Get Ready With Me | My 19th Birthday

A birthday is always an excuse for me to get dressed up and enjoy being a bit more glamourous than I am everyday; and my 19th birthday was no exception. After such an amazing 18th year, I knew I had to go into my 19th with a bit of a bang, no way as big as last years, but a good celebration was in order. So, to make sure the night kicked off in the right way, I made sure I had an outfit on that I loved and felt really good in, as well as pulling it all together with hair and makeup that had a kind of everyday glam vibe. I was so happy the outfit as a whole I thought I would share it in a blog post with you all….

The Outfit

When it comes to going out, I’m a massive fan of having that one key item that you can put on and feel instantly put togther and ready for the evening. Whether that’s a dress playsuit or a jumpsuit, a love a good one hit wonder I suppose; except I love to wear them over and over again and they’re my trusty go-to pieces. So, when it came to choosing an outfit for my birthday drinks in my local city, it was a no brainer that I wanted to pick one of these items from my wardrobe. So, this red, lace dress from AX Paris ended up being the dress of choice for the evening, purely becaause I feel really good when I wear it, it looks good and I could also pair it with a good old red lip.

To finish the look off, I wanted to make the dress the main focus point and so I stuck to a more neutral colour palette. I went for a beautiful pair of patent nude high heels, with a good platform to add a bit of height to the evening. These are far from the most comfortable heels I own, but they look amazing on, and so that balanced out the pain they cause. Then I added my trusty rose gold Pandora rings, and my Armani exchange watch and a black and white clutch to tie it all together. To be honest the bag wasn’t my first choice, but I couldn’t find the bag I really wanted to use so I had to make so with this one.

Hair & Makeup

For my hair and makeup I went for a more everyday glam look, as I wanted to still look natural with a bit more of a dressed up version. So I created a gorgeous brown smoky eye to add a bit of depth to my makeup look and a bit of intensity to the eye, using the Morphe 35T palette. This is actually one of the loves of my life and would really recommend buying it because it`s so versatile, and it also helps that it looks beautiful as well. To complement the eye look I went for bronzed, dewy skin and a good old matte red lip. I wasn’t the most popular with my boyfriend, but it tied the whole look together. When it came to my hair, I went for my trusty loose curls but added lots of extra volume, to the roots, to add bit of extra glam to the whole look. This just brought it all together and made me love my hair for the whole night.

The Night

I headed to a few local bars in my local city for drinks and a cocktail or two, with my boyfriend and 6 of my best friends. I had an amazing night chatting, drinking and catching up with them all, especially as three of them are at uni away from home and I don’t get to see them that much. To be honest it was quite a messy night, as I made the mistake of mixing too many drink combinations. However, I was the birthday girl and so I had a good excuse to get drunk.

Rachel x

3 New Festival Buys

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Festivals are such popular summer events to go and are packed full of wild, wacky and colourful outfits. There’s never a dull moment when you’re rocking the double denim look, mixing florals and stripes or owning that huge floral crown. However, you do also have to think practically when going to a festival, as in reality they are amazing fun but can be super rainy, windy and cold. So, as I’m going to V Festival this year with a group of my friends, I thought I would share some of the practical, yet stylish, buys I’ve picked up so far.

Green Raincoat | Topshop | £25

Not only is this the most practical piece from this mini haul, it’s probably the most sensible clothing item I’ve bought for a long time, usually I’m all about style over practicality. But, I knew this would be a piece I would really need for the festival as it would keep me warm on colder nights, would look good paired with any festival outfit and was also a bargain in the sale at £25. I love how the striped lining adds a bit of fun to the piece and even though it is quite practical, I know it will still look cute and stylish during the weekend.

The Roma Rucksack| MAHI Leather | £94.50

This little beauty was a gorgeous gift from my lovelies over at MAHI leather and will be perfect to house all my festival essentials for the day. I love how it has two zipped pockets at the front, which you can access really easily and how it also has a really spacious main section to the bag as well. It will be great for in the evenings when I want to  take out a jacket and also my phone, money and maybe a few drinks or something to eat. They’ve also made it even better by personalising it with my first three initials, RLK; which I just love and makes it so special. All their gorgeous bags are 100% leather and that means that it will wear really well, last a long time and be okay in the unpredictable weather at the festival.

White Embroided Shirt | Zaful | $26.49

This is my favourite piece from this mini haul, because not only do I love a good shirt but I’m also obsessed with embroidery; and this piece ticks both of these boxes. What I like is how well the beauties at Zaful described this item, which meant that I was super impressed when I got this shirt through the post and surprised at the online to real life pay off. It looked exactly the same and even the embroidery looks just as beautiful and intricate as it did on screen. They also come packaged up so beautifully as well and all it needed was a good iron and it was ready to go.

I really cant wait to style up this shirt with a good old pair of denim shorts, maybe even contrast it with a black ripped pair, to add a different feel. It’s such a casual style and cut that it always looks effortlessly chic, and is also super soft against your skin. The embroidery doesn’t irritate you at all and you can even roll up the sleeves to change up the style of it too. I’ve even got my eye on some of the beautiful floral bodycon dresses on their website, which would also be a great festival day outfit.

