Casual Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Aside from a romantic dinner you can also do a more casual cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In this case, a little lacy dress may be too much, so I opted for sequin track pants to keep the outfit classy while still a little casual. Side note; these track pants are SO comfortable! I bought sequin pants a few months ago at H&M and honestly never wore them because they were uncomfortable and, honestly, not flattering at all. I can’t remember why I bought them in the first place. These joggers are casual, comfortable, and so festive looking!

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JUNO BOUTIQUE TOP & PANTS  (similar) ℅ || JESSICA SIMPSON HEELS || DANIRISI BOUTIQUE CLUTCH ℅ || MICHELLE WATCH || KENNETH JAY LANE BRACELETS

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If you’re going to be doing something a little more casual for Valentine’s Day you might want to wear pants, as I would plan to hop from one place to another all night long, ha. I opted for my favorite skull clutch to add some of my signature edge to this outfit, which is a refreshing change from yesterday’s uber romantic look. Which one do you prefer so far? There’s one look left for my favorite kind of celebration; girls night!

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Valentine’s Day Three Ways

Valentine’s Day brings on a mix of emotions, doesn’t it? You either love it, or you hate it. There really is no in-between. The past year or so I’ve opted out of celebrating so Matt can take Char on a special date. It means the world to both of them, hah. However, if I were going out to celebrate myself there’s a few different options for the evening; super romantic candlelit dinner, more casual cocktails, and the all time favorite Galentine’s Day! This week on the blog I’m showing you three different looks, all available at my favorite local boutique Juno, to wear if you’re celebrating one of these ways!

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ADELYN RAE  DRESS ℅ JUNO BOUTIQUE || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS || JUST FAB CLUTCH ℅ || ROMAN LUXE RING

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Nothing is more elegant and romantic than a nice little lace dress. I’m not usually swooning for romantic looks, but lace is my weakness! The piping detail on this dress adds a little bit of shape which is very flattering! A dress like this was literally made for a romantic dinner for two in a cozy little restaurant with your love.

Each outfit you’re going to see this week is straight from Juno boutique in Ocean, NJ. One of my favorite things about this store is it’s a one stop shop, especially for your Valentine’s Day needs! If you happen to visit make sure you check out “the upstairs” as it has been appropriately titled. They carry everything you might need for a fun Valentine’s Day after party from lingerie to… “accessories.”

Photos by Lauren Ashley Photography

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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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No Pants No Problem

I’ve said it over and over and over again, these boots give me LIFE. I think they’re probably the best thing Matt’s ever bought for me, and definitely the one gift I’ve actually gotten the most use out of. I did ask for another pair in another color for Christmas but I didn’t get it.. womp womp! HAH. I’ve tried on other over the knee boots but NONE have been as comfortable as these. I’ve walked laps around New York City in these boots, spent long nights at concerts standing and dancing the entire time in these boots, you name it, I’ve done it and I have not felt the need to complain once yet. Splurge on these if you splurge on anything in your life. They are so worth it.

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FOREVER21 SHIRT DRESS || H&M LEATHER JACKET || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG ℅ SOUTH MOON UNDER || UPHORIA BOUTIQUE HAT ℅ || ROMAN & SUNSTONE LAYERING NECKLACES (here, here) ℅ || ROMAN LUXE BLACK DIAMOND COCKTAIL RING

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I wore this outfit last month when we went into Asbury to see Grace Potter perform at the Paramount Theater. As I said, I was standing and dancing all night in these boots and did not have to limp back to my car after, hah.

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I have so many flannel shirt dresses in my closet now. I love how comfortable and casual they are. They can also be worn open as a vest or buttoned up as a dress, as shown above. When it gets too cold I throw on leather leggings and ankle booties to create a different look that won’t freeze my butt off.

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Bundle Up with Sheinside

Winter happened in one weekend here in New Jersey. In two days we got dumped on with snow complete with high winds and bitter temperature, and then it was gone. Now it’s back to a nice 40-50 degree week. This cozy coat from Sheinside is perfect for these cool, but not frigid, days we’re experiencing.

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SHEINSIDE COAT ℅ || FOREVER21 DRESS || STUART WEITZMAN HIGHLAND BOOTS || CHANEL BAG || H&M NECKLACE (SO old! similar here) || ROMAN LUXE RING

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When the coat itself is worn open and untied, it can be a bit overwhelming with the oversized collar. I liked to keep it tied to add shape to my waist and not get lost in all of the fabric.

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I also love having a statement coat in my closet that isn’t fur. I love my fur coats, DUH, but you have to switch it up sometimes! The red is such a stunning color and I love the way it stands out against a snowy backdrop too! Sheinside has an amazing collection of coats at such amazing prices! I’m linking to some more of my favorite statement coats below!

