The Casual Spring Pastels

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Dressing for Spring is something I’ve been waiting for such a long time. I can’t wait to finally be able to put those thick knits away, say goodbye to those winter scarves, hats and gloves, and say hello to my spring wardrobe. As the weather has been getting slightly warmer in the UK, I’ve been starting to piece together some fresh spring outfits, mixing some of my classic spring pieces from the last few years, with a few of my new favourite items thrown in to.

This everyday casual, spring pastels look is a perfect example of this, as it mixes a pair of my classic, go-to black high-waisted jeans from M&S, along with my gorgeous blush pink trench, a spring cotton shirt and tied it all together with my new beautiful pair of grey suede knee-high boots. This is my favourite look for a casual day out shopping, or heading out for a coffee date. The mix of the light pink and blue pastels pair perfectly with the classic, chic black and the texture of the suede boot. Altogether the whole look just oozes my sense of style; classic colour blocking with a bit of texture thrown in there too.

THE BLUE PASTEL SHIRT: This is a piece I’ve had for while but I still love it just as much as when I bought it. It’s a classic buy from Topshop in the Tall section, and is the perfect fit for me. I have a long body so sometimes finding shirts that fit in all the right places and that’s also long enough, can be difficult.

I love to bring this out every spring/summer as it’s a really light-weight cotton, so it keeps you cool in summer and warmer in the early spring season. It looks perfect paired with so many different colours and can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a casual everyday look paired with converse.

THE BLUSH TRENCH: This trench is one of my favourite pieces as soon as springs starts to roll around. I bought it to wear for one of my best friend’s weddings last year, and fell in love with it straight away. It fits like a glove and is a perfect statement coat to wear for spring. I always love a good trench at this time of the year as they still give some warmth, but are also still light and can instantly look so chic. This one is a purchase from Debenhams last year, and was around 40.00, however pastels are really big again this spring/summer 18, so I’m sure there will be lots of similar ones across the high-street.

THE JEANS: I’ve spoken so much about these already, so I’ll make this one short and sweet. These jeans are the best ones I’ve found on the high-street for my body shape and budget. They’re super good quality, have a really good fit and are just the perfect pairing to any outfit, whether night or day.

THE BOOTS: These are my favourite piece from the whole entire outfit, and also my newest purchase. I’m really into knee-high boots at the moment, as I love how classy they look and they’re so super versatile for autumn/winter and spring/summer, as you can pair them with jeans, skirts and also dresses. These were a great buy from River Island back in February for only 40.00, down from 60.00; as I think they were trying to clear some of their winter stock. However, I think these are super spring appropriate too, as I love how classic and chic grey is and how comfy they are to walk in, and on your leg as well.

Are you looking forward to styling up some spring outfits? What are going to be your key pieces for this season?

Rachel x

A Little Easter Gift Guide

Hello Lovelies

 

The tradition of Easter, except all the religious and biblical references, is to give a chocolate egg to all your friends and family. The shops always go crazy at getting all the different chocolate brands to create their own egg and have now even began to make their own versions of more artisan and homemade style eggs, which are just a little bit more classy that the traditional one. However, today’s post is not about the good old tradition, but it’s about the people which don’t fit that mould and which prefer something a little less sugary as a gift for the holiday.

 

There’s always thousands of options to choose from when it comes to Easter and chocolate eggs. Over the years the Supermarkets have really upped their game regarding them and now stock over 20-30 different brands and styles of the chocolate traditions. However, it’s not only until recently that some people have began to not necessarily want a chocolate treat for Easter, but instead something a little bit different but still Easter inspired. This is why I have created this little Easter gift guide, to inspire you and let you know about some of the best little Easter gifts, which are not chocolate, that are available on the high-street this year.

 

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: notonthehighstreet.com £5, LUSH £19.95, notonthehighstreet.com £7, notonthehighstreet.com £18, John Lewis £8, notonthehighstreet.com £29, Yankee Candle £12.99, notonthehighstreet.com £11.95, M&S £9.50

 

The first gift which any bath lover would love to receive, has to be some of the new Easter Collection from LUSH. There’s some amazing products that range from Bath Bombs to Soap and even shower gel, that’s all inspired by the spring holiday. The yellow bunny gift above is called Funny Bunny and is one of the gift sets which LUSH annually bring out. It includes the Dragon Egg bath bomb, which may look boring from the outside, but as soon as it hits the water and begins to fizz, it turns your bath into a feast of colours, and is perfect for someone who can never decide what LUSH bath bomb they want to use. There’s also the fluffy egg bath bomb, the bunch of carrots bubble bar, which you just crumble around a 1/4 of into running water for an amazing alternative to bubble bath, and the Hoppity Poppity Bath Bomb.

 

The second gift, which I am sure any woman in your life would love to receive, has to be these Easter rings and bracelets from notonthehighstreet.com. They are something which I noticed as I was  researching on the internet for this post, and were just too cute and too much of a good idea to not include in this gift guide. With their cute Easter references, they are still very much for the spring holiday, however they are very much a different approach to the easter gift that chocolate eggs are. These provide a perfect keepsake for your loved one and something they can wear during this year’s spring holiday, Easter’s to come, and even all year round if it really tickles their fancy.

