Monday, August 31, 2015

Varsity Sweater Dress

Was anyone else as obsessed with the Rag and Bone Talia v-neck sweater that paraded down the AW 2014 runway as I was?   The second I laid eyes on it, I wanted it in my closet.  It not only looked extremely cozy, but I loved the mix of masculine and feminine it possessed between the varsity stripes and plunging neckline.  However, I couldn't pull trigger on the $395 price tag.  Even though Nasty Gal had a pretty great dupe of the sweater, I never got around to buying it, and soon put it the sweater in the back of my mind.  That is until I walked into Forever 21 last week and made eye contact with this sweater dress.  Visions of fall raced through my head, and I knew I couldn't pass it up.  Not to mention the price can't be beat, as it's under $20!  I initially bought this dress to wear as an over sized sweater, so you'll be seeing me wearing it this fall with distressed jeans, but I do like it on its own with a great pair of booties.

Dress: Forever 21// Boots: Sam Edelman// Bag: Forever 21 (sold out but similar here and here)// Sunnies: Target// Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here)// Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here), similar pearl bracelet here// Rings: Baublebar (sold out but very similar here), Rocksbox (get your first month free with code: thomasrachaelxoxo)

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I wish everyone a wonderful and productive week ahead.  Thank your for reading!


Friday, August 28, 2015

Maxi Wrap Dress and 10 Things About Myself

One of my favorite things about blogging is getting to meet new people.  Through this blog and my Instagram, I've made new relationships that I'm very excited about.  Even though there are many bloggers that I follow that I will never meet in person, I feel like I know them after visiting their site on a daily basis.  Since I've recently gained new followers, I thought it was a great time to share some information about myself, as I believe it's always fun to get to know the person behind the style.  Whether you are new to this blog, or have been following me for a while, here are 10 fun facts about me you may not have known.

1. I am an identical twin.  My sister is my best friend, and yes, twins run in my family.

2. I have twin boys who are 13 months old.  They are fraternal and couldn't be more different, which cracks me up.

3.  My husband is Chinese, and I think we made the cutest babies in the world, but then again, I think every mother thinks that of her children.

4. Salmon and pizza are my two favorite foods.

5. My favorite pizza is pepperoni with green peppers.

6. My last name is not Thomas, it's Leung.  Thomas is actually my middle name (my maiden name is Hale).  

7. I was born and raised in Burlingon, Vermont.  I moved to Boston when I was 23 years old.

8. London is my favorite city.  I studied abroad there in college, and didn't want to come home!  Although, there are so many places that I haven't been, so there is a chance I may fall in love with another city more.

9. Wine, Hershey Kisses, and romance novels are my guilty pleasure.  I mostly drink Pinot Grigio (yes, I feel like Ramona Singer saying that).

10. I am OBSESSED with this maxi wrap dress and believe this should be a staple in every woman's wardrobe!  Pair it with heels and a great bag, as I did here, for a dressy occasion, or wear it casually this fall with over-the-knee boots and a leather jacket.

Dress: Veronica M via Ceci Palm Beach Pop Up Shop// Shoes: Steve Madden// Bag Gigi New York via Ceci Palm Beach Pop Up Shop// Sunnies: Chloé// Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here)// Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here), similar pearl bracelet here// Bar ring: Baublebar (sold out but very similar here), X ring: via Rocksbox (get your first month free with code: thomasrachaelxoxo)

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I love getting to know my readers more, so please leave a fun fact about yourself in the comments below, I'd love to here!  Thank you for stopping by.  I wish everyone a great and relaxing weekend!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

White Flares and Menswear

I'm back!  My computer is up and running and I couldn't be HAPPIER!  I really thought I was going to have to buy a new one, but lucky I was able to get my baby running again.  Although, I have to admit my computer is four years old, so I will probably be upgrading it soon.  In the mean time I made sure to back up all of my work, so I'll be ready if anything like this happens again.  Thank you everyone for your kind words, and being patient while I fixed the problem.

Now about this look.  Sometimes when I don't want to wear anything from my closet, I venture over to my husband's.  What a lot of people may not know, is that Mike loves clothes as much as I do, and he has the closet to show it.  My favorite things to borrow are his button down shirts, and luckily for me his shirt collection is pretty on point.  I find pairing an large button down with jeans to be such an easy and chic outfit, and although I mostly pair his shirts with my skinny jeans, I decided this time to try one knotted with flares.  To add a little Parisian flare, I finished the look with a vintage scarf .  However, since it was 90 degrees with humidity that made my hair curl the second I stepped outside,  I transferred the scarf to accessorize my bag instead.  Perhaps a better look for the cooler days ahead.

