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YOU KNOW YOU'RE GONNA BE MINE

December 3, 2016

My 2017 attitude is going to Bella Hadid shading her ex-boo The Weeknd on a runway because I had an epiphany. I don't have many more years to be in my twenties, and the opportunity comes once in a lifetime. So, I better fucking feel it because if I don't, it's gone. What do I do? I get myself in a sequined mini leopard dress and indulge. All this training will pay off as I'm set to be a cougar one day.

 


Dress by LPA, Fishnets by Max Mara (similar), Sunglasses by The Row x Oliver People.

xx

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WISHY WASHY

November 25, 2016

I've been making wishlists since grade school because they're fool-proof. And while I don't expect anyone to drop four c-notes on disco shoes for me, it's a nice reminder of what I can spoil myself with once the holiday season is over (that's the thing with having a December birthday). I'm not gonna beat around the bush; I love that one day (or week?) of the year, I can obnoxiously make it all about me. It's what I've waited 364 days for. But also, this is a good gift guide if you're in a pickle this holiday. Happy Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping x






1. Black boots I have a large enough arsenal of black booties, but what I'm not opposed to is a good swap out. Sell one to consignment and introduce a funkier pair. DORATEYMUR mishmashes Marie Antionette and 80s punk into a shoe hybrid you didn't know what you wanted.

2. Photography book Indulging in heavy imagery is a huge part in my creative process, and Mario Sorrenti is one of the absolute best because of his diaristic approach. There's something sentimental and organic about his point-of-view: plastered archives on a wall that found its way into book form: Draw Blood For Proof. Why I don't own this yet is beyond me, but another great suggestion is Quentin de Briey's The Other Day. I was lucky to pick up a copy my trip to Paris.

3. Silk pillowcase When it comes to my beauty regimen, I want think about it once, then never again. So if all I have to do is invest sleep on silk for a beautiful tomorrow, then sign me up. I finally found a thoughtful brand, Slip, that invests in our silky slumber.

4. Simple bedding While we're still talking about sleep, I am going to change your standard with propor linens. Shopping for bedding is overly complicated and finally Brooklinen simplified it without compromise. I have a grey set but already want a new set to procrastinate laundry day even further.

5. Fancy candles If you don't know what to get someone, candles are always the easiest, chicest option. It's one of those things that people really want but never spend the money on. Can I just mention how dangerous it is living walking-distance to a Diptyque? Boredom purchases are far more common than welcome so I can attest for many scents. Ambre, Tuberose, and Geranium Rose are the ones worth revisiting. Especially if they come in the colored jars.

6. Monthly membership I should want to pay for my own workouts, but Classpass is one of those things that I can easily justify not paying for. So if given in gift format, the guilt overrides laziness and I am given no other choice than to go.

7. Boxing gloves But if I am using Classpass, yoga and boxing studios are the only workouts that keep me sane and attentive. I own everything I could possibly need for yoga, but borrowing boxing gloves is gross. It's actually way worse than borrowing bowling shoes so for that, it's time to own my own pair. But it's another procrastinated purchase, so until someone gifts me the guilt of not working out, my gloves will live on a wishlist.

8. Portable speaker Weston officially spoiled me with the gift of Sonos in my apartment - allowing Jesse Woods in the AM to Mariah Carey by PM. My musical dwelling unfortunately comes to a complete halt when I travel. So, it's time to make the same investment to a rhythmic mobile lifestyle. Something clean, portable, and quality - like this one from B&O.

9. Vegan cookbook A clean diet has always been part of my upbringing. While I'm not vegan, I neither live the opposite. I glanced through Alicia's book while waiting for my habitual Friday night kimchi bowl pickup at my favorite, M Cafe. I found charming her excerts charming and loved her articulation on the vegan lifestyle. Definitely interested in reading more into this, but before I single-handedly meet M Cafe's nightly sales quota in one swipe, I decided to leave this gift to fate.

10. Single earring Support local businesses - go gift shopping around your neighborhood. While it's not in my neighborhood, my friend Geraldine has a rad shop with good curations. Like this Meadowlark singled-out earring.

11. Cast Iron Skillet A better tool for better cooking. Receiving this as a gift is more like receiving a compliment of culinary graduation: you are mature enough to respect and care for a cast-iron skillet.

12. Annual Splurge Since my very first paycheck, I've made an annual splurge on one pair of shoes. All you need is one really, really rad pair to feel brand new. This pair inspired this whole post, so while I contemplate the longevity of my lust for shiny disco sandals, I'm going to sign off here.

See you December 10th x

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ITS ME AGAIN

October 19, 2016



My dear neglected blog,

You'll have to excuse my extended absence and broken blog - a shot in the dark says it's my longest hiatus thus far. Life has gotten the better of me. You might have seen me spellbound in, what I like to call, an "editing hole". And as summer was closing in with two months blinking by, I panicked.

