Weekly Favorites Vol.1

I knew that I wanted a poncho before I kicked off my wardrobe capsule. I figured it would be the perfect sweater for lounging about the house and that I could even wear it to work for casual Fridays. I do find ponchos to be tricky to shop for though, as most of them just look much too large to the point where I feel like I am just wearing a bag. I found the one below at TJ Maxx. While oversized, it's thankfully not to the bag-like point as I mentioned above. Ever since I have gotten it, I have found myself basically living in it.

TJ Maxx Poncho - Favorites - A Detailed Palette

The TJ Maxx Knitted Poncho isn't too boxy, as it as you can see below, and it is so comfortable and cozy, making it perfect for a brisk fall day.

TJ Maxx Poncho - Favorites - A Detailed Palette

I have also been loving this new J Crew Pale Pink Cable Knit Sweater. It's essentially my "dream sweater" with cable knit design and a soft blush pink that doesn't wash me out. It was 40% off so I snatched it up right before my fall wardrobe capsule kicked in. Now that I am attempting to dress with my limited capsule, this is one piece that really stands out as a favorite. It pairs so beautifully with so many different colors and styles.

J Crew Blush Pink Sweater - Favorites - A Detailed Palette

Colectivo Spiced Hot Apple Cider: Unfortunately, this one is limited to those who are in Milwaukee and Madison, but I am convinced that there is no better Spiced Apple Cider out there. It is SO GOOD. It's also seasonal, so there's no time like the present if you want some for yourself.

Passion Planner: I had one of these last year, due to winning an Instagram giveaway. For 2016, I went with another brand planner, but I found myself really missing the Passion Planner. I actually can't wait for 2017 to officially be here so that I can start using the passion planner once again.

Gray Walls + White Trim + Wainscoting + Wood Floors: When I have an actual house of my own, this is what I am going for. You just can't beat this starting point (ignore the rest of the decor below, focus on walls, ceilings, and floors). There are so many decorating possibilities with elegant and tranquil starting point like this.



Wainscoting is a pretty traditional design element, but I love how it adds just such a polished, put together touch to any space. It's also a feature that can blend in well with more modern designs which is exactly how I'd use it in a home.

Have a great weekend!
-xo, Rachel

General Decorating Tips

Tips for Decorating - A Detailed Palette

Decorating or maybe even interior styling seems to be something that can be kind of tricky for some people. I have gotten a few questions about it on Instagram so I thought I'd share a few general tips that I think most people can apply to their space, no matter the style or the square footage.

Embrace the Editing Process

As with many things, we usually want instant gratification. We want to have our spaces completely decorated and finished quickly so that we can get back to other things on our to do list and just enjoy the space. While I do think every home should be a joy to be in, I don't know that being completely finished decorating can ever be truly accomplished. I say embrace the editing/refresh process. I generally style something and leave it for a few days - if there's something off about it, I edit. I add a few things, maybe move other pieces else where. Maybe the layout isn't quite as aesthetically appealing as I thought or maybe it's just not practical. Whatever the case, I come back and edit as the days pass, and I eventually get it set up exactly how I want it for the time being. Don't be afraid to revisit previously styled/decorated nooks with a new eye. I have done this a few times for both the console table behind the sofa and the bar cart.

Pay Attention to the Color Palette

If you have different styles, using color as a theme throughout the space is the easiest way to keep the room feeling cohesive. Sticking to a color palette also helps to give more order. A really good rule of thumb is the 70-20-10 rule - 70% of the space being the primary color (usually neutral) and the others (20% and 10%) being the bolder accent colors. This acts as a way to keep your color usage in check and also in balance. This doesn't mean that you can only have three colors, but limiting your spaces to three main colors is usually a good call.

Always Be Practical

Don't style things only for the sake of how they look - it's not going to work out in the long run. Consider flow and just be practical about placement. Something that you use every day maybe shouldn't be difficult to reach. Maybe you shouldn't stack items on top of a pile of books that you actually want to read.

Don't Forget About Your Angles!

It might sound like advice straight out of America's Next Top Model, but consider angles and how things group together when styling. Everything should have a flow and should be visually interesting (meaning there should be some diversity going on). You don't want everything to be placed the same way, have the same texture, or to have the same lines. Juxtaposition is key to decorating and interior styling.

