Rachel, of Rue Rachel, is on staff with Texas Style Council for her THIRD year. She's a born-and-raised Autinite whom the staff at TXSC have dubbed "their little sister." She may be young, but she's one of the smartest and most stable women we've ever met, and the "glue" that holds TXSC together. Be sure you keep up with her on her blog - she has great style, and a great personality. Definitely give this girl a high-five or a hug when you see her this year!
What got you interested in fashion/style?
I first watched Napoleon Dynamite at the impressionable age of 10. When Pedro expressed his anxiety that people wouldn't vote for him because he didn't have any skills, I too became anxious, realizing that I didn't have any special skills or hobbies. I went to the bookstore and found a DIY book for paper dolls, which got me started designing paper clothes. I got a sewing machine later that year and decided that making clothes would be my "thing." In the 6th grade, I watched The Devil Wears Prada and decided I wanted to be Anna Wintour, so I started paying attention to fashion. In high school I started thrifting and developing my own style.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
I've been told a few times i look like Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Death Proof, but i think that was 90% my haircut. This isn't really a lookalike, but many many friends said I was the first person they thought of when they first saw the music video for Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" last year.
Tell me about the best party you've ever been to.
Halloween 2012, my five closest friends and I dressed up in our craziest clothes, blasted music, and spent the whole night dancing like Elaine from Seinfeld. Around midnight, we went walking around Montreal and finished the night with ice cream at McDonalds. It's just hard to have a bad night when you're wearing a pastel pink wedding dress that looks like this:
Tell me about your greatest accomplishment.
Once, I found a Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Saver's for $3.
What is the most embarrassing musician you've ever listened to? Do you still listen to them?
Last fall, my best friend showed this band named Gregorian that her dad used to play. They do Gregorian chant covers of contemporary pop and rock songs:
I don't know if listening to Gregorian is embarrassing-- I mostly think it's just awesome. My personal favorites are "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Sound of Silence."
I also know an embarrassingly large number of OutKast lyrics. And yes, I still listen to "Roses" and "Miss Jackson" on the regular.
Where do you tell your out-of-town friends to go when they visit Austin?
Juan In A Million for breakfast tacos. Thrift Land for a wide variety of 80s sweatsuits and grandpa sweaters. Progress Cafe and Bennu Coffee for good music and cozy study spots. The HEB on Oltorf for the best people watching in the whole city.
Were you voted as anything in High School? If not, what would you have most likely been voted as?
I was awarded two superlatives senior year. I got "most likely to be the editor of Vogue" and "most likely to be/marry a lumberjack" (i did try to start a lumberjack club... and move to Canada).
Tell me more about yourself! Your hobbies, your day, your future, your family.
I'm currently learning French, appreciating hockey, and becoming very, very familiar with snow in Montreal. I also go to school and study computer science and art history. I work in the music department and DJ for college radio stations in Austin and Montreal, so I spend most of my weekends music-related things and going to concerts.