OOTD | Celebratory Drinks

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Eveningwear has to my ultimate favourite type of clothing to wear and style into an outfit. I love that you can play with different texture’s, colours, go sheer and always add some form of sparkle. It’s just so much more playful and I always feel so much more special when I’ve made a real effort with my outfit in the evening. So, as I went out for a few celebratory drinks with some of the lovelies at work, over the weekend, I thought I would share my outfit of the night. It’s one of my favourite’s and the perfect put together, but also still relaxed look.

So, first let’s talk about a key part of this look, and it really starts with the underwear. It’s essential with these gorgeous white cropped trousers, from New Look, that you’re extra careful about the underwear you wear. They can be pretty see-through and so a good pair of nude pants is essential, or even a nude thong. Also, as this high necked, purple top which is also from New Look, is super sheer, you have two options. For the day time, I always just pop a black cami underneath and this protects all your dignity and also looks presentable for the day time. However, in the evening I love to pair it with a black Bralette from Victoria Secret underneath. It just adds a bit of playfulness to the outfit and makes it more evening appropriate.

The two key items of the outfit themselves, the top and the trousers, are both favourites from my wardrobe. I not only love the colour of this top and how you can really get away with wearing it all year round, it also looks great on my skin tone and really compliments gold eye makeup and rose gold jewellery. It also has a really lovely fit, and even though it’s got a high neck, if you wear it sheer, then it’s still very feminine and a bit sexy as well. As the trousers really are a staple in my wardrobe, and can be worn both day and night. They look good with so many different items and I love how they really pull in my waist and emphasise my long legs, especially if I wear them with heels.

To pull the look together, I went for my new grey suede, cropped biker jacket, which is also a purchase from good old New Look. I love how this not only kept me warm during the evening, but it also adds a different texture and colour to the outfit. The cut of the jacket also looks great with these trousers, as it just finishes when the trousers are pulling in at my waist, so it really just compliments the outfit and looks super classy. Also, I just paired my favourite pair of nude heels with the outfit, as not only are they the most comfortable pair of heels I own, they also look amazing on and really compliment so many outfits. They also make sure I look elegant but not too tall, as I’m already 5ft 11 in flats. The silver clutch just added a bit of sparkle to the outfit and also created a home for the bare essentials I needed for the night; my money, phone, ID, Cards and of course my eye-lash glue.

What’s your favourite type of clothing to style?

Rachel x

18 Prom Dresses | Under £100

Untitled design (5)Untitled design (4)White Organza Dress £95.99 | Purple Mermaid Dress £95.99 | Pink Ball Gown £94.89 | White Scoop Neck Dress £95.99 | Red V-Neck Dress £99.99 | Multi-Coloured Dress £95.99 | Red Mermaid Dress £95.99 | Sparkly Mermaid Dress £97.99 | Princess Co-Ord £96.99 | Nude V-Neck Dress £69.99 | Navy Satin Gown £96.99 | Red Scoop Neck Dress £95.99 | Monochrome Dress £95.99 | Blue Mermaid Co-Ord £79.99 | Sparkly Nude V-Neck Dress £75.99 | Black Short Dress £99.99 | White Jewelled Dress £75.99 | Red High Neck Dress £80.99

One of my most exciting events of this year is fast approaching and that’s my year 13 leavers ball. I can’t wait to see everyone dressed up, looking beautiful and also celebrating our last moments together as a school year. So, I’m working with the gorgeous dress company Millybridal UK , to share 18 beautiful and yet super affordable special occasion dresses. Whether you looking for something long and flowing, or short and sparkled is more your thing, they’ve got a dress to pair with every special event. They really are your go to brand for those ultimate cheap prom dresses in the UK.

I always think prom dresses should be super girly, fun and most of the time short. Generally in the UK, prom’s are the first type of event you will get when you leave school and so it’s a reflection of a younger version of yourself. So, that’s why I really love this white organza piece, with a lace embroided bodice because it’s so feminine and would really create a beautiful silhouette to your figure. The lace really creates all the intricacy and depth and then the colour just pulls the whole piece together and look’s effortlessly chic and classy. Or, if your looking for a more sexy piece to wear to prom, then this gorgeous black A-Line organza dress would be perfect. It has a beautiful jewelled appliqued design which covers the top of the garment and a low cut scooped back. This not only nails that sultry vibe, but would also look beautiful on so many different figure’s.

If I was to think of the ultimate leavers ball dress, it would have to be super long, elegant and feminine. So, this figure hugging, burgundy mermaid dress would look so beautiful as it would enhance all your curves and a bit of bum and back as well. The colour is a bit unconventional for a prom, but would look so beautiful paired with a tan and rose gold accessories. I know it would be a true showstopper at any special event. However, if your looking for something light and floaty, with just a touch of sparkle, then this Nude V-Neck dress would be perfect for you. Everything about this dress is super delicate and would look so feminine. I love how the sequins add a different texture and more depth to the whole piece; it would just look so beautiful for prom.

