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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Perfect Coat For a Southern Winter










Coat: Zara (exact) // Jeans: Paige // Hat: Zara (exact) // Clutch: Louis Vuitton via The Real Real // Boots: Ann Taylor // Lips: Chanel "Mademoiselle" Lipstick


This is my first winter in Dallas and for the first time ever I can say I LOVE WINTER. The weather has mostly been sunny and in the 60s/70s (feels like a dream come true!) but we've had a few days where it's been chilly enough to wear a coat so I've been taking advantage and bought this blush pink coat that I scored for 30% off during the Zara Black Friday sale. Even though it's listed in the coats section of the website, it's actually more like a thick long blazer and perfect to wear for a warm winter. It also has these gorgeous silver buttons on the sleeves and the front which makes it look so much more expensive than it is. I highly recommend it especially if you're a short girl cause it'll hit right above your knees and the length won't be too awkward like other long coats. 

Also let's talk about the newsboy cap trend, I love wearing hats during the winter but it's too warm to wear beanies so the newsboy cap is a perfect hat to wear all year round and it's so flattering especially on round faces. Lastly, the BOOTS. I'm in love with the tortoise shell heel which is so unique and these boots are so comfortable to walk in all day. 

I can't believe I'm saying this but I can't wait to shoot more looks this winter! 



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gift Guide: $15 & Under Stocking Stuffers

There's just something so adorable about stocking stuffer gifts and the best part is you don't have to break the bank in order to buy them! I decided to make a gift guide for the perfect little gifts that you can give to your best friends, colleagues, or even for yourself and they're all under $15. Here's what I'm loving: 







Hope you guys liked this gift guide! Any other ideas for future gift guides? I'd love to know!





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Saturday, December 2, 2017

How to Create a Pinterest-Worthy Christmas Tree



It's December which means it's officially okay to talk about Christmas all the time now! haha. One of my favorite ways to kickstart the holiday season is to decorate my Christmas tree and this year I decided to get more creative and aim for something Pinterest-worthy and unique. Here are some of my best tips for making your tree stand out:


P I C K  A  T H E M E

The first step to creating a beautiful Christmas tree is to really think about what kind of theme you're going for. Traditional? Tropical? Black and white? This year, I decided to go with a feminine theme which means tons of bow, roses, and glittery things. There's so many possibilities and tons of inspiration online such as this Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired tree which I plan to recreate next year! Once you have a theme, everything else gets easier since you'll know what kind of ornaments and decor to buy.


C O L O R  P A L E T T E

Last year, I didn't have any ideas on what kind of colors to work with for my tree so I just bought random ornaments and placed them on the tree and that was that. While the tree looked pretty, there was nothing really special about it since everything was so random. When you stick to a color palette, the tree looks so much more organized and makes it look as if you put in a lot of effort to it. I recommend sticking to four colors or less or else it starts to look messy. I used white, blush pink, gold, and silver.


C R E A T E  Y O U R  O W N  O R N A M E N T S

An easy way to make your tree stand out is to make your own ornaments! Not only is it so much more affordable than buying fancy ornaments but if you can't find anything that will go with your theme then creating them yourself will be so much easier. In my tree, I actually bought some fake roses and white glitter branches placed them all around the tree as well as the big huge bow on top which gave it a unique touch and was a lot cheaper than buying them pre-made.


S K I P  T H E  S T A R

For some reason, I never found a beautiful star to place on top of my tree so I started looking for other alternatives. Since I was going for a feminine theme, placing a bow on top only seemed natural. I bought some striped ribbon which has built-in wire in order to help give it shape and make it more 3-D and simply tied it a few times in order to make a gigantic bow. It worked perfectly and stood out since it's the only patterned item on my tree. Other ideas that would work instead of a star are feathers, a Santa hat (so cute!), and I've even seen someone place a plastic glitter deer figurine on top!





I hope you gals enjoyed this post! Any other ideas for creating the perfect Christmas tree? I'd love to know!








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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gift Guide: For The Zodiac Addict

I've mentioned my love for all things zodiac a couple of times on the blog (just in case you're wondering I'm #teampisces *insert hands up emoji here*) and lately it feels like zodiac things have become super popular and have been popping up everywhere! I thought I'd get creative with my gift guides and put together this zodiac guide that's perfect for anyone that's obsessed with learning more about the stars and includes more subtle gifts as well since I know zodiac things can get kinda cheesy. Happy shopping! 



