Thursday, September 18, 2014

Re-Branding G&B

As I mentioned last month, I'm so excited to have over 10,000 subscribing readers to Glitter&Bow over social media! Today is the official 5 year anniversary of my blogging journey and to celebrate I wanted to share with you my first official branding board.
In the past I've made little tweaks to the blog including changing the name 3 times! Over the years I've realized my niche as a blogger and have developed serious and specific goals and imaging to brand myself online. I've steadily implemented these dreams since December 2012 by making sure you as a reader really know what to expect from me and where I'm coming from as a creative blogger and writer.

I really believe this 'branding board' represents what Glitter&Bow is all about in one glance... From various snapshots from popular previous posts, to color palettes, fonts and a simple yet informative tagline, this board is essentially my life in a few 1000 pixels ^_^ One comment I receive frequently from readers is how genuine I seem to be even online and that is the biggest goal I could ever hope to achieve. In this world of doctoring and editing it's hard to know what's real, what's fake and who you can trust.
Here at Glitter&Bow I hope you know that what you see is me 100%.

Thank you all for 5 wonderful years and here's to 5 (and many!) more!
With Love, Rachel

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Thankfully we've come a long way since women had to demand their right to vote in this country... but a lot of stigma still surrounds women's career choices. There's the belief that a confident, successful woman cannot also be gracious, elegant or feminine. Some women are happier in a high-powered, jet-set corporate environment, and others would much rather be at home, cleaning their houses, baking beautiful meals and raising babies. And that should be ok. What you do should not define you... but the way you do it is what should matter. 

No matter what a person (man or woman) chooses to do in life, their gender should never be a deciding factor when opportunity knocks. With that being said, I am in no way a feminist in the liberal sense of the word. I do not believe both genders have the capability of performing all of the same jobs (Nor should they! We are vastly different for a reason!) But I wanted to provide a bit of reference for this blog post's content... 

Women are beautiful, and I love being one... but sometimes it gets really tiresome to be told by the world that I'm not good enough (smart enough, strong enough, etc.) to be given the same respect as a man. That's why I believe it's so important to fully embrace one's God-given gender and trust that it's a factor you should always be assuming is in your favor. *Ok, stepping off my soap box now*

Top to bottom | Left to right
Pencils | Amanda Catherine Designs $12 Art Print | Sweet Pea Ink $14+ #GirlBoss book | Amazon $11+ Notecards | Brim Papery $18 Mug | Miss Poppy Design $18 Not That Kind of Girl book | Amazon $11+ Leather Pen Band | Sirogane Leather Works $19 She Is Strong tee | She Is Clothing $27 The Glitter Plan book | Amazon $11+
I think you'd enjoy THIS article by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen of the Atlantic. It really seems like not only do men put women in a box, but women do this to themselves as well. Just some food for thought.
I kind of also love this irreverent article from BuzzFeed on the subject of the unfairness of women in charge being perceived as 'bossy' when they are in fact the boss. 

Cheers, Dolls! Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

With Love, Rachel

Monday, September 15, 2014

FREEBIE Shopping List Printable

I really love shopping lists and notepads... however I tend to go through them at an uneconomical rate and have decided to remedy the situation by creating a shopping list 'header' which I can print onto any type of paper I like and keep on a clip board in the kitchen, as well as in my 3-ring binder planner. If you're the sort to enjoy compiling a personalized daily planner this is the printable for you! Not only is it lovely by itself, but it matches my 2015 Pretty Planner Printable Agenda perfectly!

>Click HERE to download your FREE Shopping List Printable<
This printable shopping list features full color botanical illustrations and calligraphy style typography.
I accented my shopping list with an acrylic clip board (Tedi) , gold paper glitter bow (Tedi - or print your own for free HERE), baker's twine (Pretty Tape) and an Amanda Catherine Designs pencil to jot down notes.

I hope you enjoy!

With Love, Rachel

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Skinny Girl's PSL

There's always a lot of hype surrounding 'pumpkin spice' season. Every year thousands of restaurants, blogs and coffee shops release pumpkin flavoured anything and everything you can  imagine. 
My favourites are always the ones that I can read the ingredients lists for. If I can't pronounce it, I don't want to put it in my body! 

Unfortunately, the Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice flavoured drinks don't even contain any actual pumpkin, which makes it a total loser for this season in my book. 

However, I love a creamy cup of seasonal goodness as much as the next red blooded American girl, so over the years I've developed my own recipe... and honestly It tastes 1000% better than any I've tried at a coffee shop! 
But don't take my word for it... make your own Skinny Girl PSL and tell me you didn't enjoy it so much more knowing you weren't pumping your tummy full of unpronounceable chemicals and untold amounts of sugar!

If you loved this recipe or want to try more healthy PSL alternatives check out the recipes from some of my favourite bloggers below:

With Love, Rachel