18 Moments in My 18th Year

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As I celebrated my 19th birthday a few weeks ago, I thought I would celebrate it by looking back at 18 of my favourite moments from my 18th year; and well what anamazing year it’s been. From buying my first car, going on a birthday trip of a lifetime, organising our 6th form leavers ball and meeting my boyfriend; it’s safe to say this year has been far from boring….

1. Turning 18 and my birthday party – This was a massive event just on it’s own, as I celebrated saying goodbye to childhood and moving into my first year of adulthood. I celebrated it in style with an amazing party, plenty of prosecco and so many amazing people around me.

2. New York- There’s not enough ways to describe how amazing this trip was; it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I loved every second of exploring the city and the jam packed days we spent in the big apple. It has to be my favourite city in the world so far, and I cant wait to go back again.

3. Buying my 1st car- My 18th year saw me make the biggest purchase of my life so far, as before that all I had ever spent was a few hundred on a good designer handbag, and buy my first car. It’s a little Citroen C1, is metallic green and is my absolute pride and joy. I love her and don’t know what I would do without her.

4. Passing my driving test– Not too soon after buying my car, and after a hell of a lot of practice and lessons, I passed my driving test second time. Learning to drive was a true labour of love for me, but one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life so far. I love driving and the freedom I get from it, so I’m so glad I persevered and didn’t give up hope.

5. A hen do and a wedding- One of my best friends Sasha had an amazing hen do and got married earlier this year. It was such a magical day,she looked so beautiful and I’m so happy for her and her husband in their new journey as mr and mrs.

6. Lots more 18th’s– One of my favourite moments of this last year has to be celebrating all of my friends turn 18 and helping them enjoy their special birthday. I’ve had some amazing parties, celebrations and drunk nights to remember from this year!

7. Nights out– Following on from all the 18th celebrations, there has been many nights out over the last year;as I’ve visited mosh a few times, had quite a few taxi’s home and wanted a kebab after every night has ended. Let’s say I’ve had some eventful nights out that I wont ever forget!

8. Ed Sheeran Concert- Around March/April time I got the chance to go to a sold out Ed Sheeran concert, after a last minute chance to get tickets, and it was by far the best concert I’ve ever been to. Not only do I just love his music, but his ability to be able to entertain a massive audience completely by himself, just amazes me.

9. This blog turned 5– April marked half a century of blogging for me, and its been a bit of a whirlwind ever since, as I’ve worked with numerous companies throughout the year on some really interesting content. I’m hoping to get back into blogging now and focus on working with more brands to create some amazing content for you all.

10. Getting a new job– If A-levels, uni applications and life wasn’t enough, I also got a new job in June as the place I worked at before was closing down and I needed a new challenge. Even though it was super scary, and not amazing at first. I love it now and am already starting to feel like i’m getting a new work family.

11. Making a mastectomy bra- As breast cancer is so close to my heart, after watching my mum go through it herself, I knew my a-level product design coursework had to be based around something to do with that. So, one of the biggest moments of the last year was that I managed to make a mastectomy bra for my final piece and create a project I was incredibly proud of.

12. Meeting my boyfriend- This has to be one of the biggest and best parts of my 18th year, and that was meeting my boyfriend. He’s the most loving, caring and considerate guys I’ve ever met, makes me laugh until I cry, is my partner in crime and just an amazing person to be around. It’s been a crazy 3 months with him, but so amazing.

13. Organising the 6th form leavers ball- One of my greatest achievements this year has to be organising the 6th form leavers ball with 3 of my amazing friends. It was a long process, and we seemed to hit every hurdle possible, but it turned out to an amazing night and I loved every second of it.

14. Finishing school- My 18th year marked my final few days in school and sixth form. It was quite an overwhelming experience to think you will never have to go to school ever again or have a set school day, but its an amazing feeling of freedom and the true start to adulthood.

15. Visiting Paris again- July marked our bi-annual family holiday to France, and this time it gave us the opportunity to head to Paris for a little girly get away. It was only short, but sweet and I had an amazing time looking round all the shops and taking in the beautiful sites. Hopefully next time I go will be with my boyfriend, as he’s never been and I would love to show him round the city.

16. A-Level Results- August brought round A-Level results and one of the best days of my year so far. I got 2 A’s and 1 B, which I was so over-whelmingly proud of and will always look back on with pride. Also, that night brought a mass of celebrations from an amazing family meal to a great night out with some of my favourite people.

