Cold Weather, Meet Warm Marigold Sweater

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Sweater: BooHoo (similar here, here, & here all under $25!); Pants: BDG via Urban Outfitters; Booties: Kenneth Cole via TJ Maxx; Rings: Forever 21

IMG_0493img_0616.jpgIMG_0580IMG_0480 - Version 2img_0508.jpgThere are certain items in my closet that I never mind splurging on, but sweaters are definitely not in that category. I am a firm believer in the “cost per wear” mentality, where you divide the cost of the item by the number of times you will wear it in order to see if it’s worth the investment.

I never regret buying a designer bag or pair of shoes because I can use them on repeat and the quality holds up longer, but living in Southern California, I just don’t find it necessary to splurge on a sweater that I’ll hardly get to wear. I did want to find some fun new pieces to get me through the few cold days we get here, and I scored at BooHoo. This marigold color is so on trend for winter, but it still feels warm and bright to bring some color to those cold days.

People tend to gravitate towards darker colors when it’s cold out, but I think that is when we need color the most! So don’t shy away from the unexpected, and don’t be afraid to pop some color into your winter wardrobe.IMG_0544IMG_0575 - Version 2 I linked some similar sweaters from BooHoo in the caption above because this exact one is sold out, but definitely shop around for some other fun colors, too. This marigold color is warm and bright, but also styles well under a leather jacket to bring a little more edge to the look. I love it paired with my black booties from TJMaxx. They have cute star details all over, but they are still plain enough (and comfy!) to where I can use them everyday. I did some close up photos so you can hopefully get a glimpse of the stars. They are very subtle and I think they pair well with the fun marigold pop of color.

How do you brighten up your winter wardrobe?img_0608.jpgimg_0489.jpgThanks for stopping by!
Love always, Rae

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Jump, Jump, Jump(suit) Around

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Jumpsuit: Adelyn Rae via Nordstrom Rack (similar here & here); Pumps: Jessica Simpson via Marshalls (similar here); Bracelets: Loft; Earrings: Kate Spade

Hi friends, happy Friday! This is my first post of the new year, so happy New Year! I hope everyone’s been having a great start to 2018.

I have sure been enjoying these past couple weeks. Matt was in town until Monday, so it was great spending some extra time together. We took a trip to the mountains with his family and celebrated his sweet nephew’s 10th birthday. I shared a couple photos on Instagram if you want to see what we were up to! The cold weather was refreshing and it was nice to put my sweaters, scarves, and coats to use. I’ll be sharing a few of those pieces on the blog soon, so stay tuned.

img_0866.jpgToday I’m talking about jumpsuits. I love the simplicity of wearing jumpsuits because it’s an entire outfit in one, like a dress, but with a little more flair. Jumpsuits can easily be dressed up or down, so it helps get extra use out of one item, and we all know I am a huge fan of versatility.

This navy jumpsuit was perfect for Christmas Day. I dressed it up with my pink velvet pumps (featured here), the silver heart bracelet Matt got me, and my pink ball drop Sugarfix earrings. When I’m not looking to dress this piece up, I can highlight the pants by throwing a knit sweater over it to make it more casual, and more winter appropriate. I could also throw a denim jacket over it and wear black booties for another look.

This navy jumpsuit is by Adelyn Rae, a brand I have recently fallen for. I’ve frequently found this brand at Nordstrom Rack for decent prices. I love that this particular style jumpsuit has pockets! Also, the lace detail adds the perfect delicate touch. Have you added any jumpsuits to your closet? They really are simple to wear!IMG_0914IMG_0863IMG_0907img_0855.jpg

Thanks for visiting & have a fun weekend!
Love always, Rae

Splurge Worthy: Designer Bubbly & Bags

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Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (brown Avery here); Jacket: Forever21; Dress: Charlotte Russe (old, similar here); Booties: Kenneth Cole via Marshalls (similar here); Rings: Forever21; Champagne: Rebecca Minkoff x Chandon winter collection

IMG_0716img_0706.jpgimg_0804.jpgHello weekend! I always welcome the weekend with open arms, but this one is especially exciting because it’s the last of the year, and I get another three day weekend. There will be no shortage of great style at Sunday’s New Years Eve festivities, so I figure, why not have stylish champagne too?!

