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We're Having A Baby!!

Monday, 24 October 2016
   
If you don't follow me on Instagram or Twitter you will have missed the fact that last week I posted a extremely exciting and also slightly emotional announcement that myself and Aaron are having a baby!! We knew for quite a while before we decided to announce as we found out very early on and just decided to hold off until we'd had our first hospital scan so we knew that everything was okay and got our official due date.

The Trying-
We decided to start trying for a baby in around March/April time but decided to hold off the actual  'trying' until after my Sister's wedding in October. Oops. Unfortunately i'm not the most patient person and thought bugger it, we'll just see what happens. We weren't at it every day, much too Aarons dismay, just when the mood took us. I didn't want to put loads of pressure on us and get really caught up in the 'why is it not happening, what's taking so long ect' so just decided to roll with it and let nature take its course. What I didn't expect was it to happen so soon!
I read that it can take roughly a year for people to conceive after being on the pill for as long as I had, 8 years, so I was fine with that and expected it take us a while. So on the 5th September when I saw those two lines, I was in complete shock! I had psyched myself up that it would probably be next year so the fact that it only took two months, I felt like my stomach was going to fall out my ass. 

That Pregnancy Feeling and The Test-
I had a feeling for a couple of days that something was different. I can't explain what it was, I just knew. My boobs were also absolutely killing me! I couldn't lie on them, wear bras..NOTHING. This is also a symptom I get when i'm due to come on my period so I didn't want to get my hopes up as I was only a couple of days late. I talked to Aaron about it but he kind of played it off and said it was probably just my period, I think he was trying to not get my hopes up although he admitted after we'd found out that he knew that night that something was different!

The next day I ran home from work, with a detour to the chemist, and instantly went to the bathroom. All the way home I was giving myself a pep talk that it would probably be negative and that was completely fine although I couldn't help but get really excited at the idea of it being positive. I did the test, and I placed it on the floor in front of the toilet, turned around to get the loo roll and by the time I looked back, there were two glorious lines that completely changed my life. I can't even describe the overwhelming feeling of love, with a hint of oh my fucking god. I instantly burst into tears and rang my Sister, who knew we'd been trying, I said I didn't understand the test *no idea why the hell I said that* and that it must be wrong. She told me to breath and send her a picture of the test. She instantly texted back like "YES YOU ARE WAAAAA". 
Aaron was still at work for another 2 hours at the this point, and it was possibly the longest two hours of my entire life. I made a little note that said "You + Me = Three, Baby Cope Loading" a placed it on his bedside table with the tests on top. Not very creative but I couldn't give a crap at the time. When he eventually came home he went straight upstairs to get changed, and like a chicken I ran into the bathroom, after a couple of minutes, he came out of the bedroom holding the note and the tests and just kept saying 'Are you joking, this isn't real, are you joking?" before laughing and giving me a huge hug. 
We then went out and bought about 4 more tests including a Clear Blue Digital which tells you how many weeks you are. Within about 5 seconds it said PREGNANT, then a little 3+ appeared. I had no idea how far along I was as my cycle had been a little messed up the month before so that test is literally all I had to go off. I'm knew to this whole baby thing so I just rolled with it. I rang the midwife the next day and she put me at 8 weeks *which we now know was wrong, but due to my cycle we couldn't be sure*

Frequently Asked Questions-
Due Date is the 5th May 2017, as I am writing this I am currently 12 + 3. We are NOT finding out the gender much to everyone's disbelief, even the midwife did a little cheer when we said we weren't going to be finding out. I am having the baby in our local hospital although the midwife did mention home birth, which just wasn't for us and i'll feel much more comfortable being in the hospital. The pregnancy apps I use are Ovia Pregnancy (I also used Ovia to track my periods and cycle) and Pregnancy+. I am planning on breastfeeding Baby C which I am really excited about, I know it's going to be extremely hard but i'm going to give it my best shot!


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and tweets when we announced. I really do appreciate it and feel so lucky to know such lovely people. If you are currently pregnant i'd love to know how you're feeling and any tips or tricks you've picked up along the way. 

xx






Current Hair Care Treatments | Dry Hair.

Sunday, 10 July 2016
   





I've tried so many hair products, serums and treatments over the years. Some i've loved, some...not so much. I am happy that FINALLY at the age of 24 I have found three products that my hair agrees with and really benefits from.
Now for a little hair background..my hair has never been dyed or coloured of any kind, it is very thick and naturally curly. When I was little it used to be in really tight ringlets, but obviously as I have gotten older, they've dropped out but if I let my hair dry naturally it instantly curls. It is also quite dry, more towards the ends of my hair, about three quarters of the way down. I use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner but my hair needs a little extra to really benefit. 

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum: I've used this product on and off since I was about thirteen and i've always gone back to it. I apply a small 20 pence piece sized amount to towel-dried hair and brush it through my hair, starting about a third of the way down, with my tangle teezer. My hair can go quite frizzy if I let it dry naturally, and this serum helps keep it at bay, it leaves my hair feeling really soft and sleek.

Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair 6 Effects Serum*: This product is a multi-use serum especially for dry and stressed hair. The hair serum is enriched with pashmina silk proteins that help provide shine and softness for damaged hair. Since using this for the past 3-4 months i've noticed a huge difference in my hair, it's a lot more manageable and also provides my hair with a little more bounce to it, which i'm a huge fan of. Although my hair is curly, it doesn't have a lot of life to it, I think the curls weigh my hair down so it can look a little lack-lustre. However, this serum gives my curls a little more definition and softness to them. I apply two pumps of this to my hair but rather than brushing it through, I scrunch it into my hair.

Phyto 7 Hydrating Day Cream With 7 Plants* As you can guess from the name of this product, the Phyto cream is infused with seven pure and natural plant extracts. It is a leave in conditioner that quickly absorbs into the hair fibres, preventing split ends, frizz and static. I use this mainly on dry hair, focusing on the ends. I really enjoy using this product if i've used curlers on my hair, I run it through the curls and it really helps give them definition and get rid of any frizz that may have appeared due to the heat of the curlers. 

I'd love your recommendations for other products for dry or damaged hair! What is your favourite hair product at the minute? 

Oliver Bonas Homeware Wishlist | Under £25.

Friday, 8 July 2016
Oliver Bonas Homeware Wishlist | Under £25



Gone are the days I lust over makeup and clothes, it is all about the homeware, especially small pieces that I think really add something more to your home. I love adding accessories to our home, whether that's cushions, plants and kitchenware, it's the little things that can make all the difference. 

At the moment I am loving Oliver Bonas, their homeware is just TO DIE FOR. There pieces are completely different to anything else you see in the shops at the minute, they're really quirky and unique. I thought i'd compile a list of my favourites that are all under £25!

Heart Teaspoons//£19- "A pop of sugary sweet colour makes this Set of Four Heart Teaspoons a heart-filled and playful touch to your tableware collection."

Coral Gem Mini Wire Tealight Lantern//£8.50- "As the evening settles in, add colour and shape and shine a little style on your terrace with this Coral Gem Mini Wire Tealight Lantern."

Pineapple Trinket Dish//£9.50- "Bring a touch of the exotic to you home with this Pineapple Trinket Dish."

Yellow Geo Wall Planter//£19- "Go green and let your indoor garden take shape with this Yellow Geo Hanging Wall Planter."

Gold Cacti Carafe//£12.50- "Channel the spirit of celebration and bring a sense of modern glamour to gatherings with this glass Gold Cacti Carafe; an understated yet unique piece of glassware with playful metallic touches in the motif of the season - the cactus."

Gold Cacti Tumbler//£5- "Channel the spirit of celebration and bring a sense of modern glamour to gatherings with this glass Gold Cacti Tumbler; an understated yet unique piece of glassware with playful metallic touches in the motif of the season - the cactus."

Copper Pineapple Goblet//£22- "Whether you are partial to a tropical treat or want to impress guests over pre-party drinks: make this Copper Pineapple Goblet your choice of drinking vessel."


Do you guys have your eye on any homeware accessories? Which are your favourite homeware stores? 

Travelling With A Carry-On | Tips & Tricks.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016



On Saturday I am jetting off for my first girly holiday, to Morocco for a hen do! I am so excited and the weather is supposed to be AMAZING whilst we are there. I can't wait to have a relaxing long-weekend in the sun. It is very much needed. 

One thing I have really been struggling with is packing my case! To keep costs down we have opted to just take hand luggage and at the time that was all well and good, however as it gets nearer to the time i'm panicking slightly. When it comes to holidays I am a slight overpacker, 'it might come in useful, oh I might wear that, just incase..' is how I pack the majority of my suitcase. That can't be the case when it comes to packing with just the carry on luggage allowance. I've browsed the internet and found some tips & tricks on how to make the most of a small allowance..

10 Things Women Wish Men Knew.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016
 

1. When we ask how we look, 'fine' isn't good enough. we want a full detailed account of how fucking fabulous we look.

2. Saying 'I Love You' before, during or after sex does NOT count. Boy you just wanna get laid, or you have just been. Either way, nah mate.

3. You mess up, we seem fine with it, totally cool. We actually aren't and our plotting your ultimate demise. 

4. For the love of god if we hear 'I nearly bought you some flowers today..' one more time, we will not be held accountable for our actions. 

5. Sometimes we just don't want to have sex. Shocking I know. Don't read too much into it, it's irritating. It has nothing to do with you, or our feelings for you. We just can't be arsed.

6. Respect us. Some men are bastards and don't appreciate the woman in their life. Don't be that guy. Show her how much you love her.

7. Cooking for us once in awhile won't ruin your street cred. We'd actually really appreciate it. Even if it is a frozen pizza, it's the thought. 

8. Never forget a birthday or anniversary. It really isn't worth the shit storm you would endure. 

9. Listen and at least pretend to care. When i'm telling you that Sarah from marketing is a bitch and whine about how much i've eaten that day..roll with it. 

