Friday, September 30, 2016

Bell Sleeves With Bell Bottoms + WW Link Up

Is anyone else loving the bell sleeve trend this season?  I have to admit that I'm quite obsessed with the look, and I wouldn't mind wearing big flares on my wrists everyday.  If you are looking to try the trend, then this Chicwish sweater makes the perfect option.  Not only is it one of the softest sweaters that I own, but the bell sleeves gives the basic v-neck a fun update.  I paired this sweater with my favorite flare jeans, and matching necktie (which comes with the sweater) for a 70's feel, but have a feeling I'll be living in this sweater with my skinny jeans and flats all season.  Now, I just have to learn how to not get my bell sleeves in my food every time that I eat! 

Sweater: c/o Chicwish| Jeans: J Brand| Heels: Steve Madden (on sale for under $40, and similar style here)| Sunnies: Chloé| Bag: Forever 21 (similar here)| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here)| Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington {get 15% off with the code: THOMASRACHAEL}

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The feature blogger of the week is Lee from Legalleeblonde.  I love how she makes patten mixing appropriate for the office, and always look to her blog for professional style inspiration.  Make sure to stop by and say hello!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Open Back Chunky Knit

Between the rain and cooler weather we are having here in Boston, all I want to do is snuggle on the couch in a cozy sweater.  Okay, the 60 degree temps are actually perfect for outdoor fall activities, but the fact that it's raining all week has me unmotivated.  Whether hanging on the couch, or enjoying an afternoon of apple picking, this grey chunky sweater is the perfect item to wear.  I love the boxy, oversized fit, but it's the open back that makes this sweater.  It adds a fun, and slightly sexy touch to an otherwise very cozy knit.  Wear it alone, or layer a lace tank or printed top under for a fun look.  I paired the sweater with  my favorite ankle jeans, and lace up flats for an easy, everyday fall outfit.  Now, if only I could get myself off the couch.  At least I look cute sitting here!

Sweater: c/o Chicwish | Jeans: JBrand (similar here and here)| Flats: Halogen| Bag: Chloé| Sunnies: Smoke X Mirrors via Ditto {get your first month free with code: THREADSFORTHOMAS}| Earrings: Baublebar| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here)| Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington {get 15% off your order with the code: THOMASRACHAEL}

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Cold Shoulder Sweater and High Rise Jeans

Well, autumn has officially arrived here in Boston.  When I got up this morning, temperatures were only in the 40s, with a high today of 66 degrees.  This is actually my favorite weather for dressing.  I love when it's cool enough to to layer on a sweater, blazer or leather, yet warm enough to not need a winter jacket.  This cold shoulder sweater makes a perfect option for this fall weather.  You all know I love anything that is shoulder baring, and wearing a cold shoulder cut sweater is the perfect way to transition the trend for the fall.  I have to admit that when I ordered this sweater, I thought it was going to fit differently.  From the photos, it looked to be an oversized fit, but when I took it out of it's packaging, I realized it was a cropped sweater.  I wasn't disappointed though, because I love the fit just as much, as it makes a perfect layering piece.  Since it is an open knit, I threw it on over a white tank, and added my high waist jeans for a trendy, yet comfy outfit.  I also love the idea of wearing this sweater over a fitted dress, and adding OTK boots, for fun layered look.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We had a wonderful time at my brother-in-law (and now sister in law's) wedding.  The twins were in the wedding, and too adorable walking down the isle.  I'll be sharing the dress that I wore soon!

Sweater: c/o Shein| Jeans: Citizens of Humanity| Heels: Sole Society| Sunnies: Chloé| Bag: Chloé| Necklace: Sarah Chloe| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here)| Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington {get 15% off your order with code: THOMASRACHAEL}

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Best Dressed In Jay Godfrey + WW Link Up

Happy Friday everyone!  This weekend is an exciting one because my brother-in-law is getting married!  To make it even better, I'll be attending my first Chinese wedding.  As many of you may know, my husband is Chinese, and although we've been together for fourteen years (four of those married), I have never been to a Chinese wedding.  Crazy, right?  Mike and I kept our wedding untraditional with a simple ceremony, and none of his close relatives have gotten married since we've been together.  Since it is my first Chinese wedding, I was a little stressed out about what to wear, so I turned to my friends, Nikoleta and Vicky, who own Best Dressed Charlestown.  You may remember last year when I posted about Best Dressed here (still obsessed with that dress), and I knew that they would be able to find me the perfect dress.

Best Dressed is a brick and motar store, here in Boston, where you can rent designer dresses for any occasion. I love the idea of renting dresses because I'm tired of wearing the same dress over again to many functions, or spending unnecessary money for a new dress that I'll only wear once.  The best part is since the store is here in Boston, I can actually go in and try on different dresses in order to find one that fits perfectly.  But it doesn't end with dresses.  Best Dressed also carries a great selection of bags and jewelry, that you can either rent or buy, to finish your look.  They carry GiGi New York bags, which you know is a favorite of mine, and every time I walk into the store, I can't leave without buying jewelry, because it is all so pretty!  You can keep your rental up to five days, and the store takes care of the cleaning and any minor repairs.
The second I saw this Jay Godfrey cape dress, I was obsessed.  Not only did I love the color, but the cape sleeves, and the flow of the dress, made it a winner.  I have to be honest that these photos don't do the dress justice.  It was very breezy the day we shot this look, that we couldn't capture the best photos.  I wish you could see it in person.  I finished my looked with black statement earrings, and a GiGi New York clutch, from Best Dressed, then added my fringe heels for a fun touch.  Even though I love this look, I decided it wasn't dressy enough for the wedding, but had to share it anyway.  I'm thinking it will be a perfect option for the rehearsal dinner.  It would also make a great dress for a girls night out, or Boston fashion week event.  Either way, I'll find an excuse to wear it.

