Dress for Success & Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me Link up

December 8, 2015


Today I am excited to be partnering up with ShopStyle and other Shop Style Collective Bloggers to bring you a good cause with an international non-profit organization called Dress for Success. Dress for Success empowers women of disadvantage globally to achieve and feel success in life and in work, through providing tools, support and more. I believe there is power in a community of other women and support groups, especially with parenting, looking for work or life advice, with that I am honored to share this organization with you and let you know how shopping and sales can help this organization.

Starting today (December 8th) and tomorrow (December 9th) if you see anything online or would like to shop then won’t you consider shopping with a Shop Style Collective Blogger in mind?  This is because 10% of the sales made from each purchase through a Shop Style Collective Blogger  (see disclaimer) will go toward Dress for Success AND guess what else….Shop Style will match that contribution. So if you spend $20 on a shirt, then I will donate $2 and Shop Style will match that $2 and on to a donation of $15,000. WOW! This is a Shop Style Bloggers Give Back special for sure.

As part of this helpful campaign, POPSUGAR owner of Shop Style (@shopstyle) thought it would be fun for each of it’s Shop Style Collective Bloggers to “Dress for Success,” where we share with you outfits that help us feel confident and successful. Today I am doing just that and sharing with you my “power outfit.” Then scroll down to meet two other bloggers participating in the challenge. (I will be hosting a special link up with these ladies tomorrow, but they are getting a heads start and posting the link up for you today so head on over to Denise’s blog to link up your power outfits).

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This “power outfit” in these photos is nothing fancy but it is a look I strive to do more of and that is adding layers. I feel confident wearing clothing or accessories (scarves, sweaters, statement jewelry, etc) that I can layer to give an extra touch or polish to an outfit. As a stay-at-home mom (and blogger of Garay Treasures) it can be hard to get motivated to dress beyond a tee and jeans.  Adding that third layer makes me feel confident, put together, pretty and motivated towards a successful day.

You can shop some of the suggested layers in the images and links below and help in giving 10% of sales and more to Dress for Success. Thank you for reading and empowering women. @dressforsuccess


Meet two other bloggers below as they express their ways of dressing for success:

Meet Denise of Fashion Love Letters

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I graduated college with a degree in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies, and spent many years teaching and traveling overseas. I am not back stateside and created my blog as an outlet when I moved back from Korea. I currently am loving workwear and I find myself to be the most comfortable and confident in it. I love finding clothes that fit me well and hug my curves. Anything that fits me well makes me feel confident and allows me to be my best self. I believe that feeling confident comes from learning to find clothing that fits you well and embracing the body that you have!

Meet Liz from Style Wich


Not too long ago, I was a corporate attorney but my full time job at the moment is stay-at-home mom so my “power outfit” lately consists of comfortable pieces that still look polished like a structured coat, jeans that fit like a dream and high heels that I can run around in! I love colors and quirky details so I always throw in some fun accessories to complete the look and express my mood. I believe feeling confident comes naturally when you wear clothing that you love and feel comfortable in.

What outfits make you feel confident and successful?

*Purchases made from clicks help support this blog and Dress for Success, thank you for considering Shop Style.

Outfit details: Blanket Scarf: Zara (similar here)//Chambray top (similar)//Black tee (similar)//Leggings: Charlotte Russe (similar)//Boots: Belk (similar).

Layering recommendations:

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Chambray//Statement Necklace//Buffalo Plaid// Faux Fur Vest// Sweater Cardigan// Blanket Scarf

Now on to the link up:

Meet your Host: Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:



Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your co-host Anna of Happy Medley:


Hello! I’m Anna, a twenty-something Russian wife and mother of two little ones. I love to blog about affordable style and ways to bring more happy things into life. I post recipes, quick and easy DIYs as well as talk about motherhood challenges. Come visit the blog Happy Medley, or follow me on FacebookInstagram, or Pinterest

Now on to the featured five from last time and link up: 

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I love how put together and bold Alex’s look is here.


I recently received a trench coat just like the one you see above and gathered some outfit ideas for styling mine thanks to Elises’ look here.

jessicagreyJessica’s gray outfit looks so stunning. The mix of textures and patterns pulls this fall look together well. See outfit here.


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I loved reading and learning from Lizzie’s “Defining Your Personal Style” series and so she linked up part two of her series that I thoroughly enjoyed. See part one here.

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Jill linked up an adorable project that I just may need to try myself. How cute are these little beanies.

Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

To link up it would be great if you linked my button to your post that you link up. Get button code below:

Garay Treasures


Linking up with: Turning Heads Tuesday Lisa, Melissa, Style Me Wednesday, Trendy Wednesday, Sandyalamode, Confident Twosday, Pumps and Push-ups, Thursday Fashion Files, Whitney, Grace, Trend-Spin,Leelo, Michelle, The Mummy Chronicles, Alice, Spotlight Weekly, Top of the World Style, Two Peas in a Blog (Tuesdays), Style Elixir (Tuesdays), The Style Files (Fridays), Elegantly Fashionable, Jaymie, Lauren, Carylee, Rachelle, Cappaccino and Fashion, Book of Leisure, Monica, Carrie, Style Me Weekly, Forage Fashion, Myriad Musings, Jennie, Molly, Cherie, Not dead Yet Style, Clairejustinexoxo

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  • Sheree December 8, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I love the “power” outfit you picked out, simple and natural and true to self is always the best! Great cause with ShopStyle.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Jess December 8, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Thank you rachael for featuring me with these lovely ladies, glad you liked the grey look I love your blue and green plaid scarf, they really are lovley and it looks great on you. Layers are quite fun to work with as it gets colder. The colors are perfect for you!
    jess xx

  • Happiness at Mid Life December 8, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Love the great fall layers!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles December 8, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Love the relaxed vibe of the blanket scarf – Happy Holidays!