10. Love us. For god sake, a cuddle and a kiss is all we really want. Not all the time, cos my psychotic side will come out and wonder what the hell you've done, but every once in awhile. We love a good snuggle. 

Five Favourites.

Monday, 4 July 2016
 

Favourite Thing I've Watched: Outlander Outlander Outlander! I'm so sad that the end of series 2 is almost upon us. For those of you don't know Outlander is based on the historic, time-travel Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon. The first series starts off with Claire, a married World War II nurse in 1945, finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743. She meets the amazingly gorgeous highland warrior Jamie Fraser and it goes from there... It has just been signed up for a third AND fourth series so you really should check it out. It's currently exclusive to Amazon Prime, or you can find it online. 

Favourite Thing I've Listened To: For my 24th birthday, which was on 12th June FYI, Aaron got me a Crosley Cruiser record player that I have been eyeing up for AGES, in this amazing turquoise colour. My brother also got me two records, Taylor Swift's 1989 and Adele's 25. I've loved listening to them both, in particularly Adele. She is just..incredible. I am completely girl crushing on her at the moment.

Favourite Thing I've Done: Again, for my birthday, Aaron bought us tickets to go and watch Chitty The Musical in Sheffield! I had been really looking forward to the show, especially once I found out that Carrie Hope Fletcher was going to be taking over the role of Truly Scrumptious! I'm a huge fan of Carrie so I was really excited that I would FINALLY be able to watch her perform live and she didn't let me down! The whole show was amazing. It is about an hour and forty minutes from Manchester to Sheffield and the whole way down we listened to the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soundtrack, Aaron acted like he didn't want to but that didn't stop him from joining in. We stayed overnight in Sheffield and it was just lovely to have a break from home. The tour is ongoing until the 4th January, travelling all over the country. You can find tickets here.

Favourite Book I've Read: If you haven't heard of A Court Of Mist & Fury (ACOMAF) then where the hell have you been?! it is the sequel to A Court of Thorns & Roses (ACOTAR) by Sarah.J.Maas who also writes the Throne Of Glass series. ACOTAR is a blending of Beauty & The Beast with magical faerie lore. The series is absolutely incredible, and as much as I loved the first book in the series. NOTHING could prepare me for my love for ACOMAF. If you have read the book you will understand, holy shitters. It's just..beyond words. Please give this series a go! The third book is due to be released at the beginning of May next year, it saddens me that I have to wait that long. 

Favourite Person: My best friend Lindsay. She is just..I love her! We completely understand each other and she can make me laugh until I cry. We take the piss out ourselves and each other and we love each other at the end of it. We can know what the other person is thinking with just one look. I'm going away with her THIS weekend (woohoo) for a long weekend and I can't bloody wait. 4 days of laughter, cocktails and sunshine. Lindsay, you won't be reading this but just so you know, you're fucking awesome. 

Things They Don't Tell You When You Move Out For The First Time.

Saturday, 2 July 2016
     

I moved out of my family home almost three years ago and whilst it is the best thing i've ever done, it's also one of the hardest. I'm lucky that I got to move in with Aaron and share responsibilities, housework and bills. 

One thing that really annoys me today about education is they don't teach you any basic LIFE skills. Maths, english and science is all well & good, but what about all the other things you need to know when going into adulthood, e.g. how to apply for a mortgage, ways to help you save money for bills and utilities. I thought i'd give you an insight into the things they DON'T tell you when you are moving out for the first time. 

Pre-Holiday Prep.

Friday, 1 July 2016






Next Saturday I am jetting off for a sun, cocktail and food-filled four day break for a hen do! I am so excited. It will be my first holiday of the year and is very much needed. About two weeks before I go on holiday, I take extra care in preparing my body for sunnier climates. Not just with what I eat and drink (plenty of water to keep my body hydrated) leading up to the holiday, but in the products I use on my skin and changing up my routines slightly. Here's how I get my body beach ready...

Exfoliate Regularly: I usually shower about four times a week, and instead of my once weekly exfoliation, I bump it up to maybe three times a week. Exfoliating not only gets rid of dead skin cells to reveal gorgeous fresh skin, it also helps you achieve a smoother looking tan that lasts longer. My favourite body scrub is Soap & Glory's Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub, it contains organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almond and honey extracts. You just scoop out a handful of scrub, rub it between your hands, then rub in circular motions over damp skin. I also sometimes use exfoliating gloves to get a really smooth finish. The scrub smells absolutely delicious, as all Soap & Glory products do. 

Moisturise: After going at your body with exfoliators and razors, it's important to calm your skin down and give it some TLC. I am currently using Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter, as it is really thick and leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft. I apply this to slightly damp skin and wait for it to sink fully into my skin, which takes no time at all. It smells fruity and floral and just..YUM.

