Fathers Day Gift Guide 2017

Untitled design (8)From Left to right and top to bottom: Adventure Print £24| Not On The Highstreet, The Galley Holdall £120.50 | MAHI Leather, Dirty Gift Set £37.95 | LUSH, Wallet Gift Set £65| Ted Baker, Black Leather Watch £135| Ted Baker, Man Box £42 | Not On The Highstreet, Whiskey Distillery Tour £95| Not On The Highstreet, Beach Scene Wash Bag £55| Ted Baker

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and brings a chance for you to show that special man in your life just how much he means to you. It doesn’t have to be your dad, because in my family we also buy for my uncle’s and my grandad’s as well; as they are also the best emergency taxi service’s and a shoulder to cry on, whenever they’re needed. However, I personally think they can be pretty hard to buy for, as they have everything they could ever need or want. Therefore, finding that special gift, which they will love and not already have five of at home, can be really difficult.

So, I’ve sharing eight potential fathers day gifts, to give you some inspiration for those special men in your life. Whether they’re a food lover, whiskey drinker, adventurer or a true gentleman, who loves to look smart; I’ve got a unique gift for all of them this father’s day…

My Top 3 Gifts

  1. The Galley Holdall | £120.50 | MAHI Leather

This classic galley holdall from MAHI Leather would be more of a one-off and extremely special gift this Fathers Day. It’s more expensive than the rest of the gifts I’m sharing with you, however the money is truly shown in the quality of the product and the ethos of the brand itself. They aim to remove the middleman and ultimately provide you with a pure cow hide leather piece, which has been made to order and is not lining anyone’s pocket along the way.

So, not only will your family member have a good quality holdall, which in design is completely timeless and will go with any colour or outfit, it’s also extremely practical and could be used everyday, for small weekends away or for a longer holiday. They can also have a their own individual piece, which can’t be bought off the peg in a regular high-street shop; embroided with their initials or a special phrase. From every bag sold $1.50 goes towards FRANK Water and providing clean water for over 100 families in India; so not only are you buying a unique and beautifully made leather piece from the brand, you’re also doing your bit for charity as well.

2. GOTCH Leather Strap Watch | £135 | Ted Baker

I’m a classic girl through and through; I love a good bit of monochrome, simple lines ,shapes and pieces which will be super timeless. So, there’s no wonder why I love this Gotch black leather strap watch from Ted Baker. It would be the perfect gift for that special man in your life, as they will be able to wear it everyday and be reminded of a beautiful gift you’ve given him, every time he looks down at it. I love how this looks very simple, and modern, yet could be worn by a man of any age or style. It would go with a  variety of different taste’s, outfits and would be a piece he could keep for many years to come. It is expensive, however you could double it up with another special occasion, such as his birthday or even Christmas.

3. Personalised Adventure Print | £24 | Not On The Highstreet

My Dad was a true adventurer, and loved to plan holidays and making family memories; so in honour of him that’s why I really love this unique adventure print idea, from notonthehighstreet.com. It’s a beautifully illustrated print featuring the individual silhouette’s of your family, to celebrate the adventure’s you have had together. It’s completely unique and you can choose to have a different landscape,  either mountains or hills, beach or grass, and a choice of trees. You can then say how many people are in the tent and add a title to finish it all off.

It’s really a gift for the man who has everything, and instead loves to spend his money on making memories and spending time with his family. This is such a unique idea and unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the high-street.

Don’t forget to go and check out the rest of the beautiful products from MAHI Leather, Not On The High-Street and Ted Baker.

Rachel x

 

Affordable Stationary Haul

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Nothing can beat some beautiful stationary when it comes to exam season, a new work project or just to organise your life a little bit. I know it might seem crazy, but I’m such a visual person that if something is pretty and attractive, it makes me want to use it. So, if I’ve got a gorgeous planner for the year, a range of colourful pens and the ultimate rose gold and marble weekly planner, then you can guarantee I will get a lot more work done.

