22.11.15

Icy



boots - missguided

I can't help but feel like some sort of ice queen in this outfit. This gorgeous faux fur scarf has been my absolute purchase of the month and I have been rocking it with probably every outfit since, cannot even believe I popped into my local Tesco and found this beauty!

I also feel like i am late on the bandwagon of this 'tie up front top' thing. However fear not as i have been admiring this body from missguided and I am so happy with it. Some bodys can be a bit hit and miss as sometimes I found them so tight and uncomfortable, however i could eat a big plate of pasta in this top and still have room to breathe!

I cannot believe it snowed yesterday in my home town! Somehow the weather has plummeted and I am not too sure if I'm enjoying it, or counting the days until I can visit the other side of the world again. what are you doing on this Sunday?

Love,

Rachel 
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19.11.15

Autumn Room Bits

egg timer & copper candles - sainsburys
fur throw - asda
yankee candle - christmas eve

I have literally JUST moved into my house in Cambridge but I have been loving buying 'bits' and 'things' to decorate my room that of course I absolutely DO need. I thought I'd write up a little room tour as its not quite finished yet, but i'm definitely chuffed with how its coming along!

Definitely one of my favourite things in the room is the black reindeer. This is actually from a garden centre however i thought it would be a perfect christmas decoration without looking too over the top, and I'm actually debating whether to just keep it out after christmas. I tried to keep an autumn/winter theme throughout the room so matching the monochrome (of course) with the black, copper and also the splash of red from this DIVINE smelling candle from yankee candle - Christmas Eve. I'm also trying to find more and more places to put fairy lights as they're a fab addition to a room to create that cosy winter atmosphere.

I am also still deciding on how to store my make up and skincare products but as i'm currently travelling a lot, the most convenient way for me to store them is actually in a make up bag!

I am also in total love with this fur throw which is actually from GEORGE at ASDA as its beautifully soft, thick and whilst in the house i am constantly wrapped up in it. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Love

Rachel
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17.11.15

Milo Lounge | Liverpool


Sundays are my favourite day, and sitting here on a wet, cold and dark tuesday evening has got me really missing the weekend I just had. Sundays are definitely my 'off' day. I make 0 effort with hair and make up and basically just hang about in sweats all day. This sunday, my boyfriend and I decided to go for a walk and we had no technology whatsoever with us (apart from the camera) so we could really spend some quality time chatting and catching up.

These days spending quality time with loved ones are absolutely my favourite day. I've been having a hard time lately which has all stemmed from the pressures of social media, so it was a breath of fresh air to put it all to one side. We stopped off at an amazing place called Milo Lounge down Lark Lane, Liverpool for lunch and I am bloody glad we did! First off, they have a complete separate vegan menu, and the customer service we received was faultless. I also possibly had the creamiest soya latte I have EVER had before, so much that i actually thought they had given me whole milk! I ordered a falafel, red pepper and hummous sandwich and fries which was beautiful and definitely fit the 'comfort food' cravings. Of course, they had an extensive menu for those of you who aren't vegan/veggie, so if you're ever in the area definitely check this place out!

Love,

Rachel
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15.11.15

Smart Chic

blazer - ebay
top - topshop
jeans - topshop
shoes - zara

Gooood Sunday morning! I took these photos yesterday, which you may be able to tell, in blooming storm-like weather that was battering Liverpool. I think i was outside all of 2 minutes to quickly get these shots and then my hair was all stuck to my face and i instantly resembled a drowned rat. I have been loving this Topshop crop top recently, as it can add a smart look to either a casual or dressed up occasion. 

Also this outfit gave me a great opportunity to show off these Zara beauties, which I'm actually currently wearing tonnes for work these days but cannot find online anymore! I was also extremely sadden by the news in Paris yesterday, which put a whole sombre feel on this whole weekend. I feel as though when these devastating things happen, it really puts life into perspective, and how that could have been any one of us enjoying a weekend in Paris.

However, I'm spending the day lounging around, eating left over (vegan) pizza and finally travelling back down south tonight! What are you up to today?

