Let’s Celebrate Being A Woman

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Being a woman in this modern world means so much more than it did 100 years ago, when women finally won the right to vote in 1918. Since that point women’s place in society has grown massively, and we are now at the point were we’re equal to the men that stand beside us. For me, being a woman in 2018 means having a unity between a man and woman and working as one unit to achieve one goal. Not degrading each other’s sexes, but instead building each other up, and also building up the women around us. Being a woman is about being strong, independent, working to smash our goals and to have the drive to achieve what ever we want to in this world.

To celebrate the recent International Women’s Day, I went to some of the wonderful women in my life to ask them what they thought being a woman was all about;  and they came back with some amazing responses….

The quote on the left suggests that we should take inspiration from the pure drive and determination of the women back in 1918, to push ourselves to achieve in 2018. We should be so grateful for how well women are respected and treated in our modern day society, and should never take that for granted or forget how far our sex has come. This is one of my favourite out of them all, and one that I’m going to keep as motivation to forever keep pushing to achieve my goals.

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The quote on the right looks at how being a woman means you have to make a lot of sacrifices in your life, especially for your family. Even though it’s now a modern world where there is a large majority of women that work and also have a family, they are still juggling that life and making sacrifices so that they can have good family life. Whether that’s taking a few years out without a career progression to have a child, or sacrificing your own personal time to spend that with your children and your family.

This quote on the left is another one I really love, as it shows how much of an impact women are having now, as we act as role models to both younger men and women around us. It shows how determined we are to succeed in life and that we can also have careers and progress in life, just as much as men can and are now no longer limited by our sex.

So, let’s celebrate being a woman, and someone who is not long limited by their sex and can have a future and a career, not just a family, just as much as man can. It’s about equality between men and women and creating a powerful team that nothing can break down.

Rachel x

Have Faith In Your Journey

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I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, and that no matter how hard the situation is or the lesson you have to learn, it was brought to your life for a reason. I’ve got to admit there’s been times in my life where I’ve not been able to know the reason, not even for a long time, but as you look how the path of your life altered from that point, you begin to realise. Whether that’s loosing your job, but then being offered a new one that can take you on a different career path, or whether it’s falling out with a friend and actually realising that the friendship was toxic and that you’ve been able to make much better friends since. You need to have faith in your journey, what’s set out for you is there to challenge, scare and even intimidate, but not ever to defeat.

As it comes up to exam season, there’s such a huge new life chapter waiting ahead for me, and I know that I’m just about to close my entire childhood one. In two weeks time I’m going to be saying goodbye to school for good, doing my exams and looking forward to being let free into the world and to really start the path to my dream career. I already know where I’m going and what I’m going to do, but if you don’t you just need to have faith that whatever happens there’s a reason behind it. The best you can do is put plans in place, work your arse off and hope that you get the results you want and need. If you do then that’s amazing, you’ve got the pass to the next stage in your life, whether that’s A-Levels, College, an apprenticeship or university. However, if you don’t quite get what you were hoping for, then don’t loose faith as there’s a different path set out for your life that will make you succeed. Yes you may have to work hard for it, but we all will; so have faith that no matter what challenge’s life throws at you, you are strong enough to take them.

Our whole human bodies are made to be broken, hurt, damaged and imperfect, but they can also be fixed, healed, can forgive and can be worked on. Just because you life takes a different turn, does not mean that you have failed at it. Instead it’s leading you to better things. Some of the best people, ideas, and situations come out of nowhere and you need to take them in your stride and know that they’re meant to be in your life for a reason. But don’t ever feel like you can’t be scared of them, as change is not only such a massive thing in your life but it’s also not really liked by anyone; but it has to be done.

Good Luck to all you lovely people starting exams over the next few weeks and months, I know you’ll smash it and remember to always have faith in your own journey.

Rachel x

Instagram Diary | Autumn 2016

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Due to my blog, I’m constantly on social media and use lots of different varieties. However, lately I’ve been really loving Instagram and being able to visually document my life; from those everyday joys, to those special big adventures. It just seems like a really great social platform, for me at the minute, and I really enjoying sharing my blog content and also just having a chat in the comments. So, as there’s been a lot of really big things going on in my life lately, I thought I would do a small big instagram diary for you; explaining what’s behind some of my latest pictures…


This collection of photos are the latest ones straight from my Instagram feed, where you can go and follow me @rachelydia; starting from today and working back to the middle of October. The post right at the top on the left, is a quote I found today, whilst quickly skimming through Pinterest, another addiction of mine. It says: “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happiest girls are the prettiest girls. I believe tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles” It just seemed so relatable and really accurate to my view on life. Good old Audrey Hepburn!

