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Decorative Pillows

February 23, 2015

We got a new couch from Pottery Barn when we moved, and it definitely needed a few decorative pillows. The couch itself was special ordered, and it felt a bit stiff upon arrival. I purchased the majority of my decorative pillows from HomeGoods, which is a GREAT place to find more affordable pillows. It’s sorta like a flea market in the sense that it’s hit or miss, but the items are brand new. They never have the same thing every time you go. For my decorative style, I like to stick with neutral colors, green, silver, and light blues. Green is probably the most common color throughout our home. I have plants everywhere in our home, so that’s partially why, but the color green reminds me of abundance, and renewal. It’s my favorite color to decorate with. I might change this combination around in the future, as I think it’s a bit geometric looking. I would maybe aim for a softer feel in the future, but I think it’s sorta cool for now.

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ShopTheManor is one of my favorite design accessory websites. They sent me a few very generous house warming presents when we moved, and the Tracy D Piper Pillow was one of them. This exquisite pillow is made from the finest of fabrics. It’s a very bright and refreshing piece. I absolutely love it.

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Hope you enjoyed this post.

xo, Rachel

Beauty

Skin Game Changers

February 23, 2015

Many of you may know from my channel that I’m a HUGE fan of Kate Somerville products. Her products are pricey, but my skin ALWAYS looks flawless when I use them. These are my two current favorites from her line. I do enjoy my fair share of time in the sun, but I try to maintain a proper skincare regime to keep an overall even appearance and tone to my skin. These two products specifically help reduce sun spots, acne marks, and hyper pigmentation. Also, using a sunscreen daily can help prevent hyper pigmentation spots on the skin.

 Kate Somerville recently reformulated her c serum and I’m loving it. I use this one at night before my moisturizer as instructed. I always see such a difference in my skin when I use a c serum consistently. It just looks less dull, and appears glowy, vibrant, and healthy.

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 This skin tone perfecter is also really nice. You can use it either morning or evening. It’s specifically for brightening the skin and giving it a more even and healthy appearance.

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 Another product I love are these eye patches. I get them at a special beauty store nearby, as not many traditional drug stores sell them. They are great for early mornings, and puffy eyes. You can even stick them in the refrigerator for an extra cooling and firming effect.

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Hope you enjoyed this quick post featuring some of my current skincare faves. I’m always trying new things, so I will keep you posted on what I love.

xo, Rachel

Beauty, Home

Bathroom Vibes

February 17, 2015

My master bathroom is a constant work in progress. One thing I know is that I ALWAYS love fresh flowers, and a few of my favorite products on hand. I’m constantly trying to minimize and keep it looking simplistic and not cluttered. I love diffusing essential oils in my bathroom, so I currently have the petal by doTerra on my sink. I constantly have lavender and eucalyptus diffusing in my bathroom.

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I found this great glass tray at Target. I keep my makeup brushes and a few of my favorite products in close reach.

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Sneak peek into my skincare drawer. This drawer is probably my favorite because I really love to care for my skin and give myself a nice facial. I found the organizers at Target.

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I’ve always felt like crystals were so beautiful. I fell in love with them even more when we visited the crystal caves in Bermuda. I was gifted this white and turquoise crystal geode as a house warming present. I decided to set in on my bathtub, along with some fresh flowers. My bathtub is constantly changing, but I love this simple combo for now.

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 My guest bathroom is smaller than the master. I love to give it a simple but welcoming feel. I have a basket of samples I’ve collected from various hotels during our travels, and fresh towels for our guests. I always have either a candle burning or essential oils diffusing. Fresh flowers add such life and happiness to a bathroom. I try to always have them in both bathrooms. I will either purchase them when I grocery shop, or collect them from my bushes.

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Hope you enjoyed this post.

xo, Rachel

Beauty

New Hair (Cut & Color) + Tips 4 Your Stylist

February 17, 2015

Hope you enjoyed this quick post!

xo, Rachel

Beauty, Health

my own mini retreat

February 16, 2015

It’s easy to get caught up in life. Watch a little too much news, read a bummer article online, or experience a real life disagreement, and you quickly realize that life can be draining. It’s hard to stay positive, inspired, and excited about life when the weight of the world is on your shoulders. I think it’s important to take moments in your week to give yourself a mini retreat. Find a hobby or something you enjoy doing that connects you with something calming and non stressful.

Here’s what I do:

Outdoor Workouts

I love working out in nature. Long hikes or biking session are my favorites, and we also love to take the baby and go as a family. It’s generally pretty warm here, but there are amazing workouts for the cold weather too. I think that getting out into nature in general is super important. Especially as the spring and summer months arrive, don’t forget to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. You may be surprised at how amazing you’ll feel afterwards, plus the sun will give you a dose of the mood boosting vitamin D.

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 I always end up snapping a few pictures of natures beauty. How gorgeous is this flower we saw on the walk home from our hike?

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 Before moving here, I had only ever been on a lake a handful of times in my life. Now that I live on a lake, I take full advantage of the fabulous opportunity it holds to get a killer workout. Kayaking is my new favorite hobby. Maybe you have a great steep walk with a view near your house, or a long pretty road to bike down. Look for the places you can go to enjoy a nice workout and beautiful view.

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  Juicing

I LOVE fresh juice. I rarely do Starbucks or soda.  I’d much rather have a green juice. To me it’s like a special treat. I’ve been juicing since high school, and I just love it. I use the Breville, and make fresh juice whenever I’m needing a little pick me up. Ginger and lemon are common ingredients I use to juice, along with celery and apples. Yum..

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Gardening

I love to have fresh plants and flowers all throughout my home. I’ve always felt as though it brings such life to a home. I’ve really been enjoying our garden also. It feels amazing to grow your own herbs, and I’m hoping to continue to grow fruits and veggies for us to eat. I think there is something very special about growing your own organic fruits and veggies. Right now I’m using our mint plant to make fresh tea, smoothies, and garnish.

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Spa Night

I LOVE a hot bubble bath or a detox salt bath with essential oils. A bath is a great way to relax and unwind. Don’t forget to download the Pandora app and get the “spa radio” station. It’s such a special treat.

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 Hope this post gave you a little push to enjoy your own quiet mini retreat. Find opportunities to enjoy beauty and unwind.

xo, Rachel