New Fitness Challenge.

Having worked in a gym for the past 5 years, I’d say I was a confident gym user, but lately I have been really struggling to motivate myself to get into the gym. My fitness levels have reduced and I don’t feel as good in myself, I knew I needed a new challenge to help with motivation. So I’ve entered the London Marathon Ballot.

Running isn’t a new thing for me, I use to train twice a week from the age of 12 to 16 but the furthest distance I ran was 800m. I absolutely loved running and have always regretted giving athletics up. But the idea of running more than 800m is terrifying. Luckily I have an amazing friend, Lorraine, who has 4 marathons and a half iron man (plus lots of other races) under her belt, who has volunteered to help me with training (thank goodness).

I don’t find out until October whether I’m successful or not in my ballot entry. But I’m aiming to do my first 5k Run in October with Lorraine. I’ll be using my blog and Instagram to track my training and also have some accountability.  If anyone has any advice, you are more than welcome to contact me via the contact page.

What new challenge have you taken on or planning to take on?

From Rachel With Love x

I’ve finished my degree!

Its official, I will be graduating in July with a 2.1 BSc Honours in Physiotherapy. I’m so over the moon that all the hard work over the last three years has paid off and in a couple of weeks time I’ll be a fully qualified physiotherapist.

I must admit, the three years have had their ups and downs. Firstly, I didn’t want to go to university, but had no choice as I knew I wanted to be a Physiotherapist. I also remember I absolutely hated my first week of uni, it wasn’t until I’d made some friends and settled into my lectures that I really began to enjoy it.

The hardest term for me, was the first term of my second year, I was really struggling with severe anxiety and depression, making it difficult to keep up with the workload. Once I admitted I was struggling, I received a great support from my uni, had some 1-2- sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and still managed to pass my exams for that term. The hardest hurdle came when it was time to write my dissertation. I truly underestimated how hard it would be to write it. I don’t know how many times I cried the week of writing it, but with the support of friends and family, I completed it and achieved a good result, way above what I imagined I could do.

When I first started uni I would have been disappointed to finish with anything less that an 1st, but the combination of things I went through during the 3 years, I could’t be happier with a 2.1. I’ve learnt that you can achieve anything you want, as long as you put your mind to it and how much having a supportive network helps.

I wouldn’t have gotten through the last three years if it wasn’t for the friends I made at university; Lorraine, Becky, Laura and Maria, my personal tutor, lady from IDAPT services and of course my family. If you’re struggling with anything, at any point in your life, just ask for help. Doesn’t matter who it is, just ask.

From Rachel with love x

April Favourites.

Here is a round up of my favourite things I have been using over the course of April.

Everything I know about love by Dolly Alderton – This is my favourite book I’ve read this year. It made me laugh, made me cry and question everything what I know about love. It was one of those book what me self reflect a lot, which is sometimes needed. I read it in about 4 days because I didn’t want to put it down, so I highly recommend it.

Black Opium Perfume– this perfume by Yves Saint Laurent, it smells divine and I have had so many compliments whilst wearing it. It also one of those fragrances that last all day, it has notes of coffee, white flowers and vanilla, all my favourite smells.

Glossier Generation G lipstick – Glossier is massive all over Instagram but wanted to see what the hype was about, I bought boy brow as well as the lipstick. I bought shade leo which is brown colour, but I love the subtly of the colour, perfect for natural make up look. Also as a matte lipstick is doesn’t dry my lips out and applies smoothly.

Body Yoghurt – These are a new release from the bodyshop, they are a fast absorbing moisturiser and that they are! After applying it, I only have wait a few minutes and I’m able to get dressed, without feeling sticky or struggling to get my trousers on. I bought the coconut one, so not only does it leave my skin feel silky and soft, it smells yummy too. Plus is vegan and cruelty free.

Yellow Bikini – I have a beach holiday coming up this year and haven’t bought new bikini for ages, so I went onto Shein and bought 2 bikini for £8.99 each. I bought them both in a small and they fit perfectly, I can’t wait to wear them this summer.

What your favourite things this month?

From Rachel with love x

 

 

 

Daily skin care Routine.

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Morning – I start my morning routine by using Tea Tree Toner by the Body Shop, I feel it really cleans by skin without drying it out. For moisturiser I am using L’Oreal Paris hydra genius, it’s quite light weight and leaves my skin soft. But I’m in the process of transition to only using cruelty free cosmetic brands, so if anyone could recommend a daily moisturiser from a cruelty free brand please? In the last few months I have started to used a daily sun protection, which has made a huge difference to the appearance of my skin, its taken it from dull and tired looking to much brighter and glowly. I have been using Body Shop ‘s Vitamin C Glow protection lotion. I then apply my make up, another post about my make routine is coming soon.

Evening – My routine starts in the shower with a facial scrub called Let the good times roll by Lush. It’s a new product that came into my life about a month ago, after getting a free tester pot. It literally smells like popcorn is quite gentle on my skin but still leaves my skin feeling clean and super soft after each day. My skin is clearer and looks much brighter since using it. I use a make up remover from the body shop which get off all my mascara followed by a baby wipe to get off residue make up.  I then finish off with a vitamin E oil, I like to use a heavier moisturiser at night, as it has time to settle into my skin as I sleep, leaving me with soft skin in the morning.

