Day at a Time, Inpsiration

My Pinspiration

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If you know me. You know I’m a huge fan of Pinterest. I’m a planner, an organizer and very visual. I’m pretty sure Pinterest was created just for me to make my life easier. Today, I’d like to share with you TEN of my Pinners that inspire me, help me plan my trips and organize my life. Enjoy!

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Rachel Nathe‘s “Home Sweet Home” board is great for interior inspiration. Photo Source.

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Skyler Villarreal‘s diy+crafts board is the best for diy inspiration and how to’s. I’ve repinned so many of her diys. Photo Source.

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The Proper Pinwheel/Lexy Ward not only has a blog [The Proper Pinwheel Blog] full of inspiration, her Pinterest boards are exploding with inspiration for event planning as well every other aspect of life needing a bit of pinspiration. Photo Source.

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Haley Sheffield is an incredible photographer and friend. I was lucky to meet her and have her photograph my bridal portraits a few years ago before she exploded into this amazing brand she is today. Her pin boards are full of her anthro-esque and vintage quality. She even pins some of her own work, seen above. Photo Source.

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Tonya Bilbrey is a sweet friend of mine. Her pin boards have the best titles. Everything is title THE OUTSTANDING OUTFITS, THE ULTIMATE ACCESSORIES and THE PERFECT POSES. I love it! She has such good taste in everything, but when it comes to fashion… you’ll be inspired for sure. Photo Source.

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Anne Taylor writes an incredible blog [Anne the Adventurer Blog]. It’s filled with inspiring, real and purposeful posts. Her Pinterest boards are no different. Photo Source.

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Hannah Purmont is a local designer here in Denver. Her work is incredible, minimal and loud. You can find it here. Her inspiring Pinterest boards, well they reflect her work. Black and white cover everything in such a powerful and purposeful way. Photo Source.

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Heather Adame is an absolute dear friend of mine and her eye for color and interiors is amazing. You’ll pin everything she does. Photo Source.

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The Perfect Palette is a blog focused on weddings and event planning. As a lover of weddings and event planning, she inspires me with her color boards and event plans. Photo Source.

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Mrs. French is the writer of Bliss Blog. Her boards and pins are vintage, filled with love, country, blissful. They are art. You’ll enjoy just scrolling the beautiful things she finds around the internet. Photo Source.

Happy Monday, Friends!

P.S. If you haven’t entered the Giveaway from Ella Bella Creations, enter here! The winner will be announced Wednesday!

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Giveaway from Ella Bella Creations!

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Friends! Do I have a Giveaway for you today! Chastity from Ella Bella Creations is one talented lady! You can find her shop HERE on Etsy. Ella Bella Creations has the most beautiful headbands, broaches and Chastity even does custom orders! I have my eye on THIS headband for the Fourth, THIS broach for all year round and if I my future baby girl would wear THIS, THIS and THIS headband. See how to enter this amazing giveaway below!

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To enter this fabulous Giveaway here’s what to do.

To receive multiple entries:

ONE | Visit Ella Bella Creations and Comment Below telling me which piece is your favorite.

TWO | Go over to the Ella Bella Creations Facebook Page and LIKE IT.

THREE | Follow me on Instagram @aubreyrachael If you’re already following, leave a comment and tag me @aubreyrachael on your favorite Insta post and tell me your entering the giveaway!

*When you comment, tell me what you did. I’ll put you in the random drawing for extra entries! A winner will be chosen next week!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Celebrate Good Times, Inpsiration

Happy One Monthiversary!

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Today is a very special day. It is my sweetest friend and her brand new husband’s One Month Anniversary! Brittany from B. Nicole Photography allowed me to surprise Kylie and Michael with a Sneak Peek of their beautiful Wedding Day on June 1, 2013! Kylie and Michael, your wedding was such a gorgeous day filled with so much heart and love in everything from the vows to the decorations. Kylie, you and your family did such a wonderful job making so many of the decorations and it all was more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. I feel so blessed to have been able to stand up with you as you pledged your love to your lucky guy. And I am so excited to be able to surprise you with this little preview on your first anniversary! Enjoy!

