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My Best Friends Baby Shower

October 19, 2014

My friend Hannah and I have been friends since we met in the pre-school at our church. We became best friends in the 3rd grade and remained friends till now. She really knows me, and has been a loyal friend to me for many years. I was SO excited to shower her with excitement and love for the arrival of her baby girl. 

We had discussed exactly what she envisioned for her shower. She expressed that she wanted a VERY neutral, co-ed, yet festive shower. Since it’s October, we decided to go with white pumpkins, and white hydrangeas for the center pieces. We painted Mason Jars with gold paint, and wrapped thin rope around the top. I loved how these turned out. 
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She also expressed that she did NOT want to play games. She wanted it to have a more “get together” casual party type feel. She liked the idea of guests writing funny messages on the bottom of diapers for those late night diaper changes. This was optional. Guests could choose to participate or not. We didn’t announce this, we just left the chalkboard out with instructions. We had lots of funny diapers by the end of the night.

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We had iced tea, a keg of root beer & a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings for custom hot chocolate.

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We decided on warm chili and sliders for the food. Since this shower was co-ed, Hannah’s husband had a say also. He really preferred this menu option. Byron made the food, and it was all fantastic.

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 I made a three layered cake with edible gold sprinkles.. I had to decorate the sprinkles with Oliver in my arms, so I couldn’t get it perfect.. I still really loved it though.. This was a yellow cake with cream cheese frosting.

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 Hannah was holding Oliver so I could take pictures.. =)

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Hope you enjoyed this post.

xo, Rachel

Fashion, Home

Taking Proper Care of your Clothes 101

October 17, 2014

Hey everyone!

I bring it up all the time, fashion can be an INVESTMENT, and with every investment comes proper maintenance.  It is so important that we are taking care of our clothes, ESPECIALLY the pieces that we spend a little more on; as those are the pieces we usually want to get the most use out of!

Check out my newest video and see some additional helpful tips below.

Hope you enjoy this post! <3

Clothing Care Tips!

  • Don’t over wash your clothes. Washing doesn’t only cleanse the item, but often fades color and removes structure. Items worn carefully and lightly can often be made fresh again by simply airing them out.

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  • Denim lasts forever between washes. Denim is super durable and easy to spot clean, but can lose its shape drastically with each wash. With that in mind, try freshening your denim with a nice steam in the dryer, or even hang them over your shower rod for a natural steam.
  • Organize your laundry.  When it is time to do laundry, carefully read the tags on your clothes and divide accordingly. Not only lights with lights and darks with darks, but cool dry with cool dry and gentle rinse cycle with gentle rinse cycle items. The more attention you pay, the longer your clothes will stay looking like new!
  • Use a mesh bag for washing delicates. Put delicates inside it before washing to prevent them from catching on the washer and other garments.
  • If something shrinks in the wash, keep it damp and stretch. Often times, damp items can be gently stretched back to shape. After gently stretching the damp and shrunken item with your hands, try wearing it while it dries so it reshapes to your body.  This is especially useful for fashion emergency situations!
  • Avoid the dryer! It is better for you, the environment, and your CLOTHES if you air dry.  Dryers not only rapidly dry your clothes, they rapidly wear down your clothes also.  Do yourself  and your electricity bill a favor and air dry the pieces you want to last. Most pieces can be dried in the sun, but take care to see which clothes need a cool dry  (i.e swimsuits or more sensitive fabrics.)
  • NEVER use the dryer on your bras.  This will seriously damage the structure and support intended; as will improper storage.
  • Keep bras organized and folded properly to maintain the cups. Fold padded bras in half with the straps tucked under the cups. This helps them keep their shape.
  • If you must use the dryer, always clean the lint trap after every load, and use the most gentle setting.
  • When your clothes are done drying, hang or fold them as soon as you remove them from the heat (sun or dryer). The change in temperature (from warm to cool) will lock in the current state of the clothes, hence why you want them in the most optimal position to not wrinkle. Hanging them is ideal.
  • Don’t over crowd your closet! Cramming clothes together, not only wrinkles, but wears down sensitive fabrics. Recently I minimized clutter by giving into those velvet (space saving) hangers I see everywhere. You can find these for a reasonable price point at HomeGoods.

