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

Get Ready With Me | Valentine’s Day

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Whether you’re spending Valentine’s day with a special person in your life or you’re just going out with the girls; getting your outfit right is a priority. I always feel so much more confident and ready for the night, if I love my outfit; so choosing the perfect piece to wear is super important to me. It could be a jumpsuit, playsuit, or a beautiful dress, like one form AX Paris, it’s all about finding that item you love, that fits perfectly and makes you feel camera ready, at any point throughout the night. So, here’s what I would wear for a date this valentine’s day or just a few drinks with the girls.

This beautiful floral A-Line dress from AX Paris is the real star piece of the outfit, and is an item I really love in my wardrobe. It’s such a feminine and pretty dress, which is perfect for those more special evenings out or even a wedding. I’m actually planning to wear to one of my best friends’ wedding, so I know it’s super appropriate for that as well.

The A-line style is really great for my body shape, as it really highlights my small waist and flares out nicely to cover my stomach. It’s the perfect dress style for anyone who is more curvy and who finds that pleats around the waist just don’t do anything for their body shape. As the floral design looks really pretty and adds a more spring/summer vibe to your outfit. It looks effortlessly stylish, chic and the satin style fabric makes it look really expensive and a good quality piece.

To bring the whole outfit together, I paired it with these nude strappy sandals from Next, which are super comfortable and perfect for you to party in all night long. As, this silver clutch bag is a gorgeous addition to any outfit and especially when it’s paired with some lovely silver rings from Pandora. My fragrance of choice for the evening would be Olympea by Paco Rabanne, because I love how empowering and feminine this scent is. It lasts all night and ensures you always smell amazing.

What are you planning to do this Valentine’s Day?

Rachel x

Get Ready With Me | Christmas Party

IMG_2888[1]IMG_2895[1]PicMonkey CollageI’m the girl that loves a good party, especially when they’re a festive celebration and Mariah Carey is on the playlist. So, my name is always first on the list when it comes to the work Christmas party or any festive celebration, that involves getting dressed up and buying a piece of clothing to wear. And, this year was no exception, as I headed to a college Christmas party, last week, with two of my beautiful best friends. I really loved the whole getting ready process,especially my outfit, so I thought I would share it all in a Get Ready With Me…

The Outfit: As you all know, I’m a clothes addict and I love any opportunity to be able to purchase a new item to add to my wardrobe. So, when I needed to find a outfit to wear for the college Christmas party, this beautiful red velvet, Karen Millen dress, was the perfect choice. It was a new purchase to add to my collection, and although Karen Millen dresses are quite expensive, the fit is perfect for my body shape and they’re pieces that will last a lifetime. I love everything about this piece, from the way is hugs my body in all the right place’s, flatter’s the fact I have almost no boobs going on, the gorgeous deep red velvet material, which is bang on trend, and how the top gathers to look like a bow. That is why I paired it with my beloved black bow heels, from M&S. I’ve raved about these a lot, but I just want to say how comfortable they are to wear and considering the price, they’re really good quality and look amazing on the feet.

To compliment the red velvet, I paired the dress with some of my favourite rose gold jewellery pieces, such as my lovely Pandora Rose rings and my fossil bracelet. I also wore my rose gold feather bracelet, which was a present from my mum for getting good AS results. It’s a feather for good luck, but also as a memory of my dad, and it’s a piece I will always treasure.

The Hair & Makeup: When it comes to my hair, I just can’t beat a really lovely curled look, which is voluminous and super girly. So, I did my go to hair style, of curling my hair with my lovely GHD’s and then added a bit of volume in the roots by backcombing and adding some dry shampoo. However, when I comes to my makeup I love to go all out and create a really lovely eye makeup look. My absolute life saver is the gorgeous Morphe palette 35T taupe palette, that was an amazing 18th birthday present. It has every shadow colour that I love to wear and more, and is ideal for creating the perfect eye look. In the end I went for a brown/gold smokey eye, topped off with this bronzy gold glitter pigment from Tanya Burr cosmetics and added some fluttery lashes.

To finish my makeup look off, I went for dewy skin with lot’s of bronzer, which has to be my second favourite type of makeup after eyeshadow, and a lovely matte red lip. I used this deep red one from Boujois, which really does create a velvet matte finish, however it is quite sheer and it takes a long time to build up a good strong colour on the lips.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and go to lot’s of Christmas celebrations.

Rachel x

Get Ready With Me | My 18th Birthday

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Your 18th birthday has to be one of the biggest celebrations of your life. It’s a time when you childhood comes to end and you start your journey into adulthood. You’re no long counted as child and have to be responsible for yourself, which means having to book your own doctors appointments and not getting your mum to do it for you.

When I go out, I enjoy the getting ready process just as much as the actual event, and as it was my 18th birthday on Saturday, I thought I would share my getting ready process. The dress, the shoes, the hair and makeup, and the actual nights itself. It will be a really nice memory for me to look back on, and you can also be a bit nosy at what I got upto on the night of my birthday.

The Outfit: This had to be one of my favourite elements of the getting ready process, because I love looking through my wardrobe and putting together a really gorgeous outfit, that suits the event I’m going to. However, my 18th birthday required a brand new wardrobe piece, in the form of this stunning black and gold number from Karen Millen. I really loved everything about this dress, from the way the A-Line style suited by body shape really well, how the black and gold went with my party’s colours scheme and how mature yet also feminine, the design of it was. Karen Millen are an expensive brand, however their fit is so good for my body shape and I know I will treasure this dress, in my wardrobe, for many years to come.

The shoes were a little unexpected buy and were actually from M&S. I originally wanted gold shoes, however it soon became clear that the style and size I needed, didn’t actually exist. So, after a bit of persuasion from my mum, I opted to go and have a look in M&S, in the hope I would find something to my taste. To my surprise they actually had quite a few pairs that would of been great with the dress, however I fell in love with the black satin ones, with a black bow on the front. They fit so well, are really comfortable and look gorgeous on. I will be able to wear them with so many other outfits and love them to death. The clutch bag was a great little Christmas sale buy, from Miss Selfridge, and provides the perfect clutch to go with so many going out outfits. However, it’s not really that practical, and I can only just fit my phone, purse and lipstick in there, if I’m lucky! I paired the whole outfit with gold/rose gold jewellery, that I had for my birthday or that were already favourites in my collection. This includes rings from Pandora, and a lovely necklace from Links Of London.

The Makeup & Hair: The makeup and hair, really pulls your whole look together and creates the basis for a great night out. With my makeup it was all about creating a glamourous, but also natural party look. So, I created a gorgeous neutral smokey eye, with nudes, browns and lots of gold glitter, and paired it all with a lovely pairs of lashes from Eyelire. They’re a key part of my look, when ever I go out properly, and really pull your eye look together. The skin was dewy with lots and lots of bronzer, and I tied it all together with a lovely rose/nude lip from Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s collection for M&S. I’ve already raved loads about this product, in a previous post, which you can go and have a read of HERE!

The hair I wanted to keep really simple and glamourous, with loads of curls and volume. So, I went for my key hair look, using my gold GHD’s, curling all of my hair away from my face and back combing the roots to add texture and volume. I sprayed on loads of hair spray and then I was good to go.

The Night: To celebrate my birthday I had a party in a really lovely venue in town. It was a bar/lounge, with a real  club vibe, that was underneath a restaurant and provided the most amazing party venue. I had all my friends, family’s and people from work, altogether, and threw a really good night. I created a playlist for the DJ, on his request, and he played amazing songs all night long. I’m sure I’ve never danced as much as that, in my whole entire life. I had such a great time and it was definitely the best birthday yet!

Rachel x