Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#suburbanstrutglow

Hey friends! Hope this week is treating you well!  I honestly think it is dragging, I thought it was Wednesday...wrong-o!  Anyways - I want to run something past y'all and hear your thoughts...

I know y'all read my post "Glow" and understand why I am so passionate about Suburban Strut.  I am so very passionate about this being a new status quo and changing the way women feel towards themselves AND other women. We need to change things ladies!! We need to raise a new generation of strong, confident girls that are ready to conquer anything...and feel absolutely beautiful doing it.  You want to know the way to do that? It's time to really "Glow" friends...its time to set the example and literally let our light shine so bright that others can't help but look and want to be just like you. The kicker? You are going to have to get over those demons. Shut the b.... up inside you that tells you that you are not good enough. Tell her to kick rocks when she says you can't wear that or you are not skinny enough or pretty enough.  It's time to take control of our selves - look to the Lord for help with our confidence - and strut it for everyone to see. I know y'all want to do it because I read your emails and they make me cry. Y'all have welcomed this blog with open arms and that makes this mama happy.  So let's really do this. I want to make Suburban Strut bigger but for the right reasons. I want other woman, our friends, to see this and want to be a part of it too!!  So, I am starting...

#suburbanstrutglow

What is that? Well that is a hash tag and I want all of us to start using it, at least once a week! Are you on instagram? (You totally should be, if not!) At least once a week, let's post a picture of us with #suburbanstrutglow.  It could be a pic of you feeling great in your outfit...it could be a pic documenting the only time you dressed up all week...it could be a time that you felt great in your clothes and wanted to share...it could be posting a new lipstick you are wearing...it could be of you and your kids, showing how happy you are...it could be a pic of the first time you are wearing a specific item that has been out of your comfort zone....it could be of something SS inspired you to wear or try...it could be anything! I just want to be a picture of YOU GLOWING and wanting to spread the #suburbanstrutglow!  I want it to be happy. I want it to be you feeling great and not apologizing for a selfie :).  No apologies for confidence and happiness in yourself.  NONE.  Let's do this so other women see it and ask "What is this #suburbanstrutglow and how do I get on this train?".  Would it not be awesome if we could grow this so much that so many other women are feeling better about themselves just because you posted a pic of you smiling, glowing, all because you liked your outfit that day? Guess what? That is how I feel everyday with y'all and your sweet comments and let me tell ya.  IT IS AWESOME!  I was so nervous to put myself out here, but your comments and emails make it all worth it. I had to take the step too and if I can do it, you totally can. I can tell you now. This world needs more confident women. Our baby girls need more confident women.

So, does this make you nervous? I bet you are already saying "I am not going to do this one, Rachel you are crazy".  Don't let her stop you.  Her being that chick inside that also tells you that you are too old/fat for booties or skinny jeans. She does not know ANYTHING.  Pray about it.  What if you made ONE of your friends have the confidence to do the same thing? To me, that is all worth it.

So are y'all in?!? I really hope so!!!  I will be checking the hash tag daily and looking at every picture, pinky swear (if you are private, let me know you did it!). At least once a month, I will be featuring my favorite #suburbanstrutglow pics on instagram and posting here too.  I will also be giving way fun presents along the way for some of my favorites :)

I have a major conviction with all of this and I want to grow this to help as many women and girls as possible. The only way I can is with y'all. In the words of Tone Loc, Lezzz do it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

I Heart Make-Up

Hey friends!! Let's talk makeup!  I am a LOVER of all things beauty related and am all about trying new products!  I have tried everything over the years and feel like I have a pretty good line up currently in my make up bag. Yall have been asking me to share and I love to talk beauty, so let's go!

Disclaimer - I spend too much on this stuff.  I know that seems to be a going theme sometimes with me, but it is what it is. I am always going to be authentically ME, so if you are not into the high end products, this is probably not the post for you. I totally think that you could probably get the same look with drugstore items, but I have had luck with these, and y'all know I like my routine (see hair post :) )!Now let's get to the goods, shall we?!...


