Summer looks

Fashion

Hey hey!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer wherever you are. I have had a busy few months travelling to Norway, Malta and Mallorca and with the travel comes planning summer looks. I love summer fashion- there is nothing better than throwing on a dress and some sandals without the thought of adding some tights or a big jacket to keep warm that just ruin your look (the perks of Scotland). Anyway I thought it would be a nice idea to show you guys what I am liking right now and talk in more detail about some of my favourite summer buys.

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Polka dots- I spotted this dress on Boohoo (similar here) and had to have it! This summer has seen a huge rise in the polka dot trend with high street stores like Zara, H&M and Topshop following suit. I think a dress like this is a great staple to have in your wardrobe and can be worn for pretty much any occasion and in whatever season- not just summer.

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Florals- this botanical dress (similar here) is the same style as the above polka dot dress from Boohoo too. As you will all know, I don’t really go for bright colours and struggle to fit them into my wardrobe so the botanical print on a black background was the perfect choice for me. Because it isn’t super summery because of the black it would work in Autumn too! H&M and Pretty Little Thing often do really nice botanical prints!

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Ruffled sleeves- the love of my life. I cannot get enough of these sleeves! They just instantly make a blouse or dress that little more special. This has been a trend for a while now and thank goodness it is carrying on into Autumn/Winter! This blouse is Missguided (similar here), but the majority of high street stores carry the same trend.

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Carrying on the theme of ruffles- this type of dress is a must have! A cute little summer dress with ruffled detail will never go out of style. ASOS carry lots of dresses like these!

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All black- just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t wear what you love.

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The maxi- summer is the biggest season for maxi dresses and skirts. Almost every shop has them in stock in a range of colours, styles and prints so go with that you are most comfortable with. I love floral maxi dresses because they just look so pretty on. The more flowers the better, in my opinion! This dress is from Boohoo in the tall section- they have a similar one in stock in a normal length here.

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GLAM- I have been waiting foreeeever to wear this outfit. I am obsessed. Firstly tassel earrings are making a comeback and I could not be happier. These black and white ones are from ASOS but H&M are currently carrying them in a wide range of colours. I then paired this simple one shoulder top with these FAB ASOS trousers. I am obsessed with the slits up the front of them. I think this outfit gives off such a glam vibe but it’s isn’t too over the top. Summer is definitely a season to take fashion risks so if you are feeling it, go for it.

Now lets talk swimwear. My favourite thing about summer is buying bikinis and swimsuits.

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First up is this classic ASOS black swimsuit- simple and easy to wear. I dressed it up with a gold chain necklace from M&S.

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Basic- this bikini is the perfect understated bikini. The bottoms are from Next years ago but the top is from eBay– YES, eBay! And it’s only £3.99 and comes in a range of colours! This top is an absolute steal in my opinion.

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Fruity prints- pineapples on a bikini top? Yes please. It’s always fun to play about with fun prints and trends, especially on the beach! Primark are great for doing cheap, fun swimwear.

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Animal prints- can’t go a miss. I am obsessed with animal prints, but only in small doses, therefore animal print bikinis are the perfect amount of this style. The tiger print bikini is from H&M (similar here) and I have to say it is probably the comfiest bikini I have ever bought! I would highly recommend the style.

The bottom leopard print bikini is also H&M and comes in a super cute swimsuit as well.

So that’s it! With summer nearly over I am now looking forward to getting my Autumn wardrobe sorted- decisions, decisions.

I hope you enjoyed reading.

Have a lovely week,

Rachael x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentines Day Inspiration

Fashion, Lifestyle

Hey hey!

Since it’s Valentines day next week, I thought I would help you girls out with date night ideas- whether it’s with your girls or with that special someone. Also boys, if you are struggling to get your partner a present, I’ve got you covered too!

So lets start with date night outfits…

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Missguided red dress- perfect for drinks!

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How cute is this Missguided co-ord outfit? Wear it together or just pick one piece and match it with something else!

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Mesh shirts are my new favourite thing! You can wear a plain top underneath or show off a cute bra! This one is from Topshop and I love the pussy bow detail.

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You can’t go wrong with a LBD from Zara

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The bandeau detail on this Pretty Little Thing jumpsuit is to die for!

Now lets talk lingerie..

I am a self- confessed underwear addict and have extra drawers in my flat just so that I can store it all- so I like to think I am at least a little bit knowledgeable on the subject! Whether it’s for you’re other half or you just want to treat yourself, I’m going to show you some of my favourites.

I have decided to choose red and black lingerie as I think for Valentines day, those are your best picks! But if you want some other colours most of the lingerie I picked comes in alternative colours- so go for it!

