Bridesmaids Bags

Today I’m sharing the bags I put together to ask my girls to be bridesmaids! Of course now that we’ve changed our date I’ll have to come up with some other cute way to tell everyone the new date but I’m totally ok with that ;)

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I wanted to give the girl’s something that they could use before the wedding and after, something that was practical, so I came up with these little linen bags! Jared’s mom owns her  own screen printing company so I sent her a picture of my idea and she whipped these puppies together for me! Each bag has a hand cut gold vinyl letter on the front, for the girl’s first name.

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In the bridesmaids bags I put in a few little goodies like chapstick, a candle, and some apricot face scrub (my fave!). I then tossed in a key ring made up of ribbon scraps in our wedding colors, a small notebook, a Will You Be My Bridesmaid card, and a circle-cut packet of info that the girl’s would need to know like dress info, shoes, rehearsal dinner, etc.

 

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I also made bags for my four flowers girls with their names on the front. Their bags had fun little goodies for them like candy and a homemade coloring book, as well as their own Will You Be My Flower Girl card.

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The bags turned out so darling and I think all the girls loved them! I know I did; I couldn’t resist, I had one made for myself too ;)

yay for weddings!

6 Summer to Fall Must Haves

It’s impossible hard to believe that we are coming close to Fall but it is indeed that time! When I shop, I try to look for items that can be transitioned into different seasons but it’s easy to forget what you have or get excited about new things coming out and buy buy buy! So here’s a few pieces that are high on my transitional list (listen to your own advice Kaleigh!)

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1. A comfy tee// option option option. Tshirts are easy transition pieces because they’re easy to layer with! My gray tee is in constant rotation

2. A lacey dress// option option option. Lace can easily be dressed up or down looks great with just about any shoe. Add black tights and a leather jacket and you’ve got a perfect Fall date night look.

3. Black coated skinnies// option option option. I LOVE my coated skinnies. I wear them far too often in one week. They look and feel so much dressier than regular jeans but are just as easy to style down, with your trusty vneck and a pair of converse

4. A funky backpack// option option option Bigger bags are perfect for Fall because they  are roomy enough for an extra layer or two, should you need it!

5. Tshirt Dress// option option option.  T shirt dresses are the lazy girl’s heaven. They’re practically idiot proof, you really can’t style it wrong, and it feels like walking around in your pajamas. WINNER!

6. A Maxi Cardi// option option option. Oversized cardigans are the epitome of Fall fashion but I LOVE the maxi cardi. Throw it over your tshirt dress for a funky twist or pair with your coated skinnies and a pair of ankle boots. You can never go wrong with a cardi!

Other fun Fall pieces:

Cut out ankle boots// Panama Hats// Flannel button downs

Is my sweater sacreligious?

Target sunnies// Seams to be snood// Max & Olivia’s cross cutout sweater// Target leggings// Target flats// 7th & West bangles

I wasn’t too sure of this sweater when I got it in the mail. I mean, hi hello, there’s a huge cross on my back. Does that seem a bit strange to anyone else?
But then I realized how utterly comfy and cozy the sweater was, and how it was just the right length to wear with leggings. I also decided the cross kind of made the sweater a bit quirky so I just went with it. And ended up wearing it like, 3 days in a row. I know. Judge me all you want.
I’m having a hard time concentrating on writing out this post because my sister is on her way! YAY! My sister and brother in law will be with us for a week and a half and I am SUPER excited. I miss my sister more than anyone could have told me I would have. If someone could go back and tell my 15 year old self that my big sister would some day end up being my best friend, I probably would have laughed right in their face. But apparently miracles do happen. Girls can get along. Sisters can stop fighting long enough to realize that they’re best friend has been sleeping in the room (or bed) next to them all their life.
And now she’s finally here! EEEK!
 

It’s Friday, Friday…

Forever 21 jacket and Scarf// Target Dress// Primark Tights (thanks Carls!)// Shoe Carnival boots

Oh hey, look it’s that leather jacket that I wear every single day. Don’t believe me? How about 1/2/3/4 and oh ya 5.

Yay it’s Friday!!! This weekend I plan on COMPLETING my Christmas shopping. I think this is the first year that I’ve ever come close to finishing this early. It helps that my siblings and I decided to just draw one name each for gift giving this year. Does anyone else do that? It makes it so much easier, you have so much more time to hunt around for that perfect gift. And since we’re all broke, it’s kind of nice not to be worrying that everyone will notice their gifts are from the dollar bins at Target. (you know you do it too. That stuff is just so cute, it’s irresistible!)