Don’t forget to go over and have a browse of the Millybridal UK website, for more beautifully affordable pieces.

Rachel x

Prom Dresses UK

A Day In London | Notting Hill & Kensington Palace

 

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Usually, whenever I visit we drive to one of the first tube stations, like Edgeware or Stanmore, park and then buy 1-6 zone tube ticket into central London. This is a fairly cheap way of being able to visit the city, without all the expense and stress of driving into the center or catching the train. However, this time me and my mum decided to check out how much it would be to go on the train and see how it compared. Even though it cost us slightly more than the petrol and parking would have, at one of the tube stations, it saved us so much time and we were able to get there in just over an hour. It would normally take 1 hour to an hour and half, without traffic just to get to the tube stations.

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The whole reason we wanted to go down to London, was to go and see Princess Diana’s ‘Her Fashion Story’ exhibition at Kensington Palace. We originally went to see the fashion styles re-worked exhibition, showcasing dresses that belonged to Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth and a few of Princess Diana’s as well, back in 2016 and we thought it was amazing.

So, as we both love how the royal women are such style icons, we had to go back and see the exhibition that was purely dedicated to the people’s princess, which has opened this year and is running until 2019. When we visited before I didn’t bring my proper Canon camera, and I was so annoyed that I wasn’t able to share some of the amazing exhibition with you, so this year I was determined to take lot’s of photos to share in a blog post.

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It was amazing to see how striking some of her most famous dresses are, and how much they portrayed the trends of the 80’s. Her look was all about ruffles, lace, shoulder pads and looking feminine, but with that strong regal edge. They would be so out of place in today’s modern style, but it was amazing to think they had such a strong story behind them of an everyday woman who has thrown into the royal limelight.

The showcase of some of the original dress designs were beautiful and it was so interesting to know how old these are and you can imagine each and every famous fashion designer, creating an iconic look for the young princess. They are such a great keepsake and I would love to be able to have these designs in my walk in wardrobe or office, in my future home.

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After visiting the beautiful exhibition, I wanted to go and explore some of the smaller, less well-known places in central London. So, Notting hill was first on my list because I’ve heard some many bloggers and youtubers talk about how beautiful it is, and so I wanted to see it for myself.

It’s a place I would really recommend visiting, if you want to go somewhere that’s a bit more off the beaten track, because it’s a lot more relaxed compared to central London and has much more of a rustic, unique vibe. The different rows of coloured houses, gorgeous individual deli’s and patisserie’s, and the addition of Portobello road market just around the corner. They had a range of small delicate jewellery and leather bag stalls, mixed with more modern stores such as Cath Kidston.

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Rachel x

Spring Wishlist | White High Low Dress, Designer Bags and Embroidery

 

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Lulu Guiness Rucksack | £375, Blue Vanilla Jacket | £60, Zaful Embroided Tunic | $27.99, Zaful Cut Out Pointed Stiletto’s | $35.99, Ted Baker Red Bag | £160 , Topshop Embroided Jeans | £59

As it’s starting to get warmer in the UK, I’m really enjoying dressing for the spring season and purchasing some new items to add to my wardrobe. So, I’m working with the beauties at Zaful to show you some of the pieces I’m currently lusting after; such as this embroided white high low dress or dress formal dresses, which would be perfect for an upcoming summer party or a prom.

This season I just can’t get enough of embroidery. It’s just so feminine and also adds a nice amount of detail to a usually plain pair of jeans or a jacket. I particularly love the traditional red and green floral embroidery, on these Topshop Jamie Jeans because it adds something extra to the denim and makes them more of a special and seasonal appropriate pair to wear. The embroidery is also not too in your face, and doesn’t take away from how well-fitting the jeans are. So many pairs similar to this, are always boyfriend or mom style, and even though they are a nice addition to your wardrobe, I honestly don’t think you can beat a really good pair of skinny jeans.

If you’ve been a reader for a long time, then you will know that I have a real love and border line addiction for handbags. I especially love the British brand Lulu Guiness because of just how feminine all of her iconic bags are and particularly the traditional lips design. However, recently this gorgeous black leather backpack with a gold lips clasp, has caught my eye and I can’t stop thinking about it since. I just think that backpacks are so useful for summer and this one would just add a bit more style and glamour to the whole idea. But, it’s super expensive and definitely a piece that I will have to save up for or buy when it’s on sale.

