The Casual Spring Pastels

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Dressing for Spring is something I’ve been waiting for such a long time. I can’t wait to finally be able to put those thick knits away, say goodbye to those winter scarves, hats and gloves, and say hello to my spring wardrobe. As the weather has been getting slightly warmer in the UK, I’ve been starting to piece together some fresh spring outfits, mixing some of my classic spring pieces from the last few years, with a few of my new favourite items thrown in to.

This everyday casual, spring pastels look is a perfect example of this, as it mixes a pair of my classic, go-to black high-waisted jeans from M&S, along with my gorgeous blush pink trench, a spring cotton shirt and tied it all together with my new beautiful pair of grey suede knee-high boots. This is my favourite look for a casual day out shopping, or heading out for a coffee date. The mix of the light pink and blue pastels pair perfectly with the classic, chic black and the texture of the suede boot. Altogether the whole look just oozes my sense of style; classic colour blocking with a bit of texture thrown in there too.

THE BLUE PASTEL SHIRT: This is a piece I’ve had for while but I still love it just as much as when I bought it. It’s a classic buy from Topshop in the Tall section, and is the perfect fit for me. I have a long body so sometimes finding shirts that fit in all the right places and that’s also long enough, can be difficult.

I love to bring this out every spring/summer as it’s a really light-weight cotton, so it keeps you cool in summer and warmer in the early spring season. It looks perfect paired with so many different colours and can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a casual everyday look paired with converse.

THE BLUSH TRENCH: This trench is one of my favourite pieces as soon as springs starts to roll around. I bought it to wear for one of my best friend’s weddings last year, and fell in love with it straight away. It fits like a glove and is a perfect statement coat to wear for spring. I always love a good trench at this time of the year as they still give some warmth, but are also still light and can instantly look so chic. This one is a purchase from Debenhams last year, and was around 40.00, however pastels are really big again this spring/summer 18, so I’m sure there will be lots of similar ones across the high-street.

THE JEANS: I’ve spoken so much about these already, so I’ll make this one short and sweet. These jeans are the best ones I’ve found on the high-street for my body shape and budget. They’re super good quality, have a really good fit and are just the perfect pairing to any outfit, whether night or day.

THE BOOTS: These are my favourite piece from the whole entire outfit, and also my newest purchase. I’m really into knee-high boots at the moment, as I love how classy they look and they’re so super versatile for autumn/winter and spring/summer, as you can pair them with jeans, skirts and also dresses. These were a great buy from River Island back in February for only 40.00, down from 60.00; as I think they were trying to clear some of their winter stock. However, I think these are super spring appropriate too, as I love how classic and chic grey is and how comfy they are to walk in, and on your leg as well.

Are you looking forward to styling up some spring outfits? What are going to be your key pieces for this season?

Rachel x

3 New Festival Buys

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Festivals are such popular summer events to go and are packed full of wild, wacky and colourful outfits. There’s never a dull moment when you’re rocking the double denim look, mixing florals and stripes or owning that huge floral crown. However, you do also have to think practically when going to a festival, as in reality they are amazing fun but can be super rainy, windy and cold. So, as I’m going to V Festival this year with a group of my friends, I thought I would share some of the practical, yet stylish, buys I’ve picked up so far.

Green Raincoat | Topshop | £25

Not only is this the most practical piece from this mini haul, it’s probably the most sensible clothing item I’ve bought for a long time, usually I’m all about style over practicality. But, I knew this would be a piece I would really need for the festival as it would keep me warm on colder nights, would look good paired with any festival outfit and was also a bargain in the sale at £25. I love how the striped lining adds a bit of fun to the piece and even though it is quite practical, I know it will still look cute and stylish during the weekend.

The Roma Rucksack| MAHI Leather | £94.50

This little beauty was a gorgeous gift from my lovelies over at MAHI leather and will be perfect to house all my festival essentials for the day. I love how it has two zipped pockets at the front, which you can access really easily and how it also has a really spacious main section to the bag as well. It will be great for in the evenings when I want to  take out a jacket and also my phone, money and maybe a few drinks or something to eat. They’ve also made it even better by personalising it with my first three initials, RLK; which I just love and makes it so special. All their gorgeous bags are 100% leather and that means that it will wear really well, last a long time and be okay in the unpredictable weather at the festival.

White Embroided Shirt | Zaful | $26.49

This is my favourite piece from this mini haul, because not only do I love a good shirt but I’m also obsessed with embroidery; and this piece ticks both of these boxes. What I like is how well the beauties at Zaful described this item, which meant that I was super impressed when I got this shirt through the post and surprised at the online to real life pay off. It looked exactly the same and even the embroidery looks just as beautiful and intricate as it did on screen. They also come packaged up so beautifully as well and all it needed was a good iron and it was ready to go.

