29 September 2011


So not to mention is the weather just really monsoon-like (again) but I'm really really sick. At first I thought it was just allergies, but I'm pretty sure I've come down with a bad bad cold that has like stages. So first, it was burning runny nose, then it was sore throat, then it was stuffy sneezy nose, then it turned into sore throat and bad bad cough. 

So, no pictures today. I'm just trying to rest up and stop coughing. My chest hurts so bad. 

I thought I would shoe everyone some pictures of things I really want. And they just so happen to be all shoes:

The MkLuk Msc Kloe Women's Wedge at Target.com. Not too long ago I blogged about the Target commercial featuring this shoe. I got this comment:

Anonymous said..

I searched to website for these but couldnt find them. If your able to get a hold of em please let me know how and post a pic of them please! :)

Well Anonymous, there they are! I really really want these shoes. I love how simple the shape of the wedge is. They are only $29.99.. so just maybe! But I want so many different shoes I'm really going to have to decide on my favorites before I spend some serious dough.

Kienan Heeled Hiker Boots at Target.com. I'm all about affordable fashion, obviously. So I'm looking for shoes that emulate the style I want that will fit mine, and the average person's budget. I love the hiker boot trend because I love how it mixes utility with a feminine heel.

Peg Peep toe Wedge at Target.com

Olsenboye 'Cupcake' Pump at jcp.com. I tried these on in the store and I gotta say, I was dying for them. I don't know why I didn't get them, perhaps because my mother talked me out of the impulse buy. I just love the bow detailing. Such an adorable shoe by an adorable pair of twins, at an adorable price.

a.n.a 'Lillian' Pump at jcp.com. I also tried this one on in store and fell in love. They look just like those gorgeous loafer pumps from Nine West but less than half the price!

LUXURY Velvet Platform Sandals from Topshop.com. These sandals are just to die for, and at $116 would practically bankrupt a poor, unemployed graduate like me. I wish I could find something similar online to these.


Rachel Beth.

PS. I just realized how all the shoes I chose were black! Ha! 

28 September 2011


The fall weather has definitely set in. I love wearing sweaters. This is one of my favorite plum sweaters I just can't seem to get rid of. I love the simple knit pattern, and the deep plum color. I got it from JC Penney a while back for pretty cheap, $12. It's such a simple silhouette, when it comes to something this simple. who cares where you get it from? Most people mistake it for a sweater from Ralph Lauren or J. Crew, but it's not.

I think most people are so caught up with the equation that style = money. I love the new ad campaign that Kmart has come out with that has the tag line "Money can't buy you style." It's absolutely right. Money can't buy you style. If you have style, it doesn't matter where you get something, where it comes from, how much it was. It's you that makes it stylish; It's the way you put it with other items that makes the piece become more expensive. Especially when you wear it with confidence.

I'm wearing this with a gray skirt I got from Urban Outfitters on sale for $5! I got it a while back but it was a great purchase. I don't think I've bought a single thing full price from that store, or really from any. I just can't see myself purchasing anything from Urban Outfitters full price, they're items are so expensive, and really, in my opinion, not worth it.

This is also my signature hat! I know that sounds stupid, isn't a beret so trendy? I just love wearing my beret during fall and winter because it makes me feel so connected to who I am. I never normally mention my last name on here, it's so very french, it's almost like "Smith", and I don't really want to explain it, haha. Since my heritage is French Canadian, my dad still speaks french and most of my extended family (hello you all!), I just like to wear it to feel connected to that.

I just hope this rainy weather stops. I like the overcast-ness, but the rain makes it hard to take pictures! Ahh, the unpredictability of a Michigan autumn.


Rachel Beth

Images taken by Brian Garcia of Hate Your Answering Machine.

27 September 2011


Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, not just because of the fashion. I love the cool weather, the colors of the leaves. However, the changing weather never agrees with me! Every time the weather decides to go from 80 to 50 degrees in one day, my allergies go all out of whack and I'm left with a sore throat, a cough, a stuffy, itchy nose, and sneezing constantly! Talk about NOT something to like about the fall. 

In this outfit I'm wearing a J. Crew skirt, an Urban Outfitters striped shirt, and my black blazer from Target. All of these pieces I've worn before in different looks I've posted on my blog. Poke around and try to find them! 

Regardless of whether or not you can find them, I think its really important to note how easily it is for me to mix and match the things within my closet to make a completely new look. Things you buy should always be easy to fit inside your existing wardrobe, that way you can get longevity out of your garments without wasting your money on something that just doesn't belong.

Hope you enjoy! I can't wait to NOT be sick anymore! :D

Rachel Beth

Images taken by Brian Garcia of Hate Your Answering Machine.

26 September 2011


I've been trying to keep up with the craziness of "Fashion Weeks". First there was New York Fashion Week, then right after that is London Fashion Week, and after that Milan Fashion Week, and Paris Fashion Week. I've been checking out all the collections from London Fashion Week and trying to get better from my pesky allergies. There was really only one stand out collection to me that I really really loved and it was. . . 


I love the prints, the lace and the hats. Just completely feminine and sophisticated.

Until tomorrow,


22 September 2011


Is this not the dress worn 'round the world? Because if it's not, it's definitely the most popular dress silhouette right now. I got mine from H&M but you can get it at Topshop as well (and probably some other retailers). 

