What I REALLY think about Influencers

The stigma around “influencers”

is that pretty Instagram girls make a living off of sponsorships and free products, promoting brands and foods they might not even believe in- just because they are blessed with the life they have earned. Don’t get me wrong, an influencer in our age is more than just posting eye catching content that sells almost anything, it is about developing trust and a brand that reflects who you are. Everyone wants to be an influencer.

Disregard the money and unreal amount of PR package unboxing- what is really left over? Sure, everyone has their own definition of success and financial stability, but what about wellness and mental health?

I try to stay as genuine as I can on my socials, revealing the raw truth about what makes me who I am today. Sometimes authenticity does not get you far but I believe potential is recognized and rewarded in the long run. Everyone works hard to be where they are now. But where do you picture yourself to be in the future?

How do you see yourself as an influencer to not just your friends and family, but to yourself? Put aside the money for a moment and consider your well-being. Authenticity and a goal driven mindset takes you further than you could have ever imagined.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

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FRIDAY FAVORITES: Here’s to The First Week of 2019

And…We’re back! I’m a little late but I would love to wish all of you a wonderful New Year, I hope you had the night to celebrate with your loved ones. From food to music, I wanted to share all of my recently loved items with you. Here is a brief recap of my current favorite restaurants, fashion favorites, and artists that I listen to daily. Thank you so much for your support over the past years. Let’s do this…

FOOD

Pasta e Pasta by Allegro

Okay okay, props to my boyfriend for taking me to new spots and broadening my foodie dreams… But how did I never know this glorious restaurant existed?! Pasta e Pasta is a humble little Japanese Italian restaurant located in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Admittedly, I have only been there twice but their Mentai Japanese Cream Pasta is the winner. Killer 10/10 for me. They tend to fill up right at opening so try to arrive early or mark your spot in line through Yelp. So convenient and incredibly worth it. I am a hardcore fan

Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

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Listen, as someone who loves desserts of all kind… I would have to admit, Bumsan has become one of my favorite ice cream shops. What I love about it is their unique flavors and simplicity- probably because their products are 100% organic USDA certified, non-GMO, antibiotic-free dairy. Not too sweet or overbearing. Includes a free topping. Super Instagrammable. From matcha to taro milk tea, I’m pretty sure Bumsan will please any ice cream connoisseur. Check em out if you’re in Koreatown, Los Angeles!

FASHION

It’s truly heartbreaking that I have only one day off to express myself through fashion, since the other days I’m trapped in my work uniform. As a SoCal baby here is my go to item I have been utilizing this winter:

Members Only Sherpa Coat

*Members Only is currently having a 50% off sitewide sale! Grab your favorite styles before they discontinue!*

This Members Only Sherpa Coat has been keeping me warm this chilly winter in LA! For a SoCal girl, anything below 50 degrees requires a thick coat and a scarf. Luckily I can dress this coat up or down according to the occasion. Thank you to Members Only for gifting me this jacket a while back! Always a favorite.

MUSIC

Click this super secret link to head to my January 2019 Spotify playlist. I will be constantly adding to this throughout the month: https://open.spotify.com/user/v-llv/playlist/056nrnwQP0lT56NAJ87lia?si=Q6ds1dGxTd2m7Z0Iu2AeiQ

  • Imagine – Ariana Grande

https://open.spotify.com/track/0todbbT9g5uQGbeFCiBf2F?si=Gtez4uOQRsSwHAGZowZqcQ

https://open.spotify.com/track/3cv85xV2JVxgCwOFZ0RILS?si=rH3lpEhgRN-lo7CRNwH5Xw

  • Coolin’ – Mya

https://open.spotify.com/track/0tz3Mkdo8ihsBnffleihod?si=OrUqsvh8RA6naM_A3oPu1g

  • Shelter – Porter Robinson

https://open.spotify.com/track/2CgOd0Lj5MuvOqzqdaAXtS?si=wnN2itykSiiSneT-3sF5qQ

  • Widdit – Boombox Cartel, QUIX
  • https://open.spotify.com/track/3M1QKRWsVzmG9WCQ6ULNt6?si=iFJYQd6BRmyd9gt_PBqEfQ

  • That concludes my favorites from fashion to music throughout this first week of 2019! Happy New Year, I am so grateful to have this modest little spot on the internet that allows me to connect and share bits of my life with all of you. Wishing you all the best this year, I hope we all continue to work hard towards our goals and support each other’s growth.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle


    LOFT

    Acne Treatment: How to Clear Severe Allergic Reaction Acne on Face

    I cleared my acne and hives in 4 days with these drugstore products.

