Book Smart

Last year I joined a book club with a few of my sorority sisters. After commenting on and posting a few Facebook statuses looking for book recommendations we decided it was time we started our own little book club. Each month a different member picks a book, we all (try to) read it, and then we meet for dinner or Sunday brunch to discuss. This month we all met in our old stomping grounds, Morristown, for lunch to talk about our latest read, Ready Player One. (GREAT book, by the way! If you’re looking for a new book).

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FOREVER21 JACKET || URBAN OUTFITTERS JEANS & TOP || PRIMARK BOOTIES C/O (similar) || RAY-BAN SHADES || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG || ETTIKA CHOKERS C/O (similar) || SOUTH MOON UNDER BRALETTE

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SO! Quick story about these sunglasses that I’m obsesssssssssed with. I have always wanted these exact shades, but for some reason I never actually bought them for myself… or received them as a gift, ha. WELL. I found them at my local Nordstrom Rack for $70……….. $70!! And they were the only pair in the entire store. It was fate. And welcome to my wardrobe, dream shades!

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My Little (sorority term) is part of my book club now and I made her and another sister of ours, Jess, take these pictures. I’m hysterical in half of them because they kept competing with each other over who could take the better photos, hah. They both did great, obviously! After our book club meeting the three of us stayed behind to catch up a little more. I kind of miss gallivanting around our old hood.. Ah to be young again!

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Cozy Knits, High Slits

Guys…. this dress is hands down one of the most comfortable I have ever owned! It fits so well, it’s super flattering, and it’s SO. DAMN. COMFORTABLE. Are you sold yet? Because you should be.

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PYLO DRESS  (on sale!) || ETTIKA X FREE PEOPLE CHOKER C/O || LINEA PELLE BAG C/O || TARGET HEELS (old! similar here)

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Side note… this is my last post with blonde hair!!! ::tears:: So many tears, haha. I absolutely loved being blonde…. it was my jam. My hair on the other hand? Not so in love with it. My hair took a serious beating over the past few years in my epic journey to becoming a blonde. It basically got to the point where it would just break off. I decided as fun as being blonde was I needed to give my hair a break and let it get healthy again. I’m now on a journey to go dark again. I’m the most fickle person EVER when it comes to my hair… seriously. But looking at these pictures makes me super sad… I’ll miss my blonde alter ego!

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Anyway, back to the dress. It’s perfect for fall! The neutral tone totally compliments the season, the knit material makes it perfect for cooler temperatures. Throw on over the knee boots and a mini leather jacket when it gets cold and you’re good to go. The dress comes with a nude slip to wear underneath because being knit it’s obviously a little bit on the see-through side. Although the slip tends to ride up A LOT over my butt. I was already pretty well endowed back there, but my boyfriend who is a personal trainer has been kicking my ass hardcore at the gym the past few weeks and squats and lunges are basically his favorite thing in the world. I’m not complaining, your butt could always use the help… but my clothes are starting to fit a little tighter, haha. I would assume the slip doesn’t fall so short on everyone.

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Let’s talk about this choker too! It gives me life. I love the choker trend but most right now are on the delicate side… which I also really like, however, it’s fun to go bold every now and then! I wore this to work last week with a bold plum lip to match and I got so many weird looks… I guess a bold lip & statement choker early in the morning are a bit much for some people (LAME).

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Little Floral Dress

When the weather warms up I am all about making my wardrobe choices as simple as possible. Most days I’m just throwing a little dress over a bathing suit. That said, casual does not have to mean frumpy or boring. IMG_9066

MAKE ME CHIC DRESS ℅ || CHARLOTTE RUSSE SANDALS || LINEA PELLE BAG || RAY BAN SHADES || ETTIKA BRACELET

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Obviously the first thing I noticed about this dress were the lace up sides. I like the bold floral print as well, but the cut outs with the lace-up detail adds a fun little twist to this otherwise simple little floral dress.

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This is one of those dresses that is literally perfect for stepping right off the beach and into a seaside bar for happy hour. When the sun goes down and you’re ready to go out, swap out the gladiator sandals for a pair of strappy wedges and you’re good to go for the night.

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Best,

Rachel Ross

 

Those Santorini Vibes

My dream vacation is a trip to Greece. I want to see the entire country, ever little ancient bit of it. I’m part Greek on my mother’s side, and supposedly still have family there, so getting to Greece someday is on my bucket list. Until then, however, I’ll just wander around in this little Grecian inspired romper and play make believe.

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SOUTH MOON UNDER ROMPER ℅ || STEVE MADDEN WEDGES (old, similar here) || DANIRISI BAG ℅ ||  TOMS SHADES || MICHAEL KORS WATCH || ETTIKA BRACELET

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Rompers hold a special place in my heart for the simple fact that they are one of the most comfortable things you can wear while still looking done up if you want to. During the summer my wardrobe is much more relaxed and less complicated; once I don’t have to stress over pairing layers anymore, I don’t. Rompers and sun dresses are the obvious choice in the warmer months requiring minimal effort but never slacking on the style.

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Going through my closet I’ve noticed I have a ton of neutral pieces for the season, which is odd to me, as I’ve always loved brights and prints for the summer. I find myself more drawn to items that are comfortable and functional lately rather than statement making, as far as clothing goes. I think I’ll try letting my accessories make the statements for a while, like this gold chain link bracelet from Ettika. It comes in a few different colors… I’m kind of thinking I might want to get one of each and have myself a little arm party.

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Twist & Twirl in a LWD

It feels so good to break out my LWD’s for the warmer weather. Even I can get sick of my black clothes sometimes. (GASP!)

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MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE DRESS ℅ || STEVE MADDEN SHOES (old! similar) || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG || ETTIKA CHOKER

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Ya know what I’m in love with? Chokers. When trends make their way around again it can be a little alarming… sometimes things go away for a reason. Chokers though, aaaaah yes, I’m so glad they’re back! I’ve worn them a little bit here and there throughout the 2000’s but they’re a staple now. YAY.IMG_7999IMG_7998IMG_7997IMG_7996IMG_7995

I’m a fan of this little white dress for a few reasons; it’s light and airy, perfect for those sticky hot days when you can’t really walk around naked but want to feel like you are, HAH, and the adorable detailed straps. It’s comfortable and cute and a great transitional dress to go from hanging at the beach to having some evening cocktails with just a quick change of shoes.

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Sea You Later

I wore a leather jacket last night and it annoyed the hell out of me. It’s May… I’m ready to ditch all of my layers and wear nothing but light dresses, skirts, crop tops, sandals, bathing suits… I’m over the layers, I tell you. OVER IT! This maxi dress from Shein is pretty perfect for the weather right now. Layers need not apply.

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SHEIN DRESS ℅ || ASOS BELT || LINEA PELLE BAG || TARGET SANDALS (old, similar here)  || EXPRESS HAT (old, similar here) || ETTIKA CHOKER ℅ (available at SAKS)

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I have a feeling high slits are going to be my thing this summer. This dress, and another I can’t stop wearing, have the double high slits and I’m in love with it. Makes me feel all kinds of daring and fabulous, hah.

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I’ll be wearing this dress all spring, it’s perfect for the weather! I love the long length and the quarter sleeves keep me a little warmer. Also! Have you guys fallen back in love with the choker trend yet? Because I’m obsessed. This beaded choker from Ettika is everything right now. I’ve worn it pretty much every other day since I got it, and I plan on wearing it all summer long. Zero apologies.

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