clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

LA Newbie Chelsea Esquibel Has Already Perfected the Laid-Back Local Vibe

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

When we met up with the Tennessee native, we'd never know by her ensemble—featuring indie-cool local designers like Objects Without Meaning and Vere Verto—that makeup artist Chelsea Esquibel has only been living in our city for a few short months.

It's safe to say she's getting along here just fine. Since moving from Nashville, Esquibel has already primped and painted faces for the lookbooks of eco-conscious lingerie line Botanica Workshop and cool footwear brand The Palatines, and she's even lent her own image—and bod!—to a new campaign by local swimwear brand NU Swim (though modeling is nothing new for the former pageant girl).

Esquibel, whose makeup-and-more motto is #beyouberaw (raw=real authentic women), let us capture her natural beauty when we caught up with her in DTLA's Fashion District, where we also got a chance to talk about where she shops around town and the casual closet staple she can't stop buying.

Tell us about your outfit:

I'm wearing Everlane's The Chelsea Boot, American Apparel jeans and crop top, Objects Without Meaning jacket, Vere Verto hip pack, and Kathleen Whitaker earrings.

Describe your style in three words:

Feminine, minimal, and functional.

What LA boutique is your happy place?

This is such a hard one, because LA is full of them. My go to spot is Mixed Business in Silver Lake.

What fashion item are you obsessed with buying right now?

T-Shirts. Blank, neutral t-shirts. You can dress them up or down and can never have too many. Some of my favorite brands are Olderbrother, Han Starnes, and Vege Threads.

What are you currently on the hunt for?

I would love a pair of love heeled mules, preferably in a bright pastel color!

Who's your style crush?

Do you have a different question? Ha! I don't really have a style crush. I am just inspired by the people I meet and the places I travel. I like to wear what I feel comfortable and confident in.

Check out Chelsea's professional portfolio here and check out her latest snaps on Instagram here.