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Cool Girl


Caitlin Rance

She's probably already someone on your Instagram following. With her aesthetically pleasing pink encapsulated snaps, and authentic scenic views of San Francisco, there's absolutely no way you're not hooked as soon as you take a glance at her feed and a look into her world. This weekend we meet Gaby Villalta, cool girl from the West Coast. 

Besides answering these questions, what are you up to at the moment?

I’m currently in bed, listening to Feelin’ So Good by J.Lo, and eating a watermelon popsicle!

You attended a women’s march over the weekend. What was that like for you?                  

I went with my mama and my 7 year old sister, and I was happy that we were there together at one of the biggest marches in San Francisco. It was empowering and heartwarming to see so many people coming together as a city to address women's rights. But something really important to understand is that it was more than just a march for women and our rights, it was for people to come together to raise awareness for other issues as well, whether they regard our Black community, Latino community, Gay community, etc. There was way more to it than going to the march merely to hold a sign that said “my pussy grabs back.” One of my favorite posts I saw regarding the Women’s March was a photo of someone holding a sign at the LA march that said “I'll see you nice white ladies at the next #blacklivesmatter protest, right?”

Your Instagram feed has a clear aesthetic that features a lot of pink (I love it.) What is it about pink that attracts you so much to it?

Well pink has been my favorite color since I was a little girl. I think at some point in high school my favorite color was also purple, but pink was still always #1. And then I don’t know, sometime in 2014 it just clicked; I needed everything in pink!!! It’s just the perfect amount of color, and everything looks so pretty and cute in pink. I love it haha, and it makes me happy that people  associate me with the color.

When do you feel most you?

I feel most me when I’m wearing my favorite light wash jeans from Madewell, my black American Apparel fisherman sweater, my CDG converse, gold jewelry, a high bun, and lip gloss.

You have some amazing style. What are the top five pieces that you think every woman should have in her closet?

A trusty pair of jeans, white/black t-shirt, fisherman sweater, a bomber jacket, and Vans.

You happen to be a Glossier rep (So cool.) How did they approach you, and what’s it like to back a brand like Glossier?

I’ve been a big fan of Glossier for a little over 2 years now. This past June, I got an email from Kim, Glossier’s Community Manager, asking if i wanted to become a Glossier Rep, and of course I said yes! It’s been so fun being a rep because first, I love Glossier overall as a company, I think they do such an amazing job at everything they do. Second, I love taking and posting pictures of the products, they’re so aesthetically pleasing and pink! Finally, I get to share with everyone what I think about the products (no lies here!) and I love giving people product recommendations.

What are some of your favorite products from Glossier that you would recommend to a first time user?

Omg the products I would recommend to any first time Glossier shopper would definitely be Milky Jelly Cleanser, Coconut or Mint Balm Dotcom, and Haloscope in Quartz. I use those every single day and they are my absolute favorite!

There’s always been a debate about whether or not people should go to college. While some people see college as the end all be all if you expect to have any success in life, others believe that college isn’t the only route to success. What’s your opinion on it?

I’m 50/50 on that one. I do believe that you can become successful if you go to school, graduate college, and earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s, but I also know and believe that college isn’t for everyone, and that people can become successful without a degree if they work hard enough and push themselves. Degree or not, it’s definitely hard to get your shit together either way.

How do you feel about the term, Cool Girl?

I don't really think about that term too much. What comes to my head when I think of  “cool girl,” is someone that's popular. In high school I was known, but I wouldn't say I was popular or part of the “cool group.” Now that I'm in college though, and high self-esteem isn't considered conceited, I'd humbly say that yeah, I think of myself as a cool girl.

So you reside in San Francisco. What do you think it is about SF that attracts so many people to it?

I think it’s the fact that San Francisco is so diverse and accepting. Also, it’s just so beautiful and there’s so much to explore and experience here. It has its ups and downs, but I wouldn’t want to be from any other city, I love it so much.

What are some must see places that you’d recommend to anyone who might be visiting SF?

A few of my favorite places to visit are Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach, Conservatory of Flowers, de Young, SF MoMA, and Twin Peaks.

If you could do anything in the world and get paid for it, what would you do?

Travel, hands down.

Who are you listening to right now?

Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, D.R.A.M., and R&B/Hip-Hop throwbacks.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? And have you used it?

The best advice I’ve ever received is to be myself and to not be a follower of people’s actions. I’d say I’ve taken that advice well. I’ve always been the type to do my own thing and not pay too much attention to what others are doing.

Nights in or Nights out? Nights in, definitely.

Digital or Film? Both, I’ve been loving film a lot lately though.

Book or Movie? Both!

Coffee or Tea? Neither, I don’t drink either one and still manage to stay alive.

Concert or Festival? Both!

Eyes or Lips? Eyes. I like to spice my look up every once in awhile with some glitter eyeshadow and eyeliner and keep my lips simple with some clear gloss.

Vintage or Runway? Both!

Abroad or the States? Both!

Hot or Cold? Hmmm, both but depends on the situation.

Denim or Leather? Denim

And lastly, what’s your fashion secret? Staple pieces, with a few statement pieces, are key to a solid wardrobe. You don’t need to buy all expensive statement pieces to have good style, it’s all about working mainly with simple pieces.

Interview by Caitlin Rance

Photography provided by Gaby's Instagram