That's all - I hope that these aren't too basic or general so as to be unhelpful... hopefully they instead apply to many of you and can help you when organize and styling your home.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Life Lately: October 2016

Holy Hill - A Detailed Palette

After taking an unintended hiatus, I figured an update is in order. 

I can now cross the trip to Holy Hill off of my fall bucket list. We went on a Friday right after work which proved to be a good call because it was less busy. I actually made it up to the observatory tower this time around because there wasn't a line. I admittedly didn't make it all the way to the top - I always underestimate my fear of heights, but it became really apparent as we got further up. I stopped at a few different vantage points to take in the view and get a few photos.

Holy Hill - A Detailed Palette
Holy Hill - A Detailed Palette
Holy Hill - A Detailed Palette

I traveled to LA for a work event/tradeshow. After the event wrapped up, we were all treated to a concert featuring X Ambassadors, who were great to see live.

X Ambassadors - A Detailed Palette
X Ambassadors - A Detailed Palette

I am also happy to share that the knitted throw blanket is almost done! October is just going to be a crazy busy month overall. Heading to Chicago later in the month for my friend's wedding... excited for the trip!


Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

I've decided to build a capsule wardrobe for fall! I've done a capsule wardrobe before and really liked it - unfortunately though, I often felt like I was just wearing the same thing over and over. I am going to give it another shot since I just so love the overarching goal of creating one. A capsule wardrobe is really all about living more simply/with a more minimalistic approach. So how do you even build one? You par down your wardrobe and select 37 pieces. This includes shoes and accessories. Ideally, all 37 pieces will  work together and coordinate so you can create many different looks. There is also a strict no shopping rule when you have a capsule wardrobe, which I am all for and probably need. Too often I buy off of impulse as opposed to there being an actual gap in my wardrobe. And finally... you're supposed to keep to those 37 pieces for 3 months.I don't know if this would be possible for me, just in terms of seasons. So I've decided to do this through October and November and restructure once winter arrives (which, let's face it, could really be any time after October).

I have my 37 pieces selected. I had some fun going through my go-to outfits with this capsule. 

Blush Pink + Gold

Blush Pink and Gold Outfit - Capsule Wardrobe - A Detailed Palette

Emerald Green + Black

Emerald Green and Black Outfit - Capsule Wardrobe - A Detailed Palette

Dark Floral + Blazer

Dark Floral Outfit - Capsule Wardrobe - A Detailed Palette

Burgundy + Cognac

Burgundy and Cognac Outfit - Capsule Wardrobe - A Detailed Palette

DIY Knitted Pillow Case

Happy Thursday! It has been far too long since I have last shared/completed a DIY project. With fall's arrival, I am happy to say that I am making knitting more of a priority. I have found that knitting while watching football games has been the perfect combination - although I admittedly have messed up and dropped some stitches during the more intense Packer games. Anyway, I have finished the knitted basketweave pillow case! I'm happy to report that it wasn't too time consuming or too difficult. I think this is my favorite knitting project to date - I love when I can find a way to combine knitting and home decor!

Knitted basket weave pillow case - A Detailed Palette
Free Basketweave Pillowcase Knitting Pattern - A Detailed Palette

I have really been into greens lately - I chose this yarn color (Caron Simply Soft in Sage) originally for my throw blanket and decided it would only make sense to have the throw pillow match. I only got a close up of the finished product as I have yet to decide where it's final place will be - for now, I am thinking the couch, but the accent chair and the recliner chair are both possibilities. I never like to have more than four throw pillows on any given piece of furniture. Throw pillows are awesome and definitely make a space feel more complete, but they can also be overwhelming and just overdone beyond any measure of practicality.

Basketweave Knitted Throw Pillow - A Detailed Palette

I am so happy with how it turned out, and I am excited to try out the basketweave pattern on another project. It's my new favorite pattern.

I followed this pattern in order to create the pillowcase. I did admittedly need to go much further than the 18 inches recommended length due to the larger size of the pillow.

And just in case you're in the market for some knitted goods before winter, especially hats, I encourage you to take a look at my friend Kate's new knit shop with some amazing designs. Kate is incredibly talented - she's my go-to knitting resource and we've been knitting together for a few years now! 