The picture directly below that probably has to one of my most favourite pictures, I’ve ever posted on my Instagram. It just documents such an everyday, simple afternoon of going for coffee, and yet is such a beautiful photo. I love the marble table, how yummy the cakes look, and I’m still thinking about how amazing that salted caramel hot chocolate was! It was a Café Nero Christmas special by the way. As the last four photos are all from my wonderful trip to New York, and wow was it amazing. We jam packed five amazing days in the Big Apple, going up the Empire State, going to the top of the RockaFella Centre, visting Times Square, eating some lovely traditional American waffles and shopping in the one and only Macy’s. Literally the biggest department store I’ve ever set my eyes on. (You can read all about my trip, in a post I’ve written HERE.)


These second group of photos are continuing on from the previous ones and are from my wonderful trip to New York, in the middle of October, to right at the beginning of the month, when it was my 18th birthday.

Right at the top on the left really documents one of the most breath taking memories of New York, for me. It was taken when we went up to the top of the Rockafella centre, on the first night, and we were able to see the whole of New York light up. No pictures could describe how amazing the view was and it felt so surreal that I was there and able to experience it all, as a present for my birthday. I’m so grateful to my mum, and all the rest of the lovely women, I went with. Then, if you look to the opposite side, on the top right, this is a picture of my first EVER proper legal drink that I bought myself. It was a lovely passion fruit cocktail, from Turtle bay, and I think is going to become a strong favourite of mine, in the years to come.

The rest of the photo’s all document the day and the amazing memories I have, of celebrating my 18th birthday. At the bottom on the right shows a lovely bunch of gorgeous flowers, that all my family bought me, as an early birthday eve present. They were so pretty and such a great way to start my birthday. Then, the next picture along from that shows some of the decorations that my mum put up, in my gold and black colour theme of course, to celebrate my big birthday. We started the day by going for breakfast at a lovely local café, and this was when I found about my amazing trip to New York; this memory is documented in the bottom left picture. All the pictures in the middle are from my party. I had such a great night, celebrating with all my friends and literally dancing nearly all night. I’ve written all about it in a post, which you can go and have a read of HERE.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this style of post, and don’t forget to go and follow me on Instagram @rachelydia.

Rachel x

#SS5 | The Sterotypical ‘Perfect Summer Body’& Body Confidence Tips

bodies-800.jpgThe majority of the time I use rachelspick to talk about more light hearted matters, such as Fashion and personal style, however sometimes I feel like these material topics are just not enough. There are so many deeper and more meaningful things out there to be discussed and I feel like I owe it, to all of my fellow women, to discuss some of these things.

Body Confidence Quotes 2The controversial idea of ‘the perfect summer body’ is shaming so many young girls and women all across the world, as we become more and more addicted to the idea of having the stereotypical ‘perfect’ summer body; which is actually never going to happen. Within the world, this country and even your family and friends there will be a variety of women which are all completely different. There will be petite women, tall women, someone who is a size 18 and someone who is a size 8, and how can you possibly categorise all these different body types under one ‘perfect’ stereotype. The answer is that you can’t and it’s a completely un-realistic and un-achievable idea.

How do the media expect women to love themselves and their bodies if they’re constantly getting bombarded with ‘perfect’ images, which are nothing like a real woman’s body. These images and the ‘perfect summer body’ are in fact not real, and I suppose you could say they are the fiction of the body shape world. They’ve been created, thought up and ultimately they have been tweaked for your own enjoyment. The idea that there should even be a ‘perfect summer body’ in itself is completely wrong, and should never have even been created. Women are all different shapes and sizes, have faced different battles and have completely different genes; making them who they are.

Personally, I think it’s so important for young women to realise the tricks the media play and that they no longer need to shame their bodies. There is actually no such thing as ‘perfect’ and all women have their body ideal which they aspire to and want to achieve. There’s nothing wrong with having goals and ambitions with your body, however you need to realise that no one will ever be perfect and that if you’re a lovely curvy women then you will never be really skinny and have a boyfriend figure. Some things are just not possible, and that ‘perfect summer body’ is one of them.

