Oaxaca Travel Guide

July 11, 2018

¡Hola! Just got back from Oaxaca and am overwhelmed with much to share, but I’m going to keep this blog post simple, short, and sweet as a list of places I visited in the beautiful city. I’m hoping the energy was well captured through video, so I won’t really go further into my admiration for the city.

What I can share with you are some the routes we took and how to maximize your visit as best possible.

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I’ll be dividing my trip up into sections of where things are in relation to each other so you can figure best for yourself how you would plan it. We stayed about 30 minutes outside of the city, which was lovely to see how people really lived outside of bustling downtown, El Centro. There are lots of amazing places to eat and shop, here are the ones we visited

City Center

To Eat

El Pitiona – Lovely food and creative drinks. A super beautiful spot for daytime food.

El Trompo – Realllllly good and cheap tacos. Best for a late night meal after a few dance parties 

Bouleng –  We unfortunately never made it here, but it was on the list and looks delicious!

Sabina Sabe – A bright teal space for cocktails and food – we never got the food part though, but we did visit more than once for drinks! Super sweet bartenders.

Hotel Antonio – A coffee shop we stumbled in that felt like we never left LA, but in a really good way.

El Distilado – I think this was one of my favorite places we ate at and I encourage the tasting menu! The atmosphere is really good for groups; we never tried the cocktails though because of the election. 

Los Danzantes – Worth visiting for dinner for the architecture alone. The appetizers were memorable.

Criollo – This was definitely my favorite restaurant. It was the perfect harmony of craft, design, and flavors. Not to be missed.

Los Amantes – A mezcal tasting bar, very small and intimate, but we found ourselves here probably…. every night.

To Shop

Studio Q – A creative project between local artisans and designers.

Lanii  – Home of a very Instagrammable wicker wall

Aripo – It was closed when we tried to visit but looks sooo beautiful.

Collectivo 1050 – Spot for designer ceramics

Xaquixe – In an art studio where I was heavily drawn to the pastel, glass-blown goods

 

To Visit / Stay

Textile Museum – The art itself is pretty quick to go through, but there are some interesting places to pop in and out of within the blocks’ vicinity.

Casa Oaxaca – This was recommended across the board to stay and eat, but it was closed for renovations during our visit so we didn’t get to check it out.

Jardin Entobotanico – Sorely missed this as well. We didn’t realize the hours and had poorly planned our visit, soooo beautiful though.

Los Amantes – I definitely want to stay here the next time I’m in town, such a beautiful space along with a luring rooftop bar.

South Valley

Here are some of the stops in linear order:

1. Tula Tree for this historic tree

2. Teotitlan for rugs

3. Matatlan for mezcal

4. Hierve el Agua for breathtaking nature (this required a day trip on its own, but the previous can be done in a day

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Other Destinations

One of my favorite spots was Atzompa, a little pottery village. I warn future visitors right now to plan ahead to bring back some pottery that is hard to pass up. Super affordable and extremely well made crafted goods here. Abastos market was also a bit of a drive away but so worth the visit. It’s like a huge farmers market + crafts + ready-to-made food. Everyone is dressed in traditional wear and it’s really a magical, stimulating place to be.

Thank you for following along x

Night Owl

May 27, 2018

Hello frends – how have you all been? It’s been a minute since I’ve updated. Funny enough, I had a comment in Ask Rachel asking why I don’t update as much given this new platform. That’s a great question and maybe an appropriate time to answer really, what my day to day looks like.

All my life I’ve been a perpetual night owl – ever since college when my horrible procrastination habits pushed me to last-minute, 4am study cramming. Something about the world’s slumber pushed me into a zone of my own – truly, a time I can concentrate without the distraction of social updates, text messages, and fomo. This still applies to my adult life.

With that in mind, I can introduce to you the fact that Weston is a morning person, a light sleeper, and in bed by 10:30pm most nights. This has put a damper on the balance of my work and personal life, because I can’t, for the life of me, concentrate during the day. Sure, email and correspondence are easy, but editing… not so much. Emails flurry in by the hour most days and working lonesome is a lot to keep up on such back-and-forth. It’s not an excuse, rather, letting you know what first world struggles I deal with in the face of self-balance.

Dress by Han Wen

we are happy to serve you

we are happy to serve you

we are happy to serve you

we are happy to serve you

But all in all, living together has been a positive experience and definitely brought us closer. But these minute adjustments have taken me away from the grunt work I perpetually put aside. How do you guys stay motivated? Or even get through the endless distractions the daytime throws at you? WOULD LOVE SOME TIPS.

PS, How cute is that cup? Illustration credit: Adriana Gallo

Chambre 311

February 27, 2018

Bonjour from chambre 311!

 

Actually, it’s more of a bonsoir right now. Admittedly my 3rd time in France and I’m still trying to absorb the language.
I’ve been really excited to work with H&M on this project with their Studio collection this year – especially as a fan of many of their other seasons. In an age where fashion is fast, it’s nice to see a global fashion house like H&M slow down and work with their ateliers to design a beautiful collection that is less trend focused – there in the Studio Collection. A seasonal collection only shoppable in smaller quantities.

The show was incredibly thoughtful – as well as my whole experience with H&M. From meeting the official seasonal artist who did the prints and my portrait to the Japanese dinner, there were elements of surprise each turn.

