Tuesday, 20 June 2017

My go to daily moisturisers ...

Hi guys,

Today I thought I would share with you my daily go to moisturisers. I alternate between the two of these products dependent on how my skin is looking on that day. While I have used a broad range of moisturisers in the past, the ones I use currently are these two.



As I have combination skin, I either teeter towards oily or dried out skin. So when I am having quite an oily skin day with a few blemishes, I lean towards this Neutrogena moisturiser which has a positive effect on my skin.

I find that my blotchiest of days is toned down with this product.




I adore the Soap and Glory range of products as they are always so worth the money and you see instant results. This is my go to moisturiser which is the best when my skin is really dry - so if I have been in hot tub, had the heating on etc or my skin is just generally lacking some moisture. It smells good too!



What moisturisers do you use?

Rachael xox

Thursday, 15 June 2017

How I clean my makeup brushes ...

Hi guys,

I have a little confession to make - until this point, I have never cleaned my makeup brushes.

Disgusting I know, but usually if they get too clogged up, I just replace it! Little did I know, that with the help of the Real Techniques brush cleanser, my makeup brushes could be as good as new in to time!





This mat was from Ebay, check it out here.


So first I put the cleansing gel onto the mat. The cleansing gel smells amazing and reminds me a little of shampoo.


You then work the brushes onto the mat with the shampoo and continue to do so until the water runs clear! The mat has different sections depending on what type of brush you are using - think of it like a cheese grater - different sizes depending on the result you are looking for.


I then leave my makeup brushes to dry out on the towel. They dry quite quickly and I do think it is because they don't get too saturated because of the brush cleanser. If you want to give it a go, pick it up here.

How do you clean yours?

Rachael xox

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

26 things ...

Hi guys,

So I am now 27 thanks to 6/6/17. Taking inspiration from many people who do similar things, I wanted to share with you 26 things I have learned, done, saw, places I have traveled to in my year of being 26.



1. Hong Kong - Currently, as you are reading this I am on my last day of Hong Kong. I will be popping a post on shortly with the delights of my holiday but visiting Hong Kong with my grandparents is something I have wanted to do for a long time.

2. Kos - we visited Kos in September last year. We have been to Greece previously but we went to Kos on this trip and I think I appreciated the older parts of it more now. We hired a car and drove around the whole island which was incredible!

3. Rome - This has been on my list of places to go for a LONG LONG time and we finally got there. Chris was persuaded to visit and he loved it. It is definitely somewhere I can see us going back to.


4. The Granary, Brigham

We booked a weekend trip with the family as it has been a LONG time since we went away altogether. Chris and I booked it as a Christmas present for everyone and we had an amazing time. We haven't had a family holiday like that since our good old caravan days and it was great to bring Chris and my sister's fiance along too.



5. Bannatynes Spa Day

My friend and I have been wanting to do a spa day for quite some time so we booked a day at Bannatyne's. We had a super amazing time and it has definitely made us want to some more very soon.


6. Moved house

We moved house in July to a bigger place and we love it. It is so quiet, our neighbours are lovely and the house is beautiful. We have so far redecorated quite a bit of it and we also had an amazing housewarming party to celebrate.

new kitchen
 hawaiian housewarming
master bedroom makeover
living room
guest bedroom

7. Northumberland/Scotland weekend

Our friend Charlotte bought us a night stay at the Borders for Christmas so we made a big weekend out of it and had an amazing time. On our trips, we tend to go South or leave the country so it made a fab change having this lovely scenic tour of northumberland and scotland.


8. Money Matters

I am an absolute shopaholic and while I do still buy things quite a lot, I have made sure to buy things only that I love or actually need. We have also been actively saving a lot of money so we have a rainy day fund.

We are hoping to buy a second house to rent out in the next 18 months to two years so we have been actively putting away money for this as well. We are feeling pretty good at the moment and I will share some tips about how I actively save soon.

9. Bishop Auckland Food Festival

We visit Bishop Auckland Food Festival every year and I am so glad we managed to make the visit again this year. It wasn't as big or spread out this year but we still managed to make a full day of it and I hope it's something we will continue to do in the future. We go with Chris' mam and dad so it is nice that we share this tradition with them.

10. My career

Although sometimes it is easy to moan about work being busy and stressful, I am feeling very good about my achievements at work. I have studied some external courses too which I feel has really helped me at work. I have also been actively reading management books to give me ideas and tips to use. I definitely recommend reading about your chosen career as I feel it gives you the opportunity to look at your role in a different way.

