Friday, 18 April 2014

E's Easter Pins of The Week

E's Easter pins of this week take a cityscape slant, thinking about all the friends and family that are spread around the globe.

As I did my Pins of the week, this Friday I suddenly realised that Easter weekend is here and all of us R~A~J~Ers are all off celebrating in different cities. 

So I thought I would share with you all our beloved cities.





I hope you have blessed family time and enjoy your well earned time off. I'm sure I'll be indulging in some rum based cocktails at some point!

So grab a glass of wine and have a catch up on our Pins this week. 

Happy Easter. E x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Some Tips for 16 Year Olds

Sage words for the youth of today. We all remember being 16; it's deciphering the good from the embarrassing that's the tricky part

Now is there anything harder than being a young girl and trying to figure out who you want to be, what you want to look like and how you should act? Arguably being a young boy but come on now, let's be real.

When I look back on my 16 year old self I immediately laugh and then wriggle with embarrassment and concern. I did not have it together at 16! How I wish I could turn back the clock and follow some sound advice but c'est la vie. The way I see it, the best thing I can do is share a few hard-earned nuggets of advice with all you other young folk to try and spare you some of the same pain and shame. 

Don't waste your time with those girls
You know the ones - whether they're straight up bitchy or underhand confidence-destroying types; they are not worth your time. 

Skip beer, cider and vodka and go straight to rum
Find a drink you actually like and savour it. Don't drink for the sake of it - it's really not cool. Find a spirit or wine you genuinely enjoy and skip to the stage of life where you sip and enjoy a truly beautiful drink. 

Confidence is earned through experience and love, not through weight loss
Be healthy, don't put your body under pressure and find a form of workout you love. Then focus on your relationships and how you spend you time. Put very simply, don't spend five years worrying about your weight.

Spend more money on skincare and make up
Invest in your future! Using decent skincare and makeup may feel expensive but you'll thank yourself when you're creeping towards 30 and those fine lines are starting to appear. 

People are small-minded; don't fit into their boxes

Do not limit your ambitions and dreams to what other people think is right, or think you capable of. A lot of the people I grew up with deemed a career in fashion as shallow and not worth my time, in fact they still don't think it's worth their time to ask about it. But you know what? I am my own person, I am more than their boxes. You are too, go after what you honesty and passionately want. 

You will always have your bitch
Whether its your sister, a colleague or a school friend – you will find a friend who loves you no matter what. The lovely E, who I have affectionately called my Bitch for years, is an incredible woman who supports me, challenges me and inspires me every day. She knew and loved me as an awkward 16 year old and she will know and love me as a feisty 60 year old. Find the friend that really counts and invest in them. 

Grades really don't matter very much
Do not listen to your teachers. Repeat, do not listen to your teachers. Occasionally you will find a teacher who isn't horrifically overworked, bound by a limited curriculum and passionate enough to accurately advise you - but mostly they are forced to group you into a stereotype and go off what they can see and chart: grades. Seek advice from friends, family and people who's jobs you fancy. Has anyone else ever thought about the fact that teachers are in fact, teachers. They haven't worked in the industry you want to work in, so be sensible and get some real insight. Also, grades really, really, really do not matter. Exams are a severely limited way of measuring intelligence. Severely. Place value on your people skills, intuition, emotional intelligence and humour - it all counts for infinitely more. 

R x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Photo Diary // E Went to Paris

A photo diary of E's aesthetically pleasing trip to Paris. 

Last month an old friend and I decided we needed a city break and some quality catch-up time. One of the best things about going somewhere new is being able to explore, discover and take photos (well for me anyway). Here's a little photo diary of all the lovely things we found while we were away


There was an abundance of bicycles!

The best falafel I've ever had.

 It wasn't difficult to stumble across a lovely view.

Unsurprisingly we managed to find quite a lot of lovely French bars and restaurants to try out. Here's me all ready to go, wearing my Dream On Dress.

Oh no, now I want to go again! 

E x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

WWW // J And Her Outwear

J has an outerwear obsession, and with good reason!  Find out just why a good jacket can make or break an outfit.

As ever with English Spring time, this weather is just point blank mental. One moment it is glorious sunshine and you are genuinely considering if it is too early for flip-flops ,the next; there is a hail storm hammering at your windows!

This obviously causes a lot of issues when getting dressed in the morning. Luckily I have developed a new obsession with coats and jackets meaning that although I might have cobbled an outfit together that is part sarong-clad-beach-babe part knitwear-enthusiast-mountaineer, my outerwear is sorted!

Parka + Scarf: Burberry

After many trials and errors trying to find a parka I was happy with, I stumbled across this beauty at the last sample sale.  It has a removable quilted lining and is actually waterproof so is my saviour when the sky looks like Armageddon in the morning.

Jacket: Loppis, Sweden // Tube dress: Topshop

My last venture to Sweden, the land of the second hand shop, gave me a leather jacket. Ever since watching Grease I've wanted a leather jacket.  Being a Summer (skin-tone), I needed to be careful with the colour but this worn brown is perfect. And when I wear it on a sunny day with skinny jeans and my ankle boots I feel exactly like an Avenger.

Blazer: Burberry // Dress: Urban Outfitters // Heels: M&S

A wardrobe classic; the blazer, and a fairly tricky item as there's no doubt that a blazer either makes you look like you are going to school or that you are in fact a grown-up. Coming to terms that I am actually now 28 and accepting that being a grown-up isn't actually that bad, I invested in this blazer. It's wide shoulders and tailored waist work brilliantly to create that slim silhouette which I team with a loose fitting dress and some killer heels. On those days where I am feeling a bit intimidated by grown-up life, this outfit is my 'power' saviour.

J x