I created loads, shmoozed lots, brainstormed much, but there comes a point when you overload. Staring at a screen 14-18 hours a day caused me to detach from my mental in some sick, subconscious effort to subdue my emotional needs. Naturally, I took to the airport after daily vlogging. I've packed and unpacked my suitcase more times than I've popped aspirin during the presidential debates. I guess you can say I was in need of a personal season off.

Of course I'm being dramatic to say the least, but at least I've reflected. Thank god as I realized how tired I've grown of this industry we've formed - you guys know this. My charade ends here as I am excited to relaunch my blog in a way that makes sense to me. Now I can't articulate this in any other way but to show you guys - once we slay the web development.

You will have to listen to my huffs and puffs on social and I promise to make a healthier effort with editing! With love I have attached a repeatable song - the kind of song that serendipitously fits into any life occasion. And photos of my mellow dramatic feels disguised in a backyard photoshoot.

Till then, see you babes on the 'tube xx

Rachel


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NEW ORLEANS: CITY GUIDE + PHOTO DIARY

May 24, 2016

New Orleans is a strange city. It’s musky, dated, haunted, grimy, lush, all to a soundtrack of street jazz under balmy weather. Yet, nothing can amount the innumerable wonders that adds to the sultriness that will make you mourn the moment you leave. You have your classics. The oysters on a balcony over-looking the ever-so-touristy French Quarters. Yet should you wander enough, you’ll find yourself in many curiosity shops with haunting stories to follow.



Here are some of my favorite haunts (no pun intended). Coffee and beignet at Cafe Du Monde. Date night with BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's, walk through Bourbon Street at night (drinking or not). Buy a spell or two from a voodoo shop. Dig for that perfect vintage dress at Bambi DeVille vintage. Ride the streetcar to Garden District. Do brunch at Surrey's. Walk it off through Magazine St. Spend an hour or two at United Apparel Liquidators. Gather friends over wine and cheese at Bacchanal. Wake up and do breakfast at Bette's Cafe before walking around the French Market. Try on cute sunnies at Krewe with a coffee afternoon pick me up. Get your cards read by Farrey. Head to Frenchman street for the night for dancing and drinks. Tapas and canned food at N7. More Cafe Du Monde at night - decaf of course. Foot massage the night before you leave from all that walking. Finally, close your brunches out at Angeline's or at Café Amelie.

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LAST APRIL

March 31, 2016

This whole YouTube thing has taken up so much of my time that blogging hasn't been on my radar. That doesn't mean I don't have a plethora of photos and outfit documentation to share. As I was editing this, I actually realized that this was taken a year ago. Last year. This boggles me especially because, 1. whoa that went by really fast 2. I still wear the same things. Both are semi-alarming. The past couple years I've stopped caring about wearing these cool elaborate outfits and have settled into easy, expensive-ass pieces that ain't no one-trick pony.

Photos by Sisilia Piring   
    Robert Clergerie sneakers. Isabel Marant dress (similar)

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APARTMENT TOUR

March 21, 2016

This isn't news but I'm going to pretend like it is. It's my second LA apartment. The one-bedroom (originally sold to me as a 2 bedroom, but it ain't) that will be my resident until I can afford to buy a home. It's that good. Located in the lovely Larchmont neighborhood, I couldn't ask for more from Los Angeles. There's lots of natural light and greenery. It's just really, really good vibes. And after 2 years, I feel like I've finally made it mine.

Furniture details after the photos...
 

BEDROOM / CLOSET 

I have 3 closets in my apartment, and no way to organize it. Still working on it. Also, my bed. That Malm. I didn’t put it together right the first time so the bed squeaked every time you turned, and after a point, I took the bed apart. Now I feel like I sleep in a litter box.
West Elm night stands. Vintage lamps.  P.F. Candle CoWest Elm furry pillows. Vintage jewelry cases

KITCHEN

Pretty basic. Has a good that goes to a side yard.

BATHROOM

I don’t know how my beauty products look pink and purple in the medicine cabinet, but I’m not mad at it.

LIVING ROOM / DESK

I spend all my time here. The light literally spills in from morning till sunset.
World Market Kendall couch. Ikea desk. Vintage rose quartz table. Flea Market coffee table. Target lamp.


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NYLON JAPAN

March 15, 2016




Sometime in December, I shot with Nylon Japan for a little photo in their LA style section. I have yet to nab my own issue, but for now, I'll screenshot your Snapchats. Wearing my most favorite jeans I've had since college.  And some Adidas sweater.

Thank you to Billy at the 501 Huntington Beach store for convincing me to buy these. I think about that gem of a store every day and wish it was still open.

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