Day in the City!

Chilled/unplanned weekends are my absolute favourite. Don’t get me wrong I love having plans but when you have an unexpected great weekend I just love it. Last weekend my boyfriend and I ventured into Manchester city centre because I needed to get some more bits for our holiday. We shopped, explored, had cream tea in a little cafe that we have wanted to go to for ages, shopped some more and then had a lovely walk around Salford Quays which is where I, finally, decided to take some pictures of my outfit. I had been trying to find a decent (quiet) place to take pictures all day but kept on putting it off because there was too many people!! So when we were walking around Salford Quays, it was relatively quiet, I just decided to get it done!!Photo 02-09-2017, 18 01 27Because I knew we would be walking around Manchester all day I went for a comfy outfit and flat shoes, plus it was nice weather so wanted to wear some sort of sandals. I have had this top for a couple of months now and I absolutely love it! It’s pretty, comfy and really brings an outfit together and its from Primark which makes it even better. I really like the style and on the back there is a criss cross pattern just at the top which just adds something extra. The only downside is that it gets creased quite easily, especially if you are wearing it all day, which is why it looks a little creased in these pictures.Photo 02-09-2017, 18 01 30 (1)These jeans are my favourite jeans at the moment. The fit is lovely, the colour is perfect and they are so comfortable. They are from Stradivarius which is a shop I have never heard of before until it came to the Trafford Centre earlier this year and its now one of my favourite shops! I really like the rips on the knees and the distressing as well. I have rolled them up just a little bit at the bottom as well.Photo 02-09-2017, 18 01 32Photo 02-09-2017, 18 01 39My shoes are quite new to my collection and they are from Ego which is another shop that is quite new to me but I saw these in the sale a few weeks back and knew I had to have them. I had been looking for a pair of espadrilles for a while and these ticked all the boxes for me. They are also really comfortable, which as you may be able to tell is a big thing for me!! They also remind me of Valentino shoes because of the studs.Photo 02-09-2017, 18 02 28I finished the look off with my Kate Spade purple handbag and Olivia Burton watch. This is the bag I use everyday because its big enough to fit in everything I need but its not too big for walking around all day. I also feel like it goes with pretty much anything. I have also been wearing my Olivia Burton watch a lot recently and I’ve been loving it. Its so pretty and if I could I would buy every single watch from them because they are all stunning.

Let me know what your favourite high street shops are at the moment. I would say mine is currently New Look.

Rachel xx

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Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise

Hey guys! Hope you have had a good week and are now enjoying the weekend! I was very lucky this Christmas and my lovely boyfriend got me a Kate Spade handbag. I got the Cedar Street Maise in the colour Mahogany and it is absolutely beautiful, I feel very lucky! Because I have a new handbag I thought I would do a what’s in my bag as I think I did my last one 2 years ago and some things may have changed. Let me know in the comments one thing you always have in your handbag and before I ramble on any more, lets get into what I think of this handbag and what I have in it..

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So I absolutely love this handbag as it is very pretty to look at but it is also the perfect size bag for me. It’s slightly smaller than what I would usually go for but I wanted a smaller bag so that I can’t cram so much rubbish into it which means it doesn’t get heavy as I hate lugging round a heavy handbag! I love how simple this bag is, it makes it easy to wear and will go with pretty much anything and the gold hardware is a nice light gold which goes perfectly with the mahogany colour. I much prefer bags with this crosshatched leather design as just incase it ever gets scratched its less obvious then it would be on a smooth leather bag. You get the choice of straps as well, with the two straps that you can see but there is also a cross body strap that can be clipped on and removed. It’s quite simple inside with the usual zip pocket and then the two slide pockets which I find super useful. Overall, I am in love with this handbag and have used it every day because I can’t stand to leave it behind!

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What I always have in my handbag..

  • Makeup Bag – I never leave the house without this as you never know when you may need to re-apply!
  • House Keys – No-one wants to be locked out plus I love my grey heart keyring (might have to get one the same colour as my bag :D)
  • Purse – This purse was an absolute bargain from TK Maxx. Its a Paul Costelloe purse and I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be like £90 but I got it for £20 – bargain!!
  • Car Keys – I’m lazy and drive everywhere!
  • Hand Cream – My hands get so dry, especially round this time of year and the Body Shop hand creams work wonders. I especially love the Mango one.
  • Nivea Lip Balm – An absolute must in Winter and this Nivea one is really good plus when it gets to Summer its got SPF in so your lips are protected all year round!
  • Phone – I feel so lost if I ever forget my phone which is really sad but it’s always with me.
  • Hand Sanitiser – This always comes in handy, plus its Mango scented and I love everything Mango! The Body Shop scents are always amazing!

So that is everything I have in my handbag. All this fits in perfectly with room to spare so although it’s a smaller handbag it is still quite roomy!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to let me know the one thing you always have in your handbag.

See you soon!

Rachel xxx

Fashion & Beauty Haul!