The Body Shop is one of my favourite companies for skin care, not only do they have a huge selection for different skin types, but they are also cruelty free. I didn’t realise how many cosmetic companies still tested their products on animals. I’m aware some of the products mentioned are not cutely free, but I bought these before making the changes and I don’t want to waste product. The body shop currently have a petition to stop animal testing, which can be signed here.

Cruelty Free Kitty is a great source for more information regarding animal testing and which brands are cruelty free.

Let me know what your skin care favourite are and if there is anything you recommend I try.

From Rachel with love x


Tea Tree Toner.

Hydra Genius.

Vitamin C glow.

Let the good times roll.

Make up remover.

Vitamin E Oil.


 

How to style a suit.

I have always loved a suit, they are such versatile pieces which you can create multiple outfits from. My favourite thing is the way I feel when wearing one, I feel sassy, confident and that I could take on anything. I currently own one suit and this is definitely an area of my wardrobe I would like to expand on. There is also massive variation in the style of suit, ranging from slim fitting and super structured or slouchy for a more androgynous feel. Not to mention the colours and patterns they come in, there is really something out there for everyone. I have a bottle green slim fitting suit from Topshop which I have styled in 3 ways. Unfortunately this suit is no longer available so I have linked to some alternatives below.

The 1st look is more of a casual one. I have teamed it a Blondie band tee and pink brogues from office. I wore this for an evening at a Matthew Bourne Ballet in Sadlers Wells. If I was wearing this outfit during the day, I would swap the brogues for trainers to make the look even more casual.

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For the second look, I have gone a bit more risqué. I have used a lace bodysuit from Boohoo, but you could also wear a bralet if you are feeling extra confident. I’ve gone for some killer heels to elongate the legs and the dress the suit up for an evening out

The final look is the most causal of the three. I have paired the blazer with a white tee and skinny jeans. Adding a blazer to such a causal outfit makes me feel more put together and that I have put some more thought into my outfit. 2018-01-20 14.31.03

From Rachel with love x


Green Striped Suit – Topshop.

Check Double breasted suit – Topshop.

Grey cropped blazer and grey textured trousers – Ted Baker.

Terracotta single breasted blazer and Terracotta taper trousers – Next.


 

 

Favourite Instagram Accounts: Fashion.

 

Fashion is something I am really passionate about, I love the individuality of it and how it can be used to express something, almost like an art form. I love creating outfits, sometimes they can be slightly quirky. My most prized possession is a pair of sliver boots from office, I was heckled by a homeless man in New York who shouted “Girl, you’ve got your own style”, still one of my favourite compliments to date. Sometimes when I struggling with what to wear, I look to Instagram, so here our my favourites…


Megan Ellaby – I first came across Megan when she worked as Stylist at ASOS, I was initially drawn to her as we have a similar style mostly inspired by the 60s/70s. Megan is one of my favourite people whom I’ve never met and since following her, I have been able to embrace my own personal fashion tastes and wear items with such confidence. She puts lots of effort into her blog, youtube and Instagram content, if you ever need some style inspiration she is the girl to go to. We also share a birthday and I couldn’t think of a nicer person to share a birthday with.

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Blog.


Fashion Influx – Lydia Rose is new on my radar but her style is just to die for, as is her Instagram page. My favourite thing about Lydia is her use of high street stores, nothing worse when you see a killer outfit that is nowhere near your price range. Her blog also has links to all the outfits from her Instagram post, so you can rock your favourite looks too. I also love the variation of her outfits, always feel inspired after visiting her page.

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In the Frow – I followed Victoria Magrath, on recommendation from Megan and wondered why I hadn’t followed her sooner. Victoria, is so educated about fashion, she even has a PHD and her styling is just beautiful. She has a mix of designer to high street, so there is something for everyone. The quality of her photos on Instagram are just stunning, and you can see the effort she puts in. I’m excited to see whats to come in 2018.

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Blog.


If you are looking for a dose of style inspiration, I would recommend giving these lovelies a follow. Also comment below with your favourites.

From Rachel With love x

 

Topshop Personal Shopping Experience

whilst browsing on Topshop’s website, I saw they have a personal styling service and after feeling like I’m stuck in a rut with my fashion/styling choices, I decided to do some research. After reading a few blog posts and information provided on the Topshop website, I thought why not.

It’s a complimentary service and there is no obligation to buy anything. You start by selecting the type of session you wish  i.e Complete wardrobe overhaul or the birthday, I choose “newer than now”, it’s a 60 minute session which gives you items for the upcoming trends. You complete a small questionnaire online then select a stylist of  your choice depending on your selected store. I selected Sophie Antropik at Topshop Oxford Circus.

