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An Easter Picnic

So I decided to skip the weekly Sunday Stories installment yesterday and spend Easter with my family instead! We got up at the crack of dawn, went to our church’s sunrise and morning services, and then came home and laid around and ate a ton of food. Naturally.

But Saturday I had the opportunity to be *much* more girly and frivolous, thanks to the combined creative talents of myself and my good friend Ashlyn! Ashlyn runs an amazing food blog–www.pedanticfoodie.com–and we thought it might be fun to collaborate for an Easter-themed photoshoot. So Ashlyn made a spectrum of amazing delectables and I got together all my camera supplies and we set up a little picnic in the woods.

I thought you all might enjoy seeing pictures! If you want any of the recipes, Ashlyn will be posting them this week on her blog, www.pedanticfoodie.com. Scones, mushroom risotto, ombre cake… What’s not to love???

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Hannah Everly Designs – GIVEAWAY!!!

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I’m just tickled pink to announce the launch of my sister Hannah’s spring line of skirts for her business Hannah Everly Designs!

Can I just say that I think this is my favorite collection of her’s yet? You guys remember the super cute wrap skirts she started out with last year, and of course you remember fall’s adorable (and highly pin-able) bow skirts. But don’t you just love these fresh, springy patterns? I absolutely die over the polka dot one, and have already requested one for myself. 😉 And the yellow gingham and coral would be perfect for spring and summer!

Anyway, Hannah has graciously offered a giveaway for blog readers, so listen up!

Up for grabs is one custom made Hannah Everly bow skirt in coral.

These skirts are so well made and Hannah completely custom makes them to your exact measurements! So no worrying whether it will pinch your waist or ride up when you sit down! It’s just part of what makes these skirts so special to own!

In order to be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is comment below and tell us where you would wear your coral bow skirt! (To Easter brunch? Graduation? A tea party with friends?)

Also, you can win additional entries by:

Liking Hannah Everly Designs on Facebook

Tweeting about the giveaway (be sure to use the handle @RachelCoker03 so I can see you tweeted!)

Pinning the top image!

So everyone can have up to four entries! Good luck to everyone! The contest will start now and run until this Friday, March 15th at 12 PM EST.

For those of you who just can’t wait and have to get your hands on one of these skirts, they are all available for purchase in Hannah’s etsy shop! And for today only, enjoy 10% off your order with the coupon code EVERLYSPRING10.

Happy shopping!

-Rachel

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My Super Cool New Friend: Part Two

So you guys remember when I posted those really cute pictures last week featuring my amazing friend Elaini from misselanious.com? Well, guess what? I have even more pictures to share with you all! Because not only did we decide to roam around the library wearing matching classy trench coats, but we also tiptoed around in tulle skirts and heels.

It continues to just completely blow my mind how two young women, who have only met once, can have such a beautiful relationship. The Lord really does bring people into our lives for a reason, and I know that is why He has given me Elaini’s friendship at this point in my life! It’s so nice to have a friend who can also be your sister in Christ and role model in just about every way. And I love how even though we live over two thousand miles apart, we can message each other randomly or Skype for hours and talk about nothing and everything all at once. We have no mutual friends, no history of “good old times” and no knowledge of when we’ll ever see each other in person again, but all that doesn’t matter. We can still be the dearest companions who genuinely love each other and pray for each other constantly. Isn’t it amazing that God could do that in our lives?

Anyway, I’m veering into gushy territory and I really just want to let you all look at these pictures. So enjoy! Be sure to check out Elaini’s blog and please, please, please consider giving a donation toward those adorable little kiddos in India. It would just make both of our days. 🙂

Check out Elaini’s blog for even more pictures!

