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Lรฉa wrote on August 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm:
Hiii! I am a huge fan of your videos and your blog! It makes me want to create one for myself! What did you use as a start for your blog? Kisses from Belgium!!
Hiii! I am a huge fan of your videos and your blog! It makes me want to create one for myself! What did you use as a start for your blog? Kisses from Belgium!!
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Jen wrote on August 4, 2019 at 5:56 am:
Hi! Really random question, but I've stop buying glossier after I found out they completely ripped off your "good morning Rachel" idea without any credit. I then saw that you worked with them so I thought "oh I guess it's not that big of a deal than I'm making it seem" but then you brought it up again how they didn't credit you in your recent vlog series. So I'm curious how you feel about the brand??
Hi! Really random question, but I've stop buying glossier after I found out they completely ripped off your "good morning Rachel" idea without any credit. I then saw that you worked with them so I thought "oh I guess it's not that big of a deal than I'm making it seem" but then you brought it up again how they didn't credit you in your recent vlog series. So I'm curious how you feel about the brand??
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I'm totally fine with the brand! I worked in-house for them for a little. Look, I think we're living in such a black and white world that if one person makes a bad judgement call, doesn't make the company inherently bad. Maybe it was petty for me to bring it up again, but it was the only tangible scenario to describe feeling kicked down from numerous of content that felt... a little too close to mine. That was just one of the bigger cases to illustrate. They're wonderful, love their products genuinely, the people, the ethos, and what they stand for.
Artemis wrote on July 30, 2019 at 9:39 pm:
Been offline for two days and missed out on the Slack invite. -.- I honestly did not think you were already going to make one. Is it going to be awhile before you send another link? Also, so great to see you ticking of things from your list. Cheers!
Been offline for two days and missed out on the Slack invite. -.- I honestly did not think you were already going to make one. Is it going to be awhile before you send another link? Also, so great to see you ticking of things from your list. Cheers!
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Here's a secret link for those of you lurking the website ๐Ÿ˜‰ https://join.slack.com/t/ourwarde/shared_invite/enQtNzI1MzI4NTI3ODcyLTkxYTBjMDAzMTJhODE4Yjg0YjJhYTRmM2YxOTUxNjRkNGE4MTZhODcwZjgxNDEzNmQyMjVlNzNiZWJiZjJjODE Will expire August 20, 2019 xx
Vivian Chen wrote on July 27, 2019 at 7:53 pm:
Can I ask where you got your blue beaded flower necklace that you've been rocking lately? I think it pairs so nicely with the gold chains. I see you wearing it in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-EADHHltxY
Can I ask where you got your blue beaded flower necklace that you've been rocking lately? I think it pairs so nicely with the gold chains. I see you wearing it in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-EADHHltxY
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It's from Roxanne Assouline! x
Ceci wrote on July 26, 2019 at 10:24 am:
Hello! Iโ€™ve been meaning to contact you for the longest but was always hesitant to do so. I am currently a student at UC Irvine going into my 3rd year, doubling in dance and sociology and been in this mindset leaning towards content/creative directing or involving myself in media/fashion industries. I am also into film photography and trying to perfect that. I feel like a complete mess and seem to be lost navigating. I donโ€™t seem to have a clear mindset around those paths but im definitely leaning towards those ideas and have been really inspired by your work. I was wondering how you got started after you graduated? What internships or jobs you took on to get where you are now? Where do I start putting my ideas out? ps you are one of my favorite yt rn. Lots of love
Hello! Iโ€™ve been meaning to contact you for the longest but was always hesitant to do so. I am currently a student at UC Irvine going into my 3rd year, doubling in dance and sociology and been in this mindset leaning towards content/creative directing or involving myself in media/fashion industries. I am also into film photography and trying to perfect that. I feel like a complete mess and seem to be lost navigating. I donโ€™t seem to have a clear mindset around those paths but im definitely leaning towards those ideas and have been really inspired by your work. I was wondering how you got started after you graduated? What internships or jobs you took on to get where you are now? Where do I start putting my ideas out?

