scrunchie diy | (super easy!)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Guys - it's hard to start this blog post with anything but the fact that I love scrunchies. My friends and I have been wearing them all through high school and college - and they are one of the most comfortable ways I throw up my hair. 

Coincidentally, these hair accessories have also been all over my instagram feed, and on celebrities like Hailey Baldwin and Madison Beer's perfectly tousled ponytails. 

The only fall of accessories becoming trendy is the price mark-up. Urban Outfiters, Free People and even Forever 21 have started to carry the cutest scrunchies at less-than-cute prices. What many people don't know is that they are SUPER easy to make and will only cost you 50 cents if you have some old fabric lying around! 

I hope you guys enjoy my latest tutorial on how I made these lil' things. 

Love Always,


10 Important Lessons I Learned from making Social Media my Full-time Job

Sunday, April 8, 2018

I always joke with my friends that I'm putting my bachelor's degree to good use. While they are studying at some of the most prestigious medical schools in the country, interning at the U.N in Europe (FOR REAL) or climbing up the corporate ladder at firms that make Suits look like a Saturday Night Live skit - I'm sitting in my bedroom figuring out which affordable bikinis to post in my latest video on my YouTube channel.

WHAT HAVE I DONE?! I used to ask myself. Don't get me wrong - I love watching a good bikini haul myself, but I never really expected it to be a part of my daily job description. Hearing my friends talk about MCAT scores, unsatisfied bosses and grad school - it was hard for me to find common ground. I don't have a boss (which I must admit, I do love), am not in school and don't have to go to an office every day. Sounds really cool right? Well to be honest - it really is. But it's hard work too. This may sound like a cliche influencer thing to say - but I never expected YouTube to be my full-time gig. What started out as a fun hobby now pays my bills and feeds my macaroni and cheese addiction. Score! Last year opened a ton of doors for me, but with those also came a lot of lessons.

A Quick Trip Down the Shoppers Drug Mart Aisle | New & So You Event

Friday, March 16, 2018

Confession: the deeper I get into my twenties, the more picky I’ve become with the products I use every day. It has become a priority of mine to make the right choices for my hair, skin and body. I remember as a teen, running to my closest Shoppers Drug Mart, picking whatever was on sale…and miraculously, it would always work for me. Now at the ripe age of 24… not so much. My skin has become way more sensitive, and my hair – thanks to my amazing colourist – has become much lighter. This all calls for different products – but with so many to choose from, I always find myself perplexed in the aisle.

A Transformative Year ... Anxiety Update 1 Year Later

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Disclaimer: This blog post will be talking about my experience with panic and anxiety. This topic may be sensitive for some. Please take my advice/experience with a grain of salt and always consult your doctor first.

So... 2017 really kicked my ass in January. But I'm proud to say that by December 2017, I really turned it around.

The first week of January last year, I experienced my first, soul-crushing panic attack that was the catalyst to my debilitating anxiety disorder. I have been an anxiety sufferer my entire life, but it had finally reached it's peak. I'll spare you the details, but if you want the backstory, you can check it out here.

Finally, one year later - I'm not anxiety-free much like every other human, but I am so. much. freaking. better.

4 DAYS IN NYC | Where we shopped, ate & stayed

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dylan and I just returned to Toronto less than 24 hours ago, and we are already missing it. It was our second time travelling to NYC together and this time around, we decided to skip a lot of the touristy stuff and really just focus on the hustle-and-bustle of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was certainly a different trip than last time, but more our speed.

Just our luck, our trip landed right in the middle of bombogenisis, aka the CRAZY snow storm that just hit the east coast. Our flights went smoothly, even though I was stuck on the tarmac for two and a half hours. Anywhoo - the point of mentioning this was to say that I must've caught something on the tiny airplane because I'm feeling super under-the-weather.

Caught in the Middle | I'm Going to Asia!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

My month-long Asia trip is only a few days away! I'm extremely unprepared and still have tons to do. I thought that it may be fun to share a few of my thoughts and feelings about this trip before I jetset off with my Grammy (aka my PoPo/maternal grandmother).

My Grammy (PoPo & I) in ~ 1994
Being Canadian is as much a part of me as my Chinese heritage. My parents were both raised in Canada to immigrant parents - then had my siblings and I - three, non-Mandarin or Cantonese speaking, 2nd generation Canadian-born Chinese children. We're kind of as CBC as it gets - like what other Chinese 24 year-old has "Spencer" as their middle name? 

