Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sheer Thing







 Dress: Cheap Monday//

I'm Back! 

Hi everyone! I am finally back after a much needed little break. Carl and I are doing OK and I started class this past Wednesday. Eek! Can you believe that?! I luckily have a pretty light load with 3 classes (biology, math and chemistry) so I'm happy I wont be drowning in school work right off the bat. I have a little car now to run errands and visit friends with so that's been really nice. All in all, everything is just fine but I have been WILDLY emotional! Like I don't think a day has gone by where I haven't cried at something stupid. The other day I cried at a perfume commercial (wtf?) and then I cried on the train because it was snowing (double wtf??). I'm definitely getting better and more emotionally stable though since i've been busier now (I needed that) and i'm learning to swallow my pride living under my parent's roof. As you can imagine, coming from living on my own with no rules to suddenly having rules that aren't your own has been difficult, haha.  Jake and I are doing well and he seems to be advancing in his career already, so I am extremely proud of him! Also in case you're wondering, Carl has been doing good... TOO GOOD! He's never seen stairs in his entire life so this house is his personal jungle gym for him to run around and scream in at 3am. My parents were really apprehensive about me bringing him along but now they're obsessed with him and carry him around, buy him toys and talk to him like a person. It's pretty funny because they're both self proclaimed dog people, hehe! 

Now, I don't want to dwell on my silly problems because I've had tons of time to ramble on about that in my previous post, but while I'm on this topic I just want to talk about how amazing you guys are.... I literally didn't think anyone would read my last post and was mostly just typing so I could make sense of the entire situation for myself. I can't believe how kind, and thoughtful you were with reading and taking the time out of your busy lives to make sure I was OK and support me. I had to take several breaks from reading these comments, which is why it's taking me SO long to respond because my heart was just overflowing with emotion and you guys brought tears to my eyes several times! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I cannot tell you how much your support and thoughtful words have truly helped me. Nearly every night I've been here, I've been feeling so stupid and thinking I made a huge mistake and I've been calling Jake freaking out and thinking I can't do this but each and every one of your kind comments have helped me stay strong and remember why I am doing this. Thank you so much for being so caring and non judgmental. You have no idea how much this truly means to me! 


Happy Place

The first thing I did when I got home was visit my best friend of 14 years. She's also conveniently my neighbor, so I ran over to her house and we watched The Bachelor (don't judge xD) and other terrible reality TV shows in her bed for a very long time. I really don't know how I have the stamina to do that since I usually can't sit still for more than 15 minutes. After that, I hit up my other bestie, Brysen (pictured above) and we visited the conservatory. I know i've posted pics of this place before, but every time you go it's different and there's always so much to be seen! It's truly my happy place in Chicago and I always find myself returning to it when I'm stressed or upset. I love just sitting and poking moss, looking at ferns and listening to the running water. It's so soothing, and it's free to visit! Awhhh yeah ;) 

With all of these gorgeous backdrops, I naturally used and abused Brysen to take pics of this dress I bought before leaving SF. I absolutely love the oversized, sheer, mesh cocoon that drapes over this strappy slip. It's absolutely gorgeous on and I can't wait to see how else I can wear it! I was thinking maybe with a distressed denim jacket,  layered necklaces or a belt? It's so versatile but I don't want to cover up the interesting silhouette or *gasp* SNAG THE FABRIC. I am sooo so gentle with this, like every time Carl gets within 10 feet of it I would RUN towards it and snatch it up before his toenails can pierce it hahaha. 

I hope you are all are able to enjoy your weekends! I know I have A LOT of catching up to do on your blogs and I can't wait to sit in my big comfy chair and catch up this weekend and see what I've been missing out on :) Love you ladies and thank you so much, once again for being so kind! :) 

67 comments:

  1. Yay your back! I'm feeling a little lost who's Carl, new to your blog! Your dress is amazing and you look amazing. Glad to see your getting more posotive each day and your blog is amazing i love everything about it:)

    http://anythingandeverything.weebly.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Arya! Carl is my cat, Haha!! Thank you so much for you kind words :) I am so happy you love my blog! I'm hoping to settle into more of a routine with school so I can post more regularly on here. Hope you're doing well!