Have a great Thursday!
xo, Rachel

Favorite Wallpaper Options Right Now

I am pretty sure it isn't only me who is noticing that wallpaper is coming back in a strong way. While I have already shared some of my favorite Chinoiserie wallpaper options, I am also loving a few others.

Marble Wallpaper

Yup, you read that correctly. This is most definitely a thing and it actually looks convincing from the pictures. I am all on board for this one!

Herringbone Wallpaper

The herringbone pattern is no longer just for floors and backsplashes.

Dotted Wallpaper

This would have to be done in a limited fashion - maybe on only one accent wall. But when it's limited, it does seem to lend a really polished and preppy vibe to the space.

What do you think about wallpaper making a big come back?
Have a great Tuesday!

-xo, Rachel

Yellow Statement Pieces

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Yellow is one of my favorite colors - I love that I have at least one yellow statement piece in the apartment, even if it is in the guest bedroom.

Yellow Chairs

Here are a few more favorite yellow statement pieces for interiors.

Yellow Couch

Pairing yellow with blue is a very classic choice - but other details make this space feel completely new and unexpected even with more traditional lines and color palettes.

Yellow Chair

Even though it's in a placement that would usually deem it as an accent chair, it's easily the biggest statement in the room and is the first thing the eye sees and latches to.

Yellow Bookcase

I love this extra pop of color added to the bookcase below.

Color Crush: Kendall Charcoal

It is no secret that I love the color gray when it comes to interiors.  I do, though, tend to gravitate towards the lighter shades. Recently, I've discovered Kendall Charcoal - a paint color from Benjamin Moore. I can't help but imagine all of the ways I'd love to incorporate this paint color into my dream home... which I will have one day (in the very distant future).

My favorite quality about this color: it's dark without being daunting. I've noticed an uptick of people opting for darker walls in effort to create a more dramatic, broody room. While I can admire it, I am not sure it's something I'd want around me every day. Something about Kendall Charcoal just seems to strike me as a really happy medium for those look to make an impact/create some drama without having this daunting feeling of being trapped in a dark space.







I just love it! What do you think?  Have a great Tuesday!
-xo, Rachel

Goals for Fall

Goals for Fall - A Detailed Palette

Happy Monday, you guys! Fall officially starts on the 21st, and I am really looking forward to it. A few bucket list items for the season:

1. Complete my pillow case - I have finally started my basket weave knitted pillow case. I am in LOVE with the pattern. I'm also really struck by how easy it is to create. I think that's often the case with cool patterns in knitting - unless you're talking about making sweaters. :)

2. Visit and photograph Holy Hill - I am ready to test out the new camera at one of the prettiest fall spots. I've been to Holy Hill a few times now, but still look forward to it in the fall.

Goals for Fall - A Detailed Palette

3. Visit and photograph Lake Geneva - we went there last year, and even though it was great, it was right on the cusp of winter so most of the foliage was non-existent. I definitely want to take a day trip this time right when the leaves are at their peak.

4. Visit an apple orchard - I actually have yet to do this since moving to Milwaukee... which is really just unacceptable. 

5. Take a trip to Chicago - it's been a long time and I'd like to get a quick visit into the city before winter hits and I don't want to leave the house.

6. Finish my throw blanket - this one might realistically stretch into winter, but I'd love to have it completed by the time winter begins.

7. Go to a Badger football game - this one is a MUST. It's been a few years since I have gone to a game.

8. Gym + Hot Yoga every day - I don't know about anyone else, but I struggle to stay motivated near the end of fall. As the temps cool and the days get shorter, I can no longer just go for a run outside. My goal for this fall is to keep up with healthy habits and either hit the gym to do running and weight training or visit Hot Yoga MKE every day. 

9. Complete my social media course - this is for further career development and while I started it a while back, it's been tough to tackle with the crazy summer schedule that I've had. A goal for fall is to have this completely done before winter hits and the holidays are right around the corner.

10. Get Meal Planning Down - one thing I discovered is that it really is easier to eat healthier if you meal plan. I've been trying it out. Some weeks are great and others are not. My goal for fall is to get my meal planning and nutrition down to a place where I'm consistent and healthy.

