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May, 13, 2014


pink-ysl-lipstick cat-eye-black-prada-sunglasses pink-peonies-fashion-blog spring-outfit-ideas current-elliott-distressed-denim black-cat-eye-prada-sunglasses current-elliott-distressed-denim-shopbop theory-white-blazer-nordstromBlazer: Theory (similar style) | Top: All Saints, no longer available (similar style) | Bottoms: Current Elliott | Heels: J.Crew | Clutch: Saint Laurent (also here) | Glasses: Prada | Earrings: Nordstrom | Ring: KiraKira | Lips: YSL Rouge Pur Couture #

Happy Tuesday everyone! I wore this look over the weekend to celebrate Drew’s 29th birthday. I love to dress up on weekend nights, especially ones where we’re celebrating something special, like a birthday, but I also don’t like to be too overdressed. To avoid this, one of my favorite ways to style a look is to juxtapose pieces, pair casual items with dressy items. An embellished top, tailored blazer and /or heels paired with distressed denim jeans, like this ensemble, strike the perfect balance between laid back and dressed up. How do you give your dressy pieces a more laid back vibe?

xo, Rach

photos by Heather Telford

  1. Graciela says:

    This outfit is beautiful as always! I do the same thing when I want to dress up but not too much. I also combine a dress and add a fitted denim jacket to bring the dress to a more casual vibe. Who takes your pictures?? And what kind of equipment do you use? They are always beautiful, aside from the fact that you are beautiful too!

  2. Leanne says:

    Stunning look Rach. I love doing the same thing with my outfits on the weekend.

    Love from South Africa

  3. Teresa Quiroga says:

    Great outfil!!
    I love your clutch
    Teresa Quiroga Blog

  4. Love the feminine details mixed with the distressed denim!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  5. Love those jeans! Perfect distressing.


  6. Rach says:

    Love the layer of sparkle to the blazer!

  7. Fabulux says:

    Loving this look!

  8. Rachelle says:

    Love the silver pumps.


  9. Ditty and Sugat says:

    Yes, yes, and yes! I absolutely love that blazer! I have a similar one from Alice and Olivia that I wear all the time. So chic!

  10. Grace says:

    Lovely! The pops of glitter is so darn sweet!

  11. Natalil says:

    Beautiful outfit! You look so chic, perfect top and pumps!

  12. Katy says:

    I love this look! Those are the cutest heels. I love a white tailored blazer too! You look so pretty! xo

  13. Deanna says:

    This look is beyond perfect on you Rach! I can’t get enough of tailored white blazers and silver heels this year (not to mention distressed jeans). Can’t wait to try out a similar look for my 2 year anniversary dinner.


  14. Lucy says:

    This is an absolutely divine outfit! I normally see all of your gorgeous clothes popping up on my newsfeed but this time I just had to comment, I love it! So so pretty and silver shoes are my absolute favourites xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life, Love, Travel, Friends, Italy

  15. Maura says:

    I love the blazer with the destroyed skinnies. Very cute!

  16. Brooke says:

    So chic as always! Hope you had a fabulous time celebrating your husband’s birthday!

    Brooke du jour

  17. zoe says:

    I adore this look. The color scheme is beautiful. A blazer is always my go-to for dressing up something casual, along with a pair of heels and a swipe of a bright lipstick! xx

    The What’s In Between

  18. I love the Saint Laurent clutch!
    xox, Gap.

  19. Rachel I love this look. The sequins are just perfect, and the blazer being white makes it still feel like a summer outfit. I am definitely a fan:) My go to for a dressy laid back look is adding that dressy feel with amazing accessories. Sometimes an outfit just needs a little sparkle. Like you did with this super cute top!!! Love it. Hope you have a great day!!!!

  20. Agi says:

    Loving the sparkly top!!!!! Great outfit.


  21. Bekka says:

    Gorgeous look and Happy Birthday to your husband! I love mixing sparkle with denim and the YSL Chyc clutch gives the look the perfect pop of color. I just love that iconic “Y”… I wear my tote all the time. Will have to check out these jeans! They look like they are perfectly distressed.

    xo, Bekka
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  22. Kylie says:

    Love how you styled the sparkly tee! So gorgeous!

    xo Kylie

  23. Paige says:

    Loving this dressy top paired with the distressed denim!


  24. kelsey says:

    love this dressed up and down look! the jeans are perfect and i definitely need a white blazer and metallic heel!
    ladies in navy

  25. Kristi says:

    I love this outfit – distressed jeans are my favorite way to offset dressier pieces, too!
    xx, Kristi

  26. sasa says:

    Rach, beautiful as always! I really love your blog! XO

  27. Vava says:

    those look like the Everly pumps, is that correct? Not the Valentinas?