Real women have curves, lumps, bumps, stretch marks, rolls, fat where they might not necessarily want it and have things they don’t like about their body. When I was younger I suffered, for a long time, with the large amount of stretch marks and the fact that they had appeared on my body at such a young age. They used to get me down and put me off wearing certain things. However, as I’ve grown up and they’ve started to fade, I’ve realised that a lot of women have them and that my body is never going to be perfect. But more than anything, I don’t want it to be. I’m really trying to embrace my body, the skin that I’m in and love every part of myself; as it’s the only body I’m going to get.

Body Confidence Tips

  1. Body Confidence QuotesDon’t avoid looking in the mirror, always try to look in the mirror everyday and really get familiar with your body. If you know what your body actually looks like over what you think it looks like, it will help you to accept it so much more.
  2. Comparing yourself to others is never a good move. Everyone is different and there is no way that you will ever be like that person. So admire their beauty but don’t de-grade yours.
  3. Make a list of things you like your body and always try to focus on those things. Eventually the bad elements should not seem as bad to you and you will always have things you truly love about your body,
  4. Know about clothing styles and shapes which suit you. In order to feel super body confident, try to stick to these and you will know they will always look gorgeous on you.
  5. Realise that the stereotypical ‘perfect summer body’ is not real and pretty un-realistic. Try to aspire towards someone you know, who has the body you would like to have, over a celebrity or a picture portrayed by the media. This body will be much more achievable.
  6. Always try to love yourself and your body. It’s the only one you will ever get, so treat it well and don’t shame it. It really get’s you no where, other than lowering your self confidence.
  7. Have fun with your body and embrace YOU!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this slightly different and deeper style of post. I thought it was a topic that really had be discussed during a #SummerSpecial series, just because of how popular the subject constantly is at this time of year. If you’ve loved reading this post, then you can go and catch up with the rest of #SummerSpecial series HERE.

Rachel x

NYE Hair & Makeup Inspiration

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After sharing with you all 24 sparkly items that would be perfect to wear for New Years Eve, I thought I would give you a bit of inspiration on how to finish your look off. So this post is all about creating a small mood board of inspiration, to get your creative juices flowing, over your hair and makeup looks this New Years Eve.



First let’s start with the face. When it comes to New Years Eve we all want to add a little bit of glitz and glamour to our everyday makeup routines. Whether that’s just adding a bright and bold lip to match your colour of choice for the evening, or going all out and adding eye lids full of glitter. It’s the one night when you can really experiment with your makeup, as we only get this day once a year.


All Pictures sourced from my Beauty pinterest board.


The two makeup looks that I’m really loving at the minute, from the pictures above, has to be the gold metallic eye and a bold lip. I’m not saying that you have to wear them together, but I just think that they’re both really suitable for the season and suit me personally. The gold smokey eye is perfect for anyone with brown eyes, like myself, as the gold really compliments them and makes them pop. If you have quite deep set eyes as well, then adding a dark brown into your crease and really blending it out; making your eyes look amazing.


Then there’s the red and berry bold lip, that i’ve just been wearing to death over the festive season. They both look so lovely for this time of year, and also add a glamourous pop of colour and interest to any outfit. I especially loved the red lip with just a basic face of makeup and macara, for chirstmas, and I’m now really loving the more berry tones, with a bit of a gold eye.


Now let’s talk about hair. A great person once said that “you’re never fully dresssed without great hair”, so today I want to give you a bit of inspiration on how to be fully dressed for this New years eve.


When it comes to hair, there’s just endless possibilities. You can curl it, straighten it, crimp it, plait, put it up in a bun, put it in a ponytail or have it half-up and half-down. This wide range of options can be a reallly good thing and also a really bad thing, as you have so many possiblities that technically you should never get bored with your hair and should always be trying out new styles.  However, we all know that we get stuck in ruts, have no idea what we want to do with our hair, and then end up doing our go-to hairsyle even when we’re going out. So, I would recommend that you go on Pinterest and look for a bit of inspiration when it comes to your hair this new years eve. Pick a style you really love and run with it, maybe even practice it once before the day, just to make sure your confident doing it and love how it looks with your outfit.


All pictures sourced from my Hair Pinterest board.


Whenever I’m going out I just can’t resist a good curl. I just love how my hair looks when it’s been curled and I think that my hair lays so much better when it has a bit of a curl/wave to it, and not super straight and boring. However, I think that I’ve also began to get into a bit of a style rut with curling my hair, and just see it as the best option for my hair everytime I go out. So the next time I go to properly style my hair, I also want to try something new. Maybe a low bun with a side plait, or a high ponytail with a slight curl, as I just can’t resist a good curl.


What’s your hair style rut at the moment?


I love you all

Rachel x