The Trendy City (by Rachel Johnson)

 599541_10151700049309629_830056510_nNo matter where Rachel Johnson goes, she is a highly influential trendsetter. She just can’t help it! From her own personal style and insight to hilarious videos and thoughtful articles, Rachel is always the first to spot a trend and share it. She’s so talented at trendsetting that she’s been interning at NR Styles in NYC all summer! Rachel and I have been friends for the past few years and she’s one of the most hilarious, consistently thoughtful, wise, & stylish people I know! If you met her, you’d be friends with her right away. Follow her on Twitter or read about her summer adventures at NYC Summertime!

NYC is known for its diverse styles and fashion forward trends brought to us by the local runway designers and the average West Village hipster.


So how does one stay “trendy” in the ever changing, stylish city?

(I must be honest, I’m currently in my pj’s because I have a day off. No judgement here.)

1. You have style.

Yes, you do.

Each person has one thing that identifies their style.

Now, this could be an article of clothing, a type of accessory, a bright lipstick, etc.
OR your style could be identified through your smile.
The way you carry yourself.
Confidence that exudes from your walk.


Whatever it may be, you have a unique factor that makes your style “you”.

2. Trends always change.

The question really is- How much do you care to keep up with them?

You see, no one in this city cares about how you look.
That’s what makes NYC so unique.

You wear whatever you want. You think you look like the sh*t. But no one really cares.

That sounds depressing, but it’s really not!

You can get away wearing anything in the city.
(Seriously, I’ve seen some weird outfits)

I do like to look at trends via various style bloggers and fashion sites
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3. Just be yourself.

I once got this exact fortune from a cookie and it’s one of two that I have kept.


(also was disappointed to see my fortune obviously isn’t unique but that’s another post…)

If you measure your happiness on constantly having the latest fashion trends,
then you will constantly be seeking after happiness.

The trends change.

The trends come back
(where’s my jumper from 5th grade?!)


Just wear what makes you happy and confident.

I’d much rather go to McDonald’s in my sweatpants than eat a salad in a skin-tight mini dress.

To each his own.

Find that unique factor that only YOU have and own your style.



The DIY from Hell: Glitter Heels.

At my school, there exists a magical evening every semester known by all as tap night. Groups of similarly dressed men and women parade around campus marching in lines two by two and ambush lone individuals, whispering things to them & then permitting them join the end of the line.

…This is also known as the beginning of Greek rush.

In preparation, I needed to find black comfortable heels! Instead of buying new ones, I decided to redo a old vintage pair of shoes that were in bad shape. And after reading seemingly simple instructions online, I decided to go for it!

Step 1: Choose shoes! Mine were silk, but I’m sure any texture (even plastic) would work. 

I was so naive. Glitter is the STI of the craft world. It gets EVERYWHERE (so many places…) really fast. And it won’t go away. So, warning: only attempt if you don’t mind picking glitter off of you for the next 24 hours.  Continue reading

We are shaped & fashioned by what we love.

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

As you may or may not know, I love trends & style. I would adore being a fashion blogger, but alas, I don’t have someone to cheerfully force into taking pictures of me every day.  Here in Dallas, I’ve been shopping a TON (much to my inevitable future chagrin) because the malls here are sooooo large. Seriously, there’s an ice skating rink in one. I don’t see the point of that honestly, but hey. It’s there. What can you do?

Love this!

  • What I’m Buying- All things Peplum: This new style is the best. I literally just bought not just one, but TWO of the exact same peplum shirts from Alloy (one’s in coral, the other’s in black…very purposeful!) Not only will you find peplum tops or skirts basically everywherelately (but really–Bebe, Forever21, Anthropologie, Nordstrom’s, H&M…to name a few), but it’s very flattering AND offers a variety of looks. Peplum looks great with skirts (yay!) or even pants. I loveee it.

    How diverse.

  • What’s my Background- Chevron Patterns: I’m so obsessed with this. Not even sure why, but it’s the background of my work computer, laptop, Twitter background…and now it can be yours too!


  • What I’m Reading- 11/22/63 by Stephen King:  Thanks to my friend Evan, I’ve been reading this fantastic new bestseller and I literally cannot put it down. I got it at the library last week & while it’s MASSIVE at 849 pages, I’m close to the end. Weekend goal: finishing it.


I promise I’m not that self-obssessed….haha.

First DIY Post!: Embroidered Earbuds

Ooh, look at that jade, gray, & yellow. Hot.

As a total fangirl of DIY projects & blogs, I’ve always wanted to post a project I’ve done! …Unfortunately, I always forget. So, I present to you my first blogged DIY: Embroidered Earbuds!

Why: Back when Pinterest was cool, I saw a pin from an etsy store highlighting the same project! I HATE when my headphones get tangled and everyone knows that if you leave them alone for 5 seconds after you untangle them, they WILL get tangled again. Fact of life.

What You Need: At least 3 different spools of embroidery floss, clear nail polish, headphones (duh)

How*: It’s just like making a friendship bracelet! Tie the three strands at the top and go from there! Secure knots & prevent frays with clear nail polish! Easy.

*My very brief instructions can be furthered explained by this blog!

And I already love them & have gotten compliments/looks of bewilderment when people find out I made them. haha Oh, uncreative people.

That one time I dyed my hair ombré.

(For everyone’s reference: ombré=The effect of color graduation from light to dark. See what I did there?)

For literally the past year, I have been intrigued with the latest trend of ombré hair, my obsession levels practically equal to America’s Got Talent producers’ desperation for relevance.

I would spend hours googling hairstyles or “Is ombré still cool?,” persuading everyone else I know to dye their hair ombré (My little naive guinea pig friends), even cutting out pictures of Drew Barrymore’s hair from a magazine to put on an “inspiration board.” I was that crazy about it–just look at my Pinterest boards.

The picture that inspired it all. (Thanks Pinterest!)

But, with a lot of things in life, I tend to overthink and over-research…everything. It’s paralyzing! So, I decided to go for it…and I love it! I don’t regret it at all. It’s perfect for summer!

It’s a little lighter than this now, more “natural.”

Alas, it does have one sad drawback: my ombré hair does NOT bring all the hipster boys to the yard. Maybe it’s my eagerness about life (which is a side effect from being formerly homeschooled), lack of a tobacco addiction, or utter dearth of any of  Zooey Deschanel’s charm forced quirkiness…I thought my ombre hair would be like a beacon of two-toned light, summoning the subculture I so love. (Clarification: Do I want to ever qualify as a hipster? Uh no. I just love hipster guys.)

“Hey girl. I love ombré & I know you dyed it out of the purest ambitions, not trying to be trendy or purposefully hipster-esque.” -Ryan Gosling.

I need to find a new subculture to secretly obsess with when I go to Starbucks.

I think I may be the voice of my generation. (Or a voice. Of a generation…)

Let’s face it: I’m banking on being the next Oprah. (I’d even settle for being the next Tina Fey.) Because of my obviously aggrandized self-concept, I feel the burden of  sharing my favorite things of April with all of you. Maybe it’ll change your life! Regardless, this is good practice for when I have my own talk show. (Seriously, I need to get famous asap so that I can write a hilarious bestselling memoir! Who would buy a memoir by a random college aged girl?)

So, here, like Oprah’s List of Favorite Things, is mine. If I was rich enough to buy you all of this AND give you a car, I would:

You will literally never regret this candle.

Pink magnolia candles from Target! I bought one as a housewarming gift…to myself. It’s fabulous.

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