Chicago Travel Diary

Chicago recently stole my heart.

I was there for a quick trip to celebrate my brother graduating from Naval boot camp. He graduated! (and a side note: we were all so emotional and proud of him). We were all so excited to see him, and so proud of such a huge accomplishment. Even though we were only able to see him for a day (he left for school and more training early Saturday morning) it was still so lovely to be able to share our first deep dish pizza experience together & lemme tell you it was DELISH.

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wedding planning | pt.1

I haven’t done an actual wedding update yet!

Luckily, I was able to share our proposal story, and our how we met story, but I haven’t actually talked about planning (THE BEST PART – besides the whole getting married to your best friend part)  and how I am staying on top of timelines, and all the wonderful things that come with wedding planning!  I am so excited about this!!

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UGH the dreaded new year, new me post. BUT I promise you it is going to be less of a resolution list (because what are those even?) and more of a mind dump list.

So, what even is a resolution and why do most people talk about their resolutions, set them, write them down, memorize them, blah, blah, blah? I can tell you that resolutions are bullshit. COMPLETE bullshit. I sound so cynical (duh, I am a writer) talking about this, but hear me out for a second.

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Winter 2017 | Reading List


Winter is here! I think Winter and Spring are the two most underrated times of the year. People obsess over Summer and Fall, but there is something so lovely about the juxtaposition and refreshing restart to Winter and Spring!

Since Winter just happened (last week!!!) I wanted to share my stack of books that’s fillin up my shelf!

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Grad School Diaries No. 1

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I have been slightly mia, buuuuuuut


What a semester. So full of everything I needed, and wanted out of a master’s program. I met so many amazing, wonderful and talented people who filled my literary circle and community. It was amazing to be able to be in a program that gave their first year students so many wonderful opportunities.

It was the first time I really felt right about career choice so far, and I am really excited to see what my future has in store.

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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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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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