Is it Cinco de Mayo Yet?

I was trying on outfits for a night out and sending snapchats to my friends to get their opinion and they all said this one reminds them of being in Mexico, or celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I’d have to say I agree! Is it time for a margarita yet??

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HOLLISTER SHIRT (similar) || URBAN OUTFITTERS JEANS || TARGET HEELS || UPHORIA BOUTIQUE HAT (similar) || DANIRISI BAG || FOREVER21 CHOKER
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I wish I could find a link to a similar bag somewhere on the internet because it is seriously one of my favorite things I own and I wish you could all own it too!! I’ve searched high and low for about 2 years now and I have yet to find something comparable. It’s not even like I’m having one of those moments where some girl compliments your bag and you pretend not to remember where it’s from but in all reality you just don’t want her to have it too… no, no. I want you to have it. Someday, guys, someday I will find it for you!

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I think this is the second time I’ve ever shown my belly button on here since I’ve had Kennedy! I’m all for embracing my body since having kids (as all of us moms are supposed to.. blahblahblah I know…) but my belly button has never truly recovered! I feel like I need surgery to get it back to where it used to be, haha. My boyfriend has been kicking my ass at the gym lately (don’t worry, I asked him to) and I am actually feeling really great… except for that stupid friggen belly button. Which I’m sure you’ve all gone back up and zoomed in on now and you’re like uhhhh I don’t see it? Or maybe you do…. but whatever, we’re all our own worst critics, right? Well, showing it is the first step to embracing it… so there ya go. #endrant. ANYWAY! I am all for off the shoulder tops and dresses for the spring and summer! I might even throw caution to the wind and buy myself an off the shoulder bathing suit this year. Who cares about the super weird tan lines! YOLO.

Photos by Lauren Ashley Photography

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Jump Around

I’m all about wearing overalls. I have a denim pair from Hollister that fits like a glove, but every time I wear them people are like, “oh are you working out in the yard today?” Literally can’t tell you guys how many times that has happened to me. With that said, I was on the lookout for a more… “adult” pair, should we say?

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PRIMARK OVERALLS c/o (in store only) || VICTORIA’S SECRET BRALETTE || FOREVER 21 CHOKER (similar here, here) || URBAN OUTFITTERS SHADES || DANIRISI BAG c/o

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I’m super into chokers right now. HOWEVER! I’ve had to buy like 5 in the past month because my boyfriend keeps breaking them… and the ones that survive… my girlfriends steal, haha. I may have to retire this trend for myself soon or I’m going to end up spending a lot of money here! Also can we just ignore how insanely straight my hair is here. I had literally just gotten a keratin treatment that morning and you’re not allowed to touch or move your hair at all. Having it this bone straight makes me crazy! Plus I need a haircut. Woof. IMG_0925IMG_0921IMG_0920IMG_0924IMG_0926

These overalls, as I’ll call them, are so soft and comfortable! My only problem with them, and it’s a personal problem really, hah… is that they’re long for me. But with the $18 price tag, I’ll deal… and maybe some day get them hemmed. MAYBE. I think these would look super cute with an off the shoulder top as well. Unfortunately this heat wave we’ve been having has made the thought of wearing anything more than this little bralette pretty much unbearable. When the temperatures start to go back down a little bit I’ll definitely play around more with this look!

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Ladylike with Lulu’s

I have a hard time pulling off the very classy ladylike look… at least I think I do. I love getting dressed up, like, so much… but I feel like if there isn’t some element of ‘edge’ to my outfit I just look off. When I received this full floral midi skirt from Lulu’s I fell in love, but struggled with how to style it because I think I was trying a little too hard to be too ladylike. Once I loosened up and picked things out of my closet that were way more me I felt much better!

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SOUTH MOON UNDER CROP TOP || VICTORIA’S SECRET BRALETTE || LULU’S FLORAL MIDI SKIRT C/O (there’s only ONE left in stock guys!!) || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES || DANIRISI BAG C/O || FOREVER21 EARRINGS || MICHELLE WATCH || DAVID YURMAN BRACELET || ROMAN BRIDE BRACELET C/O

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So, let’s talk about wearing trendy pieces but keeping your own sense of style while doing so. With a full skirt like this I would normally think it has to be paired with something super elegant, like a lacy long sleeve, but it all felt weird to me. I decided to dress more how I normally would; threw on a strappy bralette and opted for a bold skull bag instead of a dainty clutch. Even just these small personal touches helped me feel way more comfortable in my own skin.
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Can you tell we were goofing off much? haha! This is me trying to act all ladylike and fabulous! Zero idea what I’m doing. IMG_4477 IMG_4478 IMG_4480I’m taking a poll on this post: There is a new wedding guest trend and I’m not entirely decided how I feel about it. A more casual style like crop tops and jumpsuits are being worn to more and more weddings lately. This, for instance, is an outfit that could be worn to a wedding this summer.. but would you? Part of me is all old school and totally against it, but another part of me is like.. get with the times Rachel! It’s totally acceptable. But I mean, what’s next? Wearing white to a wedding? GASP! I think I’m on board with it, but it has to be the right setting and the right outfit. I wouldn’t necessarily wear this crop top to a wedding because it’s a little too casual, even though the skirt is fancy, but I might wear a more structured or lace little number. A jumpsuit as well, a more casual wedding setting could definitely call for one of those too, or a sleek tuxedo style for a more fancy event. So what are your thoughts? Are you for or against the changes in wedding guest attire? If you’re for it, shop my new mavatar collection below!

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The Road Less Traveled

There is something about those places that people don’t often go to that I just love. They’re quiet, they’re clean, they’re undisturbed. Those are the places I like to spend my time… and take my pictures, ha!

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UPHORIA BOUTIQUE DRESS C/O (similar) || SOUTH MOON UNDER NECKLACE || CHARLOTTE RUSSE SANDALS || DANIRISI CLUTCH C/O || RAY BANS SHADES || ROMAN LUXE RING

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Can we just talk about this bag for a quick sec because I’m obsessed. I spotted it immediately sitting on a table among tons of other adorable accessories and if you know me, you know my obsession with elephants is real, so I knew I had to have this bag. On the back, which you will also see, it says “Take Me to Paris” – adorbs! If you’re in the central NJ area, which a lot of you are in these summer months, you must stop by DaniRisi in Allenhurst and sift through all of her accessories! You walk in and your eyes literally don’t know where to go first, there’s so much amazingness in there! AND not to mention they are totally affordable. Can’t beat it!

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See…. more elephants. Obsessed guys… obsessed! This tassel necklace from South Moon Under is one of my new favorite pieces. It’s also available in a variety of colors; a bright pink & orange combo and a light blue, which I had a hard time deciding between, just to name a few. IMG_4448 IMG_4449

I was on the fence with the gladiator sandal trend, but to be fair, I had never tried them on. When I found this dress at Uphoria I saw myself wearing it with tall gladiator sandals and was like hmmmm well now I have to go find a pair! I was determined not to spend too much money since I wasn’t sure exactly how I would feel about them and luckily I found these beauties at Charlotte Russe for only $30! Thankfully I love them and I think they ended up pairing perfectly with this tunic dress! I’m going to be wearing them aaaaaall summer long!

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