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    2. Oh, your cat! Thanks, can't wait for some more of your posts:)

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  2. Happy you are back!! I hope you are doing much better :) Loving the look also, such a simple yet very beautiful outfit! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thanks Leta :) I'm happy I was able to take a little staycation but now your recent blog post has be craving a REAL vacation! I've been dying to go to Zanzibar and now I think I need to make that a reality in 2016 :) Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  3. So happy to hear you are doing well Rachel! These pictures are so beautiful and the dress suits you so well! I hope classes continue to go well for you! xx

    LOVELY ROSE PETAL | Beauty | Fashion | Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks Albertine! I'm happy to be in school again, that's for sure! Didn't think i'd miss it so much :) Hope you're doing great as well and I hope you had a nice weekend!

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  4. i feel the same way whenever i write stuff for my post - that no one's listening or give a damn LOL but surprisingly there's always people who comment the sweetest things. it's really nice to have that. but girl, i'm rooting for you this semester!

    i stopped going to school as well but do plan on going back. too bad going to school in the states is so damn expensive because that's the thing that's stopping me right now. all the loans http://www.fionnac.com

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    1. Bahahah Omg I KNOW! I sometimes feel like my blog is just a very sad diary sometimes that no one reads but it's always so surprising to me! Thanks so much for having my back :) I'm happy to be back in school! Uhhhhhh and TELL ME ABOUT IT! Oh my gosh, this semester was soo expensive already. I'm just adding it to my tab for the future Rachel to pay off hahaha. I hope you can get back in the swing of things later :)

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  5. gorgeous, dear! I am happy to hear that you were able to go home and visit people that you missed!

    xoxo,
    Winn | ♥
    winscribbles.blogspot.com | Instagram

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    1. Thanks Winn :P Happy you love the dress as much as I do! Hope you had a great weekend as well!

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  6. I'm so happy that you're doing great Rachel, what you're doing is such a challenge but it is for the best. I can totally realate to what you said about being emotional all the time and crying about the silliest things. My boyfriend is going to study to the other side of the world for a year in like 5 months, I'm an emotional mess and he's not even gone yet. This situations are so difficult but they say they make you grow as a person. It's awesome to have someone that it's going through something similar (you) to support eachother. Sending you love, xx

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    1. Oh WOW! I had no idea Ana! That's going to be so emotionally tough, but I know you two will get through it! Luckily there is an end in sight and he is able to come back after half a year! Long distance is really tough, but it forces you to build a relationship on communication and it helps you learn SO much more about that person. Keep me updated with what's going on :) I know exactly how you feel right now because the days leading up to me leaving, I would just lay in bed and cryyyy all night because I wouldn't be able to sit with Jake anymore for dinner or watch movies haha! He was like "jesus you need to calm down it's going to be fine!". Hope you're OK and let me know if you ever need to talk! I'm here for you!

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  7. These are absolutely gorgeous photos!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. Thank you so much Candice! I'm very lucky to have friends who are willing to take these for me ;) Hope you're doing well!

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  8. I love the sheer LBD on you! It is simple with a touch of sexiness that I love!

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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    1. Thanks so much!! I tried it on and was totally in love :) So happy you like it and thanks so much for stopping by, Abby! I hope you had a great weekend!

