My Summer Staple

All winter long I look forward to the summer, and all summer long I complain about the heat. I hate being hot. I really, seriously hate it. If I could walk around all summer naked I think I would. However, that would be inappropriate on like 100 different levels so I’ll stick to my favorite summer staple instead; light, airy, barely-there sun dresses.

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DRESS: C/O JUNO BOUTIQUE || BAG: LINEA PELLE (so old!) || NECKLACES: C/O ARTHUR & LIVINGSTON || SHADES: TOM’S || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN (similar) || EARRINGS: OLD NAVY (similar here) || PINK RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE

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I seriously liiiiiiiive in little, light dresses all summer long. One thing that has changed for me since becoming a mother in regards to my summer wardrobe is coverage. I used to be able to throw on a tiny little bandeau and slinky little dress and call it a day. If I tried to do that these days… you’d see SO. MUCH. BOOB! My kids are always grabbing at me and clawing at my clothes, it’s inevitable something would fall out, haha. So these days if I know I’m going to be hanging with the kids my dresses definitely have to stay in place. The straps on the back of this little number are perfect for me since they’re adjustable! This dress is fantastic for a day-to-night; I wore it with a pair of my favorite strappy sandals during the day and threw on these wedges for a night out.

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I honestly forget how many tattoos I have sometimes… hah does that happen to anyone else? So many of them are in spots I can’t see and forget about. When someone asks me how many I have I always leave a few out… whoops! IMG_3499 IMG_3502 IMG_3495

Can we just talk about these necklaces for a hot minute? Obsessed isn’t even the word! I had such a hard time picking out the ones I wanted because they are all seriously beautiful. I thought these would be a great layering pair, but I’m really in love with the horn. It’s just so preeettttyyyy.

I’ve thrown together a brand spankin’ new Mavatar collection with some of my favorite little dresses perfect for skipping around town this summer! Shop my collection by clicking the button below. Happy shopping!

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Can’t Tie-dye Me Down

I am obsessed with all things tie-dye. When I was in high school my friend and I were tie-dye crazy, we literally dyed everything we owned. Every now and then I go on a binge and dye more shit I own, but this time I opted to just buy this gorgeous dress from Uphoria Boutique. I put it on and instantly fell in love and instantly felt like I was 16 again. Sigh.

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DRESS: UPHORIA BOUTIQUE (similar here, here) || SHOES: NINE WEST (SO old! similar here) || NECKLACE: C/O SOUTH MOON UNDER || SHADES: FOREVER21 || HEADBAND: C/O SOUTH MOON UNDER || BAG: CHANEL

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I was having an awful hair day. I wanted to wear this headband but couldn’t get it to sit right with my new shorter locks. After trying everything under the sun I decided to wrap it around the headband itself for a faux updo look. It’s surprisingly easy, actually. Just start tucking and rolling and eventually you end up with this! UPHORIA BOUTIQUE SOUTH MOON UNDER NECKLACE

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I love, love, LOVE the flowy fit of this dress! It feels so feminine and light. The slits up both legs allow for tons of movement, which I love. I hate wearing maxi dresses that are too tight around the legs and you go to take a wide step and almost fall over because your dress is like NOPE.

IMG_2975 IMG_2976 IMG_2978 IMG_2979 IMG_2980 IMG_2981I wore this dress on Mother’s Day without any accessories keeping it super casual and comfortable. When I wore it out another time I dressed it up with this statement necklace from South Moon Under and headband, fancy earrings, and stacked on some bracelets. You’ll be seeing this necklace a lot this summer… if not like every post, fair warning. I seriously am obsessed with it.

