The Casual Spring Pastels

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Dressing for Spring is something I’ve been waiting for such a long time. I can’t wait to finally be able to put those thick knits away, say goodbye to those winter scarves, hats and gloves, and say hello to my spring wardrobe. As the weather has been getting slightly warmer in the UK, I’ve been starting to piece together some fresh spring outfits, mixing some of my classic spring pieces from the last few years, with a few of my new favourite items thrown in to.

This everyday casual, spring pastels look is a perfect example of this, as it mixes a pair of my classic, go-to black high-waisted jeans from M&S, along with my gorgeous blush pink trench, a spring cotton shirt and tied it all together with my new beautiful pair of grey suede knee-high boots. This is my favourite look for a casual day out shopping, or heading out for a coffee date. The mix of the light pink and blue pastels pair perfectly with the classic, chic black and the texture of the suede boot. Altogether the whole look just oozes my sense of style; classic colour blocking with a bit of texture thrown in there too.

THE BLUE PASTEL SHIRT: This is a piece I’ve had for while but I still love it just as much as when I bought it. It’s a classic buy from Topshop in the Tall section, and is the perfect fit for me. I have a long body so sometimes finding shirts that fit in all the right places and that’s also long enough, can be difficult.

I love to bring this out every spring/summer as it’s a really light-weight cotton, so it keeps you cool in summer and warmer in the early spring season. It looks perfect paired with so many different colours and can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a casual everyday look paired with converse.

THE BLUSH TRENCH: This trench is one of my favourite pieces as soon as springs starts to roll around. I bought it to wear for one of my best friend’s weddings last year, and fell in love with it straight away. It fits like a glove and is a perfect statement coat to wear for spring. I always love a good trench at this time of the year as they still give some warmth, but are also still light and can instantly look so chic. This one is a purchase from Debenhams last year, and was around 40.00, however pastels are really big again this spring/summer 18, so I’m sure there will be lots of similar ones across the high-street.

THE JEANS: I’ve spoken so much about these already, so I’ll make this one short and sweet. These jeans are the best ones I’ve found on the high-street for my body shape and budget. They’re super good quality, have a really good fit and are just the perfect pairing to any outfit, whether night or day.

THE BOOTS: These are my favourite piece from the whole entire outfit, and also my newest purchase. I’m really into knee-high boots at the moment, as I love how classy they look and they’re so super versatile for autumn/winter and spring/summer, as you can pair them with jeans, skirts and also dresses. These were a great buy from River Island back in February for only 40.00, down from 60.00; as I think they were trying to clear some of their winter stock. However, I think these are super spring appropriate too, as I love how classic and chic grey is and how comfy they are to walk in, and on your leg as well.

Are you looking forward to styling up some spring outfits? What are going to be your key pieces for this season?

Rachel x

A Special Occasion Haul | Spring Wedding

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Blush Mac | The Collection at Debenhams £65 , Nude Bow Clutch  | Coast £38 , Nude Stiletto’s | New Look £25.99 , White Fascinator | Claire’s £16

Getting dressed up has to be one of my favourite times for fashion, and especially when it’s a really special occasion. There’s nothing like being able to buy a few new gorgeous pieces, in my case accessories and a gorgeous new coat; to wear for that one event you’ve been looking forward to for the whole year. So, as I have a spring wedding to go to, in just under 3 weeks time, for one of my best friends Sasha; I thought I would share some of the lovely new items I’ve purchased, to complete my outfit for the day.

The Coat- Although we all like to dream of those gorgeous hot weddings, in reality I really needed a coat to wear for the day. It’s not always very glamourous to wear a coat, especially not when you’re in all your finery, so I was determined to find a lovely and fashionable coat to complete my outfit.

After at lot of searching and trying on lot’s of different styles and shapes, this lovely blush coloured mac was the chosen one. I love how it’s a really feminine colour, that ties in perfectly with my other accessories and the colours in my dress, as well as it being a classic trench style, which is bang on trend. It’s not too thick for spring, will complement my outfit and make sure I always look fabulous, even when I’m out in the freezing cold, watching the pictures being taken.

