Winter Fashion

Fashion

Hey hey!

I hope you are all having a lovely run up to Christmas.

I thought I would write a little blog on my favourite winter fashion trends right now. I have a few looks that I am loving right now and as you can probably tell from my lasted Instagram posts they involve a lot of faux fur.

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This jacket (similar here) is my all time favourite- the compliments I have recieved on it have been endless! It is actually my mums from nearly 20 years ago. She got it relined on the inside and it looks as good as new! I paired it with my new favourite trousers- these ‘leather look’ leggings from Next. I have hunted high and low for leggings like these that didn’t look too cheap so I was really happy to find them! Also I love this hat from H&M (similar here). It is the perfect way to make an outfit more autumnal/wintery.

 

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Next up: knee high boots! I am well and truly in love with these boots. I have always wanted them, however, because I have long legs I have struggled to find the right length. Thankfully I found these perfect ones on ASOS and now I wear them all the time.

 

 

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I love wearing them with jeans, but I think its extra cute to pair them with a skirt or dress. I have a feeling that I will be wearing them lots over the festive period!

 

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This jacket has been in my wardrobe for 4 years now (similar here), and I bring it out every winter. I love the black and white contrast. I got it from TK Maxx and always find that they have the best faux fur jackets/coats in the Christmas sale!

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And finally, this little white faux fur number was a lucky find from Very (similar here). This is a perfect little jacket for the festive period because you can dress it up or down. It would be perfect with an LBD for the evening time and is perfect during the day.

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I created this daytime look with boohoo flared trousers which I’m obsessed with, a simple black top and my Louis Vuitton cross body bag.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and if you are going shopping in the sales remember you can’t go wrong with a little faux fur!

Love always,

Rachael

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norway and my experience at Bik Bok

Fashion, Lifestyle

 

Hey hey!

So as some of you may know from my Instagram, I am back from the most amazing trip to Oslo, Norway. I was there for a placement at a Scandinavian fashion company called Bik Bok. Before I tell you all about my placement I want to talk about how much I loved Norway!

 

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I arrived in Oslo after a short flight from Edinburgh and was greeted by some lovely rain (nothing new for a Scottish girl) and got a taxi to my airbnb apartment in the Frogner area. If you go to Oslo, I highly recommend looking at airbnb as it works out half the price of a hotel!

I instantly fell in love with Oslo. I couldn’t get over how beautiful it is! The architecture was stunning and all the streets were so pretty and clean. Everyone I met were super friendly and spoke perfect English!

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I arrived on a weekend so spent a couple of days sightseeing and stumbled upon the most beautiful park called Frogner Park! It was filled with statues and a pretty pond surrounded my flowers.

 

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Sightseeing on your own can get a little lonely at times so I was really happy that my dad flew out to spend the last couple days with me!

We explored more sights of Oslo including the Opera House and The Palace as well! We got such beautiful weather making Oslo look ever prettier! We went shopping and found a street with Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci on it- heaven!

My dad and I also found a festival going on called Piknik i Parken which had Solange Knowles performing at it! It had such an amazing atmosphere and we had so much fun!

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As amazing as Norway is, it is so expensive! If you are going there, be aware of the prices! If you want to go grocery shopping I would recommend going to Kiwi as it is the cheapest supermarket.

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And finally onto my placement. Bik Bok is a fashion company specialising in womenswear and was founded in Norway. Since then it has grown to have 200 stores across Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Austria. Their clothes are very on trend and gorgeous!

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When I was there I was placed in the children/teen department which has a line of clothing called WOW. I worked with the buying team and was super excited to see what they got to do as it was my first experience of buying.

I got the chance to go behind the scenes of a photo-shoot and also got to sit in with buying meetings with suppliers from India and Turkey!

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I learned lots, like how to measure samples properly and got to watch how the buying process happened from start to end. Everyone in the office were so friendly and made the experience even better!

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The above are design boards I made for the WOW team!

Overall, I had the best time in Norway. My experience at Bik Bok has definitely reinforced the fact that I want to work in fashion, and I am really grateful for the experience.

I cannot wait to go back and would recommend to anyone to give Oslo a visit- make sure you check out Bik Bok when you are there also!

Love always,

Rachael

Dressing for Spring!

Fashion

Hey hey!

So it’s finally Spring, which means it’s nearly Summer… my favourite time of the year, yay! And most importantly, Spring/Summer is my favourite time to buy clothes so I thought I would share some of my new Spring wardrobe.

I have just been in London (a nice escape from revision) so was able to shoot a couple of my outfits down there!

Up first is my more casual look…

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Missguided shirt, Boohoo blazer, ASOS jeans, Mango Sunglasses, ASOS choker (similar here), New Look mules and Louis Vuitton Neverfall handbag.

First of all, the sleeves on this shirt! I fell in love with them when I went into the Missguided store in Westfield. I thought it would go perfectly with this blazer, with the sleeves peaking through! Big sleeves are really in and I think this style will continue, so grab this shirt (or similar) whilst you can!

And finally, these mules are the shoes I’ve been looking for this Spring/Summer! They are also available in light pink so I have my eye on them. I love how Gucci have made mules so fashionable now, and lots of high street stores are following the trend, yay!

It’s no secret that I love chokers, so when I saw this star design one I fell in love! The Mango cat eye sunglasses are the perfect way to finish an outfit off!

My second look…

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ASOS dress and Moschino scarf (similar here).

This look is definitely more summery! I’m not a huge fan of bright colours or prints but I love them in small doses. This Moschino scarf is to die for! The print is a perfect pop for a simple outfit! Fun bandanas and scarves are starting to make a come back so I am excited to experiment!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Lots of love,

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

 

 

London Street Style

Fashion

Hey everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying the festive period and indulging as much as you can!

I just spent a few days in London doing some shopping and sightseeing. Whenever I am in London I love people watching and seeing what everyone is wearing- the London Street Style is so chic and diverse!

On the first day of shopping I wore a very casual outfit for shopping on New Bond Street.  We visited Chanel, Louis Vuitton and of course Victoria’s Secret! When it comes to shopping I recommend wearing something that is comfy and easy to take on and off for when you are trying clothes on, like jeans or a dress.

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Here I am wearing Topshop Jamie Jeans, a Zara Striped shirt with a plain black jumper on top and an ASOS grey peacoat. One of my new favourite bags worn here is from Zara.

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On the second day I wore my favourite faux fur coat I got from TK Maxx 2 years ago. I always love going into TK Maxx in the winter as they have the most amazing one off coats that can instantly make an outfit stand out. Faux fur coats do exactly that as you can wear an all black, plain outfit but as soon as you add some fur, the outfit becomes way more interesting.

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My boyfriend bought me the bag I’ve been wanting for ages from Dune for Christmas, so I was very excited to wear it with this outfit!

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My skin has been horrific recently (probably due to all the wine and chocolate I have been eating) so when I was in London, I didn’t want the pollution to make my skin even worse, so I went for a really simple, minimal make up look. This meant my skin was less clogged up and could breathe more.

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I finished off the look with some cat eye sunglasses from ASOS!

I hope you all enjoy your NYE celebrations and see you in 2017!

Love, Rachael xx

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

 

 

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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On the second day of my trip I went out with my sister during the day and wore this outfit. IMG_9182

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