How To Dress For Wedding Szn

Does anyone else freak out when you get invited to a wedding?! My first thought is, “What the heck am I going to wear?!”

You want to look good, but not overdressed. You want to be comfortable both physically and in your level of formality.

Don’t panic! I have narrowed down options for you, for any type of wedding you may have this season, and all under $300.00 🙂


  • Look for directions and clues in the invitation for attire and dress appropriately for the venue/season.
  • My go-to department store is Lord and Taylor as they usually have a promotion going on in the dress department. 


Black Tie Weddings

You can go a bit dressier and wear a formal floor-length gown, or choose a short, dressy cocktail dress. (If you’re unsure about the appropriate dress length, the bride, wedding party, or friends should be able to answer your questions.)


Jump Cami Long Gown, $119.00

Laundry by Shelli Segal Jersey Portrait Collar Gown, $195.00

Dress The Population Sandra Slit Evening Gown, $288.00


Laundry by Shelli Segal Strappy Back V-Neck Sheath Dress, $195.00

Xscape Bell-Sleeve Floral Applique Dress, $209.00

Bardot Tabytha Halter Sheath Dress, $119.00

Daytime Weddings

A daytime wedding is semi-formal or casual. Whether you’re going to a morning or afternoon wedding, you’ll want to look your best without being over or under-dressed. Don’t go too short or too flashy. Light, fresh, and cheery, so wear a pretty dress in a trendy color of the season. A floral print dress is always a fan favorite and should be fairly easy to find!


Xscape Sleeveless Ruffled Cocktail Dress, $179.00

Design Lab Lord & Taylor Lace Fit-and-Flare Dress, $98.00

QUIZ Lace V-neck Ruffle Dress, $99.00


Belle Badgley Mischka Denya Floral A-Line Dress, $237.00

Dress The Population Lena Floral Embroidered Sheath Dress, $198.00

MICHAEL Michael Kors Scattered Blossom Mini Dress, $98.00

Nighttime Weddings

Depending on the time of the wedding, you’ll want to dress somewhere semi-formal to formal. Wear darker, more formal hues. When in doubt, dress up instead of down!


Calvin Klein Ruffled Overlay Floor-Length Dress, $179.00

French Connection Ribbed Bodycon Dress, $98.00

Xscape Cold-Shoulder Column Gown, $229.00


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LIKELY Banks Sheath Dress, $168.00

H Halston Ruffled Sleeveless Hi-Lo Dress, $159.00

Eliza J Lace Bell-Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Dress, $148.00

Religious Weddings

These types of weddings are more difficult when it comes to the proper attire. Don’t wear anything too short or too low-cut. Many churches and synagogues also require that women’s shoulders be covered, so make sure to bring along a shawl so you can cover up for the ceremony. Just a couple of things to keep in mind while shopping!


Gabby Skye Printed Fit-and-Flare Dress, $98.00

COOPER ST Les Fleurs Pascala Floral Mini Dress, $180.00

Eliza J Floral Bell-Sleeve Dress, $138.00


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Dress The Population Jessica Crochet Lace Sheath Dress, $232.00

H Halston Flutter-Sleeve Gown, $228.00

Tadashi Shoji Illusion Trumpet Gown, $247.00

Beach Weddings

Try to avoid wearing black for a beach wedding. Formal dress is not usual, unless the bride specifically requests it. Dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand and water). Anything you’d wear to a nice restaurant on a summer night would be considered appropriate attire. I also think a maxi dress is the best option since you’ll be near the water with a bit of a breeze!


Wayf Floral Maxi Dress, $129.00

Laundry by Shelli Segal Popover Chiffon Gown, $195.00

Vince Camuto Tropic Heat Floral Wrap Front Maxi Dress, $119.00

Garden/Outdoor Weddings

These types of weddings range from low-key affairs at home in the backyard, to elaborate spreads in large parks surrounded by lush gardens and fountains. The easiest way to fit in with the botanical theme is to wear something feminine like pastels or florals!