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  10. YES! Watching pointless reality TV is something my friends and I share in common when we have our girls night in. It's awful but there is something about those shows that just draws us in. Which is your favorite? --> lipsticktrilogy.com

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    1. Yay! So glad you understand me :D I never watch them by myself, but there's something about watching it with your bestie that's so fun ahha We just sit there and talk the entire time about how crazy everyone is! I currently am obsessed with the Bachelor... I know... It's SO bad! What's yours? I hope you had a great weekend :)

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  11. I love this dress!
    I get so nervous when wearing delicate fabrics! I try to avoid all sharp things :)
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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    1. Thanks Ileana! Oh gosh I KNOW! You should have seen how I was walking around... I kept getting snagged by stuff and then i'd freak out XD Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  12. these are gorgeous, especially loving that first photo of you! looks like such a lovely location as well. definitely following :)

    www.avecdanielle.com

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    1. Thanks so much Danielle! I'm absolutely in love with your hair and your blog! I hope 2016 is treating you well so far :)

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  13. Having friends like that is a boon! Glad u r better and this place is stunning and so is this outfit love the sheer!
    Thestyletune.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh gosh, I know! I love the conservatory here in Chicago :) I really hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  14. Your dress is so chic! It is not so bad living with your parents. I moved back with mine two years ago and I am 31 haha
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. Hahahha Hey, It happens! You know what, I think they're getting worried that I wont move out now! I get to live rent free, with free food and dinner cooked for me every night... I can get used to this! Haha! Just joking. Hope you had a great weekend Laura! :)

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  15. This dress is absolutely perfect on you! You look so gorgeous and elegant :) Have a great day!

    Check out my blog if you want: www.theglamandglitter.com

    Tamara xxx

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    1. Thanks Tamara! I hope you're doing well :)

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  16. Hi dear, you have such amazing blog and great post! would you like to follow each other on BLOGLOVIN? if you decided to follow me, please let me know so I can follow you back. Thank you

    www.love-joice.com
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    1. Of course beautiful! I just had a look at your blog and it's lovely :) Can't wait to bookmark it and catch up reading on the train! :)

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  17. What a lovely location! :) Great pictures and post dear!

    xxx
    Bianca

    http://baltisoul.com

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    1. Thanks so much Bianca! I'm absolutely in LOVE with your stunning blog and photography! You are truly inspiring! Hope you had a great weekend :)

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  18. So in love with your blog! You've got such a fresh style and it really is a pleasure to read it!
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC? If yes just let me know once done and I'll be right back!
    xoxo
    Patricia http://patriciacori.blogspot.ch

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    1. Thank you so much Patricia! I'm not entirely sure what GFC is (I'm a BAD blogger hahaha) but I followed you on Bloglovin so I can catch up on your blog later! You are absolutely beautiful! Hope you're doing well and had a happy weekend!

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  19. In love with that dress! It is perfection. The sheer is a great addition to the LBD. Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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    1. Thank you so much Ellese! I totally agree with you ;) It's an interesting LBD for sure! Hope you had a lovely weekend! Happy February!

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  20. you look amazing and all of your outfits are lovely.

    would you like to follow each other on GFC & G+? If you follow me,
    I will follow you back after it.
    www.tomntins.com

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    1. Thanks so much beautiful! I'm not entirely sure how to use GFC but I followed you on Bloglovin so I can keep up with you and your adventures :) Hope you're doing well!

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  21. Beautiful beautiful dress! I'm actually also totally in love with the location, it's a really interesting place to shoot. Love your honesty in writing too, very admirable. Do you want to follow each other on Bloglovin' so we can keep up with each other? I really like your blog!

    -Ruby Xx

    Another Ruby Tuesday / Bloglovin’

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    1. Thanks so much Ruby! The conservatory is soo beautiful. I'm going to try my hardest NOT to abuse this location and shoot every single outfit here ;D So happy you love my blog! I just had a look at yours and can't wait to read more! Followed you on Bloglovin so I can read more about that gorgeous Kimono ;) Hope you're doing well!

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  22. I'm so happy to hear that you're finding your place there, Rachel. Being emotional is understandable anytime and it's a nice feeling at times to know that we are allowed to feel so many things at once, but I'm so inspired that you're following your heart and going for your dreams. You look stunning and lovely, per usual.