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This set is from the picture I put up! It’s a cute, silky set from ASOS!

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I am obsessed with the gorgeous detail on this set from Boux Avenue!

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You can never go wrong with cut outs- EVER. This set is from ASOS.

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Applique set from New Look 

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How cute? From Misguided

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ASOS red bodysuit

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How could I talk about lingerie without mentioning Victoria’s Secret?! How dreamy!

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ASOS body

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If you have the cash to spend on this- I firstly envy you and secondly encourage you! Beautiful set from Agent Provocateur!

And finally it’s gift time! Boys- if you are reading this looking for inspiration- start reading now!

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How cute is this little book from ASOS?!

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You can’t go wrong with chocolate… especially Hotel Chocolat. You can order from the shop or John Lewis!

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This bag is so cute! I got one for my Christmas with ‘Be Brilliant’ on it and I love it. This is available from Katie Loxton or John Lewis.

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Beautiful earrings from Pandora, which I have my eyes on!

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I have my eye on this Swarovski crystal set too!

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Anything personalised is a fab idea for a present! Not on the High Street is great to find personalised gifts.

I hope you enjoyed reading and have a fab Valentines day whatever you are doing!

Love, Rachael xx

 

 

The Little Black Pinafore Dress

Fashion

Hey guys! I hope you are all having a fab summer!

With Scotland only getting a few days of sunshine, I’m finding myself not being able to wear very summery clothes or dresses this year. However, I thought I would try something new this summer and buy myself a pinny dress.

I won’t lie- I used to really dislike these kind of dresses, but with them coming back into style recently, I have seen a few designs I really like. I much prefer black pinafore dresses as you can wear a lot more with them, and they can be worn in the summer or winter.

I saw this dress in New Look and had to have it! It was only £15 so it’s a bargain as well!

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With pinny dresses, I personally think a top with quite a high neck should be worn underneath- not necessarily as high as I am wearing in these photos, but to counteract the deep v neck of the pinny, I would raise the neckline of the top underneath. I wore my Topshop crop top I got last summer in the sale.

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I accessorised with my favourite Love Moschino bag and little black ballet pumps. I think flat shoes should be worn with pinafores- as they are quite cute little dresses- so to continue the cutsie look, a little pair of ballet pumps work well.

 

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I finished off the outfit with my Zara light blue jacket. I am just obsessed with it! They also do a cute light pink version as well as a mustard yellow and burgundy one so definitely check them out!

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I’ve added some links to some pinny dresses I really like below, as well as items to accessorise with.

I hope you enjoyed reading and have a fabulous week!

Lots of love,

Rachael xx

Pinny dresses

New Look

ASOS

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Tops to be worn underneath

Forever 21

Topshop

Accessories

Zara biker jacket

Next ballet pumps

 

Spain style

Fashion, Lifestyle

Hey guys!

I apologise for being out of the blogging game for a while- I’ve been crazy busy working this summer!

I have been working in a coffee shop most days this summer, so I couldn’t wait to get away to Spain for a week. My sister, mum and I went on a trip to Murcia, Spain where my family has a villa (If you want to read about Murcia, I wrote a little about it in my previous blog ‘Spain Diaries’). I couldn’t wait to wear all my new fashion finds whilst on holiday, and whilst I shared most of my outfits on my Instagram, I thought I would share them in more detail with you guys! I hope you enjoy…

Day Outfits

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ASOS white dress (Similar here). I was loving an ‘All White’ theme during my holiday and there is nothing better than a Little White Dress!

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I added this gorgeous Massimo Dutti blazer (similar here) my boyfriend got me for my birthday. I love adding a pop of colour to an outfit and this red colour is so eye catching!

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I carried on the all white theme with this outfit. The top and shorts are from Primark and the shirt is from ASOS.

Swimwear

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It was far too hot during the day to wear much clothing so I basically lived in my bikinis. I like to keep it simple when it comes to swimwear.

Bikini top- Forever 2

 

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River Island bikini top (Similar here)
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I am loving simple black swimsuits like this ASOS one. I love how the front is scooped and the back has a T back detail. The best part about swimsuits is that you can eat as much ice cream and junk food on holiday and be able to hide that food baby!

 

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Evening outfits

 

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I love this off the shoulder New Look dress I got for just £4!

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I got this brown skirt above and the yellow skirt below in the River Island sale. I love A-line skirts as I really think they are flattering on all body types as they pull in at the waist and just skim the hips. If there is one sale I recommend to check out this summer, its River Islands! There are so many steals on offer!