  • Foundation -My FAVORITE by far and after trying everything the past 20 something years of my life, is Dior Forever Foundation - I wear shade 020 without a tan, 032 with a tan. I have them both in my bag for when I get a spray tan :). I love this foundation because 1. It stays Forever. Ok not really, but it lasts longer than any other foundation I have tried.  Even after a full day of work, I can still tell I am wearing it. 2. It has FABULOUS matte coverage - I like a good matte foundation that evens me out and makes me look airbrushed - this does that. Takes away any shine and hides pores. It truly is fabulous!! Probably my favorite item in the makeup bag by far! I apply my foundation with a stippling brush - we will talk on another post about brushes - they are so important, they need another post :)!
  • Powder- Because I love my foundation so much, I don't see a need for a tinted powder - I seal it with Makeup Forever High Definition powder - Translucent loose powder. I use the Makeup Forever Kabuki brush with it. Once again - I like a matte look and this seals my foundation to stay in place all day.  It also keeps me from looking like I caked makeup on - makes it look natural. LOVE it!  I have a compact of it in my purse for touch ups during the day.
  • Blush - I am not attached to any blush really - When I run out, I go look for a pretty one :). Right now I am loving Mac Blush in Gleeful. It is a pretty, rosy blush that has done me well for a couple seasons now! I feel like it would work on almost anyone - I do love Mac blush - it has great pigment and it lasts for a long time on your cheeks :).
  • Eyeshadow - I LOVE the Naked palettes and the Too Faced palettes...I am not an eyeshadow professional and honestly most mornings I just put on one shade. That is why I love these palettes because they have a ton of easy shades that look great on their own...I am probably being cussed my makeup professionals because these palettes are made so they can easily be used for a fun smokey eye or a natural, multi dimensional one :).
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  • Eyeliner - I could not live without eyeliner.  I look asleep without it.  I am very particular about it. I want one that I will have to get off with a jackhammer before I go to bed at night. Ok, not really. But I want a long lasting one that will not rub or wear off easily.  I have tried everything, but my favorite, by far, is the Sephora Liquid - Waterproof  Eyeliner - in black. I only wear black.  If you want a good liner that will seriously still be on in the morning if you don't wash your face, this is the one. Give it a try :).
  • A couple of things that I am not sold on yet...
    • Mascara - I am not loyal at all! I have tried everything!! I am about to try Younique, for the second time. I honestly have had more luck with drug store brand mascaras in the past - but being the product junkie that I am, I have a bag full of "not so great to me" expensive mascaras.  
    • Eyebrow powder - I pretty much just use whatever. I do think it is important to fill in your brows - but right now I am still looking for my favorite.
    • Concealer - Right now I am using Benefit - boing! and I use Erase Paste by Benefit as well. Neither one totally rock my world, but they work.  I honestly believe that the best remedy for under eye circles is a good foundation and using a good eye cream at night. We will discuss my skincare routine another time.
  • One thing that I am sold on and LOVE is Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray!  When I know I am going to be outside or want to stay flawless for a long period of time, I spray this on before eyeliner and mascara. It really works and worth every dime!!! It is crazy how much it seals your face! Don't use too much or you will end up with a wet face though :)
  • Lastly, let's talk about my VERY FAVORITE part - lipstick!! By far, I am the most loyal to Mac lipstick! It is my favorite and my purse weighs a ton because I carry a bag of of lipstick everywhere I go :).  Also, get the liners. I don't use them as much anymore, but when I first started wearing bolder colors on my lips - the liners kept me from looking like I had bad plastic surgery on my lips :). Mac stays on longer and has the best shades in my opinion - here are my favorites 
    • So that is my make up bag!! Hope that helped y'all!!! I highly encourage you to at least treat yourself to a good red lipstick - go get you a viva glam 1 - the BEST red, guaranteed :).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Peek at my Shopping List...

TGIF friends!!  How about we talk outfits this week, sales in my inbox, and some things I have been eye-ing, shall we?

First - I know yall love my Baublebar Courtney bib..this one:

And I know that it is pricey - well you can get it 20% off right now with code with FALL20 or if you buy two or more items, you can get 30% off with FALL30! I know I would also like to get my hands on these and I wore a gorgeous necklace this week!!



Also - remember the cute long denim shirt dress from Gap y'all loved when I wore a couple weeks ago? - you can get it 35% off online and in stores with code SPOT

Here are all of the deets on what I wore this week...


Vneck Piko Top -c/o Kiki La Rue | Jeans - Old Navy | Scarf - F21 | necklace - ebay | booties - Steve Madden - similar | watch- Michael Kors 

The super sweet and fun ladies at Kiki La Rue told me that I would love the v neck piko - I was skeptical at first - but I LOVED it!!  I loved this color too.  I am telling y'all - you need to find love for piko tops :) !! Go back and look at my Piko Love post if you have not read it already - I really do love these tops, I just think you need to try them out different ways.  If you wear them right and the right size, they can actually be flattering, pinky swear!  And of course, Kiki La Rue has the most options on their website (use code PIKOSUMMER, you are welcome :) )These jeans were a recent purchase at Old Navy - they are black and so slimming.  They are a different cut - Rock Star, Demi Boot cuts - a skinny boot but. I will wear them lots for work!  Go check them out in the link above if you are looking for a fun black pant.  