 

The final gift, which I’m sure that all the hot drink lovers in your life would like to receive, has to be this monochrome, rabbit mug from M&S. This gift is super easy as it would appeal to both the men and the woman in your life, so you could go out and buy a few, and then just distribute one to each to your male and female friends. It’s really unique with it’s graphic, monochrome print, and would be a great little token gift to give someone this easter.

 

I hope that you now feel inspired on what to buy and what’s out there for people which might not necessarily want a chocolate treat this year for Easter; and that you all have a great Easter whether that’s spending the whole weekend eating chocolate, or going out with friends and family.

 

I love you all

Rachelx

The New M&S

An unexpected twist

Hello Lovelies

 

Before I start writing this post I just want you all to know a few things. First of all, I am sorry that I have not posted for about  a week, I have been so busy with dance rehearsals and homework. Also I would just like to thank you all! After January this year my monthly ratings went down a lot and they were down for quite a long time. But since September they have been slowing rising and this month is going really well so far. So thank you for all your support and I love you all. Finally I would just like to point out that there is 939 of us now that follow rachelspick and I am so amazed and excited to hit that 1000 mark!! I want to mark that occasion with something special, if you have any ideas please let me know!

 

As you may already of guessed by the title, this post is about M&S. I know that for some people this high-street shops name is almost alien to them,  because for the last few years M&S’s clothes have really gone down hill and I doubt that anyone under 55 even wanted to look at the clothes in there despite buy any. So you are probably wondering why I am even writing this post  because I am a teenager and this blog is mostly read by people that are young and wouldn’t be interested in M&S. But a few months ago I went in there, because me and my mum went in the cafe and I saw quite a few things that I liked. They were out of my price range and I didn’t have any intentions of buying them, but, it just made me wonder about how the shops changed and that there were things that younger people would actually be caught dead in!

 

After this, I just kept seeing things to do with M&S, such as: the new collection, new adverts and pieces in my look magazine. All of them were really positive about M&S and how it as changed and become somewhere where you could actually find some really great pieces. I’m not saying that now it’s a full on, in trend high-street shop and that everything in there is for the younger age, but it’s definitely on the up.

 

This does make me really happy to be honest, because I do think that M&S’s things are really well made and last a long time. So to have that on the high-street at a good price and really accessible, is a great thing for the British shopping scene. Nowadays many shops love to charge the earth for the lastest nerd top or red shoes, but really your not getting any value for your money because they will last about 1 month and will be ripped or scratched and then don’t really look that great. As if you buy  something from M&S, you know that it will be made well and will last. Also you can guarantee that you will get good value for your money! A winner really.

 

Baring this all in mind I have chosen some pieces that are in trend and suitable for the younger age but also great value for money by choosing things under £50. This creates the best of both worlds for you all and I hope that these items will prove to you why you should go and have a look there.

 

  • Collection Leather Look Ankle Grazer Denim Jeggings £25.00

  • Collection Animal Print Skater Dress £39.50

  •  Collection Bead Embellished Ponte Shift Dress £45.00

  • Collection Sequin Embellished Mini Skirt £35.00

  • Limited Edition Bobble Hat £9.50

I hope you like this post and feel inspired to go and shop in M&S.

 

Love you all

Rachelx

Sizzling Summer #1

The countdown to summer begins

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Welcome to the first ever post of Sizzling Summer!!! Let me lead you through the stages of an upcoming holiday and in a matter of 5 days. Help you pack, inform you what beach wear will suit you the best and how to remember that amazing break. Now your on the roller coaster ride and you don’t want to miss a thing. JUST MAKE SURE YOUR HERE EVERY DAY, FOR THE LATEST POSTS!!

 

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SIZZLING SUMMER is the perfect way to get in the mood for summer and of course holidays. From France to California. From Cornwall to Ireland. It doesn’t matter everyone summer is coming and you better be ready for 2/3 months of sun cream, beaches and a really good time!!!

 

Clothes are a major element of a holiday. Obviously because clothes and accessories are what you pack and are what make you feel good. As I love fashion I think that if a girl looks and feels good then they will feel so much more confident and ready to face the day! Often people,especially British people, tend to buy new clothes and accessories for their holidays. I don’t know exactly why, other than the fact that you have nicer clothes for the holiday and to feel good and look fab. Which links to my point a minute ago!

 

But going to buy new clothes is not as easy breezy as you wish it was. You always feel so positive when you go summer clothes shopping, thinking of all the things you are going to buy and getting excited. But by the time you get back you wish you had never gone because in town it was really busy or you couldn’t find anything you liked or everything you tried on didn’t look right! (I bet now you are all just sitting there nodding!)