Shirt: Hugo Boss (similar here)// Jeans: J Brand (on sale here)// Scarf: Vintage (simiar here and here)// Bag: Forever 21 (sold out, similar here)// Shoes: Steve Madden// Sunnies: Chloé// Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here), similar pearl bracelet here// Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here)// Ring via Rocksbox (get your first month free withe code: thomasrachaelxoxo)

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Computer Troubles

Hi everyone, happy Monday! Although for me, mine isn't very happy, as my computer won't start up!!  Although it turns on (I'm taking this as a good sign), it won't actually start up. It's just a blank screen, and although I tried a couple of things to get it to work, I decided it's best to take it to the Geek Squad.  Not sure if I'll be out of commission for a day or a week, but please bare with me while I get this computer problem fixed, and please keep your fingers crossed that all my photos and documents can be recovered.  I'm having a very Carrie Bradshaw moment as I have not backed up my computer! I've been telling myself for the past three months that I need to, but kept saying I'll do it tomorrow.... Well, tomorrow is here and look what happened. Lesson learned. I greatly appreciate your visits everyday and promise to have this fixed as fast as I can.  Thank you for all of your support on this blog, as it means the world to me.

XO Rachael

Friday, August 21, 2015

Burgundy and Blush

 Some may call it Marsala, others Burgundy, some Maroon, but whatever you decide to call this cousin shade of red, I'd make friends with it because you'll be seeing plenty of it this fall.  Unlike a red, red, I personally find it easier to wear, and love the warmth and richness of the color.  Which brings me to this blouse.  Not only is the color gorgeous, but it drapes perfectly, and I love the fact I can wear it casually with ripped jeans, or tucked into a skirt for a professional look.  I unexpectedly paired it with my blush heels and loved the colors together, so I added my blush faux leather jacket to finish the look.  This blouse is perfect to wear now on its own, then layered with a leather jacket come fall.

I had been eyeing this jacket for a while, as it's been a popular pick among other fashion bloggers.  I was about to pull the trigger and buy it, as it was back in stock at a couple of stores, but glad I waited because I saw Jessica wearing it from Jeans and a Teacup, who found it on sale for $40 off the original price!  I immediately snatched it up, and couldn't be happier.  Check out how Jessica styled her jacket here, as I love her style.

Jeans: AG (also love this wash here)// Top: Veronica M via Ceci Palm Beach Pop Up Shop// Jacket: BB Dakota (and here)// Bag: Forever 21 (no longer available but similar here and here)// Shoes: Steve Madden// Sunnies: Chloé// Bracelets: Vita Fede, David Yurman (here and here)// Necklace: Rocksbox (get your first month free with code thomasrachaelxoxo)

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Wishing everyone a great weekend.  Thank your for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Linen Joggers

Happy Hump day everyone!  I can't believe it's Wednesday already, but when you take Monday off, I guess the week goes by extra fast.  As most of you know Mike, the boys, and I were at the lake this weekend for a mini vacation.  Although I did bring along my laptop, and had planned on doing a little blogging, I never ended opening it up.  Instead, I spent the whole time enjoying my family, the sun, and the beautiful views.  I apologize for missing Monday's post, but the time away from my computer was much needed.

This was the outfit I wore the first night at the lake.  I'm a big fan of jogger pants, an although they have a casual look, I love dressing them up.  These cargo pants are by Theory, and look like a jogger pant with their elastic waistband and tie bottoms, plus they are extremely comfortable.  I've actually owned these pants for a while, but don't wear them often do to the fact that they are linen, and wrinkle very easily.  Being the neat freak that I am, even when it comes my clothes (yes, I steam my tee shirts), you can imagine that linen is my worst enemy.  However, I've come to the conclusion that linen is supposed to look wrinkled, so these pants have been making an appearance more and more.  I paired them with my favorite faded black tank and heels for a dressed up, yet easy look.  To be honest, I actually wore my heels just for the photos, and wore these sandals the rest of the night, because who actually wear heels at a lake house?   However, if I were in the city, I would have worn my heels all night!

Pants: Theory (old, newer version here and similar here and here)// Tank: Tobey Grey (very similar here and here)//  Heels: Steve Madden// Bag: Foley + Corinna// Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here)// Bracelet: Vita Fede// Rings: Baublebar (sold out, very similar here), Sophie Harper via Rocksbox// Earrings: Sophie Harper via Rocksbox (get your first month free with code thomasrachaelxoxo)

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Thank you for reading, and wishing everyone a great second half of the week!