Floral 2017 Planner | TKMaxx | £5.99

This is almost the odd one out from the haul, as Kate Spade is usually a very expensive stationary brand and can definitely break your bank if you’re a stationary lover. However, I got a true bargain with this gorgeous yearly planner, as it was only £5.99 from TKMaxx. It’s not damaged at all, but I can only use the last half of the planner, as I only bought it this month. But, I don’t mind about that because I’ve not paid much for it, and I can still use it up until December and take advantage of all the beautiful quotes and calendar pages. I love that this planner is really big and I can use it to plan out all my creative projects with this blog; working with brands and organising my content.

Rose Gold Pen | The Range | £2.99

I’m sure every one of you know that I’m obsessed with rose gold. That could be rose gold jewellery, accessories, stationary and even pens. So, when my aunty wrote a card with one of these gorgeous pens, I knew I needed one in my life. It’s not really practical for work, but that doesn’t matter because it looks so pretty and amazing when you’re writing cards.

Marble & Rose Gold Bull Dog Clips | Sainsbury’s | £3.00

Supermarket’s are such a great place to pick up beautiful and super affordable stationary, and Sainsbury’s is no exception. As soon as I saw these marble and rose gold bull dog clips, in this super cute glass jar, I knew they had to be mine to use on my desk. Not only are they super useful to hold multiple pieces of paper together and organise my life, but they are also gorgeous and just create an amazing aesthetic.

Colourful Fine Liners | Tesco | £4.00

I’ve had my eye on these colourful fine liners for a while. Quite a few of my friends have them and they seem so useful to create revision notes and mind maps. So, when I saw them on offer in Tesco for £4.00, for a pack of 10, I picked them up straight away. I love to use colour in my revision and so these are perfect for me to be able to do that and also add different coloured notes on my desk.

Marble Weekly Planner | Sainsbury’s | £4/£5

Like I mentioned earlier, supermarket’s such as Sainsbury’s are actually great for picking up for beautiful pieces of stationary, which are also super affordable. However, usually they are quite poor quality and will not last very long. But every item in Sainsbury’s was the complete opposite and you really get quality and value for money with all of their stationary pieces. I love this marble and rose gold weekly planner because it has multiple spaces for everyday and you can plan out what revision topics you’re doing or jobs you need to do on that day. It also stands up and is super easy to quickly look at, so you always know what you need accomplish on that day.

Are you a stationary lover?

Rachel x

My GCSE Experience | Revision, Exams & The Future

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As many of you have already started your GCSE exams, and are going through your first proper exam season, cycle’s of revision and I’m sure lot’s of stress; I thought I would share my own experience of GCSE’s. How I found the entire two years, what I thought about the exams, all about the revision, the stress, what I got at the end and my future after GCSE’s…

The GCSE Years- My GCSE years really were a massive roller coast ride of emotions, both because of things happening with my family, friendships and also exams. I found that the first year of GCSE’s, which is year 10 in the UK, was actually quite chilled out and other than having regular subject tests to see how we were doing, it really was like any other school year. The work pushed me just enough to keep me interested and I enjoyed all of my subjects. English was a bit of struggle for me, as it always has been really, as I’m not a wordy person and I’m a lot more creative and visual. I was still doing really well, but due to my personality I was constantly pushing myself to get that A I really wanted. It didn’t happen that year, however I really grew into it in year 11 and I smashed my retaken coursework and my final exam’s. The only thing I found stressful about year 10 was mock exam’s and having to really get your first taste of a proper revision cycle. However, I always knew that they weren’t real and it didn’t really matter if I didn’t do as well as I would have liked to.

The second year of GCSE’s, year 11 in the UK, was stress straight from Christmas all the way to the end of exams in June. I found that because I was doing 12 GCSE’s, I was constantly doing end of subject tests, coursework pieces for French or English and trying to nail my final pieces for Dance and Textiles. I’ve got to admit they were such busy months of my life and the busiest you ever get up until the end of GCSE’s. However, I personally think my school were super helpful, and put on different revision sessions before  and after school, and even in the school holidays to help us with our work.

