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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2017 Goals!

Hey guys! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! I had the best time with family and friends which is why I haven’t posted in a while but now its back to reality and getting back into blogging which I am looking forward too! So I have decided to share my 2017 goals with you as I am going to really try and make an effort to achieve these goals and tick them off as I go. I got this super pretty notebook and pen set for christmas (both from Paperchase) but I wasn’t sure what to do with it so late last night, when I should have been asleep, I decided to write down everything I wanted to do and achieve this year. Then with the rest I am going to split the pages into a week and just write a couple of lines a day on what I got up to. I know you might be thinking ‘why don’t you just buy a diary?!’ but I fancy being creative and making it my own, plus I get to use this super cute notebook every day!

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Onto my goals for 2017!

  • Save money – I want to save £1000 by the end of the year. I have set myself a target, that way I have something to work towards rather than just saving money.
  • Get better at photography – I want to make my blog photos better and get out to new places to explore and take more photos of landscapes and the places that I visit.
  • Travel more – This might make saving money harder but I do want to travel more and 3 places I would like to go are Venice, Iceland and Disneyland Paris (I have already been but it was years ago!)
  • Meet new people – I moved to Manchester in August away from all my family and friends so I want to meet new people by joining a class or something and I would also like to meet some fellow bloggers!
  • Try new things – I want to do lots of new things this year like new experiences, new food etc.. I feel like I stick to what I know but this year I am all for trying something new!

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So they are my goals for 2017! Please share your goals in the comments as I would love to know! I hope you enjoyed this post!

See you soon!

Rachel xxx

Markets, Ice Cream & Family!

Hey guys! I have decided to start doing some blog posts of my week/weekend depending on what I get up to and if its interesting or not, kind of like a vlog but in a blog! I did one in my ‘I’m Back‘ post and this will be the second one so I hope you enjoy. Please let me know if you like this idea or not :).

So last weekend my partners parents came to visit us for the first time since we moved back to Manchester so instead of just the usual going into the city centre we wanted to do something a bit different. They arrived on Saturday afternoon ish and we went to Chester but parking was a total disaster so we decided to go to Cheshire Oaks which is a really big designer outlet where you can get designer clothes but with a big discount!

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We were looking for somewhere to have lunch and decided to get afternoon tea in Patisserie Valerie. It was absolutely delicious and the best part is you can get a hot chocolate instead of tea or coffee! I unfortunately didn’t get to eat any of the cakes as I was way to full after my sandwiches and scones – its surprisingly filling!

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On the evening we decided to go to the Trafford Centre for some tea and went to Bills which is definitely my favourite restaurant at the moment. I stupidly didn’t get any pictures of my food as I was too excited but I can recommend the Crumbed Halloumi Sticks for a starter and the Fish Finger Sandwich for a main – absolutely delicious, I could eat there everyday!

On the Sunday we went to a super cute town called Knutsford and when we got there we discovered that the Makers Market was on which is basically a market for independent business to go and sell there products most of which are home made or hand made, which is right up my street as I love stuff like that! The market its self was huge and we spent a good few hours there just browsing all the stalls, trying all the samples of food and wishing I had money to spend on all the amazing unique items for sale. We stopped off for a drink before heading back up the other side of the market. Side note – Piccolinos (below) is one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve been to so when I saw this car parked outside it was like the perfect picture moment!

I did actually buy these two candles at the market as they all smelt amazing plus they are soy wax candles as well. I got Wild Fig & Cassis & Black Orchid. Check out the links for more info on the scent etc!

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We also went for a walk around Knutsford, got ice creams as it was a beautiful day and discovered some of my dream flats! After a walk around Knutsford we went to Tatton Park for a wander and they had a Roald Dahl event on hense me sat in the BFG’s chair! I absolutely loved Roald Dahl books as I kid so it brought back good childhood memories! We all had such a good weekend I didn’t want it to end!

