Planner Obsession Anyone!?

October 6, 2015

I’ve always been someone who likes to write down my schedule, goals, and ideas! I remember I had a diary/planner from target when I was 12 that you could only open with your own voice. haha My friends used to come over and try to mimic my voice to get in.. haha  I wrote everything in there. I think as a kid I liked the idea of being organized, but there was not much substance in my planner. Once I started homeschooling, I excelled in school because I could plan out my own days and accomplish goals. As an adult, I think my life would be in shambles if I didn’t have a place to look and remind me of what I need to get done everyday in order to keep everything running smoothly. Different methods work for everyone, but my planner is my fun place!! It’s a way for me to set goals and be excited about them, and a place to keep my mind straight with everything everyone has going on in my family. It’s also a fun place to be creative too!

I wanted to chat a little bit about my new planner from Kate Spade. I had a different planner initially, which I still LOVE. This is the Louis Vuitton MM day planner that I got on Poshmark pre-loved!! I take it EVERYWHERE! It’s much more compact than the Kate Spade. This is more of a traditional sized planner, and the perfect size for someone who wants to have it on-the-go!


This Kate Spade one is a bit bigger. Since my writing isn’t small and dainty, I definitely like having the extra space. I ordered this one online to compare sizes and see which I preferred. This has the finishing of 2015 through 2016


I kinda fell down the rabbit hole one random night watching planner videos on YouTube . I had NO IDEA that people got all glam bam with them! Everyone has such a fun style, and it’s so interesting to see other peoples creative ideas in their own planners. I’m fascinated by super organized people, although I MUST SAY, no ones life is wrapped perfectly in a bow. It’s just not! MINE INCLUDED!! Which I hope you all know! Some people are just better at organizing than others, and this is something I’ve had to really learn and work on over the years.. It’s hard to stay organized, motivated, and interested in life. You just have to find what works for you and gets you motivated and excited!

I decided to dable in the sticker situation! Slightly intimidated and unsure what the heck I was supposed to do, I started just having fun with it. Literally, I just started decorating. It sorta reminded me of scrap booking, which my mom used to do! I was never a good scrap booker!! haha I honestly don’t have time to do this very often, but sometimes at night when I’m watching a movie and sitting with a face mask on, I write down my goals, add stickers, and just make it look pretty!! It’s a nice mind set before bed! It gets me all excited about the next day!! Not to mention that it’s kinda therapeutic.


You can get soooo many fun things off of Etsy to decorate your planner!! Honestly, this may seem stupid, but I gotta admit it’s super fun!


 You know I had to whip out my jelly pens to decorate with!! haha I may be 28, but my inner 12 year old gets giddy!!



I keep stickers to a minimum, but I begin to write out my week. I add post it’s to each day with a daily “to do” list. I like post its because I don’t crowd my planner with random daily goals that are not things I HAVE to do! They are just goals or tasks I would like to accomplish in case I get a second where I feel bored, or want something to do. I like to make a little task list. I’m usually shocked with how many “extra curricular” things I’m able to squeeze in everyday! It really helps prevent laziness and idleness. I’ve tried this method for the last two years and slowly but surely I’ve added more and more into my schedule without feeling overwhelmed..


Then, just start planning away!!!







How do you like to stay organized?

Hope you enjoyed this post! =)

XO Rachel

Beauty, Fashion

Sunday Best

October 4, 2015

We woke up to rain in the middle of the night last night and felt very excited! This morning the weather was the perfect after rain crisp, cold, and windy that we anxiously wait for each year after the hot summers. We all dressed a little more snuggly for church.

A DVF wrap dress flatters nearly every figure, and this long sleeve version is such an easy dress to wear. It works for so many different occasions, and it is such a classic wardrobe staple piece. ps.. I JUST bought this dress on super sale at Nordstrom. Best price I’ve yet to see for a DVF wrap dress, so I jumped on it.. I made the mistake of buying shoes from Saks a few weeks ago, and 2 days later Nordstrom price matched another store and put them on sale for 40% off. Saks wouldn’t take mine back, and I was SOOO bummed! Nordstrom has a great return policy and price matches!! Nordstrom girl FOREVER!!!!






Byron kept it simple with flannel from Target, and black jeans! I totally made him pose for this!! haha


Oliver kept warm with a black henley, grey tie sweats from Target, and my favorite baby uggs. I bought these baby uggs last year for Oliver’s feet to stay warm in Tahoe.!!




Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Rachel


Family, Home

DIY Glam Pumpkins

October 3, 2015

In the spirit of fall, we made a family trip to the pumpkin patch. =) NEXT… it was time to decorate!! =)

For this glam pumpkin project, it’s BEST to stay outdoors in a well ventilated area, and faaaar away from children or animals. Never can be too safe when it comes to spray paint and glitter! =) First things first, lay down a painter’s cloth. Newspaper would work too!


Start with the bottom of the pumpkin, and spray the gold metallic spray paint. Give it a minute to dry.


In the mean time, take out some spooky spiders…


…and glam them up a bit with the same paint.


Next we flip the pumpkin upright, and finished the paint job. Love the way it turned out!


Using this amazing rhinestone monogram from Michaels, I bedazzled my pumpkin with the letter “T” for the Talbott family… You could use a stencil if you’d like, but this was MUCH easier for me =)



Couldn’t be happier with the end product!


Classic, festive, and so simple to make!


This is the perfect activity to get you in a festive mood. It’s especially great to do with your family or friends =)

Saving the best for last…I started with this gorgeous ghost white pumpkin.


Finding these rhinestone strips at Michael’s was a blessing, and saved us so much time!


They’re so stunning, and even come with adhesive backs to save you time and messy hands.


Cut the strips in half…and place them along the natural edges of the pumpkin.


Do this around the entire pumpkin.


Using the same rhinestone strips, you can start to see the beginning of a spiderweb by creating three levels in between each vertical row of the rhinestones previously laid.



After continuing the pattern, you are left with one sparklie, beautiful, glamorous spider web!


Beyond pretty, and so unique!


To finish it off, add a gold spider…


…or two…


…or MOOORE! eeek


Long story short, we had SO much fun making these glammed out pumpkins. I can’t wait to see what other people are coming up with this Halloween! This is the season to be creative!

Hope you enjoyed this post!
Until next time.
xo, Rachel


Santa Monica Work Day

September 29, 2015

Today I was working near Montana street in Santa Monica. I was filming a pilot for a TV show (that may or may not ever air btw), but it was super fun!! During a break, one of the girls and I went out to snap a few fun shots and show the beautiful location. We had so much fun!! How about those palm trees??




Heels: Stuart Weitzman Romper: Splendid

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this quick outfit post.

xo, Rachel


My Tea Collection

September 29, 2015

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably gathered that I LOVE tea! It’s true…I’m not much of a coffee drinker, since it makes me a bit shaky, so tea has always been my comfort beverage of choice.


I recently went to Trader Joe’s and went a little tea crazy! I stocked up on all of my faves: Ginger, Jasmine, Chamomile, Peppermint, and of course bedtime tea for the late evenings. I like to have plenty decaffeinated options.


Sometimes it’s even fun to brew a couple of flavors together and make a custom blend.  Ginger tea is good with just about any other type! Yummy =) I like to take my teas out of the original box and put it into a glass container.


I like to keep it all organized with my other drink machines and ingredients…kind of like a little beverage station at a hotel! What’s your favorite tea??

Hope you enjoyed this quick post!

xo Rachel