Friday, September 26, 2014

Grey on Grey and My Fall Essentials

I can't get enough of the color grey lately, and ever since seeing Emily VanCamp rocking an all grey ensemble two year ago, it has been one of my favorite looks.  Now that fall has officially arrived, there's are a few fall essentials that every girl should have, and I happen to be wearing five of them in  this outfit.  The first being grey or black skinny jeans.  Since grey is my favorite color this season, I was excited to pull these Jbrands out of my closet, and I'm sure you'll be seeing them a lot more on the blog.  I decided to try an all grey look with these jeans, and paired them with my second essential for the fall, an oversize sweater.  There is nothing better than throwing on a cozy sweater when there is a crisp breeze in the air.  My third essential for the fall is an ankle boot.  I recently added these to my wardrobe and love how they have a sling back, making them different from any other ankle boot I own, and perfect for the changing weather.  My fourth fall essential is a leather jacket.  I live in leather jackets this time of year, and love how they add a bit of edge (and the right amount of warmth) to any outfit, whether it being jeans or dresses.  To make my all grey look not too drab, I paired different shades of grey to add depth, and added a statement earring and a red lip, which is my fifth fall essential.  I normally don't wear a lot of lipstick, but fall is the perfect time to try darker shades, and thought the red added a nice pop of color to my outfit.

I was recently introduced to, an online marketplace where you can buy gift cards to retailers at discounted prices.  I was excited to discover that they offer gift cards to some of my favorite places to shop for clothing and beauty products, such as Bloomingdales, Zara, H&M, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Walgreens.  Check out all the retailers where you can buy discounted gift cards to here.  Also, if you have unwanted gift cards, you can sell them on for cash!  Whether getting a deal on a gift card to your favorite store, or selling a gift card for extra cash, is a place to visit when adding fall essentials to your wardrobe.

Jeans: Jbrand (similar herehere, and here)// Sweater: Tobey Grey (Similar here, here, here, and love this one here) // Leather Jacket: Veda // Shoes: Zara/// Bag: Romygold// Bracelets: David Yurman, Vita Fede// Earrings: Baublebar// Sunglasses: House of Harlow// Lips:L'Oreal True Red.

I hope everyone enjoys their first official fall weekend!

XO Rachael

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obsession of the Week: Burberry Blanket Poncho

I've been seeing celebrities sporting this Burberry personalized blanket poncho lately and I am obsessed.  After Cara Delevingne was seeing wearing it on the AW14 Runway last season, it became a coveted piece among celebrities and models.  With fall officially here and the temperatures dropping, I just want to wrap myself up in a poncho.  This one is unfortunately sold out, so I am now on the quest of finding the perfect alternative to add to my fall wardrobe.

 Images via: GlamourHuffington Post, Le-21eme

Below are the ponchos on my radar:

Thanks for stopping by!
XO Rachael

Monday, September 22, 2014

Navy and Stripes

Between the changing weather and being able to fit into my normal clothes again, I have been doing some major closet cleaning.  Its funny the things that you forget you own when they are shoved in the back of your closet.  As they say "out of sight, out of mind," which is why I organize my closet so most of my clothes are visible.  While pregnant, I put all jeans that didn't fit into a pile at the back of my closet, and was excited to rediscover these torn J Brands!  I probably bought them four years ago when rips first became popular, and now with distressed denim a must have, I am excited to wear them again.  As I love to do, I paired them with a blazer and pumps for a polished look, but will also be wearing them with trainers and a cozy sweater this fall.

Jeans: JBrand- old (similar hereherehere, and here)// Blazer: Tobey Grey (similar here and here)// Stripe tank: Feel the Piece (similar here)// Bag: Louis Vuitton// Pumps: Zara// Sunglasses: House of Harlow// Necklace: A.V. Max (similar here and here)// Bracelets: David Yurman, Vita Fede// Rings: Stella and Dot// Earrings: Tobey Grey (similar here).

I'm excited about all of the clothes I'm rediscovering while cleaning my closet, and will be sharing them on the blog.  However, you can't have a good closet clean without getting rid of clothing, which I am constantly doing to make room for new items.  The items that I don't donate I list on eBay.  You can search my items for sale under Rhale480.

XO Rachael

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Newborn Baby Products I Love

Baby Products

I can't believe the twins are 11 weeks old today!  In just two weeks they'll be three months old, and I already feel like they are turning into little men.  They are now smiling and cooing all the time, and I can't wait to see what the next month brings.  Being a new mom, I am still learning and discovering which products work best for the boys and myself, and although every baby is different, I thought I'd share the baby products that we love and can't live without.

1. The Miracle Blanket:  This blanket was recommended by my doctor, and lives up to its name.  I started using this blanket when the boys were about seven weeks old (they were too small for it beforehand), and since then Tyler has been sleeping through the night and Mason sleeps for five to six hours straight with it.  It swaddles them nice and tight so they aren't able to jerk themselves awake, plus they fall asleep a lot faster. It truly is a miracle blanket!

