Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fall Transition like a BOSS

So I am no fashion expert. I am honestly just a curvy mama that knows what she likes and hides what I like to be hid :).  One thing that I am a firm believer in is that when something works, girl wear it and buy it in every color!  Buy yourself things that you love and you know you will wear.  The key for me is having things in my closet that are token pieces, Things that I know that I can throw on with almost anything and look great.  We have to prepare ourselves for success - if we only have things in our closet that are two sizes too small because we are punishing ourselves for the weight gain? Well guess what? You are going to be freaking pissed every morning.  Because Lord knows that it is going to take way longer for that weight to come off when we are just holding out until we are ready.  Quit punishing yourself and spend a little money on a few things that you can wear now that is not a mumu or yoga pants.  Pieces that can take you from "oh shit we slept in!" to "I am killing it today, no one has any idea I woke up 15 minutes ago!"

There are two things I  have been wearing so much and that are especially great for the Fall transition right now and y'all need to check out for your closet...

Army Green Cargo Jacket!  I bought one last year from F21 that I still love and were a couple times a week probably. I love it because it goes with everything, black or brown, and I bought it long enough to cover me up and make me look put together when I am really not :).  Look for one with a way to cinch in around the waist with a drawstring - much more flattering that way.  Mine is pretty light weight so I wear it all day some days at work. But it is also warm enough to wear on cool nights. Wear it with everything from jeans, to leggings to over a dress or romper.  Here are some examples and the - mine is probably considered a parka so it it long :). Make sure and click on that arrow to the right too for more :)

Secondly - I am in LOVE with this cardigan!!! I have worn it probably twice a week since I got it. It is crocheted so it is not hot, but still a little warmth to it.  It is long so it makes everything look a little more chic, if you will.  I get tons of compliments on it and I know yall love it because you always ask about it on instagram :).  It is a tan/camel color and that is my favorite color to wear. It goes with EVERYTHING and looks good on everyone.  I have thrown this over everything from a cute vneck to a dress.  You will love it too.  Mine is from F21+ and it is linked below :)

So what are you waiting for (besides payday :) ) - go now, shop a little for YOU!!  Holler if you have any trouble finding and let me know if you get anything :)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Open Your Tired Eyes Beautiful!

Well hello there!  Are we in the twilight zone? Is Rachel claiming to do this again?!?  Yep, I am.  I never claimed to be perfect or have my shit together all the time, but I am baaaaack!  I have struggled with this spot on the internet for a couple years now.  Why?

  1. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TIME.  As y'all know I am a working mother of three kiddos with very full schedules. When I get home at night and have everything laid out for the next day, all I want to do is eat ice, watch SYTYCD or the Voice, and talk to my husband in peace.  Even thinking about getting out my computer and working on this blog, made me hate it.  
  2. I have failed y'all a couple times.  So this will be my third freaking time to try this. THIRD!  I wouldn't take me genuinely, much less want to listen to any ramblings.  Not that I am important, but we like friends we can count on. 
  3. I still have my own body issues that creep up.  I LOVE to preach to y'all about how YOU should feel about yourselves, and nine times out of ten, I will listen to myself as well.  But that tenth time is usually when I start thinking about Suburban Strut. And let's be real - there are haters out there. Many in my own backyard.  It is out of my comfort zone to lay it all out here some times...  
So here is the deal.  No matter how hard I try to look at this as a "hobby" once in my life, the Lord shows me over and over again that I need to be doing it. It is more than a hobby, it is my "calling" if you will - or my ministry. I have to realize that it is not God telling me I don't have enough time, or making me insecure of what y'all will think of me - it's that asshole, the devil.  And I have to shut his mouth and start looking up.

Suburban Strut is me.  It is my time to do something for other people and really for myself.  I think so many of us become "our kids' mamas".  Now, don't get me wrong, my priorities lie with being Shane's wife and Claire, Owen, and Bree's mama.  But I am also my Father's daughter. And I am Rachel Lynn Brown.  I am my own person and I deserve time for me and a time to make myself better. I did that with Suburban Strut.  

Suburban Strut is so much more than fashion tips and beauty tricks.  I know y'all knew that, but, that was a big part of it. And I want it to go hand in hand.  My goal here is encourage y'all to take care of yourselves, make yourself feel better with a cute outfit or easy make up ideas, but also to see just how beautiful you were made - JUST AS YOU ARE.  Enough with the body shaming.  Enough with "if I only could lose 10 more lbs..."!  Enough with "I wish I looked like..."!  We need to love ourselves today.  And love this girl TODAY.  You should be constantly be working to make HER better, but right now, she is all you got.  Why waste another day wishing her away? We honestly may not have another day.

Take that time for YOU.  Take the time to pray for yourself.  When was the last time you did something for yourself? When was the last time you spent some of your budget dollars on a cute outfit for you rather than your babies?  When was the last time, you got your nails done with your girlfriends or alone?  Or when was the last time you looked in the mirror and saw your beautiful face?

We NEED these kinds of things.  In the end, we are better wives and mothers when we are unapologetically ourselves and LOVE her.  When we allow time for ourselves or at least take a few extra minutes for ourselves, we are a better version of us.  A better version of us- or our authentic selves - is what we want our kids to remember! It is who our husbands fell in love with! This goes for all you single ladies too - when you are yourself, the man attracted to you then will be the one that you want!!!  I say this all the time, when mama is happy - it translates across the whole home.  We are better women when we feel beautiful and are confident in ourselves in all aspects of our life - that is how HE wants us.  

So I say all this to say this: I am going to do Suburban Strut for ME. My time to connect with women, build you up, and help a sister out.  Will you follow along and do this for yourself? Will you take a few extra moments to take care of yourself? Will YOU bring YOU back?!?!  The best part?  This ends up being nothing about is all about glorifying HIM. When we take care of ourselves and are happier - we are better children for Him... and we better raise our little soldiers for Him.  Trust me - we do this together and we pray constantly - we are all going to see all kinds of good things happening.  

Time to open your tired eyes beautiful and see what I see - a beautiful woman that deserves all the happiness in the world - a crowd of people ready to cheer her on!! 

Love y'all!! Here we go......I am doing it for them - who are you doing it for?  Feel free to post on insta and hash it #theydeserveME

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