This past weekend was surprisingly gray. Why surprisingly? Well we had a week full of warm sunny weather and then poof Saturday is bleak and dreary. There was a calmness that settled and didn’t lift as Sunday we settled in for dinner.
It’s interesting how on sunny days everything seems a bit brighter, maybe happiness comes easier. And on those less sunny days it takes a little more effort to get out of bed or out of the house. I found that to be somewhat true for me this weekend. After a busy day Saturday, I was more than satisfied to stay inside and work through the day. Getting to the house cleaning, finishing all the laundry, and prepping for the week. It felt good.
Do those even toned days really deserve the bad rap? I don’t think so. Those days are good for the soul. Days to relish and enjoy your company and surroundings. Spend more time in the same room without the pressure of entertaining. Days to simply be. I have decided I like those day.
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Wanna talk about something really beautiful? I do.
It’s Rachel Rose’s Fashion Collection. While doing some research for a project I stumbled upon Rachel’s work and instantly fell in love. The colors, fabrics, and style are all breathtaking. There is so much femininity and visual satisfaction, her collection is tangible. I literally want to see and feel it on my skin.
A Brooklyn based designer, Rachel Rose created her line in 2011 after years in the fashion industry. Her line does a great job of representing her ability to create beautiful fashion.
You can see more about Rachel here, check out her Etsy shop here, and her Of a Kind collection here
Google Reader is retiring as of July 1st. I am sure this isn’t the first time you have heard this news. The announcement created a bit of an uproar leading to panic for lots of blog/site followers. I must admit I went through some sort of grief. From shock to disappointment, followed by some anger and resentment that had me giving my google reader the cold shoulder. But then I put things in perspective and realized I wasn’t punishing google I was simply missing out on all the great content published by my favorite blogs. So, I entered the recovery stage and started my search for a new ‘reader’.
All you need to do is type “google reader alternatives” into your search bar to get some reading material and comparisons for other rss readers. Which I did. News Blur, Feedly, Net Vibes, and Pulse were the top four I read through. While all of them have individual pros and cons, I settled with Feedly. And I am pretty happy with the decision.
Feedly automatically transferred all of my google reader information and we were all set up. The clean layout, customization, and design are the top reasons I settled on Feedly.
My reader Homepage
Reading through my reader.
You can see I have 6 categories that break up my readings and I can choose to read ALL unread posts, all categorized unread posts, or individual site posts. This feature cuts back the time I spend each day reading through the content. The organization is key for me, otherwise I would spend hours looking through the awesome content people are putting out there.
They also give you the option to change your theme. I stuck with the default “Modern Gray” but there were a couple contenders that I might give another shot.
So along with the clean features, I really jumped when I was given options on how I would like to read the content. With 5 options ranging from just the title to the full article I went through and realized you can make these setting for all the content or go through and individually customize your reading options for each blog you read. So all of this took me about an hour to get a feel for and I am sure I will continue to mess with the settings and everything. It’s like new adventure.
So if you are on the hunt for a new reader, I would suggest you check out Feedly.