Ihateblonde Q+A

Ihateblonde Q+A

We caught up with fashion editior and creator of Ihateblonde, Rachel Lynch, to gain  inspiration from her style, originality, and rock n' roll babe status. Read the exclusive chat below -

1. How did the name "Ihateblonde" come about for your fashion blog?
 I came up with it my junior year of college in a biology lab. We were dissecting a pig that day, I'm not sure how my brain was focusing on renaming my blog in that moment, but here we are. 
2. Tell us a little about your signature look - How has it evolved? What helped find your inspiration? How did you stay true to yourself? 
 My signature look was a style I called "alien blonde," it was all about knee-high boots and no pants. I looked like a cartoon character. 
I had always dressed "weird", in high school i only wore vintage cowboy boots, band tees, and leather jackets I would customize myself. 
Music gives me all the inspiration I need, I'm really big into indie rock, rock n roll, hip hop. 
I stay true to myself by spending time with myself. Reading books I enjoy, listening to music I enjoy, painting and praying. 
3. Describe your style in 3 words
  Rock n roll 
4. Whats your favorite thing about vintage?
 I love that it's a garment with a sense of history. Once we realize that everything has history, and come to understand that history, we can release our anxieties about it. 
5. What was the most memorable project you were apart of as a fashion editor and blogger? 
I used to work at vice magazine, I assistant styled a fashion editorial in the middle of occupy wall street. Our protest signs were confiscated by the cops at the end. It was such an adventurous day, and made me fall in love with New York. 
6. Do you remember an "a-ha" moment? A moment where you realized you wanted to work around fashion?
Never! I have never doubted my artistic self/sense of style, I've been this way for as long as I can remember. 
7. Who are some of your favorite designers? 
YSL, Miu Miu, House of Harlow, Lovers + Drifters Club, Réalisation Par. 
8. How would you define your personal style? 
Probably a lot of bit rock n roll with a little bit of barbie/lingerie girl. 
9. What defines a good article of clothing to you?
Something that makes me feel good, something that makes my heart do a lil dance when I go to grab it from my closet. 
10. Through your ig and blog you have this empowering vibe that speaks to young girls and women in particular. What is the inspiration behind wanting to inspire women to express themselves without judgement? 
I'm an intersectional feminist with a strong spiritual core. I just want other women to feel empowered and never limited by their circumstances or the people in their environment. Women always have to second guess what they say, or think, or wear. We've been given a world in which we're suppose to thrive to be respected, but we're continually cut down. I just don't want that wall to be there anymore. 
11. If you could pick a decade to be born in? What decade would it be and why?
 I think I've had many lifetimes. I believe I was once a butterfly, and know I lived with a lover who was a painter during the renaissance era. I also lived in San Fran during WWII. I am grateful for the life I have now, it is my present reality. 
12. Who's your current girl crush? 
Mewsha, follow her on instagram. She's this beautiful wiccan queer girl from Australia. 
13. Do you follow any particular rules when your putting an outfit together?    Literally no. 
14. How did you start as a fashion editor at Nakid magazine?
I was actually the first person Dustin (the owner and editor and chief) ever shot for Nakid. He asked me to be his bad ass Anna Wintour, and I was like fuck yeah, let's go. 
15. Whats your favorite staple in your closet now?
Probably a black leather jacket. 
16. Describe one of the fashion capitals in the world (New york), and how it plays its role in your passion for fashion and personal style?
New York is always moving, you can be one person one day, and another person the next. It inspires a wide range of personal style. 
17. What advice would you give to aspiring fashion editors and bloggers wanting to make their way in the industry? 
Don't focus on anyone else or their instagram, spend time with you. Get to know who you are. Fall in love with yourself, all your weird interests and dreams. 
Also, there is no time like the present. Don't wait until you're skinny enough or smart enough, you already are everything you need to be to chase your dreams. 
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