I Dressed Like Rachel Green for a Week and Here’s What Happened

If you know me, you know I love theming. If a party has a theme, I am there. No. Question. I love going all out and will spend the time, effort, and money in order to be as accurate as possible. This makes Halloween one of my favorite times of the year. I take it very seriously. I start thinking about costumes well in advance, making sure I have enough time to get everything just right. This past summer, during my annual Halloween brainstorm, I entertained the idea of being Rachel Green. I am a huge fan of Friends and I’ve seen every episode. Although I don’t know if I could pick a favorite character above the rest, I really admire Rachel’s 90s looks. Going through her iconic outfits, I realized that I truly could not pick just one. This Halloween idea started to grow. What if… what if I did a whole week of Rachel outfits? Thus, #7DaysofRachelGreen was born.

Beginning in late July, I started to plan. I picked outfits based on memorability and my estimated ability to pull them off as a college student on a budget. I broke down the outfits into what I owned already and what I needed to acquire. I’m a huge thrifter and did not doubt myself in finding these clothes at my local Goodwill. There were also a few pieces that I knew I would probably have to make. I decided to shoot for October to unveil my project. This gave me a few months to gather all the necessary items and to scour countless thrift and craft stores. Also, October weather and aesthetic best matched the outfits chosen.

Before my #7DaysofRachelGreen officially began, I wanted to make a little preview and give my social media audiences a taste of what was to come. I had a lot of fun putting together a short video with my equally Friends obsessed friend, Mal, mimicking the opening theme complete with The Rembrandt’s “I’ll Be There for You.”

You can find said video here: https://youtu.be/9YDYn1jPrgQ

Sunday: Opening Theme

“So no one told you life was gonna be this way…”

Turtleneck sweater: thrift store; Black skirt: my closet; Tights: my closet; Black boots: my closet; Pearl bracelets: borrowed

Starting with the first day, I decided it was necessary to include a side by side picture with Rachel. I think this was successful in getting across what the project was about and highlighted my efforts of accuracy. I also decided to caption the photos with a quote from when she was wearing that outfit in that specific episode. I think this helped in reminding people of the outfits and episodes I was recrecreating. Getting such positive reactions from Twitter, Facebook and in person got me excited to continue my #7DaysofRachelGreen.

Monday: “The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate” (Season 1, Episode 1)

“I know you probably think this is about what I said the other night about you making love with your socks on, but it isn’t. It isn’t. It’s about me.”

White undershirt: my closet; Pink button down: thrift store; Mom jeans: my closet; White Keds: thrifted

[I thought it would be fitting to start with an outfit from the pilot. Honestly, this outfit is something you would see in my everyday wardrobe. I am obsessed with my mom jeans.]

Tuesday: “The One with the Sonogram at the End” (Season 1, Episode 2)

“Everything you need to know is in that first kiss.”

Jean vest: thrift store; Black skirt: my closet; Black boots: my closet; Jewelry: my closet

[I absolutely had to include an outfit of Rachel at work. Although this episode is from before she was employed at Central Perk, it is similar to what she would wear on the job in later episodes. Shouts out to Brenen’s Coffee Cafe, my own Central Perk, for being the perfect backdrop.]

Wednesday: “The One with the Sonogram at the End” (Season 1, Episode 2)

“Oh, and you know if everything works out and you guys end up getting married and having kids and everything, I just hope they have his old hairline and your old nose.”

Overall pants: thrifted; Lace cami: thrifted; Gray hoodie: borrowed; White Keds: thrifted; Purse: my closet; Watch: borrowed

[This outfit is a Rachel staple. She rocks those overalls and continues to rock overalls throughout the series. I was low-key freaking out about finding some of my own and happened upon this pair at the costume shop on Court Street. Blessed. I know I will be wearing these for the rest of my life. Also, while wearing this outfit, someone who didn’t know about my project, commented on how much I reminded her of Rachel Green! Hoorah!]

Thursday: “The One Where the Monkey Gets Away” (Season 1, Episode 19)

“Ross, please don’t hate me… you know Marcel? Well, I kind of… kind of lost him.”

Turtleneck sweater: thrifted; Red plaid skirt: created from a thrifted nightgown; Knee highs: my closet; Black boots: my closet; Watch: borrowed

[This was my favorite outfit of the week. When I think of Rachel Green’s wardrobe, this particular outfit is the first one that comes to mind. It is the epitomy of Rachel Green. HUGE thanks to Delta Zeta’s house mom, Glo, for helping me turn a dated, floor-length, grandma-esque nightgown into a cute mini skirt Rachel would be proud of. I will definitely be wearing it again. #DZLAM Also, my friend, Brynne, recently cut all of her hair off making her the perfect Monica. See below.]