Eliza J Floral Fit-and-Flare Dress, $148.00

MICHAEL Michael Kors Printed Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $155.00

T Tahari Vitala Ruffled Stripe Dress, $128.00

I hope you found this post useful! Now you can share your newfound wedding attire with your friends and be the second best dressed at this season’s weddings (can’t outshine the bride!). Until next time ❤

Yours truly,

Amanda Rae

OH YEAH! Nordstrom Calls for Fall in July

Ready to switch gears and think FALL? Yeah, me neither BUT the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is coming…. It’s as if the fall trend gods are forcing you to fast forward your summer and shop. I don’t wanna but I gotta!!!

July 12th (one week) cannot come soon enough! Although some may not be qualified to shop during early access due to not being a card member, you can still shop, just a few days later! That just means you have one less credit card bill each month to worry about. Good for you!

The sale is open to the public starting July 20th, so keep those items in your cart!

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You may be thinking what’s the big deal? Why do people get so obsessive over a sale for fall clothes in July?! I DON’T GET IT!

*Self explanatory* Read below:

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So in honor of the anniversary sale and pre-shopping for fall trends, here is what I’m looking forward to:

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Yay for fall shopping! If you dare to shop around, you can access the catalog here.This did get me a tad excited 🙂 Until next time ❤

Yours truly,

Amanda Rae


Whether it’s a holiday, wedding, or birthday celebration, the hunt for finding the perfect look for a specific occasion is my sport!

I love shopping with a purpose. Gives the guilty feeling a bit of a break, and allows you to enjoy yourself more ,while searching for that certain item; kind of like a game! Not only do I love doing this for myself, but also for others. Personal shopping is a hobby of mine and so I thought I’d share five firework ready looks for your 4th this year!


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Madewell Crew Neck Pocket Tee
Mossimo Supply Co. Stars and Stripes Shorts
Polaroid UV Black Sunglasses
Dolce Vita Tobie Slide Sandal


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DUP – Linen Pinstripe Off The Shoulder Dress
Quay Australia Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses
Rebecca Minkoff Chevron Quilted Crossbody Bag
NARS Matte Lip Pencil
IN BLACK – Lucky Brand Hannkie Heel

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DUP – Nordstrom Paper Bag Linen & Cotton Pants
DUP – Express Strappy V-Neck London Tank
Rayban Aviator Classic Gunmetal
DUP – Céline Red & Gold Tone Leather Crossbody Small “Trio” Bag
In Black Suede – Sam Edelman Elisa Studded Gladiator Sandal

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ASOS Ankle Tie Block Heeled Shoes
DUP – Nordstrom Puff Sleeve Off the Shoulder Top
H&M White Denim Shorts
In White – J. Crew Opaque Statement Dangle Earrings
DUP – Rayban Aviator Classic Gold Sunglasses

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DUP – Madewell Embroidered Honeysuckle Dress
DUP – Franco Sarto Niva Wedge Sandal
Rayban Wayfarer Tortoise Sunglasses
DUP – Kate Spade Cameron Street Large Juliet Crossbody
BCBG Beaded Bandana Rolled Scarf
TrèStiQue Lip Crayon

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I hope you enjoy whatever your 4th brings! Bbq’s, pool parties, fireworks, you’ll be ready now with some outfit inspo 😉

Yours Truly,

Amanda Rae

Friday Favorites

Do you ever take photos or screen shots of things just because you like them? No reason at all but for the pure sake of having it on your phone to remember the moment? I know lots of us do this. I probably do this at least twice a week.

I think it has something to do with having a creative mind, and when something catches your eye and inspires you, you should react and take a photo!

For that reason, I think I’ll make Friday Favorites a thing. Take all of my weekly inspired images and share with y’all 🙂

Favorite Item on To-Do List: The Pint Shop is a must-see during a summer day in NYC!


