October 28, 2014

Plaid love

There are some patterns that just scream cozy to me. Plaid is one of those. I love these looks:


Gorgeousness! The perfect way to wear plaid
source: theirishrosebud.blogspot.com


cute fall outfit
source: rstyle.me


Fall Outfit With Ripped Jeans and Coat
source: thatstylishgirl.com


Flannel & Stripes
source: afabulousfeteblog.com


Do you break out your plaid in the fall, or wear it year-round?

xx,
Rachel

October 27, 2014

In other words

Sometimes, Mondays are hard.

And sometimes, quotes make them easier. Here are some words inspiring me lately:




You can follow my quote board on  Pinterest for more!

xx,
Rachel

September 25, 2014

Thursday Inspiration

Hi friends,

Today's post is pretty simple. Found a quote that spoke to me, and wanted to share - in case it speaks to you, too.  Have a lovely day.




xx,
Rachel

June 27, 2014

The 2-minute Morning Rituals that Improve My Day

I often tell people I'm a morning person by nature. Lately though, I've been wondering how much of my happiness in the mornings can be attributed to personality, and how much is due to preparation. I love my morning ritual because it sets me up for all-day success.

Lemon water

Right after I wake up, I pop a mug of filtered water in the microwave, then cut a lemon in half and add the juice. I used to skip lemon water in favor of coffee, but since committing to this habit, I feel so much more refreshed in the morning. I still enjoy my coffee once I get to the office, but I've completely stopped making it in my apartment during the week - a major morning time saver for me.




The Skimm

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Leaving early

I loathe being late. Leaving for work just a couple minutes early ensures that I arrive feeling ready to tackle the day, instead of flustered. I set everything that I need to take to work by the door as I'm getting ready to avoid a last-minute scramble.


What do you do in the morning to start your day off right? I want to know!

xx,
Rachel

May 19, 2014

Pajama Pants

Meet my new favorite lounge pants, courtesy of PJ Pan.




As my long-time readers might recall, I have a special love for sleepwear. As much as I enjoy my old sorority sweatshirts, nothing beats slipping into beautiful fabrics with a flawless fit. I love the light, preppy stripes on my pair. I'm also planning on picking up this pair of girly shorts - perfect for summer nights!






All PJ Pan nightwear is manufactured in the UK, and made with high-quality long staple combed cotton and shell buttons.  These pants are a tall girl's dream. There are options for Tall (34" inseam) and Extra Tall (36" inseam)! PJ Pan also offers a bespoke service for special size needs.

What's your favorite source for sleepwear?

xx,
Rachel

May 14, 2014

Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Budget

Wedding season is officially upon us, and it seems like most mailboxes are overflowing with invites. As a wedding guest, you want to your dress to be:
1. Appropriate for the event
2. Comfortable enough for all the dancing!
3. Future Facebook profile picture worthy

With so many weddings popping up every summer, you might be shopping within some financial limitations. Here are my picks for wedding guest dresses for any budget:


Steal


{H&M // $18}  {bebe // $98}  {Jessica Simpson // $98}



Save



{Anthropologie // $198}  {Maggy London // $148}  {Banana Republic // $150}



Splurge



 {Tory Burch // $395}  {Kate Spade // $598}  {BCBGMAXAZRIA // $298}



Are you attending weddings this spring/summer? Where is your favorite place to find a dress?

xx,
Rachel

May 7, 2014

Post-Grad Dating: Meet the Grown-Up Frat Guy

No matter the neighborhood, bar, or type of event, there are a few constant themes in the men you meet while dating as a post-grad. Walk into any locale filled with young professionals and adult beverages and you're sure to observe them:

  •  The intense sports fan (often screaming at the TV/his phone and knocking over drinks). He was probably very athletic in high school and/or college and is having trouble acknowledging the glory days are over.
  • The I-wear-a-suit-to-work guy. He quotes Barney Stinson a lot, and is usually found hitting on bandage-dresses-are-literally-everything girl.
  • The tech start-up employee. Look for Warby Parker glasses and denim. Always, always wearing denim.
  • And (my personal favorite) the perpetual frat guy.


Why is the perpetual frat guy my favorite, you might ask? Because like that killer pair of stilettos you bought on an impulse, fraternity men get softer and more lovable with age. The traits that you loved-to-hate in college actually translate well to the real world. At least most of the time. I'm not saying these men (boys?) are always the most dateable, but they are often the most fun.




In our post-grad lives, filled with rent and Obamacare and jobs where you actually have to work and not nap (I miss you, Anthropology 101), men that apply their collegiate lessons to the real world are a welcome reprieve. In my experience, the perpetual frat guy has a few consistent traits:

1. Overconfidence. The ridiculous arrogance that was often off-putting in college can give way to a more charmingly sanguine resilience. There's something commendable about surviving the perils of adulthood relatively unscathed. Boss chewed him out this morning and four girls just shot him down? No worries, it's all good.


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2. Ambition. Fraternities love to win, and post-grad winning looks a lot like upward mobility at a big boy job. This is not the guy that will want to go Dutch on the first date, if only out of respect for traditional etiquette. They don't flash money (tacky), but people still always seem to be aware that he's comfortably employed.

3. He likes to party. Only now, instead of waking up smelling like stale Natty Light, the perpetual frat boy has graduated to an age-appropriate understanding the finer aspects of liquid courage. Bonus points if he knows his bourbon. You can often observe the grown-up fraternity man in his natural habitat (a bar, festival, sporting event, etc.) re-enacting many of his wild college antics, but with smarter decisions attached. He starts with a beer instead of going straight to Fireball shots, always takes cabs, and would never vomit on you. Let's take a moment to be thankful those days are (hopefully) over.

The great gatspy


4. Charisma. This guy is a great plus-one for all those weddings you'll be attending this summer - also known as the twentysomething jackpot. Honed by semesters as the social chair or sorority delegate, he can enjoy an open bar without humiliating you, charm your weird aunt, and hit you with a devil-may-care smile at just the right times.

5. Male friendships. The high-fiving, shit-talking, drunken I-love-you-man qualities are still there, just perhaps hiding a bit deeper when he is in the presence of women. He has stopped providing sagacious commentary such as "Bros before hoes," but in general....yeah, puts his guy friends before girls that have yet to hold significance in his life. In the post-grad world, where everyone is either (A) desperate/engaged/married/procreating or (B) terrified of commitment, these male friendships are endearing. He has the ability to commit, if only to the same group of guys. Baby steps.


Basically sums up Alpha, Spring 2011. @Jessica Agnor, @Julie DeBonis. I'd be Alan of course.


xx,
Rachel