Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lights. Camera. Action.

A few days ago I was invited to come visit and tour around the ABC/Disney Studios on the Upper West Side. As soon as I saw the World News Tonight set, I had to sit in the desk and pretend to report the news. It felt pretty good if I do say so myself. It was amazing to see how much technology controls the entire studio allowing there to be a very small staff. I pictured a ton of employees and cameramen running around, but there was none of that whatsoever. Seeing all of the correspondents dressing rooms and the control room was so surreal. I could imagine my favorite celebrities sitting the the guest star rooms or in front of the green screen. 

Who knows? Maybe one day I'll be on your TV screen reciting "This is Raquel reporting live on ABC News!"


Sunday, December 13, 2015

When You Lose a Stiletto...

In the dire situation of loosing just one beautiful almond, six-inch, chunky heel stiletto, just save yourself the agony and buy a new pair. That's what happened to me after a photoshoot in SoHo in the fall leaves where I must have left the right heel. My face was priceless when I got home that night and I realized that I only had one shoe in my garment suitcase. Anyway, the next day I went back to the store to re-purchase the shoes once again and it wasn't on sale this time which was such a bummer. The moral of that story is don't dwell on the problem because that only adds stress. The easiest thing to do is find the easiest solution that will satisfy you. There are much greater issues, so just make the small obstacles stress-free and let it go. The rest of the day? Don't worry, it was so much better! I can't wait to see some of the shots for my new comp cards.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Feeling Festive

I am truly one of those people that are ready for the holidays faithfully before Thanksgiving. The Christmas stations have been programmed into Sirius in the car, the tree has been up for over a week now, and I'm prepping holiday event outfits. The real joy will be Thanksgiving tomorrow so I can eat all the calories I want and not care about a thing. What can possibly be better than having a huge plate of Thanksgiving dinner and dessert, followed by running into your favorite stores for sales? My bank account is about to dwindle when Cyber Monday hits, but I know exactly what I need want to buy.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Winter Garden

I took a little trip to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on a school psychology trip for class which is definitely my cup of tea. The itself museum was amazing, but it is a little disturbing looking at the remnants up close and personal. I was too young to remember the actual day, but I feel like I grew up learning about even that happened right in my home of New York. 


Sunday, October 18, 2015

You're Invited

Cosmetic Fall Fashion Week is almost here and I am so excited! I wanted to personally invite all of my readers in the New York/New Jersey tri-state to the Beauty Trend Show at Nordstrom Garden State Plaza on November 7. Bring all of your friends because this is the place to be!

I am sure you have heard about the bi-annual show that brings in thousands of customers and many celebrities (including celebrity nail artist, Jin Soon!) to hear every top cosmetic company reveal fall's top beauty trends. The schedule is packed with classes, free one-on-one services with NYFW pro-stylists, consultations, and freebies all day long. Don't worry, they will give you a free Nordstrom tote bag to carry all of your goodies!

Your spot must be reserved for this show, so contact me directly if you want to be part of this exclusive event. Tickets are only $20 each and your ticket is a Nordstrom Beauty department gift card, so it is redeemable to shop! Doors are going to open as early 7:30am and the shows begin at 8am. XOXO 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lush Hair Extensions

Before....all my natural hair a few days after a blowout
The only time I have ever had an experience with hair extensions is from modeling in a fashion show where the hair stylist put clip-in extensions on all the models to create a really cool, huge braid. Other than that I never used hair extensions or false hair of any sort in my life just because I love my natural hair and never felt the reason to do anything different. 


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Florals to Fall

The chilly air has just started to arrive and I couldn't be happier. There is nothing I love more than fall so I can wear faux fur vests and knee-high boots. We are all about apple picking and fresh cider donuts here in the Valley during October. This outfit was a comfy throw on for a walk in the park followed by a little shopping.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


A small dose of art inspiration from my latest trip at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Memoirs of NYFW

HAPPY FALL! This is the first year in a while in NY where it is the beginning of fall and it feels like fall. I am 100% ready for apple picking, knee-high boots, and everything else festive. This post is dedicated to the last bits of NYFW from this season that I wanted to share with you. School has been in full swing, I have been overwhelmed with work and everything else in between. I love staying busy though, so it's okay! 


