Monday, 29 September 2014

Travelodge Hotels

You might have guessed from the title today's post isn't about fashion but is about Travelodge hotels and your chance to win a nights stay !

Now if you follow me on other social media you will know that my love of a good dance often takes me and Lisa into different city's, and that's where Travelodge comes in. They have great rates especially if you book in advance and they have hotels in so many places that we can always find one near where we need to be so we never have to walk far. I always look for a good price when I'm stopping in a hotel because then I have that extra bit of money towards a nice meal or more likely a new pair of shorts!

Travelodge offer everything that I need in a hotel room, a comfy bed, space to strut my stuff before heading out and tea and coffee making facilities, because you can't start your day without a good cup of tea. Another thing I love about travelodge is that you can get early check in/late check out for £10 which is worth the money for me, as I'm someone that tends to be early for events or parties so having early check in mean I can leave stuff in the hotel without having to carry it around everywhere. 
I have stopped in quite a few Travelodge hotels with friends and the hubby and I've never had any complaints the beds are really comfy the rooms are always clean and the staff are happy to help.
So here's your chance to win a nights stay for 2 at a Travelodge of your choice just enter the rafflecopter giveaway below. Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
*all images from the Travelodge website

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Red Leopard

Here is an outfit i wore to work featuring a super cute shirt that the lovely Lisa gave me. Lisa had bought this shirt in red and brown and i had totally fallen in love so when she asked if i wanted them as she wasn't going to get the wear out of them i almost squealed.


This shirt is by Lovedrobe for Simply Be and is a size 30, i usually wear a 22/24 in tops so although this is a few sizes too big i don't feel like it is. Which makes me think that if your going to get this you should size up once or twice depending on the fit you want.


I wore this to work with leggings, a cami underneath and leopard pumps all from Primark and all costing £3 each. So my whole outfit cost me £9 which is an amazing price.


This shirt had a dipped hem which i really like, i do think that if you had your usual size it might be quite high at the front. Although I'm wearing a separate cami underneath the shirt did originally come with one but Lisa had taken it out.
I really love this shirt so a big thanks to Lisa for handing it down to me, she really is the best !

Friday, 26 September 2014

Another Swap Gem

Here is another maxi i picked up at the clothes swap at Plus North, again i have worn it to work a few times as i find it so comfy.


Again i teamed this with my denim jacket,  when i was younger i wore my denim jacket with pretty much everything and i think I'm regressing to that stage again and i love it!


This dress was originally from Asda, I'm not sure what size this is but it fits well and the buttons don't gape too much thanks to the elasticised panel on the back.


This dress has a lovely bird print material which is sheer over a white cotton slip underneath. As you can see from the pictures its a little long on me but not too long so that i trip over it.
I'm looking forward to the weekend where i plan on putting my comfies on and watching lots of films with the Mr, what do you have planned?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Comfy Casual

I picked up this maxi dress from the Plus North clothes swap and since then i have worn it countless times. Its a size 24 which is probably a little big for me but i love how it fits me, and because it isn't fitted its perfect for running errands or a extra long day at work.


I have worn this quite a few times to work especially on days when I've been working overtime and i can confirm its one of the comfiest dresses i own. I love a figure hugging dress as much as the next person but sometimes i just want to relax in loose fitting casual wear.


I wore my Simply Be denim jacket with it as it starting to be a little chillier in the mornings these days and you never know what the temperature at work is going to be like. I really love these two together and i can see this dress getting a lot of wear.


Thanks to whoever brought this dress to the swap i love it!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Party All Night

Here are some more outfits i recreated from Plus North as the only ones that i had taken were mirror shots in the hotel room. On Saturday night we went back to the Plus North venue, where there was music and a surprise evening fashion show. I decided to be comfy as i knew me and Lisa were planning to party hard after the event.


I wore my G21 for Asda over sized shirt which is now much less over sized after washed it (only on 30 by the way!) and my acid wash shorts from New Look.


Me and Lisa had just got to the pub after the event and in walked a Sam,Amanda,Elana and then Kerry. It was so nice to see these lovelies had come out and were in the mood to party. And party we did, although i spent quite a lot of the time on the stage dancing. Lisa thinks i spend so much time up there is because there is mirror behind it and i can see myself! She could very well be correct :)
I had a fab night and i really didn't want it to end, these girls are so lovely and i really enjoyed meeting them and spending the night in their company.

