Rachel Dolecheck

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It’s taken me quite some time to feel confident and comfortable in my most ‘me’ outfits. I would always worry someone is judging or criticizing me for dressing outside of the norm. Silly rachel.

Thank goodness for New York because I now realize how crazy it is to think like that. Everyone deserves to feel confident in their favorite outfits, regardless of what others may think. No one’s style is the same, and not everyone is going to love your choice in clothing. At the end of the day, always stay true to yourself, and try your best to not let others’ opinions affect you negatively.

Anyways, this got me thinking about fashion and feeling confident, and I wanted to share my fashion rules of thumb for whoever might need them.

  1. First of all, always buy what you want to wear and what you think looks good on you. – Most importantly, always dress the way you want to dress. I know this sounds self explanatory, but for those with a quirky kind of style, it might be hard to truly express yourself.
  2. Get creative. Go thrifting, do some DIY on old clothes, and always get inspiration for new, fun outfit ideas. My personal favorite is Pinterest searching different styles I want to incorporate into my wardrobe.
  3. Never spend too much money on clothes. I know it’s the trend to have anything and everything designer, but don’t break your bank to follow ‘trends’. Make your own freaking trend.
  4. Okay, this one’s important, and I can’t stress this enough. RE-WEAR OUTFITS. Just because you Instagrammed something, doesn’t mean you can’t wear it again and even Instagram it again. Who cares. If I could wear my favorite outfit every day of the week without being totally gross, I so would.
  5. Last but not least, wear clothes that make you feel confident, but also comfortable. I know those heels look good, but dammit, don’t wear them if you’re going to complain every hour that your feet hurt. Okay this was directed toward me, but still. Always wear clothing that makes you so comfortable you could take over the world.

And I think I’ll end this on a note of taking over the world. Dress like a boss and always show yourself off. Whether you get dressed up for yourself, your work, your boyfriend, or social media – never be afraid to show the world that you’re confident and proud of the person you are.

-R

Moving over 1000 miles from home, I knew I needed a breath of fresh air. A chance to start over in a new city. A chance to actually be myself. Little did I know that would mean meeting the most amazing human being in this world.

Matthew Yong Joon Kim.

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I mean.. just look at him. My burnt chicken nugget, my favorite shopping buddy, and my absolute best friend. I also never thought I’d EVER write a blog post about a guy, but this goes to show how much I adore him. Matt is the guy I always dreamed about but never thought I’d be lucky enough to meet. He is everything a girl could ask for and more.

We met on a blind date which I imagined would be a little cringy and awkward, but it was actually the complete opposite. We may have only met a few months ago, but I wouldn’t change these past months for the world.

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This was taken the day we met (at his 100th night West Point formal), and this was the moment I knew I wanted to get to know him after the initial weekend. He suggested pictures outside because of the better lighting. I mean.. seriously? A guy that cares about pictures? I must of been dreaming.  But wait.. It gets better.

So, to get up to West Point, I had to take the MetroNorth from Grand Central Station. This was my very first time traveling by train out of the city and nervous was an understatement. So many things could of happened. I get kidnapped, take the wrong train, miss the train, die, etc.. Anyways, I made it alive, as you can see, but I was dreading taking the train back home the following night. Obviously I was just going to suck it up and do it, but Matt offered to drive me back. all. the. way. home. (And let me add I never said anything about dreading taking the train. Let me also add we literally just met. He didn’t even know me). Matt is perfection in every way imaginable. And the rest, my friends, is history. 😉

I actually typed this on April 25, and then re-typed on May 15, but I wanted to wait to post on your birthday. So happy birthday babe. I hope this beats any card or present I could get you. I love you so much and cannot wait to see you. Thank you for being the greatest boyfriend and best friend a girl could ask for. You make me laugh, smile, and cry way too many happy tears. Hopefully you’re on your way to me, but if not I’ll see you when I see you <3.

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Love always,
R

Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and I honestly can’t believe it’s been a whole six months since I’ve moved to the greatest, scariest, most exciting city in the world. Of course not everything is fun and games, even if that’s how it may look on social media. I have plenty of bad days and even worse moments, but I have learned to stay somewhat positive about every situation.

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Besides all that, I have never been happier where I’m at in this exact moment. I get to study a subject that actually interests me, have met some of the most amazing people, and truly discovered myself as a person.

There are so many things you can find out about yourself when you move to a new city. For instance, I discovered that I actually enjoy learning, I love riding bikes, and saving money is surprisingly doable (refer to last post). Most importantly, though, I learned how to truly love.

The city. All the smells. The people. The amazing views. Every opportunity I’ve been given. I love it all. So here’s to the first amazing six months in the city that I have truly fallen in love with. I have no idea how long I’ll be here, but I’ll cherish these moments forever.

It’s summer!

Enjoy, loves.

-R

Living in your 20’s means you’re either really lucky or struggling somewhat financially. I fall into the struggling category, of course. Living in and around the one of the most expensive cities in the country does not make it easy to save money, but *sighs* it is doable.

Lately, however, I have not been able to go shopping for new summer outfits because I have to do the boring, responsible thing and budget my money… I do have a few tips I like to call broke, but make it fashion for anyone with the same struggles.

  1.  Refer to spring cleaning post and clear out your closet of anything you haven’t worn in months. I don’t care how cute it is, there’s a reason you haven’t worn it (if you’re reading this, Jordan, you know what to do).
  2.  Once you have your closet cleaned out, go through all your clothes and actually pair outfits together with the pieces you truly love. I did this and it was quite therapeutic.
  3. Don’t be afraid to wear the same outfit!! Spice something up with a belt or hair tie. Better yet, create a whole new outfit out of something already worn. Make any long skirt into a dress, a silk scarf into a tube top (not pictured, but coming soon), and my personal favorite, throw a tee on top of a dress, and boom. It becomes a skirt (see below).
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I don’t know how helpful these tips might be, but they have helped me actually plan outfits for the week, figure out what I do and don’t like and most importantly, save dat money. *queue lil dicky*

Wow, I really crack myself up.

