Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Warm Wishes

Green Blouse
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Happy Holidays friends!  I can't believe that Christmas and Hanukkah have arrived, and that we're so close to ending the year.  My little family and I will be having Christmas morning at our house, then heading up to Vermont for the rest of the week to celebrate with the whole family.

As another year comes to an end, I've been doing a lot of reflection on what I want for this space in the new year.  The main thing I want to provide is value.  When you visit Threads for Thomas, I want you to leave feeling happy and inspired.  Going forward, you can expect more content that teaches in both styling and beauty.

This year has been full of change, and I've been figuring out which direction I want to take my career. Because of this, I haven't been consistent with my posting.  For those of you who have stuck with me, and are still following along, I want to say thank you!  The fact that you come to visit my little space here on the Internet means so much, and I am beyond grateful.  Wishing you and your families a very happy new year.

Dressy Blouse

Is this blouse not perfect for the holidays?  The green color is beautiful, and I love the lace detailing.  I decided to style it with my black jeans for a semi dressy holiday outfit, but you can also pair it with a skirt for a more formal look.  I finished my outfit with my studded heels, and the cutest pearl headband.  I found it on amazon and love how it elevates the look.  It actually comes in a pack of 5 for under $15.  Stay tuned. I'll be styling this top with light jeans and little booties for an everyday look!

Easy Holiday Style

Lace Trim Blouse
Blouse c/o | Jeans | Heels | Headband | Earrings

XO Rachael

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

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NuFace Fix Set:  This has been on my wish list for a couple of months now and would make a wonderful gift for any woman over thirty.  I've heard great reviews as it helps plump, smooth, and tighten the skin within minutes.  I'm loving this limited edition shimmer set that is available for the holidays.

Sigma Makeup Brushes: Sigma is my go-to brand for quality makeup brushes.  Not only do they give a smooth application, but they last making them my favorite brushes to invest in.  I use both brushes in this set on a daily basis, and highly recommend them.  If you're looking for a larger brush set to give, then this set makes a great option.

Face Sheet Masks: I recently ordered these sheet masks for myself, and as gifts for my beauty customers, and have been loving them!  Although I haven't been using them long enough to see a major difference, they leave my skin feeling smooth and hydrated after each use.  Plus they have amazing reviews!  Give one lucky lady (or lad) the entire package of 16, or divide them up for friends, teacher gifts, and stocking suffers!

Silk Pillowcase: Are you using a silk pillowcase?  If not I highly suggest one!  No only do they help prevent wrinkles while sleeping, but they're also great for the hair.  No more getting tangles, matted hair are knots in the middle of the night!  This one has excellent reviews and comes in many color options.

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer: I'm sure you've heard me talk about this hair dryer before, but I love it!  Not only does it add more volume to my hair, but it cuts down my drying time by a couple of minutes.

LipSense: If you've been following for a while, then you know I'm a huge fan of LipSense, the long lasting lip color, by SeneGence.  In fact, I love it so much, that I have been selling it for the past three years.  The fact that you can put lipstick on in the morning and still have it on come evening, without reapplying is purely amazing and bound to make any woman happy.  Not to mention that it doesn't transfer on your coffee mugs, wine glasses, teeth, clothes, children or significant others!

5 Minute Makeup Set: Along with LipSense, SeneGence also has long wearing makeup that actually has skincare in it.  So not only are you enhancing your features as you wear it, but it's protecting the face, and reducing the signs of aging as well!  I know many women who like minimal makeup that can be applied in 5 minutes, and these two products (the Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer and Bronze Dust Powder) are just for that.  Message me to learn about some holiday specials!

Makeup Train Case: I have the larger size of this makeup case that I have been using for years.  The compartments store my makeup neatly, and there is even a space to hold brushes.  Not only is this great for traveling, but it's also ideal for everyday makeup storage!

Jade Roller: If you know someone who doesn't own a jade roller yet, then this will make an amazing gift!  Jade rollers are known to reduce dark circles and puffiness under eyes, help reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin, stimulate blood flow, and give a healthy glow.  All of that for under $25, yes please!  This one has amazing reviews.