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Walk Fashion Show at NYFW

I'm back with really fun show I was invited to during NYFW. I headed to Chelsea to the show location at Studio Arte. Once again I was on doing great on time and was there a little early, so I sat next door in Starbucks for a bit to hide from the rain and check on social media. I eventually went over and the crowd started to form. The show took a little while to begin, but it was very very interesting. They show featured many designers with all types of styles. I saw everything from classic garments to totally Lady Gaga inspired! It was lots of talent and entertainment in one show. Two of the designers even got engaged at the show. You have to love NYFW! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

NYFW: Oxford Collections

I've seriously been anxious to post because it has been way too long. Like I actually feel deprived of blogging. Since school started, I have been having super long days and not enough sleep. That didn't stop me at all from heading to NYFW though and obsessing over everything for SS16. I have a lot to share in my upcoming posts since so much has been happening in many aspects. 

Day 1 started out with a Chanel pop-up event I was invited to featuring their new Boy.Friend watch. The event was very Chanel and they had super cute entertainment like photobooths and selfie zones. 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Vanity Tour + Organization Method

My vanity table is a mini representation of my personality-extremely organized and loves everything fabuluxe. I recently decided to only keep favorite products I use constantly out on my vanity table and then store everything else. Most of us tend to use the same things over and over anyway so this makes life easier.


Friday, August 28, 2015

First Meeting as a Fashion Ambassador

Like promised before I wanted to do a quick post sharing a little bit about my first meeting as a Fashion Ambassador for Nordstrom. We got to met our awesome director and learn all about the perks that we get as an Ambassador. I feel so blessed to be part of such a prestigious group of young and hard-working fashionistas. There are many expectations for us to follow in order to be a good example as the next generation taking over the fashion industry.

We got to discuss the influences of social media and how it effects the way we dress. I think this concept is huge because we are all using social media not only for fun, but for school and work also! Whenever a clothing item or accessory is trending we instantly know about it because we saw it on Instagram already. We are really shaping the world!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Off to the Races

I'm still too young to officially make bets, but I did give my parents some good pointers of which horses I thought were going to take the lead. I'm new to the racing world, so my main method was just picking out the horses with the coolest names! Luckily we did end up winning a couple times. 

Saratoga Race Track is a great mini summer getaway because it has three of my favorite things: stylish fashion, great food, and horses! I love going to cool towns with even cooler people and this is one of those places. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Giveaway: Firmoo Eyeglasses-CLOSED

It is definitely time for a back to school giveaway, so here we go! A few months ago I reviewed a pair of prescription glasses from the #1 online eyeglass store, Firmoo. They are actually the best quality glasses I've ever owned! 

Their website is full of every style of frames and you can virtually try them on the website by uploading a selfie. Online eyeglass shopping is so convenient and that is why I am so excited to be doing this giveaway for you. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Even if you don't wear glasses, feel free to enter and you can rock some non-prescription frames for a fun accessory!

What you will win: A free pair of Firmoo eyeglasses with any frames you chose from the special blogger collection. They are standard prescription 1.50 index single vision lenses with free shipping, of course! You can get fancy and upgrade lenses (ex: bifocal or progressive) or special add-ons for a extra fee.

Rules: This contest currently limited to the US only. This contest ends August 24th, 2015. Good luck my dolls :)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Auto Immune Metro Style Fashion Show

A special message from the owner behind the fashion show and CEO/founder of Sabre' INC: "I Sabre’ Thank you for your time and consideration. My goal and mission is to share my remarkable story to the world. Auto Immune Metro Style means a lot to me, and the people around the world who suffer, from an auto immune disease. I am trying to make a difference, with the help of great and knowledgeable peers … I am delighted to say I will be able to announce and spread the word as I have been doing for the Last 7 Years!  I will overcome my fear and deliver a testimony like no other as I unveil that I to, have an Auto immune disease, called "Graves”.  If I can put a smile on a child’s face for one moment, erasing the memory of being stuck … Or give that Special Child a toy, or a friend a hug, speak with Congress, research cures I will search high and travel low to make a difference until God calls me home!"

