5 Years Of Blogging

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This month marks the anniversary of my blogging journey and a massive 5 years of sharing my love for fashion and lifestyle with all you. I can’t believe how quick the time has flied, and it only feels like five minutes ago since I first hit that Publish button and was creating some of my first posts. It’s so crazy to not only think how far this blog has come, as well as my content and really discovering my own style. But, also how far I’ve come as an online creator and growing from a teenager with dreams, to a woman with so much vision for the future. I feel like I’ve truly grown up on this blog and you have all been able to follow me on this amazing journey, full of opportunities.

When I first created this space on the internet, I really had no idea what a blog even was or what industry I was coming into. The popularity in blogging has grown so much over the last five years, with the massive boom in social media and YouTube, and really it’s so much better than it ever used to be. I’m now able to extend this blog to all of my social media channels and really create an amazing platform; allowing me to interact with all of you on a more personal level. It’s so much more than just having a blog now, as it’s also about the blogger themselves, and sharing their lives, fears, hopes and dreams with their readers; which is what I’m really loving about it. You can talk about whatever you want, share all of your stories, showcase your latest purchases or your beautiful holiday pictures, without having to be put into any type of box. I learnt a long time ago that this blog was just as much for me, as it is for all of you, and it will only be a true reflection of what I love, if I do it straight from the heart.

What I really can’t believe and I’m so grateful for, is the amount of milestones and opportunities I’ve had over the last five years. I’ve been able to work with so many amazing brands, such as Farfetch, Zaful, Bonobos, CLC World Travel and Tommy John, just to name a few. It still blows my mind that anyone other than my family and friends even read what I write every week, despite big brands contacting me and wanting to work together on a piece of content. It’s really helped me to grow my confidence in my own abilities and to push myself to create some great content, that I’m still super proud of. But more than anything, it’s so unbelievable to be able to have these opportunities and I’m so grateful that for everything this blog has allowed me to do so far.

Every single milestone means so much to me, even from the first ever post like, to my first 100 followers, to my first comment, my 1000 followers and all of my blogging anniversaries. I’m so happy that I’m still able to have this little place on the internet, to share all my love for fashion and style, but also to have a hobby I really love and I’m dedicated to.

It’s been a crazy five years so far, and I can’t wait to see what the next few months and years hold for me and this blog. Here’s to the next chapter…

Rachel x

A Day In London | Notting Hill & Kensington Palace

 

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Usually, whenever I visit we drive to one of the first tube stations, like Edgeware or Stanmore, park and then buy 1-6 zone tube ticket into central London. This is a fairly cheap way of being able to visit the city, without all the expense and stress of driving into the center or catching the train. However, this time me and my mum decided to check out how much it would be to go on the train and see how it compared. Even though it cost us slightly more than the petrol and parking would have, at one of the tube stations, it saved us so much time and we were able to get there in just over an hour. It would normally take 1 hour to an hour and half, without traffic just to get to the tube stations.

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The whole reason we wanted to go down to London, was to go and see Princess Diana’s ‘Her Fashion Story’ exhibition at Kensington Palace. We originally went to see the fashion styles re-worked exhibition, showcasing dresses that belonged to Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth and a few of Princess Diana’s as well, back in 2016 and we thought it was amazing.

So, as we both love how the royal women are such style icons, we had to go back and see the exhibition that was purely dedicated to the people’s princess, which has opened this year and is running until 2019. When we visited before I didn’t bring my proper Canon camera, and I was so annoyed that I wasn’t able to share some of the amazing exhibition with you, so this year I was determined to take lot’s of photos to share in a blog post.

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It was amazing to see how striking some of her most famous dresses are, and how much they portrayed the trends of the 80’s. Her look was all about ruffles, lace, shoulder pads and looking feminine, but with that strong regal edge. They would be so out of place in today’s modern style, but it was amazing to think they had such a strong story behind them of an everyday woman who has thrown into the royal limelight.

The showcase of some of the original dress designs were beautiful and it was so interesting to know how old these are and you can imagine each and every famous fashion designer, creating an iconic look for the young princess. They are such a great keepsake and I would love to be able to have these designs in my walk in wardrobe or office, in my future home.

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After visiting the beautiful exhibition, I wanted to go and explore some of the smaller, less well-known places in central London. So, Notting hill was first on my list because I’ve heard some many bloggers and youtubers talk about how beautiful it is, and so I wanted to see it for myself.

It’s a place I would really recommend visiting, if you want to go somewhere that’s a bit more off the beaten track, because it’s a lot more relaxed compared to central London and has much more of a rustic, unique vibe. The different rows of coloured houses, gorgeous individual deli’s and patisserie’s, and the addition of Portobello road market just around the corner. They had a range of small delicate jewellery and leather bag stalls, mixed with more modern stores such as Cath Kidston.

