My Updated Pandora Jewellery Collection & How I Style My Pieces

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Jewellery is something I’ve really grown to love over the last few years, as my style hs developed and I’ve been able to find more timeless jewellery pieces to pair with my more classic style; and Pandora has been one of my favourite place to get these from. It’s far from the cheapest place to find jewellery, however they offer a good level of quality, and style for the amount of money you’re paying for your pieces. They also regulary bring out new season collections to keep your love for their jewellery going and create beautiful items that you can really customise and make completely personal to you.

So, as I’ve now got quite a substantial collection of their pieces, I thought I would share my collection with you, and my favourite ways to style them up with my wardrobe…

Woven Leather Bracelet | £45

This bracelet out of my whole Pandora collection, is the one I wear the least simply because nowadays I’m just really into more classic jewellery pieces, that I can pair with any outfit and it won’t clash. As this pink woven leather bracelet is a little bit more unique and wouldn’t tie in with every outfit that I wear, however it is a really good casual Pandora bracelet as it’s not super heavy, like all the others can be. It has a round, silver floral clip on which they no longer make, but I love how it ties in with the silver clasp and having the single bead just keeps it looking nice and simple.

How I Style? –  So, my favourite way to style this bracelet up is just with a really casual, everyday look. Maybe a pair of jeans, a graphic or slogan tee, and a pair of converse. Then the bracelet just ties in really well and adds a little bit of casual glamour to your outfit.

Pandora Jewellery 2Silver Cream Flower Enamel Ring & Silver Floral Band

These were the first two rings I ever had from Pandora, and were actually both bought for me as presents. Before I had these, I never really used to like wearing rings because I had always had cheap one’s that felt uncomfortable to wear or were more statement pieces. However, once I added these two to my collection my love for rings began and I’ve loved them ever since.

How I Style? – I love to style these two rings separately, as the thicker floral band ring can’t be stacked and looks much better on it’s own as a single piece. So, I always tend to wear them together and put the thicker banded one on my right middle finger and then the thinner floral enamel one on my left middle finger. Then, I will usually pair my silver heart bangle with them, as its not too over the top and just ties all the silver pieces together nicely.

Sterling Silver Bangle | £55

This bangle has to be my favourite out of all the bracelet’s in my collection, and that’s because it’s so simple and classic, and is also really wearable with so many outfits. I usually hate wearing bangle’s because they always seem to dig in around the bony parts of your wrists and move around a lot; however this one is just a little bit bigger than my wrist and because it has the clasp it makes it so easy to put on and take off. I also love the Pavé Open My Heart Clip that’s on it, because it adds a bit of glamour and sparkle to the piece, but it still looks chic and super feminine.

How I Style? – I would style this up with a more dressy outfit, such as when I go on a night out or for drinks with the girls, or when I go to work and want to add a bit of classic sparkle to my outfit. I think it also looks beautiful paired with my two floral silver rings, and a pair of silver crystal earrings to finish the look off.

FullSizeRenderDazzling Daisy Ring | £55 & Daisy Band Ring | £75 & Classic Band Ring | £100

My three rose gold rings are my favourite items out of my whole collection, because I absolutely love rose gold and think it looks so pretty and feminine; and these rings are no exception.

Again all these rings have been presents and have little stories behind them that make them even more special, such as the thin band daisy ring was bought with money I got from my family for my AS Results. So, I know that whenever I wear it, it reminds me of my achievements and those results. Similarly, the classic band ring, which is the newest addition to my collection and something I can’t stop wearing was bought my mum as a present for my A-Level results, so it will always remind me of the day I got them and how happy I was. As the daisy band ring was an 18th birthday present from my Aunty and Uncle, and something I will always treasure and remember from a special birthday.

How I Style? – My favourite ways to style these rings is to stack the classic band ring with the daisy thin band flower ring on the top, and then also wear the thick daisy band ring on my right middle finger. I don’t always wear all of them, but I usually alternate and wear two at a time, one on either hand. Then I usually pair it with a dainty gold initial bracelet I have as well, to finish the look off.

Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet | £55

This is the first ever Pandora jewellery piece I had and will still always be the most classic from the brand, as it’s where they started. Their charm bracelets are still so iconic and I love how you can personalise them and make each individual one to suit you, tell a story and have memories behind each bead. All of mine have been presents, that have bought for me for various different occasions, so they all have a lot of meaning for me. For example, the bracelet, two heart clips, the bow and the two thin crystal beads were all a present from my mum for my 16th birthday, and then I had various beads for my 18th birthday and other special events in between. The only thing I don’t like about these bracelets is that they can get really heavy with all the beads on and then be hard to wear all day.

How I Style? – Generally as this bracelet is so heavy, I usually only wear it for special occasions, such as going out for drinks or on a night out. I never wear this everyday as it’s too bulky and I also don’t want to risk loosing any of the beads, which I actually have done before.

