Denim Days

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Over the years my love for denim has grown into an outright obsession. A good pair of jeans or chambray shirt acts as a foundation piece for an outfit that can be dressed up or down in so many ways. One of my go-to looks is rocking a Canadian tuxedo of sorts-double denim. I have a few rules for myself when pairing a double denim outfit-the washes must differ in either color, tone, or distressing and I always ensure that I don’t get lost in an oversized denim shirt or jacket. You never want your outfit to wear you, so to make sure your denim look isn’t swallowing you whole: roll up the sleeves of a shirt or jacket, opt for a cropped fit or crop your shirt yourself so that your waist stays defined, or balance wider fitting tops with a skinny or tailored pair of jeans.

My favorite part of wearing a double denim outfit is that you can dress the look up or down with the accessories. For daytime, throwing on a mule or tennis shoe with a carry-all bag and minimal earrings makes the denim duo easy for running errands or going to class and adding a strappy heel, statement earrings and an embellished clutch can take the look into the evening.

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Both my high waisted jeans and chambray top are from Madewell, which I have to say is one of my absolute favorite stores. The fit and quality of their jeans is impeccable and they even source their denim within the States! I have on the 10” rise super skinny with denim from Cone Mills in Greensboro, N.C. I don’t know how they do it, but the pockets and waist suck you in without bunching and giving you the awkward “high waist jean pooch.” My chambray top was bought on a whim and fits super oversized. Since this top is so boxy, I left the bottom two buttons undone and tied the top up, tucking in the sides and back to help define my waist. The ruffle detailing along the sides adds a feminine touch to such a boyish top while keeping it classic and minimal.

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To finish off the look I paired my double denim outfit with some of my new favorite shoes-Adidas Stan Smiths. These are an absolute wardrobe staple and I’ve found myself reaching for them almost daily. They are minimal and classic enough to be worn with jeans and a t-shirt as well as with a pair of culottes and a chunky sweater. I like mine to look a little roughed up too because who wants a stark white tennis shoe? My earrings are from fab’rik Raleigh and are another go-to for me at the moment. After spotting these on some of my favorite celebs and fashion bloggers I snagged them and have been pairing them with both dressier and more casual looks.

Would any of you sport the “Canadian tuxedo” look too?

Hope you all have a great week!

xx, Rachel

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Madewell Indigo Ruffle Side Shirt • Madewell • $72

Women’s Madewell 10-Inch High-Rise Skinny Jeans • Madewell • $128

Women’s Adidas ‘Stan Smith’ Sneaker • adidas • $74.95

Thalia Sodi Gold-Tone Multi-Ring Linear Drop Earrings, Created for Macy’s • Thalia Sodi • $19.87

Polished Double Ring Drop Earrings • $52.97

Pre-Fall Layers

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Even though it’s still in the 80’s here in North Carolina, I’ve already broken out some of my favorite fall pieces (no shame 😉 ). Since it doesn’t get properly cold here until late October/early November, lightweight layers are the way to go since the mornings and evenings are a bit chilly. Kimonos add the perfect amount of interest to a simple outfit while acting as an easy layering piece for the cooler parts of the day. I’ve always been a strong believer in the power of a kimono since it can take an outfit to another level just by throwing it over your shoulders. A chiffon kimono with floral or lace accents is the perfect outfit topper for the evening while a more textured fabric kimono creates depth and a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to whatever you’re wearing.

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My tiered knit dress is from fab’rik Raleigh and I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it. It’s been such an easy throw-on piece for the summer and I love that it has a bit of a bohemian flare to it with the gathered tiers (plus it has pockets, major added bonus!). My purple and tan printed kimono is from one of my favorite places-TJ Maxx. I always end up getting into trouble whenever I stop in, and in this case I walked out with two kimonos for my fall wardrobe. I spotted this one on a coworker and within a week I had added it to my wardrobe too! I love how simple the print is and that it’s a mid-duster length which is perfect for putting over both dresses and jeans.

