My Best Buys of 2016 & CLC World Travel Centre Competition


2016 marked a real style evolution for me. I’ve been into clothes and fashion for a long time now, even to the point that I can’t remember ever wanting to work in any other industry, however I did really struggle with defining my own style. I knew I loved wearing and buying clothes, and keeping up with all the different trends, but I couldn’t put my finger on what style defined me. But, in 2016 I feel like I really grew into my own sense of style. I learned that I love pieces that are more chic and timeless and throughout last year I really started to invest in some key wardrobe items, which I know I can wear for so many years to come.

One of my favourite items that I purchased in 2016, when it comes to a really key piece that I will be able to wear for so many years to come and it will always be in my wardrobe, is this tailored black blazer from Ted Baker. As soon as I saw this is in the John Lewis sale, I instantly fell in love with the look of the piece and how it’s really well tailored but still not too formal. It looks amazing paired with a casual outfit, to add a bit of smart edge, or a bit more dressed up, for a more important occasion. I also really love the patterned lining, it looks so pretty, when it just pop’s out, when I’m wearing the blazer open. It’s one of my best buys of 2016, because it’s so well made, tailored amazingly and fit’s me like a glove.

The best purchase I made in 2016 that was sparkly and perfect for many special occasions, to come over the next few years, is this gorgeous A-Line Karen Millen Dress. This was the piece I wore for my 18th birthday, and so it has so many amazing memories attached to it, but it also fit’s so well to my body shape, it elongates my legs and flatters my waist really well. I love the leather panelled detail, on the shoulder, and my favourite part has to be all the gold sequins around the waist. It’s so chic, but also really timeless and a piece I can wear over and over again.

This last item I suppose is a bit of a cheat, because I actually only bought these in the recent Christmas sales, however I’m really loving them at the moment and I think they are one of my favourite purchases of 2016. It’s this lovely pair of patent mulberry Chelsea boots, from M&S. I just really love boots in the winter, and especially in 2016 I really embraced the fact that I’m tall and that a bit of a heel makes you look just that little bit more feminine and elegant. So, these Chelsea boots are perfect for adding a bit of colour to a plain outfit, or just partnering a statement boot with a variety of different outfits for college and work. I’m really into a good statement boot, and I love the way these add a bit of class and femininity to the classic winter outfit of jeans and a jumper.


So, in a celebration of some of my best buys from 2016, I’m also running a competition with CLC World Travel Centre for you to be able to win a £25 voucher to spend at the Birmingham Bullring. As I really love shopping and constantly building a new wardrobe, I wanted to give you the chance to be able to win a voucher to spend in one of the East Midlands biggest shopping centre’s, in collaboration with CLC Travel Centre. You’ll be able to find that latest designer bag in Selfridges, buy some gorgeous new underwear from Boux Avenue or Victoria Secret or even buy a new phone, from Vodaphone or EE. The bullring has it all, and you have a chance to win a £25 voucher to put towards something new for you or a lovely person in your life.

How do I enter? All you need to do is follow CLC World Travel on Twitter, @clcworld,  and follow me @RachLydia on twitter as well. Then you simply need to comment on this blog post which CLC resort you would like to visit the most. The competition will open today at 7PM and close at 7PM on Sunday 29th of January. The winner will then be posted on all my social media channels, on the following Monday 3oth January 2017. Make sure to be following me on Twitter, Instagram and ‘like’ my Facebook Page. Good Luck!

T’s & C’s: The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over. Proof of identity and age may be required. The competition opens on the 8th January 2017 and ends at 7PM on the 29th January 2017. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, indecipherable, duplicated or which contain profanity will not be valid and deemed void. Prizes will be posted to the winner within 7 days of them providing their postage details.Confirmation of the prize will be made in writing/via online correspondence to the winner.

Rachel x


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  1. Naila
    29th January 2017 / 2:31 PM

    Great blog post, i enjoyed reading about your best purchases and favourite clothing items 🙂 The CLC resort world i would love to visit is the Encantada Orlando. It looks great!! xx

    • rachelydia
      29th January 2017 / 10:16 PM

      I would love to visit Orlando too, it looks amazing and I can’t wait to travel all around the world. Thank you lovely, I’m glad you liked it xx