7 Things I Learnt From My First Holiday Alone

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Going on holiday for the first time without your parents is always something you look forward to, however it can also be quite daunting. Knowing that you have sort everything out yourself, be responsible, pay for everything and still have a good time, is a lot to take on all at once. So, as back in February me and my boyfriend Ed had our first ever holiday alone together, I thought I would share 10 things that I learnt along the way…

  1. Do Your Research – Research the place or area you’re going to, so you can know about the best places to go and visit. You don’t want to miss on going somewhere that’s really interesting or beautiful, and by doing your research hopefully that won’t happen.
  2. Planning Is Key – Making sure that you know what you’re going to do every day on your holiday, plan meals, arrival times etc. This will make your life so much easier. It makes you feel so much calmer and like you’ve got your sh*t together on your first holiday.
  3. Small Holidays Are A Good Start – If you don’t feel ready for a full week or longer holiday alone, then just go for a short staycation at first. This isn’t so daunting and makes it feel more manageable, especially as you don’t have to worry about airports and any real travel times.
  4. Make The Most Of Everyday – When you go holiday, especially a long weekend, you’ve taken the time off work or uni to go, and so you want to make the most of everyday, even the travelling ones. We went to Bath on the way home from our holiday in Wells, as it was a break in the journey and was also a place we really wanted to visit.
  5. Take Chocolate Snacks and Bubbles – These were two things we loved to tuck into after a day full of exploring, and was a nice holiday treat to have.
  6. Create A Holiday Playlist – This was one of my favourite parts about the holiday, as we had a huge playlist to listen to and sing loudly to in the car as we went on our 3 hour journey. It made the journey so much more fun and was a good start and end to the holiday.
  7. Go With People You Love To Spend Time With – You’re going to spend a lot of time with this person or these people, whilst your on holiday, so make sure you go with people you love to spend time with and that like doing the same things as you do. It makes your holiday so much more enjoyable and easy!

Have you been on your first holiday alone yet?

Rachel x

A Day at London Fashion Week Festival

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London Fashion Week is something me and my mum have always wanted to go to. We’ve always wanted to sit as the side of a catwalk and watch a real show, and see the models walking down the runway showing the latest trends for the upcoming season. So, when my mum bought me tickets to go to London Fashion Week Festival for Christmas I was beyond excited. I couldn’t wait to go and be a part of something I’ve always wanted to experience.

From the moment I set foot on the strand, to the moment I was sitting second row at the side of the runway, I loved every moment. As you all know, fashion is something I love and a career I can’t wait to be a part of, and so it was right up my street. I loved sitting next to the runway and watching each new trend showcase their latest pieces, and browsing round the stalls for some new items to add to my wardrobe. It was so inspiring and a peak into what my career in fashion buying will bring.

I honestly couldn’t recommend the event enough to anyone who loves fashion and style. The experience is just amazing and the tickets are also really affordable considering the event. I still can’t believe I got to go and I’m already planning to go to the one in September.

Rachel x

A Day In London | Notting Hill & Kensington Palace

 

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Usually, whenever I visit we drive to one of the first tube stations, like Edgeware or Stanmore, park and then buy 1-6 zone tube ticket into central London. This is a fairly cheap way of being able to visit the city, without all the expense and stress of driving into the center or catching the train. However, this time me and my mum decided to check out how much it would be to go on the train and see how it compared. Even though it cost us slightly more than the petrol and parking would have, at one of the tube stations, it saved us so much time and we were able to get there in just over an hour. It would normally take 1 hour to an hour and half, without traffic just to get to the tube stations.

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The whole reason we wanted to go down to London, was to go and see Princess Diana’s ‘Her Fashion Story’ exhibition at Kensington Palace. We originally went to see the fashion styles re-worked exhibition, showcasing dresses that belonged to Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth and a few of Princess Diana’s as well, back in 2016 and we thought it was amazing.

So, as we both love how the royal women are such style icons, we had to go back and see the exhibition that was purely dedicated to the people’s princess, which has opened this year and is running until 2019. When we visited before I didn’t bring my proper Canon camera, and I was so annoyed that I wasn’t able to share some of the amazing exhibition with you, so this year I was determined to take lot’s of photos to share in a blog post.

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It was amazing to see how striking some of her most famous dresses are, and how much they portrayed the trends of the 80’s. Her look was all about ruffles, lace, shoulder pads and looking feminine, but with that strong regal edge. They would be so out of place in today’s modern style, but it was amazing to think they had such a strong story behind them of an everyday woman who has thrown into the royal limelight.

