Life Lately: August Edit

For some bittersweet news, I purchased a new DSLR. While it wasn't exactly in the budget, my other one was no longer working and fixing it would have cost nearly just as much as a new one. On the bright side, I now I have my dream camera. I will admit though that this one is a bit more involved than my previous model and I'm still getting the hang of it.

While I don't really need an excuse to take pictures of Reggie, he did make for the perfect model to test out the new camera.

Reggie - A Detailed Palette

I know it isn't natural light, but seriously, how cute is he? He reminds me of the pokemon Evee. After reading an article from Danielle Moss, I've also been wondering about/looking into getting pet insurance for Mr. Reggie. Do any of you have it? I am thinking it could be a smart move, just in case.

Over the weekend, I went to a bridal shower for my friend Kate and had a lovely time. It was a long drive, but I made the most out of it and visited with my parents too - something I haven't done in a really long time.

I also aimed to declutter when I had some spare time. One of the first stops was the bathroom where I just had way too many beauty products and old samples. Many were actually expired which helped to make the declutter process go more quickly. I'm down to just what's pictured below for beauty supplies - and I doubt that I really even need much more beyond the products below. 

Makeup - Back to Basics - A Detailed Palette

Lastly, my boss just told me about this site called Everything But The House. I haven't had a ton of time to go through it, but what I did see, I really liked. "Estate sales re-imagined" is something I can get behind.

Happy Wednesday!
-xo, Rachel

An Update on Home Goals for 2016

Home Goals - A Detailed Palette

As crazy as it sounds, 2017 isn't too far off. I thought I'd do a little bit of check in on the home goals I set for myself in January of 2016 to see how far the place has come in a matter of 8 months.

Make gold-brush stroke pillow and a zebra-print pillow  for the bedroom. I actually bought these, but I am counting it as a success. Sometimes, you just have to spend a little bit more... because time is money too.

Chalk paint my bedroom dresser. Completed and so, so happy with how this turned out.

Find a new TV stand. Another great choice that completely changed the look and feel of the entire space.

A new rug. Maybe. While I don't think it's a dire need, I'm considering one that's a darker color. Turns out that rugs with even a tiny bit of white still require a lot of effort in terms of keeping things neat and tidy.

Curate my book collection. I am just going to be completely honest here - this one has not happened at all. Maybe the goal itself was a bit lofty, especially given the limited time I now have at my disposal for reading.

Share my home tour. Happy to report that, with a new camera, this second part of the home tour will be happening sooner as opposed to later. Stay tuned!

There are a few others I'd like to add - hopefully I can tackle them all by 2017:

1. Finish knitting the throw blanket

2. Knit a pillow cover for the couch

3. Create a knitted plant cover. Similar to this plant cover that I made some time ago.

I'm also debating whether or not to add one more: painting the kitchen cabinets. I haven't asked our landlords in any case, but I am wondering if it'd be worth having another project. I really hate the kitchen for that particular reason - the cabinets are the ugliest shade. But at the same time, I am not sure I want to sink any substantial dollars into a rental. I would love your feedback on this, especially if you've painted cabinets before. It seems rather time consuming.

And just for a reference point, here is what the place looked like in January 2016

January 2016 - A Detailed Palette

And here, again, is today!

Living Room Gallery Wall - A Detailed Palette
Living Room - A Detailed Palette

And yes, there is a fish in the bowl above. He's just elusive, so you can't see him. He's Basil the Beta. :) In any case, we have really come along way and it's nice to be able to see photographic evidence of the progress. 

A wonderful Tuesday to you all!
-xo, Rachel

Thoughts on Ceilings

No matter how many pretty pictures someone may take, never let it get you thinking that their life/home/family/everything is perfect. I am sure convincing you of that is not anyone's intentions. We just all like pretty things - even if our definition of pretty may vary. For example, this little rental apartment that I have is by no means a dream apartment, although I really do love living here. But of course, there are some things about it that I wish I could change/things that just really don't suit my tastes. I am aware that I take photos of really only the things I like about it, so today I thought I'd talk about something that I really don't like... because there's always going to be something, I suppose. That something is the bedroom ceilings.

