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Aura photo by Radiant Human 

Well here I am, 7 months pregnant, finally sharing the news here that in August we will be a family of 5! (Dog babies totally count.) It is crazy how quickly these months have flown. Back in December, I couldn’t imagine how to possibly manage an entire 9 months — every day felt eternally long. In that first trimester I was shocked at how little energy was available, and going to bed early, sleeping late, working a few hours and then dragging myself to the couch for a HGTV/ Food Network/ Travel Channel binge sesh was pretty much all I could manage. But other than about 48 hours of feeling truly ill around 6 weeks, I’m grateful to share that it’s been a super easy pregnancy.

The second trimester brought an insane rush of creative energy and I’ve been working around the clock on some personal projects that have been on the back burner for years now. As I write this, it’s striking me how wild it is for the gestational period for growing an entire human is a somewhat predictable 40-ish weeks, whereas these other pieces of ourselves we are moved and driven to put out in the world can take so long to birth… how does that make any sense?

In these months it really struck me how precious time is as I’ve been attempting to “get everything done” before daily responsibilities totally change. Not just hours and days, but protecting the mental, emotional and energetic bandwidth we each have to offer. What is most supportive to our higher purpose here on earth? Where are we getting bogged down? Who and what nourishes us most? What is distracting us from the present? Call it hormones or Saturn Return, but I woke up one day compelled to clear the clutter. I took stock of personal relationships and client responsibilities, reevaluating boundaries and roles that I’d accepted as part of “being me”. Making changes wasn’t always comfortable, but it’s remarkable how much goodness flooded in once I made room for it.

Now just beginning the 3rd trimester, I’ve been craving spicy foods and tropical fruits, relishing long baths and hilly walks to the dog park with a newfound love of podcasts. Socks are impossible to put on myself. Killer calf cramps wake me most nights, and this little one is bumpin all around. I feel gigantic and beautiful. Exhausted yet more motivated than ever before. I would like a rope attached to the ceiling to help me get up in the morning. There have been fits of hysterical laughter turned into a flood of tears turned into instant bedtime. It’s a wild ride my friends.

This last week we celebrated our first wedding anniversary and my 30th birthday while on our babymoon in Sayulita, Mexico. (#30babyversary on instagram!) I’ve been waiting to become a mom my entire life, and now that it’s actually happening, I’ve felt almost guilty that this pregnancy has been swept along with so much else. We’ve chosen not to know if it’s a boy or a girl and have a handful of names we like for each but are waiting to choose one for sure until we meet our babe. Our place is small and the idea of accumulating a bunch of stuff makes me feel totally claustrophobic, so we’ll get the essentials soon but nothing yet. With just a few months left to go, I am really looking forward to quieting down, staying closer to home and doing that thing called “nesting”. We are so excited for the surprise of who this little one is, and can’t wait to adventure, share, and grow with them. Let the countdown begin!

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for the gypsy gals this holiday



It’s that time of year! Here are a few of my favorite things from my own life and around the web. Which boho gal in your life is gonna get lucky this year?

1) This combo of gold and organic fern is what I would describe as “glam au natural”. Whether or not that’s actually a thing, I’m loving this case! Buy it here.

2) This indigo scarf is not only eye-catching, but beautifully made too. From Block Shop founders Hopie Lily and Stockman– “We carve our wooden blocks by hand, we print by hand, we dye by hand. The same way it’s been done in Bagru for 350 years. Subtle imperfections mean that no two scarves are alike. By purchasing Block Shop scarves not only are you supporting our community of block carvers, dye mixers, master printers, and seamstresses, but you are ensuring the environmentally-sustainable future of an ancient textile tradition.” 

3) The month between Thanksgiving and Xmas is my favorite time of year to work from home.  I love playing holiday music and having warm drinks and candles going all day long. Candles are such wonderful mood-setter, and when the light starts to fade around 4pm, a beautiful scented candle makes it feel painless– lovely even, to get through those last hours of the work day. Although I like stock up on a bunch of cheaper pine-scented ones so I don’t feel so bad about burning through them, Diptyque candles are one of my favorite items to splurge on, and make such lovely gifts.

4) Philosophie sells the most magical superfood honeys, coco butters and powder blends– perfect for glowing from the the inside out. I always make a point to stock up my friends and family at least once/ year. Now you can give a giftcard and let your loved ones pick their potion!

5) Going with the theme of natural beauty, Eat Pretty is the perfect pressie for the low maintenance, conscious-living gal in your life. It includes beauty-enhancing recipes, ingredient benefits and tips for finding inner calm.

6) For those days when glow requires application, RMS Living Luminizer is the secret we all need. I’ve been testing it for a few weeks now and am obsessed. Just a swipe of this coco-oil based highlighter makes all the difference to create the radiance all women wish for.

7) Chan Luu bracelets are another can’t-lose gift.  In any color and any style, they are the perfect jeans+T accessory.

8) Evil eyes have been a symbol of protection for centuries. I’ve been eyeing this bracelet for months now (wink wink husband) and imagine I’d never take it off. Plus you know gold and turquoise is always a win in my book.

