Olive & Stripes

The fall colors are in full swing and I have definitely been taking advantage of the long sweaters, booties and fall tones. With the start of a new season, I have been trying to build myself more of a capsule wardrobe and have been really leaning towards more basic pieces. I have been so sick of putting away my wardrobe at the end of a season, only to find that when I pull it out for the next year that everything feels outdated or…say it with me… “so last season”. I have really wanted to focus more on buying pieces that I can wear into winter or spring and easily purchase just a few new items as the weather changes to mix and match with my more basic pieces to make them feel fresh and new again. I have cleaned out my closet(s), over and over again, only to find that I always just lean towards those more simplistic options. For this outfit, I paired a basic black and white tee, high waisted Levi jeans, tan booties and a cardigan with a pop of autumn green. While the first three pieces fit more into the “basics” category, the green cardigan makes it fall appropriate with its longer length, ribbed detailing and pretty color. I am hoping that by being more mindful of the pieces I am buying each season, I won’t be constantly switching out items (and eventually getting rid of them) as often as I currently am! What do you tend to do…Do you lean towards more basic or trendy items?

yours,

rr

Stripe Tee | Green Long Cardigan- SOLD OUT – Similar | Green Cardi SIMILAR | Booties | Jeans

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Weekend to Work

If you have been following me for awhile, I am sure that you know that I tend to lean towards more casual outfits. While a majority of the time these are the types of outfits I tend to blog about, during my work week I actually wear a lot of business casual clothing. You know, black pants, dresses, pencil skirts.. AKA… no jeans. When I am shopping for these types of outfits, I like to pick pieces that can easily transition from the office to the weekend or vice versa. For this particular outfit, I dressed up neutral flannel top, canvas jacket and some brown booties with a plain black pencil skirt. While I would typically just throw this outfit on with some jeans and call it good for the weekend, the pencil skirt takes it up a level, making it more than office appropriate. To do this, just take a more casual style top, pair it with a dresser pair of pants or skirt, add some accessories and finish it with a pair of office appropriate shoes. Pretty easy, right? What types of clothing do you usually wear for your work week? Do you also buy items that you can transition from weekend to work week?

Yours,

RR

Pencil Skirt | Gray Plaid Shirt | Fendi Glasses | Quilted Crossbody- OLD- Similar -| Brown Booties- OLD- Similar – | Jacket -OLD- Similar Styles, Other Color Options

Mix and Match: From Summer to Fall

Happy September! It’s been a bit since I have posted on here, but with the hot summer weather turning into crisp fall mornings, I have been inspired to start transitioning my summer basics into fall staples and I feel like I must share with you guys! Who doesn’t love fall outfits, am I right?

I recently went to Target and literally filled my cart with fall-must-haves. Every rack I thumbed through and every corner I turned had something “I needed”. From the adult backpack to the camel booties and let’s not forget all of the chic accessories.. I just kept finding more and more things to pile in my cart..and boy did I pile high!

Once I got home, and had a mini heart attack about all of the things I bought (mostly because I just cleaned out my closet and donated a ton of things to make room for the things I ALREADY didn’t have room for… YOLO) I sat down and had a mix and match session with all of my current closet favorites and all of my new fall finds. Once I got my basic outfit together, I accessorized with some of the fun fall pieces that I picked up. For this outfit, I paired my black t-shirt dress (a summer staple) with a long oatmeal cardigan and camel colored booties. To add that fall flair, I finished the look with a brown Panama hat, gold statement earrings and a fun charcoal gray backpack. I can’t wait to show you some more of my fall looks I created this month! Target definitely has their fall game on point this year. Have you found any must haves yet this season? I want to see them, so please share!

Yours,

Rachel

Backpack Purse | Panama Hat | Earrings | Dress |Cardigan – SOLD OUT – Similar | booties

My Top 5 Apps for a Healthy Lifestyle

One of the questions that I get asked the most is which Health and Fitness Apps I use on a regular basis. Now, I of all people definitely know that everyone has a different lifestyle and what may work for one person, might not work for another. In my own health and fitness journey, I’ve gone through several different phases. I’ve gone from a gym rat, to a stay at home mom who would work out in her living room, to a busy working career woman who is always exhausted by the time I get home. What I have learned through each phase is to take advice, try out lots of different things, and find what works best for me. After several years, I have found that these 5 apps are my tried and true, and that I seem to return to them over and over again:

My Fitness Pal: This is the app that I use when I really want to get back on track. Counting calories really helps me see what my daily intake is and gives me a better perspective on what my portion sizes should be. It helps me realistically look at food as fuel and how to better my  daily nutrition. One of the things that I love about My Fitness Pal is that you can post progress photos to keep you motivated and they also have some really great articles and recipes within the app to try as well!

Apple Fitness App: For the longest time, I had a Polar watch that I would track my heart rate with. I made the switch to an Apple watch recently and have never looked back. Within the fitness app, you can track your daily activity, your workouts, heart rate and calories burned. You can also keep track of how many miles you have walked or ran during each session. This watch motivates me to keep moving during the day and there’s no better feeling than getting those activity rings closed throughout the day, am I right?!

Music App: You have to have some sort of music app to keep your workouts going strong. Whether it is Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify or a YouTube account, this is an absolute must. Put together a workout playlist with your favorite pump up songs to keep you turnt up. You’d be surprised what a playlist can do to keep your heart rate up!

Pinterest: This App is so full of inspiration!  You can pin everything from cute workout apparel (like the Ellie Activewear April collection I am wearing below) to deliciously healthy recipes and meal plans, to new workout regimens and inspiring quotes. There are even guides for local hikes to add to your bucket list. You can also sort everything into different categories to easily go back and find that pin once you have saved it. Happy Pinning!