11. Instagram

26 was the year I decided to fully embrace Instagram. I signed up and away I was. While I don't have a massive amount of followers, I feel like they're all genuine and it is definitely a little community on there. I have quite a high level of engagement too. My favourite thing is that it is a photo diary for me too. I quite often just have a flick back through the photos to see what I have been upto recently!

12. Pinterest

Still getting to grips with Pinterest I have to admit, but I signed up this year to try and get my blog to the next level but also I just adore pinterest. My only drawback is that hours are lost pinning pictures of home offices and shelf dressing!

13. Facebook

This year I started to spread word about my blog on Facebook. While I can't say it is the best platform for promoting my blog, it has meant that I have shared it with my close friends and family. 

14. Consistent blogging

I have definitely improved on my consistency with blogging. I plan out my photographs and posts well in advance and try to schedule as many as possible so it doesn't leave me with last minute rushing to write and huge gaps in posting when I am busy with work. 

15. Confidence vs self doubt

I feel like I have come a long way recently with stopping to second guess myself all of the time. I love my job, I love blogging but I also do a lot of other things too. I used to question how good and effective I was at my job, I always question my blog and compare myself to others and I have had just about enough of all of that!

So, for Lent I decided to give up self doubt as part of The Prince's Trust campaign with Loreal. While I am not now this super confident human being, I actively seek to dampen the self doubt when it creeps up!!

16. Beauty Subscriptions

I have wanted to try beauty subscription boxes for a long time so I decided to subscribe to Birchbox and Glossybox for a couple of months and absolutely loved them! Now, I have since cancelled my subscriptions to both because I was absolutely inundated with different products to try and my drawers were spilling out. However, I have tried some new brands through them and these will be my go to boxes once I have got through some of the products I have at the moment!


17. Minimalism

I have definitely tried to embrace a bit of minimalism in my life. I am a shocking shopaholic and literally find excuses to nip the shop and just tend to buy anything that takes my fancy. Don't get me wrong, I don't spend more than I have and my bills etc. get paid well on time with noo problems. I just like to buy things.

However, I had a bit of a shocking moment when I realised I didn't have any room to store some Christmas presents yet my hubby and I live alone (with our two fur babies) in a FOUR bed house. It is quite a big house for two people, yet we were absolutely drowning in stuff so we had a big clear out and I put myself on a no spend spree. This lasted quite a few months and while I still buy stuff quite often, I only buy really what I need and try not to have any excess. I now shop my stash rather than go out and spend money on stuff I don't need. 

18. Being a "yes" woman

Have you ever seen the film, Yes Man? Well, I haven't quite gone to that extreme but I am trying to say yes to more experiences and events that my anxiety might have held me back with previously. I often say yes to stuff and then spend the run down to the event with extreme anxiety thinking of things to say to get out of it!

I also feel like I now have "too much" to blog about which is an amazing feeling!

Onwards and upwards!!

19. Healthy eating

So, this is something I have made a conscious effort with and I have done a lot of switching so far but I am joining slimming world this week to push myself even further. The problem with me is trying to plan ahead which I have started to do quite a lot now!

20. Drinking Water

I am so proud of myself on this one. I was a coke addict (coca cola, that is!!) and would drink Diet Coke all day with a couple of cups of tea so I cut out Coca Cola completely. I can't drink water out of a tap, I don't know why, I just can't. So I have been drinking sugar free flavoured water or I add fruits to normal water. While I have had coke since (on hols), I am still sticking to my water drinking and I feel amazing for it. 

21. Exercise

So finding the time to fit in exercise for me is a bit ridiculous. However, I have made sure that every day, even if I can only squeeze in fifteen minutes, it is well worth having my little run on the treadmill to get the energy flowing and the stress flows out of me. I absolutely adore the feeling after I have worked out on there.

I am going to be ramping it up with some swimming sessions and zumba classes too soon. I think it is definitely worth putting the time in for this!

22. Me time

This is something I am going to keep going. I always thought I had my me time when I blogged, but it turns out I needed some actual "me time" which involves completely shutting off from the world and chilling out. Whether it is laid reading a book, having some pamper time or getting out for a walk with my dogs, the things I love I have been doing more off and I feel so much better for it!

23. TV, Movies & Books

For all my blog is called Gatsby & Glamour, I haven't finished a good book in ages or talked about any of my latest watches in movies or TV. However, I made a list of all of the above that I wanted to get through and I am making some progress. I have a little pile of books by my bed and I have a lot of movies that I have been catching up on and I am feeling great for it. 