ps you are one of my favorite yt rn. Lots of love
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if it makes you feel better, you are not the only lost one. it literally feels like this whole generation is lost. So, I hope that makes you feel less alone in a seemingly daunting position. It's not, life moves on and it'll find it's way. I got lucky, and my story is so hard to share because it was 8 years ago. 2011 was VERY different because it was before instagram. But I had the blog and people noticed my creative work and someone took a chance on me. I was lucky. But I put myself out there and I don't know if that works right, but it's worth a shot right? I wish I had better answers... but you will find it! I promise! You just neeed to TRUST the process. You can not control everything. And you don't need solid answers to take steps forward. TRUST ME...
Leigh wrote on July 22, 2019 at 6:15 am:
Hey Rachel! First, I just wanted to say that your content has been (especially) amazing recently! I am currently in business school, which has been amazing, but the people here tend to dress conservatively and I can't help feeling judged by what I wear or feel self conscious when I wear things that my peers and professors may find a bit wild. I'm constantly struggling between wearing what I want and dressing to be taken seriously. Having fun with fashion has always been the way that I express my creativity and is a huge part of my identity. Have you ever been in a situation like this? If so how did you deal with it? And do you have any suggestions as to how I can balance being professional but also funky fresh? Love you xoxo
Hey Rachel! First, I just wanted to say that your content has been (especially) amazing recently! I am currently in business school, which has been amazing, but the people here tend to dress conservatively and I can't help feeling judged by what I wear or feel self conscious when I wear things that my peers and professors may find a bit wild. I'm constantly struggling between wearing what I want and dressing to be taken seriously. Having fun with fashion has always been the way that I express my creativity and is a huge part of my identity. Have you ever been in a situation like this? If so how did you deal with it? And do you have any suggestions as to how I can balance being professional but also funky fresh? Love you xoxo
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I don't know! I actually love the business look. I live in blazers and I guess my answer would be to wear something cute and funky printed underneath professional clothing. Or playing with fun dress silhouettes but in neutral colors. But that's what creativity is! Solving problems and coming up with solutions. Get creative! ๐Ÿ™‚ It's really hard for me to just blanket statement a scenario and culture. You can judge and you know your limits, just slightly push and elevate them ๐Ÿ˜€
Kelsey wrote on July 13, 2019 at 4:29 am:
How do you capture content (i.e. photos/videos) while still being present? I find it hard to do both. I want to capture memories but feel a pressure to not be on my phone or using a camera.
How do you capture content (i.e. photos/videos) while still being present? I find it hard to do both. I want to capture memories but feel a pressure to not be on my phone or using a camera.
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Shoot first, review later. And have the documentation be a part of the experience, but I get it, it can be annoying sometimes so feeling out the moment is key. I'm bad that sometimes I catch myself having an idea or seeing something I want to capture mid-conversation. I'm trying to not do that. But I never spend the time looking at my phone. My IG stories are always delayed a few hours heh
Lili wrote on June 30, 2019 at 2:09 pm:
Hi Raych ๐Ÿ™‚ I just got a new apartment and desperately need furniture but so much out there is so blah. Where did you get your sofa from? I love it and it's so unique!! thanks ahead of time
Hi Raych ๐Ÿ™‚ I just got a new apartment and desperately need furniture but so much out there is so blah. Where did you get your sofa from? I love it and it's so unique!! thanks ahead of time
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I found that through an IG account ๐Ÿ™‚ and most of my furniture have been a steady build from collecting on Craigslist!!!! Chairish is also a great resource but I haven't bought anything from it yet. It's like THE REAL REAL, but for your house
nina wrote on June 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm:
hi rachel! i was wondering, what would be your top 5 makeup products? like if you could only use five for the reest of your life, what would it be?
hi rachel! i was wondering, what would be your top 5 makeup products? like if you could only use five for the reest of your life, what would it be?
