Friday, 28 July 2017

Bright Red Jumpsuit & A Hit of Gingham (& #Passion4Fashion)

 You know when you see an item and you just think "Yes! That item has my name written all over it!" Well that totally happened with this jumpsuit and i picked it up then put it back down.
Of course i couldn't stop thinking about it then and so when the weather forecast wasn't great for an event i had planned on wearing a summer dress to, well i decided to go back and buy it.
Lady luck was on my side as there was a very depleted rack of jumpsuits and just one size 10 left.
For a £22.99 jumpsuit the fabric falls beautifully, skimming and not clinging and doesn't crease too easily.
The colour is definitely siren red and i would say you won't exactly blend in to the crowd in it, but hey, you only live once eh? Why not be loud and proud is my motto.
I like that you could really dress this up with some heels and a statement necklace or like here, dressed down but smart with some little gingham sandals.
I love how the pattern breaks up the mass of red and adds a quirky bit of interest to the outfit.
I wore this last week to a fantastic meet up in Bristol where i was asked to give a small talk about my blogging career.
It was a huge privilege and i enjoyed every second of it and i would say red is most definitely a confidence booster. I felt comfy and great in this jumpsuit.
This will also work incredibly well come Christmas (sorry.. yes i did just go there), pair with some gold accessories, a fancy clutch and a black high heels and you are looking very merry and bright indeed.
For now i'm looking forward to wearing it again this summer with some tan sandals, a cream cardigan and a tan cross-body bag to make it more casual again.
But yes, needless to say I absolutely love it and i'm happy to have it in my arsenal of clothes and highly recommend this little red number to anyone after a versatile yet bold piece.

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{The first Warehouse one is my favourite!}










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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Hobby Love: Allotment Life.. Give it a Go.



I'm not your typical veg grower some might say, with it being a stereo-typically older gentleman's past-time maybe. Although I guess that's how I got into it. You may remember we turned our back garden into a veg plot earlier this year after my lovely dad and sister got their first plot, which then turned in to two plots.
Their enthusiasm for it was infectious. 
Seeing the fresh veg they grew from what started as a patch of mud was inspiring.
Now i am not green fingered in the slightest, but with some time and patience i think anyone can grow veggies.


Despite getting the keys late October almost two years ago, they spent the long winter months double digging the plot and come January they started eagerly planning what they were going to plant.




What i love about allotment life is that its a great chance for us all to come together as a family, we get the kids out from watching TV or playing xbox and get them stuck in with some mini tools for them to dig and help. And let me tell you, they absolutely love it.
Picking strawberries fresh from the bush and eating them, digging up the potatoes and seeing what the seeds they planted develop in to. 
Its soul satisfying for all.

My Niece and Son getting stuck in
Keen to get involved with allotment life my sister soon became part of the allotment committee and was elected Secretary and became involved with a project to use part of their site as a communal area where plant sales could take place and barbeque for the plot holders at the end of the summer.  Equipment was hired from SGS to clear the area, strim the waste high weeds and the ground is now ready to have wood chipping laid and the benches to be delivered. All very exciting and will bring an added sense of community to the site I'm sure.
Which is another point of allotment life i never anticipated... Community.
People are genuinely helpful, its a place to come to while away the time, come in a bad mood and always leave feeling good.
There's something rewarding about messing around in the dirt, maybe its the back to nature feeling. 
Something raw and kind about it.
And being Vegan we grow our meal.. which in itself is extremely rewarding. Seeing a plate full of home grown goodness is both delicious and satisfying for the tummy and the mind.

Mum and dad loving allotment life

Reaping the crop rewards happily
So i guess what i'm trying to say is, give a new hobby a go, remove your self from the normal routine and stresses and pressures of modern life. I know for us as a family it has been thoroughly rewarding and if anything brought us all together more.


Do you have an hobbies that you love and that leave you feeling happy?
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

#BodyPositivity Sharee's Journey

Meet Sharee
Body Positivtiy and realist advocate
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It's my absolute pleasure to introduce you to the lovely Sharee, after my honest post of being small chested and learning to love it after years of self loathing, its great to have Sharee speaking from the opposite side of the spectrum.
Please welcome Sharee:

Ok I admit it….The following sentences fills me with dread! "bikini shopping”

