Rebecca Lately

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Brightest of Outfits x2

Happiness Boutique sent me this necklace to style.  All opinions are mine alone.

Make sure you have your sunglasses on, because this is quite possibly the brightest outfit I've ever worn!  Florals are my ultimate fave.  I feel like I could wear something floral every day of the week. I probably have enough floral in my closet to do that.  I can't help it, as they make me so happy.

This top is one of my more recent floral acquisitions.  When Happiness Boutique asked me to style one of their necklaces, I immediately thought of pairing this necklace with this top.  Although this was the first top that came to mind, it goes with everything.  I've paired with a dramatic black top, a chambray button-up, and a dress.  The Happiness Boutique has a huge variety of items, and they offer free shipping.  They also have a customer reward program.

I'm actually sharing two outfits today, as this shirt and necklace have been in frequent rotation lately.  I can easily separate these two outfits into different categories.  This first one is 'when I am not with kids.'  (hence the white)

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And this outfit would be 'when I'm with kids.'  In fact, this is what I wore when the boys and I went school shopping, and I got so many compliments on my necklace.  In fact, I always get tons of comments when I wear it.  Can't say I blame anyone.  :)

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Happiness Boutique 2

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First Outfit
Top: Daniel Rainn (via Stitch Fix, similar style) // Cardigan: Loft (similar) // Jeans: Ann Taylor (similar)
Shoes: Target // Purse: Cambridge Satchel Company
Photos: Em Grey
Second Outfit
Necklace: Happiness Boutique c/o // Jeans: Gap // Shoes: Target

Make sure to check out the rest of Happiness Boutique.  They have so much more than jewelry!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Southern Ideal Home Show & Giveaway


I have a pretty exciting event to share with you all today!  Later this month, the Southern Ideal Home Show is happening in the Triangle.  It's basically the biggest home and garden event in Raleigh, and it's going on for three days!  From September 25-27, you can head over to the State Fairgrounds and enjoy everything it has to offer.

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And get this!  They are even going to have celebrity guest Hilary Farr, International Interior Designer and co-host of HGTV’s Love it or List It. Love It or List It features Farr and real estate agent David Visentin as they compete for the affections of fed-up homeowners looking to either renovate or sell, and is currently filming in the Raleigh area. Farr renovates the couples’ current home while Visentin attempts to convince them selling is the better option. Farr will share her design expertise, tips and tricks at two Question and Answer sessions on Saturday, Sept. 26 at noon and 3:30 p.m.

I have to admit, I'm most excited for that awesome Q&A!


Make sure and arrive with your to-do lists in hand, because this year’s show will feature more ideas and solutions than ever before. They'll be spotlighting trends building and home improvement, living green, kitchen and bath, outdoor living, interior decorating and more. The Home Show will also showcase the second annual Brews & Bites, where guests will enjoy locally-crafted beers with savory foods created by top chefs and businesses in the Triangle.

Get a head start on your fall projects by registering online at for a chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree Gift Certificate to shop at the show.  Tickets are available online and at the door for $9, and children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Advance discount tickets will be available beginning Aug. 24 at Walgreen’s locations throughout the Triangle for a cost of $7. Friday is 55+ Day (tickets are $7 for anyone 55 and older) and Hero Day (free admission for those with active and valid military, police, fire or EMT identification). Parking is available and free of cost.

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And now, for the giveaway!  Enter below for a chance to win two tickets to the Southern Ideal Home Show.  Good luck to all who enter!

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Rebecca Reads: Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn by Jo Baker Review

I absolutely love Pride and Prejudice, so my reading Longbourn was inevitable.  This is book is an imagined retelling of Pride and Prejudice, from the servants' point of view.  If you've ever heard of or watched Upstairs/Downstairs, this would be about the downstairs crew.  ;)  The story revolves around Sarah, one of the housemaids at Longbourn.  There is one other housemaid, the head housekeeper and her husband.

