About Rach

Rachel Headshot

Photo by Kayleigh Kay Photography.

Hi, I’m Rach.

I’m the voice and face behind Suburban Style Challenge. I’m in my early 30’s and married-without-children. I’m a dog-mom, car-enthusiast, shoe addict, reader, and always seem to be involved in one crafty project or another. My husband and I live with out sweet rescue mutt Trixie in the northwest Chicago suburbs, where we both work. I grew up in the north Chicago ‘burbs, while he grew up not too far from where we’re currently parked.

So what do I do?

I don’t blog full-time here at SSC.  By day, I’m a creative marketing manager at a computer peripherals company.  While it doesn’t sound all that cool or glamorous, I really do enjoy it, I swear! My job pays the bills, and while I do get a chance to be creative there, it doesn’t quite fill the creative void I have.

To help with that, I’ve done a ton of other things. Most notably, and quite possibly what’s affected the blog here the most, is the fact that I modeled as a freelance model from May 2006 until July 2012, and while I loved it, I decided that there were better ways for me to spend my time and money.  Don’t go looking for me anywhere though–most of what I did was small stuff, collaborating with other hobbyists and having fun.  I stopped modeling for various reasons, but one of them was to be able to concentrate more on this blog. While I have no plans to model anymore, I have enjoyed posing for a few favorite photographers for special projects and my own SSC look books.

Needless to say, I’m a creative.  I also enjoy having a good time and never seem to be afraid to laugh at myself.  I’ve accepted (and embraced) my fun, creative quirkiness, and often enjoy letting it show in what I wear.

I’ve never actually lived in Chicago.

I’ve always been a suburbanite, and have not only never lived in the city, but have never ever wanted to, which is pretty against-the-norm for most younger, kid-free adults in the area.  While I don’t mind going into the city, and used to work downtown (which I did really enjoy), city living just isn’t my cup of tea.  Hubs and I are far happier out in the ‘burbs, where there’s plenty of room for our dog to play and we aren’t taking multiple mortgages out to park the various cars we have.

Fashionista, or just the chick that can pull off “weird stuff”?

I haven’t always had a head for fashion.  At least not in the “normal” sense.  I’ve never dreamed of being a fashion designer, and was never that trend-setting girl in school who wore stuff that others emulated.  Heck, when I was in pre-school, my mom had to apologize to the teachers numerous times, because apparently I was often adamant about dressing myself.  (Nothing wrong with that, right?  Right!)

Over the years, I’ve struggled with giving into trends, giving up on trends, and finding my own style despite the trends.  Only recently have I found a happy medium between what I want and what everyone else says I should wear.  It’s still a challenge, and that’s what I’m here to document.

For more about Suburban Style Challenge, check out my “About SSC” page.

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