What’s In My Bag | Kate Spade Red Across-Body Bag

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Handbags and being nosy are two of my favourite things in life. So, I thought that putting these two things together and showing you all what’s in my beautiful new Kate Spade bag, would be a great post to kick me back into blogging…

So let’s start things off with the bag, my absolute favourite part of this whole post. It’s the latest addition to my handbag collection, accomplice to all my outfits and the new love of my life. This is because of just how beautiful, yet amazingly spacious and practical it is. The size makes it so easy to just throw a few essentials into and head off for the day, so you’re not ever taking more than you need and everything is really easy to find. The greatest challenge is when my car keys are in my bag and I have to fight with my gorgeous grey pom pom to find my lipstick in the morning, which is something I can definitely cope with compared to my bigger, heavier and easier to scratch designer bags.

Practically, the grained leather that this bag is made from, makes it so good for everyday use, as it makes it a lot less likely to scratch and more durable when being opened and brushed up against. It won’t transfer colour from a piece of clothing and it also has two really good pockets to put small or valuable items in. The adjustable strap is great for providing you with the option to have the bag on your shoulder or across your body, making it great for days out and other day to day jobs. However, what I love the most is the pillar box red colour, because it’s so iconic and is also such a statement piece. It really adds something else to every outfit and creates a classic yet summer vibe to my wardrobe.

  When it comes to whats actually in my bag, I’ve definitely had to cut down to the bare essentials; only the things I really need in my bag and not things to solve any bad situation I might ever be in. So, I always carry my phone, which is the Samsung J5 and is literally always attached to me at the hip. I’m always keeping up my friends, family and my boyfriend on a daily basis, so it’s one of the most important things I carry in my bag. Then next it comes to my car and house keys, which are also pretty key to me being able to get around and also get into the house. I love to have a pom pom of some description on my keys so I always know where they are and so they look pretty. I love this one from Helen Moore purely because of how soft it is and the beautiful colour!

Carrying a small bag means there’s no room for a massive purse, like my purple Lulu Guiness one, so this great little pink zip pocket purse, from H&M, is a perfect substitute. I always carry all my cards, such as my debit cards, my student card, ID and any other points cards I might have, and usually a bit of loose change. However, notes are a rarity as I hardly ever have money physically, I use my cards for everything.

So, then really all that’s left is a few more key items that help me through day to day life, such as a good pack of tissues, especially as it’s hay fever season at the moment and my eyes love to water randomly, and also some body spray; to make sure I always smell fresh throughout the day. Also, I nearly always carry my headphones so I can always listen to music or watch a Youtube video and of course the essential girl items, when mother nature is calling. I like put these away in the back pocket so they’re easy to get to and also can’t just randomly fall out of your bag at any time.

Rachel x

3 New Festival Buys

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Festivals are such popular summer events to go and are packed full of wild, wacky and colourful outfits. There’s never a dull moment when you’re rocking the double denim look, mixing florals and stripes or owning that huge floral crown. However, you do also have to think practically when going to a festival, as in reality they are amazing fun but can be super rainy, windy and cold. So, as I’m going to V Festival this year with a group of my friends, I thought I would share some of the practical, yet stylish, buys I’ve picked up so far.

Green Raincoat | Topshop | £25

Not only is this the most practical piece from this mini haul, it’s probably the most sensible clothing item I’ve bought for a long time, usually I’m all about style over practicality. But, I knew this would be a piece I would really need for the festival as it would keep me warm on colder nights, would look good paired with any festival outfit and was also a bargain in the sale at £25. I love how the striped lining adds a bit of fun to the piece and even though it is quite practical, I know it will still look cute and stylish during the weekend.

The Roma Rucksack| MAHI Leather | £94.50

This little beauty was a gorgeous gift from my lovelies over at MAHI leather and will be perfect to house all my festival essentials for the day. I love how it has two zipped pockets at the front, which you can access really easily and how it also has a really spacious main section to the bag as well. It will be great for in the evenings when I want to  take out a jacket and also my phone, money and maybe a few drinks or something to eat. They’ve also made it even better by personalising it with my first three initials, RLK; which I just love and makes it so special. All their gorgeous bags are 100% leather and that means that it will wear really well, last a long time and be okay in the unpredictable weather at the festival.

White Embroided Shirt | Zaful | $26.49

This is my favourite piece from this mini haul, because not only do I love a good shirt but I’m also obsessed with embroidery; and this piece ticks both of these boxes. What I like is how well the beauties at Zaful described this item, which meant that I was super impressed when I got this shirt through the post and surprised at the online to real life pay off. It looked exactly the same and even the embroidery looks just as beautiful and intricate as it did on screen. They also come packaged up so beautifully as well and all it needed was a good iron and it was ready to go.

