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A Special Occasion Look on a Budget

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Meet Giavanna, a recent college graduate, with an invitation to a Black Tie Wedding. Gia, like any girl, loves nice dresses. Nice, heels. Nice, bags, etc. But, sometimes, it can be difficult to dress the way we want, when we’re on a budget. Fortunately, there are a bunch of tricks up a girl’s sleeve. I’m grateful Gia allowed me to lend a helping hand and show her how to shop for a special occasion look, on a budget! So, I’m sharing all of my tricks and tips…

Winter 2019 Top Fashion Pieces & Their Much Less Expensive Counterparts

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

I realize a lot of fashion bloggers post fashion pieces that are way out of the average women’s league. Who wouldn’t want to wear quality fashion pieces that are show stoppers? But, let’s be realistic. Most of us are not spending several hundred dollars on a jacket! Especially, when we can achieve a very similar look for much less. So, in this post, I’m going to share some of the top fashion pieces, for this winter 2019, along with their much less expensive counterparts. 

My New Skin Care System by Jan Marini

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Friends, I am so excited to share about a comprehensive skin care system that I will be using for the next several weeks. I was recently selected by Jan Marini’s research team to not only try her award-winning skin care management system, but to speak with Jan, (founder and Chairman of the Board), personally for a 30-minute one-on-one consultation! In this post, I’m going to share what I learned from this conversation. Along with the skin care system that Jan Marini, herself, has recommended for me.

What to Wear on Valentine's Day?

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

So, you may or may not love Valentine’s Day. But like it or not, it’s coming in a few weeks, and I believe we can choose to make it extraordinary. Last year on Valentine’s Day, I cried a lot. Over a broken heart. I was missing Baby Banana so much. At that time, Scott and I really had no certainty of being forever parents. Anyway, I’m regretful that I didn’t make it a little more special. Valentine’s Day is the day to celebrate love and our loved ones! So this year, I’m wearing something Valentine-sy. I’m eating a big serving of chocolate. And, I’m going to celebrate all the love that surrounds me, every day! So, let’s get to the fun part. What to wear for Valentine’s Day?

The Perfect Crudité Platter ~ With Authentic Asiago Cheese!

Fashion & Lifestyle, Food & Home, Health & Fitness, Rachel Maria's Recipes

The Holidays may be over, but Scott and I are still hosting gatherings at The House on High Street. On Sunday, we had our neighbors over for the Eagles’ Game. (They won!) Even though we typically serve burgers, wings, and/or pizza for a football gathering, I wanted to make something that was healthy and delicious! So, I put together the perfect Crudité platter! If you haven’t made one before, I have such good news for you. It’s super easy. And, fun! And, so worth making because it’s delicious and healthy.

Heading into 2019 with Confidence and a New Attitude!

Fashion & Lifestyle, Foster Care & Family

I know that New Year’s Resolutions can be corny and ineffective. I’ve read that 80% of them fail by February! That’s not a very promising statistic. I also read that in order to truly make a lasting improvement (like a habit) it has to be repeated for 60 days. So, if we can just keep a commitment until the end of February, we can make 2019 a successful year!

Rachel's Top TEN Picks from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Hey, there! So, you may know that I am on vacation from blogging. (Until next week.) But, I wanted to put this blog post together because the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is going on right now. And, it ends on January 2nd. If you’re a Nordstrom lover, like myself, you know that there are only two sales a year! The Anniversary Sale (in July) and the Half-Yearly Sale (end of December). So, I decided to round up my TOP TEN picks to help you identify some of the best of the best deals. Items that are not only on sale, but great accents, possibly necessities, for your wardrobe!

Black Friday Deals ~ Women's Coats & Boots

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Black Friday Deals ~ Women’s Coats

Black Friday Deals on Women’s Boots

The Ultimate Men's Gift Guide

Fashion & Lifestyle, Travel & Leisure

You would think it’s easier to shop for men. They’re supposedly more laid back and less complex. And yet, every year, I struggle to find the perfect holiday gift for my husband, Scott. Sometimes, we’ll joke around and I’ll remind him how easy it is to shop for me! “I would love anything from Nordstrom, Loft, Anthropologie, Kendra Scott, Lagos, etc.” But, Scott is super picky and prefers to buy things himself. Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of research on unique men’s gift ideas. I discovered a bunch of  things that have more originality. As of today, Scott does not own anything, on this list. But, I think he’d love anything that falls into his category. Therefore, I’m calling this The Ultimate Men’s Gift Guide. Because if Scott would love it, I’m sure your man will, too!

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