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Rachel x

Spring Wishlist | White High Low Dress, Designer Bags and Embroidery

 

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Lulu Guiness Rucksack | £375, Blue Vanilla Jacket | £60, Zaful Embroided Tunic | $27.99, Zaful Cut Out Pointed Stiletto’s | $35.99, Ted Baker Red Bag | £160 , Topshop Embroided Jeans | £59

As it’s starting to get warmer in the UK, I’m really enjoying dressing for the spring season and purchasing some new items to add to my wardrobe. So, I’m working with the beauties at Zaful to show you some of the pieces I’m currently lusting after; such as this embroided white high low dress or dress formal dresses, which would be perfect for an upcoming summer party or a prom.

This season I just can’t get enough of embroidery. It’s just so feminine and also adds a nice amount of detail to a usually plain pair of jeans or a jacket. I particularly love the traditional red and green floral embroidery, on these Topshop Jamie Jeans because it adds something extra to the denim and makes them more of a special and seasonal appropriate pair to wear. The embroidery is also not too in your face, and doesn’t take away from how well-fitting the jeans are. So many pairs similar to this, are always boyfriend or mom style, and even though they are a nice addition to your wardrobe, I honestly don’t think you can beat a really good pair of skinny jeans.

If you’ve been a reader for a long time, then you will know that I have a real love and border line addiction for handbags. I especially love the British brand Lulu Guiness because of just how feminine all of her iconic bags are and particularly the traditional lips design. However, recently this gorgeous black leather backpack with a gold lips clasp, has caught my eye and I can’t stop thinking about it since. I just think that backpacks are so useful for summer and this one would just add a bit more style and glamour to the whole idea. But, it’s super expensive and definitely a piece that I will have to save up for or buy when it’s on sale.

Shoes are also quickly becoming another love of mine, and I’m really into more pointy stilettos styles at the minute. I bought a nude pair back in March, for one of my best friends wedding and I’ve just fallen in love with how elegant they make you look. They really elongate your legs and add a bit of a stronger contrast to an otherwise very feminine outfit. So, this gorgeous cut out tan pair from Zaful, caught my eye straight away. I love how well these will work with this seasons embroidery and lace, but also work perfectly with for both a casual day look or a dressy evening vibe. They would be so versatile and be a pair in my collection that I would wear over and over again. I definitely need to pick these beauties up.

What items are you lusting over this season?

Rachel x

Spring Colour Edit 2017

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The transition from Winter to Spring has to my favourite out of all the seasons. I love being able to move away from the everyday jumper and jeans uniform, and into experimenting with bright colours and patterns. There’s something that so exciting about dressing for spring, as you know that warmer days, longer nights and so many adventures are just around the corner. So, today I’m working with Bonobos and sharing my go-to colours, for the spring season; and creating two gorgeous his and hers looks to go along with them.

Red- This never used to be a colour that I gravitated to or that was really even present in my wardrobe, however lately I’m loving it. I think it’s down to the fact that I have a new love for red lipstick, as it’s so feminine and classic. It instantly adds another dimension to an outfit and really pulls it all together. So, my new obsession with red patterned clothing is definitely inspired by my current favourite lip colour. This gorgeous embroided top from River Island is the best way to wear red, as I love the fact it’s still mixed with white and even though the two colours contrast, they work well together to create a beautiful look.

Spring Colour Edit 4White- Talking of white, this is also one of my go-to colours when it comes to Spring. I love how well it works with my brown hair, and it looks amazing with a golden tan and tan accessories. It’s such a feminine colour, yet it has a real classic vibe and can work for almost anyone in some way. My favourite wear to rock white, during spring is through lace. I love pairing the girly lace with a harsher denim, and creating a really good contrast. I honestly think that’s the trick to white, is to think about how you can pair it will something completely different, or you go for it whole-heartedly and rock the bohemian vibe’s.

Light Blue- I’m all about the lighter denim’s when it comes to spring, and I love being able to pair different lace’s, embroidery’s and textures with a real spring jean. They instantly lift your outfit and bring it bang on trend and in season.  I’m really starting to experiment more with blue, as it is supposed to one of my colours I should wear, and move away from my classic black jeans.

Rose Gold- I couldn’t go through this whole blog post without mentioning my favourite metal of all time, and that’s beautiful rose gold. It’s such a feminine metal, and really adds a warmth to your outfit. I love how well it looks with red, white, blue and just my entire spring colour scheme. It’s something different from the traditional harsh gold and silver, and rose gold looks good whether it’s a cheap costume piece, or whether you’ve invested that little bit more for a more luxurious piece.

Blush Pink- Finally, I’ve also been loving blush pink for ages and I’m just going to continue to roll it on into spring. I love how feminine it is, however you can mix it with a faux leather skirt and you’re instantly creating an amazing look. It’s a new neutral, and can almost be worn with any colour and in any way you wish to. It’s the perfect colour for summer weddings, a prom or even just a day out. It’s so super versatile and is a great shade to add to along side your classic monochrome.

