Life Update: Back To Blogging and What’s Been Happening For The Last 6 Months

The last six months has felt like one big whirlwind in every single part of my life. It feels like I’ve been put on this crazy ride of completely turning my life upside down and trying my best to follow along with it and still be sane at the end of it all. This might sound really confusing if you only follow my blog, and don’t know me personally or on my other social channels. But hopefully this post will clear the fog on it all and explain why I’ve been so quiet on here for the last six months. 

 

University

University has been so crazy from the moment it started. This is my second year and the whole course has really heated up this year, as we’re learning about everything in so much more detail and have got more complex assignments to do. Don’t get me wrong I love my course, but being there five days a week and then working all weekend, wasn’t easy to balance. 

A huge part of my course this year was applying for a placement, so I could do a year in industry before completing my final year. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do ever since I first went to the open day. So September, October and November consisted of writing cover letters, doing tests and going to an interview. I was lucky that after applying to a lot of different places, I got offered a place with the first company I applied for. I’m so excited to be joining the TJX family and completing a year in Buying and Merchandising with TKMaxx. 

This is why as it started to get into October, I began to get really quiet on here and all my social platforms, as I was so busy working, going to uni, applying for placements and doing assignments. 

Life

Life, now this is the hardest part to not only write about but also to share. I’ve always kept my blog quite private from the lower points in my life as I like to keep this a really positive and inspiring place, to come and get away from the world for a while. But I feel like now is the right time to share what’s been going on and just make it a lot clearer for all of you. 

Early this year, I lost my Mum. It has to be the hardest and most heart breaking moments of my life. As my dad died five years ago, me and my mum have always been so close, and were not only mother and daughter but also best friends too. We would do so much together and always be each other’s cheer leaders through everything. She always supported me in what ever I chose to do, and always pushed me to work hard and achieve as much as a possibly could. 

These last four months have been the hardest of my life, and I’m not going to make out that loosing anyone is easy, as it really isn’t, and I’m sure so many of you out there have experienced similar things of loosing someone that’s close to you. 

House

If you do follow me on some of my social channels, you will have been seeing loads of house updates, decorating and interior design posts. That’s because along with everything else this year, I’ve also become a home owner, and a dog mum too! It’s crazy to think that I’m really a full blown adult now, and actually have to pay bills and think about washing and putting the bin out. 

However, its not only such an amazing thing for me to have at my age, but also a great project to get my teeth stuck into and investment for the future. So along with my love for fashion and style, I’ll also be taking you on my interior design journey too and all things to do with the house. I’m actually planning to do a brand new office tour post soon, so keep your eye out for that one. 

I’m not sure how you all feel about me sharing bits about adulting, organisation, renovation etc.., but let me know whether that would be something you’d be interested in, as I’ve become a bit of an expert when it comes to all things like that recently. As I’ve had to learn fast and understand how everything works pretty quickly.

Getting Back To Blogging...

Getting back to blogging is something I’ve been wanting to do for so long. I can’t tell you the amount of times that I’ve sat down and tried to write my first post, but it just never seemed to come across right. I’m such a perfectionist that I love the post to not only read well, but also look nice so you can have a bit of variety. However, with this post i was determined to get it written and get me back on the blogging game.  

So, now I’ve finally got this blog post up and got the ball rolling again, I want to create a new schedule so I can keep creating content for you to read and enjoy. It’s crazy how just writing this post is making me feel amazing, as I’ve been blogging for long it feels like a part of me. I have really been missing it lately, so that’s why i’m back, and back for good this time. 

 

There will be a new blog post every Friday and Tuesday evening at 5PM. I’m going to trial this out and see how well the choice of time and day goes, and I might change it round accordingly. As I want the biggest of amount of you to be able to read it as you can. 

The classic categories will be still the main fous of my content, and sharing fashion and style posts over the next few months, focusing on that spring/summer content, holidays, weddings and lot’s of other exciting things that the warmer months bring. I will also be sharing more lifestyle and house posts, which will be randomly thrown in and can be found on my main home page. 

