Bedroom update

After finishing my bedroom earlier in the year, there was one wall which remained plain. I wanted to create a wall with different pictures to add some personality to my room. It look me ages to find the right prints on Desenio. They have a HUGE collection of prints varying in size and style, there is something for everyone.

I selected 6 prints (linked below) which arrived within 7 days, unfortunately I can’t remember exact dates. I printed 4 pictures I’d taken myself, using Costco’s print service and a picture of Sean Connery as James Bond from B&Q many years ago. I bought black frames from Hobby craft.

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, it came out better than I imagined it would be.

Moon phase – 21x 30cm/ 8x12inch

Happiness – 30x 40cm/ 12x16inch

Marc Jacobs Quote – 21x30cm/ 8x12inch

Lake – 21x30cm/ 8x12inch

Ballerina in window – 30x 40cm/ 12x16inch

Your mind – 21x30cm/ 8x12inch

From Rachel With love xx

Weekend in Manchester.

I recently spent the weekend in Manchester with my Sister for a small get away. I’ve never been to the city centre before, so it was fun to explore somewhere new.

We traveled up on the train and arrived at Manchester Piccadilly around 12pm. We stayed at a Premier Inn which was about 2 minute walk from the station, so was in the perfect location. Whilst making our way to the Arndale centre, we came across Wok & Go which was the perfect place for lunch. I had chicken in Black bean with noodles which was yummy and you get a huge amount, so make sure you’re hungry! As we were tired from waking up early, we had dinner at the hotel and called it an early night ready.

On Saturday morning we took a walk to Chapter One, located in the Northern Quarter its an independent bookshop as well as a cute cafe’. The interior was very quickly, with books you could read whilst enjoy a drink or to buy. I had a Pot of English Breakfast tea and a Jaffa cake inspired cake which was absolutely delicious. The rest of the day was spent wandering around Manchester Art Gallery and the streets of the city.  That evening we had dinner at one of my sisters favourite restaurants, Las Iguanas, it’s a south American inspired restaurant with 2 for 1 cocktails all day everyday.

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Sunday started with brunch at Alabama’s, located on Newton street. It’s a beautifully decorated American eatery which makes the best pancakes I have ever eaten in my life. If you’re in Manchester you really need to visit this place.


We then wandered to Manchester Cathedral which is a beautiful building, along the canal and through Canal Street, which is Manchester Gay village, if you want a fun night out, this is the place to go.

Monday was our last day in Manchester, we checked out the hotel then headed to Alabama’s again because it was so good the day before. This time we had a salt beef sandwich with chips. The portion was huge, so be warned, if you’re not that hungry sharing is definitely the way to go. Our train was at 2pm, so we said our goodbyes to Manchester.


It’s a great city and I would definitely recommend a visit. It’s a small-ish city which means it perfect for exploring on foot and there are lots of hidden gems to be found. I am definitely planning a visit here again soon.

From Rachel with love x

Balenciaga at the V&A

Balenciaga – Shaping Fashion is an exhibit currently on display until 18th February at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The exhibition has over 100 of his creations, with some beautiful dresses and information about the materials used. It also showcases x-ray of his dress to show how he used weights within the dress to control the way it hangs. Here are a few pictures from the exhibition below.

If you have a interest in fashion and/or a love of beautiful dresses I highly suggest the exhibition. I also recommend the book created by the V&A.

From Rachel with love xx

Afternoon Tea in the Sky.

For my birthday, my amazing best friend, Lorraine, took me for Champagne afternoon tea at Vertigo 42 (I have best the friends in the world).

Vertigo 42 is Champagne bar located at the top of Tower 42, located near Liverpool Street, London. It had the most beautiful over London. Unfortunately when we arrived the weather was terrible, but this improved as we enjoyed our afternoon tea.

On arrival, we were taken to our seat and given a glass of Champagne. Shortly after, I afternoon tea arrived. It consisted of 3 sandwiches, Ham & Mustard, Salmon and Cucumber, 2 tarts one passion fruit and the other chocolate and caramel and a scone with clotted cream and Strawberry Jam. We also received a cup of tea/coffee.

The food was lovely and the views were stunning. If you fancy afternoon tea with a view, I would definitely recommend Vertigo 42.

From Rachel, with Love x

Unruly Curls.

I recently visited the Unruly curls hair salon in West London after Shona Vertue recommended it to those with curly hair.  I’m of a mixed ethnic origin, black Caribbean and white, meaning I have very curly hair. I haven’t had bad experiences with hairdressers but have alway felt there has been a lack of understanding of how to deal with the curliness of my hair. After hearing about Unruly curls, I booked myself in for a long over due cut.

The salon wasn’t what I expected, but it was a pleasant surprise. Its a big room with large mirrors and quirky furniture, it has a very homely feel. I sat down in the chair and had a discussion with my hairdresser, Steve, about the style I was aiming for. After my hair was washed and cut, it was then rinsed under the sink again to revive the curls after being stretched out by the combing and cutting. My hair was styled from soaking wet, then blow dried with a diffuser in a variety of positions, with my head upside down and lying down with my hair hanging over the edge of the chair. The result was the most beautiful, bouncy, glossy curls I had ever seen. It’s the 1st time I’ve ever left the hair dressers 100% happy with how my hair looked and I was out the salon within an hour!

The thing that really sold the salon to me, was when I emailed them 3 days later after to find out the products used to style my hair. I received a reply with the product name and a picture of the product. I honestly couldn’t recommend this salon anymore, the staff are lovely and are very good at what they do and the price is more than reasonable especially for the treatment you get. I won’t even consider visiting another salon.

Here is a before and after picture below:

From Rachel with love x

Summer Goals.

