My Old Kentucky Home: Bourbon Tour

12.20.2014

It feels so incredible to be home for the Holidays. After a busy season in the fast paced life in New York, a vacation was much needed. I'm so happy to be back at my parent's new home in Lexington, Kentucky for 10 days. This weekend is extra special because Alex flew here with my to spend a few days in Kentucky and (gasp) meet my parents for the first time! Yesterday my mom took Alex and I to the Woodford Reserve Distillery along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for a little tour and tasting. The tour was very interesting and I learned a lot about one of my favorite drinks, whiskey, and moreover Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. The property was absolutely stunning and we really enjoyed hearing about the process and history behind Woodford Reserve. Stay tuned for more posts from My Old Kentucky Home! 

Cozy at Home with Nordstrom Rack

12.17.2014


Nothing is better than unwinding after a long day or spending a lazy Sunday in a great pair of PJs with a cup of tea at home. I may not love cold weather but there's something about it that causes me to slow down, bundle up and relax a bit. I love this cozy sleep shirt I found at Nordstrom Rack. It's easy to throw on and cuddle up plus it's a great gift for someone you love (it has a built in gift tag). My apartment has tile throughout, so fuzzy socks are my best friend. These have adorable bulldogs in a sweet mint shade - I picked up 3 pairs at Nordstrom Rack. I'm headed back to Kentucky this weekend to celebrate the Holidays with my family and I'm so excited to take some time off and unwind. Alex is coming for the first few days and he'll be meeting my family for the first time. Wish him luck! How do you celebrate the Holidays at home? 
Special thanks to Nordstrom Rack for sponsoring this post! Shop a few of my at-home faves below. 

Office Party Chic with Sam Edelman

12.16.2014

I decided to go head-to-toe Sam Edelman for a perfect Holiday Party look! I wanted to keep the look professional with a dash of glam, perfect for transitioning from meetings to a fete with fun details. I paired an embellished sleeveless blouse with colorful embellishments with chic suede pants & a unique black blazer with a high-low hem. For a little extra sparkle, I added gorgeous silver d'Orsay pumps and colorful blue earrings. I kept the makeup simple with my signature black winged liner, neutral lips and glowy cheeks. It's an unexpected take on the Holiday party and I love the idea of standing out with a great pair of pants & silver pumps in a sea of dresses. 
Photos by Abbie Roden. Special thanks to Sam Edelman and Style Coalition for sponsoring this post! 

Fossil Monogramming Fun!

12.15.2014

Last weekend I braved the rain & chill to head uptown to Fossil's flagship store to get my favorite little blue bag monogrammed. This Holiday season Fossil's 5th Avenue store is offering free monogramming on Saturdays so I jumped at the opportunity. I love getting 'Rach' in lieu of my initials as a nod to my blog (plus it's just cuter, am I right?!) At the event, complete with hot cider and gingerbread man treats, I got the chance to meet Kendall of Styled Snapshots & Jessica of Girls off 5th and we had a great time customizing our Fossil bags. If you're in the city - be sure to stop by here's the details: Every Saturday from 1-5pm at Fossil's Flagship at 530 Fifth Ave. RSVP here!
Special thanks to Fossil for sponsoring this post! 

Holiday Fete with Nordstrom Rack

12.12.2014




I adore a good Holiday party and I'm sure it would be no surprise to you that my favorite color to wear to a festive fete is, of course, red! To me, the little red dress makes such a strong statement and I adore this silk Rebecca Minkoff dress I scored at Nordstrom Rack (check out my favorite Nordstrom location in NYC here). I love finding a gorgeous statement dress that perfectly translates from work to happy hour to a Holiday party (I'm wearing it right now!) To polish the look, I paired the dress with opaque black tights from Hue, luxe black suede pumps and a navy blue topper (similar). I had such a blast shopping at Nordstrom Rack and I even picked up a few great gifts for my friends and family while I was there. What's on your Christmas wish list this year?
Special thanks to Nordstrom Rack for sponsoring this post! 

A FRYE HOLIDAY

12.11.2014


I adore Frye boots. I've been listing after a pair for years and I finally splurged on a pair a few weeks back at the SoHo flagship store. As luck would have it my friend Abbie just started at their New York headquarters and asked me to do a fun Holiday shoot to help promote their great #FRYEHoliday Sweepstakes where you could win yor choice of Frye Boots, a tote, wallet & notebook! For my look, I paired the gorgeous Parker Short Boots with a burgundy coat, green sweater and my favorite felt hat. Alex rocked his grey puffer with dark cuffed jeans and the black Tyler boots. I had such a blast shooting with Alex in SoHo. He was so shy but I think he looks amazing! Check out the full contest details here

Festive Holiday Fun with Crest x Lucky

12.10.2014


As you guys might know, I collaborated with Lucky Magazine and Crest to share my tips for Holiday entertaining & fashion. My second advertorial hits stands this month (pinch me, now!) It was really funning shooting with the team uptown - what's a better way to spend the afternoon than getting dolled up in Holiday fashion. I love getting dressed for Holiday parties and I'm always adding some sparkle and fun elements. For my first look, I paired my favorite navy blue embellished dress with bold red pumps, a metallic clutch and a dark manicure. The dress stands out at any party and doesn't need any jewelry. The dark nails add a touch of edge and pull the look together. Next, for a spin on the LBD, I paired a black embellished-neckline dress with a "Be Nice" beanie. It's cute and practical. For my last outfit, I went with a sweet blush pink dress that's both flirty & chic and paired it with my favorite red pumps. The ruffles on the dress add an elegant yet fun touch. I finished the look with berry lips and a big, sparkly smile (thanks to Crest!)  

See more behind the scenes photos below.


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