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.

FullSizeRenderDazzling Daisy Ring | £55 & Daisy Band Ring | £75 & Classic Band Ring | £100

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

My Five Highlights From The Month Of July

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I know July feels like so long ago, as we’re now over half way into August and the warm summer weather is slowing slipping away from us; but I’m still living in the glory of some of the amazing things that happened in July. With 18th birthday parties, a leaving ball to plan and go to, a two week holiday to look forward to and a new job I was just starting to relax into, I think you can say July was a busy month for me. So, I thought I would share my five favourite parts of it with you all…

IMG_6337Sixth Form Leavers Ball- This had to be my ultimate highlight from July, because it was such a amazing night and a massive achievement for me and my best friends; as we were on the organisation committee. After 3 months of planning, hitting endless hurdles and quite a few strong opinions on the way, the night went down so well and everyone had such a good time. The playlists we created worked perfectly, the photo booth turned up and was used all night, the food was so yummy and the room looked gorgeous. That was personally my favourite part. The black and gold theme we went for worked so well and hanging the balloons, paper pom poms and fans from the ceiling just topped the whole look of it off completely.

I was also in love with my white lace French Connection dress, as it was the perfect choice for the ball and to be able to wear out in the club afterwards. With the accessories I just kept them neutral and then went for a brown smoky eye and lot’s of bronzer. I also adored my hair, the lady who did it for me was so lovely and it was exactly what I wanted.  It was girly, had that relaxed boho vibe and looked gorgeous with my dress.

20369744_10154813150892895_6432531080327199198_oFamily Holiday- Every other year its become a tradition that my whole dads side of the family go on a big 2 week holiday together. It’s a holiday of family fun, laughter, making memories and spending time together. For the last few years we’ve headed off to the region of Normandy in France, and it’s a place where we all love to go to really relax, visit the beautiful beaches, try out the local food and become a French person wandering round all their gorgeous towns and villages.

This holiday is always a highlight of my July, every time we go on it, because I just love being able to spend so much time with my family and all enjoy each other’s company. We’re all pretty crazy and opinionated, but we all love each other and support everyone no matter what.

2 Days in Paris- Where we’re staying in France wasn’t too far from Paris, and as I’ve always wanted to go back ever since I visited back in 2015 on a school trip; my mum treated me to two days in Paris. We headed to Rouen in the car, and then took the train to the centre of Paris.

We stayed in a beautiful, small boutique hotel called Hotel Baum, and it was the perfect girly get away. It was only  small double room, as we got it for an amazing price on Secret Escapes, however it was still so beautiful, it looked over the small conservatory of the hotel and was super modern, with plenty of velvet. We spent time having a really good shopping trip, as I had done all the tourist things before, headed down the Champs-Elysées and had dinner sitting on one of the side streets, in a beautiful French restaurant. It had definitely fed my love for Paris even more and I can’t wait to go back again, hopefully with my boyfriend this time.

untitledNights Out- June and July brought a lot of nights out for me, as it was the end of exams, we went out after the leavers ball and it was also one of my best friends boyfriend Adam’s 18th birthday.

I’m not going to lie, I love a good night out and especially when it’s with so many of my favourite people that I know I will have a great time with. We always look after each other, drink we each other, dance our arses off and just have an amazing time. I don’t always drink that much, because who needs to drink to have a good time, but I always come home with more amazing memories and had a great time. Here’s to a lot more nights out in the future!

 My New Job- Although July was a month full of fun, drinks and nights out, it was also a big month for me as I was settling into a new job. It’s only a part-time retail job, as I need some way to feed my shopping addiction and pay for my car, however it was still a really big deal for me as I was leaving my previous job and a team of people I absolutely loved. I didn’t have much choice as the store was closing, however I knew I needed a new challenge and something to get my teeth stuck into.

Throughout July I was really just starting to get my feet under the table, get used to how differently the new company I work for do things, and get used to being the new girl again and not knowing everything. Even though I’m still learning new things every day meeting new people I’ve never seen before and still making small mistakes; I’m really loving it and I know that job was meant to be, after 2 months of job hunting.

What have been your highlights of the summer so far?

Rachel x

 

 

 

My Spring Bucket List

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At the minute I really just can’t wait for it to be spring, as small glimmers of the new season are starting to appear. The warmer weather, the lighter nights and also everything is starting to look so much more beautiful as it starts to bloom ready for spring. It feels like a fresh start, as a new month rolls around; a chance to go out and have new adventures, make memories and just enjoy those spring days. So, I thought I would share some of the things I really want to do this spring, in a seasonal bucket list.

  1. Make a daisy chain– This was something I always used do as a child, and I really just want to be able to sit down and recreate those childhood memories again. Daisy’s are a real sign of spring and summer, so I have to make at least one daisy chain this year.
  2. Go on a road trip to somewhere new– This spring I really just want to jump on my car, when I’ve passed my test, and just drive and visit somewhere new. Have a day out just exploring a completely new place, make lot’s of amazing road trip memories and have a laugh with my friends.
  3. allef-vinicius-135031Have a picnic– This might be a bit too early to do in Spring, as the weather in the UK is so unpredictable, but I really want to have a good old fashioned picnic. Go to a local park, lay down a picnic blanket and just have fun away from technology.
  4. Go on an evening walk– The lighter nights are one of the things I really love about spring, and so going on an evening walk is the perfect way to enjoy this. Take the dog for a walk, put my phone away and just enjoy spending time with my mum.
  5. Have a Garden Party– This spring I really want to be able to have all my friends round and have a garden party. I love being able to stick some music on, have lots of food and alcohol and just have a great night.
  6. Eat a hot cross bun- I know this seems ridiculous, but when I was a child I always used to have hot cross buns in the spring and near easter, and so this year I really want to do the same again.
  7. Go fruit picking– This might seem a bit random, but this spring I really want to go fruit picking. Whether that’s strawberries, blackberry’s or gooseberries, I’ve just always wanted to go and it looks like it would be super fun to do.
  8. Pass my driving test– This isn’t really the type of thing you put on a bucket list, but this spring I’m determined to pass my driving test and be able to drive myself around. I’ve already had one go at it and I really hope that it’s second time lucky.
  9. Book a new adventure– Whether that’s going to a festival or going holiday, I want to book a new adventure this spring, ready for the summer months. I’m having a super long summer this year, as I finish my a-levels and go to uni, so I want to really make the most of it.

    Rachel x