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Loving Life & Leather

Try saying that 5 times fast LOL

Hey friends,

I wanted to use today's blog post slot to give you all a little update on our lives!

Blake has been at his new job for 2 weeks now!  He's loving it so much!  The new doctors are great, his new co-workers are so nice and very welcoming, he is learning new things there A.K.A. the nurses stitch people up in this Cath Lab (something he's never had [I mean, gotten] to do before LOL!  The only negative thing he's said so far is that they keep the temperature at 60 degrees in the lab!!  LOL, he does not like to be cold!!  But he's taken some jackets and long sleeve tees to wear under his scrubs, so he will be just fine :)  He's still liking his truck, though he does miss his mustang, but the truck allows for us to experience a different kind of independence that we haven't before!  Not having to ask to borrow a truck all the time has been so nice!  Especially during this renovation!!

Speaking of renovation, this home reno has been a bit more challenging than the others... We've never done the kitchen before, and living without a kitchen for a month really sucks, and is getting kind of expensive!  So not only is it expensive because "time is money," but without a kitchen, we've had to eat out this whole time, OMG!!  But, on the bright side it should be completed by Tuesday!!  I'm super ready to finally have a house not under construction (well, until we decide it's time to tackle that pink bathroom LOL)!!

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As for me, I've quit my full-time job at the City... And as much as I've enjoyed being full-time blogger, boutiquer, and renovation manager these past 2 weeks, I've decided to go back to "school" and get my Real Estate and Property Management licenses!  I will start classes on Monday October 9th back in Columbia!  Unfortunately, I'm more nervous than excited at this point... I know that's so sad to say, but I really never wanted to be a student again LOL!  In college I obsessed over school...  And I just definitely don't want to be that person again!!!  But nevertheless, in 9 days, I'm going to kick Real Estate school's butt!!  And now that today marks the start of October, I will finally be ordering Fall apparel for Demure - something that I wait all year long to do!!  I can't wait for y'all to see what I've picked out!!!  And also, since today is October 1st, Demure Styled earrings are going out today, but I also need to tell y'all (for those that subscribe), that I have too many subscribers now to ship them all out in one day.... I get so embarrassed walking into the Post Office and putting 21 packages on the counter, while everyone that was in line behind me gets frustrated that I've basically just tied up the one representative for at least 20 minutes... So, until I find an economic way to ship from home, I will be separating y'all's earring-of-the-month shipments into 3 separate days... I'm sorry!

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We are doing the backsplash in the kitchen ourselves this weekend, but after that, we are finally trying out new churches next Sunday!!  I'm very excited about that!!  We are starting at the church that our friends here attend!!  I'm really itching to get into a new church family and to be involved again!!  Pray for us that we find the right one and that we will have something to offer to whatever church we end up at!!  We worked with the Middle Schoolers at our church home in Lexington, and though I'd probably like to try something different this time around, I pray that my heart is willing to be placed wherever there is a need!!

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So, this photoshoot was the first one that Blake and I have had in our new hometown!  And really, I think its the most fun we've ever had doing photography together!!  

I was looking so forward to shooting this particular outfit!!  Its the type of outfit I've wanted to rock for years!!  But up until 3 weeks ago, I never owned a leather jacket!!  I've wanted one for as long as I could remember... And thanks to Tobi.com I now have one!!  This Leather Moto Jacket is the most perfect accessory for anything Fall!  Literally, you could wear it with anything!  You could pair this, or any leather jacket, with a purposefully edgy look with ripped jeans and boots, a pencil skirt and heels for work, or a lace dress and pearls for date night... They are truly so versatile, and give a little extra personality to any look!!  Y'all know how girly I am, and having a leather jacket has been a dream of mine for a while!!  So, that should be testimony enough to tell you that you need one too!!  Thank you Tobi, for making this girl's dreams come true!!!  P.S. it runs a little small... I'm wearing a medium here.

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And y'all, this DRESS!!  I purchased it 2 weeks ago once I found out Tobi sent me the leather jacket!  One of my favorite blogger/boutique owners Amelia Styles had it in her shop, and I knew I had to have it to pair with this jacket and booties!!  The shade of pink is perfect, and the flirty peplum provides the right balance to the edgy leather moto!  I'm always impressed by Amelia's style on her blog, and everything she has in her SHOP is fantastic... She's definitely someone I look up to and want to be as successful as!!  Please check her out, you won't regret it!!  P.S. This dress was not part of a collaboration with Amelia Styles, so I don't have a promo code for her shop, but all of her prices are very reasonable anyway!  I just wanted y'all to know about her and her shop!!

I hope y'all rock an edgy/feminine outfit this week ;)  Until next time friends...

XOXO

- Rachel

This leather jacket was provided to me by Tobi.com, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Why I love Weddings

As Blake and I have been settling into the new house, it hit me the other day that we have 6 wedding invitations & save the dates to decorate our new refrigerator (3 weddings this Fall & 3 weddings, thus far, for Spring!)  

I love going to weddings!  And it makes me so happy to be invited to each new one!!  

