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style challenge outfit inspiration

…”On the street where you live
Girls talk about their social lives
They’re made of lipstick, plastic and paint
A touch of sable in their eyes…”

Hey there, strangers!! Yep, it’s me, Rachael…finally.  I know I’ve been ‘a little Runaway’ but I’m back.  Having a demanding full time job and a sometimes even more demanding home life, it’s hard to sit down and write a post that’s worthy of the time you all take to read it.  As I have promised my Instagram followers (if you’re not following me on IG, you really are missing out 🙂 !!) I am going to post an update on my (and my good friend Jen’s – mommyteacherfashionista) fun, Bon Jovi-inspired, song prompt style challenge for October!  There were SO many creative, inspirational outfits posted by our fabulous followers; it was very difficult to choose our favorites for the month.  We based  our choices by the number of times each person participated,  as well as the beautiful outfits themselves.  We also had a rule that each one who wanted to be featured was following both of us on IG.  With that said, let me present to you all of the lovely ladies who were chosen to be featured on the blog:

Unfortunately, I have really no way to post the links to each and every one of their profiles, but if you click the button on here to follow me on Instagram, you will see the collage I posted and each and every one of these great ladies is tagged in the photo.  That way you can go to each profile and see the outfit in detail and follow along if you’d like!  They are ALL wonderful, inspiring women, so you would definitely be doing yourself a favor to light up the ‘follow’ button on each of their profiles 😉

Here are the actual challenge prompts:

you give style a rad name


Jen @mommyteacherfashionista and moi

outfit inspiration


October 1-5:

instagram style challenge


October 6-10:

instagram style challenge

October 11-15:

instagram style challenge


October 16-20:

instagram style challenge


October 21-25:

instagram style challenge

October 26-30:

style challenge instagram

There they are!!  Some of the most inspirational, kind, thoughtful, beautiful (inside and out) women on Instagram.  If you’re looking for outfit ideas, please do check us all out!  If you are into fashion and would love to post your outfits with a bunch of other women who will NOT judge you, you should consider joining us!  It is a lot of fun!! The style challenges really help spark some creativity to get dressed and ready in the mornings!  Some people don’t care for the challenges because they would rather wear what they want without being guided by a style prompt…and that is fine too.  Sometimes I like to do my very own thing as well.

…”Hey man I’m alive I’m takin’ each day and night at a time
Yeah I’m down, but I know I’ll get by
Hey hey hey hey, man gotta live my life
Like I ain’t got nothin’ but this roll of the dice
I’m feelin’ like a Monday, but someday I’ll be Saturday FRIGHT…”


Boo-tiful, tu-tu scary Halloween costumes:

fun halloween costumes


come sale-ing with me to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Next stops J. Crew & Anthropologie!



I’m over here pulling my hair out over all the sales that are going on right now!!  Seriously…so many sales, so little time, and ahem, let’s face it…so little moolah!!  The choices are overwhelming!  I mean, do I want classic pieces?  Do I want fun and funky pieces?  Do I want more summer stuff or do I want other stuff??  I’m talking endless possibilties!  So I thought I’d be nice and pick some things out for all of you.  And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t end up with some of it too…



The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is in full swing!  For those of us who take advantage of Nordstrom Rewards, we get DOUBLE POINTS from now until July 19th!  Grab some stuff while this is offer lasts because, well, you know what that means…the more you spend, the more points you get, & the bigger rewards check you get later! And of course there’s ALWAYS FREE shipping and FREE returns!!!



Nordstrom anniversary sale



Here are a few things I think should be in every woman’s closet.  Notice I said “every.”  I don’t care what your body type is or your age for that matter.  These items look great and are flattering on every one of you, so go pick up one of each! Classic pieces such as the fit & flare dress in a solid color and a floral dress (see this post for options to wear them as skirts and tops as well).  I think every woman should get a “cold-shoulder” top.  I believe they can make you feel sexy, even if you have body image issues.  I don’t know too many women who complain about not liking their shoulders! A great neutral bootie is perfect for just about any outfit as well.  And no one can argue that leopard is a neutral!  It literally looks good with anything!  You want to add a little spice to your outfit?  Throw on some leopard shoes or other spotted accessory.  I wear my leopard shoes ALL. THE. TIME. (Don’t believe me?  Follow me on IG at the link to the right –>)  Of course, I can’t leave out makeup!  Any time you can get makeup for a bargain price, you just have to get it.  I love this lipstick set by MAC Cosmetics.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s my favorite color.  (I’ll share with you in a later post my go-to lip colors). I love Nordstrom because they have EVERYTHING!!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Tahari fit and flare dress; Halogen fit and flare dress; Free People Dandyline cold shoulder tie dye pullover; Maggy London Fit and flare midi dress; MAC cosmetics look in a box fashion lover lip kit; Dolce Vita Kadie booties; Sam Edelman Onyx D’orsay pointy toe pump




J. Crew is also kicking butt and taking names right now!  You can get 30% off your order or and extra 40% off final sale items!  There are even some things on there you can get an EXTRA 60% OFF!!!  Go now to check it out!  If you are in need of swim wear, you will be VERY happy with what you find! What I love about J. Crew is that they have such timeless pieces that you can mix and match with trendy pieces, and keep them forever.


J. Crew sale
J. Crew sale

Denim jacket in Tyler wash; classic striped tank top; Ikat wrap dress; Sleeveless floral lace sheath dress; Chevron striped dress; Midnight floral silk jumpsuit (MAJOR sale)

I feel like every woman needs some sort of floral skirt or pants (or a jumpsuit), a striped top to wear with said floral bottoms, a classic denim jacket, a great wrap dress because they flatter all body types, something in an elegant lace (the color on major sale is actually a gorgeous blue), and of course, something chambray.  J. Crew, as always, has it all and then some.  And right now, it’s ALL on sale.




Anthropologie is having a decent sale, but not as fabulous as the other aforementioned stores.  They are letting you get free shipping if you spend $150 (which is NOT hard to do) and then an additional 20% off of sale items.  There are a few things that made it into my shopping cart which means I’ll be having a happy mail day very soon.  I am kinda kicking myself for not getting more, but I may remedy that situation before the sale is over…

Anthropologie is one of my very favorite stores.  They have unique, quirky styles that are really “me.”  Their textures and patterns never disappoint!  They are pricey, but a lot of times I can find Anthro stuff on ebay , Poshmark, or thredup.


Anthropologie sale
Anthropologie sale

Merla midi tank; Chambray paperbag trousers; Tufted blossom midi skirt; Gavi halter tank; Main layering tank;  Lace stitch cardigan; Watercolor silk top

Anyway, who wants to go shopping with me???