SF PRIDE/PRIDE MONTH 2018

Hey beautiful people! Now that pride month is over, I thought I'd share my experiences! First off, I hope all of you had a fun, fantastic, and safe pride month! I got to go to my very first San Francisco Pride Parade & Festival and let me just tell you...it definitely lived up to it's hype.

I got to meet so many amazing people, hear some dope music, and see rainbows fly left and right. I thought I'd share with you all just a few pictures I managed to capture during the event of me having a good ole time. :)

Even though pride month is over, may we never stop celebrating love and equality for all. LOVE IS LOVE! LOVE WINS, ALWAYS!!!

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CASEAPP COLLABORATION

Hi guys! I have recently partnered up with CaseApp to give all of you a chance to get your own phone case or laptop skin! If you use my code "RACHEL20" at checkout, you get 20% off of your entire purchase! They have a variety of designs to choose from; and if you have an idea of your own, you can simply upload your design and customize your case to your desire. I selected the "SUNNIES" pre-made design, then made my own custom case which reads, "GIVE LOVE. CHOOSE LOVE. BE A LOVER. LOVE WINS, ALWAYS.".  I'm super picky when it comes to phone cases, especially since I'm a very clumsy being BUT, I can confirm these cases are amazing! I tend to lean more towards expensive, protective cases but I truly enjoy these new cases! I got mine with a "MATTE" finish as opposed to a glossy finish, and they are so beautiful!!! AND THEY'RE MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE! So now it's your turn! Head over to www.caseapp.com now and start designing your own custom case and/or skin!

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THIS POST IS AN AD, I WAS GIVEN THESE PRODUCTS COMPLIMENTARY IN RETURN FOR A POST. HOWEVER, I DO NOT COLLABORATE WITH BRANDS I DON'T 100% BELIEVE IN. THEREFORE, IF YOU LOVE THEIR PRODUCTS AS MUCH AS I DO, PLEASE SHOW THEM SOME LOVE!

West Valley College Fashion Show

Hi my lovelies! So, I know I haven't posted a blog post in quite some time but I really wanted to give my post about mental health some time to shine. I got so much positive feedback from a lot of you, including your own stories regarding mental illness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your personal experiences with me, and I hope you guys will continue to do so. Together we can END THE STIGMA!

On another note, last night I attended the LAUNCH Fashion Show at West Valley College in Saratoga, CA with some awesome ladies who are also Bay Area Bloggers. I loved every piece of fashion that came out on that runway, congratulations to every student for your dedication and hard work. I want to thank everyone at WVC, Jean McIntosh, and the Cilker's for putting on this fantastic event, and for having me as a guest! I also want to thank my fellow Bay Area ladies for being so welcoming! Make sure to check out their pages too!

Manita Rawat - Instagram: @chicroom_bym

Nessa Carreira - Instagram: @nessacarreira

Roshni Gurung - Instagram: @roshnigurungclosetssecret

Make sure to check out all of the Bay Area's wonderful bloggers by going to @BayAreaBloggers_BABs on Instagram or Facebook!

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Much love, Rachel.

SHARING MY STORY ABOUT ANXIETY/MENTAL ILLNESS

Hey there my beautiful friends! I have been working so hard to finally get to this post to let everyone know what I've been up to in the past year. Some of you may or may not have noticed that I have not publicly performed music in over a year. Although some reasons were due to private family matters, my main reason was because of my anxiety. I have struggled with severe anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, and occasional depression my entire life, and last year was the worst of it. For those of you who also deal with mental illness, you will understand it is extremely difficult just to live your daily life. Due to that, I decided to take a break and discover myself, not only as a person but as an artist. I noticed how most producers and people in this industry want you to conform to what's popular in society at the moment, but I realized that's not who I am or who I want to be. So I took the time to play around with some different sounds and ideas and discover that my true style of music I want to release is pop/rock...think of classic rock with a bit of a pop twist. 