As I sit and listen to newlyweds make their vows to each other, it always reminds me of the vow I made to Blake and God on our wedding day!  And, I must admit, sometimes those reminders come at just a right time!!  A lot of times I'm convicted: sitting there in my best dress, usually holding the hand of the man I love, realizing that I haven't been the wife I should be, lately... Haven't really been the wife I promised to be!  Weddings make me a better person!!  And then, weddings give Blake and I the opportunity to hit the dance floor and make so many wonderful memories doing something we love to do together!!  I. LOVE. WEDDINGS!

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We recently went to a wedding of a very young couple we've watched grow throughout their relationship with each other... We knew them before they even started dating, and now we've witnessed them get married!!  And after thinking back on their night over the last 2 weeks, I think it was probably the best wedding I've ever been to!!  Not because the food was good, or the music was good, or even the ceremony itself was good (though they all were), but because of the love that the couple showed for each other!!  Do you know anyone like that?  A couple whose love for each other exudes every wonderful thing a marriage is supposed to be!?  Watching those 2 love each other was such a blessing in my life that week!!

As a girl who has grown up in a Christian home, and who deeply desires to follow the Lord's will in her life everyday, I am well aware of why marriage was created and what its supposed to represent!   Wives are to love their husbands as the Church loves Christ, and husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the Church.  Impossible standards for any sinner to meet alone, but wonderful goals for any redeemed sinner to aim towards!!

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Weddings always seem to renew my desire to be the woman I stood in front of a church full of almost 200 people and promised to be... To cherish, forgive, serve, put before anyone else, take care of, and most of all LOVE Blake Furtick for the rest of forever!  For those of you who aren't yet married, its so much easier said than done, but is so worth the effort!!!

The couple at the wedding we just attended seem to do it all so well, and from such an young age!!  And I think that's simply because they put the Lord first in their lives, and in their relationship!!  As an audience, we all sang a worship song at the end of their ceremony because they wanted nothing more than for the first thing they did as a married couple to be worshiping their Lord and Savor!!!

I know what you're thinking...  But believe me, it wasn't just for show!!  This was the most simple ceremony and reception I've ever been to... One that was completely void of the typical pomp & circumstance that's stereotypical of a Southern wedding.  And because it was simple, there was more room for JOY!  Everything they said and did was 100% authentic and genuine, and full of LOVE!  Love for each other, and for God!!  It was such a beautiful evening, and I'm a better person because of it!!!

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The wedding was the Saturday before Hurricane Irma hit South Carolina on the following Monday.... It was actually a pretty chilly evening because of all the wind...  Not too cold, but not typical SC Summer weather either, giving me the perfect temperatures to test out this LOVELY dress from Tobi.com.  It was so fitting for such a perfectly LOVELY evening!!  It has a romantic cut, with a backless detail!  And is actually called "In Love Halter Maxi Dress"!!  It was too perfect for Fall wedding attire that I just couldn't pass it up!!!  The slit is high, so I had to be careful with the heavy winds that night, but since that was atypical weather, I don't see why this dress wouldn't be the most perfect Fall and Spring wedding-attending dress ever!!  Not to mention the fact that EVERY lady at the wedding except for the bride, the coordinator, and one other female were all wearing blue!  I usually pay more attention to trending outfit STYLES than COLORS, but seriously y'all, it wasn't something I could stop myself from noticing...  So keep it mind, that if you're attending a wedding this season, apparently BLUE is the color you need to wear!!  Which makes THIS periwinkle maxi dress all the more perfect, because its in the blue family, but different enough that you won't be wearing the exact same shade as everyone else, but will still be wearing the IT color for Fall wedding attendees!! 

I paired it with a metallic gold shoe, and NO HANDBAG!  Not carrying a purse is absolutely outside of my character, but ever since moving, and having my purse constantly stuffed with Home Depot receipts (from the renovations) and whatever junk I needed up until the last minute of walking out of our last house (so I just stuffed it in my purse), I don't carry my purse anymore...  I usually hand Blake my phone to keep in his pocket, and I avoid carrying my purse as often as I can!!  I don't know if its just because I don't want to clean it out or if its a personality change, but I'm just so sick of carrying it!!  I'll keep you update ;)

Now, Blake and I have a more formal wedding coming up in October!  Its at a fancier venue and is later in the evening!  Which means we get to dress up a little more!!!  So, for that wedding, I got this scandalessly low-cut dress from Tobi as well:

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I'm not 100% sure that I can even pull it off, but since Tobi was willing to collaborate with me on Fall wedding attire, I liked the idea of getting to try it!!  It may be more appropriate on someone with smaller boobs LOL, but I love it!!  However, they may be some body tape in our future together :)

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My advice on wearing this Backless Little Black Dress to a Fall/Winter/formal wedding would be to get one of those super trendy faux fur wraps to put around your shoulders later on in the evening!!  I don't have one yet, but plan to get one before that particular wedding!!  So excited!!!

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I hope the next time you go to a wedding, you really listen to what it is the officiant and the bride & groom are saying!  If you're married, the things you promised your spouse all those years ago are the same things that the newlyweds are promising to one another, and its good to remember that you DID ONCE PROMISE the same things!  Whether your marriage is doing amazingly well, or you're in a bit of a rocky spot, a little reminder to LOVE through any and all circumstances could never be a bad thing!!!  Until next time...

XOXO

- Rachel

These 2 dresses were provided to me by Tobi.com, but all photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own!