Plaidy Please.

This past weekend my husband and I got to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary! We took a mini road trip to the city and got to spend two days relaxing in pure bliss! The day we left to head home the weather was supposed to be awful, rainy, cloudy and miserable. However, we got super lucky! It was gorgeous out, HOT, but still gorgeous. So maybe we spent a little extra time perusing the city… ;]

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DRESS: FOREVER21 || SHOES: CONVERSE || BAG: LINEA PELLE || SHADES: RAY BAN || LIPSTICK: MAC ‘DIVA’

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I basically live in flannel in the fall, I legitimately wear it with everything. I was super excited to find this plaid shirt dress at Forever21 last week, it’s a refreshing way to update one of my typical wardrobe staples. This is also a fantastic garment to take from day-to-night. I didn’t wear it this way but if I were to head out to dinner later I’d swap out the sneakers for some thigh-high black boots. I tried on a pair of Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots over the weekend, and they look freaking phenomenal on me, in case anyone was wondering, haha!

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The sneakers were key for sight seeing around the city. We wandered aimlessly through the South Street Sea Port, which is one of my favorite sections of New York (right under 5th Ave, of course). We discovered fun little hole-in-the-wall bars and snacked on the most refreshing ice cream ever that pretty much melted upon exiting the store. It was a seriously hot day, muggy and gross! My ice cream ended up everywhere. I found melted sprinkles in my shoes like hours later. I’m so ready for the humidity to go bye-bye!

I hope you had a fantastic Labor Day Weekend! Now it’s back to reality, right? Womp womp!

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The Mini Fashionista: Fall Fever

I’ve already admitted I’m not ready to give up my summer clothes yet, and to be honest, I’m still trying to squeeze Charlotte into hers as well! There have been a few days here and there when the weather was basically perfect for a good mix of summer and fall clothes, and I mean, what’s better than that?

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DRESS: TARGET || BOOTS: TARGET (similar)

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Dresses with boots are one of my favorite summer-into-fall wardrobe transitions. When it gets even a little cooler throw on some tights and you can make those dresses last for months! I swoon for these boots. They had a juniors pair exactly like this I was determined to shove my feet into, but no dice, ha!

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Polish off a look like this with a classic denim jacket and you’re good to go! I have so much more fun shopping for my girls than I do for myself. Miniature clothes are just so much cuter! Anywho. Have an amazing labor day weekend! The hubs and I just celebrated our FOUR year anniversary yesterday! It’s so crazy how time flies! I realize I have never really posted a photo or anything of Kennedy, so here she is! This is the whole fam celebrating our anniversary last night. :]

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Ain’t we cute? ;] Enjoy your holiday weekend, guys! Have fun and be safe!

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Crop it like it’s Hot

Everyone is so excited for fall. Typically fall is my favorite season. I love it when it gets a little cooler out, you can sleep with the windows open, wear jeans, flats, and a light sweater during the day. Sip on hot coffee with your apple cider donut from Delicious Orchards, that’s the epitome of fall, isn’t it? I usually love that, I will love that. However, after last winter I am all too aware of what comes after autumn. Polar Vortexes. And ain’t nobody got time for that. I’m noticing how cool it’s getting during the evening and early morning and while I love fall, I’m not ready to say goodbye to this perfect summer we’ve been having. Thus, I’m trying to make my summer wardrobe last as long as I can!

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TOP: FRANCESCA’S (similar here, here) || SKIRT: FOREVER21 || BAG: LINEA PELLE || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN (similar here) || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS (similar here) || NECKLACE: LUCKY BRAND

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I have been wearing this top with everything from long flowing skirts to overalls! It’s kind of the perfect crop top. I like that it’s somewhat structured and not too flimsy or t-shirty. When I wear a crop top I want it to feel secure, when I wear t-shirt crop tops I feel like they’re a little too unforgiving.

