Heels | Office, Dress | Kiss The Sky, Top | Zara, Playsuit | ASOS, Bag | Zara, Clutch | Lulu Guiness , Heels | Public Desire, Dress | River Island
Party wear has to my favourite type of clothing because I really love getting all dressed up and feeling super glamourous, on a night out. I’m a real girly girl and I love being able to don a real good pair of high heels, a pair of false eye lashes and I’m ready for the great night ahead. When it comes to my party style, I either love a good statement piece, that I can throw on and instantly look put together, or I prefer something more simple and timeless; that I can dress up or down and is great piece for any occasion. So, as I’m really in the party spirit at the minute, with lot’s of my friends 18th birthday celebrations and even a hen do to go to, I thought I would share some of the items I’m lusting over at the minute.
Handbags are one of my true obsesions in life and I love collecting unique and wonderful gems, that I can treasure forever. This Lulu Guiness lips clutch is one clutch i’ve been lusting over for years, because it’s such an iconic and feminine design. I love how this one channels the popular metallics trend, which adds a hard edge to the piece, with the soft curves of the lips design.It’s such a statement piece, super timeless and although it’s expensive, I’m hope one day I’ll will be able to add it to my collection.
A really good pair of high heels is something you can’t beat on a night out, and to have a really gorgeous and super feminine, statement pair is even better. This lovely pair from Public Desire are literally giving me so much shoe envy, as they’re so unique and really pretty. They’re my favourite style of heel, as they’re really strappy and not too high. So the whole vibe of the shoe is elegant, sophisticated and gorgeously feminine. I think I’m going to have to add these to my collection, in the next few months.
I’m not only a massive lover of all things fashion and style, but I also have a real interest in reading and I love picking up a good book; getting immersed into it’s own world. A really good book grips you from the beginning, draws you into the life of the main character, throws you through twists and turns and gives you utter withdrawal symptoms, as you read that final page. There’s something so magical about reading and when it’s mixed with a true passion of mine, then it can’t get much better.
So, when I found out that Alexandra Shulman, the Editor-in-chief of one of the biggest fashion bible’s in the world, British Vogue, had written a book; I couldn’t wait to add it to my collection and have a good read. Right from the start, I knew it would be so interesting; getting to step into Alexandra’s shoes and reading what it’s truly like to be at the top, of one of the most well-known fashion magazines. Hearing a day to day account of the centenary year, and all the many events that went with the big celebration, such as the Vogue Festival and the centenary issue. Learning about all the ups and downs of being a woman, in a high powered job, and mixing that with being a mother and her day to day life. It’s an honest, heart warming and true representation of Alexandra and the build up to Vogues’ centenary year… and I absolutely loved it.
Without completely ruining the book, this is a real life account written by Alexandra herself, as she goes through Vogue’s 100th year. It follows her descriptions, views and opinions on the running of the magazine, putting together monthly issues, the vogue documentary and all the events that come with that. She talks in depth about how she feels about the inside vogue documentary and how she is going to be portrayed, in a really genuine and honest way. As well as all the little moments of life, which just get in the way, like having no hot water. It’s not just like reading someone’s diary, you feel immersed by the story, her life and all the events that go along with it. All the references to the fashion world and some of the biggest names, make it the perfect read for someone who loves fashion and ultimately Vogue itself.
Alexandra is actually a professional author herself, which you find out as she occasionally mentions it during the book, however she really does shoe her talent through this real life diary. She is so honest and open with how she talks about the events of Vogue, and even though she’s technically living the dream, she highlights the downfalls of being in her position so well. The book is written in a very causal diary form, however you can tell from the beginning that she’s a woman who means business, is strong and knows exactly what and who she’s talking about. It also shows just how much she cares for not only her family, but also have a true love for the magazine, every single issue and the people she employs.
It’s a real must-read for anyone who loves fashion and the whole world of Vogue and you can go and pick it up from WHSmith, Waterstones or even good old Amazon.
In dedication of Paris Fashion Week, which is coming up in only a few weeks and the haute couture shows are already under way, I thought I would share some of my favourite memories of visiting one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world….
From the moment I set foot in the centre of Paris, I absolutely fell in love with it. The whole relaxed Parisian vibes and how whether you’re a tourist or a resident, you can’t help but embrace the sheer love for Parisian life. Waking up everyday to such a beautiful scene outside your window, having a fresh pastry from the boulangerie and casually making your way to work ,or to one of Paris’ many iconic sights. Being able to embrace a new sexy language, oohh la la being my favourite phrase, and all the interesting French food, such as mussels or even snails. There is something so effortlessly chic about France and it’s really addictive.
One of my favourite memories of Paris has to be visiting the Eiffel Tower. It’s such an iconic thing to when you visit this beautiful capital city, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The views from this beauty are like no other and you really can see the whole of Paris, from the small platform at the top of the tower. I’ll also always remember when we visited the Sacre Couer, and as we walked down along the pebbled streets back to the coach there was lots of different people playing music and the whole vibe was really amazing.
Paris is such a beautiful place, such a romantic and relaxed vibe and somewhere I’m constantly dreaming of visiting again.
This year I really want to share more of my own personal style, and the items that I love in my wardrobe. I’m obsessed with constantly evolving my wardrobe, finding new pieces to add to my collection and new ways to style of my favourite items. So, I thought I would do my own version of The Fashion Tag and give you an insight into just what I’m loving, about fashion at the minute…
1. How would you describe your style?
I’d describe my style as timeless chic, as I love to invest in items in my wardrobe that I know I will be able to wear for years to come, and that will always look chic. I really like muted tones, of white’s, black’s and nude’s, but with pops of the on trend colour of the season. I’m not a massive fan of patterns, so I much prefer to mix up my outfits with different colours and texture’s, oh and a really good statement boot.
