Bauble-fied Birthday

August 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rachel's 21st

Me and my favorite accessory on the birthday night. (oh and Kelsey too)

Hello Loves, Darlings, and Divas! I’m returning from a brief hiatus that is my 21st birthday. Whoo! Quite honestly, a moment I’ve been waiting for f o r e v e r. Watching all of my beautiful friends celebrate this monumental day throughout the school year only added to the build up of excitement I had. And what happens when I get excited? Yep. I plan outfits. So naturally, I spent months mapping out, hunting, and piecing together the best 21st birthday ensemble that I could. Let me take you on a little journey on the how the memorable birthday get up was born. The first staple I found was the maxi skirt. This is trending faster than the fall of Tom and Katie. I found this nude MINKPINK maxi on sale at urban (As a college student the words full price just don’t fit into my vocabulary anymore.) It fit perfectly and only needed a small hem and a slip and could easily be dressed up or down. I was sold the second I put it on. Then from there I needed to top it of and FAB-CESSORIZE! This is where my wonderful store of the moment pops in. I recently found BaubleBar through word of mouth and joined the minute I heard “$10 off for signing up.” I mean…. offer me free money and I’ll do anything. So I joined only half expecting to find anything I would want. Was. I. Wrong. Or. What. For those of you who are yet to be sucked into this accessories addict heaven, BaubleBar is an innovative way to shop it forward for your favorite items. For every dollar you spend you get 1 point and each 10 points is a dollar. Keep building your jewelry wardrobe and you will eventually earn yourself a free piece. Even better, invite your friends (who will sure be just as obsessed as you are) and get $15 dollars (150 points). I used my $10 off to get my much coveted statement necklace. It was perfect for this princess’ big day; glitzy, glam, and sparkly. I literally died when it came in the mail. Which such a bold statement all I needed was a simple top to showcase it. Then VOILA I had my dream outfit. I had such a great night weekend week with all my amazing friends and family who made the occasion even more unforgettable. So fellow fabulous fashionites, remember the fool proof plan for an unforgettable moment: feel fab in whatever you wear and there will be nothing standing in your way of an lasting memory!

Be sure to check out BaubleBar here and get $10 off your first fab-cessory!

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Midi Rings

July 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

I was recently scrounging around online avoiding doing anything relatively productive and I found these GORG rings. Basically midi rings can be blatantly characterized as rings that are too small to fit your whole finger so you just wear it on your knuckle and call it a happy accident. I, for one, am in love with this trend. So glad theres a fresh new way to wear rings. It adds such an unexpected twist. What are you guys thinking? Stylish or stupid?

Adjustable Arrow Ring, Catbird – $32

Midi Ring, gojane.com – $5.80

July 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

 Good morning early birds! As the birthday month inches closer I can’t help but think what my special treat to myself will be. Ask any true diva, this kind of  self-love is 110% necessary. Lately I’ve had my eye on the Ray Ban Wayfarers. I mean, amazing and classic, but they’re literally everywhere! Shades are a great opportunity to add a little surprise to your normal get up; which is why I am now dubbing the bold cat eyes the new wayfarers (may the gods of fashion strike me down). I spotted these TO DIE  FOR Vince Camuto Oversized Cat’s Eye Sunglasses at Nordstroms this afternoon and was practically swept off my feet. They are the perfect ratio of classic and quirky and as a budget tight college undergrad I can honestly say “Thank you Vince, for pricing these below $100. Sincerely, Rachel and her bank account.”

Vince Camuto Oversized Cat’s Eye Sunglasses, $65 – Nordstroms

    Shamelessly forced Hanz to Instagram all this fabulous for me. Poor girl.

Little Steps to Big Dreams

July 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

“Good things come to those who wait.” -Proverb  Ever hear this before? Joke’s on anyone who actually takes this advice. (Zero offense to the ancient human being who came up with this phrase, who is most likely 1000 times more intelligent than myself.) This day and age things are moving and they are moving fast. In order to get what you want you’re gonna have to pop off your tush and go get it. This week was proof of that for me. If you are anything like me, you spend hours taking in content online, in magazines, newspapers, having to know everything and anything. So much of these great ideas, jobs, ventures, dreams, goals that I discover, I end up always thinking, “Wow wouldn’t that be cool if …” but somehow it just gets lost in the black hole of  things I’ve meant to do and never achieved. Last week I decided to change all that. I don’t know what came over me but I finally made the choice to put my dreams into actions. For those of you who know me understand that me telling you I love ballet is an understatement. Obsessed would be a little bit more suitable. I started dancing when I was three and never stopped. As my hopes and dreams to become a prima ballerina grew and changed I found myself picturing life behind the scenes. How absolutely incredible would it be to work for a major ballet company in marketing, fundraising, event planning, or anything that allows me to shamelessly share with the world how amazing the ballet is? This has been a dream that I just can’t shake. I want a big city life filled with, busy schedules, chaos, constant coffee runs, a beautiful office with gigantic windows, an assistant (my most coveted business must-have), galas, early mornings, late nights. Is this plausible? Maybe, maybe not. It’s probably not as glamorous as I paint it out to be, but I want it. Badly. Obviously being a fresh young thing right out of college is not gonna get me there right away, but the climb starts now. I had the amazing opportunity yesterday to meet with Christopher Clinton Conway, the Executive Director of the Joffrey Ballet, and Brian Smith, the Chief Marketing Officer. I had arranged for a casual sit down with Christopher solely for the purpose of picking his brain. I mean… just read this, the man is a superhero:

Directing positive organizational change through a unique combination of business and legal acumen, high-energy leadership, trend setting brand development, and fundraising savvy. Christopher Clinton Conway is one of America’s most visible arts management and philanthropy experts, previously serving as counsel to major non-profit organizations, funders, and leadership including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and wine legend Robert Mondavi.

Mr. Conway joined The Joffrey Ballet in September 2005 and his tenure has been a dynamic one marked by the completion of the largest capital campaign in the organization’s 58-year history which led to the planning and construction of Joffrey Tower in Chicago. Unparalleled corporate collaborations have positioned Joffrey as one of the world’s most prestigious brands leading to record revenue and publicity. In 2009, Christopher Clinton Conway was named to Crain’s Chicago Business prestigious 40 Under 40, 2010 CS Magazine’s Ten Most Stylish Men, 2011 Michigan Avenue Magazine’s The Influentials: 100 People You Should Know in Chicago and 2012 TCW Magazine’s A-List Chicago Style. –LinkedIn

What I thought was going to be a simple learning opportunity for me turned into a serious networking advantage.  Not only was I gaining invaluable insight from Brian and Christopher but they were also getting to know me and seeing how I could connect to them as well. They shared with me what was important in administrative work, things that they’ve learned advice and steps to take to achieve my way into working with companies like theirs. I was even offered an opportunity to volunteer with a small promotional event that is coming up in the near future! My resume booster radar went off. Naturally as a college student I snatched that up like crack to an addict.  I walked away with a warm glow in my heart when I realized I had found a way to get myself one step closer to my dream. It was that one baby step that had lead to another and I can finally feel momentum gaining on achieving my goals.

So if you read all that, thank you. You must really like me. What I hope you can take away from this is don’t let big dreams scare you. Sitting and wishing for things to happen won’t get you anywhere. All it takes is a small baby step to start. As soon as you start taking smaller actions it could snowball into something tremendous. Go out and find a mentor! Sit down and have coffee with someone you idolize, ask questions, get your name out there ( Twitter. Do it. I’m not joking), start a LinkedIn profile and connect to others who you know and their aquintences, collaborate with people who share your same dreams. Starting seems a little immense but its not hard. You do the leg work I promise you will reap the benefits.

Listens List: July 13th, 2012

July 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

So basically you’re probably reading this thinking, “what kind of crazy is this girl taking and where can I get some?” If thats going through your head, you’re pretty accurate. My music taste literally spreads out all over the board. I playlist things from Classical (its the ballerina in me), extremely vulgar dirty rap that I will keep to myself out of embarassment, 90’s pop, Dave Matthews Band (a genre of his own), hardcore rock and roll, and my go to comfort country music.  I think music is an amazing representation of who you are and what makes you “you”  So its only natural my playlists are a little crazy, confusing, but always upbeat and bubbly to get a smile on your face.

What are you guys listening too? No one likes a dried out music library. Help me make it juicy!

Prints on Prints on Prints

July 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

1: ALICE by Temperley Felina, net-a-porter.com, $300
2: RICH AND SKINNY Legacy, farfetch.com, $135
3: Joe’s Jeans The High Water in Geranium Tribal, zappos.com, $178
4: Steve Madden Croquet, stevemadden.com, $70
5: Warby Parker Huxley Eyeglasses, warbyparker.com, $95

Can we all please take a moment to totally swoon over this? I’m literally dying for this upcoming trend for fall. A pair (…. or 10) of these would suit my closet quite marvelously. Easily match them with some bright smoking slippers and  your smartest looking specs for a spicy yet studious “I’m totally ready to learn” ensemble for class. Then simply throw on a solid blouse and with some classic pumps for a breezy seasonal transition outfit for the after hours. Now the hard part is picking the print…..