The next outfit was a bit of a spare of the moment choice. When we went for food on Sunday with the Mr, the other girls came too and said they were thinking of going out Sunday night too as their coach back to Scotland wasn't until Monday. So me and Lisa never one to turn down a chance to dance decided to stay another night in Leeds.


And that's how the clothes swap dancing outfit was born. I got these lovely shorts from Emma as she knew how much i love my shorts. The top was from the swap and is a size 24 from New Look, it hadn't been worn and still had the tags on, so a big thanks to whoever brought that.


The top was actually much longer on the night and unless i was stood side on to you, you couldn't actually tell that i had shorts on. This again has shrunk in the wash ( i honestly don't know how i do this to all my clothes) but as it was a little on the big side to start with it hasn't affected the fit at all and i really love it.


We had a great night Sunday too although it was much quieter out than it had been on Saturday but it was lovely to spend more time with everyone i just wish the girls didn't live so far away!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Neon Daisy

Today I'm sharing with you the outfit i wore on Sunday day at Plus North, Sunday was a more relaxed day with a clothes swap and talks from fellow bloggers. I only stopped on Sunday for the swap as i was meeting the Mr for food with Lisa so i wasn't able to stop for the talks. I got some great bits at the swap which i will be sharing with you soon, i even ended up wearing a whole outfit from the swap on Sunday night.


The top was another piece i bought in the Manchester Simply Be store. Again its from Ax Paris but i can't see it on the website anymore unfortunately. I'm not surprised its sold out to be honest as its such a cute easy to wear top.


I'm wearing a size 24 here as i wanted a looser fit to really show off the swing style. The top doesn't have any stretch to it really so i would advise to get your usual size or maybe one size up if you do manage to get your hands on it.


I teamed this with my acid wash shorts from New Look inspire which are no longer in stock, and my trusty New Look jacket. I decided to take this with me to Plus North as i thought it went well with all my outfit choices and i was a bit stuck for space as my case is only really small, but it does look like a penguin so its worth it!


I think i did quite well at packing light for Plus North and i managed not to forget anything along the way. Although when i do forget something while packing its usually the most important thing!
I hope your all having a good weekend do you have any plans?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

In The Swing

As i mentioned in my previous post i didn't get many pictures at Plus North and i also forgot to take a picture of my outfit before i set off i think i was a bit too excited to get there!
Here is what i wore on the day, although it was really hot in the event so the jacket didn't stay on for too long.


This dress is from Simply Be and by Ax Paris. I'm wearing a size 22 which is a perfect fit for me, it is a really good length, short but not short enough to flash anything. Its such a nice bright colour and the collar is just too cute. Unfortunately this dress is no longer on the website but you could try your local store if you have one.


I bought this dress when i went to the Simply Be store in Manchester and this was the first time i had worn it out. I had been worried that i would spill something down the middle of it but i managed not to somehow! I hadn't worn a swing dress before this one but know I'm a total convert i love the style so much.


This jacket has had quite a lot of wear since i first bought it. It was from New Look inspire and a size 18 as i wanted a more fitted look. i really love how all the colours looks together.


I also wore my amazing custom made Black Heart Creatives princess earrings on the day too which i love!

Have you found a style you love after thinking it wasn't for you ?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Nine X Lingerie

I was contacted recently by Nine X to ask if i wanted to review their Aila leopard print babydoll. I have never actually owned a babydoll so i wasn't sure what to expect, but as soon as i tried it on i was happy i had said yes.


The material is really soft and silky and does have some stretch to it. The size 22 fits me but not in the loose way it looks on the website. I actually like the fitted look of this but i would suggest sizing up if you did want it to look looser. The quality of this is really good, all the seems and edges have been finished well, so for £19.99 you get good value for your money.


There is a cute lace trim under the arms and around the back which adds a nice touch too. The halter neck fastening is adjustable so you can wear it as high up as you want. Around the waist the material is ruched so it adds a nice shape to the babydoll and there is a flare of material at the side where the gathering is.