So we didn’t go skiing over the weekend but Connor and I have started doing lessons as we both want to go on a skiing holiday. Connor has been before but I haven’t. We are doing lessons at Chill Factore which is just next to the Trafford Centre so it’s really ideal for us! I am enjoying the lessons so far, I have had two and have my last one this week. Hopefully I’ll be a pro skier by the end (probably not)!

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I hope you guys had a good weekend and are having a good week. Don’t forget to let me know if you like this idea for my blog and if I should continue doing it.

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

Day to Evening Outfit

Hello lovelies! So I finally got around to taking some outfit pictures. I have been meaning to do this for a while now but with UK weather being rubbish most of the time I have struggled. However, just recently the weather has been lovely so I took advantage of that and my aunties beautiful garden and took some pictures! This outfit is a smart casual one that can be worn to work, on a weekend or even out for a meal, so it’s super versatile which is just my kind of thing!

My Outfit:

I really love this outfit! I love how easy it is to wear and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. I saw this top in my local Tesco a while back and fell in love but didn’t get it as I am trying to save but with the weather getting a bit hotter I really needed some more summery tops so decided to invest! I really love the collar, it’s a high neck but sits just nicely and doesn’t feel too restricting. I also love the ruffle trim, I think it looks super pretty and is quite different. I think this whole outfit paired with the blazer looks super smart and great for work! This blazer was such a great buy as it goes with so many outfits with it being a neutral, light colour. Finally, who doesn’t love khaki jeans! They go so well with the top and it makes a change to my usual black skinny jeans!

Now onto the same outfit minus the blazer but plus my gorgeous new trench coat and scarf! Even though the weather is a bit warmer now the evenings can get a bit chilly and this is the perfect coat for keeping you warm! It’s still smart so is great for going out and will go with anything – another bonus! I am loving Navy at the moment, it is such an easy colour to wear. This coat is such good quality, it was a bit more than I usually spend on a coat but it’s totally worth it! The detail is quite simple with the buckles on the sleeves and shoulder but you don’t want it to be too fancy. I love how well it goes with my new scarf as well, like a match made in heaven!

So that is it for my ‘Day to Evening Outfit’. I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what your favourite clothing shops are at the moment!?

See you soon!

Rachel xx

Collective Haul!

Hello lovelies! I hope you are well and had a good bank holiday weekend! Over the last couple of weeks I have picked up a few new items so thought I would do a haul… because why not ;)!

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First up I was walking around Richmond which is a super cute town just near where my boyfriend lives and they have a lovely little shop there called Lemon. They sell clothes, shoes, handbags and jewellery, I saw this pretty little bracelet and knew I had to have it. I love the fact that it is rose gold, who doesn’t love rose gold, and also the little heart and peace signs. It was £7 which is an absolute bargain!

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I have been on the hunt for a new shampoo and conditioner for a while now as my current one just wasn’t doing it for me (I am going to do a blog post on it I think) so when I saw the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay duo that says for ‘oily roots and dry ends’ I was like hallelujah if this works it will be my perfect shampoo/conditioner! I am still trying it out but will report back in a few weeks! I also ran out of my dry shampoo so decided to stick with the L’Oreal theme and invest in their dry shampoo from the Extraordinary Clay range. It smells soooo nice!

Next up is a firm fave of mine which is the Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream. I have done a blog post about it HERE. I absolutely love this, it just works so well with my skin and keeps is hydrated! Sticking with the makeup/beauty theme I also, finally, decided to get the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. I have had a couple of samples and thought it was about time I bought the full size product as I really like it. I got the shade 1N2 Ecru. I’ll be doing a blog post on this very soon!

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Now moving onto the final two fashion items! So you may or may not know I LOVE scarves, whether its rain or shine I usually have a scarf on and 9 times out of 10 whatever scarf I am wearing will be from my fave little shop in Ripon called TuttoBello. I went in over the weekend because they had an offer on all scarves where you buy one for £9 and get another one for free. As soon as I saw this offer I knew I had to get myself there and as you can see I got two super pretty scarves that will be perfect for all seasons.

So that is all for my little collective haul. I hope you enjoyed this post! What have been treating yourself too lately?

See you soon!

Rachel xx

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

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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