Thursday, December 27, 2012

What to Wear: NYE

Still trying to find the perfect New Years Eve dress? I'll admit, with the stresses and business that came with Christmas, I completely overlooked shopping for the perfect NYE dress, but you better believe I'm on the hunt now! I've always been a HUGE believer in having a sequin dress for New Years, for whatever reason to me, NYE and sparkle are synonymous. You also don't want to overdo it and completely damage your bank account on one dress you may or may not ever wear again.

Just for you guys, I've narrowed down my top picks that I've found online.

Shimmering Paillette Cocktail Dress (in peach above) from Forever 21 - $29.80

Jazzy-Black Sequin Dress from Windsor - $89.90

The Mixed Sequins Dress by LA Boutique on Karma Loop - $45.95

Lauren Conrad Sequin Sheath Dress by LC (at Kohl's) - $48.00

Blue Mesh Insert Skater Dress by Arden B - $29.50

Almost every single one of these dresses is on sale too how great is that? I hope this helped give a few of you procrastinators some ideas and wish everyone luck on finding their perfect dress to bring in the new year! Happy hunting :)


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My Week Through Pictures

So, I'm going to go ahead and apologize for the lack of entries the past few weeks, things here have been CRAZY busy! Plus, most bloggers I know don't have to work part time or full time on top of blogging, and with being in retail, it has been nonstop!

My birthday was the 19th, so some of my closest friends took me out for drinks, which was much needed amongst the Christmas chaos, shopping, and work. Then we had Christmas of course, and divided our time between my boyfriend, Mark's family and mine. I felt like Reese Witherspoon in Four Christmases! So much family, so little time!

I didn't get to do an outfit of the day yet unfortunately, but here's some pictures to enjoy of my life the past week!

One of my best friends since high school, Mel & I out for my birthday :)

A collage of my birthday night. I think this pretty much covers it :) LOL.

Some friends of Mark & I had dinner at Carrabba's (I'd never been there before! SO yummy!) This was my birthday cocktail I ordered called the 'Toasted Marshmallow' ... so yum!

Found this candle at BBW and am IN LOVE. Sadly the scent only comes in this candle :( boo

This is my baby! Well, my two-year-old baby :) little Landon in front of our tree, cheesin' as usual :)

Cookies on cookies on cookies, for real! I made sooooo many this year :) What can I say, they were $1 each!!

All dressed up & LOTS of places to go ;)

My new Nikes!!! Can't tell you how obsessed with these I am. Only 3 stores in Ohio had them and my dad managed to snatch one of the last pairs up in my size! He said they had me written all over them ;) It was meant to be! :D

& the award for best boyfriend would go to MINE! He outdid himself on blessing me with this new sewing machine ah :)

Papa (my dad) teaching Landon how to golf. Suiting, since my dad is a golf pro!

Me and the man I've been so blessed to have be in my life this past year. He truly is amazing & I could not love him more!!

"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" Just love my mini-me! :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and received many blessings! I sure know I did :)


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Social Networking

Hey dolls! Hope your week has gone by fast and you all get to enjoy your Friday tomorrow!

I'm still working day by day on the blog site to make improvements and change some things around to make it even better, so bare with me!

In the meantime, add my social networks ;)

Instagram: @keepingupwithrachel
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Promise to have a new post up this weekend, so keep checking for updates!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Style Must Haves: Winter Edition

With winter approaching FAST, I bet most of you fashionistas are wondering, how am I going to bundle up to stay warm, without looking frumpy? After seeing one of my favorite, fellow bloggers Naty Michele's most recent post about '10 Winter Must Haves' I figured I would do my own personal version.

Toggle Coats: In the past, this style of coat has been more for toddler to elementary school kid chic, but now can be found at almost any and all department stores for women and men. Gorgeous black, nude, red, and purple hues make for wonderful winter wear. This Victoria's Secret toggle should definitely be at the top of your Christmas List!

Envelope Clutches: These statement bags are a definite MUST. I'm in love with their look and shape. Over the last few years we went from oversized handbag trends to now more of a minimalism look. Though it's oversized for a clutch, the envelope shape and thinness is just the right size for a girls night out or romantic dinner with your main man. Great for nights out for carrying few items. This Jennifer Lopez snakeskin envelope clutch is SO cute and versatile! 

Oversized Sweaters: Who doesn't love an oversized sweater? I mean, really. Us girls love wearing boyfriend's/husband's big baggy sweatshirts as frequent as possible, and lucky for us, these are a great alternative, and much more feminine. You'll love the comfy, cozy, feeling and feel stylish knowing this must have is a winter trend. Check out this adorable black and white piece from Urban Outfitters!

Fringe Boots: I have never been a real fan of fringe anything, but once I started seeing fringe boots on display everywhere I went, I was sold. They look so great on and can be worn in so many different looks! Pair with a sweater dress and tights, or over some skinnies with an oversized sweater, you can rock these boots so many ways! I'm obsessed with these red fringe booties from Qupid at Pacsun.