What are some of your favourite pieces from Pandora?

Rachel x

Spring Colour Edit 2017

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The transition from Winter to Spring has to my favourite out of all the seasons. I love being able to move away from the everyday jumper and jeans uniform, and into experimenting with bright colours and patterns. There’s something that so exciting about dressing for spring, as you know that warmer days, longer nights and so many adventures are just around the corner. So, today I’m working with Bonobos and sharing my go-to colours, for the spring season; and creating two gorgeous his and hers looks to go along with them.

Red- This never used to be a colour that I gravitated to or that was really even present in my wardrobe, however lately I’m loving it. I think it’s down to the fact that I have a new love for red lipstick, as it’s so feminine and classic. It instantly adds another dimension to an outfit and really pulls it all together. So, my new obsession with red patterned clothing is definitely inspired by my current favourite lip colour. This gorgeous embroided top from River Island is the best way to wear red, as I love the fact it’s still mixed with white and even though the two colours contrast, they work well together to create a beautiful look.

Spring Colour Edit 4White- Talking of white, this is also one of my go-to colours when it comes to Spring. I love how well it works with my brown hair, and it looks amazing with a golden tan and tan accessories. It’s such a feminine colour, yet it has a real classic vibe and can work for almost anyone in some way. My favourite wear to rock white, during spring is through lace. I love pairing the girly lace with a harsher denim, and creating a really good contrast. I honestly think that’s the trick to white, is to think about how you can pair it will something completely different, or you go for it whole-heartedly and rock the bohemian vibe’s.

Light Blue- I’m all about the lighter denim’s when it comes to spring, and I love being able to pair different lace’s, embroidery’s and textures with a real spring jean. They instantly lift your outfit and bring it bang on trend and in season.  I’m really starting to experiment more with blue, as it is supposed to one of my colours I should wear, and move away from my classic black jeans.

Rose Gold- I couldn’t go through this whole blog post without mentioning my favourite metal of all time, and that’s beautiful rose gold. It’s such a feminine metal, and really adds a warmth to your outfit. I love how well it looks with red, white, blue and just my entire spring colour scheme. It’s something different from the traditional harsh gold and silver, and rose gold looks good whether it’s a cheap costume piece, or whether you’ve invested that little bit more for a more luxurious piece.

Blush Pink- Finally, I’ve also been loving blush pink for ages and I’m just going to continue to roll it on into spring. I love how feminine it is, however you can mix it with a faux leather skirt and you’re instantly creating an amazing look. It’s a new neutral, and can almost be worn with any colour and in any way you wish to. It’s the perfect colour for summer weddings, a prom or even just a day out. It’s so super versatile and is a great shade to add to along side your classic monochrome.

Bonobos womens

This women’s look is a gorgeous formal take on my spring colour palette, with the red prom style dress taking center stage. I love this dress so much it’s even a contender for being my dress for my sixth form leavers ball in July. It’s such a beautiful piece, and creates a real statement being all red. However, the lace pattern makes it much more fresh and spring/summer appropriate.

 

I’ve then gone along with the rose gold colour palette through out my accessories; with these strappy rose sandals from Pretty Little Thing, and this stunning pearl earrings from Tiffany. I love how these have a crystal encrusted rose gold bar, which contrasts with the pearl and also ties my whole look together. The bag is a unique find from ASOS, and is a little bit of a statement but makes the outfit more casual. However, you could easily swap this with a formal clutch for a special event.

Bonobos mens

When it comes to the men’s look, I’ve gone for a much more casual vibe that you could wear on a day out or just to have a few drinks at the local pub. It’s super relaxed with this red bomber, from ASOS, that really brings colour to the entire outfit. Bombers are bang on trend at the minute, and are perfect to throw on in the spring when it’s not quite warm enough to just wear a short sleeve shirt. I love how this one is a bit more of a burgundy, which ties in well with all the rest of the muted colour palette.

To pair with the bomber, I’ve gone for a pattern white and navy shirt, with nautical themed sharks on. It adds a bit of pattern and intricacy to the outfit, and I also think that pattern shirts add a bit of fun to a spring/summer outfit. The navy shorts, also from Bonobos tie in with the pattern on the shirt and create an exact colour palette down the centre of the body. Then the bomber is there to bring a more relaxed vibe and style to the outfit. To tie it all together, I’ve picked a brown holdall. This colour looks amazing when paired with navy and would also be a great piece to travel with.

Why don’t you check out Bonobas’ collections HERE?

Rachel x

My Favourite Jewellery Pieces & Current Trends for 2017

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Jewellery is an accessory I’ve really grown into wearing over the last few years. Before that I was never really into wearing lot’s of jewellery, I barely even wore a watch despite having a set of jewellery that I wear every single day without fail. However, as my collection has started to grow and I’ve gain some more investment pieces, my love for jewellery has also grown. As I’ve grown up my jewellery taste really reflects my taste in clothing, and I love simple classic pieces that are really timeless and I’ll be able to wear for so many years.