-R

I know I’ve written a post about NY tips, but let me add two very important things I have learned up here:

  1. your money will go FAST
  2. affordable apartments have no storage space (meaning no room for clothes and shoes)

Now I never thought I’d type this, but.. dad, you were right. I did not need to bring all these clothes up here, but it’s been done. And what better way to free up some space with a little spring cleaning.

Now my idea of spring cleaning is going through every piece of clothing/shoes I own, trying most items on, then deciding to donate or list on Poshmark. Also referring back to 1. I’m kind of broke, so most items are being listed on Poshmark.

For those who don’t know what Poshmark is, I suggest you download their app. NOW. However, it’s basically a buy and sell website for fashionable pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories. I have been an avid Poshmarker, if you will, for about six years. I have no idea why, but I find the process of listing items so therapeutic.

Over the years I have learned it’s all about the cover photo. When buyers are browsing the site, the first thing they see is the cover photo for your item. So it’s key to make that picture visually pleasing to the eye. *see below*

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To be honest, this is some of my best work. I don’t know what it is about adding a touch of greenery to a picture, but it freaking works. This swim top sold in less than 24 hrs, and I am 100% sure it was because of this bomb photo.

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So if you’re feeling like doing some closet cleaning or you’re just broke like me, find a clean wall, a fake plant or two, maybe a string of lights, and get to Poshing!

Also if you want some inspiration or feel like doing a little shopping yourself, feel free to browse my Poshmark closet right here through my blog under the ‘Shop My Closet’ tab. Click the photo and it’ll take you right to the item. ❤

Happy spring cleaning!
-R

For anyone who doesn’t know, I made a brave decision to move to the NJ/NY area, and I have officially survived this crazy place for three weeks now. Some days are better than others, but overall, it has been life changing. I have, however, learned so much about this foreign world that I wanted to share with anyone who might be curious.

So here are my amateur NY tips for anyone who wants to know or wants to be wild like me and move up here straight out of college. Starting from most important lol.

  1. There is no good mexican food here. NONE. No happy hour margaritas. No queso. No El Paso. Ugh the list goes on.

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    You’ll start to really appreciate gauc tho

  2. However, the pizza is on point. Always.
  3. With the pizza being so good, I may or may not of gained a few pounds. But, you’ll most likely walk everywhere so you’ll have kick ass legs after a few weeks.
  4. Subways are the scariest thing ever. Or maybe I’m just dumb. Refer back to 3. – I walk. a lot.
  5. Moving so far away, you can truly start over. Forget the past. Forget the horrible people and delete any negative person in your life.

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    You’ll be so happy that you’re glowing. Ok maybe it’s just too much highlight, but you get the point.

  6. People are actually so kind. The stereotypical northerner does not exist, and they all think southern accents are cute so I’m actually winning.
  7. The wind is the worst thing my hair and I have ever experienced.
  8. The views are great though, and you’ll never get tired of seeing something new in the city.

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    Like the snow and the beautiful buildings.

  9. Everything isn’t actually that expensive, but don’t go shopping in Soho. All I gotta say.
  10. Lastly, always be confident and never let your guard down especially when you’re alone in the city.

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Having a friend does make everything so much better tho 🙂

Most importantly, moving so far away is like living in a world you never knew existed. Sure we see the city in movies and shows, but actually experiencing it is a totally different story. My advice to anyone who is eager to get out of their small town – DO IT. Do not even think twice. You will grow, prosper, and learn that there are so many bigger, better opportunities than your small hometown has to offer. It’s been a journey these first few weeks, but it’s a journey I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Have a great day loves and stay warm. ❤

-R

I cannot believe it has been a whole year since I started this blog. Now I may not be making six figures or changing anyone’s lives, but writing, creating, and editing truly brings me so much joy. For the few people that actually read my blogs, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Kind words and good vibes are always deeply appreciated.

So let’s reflect on 2018. The good, the bad, and the very very ugly.

The good

As per earlier posts, this year hasn’t been the best, but there is always good that can never be forgotten. First of all, I have some badass friends. They are ridiculous, loving, hilarious, and have always been 100% there for me (especially for the bad). As sad I am to leave them, I did get accepted to a dream college to study fashion, so that clearly falls in the good category. I also met some pretty awesome people and have made the greatest memories in my sweet little hometown (I also know I said I hated this place but things change ok).

The bad 

So the bad. Well, to keep it short and simple, the bad consisted of unhealthy relationships, hurtful words/actions, self hate, and too many people gone too soon. But, the important part of the bad is that it teaches you so many lessons you never thought you knew about yourself. It’s hard to get past difficult times, but I swear to you it is possible. And if your 2018 was similar to mine, just know this – you will have bad years, but you will also have the most amazing years of your life. You will grow, fall in love, probably fall out of love, drink a lot of alcohol (hopefully), and enjoy all the greatest moments.

The very very ugly

Now for the best part. The ugly consists of all the stupid nights that I may or may not remember with stupidest, greatest friends. Whether it’s me singing all the wrong lyrics, Hannah doing a very strange dance move, Courtney trying to shake her non-existent ass, or Jordan being way too loud at all the wrong times. We have had some ugly times with makeup, boys, clothes, and one too many margaritas. However, it’s the ugly times that make for the greatest. It’s truly because of the beautiful people I surround myself with that make this life worth living.

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So stay ugly and stay positive.

Happy New Year!

-R