Currently Craving Fall..

Whether I like it or not, Fall is here! I’ve finally taken out my cozy sweaters and plaid scarves. I’ve rounded up a few of the pieces I can totally see finding a home in my closet this Fall! There are some great sale steals linked, too!

Cozy Sweaters

  1. I love this sweater not only because of the color, but because of the flattering mock-neck and super fun sleeves! This is a color I don’t see very often and I love how pretty and unique it is. It also comes in a pretty dusty purple.
  2.  This fun poncho is slightly oversized, but not in a swallow you up kind of way. Such a fun piece to wear with knee-high boots this Fall!

Pretty Dresses

  1. Everyone needs a staple LBD and this dress is the perfect classy option! Add a pair of heels or boots and you’re set. How Meghan Markle-esque is this dress?!
  2. This flowy printed dress is an effortless option to dress up for work or down with a fun hat for the weekends. Hello, brunch!! Snatch this up quick–it’s 50% off on sale right now!

Flowy Skirts

 
  1. How cute is the silhouette on this skirt!? Plus the color just screams Fall. This would be super cute with a white, black, or chambray top and booties. Another sale find!
  2. I love how this skirt is an updated twist on a classic. Perfect for those days at the office where you need to look a notch more professional but still want to be fashionable and show your personality. Another sale find!
  3. This skirt is totally out of my normal style but I’m really crushing on it for Fall! I love the asymmetrical silhouette and how flowy it is!

Trendy Coats

  1. I’ve been loving mustard this season! I just want to wrap up in this coat! I know the color is so trendy but can be polarizing. Are you in or out on this trend? This coat is an EXTRA 25% off with code THANKS making it only $50!
  2. This coat is such a timeless, classic staple and is totally worth the investment to wear this for several seasons.

What colors and trends are you crushing on this season? Let me know in the comments!

XO, Rachel

In a Pink Mood….

This dress. has. pockets. I repeat, this dress has pockets! It makes it even more amazing with the super comfy fit and the ruffle sleeves! This dress is a bit more fitted over the hips so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a potato sack, but it’s still super flattering! For a more casual look, a cropped denim vest would be cute over this.

Dress is from a local boutique-similar options here and here || Wedges are oldies (but goodies)-similar here || Necklace || Watch

XO, Rachel

Mani Monday || Indi-A Mood For Love…

And once again it’s Monday. My weekend was pretty low-key filled with errands, a hockey tournament (I’m there for girl time and wine in the stands), and a depressing football game on Sunday. What in the world happened to the Packers?! Oh man it wasn’t pretty!

Anyway, here’s a fun pink manicure to cheer you up! I swear, we haven’t seen the sun for like a week. I’m so sick of this dreary, rainy weather!


I’ve linked the color here (it’s sadly discontinued & retired) and more fun options below!

 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with some sort of “me” time!

XO, Rachel

Mani Monday || Cotton Candy

Happy Monday! I feel like weekends keep going faster and faster. Like how is it Monday already?! Anyway, this week’s Mani Monday is a fun muted dare I say neutral? It’s a bit more muted than I normally go for, but it was a nice change up!

This color is Coney Island Cotton Candy from OPI. I added a few similar colors in the widget below!

XO, Rachel

New Beauty Additions…

I recently added two new finds to my beauty routine that I’m a huge fan of.

Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray

I know I’m late to the game with Setting Spray but I didn’t think it was necessary until I tried this All Nighter Setting Spray by Urban Decay that a girlfriend had. I have such sensitive, oily skin that adding another product just didn’t appeal to me. However, once I tried this setting spray I was hooked! I decided that I didn’t necessarily need the All Nighter version for everyday use so I tried the De-Slick version to add to my routine. While it’s not a miracle fix for my oily skin (I’m still on the hunt!) it definitely helps in holding off the mid-day shine! I’ve actually become a huge fan and think that it really does help hold my makeup in place all day. It’s a simple lightweight mist that literally doesn’t add an additional layer to your makeup. I highly recommend this product. If you don’t want to commit to the full-size, the travel size is a really affordable option to try. Also, the De-Slick version is half off during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Steals on 9/22. I will be adding that to my collection for nights out!

