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

7 Ways to Transition Your Look Into Spring

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Over the last few days spring has slowly started to appear. The weather is getting slightly warmer, it’s not quite at the summer dress stage yet but we’ll have to be patient, march is only a matter of days away and everyone is starting to think about their summer plans. However, one of my favourite things about the winter to spring transition is clothing. You’re finally able to put away those thick winter knits, for something a bit lighter and so much brighter; ready for the warmer months. So, I’m sharing 7 ways that you can transition your winter look into spring.

  1. Play with pattern and colour- Winter is all about those deep colours and textures, however as you move into spring you can experiment a lot more with brighter colours and patterns. I’m in love with this insect pattern sheer shirt, for spring, just because of the mixtures of the bright colours and its not a traditional floral or stripe print.
  2. Lot’s of light layers- Winter is all about one of two really thick layers, but for spring it’s a lot more about a few light layers. Whether it’s a shirt, jumper and then a mac, or a tee shirt and a cami over the top; the key is to look stylish whilst still keeping super warm.
  3. Add a hat- I really love a good hat, and spring is the perfect time to wear them. It’s not too cold and windy, so that it instantly blows off your head, but you can still add something season appropriate to your outfit. Whether it’s a fedora, bobble hat or a baseball cap; spring is the season to add it to your look.
  4. Nude tights are your best friend- Black tights are way too harsh for spring, however it’s still really cold and you need something to keep you warm on those chilly spring mornings. So, a good pair of matte nude tights will be your best friend, because it looks just like your own legs, but super airbrushed and they will go with any seasonal outfit.
  5. Pop a polo neck under your dress- When it’s coming into spring, I’m dreaming of the days when I can just pop a dress on and head out the door. However, it’s not quite warm enough for that yet, but you can still make your summer dresses work in the spring by popping a co-ordinating polo neck underneath. This could be a cream one under a floral shift dress or even a black one under a maxi dress, it’s completely up to you.
  6. Light jackets- A light jacket is one of the best ways off keeping warm during this transition into spring. You can start to stay goodbye to those thick winter coats in favour for something much lighter. My favourite’s have to be a really good mac, they’re super chic and make any outfit look effortlessly stylish, or a leather jacket, as they go with every outfit and you will find yourself wearing it endlessly.
  7. Boots are still a key element of your look- Just because spring is coming doesn’t mean that all the boots in your wardrobe have become redundant, as you can still incorporate them into your spring look. My favourite way to do this is to pair them with dresses or invest in a lighter coloured pair that you can wear all your round.

What do you love about dressing for spring?

Rachel x

The Style Tag

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This year I really want to share more of my own personal style, and the items that I love in my wardrobe. I’m obsessed with constantly evolving my wardrobe, finding new pieces to add to my collection and new ways to style of my favourite items. So, I thought I would do my own version of The Fashion Tag and give you an insight into just what I’m loving, about fashion at the minute…

1. How would you describe your style?

I’d describe my style as timeless chic, as I love to invest in items in my wardrobe that I know I will be able to wear for years to come, and that will always look chic. I really like muted tones, of white’s, black’s and nude’s, but with pops of the on trend colour of the season. I’m not a massive fan of patterns, so I much prefer to mix up my outfits with different colours and texture’s, oh and a really good statement boot.

2. What are your wardrobe staples?

Overall, I love a really good pair of black skinny jeans. They look great for a chilled everyday vibe, but are also really versatile and can be dressed up with a pair of heels, for an evening out. I’m also in love with a really good statement boot, because I just love how they add a different dimension to an outfit.

 img_280413. What’s the most expensive item in your wardrobe?

 When it comes to my wardrobe this has to be one of my handbags, so it’s probably most likely to be my gorgeous Beige DKNY cross body bag. It was a present for my 18th birthday and is not only an item I love to death, it also goes with every single outfit that I wear and is really chic. I’ve written all about this lovely item in My 4 Essential Designer Accessories | A/W 16 post.

4. Most wanted item?

It’s every girl’s dream to own a pair of Louboutin’s, and I’m not any different. I know they’re not known for being the most comfortable pair of high heels, however they’re so iconic and would be a pair of shoes that will be in your shoe collection forever. I would also love to be able to own a Chanel classic flap bag, because again these are so iconic of one of the greatest women in fashion’s history, and are true investment pieces.

5. Favourite Designer?

I’m not a massive fan of buying designer clothes myself, unless they’re super timeless and iconic, however I really love watching the runway shows from Chanel and Alexander McQueen. They’re both such well known designers and I really love the work from these fashion houses.

6. How much do you spend on clothes?

I’m sure this is a question I probably shouldn’t be answering, as my bank account already knows the damage of my clothes, shoes and handbag addiction. However, I would probably say about £100- £150 month, but it depends if I’ve had money given to me for my birthday or other special events, and if I’ve really been lusting after a piece for a while.

7. Where are you favourite places to shop?

I love shopping at Zara, River Island and New Look, but I’ve also really started to love Karen Millen and Ted Baker. Their clothes are designed and made really well, and also fit me like a glove.