 The fear of wearing a bikini…so much so that for my upcoming holiday I purchased swimming costumes and told myself under no circumstances am I to wear a bikini. You see I have what you call an ample bosom. Having been blessed/cursed (however way you want to look at it) with FF boobs since my teenage years and ever since then, trying to hide them away but hey I guess I’m stuck with them right? 
Im guessing you may be thinking well why not have a reduction if you hate them that much? 
Don’t get me wrong I have thought about it but then I thought why the hell should I? 
People pay for boobs like this! It’s that old chestnut isn’t it- 
We as Women as never happy with what we have body wise and always want the opposite to what we have and imagine life would be so much better with that but as I’ve got older I’ve learnt this is not the case and slowly come to realise at the end of the day, we get what we are given and you only have that 1 body and you should truly embrace it (even the bits you’re not that keen on).
I know I’m not the only 30 something female to feel self-conscious in a bikini but as women I feel the pressure we put on ourselves is immense and its enough to give you sleepless nights! But at the same time it’s something which is a total waste of worry, I openly admit though that I still do this and constantly judge myself and wonder what other people think of how I look. The pressure on young girls these days must be truly horrific, I think we have social media to “thank” for this one! 
How the media portrays what the ideal perfect body must be and make you feel that if you don’t conform to the said portrayal you are somehow less of a woman or not accepted?
 Really?? 
But here’s the thing 99% of those pictures aren’t even real! The girl in the photo doesn’t even look like the girl in the photo? Go figure! The joys of numerous filters and Photoshop! 
Which brings me to a post I did recently which was featured in Look Magazine to promote their #GetRealIssue, again about the pressures to look perfect and to upload a photo explaining how many attempts/filters etc you used before you were happy with it. I was thrilled to be featured as it’s something I feel very passionate about. 

So anyway back to the Boobs and the reason for this post……One morning on holiday whilst getting ready for a day at the beach I put on my black swimming costume, minimiser bra underneath, trying to flatten them down, hunched my back so it looks like I don’t have a chest, and I thought I can’t exactly walk round 24-7 with a hunched back as that will lead to other problems! I caught a glimpse in the mirror and thought why am I doing this to myself? I’m the only person judging me, no one else is and anyway 9 times out of 10 those said people you think are judging you are only wanting to do the same thing and have exactly the same hang ups. 
So I guess what I’m saying is just go for it Ladies and embrace your gorgeous selves! I know I don’t fit the ideal “perfect” (whatever that may be) but you know what I don’t want to be! I’m the best version of me and that’s all what matters. So here I am embracing the boobs on holiday & I’m happy to report the swimming costumes were banished to the suitcase 😁
Thank you for reading and don't forget to love who you are and how you look.

Sharee xx 

RTH: And doesn't she look amazing!!! I absolutely love bringing this series to you all and showing a true representation of diverse ladies.. this is what should be in the media, women of all shapes sizes and ages. 
Thank you Sharee and amazing well done on your bikini shots and journey to self love!

To read more of the #BodyPositivity series click here

Do you have a #BodyPositivity story you'd like to share? I'm looking for contributors..
 Email me at rachel(at)rachelthehat(dot)com


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

New In :: Cruelty Free Beauty Products


This month i have been trying out lots of new beauty products. I always seem to dabble more with beauty potions and lotions in the summer month and less makeup and then vice versa come winter (i am ALL about eh makeup come winter!) I guess that speaks volumes about my mentality in each season. But enough about the psychologies of my beauty habits, lets get on to the good stuff shall we. The question is, have i found anything worth buying again/ will become part of my beauty favourites?
Yes and definitely yes.. in-fact, spoilers, i think its fair to say i pretty much loved all these products but more details shall commence!


Seascape Island Apothecary

 Seascape Island apothecary was probably my favourote find this month. A gorgeous cruelty free, responsible brand that offers divinity in a pot. Their products ooze luxury and smell and work extremely well.
The Unwind Body Lotion is possibly my favourite, the fragrance is strong, which i love, and has scented with jersey lavender and ylang ylang. I have this beside my bed and use some at night on my arms and legs as, not only does my skin drink it up and feel soft in the morning, but the scent is wonderful for relaxing and aiding sleep (something i've been very happy with of late after a number of sleepless nights!)
The Seasalt scrub & Soothe Body wash make an excellent shower duo and leave me feeling squeaky clean and extremely relaxed.
Lastly my other absolute favourite is the Peppermint Lip Balm, now to me this is both scrub and balm in one. Its gritty, which i didnt expect, however, i have been on the hunt for a good lip exfoliator as i wear a lot of bright lipstick and they often leave a residue or i need a good clear base to put them on. This provides an excellent scrub to the lips without feeling harsh. I wondered also if the peppermint would be tingly, which I'm not a fan of, but it isn't, its extremely long lasting balm and comfy to wear on the lips. Again i like to put this on at night time for my lips to really relish in the moisture. For £10 this is an absolute bargain also and something i will most definitely repurchase (however a little goes a long way and the pot is very deep and filled to the top so i don't think i'll have to repurchase anytime soon!)
The last thing i want to say about seascape is the packaging, oh my word the packaging.. its simply beautiful and honestly i know i would absolutely love to receive these as gifts and would definitely buy friends and family them too.

