Kimono in winter + new favorite boots

Today is a special day as it is our Nevaeh’s birthday today. She is 6! Wow how the time has flown by. To celebrate we will have a small party for her at McDonalds with friends and family on Sunday, so look forward to some pictures next week here on the blog or  Instagram. Love you Nevaeh!

Thank you so much to everyone who left me encouraging comments or thoughts in the last post and link up (you can read more on why and or link up your recent blog post here), as these were much appreciated. I really have missed you all.
Let’s talk about these ankle boots, goodness how I love them and would you believe they are Dansko’s? When I think of Dansko’s shoes I think back to the days of teaching where every teacher in the school I taught at had a pair, or you think of doctors and nurses wearing them and generally I have never been much of a fan of the look of them but knew of their comfort. I didn’t even know Dansko made boots, but a few weeks ago my mother in law generously gave them to me. It was love at first site, and they fit my feet like the slipper must have fit Cinderella-perfect! These shoes are so comfortable too.
This past weekend was so nice as the weather was warming up into the 60’s and then Monday and Tuesday the cold front hit back in and wham out came the boots, leggings (jeans or whatever) and long sleeves again.
But it gave me the excuse to style this Kimono for the winter weather and I actually liked it. I had not worn this Kimono since early fall or late summer (see how I styled it then here).
The added touch was this H&M cross necklace I bought a few months back.
Speaking of H&M tomorrow (Friday) I will be one of many other bloggers doing an H&M gift card giveaway that you won’t want to miss. I hope you can come by and join in.
Until then how do you style Kimono’s for the winter weather?

Outfit Details: Kimono: The Mint Julep Boutique (sold out)// Necklace: H&M//Boots: Dansko’s (gift)//Long Sleeve tee: Merona (via Target)//Leggings: Old Navy.

Linking up with:  Carrie,fLauren, Claire, J of blessherhearyall, & Gina, Whitney, Dawn, Linda, Molly, Charnelle, Carrie & Kym, Cherie and Lisa, Rhea, Laura, Amber, Keri. Amber, Keri, Leanne. and Lindsay, Lisa A La Mode</a and Liz.


Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me #15 Link

Hello and welcome to the 15th link up for Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me. I want to thank the numerous new and come back bloggers who linked up last week, there were so many awesome and inspiring posts that it was hard to choose my favorite 5 to feature today. I hope you will enjoy those featured today and meet some other lovely ladies linked up. I wanted to also report that this will be the last link up of 2014. You can still link up and come back next Tuesday to see my featured 5 ladies but I just won’t have a link up widget up next Tuesday. I want you to be able to enjoy the Holidays and New Years coming. As I mentioned in this post here I will be taking a break for most of the month of January but will resume blogging again in either late or early February. I can’t wait to read what you link up today!

Here are my favorites from last weeks link up-



Heather of linked up a very intriguing post on how she thrifted her sweatshirt and then created the gems design on it. Her idea was to spend less money creating something trendy than spending butt loads of money on something similar sold in the stores. Hop on over to this post here to see how she did. Doesn’t her look just remind you of the 90’s grunge? Hello Claudia, Noami, etc.
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Jill of linked up an adorable DIY holiday décor project under the cost of $5. She created these adorable mason jar holiday scenes décor that I think you will enjoy trying for yourself, I know I will. You can check out what she did and materials here.


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Hannah of linked up a beautiful holiday dress that I think is just stunning for those already here or coming holiday events, plus who doesn’t want to party unless in some glam and sparkle. You can view the entire outfit post here.

Leanne of linked up a fun Aztec printed cardigan and boots combo that I just loved. I have been looking into getting ankle booties in this same color so of course her look inspired me with just one of the many ways to style my future tan or camel colored booties. I also like how she added a dresser look to her outfit with the lovely statement necklace.  You can view her post here.

Ashley of linked up a nice review of her new L’egg pantyhose and I reminisced to my younger days where these were THE PANTYHOSE in my families household so I believe in them. I don’t wear pantyhose much anymore (I am a leggings girl what can I say) but I just though Ashley looked lovely as she made a summery look go fall/pre-winter with just the touch of ankle booties and long sleeved shirt. You can view her review and post here.

**Before you start linking up I want to acknowledge Ariana W, as the winner of my 1 year blogiversary, 500 plus instagram follower giveaway last Tuesday. She won a $10 Starbucks giftcard, bracelets and homemade apple butter.  Thank you to all who entered. I will be participating in a loop giveaway on Instagram a few days after Christmas and a few more after my blogging break.

Now the rules and link up:
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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Rachel xo