OPINION: SPRING W/ SKECHERS (PART II)


Continuing the series with
another pair of...














...literally the most comfortable pair of sandals I've ever owned (yes I know I said that about the other one but I think these might be it for sure). This pair--Hemisphere from the Indulge collection--required no breaking-in and the cushion from Skechers' luxe foam design truly helped my feet from aching as they walked up and down my large campus. The design is quite simple, yet the black straps are placed perfectly so that my feet aren't constantly shuffling and forming blisters. These sandals also accommodated for my wide feet which I thoroughly enjoyed!

Extremely versatile and with lasting comfort, I'd give this pair an A! Hop on over to skechers.com to shop for your own pair, Click HERE to see Part I of my series with Skechers.

OUTFIT:
Hat-Forever 21
Dress-Secondhand
Sandals-Skechers
Choker-Etsy

SKECHERS SOCIAL MEDIA:
Instagram: @skechers
Twitter: @skechersUSA
FB: /skechers

Photos By: Brianna Olsen
Edited By: Yours Truly

P.S.-A huge shoutout to my friend, Brianna for helping me take these pics! Check out her photography HERE.



BEST DRESS EVER:


That moment when the perfect dress
becomes a beautiful addition to your closet...







Alright, alright so maybe I'm being a little bit dramatic...

But let me tell you something: it was fate, the meeting between this dress and me. I had recently been on the search for a well-fitting denim-like dress and lo and behold, one appeared right before my eyes. Well, actually my mom laid eyes on it first and told me to try it on. Fit. Like. A. Glove. 

It's actually quite difficult to find dresses that are the right length for me without it being too loose or too inappropriately short. So when this particular dress entered into my life, I had to say it was fate. Ending right above my knees, this article of clothing falls perfectly and is comfortable enough to spend a day shifting up and down and occasionally semi-squatting to take photos of my lovely friends (these were taken at Balboa Park in case you were wondering!).

Currently, this is my #1 favorite dress (as you can probably tell) and with its versatile style, I cannot wait to wear it in different looks for various occasions. 

What's your favorite look/article of clothing right now? Let me know all about it in the comments below!

OUTFIT:
Dress-Topshop
Boots-Korea
Necklace-Forever 21
Watch-ASOS
Backpack-Vintage Prada (aka Mom's Closet)

Toodaloo, 

Rachel

P.S.-yes, I did get bangs and yes, it was quite impulsive~

OPINION: MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE + GIVEAWAY


Keepin' it casual
this time around...







By now many of you know that I am not one to squeeze into a pair of jeans everyday. Dresses and skirts are definitely my go-to clothing of choice, but on the rare occasion that I do wear some denim, I like to keep the rest of my outfit very comfortable. 

Take this look for example: I paired my favorite pair of skinny jeans (high-waisted for the illusion of longer, leaner legs) with a simple white t-shirt and this unique fringed cardigan I received from The Mint Julep Boutique

What I love most about this combination is its simplicity! I really didn't have to think too hard to make the look as good it does here. The geometric print and subtle gold details on the cardigan, in addition to the cute fringed edges, create more dimension and movement while the fitted t-shirt and jeans keep the look pulled together. Also, doesn't everything just look so warm and cozy??

OUTFIT:
Fringed Cardigan-The Mint Julep Boutique
Shirt-Forever 21
Jeans-Seven for All Mankind
Boots-Korean
Sunglasses-Lucky Brand

*GIVEAWAY TIME*
Need to buy a Christmas gift for your friend? Got the urge to buy a new holiday dress? The Mint Julep Boutique and I have partnered up to offer ya'll one awesome giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card for online store. Rules are simple:

-FOLLOW @therachelstory & @shopthemint on INSTAGRAM
-LIKE + REGRAM my giveaway photo and HASHTAG #therachelstorygiveaway for a chance to win

-winner will be announced on 12/10/14!

May the odds be ever in your favor, 

Rachel

GETTING READY FOR FALL:


This hot So Cal weather
is not the business...







Fall is all about those crunchy leaves, layered clothes, and pumpkin-flavored everything...right? 

