7 Ways to Transition Your Look Into Spring

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Over the last few days spring has slowly started to appear. The weather is getting slightly warmer, it’s not quite at the summer dress stage yet but we’ll have to be patient, march is only a matter of days away and everyone is starting to think about their summer plans. However, one of my favourite things about the winter to spring transition is clothing. You’re finally able to put away those thick winter knits, for something a bit lighter and so much brighter; ready for the warmer months. So, I’m sharing 7 ways that you can transition your winter look into spring.

  1. Play with pattern and colour- Winter is all about those deep colours and textures, however as you move into spring you can experiment a lot more with brighter colours and patterns. I’m in love with this insect pattern sheer shirt, for spring, just because of the mixtures of the bright colours and its not a traditional floral or stripe print.
  2. Lot’s of light layers- Winter is all about one of two really thick layers, but for spring it’s a lot more about a few light layers. Whether it’s a shirt, jumper and then a mac, or a tee shirt and a cami over the top; the key is to look stylish whilst still keeping super warm.
  3. Add a hat- I really love a good hat, and spring is the perfect time to wear them. It’s not too cold and windy, so that it instantly blows off your head, but you can still add something season appropriate to your outfit. Whether it’s a fedora, bobble hat or a baseball cap; spring is the season to add it to your look.
  4. Nude tights are your best friend- Black tights are way too harsh for spring, however it’s still really cold and you need something to keep you warm on those chilly spring mornings. So, a good pair of matte nude tights will be your best friend, because it looks just like your own legs, but super airbrushed and they will go with any seasonal outfit.
  5. Pop a polo neck under your dress- When it’s coming into spring, I’m dreaming of the days when I can just pop a dress on and head out the door. However, it’s not quite warm enough for that yet, but you can still make your summer dresses work in the spring by popping a co-ordinating polo neck underneath. This could be a cream one under a floral shift dress or even a black one under a maxi dress, it’s completely up to you.
  6. Light jackets- A light jacket is one of the best ways off keeping warm during this transition into spring. You can start to stay goodbye to those thick winter coats in favour for something much lighter. My favourite’s have to be a really good mac, they’re super chic and make any outfit look effortlessly stylish, or a leather jacket, as they go with every outfit and you will find yourself wearing it endlessly.
  7. Boots are still a key element of your look- Just because spring is coming doesn’t mean that all the boots in your wardrobe have become redundant, as you can still incorporate them into your spring look. My favourite way to do this is to pair them with dresses or invest in a lighter coloured pair that you can wear all your round.

What do you love about dressing for spring?

Rachel x

6 Special Occasion Buys

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There’s nothing quite like a special occasion, where you can get really dressed up and enjoy celebrating a big event with all your friends and family. I love being able to pick the perfect beautiful dress to wear, create a glamourous hair and makeup look and to have a special item in my wardrobe, which will always hold so many amazing memories. Whether it’s a wedding, I have one of my best friend’s next month and I honestly can’t hold in my excitement, or a prom/leaving party; finding the perfect piece to wear is always a priority and one of the key parts of the day. So, in collaboration with the gorgeous dress company aislestyle.co.uk, I’m sharing 6 of my favourite special occasion buys with you all. You may be looking for bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses or even communion dresses, but I’m sure you will find a beautiful piece to wear for any special occasion you have coming up this year.

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Blush Tuelle Short Dress | Navy Floor Length Dress | Scalloped V-Neck Dress | Red Beaded Long Dress | Coral Chiffon Cocktail Dress | Red Sequin Lace Dress

If you’re looking for a beautiful dress to wear to your prom or leaving ball, then this gorgeous, red beaded filigree dress would be my perfect choice. I just love the mixture of the long sleeves and how it’s floor length, which adds a sense of elegance to the dress, but mixed with the really sexy deep red colour, and sequined filigree, the whole piece is super glamourous and feminine. It also has an open section at the back, which contrasts with the design of the rest of the garment, and makes it really young and playful. The sequined filigree design transforms the dress into a statement piece and I just love how amazing it would look paired with some killer nude accessories and a gorgeous messy chignon.

However, if your looking for a piece that’s more wedding guest appropriate, then this white, scalloped V-Neck dress would be a lovely choice. I’m obsessed with anything scalloped and when I saw how it had been incorporated into this deep v neck design, I instantly fell in love. It’s a really playful, feminine and also super flattering A-Line style and would be both day and evening appropriate. I also love how the beading on the chest adds intricacy and depth to the piece; making it super special and extremely wedding appropriate.

