20.9.15

Changes

top - topshop
sleeveless jacket - topshop (similar)
boots - zara

My first outfit post since entering the working world! Its been so hard trying to fit in everything during the day, which actually has left me questioning: what did i do with all my time as a student?! There really aren't enough hours in the day. The biggest grown up issue i seem to have come across is when do we go to bank appointments?! I seem to start work before banks open and finish work after they have close, so I'm still trying to adjust to all these new 'issues' however i cannot be happier to be constantly busy and in a new hotel every week for work. I have also found the most amazing house and i cannot wait to move in and show you guys on the blog.

These culottes are definitely my new favourite item of clothing. They're a grey-almost khaki green but are such a fab addition to a work wardrobe, but with comfort as the first priority. I'm not a huge fan of wearing tight clothes throughout the day and these babies are perfect! I can eat to my hearts content all day and they never feel tight! This is also probably going to be the last that this hat makes an appearance on this blog this year as autumn is coming and i need to invest in a winter hat!

Love,

Rachel x
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13.9.15

Putting Things Into Perspective


I don't know how to start this post. The past week has basically been one of the craziest weeks of my life, having being thrust so drastically from graduate to a medical rep within the space of 2 days, which gave me no time to physically and mentally prepare for what was to come. 2 days after my interview I was driving my company car to and from work, actually wearing day time heels and feeling and acting very grown up all within the space of 5 days. It got to the point where I've been acting like such a confident, cool and social person, I've started to lose sense of what is natural to me and who i am. Sounds silly but i feel as though i am constantly playing a character: a cool, chatty and confident version of myself who is perfect for the job, always making conversation and always getting myself involved in mixing with the team. I'm constantly acting and pretending like i'm interested in everything everyone's saying, as they're 'grown ups' and I silly enough to say but i still don't class myself as one, and interacting with people 6yrs+ older than me everyday has left me feeling confused on whats expected of me and how i should be acting. Therefore all this pretending that i've grown up in 5 days has left me feeling as though i've aged an eternity in the space of a few days, and has left me feeling as though i have lost myself, and now i am the master of acting, i can just be whoever i want to be, but i don't know how to be me.

Amongst this madness, something terrible and local happened this week. My neighbour took her own life a few days ago, a beautiful, popular and incredibly fashionable girl my age who also attended my school. Someone who you would never expect, and who so many people admired for her stunning looks, dress sense and who always had me green with envy at her instagram photos as she was always somewhere amazing with the many friends she had. Even though we weren't friends and had only spoken a few times, the situation has completely shocked me that i will never see her walk past my house ever again, which she did nearly every day we were home from uni. I've also been unfortunate to see her family every day since her passing, and seeing the pain behind their eyes and the countless people bringing flowers to her house just breaks my heart. 

The result of these things has left me feeling quite numb, and almost like i'm living some sort of surreal life and I'm not too sure how I will deal with this yet. That is why I'm not too sure how the blog posts will be going within the next few weeks. I still love fashion and photography and the mixture of the two, but for some reason, i feel quite uninspired by it all at the moment, like my blog is just a pointless drop in a huge ocean. It almost feels that compared to the bigger picture in life and what really matters, everything i blog about and enjoy is superficial and even a girl who i and so many others admired and even felt jealous of for the things she loved: fashion, beauty and travel, even she, who had the image of a perfect life, couldn't be saved as there were much bigger and important issues in life that were effecting her. It makes me question what really is important in life, as i always used to value beauty, friendships and also popularity which this girl had so much of and what i always kind of aspired to.

Therefore within the next few weeks i'm going to really take some time to reflect on what makes me happy and to live in the moment and try and really (sounds corny) discover myself. Hopefully only positive vibes coming on this blog very soon.

Love,

Rachel x
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7.9.15

September Blogger Lovin'




Happy Monday! I'm currently finding it hard to posts as much as i would like as i started my new, full time job today which involves a HEAVY amount of driving, general travelling and a lot of overnight hotel stays, so i probably won't be settled into a routine for a while, but hopefully I can find the time to blog as often as i would like. Anyways, that aside i thought i'd do a quick post of a few blogs i have been loving this month, even if i haven't had too much time to explore the blogging world recently. Jeanne and Hollys fashion sense are both so on point, i'm green with envy at their wardrobes and styling! Also I have been glued to thrifts and threads for the most useful tips and tricks posts, an hour flies by!

Hope you all have a lovely week!

Love,

Rachel x
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4.9.15

Follow Your Dreams: Landing My Dream Job


As i am sat here typing this, i'm still in such shock and disbelief that i'm even lucky enough to be typing this at 21 years old, having only graduated a month ago. I basically got one of the best phone calls of my life yesterday, telling me that i'd landed my dream job as a Pharmaceutical/Medical Sales Representative (think the film: love and other drugs), and even though i am still so young and fresh out of uni, it has still felt like a long time coming as i've dreamt about landing this kind of role since i was 17. I thought i'd write this blog post to inspire you to never give up on your dreams, be it a job or a destination you really want to visit etc. and so i am going to share my personal story with you on basically how i achieved this role and how damned hard i worked for it and how hard work and determination will pay off. So please take a seat with a hot cuppa as this is going to be a loooooong ass post!

