Columbia

My First Styled Shoot

Hey Babes!

Happy Wednesday!  This coming weekend is a wedding weekend for my family!!  Blake's little sister is getting married & we're both in it!!  Both the dress for me and the suit for Blake are so gorgeous!  I don't think we're going to look as fabulous as we are this coming weekend ever again LOL!  I'm so excited for all the festivities and to be surrounded by all the love & joy (P.S. I love the way weddings make me feel... so much so that I wrote a whole post on it last year!  You can read that HERE if you'd like).

So, anyways... In honor of our wedding festivities this weekend, I wanted to share a little wedding inspiration on the blog too.  I don't know if you follow me on Instagram or not, but in February I talked a lot about a Styled Wedding Shoot that I was going to be the model for.  I was so pumped!  It was SO MUCH FUN!!  And now, I have the pictures from that day to share with you! **Whoop Whoop**  This shoot was organized by one of my new friends, and local photographer, Rebecca Judy.  She booked the venue, organized the shoot, found a florist, a baker for the cake, we shopped for my dress together, and she invited other photographers to participate!!  For those of you that don't know (because I didn't) the point of a styled shoot is to have a controlled settling to make beautiful art to submit to magazines, to grow your portfolio, try out new techniques, and even for just some extra practice!

And let me tell you... It was an awesome experience to be apart of!!  

Venue: Rose Hill Estate

Flowers: Rachel Frisell Design Studio

Cake: Mrs. Delightful's Bakery

Dress: Elegant Bridals

Hair & Makeup: Jessica Melton Makeup

Jewelry: Hello, Darling

Photographers: Rebecca Judy Photography | Whitney Ann Photography | Nina Bashaw Photography

Models: The Furtick's ;)

 
 
 
 

So, if you're planning a wedding now, or will be in the future, these ladies were amazing to work with!!  I was blown away by all of them!!  Jessica Melton amazed me from the start!  Her hair and makeup skills are incredible!!!  Y'all know what type of hair I have & she was able to make it look like this!!!  And that makeup... O. M. G.  Enough said!  The dress was so gorgeous too!  The ladies that work at Elegant Bridals are SO friendly, and SO helpful!!  Their dress selection is infinite & they had the perfect dress for making Rebecca's "Garden Wedding" vision come to life!!  My earrings were handmade by a local business owner!  As a former jewelry maker myself, I was absolutely amazed by the craftsmanship and elegance of Hello, Darling's jewelry!  Everything floral was created by the amazing Rachel Frisell!  Not only does she have a pretty great name, but she is also absolutely fantastic at what she does!  My mouth literally dropped when I saw what I looked like in that gorgeous flower crown!!!  AND, she let me keep it ;)  Her use of succulents was so creative, absolutely on trend, and nothing like anything I've ever seen before!  LOVE!!  Plus, she also made the name sign shown in one of the pictures!  The cake in the photos isn't actually real, so I didn't get to taste it :(  But, Kelsie, the owner of Mrs. Delightful's Bakery, is making the cupcakes for my birthday party next week, so I can tell you after that how amazing I they are (watch for pictures on Instagram and Facebook)!!!  But that gold foil on the cake sure is real & it was absolutely picture perfect!!  The venue was gorgeous too, and it was so fun to go to a beautiful, historic home in Aiken since I'm new to the area!  Rose Hill Estate is perfect for an indoor, or outdoor wedding!  There's the main house, a small chapel on the grounds, and a beautiful ivy-covered arbor!  So, it can accommodate a variety of wedding visions!

