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

My Favourite Moments of 2016

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Well 2016, what a year it was. It really was an absolutely crazy year full of so many new adventures, amazing moments and memories that I will always treasure. I lived the last years of my childhood and started my life as an adult, I had some amazing AS results that I was really proud of and also kicked off my dream to travel the world, by visiting the one and only New York city. It has to be one of the fastest year’s yet, it really has just flown by, but it really was amazing and I’ll treasure so many moments of it.

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This Blog- Blogging is always a highlight to every year of my life that goes by. I’m so proud to say that I’ve run this little place on the internet for another year and have been able to continue to share my love for fashion and affordable style, through this little place on the internet. However, this year has to be extra special, as I finally took the plunge to get my own domain name and invest in a blog design that I’ve always dreamt of. I wrote a post all about it, which you can go and have a read of HERE.

Having my own domain name has opened so many doors, when it comes to how my blog looks visually, but also creatively and through the content I produce and the brands that I work with. It’s pushed me to create content I love, look beyond the stereotypical blogging box and try to run this blog by my own rules. All I can say is that I’ve really fallen back in love with blogging as 2016 drew to a close, and I can’t wait to see what it brings in 2017.

AS Results- 2016 marked the second year that I had to go through the awful experience of results day. It’s not because I’ve had bad experiences at them or got bad grades, but I just hate all the anticipation behind it and the seeing so many unhappy faces, as you look around the room. However, all my anticipation wasn’t necessary as all my hard work and revision paid off, and I got results I’m still really proud of; 2 A’s and 2 C’s. I never thought I would get an A in anything at A-Level, and to get in design, which is the career I want to go into, made it even better. It really gave me the push to work super hard to finish my A-Levels and apply to uni.

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Travel- I’ve always wanted to travel around the world. I really want to see everything it has to offer; experience different cities, cultures and ultimately be able to have memories that I can treasure for a lifetime. So, 2016 was the year that my adventure’s began and I finally got to travel outside of the EU, all the way to New York City. The trip was to celebrate my 18th birthday and it has to be one of the most amazing holiday’s I’ve ever been on. It’s such a bustling city, constantly full of noise, and there’s something to do every where you turn. It really is like no other place I’ve ever been to and you can read all about my trip HERE.

Turning 18- October 2016 marked the final year of my childhood and my transition into adulthood. I can’t believe that I’m now officially an adult, and I’m able to buy alcohol, go out partying and just finally not be considered as a child. It’s weird knowing that I’m now responsible for myself, and I can’t get my mum to ring up and book my appointments, even though I still do, but it’s so good to have more freedom and to not have any restrictions. Now all I need to do is pass my driving test, and I’ll finally be able to drive myself around in 2017, and there will be no more need for my mum’s personal taxi service.

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2016 has been a great year for meeting new people and also making all my friendships even stronger. I’ve spent time with both of my two friendship groups, from my old high school and the one from my new college, and have so many amazing memories with both of them. We’ve been to parties, had sleep over’s, girl’s nights and had so many laughs. I’ve also met another really amazing friend at work, that I know will always be in my life and I’m sure one day we will both be old and grey together. I’ve loved getting to know her little girl and I can’t wait to see her grow and develop in life.

I honestly don’t know what I do without them all by my side and I know I have found friends for life, who put up with all my drama’s, ranting and endless obsession with clothes and makeup palette’s. So, thank you Sasha, Holly, Lauren, Beth and Eleanor, for being the most amazing best friends.

I hope you’ve all had an amazing new year and here’s to an amazing 2017.

Rachel x

7 Things I’m Looking Forward To This Christmas Season

Untitled design (3)Christmas is has to one of my favourite events in the year, just because everyone comes together to celebrate the season and spend time with the ones we love the most. It’s the only time in the year when everyone just stops and takes the time to enjoy the festive season, and everything that comes along with it. So, I’m going to share 10 things I’m really looking forward to this Christmas time…

  1. The Food– I don’t think there’s anyone that can deny that they’re not looking forward to the food this Christmas season. I can’t wait to stuff my face in all things turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and also a good old piece of chocolate Yule log. Generally, I don’t really love heavy food, however when it comes to Christmas I can’t get enough of it and for me, it’s one of the things that really defines Christmas.
  2. Relaxing– This Christmas brings the last school Christmas holiday’s I will ever have, and so I really want to enjoy it and ultimately relax. Catch up on sleep, as I’ve had so many late nights recently, binge watch Christmas specials and films, as you can’t do Christmas without a good TV night; and finish all my shopping and wrapping of Christmas gifts.
  3. Spending time with family- I’m a real family lover. They mean the world to me and I don’t know what I would do without them all by my side. So, to be able to spend a whole day with my family, just celebrating and catching up, is something I can’t wait for. For everyone to just be able to chill out, not worry about work or college the next day and just all catch up, really can’t be beaten.
  4. Playing Games- Christmas is the one time of the year, except from holidays, that we all have time and are willing to play loads of games. As there’s quite a few of us, when we get together we love to forget about the TV and play a few good old fashioned board games. Monopoly, Scrable and Pictionary have to be some of our favourite’s. Although, Monopoly has to my ultimate favourite game to play.
  5. Snow- Now this is one that I’m really hoping will happen this Christmas time, as I can’t ever really remember having a proper white Christmas in the UK. We don’t really get a good amount of snow and when we do, it very quickly turns into sludge. So, I really wish that we can have snow this Christmas. It would be perfect if we did, and I really don’t think you can beat it, during the festive season.
  6. Present Giving– This is the second year I’ve been able to buy all my Christmas presents myself, and so I can’t wait to be able to give out all my presents this festive season. To be able to see all my loved ones open a present, I hope that they will love, is the most amazing thing and something I enjoy even more than receiving presents.
  7. Christmas Eve– Christmas eve is my favourite day of the whole festive season. I love it maybe even a little bit more than the actual day itself! The whole routine I have, of starting the Christmas celebrations at work and spread the Christmas cheer, going to the church carol service and then spending time with my godmother and her husband. It’s like a real countdown to Christmas for me, and I can’t wait for the real festivities to start.

