Monday, September 15, 2014

The Blog Returns

I'm still blogging at

photo via life

Monday, January 6, 2014

An unfinished draft I decided to post because I drank Vermouth.

Lots of daydreaming about this sparkling Mediterranean water. This is where I belong. Where do you belong?
I live right next to a library so I check out a lot of cookbooks.
Also, I am blogging at, but sometimes I wonder why I left Penny Lyra. I miss it. I like that name. Okay, goodbye I'm going back to watching Sherlock with blood orange Vermouth. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012


After taking a long break, I've decided to continue blogging. I'm working on a new blog and will update you in a couple of weeks and probably post a little bit here until then. In the mean time look at this collaboration between Louis Vuitton and The Selby as they take a train ride from Paris to Shanghai and follow me on Instagram @racheleastin. Thank you for reading my blog. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Photos from London...

Here are some fun things I did in London on my trip. If you haven't joined Gogobot for your travels, you should! It's better than ever.  
Fish and Chips at Poppies
Sea salted caramel and cacao crepes at Rabot Estate in Borough Market
Boat ride to see Kusama at the Tate Modern
My cozy bed at the Rough Luxe.
The breakfast.
Antonio, the charming hotel manager from Spain.
Standing on the Millennium Bridge and thinking about the amazing Harry Potter tour I got to go on.
Cute kids in uniforms.
Visiting a real life TOAST. Read about my TOAST obsession here.
Old Spitalfields Market

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Gogobot Trip

Remember when I got to go on that really cool Gogobot trip? Here is the video. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


I've been wearing anklets now that it has been warm enough to go outside in bare legs. It reminds me of  when I used to make anklets out of the seashells I found on the beach and a string of hemp from Walmart. With tangerine nail polish, I feel very beachy and happy.  I just need some good wooden shoes and maybe a pool?

Also, don't forget to drink your green tea (my favorite) for a healthy body and glowing skin,
note: Penny Lyra endorses all shapes and sizes; twig legs and voluptuous boobs. All bodies are beautiful. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Foil Opening

I was just watching Let's Make Love from 1960 and I love that the opening was made with gold and silver foil so much that I had to show you.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012



I'm home from my Gogobot tour of San Francisco, London, and Lisbon. I think the theme of my trip was food, but one day while in Lisbon I took a train ride to Carcavelos to go to the beach. I was very giddy when I arrived and saw surfboard rentals and wetsuits.  I had the best time diving through waves and falling off the board.  I did catch three waves, shaka!

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Writing on the Wall

I love this Hemingway quote so much I put it on the wall in the bedroom. It's from A Moveable Feast. I also really like this quote, "When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gogobot Adventure

Me jumping with joy because I won the Gogobot contest!
In a week I'm going on a mystery trip with Gogobot. I won't know where I'm going until I get there. I'm really excited! If you don't have a Gogobot account you should get one and follow me because I'll be posting postcards throughout the trip. 

For plane rides I love the idea of having a plane food pack/picnic.  My friend Elizabeth gave me a Chocolove bar for a plane ride once and ever since then it's a must.  Each bar has a love poem inside so you can eat a treat on the airplane while reading a love sonnet.  I'll be traveling for about 10 days so if you have any good travel essentials and/or tips please comment, I'd love to hear them.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Friday, February 10, 2012


a postcard I made with the Gogobot App

Do you have a Gogobot account? Go get one and follow me!  I've been having a lot of fun with my Gogobot. It's a wonderful place to wanderlust, plan trips, and get travel advice. I've been writing reviews and making dream lists of places I want to go and have been loving it so much that I entered the Gogobot Casting Call where the winner gets to be followed around by cameras on a week long adventure. It sounds amazing! I had a lot of fun participating in the contest. Here's one of the videos (click here for the other video):