My Fashion Reading List | 2017


As you all know, I love fashion, and that’s why I not only write a fashion and style blog but also want to make it my future career. So, it’s no wonder that I have lot’s of fashion related things, such as magazine’s, books and even a really gorgeous Parian Street Style colouring book. I love collecting all of the beautiful things out there, that are to do with fashion and in particular I have a growing collection of fashion books; ranging from the best places to shop in different cities, to an entire journey into the history of fashion. So, as I have recently added a few more items to my collection, I thought I would share my 2017 fashion reading list with you all; talking through some of the amazing books in my collection which I really want to delve into this year…

Vogue On Christian Dior

This is the second book that I have from the ‘Vogue On’ series, and it’s a really interesting one about the life and work of the one and only Christian Dior. Originally a French fashion designer, and now the name of one of the biggest fashion houses in the world. He really is a true icon within fashion and someone who is so interesting to read about. I love finding about how famous designers came to be, their background and also what made them so revolutionary at the time they became well-known. So, I can’t wait to delve into this one and find out all about the man himself, his fashion house and how he became so iconic. Also, there’s a really good documentary, that was on All 4, that looked inside Dior and followed each different element of the fashion house; for any fashion lover it would be so amazing and I would really recommend giving it a watch.

Where Stylists Shop

This is the newest addition to my collection and one which I’m super excited to read. This book uncovers some of the amazing places, in cities all across the world, where fashion stylists shop. It sounds so interesting and especially as I not only love shopping, but would like to dabble with a bit of fashion styling myself in the future. This is definitely going to be a good book to keep with me after I finish my degree and I’m hopefully a fashion buyer. It’s also just a great read and the perfect way to find those undiscovered gems that are unbelievable places to shop.

London Style Guide

This book is a bit more of an entire lifestyle overview of London and some of the best places to visit, shop and eat. London is not only one of my favourite cities, because I just love the vibe and it’s so me, but it’s also my country’s capital city and I feel proud of how much of a figure it is in the fashion world. This will be a great one to have when I visit London and a perfect way to discover new places to go, that aren’t as widely known. I can’t wait to sit down and have a proper read of this.

The Fashion Book

This is the true fashion bible and one that I’ll be able to constantly refer back to and read, both now and during my degree. It’s a book that really takes you a journey through fashion’s history; highlighting some of the key icons, trends and periods of time along the way. It looks so interesting and a book I’m sure I will treasure forever in my collection. Although, it’s super heavy, so it will definitely not be a bed time read.

Is there any fashion books you’ve read and would recommend to me?

Rachel x

“Inside Vogue” | Book Review

IMG_2918[1]IMG_2920[1]I’m not only a massive lover of all things fashion and style, but I also have a real interest in reading and I love picking up a good book; getting immersed into it’s own world. A really good book grips you from the beginning, draws you into the life of the main character, throws you through twists and turns and gives you utter withdrawal symptoms, as you read that final page. There’s something so magical about reading and when it’s mixed with a true passion of mine, then it can’t get much better.

So, when I found out that Alexandra Shulman, the Editor-in-chief of one of the biggest fashion bible’s in the world, British Vogue, had written a book; I couldn’t wait to add it to my collection and have a good read. Right from the start, I knew it would be so interesting; getting to step into Alexandra’s shoes and reading what it’s truly like to be at the top, of one of the most well-known fashion magazines. Hearing a day to day account of the centenary year, and all the many events that went with the big celebration, such as the Vogue Festival and the centenary issue. Learning about all the ups and downs of being a woman, in a high powered job, and mixing that with being a mother and her day to day life. It’s an honest, heart warming and true representation of Alexandra and the build up to Vogues’ centenary year… and I absolutely loved it.

The Story

Without completely ruining the book, this is a real life account written by Alexandra herself, as she goes through Vogue’s 100th year. It follows her descriptions, views and opinions on the running of the magazine, putting together monthly issues, the vogue documentary and all the events that come with that. She talks in depth about how she feels about the inside vogue documentary and how she is going to be portrayed, in a really genuine and honest way. As well as all the little moments of life, which just get in the way, like having no hot water. It’s not just like reading someone’s diary, you feel immersed by the story, her life and all the events that go along with it. All the references to the fashion world and some of the biggest names, make it the perfect read for someone who loves fashion and ultimately Vogue itself.

The Author

Alexandra is actually a professional author herself, which you find out as she occasionally mentions it during the book, however she really does shoe her talent through this real life diary. She is so honest and open with how she talks about the events of Vogue, and even though she’s technically living the dream, she highlights the downfalls of being in her position so well. The book is written in a very causal diary form, however you can tell from the beginning that she’s a woman who means business, is strong and knows exactly what and who she’s talking about. It also shows just how much she cares for not only her family, but also have a true love for the magazine, every single issue and the people she employs.