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this is easy cause 5 is what i wear for a full face haha 1. my eyebrow makeup, which is so old i don't remember what shade it is, but it's a bobbi brown eyeshadow 2. a good lipstick, i really like the new gucci ones because they're nice and buildable 3. cloud paint 4. boy brow 5. a hydrating lip balm
Jacob wrote on June 8, 2019 at 6:45 pm:
Hi Rachel ๐Ÿ™‚ your videos always remind me of home on the west coast/the slower pace of life that i miss so much since ive moved to the east coast for college. Kinda similar to how youve referenced to your family in your videos, it's taking me some time to get my fam to understand my less traditional career path, especially since many of them are first generation asian immigrants. How have you balanced doing your own thing -- without compromise -- while staying connected to your family? Have you ever felt guilty / like you need to sacrifice anything for this purpose?
Hi Rachel ๐Ÿ™‚ your videos always remind me of home on the west coast/the slower pace of life that i miss so much since ive moved to the east coast for college. Kinda similar to how youve referenced to your family in your videos, it's taking me some time to get my fam to understand my less traditional career path, especially since many of them are first generation asian immigrants. How have you balanced doing your own thing -- without compromise -- while staying connected to your family? Have you ever felt guilty / like you need to sacrifice anything for this purpose?
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It's been a long while since I've flown the nest... 8 years now. So no, hahaha, I don't feel that from my parents anymore because all a parent worries about is you being self-sufficient. They stopped getting on my case once they realized I was fine on my own - although they still call me with a fear that one day I'll be like MOM I NEED TO MOVE HOME. That hasn't happened yet. And I'm really close to my family! Never felt the need to pick one over another and I hope you don't either!
cindy L wrote on May 30, 2019 at 11:57 am:
Hi Rachel, i have been following you since 5 years ago, but i just re-watch again your video, it give me so much motivation to become a real 'human being' and enjoy life with all of those insecurities inside! I had some dark years in early 2019, but to watch your youtube video getting me inspired to walk through and see the bright thing! You such a beautiful hoooooman! and deserved to get everything you got now! Love, from Indonesia. (idk if ever you heard this country)
Hi Rachel, i have been following you since 5 years ago, but i just re-watch again your video, it give me so much motivation to become a real 'human being' and enjoy life with all of those insecurities inside! I had some dark years in early 2019, but to watch your youtube video getting me inspired to walk through and see the bright thing! You such a beautiful hoooooman! and deserved to get everything you got now! Love, from Indonesia. (idk if ever you heard this country)
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Sophie wrote on May 13, 2019 at 7:43 am:
Hi Rachel, just wanted to send some love from the Netherlands. At the moment I am finishing up my master's degree (writing my dissertation) and your videos + website+ Instagram are a reminder for me that life after studies is exciting, open, free and can be what you want it to be. How did you know what you wanted to do after studying Economics in college? Love, Sophie
Hi Rachel, just wanted to send some love from the Netherlands. At the moment I am finishing up my master's degree (writing my dissertation) and your videos + website+ Instagram are a reminder for me that life after studies is exciting, open, free and can be what you want it to be. How did you know what you wanted to do after studying Economics in college? Love, Sophie
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i honestly need to make a video about this because i've had my blog for 12 years + , during college, so i was very lucky that I didn't have to think about what i wanted to do. i just kind of fell into a lot of it. like having david discover me from my blog and hire me as a design assistant. don't let the world of social media fool you! there's a lot of work that goes into this and it's not all free. you can be free even while you're wrapped up in school. it's a state of mind. not a state of being.
My wrote on May 4, 2019 at 5:34 pm:
One more question: How to feel okay getting older? I'm only 21, but every time my birthday rolls around I get stressed out. It's this weird mix of nostalgia for my past and anxiety about my future. I can't even imagine myself at 40, like what. That surrounds surreal. How do I let time pass, enjoy it, and not look back?
One more question: How to feel okay getting older? I'm only 21, but every time my birthday rolls around I get stressed out. It's this weird mix of nostalgia for my past and anxiety about my future. I can't even imagine myself at 40, like what. That surrounds surreal. How do I let time pass, enjoy it, and not look back?