Hey guys! I have a haul for you today and I am very excited! Before these shopping trips I hadn’t been shopping in ages because I moved in August so shopping was off the cards for a while but I finally did a little bit last weekend and I am very happy with my purchases!

So this is kind of in two parts as some things were bought on the Friday and some on Saturday but I was too excited on Friday and ended up taking the pictures Saturday morning before I went out, hense the two part pictures! On Friday I went to the Trafford Centre after work and they have a new shop there called Stradivarius, if you haven’t been then I highly recommend! It is affordable, good quality and the shop smells amazing!

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The striped shirt above is from Stradivarius, it was £15.99! I love how simple this looks yet if you tuck it into a pair of jeans or a pair of cigarette style trousers it looks super chic! These shirts come in all different colours and patterns! The Knitted Military Jacket below is also from Stradivarius. I love the military look and the gold buttons just make it look extra cool! This cardigan will go with anything and was only £25.99!

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The below wine printed shirt is from Pull & Bear and I haven’t been in or seen this shop for years, not since one of my trips to London which was probably about 3 years (ish) ago! They now have one in the Trafford Centre so I knew I had to go in! This is another shirt that will go with anything especially tucked into a pair of black jeans! I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the label and saw that it was only £12.99. They have loads more in different prints!

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Of course I had to pop into Lush and have a look at all the Halloween products and ended up coming out with the Lord of Misrule bath bomb. It smells absolutely amazing and turns the bath water a gorgeous red wine colour, a bit like the shirt above (smooooth)! ;). I also had to nip in to The Body Shop and pick up my fave primer – Instablur. I have a post all about this so feel free to have a read if you haven’t tried this yet!

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On the Saturday my partner and I went into Didsbury as we are trying to explore all the little towns near where we live. I came across this gorgeous little flower shop/boutique and literally could have bought everything but I held myself back and decided to get this super pretty top. It is so simple but I just loved the small detail on the arms. This would look so cute paired with some skinny jeans and heels for a night out! Its one of those tops that can be dressed up or down so its right up my street! This was also only £10!

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I needed some more mascara so nipped into Superdrug and came out with two things, pretty standard trip to Superdrug, but it was 2 for £10 on Rimmel products so a no brainer really! I got the Rimmel Volume Colourist mascara as I couldn’t decide which one to get so just stuck with one I have already tried. I also decided to pick up this eyeshadow palette as you really can’t go wrong with these shades, its called Smokey Brown 002. Perfect for creating a smokey eye for day or night as you get all the shades in one palette!

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Thats it for this post, I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments if you would like to see any outfit posts with my new tops as I may just do that!

See you soon!

Rachel xxx

Fashion Wishlist!

Hello lovelies! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! I have decided to do a fashion wishlist today as there are so many things I would like to buy but because I am trying to save, save, save I cant :(. So here is everything I am trying not to buy…

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  1. ASOS Ridley Skinny Jeans – I live in black skinny jeans at the moment but I really want a pair with the rips in and these are my favourite I have seen so far!
  2. H&M Lace Blouse – This is absolutely beautiful! I am loving blouses like this at the moment as they are perfect for work but also for going out.
  3. Kurt Geiger Sebastien Wine Ankle Boots – I have had my eye on these for a long, long time! I very nearly bought them for myself at Christmas but decided against it as they are SO expensive! I still look at them every now and then online and in store – a girl can dream 😉
  4.  Mint Velvet Nola Print Batwing Knit – Mint Velvet is my new favourite shop. I don’t own anything from there but I always go in and wish I owned everything! This knit is absolutely gorgeous and so different!
  5. Mint Velvet Navy Hooded Trench Coat – This whole wishlist was very nearly just a Mint Velvet wishlist but I managed to stop myself! This coat is so gorgeous and I need a coat for Spring time as I only really have a winter coat. This would go with everything and looks so smart!
  6. Tiffany Victoria Cat Eye Sunglasses – I saw these way before Christmas when I was looking to buy some new sunglasses, fell in love with them asked the price put them back down and walked straight out the shop! Ridiculously expensive for some sunglasses but they are absolutely gorgeous! One day I will have these… I just need to win the lottery first ;)!

So that is my fashion wishlist at the moment. I realise that a few of the products are quite expensive but as you may already know I seem to have really expensive taste and I am always attracted to expensive things, rather annoying, but I wanted to include them as these are the things that are actually on my wishlist at the moment!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know whats on your fashion wishlist at the moment as I would love to know!

Also just a quick favour to ask, if you are reading this post through the ‘Reader’ section on WordPress, please can you let me know as I don’t know if changing my name and url has changed that! Thank you 🙂

See you soon!

Rachel xxx

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The Fashionista Award

Hey guys! I hope you are having a good week! So the other day I was nominated by the lovely Chanelle Hayley to do ‘The Fashionista Award’. Chanelle’s blog is all about Beauty so if you haven’t already then definitely head on over! She is such a lovely girl and I love reading her posts!