Then, there's the photographers!  Each one had their own amazing qualities!  Rebecca & Whitney are based out of Aiken, SC, but of course are willing to travel.  And the same with Nina, she is based out of Columbia, SC, but is definitely willing to travel!  Rebecca was the best at giving Blake and I direction, and of course, the whole thing was her brainchild, so you can see how well she is at pulling off a vision!  Nina was so much fun to be around, and we had such a good time joking around with her!!  Trust me, our smiles in her photos are absolutely genuine!  Whitney captured our candidness the best!  You can see all of my sassiness in her pictures!!  A lot of times, the "bloopers" are the best pictures, in my opinion, LOL!!  Whitney is Rebecca's second shooter at weddings a lot of times, so to get those two as a photographer-duo would be a wedding day photo DREAM!!

Mostly, that just speaks toward their personalities, not their skill as photographers.  But really, their work speaks for itself!  They all produced fabulous photos!!  Several of which I plan to have printed!!!  And you would be lucky to have any one of them as your photographer - wedding or otherwise! :)

I'm leaving you with my favorite picture from the whole shoot LOL... Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!  

Photo By Nina Bashaw

Photo By Nina Bashaw

It looks like he's choking me hahahaaaaa!

XOXO

-Rachel

So Ready for Fall

Hey Babes,

I don't know about y'all, but I'm about over all this hot weather, and the afternoon showers that come with it!  I've really been daydreaming about what this next season will bring for us... Both literally and figuratively.  Fall is my absolute most favorite season, and Blake and I are getting to enjoy it somewhere a little different this year!  If you're a subscriber, you've already gotten all the dirty details on this, and the rest of you will find out more and more with every blog post I'm sure!!  

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In this post in particular, I'm sharing some of the woes of property management and why this past week and weekend have been so difficult for us... Our first renter moved out of our rental property on Monday of last week... And we learned that she absolutely trashed the place!!  It took Blake and I over 22 hours total to repair all the damage and repaint every single surface in that house, and it took a cleaning lady another 10 hours to clean up all of her mess!!  After 3 days of working on that every evening/night after work, it was finally Thursday... The day we were leaving for Atlanta to check out a car Blake wanted to buy and to spend some time at the apparel market!  Then, once we returned home on Saturday, we immediately began helping my parents with their new flip house, worked all weekend, and then began the workweek again on Monday...  I'M. SO. TIRED!!  

But... Such is life!  Its the life of a property manager... Its a life we've asked for, and a life we still think we want...  It's just a bit of added stress right now, but thankfully it is temporary!!  But it did required a little retail therapy LOL!

Shopping for Fall makes ANYTHING better, I promise ;)  You can believe me because I've done plenty of it!!  This monochromatic look is the first of many Fall outfits that I want to share with you!! I especially wanted to introduce this fabulous top to you before you started your Fall shopping!! I think this short-sleeved, white eyelet-front, blush sweater-backed sweater would be a perfect Summer to Fall transition piece for your closet!!  I especially love it styled in this dressier, all neutrals outfit!!  But I also like it dressed down with denim shorts and ballerina flats. :)

The extra small fit me, but I bought the small instead.  I liked the way the sweater material on the arms fit a little looser with the small... So, just note that when picking out the size you want, the sweater fits a little boxy everywhere but the arms... Buy the size based on how you want it to fit your arms!  I'll provide the links to where you can find the items in my entire look below the next picture:

Outfit Details:

Pants - HERE ($98)

Top - HERE ($69.50)

Heels - HERE ($99)

Bag (similar, but one I've also owned) - HERE ($175)

And if you'd like to get yourself a Starbucks drink (or 2) on me, just head HERE and answer a few questions for me!! The winner will be announced on Sunday, August 13th via email*

XOXO

- Rachel

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Welcome to My Home

So, I took some pictures of our home this week, and I thought it would be cool to share them with you all!!  This is a topic I could talk about for hours, so its a pretty lengthy post... Grab yourself a glass of wine, find a comfy seat on the couch, and get ready to read all about mine and Blake's adventures renovating houses, and my love for decorating them!!