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i think the only thing is to appreciate what you have right now than to anticipate what will/could happen. it's inevitable, and 21 is SO SO young. Omg I'm 29 girl. And I think i spent 27-29 dreading my 30s and because of it, don't even remember or can account what i did those years. don't do that. enjoy your time while it's still there.
Karen wrote on May 2, 2019 at 5:12 am:
Hey Rachel, I've been watching your videos for a long time and one of the things I admire about you is your ease in front of a camera. Whether it be in videos or when you're taking pictures with friends. Was it hard for you to be confident in front of the camera? If so, how did you overcome it?
Hey Rachel, I've been watching your videos for a long time and one of the things I admire about you is your ease in front of a camera. Whether it be in videos or when you're taking pictures with friends. Was it hard for you to be confident in front of the camera? If so, how did you overcome it?
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IDK, I've literally been in front of it so long that it doesn't phase me. like 12 years doing this kinda thing. I naturally, in my personality and DNA and horoscope, just do not and have never encountered a shyness from being extra and sharing myself.
Lucรญa wrote on April 30, 2019 at 9:23 pm:
Hi Rachel! I will really like to know what sneakers do you use for everyday? I always see you in heels but I need a new sneakers if you could give me any advice! Love you โ™ฅ
Hi Rachel! I will really like to know what sneakers do you use for everyday? I always see you in heels but I need a new sneakers if you could give me any advice! Love you โ™ฅ
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i don't love sneakers, but right now, i wear reeboks. i couldn't tell you what style other than white - heh.
paige j wrote on April 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm:
hi Rachel! been wanting to shoot film for a while but not quite sure where to start, it can be a bit overwhelming when researching on the interwebs? I had an old camera from my mom but the shutter is broken and I found out it would be more expensive to fix than to just buy a nice used one that works ๐Ÿ™‚ so--back to square one! would you recommend going with a point and shoot? or a nicer SLR with a lens? just curious what kind of film camera you use and what you would recommend to someone who wants to get into shooting 35mm ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!!
hi Rachel! been wanting to shoot film for a while but not quite sure where to start, it can be a bit overwhelming when researching on the interwebs? I had an old camera from my mom but the shutter is broken and I found out it would be more expensive to fix than to just buy a nice used one that works ๐Ÿ™‚ so--back to square one! would you recommend going with a point and shoot? or a nicer SLR with a lens? just curious what kind of film camera you use and what you would recommend to someone who wants to get into shooting 35mm ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!!
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i would just get a point and shoot, that's what I used. as far as learning how to use an SLR, i would practice on a digital one first so you can see in live time what aperture and f-stop does to photos, and then take that knowledge to film once you feel more secure!
B wrote on April 27, 2019 at 5:26 pm:
Hi Rachel!! I love and continue to draw I inspiration from your videos. This is such a randomly specific question but you have this huge silky green srunchieโ€”where is it from? It looks so perfect! The color, the weight, the finish. Itโ€™s the perfect accessory and I need to know! Thank you :)))
Hi Rachel!! I love and continue to draw I inspiration from your videos. This is such a randomly specific question but you have this huge silky green srunchieโ€”where is it from? It looks so perfect! The color, the weight, the finish. Itโ€™s the perfect accessory and I need to know! Thank you :)))
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thank you! wow i get asked about that one a lot, it's just from a large bin at my local Larchmont beauty store. it felt like fishing, idk if they have just that type exclusively there, but would check it out for sure!
Ashley wrote on April 23, 2019 at 4:31 am:
Hey rachel! In your most recent video, I saw one of your posters that reads, "SEX TAPE," where is it from? Also Love your videos<3
Hey rachel! In your most recent video, I saw one of your posters that reads, "SEX TAPE," where is it from?
Also Love your videos<3
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i stole it from a magazine in paris
Sabrina wrote on April 17, 2019 at 3:49 am:
Hey Rachel! How's your 30 by 30 going so far?
Hey Rachel! How's your 30 by 30 going so far?