Killin’ It

I forgot how comfortable Brandy Melville tops are. I had bought a couple a few years back that I had worn once or twice and then they got lost in the depths of my closet. On a quick stroll through Pac Sun I found this top and fell in love.

brandy melville TOP: BRANDY MELVILLE FOR PAC SUN (only available in stores) || FLANNEL: H&M || JEANS: BULLHEAD || BOOTS: OLD NAVY (similar) || HAT: FOREVER21 (similar) || SHADES: QUAY AUSTRALIA 

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So… fun fact, this is the first time I’ve shown my bellybutton on the blog.. or in public at all really, since I had Charlotte, ha. I have a long, LONG way to go before I’m back to where I’d like to be but I’m so pleased with the progress I’ve made since having Kennedy. I kept myself healthy throughout my entire pregnancy and continued the hard work after with yoga, karate, and eating right. I mean, don’t get me wrong… I eat 6 donuts myself from Broad St. Dough Co every weekend, but Monday through Friday I’m at least trying to eat “right.”

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Another fun fact: Pac Sun carries Quay Australia sunglasses, woo! I had been searching far and wide for these shades so I could actually try a pair on. I can’t buy sunglasses without testing them first… and it’s a good thing too because the ones I had always admired looked absolutely cray on me! Anyway. We seemed to have skipped right over spring, no? It’s hot out! But an outfit like this was actually perfect because where I was for most of the day it was cooler down on the water so I could unwrap the flannel and layer up. Aaaah those 90’s vibes!

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At Ease, Soldier

Normally when I see the color army green I think fall. That isn’t quite the case this year. While the color is still rich and perfect for the crisper months, it’s become quite a thing for spring. I still have to force myself to wear it sometimes as I normally gravitate towards florals and pastels this time of year, but I’m kinda into this lately.

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ROMPER: C/O PINK BLUSH || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN (similar) || BAG: LINEA PELLE || NECKLACES: C/O ROMAN LUXE (one, two) || BRACELETS: C/O ROMAN LUXE (one, two) || SHADES: RAY BANS 

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I really, really looooove the detail on the shorts of this romper, it’s so cute! This garment in particular is perfect for spring. The fabric is a little bit heavier and the sleeves can obviously be rolled down but the shorts keep it nice and cool so you won’t overheat. And of course the color can take you right into fall so you will get tons of wear out of it!

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Skort the Issue

If your my age… 27 (gag!) fashion trends from your childhood are starting to come back in waves. I’ve seen a few girls trying to pull off the plastic wire choker but I wouldn’t count on that too soon, ha. However, many, many things like flatforms, bucket bags and backpacks, overalls, and skorts, just to name a few, have made their way into closets across the globe… including mine.

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SKORT DRESS: C/O UPHORIA BOUTIQUE (similar, similar) || SHOES: CHARLOTTE RUSSE || BAG: CHANEL || SHADES: RAY BANS || NECKLACE: H&M || RING: C/O JUNO BOUTIQUE (similar)

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When I first grabbed this off the rack I thought it was just your typical little white dress. It wasn’t until I walked into the dressing room that I realized this was a skort. I was unsure at first… but I went ahead and tried it on anyway. It fit like a glove and I’m actually really into the skort look instead of a dress. As much as I’d love to be able to run around in heels and little dresses all the time, I am constantly chasing after two small children so the skort over the dress works perfectly for me. I don’t have to worry about pulling at my dress to make sure nothings hanging out. Win!

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Oh so about my hair… hah! Last week you guys saw the cut but I went one step further and dyed it some fun colors. My stylist and I have done just about everything we can do to my hair. In case you were unaware, I have naturally very dark brown hair. We’ve been going blonde for about a year now. I’ve been toying with the idea of going dark again in the fall so while I have the blonde locks that are needed to dye your hair a wild color we decided to do it. I went for a pastel look instead of a bright look. It’s subtle but still fun, and the best part, temporary! ha If you like the look and you’re in the Red Bank area, definitely stop by Lambs and Wolves… ask for Candace ;]

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Spring Giveaway with CoffeeShop Coats!

