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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

Entertaining Living Well

How to Make Your Cut Flowers Last Longer

Keep Fresh Flowers Lasting Longer | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

For anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that I can’t keep an indoor plant alive. It’s turned into a succulents-only environment over here. I have a serious love for fresh flowers around the house though, so I’ve been determined to keep my arrangements alive and kicking for as long as possible. I’ve found a pretty fool-proof system for doing so, and since the very best flowers are in full bloom right now (peony season!!), I thought I’d share some of my ways I’ve been able to get the most bang for my floral buck.

Cut the stems at an angle. Recut the stems and change the water every few days.

Remove the foliage that will be under water. The leaves will rot and speed up the decomposition process.

Put the flowers in the fridge overnight. Yep, vase and all. The colder temps allows the flowers to absorb more water, lengthening their lifespan. It’ll buy you at least a couple more days.

Use the plant food. I usually ask for extra food packets if I’m buying from a florist or grocery store (they’ll give a handful to you for free), but if you don’t have any on hand, you can make your own simply by dissolving 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of warm water.

Now you have a few nuggets of knowledge to pass along with those Mother’s Day flowers this weekend. Do you have any tricks for keeping your arrangements looking fresh for an extended period of time?

Living Travel

A Trip to Nashville

Nashville Travel Recap | Rachael Adele Blog

Madewell top | Joe’s Jeans | Vans slip-ons | Madewell tote

In March, my sister and I ventured to Nashville as a last hurrah of her college days. Sadly, spring break doesn’t come around anymore when you’re living that adult life (can we bring that back, plz?) so we took full advantage of the long weekend trip together.

We lucked out with the most amazing weather and walked instead of drove when we could. I like to think we covered a good amount of the city! I’d been to Nashville before, and Natalie isn’t a country music fan, so we skipped on some of the typical Nashville tourist destinations. I’ve curated a list of the places we visited and loved below!

Nashville Travel Recap | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
Nashville Travel Recap | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

If there’s one thing we did right on this trip, it’s that we ate really well. One of my favorite ways to explore a city is to experience it’s local cuisine. We asked every Lyft driver what their favorite local spots were and had a good running list that we couldn’t possibly finish in the amount of time we had, but we gave it a good college try.
The Pharmacy: Best burgers ever. I go back each time I’m in Nashville and I’m never disappointed. Natalie and I spent a few hours drinking grapefruit beers and enjoying the sunshine (and sweet potato fries) on the patio.
Biscuit Love: Three words: biscuit french toast.
Hattie B’s: It was a real controversy with the locals whether our first authentic hot chicken experience should come from Hattie B’s or Prince’s. We decided to go to Hattie B’s because it was closer to what we had planned for the day. The line was long, but it was well worth the wait.
Five Daughter’s Bakery
Mas Tacos

Belle Meade: We hadn’t originally planned to make the trip out there, but a few people recommended Belle Meade Plantation if we wanted a chill afternoon away from the city. We took a tour of the Civil War era home that ended with a wine tasting. We browsed the gardens (where the picture above was taken) and sat out on the lit patio until it was time to grab dinner. Really beautiful stop and unexpected stop!
FLWR Shop: This charming shop had just opened not long before we stumbled upon the storefront, the foyer of a home in a the Five Points neighborhood – so much character!
Riverfront Park

Nashville Travel Recap | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
Nashville Travel Recap | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

Crema: They have an almond/coconut milk blend that makes the best lattes!
Barista Parlor: A great place to set up shop for working in the morning. Natalie and I both got iced coffees and breakfast sammies (so good) and chilled for a few perfect hours before exploring the rest of East Nashville.

We spent nearly an entire day browsing 12 South, chock full of cute shops, great restaurants, bustling parks, a neighborhood that looked straight out of Southern Homes, and the nicest people. It was my favorite area in Nashville. I could completely see myself living there.
White’s Mercantile
Burger Up
Imogene & Willie
Las Paletas
Jeni’s Ice Cream

Have you been to Nashville? I’d love to hear your favorite places to go when you’re there. Reflecting on our trip is making me want to go back!