Archive | June, 2011

Paradise Cove Beach, Malibu (an outfit post)

30 Jun

Dipping my feet in at Paradise Cove, Malibu

Long holiday weekend means the executives in my office are out and the assistant I answer to told me to take it easy. In my mind that means she just gave me permission to stop working and write a blog post, right? Okay don’t answer that. Either way, last weekend B, his brother J, and his girlfriend L and I all spent a day on the beach in Malibu. Blankets, snacks, sand, and ocean- it couldn’t have been any better.

Target floral swimsuit. Floppy hat. Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses (mine, Ray Bans his.)

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Versace for H&M Preview!

28 Jun

Sorry for the irregular posting as of late, who would’ve thought summer time could be so busy. As I was reading my blog feed during my lunch break at work today, I learned that Versace will be doing a Fall 2011 guest designer line for H&M! I went on a little shopping spree this weekend and bought quite a few things there, and having missed the Lanvin line, you can bet I’ll be all over this one :) Donatella Versace says the line will showcase classic Versace pieces from past decades in sustainable materials at affordable prices. Here are a few preview photos courtesy of H&M. You can read the full press release here.


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Photo diary from this week in L.A.

24 Jun

Well hellooo  there! Today was the first week I had a somewhat regular schedule, and it still managed to be jam-packed without time to do any of the shopping or errands I really need to do. Luckily I only work Tues-Wed-Thurs, so I have a 4 day weekend coming up which will hopefully include lots of fun things :)

On Sunday I went with my boyfriend and his entire family to a father’s day brunch, followed by the Beverly Hills Classic Car Show, and then there was a cook out/bbq at B’s parent’s house later that evening. I ate SO MUCH FOOD it was unbelievable.

A cute classic convertible at the Car Show, in my dad's favorite car color, British Racing Green

This cute little car was called a "Bubble" I believe... the door is the front. Weird.

On Monday I had an interview for a new part time internship which I GOT YAY!!! I love love LOVE my new Tuesday/Thursday job. I’m reading some amazing scripts. Oh, and, Adam Levine was rehearsing for a music video shoot in my office today. nbd. (that means no big deal, mom.)

Even though he was rehearsing, I pretended it was him serenading me all morning.

Also, I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but I came across this little comic book gem while doing some research for work today. It's fabulous.

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From War to Peace- More Accessories That Give Back

22 Jun

Here’s a cool website I found online with a great mission. From War To Peace takes cabling from old nuclear missile silos, melts it down, and transforms it into jewelry. From their website, they are “dedicated to recycling weapons of war into peaceful symbols of beauty and function.” They have some gorgeous things, and you can even customize pieces of jewelry. Here are a few items that caught my eye:

The Love Bird (both a heart and a dove) pendant on a 20" Saddle Natural Fiber Cord. $49.95

Medium Peace Symbol Bracelet with Magnetic Clasp. $24.95.

Gold-plated Infinity pendant on a gold chain. $79.95.

Aren’t they beautiful? What’s your favorite?

Bisous,
Rachel

TOMS New “One for One” Eyewear Line

20 Jun

After weeks and weeks of posts about my trip to Israel, France, and my move to L.A. I’m finally going to get back to some fashion-related posting. My ideas have been backed up for  months so here goes, but don’t worry, I’ll still be interspersing updates on my internship and more Paris pics throughout the summer :)

You all are probably familiar with TOMS Shoes, a company that combines a for-profit business model with a philanthropic purpose. For every pair of shoes you buy, a pair of shoes are sent to a child without shoes in a third world country. Pretty cool stuff, right? What first began with simple cloth flats has evolved into sneakers, espadrilles, and much more. TOMS recently announced the launch of their brand new eyewear line. Though the sunglasses are a bit pricey, the “one for one” campaign means that for every pair purchased they will help someone in an underdeveloped nation get the corrective glasses or surgery that they need to be successful. They come in a variety of styles and colors, but here are my faves:

The “Classic 101” in navy frames with red stripe. $135.

The “Classic 201” in tortoise frames with light blue stripe. $135. Continue reading

Back from Paris, and I moved to LA!

17 Jun

Sorry for the lack of posts this week… I got into L.A. from Paris on Monday (after 3 days of airports, yuck) and have been spending the last few days moving, spending time with family, and generally getting acclimated and time-adjusted to my new hometown :) Of course this included starting a new part-time internship and having 3 interviews for other jobs.

So far in my internship at a Hollywood production company I learned how to make coffee, pick up dry cleaning, sort receipts for the accountant, walk the owner’s bajillion dollar dog (some rare species of Japanese fox hunting dog?), and pick up a specific magazine at a news stand and cut out all the photos of a certain celebrity to make a large collage on one wall of the office. I kid you not- life size celebrity collage. I guess you could say I’m earning my stripes. So far it has definitely been a learning experience and I’m hopeful that I’ll soon be trusted enough to take care of slightly more important tasks. But I guess we’ll see. Additionally thus far in Los Angeles I’ve read about 350 pages worth of scripts and only disliked one of them, so that’s been fun.