Aside from my music, I can tell everyone that during my break, I got the help I needed and am doing much better now. Not only do I personally struggle with mental illness, but anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD run in my family. I feel like those who don't personally deal with these issues don't know how to help their friends or family who may be struggling. I wanted to also shed some light on that to those of you who may be on that side, where it's not specifically you who is struggling but someone you love and care about. I thank my dad all of the time for being so patient and caring towards myself and my mom when we go through difficult episodes. My biggest advice to those of you that don't know what you can do to help is to just be there for them. Ask them "What do you need?" or "What can I do to help you out?". Each person deals with it differently so the main thing is understanding what helps them get through it. To add to that, living with someone with mental illness... It can be almost as difficult for someone who is living with a loved one that struggles with mental illness as it can be for someone that actually deals with it. A lot of times you have to take time out of your everyday life to care for them, and some people struggle handling that in a proper way. It's not easy, I know my dad can personally account for that, but he has figured out ways he can handle it that won't make things more difficult. That's why my biggest advice is to just be there for them...don't get upset with them, just ask what they need or what you can do to help. 

For those of you who DO personally deal with mental illness, it is completely okay. Coming from someone who struggles with it, the best thing you can do for yourself is just talk to someone. I used to feel shameful of my anxiety and think of it as embarrassing. Like when I would just be at home, at the store, the movies, in a car, or anywhere for that matter and I would suddenly have a panic attack. I would think to myself, "Why does this have to happen every time?" "Why can't I just be normal?"...but in reality, what does it truly mean to be "normal"? I feel like there's a major negative stigma towards the term "mental illness" as though it's a bad thing but the truth is, we all have issues. Some are big and some are small but no one is perfect and that is completely okay. Mental and physical disabilities do not define you as a person - you are so much more than a label. As I went through my journey of getting the help I need and finding myself, I learned that being exactly who I am is perfectly okay. No, some of my friends and family members may not understand but I do, and your opinion of yourself is the only one that truly matters. I still do struggle with panic attacks every now and then, but nowhere near as bad, and I am eternally grateful for that. I am going to continue my music, but I'm not going to rush myself. That was one of the larger aspects of my anxiety was thinking I had to have my whole life together right here and now but I have learned to be more "go with the flow" and know that things will fall into place exactly when the time is right.

Now that I've shared my experience of living with mental illness, I think it's time we all share our stories to let others know that they are not alone, and together we can raise mental health awareness in nothing but a positive way. It's time to erase the negative stigma towards mental disabilities.

Please, if you or someone you love is struggling, I would LOVE to hear your story. And if any of you think you need help but are too afraid to ask, please just talk to someone...I am SO glad I finally did. I will continue to shed light on mental health awareness and things you can do to help get involved. PS: May is mental health awareness month!

So this is my story, I will share more as I continue blogging. I have to thank my sister Ashley for teaching me the ways of blogging and being an "influencer" so I could share this with you. Now you all know where I've been in the past year and I am so utterly excited to share the rest of my story with you through my blog.

Thank you guys for your unconditional love and support, and I hope that all of you will join me on the rest of my journey through my music and blogging. Much Love. xx

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FOOD AND FASHION...A PERFECT COMBINATION

Hey babes! I meant to post last night but accidentally deleted the whole blog post and had to completely start over this morning...*sigh*. How has everyone’s week been so far? I’ve been spending some quality “girl time” with my sister and nieces, and yesterday I got to spend time with one of my beautiful and sweet friends, Hannah. 💗 Hannah and I also got a bite to eat at The Perch in Brentwood last week and let me just tell you...it was AMAZING!!! The “Valentine” latte I got, which consists of dark chocolate and raspberry, was phenomenal. I also ordered a savory crepe which was just fantastic. I can’t WAIT to visit again and try one of their sweet crepes! I also wanted to share this rock-inspired outfit with you guys. Legitimately this Guns 'N Roses tee was on Forever 21's website IN STOCK LAST NIGHT and now this morning it's out of stock...-_-            But I really hope you guys enjoy this look, specifically my Kendra Scott earrings which I am completely IN LOVE with!!

