Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Your New Favorite Shirt

Hello readers, let me introduce you to your new favorite shirt. I mean it when I say that! The beautiful Panama Crochet Top from Stella B. is seriously so beautiful, and perfect for spring and summer. I received SO many compliments at work and from strangers when we went out to eat last weekend when I wore this outfit. I decided to style this delicate top with BRIGHT pink pants, since I'm very much in a spring mood right now! In the winter I seem to stick to my dark wash jeans, but I've been wearing my colored and patterned pants a lot, which must mean spring is near ;) & of course I had to bust out my favorite Madewell sandals since it's been so warm here!

Be sure to check out Stella B's darling spring line to stock up on your wardrobe for the warmer season! Use the code 'rachel' for 10% off your purchase!

We've been having some great sunshine lately! It makes my heart flutter. On Saturday Justin and I flew a kite. It was a lot of fun!!! The last time we flew kites was back in the summer of 2012 right after we got engaged. We went to Eastern Idaho for my family reunion and flew kites there, so it brought back all the feels ;) But this time we were able to let the string out all the way! It was quite magical. I sure am excited the summer of 2015! I have a feeling it will be a great one!

top: c/o Stella B || pants: American Eagle (similar) || sandals: Madewell

Thanks for reading today!!! xO
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Monday, March 2, 2015

#BendTheRules with HP x360

This post was created in partnership with HP. All opinions on how it helps me to #BendTheRules are my own. Thank you for your support!

FOUR is a magic number. I believe in efficiency and versatility in all things-- if I can make use of something out of at least four ways, it's a keeper for me! When it comes to clothes, this is huge. It lowers the cost per wear when I can incorporate a certain item in many ways, making my closet go further! An item I've been loving over the past year is my crochet fringe vest. I've worn it in several ways on the blog, like below...

over a short dress (soon to be on the blog!) // over a long dress // over a plain top // over a printed top

Blogging is a big part of my life-- it's definitely my number one hobby! But sometimes it can be hard to balance that with my work, chores, and 'me time' with the rest of my daily grind! The HP Pavilion x360 helps me to keep organized and make the most of the time in my day with its unique features. The HP Pavilion x360 is not your expected personal computer-- in the spirit of bending the rules of technology, it is designed to give you four awesome 'modes' to play in (laptop, tablet, stand, tent). One product, four different ways to use it! Now THAT is efficient!

Of course I love to blog using the HP x360 in laptop mode! I LOVE that it's a touch screen, I feel so fancy swiping back and forth on it :-) 

Another big part of blogging is to be up to date on social media! Whether it's Pinning, Tweeting, reading other blogs, or replying to comments on Instagram, it's important to me to keep that connection with my readers (YOU GUYS! <3) and other bloggers as well. I love to use the HP x360 in tablet mode. It's so easy to hold and be able to rest on the couch while doing this. This is probably my favorite mode! I LOVE that there is a tablet option.

Unfortunately our apartment does not have a dishwasher. Which means we have to do the dishes by hand! Luckily I can use the HP x360 in stand mode to watch funny YouTube clips or listen to the latest tunes while I do the dishes. It makes this bore of a chore go by a lot faster!!

Last but not least I love to catch some me time! My favorite is to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket, a treat, and the HP x360 in tent mode to watch some Netflix and get caught up on my favorite TV shows I've missed.

As you can see, The HP Pavilion x360 lets you bend the rules of technology and lets you branch out with its many uses! In the spirit of bending the rules, HP has partnered with Meghan Trainor to document her first-ever tour with "All About That Tour", which is a six episode documentary of "That Bass" Tour made with the help of fans and influencers! Come see how you can bend the rules and make the most of technology with the HP Pavilion x360!
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Paula Dorf 3-in-1

I don't know about you, but my makeup bag is FULL of random products. There are things I use one day, and things I don't use too often. It's hard to get rid of makeup, because what if I want to use it someday? It doesn't help that my makeup bag is filled up too much that I can't close it, haha.

Meet Paula Dorf, a makeup company that delivers quality and versatility. Paula Dorf is famous for unique "trick" products-- such as a product that can change eyeshadow to a liquid liner, products that brightens eyes, and today I'm talking about their product Perfect Color in Ecstasy-- a versatile multi-tasker that can be used for your eyes, lips, and cheeks! There are a variety of light and creamy shades.

I especially love using this for my cheeks and lips! It's so much easier to carry around this product than a separate thing of blush and lipstick. I love the boldness of this pink color!

Paula Dorf is also holding a great giveaway, be sure to enter here! You could win some of their best products. Also, with any Perfect Color Ecstasy purchase, use the code ECSTASY to receive a free mini No Color Glimmer (a lightweight powder to complete your look!).

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