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  • Fold clothes along the seems, to avoid unwanted creases and to maintain the shape of the item.
  • Avoid wrinkles, by using a handheld steamer!  This is my must have when getting ready for an event or shoot. Handheld steamers will save your outfit every time, and will leave your clothes fresh and wrinkle free.

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  • Always clean seasonal clothes prior to storing. If you ever plan on storing your clothes, know that bugs like dirt, and strong scents like perfum and smoke.  To avoid a breach in your seasonal gear, clean them before you store them.
  • Lastly, treat and maintain your leather items.  Leather tends to be the hardest hitting on our finances, so caring for your leather clothes and accessories should be an investment from the start. Pretreat your items with some type of water resistant formulas.  Water can often bring out the worst in leather. Also, be sure to condition your leather to cleanse and maintain this valuable material.

Be sure to always read your tags for additional guidelines.

Hope you enjoyed this post!
Until next time.
xo, Rachel

Beauty

♥ Get Un-Ready With Me (Skin & Hair Routine) ♥

October 13, 2014

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This is pretty much my skincare routine every night when I get home and “un-ready.”
Hope you enjoy the video. =)
xo, Rachel
Beauty, Family, Fashion

Bold Fall/Autumn Makeup Look

October 13, 2014

Around October/November, I personally always get in the spirit with Chai Lattes, Pumpkins, and yummy smelling candles. I also LOVE this time of year for the fun fall fashion, and makeup. It’s nice to play around a bit with makeup looks throughout the year, and during these months I really love the bold deep maroon colors for both my nails and lips.

Here’s a makeup look I’m loving for fall:

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Hope you enjoyed this post!
Until next time.
xo, Rachel

Family, Home

DIY Glam Pumpkins

October 13, 2014

In the spirit of fall, we made a family trip to the pumpkin patch. =) NEXT… it was time to decorate!! =)

For this glam pumpkin project, it’s BEST to stay outdoors in a well ventilated area, and faaaar away from children or animals. Never can be too safe when it comes to spray paint and glitter! =)

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First things first, lay down a painter’s cloth. Newspaper would work too!

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Start with the bottom of the pumpkin, and spray the gold metallic spray paint. Give it a minute to dry.

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In the mean time, take out some spooky spiders…

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…and glam them up a bit with the same paint.

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Next we flip the pumpkin upright, and finished the paint job. Love the way it turned out!

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Using this amazing rhinestone monogram from Michaels, I bedazzled my pumpkin with the letter “T” for the Talbott family… You could use a stencil if you’d like, but this was MUCH easier for me =)

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Couldn’t be happier with the end product!

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Classic, festive, and so simple to make!

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This is the perfect activity to get you in a festive mood. It’s especially great to do with your family or friends =)

Saving the best for last…I started with this gorgeous ghost white pumpkin.

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Finding these rhinestone strips at Michael’s was a blessing, and saved us so much time!

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They’re so stunning, and even come with adhesive backs to save you time and messy hands.

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Cut the strips in half…

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…and place them along the natural edges of the pumpkin.

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Do this around the entire pumpkin.

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Using the same rhinestone strips, you can start to see the beginning of a spiderweb by creating three levels in between each vertical row of the rhinestones previously laid.

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After continuing the pattern, you are left with one sparklie, beautiful, glamorous spider web!

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Beyond pretty, and so unique!

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To finish it off, add a gold spider…

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…or two…

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…or MOOORE! eeek

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Long story short, we had SO much fun making these glammed out pumpkins. I can’t wait to see what other people are coming up with this Halloween! This is the season to be creative!

Hope you enjoyed this post!
Until next time.
xo, Rachel