My brown huarache booties are by Jeffrey Campbell but are sadly not produced anymore. I had a SUPER lucky day at a local consignment shop and snagged these for $35 (originally around $200) and they were brand spankin’ new! They’re surprisingly comfortable and have quite an edgy-boho vibe to them. Under my dress is my go-to Aerie bobo lace plunge bralette and I have the sweetest little necklace on by Harper Made jewelry. We began carrying some of her pieces at fab’rik and I can honestly say that I am obsessed. At this point I own four necklaces and two pairs of earrings, but I’m sure I’ll be picking up more! Her jewelry is dainty with a bohemian touch, is gold plated and are all one of a kind. Be sure to check out her Instagram and her Etsy shop, you’re going to fall in love!

What are some of your favorite fall transitional pieces?

xx, Rachel

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Free People – Voile Trapeze Slip Women’s Sleeveless • Free People • $60.99–88

Free People – Asymmetrical Hem Slip Women’s Dress • Free People • $88

Anthropologie Aster Floral Kimono • Anthropologie • $69.95

Anthropologie Briley Velvet Floral Kimono • Anthropologie • $108

Aerie Boho Lace Halter Bralette • aerie • $15

As Is Sole Society Suede Cross-Strap Ankle Boots – Azure • Sole Society • $36.95

My Fall 2017 Nail Polish Picks

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Top to bottom: Lady Like by essie, Less is Norse by O.P.I, Krona-logical Order by O.P.I, & Bordeaux by essie

Since I have been so eager for the fall weather to hit I have already begun incorporating fall beauty trends and colors into my routine. I’ve always been more of a dark nail polish gal, and with some of the new seasonal releases I’ve been even more gung-ho about rocking the deeper tones. Here, I’ll walk you through some of my favorite fall nail colors, old and new, and coming from a nail polish fanatic like me you know they’ll be awesome.  😉

Starting from the top is one of my favorite year-round neutrals, Lady Like by essie. This has so many undertones in it from pink to taupe to brown. It seems to look different on everyone but this will always be my go-to for when I don’t know what color I’m in the mood for. Next are Less is Norse & Krona-logical Order by O.P.I. I seriously haven’t been this impressed by a seasonal collection from O.P.I in ages! Every color in the Icelandic collection is so unique to colors they have and have had in the past. After seeing both of these colors on my manager at work I knew I had to add them to my collection. Less is Norse is a gray-toned blue with a touch of navy and Krona-logical Order is a brown-purple-gray hybrid that looks even more amazing on your nails than the bottle would let on. I’m definitely going to have to make a trip to Ulta very soon to snag a few more colors from the collection while I can!

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Top to bottom: Bordeaux by essie, Without a Stitch by essie, and Leggy Legend by essie

Bordeaux by essie has been a long-time favorite of mine and is another go-to fall and winter color. It’s the perfect dark burgundy color that is so classic you could probably get away with wearing it all year long. I picked up a Stitch by essie because I was in need of a super light neutral color for my college graduation. I had no idea I would love this color as much as I do but this is a gray based white color that is perfect to pop on for the summer to fall transition period. Lastly, Leggy Legend is a color I got a couple years ago in an attempt to get out of my creamy formula rut. I rarely wear glitters and shimmers because they’re such a pain to take off, but this amazing color makes it worth it! It has flecks of gold, red, brown, and orange running through it and is an amazing statement color for fall.

As soon as I was editing this post I realized I left out another one of my favorites for fall-In Stitches by essie. Although it’s not photographed above this polish is a muted terracotta that screams “pumpkin spice and cozy sweaters.” Hopefully you can imagine just how beautiful the color is by my award winning description. 😉

What are some of your favorite fall nail colors-I’m always looking to expand my collection!

xx, Rachel

Boho Blues

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Over the years I’ve noticed that I have the tendency to stock up on multiples whenever I love an item or product. Around four years ago I made a trip to the Urban Outfitters store in Durham to get my seasonal fix and ended up scoring this tank in the burgundy color way on sale for only $20. I adore this top and have worn it to death over the last several years. The gold metal detailing adds the perfect bohemian flare and the cut of the top is super flattering with a bralette underneath. A couple months ago my mom, sister and I were in a consignment shop scoping out some steals and my sister came across this blue tank for $7, tags on and everything. Knowing how much I loved my other top like this I snagged this one too because why not? I have fallen back in love with both of these tops and honestly love having options when it comes to the color!

