Posts in Style
How to Travel Smarter and Dress Better: My Take on New York Fashion Week 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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3 Unexpected Ways to Wear a Moto Jacket this Spring

One of my favorite menswear pieces is the moto jacket. It’s been a staple for decades, and it’s adapted so effortlessly into womenswear, with tons of flattering cuts, fun textures, and unexpected colors. It’s almost impossible to put on a moto jacket and not look instantly cooler, more put-together, or more effortlessly badass.

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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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Beyond February 14: Turning Valentine's Day Cliches into Traditions

Valentine's Day is a paradox. We hate it because grocery store boxes of chocolate and heart-holding teddy bears aren’t an actual measurement for love. But on the flip side, we love it because date nights are fun, having an excuse to get dressed up is always tempting, and heart shapes somehow make dark chocolate taste that much better (especially when served up with some bubbly).

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5 Tips for Starting to Network (and How I Used Them to Organize my First Meet-up!)

You know the saying. “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.” You’ve probably hear some iteration of this at one point or another. I can recall back in college when I first moved to California and learned the importance of “networking,” and I remember thinking to myself that networking seemed to come so easily to everybody… but me.

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Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter

Rather than buying new winter clothes you’ll rarely wear, opt for the pieces you already own, even if they’re technically meant for warmer months. With a few quick pairing swaps, you can probably transform almost any summer piece into a winter-appropriate situation.

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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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