“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

10 Goals For 2017

1. A Year of Self Love- In 2017 I want to spend more time doing things for myself, that I enjoy and are not to help anyone else. Whether that’s have a really long bath, dedicate some time to reading a good book or just chilling out and watching my favourite programme, which is Gavin and Stacey or Stella by the way.

2. Develop Rachelspick- I want 2017 to be a year where I grow rachelspick even more, collaborate with lot’s more brands and create so much more amazing content. Working with different brands really pushes me creatively to create interesting content for you all, and is also just really fun. So, I want to do lot’s more of it and ultimately just carry on enjoying blogging.

3. Smash My A-Levels- 2017 marks the year I finally finish school forever, and so I really want to be able to smash my A-Levels, work hard and get some great results.

4. Meet New People- I love meeting new people, building new friendships and having some really amazing people around me. So, in 2017 I would like to meet lot’s of new people which have the same interests as me and also create lots of new memories, with the lovely people that are already in my life.

5. Pass My Driving Test- Learning to drive was a massive part of 2016 for me, and so I can’t wait to be able to pass my test in 2017. I love going out in my car and practising, when I can with my mum, so I can’t wait to be able to drive on my own and be independent.

6. Travel somewhere new- In 2017 I want to visit a new place in the world, experience a new culture and make amazing new memories. Hopefully this year will mark my first ever holiday with my friends, and so I’m really excited to travel on my own and carry on my worldwide adventure’s.

7. Get Organised- Going into 2017, I really want to get more organised with both my school, blog and personal life. So, I’ve already got a calendar and 3 diaries on the go, in an attempt to be organised, so hopefully this will mean I know everything I’m doing throughout the month, have all my blog posts sorted out and don’t need to keep everything in my head; hoping I’ll remember it.

8. Don’t be late- I’m really bad at being late, I’m constantly late to family events, going out with my friends or just even going to college. So, in 2017 I really want to make a big effort not to be late. I’ve already found this goal difficult, and broke it quite a few times, but hopefully I’ll get better as the months go by.

9. Do more exercise- I know this is quite a stereotypical goal for a lot of people in the new year, however I actually do want to dedicate more time to exercising and getting more toned. I’m already a dancer and part of a competitive team, but I want to join a gym and work on my own strength and fitness levels.

10. Smile and laugh everyday- Smiling and laughing have to be one of the two best natural therapy’s EVER, and so in 2017 I want to smile every day, feel grateful for what I have and know that I’m working towards my dream career. I also want to laugh everyday, just because you can’t beat a good one.

What are your goals for the new year?

Rachel x

My Favourite Moments of 2016

My Best Moments of2016

Well 2016, what a year it was. It really was an absolutely crazy year full of so many new adventures, amazing moments and memories that I will always treasure. I lived the last years of my childhood and started my life as an adult, I had some amazing AS results that I was really proud of and also kicked off my dream to travel the world, by visiting the one and only New York city. It has to be one of the fastest year’s yet, it really has just flown by, but it really was amazing and I’ll treasure so many moments of it.

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This Blog- Blogging is always a highlight to every year of my life that goes by. I’m so proud to say that I’ve run this little place on the internet for another year and have been able to continue to share my love for fashion and affordable style, through this little place on the internet. However, this year has to be extra special, as I finally took the plunge to get my own domain name and invest in a blog design that I’ve always dreamt of. I wrote a post all about it, which you can go and have a read of HERE.

Having my own domain name has opened so many doors, when it comes to how my blog looks visually, but also creatively and through the content I produce and the brands that I work with. It’s pushed me to create content I love, look beyond the stereotypical blogging box and try to run this blog by my own rules. All I can say is that I’ve really fallen back in love with blogging as 2016 drew to a close, and I can’t wait to see what it brings in 2017.

AS Results- 2016 marked the second year that I had to go through the awful experience of results day. It’s not because I’ve had bad experiences at them or got bad grades, but I just hate all the anticipation behind it and the seeing so many unhappy faces, as you look around the room. However, all my anticipation wasn’t necessary as all my hard work and revision paid off, and I got results I’m still really proud of; 2 A’s and 2 C’s. I never thought I would get an A in anything at A-Level, and to get in design, which is the career I want to go into, made it even better. It really gave me the push to work super hard to finish my A-Levels and apply to uni.

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Travel- I’ve always wanted to travel around the world. I really want to see everything it has to offer; experience different cities, cultures and ultimately be able to have memories that I can treasure for a lifetime. So, 2016 was the year that my adventure’s began and I finally got to travel outside of the EU, all the way to New York City. The trip was to celebrate my 18th birthday and it has to be one of the most amazing holiday’s I’ve ever been on. It’s such a bustling city, constantly full of noise, and there’s something to do every where you turn. It really is like no other place I’ve ever been to and you can read all about my trip HERE.

Turning 18- October 2016 marked the final year of my childhood and my transition into adulthood. I can’t believe that I’m now officially an adult, and I’m able to buy alcohol, go out partying and just finally not be considered as a child. It’s weird knowing that I’m now responsible for myself, and I can’t get my mum to ring up and book my appointments, even though I still do, but it’s so good to have more freedom and to not have any restrictions. Now all I need to do is pass my driving test, and I’ll finally be able to drive myself around in 2017, and there will be no more need for my mum’s personal taxi service.