9) California winters call for beanies. Anywhere, anytime– you can never have too many. This one looks so soft, but really I don’t think you can go wrong getting these from anywhere.

10) This bun cage is caught my eye from the moment I saw it. I love basic looks with an edge, and this hairpiece definitely has edge. Such a cool element to add to any outfit, amiright?

11) Because a boho household isn’t complete without a Moroccan Wedding Blanket. Add sparkle to any room by draping it over your couch, bed, or hanging it on a wall. Such a beautiful heirloom piece to give or receive this holiday!

12) I could go on and on about my love for these hamsa necklaces made by The Neshama Project.  Another ancient symbol of protection (you can never have too many) Rachelle’s hamsas are the perfect conversation starter (I get compliments every day I wear mine) and each purchase supports a charity of your choice. Gift with soul this holiday season!

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paros, greece


Paros was the smallest of the three islands we visited, and of the 4 days we had there, one was spent motorbiking through all the small towns, checking out local art galleries, cafes and any other place that caught our eye:  a beach that was like a ski resort but for wind surfers– covered in an epic amount of colorful kites. Or Kolimpithres National Park, where all the rocks looked to me like sleeping walrus.  We really didn’t plan or bookmark too many things this trip, we just wanted to relax, enjoy, and see where the roads took us.









Greece isn’t the wealthiest country and the island back country looks a bit like Baja- a lot of partial construction projects, small stucco homes, rundown cars and bikes, chaparral and prickly pear.  One of my favorite things about the landscape (besides the bright blue water and bougainvillea, clearly) was all the robust fruit trees around– despite the dry climate, pomegranate, fig, olive and citrus trees were thriving everywhere we looked.



Another funny thing about Greece that surprised us was the food– while it was delicious, there was not much variety, and a lot of the dishes served in greek restaurants in America are actually Israeli, Moroccan or from other areas in the Mediterranean. So pretty much every restaurant served 5-6 greek classics, and then pizza and pasta. Luckily being veggie was no problem, and the surroundings were beautiful.





To get from Paros to Naxos, we headed back to the main port town, Parikia, which is much larger and with more nightlife and commerce but otherwise similar to Naoussa. I spent the hour while we waited for our ferry adventuring through more of the mazed alleys, poking in all the shops and collecting all the flowers. These purple ones in particular are all over Paros, wrapped into wreaths.  They seemed significant but no one seemed to know what they were called!  Below are some photos of my favorite shop, full of ceramics, bright textiles and so much white.






It was hard to say goodbye to Paros.  Everything was such delight to the senses and it felt like home. I’ve always envisioned growing old in Greece– so maybe we will meet again?

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naoussa, greece

one_part_gypsy_rachel_garahan_paros_greece_47 Like any good trip, ours began with a long day and a half of travel. We arrived in Athens early on a Sunday morning in a jet lagged daze but day-1 good spirits. The streets were mostly empty, and we oooh-ed and ahh-ed over the honey-suckle-smelling jasmine, bumping our bags through the cobblestone streets, the air hot vibrating with the buzz of cicadas.

We had several hours before our ferry to the islands, so we read books on park benches and eventually made our way to a restaurant at the top of a hill where we had our first Greek meal overlooking the city from their gracious balcony. Moussaka, grilled eggplant wrapped with feta and mint, carafes of chilled red wine, bread with pink vinegar and of course the classic greek salad. We had hours to kill and were concerned that they might not let us stay so long, but we quickly were reminded of the luxuriously long amount of time Europeans spend at tables.

Later that day we took the metro to the dirty port town of Pireaus and boarded the ferry to Paros.  Does anyone else sleep really well on the water? We conked out on the top deck and when we woke up, the sun was setting and Paros was in sight.




Once in Paros we headed north on the island to Naoussa, a small fishing village known for it’s quaint boutiquey low-key vibe. Our hotel was the most adorable, greeting us with milky white iced ouzo and pointing out nice places to visit on the map.

One of our favorite things to do on our first night in a new country is head right out to the town no matter what the time is and cheers a cold drink under the stars.  People watching on Khao San Road in Thailand at 3:30 in the morning was quite the experience, but Naoussa was far more tame.  It was midnight and children were hopping down the streets with their parents, big groups of glitzy teens just sitting down to dinner. Everything was open and seemed to be just get started for the evening. The night culture is one thing we never truly got into– the sleep til 3, beach til 8, dinner at 12, party til 5 isn’t really our scene, but it sure was fun to speculate on.


(We’re more of sleep til 10, beach til 3, play cards and read books til 6, dinner at 8, sleep at 1 type of people.)



Each of the islands we visited were different, but I dare say I loved Paros most. It felt so neighborhood-y, so familiar.  We had “our beach” (a small 50-person cove) right across the street and an 8-minute walk to the center of town past tavernas and ice cream shops. The picturesque white cubed houses and maze of alleys is exactly what I’d hoped for, and all the restaurants spilled out on to the sand.