Some of you may know that Blake and I are really into buying fixer-uppers, and "flipping" them!  Although, our current house wasn't quite the disaster you think of when you hear the term "fixer-upper," it still needed a little bit of a Demure upgrade ;)  Our first fixer-upper was an absolute GUT!!  We replaced EVERYTHING and made it AMAZING (if I do say so myself)!  Luckily, our current house wasn't that bad off to start with... but I still did my *thang*!!  As soon as I walked in, I immediately knew what I needed to change to make it not only more aesthetically pleasing, but to make it more functional as well!

I'm actually going to share both homes with you today! Even though I like our current house the most, I am still so stinking proud of what we did with the first one!!  It was a foreclosure that my parents bought for $35K and then put $20K more into it to fix it up... All while planning and paying for our wedding, OMG!!  And even though we did still purchase it back from them a few months later, it was still THE BEST gift Blake and I have ever received!!  They gifted us with a home that had $25K in equity the moment we stepped foot in it after we returned from our honeymoon!!!  What an amazing blessing it was to have that in our names at 22 years old!!!  Check it out below:

First House:

So now Blake and I see the value in taking a neglected house, putting in a little effort, and making it into a home that someone could love!!  In fact, we love that home so much that even when we outgrew it and wanted to move on, we couldn't let it go!!  We kept it as a rental after we bought our new house!  

Our current house doesn't have NEARLY the same story... We actually paid more than list price for it because we ended up getting into a little bit of a bidding war with three other couples... And then we still proceeded to put $10K into it to update it a bit!  Most investors would have considered that unwise, but for us, it was ok.  We live in each of our properties before they become investment properties, and also we don't plan to sell it for a profit in the future... When we move on, we will keep this house as a rental too!  

Checkout what we've done so far:

Current House:

First, we scraped all of the popcorn off of the ceilings!  IT WAS AWFUL!!!  I don't think Blake will ever purchase another home with popcorn ceilings again!!  But the final result is so refreshing!!!

Next, we had that VERY LARGE yellow wall, separating the formal living room from the den, removed.  During the process, we also had the encased opening forming a dinning room removed as well.  The main purpose for all of that was to create ONE LARGE living space!!  Coming from a 900 sq/ft house, no amount of extra space would have been enough... So we created as large of a space as possible - open floor plan living is the millennial's dream, right!? 

Some mid-reno pictures to help explain (all of these pictures were taken just inside the front door, and are in cronological orger):

Third, we completely renovated the 1970's guest bathroom!  Although the white tile is SO much better than the pink or green you usually find in homes build right around or before this time, they still had to go!!  We removed the tiles, replaced them with sheetrock, painted, and replaced the vanity, toilet, mirror, and light fixtures!!  

This part was such a satisfying transformation for me!!  I'm not sure why, but this was my favorite part for the renovation!!!  

That mostly completed our projects as far as changing the physical structure of the house... I mean, we had plans to renovate the master bathroom, but we got a $9K quote for that one :(  So, needless-to-say, that "little" project had to wait!!!  As we were finishing up the bathroom, our furniture started to arrive... And that's when the work ended and the fun began... Getting to decorate a newly remodeled home is that absolute BEST part!!!

Coming from a 900 sq/ft house that was completely decked out with IKEA furniture, I was absolutely ignorant of the fact that when you order NICE furniture, it usually takes about 8-10 weeks to be delivered... Ouch... So we were without furniture for the entirety of the construction process (insert about 12 crying emojis here)!  It ended up being a good thing in retrospect, because the couch I wanted wouldn't even have fit in the house with the wall still up, but it was hard for sure!!!  

So, here's what I've done with the place so far:

This gallery wall was the very first thing I did!!  I hung those pictures just a couple hours after that wall had been painted (and just a couple hours before we hosted small group at our house)...  We had nothing else in the house other than our dining room rug, and somehow I convinced myself that adding some pictures to the wall would make it all better LOL!!!!

