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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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.

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.

Shot with Canon 60D + 50mm f/1.8

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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

MICHELLE


Normally I post pictures of myself, and I am fully aware there is a lack of variety in this blog so far. Today I thought I would push the boat out and open up my trusty portfolio! I’m still trying to build my photography knowledge, but for now I thought I would share with you a photo I took recently. Featured here today is my incredibly caring and beautiful roommate. 

Amidst financial aid scrambling and work stress, in our enclosed box of a dorm room, there is quite a bit of exchanging of ideas and talking about random life bits. We may be two hippies at times, but one of the topics we always come back to is confidence and self love. Feeling empowerment through the love you provide for yourself. On the daily, confidence is mistaken as being conceited or self absorbed. Society has come so far as to create the conclusion that posting pictures of yourself must mean that you are way too into yourself. Do pictures fully amount to the person you are? 

This is Michelle. So far, Michelle has lived 18 years of life with an open mind, endless faith, immeasurable joy, and growing wisdom. Michelle has experienced and received love, and unknowingly shares her love every single day with everyone she greets. Love is not limited by a single definition. It would be foolish to believe there is only one type of love. However, the most important love she receives is from her own heart. Self love is what allows her to respect and take care of her mind and body each day, to prepare for the future, and to have the confidence to feel beautiful– inside and out. This is Michelle, the most kind and optimistic human being I know, and I am so pleased to share this photo with you. 

As always, thank you for stopping by. 

– Rachaelle