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Cool Girl


Caitlin Rance

minami gessel cool girl

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

Right now I’m finishing up school (finals and all). Trying to balance the end of school and my new job.

So you’re currently a student! What are you majoring in, and what made you choose it in the first place? 

I am majoring in political science! I’m probably like everyone else right now but the election really had me shook and I felt like it is important to get involved with public service earlier than later. I’m thinking about minoring or double majoring in journalism too but we’ll see, haha.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

I go to school for most of the day, go to work, and hang with friends (mostly eating).

Moving away from school, when do you feel most you?

When I’m eating loo jk. When I get to just relax with friends or even when I’m stressing out about a paper and working really hard on it. It’s weird but I like the feeling of pushing myself to uncomfortable limits to see how far I can go. 

Who are you listening to right now? 

I just made a playlist called “bedroom jams” which is like sexy r&b. Lots of H.E.R, Jorja Smith, and Raveena. I try to listen to w.o.c. musicians.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

“You are never going to look like her or be her, so stop comparing and do you”- my mom

How do you feel about the term, ‘Cool Girl’?

I don’t classify myself as a cool girl at all. I always wanted to be the cool girl but felt like I was too extroverted to be her, so I just quit that dream.

You have some impeccable style! Where, or what, do you tend to get inspiration from when putting together a look?

Thank yOU SO MUCH! I shop on reformation a lot and thrift. I try to not buy fast fashion. I love Jeanne Demas, Christie Tyler (nycbambi),lisa says gah, the line by k, the list goes on & on & on…

jeans & a tee

Matte or Glossy?

Coffee or Tea?

Color or Black + White?

Hot or Cold?

West Coast or East Coast?

Nights in or Nights out?

Call or Text?

Book or Film?

Runway or Vintage? Vintage jeans//everything else runway


Beauty wise, what are your top 5 products that you would recommend to a friend?

Obviously anything glossier and Charlotte Tilbury

wait this is hard lmaooo I have a ten step skin care regimen and everything is crucial haha. 

5) Avene Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum

What’s something or someone you’re really into at the moment?

nike sneakers and gold jewelry. I used to hate shoes but now i’m loving them. In middle school and early high school i would only wear rainbows lool.

What are some pieces that you think everyone should have in their closet?

Good pair of booty hugging straight leg levis!! and a cute top/ bodysuit that you can pair with whatever. 

Who would you say is an icon in your eyes?

Rachel Nguyen (@thatschic) everything she does it amazing. She can pull off anything.  (psst. check out her cool girl interview here!)

Everyone from time to time finds themselves in a weird funk they don’t know how to get out of. When you find yourself in one, what are some ways you pull yourself out of it?

Honestly going to therapy is great! Maybe this might be weird to some but talking to someone who doesn’t know you or have any connection to you is a really great way to release negative energy. If you don’t feel comfortable going to a therapist, talking to a friend always helps too.

Lastly, if there’s one thing you could tell your 16-year-old self, what would it be?

Don't change your values for him


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