XO Rachael

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Best of the Cyber Monday Sales

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Abercrombie: 50% off site wide and free shipping (some exclusions apply).

Aerie: 50% off all sweaters, sweatshirts and leggings. Also 40% off the Aerie collection and free shipping!

Anthropologie: 30% off everything!

Chicwish: 25% off site wide with code BLK25

Gap: 50% off everything online and in stores!  Use code GAPCYBER Plus extra 10% off with code GOBIG

Evereve: Everything is on sale!

J. Crew: 50% off your purchase, online only. Use code MONDAY.

Kendra Scott: 25% off everything or 30% off when you spend $300 or more.

Loft: 50% off your purchase and free shipping! Use code CYBER.

 Nordstrom: Up to 50% off select styles.

Old Navy: 50% off everything! Plus sherpa pullovers only $10!

Peach: Take 20% off your order and get FREE shipping!

Shopbop: Buy more save more. 15% off orders $200+, 20% off orders $500+, 25% off orders $800+ use code MORE19

Sole Society: 40% off site wide!!

Spanx: 20% off Everything!

Target: Up to 50% off Cyber Monday Deals.

Victoria Emerson: Take 50% off all collections!


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gift Guide For Her

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Gifts For Her!
This guide really should be called Rachael's favorite things, because it's all stuff that I either already own and love, or things that are on my current wish list!  I hope this is helpful in finding the perfect gift for those ladies in your life. Happy shopping!

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan: This cardigan feels like a dream on.  It is so soft, you feel as if you're wearing a blanket.  In fact, any Barefoot Dreams item would make a perfect gift!  I know a lot of women who would love this cardigan in their closets!

Gucci Bag: This bag is currently on my wish list, and one that is perfect for spoiling that lady in your life.  The color and style are classic, and can be worn with any outfit.

Cashmere Sweater: I love gifting cashmere items during the holidays as they feel so luxurious.  However, sometimes cashmere can get a bit pricey.  That's why I love Everlane.  Their cashmere sweaters are not only soft and a great quality, but the prices are affordable!

Headband: I've been all about the hair accessories trend this fall, and am loving this pearl headband. In fact, it comes in a pack of five colors, and has amazing reviews.  I just ordered them for myself!

Kendra Scott Earrings: I recently tried on these earrings in store, and they have been on my wish list since.  I love how they're both classic and make a statement.  I've been a big Kendra Scott fan for a while, and highly suggest any of their jewelry for a gift.  Plus, their Black Friday sale has begun!  Take 25% off everything or 30% off when you spend $300 or more and free shipping.

Tee:  I recently saw this tee on another blogger, and fell in love! I mean, the leopard tongue is everything!  Not to mention I'm a huge Rolling Stones fan. If you're shopping for someone who's style is on the edgier side, then this tee is a must!

Start Today Journal: This gratitude/goal journal is the best!  I've been practicing gratitude, and writing in it daily for a year now (I'm currently on my second journal), and it's really given me a more positive outlook on life.  I think this would make a great gift for a friend or sister!

Mug: In my opinion, one can never have too many mugs.  I love the tile print and how the initial adds a personal touch. Plus, it's currently on sale for $10.

Wrap Bracelet: Many of you already know that I'm a huge fan of Victoria Emerson bracelets. I love both the boho cuff and wrap style, and they're currently BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!  I think these bracelets are perfect for your sister, sister in law, or a great teacher gift!

Name Necklace:  I've had this necklace for six months now, and still get compliments every time I wear it!  It's so beautiful and delicate, and great for layering.  Just a note, because it's a custom necklace, the wait is 6-8 weeks, so it may not come in time for Christmas.  But definitely worth the wait!

Boots:  How cozy do these boots look?  I've had my eye on them for a year now and think I'm finally going to add them to my wardrobe. Plus they have great reviews and are currently 50% off!

Spanx Leggings:  These are, in my opinion, the best leggings ever!  I've owned mine for two years, and they are still my most worn pair.  They're flattering on all body types, and sure to put a smile on any woman's face.  Plus they're currently 20% off for Black Friday (also available here) I also have, and love, the velvet pair, which are currently on sale for under $70 here.

