My Favourite Jewellery Pieces & Current Trends for 2017

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Jewellery is an accessory I’ve really grown into wearing over the last few years. Before that I was never really into wearing lot’s of jewellery, I barely even wore a watch despite having a set of jewellery that I wear every single day without fail. However, as my collection has started to grow and I’ve gain some more investment pieces, my love for jewellery has also grown. As I’ve grown up my jewellery taste really reflects my taste in clothing, and I love simple classic pieces that are really timeless and I’ll be able to wear for so many years.

Two of the pieces that are most treasured in my collection, have to be my gorgeous Tiffany necklace and my mixed metal one from Links London. I love how they both have a mixture of rose gold and silver, and are a really classic and simple shape. I love how the Tiffany one if so iconic, is able to be worn with any outfit for any occasion and also has a lovely, key to my heart vibe. It’s such an investment piece and something I’ll be able to wear for the rest of my life. Similarly, my Links London one is also a really lovely mixed metal and is two circle’s entwined in each other. I love how chic it is, how I can wear it both casually and with a more dressy outfit, and be able to have it in my collection for years to come. This looks so gorgeous on and I’ll always treasure it as one of my favourite 18th birthday presents.

Rings are one of my latest loves and a piece of jewellery that I’m obsessed with wearing. They’ve even become part of my everyday go-to jewellery pieces and I’m love with how they add something extra to an outfit. In particular, two of my favourite rings have to be my opal ones, which are something that I’ve always wanted to have for a long time. Opal is my birth stone and I’ve just always wanted to have a jewellery piece that really showcase’s how beautiful the stone is and celebrates me and when I was born. I’ve really struggled to find opal rings that are set in a modern way and don’t look old fashioned, and these two silver ones in my collection are two nicest one’s I’ve ever seen. Again, I love how classic and chic these rings are, how they will always be in fashion and can be in my collection for years to come.

A good watch is something that you always need in your collection, and mine from Armani Exchange has to be one of my favourite. I love how the gold and white leather create a really chic and luxe vibe, and will always look super fashionable. It goes with so many different outfit’s and the addition of the gems, on the clock face, make it super glamourous and is totally me. I love to always look glamourous and get dressed up, and this watch is the perfect match for me and my very chic style. However, I really need to a watch battery in this and actually start wearing it again, because I really love it.

Current Jewellery Trends

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Even though I really love chic and dainty jewellery, which I can wear everyday; I also love a good statement piece to glam up a basic outfit. They instantly add a focus point to an outfit and are great when you need to transfer from day to night, or want to comfortable but still glam. I’ve written all about one of my favourite statement necklaces, in my party wear accessories post HERE.

Chokers

Chokers had a real comeback in 2016 and in 2017 it will be no different. The skinny choker in particular looks super chic and stylish, and can instantly add a more edgy vibe to a feminine outfit. My favourite one’s have to be metallic or super skinny and velvet, however I’ve not really incorporated them into my own style yet and would love to experiment with them in 2017.

Statement Ear Cuff

Earring’s are something I love to wear and really can’t live without, to complete my outfit. So, a statement ear cuff is a trend I really like and I love how it can add a sense of glam and intricacy to an outfit. They look really feminine and girly and have been super popular on the catwalk. So, why don’t you try pairing a good statement ear cuff with an everyday outfit, to glam it up a bit?

Rachel x

3 Autumn Fashion Buys

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As I mentioned in my previous Autumn Style Inspiration post, Autumn has to be my ultimate favourite season for fashion. I’m just all about layering up, pulling on a really good pair of boots and heading out into a chilling morning, in your brand new coat. I’m just so over summer now, with it’s long, hot, sticky days, and I’m dreaming of the weather getting colder and being able to style up lot’s of seasonal appropriate outfits. So as I’ve already started my autumn/winter shopping, in preparation for those colder days, I thought I would share 3 of my autumn fashion buys, with you all.

Mulberry Winter Coat | F&F at Tesco | £35

This has to be one of my favourite autumn buys so far this year, just because of how beautiful this coat is. I’m not normally a person to go for comfort and practicality, over style, just because I’m always choosing coats that look super stylish and that ooze that ideal autumn style. However, in reality it’s just not happening when you live in England and it rains for 85% of the days, in Autumn and winter.

So, this coat seems like the perfect one to fit both categories. It’s really similar to one I saw in Zara for £85, but as they didn’t have my size, this one actually turned out to be a much nicer and cheaper option. I absolutely love the mix of the mulberry colour of the coat with the camel fur, to create a really chic but also super warm coat. It has all the practical elements I’m going to need: a hood, pockets and it’s really warm, but also has a bit of a chic eschimo vibe, which I love. It was a bargain at £35, and F&F is definitely a place I would recommend, if you’re looking for a good winter coat.

Cream Peplum Jumper | French Connection | £20

This was my first ever autumn/winter 16 buy, and ever since it’s become a resident in my wardrobe, I’ve been dying to wear it. What’s different about this jumper is that it’s not too thick and actually looks chic and sophisticated, without giving you that shape-less winter jumper look. The cream colour has a Chanel vibe, and the peplum at the bottom adds femininity, shape and also adds something really unique to it’s whole look.