Please excuse the missing piece in the gallery... It is an "F" that happens to be painted the exact same color as the wall, so I took it down to paint it gray, but never ended up doing it because just a few days later we started rehabbing a piece of furniture (which I will talk about later).  So, the gap will remain... And I'm taking bets on how long :)  P.S. The walls in the majority of the house are painted "Alabaster" by Sherwin Williams (its in the white family, but has gold added to it in its recipe, so its not stark white)!

That dining room table was the first piece of furniture to be delivered... It was made by a friend locally!  Its a farmhouse style table that I stained pretty dark to match the chairs I was dying to have!!  They are from Ashley Furniture... And although its hard to tell from this picture, the grommets are what make them so fantastic!!  You can find the standard chairs HERE and the captain's chairs HERE.

This was the "lookbook" I sent to friends to help me decide what pieces I should get... They were too expensive to change my mind later down the road!!

This was the "lookbook" I sent to friends to help me decide what pieces I should get... They were too expensive to change my mind later down the road!!

The next thing to be delivered was our couch!!  We only had a love-seat sized couch at the "little house," so I went a little overboard with the whole sectional thing to give us more space to lounge around... It's 11' x 9' and Blake and I still ONLY USE ONE CUSHION on that whole thing... What a waste LOL!  But I'm still so in love with it!!  Its from Westelm - A.K.A the absolute best place on the face of the plant!!  And its actually still available!!  You can check it out HERE!

We got 2 of those cute mid-mod accent chairs from Target, actually!  And they, too, are still available!!  You can find them HERE!!  There is some assembly required, but coming from someone who has put together a ton of furniture from IKEA, World Market, and Target... Target furniture is the easiest to put together and feels/looks the nicest once it is!!

That side table is from Pottery Barn, but I ended up not getting it once the living room finally came together...  I loved it, and still do, but its a little more dressy than I ended up styling the house.

Our bedroom furniture was delivered next... The bed and dresser are both from Pottery Barn!  I stalked these pieces for weeks because they were so expensive!!  From the tiny corner of the dresser you can see in this picture, it is completely mirrored, and was originally $999 because of it!  I worked with a fantastic interior designer at the South Park Mall location who kept me updated on sales, and I was able to get both pieces 25% off at their Friends & Family event thanks to her!!  This bed is called the "Big Daddy's Antiques Reclaimed Wood" bed LOL!!!!  Its a platform bed so we did 't have to get a box spring, which I liked!!  And I'm still just so in love with it now as I was the day I bought it!!!  You can find it HERE, and the dresser HERE!  Both are still full price, even after a year, so definitely wait until August/September for their Friends & Family event to come back around if you're interested in them!!!

We added our bedside tables to the mix 6 months later!  They are from Target, but are not longer available...  Blake made our curtain rods from metal pipe, our curtains are from Bed Bath & Beyond HERE (I got them a little long so they pool on the floor a little), and so is my comforter!  My exact one is sold out in all sizes except Twin, but Kate Spade has a lot of other super cute choices HERE!

This is our guest room!  It is painted my favorite light gray color by Sherwin Williams - Stone Isle!!  As you can see from the photos from our first house, this isn't the first time I've used this color, and it won't be the last - it truly is my favorite!!  

The guest bed is from Crate & Barrel!  I searched long and hard for the PERFECT wrought iron bed... And believe it or not, this one was the best looking AND THE CHEAPEST!!  Those two qualities rarely go hand-in-hand, so I am SO PROUD of this find!!  And OMG its still available too!!!  You can find this beauty HERE!!  This bed also has my favorite mattress on it!  If you like a really firm memory foam mattress, crazily enough, you have to get THIS ONE from IKEA!  This is the second time I've purchased this mattress from them and I would still buy another one!!  The nightstand that you can't see in this pic, is from World Market, but you should check it out HERE - its real marble people!!  The trunk at the foot of the bed is my favorite piece in this room - its Blake's grandmother's traveling trunk from when she was young... Such a gorgeous antique piece that I'm so grateful Blake's mom let me have!!!