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My New Super-Cool Friend from Across the States

I have a friend. That’s right–I HAVE A FRIEND!!!! Haha, that’s big news obviously. 😉 Well, not really, but what’s really big news is that I have a friend that I never thought I’d have. Because when I started reading Elaini’s blog way back in 2011, she seemed more like a celebrity than a real-life person. I stalked her for months, was touched by her story, got very wrapped up in her amazing 100 Days Project, and even dropped a few comments like a total creeper. So imagine my utter surprise when, a little over a month ago, I got an email in my inbox from Elaini HERSELF, talking about how she’d followed my comment and been checking out my blog, and was totally excited and impressed by little old ME.

Obviously, we were both super ecstatic about each other, and after dozens of long emails and several super-long Skype chats, we decided to meet up during my trip to Seattle. We realized that God was obviously bringing us together for a reason. Why else would He have me flying all the way across the country, a mere three hours away from Elaini and her family, only a few weeks after we got in contact?

So we decided to spend a day together–taking pictures, running up and down escalators, putting on makeup in the library bathrooms, and spending hours sitting around drinking lemonade and chatting with our mothers. It was absolutely wonderful, and we’re already messaging every day and counting down the days until we get to see each other again!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Elaini’s blog, misselainous, I would definitely encourage you to check it out! She is a wonderful, inspiring young lady who has a beautiful heart for the Lord and for orphans. In fact, she has raised over $71,000 for orphans in India through her blog! If you haven’t given yet, I would encourage you to hop on over there and give even a small donation. Think of all the good you can do with just a $10, 20, or 30 donation! It would mean so, so much to me, and I’m sure my friend would appreciate it, too! Also, you can follow Elaini and track her journey on Twitter! She’s @Misselaini.

Anyway, here is the first part of our photoshoot. We shot two different looks–so be sure to check back next week for look #2! And thank you to my sweet mother for offering to take the pictures. And for Elaini and her mom for driving up to Seattle to see us! I can’t wait to see you again, my friend! 🙂

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Fancy-Schmancy Christmas Party

So we decided to do something really fun this week. Hannah and I threw a big, fancy Christmas party at our house for ten of our closest friends. We dressed up in vintage cocktail dresses, sipped raspberry punch out of champagne glasses, and donned Rudolph noses and tinsel at a homemade photobooth. It was amazingly fun, if not very labor-intensive, and definitely one of the highlights of this holiday season so far. We made all the food and decorated the house ourselves, which was a really big task, but it all paid off in the end!

Anyway, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the pics from the Christmas party, and laughing at us and our silliness. I don’t usually post pictures of my friends on this blog, but I figured I’d make an exception just this once. 😉

-Rachel

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Senior Pictures!!!!

So, in case some of you haven’t heard yet, I’m graduating high school this spring. *Gasp!* I know, right? Where does the time go??? The last twelve years just flew by, I swear, and I went from thinking fifth graders were the biggest, coolest people in the world, to realizing college seniors are indeed the biggest and coolest people in the world. Or maybe grad students who drink their coffee black. Not really sure.

Anyway, I thought you all might enjoy seeing some of my senior pictures! I just got the cd of images last week, so I haven’t been holding back on you or anything. 😉 Look through them all and let me know which ones are your favorites! A girl needs help figuring out what pictures to put on her graduation announcements so that the whole world doesn’t think she looks like a fluffy-haired freak or something…

-Rachel

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Livin’ It Up in Key West!

So you may have heard by now via my Facebook page that my family just returned from a fantastic vacation in the Florida Keys. This is actually way less glamorous than it sounds, seeing as it took us over twenty hours to get there (by minivan!) and we basically just hung out at my grandpa’s house 75% of the time. However, things get infinitely more interesting when you take into consideration that my grandpa has an absolutely gorgeous, waterfront oasis of a house and that we got to lounge around his pool and soak up the sun 24/7 while eating delicious food and taking millions of pictures.

The week had so many highlights for me, from the four overall days we spent in the car belting out old country songs, the nights we spent watching the presidential debate and arguing with the television, the mornings we spent kayaking in the wild mangroves while watching the sun rise in the sky, and the warm, breezy mornings we spent sitting by the water and watching the sun set while eating the most delicious seafood ever.