Waking up early and wandering around with my camera is another one of my travel traditions– my way of getting creatively re-charged and connecting with new surroundings. Usually I’ll take a morning stroll and another in the golden hour on different days. These snaps were from “our neighborhood” but tomorrow I’ll share more from our adventures around the rest of the island. Hope you enjoy!

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studio sounds vol 2: through the thick of it


It’s the season of supermoons and eclipses, busy yet scattered days and intense communications. There is more happening behind the scenes than we know. In these wooded months, the things that no longer serve us fall away and we plant our seeds for the new year.  Let this playlist pull you through the thick of it and out to the other side.

Press play on the arrow below or jump over to my sound cloud page by clicking here.

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styled stories for Kelly & Jones NYC


This project is extra special to me, as Kelly of Kelly & Jones was actually my very first client!

Back when I went to school in Tucson, AZ, Kelly owned the loveliest DIY spa and scent studio, Salud. I was obsessed and in there all the time!  So much so that we became friendly and she trusted me to capture her studio before I even owned a DSLR camera.  It was with this very first “real” paid job that my mom forwarded me the money to afford the camera so I could shoot the gig and launch my career.  For both these women I will forever be grateful. <3

It is many years later and Kelly now lives in my favorite NYC neighborhood Greenwich Village, the home base of her wine-inspired perfume line, Kelly & Jones (read her story here).

As her business grows, Kelly wanted to create new images that tell the story of these scents, beyond just the ingredients in them.  To show how the perfumes enhance not just the wine you may be drinking while you wear them, but also your adventures around New York and beyond. To hit this point home, we developed the tagline “What’s Your Pairing?” and incorporated NYC ephemera and Kelly’s personal belongings to illustrate the experiences that inspired them.

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Notes of Sauvignon Blanc | Pairing: The Long Island Sound

“I took a sip. He took my hand and we dove off the boat into the cool Long Island Sound. My lips could still taste grapefruit and green apple from our Sauvignon Blanc, blended with his kiss. The New York skyline floated on the horizon, cast in pastel light from the sunset.”



Notes of Riesling | Pairing: A Manhattan Fire Escape

“I pulled the curtains and climbed out onto the fire escape balcony.  It was hidden bliss above city noise and busy sidewalks.  My glass of Riesling sparkled in peach sunlight as I bit into a sweet pear and looked into the city. Petals fell from the sky, between the ladders and into my glass.”



Notes of Cabernet | Pairing: A West Village Wine Bar

“Butterflies. I turned the corner of 4th Avenue and into the wine bar. Dark leather and wood contrasted with candlelight and I saw him, waiting with two glasses of Cabernet. The wine revealed our stories and he held my hand on his knee. Spicy peppercorn and black cherry stained our lips.”



Notes of Merlot | Pairing: A Brooklyn Dinner Party

“We rushed underground and onto the Brooklyn-bound train. The stop was just outside an ordinary rowhouse, and a friend’s kitchen table. We uncorked bottles of Merlot and city stories. Red Currant and Rhubarb were velvet on our tongues. All we needed was good wine and each other.”



Notes of Chardonnay | Pairing: Tuesday Night, a Perry Street Apartment

“New York minutes pass by outside the window. A blanket warms my shoulders and slows time. I pour a glass of Chardonnay, break the burnt caramel on a crème brûlée, and savor his letters. The words bloom into sweet lessons of life and love.”



Congrats on your launch Kelly! Explore the full Kelly & Jones collection here.

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the wren // hushed commotion

I had originally hoped to wear the Wren headpiece by Hushed Commotion for my wedding but in the end went with a simpler look. (Imagine how beautiful this would be for a nighttime candle-lit ceremony?) You’ll see below how exquisite the piece is– I couldn’t bear to just put it back in the box! So Jen and I put together this shoot to capture its amazing detail.

While I’m not usually a fan of being in front of the camera, wearing the Wren felt like a version of myself that I really loved exploring.  Isn’t is powerful how the right piece can transform the way you feel?

We had so much fun playing in this magical little Morocco spot. Hope you enjoy!

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Thank you Hushed Commotion for this beautiful piece.

Photography | Fondly Forever

Makeup | Love Lash Beauty LA

Dress One | Diane Von Furstenberg

Dress Two | Haute Hippie

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some greek isle snaps


We’re back from Greece! Did this summer go by as quickly for you as it did for us?  It sure felt like our busiest one yet. And I do not mean that in a fun way!

After the wedding, what we could see of summer from our desks raced past and by the end of it we were both in extreme need of a holiday. From super-stressed 15+ hour days to floating in an endless sea of blue, for two blissful weeks we just got to BE. Wandering those mazes of gorgeous white alleyways, lingering in restaurants for hours (I love the way people eat in Europe), and lapping up The Vacationers, this trip was everything we needed.


When we left it was summer and when we returned it was fall.  Not fall temperature, because it’s still 100+ degrees here, but there’s a certain shift in the leaves and I swear, a minuscule chill in the air. September has always been one of my favorite months because I usually feel inspired to get back into a routine. But not this year, or at least, not yet!