The last "big furniture" item we've added to our decor is this awesome dinning room buffet that we're really using as a bar LOL!!  This is the piece that we rehabbed just recently... We found it at a local thrift store, and I think it might have been the bottom or top half of one of those larger-than-life china cabinets that the generation before me liked to have... But we only bought the one half, removed the fancy molding, painted it with chalk paint, distressed it, changed the cabinet pulls, and added a piece of granite to the top!!  If ANYONE (even one person) would like to know the finer details of how we did it, just comment below and I will do a full tutorial!

Just a few of my other random favorite house details:

I bought this picture to go on our mantle over a year before we even had a mantle... Its my all time favorite picture of Blake and I!!  A wedding picture that was actually taken for our 2 year wedding anniversary!

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This little corner of the house... Its my favorite little nook... But just to look at though, I mean, I've never actually used it LOL!  That lamp came from the "little house" and it was the piece that this house's decor was designed around... A little rustic, a little industrial - my favorite combo...  The tree came from my work, I mentioned the chair before, and that accent table is from World Market - HERE - and we also got the coffee table and sofa table (used as our entertainment center) to match!

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And then this towel rack is another item I purchased before even moving into this house because I knew I wanted it so badly... So the rest of the decor in this bathroom was purchased to complement this piece!!  It is handmade with tons of love by a Christian couple who love God so much...  I have enjoyed having their piece in my home and think of them often when I see it!!  And I will definitely purchase from them again!!!  Please check them out HERE

This is the 3rd and last color in our house - its called "Mark Twain."  It is not a Sherwin Williams color, so we had them color match it... But if you would like me to find out the original manufacturer, I totally will, just let me know!!  

So, I guess that's all for now... I don't know what else y'all are interested in seeing or knowing... But if I didn't cover something that you'd like to know, please just let me know in a comment below and I can definitely do a follow up post!!  I really enjoy fixing up a house - painting, and decorating it!!  Seeing the transformation just brings me such joy!!  This house is much bigger than the first, so the work is taking a lot longer this time around... So many of our walls are still bare (paint but no artwork), so even a few months from now I would have so much more to show you!!  I'm happy with what we've accomplished so far, but making a house a home is never really finished is it!?  I hope you like what you've seen (although I know the photography didn't do it much justice... LOL Blake is the better photographer)!

Y'all have a great rest of your weekend!!

XOXO - Rachel

Schriver's Boutique

Hey Babes,

I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday week!!  There's not much better than celebrating our stars & stripes, eating good food, spending time with loved ones, and remembering to never take our freedom for granted!!!  Except maybe getting a new post from me (LOL, JK.... or am I?)!!!

Ok, ok, I may not be that funny... But I am fashionable!! And boy do I have somewhere fashionably amazing to tell you about!!  A wonderful Tennessee based boutique called:

Those of you that know me well know that #shopsmall #shoplocal is so very important to me!!  And even though this particular boutique may not be local to SC where I am, its still a small business that absolutely deserves your attention!!  Schriver's Boutique is based out of Maryville, TN, but carries everything online so it can be shopped from anywhere!  The owner, Kate, followed in her great grandfather's footsteps and opened a clothing store centered around quality and customer service!!  A small, family business that strives for those things above all else is my kind of business!!!  And Kate is just as kind as she could be!!

Her new Summer Collection just launched this past Friday, and among the truly unique, fabulous pieces are this super cute, very wearable top, these very versatile gold drop earrings, and that crazy-fun clutch!!  

