the life of a teenage fashionista

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Teen Vogue x Millie Bobby Brown x Converse Event

In the midst of NYFW, I took a break from the usual shows and instead teamed up to do a rad collaboration with Teen Vogue, Millie Bobby Brown, & Converse. A handful of Teen Vogue It Girl's were chosen to represent the mag at the private event, so this past Saturday we all met up at the Converse store in SoHo, Manhattan, to do some cool things (or should I say Stranger Things...!)

It didn't take any time for Millie to head on out and join us downstairs at the Blank Canvas studio to design Converse. Before we arrived she spent time picking out her top ten sneaker designs. I've done DIY projects many times in my life, but there is nothing like DIY with Millie Bobby Brown by your side. I can't even begin to explain how adorable and infectious her personality is. Especially being in such a private setting, it was cool to see Millie just doing her thing without all of the cameras around. 

For what felt like the hardest life decision ever, I picked one of Millie's favorite designs featuring the NYC skyline and customized them on a pair of denim Converse with pink ring holes (which Millie was veryyyy happy about) and grey laces, oh and Millie's autograph on the inside. I can't wait for them to get delivered to me to see our final masterpiece. 













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Friday, July 28, 2017

Peplum Never Fails

I will never get tired of this white peplum Romwe top because it is one of the few styles that works for work/play. I'm that person who will have a ton of unconnected events in one day (ex: office work, birthday party, blogger event, circling the mall for the thousandth time, etc.) and tries to find an outfit that will work for everything because constant outfit changes take major effort. 

* LIFE UPDATE *
There is less than a month until I am officially a New York City college person...whaaaat? You would think based on the amount of boxes and bags through the house that I'm U-Hauling myself across the globe into a ten-bedroom house, but instead I'm headed to my cute little dorm room in the city and the interior designer inside of me is alive. Dorm haul post, maybe?
xoxo Raquel

"YOU ARE THE CREATOR OF YOUR OWN REALITY"




Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Romwe and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Matchy Matchy

Am I the only person that doesn't know what to do because I have so much to do? I'm sitting here writing this post with an empty suitcase in the next room that needs to get packed for my NYC trip this week. Mind you it's 12:30pm and I have to leave the house in 30 minutes to head to a party and I am still in pajamas and in desperate need of a meal. Luckily, I do have a pretty good idea of what outfits I'm packing for my trip though! I wore this co-ord set recently with matching rings from Gamiss and I say it all the time, but co-ord's are the most genius thing ever. This is completely 100% random, but this set reminds me of one of those pretty china vases and I really like it. I love sets that take no thought to wear, are simple to pack, and can match pretty much any pair of sandals.

My main purpose for this trip is because this is my last year taking precollege courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology and I'm gonna miss it for sure, but I have learned so much over the years from their summer classes. I've done fashion journalism, personal branding & self promotion, and this year I am going for public relations in fashion. I'll miss those good ol' fashion related assignments and making friends from across the world (all the way from Colombia to Canada!) with the same interests. 

I've got a tooooon of stuff planned while I'm staying in the city for the week. Whenever I go anywhere, I have a thing for jamming my schedule completely. Relaxing vacations confuse me because you could have just stayed at home and done nothing, for free. On my agenda ranges from shooting collab looks to some five-star dining and a lot more in between. Make sure your following @raquelringgold on Insta to keep up with the daily summer adventures! xxx


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Gamiss and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Always be Different

Smiling because high school is over, in the past, dead and gone. Graduation is in a few days to seal the deal, but either way I am so glad that is over with. My eyes are glued on the future and what is to come. One thing I learned from high school teenagers is that everyone tries so hard to conform to who is around them. People have like twenty personalities depending on who they are around and don't even know which personality is actually authentic because they are always switching trying to please others. Maybe that is why me and my one personality never really fit in, but thank goodness for that or I would have never found my career and have been given these opportunities.

This sweater is pretty different if you ask me. It's all about perspective and stuff. If I say I'm going to put on a black sweater, that doesn't mean it can't have a twist. Always opt for what is a little special, a little different, like this bell sleeve sweater from Romwe. Only I can take a sweater and turn it into a lesson on life. Romwe makes me feel some type of way...like I want to shop all day. 


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Romwe and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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A Package a Day

I am on such an online shopping high, it is bad. Between me constantly clicking "add to cart" and work packages-the mail carriers probably hate me. I've been working with Born Pretty Store for the longest (that promo code "MRYT10" comes in clutch for a discount) and always look forward to their goodies. From the cutest ear cuffs (check out this one and this one) to literally anything else. 

What can I say, shopping is the best stress reliever.


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Born Pretty Store and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Marist SNR '17


Earlier this month on May 5th was another successful (and glamorous) Marist Fashion showdown. This made my fourth consecutive year attending the Silver Needle Fashion Show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and I am not sure how they do it, but seriously it gets better and better each time. With a new creative runway layout, the designs were displayed longer on the stage as the models weaved through an intricate path allowing me to have extra time to droll over the beyond fabulous, phenomenal, intricate, I need to buy it all, designs on the runway.

I received this mint two-piece set from Amiclubwear the day before the show and knew I HAD to wear it. The color and texture is such a fun statement, so I had to bring something NYFW worthy to Poughkeepsie. It also happens to be ultra comfy...I mean the pants are stretchy! Doesn't get better than that. Amiclubwear has had my back for every occasion.

  On the runway I saw everything from off-the shoulder to plunges and everything in between. No designer was alike making each collection so very special in its own way. I found that unlike many things I see at fashion week, these designs can be worn as is without looking costume-y. I love looking at designs and being able to tell the story or get the gist of the theme immediately. There were a countless number of pieces I could picture myself buying off-the-rack and wearing just as the models did. Many garments had very memorable statements that are still stuck in my head, but that's 100% alright with me. Fashion on the brain 24/7. 
See some of my favorite looks below!

Thank you Marist Fashion for inviting me!
Featured senior designers: Bryn Gorberg, Katherine Janiszewski, Kyra Hawrysh,  Kersten Haff, Jenna Dickinson, Paige Yates, Corrin Bogart, Aubrey Nardone, Emma Collins, Camilla Bowden, Helena Walker, Cara Benevenia, Mary Vodola, Emma Gage, Eilis Kennedy, Kristen Wong




















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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Satin Street Style

These Shein joggers are simply revolutionary I tell you (aaaand Shein's prices are insanely affordable). I live in joggers, so throwing in this little luxe satin twist makes it fashion. I've always had a soft spot for street style because it is guaranteed to be comfortable and for the most part there is not much styling involved.

I love throwing pieces together because why not. Black crop tops and white sneakers get you far in the world of basics, and the rest of the outfit can be the wow factor. Track joggers are evolving outside of the gym and I am 100% guilty of stocking up on them because they are so ridiculously easy to wear. This pink satin pair is super different from any others I've seen making them my newest obsession. Honestly years ago I probably would have never worn these because they seem risky for daily wear, but thank goodness I learned
...it's not a risk, it's just fashion. 


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Shein and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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