As I approach the final week of my university placement, my mind has very much turned to my summer holidays. I’m one of life’s planners and I always have a list on the go, so here I am itching to write my list to ensure my 7 weeks off are as fulfilling and interesting as possible.

Here are the goals I have set myself.

  1. Visit 2 new cities – I’ve been very lucky to have traveled to some amazing places but I’m keen to explore many more. Being a student with a part-time job, my financal situation doesn’t allow some of the destinations I have in mind. So for the time being, I plan to visit some cities within the UK and Europe to satisfying the travelling urge whilst being more friendly on the bank balance.
  2. Try a new sport – From a young age I have always been involved with and enjoyed sport. I haven’t played any sport for over a year, mainly keeping myself fit by exercising in the gym. But lately I’ve missed the competitiveness and drive from sport. I have a few sports in mind to try, Touch Rugby, Hockey and Track cycling.
  3. Take more pictures – I have always loved photography, something about being able to catch a moment in time has always resonated with me. I was gifted a DSLR at Christmas and have only really used it on holiday in Florida. So I’d like to spend some more time behind the lens, this goal can be incorporated with goals 1 and 4.
  4. Discover somewhere new in London – I was born and raised in London, it’s very much the city my heart belongs too. Yet there is still lots of London I haven’t experienced yet, so I hope to become much more familiar my favourite city.
  5. Write more blog post – I created this blog in January 2017 and since then have written 4 blog post in a sporadic manner. I’m aiming to consistently write 1 to 2 blog post a week about varying subjects to keep you update with goings on or things that have interested me.

I have chosen goals which are realistic and achievable to help structure my weeks without over taking them with a fear of failing. I will review these goals at the end of the 7 weeks to let you know how I’ve gotten on.

From Rachel with love x


This is an overview of my 2 week holiday in florida.

After a 9 hour flight we arrived at Miami international Airport. We spent the 1st night in Fort Pierce with a beautiful view from the Hotel Balcony.

From here we drove to the magical Place of Disney World. We stayed in Fort Wilderness Cabins   As the name suggest you each stay in your own cabin with a small decking area and BBQ.

We spent the next 9 days in Disney World exploring the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood studios plus the 2 water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Another post will follow with more details of the park.

Whilst staying at Disney World, we took a day trip to Merritt Island. We look the Black Point Wildlife drive which is a 7 mile one way drive which gives you the opportunity to see wildlife. We were very lucky to see a bob cat.

DSC_0367DSC_0377.JPG The next stop on our Floridian tour was the Everglades where we went looking for Alligators along the Anhinga Trail.


It took us around 3. 5 hours to get to Key West. we stayed the beautiful Ocean Edge Hotel. This was the most relaxing part of the holiday with a days spent by the pool and kayaking in the sea.

Our Last day was spent in Miami. We paced along the boardwalk admiring the art deco hotels and visiting the iconic Miami Beach.  Art Deco is one of my favourite types of architecture with its Jazzy patterns and broad range of colours. This place is definitely worth a visit.  There will be another post with more photos of the hotels.

DSC_0575The final sport before the Airport was Wynwood Walls, which is an area of the most amazing street art.  The Idea of Wynwood walls came from Tony Goldman to transform the area. Artist from around the world have contributed to the 80,000 square foot of wall. If you are visiting Miami this should be top of your list to visit.


I plan to follow this post with more details about my time in Disney world, Miami Beach and Wynwood walls, so if you’re interested keep your eyes peeled. I hope you enjoyed this post about my trip to Florida. I hope to have many more travel post to come.

From Rachel with Love x

New bedroom.

I recently went through the process of redecorating by bedroom. It had been brown and duck egg blue for about 5/6 years, so I felt it was due a fresh update.


I wanted to create a relaxing oasis, using neutral colours to open up my room. It also means I can update my room regularly with different colour soft furnishings. I used Dulux paint for the grey and brilliant white.

new bedroom.

I’m very happy with the outcome, my room feels light, open and very calming. I’m still in the process of creating a picture wall, an update will come when it’s finished.

Soft Furnish details.

Bedding – Matalan 

Grey Knitted throw – Dunelm (light grey sold out alternative here)

Black out blind – Ikea

Curtains – Ikea

R cushion – Next.

Yellow cushion – H&M home (sold out, alternative here.)

From Rachel with love x

Thoroughly Modern Millie.

On Friday 10th March I went to see Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe. The show is currently touring the UK, more information can be found here.

The stage production is based on the film with the same title. It was released in March 1967 starring Julie Andrews as the main character, Millie Dillmount. The story starts in 1922 New York, where Millie has just arrived from Salina, Kansas. Determined to make it in the Big Apple, she adopts the look of a modern flapper girl and sets out to marry a rich eligible bachelor.

The show was a joy to watch from start to finish. The costumes were fantastic, I wanted to wear every single dress I saw on stage. If you like 20s fashion and enjoy a good dance, this is the show for you.  Joanne Clifton plays Millie Dillmount, but unfortunately she was advised by her Doctor not to perform, so I saw Emma Housley in the role. She acted the part beautifully and had a lovely singing voice.

If you want to be transported back to New York in the 20s and dance the night away with the flappers girl, I couldn’t recommend this show enough.

From Rachel with love x

2017, lets do this.

2016 is year that I am more than happy to say goodbye to. There have definitely been some amazing moments, but the second half of the year in particular, was plagued by anxiety. My biggest aim for 2017 is to take back what anxiety took from me. I want this year to be filled with positivity, self love and new experiences. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I have begun putting the tools in place to take anxiety by the horns and make 2017 much more positive.

I saw an idea circulating on Facebook. At the beginning of the year you take an empty jar, each week you add a note with a good thing that has happened to you. Then on new years eve, you open the jar and read about the great year you have had.

I have my jar ready, so here is to a fantastic 2017!

From Rachel With Love x