Face Mask: About three times a week, I will apply a face mask before I get into the shower, I tend to opt for ones that will smooth my skin, whilst drawing out any impurities. The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask has been a favourite of mine since last year, it is infused with a fresh-blend of essential oils and natural ingredients. It also contains myrrh essential oils that soothe and calm the skin, the mask helps to remove the excess oil to leave skin feeling purified, cleansed and silky soft. It doesn't smell the greatest, think plasticine! However it works wonders for the skin, so we can ignore the smell. I apply a little product to my fingers, a little goes a long way, and mix with a tiny amount of water to help apply it evenly to my face. It heats up instantly on contact and I leave it on for five or ten minutes whilst in the shower and then use a warm cloth to wipe the mask off. 

Hair Care: My hair is really thick and curly so it always quite dry. Add heat and humidity to that and BAM! We have a Monica from FRIENDS situation going on. About three times a week I will use my beloved Neal's Yard Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I apply this to my hair before washing, focusing on the ends. I sometimes apply it as a full hair mask, leaving it on for maybe an hour or so. Coconut oil is an amazing effective conditioning treatment that soothes dry hair and scalps, whilst adding lustre to dull hair. 

Luscious Lips: If you look on my bedside table, dressing table and in my handbag you will find about forty lip balms! I apply a generous helping on lip balm in the morning and again at night. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm* is the product that i'm reaching for the most at the minute. it is so lovely and leaves my lips feeling amazing. To give my lips a little zshoosh, I have also been using a lip scrub on my lips about three times a week. I usually use Lush's Bubblegum Lip Scrub, however I have ran out and we no longer have a Lush in my town...I don't know what the hell all that is about but hey! I have been using the next best thing that is Kiss Cosmetics Scrub Stick which is just as good, just not as yummy. I apply a little bit of this to my lips, and then use my fingers to rub it in. 

I'm so excited to have a little break from reality for a few days and what better excuse for a good pamper.

I'd love to know which products you like to use before you go on holiday, or just in general!? What are you favourite products at the minute?

  

Why I Am A Feminist.

Friday, 1 April 2016
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My name is Rachael and I am a feminist. 

Now I know what you are thinking *oh god, another man hater. Thinks women are the elite sex, blah blah blah* well i'd like to say that no, that is 100% not the case. I am a femiNIST, not a femiNAZI. 

If you google the dictionary definition (because let's be real, does anyone actually own a dictionary anymore?) of feminism, it states; "Feminism (noun) The Theory of the political, economical, and social equality of the sexes.

EQUALITY. Feminism isn't about trying to be the better sex or prove we are the superior gender. That's a load of bollocks. It is about equality between both genders.

Also, feminism isn't just about women being given equal rights, it's also for men. Men should be able to feel however they damn well want to. Crying and showing your emotions doesn't make you any less of a man. Why do people think calling a man a 'pussy' or a 'girl' is an acceptable insult? What the fuck is wrong with having a pussy and being a girl?! Choosing to spend time with your significant other, over your friends, means you are 'whipped'? That does not mean you are any less of a man. 
Did you know suicide is the biggest killer of males aged 20-45 in the UK? Women are more likely to seek help when they need it most, because asking for help is stereotypically a feminine trait. Feminism helps because it shows that even in your weakest moment, you are not a failure of a man for expressing how you feel.

I thought i'd put together a list of just, some of the reasons that I am & will always be a feminist.

  • I am a feminist because I am sick to death of being constantly singled out at work as I am the only female on my department. I will be lifting a heavy crate and men feel out the need to joke "Oh, make sure you don't injure yourself. Should a little thing like you really be lifting that?" whilst laughing with their male friends. I am stronger than I look and I am not going to let you feel like a knight in shining armour coming to my rescue. If you hadn't opened your big mouth, I may have asked for your help but now you have felt the need to joke about my frail, weak female body. Fuck off.
  • I am a feminist because in Saudi Arabia, women still can't vote or drive.
  • I am a feminist because one in three women will be sexually assaulted at some point in her life, most likely by someone she knows.
  • I am a feminist because I am sick of people trying to justify sexual assault or rape with 'well she didn't say no." She also didn't say YES. or "Well, what was she wearing?" If I want to flaunt my breasts or my pasty white legs I will. That does not give you any sort of sexual permission!
  • I am a feminist because in schools girl are taught to wear the 'appropriate uniform as it may be distracting'. How about you also teach boys about the importance of consent.
  • I am a feminist because "You don't have to be Anti-Man, to be Pro-Woman"-   Jane Galvin Lewis.
  • I am a feminist because the only way to deter a man's attention is to say 'I have a boyfriend' because they respect the 'man code' more than your rejection or respecting the fact that you are just not interested. 
  • I am a feminist because slut shaming is never okay. Neither is calling someone frigid because they exercise their right to say no.
  • I am a feminist because "When a man gives an opinion, he is a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she is a bitch." - Bette Davis 
  • I am a feminist because I still have to explain WHY I am a feminist.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying you are feminist. Own it. That shit rules!

10 Happiness Quotes To Live By.

Sunday, 20 March 2016
  

I thought i'd compile a list of all my favourite happiness quotes. I know it sounds silly, but it's easily forgotten that are so many reasons to be happy in the world, it's just remembering.

