i’m sure you are all aware of the fact that i am a bit bauble obsessed. i love to collect statement necklaces, the more obnoxious the better. i have been known to rock a solid stack of arm candy. and i am a fan of rings of all sizes and styles – from costume to vintage cocktail to dainty stacks. i have also been playing with oversized chandelier earrings which is such fun.

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i am all about adding a dazzling piece to give any outfit a special pop. for me, a nice piece really completes a look. and often, makes the look. a chunky necklace can make jeans and a t-shirt look like a million bucks. and the right mix of simple rings and bracelets can make a basic dress ready for date night. i have a group of easy-breezy accessories on my vanity that are my everyday items: my engagement ring and wedding band + my vrai & oro mother’s day ring + a few cocktail ring options + my watch collection. these are ready for grab and go. but i also have drawers and a display rack filled with my extras. the statement-makers, if you will. bold necklaces. vintage/family heirlooms. big ol’ bracelets. et cetera. this area of my closet is the last stop before heading out the door. it is where i add a finishing touch. it’s my festooning spot. where the dress-up and fun stuff happens.


one of my favorite shopping moments is when i find that perfect accessory to add to my stash. i am a sucker for accessories of all sorts. they add personality to an ensemble, in my opinion. a fab necklace and a bright lip can make even the most mundane outfit feel special. yes to that. in this girl’s dream world, i would be able to constantly add to my collection without paying the often steep price tag. jewelry can be ex-pen-sive.


enter, rocksbox. making my jewelry dreams come true! this rad company gives you unlimited access to rent from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry for a SUPER REASONABLE monthly fee. when they reached out to me, i was all YES PLEASE!

they send you a box of goodies based on your preferences and you can try them on and play and “rent the baubles” then return them for new ones. and if you fall in love with a piece, you can buy it at a major discount. cool huh?

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and the very best part is that i get to share the love with you! head over to rocksbox and check out their beautiful options. they have something for everyone. whether you are an over-the-top gal or all about the minimalism, rocksbox has you covered. and when you use MADAMESWANKYXOXO at checkout, you will get 1 month free! 
i hope to see you rocking your rocksbox soon! and make sure to tag them (and me) on social so we can see how you style your pieces.
xo, rachel

pops of pink



for whatever reason, this week, i found myself donning two looks featuring obnoxious pink. a very strange thing for me. i love a pop of color paired with my neutrals, don’t get me wrong. but neon pink! magenta! in one week? it must be all the pollen in the air. 

before i bid adieu to all things winter (spring is officially here in like, 20 days! and arizona is running ahead of schedule so it is time for the seasonal wardrobe switch-out. bring on the shorts and lightweight fabrics. and cue the sweating…), i wanted to take my favorite zigzag hairy jumper and vintage sweater skirt for one final spin. major marian the librarian vibes. 

and then, i decided to rock some office-approriate-rocker-chick with this pencil skirt gone punk look. a heavyweight linen skirt in leopard with a bold neon tissue t-shirt paired with some chunky booties. it’s the perfect winter-to-spring transitional look, in my book. it is all sunshine around here, in the AZ. and in a few weeks it will be ALL sandals ALL the time. which reminds me, gotta get those piggies painted. any color suggestions? i need to research what’s cool in the world of nail polish colors…

on that note, happy friday! happy weekend! i am ready for some relaxation with my crew, meals with friends, more quilting, family outings, church time, and baking.


worn this week



vans herringbone slip-ons × j.crew wool city crop trousers × j.crew plain white t × j.crew sequined cardigan × michele watch



christian louboutin leopard heels × j.crew embroidered pencil skirt × j.crew appliquéd t-shirt × j.crew plaid cardigan



on me → j.crew cream flats × j.crew high-rise jeans × j.crew tissue turtleneck × vintage fur coat

on her → freshly picked moccs × crewcuts frayed denim × crewcuts tissue pocket t-shirt × crewcuts puffer sherpa coat



jimmy choo heels × j.crew high-rise wool cargo trousers × j.crew chunky knit sweater × j.crew collection jeweled bracelet

styled | vintage v-neck


quilting class attire

j.crew studded wool flats × j.crew ankle denim × j.crew vintage v-neck t-shirt × j.crew watercolor scarf × j.crew houndstooth blazer


out and about

kate spade wool herringbone and tassled flats × j.crew wool joggers × j.crew vintage v-neck t-shirt × gucci fanny pack × j.crew puffer vest


a little bit of edgy

steve madden studded metallic flats × j.crew distressed denim × j.crew vintage v-neck t-shirt × j.crew plaid scarf × lucky brand leather bomber jacket

cardigan love


mama + little lady look

on me → j.crew cream flats × j.crew destroyed denim × j.crew boyfriend flannel

on her → freshly picked moccs × crewcuts frayed denim × crewcuts leopard t-shirt × peek kids cardigan


channeling my inner professor

j.crew metallic tassled flats × j.crew nubby wool plaid pencil skirt × bright lilac vintage v-neck t-shirt × jeweled cardigan… not pictured: chignon and nerdy chic specs.



today, i am delighted to share this fabulous frock from shabby apple. this company has some of the cutest numbers out there. dresses and skirts and shirts, oh my! from classic pieces to party pieces and everything in between. clothing for everyday errands all the way to full taffeta skirts that make you feel like a hollywood starlet. i am a fan. and when they dropped this pretty thing on my doorstep, i was tickled pink. or, i guess, tickled blue? is that a thing?

i thought it would be fun to style this perfectly peplumed dress in two ways: one look for a frou frou fête and one look for a playful date night. the rich sapphire color did the heavy lifting so all it needed was a few pops of color and glitz to make it a killer ensemble.

a look for a night out at the theatre


blue nutcracker dress c/o shabby apple | coat from j.crew | necklace from j.crew | earrings from lee brevard | cocktail ring from lulu frost | heels from manolo blahnik | opera glasses, vintage | lipstick, nars “dominique”

what i loved best about this dress (and all of shabby apple’s pieces) is that they are special but practical. they are designed for life. whether that is running around after the kids or attending meetings or going to church or lunch with the ladies or going to a wedding or attending a fancy ball. they create clothing for whatever your life holds. this vibrant dress (it is called the nutcracker dress, by the way. super festive.) is made from a sturdy and rich taffeta that gives it a great shape and nice body. it tucks and pops in all the right places. it also hugs the body because of the slight stretch to the fabric (genius, by the way) but is super forgiving too. you can wear it all night and it maintains its shape BUT it has just enough give so you can move on the dance floor OR not feel uncomfortable after a decadent meal. you know what i mean, ladies… and speaking of meals, here’s another look!

a look for attending a swanky cocktail party

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blue nutcracker dress c/o shabby apple | scarf from barneys new york | earrings, vintage chanel | flats from j.crew | lipstick, nars “scarlet empress”

but enough about me. the best part of this post is that i get to share the love! the generous and amazing team at shabby apple wants to give away a $50 gift card to one lucky duck. you can apply it to whatever tickles your fancy. oooooh, shopping! such fun. this giveaway will run from january 12 through january 15 on the blog and on instagram (head over there to check it out and play by those rules). blog rules: head to the shabby apple site and then come back here and let me know which item(s) you like best. a winner will be randomly chosen and contacted on january 16. have fun! and good luck.