Nothing gets the nostalgia pumping like talking about your favorite childhood movies. You know, those VHS tapes you watched until they broke, or the one you dragged your parents to in theaters a million times — it was a part of your brain’s early years, and you will forever be hardwired with kitschy song lyrics. And for many of us, these movies were a way we learned about right and wrong — though, we might not like to admit Disney has that much power over us, it’s probably true.
So, class, what have you learned? What lessons have you taken to adulthood from these seminal cinema moments? Here are a few little nuggets of wisdom we found in unlikely places, and kiddie movies or not, we think these apply to adult life in a big way.
Did you know…Spring Daze model Chloe Nørgaard moonlighted as a DJ in Japan once upon a time? Yeah we didn’t either. Peep Chloe’s DJ Diaries from the road! (and check out the rest of her spread in our SS13 Magazine out NOW!)
“This was super awesome. I had always wanted to go to Roskilde, especially since I am Danish and it takes place in Denmark so the opportunity to get to DJ it last summer was amazing!! <3 SO fun! I’ll for sure be back this summer.”
“LEX! This is where I actually started deejaying – 3 years ago. I went to Japan to model and ended up deejaying more! Haha. DJ Yo, who is one of the residents there, taught me – which was quite interesting because he didn’t speak much English and I didn’t speak much Japanese so it was mostly sign language and pointing.” “I had a little residency at this place on Bowery, fun to play and interesting because they only had vinyl turntables rather than cdjs so that’s where I learned to use those!”
“Just playing around on some keyboards for the Bad Rabbitsmusic video for the song“Doin it” from their new album American Love. SUCH a fun time & can’t wait till the video is out!!” “This is an annual rager my friend John Stengel throws. Every year it gets better and crazier and sweatier. And what’s even better is it’s close to home and filled with so many friends from growing up.”
“Webster Hall. Oh my NYC youth. Can’t even count how many times I’ve been here since forever ago. This night in particular was an extra sweaty fabulous night. Dillon Francis was absolutely killing it and being on stage with my best friend Ashley Allen was totally perfect.”
Although we swore to rest our bones between Coachella weekends, we couldn’t resist the urge to get all our out-of-town buds under one roof. But, we quickly realized that the R29 HQ couldn’t handle that sort of guest list, so we made ourselves at home at No Vacancy — literally.To sum it up: The former Hollywood hotel transforms into the type of house party you only see in teen movies, sans the local 5-0 being a total buzzkill (and the red Solo cups, too).
We’d be lying if we said we pulled it off alone — The Embassy enlisted some of its most talented turntable buffs for the two-story soirée, and Sally Hansen came through with fish bowls packed to the gills with summer-ready polishes. Plus, we’re pretty sure our photog’s memory card was maxed out by the night’s end, thanks to all these snap-worthy looks. If you RSVP’d, see if you can spot yourself. For everyone else — you may want to pass if you’re the jealous type!
We seriously cannot get enough of cutie Rachel from That’s Chic! Girlfriend got her craft on and helped us out with some festival-ready DIYs (including a pretty twisted flower crown and a printed pocket tee), and if that wasn’t enough, she even gave us a tour around her West Hollywood pad for a little insight on her studio style! Stay tuned for two more installments of The DIY Files and don’t forget to check out out Rachel’s DIY flower crown and pocket tee on the blog and YouTube!
“The ‘R’ is one of my favorite things, I got it with a person I care very much about in San Francisco. We kinda lost touch after a while, but I still treasure it as a memory.”
“The Leda of Home Goods! Every girl starts out with a Leda. I feel like this hand is a Leda because every time I see a blogger’s house that always have that.”
“Estate sales are a great place to find cool vintage finds. I raided one in Brentwood the other day and it was soooo good.”
“The Irvine flea market is my favorite flea market. I always find really great stuff there!”
Studio style in 5 words: “Hollywood Glam, Vintage, Eclectic, Small and full of cat dander!”
We’ve been crushing on blogger babe Rachel Nguyen from That’s Chic for quite some time now. The OC-raised trendsetter is a newbs to La La Land and has the California-cool vibe on lock, juxtaposing cutting-edge pieces with stellar vintage finds. We were stoked when Rach invited us to her cozy Melrose studio to chat blogger beginnings, denim fixations and festival season must-haves and even collabed a slew of projects for our upcoming SS13 magazine (coming in April)!
Peep her interview below and stay tuned for more Rachel (and a brand new DIY VIDEO SERIES) coming up on the blog!
So what’s your blogger backstory?
I started blogging in high school because I had really strict parents. With blogging, you have an outlet to put all the things that inspire you in it, and you meet people with similar interests!
LA or OC?
I grew up in the “bubble” of Orange County and it was just really cookie cutter – like the modern day Edward Scissorhands – so moving to LA has definitely been a change and I surprisingly fell into it very naturally!
What do you love most about living in LA?
I can just walk to Larchmont to grab some coffee or vegan food or go across the street to Astro Burger and get the juiciest hamburger ever! It’s amazing to be so close to so many things – you have the beach right there, and [you can] go hiking up in Griffith [Park] and go downtown to Culver City. There are just so many great eclectic areas – you just don’t get that in Orange County.
Ok, style question! What’s in your closet?
I started working in denim, so I have a lot of great denim pieces like jackets, dresses, jeans… I’m just kinda stuck in the denim world.
Most prized possession?
Best vintage find?
I found this amazing vintage floral Dior hat at an estate sale the other day – I got it for under $ 30!! It’s like a piece of art so it’s just hanging in front of my closet right now.
I got my first TV ever, so right now I’m obsessed with anything on Netflix – I always have the Kardashians running, just to have background noise, but right now I’m watching Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. I’m hooked.
It’s almost that time of year again! And since we’re already plotting our music fest looks, tell us…what are your must-haves for festival season?
A sheer kimono that you can just throw on, [to keep you] cool and stylish, and a cute little flower headband!
The name of your blog is That’s Chic – how do you remain chic at a hot, sweaty music festival?
Remaining chic is very hard because you just want to get dirty, you don’t want to care, you just want to listen to your favorite bands! So…I just pack skirts with everything. Skirts instantly jazz up an outfit!
Any festival tips for newbies?
Have a landmark with your friends, in case you guys lose each other. It’s scary when you lose your friends in a sea of people!
Wanna see more Rachel? Check out her interview video below and stay tuned The DIY Files coming soon!