    As someone who loves all food, more specifically food leaning on the unhealthier side of the spectrum, I was pretty devastated and shocked  to find I was allergic to something I had ate. From the corn puff snacks to sashimi, I am still not too sure what exactly caused the hives and allergic reaction acne. Admittedly I had munched on a variety of goods. I am usually not one to let my physical appearance stop me from doing things, but this was the worst my skin has ever been and I needed to find an immediate solution. Whatever the cause of my reaction was, this is how I healed my breakout within a week! MY TOP SKIN CARE EMERGENCY PRODUCTS:

    1. CETAPHIL DAILY FACIAL CLEANSER

    For a couple years now I’ve been using Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. I tend to have combination skin and this gentle cleanser does the trick! For someone who wears makeup everyday, this lathering wash removes all of it off easily… That’s why it’s been a staple! Never dries out my skin. https://amzn.to/2St1Edi

    2. NEUTROGENA OIL FREE ACNE STRESS TONER

    This is especially helpful for treating infection directly, as it targets superficial debris that may lead to clogged pores. This topical treatment toner is quite drying, but does the trick when your body is producing more oil than usual! Whenever it has been an especially long day, I use this toner to deep clean and remove excess oils and dirt that have been building up. Also acts as an exfoliant! Be careful and use this stuff in moderation though, it does tend to dry out your skin. This is what I found most useful for the allergic reaction acne.

    3. CLEARASIL VANISHING ACNE TREATMENT

    It’s exactly what it is. An acne treatment that dries out pimples throughout the day, reducing the spot if not getting rid of it entirely. The only downside of this cream is that you have to remember to reapply it throughout the day as it dries. https://amzn.to/2Pkk7Xs

    4. MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION

    Similar to the Clearasil Spot Treatment, the Mario Badescu drying lotion is a little more potent and is an overnight treatment for whiteheads. A gentle dab and rinse the next morning, your pimples are gone! Definitely a lifesaver.

    5. TRETINOIN CREAM

    This last cream was a true treasure prescribed by my doctor! This topical treatment worked by irritating the first layer of the skin, allowing the cells to grow, divide, and rebuild a new layer. Amazing stuff! If you have trouble with acne and stubborn spots, ask your doctor about this treatment.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY…

    – Hydrate with lots of green tea and water

    – Take antihistamines

    With professional medical permission and help, antihistamines do tend to help allergic reactions. Personally, taking Benadryl reduced the swelling but did not get rid of the acne that the reaction left, which is why I resorted to this skincare routine.


    And that wraps up my top skincare products that saved my skin after this uncalled for and super unfortunate allergic reaction mess. Good luck, I hope this helps if any of you come across this situation!

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle






    HAPPY WEDNESDAY

    It’s been one of the slowest weeks yet. From work to school, everything seems to be moving in slow motion. Personally, to get over this rut I have been really cherishing alone time and reminding myself of the little things that make me happy. Keep pushing through the week! I’m here for you and believe in you.

    KEEP MOVING FORWARD

    KEEP BUSY

    Thank you to my good friend Yeab for taking these awesome shots! Find more of him HERE.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle



    NOVEMBER 2018 SET, ROANNE





    ROANNE (Instagram: @baabyro)
    Los Angeles, CA
    BODY/LENS: Canon 60D + 50mm f/1.8

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    Living a Meaningful Life: Redefine Your Story

    WHAT IS A MEANINGFUL LIFE?

    It’s not just about trying to be happy.

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    “Redefine your story by redemption, growth,  and love.”