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This women’s look is a gorgeous formal take on my spring colour palette, with the red prom style dress taking center stage. I love this dress so much it’s even a contender for being my dress for my sixth form leavers ball in July. It’s such a beautiful piece, and creates a real statement being all red. However, the lace pattern makes it much more fresh and spring/summer appropriate.

 

I’ve then gone along with the rose gold colour palette through out my accessories; with these strappy rose sandals from Pretty Little Thing, and this stunning pearl earrings from Tiffany. I love how these have a crystal encrusted rose gold bar, which contrasts with the pearl and also ties my whole look together. The bag is a unique find from ASOS, and is a little bit of a statement but makes the outfit more casual. However, you could easily swap this with a formal clutch for a special event.

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When it comes to the men’s look, I’ve gone for a much more casual vibe that you could wear on a day out or just to have a few drinks at the local pub. It’s super relaxed with this red bomber, from ASOS, that really brings colour to the entire outfit. Bombers are bang on trend at the minute, and are perfect to throw on in the spring when it’s not quite warm enough to just wear a short sleeve shirt. I love how this one is a bit more of a burgundy, which ties in well with all the rest of the muted colour palette.

To pair with the bomber, I’ve gone for a pattern white and navy shirt, with nautical themed sharks on. It adds a bit of pattern and intricacy to the outfit, and I also think that pattern shirts add a bit of fun to a spring/summer outfit. The navy shorts, also from Bonobos tie in with the pattern on the shirt and create an exact colour palette down the centre of the body. Then the bomber is there to bring a more relaxed vibe and style to the outfit. To tie it all together, I’ve picked a brown holdall. This colour looks amazing when paired with navy and would also be a great piece to travel with.

Why don’t you check out Bonobas’ collections HERE?

Rachel x

My Top 5 | Spring Wardrobe Essentials

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A Summer Jacket

A summer jacket is an absolute essential for me when it comes to styling up outfits for Spring, as it can still be quite cold and I really need another layer to keep me warm. So, this is why I just can’t live without this grey suede biker jacket from New Look, because it’s so super versatile and can be worn with any outfit, whether that’s a spring dress, jeans or even a playsuit. I had a jacket identical to this, but only in a lighter colour, last spring/summer, but I lost it and I had to purchase a new one; as I was so lost when trying to pair outfits together and I was always wishing that it was still in my wardrobe. So, I knew that this new purchase would instantly be a staple in my wardrobe, and I’m also loving faux suede at the minute and the fact of how good the cropped biker style looks, with any items that highlight my waist.

Lighter Washed Jeans

I know this pair in particular aren’t exactly light washed, however they’re definitely a summer jean and look perfect paired with gorgeous, floaty tops and tan sandals. I wouldn’t usually wear a pair of jeans this blue, during the winter months, however they really bring much needed colour to my spring outfits and this pair also fit amazingly. I’m forever on the hunt for the perfect jean, because I like a really skinny fit and I’m tall; so finding a jean that’s not too short and fits well right from the waist to the ankle, is very difficult. However, these are a very recent purchase from M&S, would you believe it, and I’m so happy with them. They look great on and were also a bargain at £19.50 a pair; miles better than all the other high-street jeans I’ve tried on.

A Pair of Converse

Converse are the perfect spring/summer shoe, as they’re made for events such as festivals, picnic’s and long adventure’s. They are so comfortable and are such a classic shoe, which you can wear from day to night with any outfit, for any occasion. They’re super versatile and I love to have at least one pair to get me through the summer. So, this year I’ve gone for this gorgeous tan leather pair with rose gold eyelets. I’ve already raved about these beauties a lot in their own blog post, so I will link it HERE and you can go and have a good read.

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This season I honestly cant get enough of embroidery, and so it’s no wonder than an embroided top is an essential item for my spring wardrobe. There is something so feminine and girly about embroidery, and that’s why I’m loving to wear it as we go into spring and I’m wearing more light and floaty items. With this top in particular, which is a little River Island number by the way, I really love how all the details are in red, which makes it stand out and also looks great with a red lip. The wide bell style sleeves also look surprisingly flattering and perfectly compliment the peplum at the bottom. This is my favourite spring piece from my wardrobe, and I cant get enough of how beautiful it is.

The Lace Dress

This white dress is a real staple in my spring/summer wardrobe, as it’s so light, cool to wear and also looks amazing with a tan. I love how it has a real festival and bohemian vibe, and it looks perfect paired with a plaited hair style and tan accessories. The lace really just adds detail to both the piece and compliments your outfit really well; making it super girly and feminine. It’s just the ideal throw on and go piece, and I could wear this endlessly during spring and summer. I’m so glad it’s now getting warm enough to wear it.

What are your style essentials for this season?

Rachel x