Friday: “The One with the Breast Milk” (Season 2, Episode 2)

“Okay, Monica… I just have to know one thing… did you go with her to Bloomingdales?”

Striped shirt: thrifted; Blazer: thrifted; Overall shorts: my closet; White Keds: thrifted

[Ugh, accidentally messed up the order on this day. I wanted to do every outfit in order of appearance and didn’t even realize until Saturday that I had switched them. But, nobody is perfect. Except Rachel Green.]

Saturday: “The One with the Fake Monica” (Season 1, Episode 21)

“What, so you can dance with the woman that stole your credit card?”

Tulip shirt: created with the help of Michael’s Arts & Crafts and my dad; Red checkered leggings: Amazon; Gray hoodie: borrowed; White Keds: thrifted

[I know my Dad wanted a shoutout for helping me make the shirt for this day. So thank you, Dad. Also, I’ve grown to love these leggings. I was unsure about them at first but I’ve found that they are perfect for fall.]

Sunday: “The One with the Football” (Season 3, Episode 9)

“Ha! I almost caught that one!”

Green tee: my closet #ouohyeah; Black undershirt: my closet; Joggers: thrifted; White gym shoes: thrifted; Baseball cap: my closet

[Because Rachel is so chic 99% of the time, I wanted to show her sporty side. Proud to rep my school, be comfortable, and model Ms. Green all at the same time.]

Bonus: “The One Where No One’s Ready” (Season 3, Episode 2)

“Look at me, I’m Chandler. Could I BE wearing any more clothes?? I’ll tell ya, it’s hot with all this stuff on. I, uh, I better not do any… I don’t know… lunges.”

3 sweatshirts, 3 tee-shirts, 2 sweatpants, 2 gym shorts, 1 pair of jeans, 1 flannel, 1 sweater, moccasins: my closet

[This was kind of spur of the moment. Earlier in the week, a Facebook friend commented on one of the photos suggesting that I do this favorite from Joey as a bonus. I agreed and thought it was a must. An easy and funny end to the week.]

In conclusion, I had such an awesome time recreating all of these infamous outfits. It combined three of my favorite things: social media, thrifting, and pop culture. It’s so much fun to create something out of total passion and to see other people appreciating it. After the great response I got, it had me thinking about what I could do next. Who knows… maybe I’ll be doing another Rachel week in the future, or maybe I’ll recreate another beloved television show.

I Dressed Like Rachel Green for a Week and Here’s What Happened

36 Real Thoughts I Had During My Weekend on Tinder

Tinder has always fascinated me. This weekend I decided to try it out and record some thoughts I had along what some scholars call a “journey of self-discovery.” It was a wild ride.

  1. They should have the Myspace feature where you can have a song playing on your profile, i.e Wannabe by the Spice Girls, Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, I’m Awesome by Spose.
  2. Mine would totally be No Scrubs by TLC… gets the point across, but in a fun ‘n’ flirty way.
  3. This is strangely addicting, oh no.
  4. OMG! My crush from class, ugh. WHAT DOES IT MEAAAAAN!!
  5. It means he’s SINGLE!
  6. We haven’t matched yet, did he left swipe me?!
  7. Do I even want a boy who’s on Tinder anyways?
  8. Better question: WHY AM I ON TINDER RIGHT NOW?
  9. My thumb is literally on autopilot left swiping.
  10. This is bad cause I’ve accidentally rejected many o’ boys.
  11. “Baby come back! You can blame it all on meeeee!”
  12. I wonder how many people actually have Tinder premium. Where can I find those stats, stat?
  13. NOOOOOO someone I know in real life.
  14. Do you think he swiped right on me even though he knows me?
  15. Is that a thing to do? Swipe right as like a joke or do you just ignore each other? What is the protocol?!
  17. Why do guys that I already swiped left on keep popping up? Maybe Tinder thinks I give second chances pshhhawwww.
  18. Oh, that guy has a dog in his pics. Honestly, I respect the strategy.
  19. Damnit. Someone just texted me a pic of my profile. THEY KNOW. I FEEL SO VULNERABLE. ABORT THE MISSION!
  20. I know the perfect response to show how “cool” I am about the whole situation.
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  22. Beyoncé could have made money doing a Tinder ad… “to the left, to the left.”
  23. I wonder if any celebrities have Tinder.
  24. Can you imagine matching with Zac Efron?
  25. I bet his bio would say something like: I’m a down home kinda guy, but I know how to have a good time.”
  26. First impression is everything, so why is your first pic you and the deer you just hunted.
  27. Have you ever seen Bambi, sir?!
  28. Quality film… now I wanna watch Bambi.
  29. If someone messages me, I’ll suggest “Bambi and chill.”
  30. Also, why do guys include pics of them and some other girl?
  31. Do you not get the concept of Tinder?!
  32. This is too much. I am very heated.
  33. Tinder’s got me heated… they’re putting meaning that little flame icon they got going on.
  34. I’ve been on for two days and I feel like a changed woman.
  35. LOL JK! Time to delete.
  36. Ok maybe 5 more minutes.
36 Real Thoughts I Had During My Weekend on Tinder