Aside from all of that, I’m really excited to share my next blog post with you all regarding mental health awareness. I won't go into too much detail except that it really hits home for me and I’m looking forward to sharing my story with everyone. Stay tuned my loves! 💗💗💗

Jacket: Bershka Collection (SOLD OUT IN PINK)

Top: Forever 21 (SOLD OUT)

High-Waisted Jeans: Charlotte Russe

Shoes: Forever 21

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Purse: Kate Spade

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BLOGGING TIME!!!

Hey you beautiful people! The other day I posted that I would be starting up a blog so here we are! To give you an inside scoop, my blog style is going to consist of fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and important topics such as mental health and women empowerment. Thanks to my beautiful and wonderful sister Ashley, she has convinced me to start up my own blog to share some tips and moments of my life. The past month has been wonderful, as I have been spending some quality time with my family here in Nashville. I'm really looking forward to sharing this new chapter with everyone as I branch out into a new terrain. Please feel free to message me with any specific topics or things you would like me to touch on. I'm also open to any makeup or fashion ideas you guys would like me to try and then post! Thank you everyone for being so supportive, I can't wait to share more with you soon.

 

To start off, here's one of my new favorite looks! Top and pants are from Forever 21, hat is from Brixton, and earrings (not seen here) are from Kendra Scott.

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I DONATED MY HAIR!

On Tuesday, June 13th, I chopped off a huge portion of my hair and donated it to Little Princess Trust. I am so happy to say that the amount of hair I donated will be made into a beautiful wig for a sweet, special, and deserving child. If you will, please take the time to check out Little Princess Trust's website to find out how YOU can also help! For more info, please visit http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/

Thank you from the bottom on my heart. Love always.

#LittlePrincessTrust #HairToSpare #HairDonation

"Many Cultures, One Elk Grove" Celebration Dinner & Multi-Cultural Event

Hi everyone! I haven't posted a blog post since before the new year. I hope all of you are doing well and are having a wonderful 2017 so far. Recently I've been working with Blue on some new things and I'm hoping to share some of them with everyone soon! This past Saturday I performed for Elk Grove's new mayor, Steve Ly, at his multi-cultural event. I am completely honored to have been asked to attend and perform "America the Beautiful". I am extremely proud to come from such a loving, supportive, and diverse town. In fact, Elk Grove is the 7th most diverse city in the United States. I would like to congratulate Steve on not only winning the election, but on being the very first Hmong mayor in the history of our nation. 

I met so many wonderful and beautiful fans, and I am so thankful to each and every one of you.

#NoPlaceForHate 

"MILLION DAYS" NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!!!

HERE IT IS!!! My new single, #MillionDays is now available EVERYWHERE!!! Make sure to go get your copy now! Send me a screenshot that you bought it or a video of you listening to it and I'll make sure to give you a shoutout! Thank you so so much everyone for your unconditional love and support, it TRULY means the world to me. 💓 Thank you to the writers & producers for making this all happen, Brandon "Blue" Hamilton (Justin Bieber, Usher, Ciara, etc) and Maegan Cottone (Little Mix, Olly Murs, Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea, etc). Make sure to also write a review and share it with everyone you know! Thanks to you all...Much love. ~Rachel ✨

I would like to say a special thank you to all of the men & women who serve our country each and every single day...and for those who have yet to return, may you return home safely soon. ❤️...I would also like to dedicate my new single, #MillionDays to everyone who waits for their loved ones to return home.."I'd wait a million days for you.." ✨

