My 2017 Gratitude List

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The year of 2017 brought so many amazing moments for me and was honestly the biggest year of my life so far. It went from high to high as I passed my driving test, smashed my a-levels and got results I was super proud of , met my gorgeous boyfriend, got a new part-time job and also started university. That’s only a few of the biggest moments, and there was also so many smaller memories and victories that I hold in my heart too. So, as 2017 did really feel like a year of love, moments, friends, family, memories and  new beginnings, I thought i would share 25 things I was grateful for during the year and through to this brand new one too.

  1. My family and all the amazing things they do and the lovely people that they are.
  2. Meeting my boyfriend and finding someone who is like a bestfriend who I also happen to love too.
  3. For my own hard work and determination to be able to get great a-level grades and go on to study the univeristy course of my dreams.
  4. The teachers and lecturer’s that have faith in me and my career journey, and pushed me to succeed nothing but the best.
  5. For having some more spare time in the week to work on this blog and to dedicate to my boyfriend and my family.
  6. Finding a university course that I love and leading me to a career I can’t wait to be in.
  7. My mum and my aunty’s who are all such amazing women and have helped me to become such a great young woman now.
  8. For my boyfriend’s family who have all welomed me into their family so well and always make me feel supported and loved.
  9. Small day and night dates with my boyfriend
  10. Always having moments to laugh about and memories to remember. Whether that’s a car karoake or just a funny random life moment.
  11. For holidays with my family and friends, where I’ve made unforgettable memories.
  12. For summer park walks, letting life go by and setting the world to rights.
  13. For new friends who I’m loving getting to know and spending time with.
  14. Opportunities to be able to do amazing things, like arranging the 6th Form Ball.
  15. Those sunny days that make you feel so happy about life.
  16. For those moments of pure content and happiness that you have when you sometimes look at the world or a perosn you love.
  17. For amazing conversations with people, where you learn so much about them or just a random topic.
  18. To my little dog Menzes for always being a companion and creating joy and happiness wherever he goes.
  19. To be able to drive and visit so many new places, as it took me so long to learn.
  20. The ability to work with brands and starting earning a bit of money from my blog.
  21. To able to look back on great times and memories we have about my dad.
  22. For working hard and being able to save and afford to go on holiday and buy nice things for myself.
  23. To be able to volunteer at Brownies again and now guides as well. It’s super rewarding and I’m so glad i get do it again.
  24. For a bit of me time, when I can go and have a relaxing bath, catch up on my favourite TV programme’s or read a book.
  25. For my love towards life and my appreciation that life is too short and you should enjoy it, not worry or stress about unimportant things and live every moment.

How was your 2017 and what amazing things were you grateful for over the last year?

Rachel x

 

 

5 Things I’ve Learnt From Studying Fashion Buying So Far

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I’m currently studying Fashion Buying at university, and thought i would share 10 things I’ve learnt about studying a fashion business course so far. Fashion is always so misunderstood as something that is purley design, and the more business side of it is rarely spoken about. So, I thought i would highlight the side of fashion people don’t always see and to show any of you that are thinkng about a career in fashion, another great way to be a part of the fashion industry.

  1. Being a Fashion Buyer is a big job– Until you start studying fashion buying i don’t think you really have any idea how big of a job it actually is, I didnt even realise and I chose to study it. It might seem like you just get a design, buy fabric, go on insirational trips and get the product made; but there is so much time, effort, dedication and managing to do to create one range for a store.
  2. It really helps to have a background in business- I studied Economics with business at A-Level and I honestly couldn’t recommend enough to have some form of experience in business before you study a fashion buying course. So many of the terms and ideas that come up in my lecture’s i’ve heard about before and learnt, so it makes it so much easier for me to apply them to fashion and retail. It also helps you with ideas about profit margins, marketing, how businesses grow and so much fundamental knowledge you can use for the course.
  3. You need to have a brain to be a fashion buyer– This isn’t something i didnt already know before starting the course, however it’s something so many people think is true. When you say you study fashion so many people think it’s an easy route to uni and that you don’t really have a brain, however it’s the complete opposite. You would’nt exist in the industry without a smart business brain, that knows what it’s doing and has a real drive to succeed.
  4. The assignments are so diverse– This might just be for my course, but every single one of my assignments are so different. I do sketch books, essays, little phase tests, illustrator and photo shop assignments, reports and even a blog to create in the first year. Not only is this so interesting to get your teeth into, but is also so good to learn vital skills for the industry and for my job in the future.
  5. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a different route into fashion– I always wanted to work in fashion, but knew fashion design was never really a route for me. So, finding out there was some amazing fashion business courses in the country that I could do instead of fashion design was great for me, and i would honestly recommned it to anyone. It’s so interesting, relevant and perfect for any fashion lover.

Are you thinking about studying fashion in the future?

Rachel x

Bedroom Re-Design Inspiration

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Interior design is something I’m really loving at the the minute, especially as im looking to re-design my room in the next few months. At the minte my room still has quite a teenage vibe, with a mix of pink and purple walls, however as my taste’s have changed i’m looking for something a bit more mature and feminine. As well as being a bit more chic and classic, which has a bit more of an adult vibe.

I’m really loving the more scandinavian design at the minute, with the mix of classic colours on the walls, matched with textured fur’s and plenty of prints and quotes on the walls. Also, as most of you know i’m obssessed with everything fashion related and have lots of fashion books that i’d love to display. So, I want to create a space that ultimately brings all these things togther to build a really nice relaxing space, that also reflects my love for fashion and style too.

I’ll keep you updated on all things to do with my bedroom re-design over the next few months, but I thought I would start my showing you some of my inspiration and creating a moodboard of images I love so far.

What interior design are you loving at the minute? 

Rachel x

A Chic New Years Eve Outfit

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Getting dressed up is one of my favourite things to do, and especially when it’s an outfit that I love. You don’t really get the chance to do it every day, as you’re heading to uni or work, so it’s so nice to spend the time to do your hair and makeup and choose a great outfit to live the night in. New Years Eve is always a special occasion for me and means a lot, so this outfit will have some many memories for me from an amazing night with family, friends and my boyfriend.

IMG_3139The main piece of my outfit was this gorgeous blush pink blazer from LKBennett, and was also such a bargain. It was such a great buy from Biscester Outlet village, and was supposed to be orginally around £348, and I got it for only £83. I couldn’t believe the price tag when i first saw it on the rail, and as soon as i tried it on i fell in love with it. Not only is the colour so gorgeous, it also fits like a glove and looks so classic. It looks elegant and chic, but still has a young, feminine twist, which i know will never go out of style. It’s a piece ill be able to keep in my wardrobe for years and something i know I’ll love forever.

So to make the most of this gorgeous piece, I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit fairley simple and put together, to draw the look into one. To do this, I paired the blazer with my favourite black lace cami from new look. I love how chic and femine this looks, and it contrasts the hard tailoring of the blazer perfectly. It’s also so comfortable and such a staple in my wardrobe. I just wish they brought them out again, as i’ve wanted more ever since, and really fancy a grey, mink or blush pink one.

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Then, to finish the look off I paired it with a pair of grey, faux leather trousers. They might look a bit weird, but they add so much class to an outfit and a bit of luxury, as it’s not the traditional denim jeans. As well as the trousers, I wanted to add a bit of sparkle to my outfit, and so i added thsi goregous opal necklace, that i bought from a small independant jewellery stall a few years ago. I dont get that much chance to wear it, but it looked perfect with this outfit and the pink of the blazer picked up the pink of the opal perfectly.

What did you wear this New Years Eve?

Rachel x

 

 

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