Alternative 2016 Goals

Happy new year! For some reason I'm not a huge fan of the whole 'goals for next year' thing. I used to be, however from what I've learnt this year is that you can never be prepared for life throws at you and the extreme mental and physical challenges you may have to undertake which is never going to be part of anyones 'plan'. Therefore if you fall short on achieving said 'goals' then its like you almost failed at something, when that really isn't the case. You may have achieved so much more about yourself and your life through these challenges, but because they weren't part of the planned goals then will they even be acknowledged?

Thats why this year I've decided to write down some alternate goals. Now these aren't going to be 'reach so many followers by 2017' 'get out of bed early everyday' or 'go to the gym 3 times a week' sort of goals, because I want to most of call, encourage myself next year and not have goals which I could possibly feel really bad if I'm really busy one week and forget about them, which would in turn discourage me for the rest of the year. So here are a few guidelines on more about how I want to live my life next year, with the idea of achieving and maintaining a healthy body and mind.

1. Don't sweat the small stuff

I've changed A LOT this year. Around half way through the year I got a wake up call about my general stressing about things that don't even matter, and just becoming annoyed at small things which are so insignificant in daily life. This was making me in general, a more negative person, so I decided enough was enough and completely turned over a new leaf and just allowed myself to have more patience, and if things don't go to plan, laugh it off and don't let it get you down. I feel like i am a lot more of a calmer person since this change, and even my boyfriend has noticed and felt completely less tense around me now!

2. View food more as fuel, rather than a comfort or a way to ease boredom

Now this doesn't mean 'eat healthy all the time and never eat junk food' as this would just cause an unhappy mindset where I felt as though if i ate a packet of crisps, i would have to spend the next few hours crying over it. This is more in just altering the way I view food, and just to help my realise that my body is running off whatever i feed it, if i feed it good stuff, i will feel good and vice versa. However while still allowing myself the odd treat.. everything in moderation!

3. Make more effort to see/try new things.

This doesn't mean jumping on a plane every other month to travel the world (however i wish i could) but even going for a drive to a new part of the country I haven't visited before, or seeing a new play/film that has recently come out at the theatre or even attempting that very first spin class at the gym I've been dreading, just anything and everything i could possibly experience to live life to the full.

I hope a few of these were useful to you!

What are your goals for 2016?




Black New Years Eve

Black New year

I have 2 huge downfalls: 1. not being organised enough & 2. buying heaps of clothes on a regular basis. This year I've been all swept up in the christmas spirit that I've barely even thought about new year. Plans were organised a few months ago as a group of us have rented a house in the Lake District (if its still above water) and we're going to have drinks/board games etc. As I knew we wouldn't be going 'out out' I haven't really planned an outfit. However now with my phone bombarded with messages that the girls are dressing up, panic has set in and its too late for me!!! Even next day delivery won't help me now! So i'm going to spend the next few hours trying to find clothes which look relatively dressy together in my wardrobe full of clothes that I barely ever wear.

However i couldn't help myself and go looking online for some ideas and inspo that I could use to base my NYE outfit on, and also if any of you are hitting the shops tomorrow, most of these should be available for you to snap up! Also, I am definitely in 2 minds whether to splurge on that bloody gorgeous reiss bag!! help! I'm definitely feeling the black vampy vibe this year, what are all your plans for the new year?


Rachel x



Zig Zag

top & skirt - zara
faux fur stole - f&f
shoes - zara

I'm not gonna lie, but in recent months my style has definitely evolved from mostly having a wardrobe consisting of only Topshop (i still love you Topshop) and i have fallen more and more in love with Zara. This simple little co ord from the TRF section, why also by the way is now in the SALE, is such an easy, effortless outfit to throw on, but is one of those that just makes you instantly look dressed up. Matched with the fur stole and my current favourite shoes, this would be a perfect outfit if you're just popping for casual drinks for NYE and not a fan of all those metallic and sequin dresses filling up the online shopping world at the moment!

FYI, due to the warm knitted fabric of this co-ord and from the crazy weather right now, this outfit didn't even need a coat!

Also, if anyone wants to give me a hand with some camera issues I seem to be having they would be much appreciated! My photos are set on the highest quality and look completely fine when uploaded to blogger, however after enlarging them they all go blurry! Surely this is just me and I am a complete fool at using my 700d?




The 2015 Round-Up

My newsfeed is currently packed full of people doing the 'top9' posts on instagram of 2015, which inspired me to write something about this year, as it has literally been the craziest and most eye opening year I have ever had. So instead of doing the 'top92015' trend, I decided to choose 9 photos on instagram that all have a special and year-changing moment for me, and delve into the story behind each photo, which no one ever sees behind the social media mask.

1. This was at the very start of the year, where my blog was going well and I actually attended my very first fashion show in Manchester whilst still studying at uni, which was the M&S ss15 and mostly from what I remember of this was walking in a skirt and heels, freezing my socks off all the way from liverpool to manchester in the pouring rain!

