November 3, 2014

What Would You Change About Your Body?

Commercials. Magazines. Billboards. Social media. 

Throughout the day, we're exposed to thousands of images and messages. Maybe millions, if you work in a digital field like I do.

While we might not realize it at the time, those messages become ingrained in us, and often make us feel less-than. I love being inspired by others, but when's the last time you focused on how you felt more than how you looked?

This awesome video from Jubilee Project  needs to be seen. 





November is usually a month that is filled with gratitude. Maybe take a moment today and think of something about your body that you're thankful for.

I'll go first:  I'm grateful that my body still works. Processed food, crash diets, gallons of coffee instead of meals, alcohol-filled weekends, diet pills, and all-nighters have all been a part of my life, and yet my body still gets up in the morning and does whatever I need it to do.  I'm focusing on health more now than ever before, and being rewarded by seeing my body do things it never could.

 It's worthwhile to take care of yourself. It's important. And being grateful for where you are, right this second, doesn't hinder progress.

Although, like the little girl in the video, I would appreciate having a mermaid tail.

xx,
Rachel

October 28, 2014

Plaid love

There are some patterns that just scream cozy to me. Plaid is one of those. I love these looks:


Gorgeousness! The perfect way to wear plaid
source: theirishrosebud.blogspot.com


cute fall outfit
source: rstyle.me


Fall Outfit With Ripped Jeans and Coat
source: thatstylishgirl.com


Flannel & Stripes
source: afabulousfeteblog.com


Do you break out your plaid in the fall, or wear it year-round?

xx,
Rachel

October 27, 2014

In other words

Sometimes, Mondays are hard.

And sometimes, quotes make them easier. Here are some words inspiring me lately:




You can follow my quote board on  Pinterest for more!

xx,
Rachel

September 25, 2014

Thursday Inspiration

Hi friends,

Today's post is pretty simple. Found a quote that spoke to me, and wanted to share - in case it speaks to you, too.  Have a lovely day.




xx,
Rachel

June 27, 2014

The 2-minute Morning Rituals that Improve My Day

I often tell people I'm a morning person by nature. Lately though, I've been wondering how much of my happiness in the mornings can be attributed to personality, and how much is due to preparation. I love my morning ritual because it sets me up for all-day success.

Lemon water

Right after I wake up, I pop a mug of filtered water in the microwave, then cut a lemon in half and add the juice. I used to skip lemon water in favor of coffee, but since committing to this habit, I feel so much more refreshed in the morning. I still enjoy my coffee once I get to the office, but I've completely stopped making it in my apartment during the week - a major morning time saver for me.




The Skimm

LOVE! The Skimm takes the biggest headlines of the day, condenses them, filters them into plain English, and emails them to you every weekday. If it's political, they give both sides of the issue. Super easy way to keep up with news!I like to read the latest news in the morning, both so that my brain is a little jump-started, and so that I am knowledgeable when I run into senior executives at the office coffee machine. The Skimm presents the headlines in an entertaining, informative, and easy to navigate format. Bonus: It arrives in my inbox at 6 a.m., so it's ready for me when I wake up. Sign up here







Leaving early

I loathe being late. Leaving for work just a couple minutes early ensures that I arrive feeling ready to tackle the day, instead of flustered. I set everything that I need to take to work by the door as I'm getting ready to avoid a last-minute scramble.


What do you do in the morning to start your day off right? I want to know!

xx,
Rachel

May 19, 2014

Pajama Pants

Meet my new favorite lounge pants, courtesy of PJ Pan.




As my long-time readers might recall, I have a special love for sleepwear. As much as I enjoy my old sorority sweatshirts, nothing beats slipping into beautiful fabrics with a flawless fit. I love the light, preppy stripes on my pair. I'm also planning on picking up this pair of girly shorts - perfect for summer nights!






All PJ Pan nightwear is manufactured in the UK, and made with high-quality long staple combed cotton and shell buttons.  These pants are a tall girl's dream. There are options for Tall (34" inseam) and Extra Tall (36" inseam)! PJ Pan also offers a bespoke service for special size needs.

What's your favorite source for sleepwear?

xx,
Rachel

May 14, 2014

Wedding Guest Dresses for Every Budget

Wedding season is officially upon us, and it seems like most mailboxes are overflowing with invites. As a wedding guest, you want to your dress to be:
1. Appropriate for the event
2. Comfortable enough for all the dancing!
3. Future Facebook profile picture worthy

With so many weddings popping up every summer, you might be shopping within some financial limitations. Here are my picks for wedding guest dresses for any budget:


Steal


{H&M // $18}  {bebe // $98}  {Jessica Simpson // $98}



Save



{Anthropologie // $198}  {Maggy London // $148}  {Banana Republic // $150}



Splurge



 {Tory Burch // $395}  {Kate Spade // $598}  {BCBGMAXAZRIA // $298}



Are you attending weddings this spring/summer? Where is your favorite place to find a dress?

xx,
Rachel