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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

My mom is the type of person that knows how to make every holiday, birthday, and important milestone throughout life a truly โ€‹special occasion. We always had thoughtfully themed birthday parties, handmade Halloween costumes, cakes made from scratch, we hunted Easter eggs until well into our 20s, her house looks like the North pole at Christmastime, and to this day I still receive a handmade Valentine’s day card in the mail each year.

She’s taught me the meaning of kindness, compassion, and the importance of making others feel special. I like to think that I show how grateful I am to her for everything she’s been and done for me often, but it is nice to have a whole day dedicated to doing just that.

Finding gifts for my mom has always been a piece of cake, because we have the same taste in nearly everything. That makes shopping for her enjoyable for me and I’m almost always positive that she’ll love the end result. I try to mix a few fun items like a piece of jewelry or a beautiful candle with something she’s mentioned she wants like a new face mask or pair of pajamas.

โ€‹Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

The past few years, my family has spent the afternoon on Mother’s Day at a winery a little over 30 minutes out of my parent’s house to enjoy a bottle of wine, nice weather, and live music. I’m hoping the rain holds out so that we can continue the tradition. We usually end the day at home, celebrating with a casual dinner, dessert, and presents on the back patio.

What are your Mother’s Day plans? Do you have the perfect gift chosen for the special mama’s in your life? In case you’re a procrastinator like me, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite last minute finds below.

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

Aerin candle | Jo Malone perfume | Le Spec sunglasses | Striped pajama set | Hat Attack straw tote | Herbivore body polish | Mejuri gold cuff | Steven raffia slides | Tom Dixon candle gift set

The candles were gifted to me by Amara and are going to make my mama so happy! Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. xx

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Weekend Morning Reads | No. 01

Weekend Morning Reads | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

Happy weekend, friends. I thought I’d start sharing the occasional post on what I’m reading around the interwebs. I begin most Saturday mornings curled up with a cup of coffee, catching up on articles I didn’t have the time to read during the week in an attempt to wake myself enough to head to the gym.

What are you up to this Saturday? I have some consulting work and photo editing to wrap up this morning and then it’s all play from here on out. The temps are finally supposed to rise to 70 degree today (phew!). Does that mean spring is here for good? Patio margaritas are on the agenda over here. I’m hoping to see Beauty and The Beast at some point, too. Dying of excitement.

Here are a few morning coffee links:

12 recipes for when you don’t feel like cooking (ugh. me, every night.)

This article isn’t new, but I found it so interesting. Whether your single or attached, this is a great read on what creates a successful relationship.

J.Crew has created their own holiday and I plan on celebrating accordingly.

Admittedly, I’ve been searching for the perfect pieces to pack for Paris for over a month now. My trip isn’t until the end of April, so I’m probably jumping the gun, but I’m thinking lots of easy pieces like this dress and this one.

Spring cleaning is upon us. I did some organizing and purging this week and have been thinking of refreshing my space with a new rug for the dining room, a coat of white paint in the bathroom, and some new art in the living room. Serena & Lily is having their friends & family sale and I may try to knock a few things off my list this weekend. Use the code MUSTHAVE for an extra 20% off.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve updated the shop page with my favorite spring pieces. Home + beauty to be added soon.

Jenna Kutcher’s podcast, The Goal Digger podcast is one of my favorites to listen to, and the episode with Jess Lively (who’s podcast I also love) really struck a cord in my heart this week. They discuss how most people wait for an event to trigger their mood and frequency each morning, but ultimately that can and should be decided by you. It’s made me want to be more intentional about how I start my day. Being kind to yourself and choosing happiness can make all the difference. The episode is full of other incredible nuggets of knowledge, I’d highly suggest a listen when you have the time.

A few more noteworthy sales happening:
West Elm: 20% off with code SCORE
LOFT: Up to 40% off
Joie: Up to 25% off

Hope your weekend is full of all the good things in life. xo

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The Best In-Between-Seasons Pieces

Best In-Between-Seasons Pieces | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog



The first day temperatures reach 60, my winter coat is retired to the back of the closet. Never mind that it might be 30 the next, that coat is not seeing the light of day until next November. Bundling and layering can be so restricting, it’s refreshing to be able to let my skin breathe in lighter, airier pieces.

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Admittedly, I’ve been throwing on athletic wear lately because I’ve grown bored of my winter sweaters and jeans. Last week, I decided it necessary to get out of my winter funk by purchasing a few new items that would get me back into the habit of dressing like a put-together human. I’ve listed off several items that have been renewing my love for getting dressed each morning.

AIRY BLOUSES

My favorite in-between seasons pieces are light blouses that can be paired with pants or shorts for those warmer days. They can be layered with a cardigan or jacket, a pair of slides or boots. There are so many beautiful, feminine pieces out there right now! I found this blouse last week, have already work it twice and received several compliments on it.

LIGHT JACKETS

Spring weather in Kansas City is especially fickle: warm and sunny one day, snowing the next. It helps to have a few lighter options that you can throw on when the days/night are a bit cooler. Some of my favorites spring styles are bomber jackets, biker jackets, and the classic trench.

SPRING DENIM

I like to rotate my denim the same as the rest of my closet. I live in dark washes during the colder months, so lighters washes and cropped jeans are such a welcomed change of pace.

The Best In-between Season Pieces | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
The Best In-between Season Pieces | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

You can shop my look below. Hope you’re having a good week! xx

OUTFIT DETAILS: Line & Dot blouse, white denim (old, similar here), Sam Edelman over-the-knee boots, Lack of Color hat