The Magazine Issue

I feel like people always forget that magazines are not just all about celeb gossip and who wore it best. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some trash gossip every now and again. But what I like and what I wanted to do is celebrate the fact that culture, and art, and writing, and fashion can extend outside the celeb gossip magazines and into amazing magazines that are true pieces of art.

I wanted to share six magazines that I really like, especially the current issue. I tried to include a few scholarly lit journals in there too because, well… I love that sort of stuff and the writing is truly top notch.

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The Bridal Edit | Our How We Met Story

The Bridal Edit series has been something I have been giddily mapping out in my pre-wedding brain. You know how mothers-to-be get baby brain? I guess it is only fair to say I have pre-wedding brain. I shared my proposal and how my wonderful, loving fiancé proposed to me, so lets take it back a few years (two years exactly on the dot – that’s how good he is) to when we first started dating and how we met.

 

These stories are always fun and there is nothing better than a modern day love story, #amiright.

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creativity.

I love these sorts of chats. They are my favorite type of article because it is basically a stream of consciousness and mesh of my thoughts appropriately put together so I can post it and say it is adequate.

I thought a fun topic that I could sort of chat about, if you will, is creativity. I know it seems broad and it can go anywhere but isn’t that the fun of it all? It is super relevant to me as a person since I would like to slap on the title of ‘creative’ or ‘artist’ in association with me being a writer and poet.

Creativity can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To me, creativity is not just creating ‘something’ for show. For me, it is something that is so much larger. I find creativity to be a part of my human nature, my ability to look at the world in one way, and spit it back out in a different way or in ‘my own personal way.’ As artists, we have to be able to transcend the, ugh I hate this word, normal. Seems cliché, right? Ah, the life of an artist.

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The Kristin Ess Signature Collection

So, this is going to be a hybrid of Rach Chats and a small beauty review (or beauty obsession, take your pick). I sort of like these more realistic beauty talks and I hope you do too! I’m not here to shove products in your face; I’m here to share some of my faves and hope they become your faves too! So grab your coffee, wine, lemon infused water, tea, what-have-you and enjoy!

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The Bridal Edit | Our Proposal Story

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It is still super weird to say ‘I am engaged” out loud. I cannot get used to it, in the best way possible. I am beyond and OVER the moon excited about my new journey with my boyfriend fiancé <3 (also cannot get over saying that). We are seriously two peas, and the two of us couldn’t be more elated.

With this new journey and new chapter of our life, I am excited to say that I am officially kicking off a new series called, The Bridal Edit. I am going to share all of my wedding excitement and emotions under this page and series. Documenting special moments has always been important to me (hence the site!) and I thought sharing some of my stories here would be fun! Some posts are going to be more wedding related stories, some posts will be more daily blogish types and some may be sort of an emotional tidal wave. I am most likely going to ramble a lot in this series because it is going to me thoughts and experience and emotions all going in to this. Planning a wedding seems scary on its own so throw in two jobs, a dual masters degree program, a book club and a semi-normal social life (???? like how). BUT… I am very excited about all of it and I am excited to share it here!

I want to start the series with the most precious moment of my life, the night (or morning) he proposed to me like a real life *princess*.

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

Living in Southern California has its serious perks, and I mean like… hello food.

So many funky, different and authentic fusion celebrations of food all over the place, and it keeps getting better. I try my hardest to share some of the absolute gems that I run into, so I hope you fall in love with my newest discovery, Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen located at the Marketplace in Irvine.

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Autumn Reading List

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Now that I am back in school I tried to tell myself I was going to slow down my personal reading list. However, I have been feeling a bit inspired and wanted to bring in a lot more poetry anthologies, poetry books and books about writing. Since the entire semester lands during the fall season, I wanted to jam as much in possible that would also benefit me during the semester, but also keep me not so, I guess stuck.

A lot of the times during the semester, I feel like I get into a bit of a rut with school and I know I need to keep some light or personal reading in between to keep it exciting and not so school, school, school.

So, my list is a pretty good list with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I have sort of organized my list in a way that has my fun reading/personal reading, and then more into writing and the poetry collections.

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My Fives for a Productive Morning

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I have said this before and I will say it again… Mornings are SO important. It is the base for your entire day. If you start it off right, you set yourself up to move through those motions of having a ‘good’ day. If it starts all wrong or you’re feeling overwhelmed right when you wake up, it is bound to follow you the rest of the day.

I have not always succeeded in being a ‘morning person.’ In fact most days it can be a struggle to have that morning mentality to get my day going. Now that I am starting my Masters program AND working full-time, it is more important than ever to have a routine and stick to it.

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Spilled Ink (& I’m Published!)

laptop writing poetry

People always ask why did you pick writing, and why did you pick poetry? It is hard to explain why I ended up choosing this type of art form. There is something so special about words on a page and how they can change in an instant, that is just… special. With poetry, everyone sees it differently.

That’s why I think poetry is so beautiful. You see the inner workings of the people behind it, but you also take something away from it as well. It isn’t like art hanging from a wall, it is art that hangs from your soul.

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Selected Sixes: Lip Essentials

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My leading lip ladies! I haven’t done a product post for a hot second, and I wanted to share with you some of my most favorite, palm sized LIFE SAVERS.

To be honest, it was REALLY hard to just choose six of my favorite lip products because I am a LIP BALM WHORE (sorry mom).
Truly, I am. It is seriously a problem, and I have completely accepted it.

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