The Workwear Edit | Part 1

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Tassled shoes|New Look, grey fur gillet| New Look, silver bangle|Pandora, Rings| Independent shops, Grey trousers| River Island, Opal Necklace| Independent retailer, Skirt| Topshop

 

When it comes to work, especially because I work in fashion retail, I always want to look my best. Whether that’s making sure I have a really nice outfit on that looks chic, stylish and also well put together, making more of an effort with my makeup and finishing my look off with lipstick, or ensuring my hair looks lovely and doesn’t get in the way, during my shift. I think it’s so important to look super presentable when you’re working in fashion, as you’re not only selling the physical clothes, but an experience and the ability to ask for advice if you need it.

 

As I’m interested in fashion, clothes and style is super important to me. It’s what I truly enjoy and one of the things that really defines me. So when I go shopping and pick out clothes to buy, I always try to pick things that are a bit different and not what every other person would buy. I like to be a bit individual with the pieces in my wardrobe and not walk down the street and see five other people wearing the same thing as me. These pieces are usually the ones I steer towards when I’m choosing an outfit for work, as I feel like I just have a slightly different feel and touch to my look.

 

Some of my favourite, slightly unique pieces have come from New Look, River Island and Topshop, however I also really love Zara too. Their very European and chic style really comes through in the clothes they sell. One of my most worn pieces has to be these grey leather look trousers. I’ve loved grey jeans for quite a while now, as I love how they add a bit of a different and more put together feel for denim; and so when I saw these leather look trousers I knew I had to get them. They may not be the most quiet trousers, as they do squeak when I walk, but they look amazing on; especially with a silver necklace and accessories.  I also really love this patterned tapestry style skirt from Topshop. It looks so pretty and femine, but also can add a pop of colour to a plain outfit and is just a really unique piece in my wardrobe. In addition, my opal ring is also a piece a adore, because of it being my birthstone and it’s set in silver.

 

What do you wear for work? Have I given you any inspiration?

 

Rachel x

5 LFW AW16 Street Style Trends

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When it comes to British fashion there’s no better event to emerge yourself in everything to do with clothes and fashion, than London Fashion Week. It’s the ultimate event where the well known fashionista’s, all across the world, come together to see what the next season of clothes has to offer. There’s generally two main season’s a year, in which a fashion week happens, in the capitals of the most influential countries such as Paris, Milan and New York. However, the current fashion week is going on in our capital city of London and is looking towards autumn/winter 2016. There’s lot’s of models, catwalks, front rows and bags of amazing street style to feast our eyes on. So, here’s 5 trends that have rocked the street style of LFW AW16…

Faux Fur

This has been such a massive trend over AW15 and 16 that it’s not surprising that it was a favourite, with the fashion forward people at London Fashion Week. It’s the perfect way to add texture, colour and also a really stylish warmth to any outfit. When it comes to making a statement, many women went for highly patterned and in your face fur, that means you never blend into the background and always get pictured.

Bomber Jackets

If you’ve read my post about bombers, you can go and read it HERE, then you will know that I’m really loving them at the moment. They’re just so versatile and can really be styled with any form or style of outfit. They look great dressed down with trainers and jeans for that sport luxe trend, but also really amazing dressed up with a skirt or a dress. They really are a massive investment piece and something that was super popular at LFW.

Stripes

You can never get enough of a good old stripe. They literally go with anything and everything; look super chic and elegant, and really channel that effortless Parisian style that we all dream of. So when stripes hit LFW street style, it wasn’t at all surprising. They’re forever in style and there’s so many varieties that you always find one to suit your taste and shape; never getting bored of the endless combinations that are available.

Metallic’s

Want to create a unique, standout outfit that puts all the light towards you? If so then metallic’s are definitely the trend you need to channel. They’re usually associated with sweet and chocolate wrappers, or during the festive period, however they’re now a firm favourite at LFW. The best way to rock this trend is to go all out and find a chic, but statement metallic piece, to wear. A jumpsuit, cape or dress would look amazing.

Suede

When it comes to suede and the whole 70’s revival trend, I didn’t know whether it would really last and become a big part of many people’s wardrobe’s. However, I’ve been well and truly proven wrong as suede has been a massive trend, on the street of London, over the last few days. It’s been chosen in seasonal colours, such as purple, mustard and camel, and paired with denim, to create a statement yet put together look.

What’s your favourite street style trend from LFW?

Rachel x

The Bomber Jackets

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When it comes to some of my favourite items in my wardrobe, the bomber jacket has to be a strong contender. They’re perfectly chic and sophisticated, in bright prints, patterns and florals, but also effortlessly casual and are really comfortable. The bomber jacket really is the ultimate piece for versatility.

 

You may think that there is only one type of bomber jacket and that it can only be worn in a casual, everyday way. However there is many different types of bomber jacket, to suit everyone, every taste and also every type of weather. In my wardrobe, I own three bomber jackets (see the pictures above) and they’re all really different. If you take the one on the left;  a navy, highly embroidered bomber Jacket by Cath Kidston. This is the most casual out of all of the bomber jackets and looks amazing really paired down with jeans and a white tee-shirt. The detail of the floral embroidery, all over the jacket, adds more intricate detail to an outfit and makes the bomber jacket a lot more feminine and girly.

 

Then there’s the second jacket; a cotton, black and brightly floral bomber by a brand called Pimkie. This is actually a lovely French clothing brand, which is kind of like H&M and New Look have made a baby. They have some gorgeous pieces and every time I go to France I can’t resist going in and having a look in one of their shops.  I love the vibe of their clothes and it’s really unlikely that I will see anyone walking down the high-street , in England, wearing any of their pieces. The way I like to wear this bomber with black jeans, a white, sheer shirt and a pair of pointy flats for work. This really allows the pattern of the bomber to pop, and it looks super chic and put together, and also adds a sense of effortless cool to the proceedings.