Sweater - Logo and Stitch | Necklace - Baublebar | Jeans - Old Navy | flats - old, similar |
Another great top from Logo and Stitch (call to order and beg them to get it up online - you can tell them I said that :) ) - it is Umgee and comes in ALL sizes. It was so comfy and actually not hot!  I love the color too.  Jeans are midrise Old Navy Rockstar skinnies - my favorite!  I got that necklace on Baublebar - it was a buried bauble!! Meaning if you sign up on their email list - they send clues to find a discounted bauble - so much fun!!!


Jacket - F21+ (not online right now :( ) | Tunic - H&M+ | Necklace - Savoir Faire | Boots - old, similar | bag - Barrington Gifts

Favorite outfit of the week - I am so sad that jacket is not online right now. I have linked it on other posts if you want to see it - keep watching for it to come back on.  Yes, H&M has a plus line!! I ordered a couple tunics - I think they run big. I was impressed with quality too so check them out.

Have a great weekend!! Owen has his first football game with a new league tomorrow morning so we are pumped in the Brown house!  Currently planning my royal blue and white outfit to match his team :)...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hottie Alert

Happy Hump Day friends!! Hope this week is going great for you - so far so good in Suburban Strut world!!  Today, I want to talk about making you feel like a hottie...now I have your attention, right?!

You want to know what is one of my most favorite things in my closet and makes me feel like either a badass or a total hottie?!?!  My faux leather jacket!! Now don't go away  - hear me out!

Every woman needs a well fitted, black faux (pleather) leather jacket.  It can take an everyday outfit or dress and amp it up a million.  Plus, you will feel so sexy in it.  Pinky swear.  That is my key to getting dressed up in the Winter and Fall.

One thing y'all have asked about was dressing up or date night attire.  If you have been following me long, you know that we like to dress up in my family and have quite a few events and parties.  We love it!  So dressing up is no big deal to me as that was how I was raised, but I get that it can be difficult. Especially when all the boutiques carry itty bitty teeny tiny dresses! So the first key to dressing up - find the dress that fits and you feel great wearing.  A good black dress can be worn for years.  I rarely get rid of my black dresses because they can be worn so many different ways.  Also, some of my black dresses were cheap and super plain. I use accessories, like a pleather jacket to change up the look!

For dressing up in the cooler months, my key is to find short dresses that are maybe plain or maybe not too dressy, add some jewelry, tights, booties, and my pleather jacket - and BAM instant vavoom...and my arms are covered :).  You could wear the same black dress and change out the jewelry and it look different every time, even with your jacket.

Then for date night - you could wear a pair of your best skinnies, a feminine tunic, and jewelry - add this jacket and you will feel like a million bucks.  Remember when we used to get dressed up for the boys in our life?  This is an easy way! A pleather jacket takes you from "mom" to your "husband's date".  Isn't that what we want when we go out with our men?  A chance to get away and feel like his wife again?!?!  I know it is silly, but we all know how great we can feel when we FEEL beautiful and how if affects everyone around us...

I know some of you are thinking, there is no way I am wearing a pleather jacket...yes, you can!

I am not talking about the leather jackets we used to wear in high school as a coat, I am talking about a thinner jacket that is short and fitted.  I am not talking about a full on biker jacket either - you can totally pull it off...contrary to that chick in your head telling that you can't. Everyone can wear this look!  Just get over that self doubt, put it on, put on some lipstick, drink a glass of wine, and rock that jacket!

My jacket is old - like over 5 years and I am still wearing it often. I think Tara got it for me for Christmas one year!  So I can't link it - but here are some great, mostly affordable, options...

If you want to really grab onto the trend - try a colored one!! I have my eye on a few of these...



So let's discuss this - it's time to get out of your comfort zone a bit.  Some of these jackets are less than $30!  You are not going to look like you are trying to hard. You are not too big to wear one.  You are not too old. You are beautiful and will rock this look.  AND you will feel so great doing it!!  Trust me. I have been there.  If I can do it, y'all totally can!



(tag me on insta if you wear this look - I want to see it!!!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Old Navy Online Sale!!!

Another post in less than 24 hours means one thing!!!! SALE!!!!!  Old Navy is having an online sale that ends today - 30% off and FREE 2 day shipping!! Like I said in the last post - you can get that vest for less than $17!!!  The code is HOORAY.