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I am really loving layering chokers and longer necklaces together, especially delicate gold ones!

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This Zara dress is everything! Its sparkly and bold, and definitely ideal for a night out!

 

I hope you enjoyed reading and are having a fab summer!

Lots of love,

Rachael x

 

 

My Mallzee Experience

Fashion, Lifestyle

Happy Monday!

This weeks a bit different as I won’t be talking about any new trends but I will be telling you guys about my exciting week interning at Mallzee.

For those of you who have never heard of Mallzee- its the most amazing app you can download that is basically tinder for fashion. There are over 150 brands on this app and you can swipe through lots of different brands of clothing, shoes and accessories to save you looking on individual websites. You can use filters such as product, size and brand filters to find exactly what you are looking for! In addition to that it notifies you when sales are on and there is a homepage filled with sections for new trends! If you haven’t got the app already definitely give it a go- you won’t be disappointed!

During my week at Mallzee I was working with the Marketing team and I had such an amazing time. I got to learn how the app works and how its marketed. I got to sit in on a marketing meeting and learned lots and I also got to see how each persons role at Mallzee works which was really interesting! As I want to work in fashion after I graduate, this was the perfect way to get a taste of the industry I hope to find myself in in a few years.

In addition, everyone working there were so friendly and made me feel so welcome! The glass of prosecco to end the week with the team was definitely one of the highlights.

The office was also very cool- one of my favourite rooms was the jungle room. It had bright vibrant colours and an amazing view over Edinburgh, Scotland- where the company is based.

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A really exciting thing I got to do was look through all the products on the app and add them to the “staff picks” segment on the home page. I had so much fun looking through everything- if only I could afford them all! If you want to check them out they are on the home page of the app under “Rachael’s Picks”.

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In the exclusive newsletter!

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Again you guys need to get this app! It will you save so much time and it is the best way to find the outfit you are looking for.

Have a great week!

 

Lots of love,

Rachael xx

Off the shoulder loving

Fashion

Hey guys!

If you are in Scotland like me, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather! Now it’s summer there are lots of trends to try out and one of my favourite ones is the off the shoulder trend. If you have been shopping recently you may have noticed that most high street stores are filled with off the shoulder tops and dresses! I think this trend is a  great way of showing off a little more skin this summer (which is good for this hot weather!). I also cannot get over how cute it looks too- I just can’t get enough and I am having to refrain from buying too many versions of this trend!

As you may have seen from my London blog, I bought this really cute New Look top to wear.

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Another great thing about off the shoulder tops is that you have the whole neck free to accessorise- so statement necklaces and chokers can work brilliantly with the outfit.

This weekend I headed out in my ASOS off the shoulder dress. I am not one to go that colourful, but I love this bright red colour. I added a red lip to really let it pop. This dress comes in a few other colours (the black one caught my eye too) so definitely check them out.

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Here are some other versions of this trend you guys may be interested in:

ASOS

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Missguided 

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River Island

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Warehouse

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Zara

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Mango

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I hope you all enjoyed the read and have a fab week!

Lots of love,

Rachael xx

Sky blue dreams

Fashion

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Hey guys!

I am a self confessed Zara addict, and I love going into their stores and spending ages looking about at all their beautiful pieces. When I went on my holiday to Spain a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to get to the Zara store in Murcia’s shopping centre as its huge and has so much to offer. When I went to the store this dreamy blue leather jacket instantly caught my eye. It also comes in a gorgeous mustard yellow colour but unfortunately they didn’t have it in my size. I instantly thought the sky blue colour would go great in my spring/summer wardrobe so I just had to buy it.

I wore it out this weekend and paired it with a Topshop blue crop top (similar here) and black Topshop jeans. I wore my Geox pumps (similar here) as they are so comfy and great for a day out. I finished off the outfit with my Jaegar grey tote bag (similar here) and my new Quay Australia marble sunglasses. I am so obsessed with these sunnies! They are so cool and quirky and add some character to any outfit. I got them off ASOS as I was able to use my student discount. I couldn’t recommend Quay Australia enough- their sunglasses are amazing and come in lots of styles and colours. They are also very affordable!

That’s all for now. Have a great week!

Lots of love,

Rachael x

 

 

The shirt dress

Fashion

Hey guys!

I have been crazy busy the last week or so with revision, so it was really nice to have a more relaxed Saturday off revision so I could get dressed up and forget about the library for a bit.

I bought this super cute checked shirt dress from Topshop this week. I love shirt dresses as they are so versatile- they can be dressed up or dressed down. I wore the dress casually throughout the day by just pairing it with some simple black pumps from New Look (similar here) and added my Ted Baker chain black bag (similar here).