Life is chugging along like usual, yet since returning from Greece it’s like all my senses have reset and nothing can kick this bum into high gear mode if it tried. (So I’m not even trying.) I’m talking Monday morning baths and a “can’t touch this” attitude when it comes to anything remotely stressful. Did you know it’s possible to get everything done you need to without being stressed? It’s amazing. More on this later once I figure out exactly what it is. I want to enjoy this stillness inside for as long as I can– the absence of urgency is a beautiful thing, and the mental shift is welcomed.  Hello new Fall.

I’ll write more about the islands we visited when I post more pics– look for titles such as “paros i love you”, “vacations are funny” and “who knew sunsets could turn normal people so crazy”. xx


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sports nutrition inforgraphs for matthew kenney academy

You may remember my first installment of charts for Matthew Kenney… well here is part II!

These were designed specifically for their Sports Nutrition course, and I loved getting to play with a more masculine vibe.  Plus, like always when I work on charts like these, I learned a ton, which is the best part.

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you had all the money in the world and didn’t need to work? What would you do with your free time?  For me it always comes back to learning.  Short-term immersion courses in everything from languages to botany, alchemy, cooking and health would be my heaven. (and in between I would travel the world, obviously.)  But since I still have some work to do in my life, I like taking night classes at local colleges (usually poetry), and I’ve been talking about signing up for pottery classes for years.  Maybe this is the time??

I’d also love to do one of MK’s weekend courses. If health and wellness is your thing, be check out their offerings. So much coolness going on!







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studio sounds: lose yourself


Lately I’ve been feel more spiritual than usual — extra connected, grounded, and curious.  Reading books, going to yoga and looking inward has inspired the first ever of One Part Gypsy’s playlist series, Lose Yourself. Whether in sweat, the sea or your own mind, escape your surroundings and see where you go.


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our wedding, part III
























It still feels surreal that our wedding was 3 months ago– a year and a half of planning for 1 day that goes by in a blink.  In the start of our engagement we considered an elopment or small wedding in order to save money for a home, but in the end we knew that nothing could replace the memories of having our friends and family surround us on our day of love. I’m so grateful for this choice and more.
When I remember my favorite moments from the wedding, I think back to the last song of the night, Young Forever, with everyone on the dance floor singing their hearts out, the night complete and our hearts so full.  We had heard from everyone that something was bound to go wrong on the day, and kept waiting for that thing to happen, but it never did.  Everything was absolutely perfect! The weather, our moroccan feast, the speeches, all the tiny details and everything else. Of course we couldn’t have done it without the help of our amazing vendors who made it all happen. (Please see their links below and hire them with my complete endorsement!)
Thank you for reliving our day with us via these posts, I hope you’ve enjoyed as much as I have had sharing. Continuing with our Mediterranean vibe, we’re headed on our honeymoon to the Greek islands at the end of the month. I COULD NOT be more excited for this holiday and of course, there will be photos to share :)

Photography by Fondly Forever | Coordination by Twine Events | Flowers by Madison Workshop West
Men’s custom suits by Evolution of Style | Catering by EAT Marketplace | Rentals by Signature Party
Rentals by Sweet Emilia Jane  | Makeup by My Girls on Film Studios | Officiating by Agnostic Weddings
Ceremony music by The Get Down Boys | Night tunes by DJP
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our wedding, part II

the ceremony!











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“Find an officiant” was one of the lingering items on our to-do list in the months leading up to our wedding. We interviewed several people but no one really seemed to “get us” (wait, you’re Jewish and he’s Catholic but you don’t want to mention religion? And no one is walking you down the aisle????) that is, until we met Sasha. She is everything we could have asked for in an officiant, and helped us to craft a completely custom ceremony using many of our own words.

For those who don’t know (and those who do!) this aspect of the wedding is especially difficult to tackle.  While it is easy to become distracted by the flowers, the dress, and all the other party details, the ceremony is what the whole event is really about!  You’re trying to sum up LOVE in a neat little package, in front of everyone you know, without being trite, AND these words are a promise you’re meant to keep FOREVER. (Basically NBD.)

When planning our wedding, I came across the quote “if you had never seen a wedding a before, how would you do yours?” That concept struck me then and remains with us now– applicable to all things. It reminds me of a concept in Zen Buddhism known as “beginner’s mind,” which basically means approaching life with the open mind and conscious attention of a beginner, rather than falling into auto pilot (or doing what has already been done because there seems no other way to do it).

This is the best way I can think of to sum up what marriage means to us, too: to regularly re-evaluate our priorities, be honest in what we need out of life individually, and vow to have more possibility in our marriage than limits.

Honestly I imagined I’d have more to say on this topic considering how many opinions I had when we first got engaged but I am now aware of how little experience we actually have of it! Marriage is a unique agreement and journey for each.

I am so pleased with how our ceremony turned out and how well it represented us. Since we had so much trouble finding inspiration, I’ve included our verbiage here in case it might be helpful to others seeking unique wedding vows.

love LOVE.  xx



Welcome, friends and family!

Today we celebrate the best of what it means to be human– today we celebrate love.  We come together not to mark the beginning of a relationship, but to acknowledge and strengthen the bond that already exists.

