Written by Kaylyn Bodden

My Trinidad & Tobago Style: Rachelle Hay

Photo: @anthonyj.photography

Photo: @anthonyj.photography

Rachelle Hay is an award-winning travel blogger with a deep love for travel and ice-cream. After achieving her MBA and toiling away in the finance industry, she made a giant leap to pursue her passions of travel and storytelling. She does this via her Instagram @rachellehay and blog www.saltandshimmer.com which was awarded ‘Best Caribbean Travel Blog 2016’ by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

When she’s not blogging or stepping in as guest host for Travel TV Show ‘Caribbean Passport’, Rachelle can be found working with various marketing agencies and clients around the globe to meet their social media and digital marketing needs. With a love for television, she’s also studying acting in Vancouver, one of the top film and TV hubs in the world.

Rachelle shares some of her fashion and style tips.

Where do you shop for clothes in Trinidad & Tobago?
I love supporting local designers as we have so much incredible talent coming out of T&T and the Caribbean! I’ve been lucky to collaborate with skilled creatives like @meilinginc, @officiallyadrianfoster, @loudbyafiya, @houseofvdv@noirbynissa_official, and @tobyeandshoma. As for boutiques, check out @scarlettecontemporary, @koralbeachboutique and @missblackdresstt.

What accessories do you favour?
When it comes to accessories, for me, some of my top picks are @wedreamincolour@sanianitos and @plumflowercreations. For my friends with babies and kids, I absolutely love the Caribbean designs of @islandbabieshq.

What are your classic ‘must have’ items of clothing in your closet?
Solid staples make a great foundation to mix and match pieces and create many different looks. Some of my go-to staples include a little white dress, frayed denim shorts, dark high-waisted jeans, a bright @officiallyadrianfoster wrap skirt (doubles as a beach cover-up) and a monochromatic bodysuit or swimwear (doubles as a top)!

If I looked in your closet now, what would I see?
I’m blessed that my father is skilled at woodcraft. He actually handmade custom clothing racks for me from his woodshop Hay Woodcraft – a dear gift that I will treasure for life! On the racks, I have my clothes sorted by colour. I’m not obsessive at all. * wink wink *

How would you describe your work attire?
I work remotely as a Social Media Consultant, so I’m quite often at home working away on my computer wearing my comfy eco-friendly @nominoudesigns leggings. This way I’m also already dressed for my work out!

Do you prefer wearing flats or heels?
Heels for the height, but flats for the comfort. So to meet in the middle I’d go with chunky heels as my pick!

What is your favourite lipstick? (Colour and brand)
The @nyxcosmetics Velvet Matte Lipsticks are awesome. I use Beach Casual for a nude look, and Miami Nights for a hot pink pop. For a red hue, I like @lunamarcosmetics (which is made locally in Trinidad and Tobago) in Rana – it has a refreshing minty smell too.

Where do you get your hair styled?
I have to admit my hair secret is my grandmother, who is 90 years old and is a master hairdresser with her own salon that she still operates to this day. My rock star!

Which celebrity’s style do you most admire?
I love the timeless class of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy; she was so ahead of her day. I’m also a fan of Shay Mitchell, Aimee Song, Cara Jourdan and local Trini babe Kathryn Inniss.

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