Favorite Rooftop Bar: The Skylark in NYC is a great summer date spot ladies!


Favorite Summer Nails: I’m really into the powder dip polishes by ANC. A better choice for your nails if you like them long.


Favorite iPhone Background: Everything looks good against a marble background.


Favorite Landscape: It’s amazing how good nature makes you feel.

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Favorite Summer Drink: Love the can and it takes good too! SpikedSeltzer


Favorite Weekend Vibe: Breakfast al fresco, do I need to say anymore?


Favorite Celebration Cake: AMAZING cake from Butter & Scotch.


Favorite Book Passage: From the new book Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World by Joanna Coles. I recommend it to us millennials!


Favorite Laugh: Cheaper than a therapist. Thanks Pantene!


Favorite Office Space: WeWork, you’re cool. The newest in urban bathrooms and retro, yet modern phone booths. What a concept!

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Hope you enjoyed my favorites from this past week! Leave some love and let me know what makes you stop, grab your phone, and capture the moment!

Yours Truly,

Amanda Rae



Shoes speak louder than words 

I am totally guilty of making shoe contact sometimes before eye contact… it’s just naturally where my eyes are drawn.

I like shoes just as much as the next gal but recently, I’ve REALLY been into the sneaker trend. And not just the athletic kind, but the trendy kind like velvet and metallic details. I know what you’re thinking… how practical can those types of sneakers really be? Believe it or not, I’ve been shocked myself how much I’ve been wearing them! You just gotta get creative, and force those style juices to help you.

I will start with the Sam Edelman Marlow Velvet Sneaker. Right now these are out of stock on their site, but I’ve seen these pretty ladies in other colors on other sites like Nordstrom! Love this mauve color and of course the velvet with ribbon laces. What a combo.


My other two awesome finds this season are both Steve Madden (he’s my boy). See below 🙂

Steve Madden’s daughter, him and me! (not sure where the camera was here clearly…)

Here is the Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker. I’ll always remember buying these as this was the purchase I made the day I met Steve. His business/design partner was walking around, talking to customers to see what we were buying. He sold me on this pair and I wish I could thank him! These are such great sneakers, both comfortable and trendy af.


Last but not least, the Steve Madden Sabrina Sneaker. Not finding this one on their site anymore as well, I found it being sold on Zulily, yay for discounts, #yourwelcome. Something about a white sneaker that just screams GET ME DIRTY, so this has been a challenge to myself, BUT what is great is the metallic detailing such as the side zipper (has no purpose at all) and big stars on the back side. IN LOVE.


What are your go-to shoes this season? I’d love to know! Like and leave some comments below 🙂

Until next time ❤

Amanda Rae


FabFitFun: Winter 2016 EDITION


“2017. It’s yours. Go on an adventure. Discover new things. Live your wildest dreams. You have nothing to lose but yourself. Say it with us: This is your year.” – FabFitFun


It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I’m not referring to the holiday season, especially since it has passed already, but really, I mean it when THIS is the best time of the year. I think this is the best time to focus on yourself. Yes, it is the beginning of a new year, and most do stop and reflect, BUT I truly believe that the start of January allows for a fresh start or outlook on a specific thing or situation. First off, its bitter cold here on the east coast so what else are you doing the month of January?! Second, this allows you to have a time frame of lets say a “deadline” or a “goal” for the full 12 months of the year.

Now, receiving the FabFitFun Winter 2016 Edition box just happened to come at a PERFECT time because they really included some amazing products in this box!! I am so happy with what was given and I really do use everything which is even better news.

