About

 

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Hi! My name is Rachel (Trampel) Sobieck and I want to welcome you and say thank you for visiting my blog, Rachel’s Lookbook! Rachel’s Lookbook is a fashion, beauty and travel blog focused on enjoying all the luxuries of life without breaking the bank. It all started with a flair for frugal fashion, but transformed into a space that focuses on being budget conscious in all areas of life – but without sacrificing quality. While Rachel’s Lookbook has grown and morphed over the years, it will always first and foremost be a fashion and personal style blog. Why? Because clothing is a part of everyone’s daily lives, no matter how you look at it. From work to working out, choosing what you wear is a form of art where you can choose to express your unique self. This has always been my motto and I believe that when you wear what makes you feel good, you can step into each and every day with confidence. And confidence is key – it will truly help you live out your best life!

Background on the Blog
About a year out of college and into my second job, I was ready to do some freelance writing on the side, especially interested in writing about fashion. Instead, with the help of loved ones, Rachel’s Lookbook launched in November of 2011. Starting a fashion and beauty blog gave me a space to share what I love on my own time.

It quickly became my favorite free-time activity – a place where I could share my shoe obsession, passion for finding the best deals and just talk about life in general. I have met some fabulous friends through blogging – and swear it is the best reason to start and pursue a blog.

My Full-Time Gig

I graduated with a degree in Journalism and quickly dove into a Marketing Copywriter role right out of college. I now have six years of marketing, SEO, copywriting and content strategy experience. I recently took a role as a Product Marketing Manager at a software company in the Twin Cities and am excited to continue to learn and grow in my career. Aside from writing, I have been gaining even more experience in design, video, development processes and more! Since I have this experience, it is also my goal to use this space to share useful, interesting content. That’s why you’ll see a variety of topics on here! While my main subjects are fashion, beauty, and travel, from time to time you might see a post about my dog, fitness, food, interior design, Minnesota’s current weather or even some posts on blogging.

FAQ

How did you become interested in fashion?

I was very shy about fashion and trying new styles for most of my life – imagine your typical teenage girl wearing t-shirts, jean skirts and flip flops. I really started to venture out in what I wore my senior year of high school, and after watching a full season of Project Runway during a marathon the summer before college, I became obsessed.  The obsession grew in college, when I really felt free to express my personality through what I wore. I also had a bad habit of flipping through old issues of Vogue during study breaks at Parks Library.

Where do you live?

In a suburb right outside of Minneapolis – just a 10 minute drive to downtown! If you are looking for things to do in Minneapolis – check out this guest post I wrote. I am originally from Iowa, so often make trips back home to see my friends and family!

What’s your makeup routine?

I’ve done several posts on my beauty routine. Right now my daily look is with these products: Use this as a primer, foundation (brush I use to apply foundation), blush, eyebrows, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara. If I need an extra touch of color, I LOVE this lipstick and if I want my makeup to last longer – I use this setting spray.

What are your favorite stores?

Honestly, anytime I can make it to Goodwill, Salvation Army, Arc’s Value Village, I’m there! I love finding a good deal and it’s amazing what people donate to thrift stores. I am also always on the lookout for vintage clothes, they are so well made and classic, I love to find vintage items while thrifting or antiquing. And if I need something new, I love Nordstrom, Revolve, Asos, Chicwish, Banana Republic and Shopbop.

Have a question? Then submit it here!

Endorsements/Affliates

All endorsements, gifts, guest posts, etc. are clearly stated out in the specific post. In outfit posts, an item will be marked with c/o (courtesy of). This means I was sent the item for free from a brand or store to wear and review on the blog. I only work with brands I feel truly fit with my personal style or lifestyle, and all opinions on products are 100% my own.

I use affiliate links, such as rewardStyle, ShopSense and Beso and may earn a few cents per click or up to 20% commission on items if a purchase is made on the site by clicking on my links.

Contact Me

Email: rachelslookbook@gmail.com

I highly value the integrity of my blog and respect my readers, and if you ever have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at rachelslookbook@gmail.com. Thank you!

All photos and content are property of Rachel’s Lookbook. Please credit sources when appropriate and always link back if using photos.

11 Comments

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    Amber Kingsley
    October 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Hi there!
    Nice to “meet” you! I am an aspiring fashion writer looking to gain more experience and boost my portfolio by contributing to fashion and style sites such as yours. I loved the articles on your site, http://rachelslookbook.com/ and would love to be able to contribute some of my work!
    I love writing about art and cultures from around the world and would love to begin writing more about fashion and style. You can view some of my writing on my website,https://amberthekingsley.jux.com/.
    I would love to collaborate with you on an article and can send you a couple ideas I have floating in my head for your site!
    Cheers!
    Amber Kingsley

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    Sid
    October 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Hi,

    I just came across your site rachelslookbook.com and found it very interesting. We have a site about wedding and special event dresses and would like to ask if we can make a post on your site. With your agreement, we will prepare a unique and quality article, illustrated with high resolution pictures that were completed with our own photographers and models. I am sure your readers will love to read the article and see the pictures, so it will add good values to your site.

    I know sometime you will charge a fee to have such writeup posted on your site. If there is, please let me know.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Your response will be highly appreciated.

    Best Regards

    Sid

    Internet Marketing
    Ballens – The Ultimate Wedding Blog
    website: ballens.ca

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    sandara
    November 4, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    I am Sandara. I visited your site and found the themes of your site are bound up with mine.
    I’m running a b2b company connecting China suppliers and foreign buyers. Seeing your site is built well, I would like to place a text link or banner ad (not the type of CPM and CPC) on your site. Are you interested in that? We usually buy 3-months’ ad and renew when expires.Can you give me a discount? What’s the price of it for 3 months?
    I’m looking forward to your kindly reply! Have a nice day!
    Best regards,
    Sandara

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    Audrey
    June 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Hi Rachel,

    It looks like we share similar areas of the upper midwest! Would love to chat or reach out sometime! Have a great weekend!

    Sincerely,
    Audrey
    http://www.audreysalutes.com

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      Rachel
      September 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Thank you for stopping by! I will have to check out your blog and would LOVE to meet up and chat sometime!

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    Hypnoz Glam
    August 14, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Yay for another Minneapolis Blogger :-). I love your blog! I will come back soon:-)

    XO
    Edwige| http://www.hypnozglam.com

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    John B. Marine
    June 9, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Keep up the great work with all you do. I came along here to offer my support of your work. You are beautiful with a great sense of style.

    http://johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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    Renee Lake
    December 8, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    I really like what you have done here. I read your statement above about back links but I’m not sure I understand correctly. I would love to use your Baby its cold outside on my site http://www.foreverled.com but I’m not sure that is OK. Please let me know, Thank you

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      Rachel
      December 9, 2016 at 9:53 AM

      Hi Renee – which image are you referring to? My Instagram image or the one in my most recent blog post? Regardless, I am fine with you using it just make sure to either link back to the original Instagram image or my blog post that includes the image. Hope this helps – thanks!

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    Ever
    July 19, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Really interesting I like what you do and publish. I have seen and I have all the images published, you are really very beautiful and every model of clothes very good, that is only for the United States? In Peru I have a clothing gallery I’m interested in models. A long time ago I communicated with you my beautiful friend, I leave you my address equinteros@mintc.gob.pe. I would like to communicate with you will be a palcer by email. Greetings my beautiful and lovely friend.

    Your friend from Peru.

    Ever Quinteros

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