Shoes are also quickly becoming another love of mine, and I’m really into more pointy stilettos styles at the minute. I bought a nude pair back in March, for one of my best friends wedding and I’ve just fallen in love with how elegant they make you look. They really elongate your legs and add a bit of a stronger contrast to an otherwise very feminine outfit. So, this gorgeous cut out tan pair from Zaful, caught my eye straight away. I love how well these will work with this seasons embroidery and lace, but also work perfectly with for both a casual day look or a dressy evening vibe. They would be so versatile and be a pair in my collection that I would wear over and over again. I definitely need to pick these beauties up.

What items are you lusting over this season?

Rachel x

Spring Colour Edit 2017

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The transition from Winter to Spring has to my favourite out of all the seasons. I love being able to move away from the everyday jumper and jeans uniform, and into experimenting with bright colours and patterns. There’s something that so exciting about dressing for spring, as you know that warmer days, longer nights and so many adventures are just around the corner. So, today I’m working with Bonobos and sharing my go-to colours, for the spring season; and creating two gorgeous his and hers looks to go along with them.

Red- This never used to be a colour that I gravitated to or that was really even present in my wardrobe, however lately I’m loving it. I think it’s down to the fact that I have a new love for red lipstick, as it’s so feminine and classic. It instantly adds another dimension to an outfit and really pulls it all together. So, my new obsession with red patterned clothing is definitely inspired by my current favourite lip colour. This gorgeous embroided top from River Island is the best way to wear red, as I love the fact it’s still mixed with white and even though the two colours contrast, they work well together to create a beautiful look.

Spring Colour Edit 4White- Talking of white, this is also one of my go-to colours when it comes to Spring. I love how well it works with my brown hair, and it looks amazing with a golden tan and tan accessories. It’s such a feminine colour, yet it has a real classic vibe and can work for almost anyone in some way. My favourite wear to rock white, during spring is through lace. I love pairing the girly lace with a harsher denim, and creating a really good contrast. I honestly think that’s the trick to white, is to think about how you can pair it will something completely different, or you go for it whole-heartedly and rock the bohemian vibe’s.

Light Blue- I’m all about the lighter denim’s when it comes to spring, and I love being able to pair different lace’s, embroidery’s and textures with a real spring jean. They instantly lift your outfit and bring it bang on trend and in season.  I’m really starting to experiment more with blue, as it is supposed to one of my colours I should wear, and move away from my classic black jeans.

Rose Gold- I couldn’t go through this whole blog post without mentioning my favourite metal of all time, and that’s beautiful rose gold. It’s such a feminine metal, and really adds a warmth to your outfit. I love how well it looks with red, white, blue and just my entire spring colour scheme. It’s something different from the traditional harsh gold and silver, and rose gold looks good whether it’s a cheap costume piece, or whether you’ve invested that little bit more for a more luxurious piece.

Blush Pink- Finally, I’ve also been loving blush pink for ages and I’m just going to continue to roll it on into spring. I love how feminine it is, however you can mix it with a faux leather skirt and you’re instantly creating an amazing look. It’s a new neutral, and can almost be worn with any colour and in any way you wish to. It’s the perfect colour for summer weddings, a prom or even just a day out. It’s so super versatile and is a great shade to add to along side your classic monochrome.

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This women’s look is a gorgeous formal take on my spring colour palette, with the red prom style dress taking center stage. I love this dress so much it’s even a contender for being my dress for my sixth form leavers ball in July. It’s such a beautiful piece, and creates a real statement being all red. However, the lace pattern makes it much more fresh and spring/summer appropriate.

 

I’ve then gone along with the rose gold colour palette through out my accessories; with these strappy rose sandals from Pretty Little Thing, and this stunning pearl earrings from Tiffany. I love how these have a crystal encrusted rose gold bar, which contrasts with the pearl and also ties my whole look together. The bag is a unique find from ASOS, and is a little bit of a statement but makes the outfit more casual. However, you could easily swap this with a formal clutch for a special event.

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When it comes to the men’s look, I’ve gone for a much more casual vibe that you could wear on a day out or just to have a few drinks at the local pub. It’s super relaxed with this red bomber, from ASOS, that really brings colour to the entire outfit. Bombers are bang on trend at the minute, and are perfect to throw on in the spring when it’s not quite warm enough to just wear a short sleeve shirt. I love how this one is a bit more of a burgundy, which ties in well with all the rest of the muted colour palette.

To pair with the bomber, I’ve gone for a pattern white and navy shirt, with nautical themed sharks on. It adds a bit of pattern and intricacy to the outfit, and I also think that pattern shirts add a bit of fun to a spring/summer outfit. The navy shorts, also from Bonobos tie in with the pattern on the shirt and create an exact colour palette down the centre of the body. Then the bomber is there to bring a more relaxed vibe and style to the outfit. To tie it all together, I’ve picked a brown holdall. This colour looks amazing when paired with navy and would also be a great piece to travel with.

Why don’t you check out Bonobas’ collections HERE?

Rachel x