The inspiration page will still continue to look beautiful and be updated at the start of every months about what’s inspiring me. So make sure to check out April’s before it gets changed ready for the May edition. 

I hope that this post has made everything so much clearer and it’s also made me feel so much better to share it all with you. I can’t wait now to move forward with my classic fashion and style related content, but also share some more lifestyle and interior posts too. I’m really enjoying renovating the house and just making my own, so get ready for paint colours, styling tips, and how to make a space your own..

My Goals & Resolutions For 2018


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Well 2017 what a year it was, and its going to take a seriously good 2018 to top it. So, as it’s a fresh year and a brand new chapter in our lives I thought i would share some of my goals and resultions for the year ahead..


Resolutions:

  • Get Back Into Blogging – It’s something ive been doing for nearly 6 years now and recently ive really let it go. I suppose I lost my sparkle with blogging a bit and did’nt really feel inspired. However, 2018 is a chance to throw myself back into blogging and create a little space online i can be proud of.
  • Take More Time For Myself – In 2018 I want to make a real effort to take time out and just have time dedicated to myself. Whether that’s just a running a bath in the evening, delving into a new book or just sitting down to watch my favourite programme.
  • Get Out Of Old Habits – Two of my biggest habits in life are bitting my nails and being late. So, in 2018 i want to make a real effort to get to that lecture on time, not be late for work and also to have beautiful, long, natural nails.
  • Live Everyday Like Its Your Last  – I should know that life is short and you should enjoy every minute of it, having lost someone so close to me. However, i do sometimes forget it and get caught up on having a bad day or having a deadline looming over me. So, in 2018 i want to be enjoy every momengt of life and make everyday special.
  • Be Productive – I want 2018 to be the year where i do so many things and really focus on getting things done. Do that assignment, write that blog post, save that money, because i know i will thank myself later.

When it comes to my goals for 2018, i want to carry on suceeding, working hard and enjoying every part of life, as well as learn some new things a long the way. So, I have four goals i want to achieve during the next year…

1. Learn how to cook- Cooking is far from my strong point and athough i love eating amazing food, my ability to actually cook is it pretty awful. So, this year hopefully with the help of my boyfriend, who’s really good at cooking, i can learn how to mak a few simple things for myself and get more confident at cooking.

2. Get a first in my first year of uni- I’ve always been an ambitious person and always want to be the best at what i do. So, i want to carry on doing really well at uni and finish with a first in my first year.

3. Make so many memories- A want 2018 to be full of memories, that I can always remember. Whether that’s with friends, family, my boyfried or oportunities i have over the next year.

4. Get some experience- In 2018 i want to use the time i have off from uni to really get some experience in fashion buying and merchandising and build my CV. So i can go into my second year with at leat 2/3 amazing experiences and valuable insights into the industry to learn from.

What are your resoultions for the year ahead?

Rachel x

 

10 Ways To Transition Your Wardrobe Into Autumn


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1. Add different layers, from a shirt under a jumper or a denim jacket over a dress. The key to dressing ready for the unpredictable autumn months, is having those multiple layers that look super stylish and are also pretty practical as well.

2.Change up your colour palette. Say goodbye to the brights and the pastels, and say hello to the deep purple’s, navy, orange’s and camel’s. Although that blush pink is still in for autumn/winter 2017.

3.Add in another texture, whether that’s through a fur Gillet, a woven scarf or a chunky knitted jumper.

4.Pop on an autumnal nail varnish, I’m absolutely loving burgundy at the minute, or play around with an autumnal eye makeup look.

5.Add a boot to your look. It’s the most classic way to transition your wardrobe into autumn and is one of the best as they go with everything. Shorts and dresses for those warmer autumn days and jeans or tights for the colder days.

6.Go a few shades darker with your jeans. Think dark navy and black, a quick and easy way to transition from summer and into autumn.

7.Change up your accessories, such as saying goodbye to that bright across body bag and hello to that dark bowler bag for this autumn/winter.

8.Why not try a jumper and skirt combo, as the jumper is perfect for those colder autumn days but that skirt still leaves a bit of leg on show and channelling the summer vibes still.

