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!
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*.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes we just need those pick me ups in the middle of the day. We will reach for chocolate, maybe coffee, or even an energy drink if we are really feelin’ it (I’ve been there). We reach for these things because they are super convenient, easy and pretty much require little to no work. I work in a corporate office, so that grind in the middle of day can get pretty tiring. But I found something that is AMAZING, and I am going to share it with you!
It is finally here!!!
Now, I am no video guru, but I put together a little something from my South West trip. I am really excited to share it with you all!
We had such a fun time on this trip and we were so lucky and blessed that it went so perfect and smooth. I had a lot of fun putting all of our cottage together for this, and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do!
The Zion section is last, and unfortunately we only stayed in Zion for the night so I wasn’t able to capture what I wanted. BUT. We are currently planning a Zion trip for August! So, I am super excited. If you have been to Zion, drop down in the comments your favorite places to stay, hikes, places to eat, etc. I want to know it all!
I hope you all enjoy!
“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars”
While traveling, I try not to be biased and pick a ‘favorite’ thing because I want to make sure I am constantly feeling all of it. However, IF I *had* to pick a favorite day, it was definitely our adventure down into Antelope Canyon and walking the edge of Horseshoe Bend.