It may be September but thanks to this little heat wave we are experiencing I have not felt the need to pack away all of my favorite summer items just yet! This adorable yellow pleated skirt has been on repeat lately and there are so many easy ways to update it for fall but this is how I’m rocking it in the warmer months!
I am in love with these sweet pleated skirt! I wanted to add something to my closet that was unlike anything I already owned and this yellow skirt was it! When I look in my closet there’s a ton of color, but not a whole lot of yellow. I pictured wearing this skirt a few different ways so I knew it would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe.
Shortly after I took these pictures I found a sleeveless button-up white blouse from H&M that is made to be tied at the waist and let me tell you, it was basically made for this skirt! I may have to re-do that outfit for the blog because it’s super cute. To get more wear out of an outfit like this, swap out the vest for a full denim jacket and these wedges for low ankle booties and you’re good to go for at least a few more weeks!
If you take a peek throughout my jewelry collection you will undoubtedly notice that I have countless New Jersey themed accessories, for real. Remember this post of my most recent NJ find from Jaime Primak? Well I have added a little piece to my jewelry box that I am obsessed with! It boasts pride for where you’re from without being so obvious and I’m in love with that. Take a look!
Summer is coming to a close and the nights are starting to become a little too chilly for simply shorts or dresses so I’m working in summer wardrobe essentials that can take me through the beginning of fall. I adore these white jeans from Lulu’s! The distressed look just speaks to me. Not to mention they’re literally so soft they feel like wearing pajama bottoms. I can’t get enough!
Aside from these custom necklaces, Kemi also creates brail pieces, which I friggen love! As someone who is basically legally blind (seriously) it means a lot to me that someone would create such beautiful pieces and donate a portion of those proceeds to a good cause. Check out her stunning Love is Blind ring!
So! Back to this beautiful necklace you can see clearly a few pictures above. I’m in love with literally everything Kemi designs but I had to get my hands on one of her coordinates necklaces. I chose the coordinates of Oceanport, NJ… my hometown where I was born & raised. It has very special meaning to me, aside from just being where I’m from. I met my husband in OP where we both grew up (he moved here when he was in 5th grade). We were basically babies when we met and this past weekend we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! Cray. I have very very special anniversary photos coming soon so be sure to keep an eye out for those! Check out everything Kemi has to offer on her website here, I promise you’ll want everything!
I have never been a person to shop brands specifically… stores, of course, but I had never really singled out a particular brand before. Until recently, that is. Thanks to Lulu’s and South Moon Under I’ve discovered I have a love for BB Dakota. Ive acquired several of their pieces and I grow more and more impressed each time! This cranberry colored dress with a high-low double hem is the stuff dreams are made of.
See what I mean about this dress? I’m in love! The color is so rich and perfect for these next few months as the weather starts to cool off but it’s still appropriate to wear dresses. Throw it on with tall gladiator sandals for warmer months or pair it with these open toes booties like I did for fall.
I’m not QUITE ready to throw in the towel on all of my favorite summer items yet but adding a fresh look like this into the rotation doesn’t bother me either!
I am addicted to subscription services. First there was Birchbox, then Rocksbox, and now the king of all subscription services…. DITTO. I have a serious problem where I can’t stop buying sunglasses… which is so weird because for the first 20 or so years of my life I was convinced sunglasses looked ridiculous on my head. Then one day I tried on a pair of Ray Ban aviators, and the rest was history. I literally buy a new pair every other week probably. Seriously, it’s bad. That is why DITTO’s subscription service is perfect for people like me! Take a closer look.
SO what this company is all about is amazing to me… for $19 a month (same as Rocksbox), you sign up and they send you a pair of designer sunglasses to borrow. When you’re all finished, you contact your stylist and they send you your next pair with a pre-paid shipping label to send back your old pair at no cost to you. ALSO! Something I’m crazy obsessed with! Their website let’s you upload your picture and then you can virtually try on any pair of sunglasses or glasses on their website so there are no surprises when your pair arrives. It’s perfect for me and any other person who is obsessed with sunglasses. They carry amazing brands too like Karen Walker, Prada, Ray Bans, etc. You can wear a pair of designer shades without having to spend your last penny on them and THAT, my friends, is worth $19 a month to me! If you want to try this service out use code RACHELROSS at DITTO to get your first month FREE!
My mom kept telling me I look like Boy George so we danced around to some Culture Club for a bit while taking these pics, haha. THEN we witnessed a car chase happen (which I happened to catch on camera!) and then we hopped in my car and followed the car chase, haha! It sounds more random than it is… my mom owns a newspaper so we kind of had to follow it to get the news… but it was an exciting afternoon.
Scroll back up and take a look at my new bracelet from Endless Jewelry! There were so many options they could have sent me and I feel like they did their research because I received the most beautiful bracelet with the most beautiful beachy details! There’s a little pearl, a blue crystal, and a gold starfish adorning my bracelet. I’ve actually been wearing it a lot since I received it, it’s perfect for summer! The clasp is a magnet which works perfect for me because have you ever noticed how annoying it is to try to put a bracelet on yourself? Whoever invented to strong magnet clasp is a genius in my book, thanks guy! What I love about these pieces is once the summer season is over, I can pick out a whole bunch of new charms and basically redecorate my bracelet because all charms are sold separately! Definitely check it out, they make the perfect gift for someone in your life too!