- The reason we struggle so much with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.

- Fear has two meanings..Forget Everything & Run. Forget Everything & Rise.

- Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.

- The more you love your decision, the less you need others to love them.

- Someone else is happy with far less than you have.

- Being kind to yourself in thoughts, words and actions is just as important as being kind to others.

- Somewhere, someone is looking for someone exactly like you.

- Be happy. Be happy for no reason. Believe it or not, you have the ability to make that choice.

- Tell the negativity committee that meets inside you head to sit down and shut up!

- Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Are there any quotes that you live by? What are your favourites?

Books Every Young Adult Should Read.

Friday, 18 March 2016
  

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I am a complete bookworm! I absolutely love reading and would literally read all day, everyday if I could. Apparently that's unsociable. Pfft, bollocks. I have a Bookstagram account (a Instagram account dedicated to books FYI) where I post pictures all about what I am currently reading, my favourites books ect. You can find that @ Bookish_Grl. 

Some of my favourite books are classed as young adult which are aimed at people between the ages of sixteen and mid-twenties. I thought i'd put together a post about my current favourite books, whether you're classed as a 'young adult' or not, these books are brilliant for everyone!

Ways To Love Forever//Sally Nicholls.
"My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead." Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer.

Wonder//R.J.Palacio.
You can't blend in when you were born to stand outMy name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe//Benjamin Alire Saenz.
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

All I Know Now//Carrie Hope Fletcher.
We all know that growing up is hard to do, and sometimes the only thing that makes it better are the reassuring words of someone who has walked that bumpy road just a few steps ahead of you and somehow ended up as a fully-functioning adult. Carrie Hope Fletcher is that person.* Thanks to her phenomenally popular YouTube videos, Carrie has become an 'honorary big sister' to hundreds of thousands of young people who turn to her for advice, friendship and, most of all, the knowledge that things will get better.

Carrie has created a safe and positive space for young people to connect and share their hopes and concerns online, and now she will share her most personal thoughts and experiences in her first book, ALL I KNOW NOW. Part memoir, part advice guide, it will include Carrie's thoughts on some of the topics she's asked about most regularly: bullying, body image, relationships and perhaps the scariest question of all: what does the future hold for me? With warmth, wit and a sprinkling of hard-won wisdom, Carrie will provide the essential tools for growing up gracefully . . . most of the time.

Finding Audrey//Sophie Kinsella.
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

These are just a small selection of the YA books I love, so I may do another segment on this featuring more!
I'd love to know what your favourite books are at the minute? 


Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    


There's something about Jo Malone that just screams luxury! I know, I know, it isn't exactly budget friendly, which is why I always ask for their products as presents for my birthday and Christmas. I am a huge fan of their candles and colognes especially. 

I'd completely ran out of both my previous Jo Malone perfumes, so I was in desperate need of a new one! As soon as Aaron asked me wanted for Christmas, I couldn't get him on the Jo Malone website quick enough. I told him I wanted a cologne but I would leave it up to him which scent he picked, he knows exactly what I like in perfumes, and he didn't disappoint!

Nectarine Blossom and Honey is described as "London's Covent Garden Market. Succulent nectarine, peach and cassis and delicate spring flowers melt into the note of acacia honey. Sweet and delightfully playful."

They got it bang on! It's really light and fresh, which I know will be perfect in Spring/Summer. The lasting power of these perfumes is always good, especially when sprayed on clothes. 

Have you tried anything from Jo Malone before? Which is your favourite scent?

Footloose The Musical | 2016 UK Tour

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Yesterday my Mum & I travelled into Manchester to watch the much anticipated, Footloose The Musical, I was a little skeptical about it as I don't usually like musicals that are based on films, but I left the theatre beyond pleased. I loved every single minute!

Considering Footloose is one of the most iconic films of the 80's, I hate to admit that I haven't actually watched it all the way through, I know I know, WTF RACHAEL!? In saying that, I do have to admit that the film's soundtrack is one of my absolute favourites and has been for years. You don't need to watch a movie to appreciate the music.

Firstly for those of you who don't know, Footloose is about a city teenager named Ren, who moves from Chicago to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local Minister, dancing and rock music have been banned.

The cast were all absolutely incredible, especially Gareth Gates who plays the lovely and slightly dim, Willard. He was amazing! He brought such good humour to the show and played the part so well. The audience was literally laughing out loud. Also, for all your lovely ladies out there, it all gets VERY exciting when Willard has his overalls ripped clean off his body, and you are left with a bare chested *rather dishy looking* Gates. Thank me later ladies. Thank me later..

One thing that really made this musical stand out to me is the fact that the majority of the cast all took turns in playing musical instruments, it was so refreshing to see and just goes to show what a talented bunch of people they all are.

I honestly can't recommend the show enough! It is showing at Manchester's Palace Theatre until Saturday the 19th March, before it carries on to its next location for the rest of the UK tour. There is a link for all the details on the tour & where it is travelling to here.