I just wanted to point out before giving my full review on each product… I love the little magazine provided in the box! They are awesome little reads that I’m sure take a while to create, produce, and print, and most probably ignore once the box is opened but I enjoy reading it. This box, the Winter 2016 Edition, included, like always, an Editors Note, a fully detailed list of what is in the actual box, what charity they are supporting this season, 100 New Year’s Resolutions (You Can Actually Keep), a DIY wrapping paper picture tutorial, Your New Year’s Eve Survival Kit, a Q & A article of the brand Moleskine Founder Maria Sebregondi, and ideas on how to photograph your box like a PRO. I mean come on… That is A LOT of thought put into this and I feel like it does not get enough credit, so I am giving it just that!!!


Okay on to the reviews 🙂

Below you will see the list of all the fabulous products from this seasons box! The best part is the amount of money the box is worth and knowing what you paid… insane!


D.L. & CO CANDLE Bergamot Woods In Silver: What was amazing about this particular box which I forgot to add above is the detail that went into their customer service. The company reached out to me via e-mail about two weeks prior to receiving my box to ask which scent I’d prefer to receive. Between the two options, I didn’t have a preference so I chose the option “Surprise Me!” I received the Bergamot Wood scent and I kid you not, it is lit and burning down as I type this blog post!! It is heavenly and I absolutely love the wood scent. It is not too strong but gives the whole room a clean, refreshing smell. I LOVE candles and really enjoy burning them down (a little too quickly) but I always have a candle ready to go in my bedroom. Not only is it in a pretty glass holder, but it’s a nice size candle that will most likely last a while for most, not for me of course, but I’ll just have to get another one soon! I may even use their tip and reuse the holder afterwards.


GORGJANA NECKLACE Taner Toggle Lariat In Gold: A great accessory to give your outfit the last detail for the day or night. This fragile gold toggle necklace is a great piece I wore a few weeks ago with a low-cut black top out to dinner. I love the toggle style so that you can change the length and look of the necklace. It can be worn long and look like a choker (which is how I wore it) or you can leave it in the middle and have it hang like a longer necklace and even add other necklaces with it for a layering effect. I think this is a great gift to give someone because it is so basic yet beautiful! Again, this was another item that was e-mailed to me prior to receiving the box to ask which one I’d prefer and again, I chose “Surprise Me!”


MARIE MAE COMPANY Thank You Card Set: These are so adorable and festive, I already used some for thank you notes for receiving some birthday presents! They are blank cards that say CHEERS on them, perfect for this time of year. Who doesn’t need pretty thank you notes? And something you’d never think to buy yourself…


MOLESKINE 2017 Weekly Planner: Of course this is already in my bag with doctors and nail appointments in them… A planner was a brilliant product to put in this box. Can I just say, I love the detail that goes into these boxes and the kinds of products chosen for the specific time of the year. Maybe this is why they are so successful? They meet the consumers needs at the perfect time; just saying! This was yet another and last product they e-mailed about asking for color preference. Guess what I chose?! “Surprise Me!”


BUTTER LONDON Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara: This mascara might have just met all of my criteria for good mascara…. I mean I have been using it the past two weeks and I use it with my forever favorite mascara, and I will say they do make a great team 😉 I LOVE the brush on this particular wand though. I think this is what makes it so different and awesome. It is one size all the way down until the very tip of the wand. There is a ball at the end that allows you to really lengthen the ends of the lashes for a fuller look! This one mixed with my other one… my lashes have never looked so good!


O.R.G. SKINCARE Mineral Peel Face: The fact that this is the ONLY product I have yet to use since getting the box, but Jojo Fletcher from ABC’s The Bachelorette, has Snap-chatted this being one of her favorites from this box. This saddens me for not trying it yet, but I plan to soon. I need to do it when I have the time to really try it and see the results the following day. But for now, I will just say that I am excited to try it and knowing that others enjoy it is even more of an incentive!


ANDERSON LILLEY Beach Butter Body Cream Sicilian Tangerine: I was not given the option of scents for this one but I do love Tangerine so this worked out! This body butter has really made my skin oh so soft and has help A LOT with some dried skin I’ve been suffering with this winter (not cute) but this has made it so much more bearable.


