Like any good New Yorker, when someone comes up to you with a clipboard asking you to sign their petition du jour, you throw on your shades and put your ear buds in. But this time I didn’t get my ear buds in quick enough to ignore what they wanted. This time it was a petition for helping kids who are bullied in school. I just shook my head no and kept walking; but this time I really could have kicked myself.

Anytime I tell someone that I was bullied in middle school, it’s hard for them to believe. I’m quirky, outgoing, and generally happy most of the time. How could I have ever been bullied?

After 5th grade, I transferred to a new school. It was a feeder school to the high school that I went to. My parents thought it would be easier for me to get into if I was at a feeder school. I wasn’t really nervous for my first day of school as it wasn’t the first time I’d gone into something without knowing someone. Back in elementary I went to summer camp without knowing anyone. (I also ended up going to camp for 12 years, so it all worked out well!) But for a year and a half of middle school, I was miserable.

I can’t exactly remember how it started. I had certainly made some new friends and they were very nice to me. But for some reason I started to get bullied by one girl. AIM was the place for her to bully me. She even had a friend from another school bully me online. It got bad enough that my mom went to the school to make sure that I wasn’t sitting next to her in class. There was also a time where a girl told me to take off the safety pins on my back pack that resembled the ones on hers- and if I didn’t, she would beat me up. Nice girl, right?

By the time 7th grade rolled around, I had started to change my look and my identity. Call me a “poser” if you will (since I was eventually called that), but I started to identify myself with Avril Lavigne. I stopped shopping at Abercrombie and traded in those clothes for ones from PacSun, Fast Forward, and even the ickiest of places- Hot Topic.

I would literally beg my mom to let me do my hair like Avril’s; blonde on top, black on bottom. I semi got my way with a dark brown on bottom and a warm honey on top.

Converse and vans were my go to shoes. I even bought a skateboard that I used maybe only 5 times at most.

By the end of the first semester of 7th grade, I couldn’t take it any longer. My parents let me switch to my local public school, and by the grace of God, everything worked out for the better.

Middle School. vs Now

Middle School. vs Now

I still kept my Avril Lavigne persona, though. Talent shows and choir concerts consisted of me singing Avril Lavigne songs. You better believe that I sang “Sk8er Boi” and “Complicated”.

The only “negativity” that I got at that new school was getting the nickname “Dale”. The story goes that a few guys were trying to spell my name, and ended up spelling Randal instead of Rachel. It kinda stuck and they ended up calling me Dale. I was annoyed at first, but I stopped caring. And surprisingly, a few of the guys became my friends.

Luckily for me, high school was pretty good, too. It was the high school that my parents wanted me to go to in the first place, but it was bigger than my middle school, and I rarely saw the girls that bullied me.

The reason that I’m writing this is because of an article I read on Elite Daily. I guess you can say that I’m somewhat thankful for the bullies who tormented me. I’ve gotten somewhat of a thicker skin since then. Of course there will always be girls who will say mean things to you. But this time I don’t cry over it; I ignore it and move on.

Scream Queens: What Fresh Hell Is This?

I’ll be honest that when I first saw that the creators of both Glee and American Horror Story were coming out with a new TV show that depicts sorority girls as killers, I was very turned off. Why do I say this? Because there are too many stories in the news that don’t reflect Greeks in the best light- and I can say that we do a LOT of great things.

Seriously though, I imagined that non-Greeks would take this almost too seriously, but it seems quite the opposite. It’s all camp. And surprisingly, I actually really like it.

I was trying to wrap my head around how this would actually work. Much like when I was so thrown off that the creators of Glee also wrote American Horror Story. How can someone create a show that’s so “happy” also create one that is, well, horror? Basically Scream Queens puts both of those together, sans music (so far). 

Originally, I was all team Grace. She wanted to rush Kappa Kappa Tau because her mom was one and she seemed so sincere. But then I realized how boring she actually was. I’d much prefer to hear all of the Chanels bicker back and forth. And Denise, the security guard for Kappa, just cracks me up. I swear if they kill her off…

Speaking of killing off, a handful of them are already dead.

Looks like I’ll be tuning in again next week.

-Chanel No. 7

Lilly Pulitzer for Target Has A One Day Pop-Up Shop in NYC

This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn (5:30 AM) to get my hands on the special line that Lilly Pulitzer is doing for Target. I found out about this through a friend- and I am thankful that she told me about this occasion. So why would I go before the line comes out officially on Sunday? I ask, well, why not? The doors were set to open at 8:00 AM this morning, but it turns out people got there as early as before 5:00 AM. As much as I was really pumped about this, there’s no way you could get me out of bed that early. It turns out it wasn’t that big of a deal in the end. I got there at 7:00 and a long line had already started to form.

