8.23.2017

Dressed Up Kicks


Dressed up kicks, dressed down dress...whatever you want to call it, I love it. I have become quite fond of pairing sneakers with dresses lately. I like to girly-ness of dresses, but love the practical touch of sneakers. It makes the dresses easier to "mom" in!

I grabbed this dress when I was in NYC for the Today Show and I have worn it about 3-4 times already, all with my converse. I know it would look adorable dressed up with heels, but I just love the look of this girly style paired with my sneakers and distressed denim jacket. I grabbed this jacket during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale-I'm so glad I did! It's back up to full price now, which is a little more than I would typically pay for a denim jacket, but I must say I do get a lot of wear out of it! 

These pictures my husband and I snapped in front of my old jr. high. I went home this past weekend for my grandmother's 86th birthday party. She is a stage 4 cancer survivor so every year we get with her is a blessing. Besides being able to celebrate Dede and see family, I love to get nostalgic and visit my old stomping grounds. I don't get home enough as I would like to, so it's always fun to reminisce!








Outfit Details: 
Jacket: Nordstrom (more affordable option) /// Dress: Loft /// Shoes: Converse /// Bag: Blair Ritchey







8.21.2017

Stripes + Mules


Yet another outfit I wore out and about with my husband! It's amazing how often I used to wear heels. Running errands? Heels! Date night? Heels! 

Now I gravitate towards what is comfortable, and what I can easily walk in without worrying about my feet hurting! I had been eyeing these mules for a long time-they are more on the affordable side so I figured why not?

This top was also a great addition to my closet. While there is zero stretch to it (which makes it gap in my chest area a bit), it is super lightweight and breathable, which makes it comfortable. What I love about it is how versatile it can be. For those of you that have to dress up for work, this would be ideal! You could easily pair it with a black pencil skirt, and then dress it down like I did for a casual look! 





Jacket: Nordstrom (cute option) /// Top: Loft /// Jeans: Old Navy /// Shoes: Target /// Hat: Target (similar) /// Bag: c/o Charming Charlie



8.18.2017

L O V E


While it is still a bit toasty outside to be sporting layers like this all the time, I am looking ahead to the fall season, when the air is a little bit more crisp! 

I do love a good sweatshirt-they take me back to my college days where I lived in hoodie sweatshirts. I think more often than not I was is a hoodie. I like to think crew sweatshirts are today's version of the hoodie, at least for me.

Old Navy always seems to nail it when it comes to their graphic sweatshirts. I have plenty, that I seem to wear year round. Some I size up to wear a little looser and more casual-I tend to gravitate towards those the most often!

This sweatshirt was a no brainer. Besides the fact that it's comfortable, who can say no to love? 





Outfit Details:
Sweatshirt: Old Navy /// Button Up: Old Navy /// Shorts: Loft (similar) /// Shoes: Converse /// Sunglasses: Loft (similar)





8.16.2017

POPSUGAR MustHave Box: Special August Edition + Giveaways

This post is sponsored by POPSUGAR MustHave. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



If you have followed my blog for any period of time you know how much I love POPSUGAR Must
Have Boxes. 

I typically am not a fav on subscription boxes because typically it includes samples. Must Have boxes are a favorite of mine because you not only get full sized products, you get a variety! 

The August Must Have is an extra special box because POPSUGAR Must Have is turning 5 this month! This August box marks Lisa Sugar’s (who created this amazing brand) 5th year in curating her and her team of editors favorite items just for you! 

I was extra excited to get this month's box because it features surprises from some of Lisa’s favorite brands to celebrate POPSUGAR Must Have’s birthday! 



PASTEL Cheers Lacquered Tray: This would be super cute for someone who loves to entertain, or even a stylish "catch all" tray. I think this would look adorable in my store to display jewelry on!

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask: This quick and easy 10 minute mask is to leave your skin looking firmer and brighter...I am excited to try it. I have heard nothing but good things about First Aid Beauty!

Dogeared Friendship Bracelet: Would this not make the most perfect gift? Dogeared makes such good quality products. This bracelet is the sweetest (and super affordable) gift idea!



Meri Meri Gold Glitter Candles: Is it wrong that I want to save these for my birthday? (which isn't until January, by the way!). Who can say no to glitter and sparkle, am I right? 

Fringe Studio Free Spirit Journal-Sponsored by Jeep: I am pretty old school when it comes to notes, planners, etc. I am a sucker for a pretty journal. I probably have way too many, filled with various ideas, thoughts, important to-do lists. But I can't help but add more and more to my collection! I love how chic this rose gold one is!

Goodie Girl Cookies: One of my favorite things about this subscription box is there is always food. I mean, how can you go wrong with that?! These cookies did not disappoint!