Obviously, being a photographer, I took about a million photos (including a really fun impromptu photoshoot with Hannah while walking around my grandpa’s street one evening), but I did try to edit it down to a select few for you all. Enjoy, and let me know if you, like me, are jealous that my grandfather gets to enjoy this kind of beauty every single day!

-Rachel


If You’re Going to Be Girly…

You might as well go all the way, right?

Long story short: I have one of the best friends ever. Her name is Tessa, and for my birthday she decided to go all out and plan a full-on girls’ day for me. She packed us a delicious picnic and then bought us both mani-pedis. It was so much fun to get all dressed up in sundresses and heels, pick wildflowers by the highway, set up a picnic area right in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg, and then make faces at each other while the Asian manicurists gossiped over our fingers.

And I’ll have to admit: Wearing vintagey sundresses and heels while walking through a crowded touristy area with a big picnic basket definitely attracts a lot of stares. I couldn’t count the number of people who pointed at us eating our lunch and smiled. I think they were happy smiles, though. Too few people are willing to just get out there and be girly and proper these days.

Oh, and by the way, the red velvet cupcakes-in-a-jar were the best part of the day. Hands down.

Thanks, Tessa for being such a sweet, wonderful friend and helping me have one of the best birthdays ever! 🙂

-Rachel


GIVEAWAY: Hannah Everly Black Bow-Tie Skirt!!!!

So, it’s that time of year. Forget back-to-school, forget chilly mornings, what you should definitely be excited about this autumn is the launch of my sister Hannah’s fall skirt line! Because let me just tell you that these new skirts are ah-dorable! Most of you probably remember the giveaway I posted for one of her bow skirts back in the spring, and I’m glad to announce that Hannah has graciously offered another giveaway for one of my lucky readers this fall!

Up for grabs is a custom-made Hannah Everly black bow-tie skirt! So classy and perfect with t-shirts and cardigans on a school day, or a pretty silky blouse at a holiday party! Obviously I need one of these for myself, as I am totally smitten. Love the polka dot tights, too. Lucky me for owning them! 😉

RULES:

  • Only one entry per person
  • Giveaway is open to all ages and countries (Although she only makes adult sizes for now)
  • Bonus Entry: You can get an extra entry by sharing my Facebook post about the giveaway!
  • Bonus Entry: You can get another extra entry by tweeting about this! Just be sure to link this post in your tweet, and then comment “Tweeted!” so I can know.

For those of you who just need a skirt of your own and don’t want to wait around and see if you won it, all four of Hannah’s fall skirts are available for purchase in her Etsy shop, or from Hannah directly at hannaheverly@hotmail.com. So get yourself one!

Giveaway is open until next Saturday (Sep 15th) at 10 PM EST.

Thanks so much to the lovely Sadler girls for offering to model for us. My camera loves you. 😉

Good luck!

-Rachel


Coker Resort

So I was debating what to blog about today when I remembered that I still have a whole folder of unpublished photos of Ruthie’s tenth birthday party two weeks ago on my computer! These are just too good to go unshared, so, without further ado, I present to you…. Coker Resort.

It takes a unique kid to want to celebrate her tenth birthday with a hotel-themed birthday party. Lucky us, too, because obviously every hotel needs staff (*ahem* servants) and obviously having two older sisters makes that a cinch. To help ease the pain, we invited over two of our favorite friends, Ellery and Lila. The four of us dressed up in our hotel-y-ish clothes and treated the guests to a full on spa experience. We gave them facials, painted their nails, and did their hair. Then we passed out menus and delivered them a fine meal. Later on in the evening, the girls sugared up on icecream sundaes and watched a few American Girl movies. And the next morning, before they left, we led the guests into the “lobby” and let them “buy” candy from the hotel’s candy lobby.

So how was a sleepover with nine giggling girls under eleven? Loud. Very, very loud. Loud from the moment they checked in at 3:30, to the bathroom break they took at 11 PM, to the wild dance party we led them in the next morning. But it was fun indeed, and I think everyone had quite a time at Coker Resort.

-Rachel