Saturday I was in Midtown Manhattan attending the Auto Immune Metro Style Fashion Show. This show was nothing like any other fashion show I attended in the past. It not only had some of the best children fashions I've ever seen, but I became more aware about the importance of finding a cure for auto immune diseases. 

From the hilarious hosts to the talented performers, I really enjoyed this one. I also won a charm bracelet from The Glitzy Girl which I am loving. I bought five new charms for it already!  

While I was there I even got to meet a ton of amazing people including Madeline Stuart, the beautiful teen model with down syndrome. She is a social media superstar and this girl is going far! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Taking on the Trades

Earlier this week every fashion forward buyer was at the Javits Center attending the junior and young contemporary trade shows. I had the chance to work alongside a multi-line showroom providing the latest fall fashions to buyers from all across the country. Many of the buyers were boutique owners and others were on the e-commerce side. 

I entered the show bright and early with my kale smoothie in my left hand and a show badge in the right. There were tons of people hustling and bustling around and everyone was dressed to kill. Getting to see what the wholesale world was like was a great learning experience and obviously being in a huge room filled with fab clothing was heavenly!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Smile Brilliant

Teeth Whitening Products Happy 100th post! I am so excited for this milestone that I'm smiling from ear to ear. Luckily my smile is as bright as ever because I've been using Smile Brilliant. In the past I have used white strips to try to achieve a 100 megawatt smile. They were pretty good, but never gave me the results that Smile Brilliant has. 


Friday, July 24, 2015

Showroom to Showroom

Our tour by one of the merchandisers at Saks 5th Ave...

For two days this week, I attended a fab fashion workshop with Berkeley College. The first day we all headed into the city and went to NES Jewelry and learned about the showroom and marketing. It was pure bliss with accessories everywhere! Next up was One Jeanswear Group that has leading brands that covers all types of fashion demographics. Many of the different workers spoke about what they specifically do and the daily roles they play in the industry. We even had the honor to listen to the CEO himself!

The second day was a blast and we spent it at Saks 5th Ave (which has always been one of my favorite places). Our fantastic tour guide, John, lead us through all 10 floors of the store and explained the reasoning for the store arrangement, the history, and some of their merchandising techniques. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Preoccupied in '99

Photography by Falcone Reale
Hair by Nikki Latty
Makeup by Maria Dutcavich

Here is a little sneak peak of my last photoshoot where I decided to embrace my inner spirit of being a 90s baby. I rocked a high hairstyle and a comfy vintage Calvin Klein shift dress. I also found this vintage bag while thrifting with my mom to give the final touch. Have a great weekend beauties!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Glam Green Smoothie

The best way to achieve physical beauty is from the inside out. Eating the right way will not only strengthen you and provide lots of energy, but it helps tone your body, clear up skin, promote hair growth, and more. I am not a nutrition expert, but I do like to know the benefits of what I eat!

Please don't be intimidated by the green color of the smoothie if you never tried one before. If you use my favorite recipe here, you will see that the fruit overpowers the veggies and gives a sweet flavor. This is a great summer breakfast choice for a morning boost. The recipe will make about two servings so you can stash the other smoothie in the fridge for later. 

    1 3/4 cups of almond milk
    8 medium sized strawberries
    1/2 cup of a peeled/chopped cucumber
    1 large sliced banana
    1 1/2 cups of kale with stems removed
    1 cup of spinach
    Optional: a few ice cubes

    1. Add all the ingredients to a blender at high-speed until completely blended.

    2. Chill in the fridge to your desired temperature and serve. Bon App├ętit!

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    A Canadian Tuxedo

          Edited by Raquel R.

    Model: Ivana W.
    MUA: Ivana W.
    Hair Stylist: Laura P.
    Stylists: Laura P., Allison B., Alli S., Raquel R.
    Photographer: Olivia L.

