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

http://organicmilkbar.com

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

    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

    JANUARY MUSIC PLAYLIST REVIEW: Songs I’m Loving This Week




    Hi friends! I thought it would be fun to share my favorite music with you weekly, since I love discovering new artists and rediscovering loved songs. I create a new playlist every month of the year, adding both new and old songs… I do this because I like to go back through the months and have that nostalgic feeling and remember all the bad and good memories! Music is heavily involved in my moods and sets the tone of the months. Weird, I know. Nonetheless, here are a few songs I have recently been loving, fresh and straight from my January playlist. 

    Fair-Weather Friend – Bruno Major

    Bruno Major & the perfect imperfections (interview)

    “For the past year, the super-talented Bruno Major has been writing and releasing a new song every month. It’s an incredible project, as Major opens himself up like few artists are able to do – obviously, the result is stunning.” – Thomas Smith 
    Read more on Bruno Major on Thomas Smith’s article! 

    Surreal – Louis Futon, RKCB

    louis futon review

    First discovered Louis Futon through his soundcloud, and later rediscovered more of his incredible work on Spotify. This chill track is the perfect mix to get you ready for the day, and the perfect amount to get you in a good mood for whatever the day has to throw at you. It can also be one of those tracks you blast when you’re in for a long drive. With all the windows down.

    Be The One – Cupidon, Tierra

    be the one cupidon review

    I love the vocals on this track! Starts off smooth and then poppin’ beats join in. A common theme of my January playlist so far is chill music that slowly build into soft indie pop jams. I’m terrible at describing music. I just realized. Maybe this post idea was a mistake… hahaha! But if you listen to this song I feel like you’ll understand what I mean. 

    Lights Out – AKAY, Ayelle

    lights out akay review

    This song is different from the previous couple. It takes it back a notch with a soothing voice, almost whispering a love song lullaby. But the vocals… MMM so whispy… charming… persuasive? Jeez. So pleased to have found this song. Something to listen to when you’re driving home, winding down, ready to fall asleep.

    Check out more of AKAY on Soundcloud 

    Hold on to Me – Kyle Dion

    kyle dion favorite song

    Honestly, I listened to this song quite a while back if I remember correctly. Didn’t like it too much. Revisited Kyle Dion’s work on Spotify after seeing Xavier Omar’s tags on Instagram, and wow. I don’t know what I was doing passing up on Kyle Dion! His voice makes me want to keep listening…on and on. The lyrics, his talent when he hits those high notes… So incredibly pure. Another track to chill to or even blast in the car when you’re having the feels.

    FaceTime – 21 Savage

    21 savage favorite

    Obviously had to include 21 Savage in my playlist. Always sneaks in to every month’s tracks. Issa vibe. Nothing more to say.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    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

    A LOOK BACK ON SUMMER

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    – Rachaelle

    VEGETABLES AND THE OCCASIONAL STREET TACO

    …Vegetables and food truck tacos are exactly what my diet has been full of for this past week, and I’m content as ever. I love sharing my finds with you all and these spots definitely made me happy. Let me know your favorite spots in LA, I am dying to try new places!

    1. BOILING POINT

    I am usually a meat lover, but lately I’ve been a sucker for all veggies. Boiling Point’s Organic Veggie pot does the trick with my unusual and unwavering cravings for vegetables. The soup broth is so clean and pure compared to the other meat based broths. Not that I’m a meat hater! I just really enjoy eating vegetables… And the response my body gives! (What goes in must come out…)

    2. EL FLAMIN’ TACO TRUCK (Location on Vermont)

    Who doesn’t love a plate of dirty street tacos? El Flamin’ is surely on a whole ‘notha level regarding the taco truck world. Maybe I haven’t ventured out enough to every taco truck in LA, but El Flamin’ seriously has the best pastor tacos. Pile it on with some salsa verde, loads of onions, and radish… Mmm. So juicy!

    3. URBAN PLATES

    Roasted vegetable heaven! Urban Plates is one of my newly discovered favorite restaurants. Their hearty meals can be a bit rich and are blatantly for the rich (it can be a bit pricey for a meal), but the quality and flavor was worth it. If I have the time and money, you know where to find me!

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    – Rachaelle

    #FASHIONFINDS // PINK PLASTIC BABEZ

    Instagram is always with the latest fashion trends and hip boutiques. I am so inspired and impressed by all the individuals who turn their start ups into hugely successful fashion empires throughout social media! Here's an example of one.

    Instagram – @pinkplasticbabez
    Show these ladies some love & Shop NOW!

    SHOP MY FAVORITES:

    As always, thanks for stopping by.
    – Rachaelle

    IT’S A WRAP! SUMMER 2017

    Well, not just yet. Just a few more weeks until the beloved Summer 2017 comes to a closing. Here are my tips to soak up the sun.



    Go out and do something you've always wanted to do!

    As always, thanks for stopping by.
    – Rachaelle

    *Sushi pictured is from Osawa Shabu Shabu & Sushi! Located in Pasadena, CA. Definitely drop by if you're in the area.