9.It’s all about adding a coat, whether that’s your go to green parka, that boyfriend style coat or just a classic leather jacket.

10.Say hello to hair simplicity. Say goodbye to hair glitter and plaits, and say hello to those natural soft waves under a cute bobble hat.

Are you looking forward to autumn dressing?

Rachel x

My Updated Pandora Jewellery Collection & How I Style My Pieces


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Jewellery is something I’ve really grown to love over the last few years, as my style hs developed and I’ve been able to find more timeless jewellery pieces to pair with my more classic style; and Pandora has been one of my favourite place to get these from. It’s far from the cheapest place to find jewellery, however they offer a good level of quality, and style for the amount of money you’re paying for your pieces. They also regulary bring out new season collections to keep your love for their jewellery going and create beautiful items that you can really customise and make completely personal to you.

So, as I’ve now got quite a substantial collection of their pieces, I thought I would share my collection with you, and my favourite ways to style them up with my wardrobe…

Woven Leather Bracelet | £45

This bracelet out of my whole Pandora collection, is the one I wear the least simply because nowadays I’m just really into more classic jewellery pieces, that I can pair with any outfit and it won’t clash. As this pink woven leather bracelet is a little bit more unique and wouldn’t tie in with every outfit that I wear, however it is a really good casual Pandora bracelet as it’s not super heavy, like all the others can be. It has a round, silver floral clip on which they no longer make, but I love how it ties in with the silver clasp and having the single bead just keeps it looking nice and simple.

How I Style? –  So, my favourite way to style this bracelet up is just with a really casual, everyday look. Maybe a pair of jeans, a graphic or slogan tee, and a pair of converse. Then the bracelet just ties in really well and adds a little bit of casual glamour to your outfit.

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These were the first two rings I ever had from Pandora, and were actually both bought for me as presents. Before I had these, I never really used to like wearing rings because I had always had cheap one’s that felt uncomfortable to wear or were more statement pieces. However, once I added these two to my collection my love for rings began and I’ve loved them ever since.

How I Style? – I love to style these two rings separately, as the thicker floral band ring can’t be stacked and looks much better on it’s own as a single piece. So, I always tend to wear them together and put the thicker banded one on my right middle finger and then the thinner floral enamel one on my left middle finger. Then, I will usually pair my silver heart bangle with them, as its not too over the top and just ties all the silver pieces together nicely.

Sterling Silver Bangle | £55

This bangle has to be my favourite out of all the bracelet’s in my collection, and that’s because it’s so simple and classic, and is also really wearable with so many outfits. I usually hate wearing bangle’s because they always seem to dig in around the bony parts of your wrists and move around a lot; however this one is just a little bit bigger than my wrist and because it has the clasp it makes it so easy to put on and take off. I also love the Pavé Open My Heart Clip that’s on it, because it adds a bit of glamour and sparkle to the piece, but it still looks chic and super feminine.

How I Style? – I would style this up with a more dressy outfit, such as when I go on a night out or for drinks with the girls, or when I go to work and want to add a bit of classic sparkle to my outfit. I think it also looks beautiful paired with my two floral silver rings, and a pair of silver crystal earrings to finish the look off.

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My three rose gold rings are my favourite items out of my whole collection, because I absolutely love rose gold and think it looks so pretty and feminine; and these rings are no exception.

Again all these rings have been presents and have little stories behind them that make them even more special, such as the thin band daisy ring was bought with money I got from my family for my AS Results. So, I know that whenever I wear it, it reminds me of my achievements and those results. Similarly, the classic band ring, which is the newest addition to my collection and something I can’t stop wearing was bought my mum as a present for my A-Level results, so it will always remind me of the day I got them and how happy I was. As the daisy band ring was an 18th birthday present from my Aunty and Uncle, and something I will always treasure and remember from a special birthday.

How I Style? – My favourite ways to style these rings is to stack the classic band ring with the daisy thin band flower ring on the top, and then also wear the thick daisy band ring on my right middle finger. I don’t always wear all of them, but I usually alternate and wear two at a time, one on either hand. Then I usually pair it with a dainty gold initial bracelet I have as well, to finish the look off.

Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet | £55

This is the first ever Pandora jewellery piece I had and will still always be the most classic from the brand, as it’s where they started. Their charm bracelets are still so iconic and I love how you can personalise them and make each individual one to suit you, tell a story and have memories behind each bead. All of mine have been presents, that have bought for me for various different occasions, so they all have a lot of meaning for me. For example, the bracelet, two heart clips, the bow and the two thin crystal beads were all a present from my mum for my 16th birthday, and then I had various beads for my 18th birthday and other special events in between. The only thing I don’t like about these bracelets is that they can get really heavy with all the beads on and then be hard to wear all day.

How I Style? – Generally as this bracelet is so heavy, I usually only wear it for special occasions, such as going out for drinks or on a night out. I never wear this everyday as it’s too bulky and I also don’t want to risk loosing any of the beads, which I actually have done before.

What are some of your favourite pieces from Pandora?

Rachel x

5 Things I’ve Learnt From My 1st Festival


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Going to a festival is something I’ve always wanted to do, to not only see so many of my favourite artists perform but also secretly to be able to those instagram worthy chic festival outfit shots. But, as I’m a girl who loves her home comforts of electricity and heating I honestly didn’t think the festival life was going to be for me; even to the point I suggested we stay in a hotel when we went to V Fest instead of Camping. However, this weekend V Fest took my festival virginity, and so I thought I would share five things I learnt from my first festival….

1.I Can Survive Camping
After a bad camping experience when I was in the Guides, where I got freezing cold and hated every minute of it, I honestly thought I would not be able to survive another camping trip. I just didn’t think I was cut out for sleeping under canvas all night and not being able to get into my warm bed and snuggle up in my duvet every night.

However, this weekend at V Festival has taught me that I actually can survive camping. I’m far from saying I would go camping for a holiday or that I absolutely loved it, but it really made the whole festival experience to be able to be in that campsite environment. I even managed to get some sleep, not be too cold during the night and look half decent in the morning, which was a massive bonus to the weekend.

2.VIP is worth it

This year we decided to try going VIP and see what it was like and if it was really worth the money. With no queue’s, an exclusive undercover bar area, amazing food stalls,  benches to sit on and ultimately proper clean toilets, which were not portaloo’s, the VIP area made my experience a lot better. It allowed us to get away from all the crowds, stay dry and have time just to chill between acts.

However, I will say that it’s only worth it if you have gaps in your day where you’re not seeing anyone perform, otherwise you would never have any time to go to the VIP area and the extra money you spent on the ticket would be wasted.

3.Never take your clean toilet for granted

This is a bit of a random one, but I honestly never thought I could miss a clean, nice smelling, porcelain toilet so much in my life. After 4 days of using portaloo’s for nearly every toilet trip, that had no toilet paper, just a bit of cheap hand gel to wash your hands and not even a proper lock; meaning I had to hold the door shut whilst I did my business, having a normal toilet was so amazing.

4.Embrace the festival look

I’m one of those people who always likes to look well put together and glamourous, however at a festival where you’re camping, it’s just not possible. Unless you’re going for a real glamping experience, where you stay in a yurt with a proper bed, heating and hot showers; otherwise you just can’t achieve the look you do at home. You can’t wash properly, you don’t have the proper light to do your makeup and your hair is completely natural and has probably be caught in the rain about 15 times.

So, you just have to go with the festival look and embrace the messy hair, the slight mismatch of the colour of your wellies with your outfit, and rock the glitter and the plaited hair; as that’s the best way to get through it.

5.Festivals are an amazing experience and something everyone should go to

Honestly no matter what age your are, who you are or whether you love camping or not, you should go to a festival. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and even though I had a bit of a hate for camping, I survived it and had the most amazing time. If I can do it, trust me anyone can.

They have the most amazing vibe, everyone is so relaxed and super friendly, me and my best friend made a friend every time we went to the toilet, and you make so many amazing memories. Get al your favourite people around you, get a good tent, plenty of food and drink and just be properly prepared, and you’ll have a great time.

Have you visited any festivals this summer?

Rachel x