Hey loves! I’m so excited because today I have a very special guest on my blog – the amazing Mama, Wife and Blogger, Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies! I’ve always been a huge fan of Rachel’s lifestyle blog which she created as an inspiration for all things fashion, beauty, home decor, and family life. As a fellow Utah local, Rachel and I we were able to meet up and have some girl talk about all things fashion, family, dance, and what has inspired our careers and dreams! Follow along for the full Q&A here!
What inspired you to start Pink Peonies?
I started my blog back in 2011 as a hobby, a way to document life and my first year of marriage to my husband Drew. Shortly after that, our wedding was featured on the cover of Utah Valley Brides Magazine and that’s when my blog took on a life of it’s own! All of my images from my wedding were being pinned over and over again which drove tons of traffic to my little space on the internet. I realized that I was getting more questions about what top I was wearing, or what shade of lipstick I had on as opposed to what activity my husband and I were doing that weekend. That’s what sparked the idea to start taking photos of my outfits and labeling where I got each item from.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Classic and feminine with a little edge.
Who is your biggest role model in life and why?
My mom! She has been my biggest cheerleader from day one and I wouldn’t be where I am without her! In fact when I first had the idea of doing a fashion blog my mom was the ONLY person who supported me and thought I could actually do it. Everyone else thought I was crazy (even my own husband!). We’ve come a long way since then, but I’ll never forget my first days of blogging driving around with my mom trying to find a good location to take my photos. My mom and my sisters are my best friends!
Words of advice you would tell your teenage self?
If you’re willing to work hard, you can accomplish anything. I’ve literally built my business all on my own, and it hasn’t been easy. But it’s definitely worth it! And be sure to have a vision and a game plan, always. It will change but it will lead you to where you’re supposed to go.
How do you personally balance work, life, and family?
Balance is something I think we all struggle with. I’m not perfect, but I’ve worked out a schedule where I keep all of my work projects, meetings and photoshoots on the same days every week (2 1/2 days a week), so that when I’m home I can actually be home and focus on being with my two babies, rather than try to multitask.
A summer dress paired with cross-body bag, cute sandals and statement earrings.
Your favorite current fashion trends?
For summer I’m loving straw bags, statement earrings, floral, and statement stripes!
Have you ever watched DWTS? If so, who is your favorite partner pairing to date?
DWTS is both me and my husband’s favorite show to watch on Monday nights!!! We usually order in a pizza or pop popcorn before starting the show. My favorite partner pairing to date is Witney and Alfonso!
What song did you have your first dance to at your wedding?
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. I will never forget it!
Where can everyone find out more about you?