JULY FAVORITES


Welcome back, everyone! I have been super inactive on my blog lately, mainly because it’s been a sluggish and truthfully lazy couple of months. But I’m back and with a new theme altogether! I hope you all like it. With all that said, here’s what I loved in July!

FOOD :

  • Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (Temple City, CA) — Newly opened KBBQ spot in TC! Kang Ho Dong has several other locations from Koreatown to Rowland Heights, but to save the gas and stop the hunger, we decided to drop by this local spot. We dropped by on a weekday for dinner, and surprisingly it was pretty busy with a wait! All of the servers were attentive to each of their tables. Truthfully, I thought the quality of the meat was satisfying, but the bill left a hole in my stomach… haha! A bit pricey for KBBQ. Definitely will try again though! Perhaps the other locations.

  • Amazon Prime Fresh — Having groceries delivered to your door is probably the coolest discovery ever. I’m still amazed. That is all.

  • Elote — This glorious treasure is hard to come by! On the way to dinner with my brothers, we caught a lady selling these bad boys on the street for $2 each! What a steal. 10/10.

FASHION :

  • LITHE COLLECTIVE — This minimal yet chic shop is back with the cutest collection of home goods and accessories for you to splurge on. Their Rattan bags are a must have for the summer! I am so impressed by this quaint collection. Check out their instagram (@lithecollective) as well as their online boutique where they’re featuring a giveaway to kickstart their return!


  • Urban Outfitters off shoulder dress
  • Faithfull The Brand off shoulder dress

MUSIC :

  • RIP – Olivia O’Brien
  • Gilligan – DRAM
  • Bellyache – Billie Eilish (Marian Hill Remix)
  • Coming Out Strong – Future
  • Don’t Knock On My Door – Tdot illdude
  • Modern Flame – Emmit Fenn
  • Numb – 21 Savage

Thank you all for your continuous support and love! Looking forward to reading your feedback and favorites in the comments. I’ll be back soon with another post! *Trying to be more consistent….*

As always, thanks for stopping by.
– Rachaelle

THE DAILY: SKINCARE PRODUCTS 

Happy Wednesday! Following my post about tips to healthy skin, I wanted to share my every day skincare products with you. Most of these products are targeted towards those with acne-prone or oily skin, so keep in mind that they might be a little harsh or drying if you have sensitive skin. Tell me about the goodies you use on the daily also! I love reading your comments. 

1. NEUTROGENA: OIL-FREE CLEANSING WIPES

These oil-free makeup wipes are my favorites when it comes to taking off stubborn makeup that has been caked on your face all day. I would definitely say they are catered more towards those who have acne prone skin because they are oil-free and are less likely to clog your pores. Even though I personally love the strong citrus grapefruit scent, I would not recommend these cleansing wipes if you tend to have sensitive to dry skin, since the smell can be a bit potent at times! 

2. GARNIER SKIN ACTIVE: MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER & MAKEUP REMOVER

It is super important to make sure you remove every last bit of makeup, but it is also crucial to be delicate with your eyes! I use this Micellar cleansing water mainly to remove false lashes, eyeshadow, and any stubborn eye makeup. Just drop a few bits onto a round cotton pad, hold it on your eye for a few seconds, and gently wipe away. Gentle yet incredibly effective, this micellar cleansing water does the trick. I use this to remove eyebrow product as well, just to be safe. I don’t want my eyebrows disappearing after years of harsh makeup remover! 

3.  NEUTROGENA: ACNE STRESS CONTROL TRIPLE-ACTION TONER 

Right after washing my face, I love following it up with a toner to really eliminate any excess oil, unclog pores, and overall soothe redness. Most of the products I use are targeted towards acne prone skin, but no matter what your skin type is, it’s always good to finish off the cleansing with a good toner. I have been using this Neutrogena toner for about 3 years now and I find that it really makes my pores feel truly cleansed, because it is an alcohol heavy product. It does tend to dry out your skin a little, but this is part of the whole eliminating acne process. Just follow it up with a quality moisturizer! 

4. PHILOSOPHY: RENEWED HOPE IN A JAR

Honestly, I am so excited to rave about this next product. I sampled this product a couple years ago and finally decided to splurge on the full size. Philosophy consistently creates unique and quality skincare products that ensure healthy and glowing skin. Hope in a Jar is by far my favorite high end moisturizer yet. With a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, this moisturizer blends out fine lines and shrinks visible pores. Aside from this, the formula is a light, whipped consistency which allows your skin to easily soak it all up. Unlike most facial moisturizers, Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar does not feel like an oily layer on your face. It leaves your skin glowing and baby smooth! I would definitely recommend this product to all skin types if you love having smooth and wrinkle free skin. 

5. AVEENO SMART ESSENTIALS: ANTI-FATIGUE EYE ROLLER

Aveeno tends to have great skincare products for reasonable prices, so I thought I would include this under eye roll on! I wouldn’t say this instantly removes under eye puffiness, but it does feel super cooling if you happen to wake up with swollen bags under your eyes. I am not totally in love with this under eye roller, so let me know if you have any suggestions! Nonetheless, this anti-fatigue eye roller definitely helped me after those nights spent crying over grades… Wait what? 

6. MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION

I have to admit it, this stuff seriously smells toxic. But it works! I would have to say that this spot treatment does the trick when you want to get rid of stubborn white heads. The salicylic acid and calamine are quick drying ingredients which help shrink your spots overnight. The only thing that holds me back from using it is the smell, which is similar to tea tree oil. I’m not a fan. But if you are, then take the risk and buy this drying lotion! It helps instantly reduce the size of your spots and is meant for all skin types. 

