What's in a Name?

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Surprise! Or if you follow my blog on Facebook, you may have gotten a notification about this last night, haha. I have decided to change the name of my blog and start the process of rebranding (eek!). I have been wanting something new for the longest time, but I could never commit in fear of losing readers or just having it become a complete failure. When I first discovered fashion blogging, I was 19; then a few months later I was finally inspired enough to start my own blog. I couldn't wait to get started, like literally could not wait. I thought of the first cutesy name that popped into my head, checked to see if it was available for a domain, and bam that was it. 

Back then I mainly followed blogs who also had cutesy names like Delightfully Tacky, Little Chief Honeybee (who also recently changed her blog name!), Skunkboy Creatures, etc, and I wanted to have a blog name as unique as theirs. I loved the name I chose at the time but had made a huge rookie mistake: I didn't Google the name before settling on it. I just assumed no one else would come up with that combination of words, but I was wrong (I've learned that most ideas you think are original have already been thought of by others as well). There's an actual rock band that made up the name about a year before I had, but when I finally realized it, I had already developed a decent following to the point where I felt like it was too late to do anything about it. Again, rookie mistake.

That's not the main reason I wanted to change the title though. I think the name "Daydream Frenzy" simply no longer fits the direction I want this blog to go in anymore. I wanted a more standard title that could still hold true and make sense 10 years down the road (should I even continue to blog for that long), but I also wanted a title that wouldn't tie me down to just a style blog. I needed something plain & simple (which is also what I wanted for my new design in case you hadn't noticed ;). When people used to ask what the name of my blog is, I would kind of feel embarrassed to tell them. Have you ever felt that? There's no way I'm alone on this. Then, once I would tell them, they'd give me this weird look because they didn't get it. Which is completely understandable because after awhile even I was like, "Wait, why did I name my blog this again?" With this new blog title, there's no more confusion!

So, why "Rachel Lately"? I mean, it's pretty straightforward (which, again, is what I wanted). It's me and my day to day outfits or what I've been up to as of late. As far as content goes, everything will continue as it has been with maybe a few new features I've been wanting to try out. This is still a style blog (with bits of my personal life here and there), I'm just getting rid of the clutter! Some bloggers like to start over from scratch with a completely new blog (and all the new accounts that go with it), but I'm choosing to just rename the one I currently have and deal with the old name still appearing in some places. My old domains will simply redirect to this new one! There may be a few kinks here and there, so please be patient! If you have any links to my blog coming from your own site, it would help me a lot if you updated the web address (or update your button if you have one)!

I really appreciate those of you who read my blog (some of you even since I started over 3 years ago!), and I hope you'll continue to follow along! I'm excited to begin this fresh start with y'all! :)

On and Off Again

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I am a "just in case" kind of girl meaning I carry a bunch of junk in my bag just in case of certain situations. Part of this junk includes a cardigan/jacket for when I get cold. Which happens all the time... even when it's 100 degrees outside (my friends have actually called me out on this before, haha). I wore this dress for a night downtown and took along this colorful cardigan for the bars that keep their A/C blasting no matter what, then I proceeded to take it off while we would walk around outside. I couldn't decide if I wanted to photograph the outfit with the cardigan on or off, so I did both. I'm really shaking things up around here. :P

I have always wanted a dress with bold stripes, so when I saw this one had gone on sale I immediately snatched it up. The best part is that they sell it in petite sizes making it the perfect fit for me! Oh, and the dress has pockets. Maybe that's actually the best part. I decided to pair it with this specific cardigan mainly because I am a sucker for mixing stripes and a floral print, but also because the print has bits of black in it to match the black stripes, so it doesn't look so clashy. Spell-check is telling me that "clashy" is not an actual word, but it obviously knows nothing. You get me, right?

Outfit details:
GAP dress (on sale!)
Target cardigan (old)
Vintage belt
Thrifted heels
F21 pearl earrings

Boyfriend Jeans

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Have you ever gone shopping and tried something on just for the hell of it? That was the case with these Old Navy boyfriend jeans. They were only $11 at the time so I figured, what the heck? I had never even given this style of jeans a chance before since I was convinced that they would not fit well on my petite self (based solely from seeing them on taller bloggers across the internet). When I tried them on, I was like, "wait... these actually don't look so bad." And they are so comfortable! Granted, they do your butt no favors since they're so loose, but I'm willing to forgive that for jeans that make me feel like I'm wearing pajama pants in public. It's all about compromise, y'all.

Outfit details:
Old Navy tank top (similar)
Old Navy boyfriend jeans (or similar)
Sofft sandals
Icing necklace
Nordstrom reversible tote