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Close-up you can see that this top has a very seersucker-ish pattern, which is so perfect for us Southern girls' wardrobes!!  But the top is, in fact, made of a very lightweight cotton fabric!!  Its also a little oversized and really flowy!!  Plus it has all of the best Summer trends for tops - bell sleeves, a peplum, and a faux lace-up on the back!!  All of this put together means that this top is truly the most perfect Summer top for all you fashionistas!!!!  You can grab it for yourself HERE for the amazing price of $35, and I would suggest sizing down :)

The gold earrings have an almost hammered, antique look to them!!  They are the perfect length without being too heavy!!  And if you're anything like me, you could never have too many gold, go-with-everything type earrings!!  Although I think these particular earrings have sold out, Schriver's Boutique is still a great place to go for any jewelry!!  Kate loves to support local artisans and therefore, carries a bunch of handmade TN jewelry that you literally can't get anywhere else :)

But seriously, for those of you that don't know me well, I make jewelry myself as well, so you can trust me when I tell you that Schriver's handmade pieces are so gorgeous:

 

AND. THIS. CLUTCH!!  Honestly, I think it speaks for itself... But you know I'm never short on words ;)  The fun colors make it so versatile because there are so many to choose from for styling!!  If you're like me and prefer match-matchy, then this fun print is perfect for you to be able to pair it with a variety of colors and styles!!  And if you're more bold than me, this clutch could be great for a pattern-mixing outfit!!  But, I just so happened to have the most perfect neon pink dress to compliment the cute tassel zipper, and wore them together for date night this week!!  The woven texture and yarn accents give this clutch a very handmade feel!  And for only $25, you just can't beat it!!  My exact one seems to have sold out, but there are 2 more this patterns just as fun HERE & HERE!!  

Schriver's is one of those places that will never let you down if you ever need a fun, unique, statement piece to add to your current wardrobe!!  I'm in love with Kate's taste for great patterns and even greater textures!!  Nothing in her store could be labeled as "boring"!!  Absolutely everything has wonderful personality and character :)  I'll link a few more of my favorites from her new Summer Collection below!  And don't forget to use code: demure15 to get 15% off of your entire purchase!!!

Y'all have a great night!!

XOXO

- Rachel

These 3 items were given to me free of charge from Schriver's Boutique, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!!

A New Milestone

Tomorrow marks my official 6 months of blogging!!  That means, 6 months ago this evening I was sitting in my office wondering how I was going to do this thing!  While my dear husband was researching and price comparing cameras, I was deciding on a name and prepping my first few posts!!  It was a very crazy time!!  Demure had just started to take off, it was the last day I guaranteed orders to arrive by Christmas Day, and I was crazy busy!!  But for some unknown reason, I wanted more...  I was tired of other bloggers not giving their ALL when promoting Demure, and I knew that I could do better, be different!!  I was a small business owner myself, and I felt like I knew how to best serve all the small businesses out there!!!  And the truth is, Demure's merchandise is not the only clothing I like.... I love it all!!  So, I want to talk about it all!!!

I call this piece of art "Balancing Act" **in a very serious voice**  HAHAHAAA Sometimes I make Blake's job very hard!! :)

I call this piece of art "Balancing Act" **in a very serious voice**  HAHAHAAA Sometimes I make Blake's job very hard!! :)

I had been thinking on a name for about a month at that point... You know, people ask me all the time why "A Demure Life"?  And I can't even believe I haven't shared that, out loud, to all of you as a whole yet...  For those of you that don't know (well, the first paragraph hinted at it) I have a boutique called "Demure"!  Its my 3-year-old baby, that I've put A LOT of time and money into!!  Blake came up with the name for my store, and I love it so much!!! I also happen to have a rental property company called "Demure Properties"...

So, essentially... This IS my Demure life!!  But, *MY* Demure Life sounded somewhat snotty and awful!!  So I went with *A* Demure Life!!  

When I think about all my businesses being named the same way, it makes me laugh because it gives me some sort of small hope that I might one day be as successful as Joanna Gaines: She has Magnolia Market, Magnolia Farms, Magnolia Reality, Magnolia Journal, etc!  She's built an empire, and one day I will too!!! ;)  Wish me luck in all my crazy dreams and aspirations LOL!  