The decision to marry requires great consideration and respect for both one’s partner and oneself. Our spell on this pale blue dot is indeed limited, and PJ and Rachel stand before us, aware of the dearness of time, choosing to spend theirs with each other. Having made this choice, they take this lifelong commitment in seriousness and in joy.


We begin with an ancient tradition:  the Passing of the Peace.  Will everyone who is able please rise.

 Everyone present does so.

 Although we come together today with different backgrounds and beliefs, we are joined together as the community of family and friends of Rachel and PJ.   Before we continue, please take a moment to greet your neighbors, saying to them, “Peace be with you,” to which they respond, “And also with you.”

 Everyone present does so.

Please be seated.

You were invited here to share in this moment because you are the people who mean the most.  The understanding and mutual respect that Rachel and PJ bring to their relationship has its roots in the love, friendship, and guidance received from you.

 So we give thanks for all who have brought this couple to this moment through loving examples, and we remember those who we carry in our hearts: PJ’s grandparents, Tom and Kate Garahan and John and Dorothy Bunce, Rachel’s grandparents, Jack and Bert Nahmias and Jim and Jeanne Craig, and Rachel’s Dad, Jerry Nahmias. We know how Jerry would have treasured being here on this day, celebrating the love that PJ and Rachel have for each other.


Love is a profound gift that we offer to each other.  It is the element that heals, nourishes, fulfills, and feeds all yearnings.  It diminishes our selfishness, allows our true selves to shine, and makes our lives far more meaningful. By its very nature it makes one want to give to another, and to feel joy in the joy of that other.

When we love, we see things other people may not see.  We see beneath the surface and observe qualities that make this person different from and dearer than all others.  To love is to truly see, and to be loved is to truly be seen.

Yet when you love someone you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way– it is an impossibility; a lie even to pretend to.   We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships.  We leap at the flow and resist its ebb. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when in truth the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity, in freedom.

Marriage is a perfect home for this kind of evolving love as marriage is an adventure into the most intimate of human relationships.  It is intended to provide a sanctuary safe enough to risk sharing from the center of oneself.  This is worth everything.

So take the time to negotiate, talk about your fears, failures, and disappointments.  Talk about each other’s expectations, hopes, and big dreams.  Be flexible and willing to adapt well to changes and new circumstances.  Above all, take the time to tell each other what you want.  Take the risk of being vulnerable with each other and be ever grateful for the presence of this dear person who has chosen to make a life with you.

As you build a new home together, our hope for you is this: that you have many long years to delight in each other’s company, to feel gratitude for your great fortune in having found and loved each other, and to a make a home together that is at once sheltering and welcoming. May that home be bright with the laughter of children and of many friends; may it be a wellspring of strength; and in all the world may it be the one place you most want to be.  May you each continue to do meaningful, productive work and to love and be loved by the friends and family who have come here today to support you.


This wedding is a celebration of family. It is the blending of two families, the Garahans and the Nahmias’, separate up to this moment, but united from this day forward – integrating their different traditions, and strengthening the family tree.

PJ and Rachel wish to honor this blending of the families by presenting a rose to their mothers — to thank their parents for the many sacrifices they have made and for the unconditional love so freely given to their children. (Both Rachel and PJ  present the roses to each mother together)


To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,

To own or imprison,

Nor to lose one’s self in another.

Love is to join and separate,

To walk alone and together,

To find a laughing freedom

That lonely isolation does not permit.

It is finally to be able

To be who we really are

No longer clinging in childish dependency

Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,

It is to be perfectly one’s self

And perfectly joined in permanent commitment

To another–and to one’s inner self.

Love only endures when, despite a child’s scars

Or an adult’s deepest wounds,

They are openly free to be

Who they really are–and always secretly were,

In the very core of their being.


The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart by Jack Gilbert

How astonishing it is that language can almost mean,

and frightening that it does not quite. Love, we say,

Marriage, we write– but the words get it all wrong.

We say bread and it means according

to which nation. French has no word for home,

and we have no word for strict pleasure. A people

in northern India is dying out because their ancient

tongue has no words for endearment. I dream of lost

vocabularies that might express some of what

we no longer can. Maybe the Etruscan texts would finally

explain why the couples on their tombs are smiling.

And maybe not. When the thousands of mysterious

Sumerian tablets were translated, they seemed to

be business records. But what if they are poems or psalms?

My joy is the same as twelve Ethiopian goats

standing silent in the morning light.

O Love, thou art slabs of salt and ingots of copper,

as grand as ripe barley lithe under the wind’s labor.

Her breasts are six white oxen loaded with bolts

of long-fibered Egyptian cotton. My love is a hundred

pitchers of honey. Shiploads of thuya are what

my body wants to say to your body. Giraffes are this

desire in the dark. Perhaps the spiral Minoan script

is not language but a map. What we feel most has

no name but amber, archers, cinnamon, horses, and birds.


Rachel and PJ, you believe marriage to be a promise to live two lives as one, to create a life more full and more joyful than either could have alone. We who are with you today wish for you a love that makes both of you better people, a love that continues to bring you bliss and an appreciation for one another, and a love that provides you the energy to face the responsibilities of life.