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For the evening time I dressed the outfit up by simply adding a skinny belt from New Look and adding these Forever 21 heels. I got them for just £14 in the Glasgow Shop so they were an absolute steal!

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I have found some other shirt dresses I like and added the links below!

Have a great week!

Lots of love,

Rachael x

 

Shirt dresses from:

ASOS

New Look

River Island

Spain Diaries

Fashion

Hey guys!

I’m just back from an amazing few days in Murcia, Spain, with my family. For those who are looking to book a holiday for summer I couldn’t recommend Murcia enough. It is located in the south-east of Spain on the coast so there are plenty of beaches! Its great for families with lots of waterparks and sightseeing available and its also ideal for students as there is a university in Murcia, so there are lots of student bars and clubs. Murcia is also the driest place in Spain so there is very little rain and its nice and hot- ideal for sunbathing!

I was only there for four days due to university commitments so it meant I had a lot of fashion to squeeze into a few days.

When it comes to going on holiday to a hot country, swimwear is a necessity. I recently bought this fabulous scooped back swimsuit from Forever 21 for only £11! Scooped back one pieces are so in style right now- so this one is a great way to get the look at a cheap price.

 

I am currently going through a phase of mixing and matching my bikinis right now. It’s got a bit to do with laziness, but I think if its done right- a mix and match bikini can look great! If you are going to do this with a bikini try and find colours that will go with each other- for example a white bikini top and black bikini bottoms, or a pink bikini top and orange bikini bottoms. Here I put a white Forever 21 bikini top for £3.50 together with black bikini bottoms also from Forever 21 at £3.50. Forever 21 is a great place to get fashionable swimwear at reasonable prices!

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It was a very warm day so I wanted to wear light colours and I didn’t want to wear too much clothing. I had on this khaki green crop top from ASOS (only available in white now) paired with cream high waisted shorts from Forever 21. I added a pair of cute snake print heeled sandals from Office and finished off the outfit with a little Louis Vuitton body bag (stolen from my mum). I bought these Office shoes last year, but they have a similar pair in stock here- Office block heels.

The next day I finally got to wear this really pretty playsuit that I got from my boyfriend for my birthday last year (he’s got good taste)!

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This playsuit is from MinkPink. If you are going on holiday, I think the more floral the outfit the better!

When it came to evening wear I got put on one of my favourite dresses from Massimo Dutti. I recently checked out the new Massimo Dutti flagship store in Glasgow, located on Buchanan Street. It’s such a beautiful shop with so many gorgeous pieces I have my eye on for summer. If you are in Glasgow definitely have a look!

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I added my Louis Vuitton handbag and office sandals to finish off the outfit.

On the last night of my holiday it was time to pull out my Forever 21 heeled boots. I bought these boots last year and have been obsessed with them since. I paired them with a River Island skirt (only available in yellow now) and Pretty Little Thing bodysuit.

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Finally I got to wear my Missoni sunglasses I bought last year. I love big sunglasses as they are real face shapers. I bought these sunglasses from TK Maxx as I got them for about half of the retail price, so if you are looking for designer glasses, definitely take a look in TK Maxx.

 

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my holiday style!

Have a fab week.

With love, Rachael x

 

Underwear as outwear

Fashion

 

Happy weekend and first day of spring!

Now that its spring, its nearly crop top weather (my favourite kind of weather), so out came my Calvin Klein bra top this weekend. ‘Underwear as outwear’ is a new trend right now, and this outfit is a less risqué way of doing it.

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I am obsessed with Calvin Klein – their underwear is so comfortable and fashionable and this bra top is my favourite.

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I paired the top with black New Look jeans. I could not recommend these jeans enough. They are only £20 and really good quality! I have washed them quite a few times and the colour hasn’t faded at all.

I added some height with my New Look black pointed heels, to make the outfit a bit more dressed up. At just £15 these shoes are a steal.

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I tied a black checked boyfriend shirt around my waist. Boyfriend shirts never go out of style and can be worn in so many ways – buttoned up, buttoned down or around the waist.

Finally, I wore my new favourite sunglasses from New Look. The cat-eye style is really flattering for a rounder face like mine. These sunglasses are also really cheap; they are just £4.50! And I think you will agree that they look far more expensive than that.

I have added links to my outfit below.

Thank you for reading and have a fab week!

Love R xx

 

 

 

Calvin Klein bra top

New Look Jeans

Boyfriend shirt- ASOS. It’s sold out but here is an alternative at ASOS

Heels

Sunglasses