Ugly Ceiling - A Detailed Palette


Sorry for the ugly photo.... this is why I usually don't share them. The photo above was actually taken in the guest bedroom, but it's the same in the other bedroom as well. Thankfully it isn't all of the apartment. It's dreadfully ugly and reminds me of elementary school. 

I'm glad to see that more designers are beginning to factor in ceilings - they seem to have been neglected in the past. Here are a few really unique ceiling ideas that I love.

Painting the Ceiling a Different Color

I just really love how this helps the ceiling pop and stand out, even if the color isn't incredibly bold. Plus, it can help set the tone for the rest of the space.



Coffered Ceilings

Okay, this admittedly isn't a new idea at all, but I do believe it's becoming more and more popular and I absolutely love it. Talk about adding some serious depth to a space.



Textured Ceilings

The combination of a textured ceiling with a hardwood floor makes my heart so happy.



Happy Monday!
-xo, Rachel

Travel: Trip to Castle Rock Lake, WI

While Castle Rock Lake definitely sounds like a fictional setting in Westeros/Game of Thrones, it's actually a real location in Wisconsin. Thankfully. Even though I love the whole Game of Thrones series and enjoy watching the show, I think Westeros is the last fictional universe I'd ever want to visit.

To get us back on track... I actually stayed at Castle Rock Lake with my family a few weeks ago. My sister and brother-in-law were back from out of state for other family events so we decided to make a long weekend of it.

I'd actually never been to this area of Wisconsin before - I always love discovering hidden gems in my home state. The lake itself is quite large and really beautiful. The surrounding areas have definitely been developed with tourists in mind. Ultimately, though, nature's beauty steals the show... just look at that sunset!

Travel: Castle Rock Lake, WI - A Detailed Palette

We stayed in a large cabin right by the lake. Of course, with our rather large family, we were all packed in, but it was overall a really great time. The lake itself is really large - we took a pontoon ride and my nieces and nephews spent hours swimming and jumping on the lake trampoline. I only wish I would have taken more photos, but with my camera lens still being out of commision, the iPhone photo of a sunset will have to do for now. I still thought it was worth sharing - such a cool spot, right here in WI.

Have a great Thursday!
-xo, Rachel

Color Crush: Emerald and Cognac

Green tones have really been drawing me in lately. When it came to knitting a blanket for the living room, I knew immediately that I wanted to go with this sage color. 

Color Crush: Sage - A Detailed Palette

I also was immediately drawn to the color combination below as I was looking through West Elm's August catalog. Deep, emerald greens meeting rich cognac brown - incredibly eye catching! I absolutely love the way this whole room looks. It kind of reminds me of a more modern take a the classic study - the colors are still masculine while the artwork and traditional details (like the button tufting on the couch) give it a refined appeal. The only thing missing is the fireplace and the desk.



I think that there is something really organic and natural about the color combination of emerald green and cognac brown. I have heard green tones be defined as "Nature's neutral", and I think it's pretty fitting overall.


What do you think about this color combination? In addition to interiors, I think it's something that could be really perfect for fall fashion.

Have a great rest of your Tuesday!
-xo, Rachel

Impactful, Easy Home Updates for the Summer

Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was just great.

Today, I am sharing some home updates. Often, we assume that in order for something to be impactful or meaningful, that something also has to be rather involved, perhaps even difficult. You've probably heard it before in a simplified version: Go big or go home. While it's a fun saying and may apply to some situations, it doesn't always apply to home decor. In fact, sometimes the smallest of changes can really make a big difference when it comes to the look and feel of your space. Here are a few updates to consider as the summer winds down. These updates are ones that I have found to be both easy to implement and very impactful to the overall design of your space.

Change Out or Add an Area Rug

Area rugs can be a bit pricey. If you're looking for more affordable options, I highly recommend RugsUSA. Still, it's an easy way to really update any room. Flooring, whether we realize it or not, plays a very large role. Therefore, changing it up is a really great way to make a room feel new again without doing much at all to it. Consider color and texture before purchasing to ensure that your rug will still fit in with the aesthetics of your home, but don't be afraid to go with something different that will stand out.