"When's the next time you'll go back home?" My 1st-gen Chinese friends would ask me, referring to the motherland. "Erm... I've actually never been there."  

"Oh really?" They would always respond, completely perplexed. "You're so white-washed!" Others would say in disbelief. 

Me, Syd & Mattie with our Mah Mah
Confession: November 2017 will be the first time I've ever been to Asia, except once when I was a small toddler. It's going to be definitely a culture shock. Besides my Father's side of the family, who still keeps up with many Chinese/Cantonese traditions thanks to my Mah Mah (paternal grandmother) - I really know nothing about what to expect on this trip. The lens I will see these countries in will differ greatly from my 1st-gen friends - and even the people who raised me. As much as I was encouraged by older relatives to speak Chinese, I always reverted back to speaking English. Turkey was always served at Thanksgiving instead of a mish-mash of Chinese food like my other friends' families, and if anyone were to call me by my given Chinese name (that's nowhere legally registered, by the way) - there's no doubt that I wouldn't respond, not that this situation has ever even happened. 

"But where are you really from?" Douchey guys at the bar would always ask me in the first ten-seconds of meeting me. "I have a friend of a friend who loves Chinese food..." They would continue, leaving my large eye-roll completely un-noticed.  This has always been really. fucking. annoying. Especially when I would be later accused as some sort of "snowflake" or social justice warrior" after correcting them. Wow, thank you for mansplaining my culture to me. I tooooootally understand how interested you are in my chinese-ness now. 

In Canada, I know that my appearance will always trump my nationality. People will always wonder what my ethnicity is, and always associate my identity with it. This, I have accepted. But inside, I can't help but feel caught in the middle. 

What I really mean is: I'm too Chinese-looking to ever be "Canadian" to the some people, and too Western-acting to be considered "Chinese" to others. It's a weird thing. 

Let's face it. All the people in Hong Kong Taiwan or China will know I'm not "one of them". I completely know I look like a full-blown North American tourist. If it's not my broken, pathetic Chinese that's a total tell, it'll be the way I dress, the way I do my makeup, or even just the way I act. 

It's one hell of a feeling to feel like you don't belong. 

I'm proud to be CBC, even though it sometimes leaves me confused. But ever since I started YouTube , it has really given me the space to be my authentic self, and show people what it's like for me to be in "The Middle". And with this Asia trip fastly approaching, I think it'll be an even more fascinating experience for not only myself, but to share it with all of you. Let's do this!! 

Love Always, 

Rachel, 黃詠芝

Long Weekend Outfits & Fun!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Top: Fairy Season, Shorts: Fashion Nova, Purse: Gucci, Star Choker & Horn Necklace: Romwe

Happy long weekend! I haven't written on this blog in a while, and I figured to get back into it by sharing what I've been up to for the last couple of days. It's been super busy as some of my friends are jetting off to new adventures, so we wanted to get the last bit of summer in before they leave (funny thing is that all three of them are in this suuuuper easy and totally casual thing called med school). 

Anyways, here is my photo dump of the weekend. I'll try my best to include all my outfit details. Let's do this! 

Glasses: Ollie Quinn, Dress: Shein, Bag: Vintage Roots, Sneakers: Jack Purcell Converse
Dylan & I ran into this little guy while I was trying to take an outfit photo in Edwards Gardens. We suspected a lot of people are feeding him because he was super friendly. Please don't feed wild animals!! 

I decided to wear this dress because it's really flattering and a nice day look. You really can't go wrong with shirting stripes & white sneakers. It's one of my fave go-to looks when I can't decide what to wear. 

Island Vibes Swimsuits: Shein, Shorts: Fashion Nova, Sunglasses: Shein

We headed over to Cabana on Saturday with my friend Nicole! This long weekend is also hectic in the city, especially downtown. N & I actually ordered these bathing suits for our trip to Punta Cana, but they didn't come in till after our trip (bummer). 

Headband: Shein, Jeans: Shein, Top: Zara 
Sundays spent with Doug. Was at my cousin's house for the greater part of the afternoon so I kept it pretty casual. Luckily for me, headbands are making a comeback and I think will be a great staple for Fall. 

Hoodie: NA-KD Clothing, Denim: Fashion Nova 

And yesterday, we hung out with our former Roommate & bff Jonny. It was a very instagram-worthy day thanks to Gusto 101 and Graffiti Alley only a short walk after that. As you can tell, I'm absolutely obsessed with these sunglasses that I just got. They really complete a look and are cheekier than the norm.

Let me know how your weekend was! 

Love Always, Rachel