$25 Shoptiques Gift Card: Another thing I love about this monthly subscription box is that there is always a Special Extra. Something the add in just for fun, and it's always different every month! Shoptiques is a really great website that I actually had my boutique on at one point. Did you visit a small boutique on vacation and want to shop there again? With Shoptiques, you can shop boutiques across the globe-it's kind of like a one stop shop!



To celebrate this amazing milestone, POPSUGAR is hosting weekly giveaways! All current Must Have subscribers are eligible for a chance to win! If you aren't already signed up, you can simply sign up before the end of August for a chance to automatically win an incredible surprise each week from the following brands:

Week 1: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Pehr Designs
Week 2: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from First Aid Beauty
Week 3: Limited # of Lucky subscribers will win something from Kendra Scott
Week 4: Limited # of lucky subscribers will win something from Tarte cosmetics
Week 5 (8/31): Limited # of lucky subscribers will win this Grand Prize: something from Cambridge Satchel Co PLUS a one year Must Have subscription!

Even better, POPSUGAR is offering a discount code for you to use for $10 off your first box! Just use the code PARTY to redeem!

8.14.2017

Weekend Date Night


Ryan and I had some free time this weekend so we took a short ride to our college town to eat our favorite college restaurant and stroll down memory lane on campus. It has changed so much since we graduated (in 2004....yikes!) but it still feels like home the second we step onto the campus. 

Per the usual, cute and casual was the name of the game for this date night look. I especially needed to be comfortable, knowing we were going to indulge in some of our favorite college foods! I invested in these overalls a few months ago and am so glad I did. While they are a little pricier than I would typically spend on a pair of overalls, I knew I would get a ton of wear out of them.

These exact ones are sold out, but they have a new version available in all sizes-I kind of like them a little better than mine if I am being honest! They have a great amount of stretch to them so you can really move and groove. 

While I love pairing my overalls with a basic tee, I loved the idea of tossing on a fun off the shoulder top-it's a little unexpected for a pair of overalls but still super cute! 







Outfit Details:
Overalls: Madewell (similar) /// Top: Old Navy (similar options below) /// Sandals: Target /// Hat: Target (similar

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8.11.2017

Redbook Magazine Real Women Style Awards: Behind the Scenes

Well, I really don't even know where to begin with this! What a dream the last week, even the last few months have been! This has been the hardest secret I have had to keep (I have known since May)! I think it was even harder than keeping my pregnancies under wraps until it was time to spill the beans!

I was at my store when I found out that I won, via email. Instant tears and sobbing! Thank goodness I didn't have any customers in the store at the time! We were to keep this under lock and key, which was SO HARD. I of course told my husband, my parents and a couple of close girlfriends with strict orders to not tell a soul!

Let me tell you-having to lie to so many people is SO hard! "Did you hear about that contest yet?" Uhhhhhh....not yet! How about that weather?! 

I figured I would share with you all everything that went into the article as well as the Today Show segment






I made the short trek to NYC at the beginning of June for the photo shoot (or for those that didn't know I won, I went "for work").  Having a car service pick me up to and from while I was there was quite nice-not going to lie! Easy to get used to, that's for sure!


We were picked up bright and early at our hotel and taken to Pier59 Studios where our photo shoot was...I knew I had a long day ahead of me but was so excited. My husband came to the city with me, so he knew he had about 12 hours of the day to occupy himself. 

When we got there, it was right to the hair/makeup chairs! Sidenote-it was SO hard to not share the day as it was happening. Like I said, we were sworn to secrecy, so mum was the word. I opted to just not really be on social media that day instead of trying to be cryptic and risk spilling the beans! I did try to document as much as possible-when I remembered-which was harder than I thought it was going to be! 



Our setup was pretty great for the day-shoes, jewelry and clothes galore! It was so fun to see what the other gals had picked for their outfits (and meet them as well). We had only met at the hotel for the first time. We all clicked though right away, which made for a fun, easy day!


James, the stylist for the shoot was so awesome. I had stopped in the Hearst building the day before the shoot to pick out what I would be wearing for the photos. He had a great selection of items and was totally open and accommodating to my preferences and what I felt comfortable with. 

He can also tie a bow like no one else! I had to snap of pic of him in action! 


You really can't go wrong with a jumpsuit, am I right? I loved this one because it was so comfortable and I felt great in it. The metallic slides were the perfect finishing touch to the look.


I'm sure you've already seen, but there were six winners total (all beautiful, kind, hard working gals), but they grouped us into three's. I had the privilege of being paired with Grace and Kelly....we had a ball during our portion of the shoot. And can I just say that every day needs to be accompanied by a diva fan!

The photographer, Jeff Lipsky, made us feel at home and so comfortable. Guys, he is legit. I couldn't believe that I was being photographed by someone with the kind of credentials he had. You would never know that he has worked with such celebrities-he was that down to earth, and kind, and welcoming! 



