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What people are saying about Rachel Lately...

"You're gonna post pictures of yourself with your nails looking like that?" - Mom

"Your writing is kinda cheesy, but it works for you." - friend

"Why are you putting your whole life on the Internet? There are a lot of weirdos out there, y'know." - Dad
"What's a blog?" - Grandma

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Just in case my blog title didn't give it away, my name is Rachel. Hello!

Quick life story: I was born across the pond in my dad's native country of England, but I was raised in the Lone Star State since the age of three and consider it my true home (I still wish I had inherited my dad's British accent though ;). I moved to Austin, Texas in 2009 for college and instantly fell in love with the city. I discovered fashion blogging during my time at university and finally took the plunge to start my own blog in the spring of 2011. Rachel Lately is my creative space for sharing my personal style, my travels, and my ever-growing passion for this weird city as I make my way through life. Thank y'all for reading, it genuinely means a lot to me! :)

Fun facts:
prefers early mornings over late nights
has never said "no" to brunch
English/Irish/Italian/Mexican mix
girl power advocate
still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts
happiest while having her daily cup of joe
active pinner of things she can't afford

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Who takes your outfit photos?
Usually my tripod, a friend, or my lovely mother.

What camera do you use?
All photos prior to February 2015 were taken with my Canon Rebel T2i. I now shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and 50mm f/1.4 lens. Some photos were also taken with my iPhone.

How long have you been blogging, and why did you start?
I first started blogging when I was in the 6th grade with a Xanga account, then in high school I kept a photo blog on Piczo, so I guess creating this blog just came naturally while I was in college! I think I initially discovered fashion blogging in 2010 with the Google search "what to wear with combat boots" (lol), and I have been hooked ever since. Half a year later I decided to start my own blog as a way to document my life and personal style, and here we are!

Favorite posts?
how to deal with blogger burnout
10 things to know about living in austin
guide to cleaning out your closet
how to get more pins/repins on pinterest
apartment living space tour

Why did you change your blog name?
The short answer is that I was just sick of the old name and wanted something more general that I could grow with. The long answer can be found right here!

How tall are you?
5'3" (where all my fellow petite ladies at?)

Where are you from?
I was born in England and moved to the states at the age of three. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas until I left for college in 2009.

What ethnicity are you?
My mom is a mix of Mexican and Spanish while my dad is English with Irish and Italian roots. 

Where did you go to college, and what was your major?
I went to a big school at the University of Texas in Austin where I earned my degree in Corporate Communications. My time at UT were some of the best years of my life, and I miss it a lot! A year after I graduated, I wrote a post about my time spent there which you can read here if you'd like.

Where are your favorite places to shop?
The majority of my wardrobe is bought from either Target, Old Navy, or Forever 21. A lot of my clothes were thrifted or handed down to me as well. I also sparingly shop at Urban Outfitters, ASOS, and H&M. If I had more money, I would shop at J.Crew and GAP more often ;)

I'm visiting Austin soon! What should I do?
You just made the best decision of your life! I wrote a post about my personal picks for the best things to do in Austin for tourists which should give you a few ideas. Thinking of moving here? Be sure to read this post first. Or you can email me if you have any specific questions!



Feel free to email me as well!