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


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    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

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    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

    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

    COACHELLA FASHION STAPLES

    Let’s have a heart to heart… the Coachella posts are a bit much. Not a hater though, still a fan- I promise you. This year, the fashion seems to have developed a more diverse range of style which is such a fun twist on the cliché floral-and-denim-wearing hippy vibe. Styles may have broadened, but a few staples still remain. Here are some of the consistent trends I have noticed come back during festival season!

    1. DENIM

    Either if it’s incorporated on your top or bottom, head to toe, denim will always make an appearance in any music festival. Here’s a picture of my absolute favorite ‘Chella outfit by @flamcis on Instagram, rocking TherapyLA‘s denim top. Hands down, an incredibly gorgeous and unique way to include denim in a festival outfit. 

    Not to forget, everyone needs a reliable and secure pair of distressed denim shorts for this season! Even if you have zero plans on attending a music event, grab a pair of denim shorts and a loose comfy top, and call it the perfect Spring to Summer #OOTD.
    Keeping up with fashion trends requires patience and money, so I wanted to find you guys denim shorts that are both affordable and reliable quality for the price. These two shorts are under $16 on MakeMeChic.com, one of today’s most frequently updated fashion websites that provide the latest trends at your fingertips. I literally have to force myself to close the browser to stop myself from shopping! Save 20% off on orders all orders at Makemechic.com with promocode FLO20. Their sale ends 4/24!

    2. FLORAL/MESH

    The iconic @sierrafurtado looked STUNNING in this beautiful rose embroidered mesh cover up piece at Coachella. The perfect combination of both staples!

    I have been obsessed with larger floral prints on rompers for the Spring season, and luckily enough, MakeMeChic.com carries a wide selection of affordable rompers and dresses. My top pick from their romper selection was this beauty right here…

    This Tied Ruffle Floral Romper is listed as $28! Keep in mind, the promocode FLO20 can be applied to all orders, for an extra 20% off. Get with the #MMCstyles before the sale ends on April 24th!

    3. BODY CHAINS

    I have never been a fan of body chains or jewelry in general, but I have to admit they are just nice to admire and have. ASOS has an impressive collection of body jewelry, from casual to a bit wacky (in a good way). Loved these two from the site!

    To those of you going to spend your weekend out in Coachella, have the best time, stay safe, and remember to hydrate out there! Bring your vitamin B12! 😉

    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