WHAT'S IN MY BAG | FREELANCER EDITION

Friday, December 16, 2016


So, working from home has it's perks. It means that I can lounge around in my pajamas all day (as seen in Vlogmas #1), and get stuff done on my own time. However - being totally honest here - it can be tough to stay motivated.

Since my undergrad, I always found that my most productive days were when I left my house. Whether I was sitting in my school's library or at a coffee shop, the hustle-and-bustle around me always made me feel more in the mood to actually study, work or finish the tasks I've been holding off forever.

MAHI Leather was generous enough to gift me this gorgeous leather backpack. It came at the perfect time, because I was looking for an every day backpack that I can take with me while I work. I love the personalization on the bottom corner, and also the simple style. It would make a great gift for anyone and a portion of your purchase goes towards clean water projects - which I love.

Kitten for scale - haha! 

You can use the code RACH10 at checkout for 10% off your purchase! Order by Dec 19 to get yours in time for Christmas.


Want to see what I carry in my backpack? Watch my latest video:


Love Always,

Rachel

SHOP SPENNY REWORKED VINTAGE PIECES ARE UP! (Tommy Hilfiger, Champion, Polo Ralph Lauren)

Sunday, December 4, 2016



Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to talk about this part of my little brainchild, SHOP SPENNY! If you've been with me since it's humble beginnings in my last year of university, you would know that I have a penchant for vintage clothing, especially when it comes to casual and comfy wear.

That being said, I am finally launching a "reworked" vintage section on my shop! This is where you will be able to find vintage pieces that I have changed and modified to suit your everyday wardrobe. I am totally obsessed with vintage Tommy Hilfiger, Champion, Polo Ralph Lauren, Fila and Guess... so expect tons of that!

I'll be doing weekly vintage drops on SHOP SPENNY, and each piece will be unique - so once it's sold out it'll be sold out forever. I sewed a bunch of them earlier this week and I have to say, it's some of my best work as a seamstress (haha), each piece is double hemmed to ensure quality.

My latest finds/reworks are currently live! Shop now and use my code "VINTAGEONLY" at checkout for 10 percent off all reworked vintage (excluding flannels)!

Love Always, 

Rachel

I toned my hair at home! (Brassy Yellow to Ashy Blonde/Bronde)

Sunday, November 20, 2016




Hey everyone! Thought I'd write a quick blog post because I toned my hair today! It was my first time doing it by myself at home. The last time I did my hair was actually after my Costa Rica trip, so since August. It was first a super icy grey colour (Shown below!)

  

My colourist is always booked 3 months in advance is it's tough to find a time that works for both of us. My hair was getting SUPER brassy and was definitely overdue for some TLC. I felt pretty comfortable with toning my hair because I knew that the worst it could come out was grey, which I definitely wasn't opposed to. Soon after,  I looked up a few videos of girls doing it themselves. Conveniently, I already had the Wella toner and the developer because my sister bought it a while back!


Before/After = a big difference! 
My supplies! (LOL paintbrush definitely not recommended)


I used Wella Colour Charm T18 (light ash blonde) - which is the go-to colour that I saw most of the tutorials using. I didn't have a hair dye application brush so I opted for using a paint brush that I had... (obviously something I do not recommend. I followed the instructions and left it on for about 15 minutes!

Once I washed out the toner, I was left with a much cooler brown tone (as seen in the title pic). I like that it's on the warmer side, and I'm thinking maybe next time I'll go even cooler. I have a warmer skin tone so I figured it suited a warmer-toned hair. It's a lot blonder in person but the toner did make my hair go slightly darker.

More before/after! Much more honey-caramel-toned now than yellow & brassy
For those who are curious about my full hair colouring experience/going blonde/hair care, I'll also insert the video that I filmed all about it a few months back!


This video is from one session before my last one (ash blonde/grey) with my colourist (in May). I would say my hair now though is much more similar to the colour it is in this video! 

Love Always,

Rachel 


Best Designer Bags ... on an 1000$ Budget | The Lazy Fashion Girl's Guide to Saving

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Photo credit: @marianna_hewitt


Hey guys!

