All Business in the New Year

One thing I have had on my style bucket list this past year was a leather pencil skirt. I’ve honestly been trying to snag myself one for an absurdly long time now and thanks to Shein my dreams have finally come true! I love the edge that leather ads to this otherwise everyday look. img_4726-2

H&M TOP || SHEIN SKIRT C/O || BOOHOO FAUX FUR COAT C/O (similar here, here) || PAYLESS HEELS (similar) || DITTO SHADES

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Thank god for this little faux fur coat because when I tell you it was COLD the day we shot this look, it was COLD. Like, take a break between shots to warm up your fingers and toes, cold. This coat keeps me warm and toasty every time I wear it!

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I have always wanted a leather pencil skirt for the office. I’ve never been one to wear simple black dress pants and a button up to work… snore, so I’m always looking for a way to elevate my look. This little pencil skirt is a new favorite of mine!

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Actually I wore this shirt on my birthday outing to Liberty Science Center! That night I paired it with faux leather pants and my Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots. And I must say… I legit did the climbing wall in my high heel boots! Crushed it. So yeah, I have a thing for pairing this top with leather bottoms. They were, how you say, made for each other! ;]

So guys! I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday season! I took the week between Christmas and New Years off and, honestly, I’m glad to be back at work! I was starting to forget what day it was… who I was… I was like 2 more days off away from not showering anymore, you know? Getting back into the swing of things feels good! Did you set any goals for the new year? Or New Years Resolutions? I want to cut out sugar… but that’s not realistic. So I’m just going to try to eat as healthy as possible as often as possible! ALSO. I gave up alcohol. I’m going to cut that out, and soda, and start eating “clean-ish” while working out 4-6 days a week and see what my body can do! I’m 2 days in for all of the above and I feel good! Talk to me in like a week… we’ll see where I’m at. HAH.

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Hail the Chief

Here’s the other outfit I mentioned in my last post. I wore this the night I got these amazing shoes out to a casual dinner… but I haaaaad to wear the shoes immediately, so I dressed up these jeans & sweater a little bit.

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FOREVER21 SWEATER (old!) || H&M JEANS || TARGET HEELS & BAG (similar) || SMOKE X MIRRORS SHADES ℅ DITTO

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This is legit one of my favorite sweaters. It’s way old but it isn’t falling apart yet, which is something to be said for Forever21 ha, so I’m just going to continue wearing it until it does! It’s comfortable but light enough to wear through the spring without overheating. I’ve searched the internet for a while now but I can’t find anything similar to link to… sorry guys! I’ve had everything in this post for years, minus the shoes, and glasses (that are borrowed from Ditto!) Sometimes it’s about putting together an outfit with favorite pieces you already own rather than splurging on new things all. the. time!

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Alright girls. If there is one thing you buy off of my blog, make it these shoes. I gushed about them in my last post and I’ll do so again now! They’re comfortable, super flattering, versatile, and BEYOND affordable! They are worth it, promise!

PS! Don’t forget to use my code THERACHELROSS at Ditto.com to get your first month of membership for free! With the warm summer days just ahead of us you’re definitely going to want to start testing out new shades!

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Groove is in the Stripes

Say hello to the high slit, again! I’m telling you guys, I’m obsessed. I like this dress in particular because I feel like it’s going to be a staple piece I will be able to wear all year round. When it gets a little cooler I’ll be stoked to throw this on with my Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots… but I don’t even wanna go there mentally right now because I’m enjoying this warm weather. IMG_7370

SHEIN DRESS ℅ || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK || COSMO SHOES (old, similar here) ||  SHADES ℅ DITTO || ROMAN LUXE RING ℅ || FOREVER21 CHOKER (similar)

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One thing I will say about this dress, the slit is sometimes a little too high, and it is very much see-through. So if you don’t have the nude, second skin type granny panties from Victoria’s Secret or something, throw this on with some leather leggings just to be safe.

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Now that it’s warmer I’m starting to get a little more motivated to do some blogging. I fell into a seasonal blog depression and just could not force myself to do it, hah. The sunshine and warm weather makes me giddy and I get excited to get out and take pictures. So PLEASE for the love of god, Mother Nature, don’t screw this up!

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Brush Your Shoulders Off

If there is one item of clothing that is going to be everywhere this spring, it’s definitely off the shoulder tops and dresses. These pieces in particular are already on trend overload. Here I’m styling my favorite flowy off the shoulder top from Uphoria Boutique from like 3 years ago, hah.

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UPHORIA BOUTIQUE TOP ℅ (old, similar here, here, here) || H&M FAUX LEATHER PANTS || SOUTH MOON UNDER NECKLACE ℅ || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG || SMOKE X MIRRORS SHADES ℅ DITTO EYEWEAR (use my code THERACHELROSS to get your first month free!)

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Even though it was actually pretty warm the day I took these pictures, I decided to style this top with leather pants instead of something with a more Spring-y feel. I figure I’ll save those outfits for when it actually really is warm, ya know?