Sworkit: This is a great App for on the go. If you don’t have a ton of time or any gym equipment, this is a good App to get you moving. You can choose different types of moves that you want to do, along with the amount of time you have to workout and boom, a quick but effective workout right in your hotel room.

There you have it, my top 5 apps that I use on a regular basis. Do any of you already use these apps or have any thoughts on them? I would love to hear what apps that you use on a regular basis!

yours,

rr

Outfit: Ellie Activewear April Collection

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Spring Basics

Every year after winter has passed, I seem to go on a mini shopping spree. I get so excited about the weather change that I cant resist adding new pieces to my wardrobe. Lately, I have been trying to incorporate more pieces that I can easily take from weekend to work. I love being able to take a few items and restyle them into many outfits for different occasions. On this particular shopping trip, I stuck to the basics. For this look, I paired a cream and navy striped cardigan with a white body suit, gray denim jeans and a pair of nude heels. I can easily switch this look into work mode by simply switching out the gray denim with a pair of black skinny trousers, the nude heels with pointed flats and then accessorize this look with a belt to finish. Switching up your looks from weekend to work can be a pretty easy transition if you start with the basics. Just add a couple of cardigans, a white and gray tee, a cotton dress and a few different pant options such as jeans, colored denim and trousers to your wardrobe and you can easily have 10-12 options for your next date night, meeting or weekend get together. Sounds pretty simple, right?

yours,
rr
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Heart yourself: 5 ways to encourage self-love in your life

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Selbstliebe

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self love

One of the most important things we can do on a daily basis is to show ourselves some love. Sometimes we get so caught up in the happenings of life, that we forget to be in a relationship with one of the most important beings in our lives…OURSELVES. I know it sounds ridiculous and maybe a little narcissistic, but honestly; if we can’t be in a loving and nurturing relationship with our own self, how in the world are we to show someone else those qualities? There ain’t no faking it until you make it in love, especially with yourself.

So, what are some different ways you can start to show yourself some self-love? Here are 5 ways to start incorporating them into your daily grind.

1. Nurture Yourself

Remember that you are in a relationship with yourself. If you never take the time to nurture that relationship, how are you going to nurture others? Fill your mind, body and soul with uplifting things. Take notice of the things you do well instead of criticizing the ones you need to work on. Write yourself encouraging messages or put bible verses on your mirror, find healthy meals or snacks to energize your body. Take interest and further explore the things that nurture your soul.

2. Treat Yo’ Self

I love to treat myself to different things throughout the month, whether that be an at home pampering session with a bubble bath and mask after a long work day, a mani-pedi, a coffee treat or even a shopping trip. Find things that make you feel good and take yourself on mini dates. Maybe for you that’s a rock climbing session or a day trip to your favorite museum. Whatever it is, find time for it and put time into yourself.

3. Protect Yourself

Another way to show yourself love and respect is to set boundaries not only with yourself, but with others. So many people have that “people pleaser” mentality. While wanting to help others isn’t a negative thing per se, know your boundaries and stick to them. If it comes down to it, don’t be afraid to hurt someone’s feelings by saying no. Unfortunately, sometimes people need to be told no. Show them that you know your worth and your limits. If you’re not comfortable doing it, then don’t.

4. Find Your Tribe

Search for the people that bring encouragement and laughter into your life and distance yourself from the negative ones. Being around friends and family that genuinely care for you and your well-being is such an amazing feeling. Surround yourself with your tribe and know that it is ok to have different friends for different things. Everyone is going through a different season in life and may be able to give you different insights to things such as interior design, hiking adventures or more serious issues such as marriage or parenting. Surrounding yourself with a tribe that is encouraging and supportive to one another is powerful . Make time for the important people in your life and be sure to lift them up as well.

Find Your Happy Place

Find the things that make you happy. What are some activities that always lift your mood? Is it yoga, hiking, cooking, zoning out to the television? For me, it’s working out. When I don’t do it I am cranky and irritable. It’s my one hour a night that I put in the work. My earphones go on, my mind zones out and it’s nothing but pure bliss for that one hour. Taking the time to be in your happy place, even if it’s only for an hour is what keeps you sane. Spending that time on yourself is what helps you become a better daughter, friend, spouse and mother. If you are so busy taking care of everyone else, who’s going to take care of you? No one knows you like yourself, so find your happy place and gallivant there.

Being able to show yourself self-love will affect every other aspect of your life. With self-love comes self respect, confidence and a more present self awareness. Find the things that make you tick and go for it. Show yourself your worth and don’t be afraid to let go of the people who may not see it along the way. Find your happy place and travel there often. The more love you put into yourself, the more you will be able to give in all of the other aspects of your life.

What are some ways that you show yourself self-love? Leave it in the comments below!

yours,

rr

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New Year, New Beginnings

It’s January, and 2017 was SO last year. Speaking of so last year, Ellie has ditched their old ways of doing things and are now offering something new for 2018. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed choices, you got it, girl! You can now choose from three different outfit options for your monthly subscription box AND they also have some cool exclusive pieces you can purchase. How cool is that? If you thought you loved their outfit combinations now, how in the heck are we going to choose from 3?! First world problems, right? I know, I know.

Since it is a new year, One of my goals is to consistently workout throughout the week. I have a job where I am not up and moving a whole lot, so it’s really important for me to be active once I get home. When the weather is nice, I will try to go for a 20-30 minute walk during my lunch and then I’ll do a 30 minute-1 hour workout once I get home. I also bought some new dumbbells this year that range in weight from 8-35 pounds and boy, have I been sore! Let me know if you want me to share a post about my at-home workout routine and I’ll try to put something together for you guys! I hope everyone has had a great first few weeks of 2018!

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yours,

rr

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