 

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But I want to say goodbye to summer shopping blues and say hello to easy breezy shopping. As much as I love it even I feel down hearted when I can not find anything so I can feel your pain. Let’s create a stress free summer shopping trip.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if  there was a guide, to what was out there in the shops for summer and if what clothes were rocking the trends of summer 2013. Also wouldn’t it be great if they told you what is suitable for your age and even your body shape.  This is what this post is all about, I want to take the stress out of shopping for holidays!

 

Whatever you need, whether its a hat, bag, sunglasses, dress or shirt. Even comment below if you would like me to answer your questions about your summer 2013 fashion!!

 

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There are many elements to fashion and knowing what to wear and your body shape. There is 4 main body shapes, Apple, Pear, Hourglass and Rectangle. There is also inverted triangle, triangle and top heavy as some of the main ones too. These are different shapes for a women’s body and every women usually fits into one of these criteria’s. 

 

  • 44% of women don’t know what body shape they are!

  • 1 in 3 women buy clothes they never wear!

  • 99% of women claim they have bought clothes which don’t suit their figure!

 

To find out your body shape if you are unsure visit the body shape finder: http://www.channel4.com/4beauty/style-me/bodyshapefinder

 

A few tips to help you along…..

  • Hourglass ladies should look out for structured jackets – they will give your shoulders more definition, pull you in at the waist and skim your hips.

 

  • A waist-cinching belt will work wonders to help define the waist – ideal for apple, slender and boyish (athletic) shapes.

 

  • Broad-shouldered girls should steer clear of strapless dresses. Instead, opt for a cap sleeve or a little strap to give the optical illusion that your shoulders are closer together.

 

  • Scooped and cowl necklines will flatter big boobs. Show off your assets and draw attention upwards, away from a broader bottom half – ideal for apple and pear shapes.

 

  • Petite girls should look for ways to lengthen your limbs – try tucking a cardigan or shirt in to high-waisted trousers to elongate your frame.

 

  •  A peplum detail on a skirt will enhance the curves of an hourglass figure.

 

For more advice on clothing for body shapes check out: http://www.channel4.com/4beauty/style/dress-for-your-body-shape/gok-wans-body-shape-masterclass

 

So now you know what your body shape is you can work on the actual clothes. This is a hard thing to get right if you love shopping in high street shops but you find it hard to not look to young or too old. You don’t want to age your self or look like mutton dressed as lamb!!!(I hope you have heard of this term, if you haven’t it means that you are older and are wearing things too young for your age!)

 

 Younger Teenager

This is an age where you are often very fashion concious and want to look right. But you also want to look young an fresh, not too old!! This age can be hard to get right but can depend on the teenage age I am really talking about if you’re a teenager and not so into fashion! The type of shops for this look is New Look or Primark. They have this fresh look and are perfect for the shorts and crop top look!

 

 

All from New Look: Parisian Pink Floral Print Pinafore Playsuit £19.99, Pale Blue Floral Bandeau Playsuit £14.99, Multicoloured Aztec Stripe Triangle Bikini Top £12.99 and Multicoloured Aztec Stripe Tie Side Bikini Bottoms £9.99, White Washed Out Neon Aztec Crop Vest £7.99, Blue Floral Sleeveless Skater Dress 22.99.

 

Older Teenage to late twenties

This is more of an older look but with still playful and young colours. Although it’s not so much about crop top and cool sunglasses. Its a more chic version that’s a lot more mature. My personal style is in this bracket!! The best shops for this are Topshop, H&M and River Island! They have a more older and polished look which I love!!

 

 

Shorts £19.99-H&M, WHITE RAISED PUFF PATTERNED PENCIL SKIRT £25.00-River Island, LIME CAP SLEEVE PANELLED SKATER DRESS £40.00-River Island, DIAMANTE NECKLINE PLAYSUIT £55.00-Topshop, DOUBLE ZIP CROSSBODY BAG £36.00-Topshop

 

Late 30’s early 40’s

This is a time to be careful and not shop in such young shops!! Its a more mummy phase so you want to look your age and also fashionable. Also you want to feel more grown up and show less of your body such as wearing shorts!! Shops good for this age are Debenhams, Monsoon and Next. They have this look nailed and fashionable but a bit less showy!

 

 

Cotton Rich Cigarette Trousers £28-Next, Leaf Sleeveless Cami £16-Next, Grey Ombre Maxi Dress £48-Next, Giselle Maxi Dress £89-Monsoon, Melody Patch Top £45-Monsoon.

 

50’s and on wards

Now It’s kind of onto granny chic! But 50 is the new 30 so you still want to look fresh but not wearing shorts or a skater skirt. this look is more refined and for the classic lady! The best shops for this are Zara and M&S. M&S have some very chic things and the chicer side of Zara is perfect for this look!

 

 

Per Una Pure Cotton Fit & Flare Floral Dress £49.50-M&S, LINEN TROUSERS WITH ELASTIC WAISTBAND £19.99-Zara, Autograph Pure Linen Peak Lapel Jacket £49.00-M&S, SUEDE COMBINATION SHOPPER £39.99-Zara, ANKLE STRAP SANDAL £29.99.

This has been one hell of a post! I hope it as it has took about 3 hours! But I love it!

 

Love Rachelx