Exam Season- The actual exam’s had to be the most stressful, tiring and full on part of GCSE’s, because I had 28 exams split over around a 5/6 week period. That meant that I had a least one exam nearly every day from the middle of May to the end of June. I was constantly having long days; waking up early to go to morning revision sessions, doing my daily exams and then staying after school for more revision sessions. That was my life for so long and I’ve got to admit that it made me pretty stressed out and I even lost weight in the process. This wasn’t anything extreme, but just because my body was over worked and I didn’t have any time to have a break from school, exams or revision, because I had no exam leave. It was just everything I thought about as there was no time for anything else. Now looking back on that time, whilst having study leave for A-Levels, I honestly don’t know how I did it without going completely insane!

The majority of my exams I found okay, and because I had done lot’s of revision I was able to answer most to all of the questions and I didn’t really struggle. I had worked so hard for those exams, so I was really glad that it was all worth it after every exam. The only two subjects I found hard were biology, because we had an awful teacher in our second year who also left us half way through to sort ourselves out, and Further Maths, because even though I was really good at maths this bridge to A-Levels was a bit too much for me and I hated it. However, a large group of us were just taught how to pass and get a C, and I was so happy that I eventually did.

The actual exam process I found okay, because we had done around 2 to 3 mock exam weeks and so I knew what the routine was. I didn’t feel nervous by how I needed to find out my seat number, that I needed to turn off all my electronic items, and how strict the exam invigilators can be. I was so used to it that it was just went over my head and I went into my exams feeling relaxed and confident, about the actual test and the environment I was in. However, I found it difficult to have to come straight out after an exam and back to my lesson, to only then revise for my next exam. All I can say is if you’re going through this process at the minute, seriously just keep working and hang on in there, because it will all be worth it and you will have an amazing summer ahead of you to enjoy!

The Result & The Future- After all the hardwork and stress of 28 exams, endless revision and coursework I came out with results I was really proud of. I got 1 A*, which I so unbelievably happy about as that was in textiles and the career I wanted to head into, 5 A’s, in English Lit, English Lang, Geography, Maths and Philosophy and Ethics. I also got 5 B’s; 2 in science, one in ICT, one in French, one in PE, and 2 C’s, in dance and Further Maths. The only thing I was a bit annoyed about was Dance, as I had put in so much effort to that subject and I’d been told I was getting A’s all year, and in my coursework pieces. However, that was just an extra subject and was the least important of all my exams.

The future after GCSE’s, at first, did really stress me out. Originally, I wanted to stay at my school and go into the Sixth Form to do A-Levels, however they weren’t able to open one as we were their first year of doing GCSE’s for a long period of time. So, I had to go to so many different open days to decide what I wanted to do. In the end I decided on a Sixth form at a school about half an hour away from where I live. I knew a few girls from Dancing who went there, and in the end I was really excited to leave to have a fresh start and start a new journey doing A-Levels. Although, I’m not going to lie I was still really nervous about how hard they were going to be and if I would be able to do them.

Good Luck to all of you doing GCSE’s and any other exams over the next few months. You can do it and all your need is self confidence and to do lot’s of hard work.

Rachel x

OOTD | Celebratory Drinks

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Eveningwear has to my ultimate favourite type of clothing to wear and style into an outfit. I love that you can play with different texture’s, colours, go sheer and always add some form of sparkle. It’s just so much more playful and I always feel so much more special when I’ve made a real effort with my outfit in the evening. So, as I went out for a few celebratory drinks with some of the lovelies at work, over the weekend, I thought I would share my outfit of the night. It’s one of my favourite’s and the perfect put together, but also still relaxed look.

So, first let’s talk about a key part of this look, and it really starts with the underwear. It’s essential with these gorgeous white cropped trousers, from New Look, that you’re extra careful about the underwear you wear. They can be pretty see-through and so a good pair of nude pants is essential, or even a nude thong. Also, as this high necked, purple top which is also from New Look, is super sheer, you have two options. For the day time, I always just pop a black cami underneath and this protects all your dignity and also looks presentable for the day time. However, in the evening I love to pair it with a black Bralette from Victoria Secret underneath. It just adds a bit of playfulness to the outfit and makes it more evening appropriate.