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I have to mention this darling group of ladies I spent this wedding weekend with. I’ve been friends with Bethany since Sixth grade, Sharol and Lacee since Freshman year of High school and Kylie’s sister, Abby since I’ve known Kylie throughout high school. Kylie’s cousin, Allison I met just that weekend and we became instant friends. Spending time with such a great group of girls was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. We were able to catch up and hang out, laugh and make more memories together. I love ya’ll so much!

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Kylie my dear, you are an incredible woman. I am so blessed to have you in my life. Your wedding day was so special, beautiful, meaningful and an absolute blast! Thank you so much for asking me to be your bridesmaid on your lovely day. You are so beautiful, on the inside and out. You are already and will only become more of an amazing wife to Michael. I can’t wait to see your future unfold with the love of your life. I love you so very much and hope you enjoyed this little surprise post. Happy One Monthiversary to you and Michael!

What a way to start the week! Don’t I have a pretty friend?! I’m so proud of her and blessed to have her in my life. I hope y’all enjoyed this fun surprise Monday post!

To find our more about B. Nicole Photography and to schedule a session, visit her Facebook Page Here and her Flickr Page Here. She did such a fabulous job with Kylie’s wedding and has taken wonderful pictures of my family. Thank you so much, Brittany for giving me the honor of surprising the gorgeous bride! You’re the best!

Happy Monday, Friends!

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Ten “Instas”

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Today I want to introduce you to some “instagramers” I enjoy following. Their pictures are so lovely and always brighten up my day. From babies to puppies to sights around the world, they give us a little peek into their lives through their phone camera. Enjoy!

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Photo belongs to CASEYLEIGHWIEGAND | Instagram

CASEYLEIGHWIEGAND of thewiegands.com takes the most darling photos of her precious babies. And who doesn’t like seeing sweet pictures of babies!?

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Photo belongs to CAROLINAVD | Instagram

CAROLINAVD is located in Finland and takes photos of her beautiful home and friendly pup. Her photos are minimal in color, adding a touch of  simpleness in my Insta feed.

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Photo belongs to MISSDARLINGCLEMENTINE | Instagram

LITTLEMISSCLEMENTINE has an absolutely beautiful daughter. She is the star of her Insta page. She’s always exploring and Mama, you dress her to the T! Love LMC. Check out her adorable darlingclementineshop.com It’s full of little things for the wee ones.

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Photo belongs to COLORADODARLIN | Instagram

COLORADODARLIN is a local here in Denver. This makes it fun to follow her as pictures pop up around the city I live in. She’s very detail oriented and takes beautiful pictures of the surrounding area.

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Photo belongs to LITTLEFLOWERRR | Instagram

Oh, LITTLEFLOWERRR. She’s one of my dear friends. Her & “Baby Kitty” go on many adventures and her Insta page tells the story.

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Photo belongs to LAUREN_TIEN | Instagram

LAUREN_TIEN is also a local in Denver, but her feed is full of travels to Mexico and all sorts of places. She is creative and always shares her latest DIY project on her blog PearlsPoppiesPinkiesUp Blog

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Photo belongs to ALEXNIEUWHOF | Instagram

Look at that face! ALEXNIEUWHOF has an incredible talent. Her feed is full of color and inspiration and every now and then her sweet Golden shows up. I’m such a sucker for Goldens. Her blog is just as gorgeous as her feed – Whimsey Darling Blog

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Photo belongs to AMERRYMISHAP | Instagram

AMERRYMISHAP takes us around Jennifer’s lovely surroundings in black and white. By black and white, I don’t mean the filter. Most everything she takes is black and white. Her photos are such a breath of fresh air and so is her blog A Merry Mishap Blog

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Photo belongs to BLEUBIRD | Instagram

BLEUBIRD takes wonderfully delightful pictures of her family and their daily adventures. I always love seeing sweet babes and her feed is one of my favorites. And if you like her feed you’ll liker her blog too Bleu Bird Blog

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Photo belongs to ARMEADORS | Instagram