Impactful Easy Home Updates - A Detailed Palette

Add a New Plant

The summer months are the perfect time to consider adding some more plant life to your home. Plants add an organic element while also providing visual interest. While considering how a plant looks is important, it's also vital to consider care instructions and whether or not those care instructions can be met within your home. For example, how much light and what kind of light a plant needs should be factored into where it's placed. I also really like to add more plants in the summer months so that I am fully prepared for the fall and the winter where outdoor greenery is a thing of distant memory. Plants that are thriving indoors in the fall and in the winter always cheer me up.

Impactful, Easy Home Updates for the Summer - A Detailed Palette
Impactful, Easy Home Updates for the Summer - A Detailed Palette

No More Blank Walls

Seriously, add something to your walls, whether it's art, floating shelves, or maybe some other form of storage. Hanging up artwork is incredibly easy to do if you're equipped with some artwork, a tape measure, a hammer, and a few nails. Now that my gallery wall is complete, it's so obvious how much more lively the space is, especially when I find old pictures to compare it to. Artwork also doesn't have to be pricey or be over-complicated. Find pieces and prints that you like and use them to dress up your walls. 

Impactful, Easy Home Updates for the Summer - A Detailed Palette

Travel: Day Trip to Pope Farm Conservancy

Over the weekend, we decided to visit the Pope Farm Conservancy in Middleton WI. It's a really unique place - acres upon acres of land that is totally untouched, undeveloped, and totally peaceful.

Travel: Day Trip to Pope Farm Conservancy

If I am being totally honest, I was there for the sunflowers. It's what Pope Farm Conservancy is known for - their fields upon fields of beautiful sunflowers in the month of August. That said, there were many other gorgeous sights to see. So many wildflowers throughout the entire property.

Travel: Day Trip to Pope Farm Conservancy

Technically, the week before was probably the best time to see the sunflowers. It was when they reached their prime. They were a bit droopy during our visit - but still beautiful nonetheless.

Travel: Day Trip to Pope Farm Conservancy

I especially loved this stone fence that ran throughout part of the conservancy. It reminded me so much of England in the best possible way. The white barn in the background didn't hurt either. Such an adorable building!

Travel: Day Trip to Pope Farm Conservancy

All in all, this nature conservancy was quite picturesque - glad that we finally got the chance to see it for ourselves! I always love finding cool places like this that aren't too far from home. I think we have a tendency to forget about all of the cool things around us - it's nice to play the tourist in your own state every now and then.

Have a great Thursday!
-xo, Rachel

Favorite Home DIYs

I recently shared some of my favorite home purchases, so I thought it was only fair to showcase some favorite thrifty/DIY projects where both the process and the results were rewarding.

My Desk

When I first moved to Milwaukee, I was actually working part-time freelancing. This, of course, required me to be working from my laptop quite a lot. At that time, since I didn't have a desk or any type of work area whatsoever, I would usually find myself working from the couch or from my bed. I noticed really quickly how easy it was for me to get distracted or how tempted I would be to either watch TV or take a nap. All that said, when a relative was downsizing and getting rid of their desk, I took said desk eagerly off their hands. It wasn't really my style - it was much more traditional and bulky than I usually prefer. I went with it anyway though because, as you may have guessed, being a part-time freelancer does come with some major budget restrictions. I always figured that I'd either replace the desk or paint. About a year after getting the desk, I learned about chalk paint from my friend Nicole (note: chalk paint is NOT to be confused with chalk board paint.... although I am totally guilty of confusing the two) and decided to give it a go. I am so glad that I did! I chose a dove gray which makes the desk look so much more modern somehow, even with it's more traditional shape. I think the biggest transformation is just how much more poised and elegant the soft gray is compared to the color it was before.  I absolutely love this desk and, in total, it cost me about $30 when you factor in the new coat of paint.