Clinique Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer

I haven’t found a nighttime moisturizer that I’ve loved for years. I’ve tried several different options (from Olay to Belief to Kiehl’s) and just haven’t been happy with any of them. A friend recommended this Clinique Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer. Since it is on the more expensive side of what I like to spend on beauty products, I tracked down a sample to try before buying my full-size jar on sale. I got the Combination to Oily Skin version and love how lightweight it is. The first few nights I used this my face looked like a ball of oil, but my skin eventually got used to it and goes on totally normal now. It’s lightweight, but yet very moisturizing. Again, I highly recommend this product but would wait to buy it until you can find it on sale.

 

I’d love to hear any good moisturizers you recommend!

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XO, Rachel

National Book Reading Day…

Fun fact about me: I’ve always loved reading and still do! It doesn’t happen very often, but a Saturday morning where I can stay in bed and read for a while is my favorite way to start my weekend! Who remembers the Scholastic Book Orders in Elementary School? My mom had to give me a limit on the number of books I could order each month, otherwise I would’ve ordered every single book. No joke! Most months when the Book Order came in, it was just me and my teacher who ordered books. Such a nerd! No shame over here!

In honor of National Book Reading Day, I rounded up the 5 best books I’ve read so far this year with short synopses and my thoughts below! I’d love to hear in the comments if you’ve read any of them!

One Perfect Lie

Synopsis:

A handsome stranger moves to the small Pennsylvania town of Central Valley, and his name is Chris Brennan. He s applying for a job as a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the local high school, and he looks perfect, on paper. But his name is an alias, his resume is false, and everything about him is a lie. And he has a secret plan – for which he needs a pawn on the baseball team.

Susan Sematov loves her younger son Raz, the quirky and free-spirited pitcher of the team. But Raz s adored father died only a few months ago, and the family is grief-stricken. Secretly, Raz is looking to fill the Daddy-shaped hole in his heart.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who s dedicated to her only son Justin, the quiet rookie on the team. But Justin s shy and reserved nature renders him vulnerable to attention, including that of a new father-figure.

Mindy Kostis is the wife of a busy surgeon and the queen bee of the baseball boosters, where her super-popular son Evan is the star catcher. But she doesn t realize that Evan s sense of entitlement is becoming a full-blown case of affluenza, and after he gets his new BMW, it s impossible to know where he s going or whom he s spending time with.

The lives of these families revolve around the baseball team and Chris Brennan. What does he really want? How far will he go to get it? Who among them will survive the lethal jeopardy threatening them, from the shadows?

My thoughts:

Oh my goodness I couldn’t put this book down! I love love love books that just suck me in and make me stay up way past my bedtime. After the first section, it was like I had whiplash! I actually had to go back a few pages and make sure I didn’t miss something. There’s such a huge twist that you would never see coming and I love that! I read my share of ‘fluff’ but I also love books where I have no idea what’s coming next. Definitely recommend this book to everyone! 5/5 stars!

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Synopsis:

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

My thoughts:

This was the first graphic novel that I read and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I read this book in the middle seat on a flight (gross!) and once I got past feeling like a 12-year-old reading a comic book, I really enjoyed it! It took me probably an hour to read it from start to finish and I just thought it was so cute! There wasn’t much complexity to the storyline, but the illustrations were amazing! I’m definitely interested in reading more graphic novels! 5/5 stars!