    From Emily Esfahani Smith’s Ted Talk, “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” 

    Considering the perpetual society we live in, we tend to neglect the present moment and instead constantly strive for the ideal future. Admittedly, this realization only came to mind recently when I experienced loss in life- a true test of purpose and meaning. I had previously lived my life constantly working and going to class, saving up and striving towards a glorified future. This future consisted of a specified money goal, a change in career and location, and pure happiness. With only the future and a seemingly unattainable bliss in mind, I paid no attention to my current mental well being or the state of happiness I was in. Emily Esfahani Smith’s lecture, “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” truly hit home as I could relate to the bold pillars of a meaningful life.

    4 PILLARS OF MEANING

    1. BELONGING – develop relationships

    2. PURPOSE – focus on the moments leading to your goals

    3. TRANSCENDENCE – What moments bring you existential happiness

    4. STORYTELLING – Redefine your story

    “Happiness comes and goes… Having meaning gives you something to hold on to.”

    There is more to life than being happy. Smith discussed the 4 major pillars of a meaningful life to be: belonging, purpose, transcendence, and storytelling.

    With this structure in mind, I became aware of the imbalance of these 4 factors and prioritized my efforts on having a sole purpose in life, which was to earn money and a degree. Money and a degree were the gateway to happiness, and thus a meaningful life. Truthfully, this thought still lingers, but it would be an unrealistic expectation to digest the grandness of the meaning of life at once. I believe Smith’s 4 pillars provides an ethical resolution to defining the meaning of life, yet it lacks the difficulty of finding a balance between each.

    As I noted before, I prioritized having a purpose compared to building valuable relationships or redefining my important experiences to change the direction of my life. Part of this incessant drive towards a better future led me to forget the present moment and life that was passing in front of me. I had lost chances and time in my life to find happiness with the situation I was in. After experiencing loss, I noticed that life is shorter than expected and the time we have is valuable. Despite the feeling of unfulfillment in my life now, I should continue to cherish the other aspects such as developing relationships or shaping a new perspective on life. Valuing the time in the present moment and changing the way you look at your current situation, whether it is bad or good, is how to live a meaningful life.

     

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    Reaching Your Goals: How to Stay Positive and Have Inevitable Success

    Cultivate your passions, strive for success. Surround yourself with uplifting people who are inspired to consistently work hard.

    Recently been feeling motivated by uplifting creatives who work hard towards cultivating their passions and goals. Success seems unattainable at times, but when you surround yourself with positive people you’ll find that it is inevitable. Cheesy, but it only gets better from here.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    I NEED A BREAK! 3 Tips to Recharging and Resting Your Mind

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    Hope you are all enjoying your 3 day weekend before it’s back to work! I’ve had quite the relaxing weekend spent at home, recharging for the upcoming week. This past week involved a huge focus on mental health and glorifying solitude. Often, when things go wrong I turn to work to keep myself occupied. I block out my feelings and keep moving forward. Don’t get me wrong, moving forward is essentially what is best, but not allowing myself to digest emotions and feelings in the present is not the way to go! Shaping your mind and allowing yourself the time to process feelings is a must, so here are my top 3 tips on how I rest my mind and recharge.

    1. DISCONNECT YOURSELF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

    Honestly, I love Instagram. 100%. Hands down, it is my favorite and most frequently used. I’m obsessed. Often I find myself scrolling over the same posts and stories I’ve already seen! Terrible, I know. Soo…. to combat this insane obsession, I picked up a strategy from the amazing photographer and boss queen Jessica Whitaker (https://www.instagram.com/jessicawhitaker) and delete all my social media apps before I go to bed and reinstall them a few hours into the day. Granted, I don’t do this every single day, but I do try my best. Another way is to simply put your phone down when you’re out with loved ones! Be present!

    2. UNWIND WITH MUSIC & CLEANING

    Okay, this one sounds a bit strange, I know. Who wants to clean?! Me. LOL! I’m a huge supporter of a clean space and working environment. I believe that an organized work space is just a visual motivator for you to continuously maintain things as they are. Whether you work from home or in an office- a less cluttered work space really reflects through your work and attitude. The music part is a bonus… throw on your favorite jams and get to cleaning!

