Monday, June 26, 2017

YouTube Channel Launch & Paris Travel Blog

Hello everyone! I am SO excited to announce the launch of my YouTube channel today, and what better way to start off than with a Paris Vlog!

I am so looking forward to all of the content I have planned to share with you all through my channel, including fashion, beauty/hair, and much more traveling to come. I would LOVE for you all to subscribe and follow along on this exciting new chapter for Between Two Coasts, I am incredibly grateful for all of you! I hope you all enjoy my first vlog, and please let me know what you think in the comments!

Thank you for stopping by today! XO, Rachel

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Perfect Little Striped Dress Under $40

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If you’ve been following for awhile now, then you know how much I adore dresses! Especially ones with a ruffle detail and stripes. This little striped dress is my current favorite, and it’s under $40!

When it comes to my style, I personally love mixing splurge and save pieces. I am definitely a handbag and shoes kind of girl, and enjoy splurging on ones that I love, and will love for years to come. On the other hand, I love just as much finding wardrobe basics and fantastic pieces, like this dress, that are so affordable! A dress this cute (and great quality!), and it’s literally only $35! Paired with these shoes that I recently splurged on (I’m obsessed, ladies!) and this look is the best of both worlds. For a girl that’s on a budget, this is one of my best suggestions for attainable fashion. Find those affordable pieces that you fall in love with, and mix them with that pair of shoes in your closet that are your prized possession, or that handbag that you just saved up for!

On a total side note, how cute would this blue and white striped dress be for the Fourth of July!? Add a pop of red, and you’re good to go!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post, and if you’d like to see more save vs splurge posts, let me know! I love hearing post suggestions! Xo, Rachel

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Palace of Versailles

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Day 2 in Paris was truly a magical one. Versailles is one of those places that you always dream of visiting, and while I could scroll through photos of this beautiful place all day long, it was absolutely breathtaking seeing the Palace in person for the first time! Walking through the gardens and pathways, and visiting the Petite Trianon was so surreal. I love art history, and it really is incredible the amount of history that lies there, and that Marie Antoinette herself walked those gardens! This Dolce and Gabbana dress is without a doubt my most favorite dress in my wardrobe, and I had been saving it for the perfect occasion. Every girl deserves to twirl through Versailles in a pretty dress!

In my previous post from The Tuileries (see here), I shared a few tips for visiting, and I wanted to do the same for Versailles! I am going to be completely honest, because not everything about traveling is glamorous! We went on a day that was HOT and very busy. While our visit really was amazing, part of me was wishing that it was a cloudy day so that I could slow down and relax in the gardens without feeling like I was melting, haha! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting Versailles…

1.  I would recommend visiting on a day that is cloudier (this also makes photos easier). The gardens are definitely gorgeous on a sunny day, but if so, try to choose the coolest day if possible! There is just so much ground to cover, no AC inside, and like I said, it’s a little more enjoyable when you don’t feel like you’re melting away, especially amidst a large crowd!

2. We took the RER C and it couldn’t have been easier! We got on the stop by the Eiffel Tower, and it only took about 25 minutes to get to Versailles.

3. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Just like in the Tuileries, everywhere you walk is gravel/rocky, so your shoes will get a little dusty and there is a lot of walking! Luckily we were able to take a little tram out to the Petite Trianon and back! You can also rent a golf cart or bikes!

4. We ended up being there around midday, and the line to get inside the Palace was crazy long when we first got there, even with our museum passes, so we headed out into the gardens first. After an hour or two when we headed back to the Palace, there was no line at all! I would try to be there first thing in the morning when it opens, or later in the afternoon a few hours before closing.

5. Grab some lunch and head to a bench by the Grand Canal where the little row boats are! Don’t forget some macarons and ice cream!

I hope you find those tips helpful if you’re visiting, or planning a visit. You will LOVE it, I promise! Please let me know if you have any questions! Next up is Palais-Royal & The Louvre…stay tuned!

XO, Rachel

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Perfect Summer T-Shirt under $50

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If you’re looking for the perfect summer t-shirt , look no further! Last week I came across this cute little t-shirt, and instantly new it was going to be a good one! I always love a ruffle, but I was definitely drawn to the length. I am always in search of long tees! Plus, this one is SO soft. It comes in 6 colors, and really is the perfect summer t-shirt under $50! Effortless is key in the summer, and I can admit that this tee with cutoffs was my go-to outfit multiple days this week, haha!

Also, I wanted to mention these new layering necklaces that I just got, and am obsessed with!! They’re from The Styled Collection, and I just can’t get enough of all their fun necklaces and bracelets for the summer. You may have seen all the ones I chose on my Insta Stories a few days ago! How cute is the little moon and stars necklace!? I’ve also worn this choker almost everyday since I got it!

Have a good day, everyone!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Tuileries Gardens

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Hello everyone! I am so excited to be back with you all to share my very first post from Paris! The past two weeks were everything that Paris dreams are made of. I’ve been looking forward to sharing a look inside our trip, featuring not only what I wore, but tips to visiting all of my favorite sights, and a full Paris travel guide. Hopefully these posts will give you a glimpse of the magic this city holds!