So let me be clear before I continue - my intentions for this post were good, BUT may I say how difficult it is to actually find a designer purse under $1000. Ridiculous, I know, but a very, very real fact. That being said, not all of these bags are exactly under $1000 Canadian, but are definitely within reason if that is around your price range. Welcome to my second instalment of The Lazy Fashion Girl's Guide to Saving!

This post is more for those who are looking to start a designer bag collection, but are on a smaller budget (aka me lol), and do not want to strive for the Givenchy Antigona or Celine just yet. One good thing about purchasing a designer bag, is that usually (as long as you keep them in good condition) they do not lower in value. In fact- if it's a classic piece, usually they raise in price each year. If you find yourself not loving the bag five years from now, chances are that you will be able to to resell it at least at what you bought it for.

Not all of these bags in this post are necessarily "investment" items, but they are all beautiful, quality and great for all seasons - something I kept in mind. For those who are budget-conscious, I definitely kept in mind how wearable it is, and the timelessness of each piece. I'll also go into a little bit more about what to look for when purchasing a designer bag, and some other things to consider.

Without further ado, let's get right to it!

Unseen Costa Rica Pics!

Friday, November 11, 2016


Hey everyone!

If you've been following me since this summer, you would probably know that I have been reminiscing about mine & Dylan's trip to Costa Rica that we took in late July. It was really fun and making me already think about where we are going to go next. Today while looking back at my photos and videos, I realized that I never shared them with you guys! I know it's been quite a few months but I figured they were worth sharing. The cream of the crop are on my instagram so definitely scroll down a bit on my profile and you can see the ones I have shared already (I've included a few of them in this post too!).

I added some captions for context. Enjoy!

IT'S NOT OVER.

Thursday, November 10, 2016




To my wonderful readers,

I spent most of November 9th feeling dark. I was fearful, disappointed and angry. I couldn't sleep, and had this pit in my stomach that felt a million times bigger than myself. And as I woke up yesterday morning, one of my worst fears for the world had happened.

Even though I'm a born-and-raised Canadian, I know that this lunacy will not be contained within the borders of the United States. This affects the world. This affects how young children see what it means - and what it takes - to be one of the most powerful leaders. This deeply affects my generation. This deeply hurts LGBTQ, women, black people and hispanic people.

Scrolling through my Facebook posts yesterday was a never ending circle. I wanted to look, but at the same time, I knew that it probably wasn't the best thing to do, feeling still so hopeless. Most of what I read made me feel even more despair. And it's okay. The wound is still fresh and people are angry. I feel it too.

But after having a few very meaningful conversations with other people who were in the same boat as me, I'm more compelled than EVER before to step up and take action for what I believe in. We have to fight for climate change, love, acceptance and rights for groups that are at risk of losing them. We cannot be complacent, and as my aunt was telling me - every little bit counts. I'm already thinking of my plan to help make a better world and support these communities, and I'm hoping to inspire others to do the same.

A few of my fave fall things (Over-the-knee boots, Happy Podcasts, Teen Reads ... & more!)

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Hey everyone! It's been a while. Decided to blog today about a few things that I've been loving the last couple weeks. Fall is here in full force; Even though we're nearing the end of the year, this season has always been a time for me to reflect and start anew. There's nothing fresher to me than the autumnal breeze, freshly lit candles and yummy sweaters.

This Fall in particular is pretty special to me; it's the first season post-undergrad that I have been working non-stop on my own projects, and not for other people. SHOP SPENNY is in a small lull right now, but prepping for holiday, and my youtube channel recently entered a phase that the kids like to call "viral". Aside from my own scattered brain and natural anxiousness, I would say that it's been alright over here at RachSpeed headquarters (aka my basement office, more on that later)!

Thank you so much for all the support thus far, all 11,926 of you!  I'm always looking for new ways to indulge, better myself, and of course, get inspired. Without further ado, here are a few things that I've been loving this Fall!

Summer Dress Outfits! (Feat. Shop Tobi!)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hey everyone!