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2016 has been a great year for meeting new people and also making all my friendships even stronger. I’ve spent time with both of my two friendship groups, from my old high school and the one from my new college, and have so many amazing memories with both of them. We’ve been to parties, had sleep over’s, girl’s nights and had so many laughs. I’ve also met another really amazing friend at work, that I know will always be in my life and I’m sure one day we will both be old and grey together. I’ve loved getting to know her little girl and I can’t wait to see her grow and develop in life.

I honestly don’t know what I do without them all by my side and I know I have found friends for life, who put up with all my drama’s, ranting and endless obsession with clothes and makeup palette’s. So, thank you Sasha, Holly, Lauren, Beth and Eleanor, for being the most amazing best friends.

I hope you’ve all had an amazing new year and here’s to an amazing 2017.

Rachel x

7 Things I’m Looking Forward To This Christmas Season

Untitled design (3)Christmas is has to one of my favourite events in the year, just because everyone comes together to celebrate the season and spend time with the ones we love the most. It’s the only time in the year when everyone just stops and takes the time to enjoy the festive season, and everything that comes along with it. So, I’m going to share 10 things I’m really looking forward to this Christmas time…

  1. The Food– I don’t think there’s anyone that can deny that they’re not looking forward to the food this Christmas season. I can’t wait to stuff my face in all things turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and also a good old piece of chocolate Yule log. Generally, I don’t really love heavy food, however when it comes to Christmas I can’t get enough of it and for me, it’s one of the things that really defines Christmas.
  2. Relaxing– This Christmas brings the last school Christmas holiday’s I will ever have, and so I really want to enjoy it and ultimately relax. Catch up on sleep, as I’ve had so many late nights recently, binge watch Christmas specials and films, as you can’t do Christmas without a good TV night; and finish all my shopping and wrapping of Christmas gifts.
  3. Spending time with family- I’m a real family lover. They mean the world to me and I don’t know what I would do without them all by my side. So, to be able to spend a whole day with my family, just celebrating and catching up, is something I can’t wait for. For everyone to just be able to chill out, not worry about work or college the next day and just all catch up, really can’t be beaten.
  4. Playing Games- Christmas is the one time of the year, except from holidays, that we all have time and are willing to play loads of games. As there’s quite a few of us, when we get together we love to forget about the TV and play a few good old fashioned board games. Monopoly, Scrable and Pictionary have to be some of our favourite’s. Although, Monopoly has to my ultimate favourite game to play.
  5. Snow- Now this is one that I’m really hoping will happen this Christmas time, as I can’t ever really remember having a proper white Christmas in the UK. We don’t really get a good amount of snow and when we do, it very quickly turns into sludge. So, I really wish that we can have snow this Christmas. It would be perfect if we did, and I really don’t think you can beat it, during the festive season.
  6. Present Giving– This is the second year I’ve been able to buy all my Christmas presents myself, and so I can’t wait to be able to give out all my presents this festive season. To be able to see all my loved ones open a present, I hope that they will love, is the most amazing thing and something I enjoy even more than receiving presents.
  7. Christmas Eve– Christmas eve is my favourite day of the whole festive season. I love it maybe even a little bit more than the actual day itself! The whole routine I have, of starting the Christmas celebrations at work and spread the Christmas cheer, going to the church carol service and then spending time with my godmother and her husband. It’s like a real countdown to Christmas for me, and I can’t wait for the real festivities to start.

Rachel x

The Christmas Gift Guide | For Her

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One of my favourite parts of Christmas has to be buying presents, for some of the lovely people in my life. I love being able to spend time really picking the perfect present, that I know my friend or family member are going to love. But, there’s always those women in your life, in family this is definitely me, who has everything and has a really specific taste; so finding a present that they will adore is just that little bit harder. So, for my second gift guide for Christmas 2016, I’m going to be sharing 9 gorgeous gifts to buy for her…

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Beautiful pyjama’s has to one of my favourite things to buy or receive as a gift. I love to be able to feel glamorous even when I’m relaxing at home or going to bed. So, this lovely pair from Autograph, designed by Rosie Huntington-Whitely, would be the perfect present for any fashion lover in your life. They’re made of a luxurious silk, would be really comfortable and cool to wear, and look beautifully chic; with a muted floral cream, pink and green pattern on. The camisole and pants set may be quite expensive for £35.00, however you’re paying for the quality and fit of the whole set. On the other hand, if you’re not quite brave enough to attempt to buy a fashion lover clothes, then a book all about the ultimate fashion bible is a great option. This diary of Alexander Shawman’s 100th year in vogue looks really interesting, and I know will have an amazing insight into how vogue celebrated such a big event. I love reading about fashion, especially something as iconic as vogue, and I’m sure there’s many women out there who would love this book in their stocking.

Makeup is also a really big love of mine, and I know there’s also many other beauty lover’s out there to. However, I don’t always splash out on getting lovely new brushes to apply my makeup with. So, this bold metals collection, from real Techniques, would be a perfect way to treat the woman who loves makeup. These brushes are from the premium collection and are super luxurious, soft and great at applying makeup. This set is quite pricey, however there’s plenty of lovey smaller sets to splash out on this Christmas. or, if you feel it’s more a makeup or toiletry bag that a lovely lady in your life might need, then this gorgeous pug one from Ted Baker would be perfect. I really love all the designs from Ted Baker, and this one is no exception. It’s super cute, wipe able and also great if you spill makeup on it or for travelling.

 *You can go and read my 32 Stocking Filler Gifts Guide | under £10 HERE

Rachel x