    3. HAVE YOUR ALONE TIME

    We live in a society where everyone is connected 24/7 through Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook- all of it! When I’m lonely I tend to completely immerse myself in all of these platforms… because the beauty of the internet is that you are truly never alone! Although I am grateful to be surrounded by friends and family through social media, it’s necessary to have time alone just to give your mind a rest. Use this time to get work done, watch your favorite show, online shop… whatever makes you happy!

     

    And there we have it folks. I really hope these simple tips inspires you to take the time out of your day to really care for your mind and wellness.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    ANNIE, a series





    I’ve been incredibly MIA from my blog lately. Truthfully, struggling on the direction and development of my brand but I’m gradually getting there! Learning to produce quality content that I’m truly satisfied with has been challenging, but the process of it all makes me happy. Still making sure to work hard and still have fun. It’s not about finding balance in your life but accepting that there will be ups and downs! Life is unpredictable.

    Here are some lovely shots of one of my good friends, Annie! If you see this, I love you and I am grateful for having you around through my hard times.

    MY NIGHTLY FAVORITES: SKINCARE PRODUCTS AND VITAMINS

    It is well known for the skin to dry out as the winter months approach, and the humidity levels drop. Lately, my skin has been feeling especially dry, leaving a flaky and rough texture around my nose and cheeks. Rather than avoiding this, I’ve adopted this simple routine to ensure my skin stays moisturized and soft in the winter months. Regardless, everyone has varied skin types. This is what works for me!

    NIGHT RITUALS GRAPHIC

    1. CETAPHIL DAILY FACIAL CLEANSER 

    Changing up your face wash is absolutely essential as the seasons change, as the weather shifts from hot to cold. Observe the physical changes in your skin- if your skin tends to build up more oil in the summer, look for an oil free face wash. I absolutely love Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser, which tends to work for all skin types. On the other hand, if your skin tends to flake in the winter, find a cleanser that will re-moisturize your skin. This fall/winter I have been hooked to Cetaphil’s Daily Facial cleanser, because of it’s gentle cleansing capabilities while still removing all of the excess makeup and dirt. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, while not stripping away the natural oils!

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    2. GLAM GLOW SUPER MUD CLEARING TREATMENT

    Next up, EXFOLIATE! I’ve stressed how important exfoliating is, but I cant express how necessary it is in the dry winter months! Designed for men and women, this mud mask leaves your skin visibly pore-less after one use. I have been using this product 3x a week and noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my forehead and nose, where I have the biggest pores. I have to admit I was gifted this product by my good friend (THANK YOU JIAOJIAO!!), and it’s value is quite pricey, but I would probably buy it again after I hit empty. This mask also does wonders for those massive pimples that you wish could reduce overnight.

     

    3. PHILOSOPHY MIRACLE WORKER

    The reason why I tend to rave about Philosophy is because of how versatile all of their products are, regarding skin types. Philosophy’s Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker has been a favorite of mine this winter due to its ability to thoroughly replenish my skin’s natural moisture, without feeling a heavy layer on my face. This product is meant for managing wrinkles however it is a creamier consistency to use in the winter, as the skin becomes drier.

     

    4. MEDERMA GEL SCAR TREATMENT 

    Following the cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, I like to apply Mederma’s gel formulated scar treatment to my acne prone areas and scars, old and new. Admittedly, I don’t apply this every night because I don’t enjoy sleeping with too many products on my face, however I have been using this quite frequently after seeing the results. I have had a large patch of acne scars on my left cheek for quite a while now, and decided to try out Mederma after hearing the raging reviews. The main reason why I’ve added this product to my nightly favorites is because it has reduced a majority of the discoloration on my cheeks due to scarring. My scars have not completely vanished, but Mederma has helped a ton!

     

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    5. VITAMINS!

    The last element to my fall/winter night time rituals has been taking my daily vitamins! These are some of the vitamins I tend to take regularly, however the ones I make sure to never skip out on would be Vitamin D and C! Vitamin D is essential in allowing the body to absorb calcium which leads to healthy bone growth. As for vitamin C, it is important to protect your body from immune system deficiencies during the cold winter months. Stock up!

    If you would like a more in depth post about the vitamins I consume daily, leave me a comment!

     

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    – Rachaelle