bits & pieces of Rachel

Rachel’s blog, Heart of Light, is one of my go-to blogs for good reason. It focuses on the little details in life, depicts awesome recipes (hello basil mojito), and always manages to remain real and down to earth (which is especially refreshing when it comes to the stylized lives often found within the blog-world). Plus, as a biologist, the girl clearly has brains to top it all off. A force to be reckoned with, if you ask me! I just know you’ll adore her as much as I do:

::A random fact::
I’m obsessed with big eyelashes. The thicker, the darker, the fuller, the better. I would wear fake ones everyday with no shame if only it weren’t so time consuming.

::Your go-to recipe::
I make some variety of red lentil dal once a week, probably. It’s so simple and quick to cook and I can change it up by adding coconut milk or roasted sweet potatoes. I will make this basic version or this coconut one and then just add whatever I have on hand that sounds good.

::You can’t live without::
Blistex DCT - it’s a terrible addiction that every woman in my family shares. I keep it in every bag I own and I have backups everywhere (at home, at work, in the car!). I’m always trying to switch to something more natural (or at least better tasting!) but nothing else seems to work for me.

::Currently coveting::
This ridiculously expensive olive oil and black jasmine soap. It’s so good but it seems so indulgent. I’ll probably give in eventually.

::Your daily reads::
My Google reader is packed – I read a lot of blogs. Other than that, I devour novels and try desperately to keep current on the New Yorker. I usually fail.

::On your playlist::
For working out – lots of top 40. For the house/car – it’s a huge variety. I love music and I’m equally appreciative of Gillian Welch (her latest album has been in constant rotation around here) and Everclear.

::Your favourite quote::
I honestly don’t have one – is that weird? I’m not a big inspirational quote person, although I do tend to highlight entire paragraphs when I’m reading. The name of my blog comes from one of my favorite pieces of writing, but it’s an entire stanza (starting at line 35) and I just love it because of the emotion it evokes.

::On your night stand::
A  glass of water and my Kindle.

::Your favourite designer::
Do clothing lines count? If I could live in nothing but Vince and Rag & Bone, I would.

::In your wishing well::
Travel more. I wish that I could set aside big hunks of time for travelling. I like it best when I have enough time that I start to imagine I might actually live in the place I’m visiting. Ideally, I’d never go anywhere for less than a month, but that doesn’t seem to happen!

::Your dream home::
Hardwood floors, lots of windows and good light, built in cabinets, kitchen with counter space, 1200 square feet or less with a decent yard for parties (clearly, I’ve been looking at listings lately)

::Your happy place::
I have a lot of them! Right now, I just want to sit out on my balcony, drink in hand, enjoying the warm summer evenings.

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20 Responses to “bits & pieces of Rachel”
  1. Eleanor says:

    Love this series, I’m always discovering great new blogs! Thanks to this, I a) know what I’m making for dinner tomorrow night, and b) am now also obsessed with that expensive hand soap.

    • Jacquelyn says:

      haha so glad!
      Isn’t it awesome? I once splurged on some Savon de Marseille and it still makes me smile every single day. It’s the silly little things sometimes

  2. Thanks so much for the intro! Her blog is gorgeous! I must make that mojito…

  3. i will be popping over to her blog straight away — thanks for the intro :) xx

  4. Alyssa says:

    Thanks for introducing us to Rachel, I love her blog! Great series!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

  5. Thanks so much for sharing an awesome blog today! I always love finding new reads. :-) Happy Wednesday!

  6. That is such a great happy place – so relaxing! Thanks for the blog spotlight – gotta check it out!

  7. Juley says:

    Thank you for introducing her blog!

  8. Shoko says:

    What a lovely blog! Thanks so much for the intro!

  9. Love Rachel! Hers was one of the first blogs I started reading years ago. She’s smart, witty, and so totally real.

  10. Emily says:

    Thanks so much for featuring Rachel! I so love reading her blog, and it’s so great to find out a bit more about the lovely ladies behind the blogs that get me thru the day!!

  11. Rox says:

    wow- I really love this series of yours! I’m a first timer on your blog…and I’m already looking forward to reading more/snooping around…
    xoxo

  12. Thanks for having me, Jacquelyn! I’m honored to be included in the series!

  13. Brittany says:

    Well, let me just say that I am VERY glad that Rachel’s blog led me here! I’m always looking for new blogs to read and I absolutely LOVE yours!

    xx -b.

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