Style Collaboration: Faux Fur Vest

fauxfurvestcollabToday I am excited to bring back another style collaboration post (see my holiday wear collaboration here, and mustard cardigan one here), this time with Grace of colorandgrace.com and we will be showing you how we styled our white faux fur vests for the spring weather coming.

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I have known Grace for only a short period of time but I had originally started following her on Instagram but liked her style so much I just had to follow her blog and things have been great since. Grace blogs on outfits and her past travels and adventures everyday (even on the weekends). This girl is dedicated to her blog, fashion and her readers.

Today she has styled a great street or work wear outfit appropriate for spring. Although her vest has a touch of black at the bottom I just love how she incorporates little touches of black in her heels as well.  I also love how she incorporates the trendy marsala (burgundy) color through her lovely pants, and chambray with just the right amount of sparkle through her accessories as well. To view more on her vest and meet her go here.
IMG_0005I choose to style my white faux fur vest with a vintage floral boho blouse of mine (I mean vintage shirt in that this thing has been in my wardrobe for almost 8 years or more, and I still wear it each season). I topped off the look with white cropped pants and blue suede flats.
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IMG_0009If you haven’t already read it before then you will know now. I LOVE wearing BLUE and will be incorporating more blue throughout my spring and summer wardrobe for sure, so of course this had to be a staple color with the vest, especially with spring around the corner.
IMG_0013The right amount of sparkle in the jewelry adds some fun and flirty elements to the vest, giving off an extra oomph of sparkle and light.
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IMG_0017Don’t you just love photo bombs- that cone just ruins these pictures. But my hubby who took these pictures didn’t factor in the obvious, haha! God rest his soul!

Ways I have worn this same vest before are here and here for the winter season.

Fun fact: I now own a Cannon Rebel T5 EOS 1200D DSLR camera (used to take these photos). My hubby and I saved money in an envelope for this very camera since before Christmas and I ended up getting a HUGE package deal off of amazon for this Camera, tripod, lenses, filters, mini-tripod, strap, carry bag and more for only less than $500 on sale- It WAS WORTH IT! Any tips you might have on how to use this intimidating camera would be helpful!

*In these collaborations I select bloggers that are interested or that I happen to want to work with based on similar wardrobe items and we make it work and feature each other and share our different styles. Let me know if you are interested in a future style collaboration in the comments below.

Outfit details- Faur fur vest: Xhilaration (via Target a few months back on clearance)//Floral blouse: Charlotte Russe (very old)//Cropped Pants: Style & Co (old)//Shoes: via Plato’s Closet//Necklace: The Mint Julep Boutique//Earrings: part of a set from The Sparkle Exchange (buy here)//Lipstick: Avon- Lovey Dovey pink

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Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up

Welcome again to another “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up. As I type this up and begin to feature last weeks favorite five and post the link up button I just want to say thank you for your prayers and support on my post from yesterday (here). I am so grateful to meet so many of you. I am still battling with my emotions and am actually blogging away from home today and sitting in a coffee shop as I realize I need to take more time for “me” and if that means blogging away from home or doing errands away from my kids and family then heck I will take that opportunity to do so. It has been helpful and refreshing in a way.

Before I post todays link up I want to let you know that I recently gained one thousand plus followers on my Instagram account so I am doing a celebration giveaway here if you care to enter to win a set of jewelry from my friends business The Sparkle Exchange. Now on to todays featured five and link up.
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Shauna of @lipglossandlace.net linked up a fun dressed up casual weekend wear outfit and #bloggerproblems comment on her camera issues. See the post here to read more.

Jenny of @apocketfullofpolkadots.com linked up a simple outfit that layered with just the right accessories can turn a casual look to one of glam. (Despite what you might think Jenny, I love the outfit) you can read her post here.
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Nicole of @highlatitudestyle.com linked up a “how to style” post on layering correctly. I learned to layer for hiding spots on our body that we might want to hide versus flaunt when we don’t want it and based on body shape. You can read the post here.
Jill of @dousedinpink.blogspot.com linked up a post on how to style and wear camoflauge pants, from work wear to dressed up casual. Looking good Jill, I would have never thought to dress camo so well. Read her post here for more.