I've got to say though, best $24 dollars I spent. Yes, this dress was only $24! It's a thick knit so its perfect for the fall and winter weather. It's completely versatile, you can dress it up or dress it down. I decided to dress it up a bit because I love dressing up, even if I'm not going to a party that demands it. Dressing up just makes me feel good about myself, like, I'm worth the effort to make myself look really nice. It also says to the world that I care enough about myself to take care in how I present myself to the world.

I got these lovely tights on sale for $5. I think the polka dots are adorable and not too overdone. I got the shoes from Target a few seasons ago on clearance for $6. I love the little bows on my feet! I added this fabric belt that came with another dress because I like the satin sheen it has and how it breaks up the monotony of the white dress. 

It's definitely fun to spin around in a dress with a full skirt like this!


Rachel B.

Images taken by Brian Garcia of Hate Your Answering Machine.

21 September 2011


I've been thinking a lot about what I write here, on my blog. A lot of fashion bloggers that I "read", I'm really not reading. I'm just looking at their pictures and then clicking on to the next one. I think these bloggers either a. don't like writing, b. can't write, or c. know that people don't actually "read" their blog, since they don't really write anything anymore.

I've been told by many people the same thing. They aren't really reading my blog, their just looking at my pictures. I like writing for this thing, and I don't want to stop, but if people aren't even reading it, it makes it hard to keep going. 

Regardless, if you haven't already noticed, I love wearing tights and many different textures of tights. I've always been a tight wear-er, but I honestly can't stand to see bloggers wearing tights in the summer. I mean really? I love tights, but it's just to hot to honestly be sporting them. Anyway, no matter what I'm wearing, tights always make me feel confident. They can also bring in some fun to an outfit. Like these cheetah tights! I'm not a super huge fan of cheetah, even though it's a big trend right now. But I like that these tights a subtle cheetah, not an obnoxious amount of black and orange/gold print.

I love wearing shorts in the fall/winter with tights because its a fun and flirty way to wear something short without having to worry if your skirt will blow up. I'm wearing some of my summer shorts I cut up with this adorable J. Crew tuxedo shirt I got a while back. I love the juxtaposition of the super frilly neckline with the frayed jean short and cheetah tights. It goes from business to edgy to sexy in the same outfit. 


Rachel Beth.

Images taken by Brian Garcia of Hate Your Answering Machine.

20 September 2011


I'd always been a bit hesitant to try on a pair of high waisted jeans. I didn't want to appear like I was trying to be someone that I'm not. But I took the plung and bought these jeans on urbanoutfitters.com on sale. It's difficult to shop online for things, especially a pair of pants. But these had gotten so many good reviews. 

I have to say, I get a tremendous amount of compliments on them and I really like the way they make my butt look. I love to wear them with things tucked in and a blazer like this one or a cardigan. I'm wearing a J. Crew striped tank under it, and a blazer from Target. This black blazer is so versatile, I wear it with anything I want to add sophistication too or to downplay the femininity. And these jeans can be highly feminine, since they accentuate all my assets.

It just so happens that last week when I was wearing this outfit and took the pictures, I was approached by an intern for refinery29.com to take my picture for campus fashion in Ann Arbor. I was so flattered! I can't wait till the blog post is up. I'll definitely post the picture here!


PS. I love this picture below! I just wish there wasn't so much glare on my glasses!

Images taken by Brian Garcia of Hate Your Answering Machine.

19 September 2011


Fashion Week has come to an end, as well as my thoughts about it. I only have a few designers to gush over so here it goes:


The bright colors in Anna Sui's collection were so very fun. I loved how much pattern mixing she used, and the different types of hats. Everything seemed to have a retro concept and silhouette, with the hats and what not, but not just a throwback. She redefined some of these silhouettes with the bright, fun patterns while still making them elegant. Plus, I just love those butterfly tights!


I loved this collection just because of how different it was, and how well it maintained its vision even though the fabrics and colors changed drastically. It's pretty obvious if you look at Jeremy Scott's collection in it's incredible entirety that he was influenced by the American West. How he managed to make that appealing to the general public, and to me, is his genius. His collection is a complete head to toe look, from the hair to the feet. I mean, the hair almost looks like an old fashion baby doll or a "who", which allowed the clothing a little more playfulness, along with the platform saddle oxfords. 


I'm so happy to see the mod trend isn't really going anywhere. Marc Jacobs' collection served up some absolutely stunning, to-die-for, layered skirts in gorgeous muted colors. Just, gorgeous. This entire collection left me speechless. 


Another flawless collection. I might sound like a bit of a hypocrite, since I was just talking about how uninspiring the Vogue editorial of Kate Moss's Great Gatsby inspired wedding was, yet I'm just about to gush on Ralph Lauren's Jazz Age inspired collection. Oh well, this collection is everything. The hats are gorgeous, the garments are stunning, the styling is flawless. I love how the pastel colors really accentuate how dreamlike and flow-y the fabrics are in this collection. I'm in love with it as much as I'm in love with  my copy of Mrs. Dalloway. 

Well that concludes NYFW. So sad its over, but excited for spring!


Images from nymag.com