What motivated you to start blogging?

I have always wanted to start a blog, I did a while back but then deleted it. So when I moved away from home and couldn’t always chat to my friends/family about beauty and fashion (my boyfriend stopped listening haha!) I decided to start this blog!

Favourite Movies?

Harry Potter – all of them! ❤

What is your dream career? 

I would love to work in the Beauty Industry. I am undecided exactly what I want to do but I have a few ideas. I’m just going to see where I end up in the next couple of years.

Top wish list items at the moment?

I am actually on a spending ban at the moment as I am saving for my next car but when that is over I will be heading to Hollister as I have seen so many tops and dresses in there that are beautiful! I never go into Hollister as it is quite pricy for me but I am definitely going to treat myself when I can.

Favourite TV shows? 

I am loving Once Upon A Time at the moment! If you haven’t watched this then I 100% recommend it! I also love Hollyoaks.

What stores do you find yourself shopping at the most? 

I haven’t bought any clothes in ages but I do like H&M, Dorothy Perkins, Boohoo and New Look. Beauty wise I love Superdrug as drugstore makeup is so good recently! The quality has got so much better.

Favourite fashion designers? 

I watched a programme yesterday about Christian Louboutin shoes and oh my gosh they are amazing! I will never have a pair but I can still dream right?! Also to add to the dream I love Mulberry handbags!

Describe your dream vacation!

Mauritius! I don’t think I need to say anything else….

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How gorgeous is that!

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What are your goals for your blog?

I love blogging and learning about everything to do with Beauty & Fashion. Like Chanelle I am also close to 500 followers so that would be super cool to reach. I can’t even believe this many people follow my blog to be honest! I remember when I first started I thought my mum would be my only follower, so thank you to everyone who does follow and read my posts! ❤

I am going to nominate –

Holly Pop

BeckInABlog

Confetti and Curves

So thats it for this post, I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks again to Chanelle for nominating me 🙂

See you soon.

Rachel xxx

My Favourite Beauty/Fashion Magazines!

Hello lovelies! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! I do love a nice long bank holiday weekend spent catching up with family and friends! What have you been up to this weekend? I have decided to do a bit of a different post today as I was reading my magazine the other day and thought it would be a good idea to do a post on the two magazines I am loving at the moment.

I absolutely love chilling on the sofa or on my lunch break with a good magazine to take my mind off things and keep up to date with the latest fashion and beauty trends. I am loving Look magazine and Glamour magazine at the moment. I have always loved Look and bought that for years but I have just recently discovered Glamour magazine and I love it!

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Both of these magazines are about fashion, high street and designer, so you can dream about designer fashion pieces but turn the page and actually add things to your shopping list that you can afford! They also have Beauty/Hair advice and a bit of celebrity news too! What is your favourite magazine?

I hope you enjoyed this post! See you soon!

Rachel xx

What’s in my Handbag!

Hello lovelies! I hope you had a fantastic weekend filled with lots of fun! My family came over to stay for the weekend and we all had such a good time looking around Manchester, going for drinks and food to The Alchemist which is a really cool cocktail bar with super fancy cocktails and delicious food! So for todays post I am going to share with you what I always have in my handbag. I love reading these posts on other blogs because who doesn’t love a good old nosey and also I have just bought a new handbag so I thought why not! Right lets get started..

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So first off my handbag is from a little shop in my home town called Tutto Bello. It’s my favourite shop in the world as everything sell is gorgeous! It’s a David Jones handbag and I love it because it goes with anything!

  • Scarf – I always have a scarf in my bag as you never know when you might need it and they pull any outfit together perfectly! This scarf is also from Tutto Bello.
  • Book – I always like to have my book/kindle in my bag. I am reading Hunger Games Catching Fire at the moment. It is brilliant!
  • Snack – I usually have a nice little snack just incase I get a bit peckish on my travels!
  • Hay fever Tablets – I cant go anywhere with out these as the last few years I have suffered with hay fever and these really do help!
  • Notebook & Pen – You never know when you might get a good idea so I always have my cute little notebook and pen with me 🙂
  • Makeup Bag – This goes everywhere with me as it has all the essentials in just incase disaster strikes! I have done a full post on what I keep in this *here* (It is still pretty much the same)!
  • Roll on Perfume – I have the Dolce & Gabbana roll on perfume as I got it as a freebie a couple of years ago and just like to have it with me as it does smell quite nice!
  • Purse – For my shopping addiction 😉
  • Phone – I feel lost without my phone which is really sad but I take it everywhere with me!
  • Vaseline – I can’t go anywhere with out some sort of lip balm especially in the winter!
  • Keys – Well I’m not going to get very far without my car/house keys now am I 😉

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So that is everything I have in my handbag! It can get a bit heavy sometimes but I think every girl has that problem ;). I hope you enjoyed this post and didn’t get too bored!

What is the one thing that you always have to have in your handbag?

See you soon!

Rachel xx