I arrived at my appointment early, so waited on a lovely velvet sofa, until Sophie greeted me and took me into a changing room with a selection of outfits hanging on rail. She had selected around 10 outfits for me, which we chatted through. The outfits selected suited my style down to a tee. There were some pieces I wouldn’t usually go for, but absolutely loved. Sophie was lovely and so helpful, she popped in and out of my changing room to see how I was getting out, got me different sizes or styles if I needed them. The hardest part of the session was deciding the pieces to take home. In the end I bought a pair of jeans, a blazer and 2 skirts, if I was in a different financial situation, I would have bought it all!

If any of you fancy adding some new pieces to your wardrobe or a complete change of style, I recommend booking yourself a Topshop personal shopping service.

From Rachel With Love x

Hello 2018.

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe how quickly 2017 came and went! I was determined to make 2017 a positive year for me and I feel I’ve succeeded. I have grown a lot as individual and achieved things I never imagined I would. At the beginning of 2017, I wrote a post about an idea I saw on Facebook, where you start off with an empty jar and add notes throughout the year about something positive. So with a cup of tea to hand, I opened my Jar. Here are some of my 2017 highlights:

Sunday 22nd January – Saw Mathew Bourne’s The red shoe ballet at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, absolutely loved it.

Thursday 16th February – finished my 1st ever placement with a 1st.

Friday 10th March – Thoroughly Modern Millie, can read about it here.

Thursday 16th March – Dream girls at Savoy Theatre – favourite show I have ever seen.

Friday 31st March – My dad’s retirement do, never been so proud.

4th April to 20th April – lovely holiday in florida, read about it here.

Saturday 22nd April – Mum’s retirement do, another proud moment.

Friday 28th April – Befit London with my sister, had a great day, looking forward to going again in 2018.

Monday 1st May – Great day in London with my best friend visited V&A museum, Saatchi Gallery, Laudree, Neals Yard and the Shard.

Wednesday 10th May – 42nd Street with my lovely aunty.

Saturday 20th -27th May – Relaxing holiday in Menorca with my Mum and 2 older sister.

Friday 7th July – Night out with friends from uni for my birthday, delicious food in Dinerama.

Wednesday 26th July – Lovely Champagne Afternoon tea with Lorraine at Vertigo 42.

Saturday 29th July – my 1st ever football match with my little brother and sister. Arsenal v Benfica, 5-2 to Arsenal.

Friday 4th August – Met my idol, Jessica Ennis after winning a Facebook competition. She was absolutely lovely.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August – Attended the World Athletics Championship in London. Saw Usain Bolts last ever race.

Saturday 2nd September – 1st aided my 1st ever Rugby match.

Sunday 3rd September – Took part in Bluebella’s Dare to Bare campaign, highlight of my year by miles, read more here.

Thursday 26th October – Finished my 3rd Placement with a 1st.

Wednesday 8th November – After years of wanting to, finally went to Bleach London and had the ends of my hair dyed pink.

Friday 15th December – Completed and passed my last ever uni exam with a 1st.

Monday 18th December – Day in Brighton, exploring a new place

Thursday 28th December – Attended the Nutcracker by the National Ballet.


I’ve got my jar ready to start again. Here’s to an even better 2018.

From Rachel With love x

What I got for Christmas.

I’m always dubious about writing a post about this kind of thing, I don’t want it to come across as boastful or showing off. But I love watching “what I got for Christmas” videos of YouTube, so I thought I’d share some of the gifts I received this year.

I told my family I had everything I needed and wanted, so hadn’t asked for anything specific but they surprised me as usual with some really thoug2017-12-28 17.08.38htful gifts. From my older sister I received a House of Holland wonder cube from the Bodyshop. I haven’t ever seen anything like this from the Bodyshop before. It contains a mixture of 9 Bodyshop products from their vitamin E face cream to cute polar bear eye mask. It comes in this cool cube you can move around, bit like a Rubix’s cube. I can’t wait to have a pamper night.

 

img_3830As a complete fluke, my eldest sister bought me a jumper from H&M which I nearly bought a few weeks ago, after seeing Megan Ellaby in it, but I completely forgot about it. I love the contrast between the blue and orangey/coral, it’s also available in black and white. She also bought me these gorgeous purple tassel earring from Next which are my new obsession.

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My Mum bought me a lovely black and rose gold watch from Abbott London. I have really small wrist, so find it difficult to find a watch that doesn’t look ridiculously big. But this looks lovely and its feels very light. I love the black colour as it goes with everything, the touch of rose gold, just adds something more.

 

I was treated to a Soap and Glory’s spa of wonder from my lovely Grandma. I have loved soap and glory for years, their products smell amazing and feel my skin feeling super 2017-12-28 17.15.07soft. It contains a whopping 11 full size products including some of their make up products. This will keep my skin feeling super soft well into 2018.

I received a few more bits which were quite personal to me, so I have mainly included items for gift inspiration, if you have any birthdays coming up in January. I am truly grateful for the gifts I got this christmas but thing I enjoyed the most was spending some quality time with my family.

 

This is my last post of 2017, wishing you all a happy new year and the best for 2018.

From Rachel With love x


HOH wonder cube – The Body Shop.

Jumper – H&M. (only black and white version online).

Tassel Earrings – Next.

Black Chain Stellar 40 watch – Abbott London.

Soap and Glory Spa of wonder – Boots.