Fashion Outfits

Summer Days in a Red Polka Dot Dress

Hello friends! Happy July, happy summer! I hope life has been going well for you. The red-fire heat of summer is here to stay, and I’m embracing it with some red of my own. Over the 4th of July, I was lucky enough to spend time with some of my dearest friends from high school in Independence, Iowa. Independence is near my hometown of Cedar Falls, so I was also able to spend a wonderful day with my family (even though I was also working remotely that day). While I worked, my mom and husband went to Goodwill. There’s nothing I love more than seeing my family and my husband bond. I asked if she could look for any dresses I might like, as I tend to get lucky while thrifting at this Goodwill. Well, she clearly did a great job – because here I am in this little red, vintage, polka dot dress! And is it not the cutest for summer? I’m a little sad I got it a day after the 4th, but I love it so much I wore it twice over the past weekend. It’s so cute because she asked my husband his opinion, and he was so impressed because she picked something I would literally pick out myself. I guess I got it from my mama!

Outfit Details

Red Polka Dot Dress, Vintage via Goodwill (Similar HERE, HERE and HERE) | White Belt, Thrifted (Similar HERE) | Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses, c/o | Bow-Tie Flip Flops, Boutique in Miami (Similar HERE, HERE, and HERE)

Fashion Outfits

Long, Oversized Yellow Coat

Yellow Cardigan, Embroidered Floral Booties

Hello FRIENDS! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving weekend! This is my FIRST outfit post in awhile and my first outfit post as a MARRIED WOMAN! I look so different don’t I?! Haha, just kidding. You know the funny thing is I thought I would have SO much more free time post-wedding to dedicate to this space, but it’s honestly just been catching up with so much I had to put on hold while I was finalizing the details of our wedding. Speaking of, we got our photos back and I absolutely cannot wait to share them with you all. I also can’t wait to share more about my bridal shower, bachelorette party and the most important lessons I learned while and after planning a wedding. I used to wonder why people waited to post their wedding content until after they got married, but trust me, I get it now! I couldn’t even have tried to dedicate time to posting even if I wanted to. Plus, I think you learn so much after going through the process that it really makes sense to give advice after, not during, the process.

Outfit Details

Long, Oversized Jacket: c/o Shein (EXACT) | Sleeveless Sweater: Macy’s (SIMILAR here, here and here) | High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Medium Wash: Forever21 (EXACT) | Booties in Black Barcode: JustFab (EXACT) (SIMILAR here, here and here) | Sunglasses: Quay French Kiss (EXACT) | Handbag, Stitchfix (SIMILAR here and here) | Matte Lipstick in Driver’s Seat: Smashbox (EXACT)


One Month…


You must be my once in a lifetime…

We are officially one month out from our wedding day. It’s surreal. We’ve been planning this moment since our engagement in January of 2016. And let’s be honest – I’ve been planning this day my whole life…

Right now, I have a lot of emotions and minimal brain space. It’s crazy that no matter how much people tell you, until you go through it yourself, the last two months before the wedding get chaotic – and the chaos won’t stop until every item related to your wedding (including thank yous) is complete. It’s a messy, wonderful type of chaos though. And while all those tiny details seem to matter, in the end, I’ve been looking to what it means: our marriage and our forever with each other. As long as my dear friends and family can be there with us to witness and celebrate this day, then truly nothing else matters.


My emotions:

A lot of highs – a lot of adrealine pushing me through the final details. Pushing me through every last workout. Pushing me to make more decisions and remember to make final payments. Pushing me through when I feel burnt out.

Some sadness too – I recently had a moment where I realized I will only be “Rachel Trampel” for a few more weeks. Rachel Trampel has been my identity for the past 29 years… and it’s a bit sad to know I’m letting go of something that’s been part of me for so long. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond excited to take my fiancé’s last name – but with most things in life, it is always hard to let go.I’m still debating if I want to move Trampel to be a part of my middle name or if I simply want a small tatoo as a reminder… any suggestions for me or advice on how to cope with your name transition?! Again, I will be clear that even though I’ve been up, down and all around the last name debate throughout my life, I want to and am ready to be Rachel Sobieck!

And the stress – This has come and gone in waves. I’m feeling better because I FINALLY feel like I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Some things will come up and I’ll have zero control over them – and I am OKAY with that. There are many things that won’t be as I perfectly pictured them – but it will still be wonderful. I think this will continue to come and go until a few days before, where I’ll put my hands and say – it is what it is – and just happniess.

A whole lot of love – my heart feels so full – through all of the help I’ve received, through all of the friends and family who are excited to partake in the day – and of course, thinking about walking down the aisle, arm in arm with my father – looking ahead to my fiancé, my soon-to-be husband and how I will feel in that moment. How I will feel when we see each other for the first time for our “first look”. What it will be like to be on the dance floor together as husband and wife dancing in front of our people. Love. SO much love. It’s undescribable…


This moment, which for awhile seemed so far away, is so close – and I can’t wait to cherish every single second of it. To my fiance Joe… I love you, I cannot wait to marry you in one month, I cannot wait to be your wife!