There is going to be plenty of champs flowing this weekend, so I picked up a few of these chic bottles from the Rebecca Minkoff x Chandon winter collection. Last year, their collaboration produced a black and a white bottle with teal and gold diamond prints on them. This year, the holiday collection includes gold and rose gold geometric printed bottles. This rose gold Brut is not only a limited edition bottle, but a limited edition flavor as well, and it is superb. I styled this (very trendy) rose gold bottle with two of my very favorite RM bags.IMG_0810For a few years now, I have worn my leopard crossbody anytime I traveled. This little bag is like a magician’s hat; don’t let the size fool you, because while it appears small, it actually holds a lot and zips up to keep it all safe inside. On every trip to see Matt in San Fran, this bag would hold all my necessities: a small wallet, lotion, eyeliner and mascara, lipstick, a portable charger, sunnies, gum, and my phone.

This season, I decided it was time to invest in another color of my beloved bag. I found my new baby, the Avery crossbody, at Nordstrom Rack and have been obsessed with this new neutral ever since. RM bags look great with the festive champagne bottles, and I will definitely be using the bag and the bubbly this weekend!

Do you have a favorite crossbody bag that accompanies you on bubbly brunch dates? Scoop up the new RM bottle and head into the weekend in style!img_0725.jpgimg_0717-e1514560808587.jpgimg_0775-e1514561591278.jpgIMG_0739img_0753.jpg

Fun & Frills for New Year’s Eve

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Top: W5 via Marshalls (similar here , also in pink & white); Jeans: BDG via Urban Outfitters; Heels: Jessica Simpson (similar here); Earrings: Sugarfix; Rings: Forever21

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Happy Thursday! It’s so close to the end of the year, it’s crazy. This holiday season has flown by, and now the last of the holidays is almost here. Are you doing anything fun to celebrate? Or will you happily be in bed before midnight, waking up to a brand new year?

My boyfriend is in town from San Francisco (hooray!) so we got to celebrate Christmas together and we will be ringing in the new year together too, along with some friends. I’m looking forward to getting dolled up and popping some champagne. While I usually opt for a glittery NYE outfit, I found this fun, feathery top at Marshalls and knew I had to have it. It’s such a unique piece, making it perfect for the special occasion. I paired it with a colorful pair of velvet heels that I also scored at Marshalls. I’ve worn these Jessica Simpson pumps a few times this holiday season, even pairing them with my “ugly” sweater for a Christmas party last week.

Marshalls changes their stock often, so you may not be able to find these identical pieces, but they always have something new and exciting, and these pumps were available in maroon too, so hopefully you can score your own! {I linked the maroon pair in the photo, but I could only find them at Zappos. They’re on sale, but still more than at Marshalls}

If you don’t come across the exact same pieces, take this post as inspiration to think outside the box when updating your wardrobe for the new year. I like clothing that has some unique flair and personality. Feathers to upgrade a black tee? That has my name all over it! Fashion is about being true to yourself and wearing what you feel best in, so don’t be afraid to take risks and wear something extra fun if you feel like it!

Thanks for stopping by!
Love always, Rae

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Gotta Gift It: Stocking Stuffers Under $30

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1. Becca Glow on the Go Highlighter // 2. Sugarfix by BaubleBar Earrings // 3. YSL Black Opium travel perfume // 4. Blanket Scarf // 5. Makeup Bag // 6. Pom Pom Beanie // 7. Sugarfina Christmas Candy // 8. A New Day Crew Sock Set // 9. Wet Brush Keychains // 10. BP Cateye Sunglasses

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It’s Friday! And it’s also day 3 of my gift guides, featuring stocking stuffers all under $30. Everything on this list makes a great gift for the gals on a budget. If you’ll be out shopping this weekend, pick up some of these perfect treats!

**{for easy breezy shopping, click the item numbers to be directed to its website!}**

1. Becca is known for amazing highlighters. (I have Champagne Pop & swear by it!) This mini glow set is perfect for the girl on the go, or anyone who has tons of products to fit inside their makeup bag and needs to squeeze in one more necessity. Ulta, $20.