And I know I have been remiss in announcing the Shabby Loves Chic winner. I apologize. Click HERE to see if you won!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

 

 

How the Rambler Poses for Pictures

After getting some encouragement from you guys, I decided to go ahead and post my tips on posing for pictures. This is just things I’ve picked up along the way that have worked for me. EVERYTHING about fashion blogging is relative. You have to find what works for you! So try out a few of my tips and let me know how it goes!

Here are 11 poses that work for me

Step back a few feet and then slowly walk forward again. Let your arms hang loose, and be mindful of what your face is doing. This can make a really nice, natural photo, or you can look like an idiot. Good luck. Cute jewelry! But this isn’t QVC, so steer away from your typical jewelry poses. Instead, tuck a hand into your pocket and shoot your bracelet that way, or pull you hand up to your face. Tie your shoe laces, play with your hair. Whatever you can do that will look more natural than just sticking your hand out in front of yourself. This can feel super weird sometimes, but I’ve found that taking a really wide stance can make a really nice picture. You look more confident. Try putting your weight on one leg to avoid looking like Superman.Got a cute skirt, a funky sash, or a cute tassel? Show it off! Twirl your skit in your hands, or play with the sash. Don’t be afraid to try something stupid. I would never stand like this in real life, unless I was being silly, which was the case in this picture. But it actually turned out kind of cute, regardless of my weird arms (right?)Not one of my favorite stances, since it feels extremely posed to me, but it is effective for breaking up all of those standing poses. I will frequently burst out laughing or tell someone to make me laugh so I can get a pose like this. They look fun and relaxed and natural, even though it’s 100% FAKE. Flirt with the camera, dahling! But really, try it. Turn away from the camera, look over your shoulder, look down at the ground. Just try different angles instead of straight on. Have you some cute pockets you want to show off? Shove your hands in them! It gives you something to do with your arms other than sticking them on your hips like Barbie. Try doing one hand, both hands, put your hands in your back pockets, front pockets, doesn’t matter! Find some stairs, a ledge, the street curb, whatever, and sit DOWN. Too many pictures standing up can get really boring to look at. Break up those images by trying different levels.

This might not feel natural to you and that’s ok; do what feels natural. For me, I’m constantly swooshing my hair, scrunching it up, flipping it around. So why not take pictures like that? If there’s something that you are constantly doing in real life (playing with your glasses, biting your lip, clasping your hands, tying your shoes, etc.) take pictures of it! It might seem awkward at first, but the pictures will prove that it’s not awkward at all.

Further Tips:

- PRACTICE. that’s right. Stand in front of a mirror and practice. You’ll never know what something looks like until you try it. When I’m shooting an outfit, we usually have about a 5-10 minute window to do so. I don’t have the time to try some crazy pose, look at the picture, try it again, look again, etc etc. To save time, practice poses in the mirror.

- Only use 3-5 images in your post. No matter how great the poses are, they all start to get boring after about 5. Try loading all the images you think are post worthy and then previewing the post. You’ll quickly see the ones that can be deleted.

- Don’t be afraid to SMILE. Let’s face it. We’re not professional models, nor are we ducks. We’re slightly crazy women taking pictures of their outfits for complete strangers to look at. So smile! and don’t take yourself too seriously.

- Be conscious of your surroundings. This is one my mother is ALWAYS trying to drill into my head. I find a cute space to take pictures but I completely disregard the huge pile of trash in the corner. (or the disgusting drain pipe in picture #3)  Before taking any pictures, look at your space through your camera lens. Be observant of what is going on and what you are wearing. Do they work together? Is it too busy? Will you stand out or fade into the background?

If you have any further questions let me know in the comments! Have a great day!

 

Linking up with Rolled Up Pretty today!

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Warby Parker glasses//Forever 21 top and fur scarf// brooches from our shop at The Feathered Nest//Gap jeans// Charlotte Russe heels// makeup: Revlon cherries in the snow// hair: curled with a straightner

Good morning friends!

WHEW it’s Thursday already?! This week seems to have flown by, something which I am 100% A-OKAY with. For some reason I haven’t been able to sleep lately so I’m ready for a weekend that involves very few plans and lots of sleeping.