    Mallory
    Perhaps Bananas

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    1. Thank you so much Mallory :) It's always so nice to hear from you!! Things are starting to get busier so I haven't had a whole lot of time to sulk and wallow, which is a good thing! I hope you had a really nice weekend and thanks so much for stopping by and checking in. That means so much to me! Talk to you soon :)

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  23. I love puns so I have to point out that yours is very good haha! The dress looks particularly pretty with your hair colour and the guy has beautifully combed hair too!
    TGIF let's celebrate and raise a glass ;)
    Much Love Karen
    (STYLESMORGASBORD) [BLOGLOVIN])

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    1. Hahahah Thank you so much! It literally took me days to think of that! And oh gosh, I KNOW right? My friend needs his own blog. He's seriously more stylish and well groomed than I am XD Hope you had a great weekend!

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  24. Lovely blog!It's so nice to read it!maybe we could follow each other if you want, just let me know and I'll follow you right back :)
    Laura xx
    http://gowestyoungcowgirl.blogspot.it/

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    1. Hi Laura! Of COURSE! I just had a peep at your blog and I love how you show off emerging trends. It's really inspiring and I love all of the photos you choose! Can't wait to read and catch up ;) Followed you on Bloglovin'!

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  25. I'm SO glad to hear you're feeling better Rachel! I was probably exactly the same at the beginning of my London trip: I cried about the silliest things and basically it was just me missing my rabbit :D <3 Anyhow I think letting those emotions out is essential. You go girl <3
    Anyways, that place, you and your dress look beautiful! I'm sure I'd love that place too! :)
    Hope you have a nice weekend Rachel darling :)
    Emma xxx

    www.wellemma.com

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    1. Ohhhh Myrtleee! I would miss that little fluff ball too! She is way too cute to leave behind and I would have snuck her in my luggage, for sure! :) I'm glad you understand the emotional roller coaster! Sometimes it's so overwhelming to leave the familiar behind and go forth into a different territory. I hope you're having a great week so far, Emma! It's always so nice to hear from you! :)

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  26. Glad to have you back!
    You look stunning and I love that dress.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Thank you so much Jenn! You are the sweetest! Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

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  27. This dress is so chic! You look amazing :)

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM

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    1. Thanks Sera :) I hope you had a great weekend! Happy February!

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  28. I love this dress, It's so good to hear that you and Carl are settling in! I've only recently learned how to use Google Friend Connect, and I've followed you!! x

    AimeeSueXO
    Bloglovin

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  29. Looking beautiful babe!! This dress is soo cute! I could totally see it layered up with a denim jacket too!

    xx
    Lauren
    www.blameitonbarneys.com

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  30. If there is a way of turning this comment into a big hug, I need Blogger to do me that favour asap! Rachel, you are such an amazing person, inside and out! I completely understand how you're overwhelmed emotionally and it's not the easiest but you sure are doing great hon! I am honestly so so proud of you and I don't think one bit it's a nuisance or a "pride-swallowing-moment" that you are back under your parents' roof. It's completely normal because you need to get your studies completed, and it's only for some time so yay to that :) Time will fly, hon! Awww, so cute to read that Carl is treated like the royalty he is, that handsome boy deserves it ;)
    As for the location of this shoot, it's so great to know it's also your little happy place. So great to have such a place nearby and being able to go there whenever you need that moment of peace.
    You look gorgeous, as always, sweetie! Hope you are having a really great start of a new month. Enjoy your time in Chicago, you are there for a reason, lovely, and I am rooting for you here across the ocean :)
    Lots of love your way, N. xox
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  31. Oh my goodness you are such a gorgeous babe!!
    I'm in love with your dress, your hair, well pretty much everything about you! :) hehe
    Such a goddess!! <3
    And that is one of my favorite spots in Chicago!!!!! :)

    XOXO,

    HaeMin

    HAEKUNAMATATA Blog

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  33. so glad you're back, you look absolutely stunning!

    Kierra | lavishingg.net

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  34. This girl's beauty is paralyzing.

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  35. Good to see you back, you look happy, refreshed and Your outfit aah gaahhing over it its so perfect!

    www.The9thSol.com

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  36. This dress looks great on you and what a fabulous spot to take pictures at!

    House of Illusions

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