I really cant wait to style up this shirt with a good old pair of denim shorts, maybe even contrast it with a black ripped pair, to add a different feel. It’s such a casual style and cut that it always looks effortlessly chic, and is also super soft against your skin. The embroidery doesn’t irritate you at all and you can even roll up the sleeves to change up the style of it too. I’ve even got my eye on some of the beautiful floral bodycon dresses on their website, which would also be a great festival day outfit.

The only criticism I would make about it would just be the sizing descriptions, from their small, medium, large into British clothing sizes. I got guided an XL would be a UK size 12, however this is a bit big for me and I could of easily got a large if it wasn’t for the fact that the shirt looks great over-sized.

 What do you have planned this summer?

Rachel x

Spring Wishlist | White High Low Dress, Designer Bags and Embroidery

 

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Lulu Guiness Rucksack | £375, Blue Vanilla Jacket | £60, Zaful Embroided Tunic | $27.99, Zaful Cut Out Pointed Stiletto’s | $35.99, Ted Baker Red Bag | £160 , Topshop Embroided Jeans | £59

As it’s starting to get warmer in the UK, I’m really enjoying dressing for the spring season and purchasing some new items to add to my wardrobe. So, I’m working with the beauties at Zaful to show you some of the pieces I’m currently lusting after; such as this embroided white high low dress or dress formal dresses, which would be perfect for an upcoming summer party or a prom.

This season I just can’t get enough of embroidery. It’s just so feminine and also adds a nice amount of detail to a usually plain pair of jeans or a jacket. I particularly love the traditional red and green floral embroidery, on these Topshop Jamie Jeans because it adds something extra to the denim and makes them more of a special and seasonal appropriate pair to wear. The embroidery is also not too in your face, and doesn’t take away from how well-fitting the jeans are. So many pairs similar to this, are always boyfriend or mom style, and even though they are a nice addition to your wardrobe, I honestly don’t think you can beat a really good pair of skinny jeans.

If you’ve been a reader for a long time, then you will know that I have a real love and border line addiction for handbags. I especially love the British brand Lulu Guiness because of just how feminine all of her iconic bags are and particularly the traditional lips design. However, recently this gorgeous black leather backpack with a gold lips clasp, has caught my eye and I can’t stop thinking about it since. I just think that backpacks are so useful for summer and this one would just add a bit more style and glamour to the whole idea. But, it’s super expensive and definitely a piece that I will have to save up for or buy when it’s on sale.

Shoes are also quickly becoming another love of mine, and I’m really into more pointy stilettos styles at the minute. I bought a nude pair back in March, for one of my best friends wedding and I’ve just fallen in love with how elegant they make you look. They really elongate your legs and add a bit of a stronger contrast to an otherwise very feminine outfit. So, this gorgeous cut out tan pair from Zaful, caught my eye straight away. I love how well these will work with this seasons embroidery and lace, but also work perfectly with for both a casual day look or a dressy evening vibe. They would be so versatile and be a pair in my collection that I would wear over and over again. I definitely need to pick these beauties up.

What items are you lusting over this season?

Rachel x

18 Party Wear Buys | Under £50

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Party wear seems like a really relevant subject to me at the moment, as I’m being invited to so many 18th birthday parties and various other party attire style of events. I’m one of those people who finds just as much enjoyment from the whole getting ready process and choosing my outfit, as actually going to the party itself. Therefore, what I’m going to wear is always first on the priority list. So, as I’m sure many of you are in the same situation, at the minute, I thought I would share 18 party appropriate pieces with you all. I’ve also chosen items that are all under £50, to make sure that you’re not breaking the bank, this party season.

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MissGuided Grey Dress | £50, ASOS Earrings | £12, MissGuided Dress | £35, Zara Scarf | £9.99, New Look  Dress | £24.99, MissGuided Bomber | £40, ASOS Dress | £40, River Island Sandals | £48, MissGuided Shorts | £25

When it comes to party wear I’m all about the sparkle, sequins and a good bit of glitter. So this MissGuided Black Sequined Bomber Jacket and Gold Tassled shorts, definitely fit into my partywear vibe. I love how this bomber is not the traditional type of piece you would usually wear for a party, but it gives a bit of a different feel to the normal party look and would look great paired with a strappy top and heel’s or even a dress. The black sequins make it really versatile and super flattering, on any body shape or size. As these tassled gold shorts, also from MissGuided, just completly scream partywear to me, and are exactly the type of thing I would choose. Paired with a nice white blouse or a strappy cami, they would amazing, and you would always sparkle on the dance floor. These are again a very versatile piece, and could even be worn in a more sophisticated and girly way, if you chose to.