I don’t usually shop in French connection, just because I don’t have any shops near where I live and I’ve never really had a massive desire to want to shop from there. However, this buy was from one of their outlet store’s, and I have to say that I’m super impressed with it so far. It’s really lightweight, for a jumper, has a good shape and a good fit. Only the test of time will show how well made it really is. However, I really love this jumper, it’s so my style and I know i’m going to get loads of wear out of it this autumn/winter.

Grey Short Chelsea Boots | New Look £19.99

Having a really good pair of boots in your autumn/winter wardrobe, is a true essential. They get you through endless rainy autumnal days, keep your feet super warm and cosy, and also look super chic and stylish. All of last winter I was looking for a really lovely pair of grey boots. I wanted something a bit different to the traditional black and sometimes brown. So when I found these in New Look, for a bargain at £19.99, I knew I needed them in my life.

What I really like about these is that they look stylish without having a massive high heel. A lot of pairs, actually all my pairs of boots, have some form of heel. They look really good, make me look like I have legs for days, and look great paired with an autumn skirt or dress, but aren’t always that comfortable. So, this pair will be great for those longer winter days, when I’m going for a cold autumn walk or when I’m just not feeling towering above everyone. I’ve not actually worn these yet, because it’s not been cold enough, but I can’t wait until it gets a bit more chilly, to pair all of these items together.

Rachel x

#SS |3 Trends I’m Loving / Summer Edition

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When it comes to fashion and personal style, I’m not usually someone who is obsessed with the trends and like’s to follow every single one. I much prefer to just choose items and styles that I love, and create a wardrobe that reflects my own personal style. Not just the latest trends to hit the catwalk. Obviously, as I’m really interested in fashion and want to make it my career, I think it’s important for me to know what the trends are and to be able to comment on what is popular in the fashion world. But that doesn’t meant that I always apply that to my own style. However, throughout each season there always seems to be a few trends, which I love along the way, and as it’s the #Summer Special series, I thought I would start off with a summer themed edition…

The Bomber Jacket

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They’re probably one of the biggest trends this Spring/Summer, and a trend that everyone seems to be loving. Whether it’s the thicker style of bomber jacket, popular back in the 90’s, and that can actually be counted as an item that could keep you warm on a chilly evening, or the more current embroidered bomber, which is literally just for show. There’s so many different varieties of bomber jackets and it has to be my number 1 favourite trend this season. Who ever you are, what ever your style or gender, there is a bomber jacket for you.

How I’m styling it: When it comes to styling a bomber I’m all about the super chic casual vibe. I love pairing my various bomber jackets with a good old pair of black jeans, a pair of converse and a casual white tee. For me this is just the best way to wear bomber’s, and they also make a super simple outfit look like you’re really put together. I’m literally in love with them right now.

Lace

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This trend is definitely a shock to my personal style, as before spring/summer 16 the only place that lace appeared in my wardrobe, was on my knickers. However, the higher powers in the fashion world have been able to change my mind, and I’m officially in love with the lace items I have in my wardrobe. Although, I’m still super picky about what style’s and pieces it comes on. For me personally it’s all about the more chic and classy ways to wear lace, and I like it when it has a very simple pattern and not too much going on.

How I’m styling it: As lace is so super pretty and feminine, and my style is not always that girly, I generally like to contrast it with something a bit more edgy. I have two gorgeous lace camisole’s from New Look, and I really love to pair them with both of my faux leather skirts. By having a girly lace, on a darker or more neutral shade, and an edgy faux leather but in more of a girly pastel colour, means the whole outfit gets balanced out nicely and looks amazing. However, I also have a lovely white lace dress, also from New Look, which I love to go all bohemian with and pair with my brown suede boots and my brown faux suede jacket. This has been my go-to summer look and I actually feel so pretty when I wear this look.

It’s All About the Waist

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At one time it was all about the shift dresses and loose boyfriend silhouette’s, however now it’s all about that waist and creating that womanly figure. The most popular way to rock this trend this season, has been through the ‘paper bag’ style of trousers, which pull in at the waist and allows the fabric to create a structured effect around the waist. These trousers really flatter the womanly figure, but they can also look super masculine and rock that #girlboss look. However, throughout the season, what ever outfit you’ve been wearing, it all about pulling it in at the waist, or tucking it in, to flatter that figure. I’m always loving this trend and just think that the silhouette, which it creates, has always suited my figure.

How I’m styling it: There’s quite a few ways that I love to wear this trend, because like I mentioned before it’s something that’s a staple in my wardrobe and I always do it. Whether that’s if I’m wearing a dress, a skirt, trousers or a jumpsuit, I will usually either pull it in and create a waist line, or already be wearing an item that clinches in at the waist. For me I just love tucking tops into skirts and high-waisted trousers, because it looks so much more flattering and feminine. I wouldn’t even really count this as a trend, just more of a styling option. 

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Rachel x

#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 | 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