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 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 :) 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!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Booties Love You

Hey friends! Let's talk booties!

I know I have written before and I will say it again, but Booties are your friend. They love you.  I have a mutual love for booties.  They don't discriminate against us ladies with the wider calves. I have fought with toooooo many pairs of tall boots, so I have embraced this new boot trend with open arms. I will always love a good tall boot, but not everyday like I used to.

Since I was a little girl, I have been so hard on shoes.  I have not changed a bit and wear shoes until they are falling apart at the seams.  All three of my kids are the same way so it is a real problem for us :).  With that said, spending a ton of money on shoes that are going to fall apart is not a great idea for me.  Now, I am not saying I have never spent too much money on shoes, I just try to not make it a habit.  We all know I have a pair of Hunter boots and that price for a pair of rubber boots is kind of funny if you think about it.  But I had to have a pair :).

I went into this Fall wanting to replace a couple pairs of my booties from years past that were looking rough. I was  needing a couple different colors.  I ventured out to Dillards and the internets and realized that the booties that I was wanting were way more than I wanted to spend..unless I was going to buy one pair! So I decided to look harder and find some better deals.  So let's discuss some steals vs. the splurge...bootie style!!

I LOVE Tom's Booties - but they can be almost (or over) $100!!  They are so comfortable for wedges!!  I have had a camel pair for a couple years that I still wear, but they are looking rough.  I wanted to get a black pair this year like this..

But then I found these at Target...for $35!!  And I bought them instead!

Can't beat that price and so far, they are comfortable!!!  
NOW - of course as soon as I do that, Zulily has a Tom's Sale and I find some really cute boots for half the regular price!! I bought the red wedges and the tan snow leopard ones!! Here is an invite to zulily and look at the Tom's sale today!!! I love this pair, this pair, and this pair too!!

I LOVE me some leopard booties!! I bought mine from Amazon last year for a stupid price - they are Steve Madden, but I can't find them this year.  But how about these adorable Sam Edelman ones. or BCBG pair...

But they are I found these for y'all to try!!! This pair from Amazon...

How about a cute brown pair of boots?!  Yeah those get expensive these pairs...but I love them!!!!

So here are some affordable options...

Lastly, y'all love my tan fringe ones - They are Besty Johnson from last year and I CANNOT find them ugh!  But here are some great other options...(notice I did not say, they are very affordable - I am still looking for cheaper versions of those, but I know y'all have been asking!!)

So I hope that helped!!! Let me know if you get any and how they fit!!! I found quite a few pairs at TJ Maxx too - so don't forget to always check there!! Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

No More Denim Blues

When I asked y'all, what was a topic you wanted to see on SS, many of you wanted help with jeans!!  I was not surprised at all.  I hate shopping for jeans.  At least I used to.  Today, we are going to talk what kind of jeans you need and where to get them...or at least what I am wearing :). I will link only jeans that I have tried and liked :)...

There are three types of jeans I like to wear: Skinnies, Distressed, and Boyfriend jeans.  Disclaimer - my current  BF jeans are too big and I recently ordered a pair so if you are thinking "I don't think I have seen RB in BF jeans", you really haven't in awhile.  So let's talk about each of these kinds...

First - before I get started.  Let me tell you a little secret.  I don't own a single pair of jeans over probably $45.  The only reason that number is that high is because I have bought a few pairs full price at Old Navy. My point is - I don't do expensive jeans.  Let's be real - I wear them until they fall apart.  Literally.  Either there is a hole in the knee that was not intentional, they are falling apart at the belt loops from pulling them on and washing too many times, or the real reason - my thighs. Mama does not have a thigh gap.  In fact my thighs are buddies and rub like their going to start a fire when I wear jeans.  I know y'all know what I am talking about.  It is what it is.  I embrace it.  In order to be okay with it, I buy cheap jeans.  And honestly, the expensive ones that I bought in the past, didn't last much longer for me.

Back to business...First let's talk SKINNIES.