Do you like going to the theatre? What are your must see shows?

Why It's Okay To Let People Go.

Monday, 14 March 2016

I've always had an issue with letting go. Whether it be a t-shirt i've owned for 10 years, a battered pair of shoes or in this case people. In particular friendships.

When I was younger, if I felt someone drifting away from me, i'd latch on. I became clingy and paranoid. Especially in high school. There is already so much pressure on you at that age, that the thought of being abandoned and forgotten by the people who keep you sane..there is nothing like it.
I tried being friends with everyone, I was definitely a people pleaser. I realised that no matter how hard you hold onto people, if they are going to drift and move on, they're going to do it regardless. Relationships, whether that is friendships or lovers, will shift and change through our lives. That doesn't make it any easier to accept.

I eventually noticed that some friendships are toxic, it's all about what they can get from you and not wanting to give anything in return. A one sided friendship is not a good thing. Know your worth. There is only so many times you can let someone back out of plans last minute, putting other people before you. Not giving you a second thought. 

Since i've become older and (not so much) wiser, i've become a lot more selective about who I let into my life. Mainly from bad experiences in the past, I am a lot more careful and stubborn about who I become friends with.

It's okay to be more picky about who you have as your friends, they should be good honest people, that make you want to be the best version of yourself. Don't settle for less than you deserve.

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” 




20 Things I've Learnt (So Far) In My 20's.

Sunday, 13 March 2016
 

I may only be (almost) 24, but these are some of the things i've learnt so far in my 20's. 

1. It's okay to be selfish. Don't be afraid to put yourself first sometimes.
2. Friendships are hard work. It's true what people say, as you get older you do realise who your true friends are.
3. Don't let the little things matter.
4. There will always be Disney <3.
5. I can no longer drink like a 18/19 year old. I could do with remembering that more often..
6. The earlier I can get in bed, the better. Going to bed at 8p.m is nothing to be ashamed of.
7. Don't care what people think. They're going to think it anyway, whether you care or not.
8. There is no boundaries with your friends. Anything goes. Conversation wise...
9. It's okay not to have it all figured out.
10. Teenage skin is NOT a thing of the past. 
11. Sarcasm is at an all time high.
12. Being able to peg your washing out is literally *angels sing, harps play, birds tweet*
13. Money can't buy happiness. Although when your skint, a tenner would come in nicely. 
14. If your life revolves around Netflix marathons and cuddles with your cat, that's fine.
15. Teenagers are fucking annoying and you'll always wonder if you were that annoying!
16. No one is going to clean up after you, it's a thing of the past.
17. Quality over quantity when it comes to friends.
18. Time really does fly.
19. You can't please everyone, accept it. 
20. Sometimes you will want to strangle people with your bare hands, as long as you don't act on it, there's nothing to apologise for!

I'd love to know some of the things you've learnt in your 20's, or even your 30s/40s/50s! 

Wedding Planning #1 | Our Initial Ideas

Sunday, 14 February 2016
Vintage inspiriertes Hochzeitsvergnügen im Schloss Bollschweil von Britta Schunck:


Make your own save the dates with this printable invitation and your own instagram photos.:


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Happy Valentines Day!

I thought today would be the perfect day to tell you guys all about our wedding plans, ideas and what we have booked so far. For those of you who don't know, myself & A got engaged on the 1st December last year, I did a blog post on the proposal here.

Venue:
The venue is the only thing we have officially booked, but to me I feel it is the most important! We are actually getting married in a hotel, as well as having our reception there. We decided to go for a hotel as I think it's just easier to have the whole day under one roof. It's also a good way to keep costs down, you don't have to hire wedding cars to take you to all your different locations, church, wedding breakfast and then on to your reception. 
We also have the date set in stone, the contracts are signed! I won't say the exact date, but I will tell you, Summer 2018. I know it is quite a few years away, but it just gives us plenty of time to save up and enjoy being engaged.

Theme:
In terms of the theme, we are going for quite a rustic, pastel, shabby chic, kind of theme? I hope you know what I mean by that...
We did originally want a barn wedding but our budget just will not cover that! They are ridiculously expensive and there aren't too many near us so we would have to travel quite far and it would just be too much. So when we decided on the hotel, we figured there was nothing stopping us bringing the rustic, barn theme inside a hotel! 

We are having quite an intimate wedding, in the sense of not inviting every Tom, Dick and Harry. I'm not inviting people just to make numbers up. We are only having family & our very close friends.

Food & Drink:
Food wise, we are keeping it quite laid back and casual. We will be having a 3 course meal for our wedding breakfast, but we are thinking a simple soup starter (can't go wrong can you), a roast chicken dinner and for dessert, a summer eton mess. Possibly, none of these are set in stone, as we have a menu tasting as some point, so we can decide then what we would like.
At the reception we are just having a buffet, the hotel provides the food and it all sounds amazing!!! It isn't typical buffet food which I love.