1. Capri Blue Mini Zodiac Candle - Everyone loves a good candle and this one is so pretty with the silver cap and makes a perfect home decor gift. Plus it's only $14!

2. Formations Zodiac Mug - I love these mugs not only because they have the sign characteristics on them but the zodiac symbol on the inside of the mug. So cute!

3. Demeter Zodiac Perfume - As someone who's worked at a perfume shop all throughout college, this is the first time that I heard about zodiac perfume! Such a clever idea and I'm curious to see how they all smell. Plus it's only $40 and sold at Anthropologie which means it must be good quality yet you can't beat the price.

4. The Golden Book of Fortune Telling Book - I was actually standing in line at Z Gallerie when I picked up this book and skimmed through a few pages. It's packed with tons of zodiac and other "mystical" advice in it and is small and compact so you can take it with you anywhere. 

5. Alex & Ani Constellation Charm - I'm a huge Alex & Ani fan and was shocked to find that they came out with a new Zodiac collection and got rid of the old ones (my very first charm was the Pisces one!) and replaced them with the Zodiac constellation collection. Of course I instantly put in an order! The constellation look is much more subtle yet has the sign written on the back.

6. Lulu Frost Constellation Ring - If you're looking for a more high quality piece of zodiac jewelry then I highly recommend these Lulu Frost constellation rings. It's defiantly a conversation-starter since most people don't know what their zodiac sign looks like as a constellation. Plus it's just so dainty and eye catching!

7. The Signs: A Guide to Modern Astrology Book - If you're looking for a full size book that explains everything about astrology then look no further than this book. I actually own it myself and it's such a fun book to read!

8. Anthropologie Hammered Zodiac Trinket Dish - This trinket dish is such a unique gift and the matte gold is just so classy and would look perfect on a vanity. 




Hope you gals enjoyed this gift guide! Any other gift guide ideas? I'd love to know!







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Monday, November 27, 2017

Stripes, Bows, & Other Things




Top: J. Crew (40% off now!) // Jeans: J. Crew (40% off) // Boots: Ann Taylor (50% off) // Sunglasses: Dior "Origins" // Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in "Libre" // Bag: Madison West, sold out (similar) 


I can't believe it's the end of November and I'm over here wearing an off the shoulder top and the weather isn't freezing! Have I mentioned how much I love Dallas? haha. I'm still getting used to the fact that I'm never going to see ridiculous amounts of snow and I'm not complaining! Over the years on the blog, I've complained so much about Rochester winters and it's feels worse when you're a blogger and you want to shoot outside but can't. Good weather makes life so much easier and quite honestly this whole thing feels like a dream come true. Alright, I'll stop now for all you Northern gals haha. 

I hope everyone scored some great deals on Black Friday! Of course the sales never seem to end since today is Cyber Monday. Luckily this top is still available in all sizes and on sale for an extra 40% off with the code "SHOPFAST" today. While I have tons of off the shoulder tops in my closet, this one's special to me since the bows are just so feminine and eye catching with the stripes. Plus it's so comfortable to wear since it won't move up and down on your shoulders constantly throughout the day like other OTS tops. These black ankle boots that I'm wearing are also 50% off today and if you follow me on Instagram, you might've seen the picture where I show the tortoise shell heels which sadly I forgot to take pictures of. It feels like it's been forever since I've stepped outside for an outfit shoot so it feels like I forgot how the whole thing worked. Seriously guys, I forgot how to pose which explains why I only posted three pics of this look! It's that bad haha.

Lastly, a special thank you to everyone for the kind words and support through the difficult process of helping a loved one recover from a stroke. After staying in the hospital with my Grandma for a total of 28 days, we were finally able to go home and now she's doing much better. I didn't know the meaning of gratitude until I went through this experience. In order to spread the kindness and give back, I'm doing TONS of giveaways in December which will mostly be on Instagram (@ruyakiraccc) so keep an eye out and don't miss out! 



Hope everyone has a great Monday! 