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Keri of @livinginthisseason.com posted a post from a series titled Practical Tips for Moms and in this particular post she shares tips from Mila encouraging everyone to take and do 1 thing only, this could mean 1 task then a little bit of “you” time versus a million tasks a day and getting burned out. You can read the post here.

Now it is your turn, just follow the link up rules below:
1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

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An ode to a bad week

I do believe this is the first post in awhile where I am focusing on the content and my life and feelings over providing pictures first then talking about the “outfit” or “good stuff” (I will get to that shortly) but first off I just want to admit that last week was just so emotional. Do you ever have weeks where there are good things but the smallest little bad stuff just creep in and consume your thoughts or actions and the good is no longer appeasing or a thought? That was my week last week and it was not fun.

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I have been in prayer about it but I know a lot of what the root issue is and that is I feel like a failure. I have tears bunching up in the corners of my eyes as I type this. See about 4 years ago I lost my teaching job around this time and so I am having nightmares and just thoughts of feeling like I failed and it is causing me to carry it on into my parenting and daily life. I even had a mini panic attack thinking about it the other day where I blanked out and couldn’t let it go and my breathing changed. Then to make matters worse I just felt frustrated with blogging because I was comparing myself to other bloggers so I felt like a failure with my posts last week. Did I mention I felt like a failure in my daily life? This has all been in with comparing myself to parenting, in friendships, and in my walk with God. (plus it had been that time of the month so I was already an emotional rollercoaster).

By Friday my bad week ended on a good note though (Thank God)!

There is just a jumbo amount of things I could rant and vent on right now that I have been feeling but sometimes there isn’t even enough words to utter these out, but instead I have had to step back, pray and learn to just give some time to meditate on God’s word and truth. I will leave the conclusion to my bad week and heart issue with these scriptures and perhaps it will reach to some of you who might be hurting or feeling some failure in your life as it has helped me:

Jeremiah 17:14- “Heal me, O Lord and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”

Psalm 147:3- “He heals the brokenhearted and binds their wounds.

How are you really feeling lately? Even if you don’t believe in God how are you feeling?  How can we be in prayer for each other?

Now on to the outfit (taken in horrible bright light outside, sorry but I hated to ask the hubby to do it while we were running errands that day, as he was having a horrible day that day as well).

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Since this was such a horrible day and time to shoot pictures I didn’t get very many nice ones, so I am sorry for that. I did however want to point out my new sweater cardigan worn here from The Mint Julep boutique that I got from winning a  giveaway last year from Jessica of blessherheartyall.com blog (thanks J)! I have worn this cardigan like two times a week since getting it and it goes with everything.  I have been dreaming since the late fall to have an oversized sweater/sweater cardigan so I was glad when this one was on sale at The Mint Julep boutique so I could snatch it up. This is such a cozy one too!

outfit details: Cardigan: The Mint Julep Boutique (exact here)//Scarf: Sassysteals.com//Shirt: Old Navy (old)//Pants: St. Johns Bay//Boots:Kenzie Wear (old, gift).

Thanks for reading today! I hope you can join me tomorrow for another “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up as I will feature my favorite 5 from last Tuesday.

God Bless,

Rachel
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DIY Lipstick

While I was away from blogging for a month I intentionally did a few more activities with my kids and this DIY lipstick project was just one of those that my husband and I did with Nevaeh (who is 6 now) while the babies were asleep for the night. My husband and some facebook friends introduced me to this video here on just how to do it. Below is a list of the ingredients:
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A box of Crayola (or any brand) of crayons and as many as you need or want from a pack of 12 to 100+
Coconut oil
Plastic condiment serving cups with lids
Measuring Spoons, especially a 1/2 tsp.
Saucepan/skillet
Measuring cup of about 1 in a half cups of water.
Serving toothpicks or craft sticks
Q-tips or lip brush for applying lipstick at the end

First of all pick out the crayons colors that will be used to make lipstick with and peel off the paper from the crayons (this was the most tedius part).