I really cant wait to style up this shirt with a good old pair of denim shorts, maybe even contrast it with a black ripped pair, to add a different feel. It’s such a casual style and cut that it always looks effortlessly chic, and is also super soft against your skin. The embroidery doesn’t irritate you at all and you can even roll up the sleeves to change up the style of it too. I’ve even got my eye on some of the beautiful floral bodycon dresses on their website, which would also be a great festival day outfit.

The only criticism I would make about it would just be the sizing descriptions, from their small, medium, large into British clothing sizes. I got guided an XL would be a UK size 12, however this is a bit big for me and I could of easily got a large if it wasn’t for the fact that the shirt looks great over-sized.

 What do you have planned this summer?

Rachel x

3 Ways To Find Your Summer Style Inspiration

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I’m always on a mission to get that perfect chic summer Parisian look, which looks super effortless no matter what the temperature, country or occasion. It’s a look that I love to admire and which I’m really trying to build my capsule summer wardrobe into. During the rest of the year, I love to have multiple pieces I can wear for all seasons and weather’s, but with summer I like to really choose my key go-to items that all work well together and can create some gorgeous looks. However, I personally find a chic and classic summer wardrobe pretty hard to nail and not let the heat and convenience of shorts and a tee become my staple wardrobe. So, I’m sharing 3 ways that I’m loving, to gain inspiration for my summer style…

1. Get On Pinterest– As you all know I’m a massive fan of Pinterest and I can’t get enough of scrolling through all the beautiful images and quotes they have. However, what I love even more is the amount of gorgeous style inspiration. So, I love to make a fashion and style inspiration mood board, get scrolling and pin some of my favourite images on there. Then, you can come back to it later, when you’re stuck for outfit inspiration or packing for a holiday.

2. Spend Time In Your Wardrobe– This may sound a bit ridiculous, but honestly one of the best ways to feel inspired by your summer style is to know exactly what items you have. Start by clearing out all your colder, winter pieces and then focus on all the beautiful summer pieces you have. This way you can start to see what colour palette’s you’ve got going on and plan what items you can wear with what.

3. Be Nosy- One of my favourite things to do is people watch and so mix this with a way of gaining some good style inspiration, and I’m hooked. I’m talking just observing what other women’s outfits, what colours, styles or patterns they’ve styled with what, or even how the mannequins have been dressed in shop windows.

With style it’s all about being inspired and having the intrigue to want to play around with your wardrobe and create some gorgeous outfit combinations.

Rachel x

 

Fathers Day Gift Guide 2017

Untitled design (8)From Left to right and top to bottom: Adventure Print £24| Not On The Highstreet, The Galley Holdall £120.50 | MAHI Leather, Dirty Gift Set £37.95 | LUSH, Wallet Gift Set £65| Ted Baker, Black Leather Watch £135| Ted Baker, Man Box £42 | Not On The Highstreet, Whiskey Distillery Tour £95| Not On The Highstreet, Beach Scene Wash Bag £55| Ted Baker

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and brings a chance for you to show that special man in your life just how much he means to you. It doesn’t have to be your dad, because in my family we also buy for my uncle’s and my grandad’s as well; as they are also the best emergency taxi service’s and a shoulder to cry on, whenever they’re needed. However, I personally think they can be pretty hard to buy for, as they have everything they could ever need or want. Therefore, finding that special gift, which they will love and not already have five of at home, can be really difficult.

So, I’ve sharing eight potential fathers day gifts, to give you some inspiration for those special men in your life. Whether they’re a food lover, whiskey drinker, adventurer or a true gentleman, who loves to look smart; I’ve got a unique gift for all of them this father’s day…

My Top 3 Gifts

  1. The Galley Holdall | £120.50 | MAHI Leather

This classic galley holdall from MAHI Leather would be more of a one-off and extremely special gift this Fathers Day. It’s more expensive than the rest of the gifts I’m sharing with you, however the money is truly shown in the quality of the product and the ethos of the brand itself. They aim to remove the middleman and ultimately provide you with a pure cow hide leather piece, which has been made to order and is not lining anyone’s pocket along the way.