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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Friday & Cyber Week Sales


Hi ladies! It looks like Black Friday and Cyber sales are starting early this year so I thought I should round up all of my favorite sales on here as well as the items that are on the top of my list. I also included the codes that are needed as well as the dates so your online shopping can be easier! I know it can get overwhelming although not as overwhelming as actually physically going into these stores haha, who else likes to skip the lines and just stay at home? Here are all my favorite sales going on but make sure to hurry up because things are already running out! 


F A S H I O N

ASOS  - 30% off everything until 11/28 with code EPIC30

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J. Crew - 40% off everything until 11/26

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Club Monaco - 25% off $150, 30% off $250+, and 35% off $400

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Express - 50% off everything and Express NEXT members can earn 2x the points when you spend over $125

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Topshop - Save up to 50% off + free worldwide shipping

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Urban Outfitters - Buy one, get one 50% off everything

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Madewell - 25% off everything until 11/26 with code DONTSTRESS
Nordstrom - 20% off select sale items 

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Shopbop - get 20% off orders of $200+, 25% off orders of $500+, and 30% off orders of $800+ with code MORE17 until 11/26

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Tory Burch - 30% off of $250 including sale styles until 11/27 with code THANKS

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Kate Spade - 30% off everything with code GIVEJOY

B E A U T Y

Bobbi Brown - Palettes & Sets are 25% off plus spend $50 and get 5 free minis, spend $75+ and get a free cosmetics bag until 11/27

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Too Faced - 25% off everything until 11/24

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Neiman Marcus - Receive a gift with purchase clutch when you spend $225 in beauty and fragrance with code NMBEAUTY until 11/27

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T3 Micro - 25% off everything with code MONDAY17 from 11/27-11/28


M Y  F A V O R I T E S



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Monday, November 20, 2017

Gift Guide: For The Music Lover


Happy Monday everyone! Next up in my gift guide series is one that's dedicated to music lovers! I thought this would come in handy since almost everyone that I know of loves music and there's tons of gifts here that you could give to co-workers, neighbors, or just friends that you don't really know too well but want to still get them something haha. 



1. Drake The Halls Sweater - This gift guide was actually inspired by this sweater! I thought it was hilarious and the seller actually has other funny and clever Christmas sweaters as well so make sure to check it out.

2. Cassette Clutch - So cute for a night out and is actually on sale for a great price!

3. Kate Spade Wireless Headphones - If you're looking for good quality wireless headphones that are more affordable than Beats then these headphones are perfect and half the price! Plus I just love the sleek white and mint design.

4. Alex & Ani Guitar Charm - Alex & Ani has so many great music bracelets (I also linked the headphones one and the music note one below!) and they only run for $27 each so it's a good price point and works as stocking stuffers as well. 

5. Crosley Record Player - I actually want this for Christmas! An old school record player which comes in this gorgeous aqua color (and also in pink!) and is under $100 and makes a unique gift. 

6. Personalized Music Note Ornament - I love giving personalized items during the holidays and there's no such thing as too many ornaments am I right?

7. Marble Mini Speaker - Anything that is marble, I just gotta have! This speaker is the perfect addition to any room. 




Hope you guys enjoyed this gift guide! What should my next one be? Lately I've been thinking about getting more creative with them since I feel like last year myn were pretty boring haha. Let me know if you have any ideas!






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Monday, November 13, 2017

Gift Guide: For The Fashionista

I know, I know. Thanksgiving isn't even here yet and I'm over here posting a gift guide. I can't help it! I love shopping early for Christmas and hate doing anything last minute so I thought I'd start my gift guides early as well. For the first one, I kept it pretty simple and decided to do a gift guide for fashion lovers that are all about unique pieces from their favorite name brands which includes both splurge pieces and budget-friendly pieces as well. 


1. Light Up LED Constellation Bag: A bag that looks beautiful both during the day and night! I have to grab this for myself since it's such a unique piece with the built in LED lights.

2. Blush Pink Faux Fur Scarf: Easily makes a coat or leather jacket look glamorous in seconds and it's super soft!

3. Burberry Liquid Lip Set: I can't get enough of liquid lipsticks especially matte ones which is perfect for the holidays!

4. Gabrielle Chanel Perfume: My Mom just recently bought the new Chanel perfume and now I want one for myself! It's perfect for the winter season.

5. Baublebar Hoop Earrings: I love a pair of statement earrings for the holidays and this one is lightweight and eye-catching.