2. What are your wardrobe staples?
Overall, I love a really good pair of black skinny jeans. They look great for a chilled everyday vibe, but are also really versatile and can be dressed up with a pair of heels, for an evening out. I’m also in love with a really good statement boot, because I just love how they add a different dimension to an outfit.
3. What’s the most expensive item in your wardrobe?
When it comes to my wardrobe this has to be one of my handbags, so it’s probably most likely to be my gorgeous Beige DKNY cross body bag. It was a present for my 18th birthday and is not only an item I love to death, it also goes with every single outfit that I wear and is really chic. I’ve written all about this lovely item in My 4 Essential Designer Accessories | A/W 16 post.
4. Most wanted item?
It’s every girl’s dream to own a pair of Louboutin’s, and I’m not any different. I know they’re not known for being the most comfortable pair of high heels, however they’re so iconic and would be a pair of shoes that will be in your shoe collection forever. I would also love to be able to own a Chanel classic flap bag, because again these are so iconic of one of the greatest women in fashion’s history, and are true investment pieces.
5. Favourite Designer?
I’m not a massive fan of buying designer clothes myself, unless they’re super timeless and iconic, however I really love watching the runway shows from Chanel and Alexander McQueen. They’re both such well known designers and I really love the work from these fashion houses.
6. How much do you spend on clothes?
I’m sure this is a question I probably shouldn’t be answering, as my bank account already knows the damage of my clothes, shoes and handbag addiction. However, I would probably say about £100- £150 month, but it depends if I’ve had money given to me for my birthday or other special events, and if I’ve really been lusting after a piece for a while.
7. Where are you favourite places to shop?
I love shopping at Zara, River Island and New Look, but I’ve also really started to love Karen Millen and Ted Baker. Their clothes are designed and made really well, and also fit me like a glove.
8. Favourite Fragrance?
Paco Rabanne Olympia, as it’s not only the only fragrance I’ve ever had more than one bottle of, but it also smells so lovely and feminine. It’s my go-to scent, and it really defines me and my style.
9. What’s your go-to outfit when you don’t know what to wear?
My Go-to outfit has to be a pair of black jeans and a patterned shirt if I’m going out and need to be dressed up. As for the day, it’s usually a bomber jacket, jeans and converse. Simple but looks great every time.
10. One fashion trend you wish would come back or stay?
I really love how massive the trend of embroidery is at the moment, whether it’s on a jacket, a dress or on a really love pair of boots. However, I think it’s going to be quite a quick in and out trend, that will soon be out of fashion. So, I would really love that trend to stay and be even more incorporated into the current trends and people’s wardrobes. It’s so feminine but also has a very intricate and powerful vibe, when worn in an outfit.
11. What’s the most prized possession in your wardrobe?
It has to be my black and gold, A-Line Karen Millen dress. I wore it for my 18th birthday and so it holds so many amazing memories of that night. I love everything about it, from how it looks and all the gorgeous gold sequins around the waist, how timeless it is, and how well it fits. I’ve raved about just how much I love it, in these two posts HERE and HERE.
Don’t forget to enter the competition I’m running with CLC World Travel to win a £25 voucher for the Birmingham Bullring. All the details in how to enter, are in the competition post HERE.
1. A Year of Self Love- In 2017 I want to spend more time doing things for myself, that I enjoy and are not to help anyone else. Whether that’s have a really long bath, dedicate some time to reading a good book or just chilling out and watching my favourite programme, which is Gavin and Stacey or Stella by the way.
2. Develop Rachelspick- I want 2017 to be a year where I grow rachelspick even more, collaborate with lot’s more brands and create so much more amazing content. Working with different brands really pushes me creatively to create interesting content for you all, and is also just really fun. So, I want to do lot’s more of it and ultimately just carry on enjoying blogging.
3. Smash My A-Levels- 2017 marks the year I finally finish school forever, and so I really want to be able to smash my A-Levels, work hard and get some great results.
4. Meet New People- I love meeting new people, building new friendships and having some really amazing people around me. So, in 2017 I would like to meet lot’s of new people which have the same interests as me and also create lots of new memories, with the lovely people that are already in my life.
5. Pass My Driving Test- Learning to drive was a massive part of 2016 for me, and so I can’t wait to be able to pass my test in 2017. I love going out in my car and practising, when I can with my mum, so I can’t wait to be able to drive on my own and be independent.
6. Travel somewhere new- In 2017 I want to visit a new place in the world, experience a new culture and make amazing new memories. Hopefully this year will mark my first ever holiday with my friends, and so I’m really excited to travel on my own and carry on my worldwide adventure’s.
7. Get Organised- Going into 2017, I really want to get more organised with both my school, blog and personal life. So, I’ve already got a calendar and 3 diaries on the go, in an attempt to be organised, so hopefully this will mean I know everything I’m doing throughout the month, have all my blog posts sorted out and don’t need to keep everything in my head; hoping I’ll remember it.
8. Don’t be late- I’m really bad at being late, I’m constantly late to family events, going out with my friends or just even going to college. So, in 2017 I really want to make a big effort not to be late. I’ve already found this goal difficult, and broke it quite a few times, but hopefully I’ll get better as the months go by.
9. Do more exercise- I know this is quite a stereotypical goal for a lot of people in the new year, however I actually do want to dedicate more time to exercising and getting more toned. I’m already a dancer and part of a competitive team, but I want to join a gym and work on my own strength and fitness levels.
10. Smile and laugh everyday- Smiling and laughing have to be one of the two best natural therapy’s EVER, and so in 2017 I want to smile every day, feel grateful for what I have and know that I’m working towards my dream career. I also want to laugh everyday, just because you can’t beat a good one.