Two of the pieces that are most treasured in my collection, have to be my gorgeous Tiffany necklace and my mixed metal one from Links London. I love how they both have a mixture of rose gold and silver, and are a really classic and simple shape. I love how the Tiffany one if so iconic, is able to be worn with any outfit for any occasion and also has a lovely, key to my heart vibe. It’s such an investment piece and something I’ll be able to wear for the rest of my life. Similarly, my Links London one is also a really lovely mixed metal and is two circle’s entwined in each other. I love how chic it is, how I can wear it both casually and with a more dressy outfit, and be able to have it in my collection for years to come. This looks so gorgeous on and I’ll always treasure it as one of my favourite 18th birthday presents.

Rings are one of my latest loves and a piece of jewellery that I’m obsessed with wearing. They’ve even become part of my everyday go-to jewellery pieces and I’m love with how they add something extra to an outfit. In particular, two of my favourite rings have to be my opal ones, which are something that I’ve always wanted to have for a long time. Opal is my birth stone and I’ve just always wanted to have a jewellery piece that really showcase’s how beautiful the stone is and celebrates me and when I was born. I’ve really struggled to find opal rings that are set in a modern way and don’t look old fashioned, and these two silver ones in my collection are two nicest one’s I’ve ever seen. Again, I love how classic and chic these rings are, how they will always be in fashion and can be in my collection for years to come.

A good watch is something that you always need in your collection, and mine from Armani Exchange has to be one of my favourite. I love how the gold and white leather create a really chic and luxe vibe, and will always look super fashionable. It goes with so many different outfit’s and the addition of the gems, on the clock face, make it super glamourous and is totally me. I love to always look glamourous and get dressed up, and this watch is the perfect match for me and my very chic style. However, I really need to a watch battery in this and actually start wearing it again, because I really love it.

Current Jewellery Trends

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Even though I really love chic and dainty jewellery, which I can wear everyday; I also love a good statement piece to glam up a basic outfit. They instantly add a focus point to an outfit and are great when you need to transfer from day to night, or want to comfortable but still glam. I’ve written all about one of my favourite statement necklaces, in my party wear accessories post HERE.

Chokers

Chokers had a real comeback in 2016 and in 2017 it will be no different. The skinny choker in particular looks super chic and stylish, and can instantly add a more edgy vibe to a feminine outfit. My favourite one’s have to be metallic or super skinny and velvet, however I’ve not really incorporated them into my own style yet and would love to experiment with them in 2017.

Statement Ear Cuff

Earring’s are something I love to wear and really can’t live without, to complete my outfit. So, a statement ear cuff is a trend I really like and I love how it can add a sense of glam and intricacy to an outfit. They look really feminine and girly and have been super popular on the catwalk. So, why don’t you try pairing a good statement ear cuff with an everyday outfit, to glam it up a bit?

Rachel x

Rose Gold Jewellery

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Hello Lovelies

 

My name’s Rachel and I’m addicted to Rose Gold Jewellery. Okay, you got me, I’m not literally addicted to it, as though my life depends on the colour of rose gold; but I do have a growing obsession with the colour, wanting to buy items that feature it and of course wearing it and pairing it all with an outfit.

 

I don’t really know what attracts me to rose gold, but I don’t particularly wear any type of gold jewellery or actually like it that much, so I suppose it’s kind of a more girly and ‘me’ version of gold. But lately it just seems like I’m more attracted to it than ever before, and have now seemed to have accumulated quite a few rose gold pieces, that I thought I would share with you. Obviously I don’t think any of them are actually rose gold, however a girl can dream and hopefully one day it won’t be costume jewellery that has rose gold featured in it, but real jewellery that is real rose gold.

 

So, let’s start from the newest piece that has been added to my little rose gold collection, and this has to be this rose gold ‘wish’ ring from Argento. This was actually a present from my aunty, which I had been eyeing up for quite a while, and is part of argento’s new own range of jewellery. If you’re not familiar with the concept of argento, then basically it’s a jewellery shop which contains a number of different well known brands, such as nomination, Pandora, Thomas Sabo, and mixes it with their own range of jewellery, to create one large outlet for a number of different types of jewellery and for all different tastes. And, this gorgeous little ring is exclusive to argento’s own jewellery range. It’s very dainty, small and quite simple and elegant, with the swirly writing of the word ‘wish’ and the small diamante to top of the I, it makes it extremely femine and girly, and is such a perfect gift, with a perfect price tag, of only £20.