By the time you read this, I'll probably be on a plane to Costa Rica! Dylan and I are backpacking for the first time ever - but don't worry - there will definitely be travel style blogs to come!

A big thank you to Shop Tobi for gifting me with these wonderful goodies! They have a ton of selection on their website ... and first time shoppers can receive 50% off their first order! Aside from their amazing casual dress selection, I definitely recommend checking out their club dresses, jewelry, tank tops & denim as well.

I can't wait to wear the pink and white dresses on vacation. Anyways, Thought I would share my current fave summer looks with you all! I love wearing dresses when the weather gets hot - they are easy, effortless and keep you cool.





How I style NUDES/NEUTRAL colours!

Friday, June 10, 2016



Hey guys! Long time no blog. Decided to share this here in case you're not subscribed to my Youtube! It was really fun filming in a different location and styling this nude slip  dress. I've started to commit to a schedule on my Youtube channel, so head on over there on Mondays & Thursdays for videos! Thursday posts will be exclusively all about style. Stay tuned for more fun vids! 



Love Always, Rachel 

SEPHORA VIB ROUGE SALE 2016! | MY WANTS, FAVES & WISHLIST

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hey guys!

I'm trying to throw this blog post up as soon as possible. So as some fellow Sephora-addicts may know already, the VIB SALE HAS ARRIVED! The rouge sale started today and tomorrow the VIB sale begins! In a nutshell: 15% off everything at Sephora is upon me (aka the best sale that Sephora ever gives)!!!!! (If you're on the VIB or rouge list, you should have received an email with the coupon code!)

I decided for those who will be spending big $$ at our fave makeup utopia tomorrow, I've put together a list of my fave items (and some short thoughts about them), as well as some items that are on my Sephora wishlist! Here ya go:



WHAT I LOVE (TRIED & TRUE):



The Lazy Fashion Girl's Guide to Saving! | Chapter 1: Attitude is everything

Saturday, March 19, 2016


HEY GIRL! So you want to start saving money? Well, so do I. This is a topic that I’m still searching for answers to. Being a raised-by-a-single-mom twenty-something –year-old with a considerable amount student debt, it’s easy to feel that little green monster when it comes to things you don’t have (YET!!).

Before I dive in, let me put my guide into proper context. I want to start off by saying how grateful I am to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge and a wonderful family that loves me. This is not by all means supposed to be the type of situation where I constantly nag on about not having the latest “it” bag or why I couldn’t jetset to Cayo Coco in 2012 on reading week. This is about my ever-constant struggle to save money, and tips how to NOT get major FOMO when your insta-feed is blowing up with pics of your friends embarking on their latest journeys, or splurges during YEEZY season.

But hey, we all have to start somewhere right?! I used to be the type that would totally shy away from unnerving subjects like this, but I have gained a pretty keen interest in how to grow my bank as of lately. DON’T WORRY, I won’t be crunching numbers, but instead will be sharing my weekly advice on what I’m doing to make sure I can fund my fashion cravings and next big-girl steps.
So without further ado, I present to you… the lazy fashion girl’s guide to saving money!


HOW I STYLE: THE BOMBER JACKET

Thursday, March 17, 2016



Hey everyone! I’m back at it again with another “How I Style” vid for you all… and this time it’s ALL about the bomber jacket! It was really fun to do this one because this is a staple piece that I’ve been rocking from fall till now, and is extremely versatile. Seriously was channeling my inner baddie for these looks (Hint… definitely took inspiration from my celebrity muse for next week’s vid!). All the details from my outfits can be seen in the description box!

How I Style: Kendall Jenner Inspired Outfits!

Monday, February 8, 2016




Hey everyone! I'm so excited to share my latest style video with you. I did it a little bit different this time around, and instead of focusing around a staple piece, I inspired my outfits through a celeb - this time, it's Kendall Jenner! 

KJ has totally nailed the effortless "model-off duty" look this past year, and I find myself constantly pinning pictures of her to get some quick outfit inspo. Here are some of my fave looks that I recreated in my latest video: