Cars on the road and all eyes looking & Link up

November 10, 2015


My hubby and I took these photos on a date night, in front of a high school drive and what do you know there were cars coming in and out and drivers and passengers watching us…yep typical life of a fashion blogger, at least I wasn’t alone with my tripod as I still haven’t mastered it.

Any tips with a tripod?

This week has been a busy one so far and often times I just have to remind myself to not stress, but life happens. So this post is short and sweet today, however I did want to mention some of my new favorite wardrobe items.


This hat is the loveliest fall complimentary accessory and I was thrilled to have recently purchased it from Mint Julep Boutique (in combination with some credit from a giveaway I won thanks to Keisha of Queen Life Blog, thanks girly!) so this hat ended up being a little under $10 shipping included out of pocket, score!


The boots I received are from Target and are compliments of Brandzaffair a site I use to shop easily for items from stores I love. I couldn’t decide if I wanted boots from Nordstrom, Forever 21 or Target so while clicking on each store through Brandzaffair I went with my instincts and of course choose Target to find these lovelies as I knew the sizing of Targets shoes better than the other stores and choose an 8 when in reality I am a 7. These fit like a charm and I CAN’T stop wearing them.


I paired these new additions with my poncho that I got last year, leggings and ifChic tote and felt good to go for fall weather that finally is here.

What new additions have you added to your wardrobe?

Outfit details: Hat: Mint Julep Boutique (same here, similar here)//Poncho: White Plum Boutique (same here)//Boots: c/o Target via Brandzaffair (similar here)//Purse: (similar here)//Leggings: Old Navy (same here)//Bracelet: c/o My Arm Charms same here, get 20% off your subtotal of $15 or more with code: GARAY.

Have you entered the Kendra Scott earrings and $105 Sephora giftcard giveaway yet? Hurry hurry last day to enter. You can enter here.

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 guest co-host Stephanie of  Wife Mommy Me blog:

Fall mini 008


Wife to Coxy, Momma to Frank. Full time blogger and stay at home Momma. I love reading, traveling and consuming all. the. carbs.
Christmas and paper products excite me. My happy place is the office supply aisles of Target! On my blog, Wife Mommy Me, I share my thoughts on marriage, motherhood and so much more.
You can follow Stephanie the following ways: Facebook fan page, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter.

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


How amazing is this street wear look and school bus handbag? This look screams “take me back to school.”
See the post here.


Andrea shares her old but new to wear scarf that she found in her closet and bringing to life again. I am telling you this thing should be the new Zara scarf (in my opinion). Check out the look here.


Nicki shares a rare find from a recent thrift store can you guess which item I am talking about? Ok ok find the answer here.

close up sugar cookies

Every month or few months I love to make sugar cookies with my kids and am always looking for recipes so of course Penny’s recipe hits the spot for trying something new.


Leanne linked up an interesting post on how she branded her blog and her tips. Check it out here.

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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  • Happiness at Mid Life November 10, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Great hat and love your new boots!


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Sherry November 10, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I love the hat super cute I was trying some one a few weeks ago I could not make up my mind on which I preferred I love the cranberry with your hair. I love the fact you took the pics in-front of the High School. I was taking mine this week in front of a house that is for sale on my street. I tried the tripod but it is hard to work if you don’t have something to focus on. Have a great week.

  • The Gifted Gabber November 10, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I wouldn’t stop wearing those booties either! Fabulous! — Amy @

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles November 10, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Those boots are really made for you – great pick!


  • Dorothy Bell November 10, 2015 at 2:29 am

    I like your fringed style poncho! and that maroon hat is really rockin it! have a nice day!

  • IRENE November 10, 2015 at 2:53 am

    the most common thing is people staring!love your poncho and the floppy hat!

  • Claire November 10, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Hehe, I remember taking photos outside Nottingham train station and everyone was watching!! Love your poncho and how you styled it 🙂 thanks for hosting..