 

Then next, is this large, round faced, rose gold watch from Fossil. If you saw my ‘New watch’ post from about 2 years ago, then you would know that I actually already have a really nice Armani exchange watch, which is still in good condition and something that I wear on a regular basis. However when ,me and my mum visited Bicester shopping outlet, and saw how much reduction they had on the watches, and the extra 25% because it was the bank holiday, we decided to both treat ourselves and buy new watches.

 

I’ve had my eye on getting a rose gold watch for ages, and have always loved the Michael Kors chunky wrist watches that are rose gold. However, when I tried on fossils version of those watches, they just looked stupid on my small wrists, and although I’m no way a small and delicate person, it managed to completely drown me and make me look like I was wearing my dads watch. Therefore I decided I needed a leather strapped one, very much like my existing watch, and then I found this beauty. It’s very big faced, which I absolutely love, and it has a mix of nude/peach leather and rose gold hard wear around the face, and trimmed rose gold clock handles, markings and numbers.  Without the discount this watch would of been around £80-£100, maybe even more; however, I got at an extremely good discount and would totally recommend you go and have a visit to Bicester village, and get yourself some bargains.

 

Somehow I feel like rose gold is going to continue drawing me in, and making me love it more and more. I’m sure by the end of the year I will have so many more items to add to my rose gold collection, and may even have to do this post again, but choosing my favourites from my collection. I think that a few of these items may end up being from the new Pandora Rose collection, which looks so lovely and femine, and has my name written all over it.

 

I love you all

Rachel x

The Budget Rose Gold Palette

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If you’re a regular reader of rachelspick, then you will know that I don’t really do beauty or talk about it on this blog. It’s not that I don’t like a bit of make-up and a good old face mask, but I don’t feel like it’s really where my passion or expertise lie that much. But today is without a doubt the exception, and I’m going to be raving about a fairly new palette that I have found on the high-street, that I just love too much to not share it with you all.

 

A couple of months ago, I was on the hunt for the perfect rose gold palette, that was basically the naked 3 palette, but on the high-street. And honestly, I never thought it would quite so hard to find, as it was. I literally spend ages searching through every makeup section in boots, and although there was a few eye shadows that were kind of on that theme, there was nothing like what I really wanted; a palette that I could use everyday, and that had a lot of different rose gold tones that all worked together. But then on the off chance, I decided that I would go into Superdrug and have a look, and there sat the perfect rose gold palette, that basically had my name written on it, just sitting there waiting for me. What made it even better, was that it had a very small price tag of only £6, or something very similar to that. I couldn’t even believe it, so I quickly went to the counter and snapped this little beauty up.

 

In the palette there is a perfect mix of both matte eye shadows, and sparkly eye shadows, which can all be mixed and matched with each other to create several different looks. To be precise, there is exactly 3 matte shades, a lovely cream highlight shade, a very light brown shade and a more mocha shade of brown. Then there is also 7 sparkly shadows, a light sparkly baby pink shade, a sparkly brown shade, a deep purple sparkly shade, a deep rose/pink shade, a sparkly dark brown shade, a matte black with a good hint of silver sparkle, and my favourite colour, a rose gold sparkly shade. Although I’ve not actually tried out every colour in the palette yet, the ones that I have used, have been very good for the money. I would definitely say that the sparkly shades apply onto the lid better and have a better colour pay off, and the matte’s are a little bit chalky and need more blending on the eye lid, but overall much better than other drug store palettes that you could get for £6.

 

As well as having 10 eye shadows, both matte and sparkly, you also get a double ended eye pencil; one end a black eyeliner, and the other end a more neutral and nude eyeliner. I personally think that the eye pencil is the thing that lets the whole palette down, because these are the worst thing in the palette. Don’t get me wrong, neither of the colours on the pencil are awful, but the black is not the greatest colour pay off and doesn’t stay on very well, and by the end of the day you have it all under your eyes. Then the nude eye pencil, this is nice and great in the tight line to brighten up your eye and make you look a lot more awake and alive, however this again doesn’t have a very good colour pay off either. They aren’t the worst eyeliners in the world, but definitely not the best.

 

Overall I do love this palette. I think that it’s an great alternative and dupe for the naked 3, on the high-street, and is perfect for someone who wants to have a versatile palette that can provide them with a lot of different options and looks. It’s such a great price and is really easy to buy and access, as it’s Superdrug’s own beauty brand, and can also be ordered online too. However, I wouldn’t recommend relying on the eyeliners, as I said before, I personally think they are the weakest part of the palette and do let it down overall. But the main stars of the show, which are the eye shadows, are good and do the job really well. If you are looking for a more expensive alternative to this, still on the high-street, then try the new Color Riche La Palette from L’Oreal.

 

I hope you have enjoyed me venturing a bit more into the beauty side of blogging in today’s post, and feel inspired to go and buy this bargain of a rose gold palette.

 

I love you all

Rachelx