It basically started when I was in sixth form and everyone was pressured into choosing their degree choices within a matter of months for final, no matter how ready or not you were. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do and definitely went into a mini panic about having to choose something so final that it would potentially impact the whole of my career. I looked at the subjects i was strong in and took a step back to think what it was particularly about those subjects that interested me, and it came to me that i loved studying how the body works but also had an interest in illness that affect the body and i became fascinated by how medicines can actually go from reliving a headache... to killing cancer in a person's body. That lead me to study Pharmacology at uni: the study of how drugs interact with our body and the development of new drugs.

However even after choosing this, i knew that i didn't want a career in a lab, studying and experimenting with drugs to treat incurable diseases, and that i actually wanted a role where i can talk to people and be more the face of a company that can really help people. That lead me to researching into a pharmaceutical representative, where you are the face of a drugs company and you travel constantly around the country to present to doctors, pharmacists, nurses etc about your drug/medical product and how amazing it is...basically. So at 17 i decided that i wanted to do just that, i wanted to travel for my job as to me there was no worse idea than sitting in an office all day being bored out of my mind and i wanted to be constantly meeting and talking to new people, but also selling them something which could really benefit someone's life and also have the drug/medical knowledge to be able to talk about the product.

So i went to uni with what i wanted to do exactly in my mind and i worked damn hard for 3 years to achieve a 2:1. it took dedicating my whole life to labs and the library and having to learn ridiculously hard chemistry and biology to get there. I even got a job in sales part time during my degree, not really for the money but mostly for the experience with talking to customers with a persuasive manner and to learn the techniques of selling and acting professionally. 

When i was finishing up uni and i had my operation where i was in hospital for a week, i very nearly had to postpone my exams a whole year as no one thought i would be well enough to resit them, however i took it as an obstacle i simply had to overcome. I imagined myself in my dream job and sitting those exams as soon as possible was how i knew i had to get there, so i worked my ass off revising for my exams before i could even stand up and walk properly and i felt such a wave of relief and pure happiness when i heard it had all paid off. 

After graduating a whole new struggle had began that i was completely unfamiliar with: the job hunt. I, along with millions of other graduates now found ourselves in exactly the same position, all competing for the same jobs. Before all this, i was pretty cocky as i had actually never failed an interview or anything similar in my whole life, so i thought this kind of thing would be a doddle. Oh how wrong i was! I went to countless assessment days where you are assessed on your selling skills, group workshop assessments and competency based interviews (not your typical questions) as the role i was going for was extremely hard and specialised to break into and i had no idea that it wouldnt just be a simple interview. My very worst interview was spending a day with 30 other graduates, all competing for general sales jobs, so not even the job i wanted and we were basically assessed on the stupidest group circumstances and they cut people and send you home part way through the day, which happened to me. Usually i wouldn't want to bash a company on my blog as its somewhere where i want to spread positivity but i also want to warn you of companies who do this as it makes you feel so little and insignificant and a failure and i didn't even get to be interviewed! So please, if you have an interview at BMS recruitment company, be prepared for that sort of unfair treatment. However i picked myself up and went to countless more interviews and stages, as it takes around 4 intense stages of interviews to even land one role. So sometimes i'd find myself getting so far at the 3rd stage and then getting a call saying i hadn't made it to the last stage. This feels extremely frustrating and even left me questioning whether i was even cut out for the role as i was struggling to feel confident in interviews anymore.

However i thought to myself 'this is what you've wanted since you were 17, nothing that means a lot ever comes easy' and for some reason, all the rejection and sadness i felt i suddenly converted to drive and i used all the rejection and constructive criticism and i used it to drive myself, suddenly feeling super competitive that every company i interviewed for NEEDED me and i used every interview as an opportunity to really make myself heard and remembered. This was such a powerful change and i think it definitely came across in my interviews, as a few days after i was actually offered 2 roles at the same time! And this literally came out of nowhere. I even had one interviewer ring me a few hours after my interview and he rambled on for a good 15mins about how amazing i was in the interview and that he needed to have me work for them! I couldn't believe it. So here i sit, with my company car, phone and laptop arriving tomorrow and my hotel booked and paid for by my company for training next week and i suddenly feel very grown up and super proud that i worked and never gave up to get to this point, and i'm only 21!

What i'm really trying to say is never give up on your dreams, sounds corny but life is for living and to always be striving to be a better version of yourself and use every obstacle, hurdle and rejection to fuel and drive you even more towards your goal.

I hope i haven't rambled on too long but good luck and i hope this helped some of you in a similar situation to not give up!

Love,

Rachel x
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