  • Sabina @Oceanblue Style November 10, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Thanks for hosting Rachel. Love the poncho. Wearing one myself today 🙂 Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  • Jaymie Ashcraft November 10, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Love that hat!! 🙂

  • Andrea Nine November 10, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Aww Rachel, thank you so much for featuring my scarf outfit!! You’re just the sweetest!! And how divine is that poncho and floppy hat, oh, and the boots!! You look chic and gorgeous!!

  • Jill November 10, 2015 at 6:32 am

    This has to be one of my favorite outfits on you! You look great in that hat and I love the print of your poncho!

    Doused In Pink

  • Monica November 10, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I’ve gotten the honk and stare, or the honk and whistle, or just the weird looks from people wondering what I’m doing. I like when people actually ask what I’m doing because then they get it haha. Especially when I shoot with the one lens I have you have to be really far in order to get a good shot so sometimes people just think I’m posing for no reason! Great look you have here by the way, hope you date night went well!

    Hope to see you at tomorrow’s link up 🙂

  • Carrie November 10, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Perfect look for fall Rachel and you nailed it with every piece. Love the floppy hat especially the color.

  • Leanne November 10, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Thank you for featuring my post, How I Branded My Own Blog!

    Classy Yet Trendy

  • Shelbee on the Edge November 10, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Rachel, I love your poncho and the boots really are fantastic! Your hat is super cute, too. Ever since I went to short hair, hats look terrible on me, so I am always envious of a beautiful girl in a really cute hat! Way to rock it!

    Thanks for hosting the linkup.

  • Anna D Kart November 10, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Love the poncho and the hat!

    Anna // Happy Medley

  • Kathrine Eldridge November 10, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Love this poncho! That hat is the perfect pop of color with it. 🙂

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom November 10, 2015 at 7:12 am

    This is a busy week here, too… Your hat is so pretty with your b/w poncho! I need to wear my hat that is similar more often! I have a tripod and timer, too and I need to get more comfortable with it.


  • Ada November 10, 2015 at 7:31 am

    This outfit scream Fall and I love it. Some great trends all in one delightful look. I want the boots, hat and poncho. I might get those boots at Target and they currently have a very similar hat too.

    Happy Tuesday babe!

  • Sam November 10, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Girl, that outfit is so cute! Love the hat, poncho, and booties – perfectly fall. I can’t seem to get comfortable taking photos outside. I know they make for prettier backgrounds, but people staring makes me feel awkward and self-conscious. Good for you & the hubs taking them despite the gawkers!

  • Laura November 10, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Love that hat! It’s such a great color for fall!

  • Emily Green November 10, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Rachel, I love this look on you!!!! That poncho is lovely! I love it with the black shirt underneath. And maroon is certainly your color!

  • Jennie November 10, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Your new booties are gorgeous, Rachel! My eyes were immediately drawn to them. Your poncho and hat are also so fab. I take all my photos using my tripod and would like to start incorporating different angles with it in the future. Do you have a camera remote? That is a key piece to using a tripod – primarily for focusing, otherwise it is pretty difficult.

  • Amy Ann November 10, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Perfect date night look!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Shauna November 10, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I hate when people watch us take pictures, too. I always feel funny! Love that hat on you -xx


  • Cynthia November 10, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I’m loving ponchos this season. Love how you styled this one with the burgundy hat!

  • amy November 10, 2015 at 9:45 am

    You look great in a poncho!

  • Nicki November 10, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I thank you so much for featuring my thrifted red cape this week! And I totally relate to your feeling weird when people are watching you take pictures. For the longest time I confined myself to my own yard because I am so self conscious about it. Lately though I have been trying to venture out to new territory with just me and my tripod. But I have been going to places where I don’t see a lot of other people, like walking trails and parks. I have also been going to my church at a time of day that no one is there! I use my tripod all the time, but I want to learn to use it with a remote. right now, I click the shutter and then hurry and get in place for the picture. And I do also vary the height of the tripod for different views.