It’s a real must-read for anyone who loves fashion and the whole world of Vogue and you can go and pick it up from WHSmith, Waterstones or even good old Amazon.

Rachel x

#SS 6 | 10 Reasons Why I’ve Loved Summer This Time Around


When it comes to my favourite seasons in the year, summer doesn’t normally come into that list. The lack of sun that we usually have in the UK, the variety of interesting summer dressing that appears and the lack of really good TV; makes summer one of my less favourite seasons. However, I think summer 2016 may have finally been able to bring me around to changing my opinion, on the hottest season of the year. If we’re lucky. So, I thought I would share 10 reasons why I have loved summer, this time around…

1. In the UK we have actually had more sun than rain. Usually UK summers are absolutely nothing to talk about and definitely not anything you could really enjoy. If it’s not raining then it’s unbearably hot, there’ s not normally any in-between. But, this year has been different and we’ve actually had lot’s of gorgeous sunny weather, to the point where I’ve even managed to get a bit of tan.

2. I think I’ve finally found my perfect summer style. Summer dressing is something I’ve always struggled with, and even up to a few months ago I’ve found it really hard to nail down what trends and style’s I love for summer and which ones I’m going to give a miss. However, I feel like now I’ve really got my summer style semi-nailed thanks to finding some of my ultimate summer wardrobe items and putting it all together to create my ideal holiday wardrobe.

3. Spending time with my mum. When it comes to who I love to spend time with the most, my mum is always someone who comes out tops. We love doing the same things, which is usually shopping, have the same interests and just love spending time together. I think it’s so important to care and take time to really look after your family, especially your mum, as you only get one after all. You can find about more about me HERE.

4. Really enjoying photography and using Instagram. These two things come hand in hand, because this summer I’ve loved documenting my summer through taking beautiful photo’s to share with all of you on Instagram. Why don’t you go and give me a little follow @rachelydia? I’ve got a little theme going on and I’ve just really enjoyed taking lovely photo’s, from my holidays and fun things I’ve done during the summer, to document on my Instagram. Although, I don’t know what I’m going to fill my Instagram with when Autumn hits.

5. Getting a good work balance. This is one of the more boring reasons of this post, however if you have a part time job then you will know where I’m coming from. Sometimes you end up working way too much and have no time to enjoy summer, even though you’re going to have a massive pay cheque at the end of the month. But, this year I’ve been lucky and managed to get a good balance, with a bit of work but also free time.

6. The #SummerSpecial blog series. If you didn’t already know, for the whole month of August, I decided to embark on a new blogging adventure and create a monthly series inspired by summer. I’ve loved challenging myself to keep to my blogging schedule, even though this post is going to up a bit late today, and experimenting with some better content. You can go and catch up on the series HERE.

7. Changing up my hair and makeup. This summer I’ve really loved changing up my hair and trying out a few new different hair style’s to wear. My go-to one, at the minute, has to be having a scalp braid in the top section of my hair and then having loose waves/curls, in the rest of my hair. Make up wise I’ve been addicted to changing up my eye makeup and buying new palette’s. I’ve really been loving the more rose gold vibe and a lighter crease colour.

8. Party planning. This is almost a bit of a cheat, because the party I’m planning for is not actually in the summer, but I’ve still been making plans for it, during the last few months. I’m having a party to celebrate my 18th Birthday in October, and so I’ve really been enjoying doing all things party related. Designing invitations, making and getting decorations and ultimately finding the perfect venue.

9. A new series. I’ve really loved watching an original BBC comedy called ‘Boy Meets Girl’. It’s an hilariously funny drama that follows a young couple, and their family, through life and preparing to get married. I’ve really been enjoying having a good laugh and I just think you can’t beat a really good comedy. The new series of ‘Friday Night Dinner’ on channel 4 is also amazing as well. I really recommend you go and have a watch of both of them.

10. Having holidays in the UK. I usually think that in order to have a really good, sunny summer holiday, then abroad is the only way to go. However, this year I was proved completely wrong ,as I went on my summer holiday to Eastbourne and Brighton. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and Brighton is such a vibrant and amazing place to visit, I really recommend a trip. Also, a trip to the Sherwood Center Parcs proved to me that you can have a really good holiday in the UK, with the amazing accommodation and sub tropical swimming paradise.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and are loving your summer so far. You can go and catch up with the rest of the #SummerSpecial series HERE.

Rachel x