The only criticism I would make about it would just be the sizing descriptions, from their small, medium, large into British clothing sizes. I got guided an XL would be a UK size 12, however this is a bit big for me and I could of easily got a large if it wasn’t for the fact that the shirt looks great over-sized.

 What do you have planned this summer?

Rachel x

3 Ways To Find Your Summer Style Inspiration

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I’m always on a mission to get that perfect chic summer Parisian look, which looks super effortless no matter what the temperature, country or occasion. It’s a look that I love to admire and which I’m really trying to build my capsule summer wardrobe into. During the rest of the year, I love to have multiple pieces I can wear for all seasons and weather’s, but with summer I like to really choose my key go-to items that all work well together and can create some gorgeous looks. However, I personally find a chic and classic summer wardrobe pretty hard to nail and not let the heat and convenience of shorts and a tee become my staple wardrobe. So, I’m sharing 3 ways that I’m loving, to gain inspiration for my summer style…

1. Get On Pinterest– As you all know I’m a massive fan of Pinterest and I can’t get enough of scrolling through all the beautiful images and quotes they have. However, what I love even more is the amount of gorgeous style inspiration. So, I love to make a fashion and style inspiration mood board, get scrolling and pin some of my favourite images on there. Then, you can come back to it later, when you’re stuck for outfit inspiration or packing for a holiday.

2. Spend Time In Your Wardrobe– This may sound a bit ridiculous, but honestly one of the best ways to feel inspired by your summer style is to know exactly what items you have. Start by clearing out all your colder, winter pieces and then focus on all the beautiful summer pieces you have. This way you can start to see what colour palette’s you’ve got going on and plan what items you can wear with what.

3. Be Nosy- One of my favourite things to do is people watch and so mix this with a way of gaining some good style inspiration, and I’m hooked. I’m talking just observing what other women’s outfits, what colours, styles or patterns they’ve styled with what, or even how the mannequins have been dressed in shop windows.

With style it’s all about being inspired and having the intrigue to want to play around with your wardrobe and create some gorgeous outfit combinations.

Rachel x

 

The Style Tag

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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.

 img_280413. 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.

dsc_349711. 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.

Rachel x

My 5 Favourite Party Wear Accessories

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Party Wear has to be one of my favourite types of clothing, and I really can’t get enough of some sparkle and a good sequin or two. For me its just the best time for dressing, because I love getting all glammed up and having the opportunity to wear some of my favourite party pieces. However, no good party look is truly complete without a few gorgeous accessories; whether that’s a lovely sparkly clutch or a big statement necklace.

As I’m a bit obsessed with shoes and definitely with handbags, there’s so many accessories that I love to wear, when it comes to going out. However, two of my favourite have to be these sparkly clutch bags from TKMaxx and Miss Selfridge. The black one has a gorgeous iridescent rainbow effect, that glimmers in all different colours, depending on the light, and is really versatile. I’m able to wear it with so many different outfits and is a great investment in my handbag collection. But it’s not exactly the biggest inside, and I can just about squeeze my money, phone and lipstick into it. It’s more about how it looks than how practical it actually is. As, the silver one provides a bit of a bigger and more chic version. It looks beautiful when paired with outfits that are more girly and feminine, as well as when you’re pairing silver jewellery with your outfit. This clutch really sparkles all day and night, and is able to be paired with almost any party wear piece.

Shoes are always a girls best friend and you can truly conquer the world with an amazing pair of shoes on your feet. So, when you’re going out and dancing all night long, a really good pair of shoes is essential. This gorgeous black, laser cut pair have to one of my favourite. They look like they would be really uncomfortable, as they’re super high, however the platform actually makes them quite comfortable, for a pair of high heels. I love how they cover the whole of your foot and are an almost boot style; as well as looking feminine and really sexy.

There’s also this gorgeous pair of silver high heels from Dorothy Perkins, which have to be the perfect pair of party shoes when in comes to how they look. They make your feet look amazing, and really sparkle and shine all night on the dance floor. However, they’re far from comfortable, and are more of a pair you would wear when you don’t have to walk around a lot. A date night or meal out is when these shoes would be in their element, but not for a party or any dancing. They look lovely, and are one of my favourite pairs of shoes I own, but they’re just not suited to every special occasion and night out.

Jewellery is something I really love to wear when I’m going out, and I really love being able to finish my look off with lot’s of my favourite pieces. This gorgeous silver floral necklace ,from Topshop, is really no exception. It’s the biggest and most glam piece of jewellery I own, but it really does look amazing when your going out and want to look super glamourous. It sparkles and shines all night, and is a great addition to a plain white shirt or to just top a look off altogether. The ribbon tie just adds a bit of femininity to the piece and makes sure that it doesn’t look too over powering, when you’re wearing it.

Rachel x