What I Bought On Holiday | Normandy Edition

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Feminist Tee-Shirt | Pimkie, Floral Kimono | Pimkie, Embroided Bralette’s | H&M, Grey Silky Shorts| H&M, Purple Scalloped Playsuit | H&M

Clothes shopping abroad is something I always want to fit in, during my holiday. This is because I love finding some beautiful pieces, which ‘hopefully’ not everyone in the UK will be wearing. It’s so fascinating browsing their shops and seeing their trends and most popular items for the season. A lot of the time it is very similar to the UK, however I do generally find they’re always one or two seasons behind us, as London is a real hub for fashion and very influential in the latest trends.

So, as I’ve just recently got back from a lovely holiday in Normandy in France, I thought I would share some of the lovely items I picked up during my visit…

Feminist Tee-Shirt | Pimkie | £5.00

Pimkie is my favourite shop to look in whenever I’m in France, because I love the generally girly style of their items and their price points are also really good. Some of their items are probably aimed at younger teenage girls, however I always love to see what pieces they have and hopefully add a few more beautiful pieces to my wardrobe. I think that they are also stocked on ASOS, if you want to try and get hold of any of their items.

When I saw this feminist tee I knew I had to have it, because I’m really into wearing relaxed grey tee’s with white jeans and converse, at the minute, for a super casual summer look. I also loved the word on it, because I am a feminist and do really believe that all genders should have equal equality and the opportunity to be treated fairly. So, I do think it’s good to promote that, even though I’m far from a hard core, bra burning feminist.

Floral Kimono | Pimkie | £13.50

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with kimono’s, because I do really love how they look on and how they draw a summer outfit together, but I just never seemed to be reaching for the ones I had in my wardrobe. However, recently I’ve seen so many women rocking them with jeans and mixing patterns with striped and graphic tee’s. So, when I saw this beautiful floral one in the sale for 15 euro’s, I thought it would be a great chance to try and really fall in love with them again. And, so far it’s been working wonders, and I’m obsessed with pairing it with white jeans and a delicate lace cami. It just looks so feminine, girly and also great for a festival as well.

Embroided Lace Bralette’s | H&M | £16 each

Having small boobs actually makes finding comfortable bra’s really difficult, because you don’t have that much to fill a traditional bra cup and I often find the tee-shirt style bras that do fit, just aren’t that pretty. So, bralette’s are my go to when it comes to a beautiful and yet still comfortable bra. Not all bralette’s suit me, as we all have different bodies and feel comfortable wearing different things, however as soon as I tried these embroided one’s on from H&M, I instantly fell in love. They have a really comfortable elasticated band, and four different sets of loops at the back, so you can alter the fit as much as you like. The fit around the boob is also really good, they surprisingly give a good amount of support and also look so beautiful. The only down side is that you can’t wear them under anything sheer as you can really see the embroidery, unless of course that’s the look you’re going for on a night out.

Grey Silky Shorts | H&M | £18

Shorts are another item I really struggle with, because I like to have a really good high-waisted fit, as that’s what flatters my body shape the most. However, being tall makes it’s so hard to find ones that actually do this, and don’t pull near your crotch. So, when I found this gorgeous grey, silky pair from H&M, and they fitted and looked so beautiful, they were straight in my basket. I love how they have a paper bag style, elasticated waist; that you draw in with the tie and tuck in a top to create a really nice shape. The colour is also so beautiful, super chic and classic; a perfect match to my style and wardrobe. The only thing I would say, is that they can look like pyjama’s really easily, so you have to be careful what you pair them with.

Purple Scalloped Playsuit | H&M | £25-£30

Playsuits are one of my favourite pieces to wear during the summer, because they’re so easy to just throw on and instantly have a beautiful outfit, and also have the comfort of shorts which prevents any type of pant flash that could happen. So, when I tried this beautiful scalloped edged one from H&M, I knew it had to come home with me. I absolutely love the deep purple colour, which I think really compliments my hair and skin colour and would also be great for that summer to autumn transition as well. The scalloped detail makes it super feminine, without being over the top, and the open backed design looks beautiful on a special occasion.

What’s your favourite brands to buy from when your on holiday?

Rachel x

OOTD | Celebratory Drinks

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Eveningwear has to my ultimate favourite type of clothing to wear and style into an outfit. I love that you can play with different texture’s, colours, go sheer and always add some form of sparkle. It’s just so much more playful and I always feel so much more special when I’ve made a real effort with my outfit in the evening. So, as I went out for a few celebratory drinks with some of the lovelies at work, over the weekend, I thought I would share my outfit of the night. It’s one of my favourite’s and the perfect put together, but also still relaxed look.

So, first let’s talk about a key part of this look, and it really starts with the underwear. It’s essential with these gorgeous white cropped trousers, from New Look, that you’re extra careful about the underwear you wear. They can be pretty see-through and so a good pair of nude pants is essential, or even a nude thong. Also, as this high necked, purple top which is also from New Look, is super sheer, you have two options. For the day time, I always just pop a black cami underneath and this protects all your dignity and also looks presentable for the day time. However, in the evening I love to pair it with a black Bralette from Victoria Secret underneath. It just adds a bit of playfulness to the outfit and makes it more evening appropriate.