24. Trying new things

Similar to the "yes woman" point, I have been trying to get more experiences under my belt and try new thing. Here are three things I have tried previously that I haven't tried before. The Escape rooms was a particular high point and I will be trying this again. 

Sushi
Rollercoasters


25. Tourist in my own town

I sometimes spend that much time researching what to do on my travels and making lists of places I want to go in the UK, I forget about getting out and about in my own time. Here are two of the places that I went to as a "tourist" in my own town.



26. Goal setting

This is the biggest thing for me in that I have been setting regular goals for all parts of my life and achieving them which has been amazing. I have lots more planned to achieve to do with money, health and my career so watch this space when we get to 28!!

Thanks,

Rachael xox

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Pure Potions Natural Skincare

Hi guys,

I love all products that are made with natural ingredients but even more so when they are made here in the UK. I was lucky enough to receive some of the Purepotions products through the post a little while ago and have been using the different products in the meantime so I thought I would share this brand with you. 

Natalie, the founder, created the brand when she struggled to find skincare for her daughter, Lula. Lula suffers with chronic eczema and after using both alternative and conventional treatments, which didn't work and in fact, often stung or inflamed Lula's problem areas. 

Lula was the inspiration for Natalie to experiment with traditional ointmens and salves in order to ensure there would be no preservatives, no irritating fragrance or any extra harmful chemicals. Natalie's aim was to make the product as mild as possible. The ingredients included hemp, calendula, nettle and olive which has been used in skincare for centuries. The salve she eventually got to was soft and gentle, working as a natural moisturiser to hydrate and soothe Lula's skin. 

Natalie then started making up batches of the salve for her friends and it was this that became the Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment. A local newspaper took up her story, demand grew and Purepotions grew from there. Their product range is now extensive and there is even a special range for babies. It is now stocked in Boots, Holland and Barrett & Waitrose too. 

Purepotions' skin salvation dry skin line has even won Best Eczema range in the Natural health International Beauty Awards this year!

What I love about this brand is what you see is what you get. Every ingredient is chosen for it's purpose, not for cosmetic use. Ingredients are locally sourced and organic if possible and products are free of synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals or colours. 

And one extra thing, you can use it on your pets too. Due to the natural ingredients, customers report that they have had excellent results on their dogs, cats and even horses. 



When my purepotions products arrived they were encased in a beautiful emerald shade tissue paper casing with the brand's logo on the ribbon tied around it. They also included this postcard with the details of the ingredients and a little note to say they hoped I enjoy their products - how lovely!



I used the Intensive lip balm first as I am a little bit obsessed with lip balms. This one is priced at £4.99 which is a similar price point to the Burt's Bees range. Now, while this one is a thicker texture than Burt's Bees, the hydration is instant and long lasting. I have also been using it on my lips before using a lipstick too which has resulted in smooth looking lips. 

The other thing about this product is that because it is a balm, you can use it on other areas of your skin with dry patches. I saw on the website you can use it to smooth your eyebrows which is perfect for a makeup free day and I have also been using it below my eyes to hydrate the skin, particularly on a day when I am a little more tired. This was one of my last minute additions to my holiday beauty stash and I used it every single day!

The intensive moisturising ointment is pretty much the same formula as the lip balm. It starts at only £7.99 for the 30ml size jar. It is intended to keep skin hydrated and performs like a barrier cream to protect skin from external irritants. At first, I was a little bit unsure of this one. Its colour resembles one of it's ingredients; beeswax and although the salve isn't perfumed, it isn't scent free. It has a very "natural" smell to it. Now, as someone who hasn't really got skin that would react poorly to most chemicals, I do like a beautifully scented moisturiser. 

However, after working this balm into my skin, the smell changes to an aromatherapy type scent. I know that doesn't sound very explanatory but it becomes almost herbal which is a lovely scent to wear. I also have been using this on my sunburn and peeling areas recently (before you shout at me, I used factor 50!!) and it has definitely helped hydrate my skin and reduce the itchiness of my burns. 

The final product is the Bath and Body oil which is priced at £12.99. (If you're quick, you should be able to pick some of the old packaging up a bit cheaper). 

This oil replaces the need for perfumed body washes and soaps and reduces the drying effect of being in water. I haven't used it as a body wash, but rather as a body oil. I like to use a body oil to shave my legs as I get a closer finish and it is even more hydrating and this oil is incredible. My legs are looking incredible at the moment. 