J.Crew Parka: I bought this coat during Black Friday last year, and am very happy with it.  In fact, it's my most worn winter coat! Not only is it warm, but I love how it can be worn casually everyday, or dressed up.  With nine different color options, it's the perfect coat for every woman!  And currently 50% off for Black Friday!

XO Rachael


Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Perfect Holiday Sweater

Puff Sleeve Sweater
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Can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away?  More importantly, do you know what you're wearing? If your answer is no, don't worry, I've got a little holiday outfit inspiration coming your way!  One of my favorite things to wear during the holidays is a dressy sweater.  Not only do they keep you warm, but they look great paired with both jeans and skirts.  Plus, if they're long enough, you can wear them with leggings!

This Chicwish sweater is the perfect example.  The eyelet detailing and puff sleeves add a dressier feel, making it a great option for both Thanksgiving or a holiday party.  You can pair it with jeans and a heel for a casual, yet put together outfit, or dress it up with a skirt.  Here, I'm showing you both!  My black coated denim makes the look a little more relaxed, while the velvet skirt adds a dressier, feminine feel.

Which do you prefer for Thanksgiving, dressing up or keeping it casual?

Holiday Outfit

Dressy Sweater

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Holiday outfit Ideas

Puff Sleeve Sweater

Fancy Sweater

Shop Dressy Sweaters

Xo Rachael
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Cozy Gifts For Her

Pink Teddy Coat
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With a blink of an eye we're already half way through November.  Which means, the holidays are upon us!!  One of my favorite thing about the holidays is gift giving.  I know, I know, that's not what the holidays are about, and trust me, being with my family is what I love most about this time of year. However, I just love seeing the joy in one's face when you hand them that perfect, thoughtful gift.  Finding that said gift is not always the easiest task, but no fret, I am here to help!  Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing gift guides for just about everyone on your list, and today I'm starting with a guide for all things cozy.  

This teddy coat from Peach is my number one recommendation!  It's beyond cozy, and I love the blush color (and I bet that special lady on your list will too!).  Not only is it a perfect piece to throw on with leggings and wear around the house, but it also looks great over a dress for a night out!

Make sure to check out my gift recommendation below.  Besides this coat, everything is under $50.

Teddy Coat

Blush Teddy Coat

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Leopard beanie: Beanies not only add warmth, but they also are a great hair accessory.  This pink leopard option is adorable, and also comes in other colors.

Scarf: I have this scarf and love it!  It's oversized, making it super cozy, and comes in multiple colors.

Cashmere Gloves:  These gloves are so soft!  The cashmere adds a luxury feel, making these a great gift, and they come in nine color options!

Leopard Joggers:  I don't know about you, but when when I'm lounging around my house there is nothing I'd rather be wearing than my joggers.  This pair is cute and cozy.  Not a leopard fan?  They also come in solids and different prints.

Coffee Mug: In my option, one can never have enough mugs.  Whether having morning coffee, or sipping coco by the fire, a cute mug will put a smile on any woman's face.

Teddy Jacket:  As mentioned above, I am absolutely in love with this jacket.  However, if you're looking for a more affordable option, this one looks super cozy, and has some great reviews.

Slippers: Not only do these look beyond cozy, but I love their classic look.  They come in 8 colors, plus a plaid option.

Throw Blanket:  I am in love with this throw blanket.  I own it in grey myself, but thinking I need to get some additional colors (especially since I'm always fighting over this blanket with my boys!).  It is so soft and I love how it looks draped over a chair or the couch.  It also comes in 14 color options.

Barefoot Dreams Socks:  I just got these for myself and haven't taken them off!  They are so warm and cozy and sure to make any woman happy!

Xo Rachael
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Friday, October 25, 2019

White Denim For Fall

How to wear white jeans in the fall
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I am not a put your whites away after Labor Day kind of girl. In fact, if you've been following along for a while, then you know winter whites happen to be one of my favorite looks.  There is just something about wearing white, especially an all white outfit, that is is both classic and sophisticated.  Plus, I love how white can brighten up an outfit during the dead of winter.  Wondering how to transition your white jeans for the fall and winter?  Don't worry, I have you covered with these simple tips!

