who celebrates!  Was hoping for some snow this holiday, but instead we are getting a lot of rain and 60 degree weather here in Boston.  I will be heading up to Killington, VT for the weekend, and last week they got over 13 inches of snow, so I will be having a white Christmas after all.  Here are a few quick shots of an outfit I wore last week.  Remember when I was crushing on the bow tie (here)?  Well, I finally got one for myself and been wearing it non stop.  I love how it can instantly change the look of an outfit, especially when I add it to a top that I have on repeat, such as this white Equipment blouse (those who know me know I will never own enough Equipment blouses!).  This is a typical outfit that I would wear on Christmas day.  Although I love wearing dresses, Christmas day is spent playing with children which entails crawling on the floor, playing outside in the snow, and may include a nap on the couch.  A type of day that is more suitable for jeans.  So to dress mine up, this bow tie and blazer make the perfect combination.  I know it's not very festive, but switching the blazer for a cozy sweater or the boots for a pair of red pumps can easily do the trick.

Jeans: J Brand Maria (new wash here)// Blazer: Tobey Grey (similar here)// Top: Equipment// Bow: Asos// Boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren// Bag: Chanel// Sunglasses: House of Harlow// Bracelets:  Vita Fede// Ring: Melanie Auld

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gift Guide: Holiday Treats Under $50

ASOS Felt Fedora Hat ($37.90)// Zara Striped Sweater (on sale $29.99)// Plaid Lambswool Scarf ($34.11) other great scarf options herehere, and here// Wool Blend Knee Socks ($12.95 on sale $4.95)// Gold Monogram Mug ($10)// Book ($25)// Hanky Panky 'After Midnight-Naughty&Nice' Set ($39)// Lace Bra ($17.95)// Kate Spade Odds & Ends Tray ($40)// Kate Spade New York Candle ($40)// Turtleneck Sweater ($49.95)// Pajama Set ($29.95)// Pearl Studs ($28)// Happy Plugs Earbuds ($29.99)// C. Wonder Clover Cuff ($34)// Accent Pillow ($34)

If you still have some last minute shopping to do (Hanukkah starts at sundown today, and Christmas is just 9 days away!) here are some great gift ideas that are all $50 and under.  Hope everyone has a great Tuesday and happy shopping.

Also check out my Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover here, and Little Gifts of Luxury here.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Obsession of the Week: Nicholas Kirkwood Pumps

How beautiful are these Nicholas Kirkwood embellished satin pumps?  I'm obsessing over the black satin and the faux pearls set into the platform.  I would love to have these for the holidays, as they are perfect with cocktail dresses or dressing up leather pants.  

Nicholas Kirkwood Embellished Satin Pumps $995 (available here)
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Little Gifts of Luxury Gift Guide

M2Malletier Amor Fati Leather Shoulder Bag ($1685)// Burberry Cashmere Scarf ($435)// My Burberry Eau de Parfum ($95-$2800)// Lanvin Leather Gloves ($711)// Missoni Perseo Wool & Silk Throw ($775)// Rizzoli Christian Louboutin by Christian Louboutin Hardcover Book ($150)// Dannijo Tessie Button Earrings ($270)// Saint Laurent Gold Tone Keychain ($275)// Oscar de la Renta Earring and Ear Cuff Set ($225)// Oscar de la Renta X Rachel Zoe Brass Heart Julep Cup ($85)// Dylanlex Falkor Necklace ($980)// Valentino Rockstud Leather Continental Wallet ($775)
Wondering what to buy for the person who has everything?  Or looking for something lavish for that special someone in your life?  These little gifts of luxury will make anyone feel special.  Whether it's wrapping themselves up in a cashmere scarf or that Missoni throw, walking around with the Rockstud wallet or the coveted M2Malletier bag, or wearing those Oscar de la Renta earrings or Dylanlex necklace, you're bound to make someone very happy!.
XO Rachael

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

'Tis the season for giving!

Does anyone have all of their holiday shopping done yet?  I haven't even started, which isn't like me since I normally like to start in November.  Now with very little shopping time left, my goal is to get it done this week.  As I shop for everyone on my list, I will be sharing the items that I find (which I believe make perfect gifts) in few different gift guides over the next week.  

First up is a gift guide for the beauty lovers in your life.  A girl can never have too much makeup or perfume!  I'm in love with Deborah Lippmann nail polish, and the glitter one above is perfect for the holiday season.  It not only makes a cute little gift for all my girlfriends, but is also a great stocking stuffer.  If you are shopping for someone who loves a little luxury in their life, then the Christian Louboutin nail polish (such a cute bottle) and La Mer Creme de la Mer is the way to go.  I'm loving the Bobbi Brown limited edition eye palette above, as it flatters a wide range of skin tones, and adds a little sparkle to warm nude colors (which are my favorite).  I just started using this Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara and am OBSESSED.  For someone like me, who barely has eyelashes, it makes them look longer, fuller and actually stand out.  I've tried almost every mascara out there, and so far this is my favorite.  And of course, what girl wouldn't want a perfect blowout.  DreamDry's little black box is perfect for the girl who doesn't mind blowing out her own hair, but I highly recommend a gift certificate to DreamDry or BeStyled for a little hair pampering (perfect for New Years Eve).

Stay tuned for other gift guides this week.