The Clutch- Handbag’s are a true love in my life, and my second favourite thing when it comes to dressing and creating an outfit. I honestly think it’s so important to have a good bag; they pull a whole outfit together, make you look chic and feminine and also give you a place to put your phone and necessities or the day. So, it was really important for me to get a bag that was not only beautiful, but that’s also big enough to fit in all the things I need for the wedding; money, phone, lipstick and even a few snacks.

This beautiful clutch from Coast was the one as soon as I spotted it. I love how it has a mix between the faux leather and the faux suede, and that there is also a large bow tied across the front of it. It’s so feminine, but not too fussy and very chic, my style in a nutshell. There’s also a lovely addition of the rose gold clasp, that means this will be my metal of choice for the day; as well as it being super roomy and perfect for all my necessities.

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The Shoes– I’m a real lover of high heels. They really do make a women look so much better, as they give you a real height, dominance and also make your legs look amazing. So, finding a lovely pair of shoes that not only look gorgeous, but that would also be comfortable and I would be able to wear again, was super important. Ultimately, I needed a killer pair of high heels, that would be the perfect companion to my outfit for the day, but also a great addition to my wardrobe.

So, these two toned half leather and half suede, high heels were the perfect choice. Not only do they actually tie in with my bag really perfectly, as they both have the two fabric thing going on, they will also go with some many different pieces I have in my wardrobe. They’re so classic and chic, completely my style again, and also have a really modern and feminine edge. I’m not usually a big fan of pointy shoes, however these have changed my mind as I love how they elongate my legs and look so classy. They’re a bit of a must buy if you ask me, as they were a real bargain.

The Fascinator- What is a wedding outfit without a fascinator, and this white one from Claire’s is the perfect choice. It really was the saving grace after hours spent looking for the exact fascinator I wanted, that was beautiful and also an affordable price. Honestly you would never believe how much a bit of organza on a head band could cost! This one is the perfect balance, as it was a really affordable price of only £16, but also looks lovely on and matches exactly with my white satin dress. It adds an extra something to my outfit, and also doesn’t break my bank every time I look at it.

Check out this post if you like to see the dress I’m wearing to accompany these lovely new pieces.

Rachel x

Birthday Gift Guide

Gift Guide

As all through April we are celebrating rachelspicks 1st birthday I have decided to do a birthday gift guide. A guide to help you find some cute little pressie’s for all under a £10.

 

As people are always springing their birthdays on us or we want to give then a little something to celebrate their birthday, we need to find something nice that’s cheap. So it doesn’t break the bank. This is why this post is being written right now because you may have a friend that you want to give a token to or in my situation give them something for their blogs birthday.

 

Cream cut out heart candle holder £7.00-Debenhams,

Retro Mixed Sweet Bag, 500g £9.00-John Lewis,

 The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes and Muffins £5.24- John Lewis,

 Lily-Flame Candle in a Tin, Blush £8.50-John Lewis,

Cath Kidston Wild Flowers Hand Cream Set, 3 x 30ml £6.00-John Lewis,

Blooming Beautiful Set £7.80-LUSH Cosmetics,

Out Of This World Set £6.50-LUSH Cosmetics,

Moustache Winder £5.00-Accessorize,

 Home Grown Print iPhone 4 Cover £10.00-Accessorize,

 Paris With Love Embroidered Notebook £10.00- Accessorize

 

I love the the retro sweet pack, it’s such as cute and individual gift. You could even make your own with someone one’s favourite sweets in or just a fun exciting mixture. Also it is quite a safe option as most people like sweets and love to be reminded of their childhood favourites! This is something I will be putting on my presents ideas list.

 

Hope you find this post useful. Even if you don’t buy any of these items it just gives you ideas on what you can get for your money! Happy shopping! I hope they love it!<3

 

Websites

Debenhams- www.debenhams.com

 

Accessorize- uk.accessorize.com/

 

John Lewis- www.johnlewis.com/

 

LUSH Cosmetics- www.lush.co.uk/

 

Love Rachelx