Drinks wise, we are opting for Bucks Fizz for our welcome drinks, glasses of wine with our wedding breakfast and sparkling wine for our toasts EEEK!!
For the cake we are leaning towards having a naked cake, with dried flowers, fruits and dusting of icing sugar. I just think they look absolutely delicious and so perfect for our theme.

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen:
I've known who my bridesmaids will be since before I even got engaged, it's just a case of asking them now. I have some ideas of how I will ask them so i'm really excited! Obviously they will all say yes, or they better had! I will have my maid of honour, two bridesmaids and two flower girls. 

Aaron is still undecided as to who he is going to ask to be his best man and groomsmen. I think he's spoilt between who he SHOULD ask, and who he WANTS to ask. I think who he doesn't ask to be his best man he will ask to be one of his groomsmen. 

Music:
We will be having background music for during our welcome drinks, photos and wedding breakfast. Probably just a list we have put together and play them through some speakers, and then for the reception we will be having a DJ to play a mixture of everything! We do really want a live singer, but we need to find firstly, someone we like who fits in the style of music/singing we want and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. We'll have to see what happens with that!

The Dress:
I have so many dresses in mind, however the only way I can describe what I like, is..are you ready? Light, floaty and whimsical. If that aint' a description you can work with, I don't know what is! *I jest* I don't want anything fitted or too big, it'll be Summer and I want to feel comfortable. I may change my mind completely when I actually try dresses on.

Those are the main ideas we have, that are pretty much set in stone and are a definite for us. We are actually going to lay off on the wedding planning until the beginning of next year as we have so much coming up this year, with my Sisters wedding in Cyprus, I have my best friends, sisters hen do in Morocco, so money is a little tight, plus trying to still do our own house up! 
I'd rather wait until next year, when all our time and money can go into creating the perfect wedding day!

I'd love to know if anyone else is getting married and what you ideas are!?
You can also find my Wedding Pinterest Board here.


Montagne Jeunesse Gorgeous Gift Pamper Pack.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016




I love a good face mask, there is something I find really relaxing about applying one to a freshly cleaned face and just taking 10-15 minutes to have some me time!

When I was younger, my sister & I used to buy the Montagne Jeunesse face masks from our local supermarket or Boots, you can pick them up anywhere on the high street. We would also pick up some naughty goodies and snuggle up on our bunk beds with face masks on, watching crap tv.
Even now, at 23, I still absolutely LOVE these masks, they are honestly such good value for money it's unbelievable. You can literally pick them up for £1 from Boots.

My Mum knows me extremely well, and got me this amazing gorgeous gift pamper pack which contains five different face masks that all have different benefits for your skin.
The pack contains:

Red, Hot Earth Sauna Face Masque: De-stress and indulge as you feel the heat penetrating your damp skin. The warming feeling is simply heavenly! Relax and enjoy to reveal a soft, radiant complexion.

Dead Sea Mud Pac: De-stress and experience the ultra-deep pore cleansing effects of rich dead sea minerals. Open blocked pores and draw out impurities to reveal revived, smooth skin.

Very Berry Face Masque: Bursting with the juice of pressed Blueberries and crushed Cranberries our fruity beauty is packed with antioxidants. Nourishing Peach Kernel oil and soothing Aloe will leave your skin refreshed and cleansed.

Cucumber Peel Off: Relax and unwind as you peel and reveal a fresher face. This pore cleansing masque helps remove impurities and dead cells whilst reviving skin. This masque is great for a weekly detox.

Passion Peel OffGently peel away dead skin with this amazing deep cleansing masque. This fruity formula cleans, purifies and protects leaving your skin feeling fresh and radiant.

You can have all this for just £4.25 off the Feel Unique website! Whilst writing this post I had the Cucumber Peel Off mask on and holy smokes, not only did I get a sick satisfaction being able to peel the mask off (come on, you're not telling me i'm the only one!) my skin felt really refreshed and hydrated! I can't wait to try out all the others!

Have you ever tried any masks from the Montagne Jeunesse range? What's your favourite face mask?



When Your Good Just Isn't Good Enough.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016
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I haven't planned this post in the slightest. Not even a little bit. I didn't take notes to remind me of things I want to say, which I usually do because i'm horrific at remembering things.

I just feel like I have a huge weight on my chest. A feeling i'm sure we are all too familiar with. Not feeling good enough. Ever.

I'm usually a really optimistic person, my glass is always half full and I try to always see the best in every situation. Sometimes however, that all fades away. I begin to doubt everything that I am, try to be and want to be.

I have so many dreams and ambitions but I never feel like i'll succeed and push them all to the back of my mind, the only thing i'm thinking is "it's better to not have tried, than be rejected and fail."

How silly is that?! If someone I knew came to me with that, i'd tell them to stop being so stupid! At least you can say you tried and keep trying! How is that I can do that for someone else, yet not for myself? 

I am my own worst critic and enemy.

I always see the worst in myself, my hair is too frizzy, my eyebrows don't have the perfect arch, I don't have a flat stomach, I hate my thighs, I have teenage skin.. 

