Thursday, July 24, 2014

Etsy Loves Lately

Like Pinterest, it's so easy to get lost browsing on Etsy for endless hours. Since I devoted so much of yesterday morning to this I thought I'd share some of the treasures I found! Maybe you'll get some gift-giving inspiration or score something fabulous for yourself ;)

Enjoy my little Etsy 'lust' list and click on the prices for each item at the end of the photo board for shop info and purchasing options on Etsy.

Humphrey Bogart quote art print | $20

Blush Italian leather vintage handbag | $90

Custom gold foil monogram pillow | $40

Feyonce' off-shoulder tee | $29

Crystal rock pendant | $30

Vintage gold creamer sugar tray set | $32

Modern Mary Tyler Moore fashion illustration | $18

What are you favourite Etsy shops to find treasures in?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend At-Home Workout

Since I live in Germany I don't have air-conditioning in my apartment, which means on a day like today, where the temp are in the upper 80s even at 5pm, there's no way I'm stepping foot outside. However, I've been doing really well dieting and working out at least every other day for the past month and I didn't want to ruin my success streak just because I'm feeling lazy!

Today I'm sharing with you my 3 favorite work-outs to do at home that make a difference in the toning and strengthening department without getting super sweaty.

As always, I have my three essentials for an at-home workout: water, yoga mat and a set of hand weights. You can also choose to have a towel near by or do these workouts with head phones in. As long as you can see the video tutorials you'll be fine!

I like to start off with the XHIT 10 minute Full Body Workout

My booty is my problem area... it's rather delicious and needs the extra toning! So even though the first video had a lot of rear-toning focus I still do the following one as well. They are only 10-15 minutes each anyway so if you don't want to focus on extra booty-toning than you can switch out the video below for THIS 6-minute ab toning session that I love as well.

And lastly I do my arms. Sometimes my arms get really tired from the other videos so I see where my exhaustion level is at this point! But, since I have all day to be lazy sometimes I wait and do my arms later in the afternoon. You don't have to do all the workouts together. If you allow yourself to space out the intensity than you're more likely to do them because you're not dreading a super long excruciating ordeal. Of course this is not how I approach most workouts, but like I said... this is a Saturday or Sunday alternative!

Now put those yoga pants I know you're wearing right now to use and get off the couch! -- but only for a few minutes ;)

With Love, Rachel

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Instagram Lately | FAQ

Happy Saturday morning, loves!

Today I wanted to answer a frequently asked question I get on Instagram:

Q: What apps do you use to edit your photos and which filters do you like best?

A: I use a combination of 3 apps: Aviary, Rhonna Designs and A Beautiful Mess. These apps are available for OSX and Android systems. I also try to take my photos with as much natural light as possible. This creates a much brighter, more professional, clean looking photo.

My favourite filter in Aviary is 'Underground'. It anchors curve points and gives the photo a lightened matte effect. I use this effect on 95% of my photos.

My favourite effect in Rhonna Designs is the ability to re-size the photo to fit into a square for uploading to Instagram, plus the confetti stickers under the 'Insta Patterns' pack and the fonts in the 'Rhonna's Faves 4' pack.

My favourite effects in A Beautiful Mess are the borders in the 'Essentials' and 'Bonus' packs, plus the 'League Script' and 'Reenie Beanie' fonts. Also, there are some adorable hand-drawn doodle stickers and phrases like 'Fancy!' and 'yum!' that I use on occasion.

On Instagram itself I really like the "Valencia" filter. It gives photos a warm, glow-y look, perfect for outdoor shots.

I hope this answered your questions and gave you a little insta-inspiration!

With Love, Rachel

Thursday, July 17, 2014


These are some of my favourite snap shots from my trip to Scotland during Spring break April 6 - 12 2014. 

{ The loch looks like a completely different place depending on what time of day you see it }

{ Those wellies were probably the best investment I've ever made for a vacation. It was wet 80% of the time I was in Scotland }

{ The thrill of driving on the 'wrong' side of the road! }
{ The 'Monty Python' castle. Do you recognize it? }

{ Some of these headstones in Stirling were dated from the 1500s. I love the history here }

I could have taken my professional camera with me this time to Scotland but I really just wanted to enjoy this visit and not worry about anything so all of these photos were taken with my camera phone. I know, blog faux pas to have an entire post full of phone camera shots, but I really like these... and, it's my blog... which are the only two things that really matter!

With Love, Rachel