Speaking of babes, ARMEADORS ‘s feed is filled with her’s. She has the two cutest, sweetest (we’ve met) babies ever. They have the best facial expressions and always have a little pep in their step. You’ll love all of her photos and her photography skills.. that’s a whole other reason to check out her page. She even has a youtube page that’s to die for YOUTUBE PAGE

That’s my TEN “Instagramers” I love to follow. Let me know what you think of the rest of their photos and be on the look out for more of my favorite “Instagramers” in the coming weeks. You can also follow my Instagram feed @aubreyrachael Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up: Less is More

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Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences. We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

This weekend I read an article in the Spring Issue of Darling Magazine. It was my break time between packing and organizing for our move. This specific article spoke to this girl that was organizing and going through things this very day. I was inspired.

American culture says that you can never have too much and it’s okay to have excess amounts – clothes, dishes, notebooks, books & whatever else you want. But excess also creates a constant longing for more & the feeling that you’ll never have enough or be enough unless you have just one more.

Today I’d like to encourage you to maybe start with packing away or if you feel brave enough, giving away anything in your home – dresses, tops, bags, shoes, books, anything you find yourself to have in excess, especially anything you don’t use on a regular business. It’s truly a freeing experience. This allows you more space in your home, the ability to use everything you have and ultimately to give what you do not use, a home to someone who may not even know the concept of excess.

Because everything for me usually comes back to fashion, as many ladies can relate to, I have been very encouraged in living with less when it comes to that very thing. I’ve always heard about the European fashion concept of buying a few, very nice pieces, tailoring them to fit perfectly and then wearing them over and over every week. This concept is literally very foreign to Americans, but I think it’s something I’ve, slowly been trying to echo in my wardrobe. Having your favorite dresses, tops & skirts all visible, allows a more creative approach to dressing. Mixing prints & textures has become one of my favorite things to do with fashion. It also gives you an appreciation for what you have. Now this girl that used to shop every weekend and could always find a reason for a new dress or top, isn’t even interested in shopping unless she actually has a specific thing she needs. What a thought!

Another way to think about living with less in the wardrobe department is with travel. When I go on vacation, my first goal is to fit everything in a carry-on suitcase. It makes traveling go so much more seamlessly. Then I move onto the next goal, choosing my favorite wardrobe pieces to wear on the trip! For me, dresses are my favorite thing to wear, especially on trips. My favorite are dresses with sleeves that can be dressed up or down and that I always feel confident in. I love a good dress with sleeves because it’s an entire outfit. I can bring accessories, but I don’t have to bring quite as much! So, as I’ve traveled this summer and in previously months, I’ve learned I could really stick with the amount that fits into a carry-on in everyday life. Knowing the clothing choices are great for different events and they’re my top five pieces from my wardrobe, I feel like I can take on the world with any of them. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by choices, I know what I have and I love my choices.

In the end, living with less will not only bless someone else from what you’re ridding yourself of, but you’ll benefit from it on a daily basis. Living with less gives you a feeling of contentment, feeling like you are enough because you have enough. Less is truly more when you’re more confident, happy and satisfied with what you have.

In the Darling article, the picture has a girl holding up a blanket that says “FUN WITH NEARLY NOTHING”. Never thought you’d hear “fun” and “nothing” in the same sentence, right? But make this a challenge with yourself. Live with less because less will do more for you than you could ever have imagined. And remember that things don’t define you. You are an incredible woman. You don’t need things to make you happy or confident. Less is more. Now go and live with less! It really is fun!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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East Coast Picture Overload.

This year we decided to do a Road Trip. We started with Georgia where I was in my sweet friend’s wedding (more on that later) and then ended it spending time in New York City with my Aunt & Uncle. Along the way we stopped in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Lexington, Virginia, Cherry Hill, NJ and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was a crazy, wild trip and I’m so glad we did it. So many memories were created that I’ll never forget. Some highlights were of course Kylie & Michael’s Wedding, using AIRBNB and finding unique and beautiful places to stay while meeting wonderful people, seeing all of our family along the coast, the Art Museum and seeing Wicked on Broadway. You’ll see bits of these highlights in the photos. So, without further adieu, it’s time for the picture overload.