XO Rachael


Friday, December 5, 2014

One Skirt, Two Ways

I love when an item of clothing can be versatile, such as this skirt I recently added to my wardrobe.  There are many different ways it can be worn, and today I am showing you two looks.  I styled one look with a little jacket giving it a professional vibe making it office appropriate, then I styled it with a little black top and leather jacket making it perfect for after work drinks or a date night.  I also love that this skirt can be worn year round.  My leather jacket and boots make it perfect for now, but I will wear this skirt in the spring and summer with a white blouse and sandals.

Have you guys heard of eShakti?  If not, its time you have.  eShakti is an online retailer that sells customized clothing at great prices.  They have a wide selection of tops, skirts and the cutest dresses, so you'll be sure to find the perfect one for that holiday party you have this season .  Not only do you give your measurements when ordering an item, but you can also customize the pieces you order, such as adding a sleeve to a dress or changing the length of a skirt, making that item a prefect fit for you.  I chose this skirt and couldn't be happier.  Plus, eShakti is offering 10% off your purchase by using the code threadsforthomas at checkout*.

Look 1 Skirt: eShakti (c/o)// Jacket: old (similar here and here) //  Bag: Romygold// Boots: Zara// Necklace: House of Harlow// Bracelets: David Yurman, Vita Fede// Ring: David Yurman// Earrings: BaubleBar// Sunglasses: House of Harlow

Look 2 Blouse: Chelsea Flower (similar herehere and here) // Leather Jacket: Veda// Boots: RoseGold (old)// Bag: Chanel

* Code is valid until January 5, 2015.  Not valid on sale, clearance, overstock items, gift cards or previous purchases

XO Rachael


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Oversize Scarf

Can you believe it's already December, and Thanksgiving has come and gone?  I hope everyone had a great holiday.  I spent mine in  Killington, VT with my family, and couldn't have asked for a better weekend.  My favorite pastime is spending time with my family, and when we are all able to be together for the holidays it makes it extra special.  Now that the weather has cooled off, all I want to do is wrap myself in comfy knits and oversize scarves.  I love the idea of wearing a scarf as a shawl or belting it to appear like a cape.  I've owned this snake print one for a couple of years, and it is still my go-to scarf when I want to add a touch of print to an otherwise plain outfit.

Remember when I recently did a post on the fanny pack (you can read it here)?  Well, I thought I would create my own by taking my Louis Vuitton clutch and tying it around my waist to appear as a belt bag.  I actually like the way it turned out, and will be wearing it again.  What do you think?

Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmied// Sweater: Theory// Scarf: Tolani (old but similar here, and have these here and here on my wish list)/ Boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren// Sunglasses: House of Harlow// Bracelet: Vita Fede// Wrist Bracelet: Gorjana// Ring: Vita Fede

XO Rachael


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tartan and a Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I can't even put into words how thankful I am this year for my family, but most of all, to have my two little men in my life.  Being a Mom has been the best gift I have ever received, and celebrating the holidays with my boys make it extra special.  While cleaning out my closet I found this old Betsy Johnson dress, and was excited to wear it, not only because tartan is a big trend this fall, but it makes a great outfit for the holidays.  I'm not loving how the top of the dress fits me, so I decided to style it as a skirt instead.  Here I paired it with a leather jacket, but I'm thinking a sweater worn over it will make a perfect outfit for Thanksgiving.

Dress (worn as skirt) Betsy Johnson (old but similar here on sale) // Leather Jacket: June (old but similar here on sale // Bag: Louis Vuitton// Sunglasses: House of Harlow// Boots: Lauren Ralph Lauren// Bracelet: Vita Fede// Ring: House of Harlow

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has a great holiday!  I'll be updating the blog with Black Friday sales so stay tuned.

XO Rachael

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What To Wear This Thanksgiving

Is anyone as excited as I am that Thanksgiving is this week?  I can't believe the holiday season has arrived!  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and if you're like me and love to stuff your face, you want to wear something that is comfortable and has a little extra room.  Here are some outfit ideas that will let you do just that, while looking cute at the same time.  

I love wearing dresses, and find ones that are not too fitted to be more comfortable then wearing pants.  Since I lead a pretty casual lifestyle I use every holiday as an excuse to dress up, so dresses are always a go for me on Thanksgiving.  The ones above would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner because they aren't too fitted.  I'm obsessing over the Marchesa dress above, and if you're in a cold climate like I am, a pair of black tights and a black fur vest would make it more weather appropriate.  A sweater dress is on my wish list this winter.  They look so comfortable, and I'm loving the one above from Madewell.  I would add a tall boot to it to complete the look.  

If you're not a girl who likes wearing dresses then elastic waist pants, loose boyfriend jeans, and midi skirts make a great option.  Adding a cozy sweater to a pair of leather leggings, or a blouse and heels to boyfriend jeans or joggers will have you looking polished while being comfortable.  Below are some outfit ideas to pull of this look.

Thanks for reading
XO Rachael

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Line I Love: IRO (Spring 2015)

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A brand that I have been loving for a while now is IRO.  The line consists of classic pieces that have a bohemian and rocker twist to them, which we all know is right up my ally.  Each season, IRO comes out with a jacket that is always on my wish list, and their spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection is no exception.  Consisting of mostly a black and white palette (my favorite colors), dresses and tops were finished with lace detailing, net-like open weaving made up a maxi skirts, making it appear not so maxi, and fringe detailing completed dresses and a leather jacket making these classic pieces scream with coolness.  I can't wait for this collection to hit stores, but in the meantime, I put together some of my favorite fall/winter IRO pieces below.

XO Rachael