November 3, 2014


hi sweet friends!

thanks for visiting. i have moved and will now be blogging at i hope you come & visit! thanks for supporting adore more over the years. you are so appreciated! see you soon!

xo, rachel

June 20, 2014

this summer

Eating / less carbs?
Drinking / more more more water
Practicing / waking up early
Mastering / nothing!
Learning / photoshop + quickbooks
Trying / to get to work by 8am
Playing / NPR
Finishing / the process of getting my cpa
Reading / the bible + soon girl boss
Remembering / i passed my last test!
Wearing / belly shirts + just bras when i'm not at work ;)
Cooking / everything!!
Working / on the things i want to be my job
Traveling / to the mountains and beach
Wanting / more sleep + more time + time to go slower

thx designlovefest & bleubird

January 12, 2014

tops of 2013 (& 2012...)

top songs of 2013
macklemore - white walls
passion pit - it's not my fault i'm happy
lorde - love club
dustin o'hallaron - fragile n. 4
vampire weekend - hey ya
fall out boy - rat a tat / young volcanoes (tie)
the xx - fiction
chvrches - night sky
inní mér syngur vitleysingur

top albums of 2013
1. chvrches - bones of what you believe
2. vampire weekend - modern vampires of the city
3. lorde - pure heroine
4. passion pit - gossamer
5. sigur ros - valtari
6. dustin o'halloran - like crazy
7. sigur ros - inni (+ everything)
8. beach house - bloom
9. fall out boy - save rock 'n roll
10. npr - eveything

top songs of 2012

top albums of 2012
1. passion pit - gossamer
2. dustin o'halloran
3. youth lagoon - the year of hibernation
4. stars - the north
5. lana del rey - born to die
6. the yeah yeah yeahs - it's blitz
7. andrew bird - break it yourself

hello! i think we can all agree that it's been too long. yes, it has been. let's just say that things are going to get crazy up here at least by october 2014. can i say that? haha, talk about planning ahead. is there anyone out there to keep my accountable? a lot of things have changed since i lasted posted here, and one of them is that i say lol all the time without any inhibitions or fear.

here is a poorly crafted end of the year list from 2012 AND 2013, of my top albums & songs. + some random influences. please note that the past two years have been noted by huge projects (thesis/cpa) that have required for a lot of just sitting and working to quiet, hence dustin o'halloran & sigur ros forever, plus don't really need any other music besides them. here's to 2014!

wide eyed legless
sincerely kinsey
a beautiful mess
kevin russ
ryan lewis

xoxo to you guys.

January 7, 2013

oh, PAIRS: overdress

thank you unknown & unknown

You guys. Hi. I've missed you guys.

Christmas and the holidays were crazay, so that's my excuse. I hope you all had a wonderful time with friends and family and made time to appreciate all the love and goodness in your life! <3 There is no better time than right now.

I started off the new year with one goal: to pass my cpa. Yes. My cpa. Ugh. Don't tell anyone because I don't want people to know what I'm doing and I don't want anyone to know if I don't pass. So, please just pray for me and then some day soon I will tell you when I pass. But, I'm kind of on a busy study schedule so my soul doesn't wither and die. I would rather like drown and try to get it all over with than take it a bit slower and have it constantly dragging me down and weighing over me like a sack of potatoes. And then once I am down I can not wait to craft and learn all things designy and go etsy crazy! Ahh. Please pray for me.

So, things will be kind of quiet on here until then -- but I've tried to get some basic posts finished up. At least count on hearing from me at least once a week, and maybe if I get a hang of this study thing a little bit more? All I know is that I can not wait to be done studying and be a FREE BIRD!

Anyways. What are your goals for 2013? Please tell me so I can live vicariously through you. I would love to. I actually think I might need to.

And don't you love this OVERDRESS thing? Everyday I tell myself: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Life is a lot more fun that way, anyway. And I feel like it helps push me along. Overdressing. Just do it.


December 5, 2012

meet & greet: laurel howells

Everyone, meet Laurel Howells! I really like Laurel's style, what she makes and the pictures she curates. She has a sweet Christmas collection right now in her etsy, and a bunch of pretty things in her portfolio. We are lucky that she shared with us about her work and philosophy and showed us some pictures of her work space!

How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as bold, linear, geometric, illustrative and intriguing.