Favorite Home DIY - Home Office Desk - A Detailed Palette

My Dresser

For a long time, I was quite content to leave my dresser as it was. Sure, it had some chips and was worn in some areas, but I never minded. I always thought it gave the furniture piece a bit more character - something that I am all for. However, as I was continuously adding and editing the design of the bedroom, the whole space just really suddenly felt "off", as though it was missing some vital, cohesive element. I hesitantly decided to paint (with the trusty dove gray chalk paint, of course) the dresser to see if that solved the issue. Even though I loved how my desk had turned out, I was more nervous to paint the dresser. My worries were unfounded, thankfully, and now I love the new look and feel of the dresser. It's true what they say - lighter colors do really help to open up a space and make it feel more open. It's actually crazy how much the new color transformed the room.

Favorite Home DIYs - Chalk Paint Dresser - A Detailed Palette

My Found-then-Sold Chair

I actually happened to find this chair while running; the previous owner was literally taking it to the curb. After determining there wasn't really anything wrong with it, I decided to take it back to my house and make it the french-style arm chair I had always wanted. After a rather arduous attempt at re-upholstery and furniture painting, I created a statement chair that I am still quite proud of. The chair itself eventually felt a bit forced in the space, though, and even though I loved it, I decided to part with it. I actually sold this beauty on Craiglist! And even though anyone can sell anything on Craiglist, I still consider it an achievement and am quite proud of the fact overall; my hard work certainly did not go to waste, and even though I don't own this furniture piece anymore, it's the only furniture DIY project I've worked on to turn a profit.

Favorite Home DIY - French Chair - A Detailed Palette
DIY Chair Makeover - A Detailed Palette

ps: This post was actually supposed to go up on Tuesday morning, but just as I was about to save it, my browser crashed on me. It was a devastating blow. Happy to finally be sharing this and apologies for my rather haphazard posting schedule as of late - I'm going to get back on track, I promise. :)

Have a great Wednesday!

Dream Furniture Piece: The Eames Lounge Chair

Chances are, you have seen the Eames Lounge Chair... even if you may not know it by that name. Here's a photo of it that I took a few years back.

Eames Lounge Chair - A Detailed Palette

The Eames Lounge chair was designed by Ray and Charles Eames and was sold by the premium furniture retailer, Herman Miller. The story goes that their inspiration for the chair was the look and comfort of an old baseball glove. I personally love how it manages to look sophisticated and sleek, but also welcoming and comfortable; it's a mix of characteristics that only great design can bring about. 

Today, the Eames lounger is considered an iconic example of midcentury modern design. If you want the real deal, Herman Miller is still the only way to go, but there are plenty of retailers that offer imitations of the Eames Loungers due to their incredible popularity and the high price points of the authentic furniture pieces. It is worth sharing that even imitations are incredibly pricey so it may be worth it just to save up for the real deal. I'm hoping to one day own an Eames lounger, although not any time before I have a house to do it justice. I can easily imagine a little corner or nook with this chair, creating the perfect spot for hours of knitting and reading. 

Although this chair is incredibly out of my budget for the time being, I was given a miniature of it as a gift, which I absolutely love. So for now, I am happy to at least have one version of the Eames Lounger in my home.

Here are two of my favorite rooms starring the Eames Lounger. I really think that this chair is just ideal for any kind of library or reading nook... which makes me love it even more.





Have a wonderful Monday!
-xo, Rachel

Life Lately: August 2016 Edition

Happy Tuesday! Hope you all had a great weekend and lovely Monday. I spent time in Madison over the weekend for a friend's bachelorette party. It was so nice to spend time in that city and see some thoroughly amazing people who I haven't seen for too long. Hoping to get out there again soon before the summer winds down.

I spent a good portion of Sunday doing some meal planning - I've discovered that meal planning (which I have been doing pretty diligently for the past three weeks) is something that I just have to do if I want any chance at eating healthy for a full week. I just don't have much time to prepare meals in the evening after work.

Speaking of work, in just two more months, I will have been at Kohler for a full year! It's a fact that is so strange; it's one of those things where it feels like I have been there both forever and hardly any time at all. Things are still crazy at work - it's so, so busy, but I am still enjoying myself and feeling challenged on a daily basis. I'm going to be doing a stretch assignment soon, meaning some work outside of social media, and I am really excited about it. Stay tuned. Additionally, there are some really great, although perhaps a bit random, perks, including subscriptions to any and all magazines that I'd like plus the chance to take home fresh flowers every weekend. Some such flowers are seen below.