    Now is the time to style a trendy-chic denim look right before the Fourth of July. We all know that denim is beyond classic and there are always multiple pieces in everyone's closet. What makes denim so special is the endless ways it has been reinvented. It is a classic throw-on essential, but if you are ready to step it up, try out the Canadian Tuxedo. This look has been reinvented with trendier features to bring your outfit from laid-back to in vogue. 

    A Canadian Tuxedo can be spiced up with a statement necklace or different washes of denim. We've seen denim jackets change throughout the seasons, but currently the cropped style is bringing a new flare. Get ready to strut this updated version!

    Jacket from Love Culture, Tank from Aeropostale, Skirt from Pacsun, Headband from Forever 21, Earrings from Charming Charlie, Necklace from Macy's, Clutch from Payless, Sunglasses from Aeropostale

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Visiting Cosmo

    Sorry I have been a little M.I.A. these past days. I have a totally acceptable reason though! I have been studying precollege fashion journalism at F.I.T. for the past few days. I can't even explain the amount of things I have been studying and learning. 


    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Henna Obsessed

    I went to the strawberry festival (yum!) and while I was there I got a henna tattoo by The Tipsy Turtle. I decided that it was a great time to get it because there was only a few days left of school and henna is known to bring luck which I totally needed for my final exams. Henna is temporary and lasts two weeks. If you've ever seen how intricate henna designs can get, it is super hard to decide what you want exactly. Luckily the artist, Amy, had an option called the "doodle special" which is a surprise design she creates from whatever flows out of her imagination. I am totally in love with my design and I really want to get another henna! I can't believe how many compliments it has gotten over the past few days. Have you ever gotten a henna tattoo?

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    How to Get Long Lashes and Full Brows?

    Three months ago I did a post showing you the sweet gift I got from LiLash & LiBrow. If you missed it check it out here! I've been using them both and let me just tell you straight forward, LiLash has made my lashes grow super fast! LiLash conditions and promotes growth leaving natural, long lashes. LiBrow does the same thing and gives fuller brows which is currently all the rage in the beauty industry.


    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Posh Pickles & Preserves

    This beautiful summer weather always has me in search of healthy and delicious treats. Posh Pickles & Preserves sent me their Raspberry and Redcurrant Jam to put to the test. I love a yummy breakfast to get me going, but I don't always have the time to slowly munch in the morning. Preserves are great in this case because it gives you many options.


    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Huge Announcement!

    I'm so happy that the big news is official so I can share it with you! Last month I got chosen for an interview to become part of the Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador program. This program is for high school juniors and seniors who adore fashion. You get to learn about the industry and attend special events while even becoming an influence for the insiders at Nordstrom. 

    I went to the store for an interview and got to chat with a few of the other girls. Everyone had the same love for fashion and we had so much in common! For the interview we had to create a fashion project that showcases what we have to offer for the board. I decided to use the blog since it's a full reflection of myself and everything I love. The interview itself was great and I was asked different questions about my community service and reasons why being on the board would be beneficial to me. 


    Wednesday, June 10, 2015


    So if you haven't read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (A.K.A. the amazing genius founder/CEO of Nasty Gal), you MUST add it to your summer reading list. Add it right this second and make it number one! I am a book worm at heart, but if you aren't just trust me because this book will have you crying, laughing, and everything in between. Sophia is not only a legendary #GIRLBOSS, but she made a path for herself the non-traditional way. She never planned to have a huge corporation, it basically found its way into her arms as she was doing what she enjoyed. 

    Sophia grew up as a totally rad girl that grew up not fitting in (I'm sure many of us know that story!). She didn't bother with college and went from job to job, even stealing at some points. One day she created an eBay store that she named Nasty Gal. Eventually she ended up getting kicked off the site and she made her own online shop. Lets just say that the rest is history and Sophia has taken the fashion world by storm.

    Sunday, June 7, 2015

    Doll White

    Who doesn't want a Doll White smile? I know I do. I have always been obsessed with having white teeth after getting my braces off years ago. Doll White is a great new brand that gifted me their whitening strips. Now as you know there are tons of whitening treatments on the shelves and in your kitchen, but not all of these ways are safe for the enamel. 