So, no matter what the occasion and whether you’re in need of a wedding dress, dresses for weddings to wear as a guest, bridesmaid dresses for 2017 or even an American style Homecoming dress; you can find lots of beautiful options, all under one roof, over on aislestyle.co.uk.

Rachel x

My Favourite Moments of 2016

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Well 2016, what a year it was. It really was an absolutely crazy year full of so many new adventures, amazing moments and memories that I will always treasure. I lived the last years of my childhood and started my life as an adult, I had some amazing AS results that I was really proud of and also kicked off my dream to travel the world, by visiting the one and only New York city. It has to be one of the fastest year’s yet, it really has just flown by, but it really was amazing and I’ll treasure so many moments of it.

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This Blog- Blogging is always a highlight to every year of my life that goes by. I’m so proud to say that I’ve run this little place on the internet for another year and have been able to continue to share my love for fashion and affordable style, through this little place on the internet. However, this year has to be extra special, as I finally took the plunge to get my own domain name and invest in a blog design that I’ve always dreamt of. I wrote a post all about it, which you can go and have a read of HERE.

Having my own domain name has opened so many doors, when it comes to how my blog looks visually, but also creatively and through the content I produce and the brands that I work with. It’s pushed me to create content I love, look beyond the stereotypical blogging box and try to run this blog by my own rules. All I can say is that I’ve really fallen back in love with blogging as 2016 drew to a close, and I can’t wait to see what it brings in 2017.

AS Results- 2016 marked the second year that I had to go through the awful experience of results day. It’s not because I’ve had bad experiences at them or got bad grades, but I just hate all the anticipation behind it and the seeing so many unhappy faces, as you look around the room. However, all my anticipation wasn’t necessary as all my hard work and revision paid off, and I got results I’m still really proud of; 2 A’s and 2 C’s. I never thought I would get an A in anything at A-Level, and to get in design, which is the career I want to go into, made it even better. It really gave me the push to work super hard to finish my A-Levels and apply to uni.

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Travel- I’ve always wanted to travel around the world. I really want to see everything it has to offer; experience different cities, cultures and ultimately be able to have memories that I can treasure for a lifetime. So, 2016 was the year that my adventure’s began and I finally got to travel outside of the EU, all the way to New York City. The trip was to celebrate my 18th birthday and it has to be one of the most amazing holiday’s I’ve ever been on. It’s such a bustling city, constantly full of noise, and there’s something to do every where you turn. It really is like no other place I’ve ever been to and you can read all about my trip HERE.

Turning 18- October 2016 marked the final year of my childhood and my transition into adulthood. I can’t believe that I’m now officially an adult, and I’m able to buy alcohol, go out partying and just finally not be considered as a child. It’s weird knowing that I’m now responsible for myself, and I can’t get my mum to ring up and book my appointments, even though I still do, but it’s so good to have more freedom and to not have any restrictions. Now all I need to do is pass my driving test, and I’ll finally be able to drive myself around in 2017, and there will be no more need for my mum’s personal taxi service.

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2016 has been a great year for meeting new people and also making all my friendships even stronger. I’ve spent time with both of my two friendship groups, from my old high school and the one from my new college, and have so many amazing memories with both of them. We’ve been to parties, had sleep over’s, girl’s nights and had so many laughs. I’ve also met another really amazing friend at work, that I know will always be in my life and I’m sure one day we will both be old and grey together. I’ve loved getting to know her little girl and I can’t wait to see her grow and develop in life.

I honestly don’t know what I do without them all by my side and I know I have found friends for life, who put up with all my drama’s, ranting and endless obsession with clothes and makeup palette’s. So, thank you Sasha, Holly, Lauren, Beth and Eleanor, for being the most amazing best friends.

I hope you’ve all had an amazing new year and here’s to an amazing 2017.

Rachel x

17 Sparkly NYE Buys | Under £50

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Nude Heels | River Island, Sparkly Dress | Zara, Velvet Choker | Dorothy Perkins, Crop Top | Zara, Tee-Shirt | Zara, Sequin Bag | ASOS, Sparkly Dress | Zara, Knee High Boots | Boohoo, Pointy Boots | New Look, Denim Jacket | Boohoo, Embellished Dress | Pretty Little Thing, Bodycon Dress | Topshop, Sparkly Ball Necklace | Topshop, Sparkly Tee-Shirt Dress | Topshop, Pink Playsuit | Topshop, Body Suit | Topshop, Across Body Bag | Zara

