Ask Rachel


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cherrypie wrote on January 16, 2019 at 2:41 am:
Ahh you're back answering questions! This makes me v v happy. Thank you Rach! Firstly I want to say I absolutely lovee your videos. It always feels so fresh and provides such a nice insight into part of your life, I always feel so privileged.

I can tell you are passionate about what you do, but have there ever been times you felt a bit unmotivated or stuck? How do you get out of that zone? I sometimes find myself this way when faced with a large challenge and my insecurities kick in. I end up not wanting to get the job done because I'm scared. Thank you in advance. You're a babe xxx
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Hi love, yes babe, I am here. I am present. I am seen for you to feel seen. I feel more passionate than ever! But I definitely had a lump of time that I wasn't. Sometimes, it's okay to let your mind and soul go through those shifts. What's helping me right now is getting my life reorganized and once that ball gets going it's hard to stop. I'm resetting and whilst I'm doing so, I'm starting to write down all my goals, big or small. And after braindumping, I take a look at the list and think how can I make them into smaller, bite sized goals. Having daily, hourly, micro accomplishments (even if it's something as small as crossing off a task to research something for 30 minutes) helps keep me motivated in daunting goals. Hope that helps bb xx
Babe wrote on January 14, 2019 at 11:22 am:
Favorite TV show(s)?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Breaking Bad was my all-time, and always The Office πŸ™‚ I enjoyed Big Little Lies and Narcos in more recent times.
T wrote on January 13, 2019 at 5:32 am:
Hey Rachel, I'm thinking of starting an e-com biz (ie. starting my own online shop) with dropshipping. Not totally sure what I'll be selling yet, but I'm thinking lifestyle products (home stuff, decor, skincare, accessories etc). Do you have any advice on what you think makes a great online shop? Thank you πŸ™‚
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Hm, I think a mix of everything as long as its a good point of view! I don't limit to liking or thinking just one forumalic way works. It's all in execution as long as it feels focused and inspiring! πŸ™‚ Good luck with it. A good year to start xxx
ali wrote on January 12, 2019 at 5:37 pm:
Hi Rachel! Thank you for your great content. Really enjoyed Vlogmas 2018. I was wondering, what is the earring you always had in your right(?) ear, that little dangly diamond-looking one? I couldn’t find it in your descriptions/comments, sorry if you already answered!
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Yes! They're from Marida πŸ™‚
Grace wrote on January 10, 2019 at 5:34 pm:
Hello Rach!
I'm thinking of (possibly) moving to Los Angeles. Any tips on living in the city? and what are the pros and cons?

P.S. If you could live in a city besides LA, where would it be? πŸ™‚

Admin Reply by: Rachel
I would definitely love to give NY or Paris a go.

LA is a miserable paradise. It's hard to adjust to the driving (although I'm used to it) and the sparseness of the city. Find close people. The diamonds you uncover here are worth more than the many rubies and emeralds in other cities.
Saldon wrote on December 22, 2018 at 6:11 am:
I know work and YT videos keep you busy, but I miss reading your blog posts. Hope you come back soon! xx
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Me too! xxx
B wrote on December 17, 2018 at 8:23 am:
Hi Raych. I'm 25 yrs old now.. and all my life I never really lived in my true self.. My personality (that also includes my hobby, fav colour, behavior, etc.) changed ALL THE TIME according to whom I idolized at the moment - and of course you're one of them haha. Good thing about you is that you always embrace individuality/originality, and that's what I'm striving for right now.. Since I'm a sagittarius myself I think it is fair to get a bit of advice from another sagi. So what should I do? It's the end of 2018 already! I cannot be like this for the rest of my life :(((