Unfortunately this weekend will also include large amounts of laundry. I absolutely detest doing laundry and will put it off until it’s a dire situation. As in I bought more panties so I could put the laundry off for a few more days. I did what? Ya. You heard me. No shame.

Anyone have any awesome plans for the weekend?! If you’re doing some Christmas shopping, don’t forget to check out 7th & West! You can use RAMBLINGFORWEST today and tomorrow to get 10% off your purchase! Check out these awesome bangles I got never taking them off! (I just sang that in my head. And now I’m telling you about it. Sheesh I really do need some sleep.)

 

 

A Fancy Guest Post with Shabby Loves Chic!

Today I’m so excited to introduce you to my big sister! YAY! Wish her a happy early birthday folks, her birthday is on Friday :)

Hello there! I’m Courtney and I have a lovely little blog called Shabby Loves Chic, I also happen to be the Rambler’s older more fabulous sister! {hardy har har}

I thoroughly enjoy shopping (duh!) and buying gifts for others, but what I really love is wrapping them! There is something so exciting about watching someone open a gift that you put time and effort into wrapping for them. I have a completely out of control collection of ribbons & tulle – but in my book, you can never ever have too much.  In keeping with the “never have too much” theme, I like my gifts to have as much ribbon & tulle as humanly possible. It might be a southern thing…big hair, big gift wrapping. Not much for simplicity around here. I decided it would be fun to share my recent favorite gift wrapping finds here on A Rambling Fancy since the holidays are about to be in full swing! 



Now for the fun part, where you can find these beauties!

moondust petite tinsel
french vanilla wired pompoms
festooning ribbon
etoile velvet ribbon
shimmery baker’s twine
chartreuse pom pom garland
chenille velvet ribbon
pearl wire ribbon
fairy tale tinsel ribbon

Honestly, I’m drooling. How adorable are these?!! And we can’t forget how sweet & precious their names are either. Who wouldn’t want to buy something called moon dust? fairy tale tinsel? Yes please! Get to shopping & happy holidays!
Yay for sisters! In other exciting news, Court and I have a blog series we’re working on! So check back soon! We’re so excited! AND SLC will be hosting a giveaway here on Friday! Make sure and check back, you don’t want to miss out!
Happy Tuesday!

Thanksgiving Round 1

My sweet family traveled to Grand Lake this year for Thanksgiving. Lot’s of food, lot’s of laughs, and lot’s of shopping was involved. It was such a nice getaway. I’m so truly thankful for my precious family!

And how about that vintage fur collar?! Ya I definitely brought that home with me.

Beachy Hipster Hair

idylle tee (previously worn here), unknown belt, Gap jeans, Shoe Dazzle booties
makeup: nothing too special. hair: scrunched and slept on so many days before that I’ve forgot how many.

Is it sad when you don’t remember the last time you washed your hair? Whoops! My little sister calls it “beachy hipster” hair. Let’s go with that since the other option can only be “dirty greasy homeless hair”

Welp folks it’s finally getting cold around these parts. I know some of you are dealing with vast amounts of snow and believe me, I’m super jealous. But when I wake up in the mornings, all snuggled into my flannel sheets and comfy quilt, I’m kind of glad we’re not dealing with snow just yet. I might not ever get out of my bed if we were.

Check back tomorrow for a great giveaway! YAY!

 

 

Welcome to the new site!

 

DIY bicycle tee, Blank NYC cords, Lulu’s heels (not shown), Francesca’s watch

 

So it’s official! I’ve now moved over to WordPress AND my own .com! I feel so cool. (and frazzled. and nervous. and totally lost.)

Go ahead and snoop around! Things are still settling, but the basic layout will (probably) stay the way it is for now. WordPress is definitely a whole different monster than Blogger! But I’m figuring it out.

To point out some new features for ya:

First off, check out the nav bar above for all my cool pages. You can read more about me (you can also click on my picture to do the same).Click on the Search by Outfit page to see all of my outfit images in one place! Kind of like a virtual closet (this is still under construction :)).

And my favorite page so far, the Rambler’s Closet! This is a HUGE sale I’ve put together for ya’ll to check out. Lot’s of fun things in there, and more will be added soon! So go ahead and shop around!

So YAY! Gang’s all here! (first to name that movie wins a secret prize). Go ahead and check out the site and let me know what you think!

and WELCOME TO MY NEW HOME!