2. It’s no secret that BaubleBar has the cutest earrings, and now you can score their cuteness for less by shopping their Sugarfix line exclusively at Target. Fun, trendy, quality jewelry at great prices? Yes please! For the holidays, Sugarfix has cute box sets available for $20. This pair of earrings is available in 2 additional colors. Sugarfix, $8.

3. Travel size perfumes are always great to have in your collection, so this travel spray makes the best stocking stuffer. This warm, slightly sweet scent is delicious. Sephora, $28.

4. There’s no scarf like a blanket scarf. The bigger size makes it extra cozy and there are so many ways to wrap one! Charlotte Russe, $10.

5. A quirky makeup bag is necessary for keeping all her new makeup organized. Dream big for some inspiration, and big lashes for a touch of glam. This bag is a steal on SheIn.com for only $5.

6. Cold winter days need cute winter accessories. This stylish pom pom beanie is will add some flare to all the sweaters it can be paired with. Nordstrom, $15.

7. I am a big fan of Sugarfina’s delectable treats, so this cookie dough candy would be an adorable stocking stuffer. Their packaging is too sweet (pun intended) 🙂 Sugarfina, $10.

8. Fun fact about me: I don’t own white socks. I opt for colors and patterns every single day. The A New Day line at Target really gets me. Target, $6 for 3 pairs.

9. I have been using the Wet Brush for years and it works wonders detangling my hair. Keychain versions would be fantastic to have on hand when I’m out, and this little brush is an absolute steal. Sally Beauty, $4 each.

10. A girl can never have enough stylish sunnies. I’ve bought several at BP and they last for quite some time! The price can’t be beat. Nordstrom, $12.

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There are so many accessories that make great gifts for the holidays, but I hope you enjoyed my picks. Are any of these on your wish list?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love always, Rae

 

Gotta Gift It: Gifts for Him

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1. Harry’s Shaving Set // 2. The Tie Bar  // 3. Beats Headphones // 4. Herschel Wallet //
5. Timex Watch // 6. Ray-Ban Wayfarers // 7. Carry-On Cocktail Kit //
8. JBL Flip Speaker // 9. Yeti Rambler Colster // 10. Flannel // 11. Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge

Today’s gift guide is all about the guys, because let’s be honest, we can all use some fresh ideas when it comes to shopping for the man in our lives. Whether it’s a boyfriend, husband, father, or friend you have to buy for, guy gifts always seem to be harder to think of than gifts for the girls. Here, I have listed some good staple items that are sure to please any type of guy.

1// The Harry’s Shaving Set is a great deal at Target for only $15. These razors are comparable to the Dollar Shave Club ones, without the subscription, making them the perfect holiday gift. This set includes the razor, blade cartridge, travel cover, shave gel, and aftershave.

2// The Tie Bar has a sweet little gift set at Nordstrom for $30. This box takes the effort out of finding a matching set, as it includes a tie with a coordinating pocket square.

3// Beats Wireless Headphones make a great gift. I gifted these in black to my boyfriend last Christmas, and he uses them all the time. They are great for traveling and easy when working out because no cords get in the way. Target, $300.

4// Herschel is an easily recognizable brand with its two-tone canvas products. This classic bi-fold wallet is a nice upgrade from the everyday black, but the website offers 7 color options. Herschel, $30.

5// Timex is a classic, and this color combo is quite classy. This Weekender leather band watch, currently on sale for $72 at Kohls, goes well with everything, and can be dressed up or dressed down.

6// Wayfarers get a nice upgrade in this grey gradient shade. This sunglasses style flatters every face shape and Ray-Bans are built to last. Give your guy the quality pair of shades he deserves. Macy’s, $160.

7// Anyone traveling for the holidays will appreciate having this mini Moscow Mule Cocktail kit in their bag. Kit includes a recipe card, bar spoon, a linen coaster, and ginger syrup for two cocktails. Be sure to provide the mini-bottles when gifting this sweet tin. Available in 3 additional cocktail combos, Anthropologie, $24.