Is that the vision you wish to enter into now?

Rachel and PJ respond, “It is.”


 Family and friends, PJ and Rachel will now read their vows to each other:

Sasha gives the book to PJ, who reads:

I, PJ  take you Rachel to be my wife, loving who you are now and who you are yet to become.

I vow to create a life that we can cherish, doing the things that keep us young, and taking pride in who we are, both separately and together.

I promise to communicate fully and fearlessly, offering my heart as a sanctuary of warmth, peace, devotion, and honor– and when it feels hardest to do these things, I vow to make space for us so we can bloom.

With these words I join my life to yours from this day forward until death do us part.

Sasha gives the book to Rachel, who reads:

I, Rachel  take you PJ to be my husband, loving who you are now and who you are yet to become.

I vow to create a life that we can cherish, doing the things that keep us young, and taking pride in who we are, both separately and together.

I promise to communicate fully and fearlessly, offering my heart as a sanctuary of warmth, peace, devotion, and honor– and when it feels hardest to do these things, I vow to make space for us so we can bloom.

With these words I join my life to yours from this day forward until death do us part.


May I have the rings?

These rings are the symbols of the vows you have made, circles in wholeness, perfectly imperfect in form.  And although we often think of circles as having no beginning and no end, these rings do have a beginning:

The gold from which your rings were forged was mined from deep within the earth, liquefied in a furnace at a thousand degrees, molded, cooled, and then meticulously polished, hammered, and crafted by hand. Thousands of years of heat and pressure created each diamond.  Something beautiful was made from raw elements.

Love is like that.  It comes from humble beginnings; it’s made by imperfect beings.  It’s the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all.

And so may your rings remind you that your love, like the sun, illuminates; that your love, like the eye, must see clearly; and that your love, like arms that embrace, is a place of comfort and shelter for your beloved.  And may they be rings to build a home in, sturdy and everlasting.

Please repeat after me: (Rachel repeats as she places PJ’s ring on his finger)

With this ring, I take you to my heart as my greatest love, my husband, and to you I will always be true.

Please repeat after me: (PJ repeats as he places Rachel’s ring on her finger)

With this ring, I take you to my heart as my greatest love, my wife, and to you I will always be true.


Hand-fasting is a wedding tradition in which the couples’ hands are bound together with a ceremonial ribbon or cloth.

As this knot is tied, so do you bind your lives together.  Woven into this fabric are all the hopes of your gathered community for your life together.  With the making of a knot we tie all the desires, dreams, love, and happiness wished here in this place to your lives for as long as you both shall live.

May this cloth draw your hands together in love and remind you of the vows you have spoken on this day. (A cord is placed over PJ and Rachel’s hands and is knotted.)

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future, and as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

These are the hands that will love you throughout the years, the hands that will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will nurture you in illness, and hold you in times of fear or sorrow.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children, and your grandchildren.

And these are the hands that even when aged and wrinkled, will still be reaching for yours.

As your hands are bound by this cord, so is your partnership is now symbolized by the knot.  Two entwined in love, bound by commitment, bound also by hardship and victory, anger and reconciliation, all of which bring strength to your union.  Hold tight to one another through both good times and hard times, and your love and strength will deepen and grow.

And so the binding is made. (Sasha grasps the knot and PJ and Rachel withdraw their hands.)


PJ and Rachel, you have each chosen this common road of marriage, and from this moment forward your intentions and paths are united.  So live vibrantly.  Hold fast to your ideals.  Challenge one another, and give each other new experiences of joy.

May the road rise up to meet you

and may the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face

and may the rains fall soft upon your fields

May the moon softly restore you by night

and may you know the beauty of the world

There are two persons but only one life before you

May your days be good and long upon the earth.

Your marriage has been witnessed and celebrated by those who gather here.  Your vows of commitment and love have been heard and felt by all of us.  And so, by the authority vested in me by the State of California, I now declare you husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride! (PJ does so!)

Family and friends, it is my great joy and honor to introduce to you for the very first time…Mr. and Mrs. PJ and Rachel Garahan!




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our wedding, part I

PJ and I were thrilled to get our wedding photos back a few weeks ago and it’s been such a treat to open a bottle of wine, turn on some good music and play them as a slideshow on our TV, reliving every beautiful moment. I tried to practice restraint when choosing what photos to share, I realllllyyy did …but you’d never be able to tell from these posts. Jen is just too good!

These are the images from the morning of, and then part II and part III will come later this week. I hope you enjoy!







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The morning of our wedding felt so peaceful and calm.  Everyone was bustling around doing things and yet nothing felt frantic.  We girls were at the venue, beautifying and making sure all the details were just right, and the boys were at a different hotel, brunching and swimming from what I can gather! We were all in such good spirits, and when we came together in the afternoon, it was the most magical feeling, getting to see my almost husband and knowing it was almost time to walk down the aisle.





