  • Tea November 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Lol at you being a “fashion blogger sighting” for some people – oh well, life of a blogger! They probably all think you’re famous or something.
    I use a tripod to take my pictures almost every day. My tip is this: take a LOT of pictures and pick the best. I set my camera to take 10 shots in a row and then I do that probably about 4 or 5 times. That does mean that I have about 50 pictures to get through in order to sort and edit before I do a post but at least I end up with some good pics.
    The other trick is to make sure you’re in focus if you’re using a tripod. Set a manual focus and then walk in front rather than letting any kind of auto-focus set your pics out of focus. And last – just own it! You look great, who cares if folks are staring!

  • Tiina L November 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Another pretty boho look! Have a great week, Rachel!

  • Ginger Wroot November 10, 2015 at 10:17 am

    You asked about a camera tripod. I shoot all of my own fashion photos, and you can see the reflection of my tripod pretty well on some of the photos on this post: I recommend just an inexpensive, standard, all-purpose camera tripod. You will also need a plastic chair or something lightweight that you can stand up to focus your camera on, which you can then easily move and step in place of while your camera timer counts down. I use a lightweight stool that I can easily move out of the frame. It’s nice doing it all on your own, so you don’t have to test the patience of your photographer and work on his or her schedule. Right now, I’m looking into a remote camera control to make life even easier.

  • Shea November 10, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Gorgeous fall look–I love that hat and the fun poncho! I’d like to get a tripod so I have options when my husband can’t take my picture, but I’m intimidated by how to use them!

  • Lexie Robinson November 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

    That hat brings the whole thing together perfectly! Thank you for hosting.

  • Mary Murnane November 10, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Love your hat! Perfect accessory for this look.


  • chelsea November 10, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I love those booties and that black and white poncho. I think it is funny that people feel they have to watch us take photos.. nothing to see here!

    XO Chelsea

  • Jess November 10, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I have been looking for booties, in grey with a low heel..but I love yours.. arent boots obsessive? Great look with the poncho and hat too!!
    Thanks for linking up with TH Tuesday!
    jess xx

  • Liz @ Downtown Demure November 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous hat! I like the poncho too. I had a similar hat, but then I sold it for pennies practically on Poshmark. Still sad about that decision. haha. On a separate note: How did you like working with Brandzaffair? I’m considering joining the affiliate program, but I want to get other bloggers’ opinions first.

    – Liz @ Downtown Demure

  • Kathleen November 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Gorgeous look! Your poncho is really special, love the print!

  • Alecz November 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    This poncho is beautiful! Love the pattern on it, and the burgundy hat is a great touch!

  • Petite Silver Vixen November 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    The colour of the hat is perfect for Autumn – a lovely rich colour. And those boots – yes! Love the buckles on them.

  • Becky @ bybmg November 10, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    What a beautiful fall date night look!

  • Katey November 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Cute poncho! I love the tight sleeves, to give it some shape!! Aren’t ponchos so comfy!? You look great in that hat.
    The looks people give while driving or walking by are always fun to see!
    Thanks for hosting the link up!

  • Elle Spann November 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    that poncho looks great on you! thanks for the link up:)
    Southern Elle Style

  • kelsey bang November 11, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Love those booties! super cute fall look!

  • Lana November 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    This look is perfect on you, from head to toe! I really love your poncho. I need to do some serious work on my photography skills – your pictures always look great!

  • Dawn Lucy November 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Love this boho look on you … the cape/poncho and the hat … very cool!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!
    Dawn Lucy

  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty) November 14, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Michelle November 16, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Love this look from head to toe. The hat & poncho look awesome together

  • Ana Luiza November 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Love the hat! I’ve been looking for one in that color!
    Thanks for linking up with us on Start the Week Stylish!
    – Ana Luiza
    The Northwest Blonde