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I have been eyeing up this red Linea Pelle bag for about a year now and when it went on sale a few weeks ago I literally ran to my computer and ordered one (along with the most gorgeous orange Dylan tote, but you’ll see that later!) Their bags are perfection. This one just happens to be the perfect size as well. Big enough for me to fit my keys in without having to jam them in there. That’s how I test bag sizes, don’t judge. If you’re in the market for a new cross body, clutch, or tote in amazingly rich colors that are beautiful AND functional, definitely check out their site. They’re having a sale on select totes at the moment too. If you don’t take advantage you’ll hate yourself, promise.

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Challenge Accepted!

Happy Monday! People don’t say that enough. Everyone gets all sad and cranky over Monday’s, but they’re not so bad. Just start doing something on Monday you look forward to, like my yoga class, and boom! All of the sudden the red headed step child of the week ain’t so bad. Anyway, pardon my rant. Let’s get down to business. I’m on a kick with wearing maternity clothes when I’m not pregnant. I’ve always said invest in your maternity clothes because they last and they can be versatile. Case and point.

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DRESS:  MOTHERHOOD MATERNITY (on sale now) || SHOES: JIMMY CHOO (similar here, here) || BAG: DOR L’ DOR (similar here) || JEWELRY: C/O ROMAN BRIDE || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS (similar here)

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Throughout the next few weeks you will see some pieces mixed into my wardrobe that were maternity that I’m still happy to wear now! It’s such a wonderful thing to be able to buy items that are maternity that don’t end there since you don’t really get to wear them that long. I wore this dress the day I went into labor with Kennedy, believe it or not. Check out how I styled it while pregnant here. Looking back at those pictures are crazy! Kind of miss that bump!

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Isn’t the jewelry stunning? It’s actually bridal jewelry! I first found these pieces when I had the pleasure of visiting the Roman & Sunstone showroom last year. The whole collection was jaw dropping but these in particular really caught my eye. My wedding had already come and gone before I found these, but that’s kind of why I love them. They are so wearable for everyday too! So take a tip from me, brides-to-be, when shopping for jewelry for your big day, look for something that’s classic yet versatile at the same time, especially if you’re going to invest an arm & a leg for them!

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This has been the most amazing August in terms of weather. I’m a little concerned that with how cool it has been that we’re going to have a brutal winter, but for now I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts. Also, thanks so much to everyone who followed along last week for the Small Screen Style collaboration! I don’t want to blow anything, but we may just have some more fun stuff up our sleeves for the future… ;] Check in with me on Twitter to see if you’re the big winner!

And without any further delay, a special thank you to Lindsay & Skyla of DearestDarling.net for nominating me for the Ice Bucket Challenge! While it’s a blast to watch all the creative ways everyone can drop a bucket of ice cold water on their heads, remember, it’s for a good cause! Stop getting annoyed with the videos and do your part. Be good people!

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Small Screen Style: Carrie Bradshaw

I mean, you had to know this one was coming right? Who is more iconic when it comes to on-screen style than Carrie Bradshaw?

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DRESS: FOREVER21 || SHOES: JIMMY CHOO (no longer available) || CLUTCH: TORY BURCH || NECKLACE: H&M (similar here), C/O ROMAN LUXE

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When I think of Carrie Bradshaw, pretty much anything goes. I literally could have worn a potato sack with Manolo’s and called it “Sex & the City Chic.” However, there are a few things that stand out to me; spaghetti straps, slip dresses, over the top accessories, killer heels, and clutches. I thought about wearing my hair naturally curly for this post, the one time I really could and get away with it, but the outfit that inspired me was paired with a ‘sock bun’ on the show, so I opted for that look instead.

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I was the most nervous about trying to take on this look. Carrie Bradshaw is literally such a style icon that the idea of trying to emulate her was intimidating, to say the least! When it came down to it though, this was so outside of my comfort zone I ended up having the most fun with this one. This is an outfit I would probably never wear out in public, at least not all together, but I kind of love it just the same. Plus I have been dying for an excuse to wear these Jimmy Choo heels I have been lusting over for about five years now that my husband found for me a few months ago! One last pair in my size all the way from the UK! Bless his little heart. Anyway, I’m so sad that this collab is over! I’ve never had more fun blogging than I have this past week. These ladies are AMAZING! Stop by their sites and show them some love! They deserve it!