#25DaysofChristmasShirts: The Journey

Combining my two great loves, Christmas and Ohio Thrift, I came up with the #25DaysofChristmasShirts chall From 1-25, here we go…

Day 1: Nutcracker Christmas

This flannel is one of my favorite Christmas shirts that I own. I got it at the Athens Goodwill and it was a smart purchase, despite my grievances with Goodwill. I even chose to wear it again after the challenge.day 1

Day 2: The Ghost of Christmas Presents

I was proud of this play on A Christmas Carol. Also, I LOVE big, roomy shirts, so it was a winner.day 2

Day 3: Olive the Other Reindeer

She used to laugh and call him names. :/day 3

Day 4: Business Professional Santa

I had a presentation this day, so I decided a cute look would be a pencil skirt topped with Santa’s head. Everyone else seemed to agree.day 4

Day 5: Tree-Shirt Dress

One of my favorite outfits of the challenge. This was a nightgown that I found at the good ole thrift shop and turned into a dress just by adding a belt. It’s that simple.day 5

Day 6: Lazy Santa Sunday

Maybe you’re thinking, why lazy? She’s wearing lipstick, seems fancy to me. Doesn’t take long to put on lipstick.day 6

Day 7: Peppermint Patties

This was the start of finals week and what’s more fun than finals week? Fun facts. Did you know that peppermint is shown to improve focus/attention?day 7

Day 8: Frosty with a Frosty

I went out of my way just to buy a frosty for this picture. Merry Christmas to me.day 8

Day 9: Have a Holly Jolly Flannel

Not my favorite, I’m gonna be honest. Anybody want a christmas flannel?day 9

Day 10: Christmas Bum

After a late night studying, this was a great selection. Big and comfy for a day at the library for MORE studying.day 10

Day 11: Home Sweet Home

FINALLY HOME FOR CHRISTMAS! There’s no place like home for the holidays.day 11

Day 12: Joy to the World!

The oldest Christmas sweater I own. It’s one of my mom’s. Truly a classic.
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Day 13: Little Soulja Drummer Boy

Hopped up out the shower, turn my Christmas on. Took a look in the mirror, say wassup wassup.

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Day 14: Classy Christmas

Wearing a Christmas tree in front of a Christmas tree. Never have I ever been more ME.day 14

Day 15: Santa’s Buns

This was my first day back at work at home and the start of the madness. Because of my work uniform, I didn’t get to wear my Christmas shirts for very long. I wore this shirt for 2-3 hours, BUT probably the best bun I’ve ever done.day 15

Day 16: Oh By Gosh by Golly, It’s Time for Mistletoe & Holly

Another short-lived outfit. 😦 But I’m a sucker for turtlenecks.day 16.jpg

Day 17: Three Trees, Two Socks, One Dream

Black and white added a little drama, don’t you think?day 17

Day 18: Blue Christmas 😦

When “last Christmas, I gave you my heart but the very next day, you gave it away.”day 18

Day 19: Straight Outta Your Grandma’s Closet

Truly the ugliest one I own. That collar is just horrendous. *shudder* Did not wear this one in public.day 19

Day 20: Aluminum Christmas

This one made me think of Lucy saying, “Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find, Charlie Brown!” Funny enough, it’s the 50th anniversary of Charlie Brown Christmas, one of my top Christmas movies.day 20

Day 21: Christmas Plaid

This is red and green, I swear!!! Also, another nightgown turned dress with just a belt.day 21

Day 22: Wishing for Snow

Screw global warming.day 22

Day 23: Christmas Eve Eve

Of course, I celebrate Christmas Eve Eve! Another favorite of the challenge. A vest is the best!day 23.jpg

Day 24: The Best Day of the Year

Honestly, I love Christmas Eve better than Christmas Day. Getting a lil less “cheesy” for the best day of the year.Day 24


Santa has come to town and he’s taking his sweet ole time visiting Ohio. Merry, merry Christmas. We solute the end of an ERA.day 25.jpg


How to Succeed in Hipsterness Without Really Trying

So, I heard you wanna learn how to be hipster. I can assure you, that you have come to the right place. It will be tough. You will want to conform, but that’s natural. Don’t worry, be happy. That was Bob Marley. But you’ve probably never heard of him.