Happy Thursday! We’re so close to the weekend I can taste it. Here’s my first post with my new hair, eeee!! I really thought after a good nights sleep I would wake up and be horrified and hate it, but I really love it. For whatever reason I feel like this cut suits me. It also looks really fab bone straight. I’m diggin it. Anyway! I’m excited to announce a great giveaway with this fab coat brand, CoffeeShop Coats! You can find their coats in stores like Nordstroms, Bloomies, and Urban Outfitters, OR you can win your own for free! ;] coffesshop coats

COAT: C/O COFFEESHOP COATS || SHIRT: TARGET || JEANS: H&M || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN || BAG: LINEA PELLE || SHADES: SWEET JOEY’S || HAMSA NECKLACE: C/O UPHORIA BOUTIQUE || LONG NECKLACE: SWEET JOEY’SĀ 

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I realize I have been using this bag quite often lately. This particular color is no longer available but they just released some pretty amazing styles I’m equally obsessed with. This time I detached the chain and used it as a clutch instead of a crossbody. Love its versatility.

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Guys… these shoes. THESE SHOES!! I saw them on another blogger’s instagram a few weeks ago and immediately wrote them off. I just assumed they were way too expensive for me. THEN as I was wandering aimlessly through the mall I saw these beauties in Lord and Taylor only to discover they were Steve Madden. My heart exploded with joy and I instantly added them to my shoe collection without even a moments hesitation. They are so beautiful and fun! I love how they can be worn with jeans and a t-shirt or a little white dress.Ā IMG_1775 IMG_1777Ok, now back to the coats. At 7:00pm EST. tonight I will be launching a giveaway on my instagram for a chance to win your own! What I loved most about this coat was how appropriate it is for the weather we’ve been having recently. Some days are warmer than others but the evenings have been relatively cool so this coat has been perfect. It’s lightweight but the sleeves are like little sweaters, I seriously love it. I live at the beach so I can totally see myself throwing this on over a bikini and shorts throughout the summer to stay warm at night! They have many, MANY fabulous styles to choose from! Stop by my instagram tonight and be sure to enter! In the meantime! You can use code RACHEL20 at checkout to get yourself the perfect spring coat at 20% off!

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White Jean Baby

So I had a pretty long and stressful week. My youngest daughter had a pretty bad stomach bug, and we’ve recently made some changes to her diet so we were naive to believe it was just that. But alas, she had a nasty bug that lasted a couple days… and when she started feeling better, BOOM my older daughter wakes up at 4am throwing up. Oh but it doesn’t end there… I immediately get sick as I’m taking care of Char. My husband soon realizes he isn’t feeling so great either… aaaand the 3 of us have a sleepover on the couch at 4am, ha. Anyway, long story short… BEFORE I got hit with this bug and I thought my long and stressful week was going to end with Kennedy feeling better, I decided to chop off my hairs. So here’s the last post you’ll see with my long locks!

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JACKET: HOLLISTER (similar) || T-SHIRT: URBAN OUTFITTERS || JEANS: H&M || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN || SHADES: ALDO (similar) || BAG: LINEA PELLE

statement neck linea pelle grayson bar bag hollister brown leather jacket all whiteYou ever have one of those nights where you get dressed up and you’re stoked to go out but you don’t have any real plans, so you drive around trying to figure out something good but can’t come up with anything great so you pick up a pizza and just head home and watch movies until you pass out? Yeah. This was one of those nights, ha. They’re kind of the best though, aren’t they?

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This necklace is from a small store in Naples that my cousin took me to on our girls getaway a few months back. I’ve blogged about it before and I finally asked her the name of the store, ha. It’s called The Best of Everything. So seriously, if you’re ever in Naples, find that store because this necklace was legit $14. I mean does it get any better than that?! No. The answer is no. Especially since I get more compliments on this necklace than I do on like anything else I own. Shout out to my cousin Molly for knowing me so well and taking me there! Also happy birthday Moll! <3

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High School Crop Out

I realize this is the second time you’re seeing this skirt this week. Apparently it’s on heavy rotation. I’m sorry but I can’t stop wearing it! Don’t judge me.