Such a lovely ballad about someone who would wait a million days to be with the one they love...Whether it's someone you love that you're waiting to return home from war, or a couple that isn't socially excepted but would wait their entire lives fighting for the right to be together, it's just about love. During these times of the election, riots, protests, etc we could all use a little love. I see so many people (especially on social media) getting caught up with politics and all sorts of things that don't define who you are as a person, it's just what you believe. We all have the right to our own opinion and thoughts, and we shouldn't tear others down for their beliefs, even if you disagree. Hopefully despite all the hate and violence that occurs in our world today, listening to "Million Days" will give some of you that hope that love ALWAYS wins. It's not about which political party you're in, if you're white, black, or POC..if you're straight, gay, bisexual, or transgender..if you're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Catholic..it's about who you are as a person. How you treat others, what you do for others, how you show love and kindness in this world...that's what defines you. So I hope the one thing everyone takes from listening to "Million Days", is that love conquers all. ❤️❤️❤️ 


#MillionDaysOutNow #rachelnovak #rachanators #popmusic #newsingle
•Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1p9OJBolxeRMx5i3R179GJ
•Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01M4PBQTI/ref=mp_s_a_1_1…
•Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album…
•iTunes: https://itun.es/us/dL_Xfb

"FALLING DOWN" RELEASE PARTY

On Friday, May 20, 2016, I released my very first single "Falling Down", which is now available on all of your favorite music streaming sources!

That same night, we held a release party for friends, family, and fans to come hang out, dance, and enjoy some good food all night long! Of course, we also jammed out to "Falling Down" a few times haha. I signed autographs, took pictures with fans, and we all just had a really good time! :)

"Falling Down" by Rachel Novak, available everywhere now! (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, Spotify, Shazam, etc) Once you get your copy, make sure to send me a pic or video of you listening to it so I can post it!! Love you all so much <3 #rachanators #FallingDown

"FALLING DOWN" NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!!!

It's finally here!!! My very first single, "Falling Down" is now available for purchase everywhere! I'm SO excited to finally share with everyone what I've been up to lately! My fans are truly the best fans ever...without you none of this would even be possible. So this is for you <3 I would like to thank "Team Rachel" as we say haha...Mom and Dad, for always having my back and being the most supportive parents I could ever ask for. Blue Hamilton, for being the best songwriter/producer EVER! and being so supportive and helping me fulfill my dreams. Karen Alayne, for being the best manager in the world! You have been a HUGE part of my life for so long and not only am I thankful to have you as a part in my career, I'm extremely thankful to have you in my life period. You are so so supportive, I love you as if you were my second mom, and I don't know what I'd do without you...you've helped me on my journey for so long, and I only hope this is just the beginning of what's to come. <3 And last but CERTAINLY not least, the fans. As I said earlier, none of this would be possible if it weren't for you...you all are what makes me want to get out there and perform and to continue making music, you are what makes me who I am as an artist, and I cannot thank you enough for ALL of the continuous love and support you have given me. This is for you...and it's only the beginning. 

Love Always,

Rachel <3

You can purchase my new single "Falling Down" on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music now! You can also stream it from any music streaming app out there! Enjoy! :)

2016

2016 IS HERE!! Is it really already April? 2016 has been such a busy year already! I've been back and forth between Sacramento, LA, and Atlanta doing photoshoots, recording, and press! Getting really excited to finally start sharing with you guys what I've been up to these past few months! Also really thankful for all the new fans I've been getting from all over the world! You guys are the best fans EVER!! I promise that soon, I'll be showing you just how thankful I am through my music...love to you all <3 -Rachel

HYPE EVENTS LA FALL CONCERT 2015

This past Sunday, November 8th, Rachel performed at Busby's East on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, CA. Hosted by Zach Callison and Kenton Duty (who also performed), Rachel performed 3 songs: Something's Got A Hold On Me, Just A Little Bit of Your Heart, and Chandelier. She also posed on the red carpet to take photos with items from the swag bag, thanks to the sponsors, and got some great shots thanks to Getty Images..

