Even though she was raised in the OC, Rachel Nguyen’s style is about as far from The Real Housewives as you can get. Her blog, That’s Chic, showcases her spot-on blend of new and vintage finds that’s enhanced by her relaxed West Coast vibe and sunny personality—which is exactly why we wanted to chat with her. We grabbed a few minutes with the now L.A.-based blogger.
Above: Leith Top
Give us five words you think best embody what your style is all about.
Casual, eclectic, A-line, quirky, minimal.
You relocated to L.A. not too long ago. What are your favorite hot spots in your new city?
I’m currently still exploring my neighborhood, Larchmont, and eating my way through it. I also find myself around Griffith Park a lot, mostly hiking.
If you could only buy one magazine for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Kinfolk or Lula. Leaning more toward Kinfolk.
Your day-of-the-week features on That’s Chic are super-fun—we especially like Music Mondays! Is there a musician whose style makes you swoon?
It changes all the time! Stevie Nicks is an obvious choice, so I’ll go with Frank Ocean.
We saw pics of your cat, Lena, on your blog—she’s so pretty! Can you share a recent crazy cat story?
Thank you! Well, she’s a crazy cat in general, but one night I was on my computer and saw a HUGE spider in front of me. Being terribly arachnophobic, I flipped out, went to grab paper towels, came back and couldn’t find it. Terrified, I tried just going to sleep only to see that it had migrated to the ceiling above my bed and was about to land on Lena’s head! Motherly instinct took over and I grabbed a paper towel to squish the spider and save my poor cat from that hideous thing. Then the best thing happened: Lena saw the spider, swatted it to the floor and ate it. Since then, I’ve felt secure about stray bugs. And I’m obviously a cat person to have told such a long story!
Above: Rachel’s “Crazy Cat”, Lena
You’ve professed a deep love for Disneyland. What’s your favorite ride at the park?
That’s like picking your favorite child! I’ll list my top 3: Space Mountain, Tower of Terror and Jungle Cruise.
Tell us about the trends you’re really feeling right now.
I’m really digging tropical prints and tapered pants.
WAYF Track Pants | Topshop Tapered Trousers
You went to Coachella this year—FUN! What was your favorite band to see?
So much fun. It was amazing seeing Local Natives and Yeasayer, but I missed a bunch of bands I wanted to see! Namely New Order and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Monochrome or mixed prints?
Topknot or flowing locks?
Flowing locks—I like a bob.
Horoscopes or tarot?
Punk rock or pop music?
Thanks, Rachel! Check out tapered pants, tropical prints and more in our Savvy department (sorry, no kitties… unless you count this one).
(Images courtesy of That’s Chic.)