Try Something New

Rachel Off Duty: Try Something New

Last month, date night was spent eating Ethiopian food and ice cream cookie sandwiches in West LA. It was the boyfriend’s turn to surprise me, and I’ve never had a chance to try Ethiopian food before! I love trying new foods–as long as it doesn’t involve insects, snails, or mushrooms (bleh)–so I was all-in. I […]

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Stillness and Change

Rachel Off Duty: Stillness and Change

I was listening to a podcast on my way to work this morning (Reply All, if you wanted to know), and the storyline focused around this man who–for the sheer enjoyment of it–has spent every Sunday evening for the past 9 years fixing grammatical errors on Wikipedia. A silent internet hero, correcting the world’s sloppy […]

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Why Date Night Matters

Rachel Off Duty: Why Date Night Matters

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to an Argentinian cooking class in Culver City (HipCooks, if you’re in the market for a fun afternoon and a delish meal. Highly recommend!). – – The menu (if you were wondering), was 2 different kinds of empanadas, thick cuts of steak with chimichurri, zucchini ribbons stuffed […]

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Unlikely Pairings

Rachel Off Duty: Unlikely Pairings

There are a lot of paradoxes in LA. People who swear on being vegan and eating kale chips end up being the same people wearing leather and throwing trash on the ground. Girls who show up religiously on their yoga mats are the same girls getting tequila shots on the weekends (guilty). Instagram warriors are […]

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Decorating a Studio Apartment

Rachel Off Duty: Decorating a Studio Apartment

This post is part of a collaboration with Apt2B. All thoughts are my own. A big, huge thank you to Apt2B for helping me make my new apartment look like my Pinterest boards. Recently, I moved into a small-ish studio in west LA. And, to top it all off, I took the plunge and moved […]

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Culottes (Pronounced “cool • oats”)

Rachel Off Duty: Culottes

“cool • oats” There are some things I just refuse to be an early adopter of. Culottes (pronounced cool • oats) are one of them. I don’t have anything against them per se, I just hadn’t yet found a pair that worked for me. If you’re like me, you might feel a sort of wary […]

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Fear of Missing Out

Rachel Off Duty: Fear of Missing Out

We live in a social media-driven, impatient, insatiable age where the hunger to constantly be experiencing and sharing things is as much of a common denominator as it is a burden. Really though, I think that everyone in their 20s right now feels a similar insatiable hunger. A desire–a need–to go out and do everything, be everywhere, […]

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Self Love + Mental Health Month

Rachel off Duty: Self Love

No frills. No Photoshop. Just a little realness for you guys. I realize that there are probably a significant number of people who may read my blog, or see my Instagram, and not know anything about me and the things that make me who I am. This post is one small attempt at breaking the […]

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Wine Tasting (and a Giraffe Encounter) in Malibu

Rachel Off Duty: Wine Tasting in Malibu

It was a beautiful, sun-filled Southern California day. It was Easter, and my boyfriend and I decided to celebrate our one-year anniversary wine tasting in Malibu. Before I go any further, I just want to say that when I look back on this past year, I can’t help but smile at how far we’ve come, […]

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Desert Heat

Rachel Off Duty - Coachella

Since it’s Thursday, here’s a little throwback for you guys. To the desert. Palm Springs, to be exact.   After a weekend of bottomless mimosas, endless walking, soul-soothing music, and dry, dusty desert heat, I (somehow) survived. But man, was I exhausted. For a second, I worried that I was getting too old for this. […]

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