 

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In the video in the link provided above the presenter suggests writing down the colors used (especially when using many different shades of crayons) I didn’t do this step though.

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Fill a saucepan or skillet with about 1 in a half cups of water and then put the skillet on a burner and turn the burner dial to LOW.
Put the same number of plastic serving cups in the water as designated for each color used.
Next take 1/2 a tsp of coconut oil and put it in each individual little plastic cup and let the coconut oil melt
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Next break up the crayons and add a 3/4 of a crayon color to each little container and let these melt into the melted coconut oil, stir with serving sticks or toothpicks. ***We made the mistake of adding the whole crayon to each which changed the results big time in the end, but more on that in a moment. ***

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As the crayon completely melts stir and remove the plastic containers from the water and let these cool. Then take a q-tip or lip brush and have fun applying.

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Nevaeh tried a pink crayon color

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I choose a red color that I wore with this outfit post here.

Our results or findings from this project:

-This project takes under an hour to do

-You might spend anywhere from $5-$10 for supplies depending on cost and where you buy items or based on what you already have on hand.

-we placed the whole crayon into the coconut oil when really all was needed was 3/4 of a crayon.
-The lipstick made my lips itch after wearing it for an extended period of time so perhaps lip balm or moisturizer applied before hand would have helped.
– The use of too much crayon cause the lipstick pigment to harden to the point of being harder to get out with the q-tip (theory: possibly because of the adding of the whole crayon rather than 3/4 of it).

Overall it was a fun activity and Nevaeh still applies it daily, to wear to her friends, church etc. I loved getting to spend this time with her.

If you do this activity let me know how it turns out.
Have you ever made DIY lipstick or make-up?

Linking up with: Carrie, Keri, J, Molly, Whitney
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Tory Burch Purse Giveaway & Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me

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Are you in love with Tory Burch’s purses as much as I am? then you can win the one pictured above along with the statement necklace and macarons shown on my Instagram here. Several other bloggers and myself wanted to treat a special lady with these lovelies. This loop giveaway ends tomorrow at 12pm so don’t wait too long to enter. Good Luck! Also don’t forget the $300 H&M giveaway going on*details below, and participate in a blogger busy bag swap as well (read here for more busy bag swap details).

I want to thank all of those that linked up last week to “Bloggers Who have Inspired Me” and I welcome my new linkers as I hope you will be inspired every Tuesday for this little inspiration board. Now on to todays link up and featured five bloggers from last week:

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Maria of @classifiedchic.com posted her stripes and Olive military jacket outfit. I have been in awe of the olive trend making its way up on fashion blogs again so I enjoyed getting some extra inspiration from this post. You can view Marias post here.

Cynthia of @myrosecoloredshades.com styles a sports tee with jogging shorts, heels and blazer for a nice on the town hang out outfit while also promoting this tees line from Cinder + Salt. I just love how she transitions her wardrobe from sporty to on the town chic. You can read her post here.

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Our friend from Mahogany Closet blog adds a twist to a 2XL leopard print tee and turns it into a cool and fun dress perfect for a day or night out look. You can read the post here.

Grace of @colorandgrace.com added a post on how she styled her faux fur vest for spring. (hint: faux fur vest style collaboration coming with this chica, stay tuned in the next few weeks). See her post here.

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Carrie of @curlycraftymom.com shares a fun make up organization :slash: DIY yourself project that turns out with cute results, see what she does here.

Now it is your turn, just follow the link up rules below:
1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

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DIY Busy Bags (for busy toddlers & preschoolers) part 2 and Busy Bag Swap

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Months ago I posted a post titled “DIY Busy Bags (for busy toddlers and preschoolers),” (read post here) (pin here). Well today I am going to introduce you to a few more DIY busy bag ideas to help your toddler or preschooler with fun filled DIY learning games and activities. I will also fill you in on what each task helps your child in developmentally (motor, cognitive, etc.,)

Before I begin filling you in on the different activities I must let you know that all that you see here was not my original idea, but instead that of other pinners on Pinterest. These crafts were handmade by me at our local library “DIY busy bag” event months ago. I will include a pin of each activity as I go along.

