Monday, December 15, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2014: $50 & Under!

Hi everyone! I'm back with the latest instalment of my Holiday Gift Guide series. Check out my picks for gifts that are $50 and under! 

1. Rebecca Minkoff Studded Wallet on a Chain, $48.00: One of my must-haves for going out this season is definite a wallet on a chain (WOC). This Rebecca Minkoff one is great; it has a little edge but still extremely practical. For during the day, you can take off the chain and use it as a real wallet. 
2. Back Me Up Mobile Charger, The Bay - $30.00: I have a portable battery of my own, and they're absolutely great and super handy when your phone dies. I love the cute pattern on this one. 
3. Pink Thermal Sleep Shirt - $32.00: Sleep shirts are a great gift idea, and there are a ton of gift sets at PINK to choose from! Sleep shirts are more flexible in terms of fit, and a great option if you're unsure about sizing. 
4. Tarte "Park Ave Princess" Palette, Sephora - $41.00: I've had my eye on this palette for quite some time, and I think it would make an amazing gift. Sephora has a ton of value sets to choose from for the holidays. 
5. Pink Ukulele, Amazon - $36.00: I've been a Ukulele enthusiast for quite some time, and my friend (and fellow ukulele lover) Zoe suggested that they would also make a really nice present! I love the soft pink of this one, and they're easy to find online. (I found this one on amazon)
6. Furry Cover & Hot Water Bottle, Indigo - $29.50: Hot Water bottles are such a nice and comfy bed time accessory to have. Indigo has an awesome gift selection this year, and also came back with these fun hot water bottle covers. 
7. Furry Pom Pom Michael Kors - $38.00: A super fun add on to a handbag! A luxe touch for any fashionista. 
8. Mokara Voluspa Candle, Indigo - $30.00: This is a returning fave to the gift guide because I LOVE THIS CANDLE. It's a bit of a luxury which is why it makes an amazing gift, plus, the container is gorgeous so it doubles as home decor. 

Love always, Rachel 

Check out my other gift guides below: 

$20 & Under 

$100 & Under  

Friday, December 5, 2014

My New Mid-Length Haircut (The Perfect Lazy Girl Hairstyle)!

Hi everyone! I posted my new haircut on Instagram already, but I thought I'd go a little more in depth about it for those who want to know more! I'm generally a pretty indecisive person, and I thought I would never go shorter (like I did circa 2011), but I've recently became obsessed with this midi-length hair. Usually it would be difficult for me to part with my long hair, but after all that it has gone through, it was time for a change. I previously bleached my hair and had very, very light brown hair throughout the summer. Although I liked the look, it was hard to maintain and I couldn't stand my roots. I'm a pretty low maintenance kinda gal when it comes to hair and beauty; I like to keep it simple. The upkeep of lighter hair just was not for me. 

My hair when it was super light! (September 2014)
A couple of months ago, I dyed my hair back to black using a box dye, but it has faded significantly and actually toned out my hair a lot. Currently, it's a medium brown that I'm quite happy with. Before I cut it, I also had some blonde throughout my hair and towards my ends. 

Inspirations! (via Pinterest)

I posted a collage of a few hair inspiration photos I took to the hairdresser. I wanted long layers and more movement in my hair. When it was longer, it was super heavy and really dry towards the ends because of all the bleaching. I wanted a style that was easy to maintain, and cut off my dry ends. 

I went to James Brett Coiffure (downtown Kingston) on Princess Street! I went to Brandy, and she was great, I think she nailed it! My hair feels so much lighter, and I have a feeling this is going to be the perfect lazy girl hairstyle. 

Once I figure out my new haircare routine, I'll definitely make a video! 

Love Always, Rachel 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2014: $20 & Under!

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to bring back my second annual holiday gift guide! Starting with the small stuff... gifts under 20 dollars! I tried my best not to overlap with gifts from last year, but there are always staples that make great gifts every year! For a 20 dollar budget, I would try to find small little "luxuries"; gifts that people would not normally buy themselves, but would find luxurious and fun! I found great gift ideas at Indigo, and Target. They have great lower price points and are always well stocked. 

Without further ado, here is my 20 dollar gift guide for this Christmas season!  

1. Kiehl's Creme de Corps 75 ml Superb all over Body Moisturizer, $12.50 - Kiehl's: Kiehl's has a bunch of travel sized products that make great gifts! The scent of this moisturizer is amazing, and buying a small size makes a great stocking stuffer, and a great sample size of the product without actually committing to a larger size. 

2. "Wake Up and Be Awesome" Travel Tumbler, $12.00 - Indigo: Travel mugs are great gifts for all! I love the motivational sayings (this one in particular goes great with your morning coffee), I think they add a cute and personal touch. 