Thanks in advance xx
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Aw, I wanna give you a hug. You have so much love to give, so give it to yourself a little. Take a break from IG for a while, unless you need to work on it, but even so, find your boundaries. Know your limits. The love of admiration can go into the act of comparison. It's okay that you watch people that help you get into new things! We're all a combined energy of what we surround ourselves with. What I do when I start getting to that point is putting up blinders. "What does Rachel want to do today" "What do I realllllly like, like REALLLLY like. Let me sit on that for a while without trying to take notes from other people". Being honest with yourself. Like really, let yourself. Figure your life story, what makes you tick and why you are latching on, maybe there's something/someone/moment in your life that has led you to believe you're only capable of someone's opinion. Getting to the bottom of that, will help you move forward. Hope that helps and best luck on your journey! xxxx
Min wrote on December 12, 2018 at 5:29 am:
Hey Rachel! I hope you are having an amazing day so far (and also had a wonderful birthday <3). I have been loving your vlogmases and really appreciate your authenticity. What are your advices for times when you're doubting yourself? I'm in my early-mid twenties, and I've been having a hard time appreciating myself; I feel a bit lost and also can't help but comparing myself to others. I also have been single for awhile which doesn't help the way I'm feeling, but I understand that "you are not ready for a relationship when you aren't in love with yourself." What are your thoughts?
P.S. sending you positive vibes from Virginia xoxo
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Allowing trust and giving love is not easy. It's a practice that gets more natural the more you apply it. One of the ways I like to remind myself how much I appreciate myself, is taking the time to eat well, cook for myself, work out, treat myself, indulge in my wants. In the process, I've started to get to know myself and the things I value. Also I love being around
reciprocating energy and loving/appreciating others. It's a really big question to ask, hard to tackle through these Q&As, maybe a video to tackle down the line. In short, take care of yourself right now. A physical action of love towards yourself will emotionally manifest before you can take another step. Just trying to give you a small and doable action for now. You'll see the difference. I promise.
Thats chic subscriber wrote on December 9, 2018 at 12:47 am:
Who was the person mentioned in your bullet journal that has since been blurred out in the journal entry?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Why would it matter? It's my diary entry. *sigh* the nerve sometimes...
Ardash wrote on December 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm:
No question. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your content. It makes me feel inspired & a little less lonely in a weird 21st century kinda way.

Lots of love for the new year xx

Ps. excited for vlogmas!!
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Thank you for this xxxxx HNY! I'm excited for this year xx
Lili wrote on November 26, 2018 at 1:44 am:
Hey Rachel! I love all your content. I find myself rewatching your vlogs whenever I'm feeling down on life because it forces me to be appreciative of the small things. Speaking of, wondering where you got your black slip/chemise that you wear in your 2017 Vlogmas videos? I want one πŸ˜‰
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Plz DM a screenshot
It Me wrote on November 7, 2018 at 9:46 pm:
Hi Rachel!

Is there a certain year or stage of your life that you get particularly nostalgic for? Obviously not in a manner of dwelling, but more so like a "golden era" in your life that you look back on with a particular fondness?

You're an angel. Thanks for sharing your life and creativity with us all. <3
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Not yet! Still thriving πŸ™‚
Jessica Salera wrote on October 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm:
Hi Rachel!