The first DIY activity I would like to introduce you too is the “Go fishing” activity. (You can view the pin here to read up on this activity). This craft unlike the pin is made up of paper fish rather then felt fish. Basically, all you do is take two fish template cutouts, sandwich paper clips in between them, glue and then attach a magnetic washer or magnet onto a stringed straw or wooden stick to use to fish the fish up. You can view my results below as well as view my two year old son playing the game.

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This activity is great for eye hand coordination, patience, and counting fish. You could introduce different colored fish, maybe fish of different sizes. This is the perfect activity for toddlers and a great way to introduce subtracting or take away to your preschooler.

The second DIY busy bag activity I would like to introduce is the foam shaped lacing activity. All you do is make a template of a fish, house or other object and then trace this template onto foam and cut out the foam. I choose to do a butterfly. Next hole punch the shape all around, find some yarn and you can begin learning to lace (or your child that is).

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I modified this activity by adding tape to the end of the yarn to help with pulling the string in and out of the holes easier. You can find the pin to this activity here. I find this activity great for eye-hand coordination, patience and fine motor.

My third and last busy bag craft is felt chain links.  This activity only requires different colored cut out strips of felt with opposite Velcro pieces on the font and back of each strip at the tip. My 5 year old enjoys this activity, my 2 year old son tries this activity but gets bored with it quick.

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This activity is good for patterns, color recognition, counting strips linked and finally fine motor. You can find this pin here.

I hope you learned or were inspired by some new activities here or maybe got some ideas on what you want to work on with your toddler or preschooler. I have a few more “DIY Busy Bags” to blog about in the near future so I hope you can join in on that with me. Once again you can find these pins in the “Busy Bags” board of my Pinterest account here.

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Now let’s see what kind of “busy bags” you can create! Today, I am excited to be partnering up with Keri of Living In This Season for a fun “Busy Bag Swap” opportunity. What this means is that Keri and I will have a sign up for anyone interested to participate in making two different busy bags to send to another blogger, a “swap”. What we would like to encourage you to do is make 2 of the busy bags for yourself and duplicate these to send to your matched up blogger, that way you have two that you made and then can share 2 more.  Once the teamed up bloggers have their 2 busy bags then there will be a designated day to show off what  busy bags were received in a post. If you are interested in signing up for this swap then e-mail Keri your name, blog URL, names and ages of your children so that matches can be made before the announced match up date of Monday, March 2 (or next Monday). Her e-mail address is kerisnyder@gmail.com. The announcement of matched up bloggers will be made on the blog next Monday (March 2) and by e-mail. The Busy Bags must be mailed by Friday, March 13th and on Monday, March 30th Keri and I will host a link up so you can link up your busy bag swap posts. Age range for busy bags must be between the 1-5 years of age. Need more ideas on busy bags then there is always pinterest.com (just type Busy Bags for toddlers, preschoolers or Kindergarteners) or visit my previous Busy Bag post for ideas here, or my Busy Bags pinterest board here.

Thank you for dropping by today and considering a Busy Bag swap opportunity that will be fun for your kids, nieces, nephews, grand kids, neighbors kids, etc.,

Rachel

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Borrowing from my sister

DSC02109I may have mentioned in the past that I love to borrow my sister Annalises’ clothes (well I actually mean accessories). Here is one of those times. The scarf, cardigan and boots are hers, but she allowed me to borrow them for a day of shopping with her. DSC02108
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Outfit details: Scarf: Charlotte Russe (borrowed)//Cardigan: unknown//White tee: JC Penny//Leggings: Old Navy//Ankle Boots: Simply Vera Vera Wang//Bracletts: Charlotte Russe//Nail Polish: ULTA.

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Oh and before I go for the day I want to show off my best that could be done with curly hair fishtail braid that Annalise happened to do. My first one and so lovely, even with the flyaways.

What or who do you borrow items from?
Thanks for reading ladies,
Rachel xo
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Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMommy on the MoneyDallas Single MomStushiGal StyleSimone – Your Style ArchitectThe Surznick Common Room StonegirlLife is Poppin’

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