11. Get storage for the home office sorted - I shared a few days ago about how I was really struggling with organizing paper/documents that we have to hold on to. It's pretty much taking over. My goal is to have a solution for this.

Friday Favorites: Fall is Coming

While it's not officially fall just yet, football season has started and the temperatures have started going down a bit... Both of which lead me to feel like fall has already begun. Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it except how short it seems to be in Wisconsin. That said, I thought it might be a good time to share my favorites currently for the fall season.

Gilded Amberleaf Candle
This candle from Illume candles is just really amazing. Smells perfectly of fall and I absolutely love it.

Gilded Amberleaf - Fall Favorites - A Detailed Palette

Brown Ankle Boots
I am a huge fan of ankle boots generally - they are super comfortable but still look really chic, which makes them really perfect for work and casual wear. The brown color, too, really just makes me think of fall - and it complements most of my fall sweaters. I'm actually going to be trying out another wardrobe capsule this fall, and I am positive that these will make the cut.

Fall Favorites - Brown Booties - A Detailed Palette

And even though I don't have it, I have been lusting over this fall jacket for quite some time now. Although, if truth be told, I love everything about this photo.




Here are some more fall color palettes to further get you into the fall spirit as we head into the weekend. Have a great one!
xo, Rachel

Loving Right Now: Chinoiserie Wallpaper

I am really loving Chinoiserie wallpaper right now, and it seems to be more and more popular these days. It's definitely more of a traditional design choice, but I just love the muted feel of these wallpapers - a muted feel that permeates throughout the space despite their intricate designs.

Dining Room - Kips Bay Showhouse - A Detailed Palette

Above is  the dining room from 2016's Kips Bay Showhouse designed by Alex Papachristidis. I just love the tree details. The same can be said for the room below. There is something just so calming and whimsical about the muted natural scene displayed in the wallpaper below. 

IMAGE VIA Atlanta Home

IMAGE VIA Atlanta Home

 I really still love this brighter version that I spotted at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee.

Chinioserie Wallpaper - A Detailed Palette

Home Office Storage: Small Space Solutions to Tackle Paper Clutter


I used to work for a mid-grade office furniture retailer and part of my job included content creation for the company's blog. I'd often find myself writing about cutting down on clutter in the office. I find myself now struggling with clutter in my own home office. While I don't have a separated room for my "home office", it is basically just a desk - but given that that is all I really have room for, I make it work, and I love the desk that I do have. I took a chance on customizing it and really making the space my own - you can read more about that in my home office reveal or see it here, featured in this home office gallery. All that said, I do really need to expand my home office to include more storage. Even in this highly digital age, there is still a lot of paperwork to keep and even with six drawers at my disposal, there just isn't enough storage for all of that with my desk alone.

I have been debating whether or not to buy a filing cabinet or some other storage unit. I really hate the look of the bulky traditional style filing cabinets and the cold look of the metal ones. I also need something that seamlessly blends in with the rest of the space, due to the very open layout that the apartment has and just the limited space in general. Here are some options I've been considering.


Which do you guys like best? Hoping to find a solution soon. In the meantime, I'm just trying to keep things mostly organized. Have a great Monday!
-xo, Rachel

Friday Favorites: Zebra Home Decor

Zebras have always been one of my favorite animals. I used to love seeing them at the zoo as a child. In fact, my very first trip to the zoo (at least the first one that I remember), I got a zebra mask and loved it. Until I eventually destroyed it. Anyway, it's actually something that one of my sisters and I have in common, and when I saw her large zebra painting in her living room, I was inspired to get a piece of zebra artwork myself. For a brief moment of clarification, while I like zebra decor and have added quite a bit of it to my home, I'm personally not on board with any sort of taxidermy or any type of animal rug (whether real or fake). It's just not my favorite, and in some situations, I find it to look a little tacky. I am not even overly fond of zebra print. That said, everyone is different and I get that home design isn't objective. Moving on to my recent zebra decor additions that have become absolute favorites:

Zebra Artwork

One of my favorite additions to the gallery wall. I got this piece for iCanvas - an art source that I highly recommend and found after really scouring the internet for affordable art.