I think this babydoll is really cute and it made me feel like i had made an effort with my lingerie. You can get this from the website and it's also available in zebra print and a darker leopard print too. I have had a look around the website and they have so many cute pieces including many is sizes 12-30. 
So if you are looking for some good value, great quality lingerie that will make you feel fabulous then try NineX.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Modelling at Plus North

A few weeks ago  i was at Plus North an annual event and i got to model for Simply Be, like last year i had a blast! I'm afraid to say i was a bad blogger and forgot to take any pictures as i was busy chatting with lots of lovely people and browsing the stalls full of beautiful pieces.
Lisa did manage to snap a few pictures on my phone so i will share those and i was lucky enough to be able to keep the pieces i modelled so that i can show them to you today.

There are lots of post about Plus North if you want to read more about the day and if you search #plusnorth on instagram you will find so many amazing pictures. Also Katy has done a vlog of her time at Plus North so take a look here, she also managed to get most of the catwalk shows filmed too, it was great to see everyone modelling as i had missed one of the catwalks.
So first up i modelled this beautiful playsuit in a size 22. The fit is great and as it's made from a soft jersey material it's so comfy. This playsuit has a beautiful lace detail over the top and shoulders, and the cut out at the front which turns what could have been quite a plain playsuit into something special.
I will definitely be getting lots of wear from this, i think its a really easy piece to dress up and down.


I was also sent a leopard print underwear set to model, which had me super excited. I was sent this gorgeous bra and these knickers that hug your bum in the most amazing way! I was sent the knickers in a 22 which fit really well and are comfy too. The bra was a size 42F and although i thought it would be far to small when i first saw it it actually fit me really well and didn't feel tight or uncomfortable at all.


Sorry for the lack of pictures during the event but as i say i was having far too much fun! I hope you are all having a great weekend.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

You Beauty

It's that time again my You Beauty box has arrived and I wanted to share it with you.

This months box was a total winner for me! My first choice this month was the Pixi waterproof eyeliner.

I have tried this and I can confirm it is waterproof and actually took some time to get off. I was sent this is black which I was pleased about as I really only use black liner. The pencil is quite small for the price tag of £11 but it's definitely worth the money. It's super soft and is easy to use and apply. You can buy this direct from the Pixi website along with loads of other colours.

My second choice was Wild About Beauty nutrilips. I didn't know which colour I would be getting in this either and when I opened it to see a nude colour I was a bit disappointed but once I tried it my mind changed. It doesn't wash me out like some other pale lipsticks and it is super moisturising. For me this is more like a lip balm with colour than a lipstick. I would love to try this is a red or pink. This lipstick had a rrp of £15 so my box was worth £26 but I only paid £6.95!

Finally here are my free samples that I was sent.

A £25 Hello Fresh gift card, probably not something I will use but great if you wanted to try the boxes without paying full price. Two tea samples which I will probably take to work with me and try, and a make up sponge.

This month we also got a full pot of Toni and Guy plumping whip. This was to celebrate You Beauty's first birthday and a really good extra in the box. Getting this too took the total cost of my box to over £30. I would recommend this beauty box to anyone, you can't go wrong for the price and you choose which items you are getting too. 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Busy Busy

I thought I'd just do a little post to let you all know what I've been up to as its been a bit quiet on here the past few weeks. First up was Leeds festival which I went to with some old school friends. I had an amazing time, there was lots of dancing, drinking and fun times, and a few shifts behind the bar too.

All the bag packed and ready!

Still rocking leopard print under my
Once I got home it was time to relax, I managed to unpack pretty fast this year so I spent the rest of Monday in bed. I ended up getting a chest infection at Leeds as I didn't listen to everyone telling me to pack extra warm clothes, silly Rachel!
Then before I knew it it was time for Plus North, there was lots of chatting and runways shows during the day and lots if partying at night. Me and Lisa actually ended up stopping over an extra night so we could go out again with the lovely Sam, Amanda and Elana.

It was a great weekend I had a blast. I'm going to do a proper post about the weekend, what i wore and the outfits i modelled for Simply Be over the next week or so.
And last but not least after wanting to for ages I've had my septum pierced and I love it!