I threw on my trusty Just Black distressed skinnies to add a little edge to the look and grabbed one of my favorite summer shoes to tie it all together. These platforms are from fab’rik Raleigh and are much more comfortable than they look. After wearing them for some of my longer retail shifts I realized how much more versatile flatform sandals are than they appear. It definitely helps that these are lightweight so that I don’t feel like I have Frankenstein feet walking around (I know you know what I mean!).

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This outfit is perfect for transitioning into the cooler days by trading out the sandals for a taupe ankle boot and throwing on a chunky cardigan over the tank for a bit of warmth. After having a few low humidity 70 degree days here in Raleigh I am beyond eager for boot and sweater weather. Hopefully this weather hasn’t been a complete tease and we’ll continue on this trend of fall weather. I’ve already begun rocking my favorite fall/winter nail polishes to maybe coax the cooler weather along. 😉

What are some fall blog posts you all would like to see? Shoot an email over to doubleshotofstyle@gmail.com or send requests through an Instagram DM! 🙂

xx, Rachel

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Free People – Season In The Sun Tank Top Women’s Sleeveless • Free People • $54.99

Dl 1961 Farrow Ripped & Destroyed-Hem Skinny Jeans • $208

Dl 1961 Lara Cropped Frayed-Hem Flared Jeans • $176.99

Aerie Boho Plunge Bralette • aerie • $10.78

Women’s Free People Surfside Flatform Sandal • Free People • $128

Women’s Dr. Scholl’s Frills Platform Sandal • Dr. Scholl’s • $61.90

Casual Summer OOTD

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Can I just start by saying that I am SO over the summer heat and humidity? When planning my outfits every day in the summer I try to piece together the most lightweight pieces possible to prevent my clothes from becoming drenched in sweat (gross, I know). This super thin graphic tank was one of those exciting Target sale finds that I snagged for only $12 and it’s one of my favorite colors at the moment. I popped a white Aerie bralette underneath to tie in the white shorts and did a little front tuck to help my waist stay defined with the oversized tank.

These super high waisted shorts have to be some of the best fitting ones I own, and of course because I couldn’t just have one pair I got these in a vintage light wash too. I’m incredibly picky when it comes to shorts and these checked off every fit and style category for me. These are by Just Black denim and they mimic a pair of Free People shorts with the frayed hem and distressing but were a fraction of the price at fab’rik Raleigh. Just another testament to how how seriously awesome Just Black’s denim really is (can you tell I’m obsessed?).

After getting my leather slip on Vans last winter I was hooked on the fashionable tennis shoe trend. This summer I decided to get a pair that may be more comfortable for working retail and I came upon these by J Slides. When I say these shoes are like walking on clouds I’m not exaggerating. These have a gel insert made into the sole and a padded heel making these perfect for being on my feet for 9+ hours. I especially love how expensive these look-the taupe mock croc detail is very well done and the platform at the bottom gives them a similar vibe to the Vince slip ons. You will definitely be seeing more of these in the fall and winter since they look so chic styled with frayed hem skinnies! Lastly I added simple accessories to this look with my everyday rings, a pair of geometric hoop earrings, and my favorite watch by Daniel Wellington.

As summer is coming to an end I can’t help but stare longingly at my sweaters and ankle boots in my closet. Even though North Carolina typically has a warm fall, you better believe that I’ll be breaking out my cool weather apparel on the first cool, low humidity day we have!

What fall fashion staples are you most looking forward to styling in the coming months?

xx, Rachel

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Modern Lux Women’s Wildflower Graphic Muscle Tank Red – Modern Lux (Juniors’) • $12.99

J Slides JSlides Ariana Snake Embossed Sneakers • $89

Women’s Free People Cutoff Denim Shorts • Free People • $68

Free People Soft & Relaxed Cut Off Shorts • Free People • $68

Geometric Hoop Earring • ELOQUII • $19.90

Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch, 36mm • Daniel Wellington • $199