Zebra Art and Home Decor - A Detailed Palette

Zebra Box

I LOVE this. I saw it at west elm and found myself continuously gravitating towards it, trying to justify a purpose for it. I figured you can never really have enough storage space, right? It's designed to hold jewelry and that is how I have been using it, keeping it on my dresser for the time being. It just generally makes me happy.

Zebra Home Decor - Zebra Jewelry Box - A Detailed Palette

That's all for today... have a wonderful weekend!
-xo, Rachel

Some Beautiful Coasters

Coasters come in all shapes and sizes, and while I recognize their value and need when it comes to protecting furniture, I pretty much always stuck to the DIY or cheap versions. That said, I think it's a pretty powerful thing when a set of coasters catches your eye so much so that you have to have them... I mean, I think it takes a pretty special set of coasters to do just that.

Enter these gold and white beauties that I just couldn't pass up from West Elm. I still had a gift card left over from the holidays so it really was the perfect way to finally use it. As someone who hasn't spent much on coasters before, it was a big step. They are crafted from stone so I'm sure they will last for a very, very long time.

West Elm Coasters - A Detailed Palette
West Elm Gold and White Coasters - A Detailed Palette

We were also lucky to receive some handcrafted coasters recently as a little gift from my boyfriend's parents - with no reason whatsoever, but I am certainly not complaining. Look at how amazing these coasters are! They were all made by Andy's dad who does a lot of woodworking in his free time. I absolutely love these! 

Reggie handcrafted coaster - A Detailed Palette
Reggie - Handcrafted Wooden Coaster - A Detailed Palette

And yes, I am absolutely going to try to convince him to open up his own etsy shop!
Have a great Wednesday!
-xo, Rachel

Life Lately: Hey September

Reggie - A Detailed Palette

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend. Things were quite busy around here. I went back home to be in one of my best friend's wedding - still so happy that she asked me to be a part of her day. It was absolutely beautiful, and we could not have asked for better weather. There were three bridesmaids, myself included, and we were able to pick our own dresses, the only request being that they were mint green.

After a failed attempt to buy a dress from Target (cheapest looking material ever!) and after countless hours spent browsing rent the runway, I finally found the perfect dress at Macy's (affiliate link). I found my nude heels from BCBG at Boston Store. I have to say that I really love these shoes. I've been getting much more used to heels overall, and these are actually pretty comfortable. My friend unsurprisingly looked stunning, and the whole wedding from start to finish was just perfect; laid back, but still incredibly elegant. A selfie with one of the other bridesmaids was the only photo I managed to take, but that's what wedding photographers are for. 

Wedding Selfie - A Detailed Palette

As part of our bridesmaid gifts, I received a lace bag and a pair of pearl earrings, both of which I absolutely love. You can see the pearl earrings above (since I wore them during the wedding and reception) and the bag below.

Lace Duffel - A Detailed Palette

In other news, my stretch assignment at work is officially completed!  If you're interested in mixing metals in the home, I highly recommend that you take a look at this article that I had the opportunity to write for the Kohler content team. While I have to admit that it took many rounds of edits to get it to this point, I am really happy with how it turned out and so glad that the team I was working with felt confident enough about my writing skills to ask me to write about this topic in the first place. :) I hope you guys enjoy it and find it helpful!

I am also happy to report that our two latest plant additions (succulents that were favors from a friend's wedding) are still alive and going strong. I have a bad habit of killing succulents even though they are supposed to be incredibly easy to care for... I am not sure what it is that I'm doing wrong but hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Succulents - A Detailed Palette

Lastly, I hope your weekend left you feeling as chill and relaxed as Reggie...
xo, Rachel

Reggie the cutest dog in the world - A Detailed Palette

Friday Favorites: Skincare Favorites Right Now


Lately, skin care has been top of mind. During our last family trip, my sister was complaining about her under eye area and how she just couldn't get the crow's feet to stop. While I still think she looks great, I went looking for eye creams for her birthday, knowing that the gift would be well received. It also got me thinking about how I should probably take better care of my self just generally - I definitely need to moisturize more and not put off important appointments like the eye doctor.

When it comes to skin care, I think less is probably more and investing in moisturizers that don't have any probates/those that have natural ingredients is probably the best way to go.