7. TRETINOIN TOPICAL CREAM 0.025%

I had this acne topical cream prescribed by my doctor a few months ago, but it has definitely helped speed the process of eliminating my acne overall. This is a daily, overnight treatment that dries your pores and spots over a period of 2 months. Light peeling occurs, but usually this helps get rid of dark scars and blemishes from previous pimples. This is one of the scary acne products that is said to “make your acne worse before it gets better,” but honestly I did not experience this at all. Personally, it has helped calm my acne and reduce the amount of whiteheads and oil overall. 

***It depends on your skin type! Always speak to your doctor first before diving into serious skincare products. 

8. OLIVELLA MINT LIP ROLL ON

Mint flavored lip products are my favorite! This hydrating lip roll on moisturizers your lips and leaves them feeling refreshed and tingly… but in a good way! Olivella uses 100% natural Italian olive oil in their products, which slows down aging and hydrates your skin. The benefits of olive oil are endless. Hop on this olive oil fad for timeless skin. 

9. CHAPSTICK: SPEARMINT

Let me just tell you, I have no idea why this flavor is so hard to find. Mint lip balms and moisturizers are my favorite because they leave your lips feeling refreshed and tingly! However, it seriously upsets me that this edition is being discontinued…  

10. BURT’S BEES: MILK & HONEY BODY LOTION

Everyone has their go-to body lotion and this is my pick! Burt’s Bees products are natural and applicable to all skin types, which is rare to find! I have super dry and crusty legs, knees, and elbows; luckily, this creamy milk and honey formula helps soothe my dry skin. It is clinically proven to moisturize up to 24 hours and is open to all skin types since it is 98.9% natural. This is one of those light weight moisturizers that your skin is able to quickly absorb. On the plus side, it’s 100% natural fragrance is mildly sweet! Definitely give this lotion a try, or any Burt’s Bees product in general. 

As always, thanks for stopping by. 

– Rachaelle 

SLACKING ONCE MORE // FRIDAY FAVS

It’s been a bit since I’ve caught up with you guys.

I am truly sorry for the huge delay in posts… From school work to family hardships, I’ve struggled to keep my balance in life overall. As I continue to find that balance in my life, I thought I’d throw out a weekly favorites post! Haven’t done one of these in a while so here it goes. 

MUSIC:

  • XO – EDEN
  • You Send Me – Sam Cooke 
  • Foldin Clothes – J. Cole
  • Someone Like You – Cobrayama 
  • Love in the Dark – Adele
  • Gemini – Anne-Marie 
  • Die For You – The Weeknd

FASHION: 

  • Oversized flannels! I am definitely part of the lazy girl club, so I don’t plan much when it comes to choosing outfits. Throwing on a nice flowy oversized flannel (or a stolen flannel from your boyfriend, brother, or dad) is what I call the perfect transitioning outfit. Depending on the shoes and layering, you can dress it up or down. Casual to date night. It’s also a plus that flannels hide your belly when you want to pig out. No one will know. Leave me a comment if you want to see how I style oversized flannels! I’d love to let you in on all my secrets to the lazy girl wardrobe. 

FOOD: 

  • Manna Grill (Riverside, CA) – Unfortunately, there is a lack of authentic, quality, homestyle Asian food in Riverside. I came across this little Korean family run kitchen just last month, not expecting much from the cheap prices, besides some dry kimbap and flavorless sides. Yet, I was proven totally wrong! For the low prices, the quality and amount of food remains pretty standard. You can just tell their rolls are made with lots of love and effort. For a cheeky little snack along with your meal, order a cup of dukbokki! These are rice cakes drenched in a yummy spicy sauce. I would drink the sauce if that didn’t mean I was psycho. Be sure to try it out if you’re in Riverside! 

I always love hearing your favorites of the week and your feedback in general. Thank you all so much for your continuous support and love. Let’s all get in touch again, share some of your favorite songs in the comments! I’ll be sure to give them a listen.

As always, thanks for stopping by. 

– Rachaelle

ANOTHER WEEK DOWN // FRIDAY FAVS 

Happy Friday everyone!

The first week of August has already flown by and I’m not too sure how I feel about it. I guess ‘bittersweet’ is accurate, since summer is nearly halfway through. 

I thought I would start off a new weekly post to share some of my favorites! From foodie places to poppin’ jams, leave in the comments your favorites from this week also! Let me know where I should head to next or what I should try. Reading all of your responses always makes my day. 

MUSIC:

  • With you – Drake 
  • Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Surprise Yourself – Jack Garratt
  • Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Adele 
  • So Long (ft. Madi) – Slushii 
  • Cruel – Snakehips 
  • Don’t Need Your Love – Lucas Nord 
  • Circles – MDWS 

*Been obsessed with Jack Garratt lately! If you haven’t heard his music yet you need to check him out. Some of the remixes of his songs are pretty poppin’ too. 

FASHION: 

  • Rompers, rompers, rompers 
  • Anything made of loose and breathable material for this dry California weather 

FOOD: 

  • Hooshik (Monterey Park, CA) – I was recently introduced to this little dessert/tea shop and considering that I don’t have to drive to Koreatown in LA for Korean Style shaved ice, I think it’s pretty worth it! Definitely a welcoming place to hang out at. Their decor and shaved ice are instagrammable too so that’s always a plus! I appreciate these stores that open late during the summer. Gotta cure the munchies! 
  • Izakaya Honda-Ya (Rowland Heights, CA) – Another restaurant that opens late! This cozy Japanese place was truly a  spontaneous find when my friends and I were craving Takoyaki at 12:30AM. Their prices were pretty reasonable and not too bad for authentic Japanese food. Get the black sesame ice cream if you’re craving something mildly sweet! 

As always, thanks for stopping by. 

– Rachaelle