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getting my seeds planted now that I'm finally ALONE and in my own headspace. (weston no longer WFH and I am not consulting anyone rn and also wrapped up a big travel trip!)
val wrote on April 8, 2019 at 5:38 pm:
Hi, Rachel. I suggest you can do weekly vlog, which is much less stressful and you do not need to do it every week lol. I really like your vlog! I watch them every day.
Hi, Rachel. I suggest you can do weekly vlog, which is much less stressful and you do not need to do it every week lol. I really like your vlog! I watch them every day.
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aw thank you for watching! yes i really need to implement it into a habit. dlkfjdklagjhrt
Qingqing wrote on March 26, 2019 at 5:50 am:
Hi Rachel, greetings from China! I've been following you since I study in the UK, where, for the very first time I got access to YouTube. It's been six years, and I still enjoy your contents. Sometimes I watch those videos over and over again to get inspirations. Thank you for your sharing and efforts. I would really like to see a Spring/Summer Edition Skincare or MakeUp video. As new season is right on the way, We need your guidance! Will you do that ? All the best and I love you as always โค๏ธ
Hi Rachel, greetings from China! I've been following you since I study in the UK, where, for the very first time I got access to YouTube. It's been six years, and I still enjoy your contents. Sometimes I watch those videos over and over again to get inspirations. Thank you for your sharing and efforts. I would really like to see a Spring/Summer Edition Skincare or MakeUp video. As new season is right on the way, We need your guidance! Will you do that ? All the best and I love you as always โค๏ธ
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good idea! thank you for the sweet words ๐Ÿ™‚ while youtube is censored in china, i am grateful that somehow, there is still an audience there that rebels to watch me.
Marina wrote on March 15, 2019 at 11:03 am:
Hiii, I am really thinking quitting my job to start living a life that I really enjoy to live so as a designer maybe I will try freelancing and a big project that I have in mind. I know that will be difficult times speacilly money related, how did you manage the difficult no-money times? X
Hiii, I am really thinking quitting my job to start living a life that I really enjoy to live so as a designer maybe I will try freelancing and a big project that I have in mind. I know that will be difficult times speacilly money related, how did you manage the difficult no-money times? X
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Something that's helped me is having a savings account and knowing how much I need a month to survive. I kind of gauge my spending based off of what I have, what I'm about to earn (or lack there of), and spend frugally accordingly, and splurge when I can!
Brianna wrote on March 14, 2019 at 9:55 pm:
Hey, I just recently discovered you and I have fallen in love with your visual mood board videos. I have tried to google how to create them into a video but have come up short. I see in a previous question you use final cut pro but do you think you can go more in depth on the process in a directional sense for people like myself who want to make out own but don't understand how you take all these pictures and videos and make them into something amazing. Especially the frames where the picture is within the video.
Hey, I just recently discovered you and I have fallen in love with your visual mood board videos. I have tried to google how to create them into a video but have come up short. I see in a previous question you use final cut pro but do you think you can go more in depth on the process in a directional sense for people like myself who want to make out own but don't understand how you take all these pictures and videos and make them into something amazing. Especially the frames where the picture is within the video.
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Hiii Brianna ~ thank you! Haha the thing is with these programs is that you'll never find a recipe for how someone makes something. The way I've always learned how to use programs like FCPx or Photoshop is literally google. I know you googled it, but I would stem it more from your own ideas and urges. It makes for better work too. Such as, instead of googling "how to make a mood board video" google "how to layer image over video in fcpx". You'll find things like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4vPlm39irM And this is ultimately how I learn how to make cool effects. I probably google 3-6 tutorials each video. Gotta put in the work and curiosity and learn it for yourself.
