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

My Best Moments of2016

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

7 Things I’m Looking Forward To This Christmas Season

Untitled design (3)Christmas is has to one of my favourite events in the year, just because everyone comes together to celebrate the season and spend time with the ones we love the most. It’s the only time in the year when everyone just stops and takes the time to enjoy the festive season, and everything that comes along with it. So, I’m going to share 10 things I’m really looking forward to this Christmas time…

  1. The Food– I don’t think there’s anyone that can deny that they’re not looking forward to the food this Christmas season. I can’t wait to stuff my face in all things turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and also a good old piece of chocolate Yule log. Generally, I don’t really love heavy food, however when it comes to Christmas I can’t get enough of it and for me, it’s one of the things that really defines Christmas.
  2. Relaxing– This Christmas brings the last school Christmas holiday’s I will ever have, and so I really want to enjoy it and ultimately relax. Catch up on sleep, as I’ve had so many late nights recently, binge watch Christmas specials and films, as you can’t do Christmas without a good TV night; and finish all my shopping and wrapping of Christmas gifts.
  3. Spending time with family- I’m a real family lover. They mean the world to me and I don’t know what I would do without them all by my side. So, to be able to spend a whole day with my family, just celebrating and catching up, is something I can’t wait for. For everyone to just be able to chill out, not worry about work or college the next day and just all catch up, really can’t be beaten.
  4. Playing Games- Christmas is the one time of the year, except from holidays, that we all have time and are willing to play loads of games. As there’s quite a few of us, when we get together we love to forget about the TV and play a few good old fashioned board games. Monopoly, Scrable and Pictionary have to be some of our favourite’s. Although, Monopoly has to my ultimate favourite game to play.
  5. Snow- Now this is one that I’m really hoping will happen this Christmas time, as I can’t ever really remember having a proper white Christmas in the UK. We don’t really get a good amount of snow and when we do, it very quickly turns into sludge. So, I really wish that we can have snow this Christmas. It would be perfect if we did, and I really don’t think you can beat it, during the festive season.
  6. Present Giving– This is the second year I’ve been able to buy all my Christmas presents myself, and so I can’t wait to be able to give out all my presents this festive season. To be able to see all my loved ones open a present, I hope that they will love, is the most amazing thing and something I enjoy even more than receiving presents.
  7. Christmas Eve– Christmas eve is my favourite day of the whole festive season. I love it maybe even a little bit more than the actual day itself! The whole routine I have, of starting the Christmas celebrations at work and spread the Christmas cheer, going to the church carol service and then spending time with my godmother and her husband. It’s like a real countdown to Christmas for me, and I can’t wait for the real festivities to start.

Rachel x