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Side note, but most importantly, don’t forget to enter this amazing giveaway worth over $600 of Roman & Sunstone and Roman Luxe jewelry! The giveaway ends Monday so you have a little time left! Good luck!

CLICK HERE TO WIN OVER $600 IN ROMAN & SUNSTONE AND ROMAN LUXE JEWELRY!

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Small Screen Style: Olivia Pope

Now, a little secret here, I’ve never actually watched an episode of Scandal. Seriously. However, I don’t live under a rock. It’s pretty much common knowledge that the words ‘Olivia Pope’ and ‘style’ go hand in hand. I’ve seen enough tabloid photos and E red carpets to catch on to what Olivia’s style is all about on this show: she stays in a neutral color palate, dresses somewhat modestly while still managing to show off her amazing figure, loves structured bags, and fabulous coats.

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DRESS: H&M (similar) || BELT: H&M (similar here,) || COAT: LONDON FOG (ON SALE NOW!)|| SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || BAG: KATE SPADE (similar) || SHADES: RAY BAN || EARRINGS: KATE SPADE

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I noticed Kerry Washington’s character typically uses some sort of color blocking to show off her insane figure. I didn’t have a color-blocked dress on hand, that was deemed appropriate, so I chose this amaze belt from H&M to sinch my waist and show off a little bit of my womanly figure instead! Notice I didn’t say girlish… after 2 kids I am one big ball of curves, haha! Also, Olivia always has the sickest jackets and coats, BUT, since it’s the middle of August I was not about to throw myself in a wool or fur coat. But I do think my gorgeous London Fog trench gets the point across.

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This was a fun character to style and shoot! It’s so strange, I was so excited to style Rachel (from friends, not talking about myself in the 3rd person) and I had the hardest time with her look! Olivia’s was easy, she is elegant and classic but oh-so-chic! Anyway, as announced previously we’re giving away 2 more fabulous pieces of jewelry (graciously donated by Roman & Sunstone and Roman Luxe!) that we think perfectly match Olivia Pope’s style! Since she is somewhat understated when it comes to accessories, we chose classic pearls and CZ studs.

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Follow these gorgeous bloggers to see more of their take on Olivia Pope’s style!

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Small Screen Style: Rachel Green

Words cannot even describe how excited I was when we decided to take on the challenge of recreating Rachel Green’s style for this collaboration! I’m going to divulge a little secret to you guys, I am beyond in love with Jennifer Aniston. She is my spirit animal, hah. I am so team Jen that I have not seen a single Angelina Jolie movie since Mr. and Mrs. Smith, dead serious. It’s not even allowed to be viewed in my home. So anyway, here is my take on my favorite human being of all time!

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TOP: HOLLISTER || SKIRT: FOREVER21 || SHOES: CHARLOTTE RUSSE (similar here, here) || BAG: TARGET || WATCH: MICHELE

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When I think of Rachel Green’s style a few things in particular come to mind: crop tops, skater skirts, overalls, minimal accessories. Throughout every season of FRIENDS Rachel always had the best style. It evolved but stayed true to her character. I even emulated her maternity style when I was pregnant! You can read that post here.

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I tried to really emulate her here, even by doing a little shopping! haha. Seriously though, when you think of Rachel Green don’t you think shopping bags and coffee houses? And Ross of course. Side note, being that my name is Rachel Ross, do you know how many times people go, “awwww, like Rachel and Ross from friends!” I kind of love it.

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Stop by these other fabulous blogs to see their take on Rachel’s style!

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Small Screen Style Rachel 600As promised we are giving away over $600 in Roman & Sunstone and Roman Luxe jewels! We’ve picked 2 or 3 items that we think correlate with each character’s style. In addition to the pieces Mindy wore that we introduced yesterday, you can win these goodies (and more!!!)