The website says you can use this as a facial cleanser and I haven't used it for that purpose as of yet but I will be giving it a go. 

My overall thoughts on this brand and the products I have tested are that it is definitely a repurchase item for me. I have no doubts about recommending this to everyone. The packaging looks high end, the quality of the results I have received with using these products makes me shocked at the lower end price tag. But the biggest thing is that Natalie has built the brand up herself from a personal need and has definitely girlbossed it, something which I am completely in support of!

You can check out the rest of the purepotions range right here

Rachael xox

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

What's in my hand luggage .. Hong Kong edition

Hi guys,

As you read this blog post, I should be enjoying the sunshine and tourist delights of Hong Kong. I mentioned in my 2017 round up blog post that I would be visiting Hong Kong this year with some family and I honestly cannot believe how quickly it has come round.

We do like a holiday and have now got my hand luggage down to a T so thought I would share with you what I like to take with me on a plane.

We are flying from Newcastle Airport which is around a 40 minute drive from us. Our first flight is to Dubai which is between 6 and a half and 7 hours. We have around a three hour layover in Dubai airport (shopper's paradise) and then a further 7 hour flight to Hong Kong.


The Bag

Rather than take an extra bag to HK, the bag that I will be wearing every day will be my carry on bag - it is big enough to fit everything in but small enough to fit under the seat in front and not be too heavy to carry around both airports. This bag is a cross shoulder blue and white chevron print that I got from Ebay. Most of my holiday clothes are cream or navy so they go perfect. The bag is really lightweight and crossbody so will be super easy to carry around. You can take a peek at the designs here.*

Travel Wallet

My travel wallet is also from Ebay.  * I again went for the navy version - I like to match! This has several compartments in - for money/coins, passport and even a little keyring so you can attach your keyrings to it. Pick one up here.*

Memory foam neck cushion

Again, blue! I purchased this one from Matalan, here. This is a supersoft cushion that I hope will help me to sleep on the second flight on the way there and the first flight on the way back. I can never EVER sleep on a plane but I have completely challenged myself this time to be as relaxed as possible and be able to sleep!

Additional Checklist:

Pashmina - super comfy as a pillow or a wrap.
Kindle
Slippers - my feet always get cold on a flight!
Hairbrush
Reading Glasses
Sunglasses
Kalms Night
Toothbrush
Buscopan - planes always set off my IBS and make me completely bloated!
Tissues
Wipes
External Charger
Hair bobbles

Hand Luggage Beauty

Toothpaste
Hand Sanitiser
Deoderant 
Lip Balms
Moisturiser
Perfume
Night Cream

What do you pack for your flight?

Rachael xox

Friday, 26 May 2017

Maybelline Baby Lips Balm & Blush

Hi guys,

So to day I have written a review of the Maybelline Baby Lips Balm & Blush. I am a big fan of the Mabelline Baby Lips Balms - the normal versions which look like regular lip balms. You can pick these up from around £2.99-£3.99.

I have repurchased those A LOT. They are so moisturising and hydrating and perfect for summer holidays. I especially love the yellow and blue coloured tubes as they seem to be the most refreshing!

Because of my love of this this particular product from the Maybelline range, I decided to check out this Baby Lips Balm & Blush



The packaging is a little weird for a blush product and quite chunky for a balm, it is a little bit bigger than the EOS balms, but a similar size balm inside. I went for the peach colour, available here, The actual shade is shimmering bronze but is a peach tone, which is ideal for my skin tone. 

The shade has a slight shimmer to it but it isn't too overpowering. I can even use this as a highlighter on those days when I have a good bronzing going on. 

I have found that I use this blush more on holiday too when you can get away with a little bit more shimmer. The formula is also quite creamy so isn't too sticky and it blends really well on the face. I did use a makeup brush once upon a time but I now use a beauty blender with it and find that it works in so much better. 

I don't use it as a balm so much in this shade as the peach and bronze tones don't look as good on the lips. I think I will purchase it in a pink tone to try on the cheeks and lips. This darker shade in booming ruby looks amazing.

Have you tried this product before?

Rachael xox

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Lush bubble bar review: The Ba Ba Bar

Hi guys,

I recently bought this bubble bar in a haul that I shared and I have now used it and absolutely adored it! 

I have so far reviewed the Sakura and the What came first bombs from that haul but this one is definitely my favourite!


So as it was part of the Spring & Easter range from Lush, it has the form of a little sheep which is absolutely adorable. It has the most beautiful lavendar scent and gives of a clean and fresh scent too. 