My Living Room - A Detailed Palette

I also made a quick stop to Target to pick up the latest Harry Potter book. I kind of wish I would have done the whole midnight release thing like I used to, but I totally dropped the ball on that timing. I've started reading it and so far, I am not too impressed. There is, however, a good chance that 1) I am being entirely too harsh and 2) I will change my mind by the end. I do have to say, though, that I really like the golden hue of the cover.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - A Detailed Palette

In blogging news, now that the gallery wall is completed, I am going to try to put together the final portion of the home tour. The only hiccup I am currently facing is that my camera has been acting up on me. I think I am going to have to take it in to see what's going on. The lens appears to be all sorts of messed up, which of course is devastating and will probably horribly expensive. Fingers crossed for an easy/affordable solution!

Have a great Tuesday!
-xo, Rachel

Friday Favorites: Summer Knitting

Knitting Update and Summer Favorites - A Detailed Palette

While the summer may seem like a weird time to knit, it's actually my favorite time of year to pick out yarn and grab my needles. Firstly, yarn is nearly always on sale during the summer, making it even more affordable / making my need to by yarn much more reasonable. Secondly, there seems to be more of a rush to complete knitted projects in the winter - I think I feel this pressure because the cold weather has already arrived and therefore I am already behind. In the summer, though, I feel ahead of the game and it allows me to knit at a more leisurely pace. I am currently working on a cable knit throw blanket for my living room. The color above is my favorite color right now when it comes to yarn. It really complements the grays, whites, blacks, and golds of my very eclectic living room.

A few favorite patterns I am loving right now:

Cable Throw Blanket - this is what I am working on right now.
Basketweave Throw Pillow Cover - I have yet to try basketweave, but I absolutely love the look of it. Talk about adding some cool texture to your home!
Fisherman Ribbed Throw Pillow Cover - I want to give this one a shot as well. It just looks so cozy.

Have a great weekend!
-xo, Rachel

Trip to Arizona

We went to Arizona back in May to visit my sister and brother-in-law. It was such a great trip, with just incredible weather - we chose the perfect time to visit. While we were there, we sadly didn't have the time to hike Camelback Mountain, but I have done so previously. It's a tough hike, but I encourage anyone visiting Phoenix to check it out. The view at the top is so worth the climb up - although the climb down was admittedly a bit scary. Definitely pack hiking shoes!

This time around, we visited a few of the shopping malls in Phoenix and then headed north to see Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Lake Powell. You can read more details about both Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell.

Sedona was the first stop with its legendary red rocks. It's an adorable little city, definitely very touristy with shops everywhere. I attempted to capture the red rocks below.

Sedona AZ - Travel - A Detailed Palette
Sedona - Travel - A Detailed Palette

Even though I have seen the Grand Canyon in person before, it still blew my mind yet again. The canyon is just so large and so beyond comprehension that it almost looks fake. My pictures will probably never do it justice, but I wanted to share them anyway. 

Grand Canyon - A Detailed Palette
Grand Canyon AZ - A Detailed Palette

Have a great rest of your Thursday!
-xo, Rachel

Home Decor: Perfectly Placed Mirrors

I am sure by now that most of you have heard about the benefits of decorating with mirrors. Firstly, mirrors are incredibly useful in many rooms of the home. Secondly, they can usually help smaller spaces feel larger and more airy. Thirdly, mirrors come in all shapes and sizes and can usually be easily incorporated into a space in a seamless, beautiful way. I wanted to share a few photos of what I deem to showcase perfectly placed mirrors.

Entryway Statement

Entryways are usually shorter on space than your average room, making the addition of the mirror nearly always a good idea. Not all entryways can have an architectural wow factor - sometimes, you have to rely on the decor to do that. I think the mirror in the entryway above is ideally placed and just looks perfect paired with the rest of the pieces. This entryway photo makes me so excited to one day own a home - right now the entryway I have is so minimal (not really an actual entryway at all) and just not nearly as welcoming as I'd like for it to be.



