Posts tagged style
What to Wear on a Summer Vacation in Italy (June through August): Packing List

Summer in Italy is such a dreamy affair. On the coast, uniform umbrellas dot the sandy shores. Pastel pink and yellow buildings sit perched against rocky cliffsides overlooking the water below. Though Italian summers can get pretty hot, there’s still something so magical about the idea of gelato and vespas and pizza that make even I wish I was back in Sorrento right now, even though it’s the middle of June.

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How to Travel Smarter and Dress Better: My Take on New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Packing

Here is how I packed for NYFW, with all of my outfits fitting into half of a check-in luggage (the other half was occupied by things I wore in DC and Baltimore!). And, this isn’t exclusive to Fashion Week. These tips are the same ones I live by when packing for any trip where I need to be bringing my A-game from a wardrobe perspective, whether it’s a business trip, a wedding, or a formal event.

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Patterns Are the New Black: How to Boldly Wear a Patterned Jumpsuit this Summer

There’s something about a woman in a bright pattern, a bold shade of lipstick, or a colorful heel that always catches my eye. She’s confident, she knows exactly who she is, and she doesn’t need a safe color like black or beige to keep her head held high. Her personality isn’t beige, or blah. It never was. She was born to stand out and command attention.

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Awakening Your Sense of Awe

Do you ever get the feeling that, because of social media and Instagram and everything that we now have access to at the tips of our fingers, suddenly, nothing seems as impressive as it used to be? When was the last time you truly–I mean truly–paused and appreciated something in front of you without first taking out your phone to snap a photo?

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International Women's Day: How to Better Empower the Women in Our Lives

Before I go any further, let me make one thing clear–yes, I know. Not everyone’s a feminist or an activist. Not everyone reading this might personally feel like they’ve been affected by gender differences or inequality. Why does this all matter for you? I’ve honestly asked myself this question before on more than one occasion.

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Suede in the City

All of the NYFW street style moments happening earlier this month have really gotten to me, and I’ll be honest, I can’t help but feel a little FOMO. And no, it’s not necessarily because of the shows, or the parties. What I do fall in love with again and again whenever I’m reminded of New York is the electricity and the hustle and bustle you can’t help but feel when you’re there.

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Merry and Bright: Happy Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve! A year and a half ago, I had all but given up on doing Rachel Off Duty. Blogging is time-consuming, costly, and at times, stressful, especially when you don’t always see the instant gratification of having thousands of readers or subscribers. But the support I’ve received since starting back up again has honestly been so inspiring, and as fun as 2017 has been, I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings.

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Take Him Out on Dates, Too

I’ll be candid–if you’re in a relationship where you expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter–get out. I’ve been in that situation in the past, and while it was nice at first, it made me feel like I was being put into a box where I was incapable… and weak.

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Permission to Celebrate: The Casual Christmas Party

We’re in the home stretch leading up to the holidays, and if you’re feeling the effects of end-of-year hustle and bustle like I am, you know that holiday parties are our opportunity to unwind, spend time with the people that matter, and forget about all the craziness and stress that led up to where we are now. It's our time to give ourselves permission to actually kick back and celebrate.

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Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter

There’s an effortlessness to monochrome style that I think a lot of people are somewhat hesitant about (myself included). Get it right, and you look like someone who understands style and color to a T. Get it wrong, on the other hand, and you might wind up looking like someone who hasn’t grown out of his or her matching set-wearing childhood days.

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