Monday, 31 December 2012

Goodbye 2012...

I honestly cannot believe we are about to start 2013, it sounds very futuristic to me... 2012 has been an amazing year with so many amazing things happening during it and I've loved it. This little blog is about to turn 1 and I am overwhelmed by how lovely the blogging community is- thank you to each and every reader, new or old for stopping by and reading my waffle!! What better way to reflect on my year than to see some of my favourite outfits I wore and snapped to show you all:

I'm ending 2012 feeling incredibly grateful for everything and everyone I have in my life (corny but oh so true) and hoping 2013 will be kind to me...It is certainly going to be a big one- I'll be turning 21, graduating from uni, hopefully starting a job and moving on into the big wide world whilst also keeping up this little corner of the internet !!!

I hope 2013 brings you all lots of love and happiness and I'll sign off now with this very wise quote on my bookmark I was given for Christmas:

"Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go"


Thursday, 27 December 2012

"The most wonderful time of the year"

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and you aren't still feeling too full from all the turkey and chocolates we've all been consuming. It was lovely having a quick flick through instagram on Christmas Day and seeing how others were spending the day/ what you were receiving (you can follow me through this link).

It was such a lovely day- I spent mine with my parents, sister and my grandparents at their house. This was my outfit of the day (excuse the shabby quality- I snapped this just before we were about to leave for my grandparents house in a rush!):

Cardigan: Hollister
Blouse: Primark
Skirt: H+M
Tights: Next
Shoes: Primark

 I snapped some of my favourite presents this morning to show you:

*Jamie's 15 Minute Meals*
*Harrods biscuits*
*Hair curling wand by Remington*
*Chloe- Eau De Parfum*
*Jack Wills Jeans*
*Lots of books!*
*Next, New Look and Topshop vouchers*

Arguably the most exciting present of all though isn't in this picture because it would be a bit tricky to snap- my boyfriend is taking me for afternoon tea at THE RITZ... (squeaking with excitement) which is such a cool present :) we are going in a couple of weeks- so excited!

Do leave a link to any posts you have done of what you did for Christmas/ what you got- I'd love to see them.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

What I listened to in 2012....

I can't believe this year is nearly over- it went far too fast for my liking! BUT it has been a darn good year for music and I thought I'd share with you my highlights of what I've listened to this year- it is a pretty eclectic (or just a random) mix!

Lucy Rose
You might recognize this babe from the backing of a few Bombay Bicycle Club tracks like 'Shuffle' and 'Lights Out, Words Gone'. She has such a nice voice, her album 'Like I used to' is really good- nice background music. This song 'Bikes' sees Lucy as a hardcore biker- amazingly she pulls it off!

Jessie Ware
Another super cool chick, I first heard Jessie by chance on Spotify with '110%' and loved it. This is another belter of hers- 'Wildest Moments' If I had to sum her up I'd say she is a mix between Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey...I think :s

Dead Man's Bones
Despite their slightly odd band name it was a very happy day indeed when I found out earlier in the year that Ryan Gosling (yes THE Ryan Gosling the dashingly handsome man of 'The Notebook' and 'Crazy, Stupid Love') was in a band!! Ok so their last album was in 2009 and its slightly Halloween-esque type music but still its good music.

The Vaccines
These guys were definitely my favourite band of 2011 and with their second album released earlier in the year they definitely did not disappoint! Think I'll always like them and have a special place for them in any playlist.

Ben Howard
This man is a god! There isn't a mood that his songs can't suit and he is such a talented cutie too (oh no I'm sounding like a stalker fan!). Would love to see him live in 2013!

Also a band I predict BIG things for next year are the super cool sister group 'Haim' so far they have only released an EP but I've definitely liked what I've heard.

What do you think of my music highlights? I'd love to know what yours have been :)


Tuesday, 18 December 2012


My good intentions at the beginning of the month towards plenty of posts I'm afraid didn't materialize (bad blogger!), I always forget how sociable and busy December is! I've created this little post to show some of my recent Instagram snaps. 

(1) Our tree is FINALLY up at home, my family gave the goold old excuse of "we were waiting for you to get back from uni before we got it out". We've changed where we have put it this year. (2) This is Bill- my friend Evie's gorgeous dog, he is such a sweetic (and a poser too!). (3) Talking of posers this is my FOTN before my last night out of the term at uni to a 'Greggs' night- basically free Greggs food handed out whilst your drinking/dancing!

(4) Spreading festive cheer yesterday with Evie in our Christmas jumpers, and stuffing our faces with her delicious home-made sausage rolls and mince pies. (5) My Dad's Reindeer cupcake, he's given me the recipe, would anyone be interested in me doing a baking post of them? (6) I decorated the banisters at my uni house with fairy lights- instantly Christmassy!

How are you all spending your Tuesday? I spent this morning wrapping presents with the added 'help' of my cat Ted who just tried to eat the wrapping paper!

Do follow me on Instagram (Racheleprior)


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Crucial attire for any girl from/visting/or near the countryside

It suddenly occurred to me that despite my countryside upbringing and spending my time away from uni surrounded by fields and farms that I hadn't shared with you all a crucial part of my wardrobe when I'm home- my wellies!! These are from Joules about 3 years ago and I still love them- it's print of mini labradors is gorgeous (having one myself I guess makes me biased) and has a dark green background. I team my wellies with these fluffy socks which are also from Joules, think having a fleecy blanket but round your tootises! 

Joules is definitely a popular brand out in the countryside- with two of their shops only about 30 minutes away they are pretty accessible. I've collated together a few pieces in-case anyone is in need of some wellies or these gorgeous fox and deer print jumpers. I've got my eye on this waxed cotton jacket which would be perfect for this super chilly weather. Their womens coats are all really nice!

Crucial attire for a girl from the countryside

Saturday, 1 December 2012

"My little one, my kettle drum"

Jumper: H+M
Playsuit (worn underneath) and Shoes: Primark

It's officially the beginning of the festive season- my advent calendar has been started, the Christmas songs have been on all day and its only 24 days until Christmas Day!!! (not that I'm counting down or anything). I've popped back home for the weekend for an early Christmas get-together with my extended family- cousins, uncles, aunties, grandparents. It's something we do every year and take it in turns to host. We went out for a yummy turkey roast with ALL the trimmings (I now can't move). This is what I wore for it, my trusty pink jumper (hopefully you aren't all sick of the sight of it by now, I promise I own more than one!) and this playsuit with the embellished collar which you can see closer up below, I'm not sure why one side of my hair looks a different colour to the other!!

With just two weeks left of term at Uni and all of my essays for the term done I'm looking forward to decorating the house this week- any bare surface will be covered in tinsel, paperchains or fairy lights! And baking mince pies to my hearts content. Currently writing this whilst listening to my favourite christmas songs, I think my all time favourite has got to be between these 3:

  1. The Pogues- Fairytale of New York
  2. Shakin' Stevens- Merry Christmas Everyone (cringy but a classic!)
  3. Mariah Carey- All I Want For Christmas Is You (don't hate)
Comment below with what your favourite is from these or any others- want to see if there is an overall winner! Watch out for another post coming tomorrow.