Expanded Living Room

Sometimes mirrors are so perfectly placed that you almost mistake them for doorways... at least, that happened to me when I was looking at the picture below.



I absolute love Danielle Moss's style and her mirror placement is so spot on for really making the space feel larger and more open than it really is.

Organized Bedroom

I just love this idea below - not only does it open up the space, similar to the photo above, but it really highlights the clean straight lines and organized beauty of the other side of the room - something worthy of showcasing. 


Hope you all have a lovely Tuesday!
xo, Rachel

Dog Toy Storage Update

You guys, happy Monday! New start to a new week... hopefully a good week at that. At the very least, I'm sharing some adorable pictures so it should make your Monday that much better.

One thing that I think many people don't realize when getting a pet is how much other stuff comes along with them. At least, it was something that I myself didn't really give much thought to. Now that dog toys are everywhere in the apartment, it's more top of mind. I always aimed for a nice, cute way to store such items while still having them all being accessible for Reggie.

Previously, I had been using a wicker basket to store his toys - it wasn't an aesthetic choice, but it certainly worked. Some of you may have noticed it in recent pictures of the gallery wall. If I am honest, that's when the look of it really started to bother me

Gallery Wall - A Detailed Palette

It just seemed to really clash with everything else in a way that was incredibly off-putting for me. I've changed things a bit in effort to keep the same functionality, but with a storage piece that blends more seamlessly. The storage bin was found at TJ Maxx... and Reggie seems to be quite happy about the whole thing.

Dog Toy Storage - Pet Friendly Home - A Detailed Palette

I mean, that face says it all really. Just look at him! He is such a ham around the camera.

Dog Toy Storage Update - A Detailed Palette

Hope these pictures at the very least made your Monday a bit brighter!
-xo, Rachel

Color Crush: Blush

Looking for the perfect summer nail color or maybe even a new shade for a new pair of shoes? I'm going to throw blush out there as a contender. I have a huge crush on this color right now. It's incredibly soft and incredibly feminine - something that makes it easy to wear, but maybe not so easy when it comes to adding the color to your space. 

Blush Top Picks:

Blush Interior Favorites:






Hope these blush shades are inspiring you as much as they are inspiring me. Have a wonderful weekend!
-xo, Rachel

The Completed Gallery Wall

The gallery wall is, for now, complete. I am still unsure about one of the pieces - the multi-color, umbrella couple canvas that you can see below. While I love it, it's a bit more vibrant than I was expecting and it really steals the show... had I known both of those things before, I think I may have rearranged the layout - something I am still considering. Here is the current gallery wall.

Living room gallery wall - A Detailed Palette

All of the framed photos showcase favorite places from travels, including Chatsworth House in England. Pompeii, Ireland, Switzerland, and Paris. The black and white photo (beneath the flower arrangement) is actually a photo of an excerpt from Pride and Prejudice - a gift from one of my best friends. The gold frame, naturally, holds a photo of Reggie, while the other painting prominently features a zebra. 

Here is the before, when we first got the new TV stand:

TV Stand - A Detailed Palette

With the new TV and the new artwork, there is just so much more life in the space. We're really happy with how this all turned out. What do you think? Do you like the new gallery wall?

Living Room Gallery Wall - A Detailed Palette

Unique, Chic Ways to Store Jewelry

My jewelry collection has been slowly growing, as I am enjoying a Rocksbox subscription and I am consciously making an effort to invest in better quality pieces instead of the more affordable options that invariably begin to lose their color after about a month of wear.

In the process of curating my collection, I've also had to reconsider how pieces are stored. Rather than tucking them away, I prefer to keep all pieces in sight and in mind. Here are a few chic and unique ways to simultaneously display and store your jewelry.

A Nightstand Display



I really love House of Harper's take on jewelry storage, utilizing the ample nightstand space. While the look is overall pretty traditional, the addition of the jewelry and the stark white background makes it feel fresh and new at the very same time. And of course, I love the blue and white decor pieces - such a classic choice.

Minimal and Organic



I love the eclectic mix above. There's also quite a lot of storage space offered within the acrylic trays - yet the transparent nature of the trays still make it feel light and airy as opposed to chaotic or cluttered. It's the perfect balance - with jewelry that is stored in an organized and stylish way.