First things first: looking like a hipster. The trick to looking like a hipster is learning, living, and loving the three V’s: Vintage, Versatile and Vans. Let’s start with my personal favorite: Vintage. First, never wear anything outwardly labeled with a brand name. Ever. I’m serious. If you’re ever caught wearing the following names you will be stripped of your hipster title immediately: Abercrombie, Hollister, Aeropostale, the Gap. Stick to things like vintage band t-shirts, prints like plaid, older florals, gingham, and maybe a little throwback seventies tie-dye once in a while, because everyone appreciates a good tie-dye. You can find these pretty much anywhere. American Apparel and Urban Outfitters are extremely popular among the hipster community, but you guys have probably never heard of those stores. “But wait… Ava that’s so many clothes. That’s so expensive. I’m just a college student!” Have no fear! The answer? THRIFT STORES, PEOPLE!!! Imagine rows and rows of cool vintage accessories and clothes from all eras, all for less than five dollars. It’s a frugal hipster’s dream!

Next up is Versatile. Going back to playing the broke college kid card, you don’t have the cash-money to have a celebrity-sized wardrobe, which means you have to get pieces that you can layer with multiple outfits and wear every day! Ooooo so grunge, so effortlessly boho-chic, so… hipster.

The last V to remember is Vans. Vans are a hipster staple. If you see a so-called “hipster” without Vans… well it just doesn’t exist. They embody the first 2 V’s perfectly. They are versatile because of their many colors and patterns, and they are vintage because they were introduced in the sixties and have since come back. Some other acceptable shoes include: Doc Martens, Converse, Oxfords, and Birkenstocks.

Next, a hipster’s gotta accessorize! With eyewear, the bigger the better, honestly, even if they’re fake. If they look good, who has to know, right? But mine are real… or are they? Hats are a must. Beanies, floppies, bowlers, boaters, oh my! Anything but a freaking fedora. Finally, jewelry. Layering and stacking is essential. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, the whole sha-bang.

Now, I have a question for you, readers. Where are you going to show off all this newfound hipsterness? Besides uber cool festivals and itty bitty secluded coffee shops, the obvious answer is social media. It is a hipster haven. It is where their egos continue to thrive. Twitter is for all your witty comments and opinions. Instagram is the home of artsy pics of sunsets and downtown buildings and weekly selfies, but you’re never smiling and more often than not, only ½ to ¾ of your face is shown. And the mother of them all: Tumblr. The secret to Tumblr is just that: it’s a secret. It’s your outlet. No one knows you have one unless another person mentions it first, ’cause you are desperate for more followers. Do I have a Tumblr?

No. (Yes).

Alright now that you look like a hipster and you’re showing it off, you’ve got to listen and sound like a hipster, too. The only thing that a hipster has to truly rely on during their most desperate and angst-ridden times is their music. Some self-identified hipster artists to watch out for include: The Naked and Famous, Arctic Monkeys, The Xx, Vampire Weekend, The Wombats and alt-J. But be very, very aware that these artists are–dare I say it…well known. Only listen to these bands ironically. Your homework for today is to search for some super underground bands that I haven’t even heard of. Become obsessed with them, but tell no one. That last part is key. Maybe just once in a while drop their name, but ever so subtly. To which you respond to your friends’ “Huh?” with, “Oh, you’ve probably never heard of them.” Ha. Classic.

Also, you gotta get down and recognize hipster terminology. The following words and phrases are acceptable and encouraged to be used, and used often: rad, gluten-free, high-waisted, indie, post-post-modern, good vibes, Coachella, stoked, and most importantly, “I am not a hipster.” Say that one over and over again. Ingrain it in your mind. Never forget. Now get outta here. I gotta go tune my guitar and work on my new underground jam. You’ve probably never heard of it and you probably never will.

How to Succeed in Hipsterness Without Really Trying