Weleda

 Another new brand to me but one i believe has been around a really long time is Weleda.
I received some gorgeous testers and this full size body wash in my lucky things meet up goodie bag. The Almond Skin Wash is the most delicate body wash i've ever used. This is absolutely perfect for those with extra sensitive skin, and for ahem.. delicate parts.. (tmi? Well y'know me well enough now, i'll only ever speak the truth 😁).
The Evening Primrose concentrate is for ageing skin and is full of goodness to help with elasticity and fullness of the skin. I haven't used this much yet but i am about to start as its never to early to help your skin out a bit!
I have to say i am super impressed with Weleda and will be purchasing products from their website for sure

Simply Scrub


100% organic and natural Simply Scrub  is basically whole goodness in a pot. You actually couldn't get more natural. The scrubs are amazing. I have the Rose Scrub which is the most delectable fragrance, and you are actually scrubbing your legs with petals and florals.. I'd actually never experienced anything like it and was blown away with the potency of the gorgeous scrub and how it left my legs feeling so soft afterwards. The Chocolate scrub is amazing for ridding fake tan. I had a build up of gradual tanner on my legs and i used this with a flannel and it banished all the tan residue wonderfully. The only thing i will say is that as it is natural and you are literally scrubbing with rose petals and such, then it can get a bit messy. I do mine in the bath but it did scatter through out. I didn't mind one iota though as it left my bathroom smelling so so pretty and washed away very easily.
I highly recommend this if you like natural products and like me love to exfoliate your legs, espeically after fake tan! It really works a treat and there are no nasty chemicals or damages to the environment... win win!!

Embryolisse Eye Cream

 I love the feel of this on my eyes, it feels thick and moisturising. I struggle with eye cream as my eyes are getting crinklier by the day but yet nothing seems to help. I'm not sure if this is actually doing anything or not just yet, but it does feel nice. Do you have any eye cream recommendations?

A little bit of Hair
 Biolage RAW Shampoo & Conditioner and Bardou Finishing Spray

The new Biolage RAW range is incredible hair food. My hair literally laps it up. Now these aren't particularly cheap (I caught my husband using it and i freaked out on him.. hes bald btw.. he says he likes how it makes his head feel πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I asked him to refrain from using my special shampoo as its reserved solely for me lol!), but if you like to treat your locks to a really nice shampoo that leaves your tresses feeling like you've just stepped out of the salon, well these products are definitely for you. I have the Nourish range, and nourish it most definitely does.

Also on the hair front, a product so good its worth mentioning again is the Bardou Finishing mist.
This is my most favourite setting spray... ever! Its fine enough to not leave your hair feeling like hard and sticky but also holds your style and banishes frizz, which with this mop of hair, is vital. I'm so sad that i've just run out, but will be repurchasing for sure. I think i suddenly realised again how good it is when i resorted to a store bought normal hairspray that left my hair looking frizzy and unclean straight after styling. So yes, return to Bardou i shall!

Etern'l Night Cream via Harmony Life
After being super impressed with Harmony Life and their hair growth products I decided to give their beauty products a go. I needed a new night cream and heard excellent things of the Etern'l range which has won numerous awards in France, and if its good enough for those french chicks, well then it sure as hell good enough for me. And actually, i really love it, like really love it. The viscosity is thick and i love that in a nuit creme (that's the extent of my french folks, and that's just from reading the labelπŸ˜‚), i lather a lot on just before bed and let it sink in slowly. I wake up and my skin feels refreshed and the texture feels renewed if that makes sense, like there's some elasticity back. I really like this product and have definitely seen some benefits to my skin since using.


 This is the perfect handbag lipbalm, i had this in my gorgeous Social Brunch Club meet up goodie bag and i'm so pleased to have this little beauty. Perfect lipbalm for on the go that delivers a real hit of moisture, and its perfect barrier balm too


So there we have it, quite the extensive amount of beauty goodies.

Have you tried any new products this month that you would recommend?




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