GREY TWEED COAT || LONG WHITE SHEARLING COAT || BURGUNDY LONG SLEEVE VELVET TRENCH  || CAMEL DOUBLE BREASTED CAPE || MINT GREEN LONG WOOL COAT

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Throwback Thursday: School Girl Style

When I was younger I always kind of fantasized about going to private school and having to wear a uniform every day. I love getting dressed each morning, believe me, but school uniforms just looked so cute, didn’t they? This is my take on channeling my inner private school girl… all grown up. I don’t remember why this outfit never made it to the blog a few months ago but it’s here now!

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FOREVER21 CROPPED SWEATER (similar) || SOUTH MOON UNDER SKIRT ℅ || STUART WEITZMAN HIGHLAND BOOTS || ROMAN LUXE RING ℅ || JUNO BOUTIQUE RING

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This was a fantastic outfit for the fall. I loved wearing this cropped sweater and skirt combo with these boots when it started to get a little cooler but not quite cold enough for outerwear yet. God I miss fall. Although, can we even complain about the winter we’ve been having? It’s been the most mild I’ve ever experienced!

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I hope these button front suede skirts are still in this spring and fall because I am not over them yet. I didn’t get to wear them enough last year, haha. This style reminds me so much of the early 90’s, Clueless-esque fashion. I’ve said it 100 times but I’m so glad the 90’s are coming back in a more refined and chic way my generation gets another stab at it. The 90’s were 10 years of pure awkwardness for me.

The Birthday Suit

Whoops, it’s been a minute! Sometimes, guys, life actually does get in the way of blogging. Last week my children had a terrible stomach bug, and then got it! And then my husband got it… so it was a long, long week of feeling like death and needless to say, little got done, especially blogging. HOWEVER! It’s a new week, and with a new week comes a new outfit. I wore this outfit into the city last month for my birthday on a particularly warm evening!

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URBAN OUTFITTERS ROMPER || H&M LEATHER JACKET & VEST || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK || UPHORIA BOUTIQUE HAT ℅ || ROMAN LUXE RING ℅   (also love this one!) || URBAN OUTFITTERS NECKLACE

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Fun fact about the coat I’m wearing… it’s not just a coat, ha. When I found this romper I really wanted to wear it with a long black faux fur coat, however, I don’t own one nor could I find one anywhere! It looked weird with just the jacket so I layered on a fur vest to see how it looked and I was pleased. Definitely got the job done, while adding a little bit more warmth, and if you’re an avid reader of my blog you know I obviously love me some versatile pieces.

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My 28th birthday was probably one of my favorite birthdays ever in my adult life, haha. Matt organized the most amazing day in the city, and it was about 60 degrees (on December 15th… in New York, seriously), and then he surprised me with an intimate dinner at my favorite restaurant with my best friends! I’ve never been surprised before, it was so fun! It’s going to be hard to beat next year.

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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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Throwback Thursday: Cool as a Cactus

Ok guys… it occurred to me that I have a habit of shooting outfits and then never actually posting them for one reason or another. I’ve decided to do a fun little thing every now and then called “throwback Thursday” and I’ll throw them up. So the outfit may be completely irrelevant to the season, but that’s fine. Just go with it.

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SOUTH MOON UNDER TANK ℅ || FOREVER21 SKIRT || OLD NAVY SNEAKS || RAY BAN SHADES || LINEA PELLE BAG || ROMAN LUXE NECKLACE

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This post actually makes me kind of sad because I mean… summer! I want you back. I lived in this outfit this past summer, for real. This tank top was on constant rotation. I remember wearing this outfit into the city for a meeting and it was so damn hot, I was sweating in this faux leather skirt like way too much. It’s definitely a fall garment, for sure.

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Part of my intention of doing these #tbt posts was to explain how to make these outfits seasonally appropriate, but I just don’t think that applies to this one, ha. It’s pretty much a cut and dry summer look. However, if you’re jumping on a plane to warmer climates (lucky you) feel free to use it as inspiration on what to pack!

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Bell of the Bottoms

I am very much into the retro vibes that have been making their rounds lately. When trying this trend on yourself keep in mind that fit and styling is very important. You really want to make sure you keep part of your look modern so you don’t appear outdated.

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EXPRESS LACE SHIRT (SO old!! Similar here) || URBAN OUTFITTERS KIMONO (similar) & JEANS || UPHORIA BOUTIQUE HAT || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG ℅ SOUTH MOON UNDER || ROMAN LUXE RINGS

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These flares are waaaaay comfortable! They’re basically leggings, jeggings I guess is the appropriate term really. I’ll be wearing them a lot in the following weeks, months, years.

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I jumped at the chance to wear this cape while I could on a particularly warm winter day, ha. In all reality I probably won’t be able to wear it again for a few months but I look forward to it! I’ll be wearing it all summer long as a coverup but for now it works for the 70’s vibe I was going for. Don’t you love when you find pieces like this that work for more than one season? Really get your moneys worth! The kimono is brand new but I can’t find the exact one online. So check out your local store, otherwise I linked to something similar above!

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