the life of a teenage fashionista

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Keeping Up with Raquel

 It's Thursday meaning it is practically Friday meaning that I need to pick out two party outfits for this weekend. I'll be around at my modeling agency for an event, so I may just possibly do a bit of vlogging. If you haven't checked it out I did three videos so far on my YouTube channel, so go get a bag of chocolate covered almonds and watch! I'm still stuck with what I want to do with YouTube. I really enjoy watching vlogs and such that are real and not overly edited, so I think I'm gonna head in that direction. More videos are on the way!

Shop the three B's from Gamiss...
Blouse // Belt // Bag


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Gamiss and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Bringing Peplum Back

 When the inner pageant girl in me arises, I have a soft spot for anything frilly. So, lemme just try and bring peplum back because I seriously love this top, and this necklace pairs great with it. The pieces have a little bit of a vintage look to it which I appreciate. Not that this is authentic vintage, but I love when things speak for itself making it effortless. 

Wishing all of you a killer week! You've got this (fill in whatever "this" you are trying to achieve)...

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Rosegal and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Call It A Day

 On that Sunday when you have had the longest weekend and lack energy to put together a look, the only option left is to throw on a hoodie, leggings, and baseball cap, and call it a day. 

Yesterday was one of those out alllll day days where I was up at 6am to go to the city and managed to hit an Earth Day street fair, attend a grand opening, stop for ice cream like a three year old, head to a party, and then go to another party outside of the city. Everything went well, but guys my highlight is that I finally got to eat a poke bowl which is sorta like a sushi bowl if you didn't know. BEST THING EVER. Not sure why it took this long for the poke trend to get going, but it is so delicious. You must try y'all.


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Zaful and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nautical

So, today is my last day of spring break and I'm gonna pretend that I am still  on the beach in the Hamptons by wearing this nautical halter top and corduroy skirt from Zaful. During the break I practically did something different every day, but what else is new. I've always got that wanderlust feeling running through me. I attended afternoon tea, museum trips, parties, and even binged the entire season of that new show Famous in Love in a solid 12 hours to name a few things.

I am heading out to spend the last afternoon at a restaurant with some friends before I prepare myself for the last month of school and all of the assignments to go along with it, but it's literally crunch time. In the midst of this, I've been inspired to rebrand and try to figure out which direction I really want to go in. I've always wanted to truly get into YouTube, but I miss modeling as frequently as I used to, and I used to love acting as well. Should I do it all? We'll see.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Zaful and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Copper Mug Co.

Now, if this pineapple cup doesn't match my current mood more accurately. It screams ready for the Hamptons and adventures while on break. In honor all of this, I collabed with Copper Mug Co. to share a very delish (and easy to make-no fussy ingredients!) spring smoothie. This company is USA based and their products are actually 100% handcrafted from pure copper. They have everything from cute little basic mugs, to The Pineapple. Oh, and of course the smoothie we're about to make is pineapple flavored to go with the cup. How cuuuuute!


Posh Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
(makes one serving)
-1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
-1 sliced, frozen banana
-3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-pinch of vanilla extract
-handful of ice cubes

1. place all ingredients into a blender (side note: I highly recommend a Nutri Ninja blender, if you're looking to purchase a good one) 
2. blend until smooth - it should have a thick consistency
3. pour the deliciousness into your Copper Mug Co. and enjoy every sip

Wait. Did you say that you don't have a Copper Mug Co. cup to enjoy your tropical goodness in? Head over to their website to check out the amazing product line and use promo code "COPPERSHOPPER10" for 10% off.



Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Copper Mug Co. and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Make Things Happen

GUYS! It feels like spring today and I'm in love. In honor, I had to step out in my pink duster and diamond choker from Sammydress. Spring break has arrived and I am so relieved- like I woke up at 9am today instead of 6am, that's a gift from the heavens. 

In the past few days I have really seemed to notice more and more how much I like change. It is so hard for me to pick favorite things because I always know there is something I haven't done, seen, or tried yet (and it's most likely on my bucketlist to do so). That's why it is my long term goal to just do everything I wish no matter what it is.

I wish I could stay and chat, but I am taking that advice above and heading out of the house to get things done. Let's make things happen people.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Sammydress and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Break Things


I made it to spring break y'all. It has been a month of school without a single break and I seriously mean that. I have written many blog posts over the past few weeks during the wee hours of the night, as my eyes burned. I just wanna be happy and write...and that's what spring break is for.

Today I'm running around in my usual athleisure because what else is new. Even though it's a break, that just means pause the student life and more focus on the fun stuff. In other words, things will be happening pretty much each day involving the blog, modeling, and I'll be making a pit stop in the Hamptons. Make sure you're following @raquelringgold on IG to come along for the ride! xxx
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Gamiss and all words, thoughts, and creative directions are all 100% my own. 
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I Am Who I Am

The cold shoulder sweater. One step closer to breaking out real spring apparel. Also, how cute is this watch? I always forget about watches and I feel bad neglecting them from my outfits all the time. Usually I dislike small face watches, like I actually buy men's watches because I prefer them obnoxiously large, but I thought the wrap around style of this one was really chic. 

You are whatcha wear, so I Am Who I Am


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

BodyBrite Upper West Side

A brief summary of my BodyBrite spa experience: I walked in thinking my skin was pretty decent, I left like a glowing goddess marching my way through NYC...

Surprisingly, I have never had an official spa experience, so when BodyBrite Upper West Side invited me in to get pampered, I was totally in to test things out. I arrived to the cute Upper West Side location which has such a lush and inviting ambiance. First things first, this place deserves a gigantic award for friendliness and hospitality, seriously. The receptionist, Sandra, has to be one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She was so genuine and made sure the experience very enjoyable. I was then introduced to my esthetician, Paola, who would be doing my microdermabrasion + oxygen facial.

During my entire session, Paola kept me in the know about everything she was using on my skin. After cleaning the skin, my moisture level was taken with a little device which I thought was so neat. My percentage was 29% which is a bit low and I was surprised because I drink a ridiculous amount of water daily and moisturize my skin morning & night, but Paola explained that other factors like weather changes and stress can easily effect the level. I asked her a question about the benefits of teens receiving spa treatments like this and I learned that prevention is the key to having nicer skin later in life. By adding in occasional spa visits to your skincare routine at a young age, you will prevent your skin from aging as quickly meaning you won't find yourself contemplating Botox nearly as soon. Yay! 

I got the diamond-peel microdermabrasion first which is a super deep exfoliation. It makes sense to do this before the oxygen facial because it removes all of the icky dead skin cells, so the facial can absorb into perfectly renewed skin. The microdermabrasion is completely painless and stimulates blood flow to help elasticity and cell production. It feels like a tiny suction is going across your face massaging your skin. Ahhhh. After that, my skin was all prepped for an oxygen facial. The purpose is to infuse a hyaluronic acid serum into the skin. Translation= a magical potion that will make your skin glow and feel extra plump. The nutrients were misted onto my face and it felt extremely refreshing. Once the serum was sealed in and polished, Paola used the moisture device from earlier and I was now at 66% which is around where it should belong. Such a drastic change from earlier! 

I walked into the room with clear skin, but after the treatment every inch of my skin felt fresh AND was radiating. No real need for foundation, nothing to conceal. Thank you so much to the owner, Elena, of BodyBrite Upper West Side for an incredible experience! I'm a very happy (and glowing) client.

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