1. Add a pair of boots.  Whether they're ankle, tall, or over the knee, boots can make any pair of white jeans ready for the fall! 

2. Pair your white jeans with a chunky knit or cardigan.  A sweater can instantly give your white jeans a cozy feeling, especially if it's oversized or has a heavier texture.  Cable knit sweaters are a great choice for pairing with white jeans, especially if you're going for an all white or neutral look.

3. Wear dark colors.  Pairing your white bottoms with a dark colored top and shoe will give your jeans a winter look.  I'm a big fan of black and white outfits, so adding a black sweater and black boots to my white jeans is one of my favorite looks.

4. Add cozy accessories.  It's the little things can make a big difference.  Layering on a scarf or wool hat is a simple way to give your white jeans, or any outfit, and winter feel.

Styling White Denim For Fall

White Denim For Fall

White Jeans After Labor Day

White Denim for Winter

XO Rachael
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Rachael's Radar: Most Popular Recent Purchases

Gold Earrings
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It's Friday!  Which also means it's time for another Rachael's Radar, where I share all the things that I'm loving, shopping for, or adding to my wish list.  Today's roundup includes my most popular recent purchases.  Not only have I been wearing these items non-stop, but they're the ones you're all loving, as I constantly get asked about them on social media!

Gold Hoop Earrings
If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember a couple of months back I was having trouble with my earrings bothering my ears.  No matter which pair I would put on, my ears would turn red and itchy within an hour.  I believe the metal from my statement earring were infecting my ears, and decided it was time to invest in quality jewelry to wear on a daily basis.  As solid gold isn't always an affordable choice, I decided to try these gold vermeil hoops, and have been loving them! Not only are they the perfect size for everyday wear, but they are small enough that I can also wear them in my second holes.  The best part is they have not bothered my ears once!  Since (real) gold vermeil is made with sterling silver (look for the .925 symbol to know if it's real) then plated with a thick gold, they are less likely to cause irritation.  They may be a bit pricier than all my statement earrings, but I love that I can wear them daily, and will have them for years.

Normandy Stripe Sweater
This is my favorite sweater purchase this fall!  No only do I love the mustard color stripes, but the sweater is lightweight making it ideal for this time of year.  I recently discovered Carly Jean Los Angeles, and have fallen in love with the shop.  Not only do they have the cutest clothes (if your style is on the boho side, you'll love this shop), but the quality and price are spot on.  Although the sweater runs on the boxier side, I ended up getting a size medium and love the oversized fit.  It also comes in a rust stripe and black stripe.

Creamer LipSense
You guys, this is the perfect fall nude lip color!! If you haven't heard of LipSense, it's a long lasting lip color, that will last up to 18 hours.  It's waterproof, smudge proof, won't transfer off your lip, and basically stays on until you take it off.  I love that its wax free, gluten free, lead free, cruelty free and made in the USA.  LipSense is all that I've been wearing on my lips for the past two years, and every time I have this color on, I always get compliments.

I've been getting a lot of compliments about how good my lashes look, and it's because of Lashify, my at home lash extension system.  What I love about them, is they look like real lash extensions, except you put them on at home, and they're much more affordable!  It takes about 10 minutes to put on a set, you get to customize how bold or natural looking you want your lashes, and they last all week!

I'm going to be honest, I never thought I would find myself shopping for clothes at Walmart, but guess what, that's where these sneakers are from! I had seen them on a few other bloggers and thought they were really cute, so I decided to give them a try.  Not only do they look like a more expensive sneaker on, but they have memory foam and are super comfortable. Plus they're under $17!

The second I saw this scarf, I fell in love with the colors.  The peach, blush and grey combo are perfect for the fall, and go with so many of my new sweaters.  It also comes in a grey tone, and a bunch of plaid options, and is under $25.

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XO Rachael

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