So, not only will your family member have a good quality holdall, which in design is completely timeless and will go with any colour or outfit, it’s also extremely practical and could be used everyday, for small weekends away or for a longer holiday. They can also have a their own individual piece, which can’t be bought off the peg in a regular high-street shop; embroided with their initials or a special phrase. From every bag sold $1.50 goes towards FRANK Water and providing clean water for over 100 families in India; so not only are you buying a unique and beautifully made leather piece from the brand, you’re also doing your bit for charity as well.

2. GOTCH Leather Strap Watch | £135 | Ted Baker

I’m a classic girl through and through; I love a good bit of monochrome, simple lines ,shapes and pieces which will be super timeless. So, there’s no wonder why I love this Gotch black leather strap watch from Ted Baker. It would be the perfect gift for that special man in your life, as they will be able to wear it everyday and be reminded of a beautiful gift you’ve given him, every time he looks down at it. I love how this looks very simple, and modern, yet could be worn by a man of any age or style. It would go with a  variety of different taste’s, outfits and would be a piece he could keep for many years to come. It is expensive, however you could double it up with another special occasion, such as his birthday or even Christmas.

3. Personalised Adventure Print | £24 | Not On The Highstreet

My Dad was a true adventurer, and loved to plan holidays and making family memories; so in honour of him that’s why I really love this unique adventure print idea, from notonthehighstreet.com. It’s a beautifully illustrated print featuring the individual silhouette’s of your family, to celebrate the adventure’s you have had together. It’s completely unique and you can choose to have a different landscape,  either mountains or hills, beach or grass, and a choice of trees. You can then say how many people are in the tent and add a title to finish it all off.

It’s really a gift for the man who has everything, and instead loves to spend his money on making memories and spending time with his family. This is such a unique idea and unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the high-street.

Don’t forget to go and check out the rest of the beautiful products from MAHI Leather, Not On The High-Street and Ted Baker.

Rachel x

 

Affordable Stationary Haul

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Nothing can beat some beautiful stationary when it comes to exam season, a new work project or just to organise your life a little bit. I know it might seem crazy, but I’m such a visual person that if something is pretty and attractive, it makes me want to use it. So, if I’ve got a gorgeous planner for the year, a range of colourful pens and the ultimate rose gold and marble weekly planner, then you can guarantee I will get a lot more work done.

Floral 2017 Planner | TKMaxx | £5.99

This is almost the odd one out from the haul, as Kate Spade is usually a very expensive stationary brand and can definitely break your bank if you’re a stationary lover. However, I got a true bargain with this gorgeous yearly planner, as it was only £5.99 from TKMaxx. It’s not damaged at all, but I can only use the last half of the planner, as I only bought it this month. But, I don’t mind about that because I’ve not paid much for it, and I can still use it up until December and take advantage of all the beautiful quotes and calendar pages. I love that this planner is really big and I can use it to plan out all my creative projects with this blog; working with brands and organising my content.

Rose Gold Pen | The Range | £2.99

I’m sure every one of you know that I’m obsessed with rose gold. That could be rose gold jewellery, accessories, stationary and even pens. So, when my aunty wrote a card with one of these gorgeous pens, I knew I needed one in my life. It’s not really practical for work, but that doesn’t matter because it looks so pretty and amazing when you’re writing cards.

Marble & Rose Gold Bull Dog Clips | Sainsbury’s | £3.00

Supermarket’s are such a great place to pick up beautiful and super affordable stationary, and Sainsbury’s is no exception. As soon as I saw these marble and rose gold bull dog clips, in this super cute glass jar, I knew they had to be mine to use on my desk. Not only are they super useful to hold multiple pieces of paper together and organise my life, but they are also gorgeous and just create an amazing aesthetic.

Colourful Fine Liners | Tesco | £4.00

I’ve had my eye on these colourful fine liners for a while. Quite a few of my friends have them and they seem so useful to create revision notes and mind maps. So, when I saw them on offer in Tesco for £4.00, for a pack of 10, I picked them up straight away. I love to use colour in my revision and so these are perfect for me to be able to do that and also add different coloured notes on my desk.

Marble Weekly Planner | Sainsbury’s | £4/£5

Like I mentioned earlier, supermarket’s such as Sainsbury’s are actually great for picking up for beautiful pieces of stationary, which are also super affordable. However, usually they are quite poor quality and will not last very long. But every item in Sainsbury’s was the complete opposite and you really get quality and value for money with all of their stationary pieces. I love this marble and rose gold weekly planner because it has multiple spaces for everyday and you can plan out what revision topics you’re doing or jobs you need to do on that day. It also stands up and is super easy to quickly look at, so you always know what you need accomplish on that day.

Are you a stationary lover?

Rachel x