Going Vegan: What your first 30 days will look like

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Even though I’ve jumped between vegetarian and pescatarian the last three years, I never, ever thought I would have the willpower to begin a Vegan, plant-based diet. The thought of cutting out brie, butter and Kraft Dinner absolutely terrified me. All of my absolute guilty pleasures were some sort of cheesy indulgence. 
After my Barcelona trip, I really felt like I needed a restart. This past year has been challenging and fast-paced - and I started to feel more and more anxious. I was tired, sort of irritable and was the heaviest I had been in the last two years (fluctuating between 10 to 15 pounds more than my usual weight). Something needed to change. 

It’s been almost 4 months since I made the switch over to a plant-based diet - and let me tell you, it’s just what my body needed. I wanted to give you all a breakdown of what the first 4 weeks felt like, the changes I experienced, and what got me through the challenges. 

5 Effortless Summer Denim Looks

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hey guys! Just like every other gal - I live in denim. It's simple, minimal and can be worn in so many ways. Thought it would be fun to show you a few ways that I've been wearing denim Toronto's version of "spring" (aka it just started getting warm, and it's almost June!). Anyways - here it goes!

Denim and Cropped Sweater

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Bodysuit and Denim Skirt

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Strappy Heels and Mom Jeans

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Mom Jeans and Loafers 

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Combat Boots and Denim  

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What is your fave way to wear your denim? 

 Love Always, Rachel

The Ultimate Effortless Wave Tutorial

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I get asked a TON on how I do my effortless wavy hair. It's really easy, fool-proof and all you'll need is a 1 and a 3/4 inch curling wand. It was tricky at first, but I think I finally nailed it! 

There are so many celebs and influencers rocking the beachy wave, and it's the perfect "undone" look for the warm weather. Total summer vibes! 

I have my most recent video tutorial on how to do it below! 

Love Always, Rachel

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.