Your portfolio displays a lot of different mediums: poetry, design, photography and graphic design. What is your favorite medium to work in/which one do you think you express yourself best in?
I love collage and low tech film photography, capturing shadows and geometric compositions. I love shapes, edges and geometry and capture this within all mediums including collage and illustration. I always have pushed the boundaries of what graphic design actually is and love expressing myself with the handmade elements of collage and illustration, which I think I express myself best with – however I feel most zoned out and relaxed when producing repeat pattern illustrations which have led to my Christmas card designs this year.

What has been your favorite project/thing you've done in your creative career so far?
My favourite and most exciting creative venture so far has been selling my own designed items and artwork online and at fairs. I only started this aspect in September so it is all very exciting. I feel so happy persuing something that I am passionate about as a career and selling things that I have wholly designed and made is really rewarding. I am really excited about developing the Laurel Howells brand even more so in the new year.

Love all your darling Christmas items in your Etsy! What are you most excited for about Christmas time?
Thank you! I really enjoyed producing some Christmas product lines in my style – I always look forward to wrapping presents and this year I'm extra excited about experimenting with jute string and fabric and I'm going to incorporate some neons into my wrapping, contrasting with the traditional Christmas colours, I have been finding a lot of cool Christmas wrapping ideas on pinterest this year and may even have a go at making some little knitted pom poms to add to my gifts. I have been looking at some vintage 50s wrapping paper on ebay as well which could contrast really well.

Tell us about your relationship with triangles.
I have always been fascinated with triangles and it all started with doodling triangles during idea generation at uni. I find the triangle wholesome and somewhat therapeutic. I love the patterns they create and the way the pen moves on the page when they are drawn. I guess the triangular shape has just followed me through my design life because of its comfortable qualities and visual strength. They are bold and unafraid when on their own, yet can create pretty and intricate patterns. I like to incorporate them with collage compositions as they draw the eye easily and help layout the collaged aspects onto a page. My other fascinations include neon colours and typewriters and I could write another paragraph each about them alone! (but I won't).

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
I love browsing through tumblr at the moment to get visual photography inspiration and I love patternity and printpattern for pattern and shape inspiration.

You are a star on the rise. What are you plans for the future?
I aim to develop my brand further with regards to selling my homemade wares! I would also like to expand my collage artwork and collage illustration. I feel I can express myself quite well in this medium. My big life dream is to open a cool shop stocked full of products from my favourite designer makers and etsy-ians from all around the globe. It would be amazing and unlike any shop out there, it would have a really welcoming environment and it would even hold a screen printing club in the evenings.

Any advice for others interested in pursuing graphic design?
To enjoy everything you do and make sure you are pushing and squeezing every boundary of what graphic design is perceived to be. Even though I studied graphic design at uni, my work includes photography, illustration, collage and textiles and more! Do not be afraid to have fun and do not just go down the route that everyone else is. Don't be normal, normal gets you nowhere in life -- well it does, but it doesn't get your soul anywhere. I want to be old and look back on my creative path and think 'YES I'm glad I did what I did and inspired people'. When networking, the key is to “create conversations” not to just sell and market yourself – BE yourself, talk about what you have been doing and what you like, people are more likely to respond to a designer with a personality and interests.

Thanks so much, Laurel! Adore More readers, be sure to check out her portfolio and visit her etsy, and use the code ADORELAUREL to take 20% off until the end of December.

December 3, 2012

oh, PAIRS: orange

thank you moudivláček for untitled & unknown

Hey friends! Can you believe that it's December already? It's true. Time flies when you're having fun and I am having waayyy too much fun these days. I like this picture set because it calms me down and makes me feel warm. And that is exactly what I need as Portland is currently loving the cold and the rain. Here's to a happy Monday!! xoxo.

November 29, 2012

the collection: pinecones

thank you stefania gambella, minato, leigh ellexson, ines perković, karly, eleanor hardwick, ana friese, svimmel_, nadya ka & unknown.

It's happening. Winter, that is. It's getting cold for reals and don't I know. I am using my parent's '96 Honda Accord. The hot air doesn't work, so I drive every morning to work with freezing air blasting, and then I walk to my office in an old building with windows that let the air blow through. So, I am feeling the coldness all the time. Don't get me wrong though. I am very thankful for those two things -- those are probably two of the biggest things I am constantly thanking God for. 1) A job. 2) A car to get to my job. God is good. And if I get to experience with goodness with the cold, then I want to be freezing!! Ha. Love you & cold wishes! xox.