My University Style Diaries: Colour Blocking And Leather Converse

My University Style Diaries

Nailing my university style is key for me, as I’m studying Fashion  I love how the way I dress can really portray a lot about my ethos as a future buyer and express my love fashion itself. So, creating a style that’s comfortable for everyday uni life, but also stylish and reflects my love for clothing, isn’t always easy. Especially if I’m having an Ugg boots and jeans kind of day. However, over the last year I feel I’ve begun to master it, and that’s why I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite looks with you,
 in this new style diary series. 

Personally, I believe that if you’re going to work in Fashion, you not only have to talk the talk, but walk the walk and ultimately look the part. I know I wouldn’t talk anyone advising me on style, or trust to buy the latest season’s collections, if they don’t know how to dress themselves everyday. So, I think it’s super important to put thought into what you wear, especially if you want to go into the Fashion industry. I feel that dressing yourself and finding your own style, helps you to understand colour palettes, how to put a look together and to understand the difference between style essentials and trends. 

My University style really reflects my own personal taste in clothing, playing with colour blocking and texture, as opposed to print or a lot of bold colours. Therefore, with this outfit I’ve chosen to block the lighter, nude tones from my feet up to my waist, then create a contrast with the black. This kind of plays on the traditional white tee and black jeans vibe, where the darker colour is on the bottom half. As here, the weather was still quite warm, I flipped that rule on it’s head and added a bit more interest to the look.

This is why I love these stone coloured, paper bag waist, cropped trousers from New Look; as they are a great basic for so many different outfits and occasions. They look great paired with converse for a relaxed everyday look, but also fab paired with heels and a graphic tee for a night out. I love their versatility and the fact that New Look them in so many different colours. So, there really is a pair out there for everyone. 

This cami top from New Look is a classic, essential piece in my wardrobe, and I honestly couldn’t live without it. It’s the perfect black, strappy camisole that looks good both in the day and at night, and also fit’s amazingly. I love how the lace detail around the neckline adds a bit of femininity, and again plays with texture, one of the key aspects of my personal style. Thank you again New Look, for such a beautiful piece, which I wish you bring out more of in a future collection, as I can’t find any other lace camisole’s that are amazing as this one. 

When it comes to the accessories, I like to keep them classic and that’s why I’ve paired it with my go-to everyday jewellery pieces. The star of my collection is this beautiful, rose gold, cluse watch; with it’s simple face and sleek design, that always adds a touch of chic to my outfits. Then, I’ve got my two silver, Joma Jewellery bracelets, which are super comfortable to wear and are an affordable everyday piece of jewellery to wear. Along with that is my loved Links Of London bracelet, which is not only a classic addition to my collection, but also a beautiful anniversary gift from Ed.

The shoes are the final element to my look and probably my favourite piece, as they are comfortable yet chic and super on trend. I love how I can pair them with a girly everyday outfit, and they will instantly fit straight in. They really bridge the gap for me, between a comfortable trainer and a fashionable shoe. Therefore, I’m always wearing them and they just about live on my feet. Thank you Converse, they are such beauties and worth every bit of the 62.99 price tag. 

Of course, I can’t forget about my latest designer purchase, this gorgeous pair of tortoise shell sunglasses from Ralph Lauren. They’re a super classic style, and are a match for any one of my outfits. I know I will keep them for many years to come and so far they have definitely been worth the money. You can read all about these beauties, in a blog post I wrote recently HERE. 

  • I wanted to say a massive thank you to one of my amazing photographers Elisha, for creating the beautiful shots for this blog post and really bringing it to life. 

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My Everyday Jewellery Pieces

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Over the last year jewellery has been something I`ve really got into. I love how I can put on a few of my favourite rose gold rings, a couple of silver bracelets, a pair of earrings and my new metal rose gold watch and it can instantly complete my outfit. They also really add the finishing touches to my look and kind of add my own stamp to everyone, as this collection of jewellery is my go-to everyday.

The main part of my everyday jewellery is my new, rose gold, metal strapped Cluse watch. I picked this beautiful one up from John Lewis and is something I`ve had my eye on for a while. What I really like about this watch is that it`s completely different from my Armani Exchange one, and it ties in really well with the rest of my rose gold jewellery that I wear everyday. The face looks so minimalistic and chic, and I love how it can pair with any outfit and add a really elegant and finished look to it.

Then, next let`s talk about the two rose gold rings, which you will probably never see me without, I absolutely love them. One is a simple rounded band, but in a gorgeous rose gold shade with crystals all around it. I love how this was a present for my A-Level results, and has such amazing sentimental value, as well as being such a beautiful and classic ring that I can wear over and over again. The other one was also a special 18th birthday present, but has a more detailed intricate flower design all around the band. It’s more of a special ring but I love to pair it with the other one nearly everyday.

The bracelets are both from Joma Jewellery and have literally made me fall in love with bracelets all over again. I never used to like them, as they always kind of got in my way when I was writing and doing things, but these have completely changed my mind. The silver one with the rose gold heart is also a sentimental gift from my aunty for my exam results, and is also great to link my silver and rose gold jewellery together. As the grey material bracelet as a more textured look to my jewellery and I also the love the silver crystal heart on it.

Finally, to finish the look off I need something sparkly in my ears and these Pandora knot earrings are my go-to. These are actually the only ones I really wear as they with everything and are also proper silver and don`t damage my ears. I love how the knot design is not super basic, like a crystal, but are still simple enough to wear everyday.

What’s your go-to everyday jewellery pieces?

Rachel x

16 Pay Day Buys With Zaful

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January is always one of the hardest months when it comes to money and treating yourself, as your pay cheque has to last longer and you’ve spent all of december treating everyone you love. However, as January pay day is either here for you or just around the corner, ive teamed up with Zaful to bring you 16 beautiful Pay Day buys. To treat yourself and to enjoy the special occassions there is coming up over the next few months.

Whether it’s a new graphic tee you’re looking for, which i love to pair up with a skirt or just a pair of classic jeans, a new blazer to keep you warm on nights out over the rest of the winter or just a new accessory to add to your wardrobe. I’ve got something for everyone in my litte pay day edit…

If you’re looking for a new piece to wear on a night out, a meal or drinks with the girls, then this gorgeous red cami dress from Zaful would be perfect. The deep red colour is such a statement and looks so good just paired with simple black or nude accessories. I also love how this style of dress looks so elegant and chic, as well as allowing you to show a bit of a sexy shoulder and get your legs out. It really is the best of both worlds and a gorgeous pick with valentines day coming up.  They’ve got so many more lovely pieces over on their website, just click here to go over and have a browse.

Or if adding a new accessory to your wardrobe is more what you’re looking for then these beuatiful grey tassle earrings from Zaful would be a great choice. Not only is grey such a gorgeous, classic and chic colour that really is the new black, they also have a lovely gem stone detail that would look great for a night out. Thye would really add a statement to your look and dress up a casual look. Or, if a handbag is more your thing, then this lovely pink suede one is perfect. I love the square shape of this and how the black chain and the boxy shape, contrast with the girly pink, to create a really modern look. This is one of my favourite pieces and something I cant wait to add to my wardrobe. If you want to check out any of their new styles, go and have a read of the Zaful blog here.

Are you treating yourself this Pay Day?

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