Rachel x

The Christmas Gift Guide | For Her

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One of my favourite parts of Christmas has to be buying presents, for some of the lovely people in my life. I love being able to spend time really picking the perfect present, that I know my friend or family member are going to love. But, there’s always those women in your life, in family this is definitely me, who has everything and has a really specific taste; so finding a present that they will adore is just that little bit harder. So, for my second gift guide for Christmas 2016, I’m going to be sharing 9 gorgeous gifts to buy for her…

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Beautiful pyjama’s has to one of my favourite things to buy or receive as a gift. I love to be able to feel glamorous even when I’m relaxing at home or going to bed. So, this lovely pair from Autograph, designed by Rosie Huntington-Whitely, would be the perfect present for any fashion lover in your life. They’re made of a luxurious silk, would be really comfortable and cool to wear, and look beautifully chic; with a muted floral cream, pink and green pattern on. The camisole and pants set may be quite expensive for £35.00, however you’re paying for the quality and fit of the whole set. On the other hand, if you’re not quite brave enough to attempt to buy a fashion lover clothes, then a book all about the ultimate fashion bible is a great option. This diary of Alexander Shawman’s 100th year in vogue looks really interesting, and I know will have an amazing insight into how vogue celebrated such a big event. I love reading about fashion, especially something as iconic as vogue, and I’m sure there’s many women out there who would love this book in their stocking.

Makeup is also a really big love of mine, and I know there’s also many other beauty lover’s out there to. However, I don’t always splash out on getting lovely new brushes to apply my makeup with. So, this bold metals collection, from real Techniques, would be a perfect way to treat the woman who loves makeup. These brushes are from the premium collection and are super luxurious, soft and great at applying makeup. This set is quite pricey, however there’s plenty of lovey smaller sets to splash out on this Christmas. or, if you feel it’s more a makeup or toiletry bag that a lovely lady in your life might need, then this gorgeous pug one from Ted Baker would be perfect. I really love all the designs from Ted Baker, and this one is no exception. It’s super cute, wipe able and also great if you spill makeup on it or for travelling.

 *You can go and read my 32 Stocking Filler Gifts Guide | under £10 HERE

Rachel x

The Realities Of A Christmas In Retail

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As it’s now my second December in Retail and all the four months leading up to the big day, I thought I would share a few of the realities of having a Christmas in retail. Whether it’s the endless lines of customer’s to serve, the mysteries of the late night shopping hours or the Christmas eve shop floor celebrations; a Christmas in retail is weird, wonderful and nothing ever surprises me…

  1. ‘Did I just tidy that?’- Especially when it’s the countdown to Christmas, tidying becomes a full time job, and one of the two main things you end up getting paid for, along with serving customers. If you’re a perfectionist like me, then having everything nicely folded and looking good is key, but at Christmas that’s just not possible. You can spend ages folding and tidying, for it only to be all forgotten in a matter of seconds, as the pile of jumpers,you’ve just folded,is all in a heap or the fitting room you’ve just tidied,has 50 tags and coat hangers in AGAIN.
  2. ‘Not late night shopping’- That only means one thing, having to work a late shift. Having to watch as you slowly move towards Christmas, more and more late minute shoppers need to find the perfect present, in the last 5 minutes of the shop being open. Or, hitting 7.30 and actually loosing the plot, as you know that you still have a lot of your shift left to go, and can’t stop thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner.
  3. ‘Is this line EVER going to end’- Standing at the till becomes your permanent position, when it comes to the Christmas season, as you’re constantly serving person after person; buying gifts for their loved ones. You think it’s never going to end, and can’t even believe how many times you’ve had to ask ‘Do you need a 5p carrier bag?’.
  4. ‘It’s Christmas Eve!’- This has to be one of the most amazing days to work, during the Christmas period. Everyone is in the full Christmas spirit and can’t wait until they can clock off and start the celebrations. But, where I work the celebrations start as soon as our shift does. It’s all about wearing our Christmas jumpers, maybe exchanging a few presents or cards, and having a bit of a celebration in our stock rooms.
  5. ‘The whole of Christmas is just one day’- When you work in retail you dedicate your whole countdown to Christmas, and the time you usually spend with your family getting ready for the big day, to share the festive spirit through the high-street shops. It’s not always easy to be happy and jolly, as you’ve not had a break for 6 hours and have had a constant queue for the whole time. So, always try to be kind to the retail workers, in your local shops and high-street; they’re doing their best and have given up family time, to open the shops, for all your last minute purchases.

Rachel x