Nine Women, One Dress

Synopsis:

Natalie is a Bloomingdale’s salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who’s engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her happily married boss for twenty years; now that he’s a lonely widower, she just needs the right situation to make him see her as more than the best executive assistant in Midtown Manhattan. Andrea is a private detective specializing in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and can’t figure out why her intuition tells her the guy she’s tailing is one of the good ones when she hasn’t trusted a man in years. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Georgia, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on…

My thoughts:

Another cute, feel-good book. I was really engaged until the sinkhole situation happened. I feel like that was just way too over the top. Otherwise, I loved the story and this book and how we got so many different perspectives! It was a bit hard to follow at times with all the jumping around. My favorite character is either Felicia or Morris. I love how it comes full circle at the end, as well! 4/5 Stars

Friction

Synopsis:

A Texas Ranger, relegated to deskwork due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the Ranger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them?

My thoughts:

I love a good mystery and Sandra Brown did a decent job with this one. I was really engaged for the first 2/3 of the book and then I got kind of sick of it. The Judge wasn’t a very exciting character; seemed very flat. I feel like more could have happened with her. And the grandparents also annoyed me at times. I couldn’t predict the ending for most of the book, so I really liked that aspect of it. 4/5 Stars

It’s Always The Husband

Synopsis:

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

My thoughts:

Ho.ly. Cow. Talk about a big twist at the end! I don’t want to give anything away, but ohmygoodness I did NOT see that coming in a million years! It was hard for me to get invested in the characters and I felt like they were very whiny and dramatic, but the ending just makes up for alllll of that!!!  I do wish they would have given a bit more closure on all the characters. 4/5 stars

What’s been your favorite book that you’ve read this year? I would love to be friends on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/rzylstra23

XO, Rachel

Blue Stripes…

I wore this cute little number for running errands a few weekends ago! It’s the perfect comfy & casual combination, plus the shirt comes tied. Always a win in my book! Plus YOU GUYS I’m still in denial that Summer is basically over….

This shirt is from a local boutique, but I’ve linked similar options in the widget below.

Shorts (I also have them in pink!) || Shoes || Bag (on sale!) || Earrings || Sunnies (such a steal at $14!!) 

XO, Rachel

 

Mad For Stripes…

I’ve been on such a dress kick this Summer and I am not complaining! They are super easy to wear and I only have to think about one piece! Plus they’re super comfortable and I will do anything (yes, anything) to avoid wearing pants.

I grabbed this cute number at the beginning of the Summer and have been wearing it non-stop since. The midi length is new for me, but I’ve decided that I’m a fan!

Dress || Shoes

Are you a dress person? I’d love to hear your favorite style in the comments!

XO, Rachel

Casual Details…

I wore this cute little number for a casual dinner out last week. I just love how easy and effortless the top is to wear. Plus, paired with the distressed denim and booties it’s automatically dressed up from a Saturday afternoon errand-running outfit to a dinner out look! I didn’t have to find a necklace or scarf or anything to accessorize with! I do have on some fun earrings that you can’t really see in the pic, but they’re linked below!

This top would also be cute worn with a denim mini skirt or white pants.

I got my shirt from a local boutique but have added similar options to the widget below! My jeans are Vigoss (found here and on sale!), my booties are Sam Edelman (similar here and here), my watch is Michael Kors (found here–totally worth the investment! I’ve had it for years!), my earrings are from Target (found here), and my Gucci bag was gifted to me (similar option here, more affordable option that I love here).

 

I’d love to hear how you would style this top!

XO, Rachel

Yellow Dress On Repeat…

I’ve seriously been wearing this dress on repeat all Summer! I first wore it here to a friend’s wedding, then transitioned it to dinner (check out my Instagram feed @redwineandcupcakes for the pic) and most recently wore it to a rehearsal dinner. I just can’t get enough of the comfy, flowy silhouette! Plus, every time I wear it I can eat whatever I want because it’s so forgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My exact dress is sadly sold out, but I’ve linked a super cute similar off-the-shoulder option here and the romper version here (on sale!)

What’s been your go-to Summer piece that you just can’t stop wearing? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

XO, Rachel