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Small Screen Style: The Mindy Project

Guys, this is the most fun I have ever had with my blog! All thanks to #ChicChat and some creative minds of some fabulous bloggers. While talking about the idea of collaborating a few of us decided to take a stab at creating our own version of the most popular and iconic television stars of yesterday and today. We’re starting with Mindy from the Mindy Project! AND a super fantastic giveaway!!! Mindy wore the very pieces that I’m wearing here in an episode of the Mindy Project this year, SO, enter our giveaway below for a chance to win these exact pieces PLUS over $500 of Roman & Sunstone and Roman Luxe and Boy Meets Girl jewelry! For real.

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DRESS: FOREVER21 || SHOES: COSMOPOLITAN (similar here) || JEWELRY: C/O ROMAN LUXE

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(Win the Boy Meets Girl x Roman Luxe ring, bracelet, & earrings pictured on Mindy here by entering giveaway below)

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This whole collaboration was so much fun! I got to dress up and have some fruity cocktails and take pictures in places I never would have before, ha. Love pushing myself out of my comfort zone, with the help of a few margaritas, but still. When I see Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project she’s always sporting some deep jewel tones, so this dress instantly called out to me. Since we’re putting our own spin on her style, I dressed it up a little more rather than making it look more preppy. I loved this dress so much I bought it in black as well!

photo 3-4 photo 2-8 photo 1-5Ok guys! All you have to do to win over $500 of Roman & Sunstone and Boy Meets Girl x Roman Luxe jewelry, including the earrings, bracelet, and ring I’m wearing here, is click on the link below and follow the insanely easy directions! Giveaway starts today and ends the following Monday. And while you’re at it, visit the other blogs to see their take on Mindy’s style. Don’t forget to come back for the rest of the week to see what else we have up our sleeves! ;]

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The Mini Fashionista: Bikini Babe

One of my favorite things to buy Charlotte is bathing suits. There is something so adorable about a little mini bikini with a big, ugly diaper sticking out. Her god father bought her the CUTEST bathing suit for her first birthday and I’m so glad Kennedy will get to wear it next summer! Being able to pass down clothes they got to wear like once or twice is a wonderful thing. Anyway! Bathings suits just get cuter as they’re getting older. Behold.

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BATHING SUIT: JANIE & JACK || SHOES: JANIE & JACK (No longer available, other favorites here)

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I mean COME ON! When I saw this bathing suit in the store I immediately fell in love. I’m into anything vintage looking or nautical this summer, especially on Char! This particular suit is no longer available, but now is a great time to shop end of the season sales for great pieces for next year. By the way guys, I had an extremely fun collaboration and MAJOR giveaway coming to the blog next week! You do NOT want to miss out on that!

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Cozay in Chambray!

I’ve said it a million times, the chambray shirt is and always will be a wardrobe staple! If you don’t have one, invest in one now. It can be worn throughout every season in a handful of different ways. One of my favorite ways to wear this shirt on cooler days is tucked into a great pair of white denim pants with a fab pair of shoes.

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SHIRT: URBAN OUTFITTERS (similar here, here) || JEANS: MOLLY & ZOE (similar here) || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN || BAG: LINEA PELLE || SHADES: TOMS || BELT: H&M || NECKLACE: FRANCESCA’S (similar here) || WATCH: MICHELLE || BRACELET: DAVID YURMAN

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I am truly going to miss my summer wardrobe (not the heat or humidity, mind you) but definitely the wardrobe! I love just waking up in the morning and throwing on an easy sun dress and heading out for the day, however, it’s almost too easy. There is a certain excitement that comes with fall fashion, isn’t there? So many fun ways to dress up and play with your wardrobe and a lot of fantastic ways to incorporate summer pieces in there, like I did with these white jeans.

photo 4 photo 5A cool chambray shirt is so versatile! See a few other ways I styled chambray here and here. Side note, the chambray tunic I had from A Pea in the Pod was one of my favorite maternity pieces, ever! It was the most comfortable top I owned at the time, so if you’re a mommy-to-be, definitely pick one of those bad boys up, you will love it!

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