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I love off the shoulder tops because they have such a laid back feel to them. They’re really easy to style with a few key accessories, as well, especially if you opt for a top with in a solid color like this one. A bold statement necklace, long tassel necklace, or delicate charm all works with a shirt like this. I am dying to add a few off the shoulder dresses to my wardrobe now that they’re popular and pretty much everywhere. I don’t know why I don’t already own one, to be honest.

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On the Bright Side

Over the years I’ve added a ton of fun and festive sunglasses to my collection. The price tag on something like shades doesn’t matter to me, in fact, my favorite pair cost me a whopping $5 at Forever21. That said, I am addicted to shopping for new shades on Ditto.com! A new pair is always ready for you at just $24/month and when you’re over those, send them back with a provided pre-paid shipping label and get a new pair. This service is my new guilty pleasure, and it can be yours too! Use my code THERACHELROSS to get your first month free! 

 

H&M JACKET || TWO ARROWS BRAND DAISY PRINT TOP & REBECCA MINKOFF BAG ℅ SOUTH MOON UNDER || SHEINSIDE DENIM ℅ || FOREVER21 HEELS || DITTO SHADES ℅ || ROMAN & SUNSTONE NECKLACE ℅ || ROMAN LUXE RING

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I adore these sunglasses! They are so bright and fun! I’ve been really hesitant to try the round shape trend because it can be tricky to pull off but when I saw these with the bright pink mirrored lenses I had to try them out. Side note! How cute is this top from Two Arrows Brand? They just started selling in my favorite store, South Moon Under, and I already want everything! They have a very laid back vibe and I’m pretty sure I’ll be living in their clothes all summer. rachel15rachel16

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It’s starting to feel like Spring already and I’m not mad at it! I’m sure we’ll have a few bitter days before the winter really leaves for good but I’ll take it. I can’t wait to swap out my boots and heels for some open toes and gladiator sandals, amiright?

photos by Lauren Ashley Photography

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Weekend Warrior

So I have discovered that I have somewhat of a uniform on the weekends lately. It involves distressed black denim, a plain white tee or striped tee, leather jacket, scarf, booties. I’m comfortable but chic and it has become my go-to!

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H&M JACKET & T-SHIRT || PAC SUN JEANS (similar) || FOREVER21 BOOTIES (similar here, here) || URBAN OUTFITTERS SCARF || DITTO EYEWEAR SHADES ℅ || JUNO BOUTIQUE RING ℅ || NICKY HILTON X LINEA PELLE BACKPACK

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I’ve also given up on trying to force color into my wardrobe lately, ha. Black is my thing and I’m just admitting it and accepting it from here on out. If I need color I’ll put on a bright and bold lipstick and call it a day. Also! Don’t forget guys you can still use my code THERACHELROSS at Ditto.com to get your first month subscription for designer sunglasses free! This is quite possibly my favorite subscription service yet as I am a sunglasses ADDICT, so definitely check it out!

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These booties are so comfortable! Forever 21 has really stepped up their shoe game guys. They were also on sale for like $15 too, so you really cannot beat it. I wasn’t expecting to like them as much as I do when I bought them, I was just kind of in the market for this type of shoe and they have become my favorite pair of boots. I love a good casual outfit for running around on weekends, don’t you?

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I’m on Strike

Spoiler alert: I fucking hate the cold! I’m against it. I am against it every single day of the year except for Christmas. I want a snowy perfectly white Christmas and then after that it has to be like a steady 60 degrees or more. I suspect I live in the wrong state… anyway…. my choice of outerwear for this look poorly prepared me for how damn cold it actually was. FRIGGEN BRRRR.

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BOOHOO TOP ℅ || H&M JACKET (similar) || FOREVER21 LEGGINGS (similar) || LULU’S BOOTIES ℅ (similar here, here) || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG (similar options here, here, here) || DITTO SHADES ℅ (use my code THERACHELROSS to get your first month free!)

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I’ve been eyeing up a slit sweater top like this for so long now, I’m thrilled to actually have been able to add one to my collection. And, surprise surprise! It’s olive green. That was my color for fall, and I’ve noticed as I have been putting together outfits for future posts or shopping that black and burgundy are my colors for the winter. I’m obsessed. But you’ll see more of that soon enough.

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SEE. It was so cold this day! It was weirdly cold though, like I left my house with just this leather jacket because it was warm there (I’m a few blocks in from the beach) and as I got near the beach it was FREEZING! Obviously I know it’s always a little cooler by the water but the change in temperature was drastic. I was not at all prepared for that, ha. I’m so not looking forward to this whole winter BS.

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I Definitely Have a ‘Type’

One thing I’ve noticed while sifting through my wardrobe picking out outfits daily is that I definitely have a preferred color palate this fall and winter. Historically I would have been found in a lot of blue jeans and probably a navy and white striped shirt of some sort. Lately I’m noticing I have way more black and olive in my closet and I’m into it.