Printed Blazers: Blazers in general can turn a casual, jean and top combo into a fabulous look when wearing the right one. Printed blazers are a real statement piece this season, and I am DYING for this soft, floral blazer from SABO SKIRT.

Beanies: We all hated wearing them as children, but now they're slowly but surely becoming our adult best friend. Not only do they keep your head warm, but they look cute on. Finding the right beanie can often be a  challenge due to many details such as color, fit, how they hang off your head, etc. Nonetheless finding the perfect one will only complete your winter wardrobe. Forever 21 has what seems like an endless supply of beanies for the season, including this awesome one seen here.

Statement Earrings: Personally, I've always chosen huge, dangling earrings over flat studs. I love how elegant or pretty they look and can make you feel. Wearing the right statement earrings can really transform an outfit, and even a basic hairdo like a pony tail. These Vera Wang Gold Tone Swag earrings are on sale for $7.20 what a steal!!!

Trends are always changing and evolving so hopefully this style update helped some of you!

Have a fabulous rest of the week followers/readers!


Sunday, November 25, 2012


Hey dolls! So I obviously have been slacking this month on posting :( SO sorry! I've been distracted between working my new job, celebrating my little one's 2nd birthday, and two short vacations in the past week! My boyfriend and I had a short weekend getaway to Vermont, where I was excited to shoot a post complete with mountains in the background, HOWEVER as soon as we arrived we noticed our camera was dead. Bummer! We then a few days later headed up north to Michigan to visit my family, which ended up being amazing! I missed them so much! My stylish cousin, Jenny surprised me with a clothing giveaway of pieces she loved but needed to get rid of and I just so happened to end up being a lucky receiver! No doubt there will be a few sporadic pieces from her in my next posts!

Today, since I slept in and did not make it to church I kept my look casual, but definitely cute. COZY is the best word to describe it (of course with the exception of my heels). I'm loving all neutral looks this fall. Since wearing neutrals all year long is acceptable, it's also a very classic style as well. 

What I wore:
Top - Alexander Wang
Sweater - Vertigo Paris
Pants - Marshalls
Bow heels - Elle (Kohl's; old)
Necklace - Forever21
Bracelet - Hand-me-down; old

How was Thanksgiving break for all my fellow bloggers? Hopefully as happy and full of love as mine! I'm definitely feeling blessed this time of year! Have a great week fashionistas ;)


Monday, October 29, 2012

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Marley & Me

Outfit of the Day: Marley & Me

Hello my fabulous readers/subscribers! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend! Today I have been having a serious case of the Mondays, which is why today's look is so casual. I literally just threw on these pieces, looked in the mirror at its Bohemian vibe and actually really liked it! I had to laugh looking back through the pictures while editing, noticing that I looked like a total hipster. It was so amusing LOL! Also want to thank my lovely boyfriend/photographer for taking today's photos even though he has been sick all weekend with a cold and still managed to skip his nap to humor me with his photography skills :)

What I wore:
Shirt - Bob Marley (Target; old)
Skinnies - Michael Kors
Boots & Bag - Rue 21
Flower Headband - Forever 21
Watch - Hello Kitty (found at Kohl's!)

Until next time!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Funday - Fall Style

Today has been the most beautiful, and fair weathered day of fall so far. Low to mid 60's and sunny with all the red and orange leaves blowing around in the wind. I wish it could always be like this!

Today's look was a little dressy, yet VERY comfy. I'm in love with leather right now, and fell in love with this beige leather jacket the moment I saw it.
Usually, I take my own pictures, using a self timer. Today, however, I entrusted my awesome boyfriend to play photographer. It was so much easier and the shots turned out way better. I think he did AMAZING! What do you guys think?

What I wore:
Dress - Pacsun
Leather Jacket - Rue21
Wedges - Steve Madden
Necklace & Heart Ring - Forever 21
Earrings - (Old)

Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend. Happy Sunday! :)


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Weekend Update

Hey guys!

So I'm excited to announce that I'll have a special post for you after tomorrow! I will be shooting one of my friends, Jenna, on a specific how-to look. So check back tomorrow for her special, guest appearance!

ALSO, I am proud to say that I just scored a job at Victoria's Secret! I'm so excited! I love the company and all of their products. (I'm also looking forward to my discount and Black Friday specials, but shhh ;) lol)

<3 Special shoutout and thanks to my new followers! You guys are amazing!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Touch of Snake

A Touch of Snake

I've loved snake print for years and I've been reading since late summer that it was going to be a popular print for this fall/winter. This look shows you can wear a basic ensemble, then add a pop of snake skin to make it look more edgy. 

What I wore:
Long-sleeved top: Charlotte Russe
Snake skin vest: Charlotte Russe
Denim leggings: Marshalls
High heeled bow boots: Charlotte Russe
Bag: Steve Madden
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Michael Kors

Hope everyone's having a FABULOUS Tuesday!