9 Date Ideas To Do As A Couple Or With Girlfriends

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Going out on date with Ed is one of my favourite ways to spend a day. Whether it’s going out for a coffee, shopping or heading to do an activity for the day, it’s a great way to spend time together and just catch up on everything that has been going on. I also love going on girly dates too with my friends, as its such a good way to have a good gossip and have some girl time. So, I thought I would share 10 date ideas with you, that you can either do with your girlfriends or someone you love this spring…

1.Going for Coffee 

This is one of my favourite things to do because I love a good cake and coffee, or a hot chocolate if I’m feeling like I need a bit more sugar in my life. It’s the perfect way to just have a quick meet up, and catch up in a really relaxed and chilled environment. My favourite places to go is local cafe’s,  that are independent and have some amazing cakes and food.

2. Having a Film and Takeaway Night 

This is one of my favourite at home dates, that are perfect after a long day at work or after uni. I love ordering a Chinese takeaway, having a real pig out on food and watching a really good film. They are the best with a group of friends, and me and ed usually have a big group date at one of our houses, at least once a month.

3. Go to a Trampoline Park

I love going on active dates with Ed as these are such great ways to bond and create amazing memories. The trampoline park is one of our favourite ones places to go, as we can go and exercise, have fun and challenge each other on the trampolines, in the foam pits and on the balance beams.

4. Go for a Walk

We actually went for a walk in our local country park as our first date, and we love to do it now as it brings back a lot of good memories. Its the perfect way to just have a catch up and spend some time away from our phones and the internet, however you do need good weather for this one, which we don’t get that often in the UK.

5. Go on a Shopping Spree

I love doing this with my girlfriends as its a great way to buy some new pieces for my wardrobe, have a look at what’s in the shops , and also just have a good gossip. You get to plan outfits together, show each other what you’re loving at the moment and your favourite places to shop. However, I also love doing this with Ed and styling him up, getting him to try on new pieces and creating outfits for him.

6. Go to a Theme Park or a Water Park 

This is something that I still haven’t done with my girlfriends or Ed, but something I can’t wait to do. It will be such an amazing day out of just having fun and making memories and something we’re hopefully going to do for either one of our birthdays or just as a summer activity.

7. Go for a Weekend Away 

This is a bit of a cheat because it’s not just a date but a whole weekend full of one, but it’s a great way to spend some time alone, make memories and visit a new place. When a went to a festival with tow of my bestfriends it was such an amazing experience and so much fun. But also going on one with Ed allowed us to spend time alone together and just chill out and relax without the pressure of work, uni or just life in general.

8. Go Out For Dinner

Going out for food is one of my favourite things to do for a special occasion or after a day out. It’s so nice to just sit at a table, have a catch up and choose some food you wouldn’t have on an everyday basis. I really love going out with all my family to celebrate a birthday, as you get to see everyone and find out what they’ve been doing lately.

9. Have an at Home Dinner date

We have these quite a lot, as there’s no stress of finding a place to eat, not being able to drink or getting home, so it’s so much easier. Usually Ed cooks the food as he’s a lot better chef than I am, but to make it easier we usually go for Dine In 2 for 10.00 from M&S. There’s usually such a good choice of food, it tastes amazing and is also super easy to cook.

Who’s your favourite person to go on a day date with?

Rachel x

My Everyday Jewellery Pieces

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Over the last year jewellery has been something I`ve really got into. I love how I can put on a few of my favourite rose gold rings, a couple of silver bracelets, a pair of earrings and my new metal rose gold watch and it can instantly complete my outfit. They also really add the finishing touches to my look and kind of add my own stamp to everyone, as this collection of jewellery is my go-to everyday.

The main part of my everyday jewellery is my new, rose gold, metal strapped Cluse watch. I picked this beautiful one up from John Lewis and is something I`ve had my eye on for a while. What I really like about this watch is that it`s completely different from my Armani Exchange one, and it ties in really well with the rest of my rose gold jewellery that I wear everyday. The face looks so minimalistic and chic, and I love how it can pair with any outfit and add a really elegant and finished look to it.

Then, next let`s talk about the two rose gold rings, which you will probably never see me without, I absolutely love them. One is a simple rounded band, but in a gorgeous rose gold shade with crystals all around it. I love how this was a present for my A-Level results, and has such amazing sentimental value, as well as being such a beautiful and classic ring that I can wear over and over again. The other one was also a special 18th birthday present, but has a more detailed intricate flower design all around the band. It’s more of a special ring but I love to pair it with the other one nearly everyday.

The bracelets are both from Joma Jewellery and have literally made me fall in love with bracelets all over again. I never used to like them, as they always kind of got in my way when I was writing and doing things, but these have completely changed my mind. The silver one with the rose gold heart is also a sentimental gift from my aunty for my exam results, and is also great to link my silver and rose gold jewellery together. As the grey material bracelet as a more textured look to my jewellery and I also the love the silver crystal heart on it.

Finally, to finish the look off I need something sparkly in my ears and these Pandora knot earrings are my go-to. These are actually the only ones I really wear as they with everything and are also proper silver and don`t damage my ears. I love how the knot design is not super basic, like a crystal, but are still simple enough to wear everyday.