First off, i absolutely LOVE your vlogs. I really appreciate the creativity and a kind of vulnerability you display on them. Anyways, I’m starting a new job soon that requires very clean cut & professional attire. I was wondering if you have any tips to abide by these guidelines, but still remaining true to your own personal style.
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Find your favorite silhouettes and stick to that. I love blazers, so they're always a go to for my office attire! Have fun through accessories πŸ™‚
Dani wrote on October 24, 2018 at 3:42 pm:
Hi Rachel, do you mind sharing what its like to be consulting several brands like how it works, the process etc.
Admin Reply by: Rachel
It's like managing a bunch of external ideas and trying to help them funnel it into one vision. Is the paraphrased version. I don't know, I'm just good at what I do and I'm super opinionated. People pay me for my viewpoint, so there's no process. It's a "hey can you help me?" "yeah sure, I can do that for $$$$ a month" Not really professionalizing it, but hey, I'm a free thinker.
SH wrote on October 24, 2018 at 9:29 am:
Hey Rach! I very much love the content you make from fashion, beauty and even health. My question is how do you balance a healthy lifestyle? as simple as that question seems, as hard is the act itself. I am very fortunate to have lost a lot of weight but recently feel out balanced? Every time I eat I simply obsess over calories and how it will affect my body. I am asking YOU because damn you have a strong and most importantly healthy body. Can you share tips?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
I mean, it's always a work in progress. Mindfulness is a practice, not really a state of being. Unless of course, you're super super enlightened, but even I am not close to that. I have my hiccups and guilt pleasures! Maybe if you're obsessing over calories, try looking at food groups and seeing what works for you? Doing a crazy diet like Whole 30 helped me see my relationship with food and what works for me and what doesn't. Like wine, it makes me feel awful, but yeah, I'll still mindfully have a glass every now and then, sometimes, lushfully. Health is a balance, not a chore. Don't deprive yourself, but don't give into yourself too. Enjoy and know your limits!
Chloe wrote on October 17, 2018 at 8:33 pm:
Hi Rachel, I was thinking about starting a vlog but not sure how to get into it, was wondering if you had any tips?
P.S. Love your content πŸ™‚
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Just start filming. Then try editing it. There's no other way than to just do it. And until you just do it, you won't have an understanding of what/how you want to film for the next video. Your first try doesn't have to be published. Just spend one whole day filming and then edit what you have. I promise that experience will put an otherwise daunting idea into a tangible perspective. x
Mia wrote on October 12, 2018 at 10:32 pm:
Hi Rachel,

I recently started my first semester of university and was wondering what your experience was like? How did you balance school, work(if you had one), and social life? I've definitely had a lot of goals in mind that I would like to accomplish before my first year ends such as landing an internship and finding the opportunity to study abroad so I wanted to know if you had any advice on those aspects as well.

Best, Mia

P.S. you don't have to answer this if its irrelevant to you now.
Admin Reply by: Rachel
I think the art of juggling will always be relevant and the best way to go about it is to plan, plan, plan! The BuJo and Google Cal helps me so much. Ex: if I feel like I haven't seen a friend in a while, I will always text even if I'm too busy to see how they're doing. If I want to work on a special project, I break down the major key steps and find places in my cal to execute it. That way ideas and intentions aren't lingering around and you can start time-blocking your time spent. xx
Chloe Collins wrote on October 12, 2018 at 9:15 am:
Hey Rachel!

I'm heading to Vietnam at the end of the year and I'm trying to find ethical clothing stores? Do you know any ethical places? I'm going to be there for a month - starting in the North and ending in the South. Thanks!
Admin Reply by: Rachel
I'm so sorry I don't! Maybe Kaarem? Sorry I know it's a lot late answer this. I hope you had fun there xx
April wrote on October 7, 2018 at 11:20 pm:
What camera do you recommend as a simple point and shoot or someone starting a blog?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Canon G7X MIII has been amazing for me! I also love the Fujifilm x100 series xx
Claudia LI wrote on October 5, 2018 at 3:07 pm:
Hi rachel! I know this is a very weird question but I have this whole 5 year plan and my goal is to be living in los angeles by the time im 25-ish. The only thing holding me back (aside from missing my parents) is my fear of not meeting new people and having no friends. do you think it's possible to start a social life from zero at that age in la? is it crazy hard?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
With social media, I think it's been a lot easier to meet people. Move to a bustling neighborhood. Arts District is a good one because everyone is walking and it's very close there. But yeah, it can be hard, finding a community (even if it's at work ... where I met most of my core friends now), definitely helps in starting to expand your friendship circle! Best of luck here πŸ™‚ You're gonna have an amazing time xx
a friend wrote on October 5, 2018 at 2:59 am:
Hi Rachel!

For the life of me, I cannot believe that you aren't a Gemini.
In that spirit, I'd like to propose a video idea that celebrates your fluid and effortless dualism (akin to your angel/devil halloween video): Work vs Leisure (a lookbook).

