Rachel Rates Saks Off 5th

Saks Off 5th opened at Beverly Connection this past weekend. I didn't get to attend any of the grand opening festivities but that didn't stop me from going the first chance I got. As I walked in (on the second floor entrance,) I immediately hit the shoe area. So many beautiful shoes, but unfortunately not too many I liked in my size (6-6 1/2.) I didn't find my "sole-mate" as the beautiful neon pink sign above the shoe area states, but don't fret the handbags were just footsteps away. I'm a sucker for a good bag! They had so many that caught my eye, but in the end I decided on a classic beauty by Zac Posen. The store itself is smaller than I expected. I wasn't too impressed with the women's clothing area, small selection and not the best layout. The sunglasses are however another story, god do they have an enormous selection! I fell in love with a bunch of sunnies; spent the longest in this area! I tried on every single style from every designer you can think of.. Chloe, Prada, Wildfox... it was great. I didn't end up purchasing any (because I already have too many) but I will keep this place in mind the next time I'm thinking of buying myself a new pair. The store is truly a label mecca!  
Overall, I think the store is great but I'll stick to just buying what I love rather then buying it because it's discounted. Don't get me wrong, I love a good sale, I just tend to buy things more impulsively when they are on sale. XO

Dress // Windsor Store
Shoes // Target
Bag // Zac Posen 
Sunnies // Dior
Rings // Forever21
Bracelet // Urban Outfitters & Swarovski 

Not So Slutty

The last time I visited Grand Central Market in DTLA was about 6 or 7 years ago. It wasn't quite what it has become today. The boyfriend and I decided to try out Egg Slut and so that is what sparked the long overdue visit. Egg Slut has been on my list of "must try places" for a short while now. I've heard only good things and was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I must say that I probably wouldn't wait in line again to eat there. It definitely wasn't slutty enough for me. I actually thought it was somewhat basic, over-rated and whatever. NGL, I was a bit disappointed. While we were there I stumbled across a little ice cream spot called McConnell's; they had some unique flavors and it saved the day haha. What do you guys think? Any other suggestions of places I should try? XO

Nasty Gal

I attended the Nasty Gal Melrose opening this past friday. I asked almost all of my girlfriends to attend this with me but no luck; I went alone.  It was a bit depressing watching all the girls around me with their besties enjoying themselves. It really made me realize that I have not one friend that truly loves fashion like I do. My friends are uninterested in what collection is about to launch, or anything of that nature. I blog because I love it, but it would be nice to share these experiences with someone who also enjoys it. On a happier note, I got to meet the GIRLBOSS herself!  I thought it was pretty cool that she spent the day at the store opening meeting all her customers and fans! She signed my book!
I almost didn't go because the idea of waiting in long ass lines for hours on end is a total deterrent, but in the end I'm glad I did. I mean c'mon...I would of missed out on my opportunity to meet Sophia! I was excited at the prospect of free goodies and rad clothes too! As far as goodies and discounts go, It was a bit of a let down. They passed out a few scratchers, but not to everyone. I was not one of the lucky few to receive any freebies.
The store was amazing! I loved the fitting room area! Mirrored everything and how awesome that inside each fitting room you can see everything happening on the outside as well. I bought a cropped leather jacket, some high waisted leather leggings and a sexy black midi style dress. I wanted to buy the entire store! I definitely foresee this store being trouble for me and my bank account!


Today I had my first 8 dollar coffee and my first laser hair removal session. I've been putting off the laser hair removal for almost two years now. I'm such a wimp; the thought of pain deterred me from ever going. I finally mustered up the courage to go. Let me tell you, it's no joke. It was super quick but very uncomfortable. It truly does feel like a rubber band snapping at your skin over and over. It is even comparable to getting a tattoo in my opinion. I'm not looking forward to the next session but I am looking forward to being hair-free! I didn't have any discomfort after the procedure so overall it's definetly worth it! I went to SEV LASER AESTHETICS, which ironically my bf told me about. The prices are phenomenal, so let's hope the results are too! I will keep you up to date on the results. XO

Japan part deux

Tokyo is very vibrant and alive. In a sense, it reminds me of New York, it too delivers the hustle and bustle of a real city. Skyscrapers, lit up signs, crowded metros, large parks, businessmen everywhere and the smell of cigarettes, make it a true metropolis. There are so many little cities within one big city, if that makes any sense. Every little area has it's own energy! It's easy to visit them all, as the main form of transportation is by train, which I loved. As far as culture goes, the Japanese are very polite, or at least it seams that way. Everything is very neat and compact. The Japanese work really hard. I suppose the Japanese have to grow up very quickly and it is perhaps for that reason that on their off time they indulge in games and childish activities. It was surprising to me to see small children riding the metro without any supervision. Many people stay out very late, and get very drunk. I barely saw any homeless people. 
I thought the best part about Japan would be the food. However, it was difficult for me to enjoy the Japanese cuisine, normally it's my favorite! However during my trip, my stomach was very sensitive.. I'm not sure if the places I chose to eat at, had any involvement or perhaps my jet lag but it was a little disappointing for me. I thought I would have the best sushi and the most amazing BBQ and ramen. I can't honestly say that I fell in love with anything I ate there. Yoshinoya in Japan is quite good and let me say that it's a million times better in Japan. I did enjoy eating the small rice sandwiches sold at the 7/elevens and Lawson stores.  Anyways here are some photos I took... Enjoy! XO
Pachinko, a form of gambling in Japan.
The famous Shibuya Crossing seen from the Starbucks.
Tokyo Tower
Red light district
Sensoji temple
Entrance to Harajuku town

Little shop in Harajuku/ They love their crepes!