The two key items of the outfit themselves, the top and the trousers, are both favourites from my wardrobe. I not only love the colour of this top and how you can really get away with wearing it all year round, it also looks great on my skin tone and really compliments gold eye makeup and rose gold jewellery. It also has a really lovely fit, and even though it’s got a high neck, if you wear it sheer, then it’s still very feminine and a bit sexy as well. As the trousers really are a staple in my wardrobe, and can be worn both day and night. They look good with so many different items and I love how they really pull in my waist and emphasise my long legs, especially if I wear them with heels.

To pull the look together, I went for my new grey suede, cropped biker jacket, which is also a purchase from good old New Look. I love how this not only kept me warm during the evening, but it also adds a different texture and colour to the outfit. The cut of the jacket also looks great with these trousers, as it just finishes when the trousers are pulling in at my waist, so it really just compliments the outfit and looks super classy. Also, I just paired my favourite pair of nude heels with the outfit, as not only are they the most comfortable pair of heels I own, they also look amazing on and really compliment so many outfits. They also make sure I look elegant but not too tall, as I’m already 5ft 11 in flats. The silver clutch just added a bit of sparkle to the outfit and also created a home for the bare essentials I needed for the night; my money, phone, ID, Cards and of course my eye-lash glue.

What’s your favourite type of clothing to style?

Rachel x

Exclusive Leather Rose Gold Converse

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Without a doubt converse have to be my favourite type and style of shoe to wear. They’re not only the most comfortable to shoes to wear on earth, but they’re also super versatile and can be worn with a variety of different outfits. It doesn’t matter if you’re pairing them with a casual outfit, to wear to college or uni, or you’ve got a more dressy outfit on but need a pair of shoes you know you can trust, Converse are the perfect choice. Obviously, I wouldn’t recommend you wear them for a really special occasion, like a night in town or going out for cocktails with the girls, but for day to day life converse are the definitely the shoe to go for.

I’ve been in love with Converse for quite a few years now, and I honestly don’t think you can beat a pair of the classic white shoe style, as they look so iconic on your feet and really finish a casual outfit off. They’re always the best when they’re really crisp and white, because they look so effortlessly chic and you just cant beat a nice new pair of Converse. However, I’ve strayed from my traditional roots, as I’ve had my eye on the pastel nude collection ever since they were first launched last year. I loved how girly they looked and how they added a bit more of luxe vibe to your classic converse shoe.

So, last week I popped into Office and picked up this gorgeous tan, leather pair with rose gold accents and I’m absolutely in love with them. Ever since I first took them out of the box, they have just lived on my feet and I’m so obsessed with them. Not only are they super comfortable, like all converse, but they are also so beautiful and feminine. The tan leather goes with nearly every colour and casual outfit in my wardrobe, and the rose gold accents just top off the whole look of the shoe for me, as it’s my favourite type of metal. They are quite a pricey pair of shoes, at 62.99, but I honestly think it’s worth the money for the quality comfort and beauty of these gorgeous shoes.

What do you think to the Converse pastels range?

Rachel x

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

5 Style Trends For 2017

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In the words of Tom Ford “Dressing well is a form of good manners” and so it’s only polite to be super stylish and own your personal style. Whether you’re more of a Chanel, and love sharp, clean lines with a monochrome colour palette, or McQueen is more your vibe; with lot’s of colour, texture and all things over the top. There’s a trend to suit every taste this year…

Embroidery

This is one of my favourite trends for 2017, and has had a real comeback over the last 6 months. It’s so feminine but with a real uniqueness, as every single piece of embroidery is slightly different and has an almost story behind it. I love how it has a real sense of female empowerment and adds such a statement vibe to any piece.

Post- Minimalism

Simple, chic and sophisticated is being taken to the next level, as a classic garment with an added something, creates intrigue to an outfit. Think Chanel, mixed with muted monochrome and nude’s, to create a really timeless vibe. This trend uses colour shades, texture’s and shape to add interest, opposed to pattern or colour contrast.

Sheer

Wearing a garment that is sheer is no longer just for those evenings out, and is now being brought into your everyday style. Whether it’s a sheer skirt, shirt or even a bomber jacket, this translucent polyester adds an extra dimension and glamour to any outfit. The best way to rock sheer in the daytime is to pair it with contrasting items; a tee-shirt and sheer skirt, or jeans and a sheer bomber jacket.

Super Bright’s

In contrast to all the other trends, with super brights there is no where to hide as you rock some of the boldest colour’s possible in your outfit. It’s all about the bright blue’s, strong red’s and even yellows and green’s; mixed with a range of different pattern’s and texture’s. This trend is all about being bold and creating a statement in whatever your wear.

Head to Toe Florals

Some form of florals is always in fashion, from season to season, however for 2017 it’s all about rocking the entire pattern from head to toe. There’s no hiding as florals is your best friend in this super feminine and statement trend. The best way to rock this is by wearing a one or two piece set, such as a jumpsuit or a floral suit.

Rachel x