Walking down the aisle was one of those out-of-body experiences you can never quite be prepared for. I am extremely grateful to have had a first-look before the ceremony, and would recommend it to anyone, especially if you are an emotional person! I am completely terrified of large crowds, even when they are my closest friends and family, so having that time together was so reassuring. In the next post I’ll share more about our ceremony and what marriage means to us.  xx

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new logo for meredith baird

It’s been awhile since I’ve shown new work or updated my portfolio– but this logo is one I’ve been meaning to share!  Meredith Baird is the creative director for Matthew Kenney and an incredible person to work with because her taste is killer and our creative vibes are basically a match made in heaven.  She wanted something chic but organic for her personal brand– something feminine but edgy, and the endlessly posh monstera leaf was the perfect mark. The gold was a no brainer, and then we wound up going with champagne pink for the final. But the green was a close second!




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i left facebook (but i’m still alive)


This feels like a funny post to write. Funny because it is about leaving a social media network, which in itself does not seem noteworthy, and funny because leaving said social media network has generated some surprising reactions that I find, well, funny.

Let me back up.

In my college years (circa 2007) Facebook was a common way of life. I went to school in Arizona and practically every night resulted in an entire album of images. Facebook was how you connected with the friends you met in class, or the guy you made out with at last night’s party.  In a weird Cinderella-esque way, Facebook was sometimes the glass slipper– as in a trail back to people you otherwise might not find again. If you met someone and they did not exist on Facebook, well… that was weird. You must have dreamed you met them, because clearly they were not real.

Fast forward to post-college, and Facebook became crucial for staying connected to friends I might otherwise lose touch with.  I had just moved to LA, where I didn’t know many people and was grateful to still get to peek into everyone’s lives across the county (and plan reunions!) I didn’t love Facebook anymore (it was becoming awkward to say you already knew what people were doing because you saw it online) but I didn’t hate it either. When my now-husband quit in 2011 (he was not into FB profiting off of his personal information) I found it was helpful to be the point-person online for us as a couple. “Hey, did you know so-and-so is in town?” or “Look at your cousin’s cute baby!”

Then, about a year and a half ago, I began to feel differently. Maybe it was the college-friend circle condensing to just the handful who matter most, or that businesses and paid advertising had started to change the landscape. But it was beginning to feel like a room full of people shouting, and no one really listening.

With lot of one-sided self promotions– “look at my cool trip/ new business venture/ most recent blog post/ new house/ baby/wedding photos” — dominating my feed,  I started to seriously consider quitting Facebook. Not because I found any of these posts offensive, but because it no longer felt like a conversation.

I started to wonder about my motives for going on Facebook at all.  Is it because I am bored? Do I actually care when so-and-so is in town and do I even want to see them? Do I post things to seek attention or feel funny or validated (and is it working?) What am I thinking about others when I see their posts, both positive and negative? And most importantly, how do I feel after I get off Facebook?

In the end, the answers to these questions raised another question: “Is my time on Facebook helpful?” The answer was no.

A week ago, my feed looked something like this:

  • baby photos
  • instagram repost
  • dramatic headline you MUST read
  • instagram repost
  • snuggled pet photo
  • wedding photos (complete feed takeover)
  • blog post from professional page
  • same blog post from professional page shared via personal profile
  • buzzfeed quiz result
  • inspirational quote
  • instagram repost
  • TMI post
  • silly pet photo
  • viral internet post raising likes for cancer or Jesus
  • inspirational quote
  • competitive comment on someone else’s cute baby photo
  • vacation photos (an entire page)
  • buzzfeed quiz result
  • yoga pose photo
  • dramatic headline you CANNOT LIVE without reading
  • public venting about private matter
  • baby animal so cute it will break your computer
  • kickstarter fundraising campaign
  • wedding photos
  • instagram repost

I know we all have different communities online and that I’m highlighting the worst of them, but for me, this was the bulk and my guess is it looks familiar to you too. Don’t get me wrong– I am guilty of posting the same and participating in all of it! It just seems to be the current version of Facebook’s personality, which in a vacuum, is fine. Sitting on my couch and scrolling through during commercials, or in line somewhere — or, lets be honest, at every red light — I find the yoga poses inspirational, the babies adorable, and the buzz feed quiz results very accurate.

However. As I mentioned in this post I am on the home stretch of my twenties and to be blunt, there is simply too much shit I want to accomplish to be distracted by all of this. In my assessment of priorities, some things just had to go. Today I am talking about Facebook, but later I will talk about some of the other ways I am clearing out time and energy suckers from daily life.

For now, I’ll wrap this up and leave you with a few of my favorite reactions from this past week:

“How else to do connect with people in masses?”

  • A: My blog, www.onepartgypsy.com. Also, via good-old-fashioned word of mouth. If you’re not that close to me, you probably won’t know my news until its no longer news (and you probably won’t care, either)

“How do you connect and advertise to potential customers?”

  • A: The friends of my personal page were never my potential clients. Besides, if there’s any message I want my brand to send, it’s “get offline, and into your life.”

“Aren’t you afraid you won’t be relevant anymore?”