Don't worry, I did leave with the perfect dress for the wedding, and can't wait to show you.  Make sure to follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (Rach480) to see what I chose.  Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Dress: Jay Godfrey via Best Dressed {Retails for $268/ Rents for $60}| Clutch: GiGi New York via Best Dressed| Earrings: Best Dressed| Heels: Steve Madden| Sunnies: BP| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)

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The feature blogger is Nathalie from Earnestyle. I'm loving this outfit that she wore in Mykonos, and it's making me sad that summer has come to an end.  Make sure to visit her blog and say hello!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stitch Fix #3 and Tips for Getting That Perfect Box

Happy Hump Day my friends.  Can you believe that tomorrow is the first official day of fall?  I have finally accepted the fact that I wont be wearing a bathing suit for a while, and am now excited to break out my leather jackets, cozy sweaters, and drink pumpkin spice lattes.  Today I am sharing two fall looks with the rest of the items that were in this month's Stitch Fix shipment. If your unfamiliar with the clothing subscription service, you can read all about it in my last post, here, along with seeing the other items that were in this month's box.

The items that I'm sharing today are the Lavender Brown V Neck Dress, Edyson Faux Leather Drape Jacket, Edyson Burgundy Corduroy Jeans, and LNA Cold Shoulder Top.  I mean, does this top not scream me?  Although, I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of wearing corduroys (although I did like the fit), and didn't love the dress, I was very happy with the rest of the items in my box.  So far my Stitch Fix shipments have been spot on with my style.  I know some people haven't been as lucky with their boxes, including a couple of my friends, and it got me thinking about what I am doing to get such great fixes.  I came up with one simple reason: my blog.  My stylist has an endless resource of photos to my style that helps her pick out items that will best fit me.  Now, I know not everyone has a blog to share with their stylist, but here are some things you should be doing in order to get those boxes that you love each shipment.

1. Make sure to leave feedback.  After you have tried on your clothes and are ready to check out, make sure that you fill out the feedback information on the Stitch Fix site.  Describing what you liked or didn't like about each item from the style, to fit, and price, will help your stylist better chose those perfect items for the next fix.  I also like to leave additional, more detailed, information in the comment section for my stylist.  Information such as a different color would have worked better,  I own too many boyfriends jeans, but would like to try this style instead, or I found this dress to be to short for my comfort level, are all things that I like to make sure my stylist knows.

2. Send notes to your stylist.  On top of leaving feedback for the items you liked or didn't like in your last shipment, let your stylist know what you are looking for in the future.  When you log into your account, there is a section where you can leave a note, letting your stylist know what you're looking for in your next fix.  Whether you want a plaid shirt for the fall, have too many black tops, so you don't want that color, or that you have a wedding coming up next month and would love a formal dress, make sure to let your stylist know.  The more detailed and specific you are about your style, the better your stylist can chose items that you'll love.

3. Update your style profile.  As my style somewhat changes with each season, I like to go back into my style profile and make any necessary changes.  For example, I love to wear boho looks in the summer, but in the fall and winter, my style tends to be more classic.  Also, if your size and budget change, you want to make sure to update that information before your next fix.  In your style profile, you can also add your social networks, which really helps your stylist get to know your style.  Adding your Instagram account is a great way for your stylist to see photos of what you normally like to wear.  However, if you don't want to make your Instagram public, then Pinterest is the way to go.  We all pin looks that we love, so this will give your stylist a great reference.

4. Follow Stitch Fix's social networks.  I know I just mentioned adding your social networks to your profile, but if you follow Stitch Fix on Instagram and Pinterest, and you see an outfit you like, you can then send that photo, or the item information to your stylist.  Although they many not be able to get the exact item for you, they can then send something similar.  Also, repining looks from Stitch Fix's Pinterest account to your own Pinterest board will give your stylist a good idea of what to send in your next box.  It's a great idea to have a separate Pinterest board dedicated to Stitch Fix for your stylist to see.

I hope this helps!  You can try Stitch Fix for yourself by signing up here.

Look One: Dress: Lavender Brown via Stitch Fix| Jacket: Edyson via Stitch Fix (also similar here and here)| Booties: Vince Camuto| Bag: Street Level (from my last Stitch Fix box)| Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here)| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here) | Sunnies: Smoke and Mirrors

Look Two: Corduroys: Edyson via Stitch Fix (similar here)| Top: LNA via Stitch Fix| Booties: Vince Camuto| Earrings: Baublebar| Bag: Chloé| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here)| Sunnies: Smoke and Mirrors via Ditto (get your first month free with the code: THREADSFORTHOMAS)

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