Archive | March, 2011

A Little Zara Lookbook Inspiration

30 Mar

I’m loving the styling of this photo from Zara’s March look book! The color blocking in this photo is simple and easy, yet looks so polished. Red is my favorite color to wear, and a plain shirt gets instantly classier with black leggings or trousers and black pointy-toe shoes. The camel colored jacket is tailored and really makes the look a little dressier/more professional. Fabulous!

What do you think of this outfit? What are your go-to sources for fashion inspiration?

Bisous,
Rachel

Tx SCC Part 2: Monetizing Your Blog

28 Mar

Morning Update: My roommates tell me I’m apparently obligated to tell you all that it’s my birthday. So… I’m turning 20 today. YIKES! I’ve been a teenager for exactly half my life and this change is freakin’ me out… I’M SO OLD! I celebrated with a very nice dinner with close friends last night and I’m celebrating today by going to class from 9:00am-6:30pm and going to rehearsal from 6:30pm-9:00pm. Exciting, no? Hope you all have a marvelous day!

This is my second in a series of several posts about the amazing eye-opening things I learned about blogging at the Texas Style Council Conference in Austin over spring break. The first panel following Jennine Jacob’s keynote address was titled Going Pro, and discussed in detail the ins and outs of monetizing your blog and seeking sponsorships, affiliates, and advertisers. The panel featured Alessandra from Lulu*s, Elisa from BlogHer, Grechen from Grechen’s Closet, Patty from Charming Charlie, and was moderated by Jen from Jen Loves Kev.


I want to preface the lessons I learned by pointing out that clearly I’m not an expert on this subject. I don’t have any sponsors, affiliates, or advertisers, (yet), and have never tried to seek them out. However, that will probably change in the future and after hearing this panel I feel very prepared to make this transition and ready to navigate the wide world of monetization when I feel my blog is ready. So, without further adieu, here are the important lessons I learned about “going pro.” Continue reading

What would you buy with a gift certificate to Fred Flare?

25 Mar

The kindness and generosity of those involved in the blogopshere never ceases to amaze me. The other day, I sent e-mails to people, blogs, and businesses whom I had recently featured on my blog, as I routinely do. To my amazement, I received an e-mail response from Fred Flare which included a $10 gift certificate to spend on their website as a thank you. So now the question is… what should I get???? Here are some of the cute goodies I’m contemplating:

These adorable Elephant earrings are only $10!

I’ve become a little obsessed with feathers recently and this necklace is just darling… and also $10 :)

Interesting fact about me: I have an odd collection of unusual sleep masks… blame the desert sunrise. $14.

My minor is creative writing and I would love to flip through this novel writing kit! Especially since I’m taking screen writing next semester… $20.

Don’t you just love these? What would you select? Help!

Bisous,
Rachel

Tx SCC Day 2: The One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

23 Mar

Before I get into to more blogging business posts, I wanted to show you what I wore for the fun event! Dressing for a blogging conference is tricky. I wanted to be cute, comfortable, admired by other people with strong opinions about the fashion industry, and to top it all off, be genuine to my personal style. I think I made a great choice for all of these demands by selecting a one-shoulder raspberry printed maxi-dress from Forever 21. Here’s how it turned out:
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What I learned from Jennine Jacob: Just Keep Blogging

21 Mar


My best friend (and fashion merchandising major) Cassie and me at the Conference between sessions.

WOW. That’s about all I have to say about the fantastic panels and amazing speakers I heard this past weekend at the first annual Texas Style Council Conference. In fact, I learned so darn much during each session that I’ll be devoting each its own post and spreading them out over several weeks, so as not to overwhelm you with blog-obsessive goodness.

The keynote address was delivered by Jennine Jacob, blogger behind The Coveted and Founder of Independent Fashion Bloggers. She had great beads of wisdom to share and has helped me re-evaluate my philosophy as a blogger.

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Tx SCC Mixer Outfit: The Pant Romper

18 Mar

Before I fill you in on all of the incredible experiences I had this past weekend at the Texas Style Council Conference, here’s what I wore to the first event I was able to attend- a fun mixer/social in the 2nd street district!

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Texas Style Council Conference: Mixer Recap

16 Mar

The first Texas Style Council Conference event I was able to attend was their dance party/mixer at BoConcept in the upscale and trendy 2nd Street District. As soon as my favorite wing woman best friend since kindergarten, Cassie, and I walked in to the beautiful design gallery, we were greeted by sponsors and vendors offering us discounts, raffles, blog opportunities, and some great swag. Our first stop was the Lulu*s table, where we each spun a wheel in hopes of winning a prize. I was out of luck, but Cassie scored a free piece of jewelry and selected a neat gold snake ring. Our next stop was an adorable photo booth by Nathan Russell Photography, complete with silly props. We took some hilarious photos and had so much fun!


Our next stop was the Dismount Creative area where we made a leather business card holder ourselves, it was so easy and only took about 10 minutes! Continue reading

Target Go International: The Re-Launch

13 Mar

It’s been a few months since Target, one of my favesies, has had a new designer collection. This month, they’re re-releasing some of the most classic and consumer favorite items from the past few years of Go International Designers. Here’s a sneak peek of a few pieces I’m particularly excited to snatch up, because I stupidly passed on them the first time around.

This color block dress from Thakoon is going to be absolutely perfect for summer. With a few metallic accessories, just throw it on and you’ve got a complete outfit! $39.99

This sassy dress by Rodarte would be the perfect flirty dress for a date or a night out with the girls. I love the shoulder detail and the sweet, universally flattering peach color. $44.99 Continue reading

Oscar Dresses= Nude + Sparkle

11 Mar

Okay so I realize my commentary on Oscar dresses is a bit delayed. But, in my defense, I’m just now starting to truly appreciate some of the trends I saw walk down the red carpet. I should preface this by saying: I LOVE THE OSCARS. As a double major in theatre performance and film and television business, you can probably understand why my passion for the Academy Awards might border on full-on obsession. I had my ballot printed, my bingo marker, my popcorn, and my movie candy in hand and at the ready. While there’s not enough time in the day for me to ramble on about my opinions on who won and lost, (actually you should probably be thankful that unlike my boyfriend and roommates you all have been spared that diatribe…) I feel like this would definitely be an appropriate venue to discuss another favorite element of this awards show: The dresses.

By far my favorite trend I noticed were the light metallics and delicate nudes. Here are some photos I will definitely be using for inspiration this spring and summer. I love how simple yet glamorous this combo is!

Halle Berry in Marchesa

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa

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SB ’11: Hittin’ the pool

9 Mar

Spring Break is almost upon me, and I’m so excited to spend a week enjoying the sun and the pool, in addition to my SXSW shenanigans. Roaming around on the Old Navy website recently, I noticed a bunch of cute things that I may just need for hanging out at Barton Springs. I’ve been really impressed with their stuff lately, have you? Here’s a little set of all things from Old Navy I’ve been thinking of.

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