8// Whether traveling or just rocking out in the house, the power of this JBL Flip 4 speaker can’t be beat. Bluetooth, waterproof, and a good size for travel, $100.
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9// A fun little fact about me: I loathe condensation. This Yeti Colster is perfectly acceptable for the man in your life, to keep his soda or beer ice cold and condensation free, but to honest I’m thinking about snagging one for myself. 6 color options, $25.

10// Flannels go with any guy’s style, and they come in so many color combos. I had to put this on the list because I know it’s something my boyfriend would love; he wears flannels every Friday to work, so he can never have too many. Urban Outfitters, $50.

11// For the whiskey drinker, get him something to keep his drink cool without watering it down. From the trusty Corkcicle brand, this whiskey wedge set includes the glass and silicone ice mold. Bed Bath & Beyond, $18.

I hope this list helps make shopping for your guy a little bit easier! Have you tried anything on this gift guide in the past? If you have any other ideas for guy gifts, I’d love to hear in the comments!

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Vest: Target; Jeans: Gap (featured here); Sneakers: Converse; Shirt: Urban Outfitters (similar here).

Stay tuned for another gift guide category coming on Friday. Happy shopping!
Love always, Rae

 

 

Gotta Gift It: Hostess Gift Guide

IMG_9971It’s officially that time of year…holiday shopping season! Can you believe it’s already been one week since the online shopping madness of Cyber Monday? If you haven’t finished all your shopping yet, you are far from alone. I am just getting into the swing of things and slowly checking people off the list. In the spirit of giving, I have created a few gift guides in various categories to give you some fresh ideas for your all holiday shopping ventures.

I’m kicking it off with a gift guide for the hostess. The holiday season brings plenty of parties, so with this gift guide, you’ll never have to stress about showing up empty handed. Below are some great options for the one on your list who loves entertaining.

Hostess Gift Guide

1. Pineapple Cocktail Shaker // 2. Copper Corkscrew // 3. Voluspa Candle // 4. Copper French Press // 5. Coaster Set // 6. Throw Blanket // 7. Bottle Openers // 8. Wine Glasses // 9. Dog Pun Coasters // 10. Decanter

1// This pineapple cocktail tumbler is adorable and would be quite useful at parties. It’s the perfect accessory for the hostess’s bar cart. Nordstrom, $35.

2// Wine will be a staple at all parties this season, so a corkscrew is a necessity. A stylish corkscrew makes the perfect gift, and this one is a steal. Bed Bath & Beyond, $10.

3// Anything that makes the home smell nice makes a great gift, and bonus points for the cute tins Voluspa candles come in. They make great decor even when the candle is not lit. Nordstrom, $16.

4// For perking up the morning after the holiday party, and for every other morn, a copper French press is a stylish way to serve a great tasting cup of Joe. Amazon, $27.

5// Don’t leave rings on that table! A hostess is sure to appreciate a cute set of coasters. This minimal style is extra chic. Target, $12

6// Give her something cozy for the home. There’s no such things as too many throw blankets. Chevron faux fur throw, comes in 4 colors. Nordstrom Rack, $30.

7// A cute bottle opener is another great accessory for the bar cart, and will be used many times throughout the party. Mud-pie, $12 each. (Similar, Nordstrom Rack $12 set).

8// Stemless wine glasses are always a fun gift to receive, and these provide the hostess with the perfect memo to remind her to enjoy the night! Mikasa, $15 set.

9// While I already included a set of coasters, this is another fun option. I’m a sucker for puns, so these Draper James cocktail puns made me LOL. Crate & Barrel, $30.

10// Another great piece of barware, this golden flecked decanter would be a beautiful gift for the hostess. Wayfair, $25.

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Vest: Target; Jeans: Gap (featured here); Sneakers: Converse; Shirt: Urban Outfitters (similar here).

Do you have any upcoming holiday parties you’ll be attending, or do you happen to be hosting? I hope this guide helps check someone off your list. If you gift any of these, I’d love to hear in the comments.

Cheers to holiday shopping!
Love always, Rae