Rebecca Lately

Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekending Inspiration

This weekend is going to be so nice!  It's supposed to be rainy and dreary, so basically the only option is to stay inside... right?  ;)  Right now, I am feeling inspired by winter whites.  These sneakers remind me of my SeaVees Montereys, and I love the shoelaces.  The blush pink color is so pretty.  We'll be putting away all of our Christmas decorations this weekend, but in between luggings boxes to the storage room I'll be playing around with some new makeup.  Wishing I was playing around with this gorgeous bronzer/highlighter palette!  Next time I'm at Nordstrom, this will be on my radar.

What do you have going on this weekend?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Zaniac Learning Center in Cary, NC

We were given a $100 credit for a course at Zaniac in exchange for this post.  All opinions are mine alone.

My husband and I are always on the look out for new, fun ways to incorporate learning into activities. Our boys are very interested in math, science, and video games.  I am all for fostering their interests!

That's why we're so excited about a new learning center in Cary called Zaniac Learning.  It is actually opening this weekend, January 21, in Cary's Parkside Town Commons.  Zaniac specializes in K-8 learning with courses such as LEGO™ Robotics, 3D printing and Minecraft. Those who register their child during the grand opening event can get a 25% discount on registration fees!

The owner is a local dad, who loved watching his son interact with STEM activities.  He wanted to share their experiences with other parents and students!

Zaniac specializes in making learning feel like play with programs for students kindergarten through eighth grade, such as Zane Math, Robotics: LEGO™, Game-Based Learning: Minecraft, 3D Printing and Computer Programming. The new location will be bright and colorful, with glass-walled classrooms, white boards and large media screens. The courses will be taught by highly-qualified instructors in high school, college and graduate school with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math. Local owners CJ Bouchard and Joe Pepe are excited to bring this to the Triangle area, and Joe’s brother, Matt, will serve as the campus’ day-to-day operations manager.

“My son has been involved with STEM learning from a young age, and his eagerness inspired me to get more involved in the STEM community,” said CJ Bouchard, local owner. “That’s exactly why I want to bring Zaniac to the area – to offer parents and students alike more opportunities in STEM and grant them greater access to different learning methods and curricula.”

Zaniac campuses are bright and colorful, featuring glass-walled classrooms with white boards and large multimedia screens. The company provides a host of STEM learning programs that make math and science fun for kids while preparing them for 21st century jobs. The brand currently has campuses open in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah, Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut, Winchester, Massachusetts, Southlake, Texas, Asheville, North Carolina, Santa Monica, California, New York City and Miami. Zaniac plans to reach 50 campuses by the end of 2017.

The family-friendly grand opening event is a perfect opportunity for parents and children alike to secure discounted course registration fees and start planning for spring, summer and track-out breaks. Parents can enjoy a 25 percent discount on registration fees during the grand opening event only. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Interested individuals can contact the Zaniac at (919) 342-8536 to learn more. Zaniac Parkside is located at 1206 Parkside Main St., Cary, NC 27519. To learn more, visit

Zaniac Learning is officially opening its first Triangle location in Cary and inviting local residents to its grand opening event in Parkside Town Commons Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The celebration includes refreshments, facility tours and class demos. Attendees can also meet the instructors, local owners and founder Paul Zane Pilzer.

We can't wait!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to Choose the Right Travel Destination

Finding the right travel destination, especially if it's your first trip, might be difficult for some people. Many factors have to be taken into consideration before choosing a destination, such as costs, amenities, infrastructure and culture. In this article, we're going to give you a few tips on how to find the perfect destination for you. It’s a fact-finding exercise, but if you're more into the esoteric, you could consider consulting a telephone medium from

Consider Your Needs

Before you decide on your destination, you have to decide what you're looking for in a perfect vacation. Do you simply want to take in the sights and visit a few museums and landmarks, or do you want to do more intense activities like hiking, skiing or surfing? These are all things that must be taken into consideration before you make a choice.
You also have to take into consideration your current needs. Some people may just want to unwind and get off the grid for a week or two, while others might be looking for the exact opposite.
You also have to take the needs of the group you'll be traveling with into account when choosing a destination. If one person in the group wants a more laid back vacation while others want to do more extreme activities, you'll have to choose a destination that will please everyone.

Determining Your Budget

Budget is usually one of the main preoccupations for people looking for a travel destination. If you want to know how much a vacation will cost, it's important to know the cost of living in the area you're intending of visiting.
If you want to save on costs, you might consider staying in a hostel or book an apartment through Airbnb. You could also share some of the costs with your party and rent a villa or beach house for a week or two.
You also have to factor in how long you will stay. For instance, staying for a shorter period of time will allow you to spend more on luxury items if that's what you're into. On the other hand, if you're going to stay longer, you might have to cut costs on things such as food and entertainment.

Other Factors

Other factors you should consider before booking a trip include things such as safety and the culture of the country you're going to visit. Understanding how the country works and local customs is very important before you go anywhere. How friendly is the country you're considering of visiting to people who don't speak the local language? Are there particular customs and cultural norms you need to be aware of before you visit?

You should allow inquire about the quality of the infrastructure and basic amenities in the country you're going to visit. If you're going to need constant internet access, know that not all destinations have state of the art installations, so make sure you are aware of that before you leave.

Making the Final Decision

At the end of the day, you can only use your gut and the information at your disposal to make a decision. But whatever it is, make sure that the destination you choose is in line with your needs and has the basic set of amenities you'll need to enjoy your trip. Also make sure that the need for the group are taken into consideration as well, and consider splitting costs if budget is an issue.

Red Party Dress

This dress was sent to me to style.  All opinions are mine alone.

One thing that I've always appreciated is customizing clothes.  I've purchased many pieces over the years, whether from the store or thrifted, and had them customized to fit my body.  Sometimes, a piece is just too special to pass up!  If something is just slightly imperfect, there is surely a way to make it better.

But, one thing that I really love, is having a completely customized piece of clothing.  In case you've never heard of eShakti before, they are a customizable clothing company that is completely online. I've featured them on my blog, here and here and here.  Every single piece that I've ordered has fit me perfectly.  There really is nothing better, as far as clothes are concerned.

I chose this red dress because it's perfect for the holidays.  This would've been lovely during Christmas & New Year's.  It will also be nice for Valentine's Day.  The sheer insets are so pretty and subtle, and I see this dress going with a variety of bags and shoes.

How would you style this dress?

Rebecca Lately eShakti Custom Red Dress Kate Spade Red Plaid Bag
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Rebecca Lately eShakti Custom Red Dress Kate Spade Red Plaid Bag

Rebecca Lately eShakti Custom Red Dress Kate Spade Red Plaid Bag

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