Love

Rachel 
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11.11.15

November Wishlist

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As I'm typing the title of this post, I still cannot believe its November. This has definitely been the craziest, fastest and most eventful year I've lived through to date. And here we are, just over a month away until its 2016 and i wore a blooming no-sleeved top outside today all day because the weather is still defying the odds!

These gorgeous pieces are what I've selected- and may have added to my basket- as my november wishlist pieces. Black, as always is featured very heavily, also as I believe its the time for those Christmas parties and black is always a classic look at those. And PLEASE do not get me started on the bag, I just need it in my life!

Love,

Rachel x
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9.11.15

I'm A Vegan | Pancake Recipe


I finally bit the bullet the other week and yes, I became a vegan. Instantly I was thrust into a world of cuisine which I knew nothing about, and I spent hours and hours trawling the internet researching how I'll be able to have a healthy balanced diet,and still get all my vital vitamins and nutrients through this way of eating. I became vegan for a number of reasons: ethical and for personal health benefits.

My whole life i've eaten meat and dairy and never actually stopped to think, really, where does this come FROM? I knew they came from animals but after stumbling upon a few vegan videos, i began to question as to why these people would restrict their diet so much. I then watched 3 documentaries here, here and here, which really opened my eyes as to why I was eating meat and dairy. Obviously i'm not going to sit here and tell everyone to be vegan, as everyone is free to choose the way they want to live. 

Secondly I also became vegan for the health benefits. A few years ago I ate tonnes of ready meals, chocolate, crisps, and never touched a healthy piece of food. There was a point last year where I hadn't eaten a piece of fruit in 6 MONTHS. I felt sluggish, fat, slow and just in general pretty crap. I cut out the ready meals and instantly felt a difference, however I still always felt like I was tired all day and that everyday I never actually was fully AWAKE. I read about how switching to a vegan diet and eating tonnes of fruit, veg, grains, nuts and seeds have really changed people's energy levels for the better, with them experiencing a whole new boost of energy everyday, with their general mood lifted throughout the day. Many vegans have also claimed to have had amazing results with the quality of their hair, skin and nails, which for me is VITAL as i am currently in a hair, skin and nails crisis.

Of course, exercise is something extra I really need to incorporate into my routine as I am becoming more and more interested in really looking after my body, however as i'm still not fully recovered from my operation (boo :( ) its going to be a slow, easing into this.

Putting all of this info together I decided to give vegan eating a go. I can't stay I'll stick to it forever as sometimes, ways of eating just don't work with certain people, however after my first week in I am really enjoying it. I look forward to eating my meals everyday, and I have bundles of energy everyday. However its still early days and i'm still new to discovering vegan alternative recipes to people's favourite foods (e.g pancakes) so if anyone has any amazing recipes send them my way! I always thought eating vegan and making vegan alternatives to 'normal' foods would be a huge pain but I've actually found it easier and more enjoyable to make vegan meals, especially these easy pancakes. I'm actually thinking of starting a 'what I ate today' series on the blog occurring weekly, as I am super nosey and love reading these for food inspo.

On Sunday I cooked up some vegan pancakes for my sister and I using:

1 cup any flour (apart from self raising)
1/8th teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup of almond milk
1 table spoon coconut oil

- mix all the ingredients into a bowl (apart from the coconut oil!)
-add the coconut oil to the pan and heat the pan until hot
-add the mixture
-add your favourite fruit as toppings
-it really is that simple, enjoy!

Love,

Rachel


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8.11.15

New Zara Loves


Let my introduce to you my favourite favourite beauties. For me, there are no other greater high street shoes in terms of style, quality and design than Zara shoes, with these being no exception. These beauties are super comfy, amazing quality and they receive tons of compliments when rocked with a a smart outfit. 

I've been wearing these mostly for work, as I need to be able to rock the professional look, but still be able to run around all day and keep up with my fast paced job and these shoes are perfect for that. I am probably the worst girl ever at wearing heels as I literally cannot master the walk and it probably slows my walking pace by 10 times. However with these, you can't even tell that you're wearing a heel whatsoever.

Sorry I've been so quiet on the blog front lately, I've recently moved house and to a different part of the country, Cambridge! So if any of you bloggers of any recommendations for cool food/drinks/shopping places, they would be much appreciated!

Love,

Rachel x
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