Saffy by Bluebella

I’ve teamed up with Bluebella in my role as Bluebella Ambassador, to show you their new Saffy collection.

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Bluebella kindly sent me the underwired bra, the thong and suspenders. Nothing makes me feel more confident than when I’m wearing underwear which fits me perfectly. To me lingerie is about how it makes ME feel, regardless whether someone see it or not.

The collection is all about well-fitting, comfortable but still gorgeous underwear. The best thing about this collection is, it offers a smooth silhouette, making the most off you assets without showing through your clothes. I’m wearing the full set under my bodycon dress here.

Check out the full collection here.

From Rachel with Love x


Wired bra (I’m wearing 32c which is my normal size)

Thong (size 8)

Suspenders (size 8)

Stockings.


 

Get to know me.

Sorry for the lack of post lately, I have been super stressed and struggling trying to write my dissertation. So here is a quick post with some random facts about me, after seeing the tag circulating around Instagram.

I’m a 3rd year physiotherapy student– I absolutely love the course and know I made the right decision to embark on a career in physiotherapy.

I’ve met the Queen – At the age of 3, the school where I attended nursery caught fire. My mum (a firefighter) was on duty and called to the fire. So when the school was re-opened by the queen I was selected to give her flowers. I can’t remember much of the day, apart from my knee-high socks were too long and uncomfortable. Luckily there is a video of the experience. QueenieI’m mixed race – My grandfather was from Barbados, he died when my Mum was two, so sadly I never met him. I also haven’t ever been to Barbados which is something I am hoping to change soon.

 I wanted to be an Olympic athlete – I did athletics in particular 800m for 4 years but gave it up around the age of 16, It’s still one of my biggest regrets to this day.

I’m a Cancerian– I’m still dubious about astrology, I don’t read my horoscope regularly and I wouldn’t make life decisions based on it. However, if you read the personality traits of cancerian, it’s me down to a T!

So there you have 5 random facts about me, I’m always happy to answer any questions if you ever want to know more.

From Rachel with Love x

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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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.


2018 Goals.

I hope you all had a christmas as lovely as mine and ready to face the new year. As 2017 draws to an end, I’ve turned my attention to setting some goals for 2018. Every year for the past 3 years, I written myself a list of things I want to achieve/do throughout the year. This year I achieved 6/9 goals, which is the most I have ever achieved, I hope next year I can achieve all of them. I find it more effective than new years resolutions which I never stick to. My goals are mainly focused around travelling to new places and experiencing new things. 2018 is the year I finish my degree, so it should be a very exciting year indeed. I wanted to make the most of being a student before re-joining the working world of adulthood.

What are your goals for this year?

From Rachel With Love x

A day in Brighton

Every year I write myself a list of things I want to achieve throughout the year. One of the items of my list was to visit 2 new places, I visited Manchester In august, which you can read about here, to tick this off my list I decided to visit Brighton. I was surprised to find I had never visited Brighton before, despite it being an hours train journey away. making the most of my 18-25 rail-card, I booked myself a ticket to the seaside.

The first thing I did upon arrival was walk to the sea front and wonder along the beach. It was a chilly morning, so there wasn’t many people about, the odd runner and a crazy couple taking a dip in the sea! I’ve always found something peaceful about being by the sea, especially on a calm day and breathing in fresh sea air is a welcome break from London pollution.

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As the day progressed the sun came out, it was such a beautiful day to wonder around the Lanes. Made up of narrow streets filled with independent shops, perfect way to spend a morning. I met a friend for coffee who I hadn’t seen for ages, it was lovely to catch up. I finished the day off by taking a look at the Royal Pavillon. I love looking a different types of architecture, so I was excited to see such a beautiful building.

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Overall I had a really enjoyable day in Brighton and I look forward to exploring more new places next year.

From Rachel With Love x

Bluebella Ambassador.

After working with the Brand, Bluebella, in September this year for their Dare to bare campaign (read here) I was asked to be a brand ambassador. It such an unexpected but exciting email to receive. I jumped at the chance to work with a company with a great ethos, without a second guess. They also were also the winner of “Lingerie Brand of the year” at the Draper awards, which is very much deserved.

My 1st role as brand ambassador was to style some of their pieces for the upcoming party season. They kindly sent me this beautiful Black Wren kimono and trouser set (which also comes in blush pink). I’ve created 3 party looks, showing how versatile the outfit is, I can’t wait to rock these look in the next few weeks.

 

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Outfit Number 1 – I styled the Kimono with an A-line floral mini skirt from River Island, with fish-net tights to add a bit of edge to the outfit. 
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Outfit 2 – This is slightly more causal as it paired with Topshop Joni jeans in grey with killer heels. A little flash off bra underneath adds a bit of sexiness to the outfit. 
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Outfit 3 – Wearing the Kimono and Trousers together for a relaxed outfit, but having the crop top and some skin on show, makes the outfit party ready. 

I had so much fun creating different outfits which really inspired me to push the boat out a bit more when it comes to dressing for a party. You can shop the wren set here or check out Bluebella website for more inspiration. I look forward to my next project as a Bluebella Ambassador.

From Rachel with love x