Don’t forget to try out Ditto Eyewear & get your first month FREE using code RACHELROSS!
Sometimes you put something on and you feel like a legit movie star… like no matter where you’re going or who you’re with it will be fabulous because you look so freaking fabulous, how could it not be? This H&M dress was one of those dresses. Unfortunately I bought this dress at the beginning of the summer to wear to an event in the city, and as I was running to catch the train the seem ripped riiiiiight up the back. Needless to say I didn’t make to the event, ha. It took me a while, but I fixed the seem myself and it’s finally on the blog!
So imagine that little slit up the back of this dress going all the way to like, mid butt. It was awful! I’m not gonna lie, I stopped shopping at H&M for a while because there were about a month or two straight when everything I purchased fell apart. Not that you pay an arm and a leg for their clothes, but when you pay anything you want it to last at least one wear! However, my hiatus didn’t last long… I truly do love H&M! ha And I am pleased to report that the things I have recently purchased seem to be holding up well so far, so fingers crossed!
While I’m obviously in love with this outfit, can we talk about the artwork I shot these in front of? There’s an amazing thing happening in Asbury Park right now where they are inviting local artists to come and basically decorate the city. But of course within days of this being completed and these photos being taken, some jack wagons came and vandalized the artwork. I hate people. This is why we can’t have nice things! Like… why? Go home and spray paint your own homes you losers. Ok, end rant.
Remember this necklace from an old post here? It’s still one of my favorites! I actually think about going back to Florida just to stop in that store and go buck wild on their accessories, haha. The bright colors pair perfectly with this coral dress. While I love wearing this dress to events it’s also perfect for a saucy date night. The fabric is light so you won’t sweat and it fits like a glove so it’s super flattering! This particular dress is no longer available, but I linked to similar styles above. Happy shopping!
Photos by: Blur Revision
Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! I have a special little announcement on the blog today. This Saturday, (8/22) I will be hosting a Fall preview event with Marmi Shoes in their Madison Ave location! So if you’re in the city this weekend, stop by, say hi, and let me help you style a new look for the upcoming fall season! Can’t wait to see you guys! xx
Guys, it might not seem like it’s time to think about it yet, but it is… it is time to start thinking ‘back to school!’ Start planning your outfits because the stores are already starting to stock up on fall wardrobe essentials and September will be here before you know it! Seriously though, August is literally already half way over. Whether you’re getting ready for school, getting your little ones ready for school, or just shopping for back to school items because everyone else is and you want to refresh your closets too, Just Fab & Just Fab kids has got you covered.
ON CHAR: JUST FAB KIDS SWEATER, SKIRT, & RAIN BOOTS || GAP KIDS BACKPACK || J CERW KIDS SHADES (similar)
ON ME: JUST FAB DRESS & SHOES || CHANEL BAG || KAREN WALKER SHADES ℅ DITTO EYEWEAR || TARGET BRACELETS (not available yet, similar in turquoise here)
Charlotte is such a ham… True story: we get here to take pictures and she walks about 5 feet away from me and says, “mommy, I’m going to do these by myself, I can pose, ok?” Sticks her leg out, pops her hip and throws a hand up on it, pulls her sunglasses down and makes a pouty face at the camera. I died. She was born for this kind of stuff, haha.
Charlotte’s style is very all her own; she loves to get herself dressed and grabs pieces from all ends of the spectrum. She likes girly little dresses, but lives in her ‘boys’ Nirvana baseball style t-shirt. Things hardly ever match when she dresses herself, which I imagine is the case for most kids. We both loves these pieces. She loved the shiny heart, the way her skirt looked like jean shorts, and she has not taken her leopard print rain boots off since the day they arrived at our house. (It has not rained since then either, ha). She looks so grown up! It makes me a little weepy inside.
Just Fab kids is pretty fabulous, but you know what else I love? The amazing clothes they offer for us ladies! And their shoe collection, oh my! I was like a kid in a candy store browsing their site. I don’t go to school, I don’t even work in an office, so I don’t always have a legit excuse to go shopping for new clothes in bulk, but sometimes I don’t need one… I do what I want!
I call this my “Sandy” dress because it reminds me of Sandy from Grease… or Pretty Woman. Whatever the case, it makes me feel all kinds of saucy! So, ok, maybe I wouldn’t wear this to school or work but whatever it’s fine. It’s more of an after work on a Friday night kinda dress, haha. And these shoes, guys! I have always wanted lace up shoes and these heels are a dream. In true lace up fashion it’s hard to get them to stay up, but I think possibly I wasn’t tying them tight enough. Next time I wear them I’ll give them a tighter wrap around and see how they do or I’ll just wrap them around a little lower and give it a go.
