A Day In London | Notting Hill & Kensington Palace

 

IMG_3005London is my favourite place to go in the UK. I just love the entire vibe of the city, how bustling all the people are, how there is an endless amount of unique places to visit and that the shops stay open way past 5’oclock. It’s a city I could really see myself living in and that’s why I love taking a whole day to go and be a tourist in our amazing capital city.

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

My Favourite Moments of 2016

My Best Moments of2016

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 Quirks Of New York

img_2649New York really is like no other place you’ve ever been or experienced before, and is truly unique. The constant noise of taxi horns and the mass of wondering people. The skyscraper buildings, with on average of 80-100 floors, and the continuous buzz of life right from morning to night. These are just some of the things that truly define the city. So, as it was my first time to the USA and also to New York, I thought I would share 7 interesting facts, that make the city what it truly is.

  1. There are Starbucks absolutely everywhere, on every corner of every avenue, and on nearly every floor in Macy’s as well. New Yorkers are obsessed with their daily fix of coffee and no wonder, because it’s the city that never sleeps.
  2. Everyone is very loud, proud and anything but a wallflower. American’s are super confident and can always be heard.
  3. All the food portions are massive, compared to those in the UK, and going out for breakfast at an American diner can fill you up right until dinner.
  4. New Yorkers find the English accent particularly hard to understand, but they generally love our accents and someone even commented on how relaxing and soothing our accent was, when we were there.
  5. There are yellow taxi’s everywhere. You will never walk through any avenue in New York, without seeing a yellow taxi, and you’ll always be able to get one, at any time of the day or night.
  6. Most New Yorkers walk or take the subway everywhere. They don’t generally have a car because trust me, driving in New York would be an absolute nightmare. There’s taxi’s all over the place, switching from lane to lane and constantly papping each other.
  7. New York is only 12 miles long and therefore everything is actually closer to each other than you think. The city is built in a grid system and can be navigated easily, block by block.

If you’re interested in what I actually got up to on my trip to New York, you can go and have a read of my blog post, all about it, HERE.

Rachel x