2. The Honest Company: I'm in love with the Honest Company products.  Everything is organic and plant based so I know I'm not exposing any harmful chemicals to my babies sensitive skins.  The three products I use the most from the Honest Company are the diapers (love, love, love the patterns, especially the skulls), the shampoo & body wash, and the multi-surface cleaner.  I use this cleaner on everything from the kitchen counter, to their changing table, and their car seats.

3. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets: I use these swaddle blankets for everything.  I swaddle the boys with them during their naps, and use them for burp clothes and car seat/stroller covers.  Not only are they made from muslin cotton, but they come with the cutest patterns!

4. Graco Gliding Swing: My husband and I had no idea what swing to get when searching for one.  To be honest, we actually chose this swing because we liked its size.  With having to buy two of everything, we wanted them to fit in our living room without taking over the space.  Plus with having to purchase two, we also liked the price.  When I read the reviews on this swing they were 50/50 with people either loving it or hating it.  The most common complaint was the sound/music machine was too loud on its lowest setting.  This is true, but it is my only complaint about the swing.  The boys have loved it from day one, and its where they take most of their naps.  I know every baby is different, and you never know when buying swings if they'll like them or not.  I know of people who spent a lot of money on a swing and their baby never used it.  But because both my boys love this swing, I recommend it.  As for the music player, I don't use it.  I actually don't use any of the music players our equipment comes with.  They tend to sound squeaky and the music is limited.  Instead, I turn on the cable to the classical music channel, which they seem to love.

5. Gerber White Onesies: If you follow me on Instagram (@thomasrachael), you might notice that in most of the photos I post of the twins they are dressed in a white onesie.  The first reason being that I didn't buy a lot of  size newborn clothing since babies grow out of it so fast.  Well, at 11 weeks old, the boys are just now fitting into their size 0-3 and 3 months clothes, so I really didn't have a lot to dress them in besides the white onesies.  The second being that they are so easy.  With all the spit up and accidents that may happen during the day, a white onesie is very easy to change.

6. Danzo Weekender Diaper Bag:  This diaper bag has been amazing!  With twins, you need to pack double of everything (diapers, bottles, formula, onsies, etc) when leaving the house.  This bag is large enough to hold everything, and it comes with a lot of pockets inside to keep me nice and organized.  The best part is that it also comes with labels to put on all the pockets so you know where everything is located!

7. INSANITY Workout: When I got the OK from my doctor to start exercising, I began to take the boys on power walks around the neighborhood.  As much as I love going on walks with them, it was a process.  Not only did it take us a while just to get out the door (I had to make sure they were well fed so they wouldn't get fussy during the walk), but I had to be walking for at least an hour to feel like I got a really good workout (which you do pushing a double stroller in a hilly neighborhood).  When I remembered that I had the Insanity workout (I had bought it before my wedding and never used it), it changed everything.  Not only are these videos great for cardio, but they also tone at the same time.  Each workout is just 40 minutes, and I feel like I get an amazing work out in that time.  I've been using Insanity for just about a month now, and already look and feel more toned!  The best part is that I don't have to leave the house.  When the boys are napping, I just throw my hair in a pony, and do my work out.  I feel great after working out, which I believe makes me a better mom, and keeps me sane at times when I have two infants crying in my ears!

Mason and Tyler at 2 months

Please share if you have a baby product you love, as I'm still learning and always looking to try new things!

XO Rachael

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Copycat In Stripes

While reading one of my favorite blogs, Because I'm Addicted, I came across H&M's fall 2014 lookbook and fell in love with this outfit.  One of the things I love most about dressing for fall is layering, and I love how this top was layered over a white blouse.  I needed this outfit for myself, and although I will be wearing it with my coated denim and boots (as styled by H&M), I thought I'd add my own touch and pair it with a skirt.  A perfect outfit for attending meetings on a 70 degree day!

Top: H&M// Blouse: Equipment// Skirt: Naven (old) Similar herehere, and here// Shoes: Steve Madden// Bag: Foley and Corinna// Sunnies: House of Harlow// Bracelets: Vita FedeLove From Venus// Rings: Vita FedeStella and Dot//

Thanks for reading!
XO Rachael

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gray Boots

Here is another easy outfit for transitioning into fall.  Can you tell that I have a deep love for blazers?  They are the perfect piece to throw on when the temps drop into the 60's and 70's (I'm always cold, so yes, I need something warm when it's 70 degrees), and I love the juxtaposition they add to ripped jeans.  These ankle boots are my new favorite.  The cut out heel adds a little edginess, and they are the perfect shade of gray. 

Jeans: Genetic Denim (similar) // Blazer: Elizabeth & James (similar)// Tank: Tobey Grey// Boots: Zara// Clutch: Louis Vuitton// Necklace: Lisa Freede// Bracelets: Vita FedeGorjana// Sunglasses: House of Harlow

Thanks for reading!
XO Rachael