I’m also enjoying exploring all the yummy new restaurants around. I just added LA to my Groupon and Living Social so I learn about the cool stuff in my area. Today I spent time with family around the Santa Monica Pier area and attempted to learn to drive in Friday afternoon traffic; let’s just call that a 2 hour long adventure and leave it at that shall we? I absolutely love Los Angeles so far and I have another interview on Monday so wish me luck! After this weekend I should have way more time to post, but for now here are some photos from Paris <3

My cousin and I at the Lhouvre

One of many (and I mean many) nutella crepes

Day trip to the beach city of Arcachon

Freshly squeezed juices at a farmer's market in Bordeaux

Eating Luaduree macarons under the awning of the Church of the Madeline after getting caught outside in an awful thunderstorm.

Well that’s just a little teaser of the adventures I have to tell you about. Also, I’m definitely going to get back to some fashion blogging as I’m missing it dearly. Bon weekend!

Bisous,

Rachel

Photo Diary: Northern Israel, Sfat, and Tiberias

13 Jun

As you read this, I’m en route to Los Angeles, finally! After a whirlwind month long adventure in Israel and France, I’m pretty excited to get back to where all the signs are english and to see my parents, of course. Here’s a little taste of some of my time in Israel, a weekend trip to the mystical city of Sfat (birthplace of Kabbalah) and also time enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee.

Me and the boyfriend at the Gush Et'Tzion winery outside of Hebron

The boyfriend and I on a super fun disco boat ride in Tiberias, taking a break from dancing.

Street vendor selling wares in the winding alleys of Sfat (also Szfat or Safed)

A man about to make me a Yemenite street pancake. (I don't know the authentic name for this, sorry.)

Think a caprese salad inside of a fresh non-sweet pancake-ish wrap.

Deliciousness.

Alright well I’m out of time on my pay by the minute internet machine at Charles De Galle Airport, next time I write I’ll be in LA!

Bisous,

Rachel

Ziplines, Challah Baking, and more of Israel

10 Jun

The bad news is that I’m still eating my way through France, the good news is that my wallet is considerably lighter! Haha just kidding, I’m definitely enjoying the food aspect of my trip as well as all of the other fun things I’m seeing. I’m very excited to show you all pictures from Paris, but in the meantime here are some more cool photos from the two and a half weeks I just spent in Israel! Also, don’t forget that I’m moving to Los Angeles this upcoming Monday and looking for all the help I can get; please and thank you :)

All dressed up for Shabbos (the sabbath day) in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem

Me learning how to bake challah bread. So. Delicious.

Me and the boyfriend about to go ziplining on the second longest zipline in the world, in the Judaean Hills outside Hebron

Short and sweet today, coming up first thing on Monday will be pictures from a weekend trip to Sfat and Tiberias in Northern Israel. Happy weekend :)

Bisous,

Rachel

You Shuk Me All Night Long

8 Jun

As you read this, my cousin and I are traipsing around Paris getting into all kinds of trouble. But you’ll hear about that probably next week. Until then, here are some photos from “the shuk,” a crowded marketplace in the center of Jerusalem where you can buy almost anything. Literally, the freshest food and smells and most random things I’ve ever seen. Enjoy!
P.S. In case you didn’t catch the news from Monday’s post, I’m moving to Los Angeles in less than a week! Any tips you have for someone new to the city would be absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated.

Tons of wonderful smelling spices and seasonings

Fresh produce

Wrapped candies, sweets, and honey sticks

Delicious dried fruits and snacks

Straight from the oven Challah breads, bagels, and other yummy pastries

I know I’m a nerd, I always have to take pictures of food! I think I’m secretly quite the fatty on the inside. I definitely think I’ve gained a trillion pounds since leaving the U.S., and let’s not even start talking about all the amazing things I’ve been eating in France. I can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you, and don’t forget to leave some advice about my big move to L.A.!

Bisous,

Rachel

 

Fresh From Israel

6 Jun

Greetings there strangers! This is about the first time I’ve truly had extra internet time in almost 3 weeks. Yikes. I just spent the past two and a half weeks in Israel, and now I’m in Bordeaux, France, visiting my cousin. In other exciting news… when I get back to the states next Monday I’ll be moving to LA for the summer to work for an entertainment company! WOO! I’m so excited and having a blast abroad. Without further ado, here are pictures from the beginning of my trip to Israel :)

Step 1: Get off plane. Step 2: Settle into hotel. Step 3: Get dressed up and go out to the bars on Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem

Me and one of my sorority sisters at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem

Israel is quite possibly the only place where the phrase "mall food court sushi" sounds like the greatest idea in the world. I didn't even remember to take the picture until I'd already eaten half of it.

Another night out on Ben Yehuda. Just for the record, the boyfriend and I are not matching on purpose. Bars and clubs in Israel generally come with free hookah and shots when you order drinks, interesting fact.

Well that covers the first 2 days… stay tuned later this week for a pictorial of The Shuk on a Friday afternoon… aka, a crazy hectic market place full of wonderful foods and smells during peak rush time.

Bisous,

Rachel

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