As Chic As It Gets

Hello lovelies, and how is this week treating you so far? All well i hope! I am finding I have alone time on  my hands for the first time in years. Its c-razy.. You may be thinking, what is this crazy hat wearing lady talking about, well, i have literally been flying by the seat of my pants, moment to moment for as long as i can remember now really. Always on the go, always pretty stressed and always super busy. Things are calming down this week for me and i can’t even tell you how nice it is to have free time, a concept i had long since forgotten!

 I was literally wandering round the house this morning not knowing what to do.. overwhelmed with the possibilities of things i could do with my wonderful free time. And so, feeling quite uneasy, i made myself a cup of tea and browsed pintrest and instagram for waaaay to long and killed an appropriate amount of time before i had to go pick up my beautiful son. Time wasted yes, but with that came a realisation that maybe just maybe i have time to start a new project.. something for me.. Again the mind is whirling with the endless possibilities but i am excited!:-)

 Well i felt decidedly chic in this ensemble.. I’m not normally chic, never have been really. I was always the cute one of the sweet one, which i was totally fine with. But today, i felt like a laaddyy 🙂 This stripy fine knit dress is just wonderful on, and with my (miracle invention)  fleece lined tights, i was toasty warm and good to go.
The dress is a recent Ebay thrift for less than a fiver! Do you shop Ebay? I have to say i am a definite fan! This is an Oasis dress and for £4.20 it is in great condition and i love it even more for its bargainous price.

Hat: Tesco

Dress: Oasis via Ebay

Bag, tights & jewellery: Primark

Pumps: Next

So tell me, do you get a lot of free time and what do you do with it when you do?

3 Years ago today i was doing this….

I was starting my happily ever after…..

3 years on and i could not be happier.



  1. March 27, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    Lovely photos and styling, beautiful blog! Inspiring, I'm a new blogger.

  2. March 28, 2013 / 1:36 am

    love your dress – so pretty! and happy anniversary :).

  3. March 28, 2013 / 1:58 am

    I just found your blog via Delightfully Tacky! I am really enjoying your posts and pictures. And your hats, of course.
    Very fun look. I especially love your bangle party. 😉

  4. March 28, 2013 / 3:50 am

    Aw happy anniversary!
    I think you look awesome in this outfit! Black, white, and red is a favorite combination of mine.Your leopard print shoes are the cutest addition to this outfit. That dress was such a bargain too! You can't beat that price.
    Also, hooray for free time! When I have free time I end up wasting time on the internet and reading blogs. Good times.

  5. March 28, 2013 / 5:44 am

    aww Rachel you look so beautiful, and happiest of anniversaries to you!!
    I hope you enjoy the time you have to relax 🙂
    I haven't found myself with much of that lately, but I definitely enjoy sitting down with a good book and a cup of tea when I do!
    Have a beautiful evening!

  6. March 28, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    If i had time to relax, I think id like to get lost in a good book. Haven't done that in so long!! Very excited to hear what new projects you have in mind!! Such exciting times 🙂

    The sweet photo of you and Paul brought a tear to my eye 🙂

    Love the other photos too 😉

    x x x x x x x

  7. March 28, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Oh look at you with your gorgeousness! Chic is exactly what I thought when the page first popped up. Chic in a totally classic retro beauty type of way. The red hat is lovely and so flattering, as are the matching red lips & nails.
    And, yeah, I can't believe you got that dress for under $5! (<–insert GBP sign there; I don't have it on my keyboard 😉 How do you know the clothing is going to fit? Do most sellers accept returns if it doesn't? I've thought of shopping ebay for clothes, but I'm always nervous when I can't bring something back.

    Anyway, I hope the move is going well (or at least happening?). Big hugs! Happy Anniversary!!!

  8. March 28, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    That hat is awesome!! I don't have much free time at the moment with Audrey being at home full time -though she does still have a lunch time nap which is great but I usually end up doing housework or checking emails! It's my evenings that I tend to use for working…would be nice to have a day off just to be me on my own! x

  9. March 28, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    Happy anniversary!
    You are definitely looking super chic today, love the black and white with the red! I am so happy you are getting some much deserved "me" time in!
    xo Hannah

  10. March 28, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Happy, happy Anniversary to you both – here's to many more to come! Your wedding was such a beautiful day, glad we were able to be a part of it.

    Enjoy your precious free time, it is few and far between! I totally love that outfit, what a bargain find was that dress! Oh and I totally think you are always chic, lady – no one pulls off a hat like you 🙂

    Take care and hopefully see you soon, hugs, Estelle xx

  11. March 28, 2013 / 9:40 pm

    I just cannot take my eyes off of your photos, you look stunning 🙂

    Love the dress, and I have never shopped on Ebay, what a great price for your fabulous dress!

    If I have extra time on my hands, I enjoy reading or watching a movie.

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

  12. March 28, 2013 / 9:52 pm

    I love the red hat! I am on my Easter break from school, and one day in I got bored and started redecorating! I am either really productive, or I procrastinate like you've never seen! x

  13. March 28, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    What do I do when I have time!? I read, I make cards, I procrastinate on the computer, I go for a walk, I chat on the phone, I shop, I compose music, practice my flute or sing! Always something to do!
    Happy Anniversary, lovely!x

  14. March 28, 2013 / 11:46 pm

    Loving the touches of red against the black 'n' white, Rachel! It's so classic. Congrats on your anniversary. Lovely Lady!!! ~Sarah

  15. March 29, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    Oh what a fun outfit!! That hat seriously is amazing!!!! I recently had that same sensation of not know what to do with the endless possibility… then I just sit and waste time doing nothing thinking of all the things I could be doing. Usually I end up frustrated with myself by the end of it all though haha Oh well!

    Happy Anniversary!!! and thanks for linking up with us again!
    Just Dawnelle

  16. March 29, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    That dress is just a dream! I love the texture, the pleats, the stripes! Ooh, I can see why you fell in love with it, it looks exquisite on you too. Happy anniversary! Hope you got to do something quite fun 🙂 Our three years is coming up soon too! Can't believe it's been that long.

  17. March 29, 2013 / 7:06 pm

    LOVE this outfit, very French and very chic, as you said. Beautiful coat. Happy anniversary! x x

  18. March 29, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    You look beautiful here, I love that dress and it looks lovely with the hat!

    Maria xxx

  19. March 30, 2013 / 10:16 am

    Happy anniversary!
    You look very chic indeed! That dress was such a bargain too – I bet it cost a Fair bit more in the shop! Xo

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