OUR SPOT: Online Wellness Community and Networking Nook

MODEST NOOK: OUR SPOT

Hi everyone! I have been in and out of social media lately, truthfully confused with my personal life and what direction I’m headed in. I constantly picture my future… Living in a house, working a stable job, and just purely happy. Lately the motivation to get there has been fading. I have always been one to neglect certain aspects of my life while I’m focused on another- always trying to find a balance. I feel like once we realize life always has its ups and downs, we should aim to keep moving forward and work with what we have in the present moment.

Create, share, reflect, grow.

All of this being said, I am ecstatic to grow and share my new project with all of you, our special spot. OUR SPOT is an online wellness community and networking nook of creatives that aims to integrate the necessity of caring for mental health into our continuous progress towards our goals and future. Create, share, reflect, grow. This online network will be an environment and safe space for those to share their work and stories, connect with other influencers, and more importantly lift each other up.

Keep close as we develop and create a space that allows us to connect. Join and start sharing!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

*HUGE EXPLODING THANK YOU to my friend Yeab for taking these awesome shots of me. You’re the best! Find more of his work here.

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.

Fitting Comfort & Versatility into Your Style

 

Welcome back, I hope you are having a lovely week so far. Nearly through another week of 2018!

Choosing an outfit to wear is one of the daily tasks that truly takes up an unnecessarily long amount of time. As someone who tends to make spontaneous plans throughout the day, I try to choose outfits that can transition from day to night. My main goal is to include both comfort and versatility into my outfits! Also… having a car is a huge plus. It’s your second closet. Trust me.

THE OVERSIZED T + CLASSIC JEANS

With this outfit in particular, I style an oversized t with my classic dark wash jeans. Wearing an oversized tee that has a bit of detail allows you more wiggle room to adjust your outfit accordingly! If your chosen tee is long enough, you can transition it into an appropriate night time look. Wear it as a tshirt dress with some thigh high or chunky boots.

STATEMENT COAT

Of course, I had to wear a coat since it was a bit chilly. Adding a statement coat or jacket to an outfit is my favorite way to accessorize. Depending on the outerwear you choose, it can completely change your look. You could always play around with it as well, if you want the jacket to be the main focus of your outfit! Having a black coat in the car is always a plus,

BASIC CHUNKY BOOTIES

With this outfit I paired brown chunky booties to dress it up a bit. I always keep a pair of black jeans and black booties in the car just in case I need to switch up the outfit for a night out. That describes the level of extra I am…

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Hope you all enjoyed this post on how I fit in comfort and versatility into my every day outfits!

 

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

CREATE WITH PASSION

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Day 7 into 2018 and it has already been an incredible start. I left off 2017 with great friends, both old and new, as well as better work habits that I accumulated throughout the end of the year. I hardly follow any clear cut resolutions but instead set out small, attainable goals. One of the goals is to create with passion, rather than generate frequent posts with less effort. Quality over quantity.


HOW I PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL

is to focus on my interests and what inspires me. It’s easy to throw out content just to provide you with something to read, but this can become a horrible habit! Hopefully I’ll be able to create content that is interesting and helpful for times in need of fashion and wellness advice!

FINDING A NICHE

has been one of my biggest struggles with blogging, as I have many interests and feel limited if I structure everything into a single category. I am getting to know myself further every day and discovering what I love to share with you or what I don’t quite like. For now, my posts will be related to fashion, photography, wellness, and weekly favorites.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

or QUANTITY WITH QUALITY will be my goal for these upcoming months. Granted, I’m sure there will be days where I go MIA, but I am definitely going to try my best to push out more content that I genuinely love and am proud of.


Thank you for sticking with me through another year. Hope you all had an amazing start to 2018. Here’s to growing together!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

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

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: CHINATOWN

Here are some new portraits from a few days ago, featuring one of my good friends Roanne! We decided to take a drive to Chinatown, Los Angeles since we haven’t been in a while.

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Are you there, God?

We look up to higher beings when we feel like we have lost control or when we can no longer see the future ahead of us. We feel powerless. Admittedly, I have wavering faith in the power that HE has. His love is powerful. We ask for guidance only in desperate times, but fail to appreciate everything he has already shown and provides for us daily. The humor in this is when I prayed and wished for a sign or direction in life today, he literally led me to a sign. Plenty of signs.

There is no sign. Only trust.


As always, thanks for stopping by.

– Rachaelle

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5-10 YEARS?

Here is a smidge of work I did this week on the wellness dimensions most important in my life currently, and the role of psychosocial health in relationships.


Most of us are generally in the same stage in life, if not the same age, we all struggle with transitioning and adapting to new changes. Through these daily changes, it is essential to apply all dimensions of health and wellness in order to thoroughly take care of your mind and body. Currently, the occupational and emotional dimensions are the most important in my life. As a transfer student, I am struggling to adapt to new systems and teachings, while working and earning money to pay for school. It’s a tough balance, but the occupational dimension is a huge factor in my life that ensures I push myself at work in order to have savings to pursue an education. In addition, I try to ensure that my time at school does not go to waste. This goes hand in hand with the emotional dimension, because it is often tough to keep a positive and steady outlook on situations that seem unbearable or even impossible.

Hopefully, in 5 to 10 years I will not be as narrow minded as I am now, and try to find my balance in all the wellness dimensions. Finding this steady balance and prioritizing all of the dimensions is what produces a healthy mind and body. In relation, psychosocial health is a key factor when achieving a healthy mind and body. Having friends and family to share your thoughts with allows you to fully express your emotions. As a result, these relationships are bonded further when connecting emotionally.


As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

A LOOK BACK ON SUMMER

As always, thanks for stopping by.

– Rachaelle