  28. Huong says:

    THE perfect look for a night out with friends too! I love this look, Rach! It’s SO me! XO

  29. I do the same. love the sparkly top with jeans! looks classy and sexy
    Xo, Belen
    Androbel Insider

  30. kendall says:

    gorgeous! as always :)

    x dipped in yellow

  31. Laura says:

    perfect! love the pop of colour with that YSL clutch! i need to invest it one i think :p


  32. arielle says:

    loving how dressy and how casual this outfit is! that blazer looks so versatile. and how do you get your hair so flawless??

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  33. Natalie says:

    I love your outfit! Perfect for spring.

  34. Love the mix of casual and dressy. That top is so beautiful!

  35. Sofia says:

    Great look and happy birthday to your hubby.


  36. Tia says:

    So sweet! Can I ask what your lip color is? I love the cheery pink!

  37. Lovely outfit. Perfect to celebrate a special birthday! Obsessed with your heels. I feel like they could go with so many different outfits.

    Stay Styled,


  38. Melissa says:

    Love this look! Chic and casual :)
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  39. Rachel,

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  41. Kimberly Ann says:

    I love this outfit! It has the perfect balance of glam and casual – and I”m obsessed with the top!


  42. diana says:

    oh! so nice
    Your hair color too!! which one is it please?!!

  43. Stessy says:

    You’re always so effortlessly stylish. I recently bought a tailored white blazer and will definitely be putting my own twist on this look, so thanks for the inspiration!

  44. Adela says:

    Gorgeous look! So timeless and chic!
    Adela x

  45. Joyce says:

    Love the shoes and the clutch! great combination

  46. Love the sequin top and metallic heels :)


  47. stephanie says:

    Such a cute outfit. Love the blazer.
    xx Stephanie (

  48. McKell says:

    That embellished top is great. Perfect as always.

  49. Marissa says:

    I am so in love with this! I’m going to try this out tomorrow and hopefully it looks as good on me as it does on you!!

  50. Casey says:

    This glitter top is so amazing. I have been looking for a white blazer like this one too.

  51. Jamie W says:

    Love the sparkle top! Super cute!

    Jamie W

  52. Rose says:

    The juxtaposition of casual and dressy clothes is my absolute favorite way to style! I am loving this look! Your skinny distressed jeans are perfect!! The white blazer is so chic!! Always gorgeous.

  53. Alyson says:

    That’s my style as well – casual glam. Happy bday, Drew!

    xx Alyson

  54. Taylor says:

    You look beautiful!! I love this outfit!!

  55. Shelby says:

    Love a nice white blazer and this one looks so well constructed! Great look!

  56. Monique says:

    This is a lovely combination! Right up my alley. The pop of pink is perfect!
    Casually Chic by Monique.
    Cheers, Monique

  57. Angelina says:

    This is a great look to dress up but still look laid back. Very cute!

    And happy birthday to your hubby!


  58. This is one of my favorite outfits that you have ever posted! It’s so classy and beautiful. Love you :)

  59. courtney says:

    Love your outfit! I’ve tended to shy away from sequins for spring/summer (they just seem more winter-y to me), but you nailed this look. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  60. vera Sawicki says:

    You look AMAZING!
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  61. Petra says:

    Great style. love the jeans with these glittery top.
    xo, petra

  62. […] loving this look and can’t wait to recreate […]

  63. Mel says:

    Gorgeous look! This is definitely something I would wear. Happy birthday to your sweetheart!

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

  64. Jess says:

    Love this outfit so much! The metallic pumps with that top are perfect.

  65. Lauren says:

    Love that clutch!!

  66. Lucy says:

    great look!!

  67. Catharine says:

    Hi Rachael! Just curious to know who designed your blog??

  68. Raina W. says:

    I absolutely LOVE how you wore this embellished shirt!! I love ANY and EVERYthing embellished!! Great look!

  69. Ashley says:

    Those jeans fit flawlessy! Love them. I do the same with dressing up. Adding a little caj with a little dressy. :)


  70. Alaap says:

    Everything about this look is perfect! :)

  71. Amanda says:

    Ahh, I love this look so much! That top is to die for and I love the casual jeans dressed up with a touch of glam! :)

    xo., a.f.

  72. Karen says:

    Love these jeans, they look great on you. xxx

  73. Very beautiful outfit. Also perfect photos.

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

It's full of classic, feminine and romantic pieces that you'll keep in your closet for years to come and wear over and over again!