The showcase of some of the original dress designs were beautiful and it was so interesting to know how old these are and you can imagine each and every famous fashion designer, creating an iconic look for the young princess. They are such a great keepsake and I would love to be able to have these designs in my walk in wardrobe or office, in my future home.

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After visiting the beautiful exhibition, I wanted to go and explore some of the smaller, less well-known places in central London. So, Notting hill was first on my list because I’ve heard some many bloggers and youtubers talk about how beautiful it is, and so I wanted to see it for myself.

It’s a place I would really recommend visiting, if you want to go somewhere that’s a bit more off the beaten track, because it’s a lot more relaxed compared to central London and has much more of a rustic, unique vibe. The different rows of coloured houses, gorgeous individual deli’s and patisserie’s, and the addition of Portobello road market just around the corner. They had a range of small delicate jewellery and leather bag stalls, mixed with more modern stores such as Cath Kidston.

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Rachel x

Dreaming Of Paris Memories

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In dedication of Paris Fashion Week, which is coming up in only a few weeks and the haute couture shows are already under way, I thought I would share some of my favourite memories of visiting one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world….

From the moment I set foot in the centre of Paris, I absolutely fell in love with it. The whole relaxed Parisian vibes and how whether you’re a tourist or a resident, you can’t help but embrace the sheer love for Parisian life. Waking up everyday to such a beautiful scene outside your window, having a fresh pastry from the boulangerie and casually making your way to work ,or to one of Paris’ many iconic sights. Being able to embrace a new sexy language, oohh la la being my favourite phrase, and all the interesting French food, such as mussels or even snails. There is something so effortlessly chic about France and it’s really addictive.

One of my favourite memories of Paris has to be visiting the Eiffel Tower. It’s such an iconic thing to when you visit this beautiful capital city, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The views from this beauty are like no other and you really can see the whole of Paris, from the small platform at the top of the tower. I’ll also always remember when we visited the Sacre Couer, and as we walked down along the pebbled streets back to the coach there was lots of different people playing music and the whole vibe was really amazing.

Paris is such a beautiful place, such a romantic and relaxed vibe and somewhere I’m constantly dreaming of visiting again.

Rachel x

10 Goals For 2017

1. A Year of Self Love- In 2017 I want to spend more time doing things for myself, that I enjoy and are not to help anyone else. Whether that’s have a really long bath, dedicate some time to reading a good book or just chilling out and watching my favourite programme, which is Gavin and Stacey or Stella by the way.

2. Develop Rachelspick- I want 2017 to be a year where I grow rachelspick even more, collaborate with lot’s more brands and create so much more amazing content. Working with different brands really pushes me creatively to create interesting content for you all, and is also just really fun. So, I want to do lot’s more of it and ultimately just carry on enjoying blogging.

3. Smash My A-Levels- 2017 marks the year I finally finish school forever, and so I really want to be able to smash my A-Levels, work hard and get some great results.

4. Meet New People- I love meeting new people, building new friendships and having some really amazing people around me. So, in 2017 I would like to meet lot’s of new people which have the same interests as me and also create lots of new memories, with the lovely people that are already in my life.

5. Pass My Driving Test- Learning to drive was a massive part of 2016 for me, and so I can’t wait to be able to pass my test in 2017. I love going out in my car and practising, when I can with my mum, so I can’t wait to be able to drive on my own and be independent.

6. Travel somewhere new- In 2017 I want to visit a new place in the world, experience a new culture and make amazing new memories. Hopefully this year will mark my first ever holiday with my friends, and so I’m really excited to travel on my own and carry on my worldwide adventure’s.

7. Get Organised- Going into 2017, I really want to get more organised with both my school, blog and personal life. So, I’ve already got a calendar and 3 diaries on the go, in an attempt to be organised, so hopefully this will mean I know everything I’m doing throughout the month, have all my blog posts sorted out and don’t need to keep everything in my head; hoping I’ll remember it.

8. Don’t be late- I’m really bad at being late, I’m constantly late to family events, going out with my friends or just even going to college. So, in 2017 I really want to make a big effort not to be late. I’ve already found this goal difficult, and broke it quite a few times, but hopefully I’ll get better as the months go by.

9. Do more exercise- I know this is quite a stereotypical goal for a lot of people in the new year, however I actually do want to dedicate more time to exercising and getting more toned. I’m already a dancer and part of a competitive team, but I want to join a gym and work on my own strength and fitness levels.

10. Smile and laugh everyday- Smiling and laughing have to be one of the two best natural therapy’s EVER, and so in 2017 I want to smile every day, feel grateful for what I have and know that I’m working towards my dream career. I also want to laugh everyday, just because you can’t beat a good one.

What are your goals for the new year?

Rachel x