Starting right off, a new (slightly mysterious) footman named James is hired at Longbourn.  Sarah is equal amounts of intrigued and put off.  She suspects he has a past, and she can't quite figure out his motives for being at Longbourn.  His arrival stirs up some emotions in Sarah that have been brewing some time, because she wants to have exactly what the Bennett girls want as well.  She wants to have a future with someone she loves, and she wants to feel secure.

Sarah's story line parallels the upheaval that the downstairs is in, what with the Bennett family lacking an heir.  Before I read this book, I had not considered how many people Mr. Bennett's lack of an heir affected.  The head housekeeper is in a constant fit, because she wants to impress whoever might be her new boss.  She had such an amusing personality, and I really liked her.  Overall, I really enjoyed this.  I had never imagined what the rest of Longbourn looks like, and this was a totally fun read.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Pride and Prejudice.  I think reading P&P adds to this book.  If you want to read Longbourn but haven't read Pride and Prejudice, I would read P&P first!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Wantable Fitness Edit Unboxing

I have worked with Wantable in the past.  I purchased this fitness edit with my own money.  I have used my Wantable referral link throughout this post.

If you're like me, you love getting a little box of goodies in the mail every month.  Today, I'm sharing my latest Wantable Fitness Edit unboxing.  I've been getting this subscription box every month since January.  I worked with Wantable at the beginning of the year, and they gave me a credit to try out their service.  I absolutely love all the work out clothes I've been sent in my boxes.  In fact, the credit ran out long ago.  These boxes are so much fun that I've continued to get them every month.

Who knew that work out clothes could be this enjoyable?  Since I've received and purchased so many great items, I don't need any more work out clothes at this point.  So, I won't be getting the box for a while.  I suspect I'll want some new work out clothes come January.  ;)

Here is my latest box.  I'll share what I got, what I bought, and what I sent back!

Linking up with Molly and Carly.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Weekending Basics

The weekend is here!  I love getting ready on the weekends.  This is just a casual, get-ready-and-go look that's one of my faves.  My black skinnies are weekend regulars, along with my favorite striped baseball tee and chucks.  I've been trying (trying) to limit my makeup on the weekends.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but I get to applying makeup and ... just get carried away.  ;)  These are my absolute basic makeup faves.  Powder to reduce redness, eyebrow pencil, blush, the best lip product ever, and the best mascara for getting ready quickly.  Seriously, that mascara is amazing!

What are you doing this weekend?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

From Summer to Fall

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Dress: Old Navy (different color) // Cardigan: Old Navy (secondhand, similar) // Shoes: Target (similar)
Purse: Madewell (similar) // Necklace: Serrv (similar)
Photos: Em Grey

I saw this dress on one of my favorite Youtubers, How Jen Does It.  She and I have pretty similar styles, as far as colors and patterns go.  I debated on whether or not to buy this, since it looked perfect on her and she's quite a bit taller than I am.  Well, I happened to find this one in my Old Navy.  It's not the exact pattern she has, but it's similar.  I realized I could pull the waistline up to make it an empire waist.  Now it's the perfect length for me!

It is strapless, so I wear it with a cardigan.  Strapless + me = not a good look sometimes.  ;)  I can see myself wear this into fall with a different cardigan.  Or!  With a pullover, so the dress looks like a skirt.  We'll see what looks I create with this super versatile dress.  :)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Pop of my Favorite Color

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Top: Pomelo Edmond Top (Stitch Fix, similar) // Jeans: Old Navy // Sandals: Target
Clutch: Urban Expressions (similar) // Necklace: Altar'd State (similar) // Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar)
Photos: Em Grey

It's no secret that turquoise is one of my favorite colors.  I mean, it's one of the colors I severely over-wear.  These Stella & Dot earrings go perfectly with one of my favorite tops from, ahem, Stitch Fix.  It's no surprise that two of my favoritest things ever go together like peas and carrots...

What are you loving right now?

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