Just because they are called skinnies it does not mean only skinny people can wear them.  I don't care what you think, that is not true.  Skinnies are actually flattering on everyone when wearing the right size.  The three keys to well fitted skinnies: They are actually fitted on your legs, not baggy, they have STRETCH, and they don't give you a muffin top. Buy a pair that is your size, the higher the rise the better to prevent muffin top, and you need to be able to breathe in them.  Look for a pair with stretch.  These are supposed to be tight, you don't want your pants splitting when you sit down.  Make sure they are in fact fitted, or skinny.  They need to be almost like leggings.

I love skinnies because they are flattering with looser tops - and let's be honest, that is what I live in.  They can look dressed up or dressed down, depending on your shoes.  You can wear booties with them no problem - just roll them up loosely if they are long.  Of course they are perfect for tall boots too.  Many stores have them in all sizes now - my favorite skinnies come from Old Navy and Forever 21.  I like all shades of skinnies - but dark is my favorite because of the slimming factor.  That is my recommendation if you are diving in this pool for the first time - go dark - and where a longer looser top.  Here are some of favorite skinnies...if you look at my instagram, you will see I wear these almost everyday!

Second - Distressed Jeans.

Now some of you may hate these and hate that we wear them.  Sorry.
But I know many of you love them because you are always asking where I get mine :).  I wear these casually most of the time, but I like to wear them dressed up on Date Night or out with the girls.  They are very versatile, but you do need to keep in mind of where you are going. I don't wear them to work unless it is a super casual day and we are not seeing the customer.  They are so comfortable (hello! Built in ventilation and give at the knees!!) and you will want to wear them all the time.  Unfortunately, the more you wear them, the more they rip.  These don't last forever, hence why you should not spend too much on them.  Like I said, I dress them down and up - Down is obvious with tshirts and converse - dressed up they look super cute with booties or even wedges with a fun top and jewelry.  My favorite place to buy them is Forever 21.  I have worn out both of my pairs and waiting on another pair to get to me!  I bought a pair this weekend from Old Navy that was a skinny fit and I love them so far.  Watch F21 for their skinny version - those are my favorite - right now you can get these pairs, boyfriend style from F21 and I linked the Old Navy ones (regular Old Navy goes up to 18, so check those out too, I also added the plus size)...

Last - Boyfriend Jeans.

Honestly, I feel like these should become a closet staple.  If you look at all the style blogs, you will see them rocking this style in such cute ways.  Boyfriend Jeans are exactly what they sound like - they are supposed to look like you are wearing your boyfriend jeans.  They are more of a straight leg, baggy with a rolled up hem.  Gap has a great BF jean that you can get on sale sometimes.  I once read a blog that had the easiest way to get the right fit on these (it was Rachel Parcell).  She said that you should get a pair of your favorite skinnies, at least one size too big. They won't be fitted and they will hang on your waist lower like your BF's jeans would (let's be honest, I could not even button Shane's jeans, ugh).  Then just roll them up.  This would be an easy transition into skinnies if you are apprehensive. These jeans would need to be worn with booties or lower shoes - not tall boots.  They are once again, a great look for casual and dressing up.  Button downs look fantastic with them!  I ordered a pair from Old Navy (link included)  and I will let yall know what I think later! Here are some links...FYI - I added a pair of Gap ones that are amazing and I have too - they are pricey...look at Old Navy regular like I said above...

Now there are a ton other styles - I love me a good wide leg or boot cut - but these above are the top trends at the moment.  Not that these others are not great - keep on wearing them.  Just quit wearing jeans that are uncomfortable because of the size on the tag.  The best lesson I ever learned: A pair of jeans in one or two sizes bigger will be slimmer than squeezing into a smaller size. Period.  DO NOT be afraid of jeans shopping because you are afraid of the size.  Buy the ones that fit and if you have to, cut that size out.  Quit holding on to that high school jeans size - you are not even her anymore.  You are so much better and could kick her ass!  It is not about your size, it is about you feeling like a hottie, strutting around in a pair of jeans that feel good and look good.
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