8. Favourite Fragrance?

Paco Rabanne Olympia, as it’s not only the only fragrance I’ve ever had more than one bottle of, but it also smells so lovely and feminine. It’s my go-to scent, and it really defines me and my style.

9. What’s your go-to outfit when you don’t know what to wear?

My Go-to outfit has to be a pair of black jeans and a patterned shirt if I’m going out and need to be dressed up. As for the day,  it’s usually a bomber jacket, jeans and converse. Simple but looks great every time.

10. One fashion trend you wish would come back or stay?

I really love how massive the trend of embroidery is at the moment, whether it’s on a jacket, a dress or on a really love pair of boots. However, I think it’s going to be quite a quick in and out trend, that will soon be out of fashion. So, I would really love that trend to stay and be even more incorporated into the current trends and people’s wardrobes. It’s so feminine but also has a very intricate and powerful vibe, when worn in an outfit.

dsc_349711. What’s the most prized possession in your wardrobe?

It has to be my black and gold, A-Line Karen Millen dress. I wore it for my 18th birthday and so it holds so many amazing memories of that night. I love everything about it, from how it looks and all the gorgeous gold sequins around the waist, how timeless it is, and how well it fits. I’ve raved about just how much I love it, in these two posts HERE and HERE.

Don’t forget to enter the competition I’m running with CLC World Travel to win a £25 voucher for the Birmingham Bullring. All the details in how to enter, are in the competition post HERE.

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 Best Buys of 2016 & CLC World Travel Centre Competition

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2016 marked a real style evolution for me. I’ve been into clothes and fashion for a long time now, even to the point that I can’t remember ever wanting to work in any other industry, however I did really struggle with defining my own style. I knew I loved wearing and buying clothes, and keeping up with all the different trends, but I couldn’t put my finger on what style defined me. But, in 2016 I feel like I really grew into my own sense of style. I learned that I love pieces that are more chic and timeless and throughout last year I really started to invest in some key wardrobe items, which I know I can wear for so many years to come.

One of my favourite items that I purchased in 2016, when it comes to a really key piece that I will be able to wear for so many years to come and it will always be in my wardrobe, is this tailored black blazer from Ted Baker. As soon as I saw this is in the John Lewis sale, I instantly fell in love with the look of the piece and how it’s really well tailored but still not too formal. It looks amazing paired with a casual outfit, to add a bit of smart edge, or a bit more dressed up, for a more important occasion. I also really love the patterned lining, it looks so pretty, when it just pop’s out, when I’m wearing the blazer open. It’s one of my best buys of 2016, because it’s so well made, tailored amazingly and fit’s me like a glove.

The best purchase I made in 2016 that was sparkly and perfect for many special occasions, to come over the next few years, is this gorgeous A-Line Karen Millen Dress. This was the piece I wore for my 18th birthday, and so it has so many amazing memories attached to it, but it also fit’s so well to my body shape, it elongates my legs and flatters my waist really well. I love the leather panelled detail, on the shoulder, and my favourite part has to be all the gold sequins around the waist. It’s so chic, but also really timeless and a piece I can wear over and over again.

This last item I suppose is a bit of a cheat, because I actually only bought these in the recent Christmas sales, however I’m really loving them at the moment and I think they are one of my favourite purchases of 2016. It’s this lovely pair of patent mulberry Chelsea boots, from M&S. I just really love boots in the winter, and especially in 2016 I really embraced the fact that I’m tall and that a bit of a heel makes you look just that little bit more feminine and elegant. So, these Chelsea boots are perfect for adding a bit of colour to a plain outfit, or just partnering a statement boot with a variety of different outfits for college and work. I’m really into a good statement boot, and I love the way these add a bit of class and femininity to the classic winter outfit of jeans and a jumper.

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So, in a celebration of some of my best buys from 2016, I’m also running a competition with CLC World Travel Centre for you to be able to win a £25 voucher to spend at the Birmingham Bullring. As I really love shopping and constantly building a new wardrobe, I wanted to give you the chance to be able to win a voucher to spend in one of the East Midlands biggest shopping centre’s, in collaboration with CLC Travel Centre. You’ll be able to find that latest designer bag in Selfridges, buy some gorgeous new underwear from Boux Avenue or Victoria Secret or even buy a new phone, from Vodaphone or EE. The bullring has it all, and you have a chance to win a £25 voucher to put towards something new for you or a lovely person in your life.

How do I enter? All you need to do is follow CLC World Travel on Twitter, @clcworld,  and follow me @RachLydia on twitter as well. Then you simply need to comment on this blog post which CLC resort you would like to visit the most. The competition will open today at 7PM and close at 7PM on Sunday 29th of January. The winner will then be posted on all my social media channels, on the following Monday 3oth January 2017. Make sure to be following me on Twitter, Instagram and ‘like’ my Facebook Page. Good Luck!

T’s & C’s: The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over. Proof of identity and age may be required. The competition opens on the 8th January 2017 and ends at 7PM on the 29th January 2017. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, indecipherable, duplicated or which contain profanity will not be valid and deemed void. Prizes will be posted to the winner within 7 days of them providing their postage details.Confirmation of the prize will be made in writing/via online correspondence to the winner.

Rachel x