I’m off to enjoy my last night in Paris, so I’ll leave you here. But hopefully not longing for more as the whole collection is, as Rihanna would say, phresh off the runway and shoppable. But act fast because pieces are already selling out! Enjoy mon amis!  Till then, I’ve been dying to wear a tank top so I’ll see you next in sunny LA x

Seeing Red

February 19, 2018

I’ve headed east to chilly New York for two weeks, and I’m seeing red!

If you haven’t picked it up from social media yet, I’m here (conveniently during NYFW) consulting for one of my favorite brands for their Apple-esque beauty products, Glossier

I promise this isn’t an homage to Glossier, but rather an homage to the feeling of being in an empowered environment and being able to take on everything.

The power of a staple pump suddenly came back into my peripheral – maybe it’s my new office responsibilities or maybe it’s growing out of a 4-year long bend of comfortable chunky shoe options. 

Tamera Mellon sent me these red power pumps, and in my opinion, nothing goes with red quite like red.

And on the topic of empowerment, Tamara co-founded the house of Jimmy Choo and has taken the mastery of what she’s learned to really hone in a staple silhouette within her own brand. Now all I want to wear are skinny heels with monochromatic tights. Wouldn’t life feel so much better if we could all dress as if we were in an editorial? But to take it a notch above, how much better if we can take the feeling of a good shoe and wear it in our daily lives? I think wearing a heel to work (you can tell that I’ve strangely romanticized corporate life after working for myself for so long) suddenly reminded me how I should feel when I’m in work mode.

Overall takeaway: instead of putting on your thinking cap, throw on a pair of heels. And if you’re really ambitious, dress like you’re in an editorial for a day. Things will happen.

Shot by Brigitte Crisp in New York, New York.

REVISION II: I have found someone for this role!! Thank you so much for your interests x

REVISION: After reading my 12:30am plea for help, I realized it did come off indulgent and entitled, and for that I apologize. I’m not really the best at communicating, hah, it tends to get me in trouble at times and I feel like I’m always doing damage control.

But, you’re right, if I call it a job, I should at least offer a living wage… and if I’m being completely honest… I am just grazing my comfortable living and truthfully don’t have the means to support another human financially – for now (‘cause I think with the right help, I could). If you couldn’t tell by now, I am very picky about the sponsors I take on and sometimes, would rather pull rent money from my savings than to take on a sponsorship that I don’t feel aligned with or a have connection towards. Perhaps rewording this as an internship would be a better case?

Now I consider myself to be a fair person and will always make sure everyone around me is comfortable and knows that I value and appreciate their time, I hope I haven’t shown anyone proof otherwise of my personality. I would much rather undersell a project and over deliver than to oversell and under deliver. I have some projects in the pipeline that aren’t set in stone yet, and if those pull through, then suddenly I will have a bigger budget to work with. I’m also always in contact with people who are looking for talent to hire and have often referred people I’ve worked with to them – you just never know where your journey will take you.

Ultimately yes, I am asking for you to take a risk on me, and it’s not for you, no hard feelings. However, what I don’t want, is for there to be any room for misjudgment on my character; which is why I wanted to write this follow up note in the spirit of transparency.


I am asking for help, officially. In evaluating what I want to invest my time into this year… I thought of many things: youtube, self-growth, relationships, creativity. There are so many facets of my life that have tremendous potential yet I keep coming back to this: a team.

Starting the YouTube channel was not only meant to share my life, but I wanted it to be a place to collaborate and foster talent. It’s fun for me. But I also know I haven’t even touched the peak of what I’m capable of. My dreams are becoming far too large for my own two hands and with many of you extending a helping hand, asking this community made the most sense. However, I don’t have much money to offer but hope to properly compensate you with beauty goodies, mentorship, and sending you off in the right direction.

While this may seem gratuitous for just a YouTube channel, I am hoping to take on a few projects outside of That’s Chic. With the right person to bounce off of, we can really make magic ✨✨ But I need someone willing to grow with me, and who knows where that can lead!?

Offering

– Mentorship to whatever you are working on
– Help build social contacts where it fits
– A $500 monthly stipend – first 3 months, can discuss more after
– Ten (10) products a month
– A platform to collaborate on

Requirements

– Savvy, sexy, smart
– Needs no handholding
– Creative!
– In LA proper with a car *is a requirement, no budging on this*
– Part-time, with me 2-3 days a week and possibly more
– Hustler who doesn’t need direction
– Fast paced thinker
– Understand that I don’t know how to ask for help so I need someone proactive

Role

– Pick up/drop off dry cleaning, returns, samples
– Depop (can pay commission on sales)
– Attend some events
– Project-based to help with videos or photography
– Rough cuts/editing video files
– Building out decks
– Research
– Organizing and maintaining a schedule/workflow

Please email me: raych@thatschic.net why you’d be my perfect assistant. Don’t need resumes, but maybe some visuals that encompass who you are.

Title your email: CREATIVE ASSISTANT: <YOUR NAME>. I will not read it otherwise (cause then I know you don’t take instructions well heh). Keep your email professional!

PS, this is a JOB. I am not looking for someone to ‘help’ me, I am looking for someone to put in the work. I work extremely fast-paced and am not as laissez-faire as my videos may paint me as.