I adore a bubble bath so I think from now on, I will be sticking to the bubble bars rather than the bombs. It is quite nice to have a coloured bath, but I do miss the bubbles. At least with the bubble bar, you get a canny few baths out of it as well. I always find my skin feels silkier and smoother after using the bubble bars too.

This one unfortunately was on a special edition, but I will be back to purchase some more bubble bars and fingers crossed, this one reappears next year for the limited edition.

Which do you prefer - bubble bars or bombs?

Rachael xox

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Ward Jackson Park outing ...

Hi guys,

So we took Luna and Dexter to one of our favourite places recently, Wags & Whisker's Canine Cafe in Stockton. If you live close by and haven't been, you need to check it out. It is absolutely amazing - not just for doggies either!

On the way back, we decided to take a trip into a local park which is quite big so they enjoy quite a big walk to tire them out after the excitement of being with the other dogs in the cafe.

Ward Jackson Park is in Hartlepool and has several walkways, children's playground, a fountain, quite a large pond and a cafe. The cafe caters lots of different types of food and you can even hire out the rooms in there as well for parties or conferences. 
















Such a beautiful walk on a bit of a cloudy morning, but the route is quite big meaning little legs tire quickly. We didn't stop off at the cafe on this occasion, but we will be back again. I highly recommend it for your dog if you are in the area!

Have you got any local spots to walk the dog?

Rachael xox

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Avon Nailwear Pro Review: The Naked Truth

Hi guys,

So I have to say that Avon nail varnish are some of my favourite nail varnishes. You always get a decent size bottle, some good long wear out of it and the shades are absolutely incredible.

I decided to try a nude shade due to usually going for a red or pink and I had not yet tried it - however, my results are mixed.



As you can see form my fingers, this polish is a lovely shade, it had really good coverage and had a lovely glossy almost gel like consistency to it. 

However, this picture was taken only a day after I had painted my nails - as you can see there has been some chipping and the finish is no where near what it was originally. I am really disappointed in the quality of these.

Avon has now relaunched this brand into the Mark range so I am hoping the quality will improve for second day finishes!

Have you got any products you were excited for, but were disappointed?

Rachael xox

Monday, 22 May 2017

Boots & Superdrug Haul ...

Hi guys,

I am not hauling too much recently just because I am trying to save lots of money up for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong. However, I did buy some essentials recently when out shopping for some Hong Kong clothes. I visited both Boots & Superdrug.

Here is what I picked up ...




£2.66 currently at Boots

This is Garnier's new micellar but it is in a gel form rather than the water. It is basically a cleanser for makeup. I have used it a couple of times so far and it works really well! I don't find I have a lot of makeup left over after a couple of washes with it. It is also suitable for sensitive skin.

£6.99

This is a double ended pencil that defines and accentuates your brows. It is a waterproof formula that lasts for a full 24 hours. First you use the pencil to fill in the brows and add definition and you then blend and groom with the brush. 

This pencil is great for natural looking brows - my only issue so far is that my oily skin sometimes lifts the colour. It is waterproof, just not great at reacting to oil. 

£1.89

Bit of a basic essentials buy but I do especially love these from Boots due to the size and shape of the pad. They cover a larger surface area and make it easier to cleanse with!




£9.99

This razor is the best razor I have ever used. I have repurchased this razor time and time again and I love it. You can switch out the head too. What I love about this is the little size of it making it ideal for travel and going away. You can use it wet or dry (only used it dry for emergency hot tub nights). It doesn't miss any of those little pesky hairs. I get a lovely close shave and very soft legs.

£1.49

These wipes are so good. They are fragrance free, suitable for sensitive skin and they soak up all of your makeup. I only got them because they were free with the Glycolic cleansing peel but I would definitely repurchase. 

£6.66

I love this product and I feel like this has been a great starter with my war against my wrinkles. I only have two wrinkles - a huge line across my wardrobe and then a smaller one just below it. They are the absolute bane of my life. This cream has started to fill the line out a little. It has definitely stopped any further lines appearing. It is also amazing to put on your skin at bedtime and wake up with crazy refreshed skin too. Definitely a great product.

£3.95

I picked up this cleansing peel as I have had a lot of success with the Avon peeling pads. You can take a peek of those here. I haven't tried this product yet but I will try it shortly.

£4.00

I picked up this loose setting powder for my terrible oily skin in the hopes to rein in the oil but I haven't yet tried it enough to review. I did use it once and while it did set my makeup well, it did make a little bit of a mess!