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The Founding Fathers.

I once read, “Anyone can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Dad.” That couldn’t be more true and today I’d like to introduce you to my three Dads.

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Well hello there Daddy. You look like a Hipster I must say and not much has changed. My dad, he’s a wonderful example showing me how to enjoy life to the fullest and never settling for anything less than what I want. He tells stories of life as a child living in the urban city of Philadelphia, playing stickball, sneaking into basketball games and the nicknames the boys all had growing up. He tells stories of his travels backpacking across Europe and seeing all of the different countries, staying in hostiles and even sleeping by the river to make his dreams possible of traveling the beautiful continent. My Dad, he’s one incredible dude. We may not have lived together for most of my life, but this man always made a way for us to see each other. When I was too little to fly alone, he’d fly across the country to pick me up, fly to the East Coast and then back to the West Coast to drop me off again. He always wanted and wants me to get all I can out of life, to make all of my dreams come true and to strive to experience all of the experiences there are in this wild life, just like he did. His dream was to always live by the water and to travel whenever possible. Since I was born his house was always on the water. Now he lives on the beach in California. He’s as tan as ever and still looks the same as he did 20 years ago. Here’s to you, Dad – the most laid back, tissue-holding, surfer dude that doesn’t surf and the most incredible Dad I could’ve asked for. You always want what’s best for me, but never hesitate to support my crazy wild life goals and dreams. I love you – do do do do do do DO DO. Happy Father’s Day!

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Daddy Mike, you came into my life at the ripe young age of three. You gave me a stuffed Mickey Mouse and you always had time to play with me. You flew me through the air in my “flight suit”, always took me to gun shows, car shows and house hunting. You encouraged my love of fashion, love of expensive things and that if I couldn’t pick one, to buy both. You always wanted and want me to have the best of everything I can even if it costs a little extra. You gave me my love for coffee, taught me how to ride my bike and ski, and always knew from the beginning I was good at design. Bamboo, you called me. To this day I don’t know where that came from, but it stuck. You spoiled me rotten, ate my pretend food and baked cakes in your pretty headboard. The car you bought me for my eighteenth birthday was one of the best gifts you ever gave me and I don’t know how I’ll part with it when it sells. I’ll never forget that first Christmas together when we fed Mom’s cereal to Santa’s reindeer all over the front lawn, sat by the window looking for Santa’s sleigh and the next morning found Santa’s boot prints on the front porch. THAT was amazing. You taught me traditions and how important they are. You taught me that every little thing is important and should be celebrated. Happy Wednesday we said. Finishing the school year wasn’t celebrated perfectly unless we got a whole new outfit for the occasion. Chocolate oranges from London and a train under the tree. You gave me all of these special memories and I’ll always be forever thankful you came in to my life. I love you, Daddy Mike! Happy Father’s Day!

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See that bright orange shirt? That’s my Father-in-Law, or Papa Brian as I call him. See that red shirt? That’s me. I was eleven in this shot and that’s most of the gang riding Splash Mountain. Little did I know, 9 years later they would become not just family friends, but my family. Papa Brian has been in my life since I was four years old. Of course, I didn’t know then one day he’d be my husband’s Dad and the grandfather to my future kids. And I couldn’t have asked for a better person to fill those shoes. He is an amazing Dad and a wonderful example to my husband, Matt of what a great Father and Husband should be. He loves God and his family more than anything. He’s the life of the party and knows how to dance. He plays basketball in local tournaments as well as with pros practicing at the gym, runs miles on the weekend and is an avid cardboard granola eater. He’s mastered youtube surfing better than most, plays bass like no other and always knows how to make us laugh – especially during family pictures. He always knows how to have a good time and gives the best hugs! I couldn’t be more thankful for such a special father-in-law. I love you, Papa Brian and thank you for creating such a wonderful son!

That’s my three days late, but still going strong Father’s Day post to the Founding Fathers! I love ya’ll!

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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