So I threw together some of my favorite items - y'all know I love me some Old Navy :)...here are some plus items...



And here are some regular items - a new cut that I am loving and wearing today? The demi boot but - they are a skinny boot cut - SO SLIMMNG!! I will post a pic on instagram later :)

And lastly - some super cute kids' stuff!! Girls.. Boys.. It ends today so get on it!!!! These are some great deals!! Code - HOORAY

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall-ing it Up!

Remember when I wore this adorable Impressions Curvy dress at the beach?

Well, just as I promised, I wore it today, in the Fall.  Like I said you do not have to put away all your summer dresses because it is Fall.  Layer them up with layers on top like this vest and with Fall colors.  What once looked like a strictly Summer dress became a great layering piece for a Fall outfit.



Dress - Impressions Curve | Vest - Old Navy | Burgundy jeans - similar | Necklace - similar | booties - Target

Also, let's talk about this vest. I think this vest is the PERFECT transitional piece.  It is a layer, but woohoo it's sleeveless!! Meaning you won't sweat to death!  I wore an olive green one last year and this year, I am loving the khaki.  I will say that I think the green is a little more versatile.  It can be worn a little more dressed up like this or it can be worn really casual with a t-shirt and converse.  I even like it with a maxi and booties!  I don't see it going out of style any time soon so you will get a couple years out of it - always a good thing.  I got this in a curvy cut from Old Navy, but I linked a few regular ones too. This is something you do not have to get in a plus, it is very forgiving.  Look for ones with drawstring at the waist line - they are more slimming and look more polished.  The best news - this Old Navy vest is on SALE - $22.97 and use code HOORAY for an additional 30% off and free shipping!!!!- HOLLA!!!!!


Now go shop your closet and see what you can transition into Fall now that you know :)!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Peek at My Shopping List...

Happy Friday friends!! It has been kind of quiet week here this week as work has been a little cray.  But I am taking a minute to do the weekly "Peek at My Shopping List" post...which has kind of turned into, "What Rachel has bought and loved lately" post :)... so here are pics of outfits with all the deets below them...


Tunic - Logo and Stitch | Jeans - F21, similar and similar | red converse - here | red necklace - RiffRaff -similar 
Logo and Stitch is a boutique owned by family friends (my sister Nicole's in-laws) and I have recently found big love for that little store!  They carry curvy sizes which makes me a happy camper!! I have a ton of new stuff from there that I will posting for the next couple weeks that I know y'all are going to love. They recently got in some great Umgee (that's the brand :) ) items, including this fabulous tunic!! It is super soft, comfortable and forgiving - you can size down!  They have it in all regular sizes, up to 2X.  I love it because it is so comfortable and easy to wear, but also can be dressed up or down. I plan to wear them a ton! If you want one, call the store, or comment on their instagram and tell them you want the "Umgee black (or gray) vneck tunic" and feel free to add "That Rachel / Suburban Strut wore". I got an XL.  I am begging them to start an online store!!!  The next pic is of the gray tunic...


Tunic - Logo and Stitch | Jeans - Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies | Necklace - local boutique, similar | handbag - Phillip Lim | "Play Hooky" Tote - Kate Spade - love and have one like this too | the girls' lunchboxes :) - Crystal Faye


Same tunic - different color! I just love it!!! The best outfit shot I could get that day was in the elevator after work, flying to dance to feed the girls between classes :).



Boyfriend Button Down - Simply Be | Pleather leggings - similar | booties - Target | necklace - Baublebar | handbag -  Phillip Lim | Sunnies - F21


A couple weeks ago, I posted on Instagram that I was looking through a "Simple Be" catalog and was loving their curvy items!! I placed an order and let me tell you, I loved it all so far!!! I got a couple of these boyfriend button downs and they are fabulous. I am loving that look this Fall and plan to wear them quite a bit!  They were long enough for leggings -big plus!!!  Post coming next week with some more of my favorites...



Utility vest - Old Navy | Distressed Skinnies  - Old Navy | cotton tunic - Simply Be | necklace  - F21 - similar | monogram converse - Crystal Faye | Sweet little girl - God :)

I honestly think one of the most versatile pieces you can own right now is a utility vest. It is great for chilly days, but you will not sweat in it on warm days still. They are slimming and you can wear it with ANYTHING!!  I love this one in army green too!!! Go check them on out at Old Navy - I bet I wear it once a week!!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!! Working on a cosmetics post for next week...stay tuned!!!
 
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