3. Olympic Mittens, $10.00 - The Bay: These Canadian staples make awesome gifts for anyone! They're inexpensive and shockingly super warm. The Bay comes out with a different style of these mittens each year, and they're sure to be super cozy. 

4. Knee-high Socks, $12.95 - Victoria's Secret PINK: Socks are a great stocking stuffer, and make a cute gift for someone that you're unsure about what size they might wear in other clothing, because they're pretty much going to fit any sized feet. PINK and Forever 21 carry some cute, vibrant socks that come in a variety of colours. 

5. The Nudes Palette, $9.99 - Target: This palette is the less expensive (and dare I say, better?!) version of Urban Decay's naked palette. Grab one for yourself and a loved one, before they sell out! There are a ton of neutral colours that are great for everyday makeup, for any type of complexion. 

6. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, $19.44 - Indigo: This book is on my wishlist! I have been a fan of Sophia Amoruso for years, and she is one of my role models in the industry. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Great for any aspiring Girl Bosses! 

7. Textured Pom Pom Hat (shown in Charcoal), $19.50 - Indigo: Beanies look great on everyone, and in a neutral colour (such as grey), they compliment a bunch of hair colours. The Pom Pom adds a cute festive touch too! 

That wraps up my $20 and under gift guide! Be sure to check out for my other gift guides that I'll be posting throughout the next couple of weeks! I found all these gifts online, and can definitely be ordered directly from the brand websites. 

Love Always, Rachel 

Ps. For more gift guide inspiration, Check out my gift guide from last year! (2013): CLICK HERE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rachel WONG Flannels are HERE!! (exclusively at Vogue's Favourite Things Pop Up Shop!)

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to announce the launch of my mini flannel line, under my name "Rachel Wong"! They're vintage flannels (so they're all one of a kind!) with cute sayings on them! Ever since my first designing venture a couple years ago, I've been wanting to design wearable, casual pieces for the everyday gal. 

We had a fun small photoshoot featuring the flannels. I love styling them with plain white tees, beanies and jeans for fall and winter. They're oversized, vintage, and wash easy! I love throwing large flannels around my waist for a bit more coverage. 

"Here Comes Trouble" and "Need More Sleep" Vintage Flannels, $38.00 each
Models: Julie Coles & Meghan Wood 

They'll be launched and sold at the Vogue Charity Fashion Show's "Favourite Things" Pop-up Shop on November 27 and 28 from 10am - 6pm! I have very limited stock so come by before they sell out! 

Love Always, Rachel

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Little Black Dress X American Apparel!

If you know me, I wear ALOT of black. "All black everything" is probably my life motto when it comes to clothing. Dressing up is no different! Last weekend, I had the awesome (but stressful) chance to go to Sci Formal with my boyfriend and his graduating class. I opted for black, of course.

With WaterAid's Little Black Dress event this weekend (Friday, November 14 at Stages Night club) in Kingston, American Apparel is the go-to place to get your LBD, they have tons of form fitting and flouncy dresses last minute. November 13 and 14 you can purchase your LBD tickets and get 15% off of your lil' black dress at AA on Princess Street (Kingston Exclusive)! Take a look at a few of my faves from yours truly:

When it comes to the classic LBD, I try to find ones that are both flattering and different than your typical strappy-and-short number. I love experimenting with both rounded and high necklines, or even playing around with textures like velvet.

Check out AA for your perfect LBD November 13 and 14! 

Love Always, Rachel

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Cutest iPhone & Desktop Backgrounds! (Design Love Fest's "dress your tech" !)

Hi everyone! I figured I might as well share this because I'm actually in love with every single background download this blogger has made. I was on Pinterest trying to find a cute background for my desktop, and I stumbled upon DesignLoveFest. Her stuff is SO cute and she has tons of free downloads on her site, especially under the section "Dress Your Tech!". Her site is my go-to  to snazz up all my devices, and I wanted to spread the love. has both iPhone and Desktop backgrounds, she posts quite regularly so I'm always checking back and saving them.  I even think a few would look amazing as prints, if you go to staples and print them on nice paper and frame them, they'd be a great addition to a gallery wall. 

I've been changing my desktop screen on the reg because I really can't make up my mind. Currently, my desktop background is the pretty flower one that says "stay wild". Love! 

A FEW OF MY FAVES ... (check out DesignLoveFest to download full sizes) 

Love Always, Rachel

Sunday, October 26, 2014

VLOG: Day 4 at Toronto Fashion Week! #WMCFW

Hi everyone! I'm back with another vlog at World MasterCard Fashion Week of my day on thursday! It was super fun and a completely new experience for me. This is one of my first videos with my new camera and also the first time I've filmed in downtown Toronto in a while! 

Check out my video! 

Also, if you want to see my outfits that I wore on day 4 and 5, CLICK HERE

Love Always, Rachel
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