So here's the details of my look!  These linen pants are FANTASTIC!!  I told you all about the white pair I also bought while Blake and I were at the beach, on Saturday's blog post!  I bought a size 6 in the white, because, well, they're white (I'm sure all you ladies understand)!  But I bought these patterned cuties in my usual size 4!  They are linen, so they do wrinkle, but I think thats the best part about this fun pattern.... You totally CAN NOT tell!!!  They also have a great draw string waste, and cute cuff detail at the bottom hem!  I am 5' 7" and this is the length they are on me with just the 1 cuff they come with!  And you can find them HERE for the fantastic price of $64.50!  I don't know how many of you have purchased quality linen pants in the past, but these are a good deal (just in case you missed that from Sayurday night's blog post)!

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This exact top is from 2 years ago so it has sold out, but the one HERE ($28) is very similar, the one HERE is very preppy (nice and collared like I like), and this one HERE is the one I wish I had to wear with these pants, and is only $24.99!!!! OMGeeee

These wedges are my favorites for the Summer!  If you follow me on any form of Social Media, you are probably sick of seeing them by now!!  But they have just been restocked in all sizes, and now come in 2 more colors than before!!!  Find them for just $59.95 HERE!

This awesome Cleopatra-style, gold, bib necklace is from my own shop, and there is ONLY 1 LEFT!!  So hurry and grab it for yourself if its something you want!!  Get it HERE for just $18!

That's it for tonight ladies!  I hope you all liked this casual, everyday look at much as I do!!  Feel free to drop me a comment of what you'd like to see more of!!  And thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for coming along with me on this journey for as long as you have!!  I hope we make it another successful 6 months together!!  Can't wait to see where we are in December!!  

Love you all, XOXO

- Rachel

Vacation Style

Hey Ladies!

I've missed writing for you over the past 2 weeks!! 

Don't get me wrong, the little hiatus Blake and I took to go on vacation and celebrate his birthday (3 weeks late) was much needed and thoroughly enjoyed!!  But I'm so glad to be back and hoary to get back into the swing of things!!

I hope you're having a fabulous start to your Summer too :)  Do you have a beach vacation planned as well!?  Have you done your vacation outfit shopping yet!?  If not, you're gonna want to take out a pin and paper, or get your online-shopping finger ready to click, because I'm about to show you some FABULOUS Summer outfits!! 

1. The Perfect Floral Maxi

This one is my #1 favorite!  Obviously I love it, because I chose to carry it in my own shop!!  The Carly Dress can be found HERE for only $45!!  Its so soft, has the perfect floral print, and HAS POCKETS!!!  

Unfortunately, I only have 2 Larges left though... I would say that the large fits a size 6, 8, or 10 based on chest size!!  Its a babydoll cut, so its only fitted in the chest, and the rest of it is loose and flowy no matter what size you get!  I wear it all the time myself, and its definitely a smart buy!!

 

2. Pineapple Shorts

These babies are making me feel like I should change the theme of my blog...  

I typically HATE shorts... My legs are particularly white, 1 of my knees is messed up from a biking accident, and I'm starting to get varicose veins... So, even at only 26 years old, I generally HATE SHORTS!!  But this Summer has somehow been completely different!!  

Since I don't particularly like my legs, I search SO HARD to find shorts that are so amazing my legs won't even be noticed!!  If I'm going to wear shorts, they better be freaking awesome!!!  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've probably noticed that I've actually been on a shorts kick recently... I've been stumbling onto SO MANY great pair!!  And people have even started to comment that I "always have the cutest shorts!"  It didn't really occur to me until after the second person said it, but I have to agree with them LOL!!  If I'm going to put myself out into the world of social media with a pair of shorts on, then you better believe they are WORTH IT!!