So that wraps up the Winter 2016 Edition box. For those who have not yet signed up for a FabFitFun subscription, you are missing out on these great, amazing products at an even more amazing deal/price! I am all about saving in any way you can and this totally does that for some great new products received four times a year. For those who got this box, enjoy all of this amazingness!!!

One more thing……

“New Year, new goals! Keeping our New Year’s resolution is harder than pulling away from a good Netflix binge. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 100 resolutions that are so good, you’ll actually want to keep them.” – FabFitFun

In the mini magazine given, the 100 New Year’s Resolutions (You Can Actually Keep) has been floating around in my brain ever since two weeks ago when I first read them all. So I feel the need to share some in hopes of giving y’all some insight and ideas on what maybe you want to achieve, change, improve, etc!

My Top 10 New Year’s Resolution FabFitFun Style

  1. Shop at more small businesses
  2. Avoid fast food restaurants
  3. Start a passion project
  4. Floss. Every. Single. Day
  5. Stick to your personal budget
  6. Do one spontaneous thing a month
  7. Read a new book each month
  8. Go an entire day without checking the time
  9. Learn at least one new thing a day
  10. Fall in love with more things

What are your top resolutions for 2017? Maybe you’re still figuring them out? The point is to figure out what is important to you, and try your best to fulfill whatever you want or need in your life! It’s about you. This year is about you so embrace it, don’t fear it, and just love it!

Thanks for reading! Leave any comments or questions, I love hearing them!


Fashion N Rae


FabFitFun: FALL 2016 EDITION



Can I just say… a FabFitFun subscription was probably one of the best gifts I was given. Maybe because it was a surprise sent by my man crush… BUT STILL, one of the best gifts I could have received!!


If you don’t know what FabFitFun is, I’m glad to share this with you then! It’s a very cool, kind of concept; so you all should sign up.. just sayin’…

At first, I recalled this concept kind of like the Birch Box, and if you still don’t know what I’m talking about, than you are not as beauty savvy as you may think!!

PLEASE click the two links above and do some research ladies because you need some beauty subscriptions in your lives!!! I recommend both companies but I am currently subscribed to only the one, so I will be going over the awesome FabFitFun box for the Fall 2016 season!


First, if you are really hesitant about signing up for one of these, then I can at least explain the concept: “Every 3 months, the FabFitFun members receive their new seasonal gift box filled with the new most fab items, hand-picked by the FabFitFun Team! With a FabFitFun membership, every season you’ll get a box full of uh-mazing new products for only $49.99 four times a year. Indulge in fashion finds, glam beauty secrets, and fab fitness gear guaranteed to make you feel like a VIP all year long.” – FabFitFun website

Three Insights:


    Indulge in full-size, premium products in every box.


    VIP features a mix of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products that help you feel good from the inside out.


    Don’t just get FabFitFun, BE FabFitFun! Get effective tips and tricks to kick start your happy and get more out of life.

Want to know what’s in the Fall box?? Let’s Go!


SPONGELLE Bulgarian Rose Body Wash Infused Buffer: The sponge-like loofah is an awesome concept! I’ll let you in on one of my many beauty/skin secrets… I use a loofah every single time I take a shower. I truly believe in them and I think they make your skin oh so soft and really take off all dry skin, especially during the winter months! So this was surprisingly useful. Before this, I would put my body wash on a loofah and use it that way, but with the Spongelle, there’s one less step, and it smells AMAZING! It is a body wash infused buffer that cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates, and massages all at once! So for those really quick showers you are rushing to take, this will still allow your body to feel silky soft and clean!


PURE COSMETICS Nude Collection Eye Shadow Palette: When I first opened my box and was quickly looking through all the goodies, I could have sworn that this was a NAKED 2 pallet by Urban Decay. The packaging is almost identical, and the eye shadows are very similar shades. But the names of the shadows differ and the pigmentation is different in terms of intensity and color. Personally, I have tried the Pure Cosmetics and it seems to do the job, but because I own the other pallet, I prefer the Urban Decay version.


