I’m Not Scared

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When I was younger, I used to be a very anxious person. Simple tasks such as ordering food at a restaurant or going to get my hair done would put a knot in my stomach. Worrying about stumbling over my words or saying something stupid caused me to speak as little as possible in order to avoid embarrassing myself.

My anxiety grew significantly worse towards the end of my teenage years and caused me to retreat into my shell. I spent a lot of time in my room by myself instead of out on the town with my friends. I was missing out on so many great experiences, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave my bed.

I wasn’t living the life I had dreamed of as a child. I was supposed to be hanging out with my friends and going to parties on the weekend. I was supposed to be working a part-time job and planning a trip to Europe after graduation. But my anxiety was stopping me from doing these things or even wanting to. I realized that I needed help if I was ever going to truly live my life.


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I decided to make an appointment with my doctor. We talked about what I was going through and he suggested that I try medication. Initially, I had mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I felt hopeful that the medication would help me. On the other hand, I worried that people would think I was “taking the easy way out.”

Now, years later, I can confidently say that choosing to treat my anxiety with medication was the best decision I have ever made. I struggled for so long before I decided to help myself and I feel no shame in how I chose to do so. I learned to treat my medication as a catalyst for my recovery. I realized that pills were not a quick fix and that I would need to put in serious effort to get better. My medication gave me the push I needed to do just that.

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After several months, I finally felt like I was ready to do something I had dreamed of doing since I was a child – travel to Europe. This was a huge deal to me. For someone who had struggled with the most basic of social interactions to be travelling so far from home was unreal. With a severely overstuffed suitcase and my best friend by my side, I embarked on the trip that would change my life.

It was this trip that showed me just how much progress I had made over the previous months. I was in a foreign land without my family, talking to new people every day, being independent, and loving every minute of it. I proved to myself that I was capable of doing anything I wanted to do.

During the final week of my trip, I decided that I needed a permanent reminder of my life-changing experience, so I got a small tattoo on my arm that reads, “I’m not scared.” Every time I see it, I think back to my trip and I’m reminded to never let fear stop me from reaching my goals.

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Off the Shoulder Blouse

Some major life changes have happened since my last post.  I moved to Montreal!  I’ve been pretty busy getting my new apartment organized and exploring my new city, but I finally found some time to shoot this off the shoulder top.

I absolutely love the pretty ruffles on this blouse.  They are so romantic!  I paired this top with grey jeans and black boots for a look that is perfect for date night.

Top: SHE-IN
Jeans: AMERICAN EAGLE
Boots: ALDO

xo Rachel

Rosegal Jacket Review

Surprise! Another jacket post.  My closet is slightly lacking in winter clothes, so I’ve been trying to build up my jacket/coat collection for the colder months.

I really love this casual jacket from Rosegal.  It’s very comfortable and it goes with everything.  I chose to pair it with jeans and sneakers, but it would also look cute with a floral dress and booties.

Jacket: ROSEGAL
T-shirt: ZARA (similar here)
Jeans: AMERICAN EAGLE
Sneakers: CONVERSE

xo Rachel

Velvet Bomber

I’ve been patiently waiting for a day warm enough to wear this gorgeous velvet bomber jacket I recently got from SheIn.  Thankfully, this cold stretch has finally ended and I can go outside without a massive parka.

I love that this piece combines two huge trends – bomber jackets and anything velvet.  I’m also very impressed with the quality of this jacket.  The velvet is so soft!

Jacket: SHE-IN
Jeans: MARSHALLS (similar here)
Boots: CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FOR PAYLESS
Bag: ALDO (similar here)

xo Rachel

Ribbons & Bell Sleeves

SheIn Sweater

Sweater season is upon us!  Lately, I’ve been stocking up on the coziest pieces of clothing I can find.  While I’m not a huge fan of cold weather, I can’t deny that I love a good sweater.

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This one from SheIn is my new favourite.  The bell sleeves and cute ribbons add a bit of interest to my outfit and the super soft material is so comfortable and warm.  Perfect for this season!

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Enjoy the rest of your week!

xo Rachel

Sweater – SheIn

Jeans – American Eagle (similar here)

Boots – Christian Siriano for Payless

Jord Wood Watch

cool watchAccessories can completely change an outfit.  They can take a look from day to night or from casual to fancy.  Whatever kind of look I’m going for, accessories are a must.  I love adding a special piece to my outfit to make me feel more put together.  Lately, I’ve been obsessed with watches.

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 This gorgeous piece by Jord Wood Watches adds just the right amount of interest to any outfit.  The dark brown shade and unique material makes this watch stand out from the rest.  Wearing a watch made out of sandalwood is definitely a conversation starter!  I’ll be wearing mine so much this season.  Click here to get a better look.
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If you’ve fallen in love with Jord Wood Watches as much as I have, then you’re in luck!  I’m hosting a giveaway for a $75 e-gift voucher that can be used toward the purchase of any watch you choose.  The winner will be notified via email after December 1st, 2016.  All other entrants will receive a $20 e-gift voucher just for participating in the contest!  Click here to enter.

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Have an amazing week and good luck! 🙂

Watch – Jord Wood Watches

Top – Marshalls (similar here)

Jacket – Zara (similar here)

Purse – Aldo (similar here)

Jeans – American Eagle (similar here)

Shoes – Converse

This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.


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Fall Florals

I’m a sucker for a good floral print.  While fall is not normally considered the time for floral patterns, I’ll definitely be taking them into this season.

This gorgeous dress has a darker pattern that seems perfectly suited for fall.  By pairing it with black booties or a leather jacket, I’ll get a lot of use out of this dress in the next few months.

Have an amazing week! 🙂

Dress – Topshop

Boots – Modcloth (similar here)

Fall Favourites

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Happy Monday!  I’m a huge fan of fall fashion, but this year, I’ve been holding on to summer styles just a little bit longer than usual.  I don’t know if I’m fully ready to say goodbye to the sunshine.  So, in order to get myself into an autumn state of mind, I’ve put together a collection of some great fall pieces I hope to add to my wardrobe this season.

Leopard Coat – ASOS

Black Boots – Zara

Shirt Dress – ASOS

Contrast Bag – Zara

Black Sweater – H&M

Velvet Choker – Topshop

Tweed Dress – Mango

Velvet Earrings – Mango

Button-Down Shirt – Forever 21

Pop of Leopard

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I generally like to keep my outfits pretty simple, but I also love adding a pop of colour or a print to keep things interesting.

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A white tee and jeans is about as simple as it gets, so these lace up leopard print flats add just the right amount of flair.

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Enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

Flats – Urban Planet (similar here)

Top – Forever 21 (similar here)

Jeans – American Eagle (similar here)

Purse – Urban Outfitters (similar here)

Sunglasses – Ray-Ban