Dressing for the festive season is all about raiding your wardrobe for anything sparkly and maybe even buying a few new sequin pieces or two; and New Years Eve is no exception. It’s all about celebrating the last night of 2016 in style, and there’s no way you’re going to be rocking a simple little black number. It’s the one night of the year you can really let your style go and choose a piece that you will sparkle in all night; and know that even if 2016 hasn’t been the best year for you, at least you looked amazing in the last few hours of it. So, as this New Years Eve is just around the corner, I thought I would share 17 Sparkly Buys, all under £50…

When it comes to some of the biggest style trends for 2016, knee high boots and body suits have to be mentioned. These sparkly black, knitted Knee High boots, from Boohoo, have to be the perfect piece of footwear to rock for new years eve. They look super chic, elongate your legs and also look amazing paired with a shift or tee-shirt style dress. This pair also have a really lovely point on the end of each boot, which is bang on trend for A/W 16 & 17 and also adds a sharp contrast to a feminine look. On the other hand, this sparkly body suit, from Topshop, would be a great piece to wear if you love a good sequin or two, and want to create a more statement outfit to wear this new years eve. The high neck adds a sense of class, however the plunging slit on the chest keeps it super feminine and sexy. It would look great paired with a more tailored pencil skirt or even jeans, if you’re looking for a more casual look.

A really good dress is a piece I can never fail to love in my wardrobe, and I think new years is no exception. They create an effortlessly chic vibe to your whole outfit and are so easy to throw on and create instant glamour. This one from Pretty Little Thing would be the perfect piece, as it’s not only in a really on trend nude colour, but with pop’s of embellishment it keeps the piece fun and super party appropriate. I’m also really in the love with the long sleeves and the deep slit on the cleavage. However, is bodycon is not your thing and you prefer a piece that’s much more loose and comfortable to wear, then this sparkly blue, ombre shift dress from Zara, would be the perfect choice. The ombre sequin detail makes it a real statement piece and super easy to throw on and pair with some of your favourite neutral heels. The dress really does all the talking and the loose shift style makes it really comfortable to wear, all night long, and will cover a multitude of Christmas sins.

What are you planning to wear this New Years Eve?

Rachel x

Get Ready With Me | Christmas Party

IMG_2888[1]IMG_2895[1]PicMonkey CollageI’m the girl that loves a good party, especially when they’re a festive celebration and Mariah Carey is on the playlist. So, my name is always first on the list when it comes to the work Christmas party or any festive celebration, that involves getting dressed up and buying a piece of clothing to wear. And, this year was no exception, as I headed to a college Christmas party, last week, with two of my beautiful best friends. I really loved the whole getting ready process,especially my outfit, so I thought I would share it all in a Get Ready With Me…

The Outfit: As you all know, I’m a clothes addict and I love any opportunity to be able to purchase a new item to add to my wardrobe. So, when I needed to find a outfit to wear for the college Christmas party, this beautiful red velvet, Karen Millen dress, was the perfect choice. It was a new purchase to add to my collection, and although Karen Millen dresses are quite expensive, the fit is perfect for my body shape and they’re pieces that will last a lifetime. I love everything about this piece, from the way is hugs my body in all the right place’s, flatter’s the fact I have almost no boobs going on, the gorgeous deep red velvet material, which is bang on trend, and how the top gathers to look like a bow. That is why I paired it with my beloved black bow heels, from M&S. I’ve raved about these a lot, but I just want to say how comfortable they are to wear and considering the price, they’re really good quality and look amazing on the feet.

To compliment the red velvet, I paired the dress with some of my favourite rose gold jewellery pieces, such as my lovely Pandora Rose rings and my fossil bracelet. I also wore my rose gold feather bracelet, which was a present from my mum for getting good AS results. It’s a feather for good luck, but also as a memory of my dad, and it’s a piece I will always treasure.

The Hair & Makeup: When it comes to my hair, I just can’t beat a really lovely curled look, which is voluminous and super girly. So, I did my go to hair style, of curling my hair with my lovely GHD’s and then added a bit of volume in the roots by backcombing and adding some dry shampoo. However, when I comes to my makeup I love to go all out and create a really lovely eye makeup look. My absolute life saver is the gorgeous Morphe palette 35T taupe palette, that was an amazing 18th birthday present. It has every shadow colour that I love to wear and more, and is ideal for creating the perfect eye look. In the end I went for a brown/gold smokey eye, topped off with this bronzy gold glitter pigment from Tanya Burr cosmetics and added some fluttery lashes.

To finish my makeup look off, I went for dewy skin with lot’s of bronzer, which has to be my second favourite type of makeup after eyeshadow, and a lovely matte red lip. I used this deep red one from Boujois, which really does create a velvet matte finish, however it is quite sheer and it takes a long time to build up a good strong colour on the lips.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and go to lot’s of Christmas celebrations.

Rachel x