  • A: Shit, am I becoming one of those weird non-people who don’t really exist???  Oh well. I am still a human living a life I love.  Just because something is not online does not mean it didn’t happen or wasn’t pretty enough to publish.  It just means I was having too much fun living it, hopefully with other people who were having fun too. Also: I am still on Instagram– I like that it is more curated and artistic. I am still on Twitter– people can be really funny in 140 characters. And I am still on Pinterest too. Which has nothing to do with my personal life, but just sayin’. (Find me here.)

“Oh, so you waited to get all the attention for your wedding, and THEN you left?”

  • A: I do hope my wedding was not the last or most important thing to ever happen to me. And should more beautiful noteworthy life experiences occur, I will have to live with them not being shared on Facebook.

“Give it some time, I bet you’ll be back”

  • A: Maybe yes, maybe no. Life is one big experiment, isn’t it?


So there is it is. Can someone please post this on Facebook for me? Thanks.



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ask rachel: neutral nails

I’m just starting to emerge from under my inbox and am thrilled to announce that I now have about 20 times more headspace than I did one month ago. Yes!! In fact, with all this extra energy, I am machete-ing through messages like never before, and it is awesome.  In also-awesome news, I was excited to discover that readers have begun to submit questions for the ASK column that I mentioned here. Double Yes!!!

We’ll start with an easy one:

Q: Hi Rachel, I came across your blog while looking for wedding rings…..love yours by the way.  Silly question but  your nails are always gorgeous gray colors, what are the names of a few of your favorites? Thanks! Stefany


A: Hi Stefany! Grays are always such a chic choice.  I prefer warmer grays to cool ones and really love Essie polishes– they have a ton of great color options and are also “three-free” and all that jazz. From L to R here are the four I rotate: Armed and Ready, Mink MuffsMochacino and Chinchilly. Miss Fancy Pants and Master Plan are good ones too! I am not sure why these product images are not more color accurate– Armed and Ready is actually a shimmery gun metal, more like this, and Chinchilly is more of dusky lavender than the gray-green shown here. Mochacino would be so lovely for summer weddings as it has a nice bit of luster, and the rest will carry you right into the Fall. Hope you love!

Sidenote 1: Essie please hire me to name your polishes.  It’s impossible to have a bad day while dreaming up adorable titles, right?

Sidenote 2: I am cracking up as I write this, remembering how upset my sweet friend Claudia (who is an avid vegetarian and runs and animal shelter in Mozambique) got a few years ago when a bunch of us were obsessing on Facebook about much we all love wearing “mink muffs.” HA!!

Looking forward to answering many more questions here on the blog. Keep ‘em coming!


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we did it!


Well, it is true what they say– your wedding day really is the best day ever!!

For us, that day was May 24, 2014.  It actually turned out to be a 5-day celebration with everyone we loved, including a birthday party, a 40th anniversary party, long days by the pool, hottub belly laughs, rousing games of kumquat-pong, my heart bursting with love and my eyes brimming with happy tears practically the entire time. Everything went off without a hitch. Aside from small things like forgetting to light palo santo during the ceremony or the candles in the bathrooms, there is not a single thing I would change. I am floating on cloud nine– all our mediterranean oasis dreams came true! These are just a few of the photos we’ve seen so far and I’m in love. The top one is a polaroid by Jen, our incredible wedding photographer and the rest are by our beautiful photographer cousin Meredith and via our instagram feed, #rachelandpjwedding.

I’m gonna continue relishing in this bliss for a bit, ok? Much more goodness to come. xx








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philosophie homepage makeover

One of my longest-running clients turned dear friend, Sophie of Philosophie and I have started doing monthly “mini-shoots” to keep up with the growing biz. It’s a great way to keep imagery fresh and play with new creative ways to feature how her superfood blends fuel a beautiful, bountiful life.

Below are new homepage sliders I designed using photos from our recent shoots- it had been ages since we switched them out and it was time for a change. Catch them action here and check out her new Facebook page cover too!

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Switching up your homepage and social media covers is a super easy way to engage with customers and show your brand some love. Drop me a note if your site could use some spring cleaning!

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My adorably traditional fiance made me laugh out loud the other day when he learned– with shock– that I would not be wearing a veil on our wedding day.  Not only was he expecting I’d wear one, but he was hoping it would be the kind with gigantic netting over my face that would be lifted when it was time to kiss the bride. (!!!) I’m not alone here in thinking this is hilarious, right?? I mean, I can’t completely blame him– I suppose if I didn’t read wedding blogs or use pinterest I may not know that was an outdated concept either (the massive face-covering veil, not the veil itself).  In any case, we had a good laugh over it and it’s through wedding planning conversations like this that I get to know my sweet future husband a little better every day.

I’m soooo in love with both of these veils, and our no-veil wedding will be a blend between the two:


Hoping to be back later this week with some new work updates. We (me and my new rockstar assistant Cecilia!) have been busting our bums cranking out some cool new things. Stay tuned!

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cindy crawford and george clooney’s neighboring mexican villas


THIS little corner is where you would find me camped out with a box of mangoes and a stack of books. Halfway in the jacuzzi, looking out over the sea.









see the rest of the tour here

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