Pure Cosmetics

TOESOX Toeless Fitness Socks: At first I was like wait… what? But then I kind of understood the reasoning of the Toesox, or should I say toe-less socks. These bad boys are supposed to be used during a yoga class, or a mat workout. They are to prevent from slipping on a surface used while being active. Your toes act as another form of padding, in addition to the grips on the bottoms of these socks. Pretty cool, and honestly, I will totally be using these when I get pedicures in the dead of winter 🙂


SKIN LAUNDRY Night Serum: This restoring night serum is a great way to prevent from your skin aging. Particularly used for your nightly routine, this pump bottled serum is full of antioxidants, vitamins and peptides to help reduce any signs of aging. It is recommended to apply to the face and neck areas after cleansing and before moisturizing at night. I love serums and I even think they are better than some moisturizers. This happens to be a really light, soft serum that feels amazing on the skin, right before your beauty sleep!!

Skin Laundry

MODCLOTH Loch and Key Scarf: Who doesn’t love a plaid scarf for fall?? Well this one happens to be so comfortable and great quality! FabFitFun actually provides a HOW-TO to wear this scarf, which is so helpful. What makes this scarf awesome is that it feels like you’re wearing a blanket on your neck, and I’m not even being dramatic! It seriously is that comfy and it goes with most of my fall wardrobe so there will never an issue pairing it with anything in my closet.


MULLEIN & SPARROW Mini French Lavender Body Oil: Amazing stuff if you have dry skin!! For the best results, apply to damp skin, and directly after showering, whether in the morning or night. This can act as a moisturizer before applying the actual moisturizer and also for a self-massage for needed areas. It smells divine if you love lavender and it really is soothing on the skin.

Mullein and Sparrow

THE CREATED CO. To-Go Coffee Mug: Another necessity for the fall season. A mug is a mug is a mug… Yes, but this one has… yeah I got nothing. It really is just a mug like any other one you may own for a hot/cold beverage. But this one does have some nice morning motivation and it’s pretty!

The Created Co

Some extras included in this seasons box:

NATURE COLORING BOOK Illustrate & Meditate + PENCILS OF PROMISE (POP) Colored Pencils: I think the meaning behind these two ‘extras’ was to go along with the theme of the box for this season, “Color Me Inside & Out #FABFITFUN.” These adult coloring books are very trendy these days… and the colored pencils comes from a for-purpose organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education for children in the developing world. To learn more, visit .

Pencils of Promise

THE BROWGEL By Tonya Crooks: This is one of the best tools for your brow game to be strong, and boy does this gel do justice! Just a tip, make sure you use it after you use your brow pencil!!!

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The BrowGel

SECRET OUTLAST Clear Gel Deodorant: This little guy made its way into this seasons box! I have never actually used a gel deodorant so this gave me the excuse to try it. I gotta say, it felt a bit wet once you applied it and closed your arm… not an awesome feeling, but it does the job if need be. Maybe i’ll keep this in my car for ‘oops I forgot to put on deodorant’ days .

Secret Deodorant

COTTENELLE Flush-able Cleansing Cloths with Cleanripple Texture: Interestingly enough, these are actually for the purpose of being commando at the gym! They will leave you feeling so clean that you wont need to worry about bunched up undies while getting your squat on 🙂 I actually like these for that exact reason. Who would have thought these would come in handy?!!



Now that you have the exclusive on the Fall box, who’s signing up?? This is a great way to test products you maybe never heard of or would not have bought on your own, but now that you’ve tried them you can either go ahead and continue using them or just enjoy the ones you’ve received. It’s that simple!

I hope this was helpful in any way so feel free to leave a comment, or if you have any questions about the products listed, just give me a shout! Thanks for reading 🙂