I don't know about other folks, but I sure as heck am ready for a drop in temperature and the sweaters in my closet are just begging to be worn. Of course, you can't have everything: I'll have to wait patiently like every other So Cal resident for any sign of real fall weather. In the meantime, I braved the heat and wore an outfit I thought was very appropriate for the season.

I've had this dress for several years now and it has served me a great deal of good use. For this outfit, I layered it under my new cropped, hooded sweater and put on my comfortable Skechers (click HERE to read the review I did for the wedges). I pulled the look together with a black hat and cat-eye sunglasses*.

I hope the weather is somewhat fall-like for you, wherever you are!

OUTFIT:
Dress-Kohl's
Cropped Sweater-Urban Outfitters
Wedges-Skechers
Hat & Sunglasses-Forever 21
Watch-ASOS

(This outfit is also featured on my Style Guru article for CollegeFashionista! Check it out HERE)

Keep on keepin' on,

Rachel

*shortly after this post, my sunglasses actually broke, so now I am a sad college student who is also cat-eye sunglass-less :(

NYFW IN LA?


What would you have worn to New York's 
biggest fashion event of the year?








I think this outfit would suffice!

One of the top items on my bucket list is a visit to New York Fashion Week (in addition to fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, London, etc). However, since I'm currently a college student on a budget, I decided to bring fashion week to Los Angeles! 

Fashion week is about bringing your A-game when it comes to personal style. Bloggers, editors and models alike all dress to impress and go against whats conventional in order to show off what they enjoy wearing to the myriad of street style photographers wandering around in hopes of getting a perfect shot.

I chose to wear this ensemble in honor of NYFW and wore a bright pop of hot pink to make it even more eye-catching. I paired it with a denim-like jacket worn over the shoulder (very fashion blogger-esque, no?) and a cropped tank to really allow the pink skirt to play the leading role. To accessorize, I added hints of gold through my necklace, studded boots and watch. I also balanced out the femininity of the outfit with a black beanie.

With my phone in hand and eyes peeled for the latest trend, don't I look fashion week appropriate?

OUTFIT:
Jacket-Mom's Closet
Cropped Tank-H&M
Skirt-Thrifted
Boots-H&M
Necklace-Vintage
Watch-ASOS
Beanie-Forever 21

Thanks for reading, 

Rachel

BLUE HAIR DON'T CARE:


3 hours of bleaching, 2 hours of coloring,
and 1 hour of anticipating later...














I did it! I finally did something to my jet black, untouched hair!

With the help of my kind and very patient bestie Hannah, I was able to commit and try out some color in my hair by adding a few streaks of blue. And let me tell you something--it was a mission. From researching on various platforms such as YouTube and good ol' Google to waiting what seemed like a century for my dark hair to fade blonde, I have to say changing even just a bundle of hair is a pretty serious and difficult task (or maybe for me at least).

But, I am so glad I finally changed up my hair game! I think it adds some personality to the otherwise dull set of hair I have, especially since I'm often lazy when it comes to styling it. Plus, it'll be an interesting, yet fun adventure thinking of ways to play up outfits to go along with the blue.

Who knows? Maybe next time I'll go for hot pink...or maybe purple...

OUTFIT:
Shirt-Thrifted
Flannel-Abercrombie & Fitch
Short-Forever 21
Shoes-Vans
Watch-Target
Sunglasses-Amazon

I'll catch you in my next post, 

Rachel


LEATHER WEATHER:


A little bit of this, 
a little bit of that...









The weather here in SoCal is getting hot, hot, hot! But it's definitely not stopping me from sporting one of my favorite outwear pieces--this faux leather vest. The simple details of this particular vest, such as the cut of the collar and side zipper, can complement virtually any outfit. The pockets and lack of sleeves are definitely a plus, especially in the hot summer season.

I balanced the masculinity of the vest with the floral dress and accessorized with hoop earrings, a tiny necklace, watch and sun hat! The sandals I bought at Target (for a whoppin' $5!) tied the whole ensemble together quite nicely.

OUTFIT:
Vest, Hat-Forever 21
Dress-Secondhand (Bebe)
Sandals-Target
Watch-ASOS
Jewelry-Mom's Closet

How has your summer been so far? 

As always, 

Rachel