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H&M JACKET ||  PAC SUN JEANS (similar) || MARMI BOOTS ℅ || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG (similar here, here, here) || DITTO SHADES ℅ || URBAN OUTFITTERS SCARF || ROMAN LUXE RING

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The amount of Nirvana ‘themed’ clothes I own is a tad alarming. I liked this tank top because it wasn’t the typical shirt you find when shopping for band tee’s, plus I was all over that floral print. And if you don’t know who ‘KURT’ is, bless your heart. Go listen to some Nirvana and thank me later.

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I showed this outfit with and without all of the outwear, one because I wanted to show my new tank that I’m in love with, and two because the weather we have been having lately has been so damn weird you can literally wear this outfit with or without all the layers in the same day. When you leave the house it’s a warm 70 degrees and by the time you arrive to your destination it’s a bitter cold and windy 50. Makes zero sense to me, really, but whatever. ALSO! Don’t forget to use my code THERACHELROSS at ditto.com to get your first month free to borrow designer sunglasses. It would also make an amazing gift idea with the holidays coming up! Hint hint, wink wink, nod nod!!

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See You Next Tuesday

I know, I know… it’s Monday. But I call this my See You Next Tuesday outfit because I feel like that is exactly what I look like while wearing it, ha! I love every single part of it but I feel like it’s my alter ego wearing this little number and not really me. All the fine crisp details feel super classy.

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ABBELINE DRESS ℅ SOUTH MOON UNDER || SHEINSIDE OFFICIAL SLEEVELESS TRENCH || LITTLE MISTRESS BOOTIES || ROMAN LUXE NECKLACE (also love this one) & CUFF ℅ || TARGET BAG || KAREN WALKER SHADES ℅ DITTO

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Don’t forget you can use my code THERACHELROSS to get your first month free from Ditto Eyewear! The premiere eyewear site that lets you borrow designer glasses and sunglasses for the low price of $24 a month. I am obsessed with this site, guys! I love taking amazing new shades for a test ride without worrying about the commitment. It’s an amazing concept and if you’re a fan of sunglasses like mahself it is worth every penny! sheinside sleeveless trench sheinside sleeveless trench little mistress booties

I’ve been trying to wear these little booties as much as I possibly can before it gets too cold to show my toes. I dig them so much, the way they look like they could be two different shoes from either side is a fun little detail. They’re quite versatile, too. Win, win!

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This mock turtleneck dress is so comfortable I’m looking forward to wearing it all year long! There is nothing better than a great LBD to dress up and down and change up a million different ways with the right accessories. I think this dress will be perfect for the holidays with some lace tights and sparkly accessories. Also this sleeveless trench is everything right now. I’m looking for the perfect sweater to wear under this bad boy. I’m thinking a tight black maybe slightly cropped sweater? Aaaah yes look for that look soon!

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Not all Who Wander are Lost

There are few things I love more than a great graphic tee or muscle tank, my closet is FILLED with them! A few weeks ago I discovered this brand, Weekend Society, and fell in love. IN LOVE guys, seriously. I browsed their site until my vision went blurry, I wanted everything. I finally landed on this adorable tank top because I loved the message; wander eternal.

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FOREVER21 SLEEVELESS FLANNEL || WEEKEND SOCIETY TANK ℅ || BULLHEAD JEANS || MARMI SHOES BOOTS ℅ || DITTO EYEWEAR SHADES ℅ || ROMAN LUXE BRACELET ℅ || ROMAN & SUNSTONE NECKLACES ℅ (other favorites here & here) || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG (similar here, here, here)

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Did you notice how hard I am cheesing up there in one of those pictures? Oh my goodness, ha! I was leaning on the side of this building and did not notice there was a man inside the building sitting like 2 inches away from my face. It caught me very off guard and we had a good laugh about it, haha. The picture was taken like right at the tail end of my laughing fit but there were a few before I chose to trash because they were horribly embarrassing. I do not have one of those cute candid laughing faces, that’s fo’ damn sure. ANYWAY! This shirt. I am in love. It’s super soft which I wasn’t expecting but am very pleased about, and the length is perfect for me. But with all the said my absolute favorite thing is the graphic on the front. The skeleton with a suitcase and text that reads “wander eternal” ….ummm LOVE! It’s fun and positive and reminds me a lot of my favorite quote; “not all who wander are lost.” I had a ring with that inscribed on it once… which ironically enough, I lost. womp womp.

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I’m wearing my favorite boots again. I have become a boot-a-holic recently! I’m not mad at it, though, especially when they are as badass as these beauties. Two other things I’m really into right now: 1. sleeveless flannels, and 2: layering necklaces. Sleeveless flannels are so fun because you can wear them with soooo many things! I have a shorter one that I basically wear as a skirt layered under a big sweater or like this, open and layered over other pieces. I won’t be able to wear anything sleeveless much longer so I’m getting them all in while I can. And these necklaces, I adore when people make things easier for you! These necklaces were packaged together made to be worn together. It takes away all of the stress of finding different necklaces at appropriate lengths for layering, so I’m a big fan!

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