When I first got off at Bryant Park (where the pop-up shop was being held), I was somewhat confused. I didn’t see a line of people- just a group of people setting up some Lilly lawn chairs. It turns out that the actual line to the pop-up shop was at the other end of the park. Great. As I was walking to get in line, I see every woman dressed in a typical “preppy” uniform: Burberry/ Vineyard Vines jackets, riding boots, Longchamp bags, pearls, and of course, a pair of Ray Bans. I guess I shouldn’t have been too shocked. Then came the time where I had one hour to kill just standing in line and waiting to get into the shop. We were told from a Target rep that we were only allowed to get 5 items. A girl next in line to me yelled, “Only five items?? That stresses me out!!” Me too girl, me too. 

The time finally came when 8:00 rolled around and girls were squealing to get in. Men walking by were very confused and the press ate this up. This was the moment I had been waiting for- will the clothes and other items be of actual good quality? Target is known for not having the “best” of clothes, so I was a little apprehensive. The verdict: YES! It was everything a Lilly Pulitzer fan was wanting and more. Once you got into the shop, it was an absolute madhouse and it was every man for themselves. Unfortunately, there was a dress that I wanted so bad, but they ran out of stock before I could even get into the shop. Another small let down was that they didn’t have everything that will be offered on Sunday. Not a lot of accessories, no shoes, and few glassware.

But everything turned out great! I got some amazing items and was able to get a complimentary manicure. I have to admit that this was great P.R. for Lilly Pulitzer. I’m here blogging this to show that the line turned out to be better than what people expected- and that’s what they needed to hear.

The line officially arrives at Target this Sunday, April 19th.

15 Things

A little over a year ago I posted about a few things you probably didn’t know about me, so I’m back with a few more!

1// Even though I stated it already in my last post, I’m so impatient. NYC seems to fuel that fire.

2// I love Shakespeare. I can feel people cringing as they read this, but I sincerely love his writings. Except “Julius Caesar”.

3// Speaking of Shakespeare, I would love, love, love to play Rosalind in “As You Like It”.

4// I share my birthday with Lady Gaga. Weird.

5//  Autumn is my favorite season. The crispness just feels so refreshing.

6// I eat a lot of strange foods, but I hate grapefruit. Blech.

7// As girly as I may be, I spent 12 summers at a camp in Texas. There was no AC, no electricity, nothing fancy at all. Cabins had screens instead of windows and there were plenty of daddy longlegs to go around. Also, there was a summer where I jumped in a mud pit as part of our Marines/Marinas year. It was AWESOME. Don’t believe me? Ask my room mate. We met at camp!

Summer Camp 2009

Summer Camp 2009


9// During my Anatomy and Physiology class in high school, we dissected a cat that we named (we had to) Jinxy. Most people know I hate cats, so this was really awesome.

10// I didn’t really like country music growing up, despite being raised in Texas. I began to like it in Alabama, thanks to my friend Margaret who introduced me to Miranda Lambert. (And I guess my freshman roommate Molly who played “Indian Outlaw” on repeat.)

11//  I got to meet Blake Lively and Leighton Meester on the set of Gossip Girl many years ago. Let me just say, Leighton Meester is such a doll.

12// One of the first musicals that I was in, Cinderella, I got to play one of the ugly stepsisters despite being more of an ingenue.

13// I do improv. I love it. I’m a part of an amazing indie team who happens to have an amazing/fantastic/awesome coach. I love all of the people I’ve met at UCB. It just makes me happy.

14// There was this one time where I played guitar because Avril Lavigne did. I haven’t really played since high school.

15// I love the tv show, Pretty Little Liars, and I come up with theories who Big A is. Yup.

So, there’s some random 15 facts about me. Have a good weekend!


The End of Michael Kors?

Yesterday as I was browsing around Facebook, I found an article from Business Insider (albeit it was written on February 5th) about the perhaps “fall” of the brand Michael Kors. To be honest, it’s something I’ve been thinking about recently. Why you ask? Everyone is wearing Michael Kors these days. A lot of designer brands will come out with a line of bags, clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. that aren’t at the ridiculous prices that you’d see for their couture line. And you know, that’s great. I’d kill to own a pair of Jimmy Choo heels, but I’m guessing that there will never be a line that will cater to the general masses. There are two other brands known for their accessories because of their name, but IMO, fell when they became really popular. Those two are Dooney & Bourke and Coach. I remember the rise of Coach purses. In high school I wanted every bag that came from their line. They were the it bag to carry. But then, everyone started to have those purses. And then Coach had shoes with the same “C C” print that you would see all over their bags. It started to become just too much. It’s almost like the mindset hipsters have: liking something that’s really cool before it gets too mainstream and then dropping it like a hot cake once everyone else starts to enjoy it, too. Perhaps it’s what people call “sell outs”. I now believe that the same thing is happening with Michael Kors. Now you can even buy their accessories at outlet stores like Saks Off 5th and Nordstrom Rack. Something about the brand just loses their individuality. Not to mention they start to copy other designs that higher end designers use and then you start to feel like you’re wearing a knock off. I actually somewhat cover this topic in another post that I wrote a while back, if you’re interested in taking a look.

But do I honestly see this brand closing shop? Nah. The brand has just become less appealing. People will still buy it- but not in the masses that we used to see.