These are the three I use: Indie Lee Squalane Oil, Burt's Bees Radiance Cream, and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. The squalane oil is completely natural; Indie Lee is actually an incredible company that I recommend everyone check out. The oil itself is very intensely moisturizing. I like to use this in the winter and as an overnight moisturizer when my skin needs a little extra. A little bit also goes a long way. I don't use this as a moisturizer before I put on make up, and I don't think it's meant to be used that way.

The Burt's Bees cream is really great as a moisturizer overall - I actually use this on tricky spots that just get really dry, like under eyes, my forehead, and even my elbows. I was using it as a moisturizer before applying makeup as well, but it was feeling a little too heavy for this, especially in the summer.

I've only had the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream for about a week and a half, but I can already tell a difference - so much so that it's what inspired this post. I've been using this after washing my face/before applying makeup. Not only is it an awesome moisturizer, but when combined with a primer, it helps my makeup apply even better. Plus, my skin just generally looks better, something I am very happy about.

Update: My sister recently texted me that she LOVES the Indie Lee eye cream... which is awesome. So if you're searching high and low for an eye cream (there are SO MANY out there), the Indie Lee eye balm may be a good place to start.

That's all for today - have an amazing weekend!
-xo, Rachel

Home Update: All the Small Things

We get conflicting information about small things, don't we? "Don't sweat the small stuff." "It's the small things that count." You can't get much more opposing than that.

I think I lean more towards the "Small things count" camp, personally. 

I've been wanting a bit of Doctor Who decor for a long time. I decided to pick this up at Barnes and Noble, and I have to say I am pretty excited about it.

TARDIS Decor - Doctor Who - A Detailed Palette

I also got this adorable baby succulent as a favor at my friends' wedding. I love it. It adds the perfect dash of charm to the windowsill.

Succulents - A Detailed Palette

Moral of story - never underestimate the small things.
-xo, Rachel

September Reads

Here are the novel/books I am reading for September. I'd love to know if you guys have read these yet and what you thought of them. I've heard good things around the board, even though all three of my picks are incredibly different.

Chronicle of Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I absolutely love GGM. He is easily among my top five favorite authors - a list that also includes Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy. His writing is just so lyrical and beautiful, a fact that is made even more crazy when you consider that it wasn't even originally written in English. I'm really excited to read this, and I am looking forward to being inspired by his amazing magical realism themes once again.

Chronicle of Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - A Detailed Palette

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

From what I have attempted to read and have seen on screen (Breakfast at Tiffany's), I have found Capote to be really overrated. I found Breakfast at Tiffany's to be dull and shallow... I realize that I am a minority in this, but it made me put off reading any other Capote. I did decide to give this a try though after years of thinking about it. So far, it's been incredibly interesting... although also incredibly sad. I know the case well enough, as I think most do, but I didn't know the details about how normal the Clutter family was and the background of the criminals. I can already say that it's worth reading for that insight.

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote - A Detailed Palette

The Things That Matter - Nate Berkus

Coffee table books count too? I am excited to page through this one and get some glimpse into Nate Berkus' style. I really appreciate most of his designs. This is sure to be a faster read than the other two, which is for the best - I am actually borrowing this one from Kohler's very own library.

Nate Burkus - The Things That Matter

Kitchen Essentials

It's no secret that I don't really like the look of the kitchen in our apartment. The powder blue laminate counter tops paired with the weird maple cabinets just is not my kind of combination. That said, I have a kitchen with a dishwasher, and everything works, so it's difficult to complain too much about it. Overall, it works, is a decently sized room, and I'm happy to have it. Besides all of that, to me, it's really the little things that make a kitchen more functional. These are my favorite essentials currently in my kitchen.

Pour Over Coffee: Need the pour over + an electric kettle to make this happen. A little bit slower than your average coffee maker, but so worth it. Makes amazing coffee that strong and awesome. 

Popcorn maker: I've loved popcorn forever. When I was younger, we'd do the microwaveable kind. As I got older and realized just how terrible that was for me, finding an alternative became paramount. Now I have the air-pop popcorn maker which still allows me to enjoy popcorn just a healthier kind.

NutriBullet: Perfect for morning and post-run smoothies. 

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