I have to admit, out of the whole day, one of the best surprises was when Ryan stopped by! Some of the Redbook gals said he could swing by if he wanted to. I knew he was at Chelsea Pier golfing (surprise, surprise!) so I told him to stop by if he could!

I was in the zone during the shoot and walked off set literally right by him! LOL! For some reason I turned around and there he was! It was such a nice surprise and really emotional to have him there! He didn't stay long, but just long enough to give me a big hug and a selfie! I really am so lucky to have a guy like him by my side-always so supportive and my biggest cheerleader. 


With Grace, Kelly, and Beth in between shoots

We all had our own racks-something so simple, but something that just makes you feel so much more legit! 



With my fellow cover gals, Kelly and Grace

Loved Beth-she is probably one of the cutest pregnant gals I have ever seen! I had followed her blog for years so it was great to finally meet her!

Do you remember in the movie Dirty Dancing, when Baby meets Patrick Swayze for the first time and she says "I carried a watermelon" and then basically kicks herself for saying that? Well, I had a "I carried a watermelon" moment with Meredith Rollins, the Editor in Chief of Redbook. She is so kind, and gorgeous, and stylish and just plain sweet. I was waiting for my next round of photos, and in she walks...

She walks over to me and the first thing I say is "I KNOW YOU FROM INSTAGRAM!!!!!!!!" Immediately I thought who even says that?!?! How about "You're the EIC of Redbook-such a pleasure to meet you!"  or "Hi I'm Rebecca, thanks so much for the opportunity!" NOPE. I know you from instagram. LOL.

I am sure she thought nothing of it, but I would certainly like to rewrite our intro! HA! 


A quick selfie-this was towards the end of the day. We were all pretty exhausted by this point. A GREAT exhausted, though! 

My second outfit (and a photobomb from James)...if only I could have snagged this jacket. It was everything!

The day was so surreal, but the fun was only beginning! I headed back home, but still had to keep everything quiet until the Today Show last week! That was a whole other surreal, amazing experience! 

One of my best friends Sage came with me and I am so thankful she was there! She kept me calm and made me laugh! Everyone needs a Sage in their life! She is such a loyal friend and the baddest boss babes you will ever meet!


We stayed at the Omni Berkshire Place and it was gorgeous. Everyone was so helpful, the rooms were roomy and clean!


We were picked up at our hotel around 7:15 to head to the Today Show and got into hair and makeup right away. We weren't allowed to snap any pics because of what celebrity guests would be in and out. 

After that, there was a lot of waiting. It seemed like an eternity! 


I think one of the best experiences of the day was having my parents there. As soon as I told them I was going to be on the Today Show they booked their train tickets, hotel room, and made their sign to hold on the plaza! They got there at 6:00 in the morning to be sure they would be in the front. If we are being honest, I think they got more air time than I did! LOL!

To have them there was just priceless. They ended up coming inside and I was able to chat with them before I went on and before they went into the green room with Sage. Afterwards, as soon as we saw each other we just started sobbing (happy sobs, obviously)-a moment I truly won't even forget. Their support means more than I could ever put into words! I mean....are they not the cutest?!?




Doing a quick run through of our segment before getting our mics on!


The actual segment started and ended so fast! It was like I blinked and I missed it! I  equated it to the scene from the movie Old School, when Will Ferrell has to give a speech, and he nails it. At the end of the speech he "comes to" and is like WHAT JUST HAPPENED I BLACKED OUT?! Yeah- that's what it felt like lol! It was SUCH a blast though.






All of us after the show! Jenna Bush is much taller than I thought and so nice. Meredith, Today Show contributor and judge Lilliana Vazquez, myself, Grace, Kelly and Sheinelle

So while there, Lori Loughlin (who plays Aunt Becky on Full House) was there. She didn't have time for a picture, but I did get to meet her, and had another "I carried a watermelon" moment. I shook her hand and said "My name is Rebecca, too!" GUYS. Her real name isn't Rebecca. WHAT AN IDIOT! HA! Sage was able to snap a picture of her as she passed us. She is just as gorgeous in person as she is on TV!



I absolutely loved the outfit that I wore. This dress was perfect, and my Robyn Rhodes accessories were the perfect finishing touch!

Dress /// Shoes /// Ring /// Earrings /// Bracelet (cute option)

Here's a little close up of the gorgeous ring I wore....can't get enough of it!! 


I don't even know where to begin with my thank you's. Of course Ryan and my girls. Gosh they are so supportive of me it's nuts. My family and friends, especially my parents. I didn't know it was possible to see my parents with so much pride, but it made me feel so fulfilled. 

You, my readers. Blogging for five years is a loooong time. My growth has been slow and steady but organic. I couldn't be more thankful for you all!

And of course, everyone at Redbook. What an experience. From the bottom of my heart, thank you SO much.