£6.99

I bought this product as I never EVER clean my makeup brushes and thought it was about time that I started to do it. I usually just bin my makeup brushes after a little while when they get a bit thick with product. It is super easy to use. I use a pad which I picked up from Ebay to rinse them against with the gel. The gel smells good too. It also doesn't saturate the product which means it doesn't take ages to dry either. So all in all, I think this is a fab product. I haven't really compared it to anything else but I found it easy to use which is always a bonus in my books. 

£2.99

I love this brow pencil. This is my go to brow pencil at the moment. It is only £2.99 and I get the wear out of it because it isn't retractable and can be sharpened. I fill in my brows every day unless I am having a complete day at home. They are growing in really well but I find that I need this little bit of help for the shape. I do love this product and will definitely repurchase. It is so long lasting and even if my oil shines through, it doesn't affect the shape at all.

Have you tried any of these products?

Rachael xox


Sunday, 21 May 2017

My favourite jewellery pieces ...

Hi guys,

I thought I would share with you my bits and bobs of favourite jewelry pieces. When it comes to jewelry, I keep things simple and classy. I don't wear a lot for work (due to food hygiene reasons) and it isn't often that I will get dressed up with a lot of jewelry on a night out.


So, my favourite pieces are my engagement, wedding and eternity ring. They are all white gold and my hubby purchased all three of them which make them quite special in my opinion. We got engaged on holiday in 2011 in Rhodes and I have worn this princess cut diamond solitaire ever since. We got married on 24th August 2013 and I then had a wedding ring to match the set. The wedding ring is just a simple band. 

The eternity ring is a cross over ring with several diamonds embedded in it. I absolutely adore this and Chris got me this for Christmas (last year) and I just love it. He always picks jewelry for me so well and these bands are no exception.


Next is the Joma Jewellery bracelets. These bracelets are an elasticated silver bracelet that just look amazing stacked up. The first is a karma circle which I bought myself on a trip to the Lakes. I found it in a little boutique and I bought it as a bit of a reminder to me. I 100% believe in karma and this karma circle definitely shows the "what goes around, comes around" part of Karma. 

The second one "a heart of gold" was a gift from my best friend as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. I always think of her when I wear this. I see her all the time and we live super close by but it's still nice to have this little heart on my wrist!

The third is a little birthday gift that I got from another close friend a couple of years ago too. It was actually from her little girl which was super sweet but I feel like we have a bracelet each that lives on my wrist so they are super special to me.


I got this Tiffany & Co bracelet from my hubby as a Christmas present quite a few years ago now! It was such a super surprise and this is one bracelet I will never lose. I absolutely adore this piece and I look forward to adding some charms to it. Unfortunately, when we went to New York a couple of years ago, I couldn't make my mind up as to a charm so I have decided to wait until I really see something I like!


This bracelet was a gift for my 21st from my parents. I adore the colours. Pink, white and grey are some of my favourite shades and I do wear a lot of this colour. It is made from pearls - not the expensive hundreds of pounds version but still extremely special and I have worn this a million times.


I love Michael Kors as a brand and I picked up a purse from Bloomingdale's in New York a couple of years ago and I bought my friend a set of earrings from there too. While there, Chris bought me these as a bit of a special token from the trip. I adore these earrings and they are so wearable. They are the perfect size so I have got loads of wear out of them.  You can see some here. I also like these danglies!


This next jewellery set is absolutely amazing. I got this from my friend Natalie as a birthday present and they are out of this world. They are from Shrieking Violet and this photo goes nowhere near how stunning they really are. Check out this amazing brand here. They literally take tiny flowers and press them to make jewellery out of - amazing gift ideas!


I got this next necklace for Christmas from Natalie also - well more specifically, from her daughter Holly. Holly is three and has impeccable taste! Natalie knows me so well and buys me jewellery quite a bit. I love simple and classic jewellery styles and she does this really well. I absolutely adore this necklace and have worn it a few times so far but I know this is something I will wear for years to come. 


My final piece is my wedding jewellery. I saw this in Swarovski and showed my parents it. We had just bought a house, had a wedding and a honeymoon to pay for so I was looking for a cheaper alternative to it. However, about a week or so later, my dad presented me with a blue box with this exact set it. I have worn this only once - on that day but it is extremely special to me. I like the idea of future generations having this to borrow for their wedding day.


So these are my favourite pieces! Have you got any favourites?

Rachael xox