An Arrow in the Right Direction



I loved this storage/decor piece and found it to be just really fun. Definitely adds a whimsical touch and can blend in seamlessly with many different styles.

Antique Trays

Jewelry Storage - A Detailed Palette

Combined with a few other storage options, this is the method that I opted for. I love the vintage feel of this tray, and while its currently holding quite a lot of items, having a tray solely dedicated to jewelry storage is a great way to keep everything beautifully displayed and within easy reach while being mostly organized.

Hope you all have a lovely Wednesday!
-xo, Rachel

July 2016 Reads: Audiobooks for When You Don't Have Time to Read

A Detailed Palette - July Audiobooks

I am still attempting to finish up Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I have been about 1/3 through it for months.

It has been really difficult to find time to read lately, which I think is a struggle that most people can identify with. It seems that, with my 2 hour commute every day, the only time I can actually make for it is in the car with audiobooks. So here is to reading/listening to a few free audiobooks I have found on Youtube. I doubt I'll get through all of these this month, but it's nice to have some really great options. Here they are in case you're interested in taking a listen:

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - a Hemingway novel that I have yet to read.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy - considering McCarthy doens't always use punctuation (the guy has a serious problem with commas), I think that listening to this will be infinitely more enjoyable than reading it.

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut - I actually have no idea what this is about, only that I need to read more Kurt Vonnegut.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie - because I need to read anything and everything by Agatha Christie. The woman is a master of mystery and suspense.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie - I think this is one of her more famous stories, and I believe there was even a Doctor Who episode inspired by this book.

Happy reading/listening! 
-xo, Rachel


Life Lately: July 2016 Edition

Happy Monday! It was Reggie's THIRD birthday on Friday. He's getting so old! It is crazy to think that I have had him since he was just a mere 12 weeks. He was, naturally, spoiled with amazing treats throughout the day on Friday... and I may have taken a photo or two... or sixty, one of which you can see below.  

Reggie in the Home Office - A Detailed Palette

I also took a rather spontaneous and very short trip to Madison. My friends just moved and have a new place right by Lake Mendota. I was there partly to check it out and partly to head to Devil's Lake where we walked around the entirety of the lake. I also finally got around to checking out the Shorewood farmer's market - which included wild flower bouquets for $8. Yes please!

Our new art pieces arrived, meaning that the gallery wall will be done soon. One piece isn't fitting in quite how I imagined it would, so I am still debating about whether or not to go with something else. 

Lately - A Detailed Palette

I was also able to get some much needed knitting done - favorite patterns and yarn colors to come this week for those of you who are also big fans of summer knitting.

Lastly, I found some time to do some shopping. Since it was time to restock on the essentials, I ordered new foundation and a new pair of running shoes. I also discovered two new favorites: drybar dry shampoo and Chloe perfume. You can shop my picks below.

Have a great Monday/start to the week!
-xo, Rachel


Friday Favorites: Online Art Source iCanvas

While on my search to find the perfect artwork for my gallery wall, I came across iCanvas and knew I had to share it with all of you. Artwork can be tricky to shop for online, and it can also be incredibly expensive - something that holds true whether you're shopping on line or in person. iCanvas is really affordable though, as there always seems to be good deals. 

There's also quite a large selection of different kinds of artwork, including abstract paintings, prints, work by Banksy, and some classic best sellers. What really sold me was the fact that you can get actual canvases. While prints are great and fine, I love canvas - it makes it feel more like real artwork to me. I am so incredibly excited for the artwork we ordered for the living room gallery wall to be delivered - which should be soon.

Another really awesome feature of iCanvas - you can shop by Artist or by room. I love the fact that real artists are getting a bit more credit for their work through this, and I am happy that the shop by room feature makes the selection less overwhelming and more ideal for the situation that you're looking for.

Here are some of my favorites:

iCanvas Artwork - A Detailed Palette
iCanvas Artwork - A Detailed Palette
iCanvas Artwork - A Detailed Palette

Hope you have a great weekend!
-xo, Rachel