Hannah Dinero wrote on March 11, 2019 at 6:15 am:
Hi Rachel ๐Ÿ™‚ You've inspired me for years and I think you have some of the most original and creative content on the Internet. On your Vlogmas Day 8 video you mentioned that photography isn't a skill you're great at but that you're good at visuals (PS you ARE an amazing photographer). But I feel the same way in that I'm not a traditionally trained photographer or designer, but I know I can produce attractive/effective content. I recently graduated from college and am pursuing a career in fashion -- how can I use this asset to my advantage? If you have any advice on how to brand "being good at visuals" in a professional tone, I would love to hear it. Cheers, Hannah
Hi Rachel ๐Ÿ™‚ You've inspired me for years and I think you have some of the most original and creative content on the Internet. On your Vlogmas Day 8 video you mentioned that photography isn't a skill you're great at but that you're good at visuals (PS you ARE an amazing photographer). But I feel the same way in that I'm not a traditionally trained photographer or designer, but I know I can produce attractive/effective content. I recently graduated from college and am pursuing a career in fashion -- how can I use this asset to my advantage? If you have any advice on how to brand "being good at visuals" in a professional tone, I would love to hear it. Cheers, Hannah
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Hi Hannah ~ Thank you so much for the sweet words. I guess to give a quickie answer (because I really don't want this to open up to an intense advice column lol), you say that about my work only because you see it, you've seen the mood and curation I've captured through the photos or video I've been a part of. The only way to really start the branding of your own work is to keep making stuff, publish it, and keep your work cohesive but experimental. No matter what, if you're making things purely from your soul, it will look cohesive. It only strays away when you're trying too hard to emulate a look or other work. Hope that helps! TL;DR: put work out, people will see, that's it. Rachel
ThatsChic Subscriber wrote on March 3, 2019 at 10:37 pm:
What are some ways to elevate your look? Do you ever feel bad about spending on material items before saving the money or buying a home (versus renting)?
What are some ways to elevate your look?
Do you ever feel bad about spending on material items before saving the money or buying a home (versus renting)?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
good jewelry to elevate and no, but i'm sure down the line, i might.
Emily wrote on February 25, 2019 at 10:50 pm:
Hi I love the music in your vlogs. Can you please make a Spotify playlist
Hi I love the music in your vlogs. Can you please make a Spotify playlist
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i'm raychnguyen on spotify and if you search rachel nguyen, there are a few playlists!
Bella Mannray wrote on January 24, 2019 at 1:26 am:
Hi Rachel, I love your Visual Moodboard youtube video. What app did you use to compile and edit the videos and images?
Hi Rachel,
I love your Visual Moodboard youtube video. What app did you use to compile and edit the videos and images?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
FCPx! x
Jaclyn wrote on January 23, 2019 at 8:11 pm:
What are your favorite yoga studios in LA? Specifically around mid-city West/Miracle Mile/Larchmont if you have any? Just moved to the area and having a hard time finding a good yoga studio that isn't hot yoga. Thank you!
What are your favorite yoga studios in LA? Specifically around mid-city West/Miracle Mile/Larchmont if you have any?

Just moved to the area and having a hard time finding a good yoga studio that isn't hot yoga.

Thank you!
Admin Reply by: Rachel
I like Yogaworks on Larchmont! But I more drive to Hollywood (Set and Flow and SweatTheory [it's hot yoga, but I love this class]) or Silverlake (One Down Dog) xx Also try Classpass to explore studios until you find one you like! http://class.ps/lI2ZH
Nath wrote on January 20, 2019 at 3:31 pm:
Hi Rachel. I love your videos especially when you're strolling around the neighbourhood (with your bike it's awsome!). Could you do one with your favorite places in LA? Thanks and see you.
Hi Rachel. I love your videos especially when you're strolling around the neighbourhood (with your bike it's awsome!). Could you do one with your favorite places in LA? Thanks and see you.
Admin Reply by: Rachel
Thank you Nath ๐Ÿ™‚ I have made one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZnlnDd0Q2g xxx
al wrote on January 19, 2019 at 10:27 am:
what book(s) would you recommend that changed your life?
what book(s) would you recommend that changed your life?
Admin Reply by: Rachel
TBH, I don't read, but I listen to podcasts if you go to this episode of vlogmas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLa-frg5pDM