I love you - you're magic!
Admin Reply by: Rachel
I love this idea! I mean Gemini is the Sag's sister sign, and I am around a lot of them. Including my boyfriend! Hah. I'm sure that rubs off. Love you too! xx
Anne wrote on September 20, 2018 at 8:09 pm:
Hello Rachel ^^

I've just finished watching your "GOOD EVENING RACHEL" video. At the end of the video you finish up your look with some Jo Malone perfume.
I was wandering if you could do a "Perfume collection" kind of video >.<

Bises (from Marseille)
Admin Reply by: Rachel
I can definitely look into it, but I'm selfishly secretive about my favorite perfumes πŸ™
Question wrote on September 12, 2018 at 6:26 pm:
What did you blur out in your video where you free wrote an entry about weston??
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Wow, I'm appalled that the entitlement that you want me to share my very personal diary entry openly to the internet to read? What the actual fuck?
Elyse wrote on September 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm:
Hello Rachel,

When did you become interested in fashion, becoming a youtuber, and find your sense of style I really want to become a stylist, or something in the fashion industry; do you have any tips? My birthday is also December 10th.
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Happy belated birthday twin!

When did you become interested in fashion? Always, have always been interested in expressing myself with pretty things
Youtube: 2014
Find my style: When I stopped caring what other people wanted to see and overthinking 'lewks'.
Being a style: helps if you genuinely enjoy solving visual problems. most of the best stylists I know don't even have great style. they just wear jeans and a shirt.
Vi wrote on August 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm:
Hi Rachel!!

Your creativity and uniqueness is so cool and inspiring! Which is why it surprised me that you were an econ major because I thought you majored in something more artistic because of how creative your blog and youtube channel are. Did you wish you studied something else or are you glad you have an economics degree? Were you happy in college? The reason I am asking is because I am currently in college and was studying business, but I switched my major to Information Technology because I was so miserable at the business school. Hopefully, I'll enjoy tech more than business, but overall I aspire to be in a creative field. I just wanted to hear about your experience and any advice you could give me about college and your career.

Vi πŸ™‚
Admin Reply by: Rachel
TBH, I only went to school for my parents. I couldn't have cared less about school. Don't regret going nor not studying anything else. Creativity is hard to teach, the only way to nurture that is to find an outlet to express yourself to know what you are good at and enjoy doing. Figure that out and master it, then you're ready to figure your place out in the creative world. But stay in school! Have hobbies on the side. HOBBIES ARE SO IMPORTANT.
Sadie M. wrote on August 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm:
Hi, Rach! I miss your videos so much! I wanted to ask you, did you move to America or were you born here? I would love a video where you get in touch with your heritage!
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Thank you Sadie! I was born here πŸ™‚ visiting Vietnam was a beautiful way that I was able to get in touch with my heritage, but my parents raised me very Vietnamese. So that always feels like home, even if I've been homogenized into the city of LA, a good bowl of pho and che for dessert makes me a happy girl.
Michelle wrote on August 11, 2018 at 1:31 pm:
Hi Rachel!

I'm a high school student still learning about herself and I think I know myself and my own brand. But here's the thing, I want to change my brand, I don't want to be known as someone who just laughs a lot and really loud.. I don't know how to change this brand though, but i really really reaaaally want to change who I am as a person. How do you think I should approach this?

Admin Reply by: Rachel
Aw Michelle, I know it's hard for you to envision and swallow this very overused phrase, but... damn girl, you're still so young. You're just exploring yourself! Don't put so much pressure to be in a box, play around, shit, you wrote this to me in August, you probably changed so much already. The cycle keeps moving, enjoy it. It's life!
BΓ©atrice wrote on July 24, 2018 at 10:01 pm:
Hi! I just saw the furniture you bought for your apartment ( coffee table and dresser)and I'm in love! Where did you get them?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
I like using Chairish, Craigslist (dresser), The Real Real (coffee table), flea markets, estate sales, and now, Instagram πŸ™‚
crystal wrote on July 17, 2018 at 5:48 am:
you have BDE
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Jordy wrote on July 14, 2018 at 4:56 am:
Hi! I was wondering what kind of instax/polaroid camera you use?? Also any suggestions on film cameras - I play around with disposables, but lately I've been thinking about investing in one
Admin Reply by: Rachel
I have the big one re: polaroid. And I love my Olympus camera. Etsy has some good ones πŸ™‚