#SS | Summer Style Inspiration

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Summer style can be one of the trickiest season’s to master, and something which takes a lot of know how about your own personal style and the pieces which truly suit your body shape. Many people can get summer style so wrong, and so I think there’s 3 basic rules when it comes to summer style in general: 1. Know what pieces and styles suit your body shape and flatter your figure 2. Think about your desired colour palette and which colours and patterns suit you and your personal style 3. Most importantly, you need to have a bit of styling inspiration and know how to transition your summer wardrobe pieces into chic season appropriate outfits.

After having a good few weeks of summer sun, and also a holiday in between, I think I’ve got my personal summer style nailed and know exactly what vibes I’m going for. If I was to describe my 2016 summer style, in 4 words, it would be White, Lace, Tan and Chic, due to my obsession with my tan sandals and dedicated to my constant desire to make my style a lot more chic. I’ve really been loving lace camisole’s, at the minute, because of how cool they are to wear, they’re chic and also really versatile pieces; they also add a bit of feminity to any form of outfit. However, white has to always be my go-to colour for summer and a something I can’t get enough of. White dresses and tops have be my favourite variety, however I do own a lovely pair of white trousers, which I love wearing as well.

How would you define your summer style so far?

I’ve you loved this post and would like to catch up on the rest of the #SummerSpecial series so far, you can go and have a read HERE.

Rachel x

#SS | 5 Products I Loved Using Whilst On Holiday

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During summer and packing for holidays, I always find myself digging out those mini products, which are perfect for travelling with, and also falling back in love with some of my old favourite’s. So, after popping over to the Brighton Coastline for a week away, I thought I would share 5 products, which I loved using, whilst on my summer holiday…

Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel | The Body Shop

Shower gel is not normally a product that I’m particularly fussy about, because I’ve never really found one that I love to use. I’ve never seen the difference between using different shower gel’s, or the real benefits of using one particular one. However, after discovering this mini version of the Wild Argan Oil shower gel, from the body shop, my opinion quickly changed. I loved how this shower gel is so nourishing for your skin and how it makes shaving a lot smoother and easier to create a good finish. This mini will cost you around £4, however I’m definitely planning on investing in the full size one, because I really love everything about this product.

Ultra Matte Lip Colour | Revlon

I’ve raved about this product before, which you can go and have a read of HERE. However recently I had fallen out of love with the classic nude shade of this matte lip colour, and was bored of just how much I was loving this product. But, this didn’t last for long, as it really was my ultimate go-to lip product, whilst I was on holiday, and a product I just couldn’t get enough of. It look so effortless chic, natural and also simple on the lips, whilst adding a product which pulls your whole makeup look together and that goes with endless beauty combinations. It really is the perfect everyday lip product, whether that’s a summer day out or a date night, and I would really recommend trying it out if you’re a lover of a good nude lip.

Daily Intimate Wash | Femfresh

Personally I’ve never seen the point in having a separate intimate wash, and I’ve always just considered my general shower gel as being good enough for all parts of my body. However, after packing a free mini which I got from a goodie bag, in my toiletry bag and tried it out, I soon realised that my opinion was completely wrong. This Femfresh intimate wash is made to suit the PH of your intimate area’s, which other shower gel’s do not consider, and therefore they can be too harsh and also not necessarily do what you want them to do. So, this wash allows you to wash your intimate area’s in a way which is safe and not too harsh for these private area’s. It’s a product which is probably disregarded, however it really is worth a try and you will be able to see the difference for yourself.

‘Perfect Topping’ Mineralise Skin Finish | Mac

 A good highlighter is key to any summer makeup look, and I personally like a subtle glow that leaves your cheekbones with a natural highlight; and this Mineralise Skin Finish does the job. With pearlescent tones of cream, nude, brown and a light violet, they combine to create the perfect topping to your cheek bones. It is a slightly more expensive product, at around £24 , however it lasts for absolutely ages and I’ve been using mine for over 2 years now and it’s still yet to run out. It’s not an overly obvious highlighter, however it looks really natural and that’s the vibe, I’m always trying to achieve, with my everyday makeup look.