"This weekend went amazing!! thank you so much ‪#‎HypeEventsLA‬ for this amazing opportunity! great job to all of the other performers and hosts, you guys rocked it! such a great job to Kenton Duty, you were OUTSTANDING!! thank you to all of the sponsors for the amazing items in the swag bag, I'll be posting some of those pics soon :-) and thank you to Getty Images for the amazing photos! ‪#‎gettyimages‬ ‪#‎rachelnovak‬ ‪#‎rachanators‬ ‪#‎busbyseast‬ ‪#‎la‬" -Rachel via Facebook

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FANS

everything I do is for the fans...without you, where would I be? your love and support is what keeps me going, your love outweighs the hate, your love means everything to me, you mean everything to me💕 I keep striving to always do more to make you all happy, your happiness is my happiness. I wish I could meet every single one of you and give you a big hug and take all sorts of pictures with you and tell you just how much you mean to me! my love for you is unconditional, without you I wouldn't be where I am today or where I'm going to be in the future. I hope all of you stay with me on this amazing journey, and I'm sure there will be more of you to come, which makes it all the more fun! :) ‪#‎RACHANATORS‬ 💖💖💖
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‪#‎rachelnovak‬ ‪#‎hotsummernights‬ ‪#‎elkgrove‬ ‪#‎laguna‬ ‪#‎concertseries‬     -Rachel

PHOTOGRAPHY: JIM NOVAK

GRACE COFFEE ROASTERS 2 HOUR SET

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 Rachel was scheduled to do a 30 minute set at Grace Coffee Roasters in Elk Grove but the crowd loved her performance so much, it turned into a 2 hour show! "Thank you soo so much to everyone who came out and supported me, it really means a lot! Tonight was such a special performance <3" -Rachel

To watch the videos from the performance, click the "Youtube" tab below :-)

Youtube: www.youtube.com/09rachelrockstar

RACHEL'S HUGE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE!

This past Friday, August 21st Rachel made headlines in Elk Grove Citizen Newspaper! She has been in their paper numerous times this year, but this article has been the biggest one yet! To read the full article, click the link below!  If you have trouble finding it, just head over to Rachel's twitter @RachelNovak6 or Facebook Page for the direct link to the article! Rachel posted this photo on multiple social media sites and quoted:

"I was in the paper again today! a huuuuge article done by Raina LeGarreta and photos taken by Laura Bemis! Thank you so much for this amazing interview, it truly was great! to read the full article, click this link! http://www.egcitizen.com/articles/2015/08/21/lifestyle/doc55d7badb4c0a6032325370.txt it's so nice to know that I can go from a small town in Georgia where I was an outkast, unwanted, and unwelcomed, to a big town in the state of California where everyone loves and supports me through it all! I truly feel blessed to be able to be where I am today, and I only hope to go further! thank you to the few people who have loved and supported me since the very beginning, and still do, you have no idea how special you are to me❤and you know who you are! I also want to thank all of those people who DIDNT believe in me, who DIDNT support me, because your hate only made me want to work harder, and look where it's gotten me smile emoticon This is only the beginning! I have sooo much more coming your way this year and next, so be ready! I love you guys so much, my fans are truly the best because without the fans, where would I be? Just like one of my favourite songs of all time quotes, "Where would I be, if you didn't believe?" So thank you soo so much to everyone who has believed in me! I love you all! This is just the start of an amazing journey, and I can't wait for you to see what's next😉 #rachelnovak #rachanators #elkgrove #california #believe #iloveyouall"

RACHEL WON 2ND PLACE AT TCD TALENT SHOW

Last night Rachel won 2nd place at the Teens Create Dreams Talent Show in Sacramento, CA! She sang Little Mix's "About the Boy" so to see her performance, head over to her YouTube channel and check it out! (www.youtube,com/09rachelrockstar) or click this link to be sent straight to the video! >>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTZVHMXohi8

RACHEL MET LITTLE MIX & NATHAN SYKES

Thanks to Sacramento's 107.9 The End for this amazing day! Had the opportunity to be front row at Splash Bash to see Little Mix and Nathan Sykes perform live then got to meet them after the show! Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix even took my CD and autograph card! :)