6. Embellished Ladybug Mules: Normally I'm not a big fan of bugs but these ladybug mules are so cute.

7. Gucci Butterfly Wallet: If you're looking for a designer item that doesn't cost thousands and thousands of dollars but is still high quality then I recommend checking out Gucci's wallet collection which comes in beautiful designs such as this. 

8. Merlot Velvet High Heels: This one's the perfect gift for a shoe lover or for yourself! It's velvet, comes in the gorgeous merlot color, and has embellishment on the back. 







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Monday, November 6, 2017

Lace Cami + Oversized Cardigan







Top: Wal-Mart (you weren't expecting that, were ya?) // Cardigan: Express // Jeans: J. Crew // Sunglasses: Dior "Origins" // Bag: LC by Lauren Conrad // Lips: Nars "Bahama" lip crayon // Watch: Kate Spade // Shoes: Windsor, sold out


Lately life has been pretty rough (and that's a huge underestimate) so I haven't had time to really focus on fashion or my blog yet I'm trying to change that since I've realized these are the types of things that make me feel normal again. If you've seen my last post "Life Lessons: What I've Learned After Spending 10 Days in the Hospital", you would know that my Grandma has been ill and in the hospital for the past 15 days (luckily they moved her to rehab so she can recover) and my Mom and I have been taking turns staying at the hospital with her. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that my life has changed so dramatically overnight and it made me appreciate normal life so much more. 

Anyways, here's a look that I shot a few weeks ago featuring this top that I found at...Wal-Mart! I know. The Wal-Marts here in Dallas are actually normal compared to the ones in Rochester and I stopped by to get some DIY stuff when I was creating the "Holly Golightly Sleep Mask" post and found this top for $5. It comes in other colors like teal and burgundy and looks great paired with this oversized cardigan from Express. Normally I'm not a fan of things that are oversized since I'm usually swimming in them since I'm so petite but this one is actually cute. Just make sure to size down cause it runs super big! I'm wearing a small. 


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Life Lessons: What I've Learned After Spending 10 Days in the Hospital

In case you've been wondering why I've been MIA on the blog lately it's because last Monday my Grandma had a hemmorrhage stroke which is basically bleeding that occurs in the brain. My entire world flipped upside down that day. My Grandma and I are very close and she raised me and has never suffered from any illness in her life. We were shocked to find her so weak, confused, and the worst: not being able to speak, move, or recognize anyone. Words can't describe how painful it was to see her this way and to simply wait to see if her brain would heal itself since there is no cure for strokes. This resulted in my Mom and I spending everyday in the hospital and only going home for an hour or two to shower and get food. Luckily, my Grandma's brain began to heal and grow a little bit stronger by the day and most importantly: she got her memory back. Today marks the day that she is well enough to move from the hospital to a rehab center where she will continue to work towards recovery. Yet today also marks the day where I am renewed. Despite this experience being painful and almost unbearable at times, I am so grateful for it as well. I don't think I would've changed as a person if I hadn't gone through something like this. It was exactly what I needed to make me wake up and realize what's really important in life and what isn't. Here's what I learned in 10 days: 




If You Have Your Health, You're Richer Than Most People 

During the 10 days that I was in the hospital, not only have I seen my Grandma lose her health, but I've been surrounded by sick people and their family members who would do anything to get their health back. The "simple" acts of breathing, walking, eating, talking, and even going to the bathroom by yourself are all things that many people dream of having. Yet I always took it for granted. In the past, I was never satisfied with anything. I always dreamed of being "rich": fancy cars, designer clothes, etc. Now those things are the last thing on my mind. I was so foolish to think that being healthy wasn't enough of a gift in this world. It's actually the greatest gift.

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Despite It Being 2017, There Are Still Kind People Out There

I think as a country, 2017 has been a rough year and the media has shown how unkind human beings can be. Don't let this ruin your perspective on society. There are STILL genuinely, good, kind, human beings out there that care about others and want to help them. I am so grateful for the countless doctors, nurses, and family members of patients that were so comforting and shared so much powerful wisdom during this awful time. Most importantly, their kindness was contagious and made me want to be a better person and to care and help people more. 