‘022 Sun Bronze’ Natural Bronzer | Rimmel

Bronzer has to be one of my staple makeup products, and that’s because I honestly don’t know how I would be able to complete my everyday makeup face without the use of it. Being English and getting almost no sun in the UK, I’m often pale and bronzer is the only amount of colour I’m every going to get on my face. However, finding the perfect one is less than an easy job, due to the large amount of orange and terrocota toned products on the high-street. So, when I discovered this Rimmel Natural bronzer, through a recommendation from one of my favourite youtubers, I fell in love with it. The formulation of the product is amazing; it’s long lasting, long wearing, the colour pigment is super natural and the perfect tone for my skin, and it’s also a really affordable price. This will set you back around £6, however it’s the best affordable bronzer I’ve ever used, and I would really recommend it if you have more pale, but yellow toned skin.

You can keep up with the rest of the #SummerSpecial series HERE.

Rachel x

#SS | 32 High-Street Buys To Add To Your Summer Wardrobe

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As it’s the first official post of my new #SummerSpecial series, I thought I would go back to my roots and share a fashion/ personal style post with you all. I’ve always had a passion for affordable fashion and the ability to be able to dress really well on a budget. So, I thought it would be good to mix these two passions of mine together, and share 32 High-Street style pieces that you can add to your summer wardrobe today…

Personally dressing well and having a good wardrobe is really important to me, because I honestly believe that it makes a real difference to your own confidence and how other the people perceive you. Having a great outfit on, which you love, will do wonders to your confidence and how you feel your can conquer everyday and more important tasks. It can also help with what type of person you are, and that if you care about how you look you will probably have good attention to detail, and care about the appearance of your work and work ethic. However, it’s not always easy to be able to accomplish this on a budget and that’s why I’ve found 32 gorgeous high-street wardrobe items, to help you on your affordable style mission.

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Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Sandals | River Island £30, Jumpsuit | ASOS £60, Playsuit | River Island £45, Dress | New Look £29.99, Dress | New Look £22.99, Trousers | River Island £38, Boots | ASOS £55, Kimono | River Island £75, Swimming Costume | River Island £40, Jumpsuit | ASOS £38, Tee-Shirt | River Island £18, Shoes | New Look £34.99, Skirt | River Island £30, Sunglasses | ASOS £12, Cover up | ASOS £45.00, Hat | River Island £15

If you’re looking for an easy everyday summer style item, which you can quickly throw on for an instant outfit boost; this playsuit from River Island, Bardot Dress from New Look and these sunglasses from ASOS, are the perfect pieces. Both the dress and the playsuit are ‘one outfit’ style pieces, which really need little accessory wise, to make them into the perfect summer outfit. The bardot dress is amazing because of just versatile it is and how it would be able to worn with almost any colour accessories. However, tan coloured ones would look gorgeous. The playsuit really is a bit more of a statement piece and probably an item that you would throw on for a more chic, everyday outing. In addition, these sunglasses would really just pull any outfit together and allow you to add an instant touch of class and style, to any endless outfit combination’s. If everyday impact is what you’re looking for, then these 3 pieces are just what you need in your summer wardrobe.

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Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Bag | Zara £15.99, Dress | AX Paris £40, Skirt | MissGuided £22, Bag | Zara £29.99, Bomber | Topshop £59, Hair Accessory | ASOS £10, Dress | AX Paris £45, Jeans | ASOS £35, Sandals | Zara £79.99, Blouse | Oasis £35, Jumpsuit | MissGuided £28, Backpack | ASOS £48, Skirt | ASOS £16, Jacket | MissGuided £40, Shoes | ASOS £55, Necklace | Oasis £25

If you’re looking for some super stylish and unique accessories to add to your summer wardrobe, these pom pom sandals ZaraEmbroided Back Packhair accessory from ASOS, are the perfect pieces for you. These pom pom sandals are so unique and I’ve honestly never seen such a statement footwear piece from the high-street. The nude suede of the sandals makes them really chic and sophisticated, and able to worn with a lot of different colours, as the pom poms add a different texture to any outfit. This backpack uses the decorative technique of embroidery to add a gorgeous pattern to a very basic style of backpack. This would be perfect to add a pop of colour to a basic outfit and would look super cool for a festival outfit. In addition, this floral hair accessory would also look really nice for a festival hair look, and adds a different metallic, feminine look to an outfit. If a few unique accessories, are what you’re looking for this summer, then these pieces are for you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first post in my #SummerSpecial series. Make sure to follow me on social media to keep updated on everything to with the series.

Rachel x