I promised this year that I would be kinder to myself, and i'm really trying. I also said 2016 is the year for positive thinking and i'm getting there!

Blogging is amazing, i've met the most incredible people, leading to me finding one of my closest friends, Rachel (if you are reading this..) I love ya, I do!
There's still this niggling thought in the back of my mind, reading other blogs, that screams jealousy. You see bloggers travelling to far ends of the earth, because of their blog. Receiving the latest products because of their blog..I don't get it?! I support these people so much and they deserve every opportunity that comes their way. I just can't help but think 'what about me?'.

My blog isn't good enough, my writing isn't good enough, my pictures aren't good enough? Maybe I should write what everyone else is writing? Maybe I should make my blog more like theirs? 

But that wouldn't make me happy either, if people will only follow my blog for being like other people, that would only upset me more. It's all about acceptance, and I want to be accepted for being me and not faking it.

Being yourself in this huge blogging bubble is so damn hard. You feel like you need to fit in somewhere or you'll get lost in this endless pit of blogs. It's not about having a huge amount of followers *hell no*, it is again, about being accepted into this world and appreciated for your content and thoughts/ideas/creativity. 

A lot of my *real life* friends don't know about my blog. I like to think it's my own little world and I can escape here. 

I'm currently trying to find my place, that appreciates my best. With my family & friends. I am so fortunate to have such amazing people in my life. I need to learn to not only appreciate them more, but to learn that they do see the best in me. All the time. They never make me feel like i've failed.

Anxiety has taken over my life the past few weeks, to the point where i'm struggling to get through meals. I can't sit at a table with my own family, without feeling trapped by the strangers around me. I hate it. I  have just started seeing someone about my anxiety, and it is getting easier, however I couldn't see them over Christmas and I feel like i've taken two steps back.

I need to take a deep breathe and think, how lucky I am. I have a roof over my head, a full time job, a gorgeous fiancé who shows me nothing but love, a family who always put a smile on my face and the best of friends who know me sometimes better than I know myself.

It's time I took back control of my thoughts and put things into perspective. I can be good enough. I just need to give myself the chance.


A Sick Girl's Guide to Being Sick.

Monday, 4 January 2016


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I am officially sick! 

It started with a cold, then a sore throat and before I knew it I had aching muscles, feel sick, headache, tired and just feeling crap in general. I'm currently snuggled up with a blanket, lemsip and Pride & Prejudice on Netflix. It's how I roll..

I thought i'd give you a nudge in the right direction, on little ways to hopefully make you feel better when you are ill.

1. Have a hot bath/shower. I always feel really achy and sore when i'm ill so having a bath or hot shower really soothes that and I start to feel a little more normal!

2. Get in your pajamas/comfies and do not get changed for anything! If you can't lounge in your scruffs when you are ill, when can you?!

3. Stock up on your favourite snacks, whether that be chocolate, or your favourite drink. Make sure you are fully prepared with all your favourites.

4. Pamper yourself. Apply your favourite face mask and relax for a 10-15 minutes. Take deep breaths and un-wind. 

5. Chill the **** out. Whether that's marathoning your favourite series, watching a film on Netflix that nobody has actually heard of, listening to music or reading a good book. Just take some time out to relax and have some 'me time'.

6. Have a good night's sleep! Nothing feels better than being well rested, have an early night and don't set an alarm if you don't need to. Just sleep it off.

7. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, whether that's water, a hot drink or some juice. Just stay hydrated!

These are little tips that are helping me feel and look a little more human, rather than something out of The Walking Dead.

I'd love to know your tips for making yourself feel a little bit better when your head is hanging out your ass :) 

My Favourite Homeware Stores.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

I've always loved homeware, ever since I can remember and that has only intensified since owning my own house. I love adding new things to the house, whether that be a huge piece of furniture or small knick-knacks, both can make such a difference and really make a house become a home. 

I thought i'd put together a list of my favourite stores/websites to buy homeware from.

Ikea: THE MOTHER SHIP! Nothing makes my heart flutter like a trip to Ikea. The arrows on the floor, the meatballs and the candles are just some of the highlights. You can pick up some amazing pieces that cost little to nothing and can look really luxurious!

Next Home: I could spend a *huge* fortune in Next, everything they sell is so beautiful! I own quite a lot of furniture from here, and where it may not be the cheapest, it is amazing quality! My dream house is literally filled with everything from Next. Especially their kitchenware, holy smokes! 

Homesense/TK Maxx: All the hidden treasures are found in these stores! I could honestly spend hours & hours browsing the aisles. They stock anything you could ever imagine, from candles to footstools!

H&M Home: Damn you for only having a store in London!! Honestly, Manchester needs to sort themselves out! They are always bang on trend and you don't have to remortgage your house to own them.

Notonthehighstreet.com: I spend hours on this website everytime I go on it! They sell everything from canvas prints to food & drink. I have a list as long as my arm of all the things I want to buy from this website, especially their wall prints!

What are your favourite stores to buy homeware?

Rachael x