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River Island Skirt | £30, Topshop Sandals | £49, Zara Bag | £22.99, Zara Choker | £17.99, Zara Earcuff | £12.99, MissGuided Bag | £22, Topshop Heels | £32, ASOS Top | £40, Boohoo Playsuit | £18

However, party wear is not just about clothing, it’s also about those accessories and a good bit of footwear as well. These Topshop Silver Pom Pom Sandals and Zara Gem Choker, have to be two of my favourite items to pull a whole outfit together. The silver sandals are a complete statement piece and really allow the feet to do all the talking. I’m not sure whether I could pull them off, but I know they would look great paired with an all black, or even an all white outfit. The key with these sandals is keeping it simple on top, and let the party happen at the bottom. Maybe even pair them with the MissGuided Feather Clutch Bag, to tie the whole pom pom vibe into your outfit. On the other hand, a good piece of jewellery can really bring an outfit to life and will hopefully never become worn. This gem choker is the perfect piece of jewellery, for any party look, just because of how sparkly it is; ensuring you will always shine on your night out. It would look perfect paired with a sparkly number, but also as a statement piece, on it’s own, with a more chic and simple outfit.

I hope you’ve found a few gorgeous items that you would love to wear this party season, and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, for regular fashion and style inspiration HERE.

Rachel x

#SS | 32 High-Street Buys To Add To Your Summer Wardrobe

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As it’s the first official post of my new #SummerSpecial series, I thought I would go back to my roots and share a fashion/ personal style post with you all. I’ve always had a passion for affordable fashion and the ability to be able to dress really well on a budget. So, I thought it would be good to mix these two passions of mine together, and share 32 High-Street style pieces that you can add to your summer wardrobe today…

Personally dressing well and having a good wardrobe is really important to me, because I honestly believe that it makes a real difference to your own confidence and how other the people perceive you. Having a great outfit on, which you love, will do wonders to your confidence and how you feel your can conquer everyday and more important tasks. It can also help with what type of person you are, and that if you care about how you look you will probably have good attention to detail, and care about the appearance of your work and work ethic. However, it’s not always easy to be able to accomplish this on a budget and that’s why I’ve found 32 gorgeous high-street wardrobe items, to help you on your affordable style mission.

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Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Sandals | River Island £30, Jumpsuit | ASOS £60, Playsuit | River Island £45, Dress | New Look £29.99, Dress | New Look £22.99, Trousers | River Island £38, Boots | ASOS £55, Kimono | River Island £75, Swimming Costume | River Island £40, Jumpsuit | ASOS £38, Tee-Shirt | River Island £18, Shoes | New Look £34.99, Skirt | River Island £30, Sunglasses | ASOS £12, Cover up | ASOS £45.00, Hat | River Island £15

If you’re looking for an easy everyday summer style item, which you can quickly throw on for an instant outfit boost; this playsuit from River Island, Bardot Dress from New Look and these sunglasses from ASOS, are the perfect pieces. Both the dress and the playsuit are ‘one outfit’ style pieces, which really need little accessory wise, to make them into the perfect summer outfit. The bardot dress is amazing because of just versatile it is and how it would be able to worn with almost any colour accessories. However, tan coloured ones would look gorgeous. The playsuit really is a bit more of a statement piece and probably an item that you would throw on for a more chic, everyday outing. In addition, these sunglasses would really just pull any outfit together and allow you to add an instant touch of class and style, to any endless outfit combination’s. If everyday impact is what you’re looking for, then these 3 pieces are just what you need in your summer wardrobe.

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Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Bag | Zara £15.99, Dress | AX Paris £40, Skirt | MissGuided £22, Bag | Zara £29.99, Bomber | Topshop £59, Hair Accessory | ASOS £10, Dress | AX Paris £45, Jeans | ASOS £35, Sandals | Zara £79.99, Blouse | Oasis £35, Jumpsuit | MissGuided £28, Backpack | ASOS £48, Skirt | ASOS £16, Jacket | MissGuided £40, Shoes | ASOS £55, Necklace | Oasis £25

If you’re looking for some super stylish and unique accessories to add to your summer wardrobe, these pom pom sandals ZaraEmbroided Back Packhair accessory from ASOS, are the perfect pieces for you. These pom pom sandals are so unique and I’ve honestly never seen such a statement footwear piece from the high-street. The nude suede of the sandals makes them really chic and sophisticated, and able to worn with a lot of different colours, as the pom poms add a different texture to any outfit. This backpack uses the decorative technique of embroidery to add a gorgeous pattern to a very basic style of backpack. This would be perfect to add a pop of colour to a basic outfit and would look super cool for a festival outfit. In addition, this floral hair accessory would also look really nice for a festival hair look, and adds a different metallic, feminine look to an outfit. If a few unique accessories, are what you’re looking for this summer, then these pieces are for you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first post in my #SummerSpecial series. Make sure to follow me on social media to keep updated on everything to with the series.

Rachel x