17. V-Festival– Straight after results day brought my first festival, and one of the best experiences of my life. I went with two of my best friends and had such an amazing time. We laughed, drank, ate, saw so many amazing artists and made some lifelong memories. Camping isn’t really my thing, but I embraced it and loved every second of it. Just maybe not the toilets or being cold in my tent at night.

18. Starting Uni- Finally just before my 19th birthday, I started my next chapter and headed off to uni. Even though I’m living at home and going to a uni in the city near to where I live, it was still a massive deal to me. But, I’m loving every second, making some amazing friends and the course is amazing so far!

I think its safe to say that my 18th year was a pretty busy one packed full of amazing memories, people and moments that I will never forget. So, here’s to the future and having many more amazing experiences….

Rachel x





A Country House & Somewhere Quintessentially British

Hello Lovelies


What beautiful weather we are having at the moment. It really makes everything in life so much better when you can just throw on some summer clothes and head out somewhere, without having to worry about a coat or Britain’s good old friend, the rain. However, because in Britain we rarely get temperatures of over 25 degrees, us British people don’t actually know what to do with ourselves when it get’s as hot as it has been for the last couple of days. The only way we really know how to cope, is to just head out somewhere in the gorgeous weather, obviously, that’s a bit of a stupid idea as were just going to get hot, bothered and probably sun burnt. But English people are known for being mad!


As it’s the start of the school holiday, most people are heading somewhere sunny and hot for their main summer holiday. However I’m not going on holiday this year for various different reasons, so me and my family decided to head out and enjoy the summer, English style. So on Saturday we headed off to the beautiful region of The Cotswolds. It’s just such a quintessentially British area, that’s full of cute little towns and villages, that truly reflect old style Britain. If your a fan of everything British, then this is definitely an area you need to visit. You can go and have a read of their website HERE.


There’s many different towns and villages that come under the heading of “The Cotswolds”, but we decided to just visit two of the most popular ones: Broadway and Bourton On The Water. Both of these area’s are full of cute, little shops and restaurants that truly reflect stereotypical Britain. I especially love looking in all the little gift shops that they have to offer, because I’m really into interior items at the moment and I love finding shops that I absolutely adore.


So, without further ado, here’s a little photo diary of my adventures on Saturday.



How did you spend your time in the gorgeous weekend weather??


Love you all


Who do I subscribe to on youtube?????

Branching out….



Especially since I have been on holiday and not had any English t.v to watch or DVD’s I have been spending a lot of time watching youtube videos! I’m just finding that online is the new t.v and it’s so interesting what everyone has to say and to watch something that’s only short.


On Youtube there is just so many talented people and I just love watching them. There’s so many genuine people on there that you can tell love making youtube videos and make you feel so welcome to their channel. I love following what they have been upto and learning how to do stuff from them.


So as I have become slightly obsessed with Youtube I thought I would share with all you lovely people who I like to watch and subscribe too!! There’s not loads as I am really picky with who I subscribe to because I hate seeing a video on my homepage by someone who’s voice I hate or their background or they are just crap.


1. Marcus Butler TV


I subscribe to Marcus because he is just sooo funny and when I need a bit of fun, cheering up or just a different type of video then this is one of a few people I watch. He is just so motivated and positive. He is always up beat and great to listen to while watching other things. In fact I am watching him now while i’m writing this post.




2. Daily Mix



I subscribe to daily mix because they bring many great youtubers together in one place. They create some interesting videos and have got me into some great and inspiring youtubers that I never knew of before. This is one of my favourite channels to watch, especially the recent beauty bootcamp.




3. Zoella and More Zoella



I subscribe to Zoe because she is just so down to earth and I love watching her. I love watching what she’s up to and generally being nosy. She motivates so many people and is so dedicated to all her fans. She is the most well-known beauty youtuber in England and I love all her videos and her of course!!<3

Zoella- http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWRV5AVOlKJR1Flvgt310Cw


More Zoella- http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrUbqTCagwsaP2Fmr0p1TsA


4. Sprinkle of Glitter



I subscribe to Louise because she is just so positive and inspirational to soo many people. She is really comfortable in her own skin and is just soooo bubbly. I didnt like her at first but Zoella got me into her and now I love her. I love her d.i.y  videos and generally just her!!!




5. Patrica Bright



I subscribe to Patrica because she has such amazing fashion sense and I just love watching her sooooo much. She is just so genuine and a real inspiration. I think she has the mix between fashion and beauty just right and I love her for it!!<3 Probably one of my favourite channels.



This post will be a series and I will see you next week to share with you more people I love to watch and subscribe to watch! I love you all and see ya soonie!!x


Love Rachelx