Like what you see here and want some of these items for yourself? I’m having a giveaway right now for one lucky reader to get the chance to win a complete look from Just Fab for themselves, or Just Fab Kids for their little one! Check out my Instagram for details on how to enter! Good luck! xx
I go through phases when buying things. Sometimes I buy 10-20 pairs of shoes in like 2 months… sometimes it’s bags. For a while it was statement necklaces and sunglasses (ok, it’s still sunglasses), but one thing I am particularly selective about is watches. I will not buy or wear just any watch, for whatever reason it has to be perfect. That’s why I was so excited to work with Jord watches and their stunning time pieces!
LULU’S DRESS ℅ (only 2 left!) || H&M LEATHER JACKET (similar) || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG ℅ SOUTH MOON UNDER || CHARLOTTE RUSSE SHOES || URBAN OUTFITTERS SHADES || JORD WOOD WATCH ℅ || JUNO BOUTIQUE CRISS CROSS RING
I have to be honest guys, I first discovered these watches on another blogger babe’s site, Jess of Dressed by Jess. I Instantly fell in love when I saw hers and knew I had to have one of my own! It’s hard to tell in this picture (you’ll be able to see in more below) but the face of this watch is bright pink. That is initially what drew me to it when sifting through all of their beautiful watches online. I don’t have anything quite like this one and I desperately wanted to add it to my collection. There is a tiny hole in the face where you can see the inner workings of the watch, which I didn’t even realize when I picked it out. I love how you can actually see the watch working. Every time I wear this piece I get a ton of compliments! Everyone expects the watch to be plastic and they are all pleasantly surprised when they find out they are 100% real wood.
Can we just talk about this hot pink dress from Lulu’s for a hot minute? I’m in love! I tend to stick to neutrals, blacks, and whites and hardly ever play with color, even in the summer, and when I do they’re not very vibrant. When I saw this dress I was like YUP, need it. It’s the kind of dress you put on and it doesn’t matter where you’re going, you instantly feel like a celebrity. In my opinion every girl should have a LHPD in her closet these days! I didn’t know what I was missing.
Ok, now that you can see how gorgeous this watch is up close you should definitely go get yourself one! The soft color of the body makes it easy to pair with just about any outfit and the hot pink face broadens that even more. I’ve worn it casual with distressed denim, a white t-shirt, sneaks, and a baseball hat and more dressed up like you see here. It’s my new grab-and-go item and it could be yours too! View all of their gorgeous watches here.
It’s no secret I love where I’m from. I don’t think I could ever not live in New Jersey, especially by the beach. When I started watching Jaime Primak’s show, Jersey Belle, on Bravo I instantly fell in love with her unwavering love for Jersey and of course her unapologetic Jersey attitude. Her new jewelry and other accessories line, State of Style, hit me right in the feels and I knew I had to have my own little New Jersey necklace!
I really truly love this necklace! I’m all for anything with a little personal touch to it, ya know, a little something that says something about you. I got the chance to talk to Jaime a little bit about her new line and what it’s all about. Living in a different state from where she grew up she wanted to create a piece to start a conversation, getting people asking questions. These necklaces (and other accessories) are for the girl who is proud of where she came from, has an allegiance to her home, and loves where she’s from (helloooo me!). Jaime dropped a quick little quote that has honestly stuck with me the whole time following our conversation: “You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you come from.” BOOM. The jewelry is available in white crystal or black, and a select few are also available in school colors. State of Style is not just available online, so check out their website and browse the entire line and find retailers near you!
How cool are these shorts? I was on the fence about these but the high waist and trippy pockets kind of sold me. Every time I looked at them I was reminded of an optical illusion and they were so unlike anything else I owned, I had to have them! Unfortunately I’ve had them since the beginning of the summer so they’re not longer available but I linked to some similar styles above.
Guys… the junk in my trunk struggle is real… so real! haha Also, what better place to take these pictures than the iconic Stone Pony? Few things say Jersey like the Pony, at least in my opinion. The Stone Pony & Porkroll really say it all. ;]
Believe it or not, this edgy little lady has a soft spot in her heart for all things GAP. Oddly enough I really love their style, weird right? I don’t always reach for the feminine, laid back pieces in my closet, but every now and then I like to relax a little bit in pieces with smooth lines, comfortable fabrics, and no-fuss details. I don’t always have the room in my budget to go on shopping sprees at the GAP, however, so when I find a dress that looks like it fell out of a GAP catalog for less, I buy it!
This is one of the dresses I bought myself when I wanted to stock up on easy sun dresses at the beginning of the summer. When I’m not wearing palazzo pants I am in comfortable dresses I can run around in. The fabric is so soft I kind of wish I could wear this every day!
My mom and I had a good laugh after taking these photos. The shadowy figure behind me is actually two people in a boat crabbing but it kind of looks like there is a giant shark making some rounds in the background, ha. The thing that looks like a giant fin is actually an umbrella… some people don’t like the sun so much I suppose. ANYWAY! Unfortunately this bag is no longer available on Linea Pelle’s website but I linked to a similar style that I am obsessed with above. While you’re there check out their new leather jacket collection. HOLY HELL they are some of the hottest jackets I have ever seen! May need to spend my next paycheck on one… shhh!