2. Going for celebratory drinks with the uni girls to celebrate me (sort of) getting a graduate job. At this point in the year, it never really sank in that I would have to leave the uni bubble behind and seeing these girls every single day and have to live a completely different life.

3. This photo was taken months after the second photo. I guess in between the two nothing much really changed. My blog was growing well, I was doing well at uni, and was even going to the gym 5 times a week and felt really, really good. That all changed overnight when my appendix ruptured and I was one day away from dying. I had emergency surgery 3 weeks before my uni finals and spent 2 weeks completely bed ridden. I lost 1 and a half stone, which still to this day I have not even fully been able to put back on. This photo was taken about 3 weeks after my surgery when I finally had the strength to use my phone again and care about the outside world, where I lived in sports leggings and left the house alone for the first time in over a month to attend my exam. This was the most challenging thing I've probably had to face my whole life. Surgery and then the post surgery are some experiences I would never even wish upon my worst enemy. Now I have a huge battle scar but I'm so thankful I am still here.

4. This photo symbolises the fact that I had made it. I made it through my exams and after a month, I had made it to Thailand! This photo was taken on top of the sky bar in bangkok a few days after my boyfriend and i arrived and it had the most incredible view of the city. I spent a month in Thailand this year and it was the best experience I have ever had, which felt so much sweeter after having a very hard few months previously.

5. My boyfriend and I celebrated one year together. This photo was taken in koh phangan a few days after the full moon party. i am very grateful to always have such an amazing person by my side. Even now where we barely see each other, having him as my best friend is priceless.

6. I graduated! I can't believe I spent 3 whole years in a brand new city and had the most amazing life for such a short period of time. Even though it really didn't feel like it when i was doing 8-8 in the library everyday and eating copious amounts of tesco meal deals, I would go back and do it all again in a heart beat. i learnt so much about myself at uni and have never dedicated myself to something so much before other than my degree and I am so proud of me and all my friends for doing so well, and I've definitely made some friends for life.

7. My whole life completely changed again. I got an amazing graduate job and moved from Liverpool to Cambridge! I'm currently here 5 nights a week for work and I am loving living down south. I always get the 'you're not from round here' comments but Cambridge is a beautiful city and if anyone has any recommendations for food etc. please get in touch!

8. I decided to really help my body and mind out and go on a complete health kick. I became a vegan at the end of this year and just haven't considered looking back since. Cutting out those certain foods in my life have completely change the way I feel everyday and I feel like i've suddenly found some new lease of life! I always hated my body and felt sluggish and decided I needed to put my foot down and really look after myself before its too late.

9. I turned 22 in December and was very sad about it. I spent a whole week celebrating and went to the beautiful Titanic Hotel in Liverpool with my boyfriend, and the following week visited the Hilton spa in Manchester with the uni girls. I always felt like I should make the most of my life at 21, and for some reason still feel like i've fallen short. Even though so much happened, I've had to grow up so much this year with the operation, new job and moving house that I forget that I'm still so young. Turning 22 is just a constant reminder that even though time is still on my side to go out and travel the world and have no responsibilities, it won't be long until it'll be too late to do everything I want to do in life.

Has anyone done a similar post? I would love to read what your main milestones this year have been!





blouse - zara

Merry Christmas! Hope you've all had some real quality family time and have, like me, completely eaten myself into a full blown 3 day coma which I am currently still working on. Now, like everyone else in the country am now glued to my laptop and scouring the online web for the best Boxing Day sales. 

I've already snapped up this beautiful cracked print skirt which was part of the ASOS sale along with this flowy, relaxed blouse which is perfect for this time of year to allow room for the constant food babies! I can't believe that its nearly 2016 and i definitely haven't posted on here as much as i would've liked to due to the huge life shift I've had to do this year. I'm hoping 2016 will definitely allow me to have a fresh start and allow me to plan and organise work and blogging better. However I'll write a whole 'new year goals' post very shortly.

What are all your plans for new year?





The Larsson & Jennings Watch

I cannot tell you how long I have been lusting over this watch. I remember seeing it over a year ago and making a mental 'add to basket' note however, for the amount it costs, it just seems i have prioritised different things e.g travelling, dslr, moving house etc. However you could imagine my surprise when my bladdy amazing boyfriend surprised me with this beauty for my 22nd birthday last week! I actually cried. Is that sad?

The watch itself is no disappointment in person. The quality is is amazing and gives any outfit that minimalistic, chic feel. The watch face is quite large, which i am a huge fan of, and of course you can change the length of strap with perfect ease. If you're like me and not a fan of the hyped up Michael Kors/Marc Jacobs watches or if you are looking for a luxury present for a loved one this year, this style comes in gold, rose gold, black, or silver with a black face to suit all tastes.