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TOP: H&M || SKIRT: J CREW (similar here) || SHOES: CHARLOTTE RUSSE || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS || BAG: MOLLY & ZOEY (similar) || NECKLACE: C/O ROMAN LUXE

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Soooo something kind of major…. Blake Lively wore this necklace on an episode of Gossip Girl once! ::squeal:: It’s from one of their older collections, so unfortunately it is no longer available on their site, BUT it is on major sale at Max & Chloe! I linked to it up above!

IMG_0205 IMG_0210 IMG_0212 IMG_0213So I wore this little number on another date night with the hubbs. We’re very into wandering into restaurants we’ve never visited before lately. We’ve been two for two so far! The Highlands is serving up some seriously tasty eats, so if you’re ever in that area stop in Copper Canyon for their insane guac sampler or Christine’s for a very romantic dinner with an incredibly attentive chef! But seriously… this guacamole sampler… there are no words. Spicy feta guac and a bacon guac. That’s all you need to know. (incredible)

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Gingham Style

One of my favorite prints is gingham, it’s a fresh take on plaid and for whatever reason just looks classy to me. It can give off a prepster vibe paired with pearls and sperrys, or a hipster vibe with distressed skinnies and boots. I’m by no means preppy but I think I’m doing a pretty good job at pretending to be with this outfit, ha.

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SHIRT: GAP (similar here & here) || SKIRT: J CREW (similar) || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF || NECKLACE: C/O ROMAN & SUNSTONE || SHADES: RAY BANS

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This whole collection of necklaces makes my heart skip a beat. I love the combination of colors and materials. They are so festive for spring and summer, right? I love using them to dress up a casual white tee shirt and jeans too. They’re all still available online, so go here to see more gorgeous styles! IMG_1304

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IMG_9582This picture above is my reaction to my oldest daughter, Charlotte, crashing my shoot, haha. She is wearing a Frozen dress and butterfly wings and wanted to dance and do yoga on the dock right in front of me. She looked like a straggler from an EDM festival on Molly, hahaha. BUT when that happens, what can ya do but dance? ;]

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Another plus about this shirt? It’s so damn comfortable. The fabric is so soft it’s one of those shirts you could even sleep in. It’s a couple years old but I’m on a mission to find an updated version and buy it in every color possible.

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White Hot Summer

My husband and I went out for a date night over the weekend and it was an incredibly beautiful night! One of those nights you don’t need to even consider bringing a jacket because it’s not going to cool off. I got a little taste of summer and I’m so excited. It was the perfect night to throw on my new white jumpsuit from Juno Boutique.

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JUMPSUIT: C/O JUNO BOUTIQUE || SHOES: COSMOPOLITAN || SHADES: CHANEL (similar) || BAG: CHANEL

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I’m big into jumpsuits lately. They can be quite tricky because the fit has to be borderline perfect or else it could be horribly unflattering and unforgiving. I’ve tried on a million since last year and this is the first one I have fallen in love with. I had one from ASOS’s maternity line that I wore throughout my entire pregnancy with Kennedy and I’ve tried to wear it a few times since then and it just looked silly, ha. So I’m glad I’ve found another one I love!

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NECKLACE: HOUSE OF HARLOW C/O ROCKSBOX || BRACELET: GORJANA C/O ROCKSBOX || EARRINGS: C/O ROCKSBOX || ARROW RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE || CROSSOVER RING: C/O JUNO BOUTIQUE (similar)white jumpsuit IMG_0198

Ok I know you have heard me say this a million times, but I’m keeping this necklace from Rocksbox… seriously this time. I say that about everything they send me but surprisingly the earrings I’m wearing here are the only things I’ve kept so far. I’m adding the necklace to that short list. I am a sucker for anything with layering capabilities and I love the fact that I can double it up or wear it long. IMG_0199 IMG_0200 IMG_0201 IMG_0202

When I tried this jumpsuit on in the store I walked out of the dressing room having a full blown J. Lo moment, I felt so damn fabulous, haha. It was perfect for a fancy schmancy date night with the hubs. I haven’t played with it myself yet but I feel like this jumpsuit in particular could probably be dressed down, too. May have to challenge myself with this one!

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