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Your "Fears" Aren't Real

Before this experience, I had many ridiculous fears such as taking risks, worrying about making mistakes, and what other people would think of me. When you come across an awful experience like seeing a loved one lose their health or even losing your health yourself, you find all of your "fears" eliminated. Completely erased. You realize what's really scary in life and what isn't and quite honestly it's so refreshing. Life just doesn't seem so terrifiying anymore and I've realized that without those fears, I can accomplish so much more than I thought. 

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Cherish Your Loved Ones - You Never Know What's Going To Happen

Life can change so quickly and it's too short to be mad at your loved ones or to not be there for them. Yes, day to day life can be very busy but always remember to show appreciation and to take some time to be with them. As sad as this sounds, before this experience I would never even say "I love you" to my Mom. I always just assumed that she knew. Now, I say it to her everyday and remind her of how glad I am that she's my Mom. Trust me, this isn't one of those things that you want to ignore and end up regretting later on. 

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Hard Times = Transformation

I've had many hard times in my life yet nothing compares to this experience. I remember the first night that I was staying over at the hospital and was going to sleep on a couch in the ICU waiting room, I thought "I deserve this". Never once, during this experience did I feel sorry for myself and say "Why me?" and it's not because I think I deserve tragedy in my life. It's because I knew that in order to change as a person, it had to take an awful situation like this. Yes it sucks (and I wish it hadn't come down to this), but damn I'm so grateful. With this realization, I was able to find a strength and resilience in myself that I didn't even know existed. I was also shocked to find that I can be a positive person and that it's so much better to look at the bright side and have hope than it is to be negative and worry about everything. 




I hope you enjoyed the post and thanks for reading! Also a special thank you to everyone that has sent prayers and kind words the past couple of days. I feel so lucky to have you guys!




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Monday, October 23, 2017

DIY: Holly Golightly Sleep Costume


One of my favorite movies of all time is Breakfast at Tiffany's and while many of us are familiar with Holly Golightly's aka Audrey Hepburn's iconic little black dress with pearls look, I thought I'd switch it up and get creative. I always adored her sleep look which consists of an oversized men's shirt and a gorgeous Tiffany blue sleep mask which I thought I'd show you how to create from scratch! Keep in mind: I've never made my own sleep mask before so this was new territory for me but I enjoyed the challenge and found that it was much easier than I thought it would be! Of course you always could just buy a dupe from Etsy or some other expensive place but hey, it's just so much more fun making it and works perfectly if it's a last minute costume! Here's how I did it: 


Step 1 - Use a sleeping mask template (which you can easily find online, here's the one that I used!) and print it and make sure that it covers your eyes comfortably and is a good fit for your face. Next, pin the template to the felt paper (you can also use satin or other fabrics but if you're a beginner, felt fabric works best!) and simply cut around the template. 


For the eyes, I couldn't find any templates online to help me so I studied Holly's mask from pictures and drew this shape and placed it on the mask in order to make sure that it would be a good size before placing it on the felt paper and cutting around it as well.


Step 2 - Next, pin the eyelid shapes onto the mask and take your gold glitter glue and draw the eyebrows. I wanted to make it as authentic as possible so once again I studied Holly's mask pictures and slowly drew thin, round eyebrows. If you want, you can practice the shape on paper before applying it on felt fabric. 



Step 3 - Now it's time to glue the eyelids with a hot glue gun. On Holly's mask, the eyelids are actually more 3-D looking and rounded so I recommend slightly bringing the ends closer to each other in order to make it look like a realistic eyelid. Did I describe that right? Oh well, just take a look at the photos below and you'll see what I mean haha.


Step 4 - Next, using the gold glitter glue once again, draw a thick line across the bottom of the eyelids. In order to make it as straight as possible, I did two thin lines.


Step 5 - Lastly, with the gold sequin trim, use the hot glue gun to place it around the outline of the mask. I bought about 2 yards of sequin trim and glued the leftover piece to the back of the mask in order to create the headband. 


Finish off the look with a white oversized button down shirt, some winged eyeliner and thick lashes (in the scene where Holly opens the door, you can see how AMAZING her makeup is even though she just woke up haha), and add some volume to the top of your hair and style it into a half-up/half-down style. Here's a close up shot of her beauty look.


That's it, you're done! A quick and easy Halloween costume which will make you the most classiest person at the party!


I hoped you gals enjoyed this post! Any other DIY ideas? Comment below!





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