 

The third and final  jacket comes in the form of this wool, black and pastel floral bomber from Ted Baker. My mum actually discovered this little gem hidden in one of the rails in TKMaxx and knew that I would absolutely love it. It’s the perfect take on a winter bomber and is not only really on trend and sophisticated, but also keeps you really warm too. I love to pair it in the traditional way with jeans and a textured white top, or I really want to try out how it would look with a little LBD on a night out.

What I love about bombers is just how versatile they can be and how they can work in so many different ways, with so many different outfits. They look so effortlessly chic, cool and put together, but can also look really casual and perfect for that everyday look. The variety in the patterns, texture’s and colours that you can find a bomber in means that you can never get bored, and will always find one to suit you and your style.

 

I love you all

Rachel x

The L’Oréal Infallible Collection

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If your a regular reader of rachelspick, then you will know that it’s not often that I post about Makeup, due to the fact that I don’t at all consider myself an expert at it or actually know about it in a great amount of detail. However, I do like makeup and I’m always on a constant mission to improve my everyday makeup and finding my must-use and can’t live without, products. So, when I first discovered the L’Oréal infallible range and had collected a few more pieces from the collection, I knew I just had to share my discovery with you all.

 

My first experience with the L’Oréal Infallible range came from their 24-hour matte foundation. As I have quite oliy skin and suffer from my makeup just disappearing and melting off my face, I need a foundation that has a good amount of longevity and that will just really do the job. I hate it when your makeup looks perfect in the morning when you leave home, and by mid day you look in a mirror and can’t believe how bad your foundation looks. I’m one of those girls who likes to do their makeup at the start of the day and I want it to last all day, whatever I may tackle along the way. So when I saw this foundation advertised I knew I had try it, and I wasn’t disappointed. The colour is lightly too pink toned for me, however it gives an amazing coverage, perfect for the winter when you want a bit more depth to you makeup, and even better for events when you’re having your picture taken. It has an amazing amount of longevity and doesn’t contain any SPF; meaning there’s no horrible, oily flashback in photos.

 

After how well the infallible foundation went down with my skin, I thought I would try another product from their range in the form of their mattifying base. This is a clear, smooth primer in which you can apply on your skin after moisturising and before applying your makeup. It creates the perfect base for makeup, minimises the appearance and the depth of your pores, and makes you makeup last like no other primer from the high-street. When I ran out of this primer for a while and went back to using my old Rimmel one, I couldn’t believe the difference in the longevity of my makeup and just how badly it applied and stayed on the skin. I think this has to be one of my must-have and can’t live without products, because it truly is perfect for my skin.

 

Since these two discoveries from the L’Oréal range, and being able to see just how amazingly they worked with my skin and enabled me to create a really good base for the rest of my makeup, I decided to pick up a couple more of their newest products from the range; the makeup fixing mist and the 24-hour matte powder. After only trying them out for the last week or so I have to say that I love the powder. It works in perfect harmony with the foundation and enables you to create a flawless base, that keeps oil at bay, and that lasts a really long time. I know I can trust this combination when I’ve got a big day ahead and I need my makeup to stand up to the test. However, I’m finding the fixing mist a little bit more temperamental, as if you spray to near to your face and do not shake the bottle enough, then you end up with lots of small white dots on your face, that you then have to take time to wipe off. But, when you manage to use it correctly, It keeps your makeup on quite well and enables that little bit of extra coverage; although this rarely happens.

 

Overall, I love the majority of the products in the L’Oréal Infallible range. They’re long lasting, durable, comfortable to wear on the skin, are good quality and are a reasonable price. They have to be one of the best foundations and face products I’ve ever tried on the high-street, and are quickly becoming my ‘can’t live without’ makeup products. However, I don’t know if I would recommend the fixing mist as a product I would want to repurchase again. If you’re looking to try the range, then I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, just note that they are full coverage and they’re most suitable for oily and combination skin. The best way to pick up a few products to try is through the 3 for 2 Boots offer, that way you can pick up 3 things you like and only have to pay for 2 of them at the till.

 

Have you tried the L’Oréal Infallible range yet, and what do you think about it?

 

I love you all

Rachel x

My Chic Mission

My Chic Mission

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As you all know, style is so important to me and such a massive part of who I am. That’s why I decided to write a whole blog dedicated to it. What I like most about style is that it’s really personal and can’t just be described and fitted into one set box. It’s such a broad word and includes a real mix of styles, trends, personalities, body shapes, decades and budgets. It’s really just the metaphorical umbrella which brings all these elements together.

 

When it comes to my own personal style, I like to look for items that are a bit unique and that add a slight twist on the traditional high-street purchase. I’m not one of those girls to look at what all my friends are wearing or people of my age, and then go and buy what’s ‘cool’ to wear. I try to have my own little, chic, style going on, that’s slightly more mature and that looks effortlessly stylish.

 

However, I’m still working on these elements and making my personal style 100% chic and where I want it to be. I think that style is all about self discovery and a real journey, as you’re constantly evolving and your taste’s are always changing. So I’ve decided, that as a style goal for 2016, I aim to make my wardrobe and style a whole lot chicer. As this blog is all Fashion and style, I thought I would bring you along with me on my journey of chic style and share ‘My Chic Mission for 2016’. If I put together a chic outfit or buy a perfectly chic item to add to my wardrobe, I’m going to instagram it and share it with you all; updating you throughout the year on how I’m getting on. It’s a mission I’m super excited for, and I can’t wait to see how my style will evolve!

 

Do have any personal style goals for 2016?

 

I love you all

Rachel x