  • Monica M. Neri December 8, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Amazing styles here, love your outfit!!!

  • Liz @ Downtown Demure December 8, 2015 at 3:06 am

    What a lovely use of a large blogger network! I hope you get several sales for Dress for Success! It’s a fantastic organization. If I had any room in my budget, I’d get something myself. 🙂

    And I like your comfortable power outfit!

    – Liz @ Downtown Demure

  • IRENE December 8, 2015 at 4:49 am

    thank you Rach for hosting the link up! so beautiful ladies. This time of year it’s all about layering

  • Debbie Stinedurf December 8, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Love the blanket scarf Rachel…and it’s fabulous styled as a cape/wrap!

  • Jill December 8, 2015 at 6:19 am

    What a great collaboration with Shop Style! I love your blue and green plaid and this layered look! Thank you so much for featuring me! You made my day!

    Doused In Pink

  • Sabina @Oceanblue Style December 8, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Sooooo love that cape/wrap Rachel. I am a total sucker for plaid. Great style on you. xxx Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  • Monica December 8, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Loving that blanket scarf. The colors are beautiful. Hope to see you at tomorrow’s link up!


  • Kathrine Eldridge December 8, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Love your power look! I adore that scarf. Thanks for the Link Up! 🙂


  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom December 8, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I have so much red plaid in my closet, I need some blues and greens! You look great in this look and so does your hair! I need to straighten mine more, I’ve been lazy!


  • amy December 8, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Love your blanket scarf!

  • Shannon December 8, 2015 at 7:48 am

    You look too cute! In love with that scarf! Perfect with the chambray!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Laura December 8, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Loving your gorgeous blanket scarf! You look adorable!

  • Elle Spann December 8, 2015 at 8:39 am

    love this charitable event! i can’t wait to hear how much y’all raise!
    Southern Elle Style

  • Becky @ bybmg December 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Accessories are so fun and always make me feel put together, too. What a great cause.

  • Amy Ann December 8, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Very cool for you to participate! Love the power outfit you picked. A blanket scarf is always a good choice.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Jennie December 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Great plaid scarf! I enjoyed reading about Dress for Success – thanks for sharing.

  • Elise December 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Love this look!! Your scarf is amazing, that is my favorite plaid!!
    Thank you so much for picking one of my styles. Truly honored!!
    Hope you are having an amazing week.

    xx, Elise

  • Alecz December 8, 2015 at 9:30 am

    This plaid scarf is such a beauty! I love the colours in it!


  • Caitlin Lee December 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Love all these looks!! Super pretty scarf! xo

  • Denise December 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Thanks so so much for participating! Such a lovely look and I am so happy that you shared in the experience! Loving your bloggers that you chose this week! Hope you are having a gorgeous and thanks for linking up!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Alex December 8, 2015 at 10:06 am

    That blanket scarf / wrap is a serious “want” item. Love it. Thanks for featuring my look. I’m in seriously good company, the other features are all awesome.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  • Elizabeth Hugen December 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Oh Rachel! I’m so happy that you are enjoying the style series! You look beautiful as always and I LOVE that scarf! I also love Dress for Success. I volunteer locally whenever I get the chance! Such a great organization!



  • Brooke December 8, 2015 at 11:09 am

    You should feel confident in that outfit, because you are beautiful in it!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Petite Silver Vixen December 8, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Black Watch tartan is my favourite tartan, Rachel, so great choice!

    Thank you so much for the shout out in the email – so sweet of you. I didn’t quite get round everyone last week but I gave it a good bash and it was fun so thank you for having me as co-host.


  • Mary Murnane December 8, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    You’re so right, layering definitely has a way of polishing an outfit. Even if it’s just a jacket or scarf. Love this post!


  • Katey December 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Such a beautiful look! That blue and green combo looks so good on you! I need more of that plaid combination. I love it!
    Fabulous layering!
    Thanks for joining our Tuesday Fashion Party Link-Up!

  • Shea December 9, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Layers always make me feel more confident too, like I cared enough to put something together, you know? I love your look–that scarf looks so cute and cozy and those are great boots!

  • Lanae Bond December 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Your whole look is cozy and stylish! I really love your plaid scarf and your boots!

  • Lexie Robinson December 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for hosting and for the super cute scarf style!


  • The Gifted Gabber December 11, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    When I am off work in the summers, I get that same feeling of not feeling motivated to go beyond the very basics. Love your plaid the red/orange dress Denise is wearing. — Amy @ http://thegiftedgabber.com/

  • Shellie Bowdoin December 12, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Rachel, I so appreciate you pairing up for a great cause. Thanks for sharing your stylish point of view with the My Refined Style Linkup!


  • Jessica December 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Love the plaid scarf! Thanks for linking up!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty) December 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. You look so great in the plaid blanket. Great way to wrap it and look sleek and slim!

  • Christie December 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Great pics, Rachel! I love your plaid blanket scarf!

    Thanks so much or linking up with Friday Favorites! Hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

    The Closet by Christie