June Favorites (Best Office Bag EVER!)

Rachel's June Favorites Round-Up

I don’t always post a favorites blog every month… but when I do it’s full of fabulous finds! (LOL I couldn’t resist the meme reference!). Today’s round-up is comprised of 6 products I’ve been telling everyone about lately because they are almost too good to be true, but aren’t! I always trust bloggers who actually buy and use products themselves over simply rounding up photos of things just for the commission. While I’m all about making commissions, that’s now why I blog — so if I haven’t actually tried something, but I post a link to it on my blog or social media, I will always explain WHY! I hope you enjoy learning about my June favorites as much as I have enjoyed using them!

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Taking Draper James to France on July 4th

Retro Inspired Independence Day Shoot

It’s truly incredible how much our young country has been through after 241 years in existence. Much has impacted our current trajectory, and while most of it is our own doing, we would not be who we are without the support and loyalty of our allies. Through all of our growing pains the people and country of France have been there for us, from acknowledging our sovereignty and becoming a military ally in our fight for British independence, to gifting us our beautiful Lady Liberty over 100 years later. We would not be who were are if it were not for France.  I wanted to do a little something different than most blogger’s annual July 4th inspired outfit post, so I hope you enjoy this little French-inspired look on America’s birthday!

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The Ultimate Preppy Earring Collection + A Giveaway!

Anatomy of the Perfect Earring Collection

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi to the perfect pair of earrings. The right ones will boost your confidence and elevate any outfit to fabulous status immediately! In my quest to broaden my ear bauble horizons I stumbled across St. Armands Designs on Instagram a couple of months ago. The designer, Kristina, is an absolute Dorothy-Draper-inspired genius! Her ability to combine fashion with comfort is a rare one indeed (how often have your purchased a new pair of earrings only to have them be so painful to wear you could not bear another second?!) considering her earring designs are lightweight without compromising an iota of drama and style! I started out ordering her darling Lida BonBons in blue ombre, after which I shared my love for on Instagram and in THIS blog post. Kristina was such a darling to contact me asking if I’d like to share with you her newest release, the fantastic Conquina tassel earrings! Of course I was delighted to and I am even more excited to announce that one of YOU, dear readers, will have the chance to WIN your very own pair of Conquina Tassel earrings!

On Sunday, June 18th, visit my Instagram HERE to enter the Giveaway contest!

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Real vs. Steal // Boho Glam Streetstyle

Boho Glam Streetstyle Dupe!

It’s no secret I love Amazon.com! At least half of my wardrobe and house is furnished from Amazon finds! Many times you can even high-quality, designer-inspired dupes that are almost as good as the real thing, for 70% off or more! Today I’m linking items from four of my favorite Amazon stores. These are items I personally own and can recommend and vouch for! My best tip for shopping on Amazon is to carefully read sizing info and materials description to make sure you’re getting exactly what you expect. Many times items like shoes, clothes and bags will be listed in Euro sizes or centimeters, so double check before buying. Also, never fully rely on the stock photos, especially if it looks like the image was pulled from a blog or a designer site. Instead, look at the feed back ratings and customer photos and read a mix of good and bad reviews! Look at the photos in the store’s other listings. Do they compare in quality and style? Or are some images clearly better than others, or photo-shopped to crop out logos or other watermarks? If the image looks too doctored, chances are it’s not a photo of the item for sale! Use common sense and never buy a knock off! If the price is too good to be true it’s probably fake. However, if the item is simply a ‘dupe’ or ‘designer inspired’ with the Amazon store’s own logo, you’re good to go! Lastly, see if you size and color choice qualifies for Prime shipping. Many times not all the size and color combos listed are Amazon Prime, but ship directly from the factory overseas. If you’re okay with waiting 2-4 weeks, that’s fine (I have done it many times!). But be aware of where your item is shipping from and allow for transit time to avoid frustration, especially if you ordered an item thinking you would have it in time to wear to a specific event!

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DIY Music Festival Boots + CMA Nashville Outfit

DIY Country Music Festival Boots #gunsandcrosses

As someone who has now lived in Nashville for three CMA fests I’m almost ashamed to admit I’ve never been to the actual festival! It’s hot, crowded, humid and expensive, even for someone who lives here and is used to those sorts of conditions in the downtown area! Instead of going to the fest each year, I enjoy attending the free concerts, events and parties in the bars and hotels all over town (as a blogger I typically have invites to at least one CMA related event every night for the week! #perks)! I get the effect, energy and enjoyment of CMA fest without dealing with the insanity! Also, tell me honestly, can you see me in cut-off denim shorts, cow girl boots and an “I Believe in Nashville” tee, holding a beer and shouting out song lyrics in a crowd of 10,000 people? I can’t either. Hence my very glamorized “fest” look, and DIY that I’ll be sharing with you today! Even if you’re not attending any actual fest concerts you can totally rock this outfit during Fest Week, just for fun! Wear it on a dinner date, for brunch, to attend an event, out to a bar, anywhere you want!

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