    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Trending: Zaful

    It's finally June and you know what that means! School is almost out and summer vacation is coming in full force. That means that I am prepping outfits for all sorts of fun upcoming events. I am constantly online shopping, so pairing up with one of the trendiest online stores, Zaful has been so exciting. Obviously there are a ton of online shops, but only a select few have fashionable clothes, great prices, and free worldwide shipping. Yes, Zaful is one of these if you were wondering!

    The sales on Zaful are seriously amazing. There always seems to be a great promotion going on. Currently the deal on tops are really good, so get ready to whip out your credit cards! I love how they cover every type of style, especially the bohemian-chic look that is currently all the rage. I picked out some of my favorites from their tops collection to share with you all. 

    I adore this crochet knit crop top! It is so chic for the sunny weather. This reminds me of festival clothing for sure. Just pair it with some high waisted shorts and you are good to go. The best part is how effortless it will look on. I can easily picture this being worn at the fair, for a day at the park, concert, or beach. 


    Sunday, May 31, 2015

    Miss May Cakes

    I wanted to share an adorable blogger gift that I got recently with you. As you have recently learned, I have always loved to bake! I've been getting into complex recipes lately, so this e-book from Miss May Cakes has really inspired me to get into the kitchen. It shows you step-by-step how to make really fancy cakes like the ones you see on culinary TV shows. It also explains all of the tools you will need to make baking easier. There are great cakes featured in the book, even a cheetah purse cake! How cool is that? These cakes are lovely for events like tea parties, birthdays, and blogger meetups. I really want to use one of the recipes for something this summer. I will surely let you know how it goes!

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Get to Know Marist Senior Designers

    I am sure you can tell that I adore the Marist Fashion program based off of my last posts about them! If you missed it, click here to see behind the scenes of their fashion department and click here to get the scoop all about the Silver Needle Runway & Awards 2015. It was great having the chance to interview five of their gifted senior designers from the program. Learning about the ladies inspiration for their collections helped me understand the meaning to their designs as I watched them come to life on the runway earlier this month. 


    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Iris Apfel

    Credit: The Talks

    Lately I've been obsessed with fashion documentaries as seen in one of my latest posts about Dior and I. I went back to The Moviehouse in Millerton with one of my besties to see the latest flick, Iris. This film follows Iris Apfel who is the fashion icon. She is 93 years old and still rocking her style down the streets of NYC. It is seriously amazing how talented and fabuluxe she is. From being an interior designer, Iris has an art and fashion collection that is beyond words. She even had an exhibition based off of her at The Met back in 2005. Iris defines the true meaning of fashion and she remains a huge icon with her witty and genuine personality (also her iconic glasses!). There is no one else to compare to Mrs. Apfel. She is certainly a #GirlBoss!


    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Presents from Dresslink

    Last month I posted about an adorable online shop, Dresslink, that I made a wishlist for. They gifted me the cutest mint romper and a really glam two-piece bodycon dress. I was a tad skeptical with sizing at first just because a lot of items on their website are one size fits all, but it fit well. Both the romper and dress are great pieces for the spring! I adore the color of the romper because it reminds me of a Tiffany box! 


    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    My Baking Box

    I am no pro chef, but I have always loved being in the kitchen. I'm pretty sure always using my Easy Bake Oven as a kid sparked my baking habits. I currently have a few dishes and pastries that I excel at making besides my favorite ready-to-bake cookie dough. Knowing me, I'm always up for a new challenge and I found a great new way to do so. Sometimes I want to try something new, but I don't know where to begin. My Baking Box solved my problems and I couldn't be happier that I got the chance to work with them to review this.

    Friday, May 8, 2015

    Wisdom from DVF

    I have always adored Diane von Furstenberg and her extensive wisdom. A few of the things you can identify her as is: former royalty (still royalty in my mind), president of the CFDA, queen of the fashion world, feminine icon, and the best reality TV show star (House of DVF has kept me up forever at night!). This week one of my besties and I went to the beautiful New York Public Library for an amazing event where she discussed her life and career. We checked in and got seats right in front of the stage! The author Rhonda Garelick who wrote Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, was also on the panel. 

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