The two key items of the outfit themselves, the top and the trousers, are both favourites from my wardrobe. I not only love the colour of this top and how you can really get away with wearing it all year round, it also looks great on my skin tone and really compliments gold eye makeup and rose gold jewellery. It also has a really lovely fit, and even though it’s got a high neck, if you wear it sheer, then it’s still very feminine and a bit sexy as well. As the trousers really are a staple in my wardrobe, and can be worn both day and night. They look good with so many different items and I love how they really pull in my waist and emphasise my long legs, especially if I wear them with heels.

To pull the look together, I went for my new grey suede, cropped biker jacket, which is also a purchase from good old New Look. I love how this not only kept me warm during the evening, but it also adds a different texture and colour to the outfit. The cut of the jacket also looks great with these trousers, as it just finishes when the trousers are pulling in at my waist, so it really just compliments the outfit and looks super classy. Also, I just paired my favourite pair of nude heels with the outfit, as not only are they the most comfortable pair of heels I own, they also look amazing on and really compliment so many outfits. They also make sure I look elegant but not too tall, as I’m already 5ft 11 in flats. The silver clutch just added a bit of sparkle to the outfit and also created a home for the bare essentials I needed for the night; my money, phone, ID, Cards and of course my eye-lash glue.

What’s your favourite type of clothing to style?

Rachel x

18 Prom Dresses | Under £100

Untitled design (5)Untitled design (4)White Organza Dress £95.99 | Purple Mermaid Dress £95.99 | Pink Ball Gown £94.89 | White Scoop Neck Dress £95.99 | Red V-Neck Dress £99.99 | Multi-Coloured Dress £95.99 | Red Mermaid Dress £95.99 | Sparkly Mermaid Dress £97.99 | Princess Co-Ord £96.99 | Nude V-Neck Dress £69.99 | Navy Satin Gown £96.99 | Red Scoop Neck Dress £95.99 | Monochrome Dress £95.99 | Blue Mermaid Co-Ord £79.99 | Sparkly Nude V-Neck Dress £75.99 | Black Short Dress £99.99 | White Jewelled Dress £75.99 | Red High Neck Dress £80.99

One of my most exciting events of this year is fast approaching and that’s my year 13 leavers ball. I can’t wait to see everyone dressed up, looking beautiful and also celebrating our last moments together as a school year. So, I’m working with the gorgeous dress company Millybridal UK , to share 18 beautiful and yet super affordable special occasion dresses. Whether you looking for something long and flowing, or short and sparkled is more your thing, they’ve got a dress to pair with every special event. They really are your go to brand for those ultimate cheap prom dresses in the UK.

I always think prom dresses should be super girly, fun and most of the time short. Generally in the UK, prom’s are the first type of event you will get when you leave school and so it’s a reflection of a younger version of yourself. So, that’s why I really love this white organza piece, with a lace embroided bodice because it’s so feminine and would really create a beautiful silhouette to your figure. The lace really creates all the intricacy and depth and then the colour just pulls the whole piece together and look’s effortlessly chic and classy. Or, if your looking for a more sexy piece to wear to prom, then this gorgeous black A-Line organza dress would be perfect. It has a beautiful jewelled appliqued design which covers the top of the garment and a low cut scooped back. This not only nails that sultry vibe, but would also look beautiful on so many different figure’s.

If I was to think of the ultimate leavers ball dress, it would have to be super long, elegant and feminine. So, this figure hugging, burgundy mermaid dress would look so beautiful as it would enhance all your curves and a bit of bum and back as well. The colour is a bit unconventional for a prom, but would look so beautiful paired with a tan and rose gold accessories. I know it would be a true showstopper at any special event. However, if your looking for something light and floaty, with just a touch of sparkle, then this Nude V-Neck dress would be perfect for you. Everything about this dress is super delicate and would look so feminine. I love how the sequins add a different texture and more depth to the whole piece; it would just look so beautiful for prom.

Don’t forget to go over and have a browse of the Millybridal UK website, for more beautifully affordable pieces.

Rachel x

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