Day 1 we began our adventures in the Tuileries Gardens, and they were every bit as beautiful as I had imagined! It was sunny and 75, and I wore my new favorite off the shoulder dress. I have a love for all things navy, especially in the summer, and I love the detailing on the hem of this dress! Plus, it’s under $150! Paired with a neck scarf for a parisian touch (of course!) and my favorite sneakers for a day full of walking. It turned out to be the perfect comfy, cute outfit.

No matter how much planning goes into a trip, there will always be little things you find out along the way, so I wanted to share a few tips/things to know when visiting the Tuileries Gardens!

  1. We lucked out with beautiful weather during our two weeks, and most days were perfectly sunny. If you’re planning to take photos, try visiting in the morning, later in the evening or when it’s cloudy. Shooting in full sun can be a little tricky! We ended up coming back later in the day for photos when clouds came out.
  2. Be sure to stop at the Musée de l’Orangerie located in the gardens. This is where you’ll find the stunning “Waterlillies” paintings by Monet, my absolute favorite!
  3. Make sure to wear comfy shoes, or shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. The pathways are all gravel/dirt, and you’ll definitely be doing a lot of walking in the gardens! My sneakers were perfect, and were easy to clean off end of day. If you’re taking photos in nice shoes, just bring them along and change into them!
  4. Another tip if taking photos- if you don’t want any other pedestrians in your photos, be sure to get there first thing in the morning, especially if you want the famous tree-lined stretch shot! P.S.- that shot (where I am in the pics) is located up a set of stairs, on the side closest to the Seine. The city is pretty quiet early in the morning, and the gardens will fill up in the afternoons. Sometimes you will get lucky and the gardens won’t be terribly busy, and you can still take photos if you don’t mind just a couple people in the background, which is what we did! Take note: there are a lot of runners throughout the gardens, haha!
  5. There are tons of cute little green chairs throughout the gardens, and by the fountains, so be sure to grab a treat, sit down and enjoy the view! We picked up a few goodies to-go at the Angelina directly next to the gardens (on Rue de Rivoli). There is also an Amorino cart, which was my favorite gelato (they make it to look like a flower on your cone!) Yum!

We ended up strolling through the Tuileries Gardens on multiple occasions, we just couldn’t stay away! If you’re planning a trip to Paris, make sure it’s at the top of your list, and I hope you find these tips helpful! Stay tuned for more posts to come, and please let me know if you have ANY questions about Paris/my trip!

Thank you for stopping by today! Xo, Rachel

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hello Summer

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Hello, Summer! I hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day long weekend! I am so thankful for the relaxing time spent with family and friends, and especially for those that protect this great country!

This weekend always feels like the official start of summer, and I am kicking mine off with my first trip to Paris, starting today! For the next two weeks I’ll be consuming as many macarons as possible, picnicking by the Eiffel Tower, and getting lost on the beautiful parisian streets! We fly out tonight, and it’s my first international flight, so wish me luck, ha! I purchased this Free People cardigan for my travels, and it’s my new favorite thing! It is seriously the perfect lightweight cardigan for summer, and I love how it looks paired with cutoffs. It comes in 3 colors, and is on sale under $60!

P.S.- I am so excited to share that I have officially started my YouTube channel (you can subscribe here!), and will be vlogging my two weeks in Paris! I can’t wait to start sharing new content with you all there (hair, fashion, & travel related!), and hope that you will enjoy! I will also be sharing my travels daily through Instagram/Insta Stories (@rachelpuccetti), so be sure to follow along!

Any fun summer plans? I’d love to hear!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Top 5 Favorite Cutoff Shorts

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It’s not summertime without a cute pair of cutoffs! Here are my top 5 favorite pairs of cutoff shorts, which are your favorites?

Xo, Rachel

Monday, May 22, 2017

Top 5 Favorite Graphic Tees

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Mondays call for…a cute comfy tee, new kicks, and a pink drink (or two!) Here are my top 5 favorite graphic tees that are perfect for all those casual days ahead!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and have a great start to your week! Xo, Rachel

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Technicolor Striped Shirtdress Under $100

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Dresses are always my outfit of choice during the summer, and there is just something so effortless and cute about a shirtdress! They make getting dressed on hot days a breeze, and are so easy to be worn casual with a cute pair of sneakers or sandals, or dressed up with your favorite wedges!

This technicolor striped shirtdress is my current obsession! You can never go wrong with stripes, and the bright colors are just so fun for summer. It’s also under $100! I keep thinking of new ways I want to style this dress by switching it up with fun accessories, and there are endless possibilities with color choices! I currently can’t wait to pair it with all kinds of pom poms!

Thank you so much for spending part of your day with me!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Top 5 Favorite Straw Totes

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, and enjoyed spending time with your families celebrating Mother’s Day! Our pool is officially open for the season, and I have never been SO ready for sweet summertime! I always look forward to switching into my summer bags, so today I wanted to share my top 5 favorite straw totes!

You can never have too many fun straw totes in your summertime wardrobe, whether you’re using it as your everyday bag, for days at the pool, or if you’re jetting off to any sunny destinations! There are SO many cute ones to choose from, with colorful stripes, fun sayings and pom poms galore! My navy striped Mar y Sol tote has been one of my absolute favorites for the past few summers, and I’m so glad that it’s still available! One of my most recent purchases is this Clare V. tote, and I just love how cute the shape is for something different. Below I have linked my 5 favorite straw totes, including 3 others that I have my eye on!

Which one is your favorite? XO, Rachel