My favorite pair thus far this Summer are these J Crew Linen Pineapple Shorts!!  You can find them HERE for a staggering $98.  But before you panic, J Crew is doing a 25% off sales June 17-19th and if you watch my Instagram Stories, I'll let you know when they go on sale again!  And the top I paired with them can be found HERE for only $29.50! 

I mean, just look at that cute bow people!!  And just in case you are worried about the length, its perfect!!  Not too long and not too short - a perfect 3.5" inseam!!!

 

3. Floppy Hats

Big floppy straw hats have been trending for about 3 years now!  I carry CUSTOM monogrammed hats in my shop for $50, which you can order HERE!  

But I'm also really into the ones that say cute things like "Do Not Disturb," or "Find Me in the Sun"!  All of which would cost me too much to make, so I've linked some really great, inexpensive ones below!!  

The bottom line is, if you want to be a trendy female with all the cutest beachwear out on the sand this year, you need a big floppy hat, I promise!

 

4. A Super Cute Bathing Suit

My favorite one from this year's beach trip was provided to me by Lauren James - the cutest, preppiest, most perfect Southern fashion boutique EVER!!  It has a really dainty floral pattern, and an adorable peplum!!  You can find each piece here: TOP & BOTTOM 

I'm wearing both in Medium here, for size reference!!  The top has underwire with full boob support!!  I wore it strapless, though it does come with a strap if going strapless is uncomfortable for you!!  The bottoms provide full butt coverage, and have mesh instead of traditional bathing suit material on the sides so that they're not too tight where some of use girls hold a little extra cushion (A.K.A. Love Handles LOL)!!  And y'all, even if this bathing suit isn't one that suits your style, please at least go to their website and check it out, because they featured me on the page for the bating suit top!!!  What an honor!!  Thank you Lauren James!!!

 

5. White Linen Pants

I actually found these beauties while we were at the beach!!  The weather was SOOOOO cold the first day that Blake and I had to go buy some warmer clothes to survive since we only brought, you know, shorts and tanks for a freaking BEACH VACATION!!!  So where did we go!?  THE OUTLETS!!!  J Crew factory first, of course!!

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These white linen pants are only $59.50 and you can find them HERE!  J Crew Factory constantly does sales as well, so again, if you watch my Instagram Stories, I will let you know the next time they do!!  As far as sizing goes for these, I do want to point out that I bought these pants in another color in a size 4, but I went up to a size 6 in the white just because they are white!  I feel like the bigger size made them look better!  I just wanted you to know that!!  The hat is from my shop (link above) and the top can be found HERE!  P.S. THIS is the other color I bought just in case you were curious!!

 

6. A Cute Sun Dress

I shared all the specifics about this dress the week before we left for the beach, but I had actually purchased it specifically for our vacation!  This cute lightweight linen J Crew dress was perfect for the one fancy dinner we always go to when we are down there (Greg Norman's - you should go the next time you're in North Myrtle)!!  Check out my last blog post HERE if you want more specific details about this outfit!  But for now I'll just share the links: DRESS, CLUTCH, BANGLE, & SHOES

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I'm actually giving 1 lucky winner one of these clutches & a necklace this weekend!!  Head over to my Instagram or click HERE to enter!

I'm ashamed to say that I think shopping for and during a vacation is the absolute best part, but really, y'all probably already knew that about me *smirks and thinks "I should just end the post on that note" LOL*  I know the pineapple shorts are a little expensive, but a few of the items (floral maxi, sloppy hat, linen pants) are at the best price points you would be able to find!!  And really, the point of the pineapple shorts is the super cute pattern!  Use those as a visual example of what you should look for when you go shopping for your vacation attire!!  But seriously, don't miss out on those J Crew quality linen pants for under $60!!  Everyone needs a pair of white linen pants!!

I hope y'all enjoy your Summer vaca wardrobe as much as I loved mine!!

XOXO

-Rachel

The bathing suit was given to me free of charge from Lauren James, but all thoughts, opinions, and information are my own!!