What’s your go-to everyday jewellery pieces?

Rachel x

The Statement Floral Shirt

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Buying statement pieces to add to my wardrobe is one of my favourite ways to shop, as I love how you can have a one-off item that can be paired with more basic accessories to create a standout outfit. It adds so much more interest to your wardrobe and makes your outfit just a lot more unique; and that can definitley be said for this statement floral shirt too.

This shirt is one of my ultimate favourite pieces in my wardrobe, as it’s so beautiful and has so many bright colours that pop on the black, silk background. It drapes so nicely and has a lovely silhoutte, as it’s over-sized but still looks feminine and creates shape to your body. I also love how it was from an up and coming brand in New York, and so it’s a really special piece and something that I won’t see anyone else wearing. It is fairly see through, so I always pop a tight black vest top underneath it, and then let the floatiness of the top shine.

As the shirt is such a bright, statement piece, I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit fairly neutral and chic to let the shirt stand out. So, I paired it with a classic pair of black, high waisted jeans from M&S, which have such an amazing fit and add a more relaxed vibe to the shirt. For the feet I went for a new shoe in my collection, these sand suede block heels from New Look. These were a bargain in the sale, and look absolutley amazing paired with the pattern of the shirt. They’re super comfortable and a really chic pair of shoes that are perfect for a night of drinks and dancing.

What’s your favourite statement piece in your wardrobe?

Rachel x

7 Things I Learnt From My First Holiday Alone

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Going on holiday for the first time without your parents is always something you look forward to, however it can also be quite daunting. Knowing that you have sort everything out yourself, be responsible, pay for everything and still have a good time, is a lot to take on all at once. So, as back in February me and my boyfriend Ed had our first ever holiday alone together, I thought I would share 10 things that I learnt along the way…

  1. Do Your Research – Research the place or area you’re going to, so you can know about the best places to go and visit. You don’t want to miss on going somewhere that’s really interesting or beautiful, and by doing your research hopefully that won’t happen.
  2. Planning Is Key – Making sure that you know what you’re going to do every day on your holiday, plan meals, arrival times etc. This will make your life so much easier. It makes you feel so much calmer and like you’ve got your sh*t together on your first holiday.
  3. Small Holidays Are A Good Start – If you don’t feel ready for a full week or longer holiday alone, then just go for a short staycation at first. This isn’t so daunting and makes it feel more manageable, especially as you don’t have to worry about airports and any real travel times.
  4. Make The Most Of Everyday – When you go holiday, especially a long weekend, you’ve taken the time off work or uni to go, and so you want to make the most of everyday, even the travelling ones. We went to Bath on the way home from our holiday in Wells, as it was a break in the journey and was also a place we really wanted to visit.
  5. Take Chocolate Snacks and Bubbles – These were two things we loved to tuck into after a day full of exploring, and was a nice holiday treat to have.
  6. Create A Holiday Playlist – This was one of my favourite parts about the holiday, as we had a huge playlist to listen to and sing loudly to in the car as we went on our 3 hour journey. It made the journey so much more fun and was a good start and end to the holiday.
  7. Go With People You Love To Spend Time With – You’re going to spend a lot of time with this person or these people, whilst your on holiday, so make sure you go with people you love to spend time with and that like doing the same things as you do. It makes your holiday so much more enjoyable and easy!

Have you been on your first holiday alone yet?

Rachel x

Let’s Celebrate Being A Woman

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Being a woman in this modern world means so much more than it did 100 years ago, when women finally won the right to vote in 1918. Since that point women’s place in society has grown massively, and we are now at the point were we’re equal to the men that stand beside us. For me, being a woman in 2018 means having a unity between a man and woman and working as one unit to achieve one goal. Not degrading each other’s sexes, but instead building each other up, and also building up the women around us. Being a woman is about being strong, independent, working to smash our goals and to have the drive to achieve what ever we want to in this world.

To celebrate the recent International Women’s Day, I went to some of the wonderful women in my life to ask them what they thought being a woman was all about;  and they came back with some amazing responses….

The quote on the left suggests that we should take inspiration from the pure drive and determination of the women back in 1918, to push ourselves to achieve in 2018. We should be so grateful for how well women are respected and treated in our modern day society, and should never take that for granted or forget how far our sex has come. This is one of my favourite out of them all, and one that I’m going to keep as motivation to forever keep pushing to achieve my goals.

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The quote on the right looks at how being a woman means you have to make a lot of sacrifices in your life, especially for your family. Even though it’s now a modern world where there is a large majority of women that work and also have a family, they are still juggling that life and making sacrifices so that they can have good family life. Whether that’s taking a few years out without a career progression to have a child, or sacrificing your own personal time to spend that with your children and your family.

This quote on the left is another one I really love, as it shows how much of an impact women are having now, as we act as role models to both younger men and women around us. It shows how determined we are to succeed in life and that we can also have careers and progress in life, just as much as men can and are now no longer limited by our sex.

So, let’s celebrate being a woman, and someone who is not long limited by their sex and can have a future and a career, not just a family, just as much as man can. It’s about equality between men and women and creating a powerful team that nothing can break down.

Rachel x